Proud supporter of The Topeka Newsletter!!
 
Top City Comedy Banner 1 and 3

 

2017 - December

ttn logoDecember, 2017: Welcome to my latest adventure!

Kim Schultz

December is upon us! Don't let the stress out shine and beauty of the season! 2017 is coming to an end, 2018 can be seen in the horizon!

Kim's Excellent Adventures

Dog Sitting - Ended October and started November, dogsitting for my friends Sharon and Mike in Topeka! 

Meetings- I have re-entered the meeting scene. I had left for a few years to readjust. Topeka is not the easiet city to deal with. Sometimes you just need to restart. It was nice to meet so many new people and old people. Networking is very important when you own a business or even work at one. I have spoken to many groups but I wasn't attending the meetings. I am now going to start doing my best to attend, ING, AWE, ABWA KEEN, ENGAGE Business Network, and Topeka Growth Partners. I still part of Topeka Tourism as well. This group is going to need some rebuilding. Our local attractions have been ignored for the past  couple years and we need to change that!!

Keen Meeting - I am now a member of KBWA. This months meeting, we heard from Linda Stephens and Melissa Barnes.

ING Meeting - Lori Welch with personally yours was our presenter. She does personalized items. http://www.pygiftsandfavors.com/  You really need to check out her website!!

ING 1  ING 1  ING 1

Thanksgiving: We usually have a few extra people at my mom's house. This year we had my aunt Marilyn, who just moved to Topeka from California a month ago and Kolton. His dad was going to come but he wasn't feeling well! Normal food coma and family time. Chelsea and I actually went shopping that evening and had a great time.  The lines were not that crazy but we found some really good deals!!

Thanksgiving 1  Thanksgiving 1

Bad Moms 2 - The girls and I were asked if we would do a mom and daughter movie dinner night. We agreed and set up the date to see Bad Moms 2. Then we would meet at Red Robin for dinner! The movie was funny. I thought they used the F word about 10 times too much! Our dinner was also yummy! 

Mom Daughter Movie 1 Mom Daughter Movie 1 Mom Daughter Movie 1 Mom Daughter Movie 1 Mom Daughter Movie 1 Mom Daughter Movie 1 Mom Daughter Movie 1 Mom Daughter Movie 1Mom Daughter Movie 1 Mom Daughter Movie 1

20 Under 40 Banquet - I always love to see the up and coming Rock Stars in Topeka! The Boys Scouts started this banquet in 2010. The room was full and the night was fun. I ran into many people, I have not seen in a long time.

20 Under 40 1 20 Under 40 1 20 Under 40 1 20 Under 40 1 20 Under 40 120 Under 40 1 20 Under 40 1 20 Under 40 1

The Schultz Show.. Movie Premier - Five years ago my brothers and I got to play on stage for a few weekends. We have always been a theatre family but it was our first time actually getting to perform in front an audience that we didn't force to watch us!  I made yummy desserts and we all enjoyed our show that was dedicated to our dad. We brought a special surprise at the end, starring past performer singing my theme song, Louder than words. The song says, Actions speak louder than words. That describes my family to a T!

Schultz Show 1 Schultz Show 1 Schultz Show 1 Schultz Show 1

 

Ticket Takers - Who else would call you 90 minutes before  the doors open and tell you that they have no ticket takers for a SOLD OUT show. My brother, Chris, that is who! So my plans changed and off to TPAC I went to help scan tickets. It was actually sort of fun! My entire family was there, even my aunt who had just moved to Topeka the day before!  Casting Crowns were awesome!!  I didn't stay for the entire concert but the parts I did see, were amazing!!

Casting Crowns 1 Casting Crowns 1 Casting Crowns 1 Casting Crowns 1Casting Crowns 1 Casting Crowns 1 Casting Crowns 1 Casting Crowns 1

New project - I can't go into details but big things are happening! BAM!! More to come!!  I can also add the letters L M C. 

Coming Soon                      

Topeka Jazz Workshop - My friend Ralph had a guest pass for this concert and invited me and my mom to attend. I had never been to The Topeka Jazz Workshop.  My daughter designs the program and my brother handles some of the tech and marketing stuff. I was actually impressed and surprised that I enjoyed the music so much. I wish we had a Jazz Club in Topeka! 

Jazz Workshop 1 Jazz Workshop 1

Thanksgiving part 2- Who can say no to a second Thanksgiving dinner. Dana prepared an amazing meal! 

Thanksgivng Part 2 1 Thanksgivng Part 2 1

Small Business Saturday - Everyone rushes out on Black Friday and many small businesses are closed. Now we have Small Business Saturday! This day focuses on the small businesses in your community! Juli's had a vendor event that day. 

Small Business 1 Small Business 1 Small Business 1

 

The View from My NOTO Studio

Barbara Waterman Peters

 

View from my Studio

By Barbara Waterman-Peters

View from my Studio   12

by Barbara Waterman-Peters

December brings more cold, shorter days, and frantic schedules. My studio time is not as plentiful and feels squeezed in between shows, meetings and other commitments. No new paintings have been started and completion of that one stubborn canvas seems an impossible goal. However, new ideas are beginning to emerge, sketches and reference photos created, and a sense of direction gained.

Outside my window, holiday decorations invite people to NOTO and into its businesses for warmth, shopping and friendly greetings. The last First Friday Art Walk of the year is the first day of December and we look forward to the crowds coming to see our art, braving the cold despite the early darkness and busy schedules!

"All of Us" is our annual holiday group exhibit! The artists at STUDIO 831 continue to amaze with new ideas and new work! Come see the results of artists sharing creative space infused with energy! Perhaps you might find something to add to your collection or give as a gift! Michael Bradley, Kathleen Cobb, Anne Kufahl, Diane Lawrence, Gwen McClain,Larry Peters, Tyler Quintin, Hi Stockwell, Lois VanLiew, Trudy Waterman, and Barbara Waterman-Peters are all included!

 

BW P Snow Flint Hills II

Topeka City of Character

Topeka City of Character      KSCharacter.org

 

Sponsored by Topeka Capital Journal

Enthusiasm 

Expressing joy in each task as I give it my best effort

 

 

 

 

A Financially Fit Life Offers Real Abundance

Desmond Henry

 

A Financially Fit Life Offers Real Abundance

Desmond Henry, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™

 

 

%POST_TITLE% Thumbnail

8 Things You Need To Know Before Giving To Charity

NOVEMBER 10, 2017  TAXESUNCATEGORIZED

It’s that time of year again. November 28th is #GivingTuesday - a global day of giving intended to motivate people to collaborate and give back during the most charitable season of the year. During the holidays, people are more inspired to give. In fact, one third of all charitable giving done in America happens in the month of December.

We all have our reasons for giving to charity. Some of us root our charitable donations in our faith, while others give to a cause that’s near and dear to their heart. Either way, research has proven that  charitable giving can lead to a more satisfying and fulfilling life. It’s also a good way to reap tax benefits with the impending end-of-year tax deadline creeping up on us.

Regardless of whether you’re just feeling charitable, or you want to see the positive benefits of charitable giving on your taxes, you should do a little bit of digging before you sign that donation check.

 

DON’T JUST GIVE TO GIVE. FIND A CAUSE YOU’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT.

 

You have so many options when it comes to charities you can donate to. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are over 1.57 million tax-exempt charities that exist. So don’t just pick one at random!

Instead, decide what’s important to you before deciding where to donate. What are you passionate about? Find charities that address those interests, and determine whether their mission aligns with your values.

Next, you get to decide how you want your charitable donation to have an impact. You should consider…

  • Do you want to help a local cause, or a global initiative?
  • Do you want your donation to provide direct help, or would you rather raise awareness about an issue you care about?
  • Do you want your money to fight poverty? Go towards resources? Promote research?

Deciding how you want your donation to be used can help you determine where to donate.

 

VERIFY THE CHARITY’S NON-PROFIT STATUS.

 

If you’re going to donate to charity, you might as well get the tax benefits for your donation. It only makes sense to utilize the option since it’s available to you. In order to do this, you’ll need to verify the charity’s non-profit status.

To verify a non-profit status, you’ll want to look for a 501(c)3 organization. The IRS has an excellent tool to help you do this. A 501(c)3 organization has to comply with IRS regulations, including filing an annual financial report to the IRS called the Form 990. By donating to a 501(c)3 charity, you’re helping to ensure your donations are deemed tax deductible by the government.

 

RESEARCH THE CHARITIES THROUGH AN INDEPENDENT CHARITY EVALUATOR.

 

The last thing you want to do is fall into a scam, or donate to a charity who misuses funds. I suggest that you use one of the following three charity evaluators before you donate:

These three organizations each offer their own unique system for rating charities on a wide range of factors including their finances, the transparency of the organization, and more. Keep in mind that if you’re researching a smaller charity, they may not appear on one of these search engines. That doesn’t mean they aren’t a legitimate charity, it just means they’re not big enough to be vetted by a charity evaluator.

I recommend checking all three of these evaluators to get a good baseline before you commit to any one charity to donate to.

 

MAKE SURE YOUR MONEY IS GOING TO THE CAUSE.

 

If your charity isn’t listed on one of those three charity evaluators, that’s okay. It just means you’ll need to do a little bit of extra research. Pull the charity’s Form 990 here. This will help you get a better idea of whether the charity is going to be a good financial steward of your dollars.

You’ll want to look for how much of the charity’s money (received from donors like you) goes towards the programs or services they offer (versus paying administrative and fundraising costs). In general, I advise that donors make sure that at least 65-75% of the charity’s budget is going toward programs or services they offer.

 

WILL YOU RECEIVE A TAX DEDUCTION?

 

In a word: maybe. Most people aren’t aware that you need to itemize in order to get the deduction for charitable giving. A good rule of thumb is to speak with a tax professional to make sure things are setup correctly to receive the deduction. Always hold onto receipts for your donations - especially if they’re over $250.

There are several common misconceptions that are worth addressing here. First, raffle tickets are not deductible. Second, volunteering your time (or the value of the time spent volunteering) is also not deductible. Finally, if you attend a charity dinner or win a prize for your donation - you can only deduct the fair market value of the food/service/product you received (not the amount you donated). For example, if you spend $250/person on a charity gala and receive a steak dinner - you only get to deduct how much a typical steak dinner would cost, not the full $250.

 

DOES YOUR EMPLOYER MATCH?

 

In some cases, companies offer a donation match program for qualifying charities. If you want to double the impact of your donation, it’s definitely worth looking into. Of course, you’ll need to keep in mind that you can only deduct the amount that you donated to the charity of your choice. Any amount that your employer matches isn’t part of your donation.

 

AVOID SCAMS.

 

It’s especially unfortunate that there are people in this world who are willing to capitalize on the goodwill of donors in order to turn a profit. But they do exist. When you’re looking to donate, it’s important that you do your fact-checking ahead of time to avoid getting scammed.

These “charities” tend to pop up with natural disasters, and it’s been noticeable lately with the numerous hurricane and wildfire relief funds that have been taking action to help those in need. The best way to avoid these scams is to  go through the charity evaluators listed above before you donate.

The second best way to avoid scam charities is to skip any over-the-phone donations. There’s no way to verify the legitimacy of a charity who calls you at random asking for donations - which puts you at risk for donating your hard-earned cash to a charity that doesn’t actually exist.

 

GIFTING APPRECIATED STOCK - MY FAVORITE WAY TO GIVE.

 

Many people don’t realize this option is available to them - and it’s a phenomenal way to donate to the charity of your choice. Rather than selling your stock to make a cash donation, you can give an appreciated asset to a charity. If you’ve held the stock for more than a year, you can deduct the value of the donation at the time you donate it. You also avoid paying any capital gains tax that would apply if you sold the stock to donate cash.

For example, if you bought a $10,000 stock investment 10 years ago and today it’s worth $25,000 - you can donate that stock. You get to claim the full $25,000 donation as a charitable deduction (if you itemize your deductions and subject to applicable limits and restrictions).

Under this scenario, you avoid paying capital gains tax on the $15,000 your stock gained over the past 10 years and the charity you’re donating to doesn’t have to pay the capital gains tax, either. As always, before making stock donations to a charity, be sure to discuss the best way to go about it with a tax professional.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS.

 

If you’ve gone through the charity vetting process and still have questions you want answered before donating, I recommend volunteering your time before you open your checkbook. If that’s not feasible, pick up the phone to make an inquiry or pay their facility a visit. A good charity will be willing to answer all of your questions and then some - leaving you with peace of mind to make your charitable donation!

No matter how you plan on donating this holiday season, a CFP® professional can help you vet charities, plan the most tax efficient ways to give, and maximize the tax benefits of your donation while helping you support the causes you’re passionate about. Want to discuss charitable giving in more detail? Contact metoday to start the conversation.

Kim's Little Black Book of Helpers

Little Black Book

Need help around your house or business?


Here are a few companies that have helped me in the past! Make sure you write these numbers down!

H.D. Services

Heating & Air
Hugh Renyer
785-806-6697

Pruitt Appliance Service
2013 SW 6th St.
Topeka, KS 66606

Passow Remodeling
Ryan Passow
785-221-1123
Click Here for Website

Gardner Roofing
785-228-0088
Click Here for website

Brian's Total Home LLC

Wood Floors Plus More

Brian Huffstutler
(785) 845-9492

Cambridge Quartz and Granite

Counter Tops

785-862-7971

Mastery Movers
785-271-7100 (office)785-633-4904 (cell)Monday - Saturday 8am - 6pmFree Estimates

Ozark Pest Control

Pest Control

234-2290

Knott Home Service and Repair (Plumbing)

785-608-9789

Pamper Youself

Hair, Nails, Massage etc....

These are a few places that I go to!

Strandz Hair Studio 3339 SW Gage Blvd   Ask for Amber

Hair Care Etc - 1801 SE 29th St, Ste 2, Topeka, KS 66605 (785) 267-2832 Ask for Christy (She does amazing spiral perms)


Nail World - 1570 SW Wanamaker Ste 200

Kims Toes

Allure Hair Studio  (Gage) - Hair and Makeup - Jerome Garcia

Other places in Topeka you might want to give a try... I asked some of my friends where they get a great massage and they answered: Call for an appointment!!!

Holly Torrez - Altered Image Salon & Spa


Egos Day Spa - 2827 SW Wanamaker Rd  (785) 272-1181

Backs 2 Life Massage

 

 

Back to Life Massage 2611 SW 17th St  Ste 101   785-969-7368

 

Christin at Stillpoint  - 2709 SW 29th St # D  - (785) 228-0055


Daniellson and Associates in North Topeka, ask for Deana  201 NW Hwy 24 Suite 120  273-7500


Backs By Popular Demand Logo for Website

Backs By Popular Demand - (785) 234-1548

 

Holly Eastman-Brantley @ Total Image Body Salon on 21st and Gage

 

Banner My Sweet Tooth

 

Banner Topeka Facebook Pages

 

Keith the Critic

Keith VansickleKeith the Critic

https://www.facebook.com/keiththecriticvansickle/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Bird

Lady Bird 1 e1504620203498This movie is about a teenaged girl's life and her love/hate relationship with her mother.  Christine McPherson, who is played by Saoirse Ronan, has given herself the name Lady Bird.  She lives with her mom, dad, brother, and brother's girlfriend in a small home in Sacramento.  She dreams of going away to college and leaving home and deals with the usual teenage issues with friends, boys, and school.  Her mother, Marion, who is played by Laurie Metcalf, is a nurse and is always pushing Lady Bird.  Lady Bird in turn goes back and forth between loving and hating her mother. 

This movie is one of the best films I've seen all year.  Greta Gerwig wrote and directed Lady Bird and she did a phenomenal job.  The movie mimics real life as it is for most teenage girls.  It shows real depth into Lady Bird's feelings.  Saoirse Ronan should receive a best actress Oscar nomination, Laurie Metcalf should get a supporting actress nomination, Greta Gerwig should get a best director/writer nomination, and the movie itself should be nominated for best picture.  That's how great this movie is.  You currently have to go outside of Topeka to see it, but it's worth the drive.  I gave this movie 4 out of 4 stars. 

Four out of Four Stars

Roman Israel, Esq.

Denzel Washington plays Roman Israel who is a lawyer.  Roman believes in standing up for what is right and has spent his life developing briefs that he hopes will one day change how the justice system works.  He works tirelessly in a Roman Israel Esqsmall two-man law firm and is happy to be second fiddle and not seen. 

When his partner dies, he is forced to find work elsewhere.  He decides to work in a high class law firm for George Pierce, who is played by Colin Farrell.  He doesn't fit in and when he is forced to represent a murder suspect, he learns the identity of his accomplice.  When his client is killed, he decides to anonymously name the other killer and collect the $100,000 reward.   While some things are now looking better for his life, he struggles with his conscious. 

The only good part of this movie was the two main actors.  Denzel can play any part in any movie and he will be great.  Colin Farrell was pretty good as well.  However, the script and the directing were poor.  There were a lot of loose ends that had me scratching my head.  I can only give this movie 2 out of 4 stars and that's totally due to Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell. 

two out of Four Stars

Justice League

Justice LeagueThis includes Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman,  Ezra Miller as Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.  Superman, who is again played by Henry Cavill, has died and the world is at the mercy of Steppenwolf who is in search of three Mother Boxes on Earth. Dianna's mother warns her of Steppenwolf's intentions.  Dianna joins with Batman to recruit assistance to stop him.  With the help of the others and information from Commissioner Gordon, who is played by J.K. Simmons, they must save Earth without the help of Superman. 

I was excited to see the Justice League and went home horribly disappointed with the script.  I thought Zack Snyder was a terrible director.  Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot tried hard to make this movie enjoyable.   Some of the special effects were great and at other times cheap looking.  I'll be surprised if the movie makes enough money to cover it's cost.  I hope they still decide to make a sequel but they need to choose better writing and directing.  It's no where near as good as the Batman movies directed by Christopher Nolan or the recent Wonder Woman.  I'm sad to say that I can only give this movie 2 out of 4 stars. 

two out of Four Stars

Wonder

Wonder

Wonder stars Julia Roberts as Isabel Pullman and Owen Wilson as her husband, Nate.  They have two children:  Olivia, who is played by Izabela Vidovic, and August, who is played by Jacob Tremblay.  Auggie, as he is known , was born with a facial deformity and has been through many surgeries.  Still he likes to wear a helmet in public to avoid the stares. 

Auggie has been home-schooled by his mother who put her career on hold to care for him.  However, she and Nate have decided that it's time for him to be in school with other children now that he's ready for middle school.  The first day of school goes as he expects and he's treated as an outcast.  But soon he meets Jack, who is played by Noah Jupe, and he finally has a best friend.

When Halloween arrives, Auggie overhears Jack making fun of him with the class bully and life returns as it was.  It seems his only friends are his family.

This book is based on the book of the same name written by R.J. Palacio.  It's a very heart-warming movie that has excellent directing and a well-written script.  The acting was really fantastic, especially Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jack Tremblay.  I was very impressed by Julia Roberts.  She gets better and better as an actress as she gets older. 

Take your family as this movie is for all ages.  I gave this movie 3 1/2 out of 4 stars. 

3 and half stars

 

Murder on the Orient Express

murder on the orient express poster headerThis movie is a remake of the original Agatha Christie novel.  It's the fourth time the movie has been made - first in 1974, again in 2001, and previously in 2010.  This version features an all-star cast.  The main character is a detective named Hercule Poirot who is played by Kenneth Branagh.  He is obsessive compulsive and bothered by things that seem out of place.  He catches a ride on the Orient Express on his way to his next case.  The other passengers include Pilar Estravados (Penelope Cruz), Gerhard Hardman (Willem Dafoe), Princess Dragomiroff (Judi Dench), Samuel Ratchett (Johnny Depp), Hector McQueen (Josh Gad), Dr. Arbuthnot (Leslie Odom Jr), and Caroline Hubbard (Michelle Pfeiffer) to name a few.  When Ratchett is killed one night on the train, Hercule must determine who killed him.

I'm not sure why someone felt the need to make this movie again.  Four times is enough.  Kenneth Branagh directed this movie as well as starred in it.  I think his acting was good but he failed with the directing.  With all the big name stars, the overall impressing of the acting was just OK.  The scenery along the train route was beautiful but the movie was not good.  Hopefully this will be the last attempt at a remake of Murder on the Orient Express.  I gave this movie 2 out of 4 stars. 

two out of Four Stars 

Guest Writer..Henry Moore

We love our guest writers!  Welcome Henry Moore

logo Henry Moore

 

Henry Moore December

4 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Getaway

The holidays have always been a popular time of the year for packing your bags and taking a trip. Whether alone or with friends, seeing family, traveling abroad, or taking a romantic getaway, you won’t find a busier time of the year to hit the road or book a flight. Unfortunately for many, taking a holiday vacation can lead to unwanted stress.

While people take a holiday trip for their own reasons, no one wants to feel stressed while on vacation. Here are some tips for keeping the stress down and optimizing your relaxation, no matter where you’re going.

Plan Ahead

 

Most stressful vacations stem from not having a solid game plan. Before you pack your bags and hit the road, you need to know where you are going, how you are getting there, and what you want to see and experience while on your trip. Planning your trip well ahead of time will help avoid stress that comes with booking flights and arranging hotel reservations last minute. The more you take care of ahead of time, the less pressure you will feel in the days leading up to your trip, meaning you’ll spend less time worrying and more time enjoying your trip.

Be Flexible

 

When you make plans for your holiday getaway, avoid overloading your itinerary with too many things to do. If you plan out too many places to see or things to do on your trip, you might find that your entire trip is in a constant state of motion. Once you arrive at one place, you will feel immediately pressured to get a move on so you won’t miss the next thing. This pressure of getting “everything in” can add stress and put a damper on your trip. While on vacation, your ultimate goal is to relax, so leave some wiggle room in your itinerary and remember that less is more.

 

Pack Light

 

Less is more can be applied to more than just your itinerary. When packing for your trip, remember that everything you bring will have to be carried around with you, from the airport, to your hotel, and in some cases, everywhere in between. Lugging around an enormous suitcase can kill your relaxing vacation vibes and add stress to the exhaustion you already feel hauling around all your stuff. Try adopting the Japanese concept of KonMari when packing for your trip. KonMari is a method used to declutter your life and make room only for what is absolutely necessary and brings you happiness. Look through your list of things to pack and ask yourself, “Do I really need three different jackets?”

 

Don’t Worry About Home

 

Speaking of carrying around extra weight, nothing can be as burdensome as worrying about what’s going on back home while you’re miles away. You’ll find it difficult to rest and relax if you’re constantly wondering if your home is safe and sound. The best way to avoid this unwanted stress is to sort your home security before you set out. If you are worried about someone breaking into your home, you might consider investing in a security system that alerts you and the authorities whenever someone enters your home. Additionally, you could have friends and family check in on your house a couple times a week to ensure that everything is okay. Have them bring in the mail while they’re there, and bring them back a souvenir to thank them.

Most people are only able to have 1-2 vacations per year. No one wants to spend this time bogged down with stress over itinerary, luggage, and home. Take care of business well in advance to keep spirits merry and bright as you embark on your holiday vacation.

Author

Henry is the co-creator of FitWellTraveler. The site blends two of his favorite subjects (travel and health) to provide readers with information about how to get the most out of both.

Photo Credit: Pixabay

Experience Restaurants With Tricia

Tricia Peterson

 

Tricia Peterson

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Www.2chefscateringtopeka.com

 

 

The holidays are right around the corner and I’m trying to wait until then to indulge. When it gets colder out I want comfort foods like macaroni and cheese, chili with cheese on tops and Fritos, any kind of soup and anything with gravy on it. This year I’m trying to stay away from all that by cooking at home and trying to do lighter versions of my comfort food favorites that like to hang out on my waistline.

For awhile I got rid of fats, carbs and sugar to kind of cleanse my body. During that time I found a soup recipe and modified it a little and ended up making it a few more times because I liked it so much. It was pretty simple, especially because I had a ton of garden fresh tomatoes laying around with nothing planned for them. So I blanched and peeled them, diced them up, then cooked them into a soup that I pureed a little bit at the end, but I left some chunks because that’s how I like my tomato soup. Here’s the recipe I used:

3 cloves garlic

2 ounces chopped onions

1 ounce chopped celery

Saute these ingredients in water if you can’t have fat, or butter if you can.

Add the tomatoes and other ingredients and simmer for at least 45 minutes.

13 ounces fresh, chopped tomatoes (you can used canned, too)

1/8th teaspoon thyme

1/8th teaspoon oregano

1/8th teaspoon basil

1/8th teaspoon rosemary

1 bay leaf

¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

After simmering for awhile, puree to your desired consistency. If you want it to be creamier, just add some hot cream or milk.

This recipe saved me on cold days and added freshness to my dull meals that I was getting tired of. It’s also one that I will use even while not dieting just because it’s so good. Any of the herbs can be fresh or dried, just whatever you have on hand. I also like to play around with different paprikas and that really changes the flavor of the soup, too.

What’s your favorite recipe for soup? This is mine for now, please let me know if you like it, too.

New Businesses

Platform 785

Opening February 2, 2018

929 S Kansas Ave Ste A

Topeka, KS 66603

785-756-4118

www.platform785.com

Vintage Clothing from 1900 - 1980's, focusing on 1940-1960! We always offer treats, tea and jazz while you shop. We are right by the little pocket park with the train platform and BNSF train at 10th and Kansas in Topeka

 

Essentia Salon & Spa

5900 SW Huntoon St. Ste A2

Topeka, KS 66604

785-783-7130

https://www.essentiasalonandspa.com/

 

Total Fit Body Boot Camp

 5626 SW 29th St

Topeka, KS 

785-408-5269

https://www.fitbodybootcamp.com/topekafitnessbootcamp/

 

Gun Garage & Shooting Range

2120 NE Meriden Rd, Topeka, KS 66608

785-246-4867

http://www.gungaragefirearms.com/

 

Rustic Creations:  A DIY Wood Sign Workshop

   3 hour Workshops:

    Friday - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

   Sat.      -  noon to 3 pm & 5 pm to 8 pm.

   Must go to the website to register 48 hrs in advance    www.rusticcreationstopeka.com

   We also host private parties on other days and times.

 

 

Huscarl Hobbies Games

HUSCARL Hobbies and Games

1930 SW Westport Dr Ste2

Topeka, Kansas

http://www.huscarlhobbiesandgames.com/

 

4-Hope, Inc

806-828-8062

http://4-hopellc.org

 

One Heart Project

One Heart Project

www.oneheart.com/kcmi

 

Mizu Sushi

Mizu Sushi and Hibachi  Now Open

1320 SW Ashworth Pl

Top Dog

Top Dog

Huntoon and Gage

 

BrianChild Animation & Multimedia

818 NE Kansas Ave

Website coming soon Brainchildtribe.com

 

Deals on Wheels

Buy-Sell-Trade

785-783-2773 or 785-250-4676

2640 NW Topeka Blvd

Deals on Wheels Cropped

Ethan Anna Childrens Boutique

Ethan + Anna Children's

2829 SW 29th St, Topeka, KS

785-845-3019

 

New Life Fountains LLC

Maurice Ansley

913-424-6850

 

Eagle Aerial Solutions LLC

785-206-6476

Eagle Aerial Solutions LLC

Maricel's has reopened in downtown Topeka

729 S Kansas Ave

  

Bruno's Downtown Grill & Bar

1003 SE Quincy, Topeka, KS 66612

https://www.facebook.com/Brunosdowntowngrill/

Brunos Downtown Grill Bar

 

 skys the limit logo topeka kansas video game party

Sky's the Limit Mobile Gaming

http://www.skysthelimitmobilegaming.com/

(785) 260-2476

 

Sky Zone Tampoline Park

Westridge Mall

 

Gyroville

29th and Wanamaker  NOW OPEN!

Gyroville

 

Brightstar Event Services

913-957-4331

https://brightstar-events.com/

After years in the event services industry, BrightStar founder Nick Holmes saw its challenges and wanted to create a different kind of event company. After years of hearing about what’s most important to brides from years of bridal shows and weddings, Nick built BrightStar to focus on what matters most.

  • Service and expertise. We’ve seen hundreds of special events and spoken with even more brides and brides-to-be. We’ll listen carefully to your needs and help you navigate the journey to your special day.
  • The extra mile. Sure, we help execute hundreds of events every year. But we know that every one of them could be someone’s event of a lifetime. We take that responsibility very seriously. That means we do what it takes to nail your event.
  • Great execution. Our team is good at what they do. We guarantee your satisfaction.

 

Interior Design Resources

2109 SW Belle 478-5706

https://www.facebook.com/Interior-Design-Resources-591593351046145/

Interior Design Resources Provides Interior Design, Design Services, Cabinets, Flooring Materials, Window Treatments, Countertops And Furniture To The Topeka, KS Area.

 

Culligan Water

3116 SW 29th Street. Topeka Kansas 66614..

https://www.facebook.com/Culligan-Water-Topeka-201337996999670/

Bottled Water/Coolers for your business or home, Water softeners and Bottle free water coolers and Reverse Osmosis Drinking water systems.. 8:30AM till 5PM MOnday thru Friday.. 785-350-2551.

Free drinking water fillups. Bring your jugs and we will fill them for FREE! 5 Gallon limit per customer.

 

 
 
 
create\uplift is a multimedia company based in Northeastern Kansas and services Topeka, Lawrence, Kansas City and beyond. We provide professional photography, videography, graphic design, website development, interactive marketing, and creative consulting to brands and businesses. Since 2015 we have operated from our workspace in Downtown Topeka, located in the collaborative makerspace, 712 Innovations.
 
 
Topeka Pizza
Opening January 2018
1630 SW Arvonia
273-4444
Delivery and Takeout! Topeka Pizza is coming this October, right across from Lowes
 
 
 
IHOP North Topeka

551 NW US Highway 24

 

Pizzeria Via Family Dining - Coming Soon!

738 SW Gage Blvd

785-215-6100

Pizzeria Via Family Dining offers hand crafted and stone baked pizza, salads, grinders, wraps, wings and we also serve a variety of alcoholic beverages.

 

Colaw Fitness

Colaw Fitness

1935 S.W. Westport Drive

Coming Soon

Hidden Hill Farms of Kansas

7320 SW Indian Hills Rd

Auburn, KS 66402

COMING in June 2018

Wedding and Event Venue

 

Using EverythingTopeka.com

This website is a prototype for an idea that I have been working on for ten years! It is continually changing and I hope to make this the main site for anyone that wants to find something in Topeka to use.

It is being built with those who live in Topeka and the surrounding area but not limited to them.

There are 4 sections to this website.

  1. The Topeka Newsletter is the first part.  It is going through some major overhaul since most of the information can now be found in a better organized manner on the website.  This is free for any locally owned business to use to promote their business.
  2. The Community Calendar is actually the most important part of this website, right now.  Each community should be informed on what is going on. This doesn't just mean the bar scene. When I say informed, I mean fundraisers, sports, daily food and drink specials, sales, entertainment, recreation and anything else going on.  This calendar tries to include anything that the public is invited to. There is no charge to include your events.  We enter all the events so it saves business owners time. They just need to send us the information and we will take it from there.
  3. Everything Topeka is a plethora of information compiled in a map based program.  Here you can search and find different venues in different categories. You can pick one or all categories to search. This search will not find information that is not on the map though so you will need to use the website search function also. It is free to be listed with a simple profile and an affordable way to enhance your listing.
  4. Everything Else is more businesses that are not listed in the Map feature. There is a guide page that actually will lead you in the right direction.  http://everythingtopeka.com/everything-topeka/all-categories  It is free to be listed with a simple profile and an affordable way to enhance your listing.

Searching EverythingTopeka.com

We have 2 different search bars.  We use a program called Hot Spot and it does not integrate with the rest of the website at this time.  So you will need to use both places if you can't find what you are looking for.  Search Articles option will search everything but the maps. It even includes the calendar.

 

 

Thanks for your support!

I am working very hard to try to find out all the great things going on in Topeka  If you know of any event that is open to the public please let me know!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Remember event dates and times can change.  Check out their webiste or give them a call before making plans!

View this newsletter on  www.TopekaNewsletter.com


Please spread the word or forward this email to anyone you believe would be interested in know what is going on in Topeka.  Thanks

Always Keeping You Connected,

Kim

Support ET!

Thank you for your support!

Subscribe to The Topeka Newsletter Today!

Business Profile

FREE! Add your business or organization to Everything Topeka!

Enhanced listing packages will be available soon. Stay tuned!

Contact Us

captcha

Powered by ChronoForms - ChronoEngine.com