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T-Lish Dressing: A perfectly balanced blend

By CHRISTIANA ROUSSEL

Tiffany Denson with her newly bottled T-Lish dressing in her Crestline home. Photo by Madoline Markham.

It has been said that when you do something you really love, it will never feel like work.  Not many of us get that lucky, but when you meet someone who has, it is almost immediately evident.

Tiffany Denson is one of those people.

If you’re like other readers, you’ve probably picked up a jar of Denson’s T-Lish Dressing & Marinade on a visit to the Pants Store in Crestline. And as Denson can tell you, you weren’t the only one who bought a bottle and then came back for more.

What started as a little something she could whip up in the kitchen for friends turned into something so much bigger.  Denson and her husband, Rush, moved to Crestline in January 2006.  By Christmas that year, the family had hit their groove, and Denson was looking to share the holiday spirit with a plethora of family and friends. Bottling up her beloved dressing was a natural choice for this busy mom of two who is so fond of entertaining and cooking. Continue reading

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Park planned on Cahaba River

By MADOLINE MARKHAM

Nimrod Long presented this draft of a rendering of the Cahaba River Park to the Mountain Brook City Council in January. The city is asking for input on the plan before it is finalized. Image courtesy of Nimrod Long and Associates.

The City of Mountain Brook is planning a Cahaba River Park on Overton Road at Oakdale Drive near I-459. The 4.7- acre park will back up to the Cahaba River.

The city acquired the land for the park last fall from Brookwood Baptist Church and reviewed plans for development by Nimrod Long and Associates in January.

“The park will serve as a gateway coming into our city from the southeast,” City Council President Virginia Smith said. “I feel like it’s going to add something to the southern part of Mountain Brook. Most of the current parks are closer to the Villages.”

Nimrod Long’s rendering includes walking trails, a fishing ledge, a gazebo, picnic tables and benches. There would also be a parking area. Continue reading

A life of living history: WWII Artist Nathan Glick

Crestline resident Nathan Glick was an artist during World War II. Photo by Christiana Roussel.

By CHRISTIANA ROUSSEL

The walls of the Glick home are like a fine art gallery.  One wall contains watercolors of places Nathan Glick was stationed: England, Egypt, North Africa, Romania, India and Italy. Another wall contains vivid paintings he completed after each family vacation with his wife, Esther, and their two daughters, Stephanie and Roseanne. His style is evident in each; one has to look at the dates to know they vary in age by decades.

Only a few months shy of turning 100 years old, Glick still paints.
Born in Leeds, Ala. in 1912, Glick had a natural affinity for art and illustration that he developed and refined through traditional schooling and real life experiences. As a boy, he used these gifts to create drawings from the stories his mother read to him, illustrations that would find their way to the Children’s Page of The Birmingham News when he was only six years old. Continue reading

Join the effort to Stop Hunger Now

By SANDY PORTER

Anne Baxley Winn, Madelyn Beatty, Elizabeth Haberstroh and Virginia Jordan package meals for hunger relief.

While many of us are making resolutions to take off a few pounds after over-indulging on desserts and holiday fare, many in our world do not have enough to eat. To help combat the problem of hunger, five Over the Mountain churches are working together to send 500,000 meals to children in lesser developed countries. Working through the hunger relief organization Stop Hunger Now, church members and volunteers from the community will meet at Canterbury United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Feb. 15 and Thursday, Feb. 16 between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. to package the meals.

The churches participating in this event are Saint Luke’s Episcopal, Vestavia Hills United Methodist, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal, Brookwood Baptist and Canterbury United Methodist.

“Our combined resources, both in volunteers and financially, will result in a tremendous accomplishment for the fight against hunger,” said Rachel Estes, outreach director at Canterbury United Methodist Church.
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Ousler Sandwiches: Restaurant Showcase

BY CHRISTIANA ROUSSEL

Ousler owners Becky and Bill Elmore stand in front of a portrait Bill’s mother, Christine, who created the foundation of their sandwich business. Photo by Madoline Markham.

Take one bite of an Ousler Sandwich, and you know you are eating something truly special.  Many of us have enjoyed the finger-sized sandwiches at garden club luncheons, baby showers, board meetings or just on the run.  Each bite of pimiento cheese on white bread or chicken salad on wheat tastes fresher than the last. The funny thing is, these sandwiches are just shy of being 100 years old.

In 1915, Mr. Dana Ousler opened his sandwich shop in Five Points South at the corner of 9th Avenue and 22nd Street South. Sixteen-year-old Christine Campbell helped run the shop, taking orders and making sandwiches from scratch.  She worked for Ousler until she got married and became Mrs. Elmore.
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Krewe Ball 2012

By MAGGIE CARTER O’CONNOR

Ginna Miller, Elissa Handley Tyson, Madelyn Hereford, Koula Callahan, Sally Morris

When Feb. 17 arrives, so will the Beaux Arts Krewe. As hosts of the 45th annual Beaux Arts Krewe Ball, these gentlemen will don the red velvet regalia as they welcome guests of this year’s royal court. Since its inception in 1967, the ball has featured a King and Queen as well as their courtiers: Guards, Dukes, Ladies-in- Waiting, Princesses and Pages. In the spirit of Mardi Gras, the festivities center around the King and the presentation of the Queen and her Court.

The Krewe Ball’s origins date back to the eleventh Beaux Arts Jewel Ball for the Birmingham Museum of Art. That year’s ball chair, Mrs. James Mallory Kidd, Jr., observed the discarding of the ball’s elaborate decorations year after year. She decided to organize a support group for the museum that would have permanent costumes and decorations. Thus, the Beaux Arts Krewe began, and with 125 charter members they were off to a grand start.
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Tide Reauxlls in Big Easy: A Mountain Brook Perspective

By HILARY ROSS

Many Mountain Brook residents rolled into the Big Easy to witness the rematch of the  top ranked LSU Tigers versus number two Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2012 AllState Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship football game and our family was no exception.

Missy and Stewart Cox and Barbara and Leon Ashford enjoy the French Quarter.

Two years ago when Alabama earned a spot to play Texas for the national title in the historic Rose Bowl, our boys really wanted to go; however, at the time, the opportunity was not present for our family to make the trip to Pasadena, California.  So, when promises were made for the “next time”, little did we know that vow would be honored so soon.  Nonetheless, we made our arrangements, packed our bags, and boarded Southwest Airlines for our travel destination.

Several Mountain Brook teens developed a case of Crimson Fever over the weekend.

As the Crimson Nation descended on New Orleans by plane, bus or car, it became clear that “Roll Tide” was more than just a cheer.  It was a universal greeting which fans used interchangeably for “hello”, “goodbye” or general pleasantry usually accompanied by a high five or fist bump.  The thing that struck me most about the Alabama fans was the intense hopefulness and optimism of the outcome of the game.   That view was shared by the opponent, who had their own phrase and fight song which REALLY sticks in your head.

The Savages enjoyed the French Quarter

“Geaux Tigers” was shouted and played as proudly as you heard the other and the LSU fans also had an undying belief their team would come out on top.  Over the weekend, I cannot say which I heard more often:  “Roll Tide”, “Geaux Tigers” or “Need Tickets” with this event being the hottest ticket in BCS history.  Word on the street was that the price per ticket for the uppermost part of the Superdome cost $1,200.

Jackson Square was the place for this Mountain Brook Group!

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