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APRIL 2011

Georgia Getaways

Summer destinations close to home Pages 22-25


Phenomenal women who give back to the community Page 6

The Interview

Local Food Stop

Bringing Georgia’s organic farms to your table Pages 20-21


with your beauty routine! Page 26

Travel the world through a tea cup at the Roswell Tea House Page 8

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Christina Appen


main office 770.442.3278 770.475.1216 (fax) 319 north main street alpharetta, ga 30009






lovely family farm in Milton provided the perfect location for this month’s cover shoot featuring



and her Local Food Stop CSA volunteers.




quiet onlookers, but the hens inside the barn squawked and fussed when the photographer posed her subjects a bit too

Candy Waylock

close to their nests. Thankfully,

sales executives

photo shoot did not interfere with

sales assistant

phil Busman assured us that our the morning’s egg production!






Kelly Brooks

associate publisher

Ray Appen

Ever since I can remember, April has

seen strong and growing support, energized

been celebrated as Earth month, with an

by a desire to know where our food comes

emphasis on the big and small things we

from, as well as to minimize transporting

can all do to protect our natural resources

food across the globe. We’ll introduce you

and benefit the planet. Growing up in the

to a local program which makes eating

‘70’s, the movement seemed to gather

locally grown foods easy and affordable,

momentum, spurred primarily by the energy

and you’ll meet the amazing women who

crisis. We’ve moved beyond that initial

run it.

focus, for the most part, and now recycling

With higher gas prices, we're all looking

and “being green” are just folded into our

for vacation spots closer to home. Luckily,

everyday lives.

Georgia has a wide variety of scenic

In this month’s issue of Northside Woman, we’ve brought you simple actions

destinations, from the mountains to the coast, and we explore a few in this issue.

to take to celebrate Earth Day every



day. I’m amazed at the many small steps


Devon Morgan opened photoSynthesis Studio in 2004 after graduating with a degree in photojournalism from the University of Georgia. To compliment the documentary style she learned in school, Morgan studied with several local photographers to master the subtle nuances of fine art portraiture, giving her clients a cohesive blend of natural emotion and beautiful lighting. She lives in peachtree Corners with her St. Bernard, Stella. See her work at

that have big impacts, and have already

service and volunteerism have made a

incorporated a few into my day. Bye-bye

real difference in the Northside community.

recycling containers filled with plastic

Their stories are what Northside Woman is

water bottles – I’m trying to reuse and refill

all about – celebrating the many wonderful


women who call this area home.

Northside Woman is published monthly and distributed free throughout north metro Atlanta. ©2011 Appen Newspapers Inc. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be copied or reprinted without the express written permission of the publisher.

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Five named ‘Phenomenal Women’ by business group BY CANDY WAYLOCK

that women in North Fulton are doing,”

has evolved into a career for Terry

said Eade. “This type of program really

porter. She has spent more than three

“It’s amazing to see the look of

brings it to the forefront.”

decades working with regulatory and

excitement and wonder on a child’s



face when they eat something that

with water and land programs, and is

they have grown with their own two

currently the environmental education

hands!” she said.

Five area women were honored at a special luncheon on March 9 as “phenomenal Women of 2011” by the North Fulton Express Network of the American Business Women’s Association. For the past six years, the organization has selected outstanding women who live and/or work in the North Fulton area to receive the honor. “phenomenal Women are those who give back to their community everyday in large or small ways. Many times, they go unnoticed for all they do,” said Carol Grote, vice president of programs for NFEN.

Eliza beth Fogartie,

middle school principal The




coordinator for the city of Alpharetta.



Farm to School task forces for other

Chesapeake Bay infused me with a

school districts and is also involved with


love of nature and a need to work to

the Atlanta Women’s Foundation.





protect and preserve the wonderful

has led the school

world in which we live,” said porter.

since it opened in


Though she recently announced






of the

her retirement, she leaves behind a

community, conducts environmental

legacy of excellence that includes

education, offers public participation



opportunities and involves residents


in community stewardship through



Georgia National

School Blue

Breakthrough School, among others. Individually,

environmental coordinator




Smeth lives in Marietta with her husband, Mike, their daughter, Elecia,

In her position with Alpharetta,


School of Excellence and Distinguished

Cindy Eade,


Smeth serves on Georgia Organics


Middle in



volunteerism. “Some of this work is accomplished in association with the Alpharetta

and their three dogs. They will be welcoming another daughter, Isabella, to the family at the end of May.

Geri Suckow,

community volunteer, fundraiser While


“career” has been in the finance and software



been the recipient of many personal



honors, including Distinguished Middle

which is a Keep Georgia Beautiful


Level Educator of the Year by the

affiliate,” said porter. “Seeing the work


National Middle School Association,

accomplished as a result of community


High performance principal by then

involvement is as rewarding as it is



Gov. Sonny perdue and leadership

beneficial to our quality of life.”

never forget where you came from


positions in honorary societies for


women educators.

Jennifer Smeth,

said the Chicago native.

Cindy works city a

for of



and for




But her true legacy may be in the







has been a life of volunteering. “I was raised to and to always help others in need,” She took those words to heart,

marketing director

number of assistant principals whom

As a marketing

devoting her time to fundraising and

Her commitment to environmental

she has mentored and whom have

director for Whole

volunteering for local charities. Suckow

education runs deep. Eade has been

gone on to successful positions as



is the co-chair of the Community

working in the field of sustainability

principals at other schools. The group



Involvement Committee at DataScan

in the North Fulton area for 13 years,

includes Bruce Fraser at Northwestern




including as education director for

Middle, Dru Tomlin at Haynes Bridge

Smeth wears many

Keep North Fulton Beautiful and in

Middle and Lisa Hastey, who was

hats. But the aspect

identifying needs in the community and

environmental positions with the city of

recently named principal at Ridgeview

of her job that she is

distributing funds to serve the mission

Johns Creek. Eade also runs her own


most passionate about is the work she

of promoting education, nurturing

does in the community, especially with

children and families, providing for

area school children.

essential needs and preserving the




Outside of the school building,


Education and Consulting, LLC.

Fogartie is involved in the music






environment,” said Suckow.

Eade recently completed the

program of First presbyterian Church

In the past two years, Smeth

nine-month Leadership Johns Creek

of Atlanta and is a charter member of

has worked with local elementary


program, and now serves as a founding

the Rotary Club of Windward.

schools to provide health and wellness


initiatives to more than 5,000 North


Fulton students, faculty, staff and

winter coat collections and back-to-


school supply drives for North Fulton

member of the Leadership JC Board of Directors. Eade’s team created and installed a community garden in Newtown park in Johns Creek. Eade and her husband, Jonathan, have a son at Indiana University and a daughter at Duke. “I really appreciate the recognition of being part of the phenomenal Women group and am so inspired by the work -- both volunteer and paid --

Terry Porter,

environmental education coordinator as





position years ago working



bioassays and the monitoring of major pollution

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She has helped break ground

Community Charities, collecting for

on three school gardens in the area,

Toys for Tots, sponsoring scholarships









“Farm to School” program, which

programs and helping with Habitat for

encourages healthy eating habits.


Smeth has also worked closely with Georgia Organics on organizing Farm to School workshops for parents and





Howard, have two daughters.

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goodeats High Tea, Healthy Fare at The Roswell Teahouse BY KATIE VANBRACKLE

to fulfill her dream of opening her own

teahouse. She purchased a run-down 1920s home in Historic Roswell. The

It’s an interesting menu to say

renovations took some time, but the

the least. Where else can you choose

resulting yellow cottage with a white

between precious Eyebrows, Jasmine

picket fence was charming.


The Roswell Teahouse opened in

picked Oolong or Iron Goddess of

2005 as a “wellness teahouse,” which

Mercy? These are just a few of the 100

combines Bourgeois’ love of healthy

different teas from around the world

eating with lessons learned from the

served at the Roswell Teahouse on

skin care industry.




“Our most popular entree is our

Magnolia Street in Historic Roswell. “There are so many choices! It’s

Beauty Booster Salad, which is loaded

great fun to sip and sample,” says


Alpharetta resident Traci pearson, who

antioxidants,” she said. “We serve no

brought 11-year-old daughter Kaitlyn

fried foods and use only olive, coconut

to experience the ritual of high tea.

or sesame oil for cooking.”





Butter is reserved for a few special

pearls are a personal favorite of owner

treats, such as the decadent coconut

and chef Carine Bourgeois.

cake filled with homemade tangy




“The green tea is delicately hand-

lemon curd. Everything is made fresh from

rolled inside individual jasmine leaves,” she explains, displaying the tin full of


tiny green “pearls” which emit an

organics, some of which are supplied

exquisite aroma.

by Local Food Stop (this month’s cover





Bourgeois’ passion for tea began

story). The menu changes throughout

as a hobby during her young adult

the year, depending on what’s in

years, when she was still living in her

season. patron

native Belgium. While training to




become a licensed skin care specialist,

House Chicken Salad with grapes,

she took evening cooking classes at

pecans and dried cranberries served

the Culinary Institute and spent free

on walnut cranberry bread and the

time researching teas. After moving to

Spinach Wrap panini filled with organic

the U.S. and working in the cosmetics

grilled chicken and goat cheese. Heartier

industry for several years, she decided

nut Curry Rice

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1. Served with jasmine rice, edamame and coconut curry cream and a choice of veggies, chicken or jumbo shrimp. $10.95-$12.95 2. Grilled spinach wrap filled with fresh, organic chicken and goat cheese. Served with an organic side salad. $9.95 3. Lemon Coconut cake, Chocolate Overload cake and a cranberry scone with homemade lemon curd. $10.00


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Owner and chef Carine Bourgeois shares her passion for tea and healthy eating with customers at The Roswell Teahouse.

specialties such as Citrus Georgia

Those wishing to have a spot of

Mountain Trout and Vol-au-Vent, a

tea to celebrate the royal wedding

Belgian-style chicken potpie made

of Britain’s prince William this month

with mushrooms and petite turkey

might select the Wedding Tea, an

meatballs served in a hot puff pastry

elegant blend of white tea with lemon


vanilla and pink rose petals.

“It was my mother’s recipe,” says Bourgeois with a smile.

Tea are offered for those seeking an

Vegetarian options are available, and gluten-free items are noted on the menu. All



Tea Lattes and Vanilla peach Iced alternative to traditional hot tea. Afternoon



(reservations only) include High Tea items by





(with soup, finger sandwiches, fruit,


pastries and homemade scones with

choice, and loose tea blends can

lemon curd), Light Tea or princess

be purchased for home brewing. The

Tea (for ages 10 and under). picky

number one seller is the Anti-Aging

princesses who dislike tea may choose

House Blend, a mix of premium white,

hot cocoa instead.

oolong, green and rooibos teas with





the highest amount of antioxidants

extensive knowledge with anyone

and no caffeine. Another favorite is

who wishes to learn more about

the Hot Flash Mama, a green tea and

how teas are grown, processed and

herbal blend which eases menopausal

classified, as well as perfect steeping

symptoms with intriguing ingredients

methods. She offers a Tea Basics

like juniper berries, gingko, raspberry

Workshop several times each year.

leaf, wild yam, passion flower and

Roswell Teahouse guests need not

spearmint. A soothing Allergy Relief

be tea experts, however, to appreciate

House Blend is offered with golden

a healthy meal and a soothing cup

seal, elderberry, nettle leaf, ginger

of…..Magic Moon? Toothless Tiger

root, spearmint and rosehips.

Chai? The choice is yours!

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Hobby with husband puts acclaimed artist on career path Jewelry, glass paintings are specialty of Milton High grad BY CANDY WAYLOCK

she created jewelry pieces using what she calls her “blobs of glass” created from her glass fusing class. “I took my blobs of glass [now jewelry] to my silversmithing class, and my instructor loved them and encouraged me to try selling them at small shows,” said Cann, who resides in Woodstock.

Nancy Cann credits her husband for launching her successful career as a jewelry designer and artist. “We were searching for something that we could do and share together,” said Cann,

She was new to the art of the sale, so Cann sat on the pavement during her first show, without a tent or umbrella, and sold her blobs of glass under a glaring sun. But she made money, was encouraged by the feedback and had taken the first step

a 1981 graduate of Milton High School. “I don't

toward a career in the arts.

really care for sports, and he doesn't really care

In the subsequent 10 years, Cann has

much for gardening.”

gone from the small show with her handful

The compromise came in the form of a

of pieces to nationwide distribution of her

“how to” book from the library that featured

jewelry in well over 30 boutiques. Along

enameled jewelry. After much searching, Cann found a class at the Spruill Oaks Library in Roswell, which taught

the way, she also took over her husband’s workshop; going from one small corner of the basement to the entire space.

fused glass jewelry – the closest thing to enameling

She named her company Cellar Art, using a

that Cann could find locally. While her husband lost

logo of a window with a lantern hanging from it.

interest after a few weeks, Cann was hooked by

The name references where she does her work, as

the process that involved using tiny glass pieces to

well as the time she could generally be found in her

create designs that were then fused in a kiln.


She was already learning how to silversmith, so

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“When my kids were small, I would wait until




ncy Ca resident and artist Na Above: Woodstock s. ce pie elry jew 's nn Left: Some of Ca

they went to bed before heading downstairs and working,” said Cann, whose daughter is now a freshman at Georgia Tech and whose son is a junior at Sequoyah High School. While she found initial success in her jewelry, developing

See ARTIST, Page 15

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shereads Get down to earth with these four books BY KATIE VANBRACKLE My Family and Other Animals By Gerald Durrell SheReads is going green this month! Pour a cup of green tea and head to your backyard, where you can sink into a comfy lawn chair, bury your toes in the cool grass and listen to the birds sing while you explore the following books:

Treat yourself to this delightfully funny book written in the 1950s by British naturalist and conservationist Gerald Durrell.




Durrell family can no longer endure the damp, gray English climate, they do what any sensible family would do: sell their house and relocate to the sunny Greek isle of Corfu. My Family and Other

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life By Barbara Kingsolver

Animals was intended to embrace the natural history of the island, but ended

Popular author Barbara Kingsolver

up as a hilarious account of Durrell's

details the year she and her family

family's experiences, from the many

became “locavores” (those who eat

eccentric hangers-on to the ceaseless

food produced locally) in an effort to


move away from processed, factory-



octopuses, bats and butterflies into




distances using nonrenewable fuels.




scorpions, glowworms,

their home.

This involved moving from the Arizona desert to a small cabin in southern Appalachia to face the joys and perils

Low Country By Anne Rivers Siddons


the land she loves, drawing on an

beings along the way. Garrison Keillor

inner strength to reconsider her role in

and Dave Barry fans will enjoy Bryson’s

society, her marriage and, ultimately,

dry humor as he shares his experience


of America’s beautiful, but fragile, wilderness trail.

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail By Bill Bryson Author




of raising their own poultry, growing

When wealthy Caroline Venable

their own fruits and veggies, baking

needs to escape her country club


their own bread and buying the rest of

routine to grieve the death of her


their food from farmer’s markets or other

daughter, she heads to the South

attempting to walk all 2,100

local sources. Kingsolver’s descriptive

Carolina island left to her by her

miles of the Appalachian

writing and sense of humor keep the

grandfather. Peacock Island is a

reader entertained as she makes

beautiful, timeless place of untouched

her case for the economic, social

woods, where wild ponies roam and a

and health benefits of eating locally.

rare Gullah community remains intact.



When she learns that her husband

including a delicious chocolate chip

must either develop the island or lose

cookie made with zucchini (your kids

the company he has spent his whole

a o t to he nd fav e wan up’s story a ers through W Trail from Georgia to Maine. d ro your g h fellow rea it w s Joined by his cranky, ’s book oman ide W s e h s t r a o le gloriously out-of-shape N P eads. She R ntact buddy Stephen Katz, Bryson co , ackle VanBr side witnesses the astonishing Katie h t @ nor editor landscape of silent forests and o w m sparkling lakes, as well as the

will never know!).

life building, she must stand up for

majestic silliness of his fellow human



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womeninarts 7th annual Alpharetta Arts StreetFest Alpharetta is preparing for an influx of artists from throughout the

Alpharetta Arts


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jewelry, as well as a wide variety of

The children’s area also features

textile artwork. This popular festival

“Going Green” crafts and activities,

will be held April 16-17 from 10


a.m. to 6 p.m. on Milton Avenue in

painting and wacky hair designs.

downtown Alpharetta.





The arts festival will include live

The 87 artists featured in the

music, cultural dancing, and a wide

StreetFest were selected by a jury

array of food vendors from around

comprised of local art professionals.

the area. The events will take place

Artists juried into the show will be

on Milton Avenue between Main

traveling to Alpharetta from New

Street (Ga. 9) and Roswell-Canton

Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Florida, North

Street in the Historic Downtown

and South Carolina, as well as from

area. parking is available at City

throughout Georgia.

Hall, Milton Center (the old Milton

While adults stroll through the

High School) and city of Alpharetta

galleries, children can play in the

downtown parking lots. Admission

“Art in Action Area" and make their

and parking are free.

own artistic creations with clay tiles and colorful glazes.

For more event information, visit

Artist: Fusing glass and painting Continued from Page 10

the textured matte feel of the glass is

a devoted client list that keeps her

wonderful. It makes you just want to

busy, Cann’s true love is painting. She

reach out and touch the piece.”

finds the jewelry field crowded with

Her glass paintings are now sold in

competitors, but has found a true

galleries across the country, and have

niche in fused glass painting.

brought her industry recognition as

“I was searching for a way to bring the two [fused glass and painting]

well. Cann was a 2011 finalist for the Niche Award.

together, and I found a way to paint

“Even though I didn’t win,” said

with glass, which is really cool,” said

Cann, who previously worked as a






She uses a powdered glass, mixed

“I was in the final five out of more

with liquids and uses that as a “paint”

than 800 nominations, so I was very

which she then applies to a glass


canvas. The painting is then fired in a kiln to create the finished product.

She looks forward to being a part of the Alpharetta Arts StreetFest this

“I call my glass art









a part of the event since its

results in a piece

founding seven


years ago.



much like a batik piece of artwork,” said Cann. “Each piece is truly unique. The



different every time,



the crackling effect



ends up being one of my best shows



the said


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Pets of the mont h

Sweetie Pie and Sweetheart are an adorable mother and daughter pair who are up to date with all shots and ready for their forever home. They are currently residents of Castaway Critters Rescue, which is seeking a home to place them together. Sweetie pie is two years old, and Sweetheart is nine months old. Both are affectionate and playful. They love attention and are very curious. They would get along with kids and, in time, dogs. To inquire about these two kitties please visit

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Welcome to our new pet feature Please send us your news about rescue groups and vet questions. We will try to answer them and publicize your group!


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Roswell's Day of Hope BY DEBBIE KEEL

with free groceries. One station will offer

CEO, North Fulton Hospital

haircuts. Another will provide assistance with resume writing. Still another tent will

Economic scholars are telling us

give free advice on interviewing. If that is

the recession is now over. Maybe it is,

not enough, there will be a “Kid’s Zone,”

according to their charts and graphs. But

a special place for children complete

in terms of real life, at least in Roswell and

with inflatables and carnival games.

surrounding communities, it is still taking

Entertainment and food will be provided. I am proud to say there will be a

its toll on families -- some whom we know


and some whom we don’t.

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back again this year. What a wonderful

Hospital at the Roswell Day of Hope.










civic and community leaders have put together to give hope and much more to

directions on how to get help for health

those who need it most during this post-

issues that attendees may know about or

recession era.

those they might learn about. For





April 16, from 1-5 p.m. at Roswell City Hall.

Roswell Day of Hope, please visit www.

Everyone is invited – moms, dads, kids,

unemployed, underemployed, uninsured and underinsured – but mainly those who Debbie Keel is the CEO

The Day of Hope features a wide array

of North Fulton

of tents and stations offering a number

*COMPOSE dangles are not included. Good while supplies last, limit one per customer.


be there for the asking. There will be

them for the days ahead.

Receive a sterling silver COMPOSE post set (a $20 US retail value) with your purchase of $50 or more of PANDORA jewelry, or receive a sterling silver COMPOSE hoop set (a $40 US retail value) with your purchase of $75 or more of PANDORA jewelry.


physicians and nurses, from North Fulton

need an injection of hope, a shot to steel

Gift With Purchase • March 31st–April 17th


That’s why Roswell’s Day of Hope is

The Day of Hope is set for Saturday,



of needed services. There will be a tent

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Christine Hughes, AnnMarie Laramee, Heike Sellers and Debora h Patrick coordinate the weekly CSA bag distribution.

Farm-fresh food is ‘in the bag’ AnnMarie Laramee’s Local Food Stop brings the bounty of Georgia’s organic farms to your table



n organic proents find affordable, locally grow

hside resid

AnnMarie Laramee helps Nort duce.


Laramee purchases her produce

bundle of fragrant, fresh basil. “Our

organic farmers. Local Food Stop

from small Georgia farms during the

produce never sits on a grocery store

began with Laramee driving around

local growing season (May through

shelf. It is sometimes in the customer’s

to local organic farms and bringing


hands within a couple of hours of

the produce to the porch of a Roswell

being picked.”

antiques store to sell. Three short years

She’s a bag lady and proud of it.




Roswell resident AnnMarie Laramee

organic farms from other states to

spends hours each week filling brown

maintain a good variety of produce in

A recent weekly menu featured

later, she has 1,300 customer names in

paper bags with delicious, organic

the winter months. All items are USDA-

red naval oranges, Gala apples,

a database, and her CSA continues to

fruits and vegetables grown locally

certified organic or pesticide-free.

lemons, kiwi, fresh basil and fennel, red


in Georgia. She acts as a personal

Delivery trucks bring the

shopper for folks on the Northside who



potatoes, snap beans, snow peas,



food to people living in Alpharetta,

“Our produce romaine lettuce, bok directly from the farms to Laramee, choy, red onions, never sits on a who sorts the grocery store shelf. rainbow carrots items and and watermelon It is sometimes prepares the in the customer’s rCau ds ti os mh ee sr s. bags for samehands within a day pickup. could choose six couple of hours of “You would items for a mini being picked.” have to travel to bag ($19.99) or up

Roswell, Milton and Johns Creek.

three or more stores

want to support local farms and eat a variety of organic produce. Laramee’s Local Food Stop CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program bridges the gap between Georgia’s small family farms and your dinner table by offering healthy, affordable, fresh-off-the-farm organic

people who participate in the

and a farmer’s market

to twelve items for a large bag ($39.99).






people who are tired of paying high prices in grocery stores for produce that simply doesn’t taste good,” she said. “They are happy to discover that they can obtain fresh, delicious organic produce in their area for a very reasonable price.” Laramee




for new products to offer her CSA members. Local honey, homemade salad dressings and fair trade coffee are currently offered. Fresh eggs,

program order and pay online at www.

to find the selection of organic, then pick up a

produce we offer in our weekly

England, where the national CSA

bag of farm-fresh foods once a week

CSA bags,” said Laramee. “And on

movement really took hold about 20

Laramee depends on three loyal

at convenient neighborhood host

average, you would pay up to 20-25

years ago. After moving to Roswell,

volunteers to keep the CSA running

sites. CSA members can order week-

percent more elsewhere.”

she began writing for a magazine

smoothly. Christine Hughes, Deborah

“Look how beautiful this is!” she

called Edible Atlanta and made

patrick and Heike Sellers, all Alpharetta

exclaimed, holding up a bright green

many connections with Georgia’s

residents, help out each week in

to-week without making frequency commitments or advance deposits.

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Laramee grew up in New

bread and dairy products will soon follow.

Here's a fun way to use a variety of Georgia-grown produce as well as local honey! Another great recipe can be found on page 38.

Peach Salsa

The Local Food Stop “bag ladie

s” hard at work.

exchange for a free bag of veggies. The four women have become good friends through the years.


“The quality and taste of this food is not something you can buy in a store,” said Davis. “It

The Local Food Stop pick-up sites are a hub for

reminds me of summers in my dad’s garden, where

community interaction, as people linger to chat

I would pick beans or berries and eat them right in

with the “bag ladies” and share recipes. Laramee

the yard.”

encourages the CSA members to eat with the seasons and experiment with more uncommon foods. Easy coordinating recipes for each produce item are included on the Local Food Stop website. “My husband and I were hooked from the very first order,” said longtime customer Allison Comer.

Lola Nichols said she likes to support the CSA and the local farmers. “I would like to see a lot more of my neighbors give the CSA a try," Nichols said. "I know I want those local farmers and their families around when my kids set up their own homes.”

“I never imagined the pleasure I would get each

Full details on the Local Food Stop CSA program

week from preparing salads using a wide variety of

can be found at AnnMarie

vegetables in such vibrant colors.”

Laramee will also have a booth at the city of Milton’s

Customer Laurelanne Davis said the CSA produce takes her back in time.

Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Birmingham park.

From “The Best of Georgia Farms Cookbook and Tour Book," Georgia Department of Agriculture This versatile salsa is good with chips, chicken, pork or fish 2 cups peeled and chopped peaches ¾ cup chopped red or green sweet pepper ¼ cup chopped, seeded cucumber ¼ cup sliced green onion 1 to 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro In medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Cover; chill for up to 4 hours, stirring once or twice. Yields about 2 ½ cups or 10 servings.

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Summer Getaways!

Savannah and Tybee Island


Voted among the nation’s top arts cities (as well

as the most mannerly, thank you, ma’am), Savannah is less than a five-hour drive from Atlanta. Once you’ve

With gas prices hovering near



Georgia abounds with vacation destinations

arrived, however, you’ll find yourself light years away


from the bustle of the big city. In Savannah, architecture

“staycation” is looking more

from centuries ago is folded within trendy downtown

appealing to many families

boutiques, quaint eateries and numerous art galleries.

looking closer to home for their

Its eclectic offerings are perfect for singles, couples or

summer getaways.

the whole family.

Luckily for Georgians, the

There are nearly 30 tour companies operating within

state offers abundant options

Savannah, ranging from “Midnight Zombie” to garden

for those looking for ocean

to art tours. Enjoy the view from the comfort of a trolley

breezes, mountain vistas or just


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or carriage, or put on your walking shoes for a street-

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Here are a few destination

Feeling the need for a beach fix? Tybee Island, with its historic lighthouse, is only

ideas, all within a half-day drive

a few miles away. Book an Ecology Trip with marine biologist Dr. Joe Richardson

of Atlanta, which offer up the

and discover the variety of habitats and animals on Georgia’s barrier islands. Trip

best that Georgia has to offer.

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The Golden Isles About an hour south of Savannah, you’ll find the jewels of the Georgia Coast - St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, Little St. Simons Island, Sea Island and Cumberland Island. Depending on your required level of pampering, you’ll find a range of amenities ranging from The Cloister at Sea Island, a world-class resort renowned for its luxury and gracious service, to primitive campsites available on Jekyll Island. Within the islands are more than 180 holes of championship golf, 17 art galleries on St. Simons Island alone and dozens of restaurants, many of which capitalize on the abundance of fresh seafood caught daily in the local waters. The proximity of the islands makes it easy to explore each within a day. However, you will need to make advance arrangements to visit Little St. Simons Island, unless you are a guest at the Lodge. privately owned, only 20 acres of this 10,000-acre island are developed, and access is only by the island ferry. While not a part of the Golden Isles, Cumberland Island is Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island, located 10 miles south of St. Simons. Famed for its wild horses that roam the islands, Cumberland is not easily accessible. You’ll need to catch the ferry at St. Mary’s to get to the island, and prepare to do a lot of walking once you arrive. No motorized vehicles are permitted on Cumberland Island. SpECIAL

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Above: Downtown Helen.

Right: The Folk pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia in Sautee Nacoochee, Ga.

North Georgia Mountains Tucked away in the northeast corner of Georgia is a cluster of counties that rival the best of the Rockies and serve as the gateway to the Appalachian Mountains. Here, you’ll find opportunities for rafting, fishing, hiking and exploring the state’s natural resources. But the area is not just for the outdoorsman. You’ll also find an abundance of bed and breakfast inns, the renowned Habersham Winery and the village of Helen, a replica of a Bavarian village that draws thousands of visitors each year. Numerous state parks are located in North Georgia, including Tallulah Gorge State park. Come by on June 14 for the Full Moon Suspension Bridge Hike. Take a guided hike by moonlight to the suspension bridge that sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and

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Above: The lobby of the Amicalo Falls State park's Lodge. Right: Tallulah Gorge.

waterfalls. ( Spend the day exploring Amicolola Falls, then spend the night at the Amicolola Lodge, a comfortable lodge located within walking distance of the falls. Extremely family-friendly, the lodge has a restaurant, gift shop and rooms that can accommodate large families ($100-$120 per night). Want a more rustic experience, or need to bring the family dog along? There are also several cottage/cabins for rent nearby starting at $95 per night. (www.amicololares. com). For more information on the North Georgia mountains, visit www.

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favorite scented essential oil, and ¼

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cup of very light olive oil. Massage in

routine and leave a positive and

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heating ¼ cup olive oil and a few

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drops of your favorite essential oil and



applying to dampened hair (applying

candle, with all profits going to support

from ends to roots). Wrap hair in

clean water initiatives.

reusable shower cap or plastic wrap


• Origins Cosmetics introduced their “Return to Origins program” two years ago, which encouraged

for 10 minutes, then shampoo and condition with your favorite product. • Olive oil also removes even the


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unrecyclable cosmetics containers,

Massage a quarter-sized drop gently

jars and caps (regardless of brand) to

over eyes and face with fingertips to

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store counter. MAC also rewards their

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holding very warm washcloth to face

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to wipe away residue.





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Looking great on a dime while traveling My Grandmother was famous for saying, “You may only have a dime in your pocket, but you CAN still look like a million bucks. You just need to know where to shop, and what looks good on you!” This saying was drilled into my head from a very young age and is probably the reason I never pay retail prices (even if I have the money to do so!). With the “green” movement being so popular, many of us are thinking of ways

Ladies…the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s looks are back in style! The silhouettes of the ‘50s and ‘60s are making a strong return with the accent on curves, and the ‘70s are calling us back to more free flowing fashions and bohemian vibe. For a ‘50s look, try a hip-hugging sheath dress (sheer fabric is in!) falling below the knees for a sleek look. For a truly feminine look, try a full circle dress or skirt, paired with a fitted top.

The crochet and macramé look is also trendy this season, offering a hand-crafted feel. Match these styles with a pair of vintage (or new) cowboy boots and you’ve definitely got a great bohemian look going on. For accessories, make it bold and colorful. Layer on the big, colorful bangles, dangling earrings and you are set! Turquoise is always a great color addition for any outfit. All of these looks are easy, economical and won’t take up much room in your suitcase as you

to revive some not-so-new clothing into

To channel the ‘60s look, try a more tailored,

travel this spring and summer. Most of the pieces

trendy and updated looks. After all,

high-waist, fitted pants or capris. Tie a silk scarf

can be twisted to keep shape, or loosely folded for

keeping in line with the economy is the

in spring colors around your neck or waist for the

easy packing. So keep it simple, travel in style and

smart-girl’s way of looking great these

finishing touch. Even better, if you can find a great

spend your money on a treasure for yourself at your

old men’s tie, use it as a belt for the ultimate vintage

destination instead of on airline baggage fees.

days. sp ecial

looking for.

As we’ve witnessed with many

touch. For those of you who remember the Dick Van

fashion trends, clothes always

Dyke show, you’ll know exactly what I mean when

Maria Walden-Sullivan

come back in style. If you had the

I say “think Mary Tyler Moore!” Remember to keep

is the owner of Vintage

your accessories simple for these looks.

& Vogue, a clothing and

insight to keep a few items stored away in an attic, or have an older relative’s closet

To achieve the ‘70s look, go for the free-spirited,

to raid, you’re in luck. However many thrift

gypsy feel in maxi dresses, or a colorful flowing gauzy

and consignment stores have all sorts of items

skirt. I’ll admit the ‘70s look may not be the most figure

to chose from, if you know what you are

flattering, but it definitely earns points for comfort!

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accessories boutique in Roswell.

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It’s easy to ‘Go Green’

Celebrate the 32nd anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 – the original hipster fest that went global (and corporate) years ago when being green became cool. The event began at the height of the energy crisis, coupled with the emerging awareness of the need for clean air and water. Sound familiar nearly three decades later? Here are five very simple steps you can take to celebrate Earth Day every day. Don’t buy the book

Let there be (energy-efficient) light

The funny thing about most books is

The complete transition to compact fluorescent light (CFL)

they’re only interesting until you’ve turned

bulbs from incandescent light bulbs is underway. By 2014, the

the last page. After that, they become

regular light bulb will no longer be sold. In its place are the swirly

clutter on a nightstand or tossed into a

CFL bulbs, which require a fraction of the energy needed for an

yard sale bin. Consider borrowing instead

incandescent bulb. Replacing just one 60-watt incandescent

of buying, and visit the library for your

bulb with a CFL will save you $30 over the life of the bulb. CFLs

reading materials. You’ll save money,

do contain trace amounts of mercury, so disposal should be done

not to mention the massive amount of ink

properly. However, CFL bulbs last around 8,000 hours of regular use --

and paper needed to print new books.

more than 11 months of continuous use, so replacing it is infrequent. No

If going to the library is not convenient, consider investing in an e-book device.

as it burns out. Hmmm, what would Thomas Edison think? Take the day off the gas pedal

Nearly 60 million water bottles

We’re talking the kind that sits in your

The average American uses 2.8 gallons of gas a day

end up in landfills across the

mailbox, not on your backside. Each year,

– that’s 8.7 BILLION gallons of gas every day, just in the

globe each year, where they

nearly six million tons of junk mail – catalogs and

United States. If every driver took just one day off from


direct mail advertisements – are dumped into

driving each week, opting to telecommute, take public

before finally decomposing.

U.S. landfills. Take action by opting out. Register

transit or walk or bike to their destination, we could save

Instead of adding to the problem,

your address with (for catalogs

more than 452 billion gallons of gas each year. Even a

recycle your empties, or even better,

and direct mail) and for

break from driving just one day a month would significantly

fill up a reusable water bottle. Look for

pre-approved credit card offers. You may have

lessen our reliance on oil. Incorporate a “day off for

bottles that do not contain bisphenol

to register by Social Security number or credit

energy” into your lifestyle, whether it’s driving, running a

A (BpA), a chemical that has been

card number to verify that you are who you say

major appliance or another “fueled” activity.

linked to health concerns.

you are, but it’s safe and secure.

can L

need to go cold turkey – just replace your regular incandescent with a CFL

Too much junk in your trunk?

Ban the bottle






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New research expands dermatology treatments Dermatology offers many options for the treatment of chronic skin diseases. With ongoing research, our

(16 types), previously defined as six types. • Search for optimal treatment for

options for treatments are constantly


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and new directions for creams and

on the lookout for the latest exciting








• Better understanding of antioxidants/

aesthetic skin treatments. Finding a

cosmeceuticals in an attempt to

treatment that has the most efficacy

enhance skin care.

with the least side effects is our

• Alternative forms of Botulinum toxin

primary goal in medical dermatology.

and dermal fillers with increased

Finding a treatment with the greatest


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Sip. Taste. Sip. Applause. Repeat.

northsideman MIKE ELLIOTT

beekeeper, Wildwood Forest Honey Alpharetta, Ga. • 770-442-9803

Q: How long have you been beekeeping? A: Eleven years, first as a hobby and now as a small business. I sell raw wildflower and sourwood honey and

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beeswax candles at the Alpharetta Farmer’s Market. Q: What’s your favorite way to eat honey? made with raisin bread. My grandson

allergy symptoms. Wildflower honey

likes to make peanut butter and honey

produced in your local area contains


the same pollen spores that cause

Q: Have you ever been stung?

allergies, so consuming the honey

A: All the time, I’m used to it!

helps your immune system develop

Honeybee venom actually contains


anti-inflammatory substances that are


used to treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Q: What’s all the buzz about “local honey?” A: Over half of my customers buy local honey to help with seasonal

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A: On my wife’s French toast






hobbies? A: I like to restore antique trucks. You’ll see my blue 1950s Chevy at the Alpharetta Farmer’s Market. I also bring along an observation hive, so folks can watch the bees at work.

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Atlanta Fair: Good Old Fashioned Family Fun Through April 3. Turner Field Gray parking Lot, 688 Central Ave., Atlanta. Over 40 carnival rides and midway games including a view of downtown Atlanta from the Sky Wheel. www. . 404-389-7564


Purina Incredible Dog Challenge 11:30 a.m. Centennial Olympic park, Atlanta. Canine sporting events: dog diving, flying discs, weaving poles, Jack Russell hurdle racing and more.

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Duran Duran in concert 8 p.m. Center Stage, 1374 W. peachtree St., Atlanta. $59.00. Cooking class in Barrington Hall kitchen with Chef John Wilson Also runs April 19. 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Barrington Hall, 535 Barington Drive, Roswell 30075. Reservations required, space limited. $50 per person, per class. Call 770-640-3855.


Menopause The Musical Through April 17. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Rd, Atlanta. See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 10 years: celebrating 10 years of “The Change” Ticketmaster: 1-800-745-3000


Value Vino! Wine Tasting 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Salud! Cooking Class, Whole Foods Market (Harry’s), Alpharetta. You don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy delicious wines. Join us for a tasting of our top picks under $12. Cost: $15. http://wholefoodsmarket. com Atlanta Dogwood Festival Through April 17. 10 a.m. piedmont park. Live music and artisans from 48 states.


Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents “Forbidden Broadway” Through April 24. Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Don’t miss GET’s salute to the great American musical with this hilarious musical send-up. 2011 Georgia Senior Follies. 8 p.m. Through April 17. The Cumming playhouse, Cumming GA 30040. 678-455-0975. The birth of rock and roll… get out your dancing shoes and join us to swing and reminisce. www.


▲ The Taste of Forsyth 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. City of Cumming Fairgrounds, Cumming GA 30040. 770-781-3491. Music, kids zone, touch a truck, local entertainment Southern Gardens workshop and book signing 10 a.m. 12 p.m. Scottsdale Farms, 15639 Birmingham Hwy, Milton. Erica Glaesener “proven plants: Southern Gardens” workshop on great combinations for your garden and book signing. Free.


Free Live Taping of America’s Got Talent Through April 14. 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Fox Theatre, Atlanta. With Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne, Nick Cannon and piers Morgan. Free. for tickets. Some shows sold out already.


▲ Downtown Alpharetta Farmers Market 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Continues each Saturday, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. through October. Big parking lot next to City Hall on Main Street (Hwy 9). Farmers with fresh fruits and vegetables, gardeners with fresh flowers and plants, and makers of all sorts of edible home goods. 41st Annual Decorator’s Show House and Gardens Through May 8. Buckhead: Lotus House, 1945 West Wesley Road, Atlanta, 30327. $25, Supports Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. http:// 7th Annual Alpharetta Arts Street Fest Through April 17. 10 a.m. -6 p.m., downtown Alpharetta on Milton Ave. Nearly 100 artists in outdoor galleries, live jazz, roots rock and Celtic music, and more. Free admission. Free parking at City Hall and Milton Center. Tim McGraw, Emotional Traffic Tour with Luke Bryan & The Band perry. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta. $25-$75 Live Nation (ticket sales),

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▲ Children’s Easter Egg Hunt 2 p.m. North park Adult Softball Complex (fields 1-4). Children age 10 and under are invited to participate in the Alpharetta Recreation and parks Department's Children's Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt, co-sponsored by the Alpharetta Golden Age Club, will be held on Sunday, April 17th. Games and exhibitors will be on-site at 2 p.m. Our special guest, the Easter Bunny, will be on-site @ 2:30 p.m. and will be available for photos with children. The hunt for thousands of eggs and candy begins promptly at 3 p.m. Chlidren will be divided into age groups. Info: 678-297-6140 or


Doris Kearns Goodwin Lecture 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Emory University, Glenn Auditorium. Doris Kearns Goodwin is a nationally acclaimed presidential historian and political news analyst. Free. www.


Party for the Planet at Zoo Atlanta 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Featuring the Annual Gorilla Egg Hunts at 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. where the zoo’s western lowland gorillas search for hidden Jell-O treats. Meet Dora the Explorer and Diego, enjoy an earthworm dig, recycled arts and crafts and “green” exhibitors

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Herb gardening workshop and food demonstration 11 a.m. Scottsdale Farms, 15639 Birmingham Hwy, Milton. Herb Gardening in the garden and in strawberry jars. Learn how to grow herbs in your garden or in strawberry jars. Followed by a food demonstration using herbs to prepare delicious dishes. Reservations required: $5


The Royal Wedding at Piedmont Park 6 a.m. – 1 p.m. piedmont park, 400 park Dr., NE, Atlanta (The promenade). Celebrate the wedding of Britain’s prince William and Kate Middleton with live coverage of the nuptials and displays by Atlanta’s top wedding and event vendors. Free and open to all, 404-875-7275. Relay for Life, Roswell High School Through April 30. 6 p.m. – 6 a.m. Teams walk around a track to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Anyone can participate. $10/person. Contact jkstuart@


4th Annual Water for the World Run 7:30 -10:30 a.m. Technology park, Johns Creek, State Farm Insurance building, 11350 Johns Creek pkwy . Family fun event features a 10K peachtree Qualifier, 5K race, 1-mile Bucket Walk/Run and a Tot Trot. The mission of this event is to increase efforts and support the install of water systems that provide clean and safe water to 80,000+ people in developing countries. Roswell Cycling Festival Through May 1. Featuring the Roswell Criterium for professional and amateur cyclists, recreational rides, mountain bike activities and a kids bicycle safety rodeo. www. Race to the Derby Cooking Class 7 p.m. publix at Alpharetta Commons, 4305 State Bridge Road, Alph 30022 770-751-8560. Learn to prepare Kentucky Derby favorites like Roast Beef Tenderloin with Henry Bain Sauce, Creamy Shrimp and Grits and Derby pie with Kentucky Bourbon Sauce. $45. One Night of Queen 8 p.m. Cobb Energy performing Arts Centre. A stunning live concert recreating and celebrating the music of Queen. performed by Gary Mullen and “The Works” this show will rock you---guaranteed. www.



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Batman and the Bully


have a sinus infection threatening to

sinus meds, rational thought

eject my eyeballs from their sockets,

disappears quicker than a

Have you ever noticed when one

bronchitis suggesting an iron lung will

$20 bill in Vegas. She has mono,

thing goes wrong, the universe can

be my next big purchase and malaria.

which on the scary-stuff spectrum

deliver a one-two punch like a middle

Okay, I said malaria for dramatic effect,

is pretty low. But it’s far from fun. I’m

school bully? Where’s a superhero to

but you get the point. Then, both my

not looking for sympathy (or enticing

deliver you from disaster when you

children catch strep throat for the 47th

you to Google the word lump – don’t).

really need it?

time this year. Not good for a working

We’ve all been in this spot — where

The punch always comes when

mom whose occupation requires a

you think things could not possibly get

my husband is away. Once, my then

modicum of time uninterrupted by

worse. And then they do. Then they do

3-year-old lodged a polly pocket

requests for Motrin, popsicles and to


shoe so far in her nasal cavity that

mediate disagreements over who is

an air-blasting scope was necessary

tackiest on Toddlers and Tiaras.


When this happens, I am reminded of the kindness of good friends – the

to extricate the tiny plastic invader.

Then my dishwasher floods, and

ones who race to your house because

Another time, a bird flew down my

Willie Nelson lectures me about drinking

they know something isn’t quite right.

chimney and into my house. Yet

wine. Really, it was a repairman

I’m reminded that moms are tough,

another time, my dog ingested a roll

who looked like Willie explaining a

and kids are resilient. I remember I’d

of grosgrain ribbon. In all instances, my

broken wine glass was clogging my

rather my husband be home and

husband was out of town. This year’s

dishwasher. Super. Then my daughter

forget to take out the trash than be

wallop: my 9-year-old has mono. But

announces she’s found a lump in her

away and all the chores be done. And

I’m getting ahead of myself.


I learn to appreciate those “nothing

Kapow. Bam. Splat.

interesting happened” days. Boring is

leaves for a week-long trip to Belgium,

Let me tell you, if you search

a blessing in disguise.

I start sniffling. The next morning, I

Web MD for “lump in neck” while on

Thirty seconds after my husband

I’m reminded superheroes don’t

necessarily wear capes, but are

o f t e n

the unassuming neighbor, a kind pediatrician or a helpful teacher. And that the combination of prescription cough syrup and a Google search is always a bad idea. But most important, when you stand up to a bully, he backs down. Kersplat.

Amy M. Dawson is an Alpharetta-based writer way behind on her to-do list, but way ahead on reaching the cap on her medical spending account.She writes about balancing work and life at www.amymacpr.

goodeats Chocolate Zucchini Bread From “The Best of Georgia Farms Cookbook and Tour Book," pictured right, published by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cinnamon and cocoa. In a large bowl, combine eggs, zucchini, oil, pecans and vanilla. pour flour into batter and mix thoroughly. Spray 2 9x5-inch loaf pans with vegetable spray. Divide batter equally between the two pans. Bake for 1 hour or until firm. Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove


3 cups self-rising flour 2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ cup cocoa 3 eggs, beaten 2 cups grated zucchini 1 cup vegetable oil 1 cup chopped pecans 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Vegetable cooking spray

The Best of Georgia Farms Cookbook an d Tour Book was published by the Ge orgia Department of Agriculture.

from pan. Allow to cool completely before slicing. Yields 2 loaves or 12 servings each. Hint: to reduce the calories and fat in this recipe, use 2 whole eggs and 2 egg whites, reduce oil to ½ cup, add ½ cup applesauce and reduce pecans to ½ cup.

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