Central Exchange unveils a new look and approach

After a year-long revitalization effort, the Central Exchange has now unveiled its new website, logo and a refreshed experience for its members.

Courtney Thomas, CEO of the Central Exchange, said the business women’s association has been an integral part of the Kansas City community for 37 years, but needed to modernize its look and the experience it offers membership.

“I’m taking us back to our roots with a modern twist,” Thomas told the Kansas City Business Journal. “We’re maintaining the integrity…

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KC's dream of hosting 2026 FIFA World Cup isn't over yet

Kansas City has moved another step closer to hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The United Bid Committee received applications from 41 cities and narrowed the pack to 32 potential host cities, including 25 in the U.S., four in Canada and three in Mexico. Representatives of the potential host cities will head to Houston in November for a working session with the committee.

“This news confirms to the rest of the country what we already know here in the heartland, that the KC metro is worthy of being…

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The Truth About Homeowner Equity

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A recent article from a reputable news source was titled: Here’s why some homeowners still can’t sell. In the opening bullets of the article, the author claimed, “Negative equity is one of the main reasons why there are so few homes for sale.” The article then goes on to soften that stance but we want to bring better clarity to the equity situation.

A recent report from CoreLogic (which was quoted in the article) revealed that over 80% of all homes now have “significant equity,” which means the home has over 20% equity. That level of equity allows the homeowner to sell their home if they so desire. (There was no reference to significant equity in the article.)

If eight out of ten homeowners now have significant equity in their homes, it is hard to make the claim that lack of equity is “one of the main reasons why there are so few homes for sale.”

Here is a map showing the percentage of homes in each state which currently have significant equity:

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Bottom Line

If you are one of many homeowners who is debating selling your home and are wondering how much equity you have accumulated, let’s get together to determine if now is the time to list.

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Kick off pumpkin spice season with Damaris’ Pumpkin Scones with Maple-Cinnamon Glaze!

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Pumpkin Scones with Maple-Cinnamon Glaze
Recipe courtesy of Damaris Phillips
Total: 2 hr 30 min
Active: 40 min
Yield: 6 scones
Level: Easy

Ingredients

Scones:
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 to 2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour, plus more for dusting
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup roasted pumpkin, recipe follows, or canned pumpkin puree
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk

Maple-Cinnamon Glaze:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
Pinch cinnamon
Pearled or turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

Roasted Pumpkin:
One 3- to 4-pound sugar pumpkin
Vegetable oil, for drizzling
Salt

Directions

Maple-Cinnamon Glaze:
For the scones: In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, cardamom, coriander and salt. If using roasted pumpkin, add 2 1/4 cups of the flour; if using canned pumpkin puree, add 2 cups of the flour. Cut in the butter using a bowl scraper until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. In a separate bowl, combine the pumpkin, egg, and milk. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture. Fold until just combined. (If using roasted pumpkin you may need to add up to 1/4 cup more flour to prevent sticking.)

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth, 5 to 7 times. Form into a flat disc, about 8 inches wide. Cut the disc like a pie into six pieces and place on a parchment-lined sheet. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet.

For the maple glaze: In a medium bowl, stir together the confectioners’ sugar, maple syrup and cinnamon. Cover with a damp towel until you are ready to use. Dip the top of each scone in the glaze, letting any excess glaze drip back into the bowl. Place on a cooling rack. Sprinkle with the pearled sugar and let set.

Roasted Pumpkin:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Slice the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds. Cut the pumpkin into quarters and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with vegetable oil and lightly season with salt. Roast until softened, 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool, then scoop out the flesh and mash until smooth. The pumpkin puree will keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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12 DIYs to Bring Chevron Into Your Home

Throughout the ages and stages of home decor, patterns go in and out of style, covering rugs and furniture and all kinds of accessories and then disappearing into the outdated blog post history. However there are some patterns that are always on trend no matter what else is big at the moment. Stripes, for example, will always be a classic option. And along those same lines, let’s talk about chevron. It’s the same basic two tone pattern as stripes but with a little bit of fun mixed in which makes it perfect for family homes and extra throw pillows that have you stumped. Take a look at these 12 DIYs that will help you bring chevron into your home.

If you’re just dipping your toes into the DIY game, you won’t find a project easier than this. With a doormat, some tape and spray paint, you can create your own chevron doormat to make you smile each day you get home.

Now take your tape and spray paint and apply it to your office cork board. Whether you use the space for lists and notes and memos or for inspirational quotes and family photos, the extra pattern will make a welcome addition to your office space.

Wood workers, here is a way to bring your scraps from past projects to life. With a variation of shades and stains, you can easily put together this lovely chevron coffee table and have your feet propped up on it by the end of the weekend.

Bring a bit of pop to that little nook where you keep your laundry basket. All you need is some spray paint and a stencil and you’ll be happy to display your chevron laundry basket in the middle of your dining room table if you were asked.

Making your own wreath is a very simple and versatile project. When it’s wrapped in a chevron ribbon in your home’s color scheme, you can update and decorate it to fit each season and holiday. You might even want one for the front and back doors.

Looking for that extra bit of comfort as the weather gets colder and we watch winter swiftly approaching? Use your newly acquired evening hours when it’s too dark to accomplish yard work to put together a chevron pouf for your living room.

Every so often, you really need a new set of linens to bring some life into your dinnertime place settings. Use some plain cloth napkins in your favorite color and some textile paint to create a beautiful set of chevron napkins. While you’re at it, make some for Christmas gifts too!

Chevron doesn’t have to be two tone if you have the same basic shape. Take advantage of the wall hanging trend to make a pretty piece of chevron wall art. With neutral yarn and brass tubes, it will match any room in your home.

For the farmhouse decor lovers, consider using a bit of wood to make a chevron pattern for your wall. It’s perfectly rustic, whether you paint it or leave it in all it’s wood grain glory.

It’s always fun to find new ways to display your house numbers. But instead of buying a new planter or plaque to attach them to, put them on a chevron monogram instead. It will certainly be eye catching for anyone coming to your home for the first time.

Chevron doesn’t have to come in small spaces. If you’re all into this pattern, consider building a chevron screen for your back porch or patio. While it creates soft privacy, it will add some hard style.

If your home has the odd exterior nook that needs a bit of something extra, you’ll be excited to discover a simple solution with a homemade chevron trellis. Then no matter what you plant, it will always be a full and beautiful nook.

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These cute candies will disappear fast at your Halloween party.

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Candy Corn Fudge
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Total: 1 hr 30 min
Active: 20 min
Yield: 24 pieces
Level: Easy

Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
Three 4-ounce bars good quality white chocolate, finely chopped
Orange and yellow food coloring

Directions

Special equipment: a 6-by-3-by-2 1/2 inch mini loaf pan

Line a 6-by-3-by-2 1/2 inch mini loaf pan with foil, being sure to leave a 2-inch overhang on the long sides of the pan. Lightly spray the foil with cooking spray and set aside.

Combine the sweetened condensed milk and chocolate in a bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Using a whisk, stir them together until smooth. Pour half of the mixture into another bowl. Stir 3 to 4 drops of orange food coloring into one of the bowls and set aside. Pour half of the remaining mixture into another bowl and add 2 to 3 drops of yellow food coloring to one of them, stirring until evenly distributed.

Pour the yellow mixture into the prepared pan. Tap the pan against a flat surface to ensure that it is smooth and even, then chill for 5 minutes. Pour on the orange mixture and spread it into a smooth and even layer. Tap on a flat surface again, and chill 5 minutes more. Top off the fudge with the white mixture, cover with plastic wrap and then chill in the refrigerator until completely set and firm, at least 1 hour and up to overnight.

Using the foil overhang as handles, remove the fudge from the pan to a cutting board. Cut the fudge lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices, and then into triangles so that they resemble candy corn.

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