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A GROWING ULMER TRADITION HITTING THE SLOPES
While some may prefer to stay out of the cold and snow, our family will be seeking it out. This holiday season, the Ulmers are packing up and going to Colorado to see Emilie’s side of the family for Christmas. While it’s going to be a whirlwind trip filled with holiday activities, I’m holding out hope that we might find a little time to get out on the famous Rocky Mountain slopes and do a little skiing. The last time we made a trip to Colorado, Zach and Nathan got to do a little skiing with me. It was a big change from the Wisconsin hills where they first learned the sport. We don’t always get the chance to hit the slopes, but on years we manage to swing it, it’s always a good time. We really didn’t start out as a skiing family. In fact, I didn’t get up on the slopes until I was 24 years old, and it was only at the behest of some college buddies who were making their way up the mountain. Despite never having downhill skied and having no formal instruction, I tagged along. I probably should have
“JUST LIKE LEARNING ANYTHING NEW, SKIING COMES DOWN TO PICKING YOURSELF BACK UP AND TRYING AGAIN — IN THIS CASE, LITERALLY.” down or wiped out. Of course, being in my 20s, I just bounced back. These days, a three-day ski trip will have me sore for a week. As late as I picked up the sport, I’m glad I did. I’ve been able to ski in some great places throughout the U.S. and Canada, and I love getting to share that experience with my kids. You’d be hard-pressed to find another sport that combines guessed how tough it was going to be by the way the guys kept assuring me, “Oh, you’ll learn,” in ominous tones. Just like learning anything new, skiing comes down to picking yourself back up and trying again — in this case, literally. Every day for a week, I’d bomb down the hill until I either learned how to slow myself
adrenaline and tranquility so perfectly. To me, there’s nothing like gliding down a bright, snow- covered ridgeline with the world stretched out before you. Of course, the sport isn’t for everyone. Emilie prefers the relaxation and sightseeing opportunities of cross-country skiing. As for Zach and Nathan, they had the benefit of learning to ski while they were young enough to believe themselves invincible. Pretty soon, I may have trouble keeping up with them. We didn’t have time to hit the slopes last year, so I’d like to try and squeeze in some skiing this time around. But at the end of the day, what’s really important is that we get to spend the holidays together. No matter where you go to spend the season, I hope it’s a magical experience with the people you love. Ultimately, that’s what this time of year is all about. Happy holidays from our family to yours, –Mike Ulmer
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Sometimes we get a little too much of the sweet stuff. Between Halloween and New Year’s Day, candy is everywhere. It’s at home, at work, and on store shelves. Then, as the year comes to an end, many people start thinking about eating right and losing weight. When those are your New Year’s resolutions, you have to do something about all the leftover candy so it’s not around come Jan. 1. Here are just a few ways you can get rid of your leftover candy ASAP. Donate it. While you may have an abundance of sweets, not everyone does. Consider donating wrapped and packaged candy to your local food bank or other nonprofits, including local homeless or women’s shelters. You can also look into donating candy to nearby schools. Many teachers will gladly take candy off your hands to reward students (or themselves) with treats throughout the rest of the school year. 3 WAYS TO USE LEFTOVER CANDY DURING THE OH-SO- SWEET HOLIDAY SEASON
Bake with it. Whether you have an excess of candy corn or candy bars, you can bake with your sweet leftovers. The next time you make chocolate chip cookies, swap out the chocolate chips for candy corn. Or the next time you make brownies, chop up leftover candy bars and add them to the batter. From peanut butter cups to mint patties, there are so many different types of candies that can take traditional baked goods to the next level. Store it. Although not great for you, candy is fine to eat in moderation. A good way to moderate your holiday treat intake is to store your leftover sweets in the freezer. That way, you can pull a little from your supply each month to make sure you aren’t overdoing it. That said, be sure to check the expiration dates on all candy you save.
“My shoulder has improved 100 percent. I have more mobility with less pain. I would highly recommend Kinetic over any other place. This clinic has much more individual attention and care. Chris did a great job.” –Ronald Mikos
“This is the fifth time I’ve been to Kinetic. Getting old is a bitch, but Auntie Em has helped me through it all. My last venture was a new shoulder. I thought I would never be able to lift my arm. I told Emilie to mark my words; I won’t be able to go all the way up, but I did it!
“Thanks Auntie Em, Kim (Peggy), Kevin (Mike), and Baby Amanda” –Theresa Martinez
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ROAD TRIPS Every few hours, you should give yourself time to step out of the car and stretch. Go for a short walk or do a small exercise by your car and drink plenty of water. The point is to keep your blood flow circulating — the more blood flows, the less chance blood clots will form. You can rotate your ankles, stretch your calves, or raise and lower your toes for additional movement while driving. Wearing loose-fitting clothing will also help your blood to flow more naturally. FLIGHTS Planes have limited space, making it difficult to stretch or move, but there are a few simple options available to you. When the chance arises, stand up and walk up
This is the time of year when people travel all across the country and even outside of it. Whether it’s to enjoy the company of family over the holidays or to get away from the snow, being aware of travel safety is important. You may find yourself sitting for hours at a time, which can lead to potentially severe health issues. People over the age of 40 have a high chance of forming blood clots when traveling with minimal but if they reach the brain, heart, or lungs before that happens, it can block blood flow, leading to critical health problems. While you’re traveling, there are a few techniques you can use to prevent blood clots from forming. or no movement. Usually, the body can absorb blood clots,
and down the cabin of the plane every couple of hours. If you have trouble walking or don’t have a chance to do this, doing a few foot exercises in your seat can work well, too. While sitting, lift your feet a few inches from the floor and rotate your ankles in small circles or patterns, or you can simply alternate lifting your toes and heels from the floor. Keeping these few tips in mind can help you avoid anything that may negatively affect your overall health during your travels.
Holiday Roast Prime Rib
INGREDIENTS • 1 bone-in prime rib (6–7 pounds) • 8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced • 2 cups red wine
• 4 cups beef stock • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
DIRECTIONS 1. 30 minutes before cooking, remove roast from fridge and let sit until it reaches room temperature. 2. Heat oven to 350 F. 3. Make small slits in prime rib and stuff with slices of garlic. Liberally season with salt and pepper. 4. Place a rack inside a roasting pan and roast prime rib for 2 hours, until medium-rare. 5. To make au jus, place roasting pan with drippings from roast over 2 burners on high. Add wine and scrape pan as liquid reduces. Add beef stock and cook until
reduced by half. Finally, sprinkle in thyme. 6. Slice roast and serve topped with au jus.
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Maintaining Health During Your Travels PAGE 3
Holiday Roast Prime Rib PAGE 3
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There’s nothing quite like the magical lights of the holiday season, and some destinations in the U.S. have perfected the craft of holiday decoration. If you’re looking to get away this December and still engage in seasonal festivities, add one of these places to your must-visit list.
pulled right out of a John Wayne classic. For holiday admirers looking for a unique spin, Jackson has you covered. Yearly Yuletide in Santa Claus, Indiana This one’s for the Christmas lover. If you can’t make it out to Santa Claus, Indiana, this holiday season, you can still celebrate Christmas in this tiny Midwestern town in January, June, or even October. Embracing its unique name, the town boasts a museum, holiday shopping center, and a Christmas theme park. In a moving tribute, the town’s residents also write responses to children’s letters to Kris Kringle himself. It’s impossible to avoid holiday cheer in this town. Disney World’s Christmas Magic What better place to celebrate the most magical time of the year than in the most magical place on Earth? Walt Disney World’s halls are decked to the max with a parade, gingerbread homes, strings of lights, and festive parties. Plus, costs to visit Disney World can be cheaper during the Christmas season, so keep an eye out for a vacation steal.
New York City’s Rockefeller Center New York City is an iconic location for
Christmastime. The scene is like a Hallmark card: Ice-skating lovers whiz past miles of twinkling lights underneath an exceptionally tall and amply-decorated tree. The tree is specially selected by Rockefeller Center’s landscaping crews, who scout out trees years in advance. It remains lit from November to early January, so you have plenty of time to check it out. Ranch Christmas in Jackson, Wyoming Jackson, Wyoming, takes its frontier culture to the next level during the Christmas season. All year, the city proudly displays four elk antler arches, but around the holidays, they are lit up with white string lights and flanked by snow. The Christmas decorations and lights surrounding the archway make for a Western-themed holiday
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