July/August 2012

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Festival Week



Canton offers a full week of celebration with up close and personal experiences with the Hall of Famers. Plus... •Travel •Festivals at Grand Lake


3.....THOSE WERE THE DAYS Chewing Gum 4.....TAKE A TRIP TO CLARKSVILLE 5 .... SUMMER FUN AT GRAND LAKE Area hosts summer festivals 6-7 . FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL WEEK Canton celebrates football 8 .... SAUDERS VILLAGE OFFERS UNIQUE EXPERIENCES 9 .... IN THE SAME BOAT The laws of contraction and expansion 10 .. FINANCIAL ADVICEThe long road back 11 .. COOL BAKE-FREE SUMMER DESSERTS

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Creator of chewing gum had historical boss
from the bark of spruce trees, and they introduced this spruce gum to The origin of chewing gum North American settlers. goes all the way back to 50 A.D., In 1869, New York resident when the Greeks chewed mastiche. Thomas Adams was hired by a This was a resin that came from the Mexican exile named Antonio Mastic tree. to develop a new form of rubber The Mayan Indians of Central that contained chicle, since chicle America chewed a natural gum was plentiful in Mexico. Antonio called chicle that they derived from thought that Adams could make trees. American Indians chewed a synthetic rubber tires out of the natural gum-like resin that came new material. Adams tried to use it to make things like toys, masks, rain boots and bicycle tires; even though he failed in every attempt, he still became a huge success. One day he decided to chew a piece of the chicle, and then he added flavoring to it. In the process, he created the modern chewing gum. Soon after, he began selling pieces of his gum for a penny each World record setting bubble gum bub- and then he patented the machine that made it. ble is 23 inches in diameter. By Paul Niemann 2012

There are a few other pieces of “gum trivia” that are worth mentioning: •The very first patent issued for chewing gum went to a dentist named William Semple in 1869, the same year that Adams created his chewing gum. Maybe Semple was the original fifth dentist – you know, the one who didn’t recommend Trident to his patients?!? •The first bubble gum was created by Frank Fleer in 1906. If that names sounds familiar, it’s because his company makes the Fleer trading cards. •A Fleer employee named Walter Diemer made bubble gum pink

because pink was the only color that he had left. And if you just can’t get enough of this gum trivia, here’s one more: •The largest bubble ever blown was 23 inches in diameter, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. What ever happened to Thomas Adams’ boss, the Mexican exile named Antonio? Before he moved to New York, Antonio served as a general in the Mexican army; in fact, he was also a former president of Mexico. There was something else for which he is remembered. You know him by his first name, but history knows him by his last name – Santa Anna, as in

Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. He was the general who led the attack on the Alamo! Thomas Adams’ company went on to merge with the nation’s six other largest chewing gum makers, building a monopoly in the process. Today the company is known as Cadbury Adams, which is a division of Cadbury Schweppes. What happened to Adams’ chicle gum? Did he give his brand of gum a name back then? It turns out that he did name it. The name of Thomas Adams’ gum, which he began making way back in 1869, is “Chiclets.” They should mention this kind of stuff in the history books.


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SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 4:00 p.m. – MISS SUMMERFEST PAGEANT, Performing Arts Center, Memorial High School. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8 7:00 p.m. – LITTLE MISS SUMMERFEST PAGEANT, Performing Arts Center, Memorial High School. THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 SUPPER AND SOUNDS IN THE PARK 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. - SUPPER IS SERVED - Memorial Park. 7:00 p.m. - THE BIG BAND SOUND OF AC SWING - Gazebo. FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 10:00 a.m. - SUPER SIDEWALK SALES Spring Street. 5:00 p.m. - SUMMERFEST CRUISE-IN South Street Parking Lot 5:00 p.m. – POLICE K-9 WORKING DOG DEMONSTRATION- practice field by the St. Marys River 6:00 p.m. - DIAPER DERBY – Near canal boat. (Registration at 5:30 pm) 6:00 p.m. – THE DANGER BROTHERS – Gazebo. 9:00 p.m. –- EXPLOIT - Entertainment Tent. SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 - FAMILY DAY 7:30 a.m. – SATURDAY MORNING BREAKFAST BY AGAPE – Kiwanis Tent 8:00 a.m. – SENIOR MOMENTS MORNING – Entertainment Tent. 8:00 a.m. – PONY RUN – Canal Towpath toward 40-Acre Pond. (Registration 7:30 am) 8:30 a.m. – ROUGHRIDER 5K RUN – Canal Towpath toward 40-Acre Pond. (Registration 7:30 am) 8:00 - FARMERS’ MARKET/ BAKE SALE Covered Bridge. 9:00 a.m. – CRAFT SHOW, South Street Parking Lot. 9:30 a.m. – BBQ COOK-OFF COOKING BEGINS (Registration 7:00 am) 9:30 a.m. - KIDS GAMES AND ACTIVITIES Memorial Park. 10:00 a.m. – 5 K WALK AND TALK FOR HEALTH – Towpath along Miami & Erie Canal. (Registration 9:30 am) 1:00 p.m. – FRISBEE GOLF TOURNAMENT, K.C. Geiger Park 12:00 Noon – TALENT SHOW – Entertainment Tent. 2:00 p.m. – WHIFFLEBALL TOURNAMENT –MHS Practice Field. 4:30 p.m. - SUMMERFEST PARADE – Downtown. 6:00 p.m. – CAPTAIN FANTASTIC/BROKEN ROAD – Gazebo. 9:00 p.m. –- THE EARTHQUAKERS - Entertainment Tent. SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 10:00 a.m. – PUTT-R GOLF TOURNAMENT, K.C. Geiger Park 1:00 p.m. – BOB TOBINS KIDDIE TRACTOR PULL - South Street. 2:30 p.m. – CORN TOSS TOURNAMENT – Memorial Park. (Registration 12 Noon) 7:00 p.m. – THE AVALONS - Gazebo. 10:00 p.m. – SUMMERFEST FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR. FOR FULL SCHEDULE VISIT

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•Volleyball Tournament Is Back ! Sunday, July 29 - Co-ed 6 on 6 teams. •Bed Races Are Back Again !!! Saturday, July 28 on Main Street. Fast and funny, this is a real crowd pleaser. •The 2012 Harley Davidson Raffle Bike has arrived. Contact a Lake Festival Committee Member to get your tickets now !!! Lots of Family Fun! For more information on these and other events check out www.

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Amphicars have been honored guests at the Celina Lake Festival in west central Ohio for the past 13 years. This year 35 to 40 are expected during the festival, July 27-29, 2012. You will begin seeing the cars on Tuesday and Wednesday of festival week as they drive around town and cruise along the lake. Their official festival appearances include a Splash-In on Friday evening and you can see the entire contingent of Amphicars as they take part in the Grand Parade on Saturday evening.


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Pro Football Hall of Fame
Since opening in 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has grown in size and stature. Improvements and renovations have transformed the original 19,000 square-foot museum into an exciting 85,000 square-foot internationally recognized institution. Currently, the Hall of Fame is undergoing the largest expansion in its history. The “Future 50” Expansion & Renovation Project is set to be finished in 2013 in time for the Hall of Fame’s 50th Anniversary. The completed building will be 118,000 square feet. Today, the Hall of Fame stands as a shining tribute to the men who made professional football America’s most popular sport. Why Canton for the Hall of Fame Site? The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton for three primary reasons; (1) the American Professional Football Association, later renamed the National Football League, was founded in Canton on September 17, 1920. (2) the Canton Bulldogs were an early-day pro football power, even before the days of the NFL. They were also the first two-time champion of the NFL in 1922 and 1923. The great Jim Thorpe, the first big-name athlete to play pro football, played his first pro football with the Bulldogs, starting in 1915. (3) Canton citizens early in the 1960’s launched a determined and well-organized campaign to earn the site designation for their city.

HISTORY: The Pro Football Hall of Fame concept first was placed before the public by the Canton Repository on December 6, 1959. That newspaper challenged its readers with the headline: “PRO FOOTBALL NEEDS A HALL OF FAME AND LOGICAL SITE IS HERE.” Canton civic groups quickly took up the challenge and a formal bid was made to the NFL for acceptance of Canton as the site for a pro football hall of fame. Three months later, Canton was granted this official site approval. Wooded parkland was donated from the city and ground-breaking for the original construction was held on August 11, 1962, and on September 7, 1963, the building was first opened to the public. For the past 48 years, the annual enshrinement of football players, coaches and contributors into the Pro Football Hall of Fame has been celebrated each summer during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival’s 18 diverse events over nearly two weeks and is enjoyed by 700,000 people. •BALLOON CLASSIC •JACKSON-BELDEN FOOD FEST & FIREWORKS Friday, July 20, 4:00 Saturday, July 21, 6:00 a.m. and 4:00 Sunday, July 22, 6:00 a.m.,

KSU at Stark/Stark State Campuses Free Event. Enjoy hot air balloons, food and beverage vendors, musical entertainment, mobile tours, and children’s activities making this a great event for the whole family. CONCERT AND FIREWORKS Saturday, July 28, 6:00 p.m. Downtown Canton Cornerstone Square Fireworks extravaganza! All activities will take place Cornerstone Square area of Tuscarawas Street and Walnut Avenue. COMMUNITY PARADE Sunday, July 29, 2:30 p.m. Downtown Canton Thousands of citizens are expected to enjoy an afternoon in the heart of downtown Canton for a great community parade. RIBS BURNOFF Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, August 1, 2, and 3, 11:00 a.m. daily, Stark County Fairgrounds Join us for lunch or dinner to enjoy finger-licking good food and fun! Rib masters from around the country compete. There will be a variety of other food vendors and sweet treats. Families will also enjoy a day full of tunes with national recording artists. FIRST PLAY 2012 Thursday, August 2, 10:00 a.m., Downtown Canton to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Nearly 2,000 enthusiastic youngsters line a two-mile route to pass an official NFL football from the site in downtown Canton where the National Football League was founded in 1920, to the front steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That same ball will

then be used in the Football Hall of Fame Game. For more information, please email

ENSHRINEES' GOLD JACKET DINNER Friday, August 3, 5:15 p.m., Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center The spotlight will be shining brightly on the 2012 Class of Enshrinees during the Enshrinees' Gold Jacket Dinner. Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin, and Willie Roaf will receive their Hall of Fame gold jacket. The evening will begin with a cocktail party and dinner prior to offering warm congratulations to the 2012 Class, along with returning Hall of Famers who are expected to be in Canton to welcome the newest members into their fraternity. Emceed by a sports broadcaster of national acclaim.

FRIDAY NIGHT RECEPTION Friday, August 3, 6:00 p.m. Guests with purchased tickets will enjoy a menu of all inclusive food, beer and wine from our buffet. When the presentation begins, you will be inside the Hall of Fame to watch the private, live television feed from the Gold Jacket presentation as the Class of 2012 dons their gold jackets. While inside, feel free to tour the hallowed hall and relive football’s greatest legends and moments.

Saturday, August 4, 8:00 a.m., Downtown Canton Nearly 200,000 spectators will line the 2.2 mile route to congratulate the 2012 Class of Enshrinees. Watch as giant helium balloons, marching bands, specialty units, and fabulous floats entertain the crowd in the heart of downtown Canton.


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MOUNTED MEMORIES AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS Saturday, August 4, Time: 12:00 noon Football fans have the opportunity to preserve football memories with autographs from Pro Football Hall of Famers returning to Canton for the Enshrinement festivities held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame grounds. ENSHRINEMENT CELEBRATION FAN PARTY Saturday, August 4, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Pro Football Hall of Fame Enjoy all inclusive food, beer and wine as a DJ plays all of today’s hits, then make the short walk to Fawcett Stadium to watch six of football’s greatest players share their personal journey to greatness. CLASS OF 2012 ENSHRINEMENT CEREMONY Saturday, August 4, 7:00 p.m., Pro Football Hall of Fame Field The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee held its annual election meeting on Sat. Feb. 4, 2012 and elected six individuals to the Class of 2012. Bringing the total number of members in the Hall of Fame to 273. ENSHRINEES GAMEDAY ROUNDTABLE Sunday, August 5, 12:30 p.m., Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center The roundtable discussion is an unscripted, up-close-and-personal format where the Enshrinees share stories and memories of their careers. PANINI CLASS OF 2012 AUTOGRAPH SESSION Sunday, August 5, Time: 3:00 p.m., Pro Football Hall of Fame Take advantage of an extraordinary opportunity to secure the autographs of members of the 2012 Class of Enshrinees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and make memories to last a lifetime.

FAN APPRECIATION TAILGATE PARTY Sunday, August 5, 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Pro Football Hall of Fame Be a part of the first NFL pre-season game and tailgate party! This party will kick off the NFL season in style with a gourmet twist on traditional tailgate fare, as well as all inclusive beer and wine. Music will be pumping through the sound system in our massive party tent to get you pumped up for the game. NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME Sunday, Aug. 5, 8:00 p.m., Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium To kick-off of the 2012 season, the Arizona Cardinals and the New Orleans Saints will play in the first preseason game of the year on Hall of Fame Field . DRUM CORPS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION Monday, August 6, 6:30 p.m., Paul Brown Tiger Stadium (Massillon) Exciting show featuring eight of the best drum corps in America. The corps will be at their peak performance levels just days before the world championships. Precision formations of high-stepping marchers and vibrantly colored costumes are sure to thrill music fans of all ages. For ticket information and more festival details visit the official website at

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July 21, July 22, August 11, August 12, September 8, September 9, October 6, October 7 Saturday session times: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:30, 2:30 or 3:30 Sunday session times: 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 or 3:00 Instructor: Mark Matthews Class Fee: $45.00/$40.00 members Ages: 10 and up Class Size: up to 4 people per session This memorable experience will give you the opportunity to work with internationally acclaimed glass artist Mark Matthews to create your own ornament or flower. You’ll get to select the colors for your piece, help Mark turn the molten glass into your own artwork and get an ‘up close’ chance to learn more about glass making. Please indicate on your registration form date, time and if you would like a flower or an ornament. Because the pieces will need to go through a cooling process, arrangements will be made at the time of the class to pick up your piece later or have it shipped.

Saturday & Sunday, August 4 & 5; Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 11 am – 4 pm The midwest chapters of The Wheelmen will have a display of nearly 100 high-wheeled bikes on the Village Green in the Historic Village! Guests will have the opportunity to interact with the owners and collectors and also see the bicycles in action during a parade at 2:00 each afternoon. Come and see this one-of-a-kind display! Also on this day the Village Strings will play on the Historic Village Green. Their traditional music is played by musicians from Southeastern Michigan. Grab a partner and dance a jig or two. Celtic, Irish, Scottish and folk music played on hammered dulcimers, mountain dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, banjo, harmonica, whistle, marimbula, spoons, tambourine, and washboard. This group started in 2008 and has performed together often in vintage style dress. They play a delightful mix of old fashioned dance tunes that keep the tradition alive and will simply make you want to move.

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In the Same Boat

The laws of contraction and expansion
the point of buying groceries and cooking when two can eat out so cheaply (I justified to myself)? A n d then the kids came home from college. Not only did they bring home By Mary Beth bags of Weisenburger food from their dorm and apartment, they also brought home new tastes. We suddenly needed to stock things like coffee creamer, a certain kind of juice with green tea, 1% milk and celery. Wham! The once-sparsely furnished refrigerator needed an overhaul, and we are now stuffing it to the gills on a weekly basis. And since the kids eat out some, too, we need to constantly shove things around, compile contents of Tupperware containers (leftover spaghetti in a bowl with the leftover steak? Why not!) and generally create death-defying pyramids of bottles and jars to make room for the Styrofoam restaurant boxes. It’s a problem. And I haven’t even touched on the challenge of finding space in our little freezer. (I sold the chest freezer last September, remember?!) We’ll just have to quickly eat that family-size box of waffles that is getting crushed in the freezer door. My refrigerators and freezers clearly need expansion joints. So do my washer and dryer, which have been able to keep up easily over the past months—they even got a few days off every week! But now they are rocking and rolling and running up my electric bill on a 3-times-daily basis. They’re exhausted. The bathrooms are also too small, there’s not enough room in the

I recently read an article about a local bridge that needs replacing because its expansion joints did not pass inspection. Expansion joints are those manmade gaps in slabs of concrete that allow the material to contract and expand with temperature and other conditional variations (sort of like my waistline does with my stress level variations). I’ve been thinking about expansion joints and I have decided that my house could use a few of those, too. Especially right now. The first place I would put an expansion joint is in my refrigerator. For the majority of the past nine months, my husband and I have been empty-nesters. The grocery bill was cut in half, the fridge was emptied of junk food and we ate out. A lot. What’s

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garage for all of our vehicles, and the dishwasher is working overtime, too. Our bath towel supply is running ragged, and every time I turn around I am replacing rolls of toilet paper. The dogs have lost weight because there are no longer any scraps available and they are forced to eat actual dog food. Of course it will all need to contract again in late August when the kids return to school. Food supplies will dwindle, the washer will make its way back to its cor-

ner, and my electric bill will return from the stratosphere. Everything that had been stretched to capacity over the summer will breathe a collective sigh of relief, and go back to its normal size. Everything, I’m sure, except my waistline.

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The long road back: A progress report on the economic recovery
It was just four years ago when investors faced their most dramatic challenge of recent times. In September 2008, Lehman Brothers collapsed and other financial giants were teetering on the edge of a similar fate. The government stepped in with the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) and the bailout helped avoid a deeper crisis. Yet investors paid a price. A severe bear market would see stocks (valued by broad measures like the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500) lose more than half of their value in a period of 18 months. A recession also took hold in 2008, the most severe America has seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Two of the most notable aspects of the economic slide that impacted Americans were the housing market bust and the unemployment rate rising above 10 percent. Economic Growth The economy slipped into a recession in the summer of 2008, declining at an annualized rate of almost nine percent in the fourth quarter of that year, according to statistics from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Positive economic growth did not return until mid-2009 and the recovery has remained modest since. The U.S. economy grew by three percent in 2010 but just 1.7 percent last year, and started this year with an annualized growth rate of about two percent. Things are moving in the By JoAn Smith, CFP right direction, but this is considFor some of us, the sense of ered a very sluggish rate of recovfear about the markets might have ery. Jobs dwindled, but hasn’t disappeared In the midst of the crisis four since that time – though much has changed for the better. Here is a years ago, the unemployment rate brief summary of what’s happened was around six percent, according in various aspects of the economy to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. and the investment markets since As the recession deepened, job losses multiplied and unemploythose dark days four years ago: ment topped out at over 10 percent in October 2009. Now it stands at around eight percent, still higher than at any time since 1983, but an improvement from several years ago. Positive job growth began in 2009 and gained some steam in late 2011 before slowing recently. Again, progress has If you’ve left a job and have a 401(k) or other retirement accounts, been made, but it don’t forget about them. Rolling over assets you have with former could be better. Inflation employers or other institutions to an Ameriprise® IRA can be Through the recesimportant in making your retirement dreams a reality. sion and the recovery, the inflation rate has remained relatively modest. After a cost of living hike of just Our Advisors. Your Dreams. MORE WITHIN REACH® under four percent in 2008, it dropped to 1.5 percent in 2010 and Call me today at (419) 695.7010 stood at three percent Jo An M M. Smith, CFP® practitioner 227 N Main St for 2011 (according to Delphos, OH 45833 Financial Advisor the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer 419-695-7010 Price Index). This is considered a modest rate of inflation that is not producing any joan.m.smith significant economic concerns. Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Housing Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. Some products and services may not be available in all jurisdictions or to all clients. Ameriprise Financial We continue to pay cannot guarantee future financial results. the price for a housing © 2012 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved. market that overheated over the last decade

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when the Case-Shiller Home Price Composite U.S. Index peaked. By 2008, it had fallen dramatically, and nationally home values continued to decline through 2011, losing on average one-third of their value. Foreclosure levels remain high, and the housing market is not expected to show significant strength anytime soon. Investment Markets In September 2008, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 10,850, already down about 25 percent from its peak less than a year earlier. It would proceed to dip to 6,547 by March, 2009. Since then the Dow has steadily recovered much of that lost ground, reaching above 13,000 in recent months before retreating somewhat in light of political and economic turmoil in Europe. The performance of individual stocks, mutual funds, ETFs or other investments varies. Bond markets have been stronger performers in that same time period. When the financial crisis hit in September 2008, the yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note stood at 3.82 percent. It has dropped well below two percent in 2012, and lower yields mean higher values for existing bonds. So the slow pace of economic recovery has actually benefited the bond market in recent times. The road from here We’ve come a long way from the crisis environment that existed in 2008. While the economy and investors are still feeling the impact, it is also notable that both

have shown tremendous resiliency. Despite moving in fits and starts, the U.S. economy has managed to avoid another recession since 2009 and stocks have gradually recovered much of the ground that was lost during the meltdown. More challenges may lay ahead, with Europe’s debt problems and worries over the slowing pace of economic expansion in China and other places looming over the global marketplace. But our experience since 2008 demonstrates why a patient, long-term approach to investing may be the most effective way to react to challenges facing the economy, no matter how severe they are. For advice on investing, consider working with a financial professional.

JoAn M. Smith, CFP®, is a Financial Advisor and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER practitioner ™ with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Delphos, Ohio. She specializes in fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 26 years. To contact her, you may call (419) 695-7010 or visit 227 N. Main Street in Delphos, Ohio 45833. Advisor is licensed/registered to do business with U.S. residents only in the states of Ohio, North Carolina, Florida and Maryland. Investing involves risks including the risk of loss of principal. The S&P 500 is an index containing the stocks of 500 large-cap corporations, most of which are American. The index is the most notable of the many indices owned and maintained by Standard & Poor's, a division of McGraw-Hill. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is an index containing stocks of 30 Large-Cap corporations in the United States. The index is owned and maintained by Dow Jones & Company. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. Some products and services may not be available in all jurisdictions or to all clients. © 2012 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved. File # 138855

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(StatePoint) Nobody likes working in front of a hot oven during the summer. But if you and your family love desserts, you’ll still want to partake of sumptuous treats that will keep you all cool. According to top dessert experts, there’s a whole world of alternatives to baking for those who suffer from a year-round sweet tooth. “On hot days, my mind usually turns to frozen treats such as popsicles or sorbet; for something a bit more elegant I'll whip up a chocolate ganache tart with cookie crust,” says Lindsay Landis, author of the new book, “The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook.” Landis has created over fifty recipes using egg-free cookie dough that is safe to eat raw. By repurposing your favorite desserts for the summer season, you can take the need for heat out of the equation. For example, if you love pie, consider a graham cracker, whipped cream and candied fruit based dessert that can be created in minutes and served cold. And don’t forget that one of the best things about summer is the abundance of fresh fruit. No matter what you come up with, adding a garnish of exotic fresh fruits like kiwi, pineapple and mango will wow your guests with a boost of natural sweetness. Or create a parfait of frozen yogurt, fresh strawberries and a variety of nuts. For a bit of inspiration, try out this perfect no-bake summer treat from Landis:

Makes: 4 pops Active time: 5 minutes Total time: 3 hours Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups milk (skim, 2 percent, or whole) 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed Pinch salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons mini semisweet chocolate chips Directions: In a microwave-safe container or glass measuring cup, microwave milk 30 seconds or until warm to the touch. Add brown sugar and salt and stir until dissolved.

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Add vanilla. Place 1/2 tablespoon chocolate chips in the bottom of each of four 1/3-cup ice-pop molds or small paper cups. Top each with milk mixture. Insert sticks and place molds in freezer. Freeze until solid, at least 3 hours. To release pops, run molds under warm water 20 to 30 seconds; they should slide right out. If using paper cups, simply peel cups away and discard. If your ice-pop mold does not include built-in sticks or a lid to hold them in place, you may find yourself with sticks

pointing every which way but up. To prevent this, stretch a layer of plastic wrap over the top of the mold and secure it with a rubber band. Cut a small slit in the plastic, centered over each pop, and insert a stick through each opening. Alternatively, you can adjust sticks as necessary after about 45 minutes of freezing, when the pops aren’t yet frozen solid. For more no-bake dessert ideas, visit You don’t need an oven. You just need ingenuity to create crowd-pleasing summer treats.

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