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Dedication, athleticism, and poise... … Three words that come to mind when I think about cheerleading. The question is often asked, “Is cheerleading a sport?” If you have ever asked a cheerleader, you have no doubt gotten an earful. As a former cheerleader, former cheer coach and a current cheer mom, I have plenty to say and was really excited when Texarkana Monthly asked me to be a guest writer. … Did you know that cheerleading actually dates back to the late 1800s, and it was originally an all-male sport?

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Six Things You Should Do in Texarkana During the Month of January!All I have to say is… good riddance, 2020! There’s nothing quite like turning to the brand spankin’ new first page of the next chapter. I’m usually more the type to roll my eyes when I hear people talking about “fresh starts” at the beginning of each new year, and don’t even get me started on the “new year, new me” people. But not this year. I too am holding onto the hope that things in 2021 will shape up to be better. If not, I’ll certainly be stretching to reach some type of clarity on why this has all happened.

Good Luck Black-Eyed Peas

A spicy version of a sourthern favorite, and you don't have to soak the peas! … 1 tablespoon olive oil … 1/4 cup finely chopped onion … 2 ounces country ham, chopped … 1 tablespoon minced garlic … 1 1/2 cups dried black-eyed peas … 1/4 teaspoon chili powder … 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin … 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper … 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes … 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander … 4 cups chicken stock … 1 teaspoon salt … freshly ground black pepper to taste … Heat oil in 2-quart heavy saucepan over high heat. Add onions and saute 1 minute.

Cheffrey's Tomato Basil Bisque

5 Roma tomatoes … 1/2 yellow onion, diced … 1 tablespoon garlic … 6 large basil leaves … Parmesan cheese, shredded … 1 tablespoon black pepper and kosher salt … 1 cup heavy cream … 2 cups tomato juice … 2 cups dried crusty French bread … In a pot, sweat onions with 1 tablespoon of oil for 1-2 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook 3/4 on medium heat. Add 2 cups tomato juice, basil, salt and pepper, garlic and crusty bread... Cook for 10-12 minutes on medium heat. Use a mixer to purée. Cook for 5 more minutes with heavy cream. Garnish with fresh basil and a little shredded Parmesan... Always taste.

Christmas Punch

If you can believe it, Christmas is ten days away. Say what!? I have no clue where the first two weeks of December went. … If you’re anything like me, you still have gifts to wrap, shopping to be done and maybe even need to put up your Christmas tree. Luckily, somehow everything seems to always magically come together in the end, leaving time to sit back and enjoy the festivities with a cocktail in hand. Here is a must try Christmas punch that can be enjoyed with or without alcohol!

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Texarkana Playlist

Check Out Our Texarkana Spotify Playlist! All these songs are written or performed by Texarkana area artists, produced by area artists or have Texarkana in the title or lyrics. Enjoy!

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