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Asian Lettuce Wraps

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Ever have a Tuesday so busy that it feels like the end of the workweek not the beginning? Make dinner super easy, super fast and SUPER delicious with Asian Lettuce Wraps. Using mixed lettuces, local ground beef and a few other ingredients, you can create a ten minute dinner that tastes like you’ve cooked for hours! This recipe promises to be your “go to” weeknight special that keeps everyone at your dinner table feeling happy! Continue reading…

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Simple Pleasures: Strawberries Two Ways

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Spring and summer in the mountains of western North Carolina are filled with non-stop activity, from hiking and biking adventures to backyard barbecues & family reunions.  Rain or shine, the siren song of the outdoors is simply irresistible. What about when you want to slow down a little and savor the simple pleasures of the season? Nothing packs all the flavor and brightness of a sunny afternoon quite like juicy berries fresh from the vine.  One bite immediately takes me back to my childhood, trotting along behind my grandmother as she picked berries and I held the bucket. Today I’m sharing two favorite family recipes featuring local strawberries, one sweet and the other savory. Hope these inspire new family memories in your kitchen!

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One of my favorite contemporary photographers, Annie Leibovitz, once said “A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.” As a writer and photographer myself, I love falling in love with the world around me. Check out this list of Friday Favorites as I pay homage to the people, places and actions that inspired me most this week. Take a peak, I promise you’ll fall in love too! Continue reading…

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Looking for a fresh way to avoid the mid-week mealtime SLUMP?  Try infusing a simple meal with garden fresh herbs.  Whether you grow your own or buy them from local farms, cooking with fresh herbs is a wonderful way to get great flavor without adding unwanted fat or sodium. Family Fun Tip: Cooking with fresh aromatic herbs is a great way to get kids involved in the cooking process—which increases the chances they will eat the finished product without fussing over unwanted vegetables. Over the years what we’ve enjoyed most is exploring the world through different flavor and herb combinations. Inspired by flavors of the Mediterranean—try this simple & easy recipe using fresh dill to impart a light, bright spring-like flavor to your menu. Continue reading…

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(PC Tina Masciarelli) Haywood Community College, campus arboreatum & dahlia garden. Mill Pond 1

The second installment of my Mojo Monday series is inspired by On Being and a recent blog post about sacred texts published in celebration of Earth Day. John Muir wrote, “When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.” This felt like a really big long magnificent breaking storm of a week where stars were colliding rather than shining together. Big highs (Earth Day 2016) and heartbreaking lows (death of a music legend, x2). This week I’m reflecting on places to play and places to pray—and why we need them both.
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I love connecting with other writers. I find them absolutely fascinating, regardless of age, experience or genre. Get a group of writers together and you have a vibrant feeding frenzy of energy and ideas! I had such an experience this week when I attended a Blogger Meet-Up at Twisted Laurel in Asheville sponsored by NC Blogger Network. WOW, did the evening get fun right from the get-go!

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