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contributors LESLEY COLvETT

attends some of the most fabulous parties throughout the state as social editor for At Home Tennessee magazine. Colvett’s 10-year career in magazines began promptly after she graduated from the university of Missouri School of Journalism with her first job as editor of Memphis’ RSVP magazine. If you would like At Home Tennessee magazine to attend your upcoming event contact lesley at lcolvett@

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has a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the university of Memphis, where he is currently studying for his Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is certified as a level 3 Golf Fitness Trainer and a level 2 Golf Biomechanist through the Titleist Performance Institute. He is a Certified Personal Trainer at the Germantown Athletic Club. See Jeremy’s article, “The 15–Minute Workout,” on page 28.


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is as entertaining as the dishes she prepares. Columnist, kitchen guru and quite possibly the next Food Network Star, Gaither shares insightful columns and inventive recipes each month to bring us one step closer to mastering the Julia Child in all of us. Check out “True Holiday Confessions” on page 90 to see what our kitchen connoisseur has cooked up for December.


is a freelance writer and regular contributor for At Home Tennessee Magazine. lusk is a lifelong reader and has a diverse background and education in fine arts, interior design and literature. In addition to her monthly book review on page 98, lusk also writes “Family Traditions” on page 46. Flip to the home feature for more on this wintery Sevierville residence.

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THE 15-MINUTE WORKOUT It’s the holiday season and many of you are making plans for parties, dinners and gettogethers. You’re thinking about Christmas shopping and what present to get for that special someone. One thing that most people are probably not thinking about is their exercise program – that’s the thing you worry about after the holiday season is over and those pants don’t fit anymore. Maybe this year you should think about your exercise plan sooner, like right now! This is just as good a time to start a program as any other. You might think that your time is just too limited to exercise. After all, you work, the kids have extra things going on, holiday shopping must be done and there are parties every weekend. The answer to that is “if it must be done, it will be done.” Your health is and should be a priority. Yes, it is a busy time of the year and you are probably running around frantically trying to get things accomplished, 28 | At Home Tennessee • December 2011

but this is why you need to stop and take time to exercise: to ease stress.

“One thing that most people are probably not thinking about is their exercise program – that’s the thing you worry about after the holiday season is over and those pants don’t fit anymore.” Now that you understand the importance of starting a workout routine, you may be wondering how to begin. The first thing to do is basic exercises. Push-ups are a great exercise


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plank. Simply get into a push-up position and hold it for 30 seconds or longer. Portability, again, makes the plank a great exercise. If you really want to challenge yourself, perform a plank climb. Get into the plank position on your forearms and hold it for 10 seconds. Next, climb up into the push-up position and hold it for 10 seconds. Perform this three consecutive times (this equals one minute) before you come down to the floor, making a complete set. Rest one minute between sets. Perform three sets and you will be feeling it in your abs, shoulders, legs and just about everywhere else you have muscles. This speedy-but-efficient workout takes only about 15 minutes and you haven’t lifted a single dumbbell or a bar. In fact, you haven’t even left your house! Obviously, this exercise plan is designed to jump start you into a new world of fitness. It’s a very basic option for those who are fighting the time crunch of the holidays now, but who don’t want to fight the pounds after the season is over. The American College of Sports Medicine states that we need exercise at least five days a week at 60-90 percent of our maximum heart rate to maintain cardiovascular health (Garber et al., 2011). This means that the push-ups and planks are great, but for a complete workout you also need to add some cardio activity such as biking, jogging, very brisk walking or using an elliptical trainer. Remember that the path to success is paved with effort, and that 10 percent effort will not yield 100 percent return. Now get to it! References Garber, C. E., Blissmer, B., Deschenes, M. R., Franklin, B. A., Lamonte, M. J., Lee, I. M., et al. (2011). American college of sports medicine position stand. Quantity and quality of exercise for developing and maintaining cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal, and neuromotor fitness in apparently healthy adults: Guidance for prescribing exercise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 43(7), 13341359.

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Bella Cake Pop Maker, $20

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A New Year’s Getaway Text by Elle Perry

Instead of spending your year-end at a lavish shindig clinking champagne glasses, why not change it up and ring in 2012 on a holiday cruise around the Caribbean?

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OPPOSITE PAGE: Beach in St. Lucia Castries, St. Lucia THIS PAGE: St. Maarten Architecture. Charlotte Amalie Harbor. Land bridge in St. Lucia

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Celebrity Cruises is offering a two-week Southern Caribbean cruise that departs on the afternoon of Dec. 31 from its port in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

tour of Knip Beach (home of real pink flamingos), a tour and tasting at the Blue Curacao liqueur factory or snorkeling in the clear blue Caribbean water.

Could there be a better way to begin a new year than by cruising to eight exotic and warm isles?

• St. George’s Grenada—Activities include everything from adventurous river tubing to a luxurious champagne lobster cruise.

• Orangestad, Aruba—Parasailing, Catamaran cruises and a half-day Jeep safari to a rock formation, a lighthouse and a gold mine top the list of two dozen side trip options.

• Bridgetown, Barbados—Cruise passengers have unique opportunities like island tours via Segway and trips by more traditional modes of transportation to a monkey reserve or Harrison’s Cave.

• Willemstad, Curacao—Opt for a wildlife

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• Castries, St. Lucia—The menu of 36 excursions here includes a drive into a volcano, rainforest cycling and a waterfall hike. • St. John’s, Antigua—promises memories will be made on a helicopter tour, a stingray swim or yacht racing. • Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas—provides something for everyone with almost four dozen off-shore excursion options. Parasailing, kayaking or golf, anyone? • Philipsburg, St. Maarten—the final port of call presents visitors exciting choices like

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Holly Springs is a charming town with a rich and colorful past featuring shops, art galleries, daily historic home tours, golf, camping, museums, world famous burgers at Phillips Grocery and a one of a kind shrine to Elvis you have to see to believe. The New York Times called us “An antebellum encylopedia” and when you visit you’ll see why.

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We’re nothing if not colorful – full of true Delta characters and fascinating places to visit. You’ll find a hotel where blues empress Bessie Smith died and John F. Kennedy, Jr. stayed, and food that ranges from casual tamale and barbeque cafes to a restaurant owned and frequented by Morgan Freeman. The crossroads that we’re known for becomes the perfect combination of culture and quirky with a heavy dose of the blues. Cross on over and find out for yourself.

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If you’ve ever been wowed by a fabulous party in Memphis, chances are Sally Shy had something to do with it. For the past 15 years Shy and her staff at Sally Shy Event Design have been innovating the West Tennessee social scene from weddings to corporate events – she even arranged a reception for former President Bush when he visited the Bluff City. Read on for Shy’s take on inspiration, party success and more. At Home Tennessee: How long have you been planning events and how did you get started in the industry?

ask the client to bring some pictures that show what they are thinking about, and I always keep an open mind.

Sally Shy: I have been in the event planning business since 1997 but I started planning parties at a very young age because all of my life my family entertained. In fact, my family was known for their wonderful parties. When my children went off to college, I started creating parties for my friends. Then, as it always happens, the question arose, “why don’t you start a business?” So I did! I am still amused at the fact that I was the first one in Memphis to offer a wide range of colors and fabrics in tablecloths and napkins for rental and also the first one to bring the ever-so-popular “chiavari” chairs to the Memphis rental industry.

AHT: Where do you look for new ideas when designing events?

AHT: It takes a true talent to listen to a person’s ideas and then turn that vision into a reality. Are there any methods you find particularly helpful when trying to get an idea of what the client wants based on his or her style and tastes? SS: I believe the answer to that is exactly what you said – listening. That is the number one talent an event planner must have in order to turn their client’s vision into reality. Secondly, I look at the colors the client is wearing: are they conservative, bold or neutral? I usually

SS: The movies, art exhibits and my clients’ thoughts. Actually, there is not one thing from which I do not pull some form of design. I love to take an ordinary object and totally use it in an out-of-the-ordinary way. I love to create and think out of the box, way out! AHT: What are some of the hottest trends in wedding and event planning right now? SS: Due to the economy, I think it wise to concentrate on a few incredible elements that satisfy the clients and their wallet. Lighting is a very cost-efficient way to create an outstanding event.

SS: I had a client who wanted a Parisian theme, so I created a full-size Arc de Triomphe for the entrance. The event was in a gated community so due to fire code the Arc had to be large enough for a fire engine to drive through, and it was. If I say so myself, it turned out to be pretty awesome. AHT: Tell us some of your favorite personalized details in planning a party or event. SS: First of all lighting, and I always have to have something that is blinking or glowing. Whether it be a ring, a glass, a bar, a plate or a balloon, something has to be blinking because it really adds to the excitement of the event. Unique tablecloths, napkins and plates also add so much. AHT: Are there any tricks to pulling off large-scale events?

AHT: What has been your most luxurious party to date?

SS: Having competent people working with you; with talented people you can tell them once what to do and it is done.

SS: I once covered every wall in every room of a country club in a French blue Fortuny-style fabric. It took thousands of yards – fabulous.

AHT: What would you say are the elements of a successful event?

AHT: What is one of the most over-the-top details you have ever created for an event?

SS: A happy and relaxed host and hostess.

More From Sally: Favorite aspect of holiday entertaining: Friends and family All-time favorite meal: Any style or kind of pasta, especially mac and lobster Secret weapon for hosting an event: Good wine, wonderful music, a lot of candles and fabulous friends Three people I would most like to have attend my next party: Sophia Loren, Justin Timberlake and Julia Roberts Favorite holiday tune: “White Christmas”

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Family Traditions TEXT By Shana Raley-Lusk | PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEN FINCH

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“A love of antiques is a longtime passion of Liz’s which has manifested itself in the interior of the home.”

PREVIOUS PAGE: A snowy day sets the perfect backdrop for the King home where beautifully lit wreaths with classic red bows adorn the windows. This page: TOP: Gorgeous Christmas trees heavily laden with ornaments and ribbon are scattered throughout the home. BOTTOM: The staircase is decked out in festive style with a lush garland filled with feathers, unique ornaments and holiday inspired ribbon. OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE: Murals and faux painting add originality and create a warm atmosphere in the King home. Red and white checked ribbon, candy canes, and toy ornaments create a whimsical look for this tree in the breakfast area. Red amaryllis at the center of the table adds a traditional touch of holiday cheer.Lighting fixtures in the kitchen and breakfast area are hung with ribbon and greenery to reflect the spirit of the holidays.

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One of the things the Kings love most about the house is the way it reflects their most cherished values: faith and family.

THIS PAGE: One of many Christmas trees throughout the King’s home adorns their formal, but cozy master retreat. OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The warmth of this fireplace is accented by a beautiful holiday garland swirled with red ribbon. A special area of the house for the King family, the study is home to the wormy chestnut cabinet where many special mementos of the family are kept.The juxtaposition of elegance with functionality creates a welcoming atmosphere in the family room.

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When Danny and Liz King of Sevierville set out on the journey of creating their dream house, they had a clear vision of what they hoped to achieve. Liz loved the look of Southern plantation homes and knew that she wanted a classic setting from the beginning. “I wanted a traditional home that I could still update,” she remembers. With plans for their new home in mind, the couple spent a considerable amount of time searching for further inspiration through travel around the region, much of which they did by air since Danny is a recreational pilot. As they explored in Georgia and South Carolina, they found that the style of many of the older homes was most appealing to them. In April of 1991, construction began on their Georgian, traditional-style home built on 132 acres in Sevier County. The couple selected Jerry Pierce of Pierce Construction to oversee the project, which ultimately took three and a half years to complete. In total, the buildings on their property now amount to about 21,000 square feet. “I love design and can see the finished product in my mind as I plan,” says Liz. Her flair for

the creative has certainly been an important influence in the interior of the home. In some areas of the house, Liz has undertaken the design work herself. For instance, in the kitchen she had a definite idea of what she wanted. She worked with Patty Danzig at Design Galleria in Atlanta on the cabinet design. In the master bedroom, Liz picked out the furniture and fabrics herself and made some of the wallpaper selections as well. She says that she finds a lot of inspiration for her home through magazines and online resources. Many designers, artists and architects have been involved on projects for the house over the years, but the most recent renovations and updates have been at the hand of Knoxville designer Sarah Bohleber. Even the rooms that had been decorated previously were spruced up by Sarah with new artwork and glassware. “Sarah was very helpful through the entire process. We just clicked,” Liz says.

showcase accomplishments and milestones of the two King children and other members of the family. The cabinet itself was bought before the house was built and each section is dedicated to a specific family member or group. There is a spot for each of the children’s awards as well as a special area for keepsakes from Danny’s family. The “wall of accomplishments” is very special to Danny and Liz. “This wall tells the children’s stories of growing up,” Liz says. Another treasured object in the home is a tall antique vase that has been placed in the back stairway area of the home. It once belonged to Danny’s parents and has special sentimental importance to the couple. The home is also full of many beloved family photographs. The painting in the family room, in particular, is especially meaningful to them. “This painting is of the children at the age they were when we moved into the house,” Liz remembers.

One of the things the Kings love most about the house is the way it reflects their most cherished values: faith and family. In the study, a beautiful wormy chestnut cabinet houses treasured items of special significance which

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“While the house certainly has a formal style, the Kings also wanted the interior to be livable, comfortable and functional.”

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“One area of the residence that is of particular sentimental importance to the Kings is the nursery. At one time, the area was used as a playroom for their children, but it now serves as a nursery for their young grandson Jake who lives nearby.” OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Not even the tiniest details are ignored when the King home is adorned for the Christmas season. Fresh holiday greenery and ribbon set the scene for merriment throughout the house. An angel statue adds a special touch to the decorations. The family room is a great place for relaxation and is one of the family’s favorite areas. One of Liz’s passions, antiques are scattered throughout the King home and create a refined look. French inspired furniture adds to the formal feel of the King home. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Perhaps the most cherished room of the house, the nursery boasts a beautiful jungle-themed mural. Each bedroom of the house is home to its own unique Christmas tree which is specifically created to reflect the style of the room.

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“Outside the home, the serene setting and mountain backdrop provide the family with the ideal place to enjoy their many outdoor hobbies.” THIS PAGE: Wreaths and garland bring the beauty of the holiday season to the barn on the King property. Outdoor living and family pets are important to the family. Here, Liz pets one of the two horses that live in the barn. The 5,000-squarefoot facility has often been used by the family for entertaining. OPPOSITE PAGE: The stunning mountain setting of the home is one of its most impressive features.

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have been added recently. The house boasts many other distinctive features as well. The dining room ceiling, for instance, is home to an original painting of the heavens opening up. Additionally, the kitchen floor is made of limestone that the couple had imported from Jerusalem. One area of the residence that is of particular sentimental importance to the Kings is the nursery. At one time, the area was used as a playroom for their children, but it now serves as a nursery for their young grandson Jake who lives nearby. A beautifully detailed jungle mural covers the walls and creates a dreamlike space in which he can play, imagine and grow. While the house certainly has a formal style, the Kings also wanted the interior to be livable, comfortable and functional. Wood-burning fireplaces in the great room and family room add a gracious and welcoming quality, along with warmth in chilly months. “The family room and study are our favorite places to relax inside the house,” Liz says. The master bedroom is another cozy area where the couple likes to unwind after a busy day.

Outside the home, the serene setting and mountain backdrop provide the family with the ideal place to enjoy their many outdoor hobbies. Because Danny is an avid aviation enthusiast, the property is home to an airplane hangar. His love of Harley-Davidsons led to the addition of a motorcycle shop where Danny shares the hobby with his son and sonin-law. The beautiful 5,000-square-foot barn that sits on the property, home to two horses and one mule, contains a kitchen, a bathroom and a large porch. The barn has been used quite often by the family for entertaining, particularly for functions for their church. An adorable playhouse which was originally used by the King children also graces the property. One of the estate’s most beautiful features is the view of seven mountain peaks from the back porch of the house. Liz counts it, along with the nearby pool and pool house, as one of the most enjoyable areas of her home. Other unique features of the house include a spa, a digital photography studio, a music room and an exercise room.

decorations are quite elaborate, taking seven to nine days to assemble. Ornate garlands grace mantels and festive Christmas trees laden with glittery ornaments stand in many of the rooms. The outdoor decorations, which have become an area holiday tradition, are equally beautiful and take up to a month to complete. The Kings have been sharing their Christmas display with the community for almost 50 years at their current home as well as a previous residence. The family hosts an annual Christmas luncheon for their family in addition to other celebrations throughout the holidays. Liz and Danny have many fond memories of friends stopping by the house during the season for a warm cup of hot chocolate or cider. The home is certainly a splendid sight to behold during this time of year. For the King family, home is truly a reflection of the joys that are found in life. From the sentimental details inside to the grandeur of the outdoor amenities, this house is indeed a dream realized for the family who calls it home.

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THE INS AND OUTS of fireplace design TEXT BY KRISTEN myers WADDELL

From planning to execution, these experts break down what to consider when adding a fireplace to your home.

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First, determine

what you hope to derive from your fireplace. Functionality, ambiance, atmosphere?


hen deciding whether to add an indoor or outdoor fireplace to your home, there are several factors to take into account, including purpose, space, design, safety and cost. At Home Tennessee went to two of the experts, Louie Bishop of Bishop Hearth & Home, which has been in business nearly 40 years and has locations in Memphis, Knoxville and Nashville; and Bryan Hawkins of General Shale Brick, a company founded in 1928 with numerous locations throughout Tennessee and the MidSouth. Whether you choose to hire a professional or make this a DIY project, Bishop and Hawkins share the “ins and outs” of fireplace building and maintenance.

LB: First, determine what you hope to derive from your fireplace. Functionality, ambiance, atmosphere? Then prioritize which needs you would like to pursue in your project. For example, gas fireplaces (like vent-free, b-vent and direct-vent) are very efficient but lack the beauty of a wood-burning, open-face fireplace. However, wood-burning fireplaces are not efficient. Prefabricated models are very efficient with the ability to heat 2,000-3,000 square feet.

BH: Outdoor living areas have become more popular in the last couple of years, and the evolution of outdoor fireplaces has been a major contributing factor to that popularity. Homeowners can now design the living spaces of their home to include a fireplace within the seating area and incorporate it further into where the family relaxes. The most popular styles of outdoor fireplace openings range from 24 to 48 inches, depending on the manufacturer.

You can cook inside outdoor fireplaces and on some wood-burning stoves for indoor applications as well. The top portion of the stoves is flat so you can cook anything you want on top inside dutch ovens.

AHT: What is the most important factor to consider when building a fireplace?

AHT: Tell us a little about outdoor fireplaces that are currently in demand.

Do-it-yourself kits for small and large fireplaces as well as fire pits and fire rings have recently been introduced into the market to allow for a wider selection of products to be matched with traditional outdoor paving and landscaping products. Homeowners must think about foundation preparation materials, time and costs and subsequent

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project completion if they are considering an outdoor fireplace.

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AHT: What role does space play in building an outdoor or indoor fireplace?

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LB: Determine how much overall space you have for the fireplace, the mantle, mirrors/ paintings above the fireplace, as well as the width of the wall where the fireplace will be placed. An indoor fireplace has certain codes/ clearances on the sides and above the opening of the fireplace so knowing these clearances helps determine what size mantle is needed. People often make the mistake of putting in a fireplace without thinking about the finished dimensions. A fireplace too large can throw the scale and proportion of the room off completely.

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AHT: What codes and safety factors must you consider when building a fireplace? BH: If you contract the project, perform the proper due diligence as to the kind of experience the contractor brings to the table. Indoor fireplace additions may require more intricate or complex structural considerations and should always adhere to local building ordinances and codes. Also, fireplaces should be inspected each year to ensure the safety of the completed project. AHT: What final considerations should homeowners think about when deciding to build a fireplace? BH: A well-conceived plan is prudent because of the numerous effects the addition of a fireplace might have on interior design or outdoor landscaping. In the planning process, stay informed about what the costs are and be realistic about your personal engagement in the project.

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stylish accessories and gadgets for indoor and outdoor fireplaces

Gold Terracotta Pillars, $30 and $40

Pollen Arts Nostalgia Jar Candles, $25-$60,

Fireplace Screen with Amber Detail, $180,

Driftwood Hurricane Tall, $78

Talon Candlestick, Tall and Small, $58 and $38,

Champagne Mosaic Hurricanes $28 and $45,

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Pinecone Firestarters in Wood Basket, $40

Madras Split Combination Basket, $60

Open Fire Pop (TM SIGN) Popcorn Popper $30,

Alton Bronze Fireplace Tool Set, $169

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Simply Grilling Non-stick Grilling Basket $20,

Hearthside Tool Set, $179

Alton Bronze Log Holder, $100

Rustic Botanical Fireplace Screen, $179

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In bloom: Edgeworthia TEXT BY ANDREW PULTE


ecember will be a time of transition for edgeworthia. Often called paper bush, this month edgeworthia will drop its emerald green leaves early and the stage will be set for a winter show. By the end of the year, bare stems will develop tightly packed tubular flower buds. As the new year develops, buds will become sweet-smelling candelabras of beautiful yellow flowers. In its native China you would find edgeworthia clinging to stream banks and hovering on the edge of woodlands. In the Mid-South partial to full shade is a must for the plant to be successful. It will find a happy home in 66 | At Home Tennessee • December 2011

areas that have rich organic soils that don’t completely dry out. Edgeworthia quickly makes a multi-stemmed woody shrub with a height up to six feet when given the right growing conditions. Training a plant to a single stem can also be a nice effect. Those familiar with the closely related plant daphne might recognize some similar characteristics. When I was first introduced to edgeworthia I made the assumption that its common name, paper bush, was due to its paper-thin leaves. However, this refers to the fact that paper products were once made from the woody bark and stem of the plant. In a 1920 edition

of the “Paper Trade Journal” Clarence Jay West lists reading suggestions for different paper making materials. He lists several references in the late 1800s on edgeworthia in places like Nepal, Japan and China. Edgeworthia and daphne were considered good choices for fine paper when strength was also required. Those interested in botanical nomenclature and taxonomy will run into unfortunate confusion with this plant. You will most often

In December edgeworthia’s bare stems develop tightly packed buds that become beautiful yellow flowers.


find Edgeworthia chrysantha in the trade—its the leaves are of a good size and the flowers are showy. You may also run into Edgeworthia papyrifera, which is sometimes used as a synonym for E. chrysantha or to refer to a plant with overall smaller characteristics. Additionally, in some specialty nurseries you will find cultivars like “Rubra” or “Red Dragon” which produce reddish-orange flowers. These red-flowering plants tend to

have leaves that are slightly less attractive and do not demonstrate the vigor or ease of growth found in E. chrysantha. Edgeworthia is truly a four-season stunner. In addition its finely-structured fall and winter look with aromatic yellow flowers, paper bush sports beautiful, elongated leaves in summertime. Edgeworthia is hardy almost everywhere in the state of Tennessee when it is sited properly. Spring planting seems to be the trick to

getting it off to the right start, so when you are making your garden plan for 2012 this month, be sure to include this versatile addition. INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

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Winter Ready

Text by Andrew Pulte

Reflect and learn how to do the most basic tasks in your landscape the right way.

county extension service to learn more about soil tests. Test results will tell you almost everything you will need to know about your soil.

December is the ideal month to start thinking about landscape improvements for next season. This is also a good time to review pictures or reflect on the past gardening season. Take time to ask yourself what went well and what could be improved upon. Take advantage of this chance to insure all of your gardening techniques are just as they should be. Lots of research goes into perfecting the methods used in the home garden and studies abound on proper techniques. However, many seasoned veterans of gardening and home maintenance know trial and error is the best way to learn. Here I hope to combine a little bit of the research side of things mixed with a dash of conventional wisdom.

You wouldn’t take a stranger to the prom, so why wouldn’t you learn at least the basics about the plants you’re about to add to your landscape. Take the time to learn the ultimate dimensions of each plant after 10 or even 20 years. Match new plants to your soil and proposed light conditions. Combine different plant types and textures to create a mixed garden with maximum interest.


3. Not Planning for Your Lifestyle

Several of the mistakes homeowners make in their garden happen right at the beginning. Some are planning errors and some occur during installation. Here are a few common errors that happen during the earliest phase of a landscape. 1. Failure to do a soil test

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2. Not Getting to Know Your Plants

Not planning for how much or how little time you want to spend in the garden is a crucial mistake. Successful gardeners know which plants and style of gardening lend themselves to their lifestyle. I always encourage people to interact with their garden through observing what’s happening from day to day. However, knowing how you want to spend your Saturday afternoons is also important. Maybe you crave nothing more than holding a sharp pair of hedge clippers in your hand; maybe you are more of the “backyard Barcalounger” type. Take time to reflect on how your garden space

will be used. Additionally, take an honest look at how much you want to be involved with the care of your landscape or garden. 4. Planting at Improper Depth

It may surprise you to find out one of the big mistakes homeowners often make is planting a plant too deeply. Although some of the toughest landscape plants can survive when they are planted deeper than they would like, they often don’t thrive. Again, take time to learn about your soil. Answer important questions like “how’s my drainage?” When planting a container plant, place the new plant slightly above the existing soil line and mound a small amount of soil up to the soil line of the new plant. Water your new plants in thoroughly to insure all air pockets are removed and that new plants settle in at or above the original soil line. What To Do After You Plant

It doesn’t matter if you’re starting from scratch or you’re living with a decade-old landscape. Knowing how to maintain your garden and home is important. This is also one of the areas where homeowners end up confused. While maintaining turfgrass and a few shrubs might not seem like rocket science, there’s always potential to go beyond maintenance to transform your space into a spectacular garden.

1. BE wATER wiSE

The bad news for any gardener is that the symptoms of over and under watering are often very similar. That wilted look could be a result of too much love, or not enough. Additionally, water requirements often change throughout the year. Proper plant placement, knowing how much water each plant needs to thrive and some investigation on the ups and downs of your climate are critical to having healthy plants. One of your most useful tools can be your finger. Simply feeling the soil to see how much moisture remains is always helpful. On days that are both breezy and hot plants can wilt but may not need additional water. Feel the soil around your plant before you get out the hose.

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We have all seen those Mount Vesuvius shaped tree rings of mulch in our grocery store parking lot. The bad news is people see those volcanoes of ground-up wood and think that’s what they should be doing at their house. Studies have shown mulch is a very good thing but there are some rules you need to follow. First, around three inches is the ideal depth; any deeper and you run the risk of reducing the benefits of mulch. Second, mulch should not be piled up against your plant material. Resist the urge to heap mulch around the bottom root-flare of trees and the base of shrubs.

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3. KnOw wHEn TO PRUnE

One of the most common gardening questions involves the right time to prune. This is a question that can never be answered with a blanket response. However, there are a few rules of thumb you can use for guidance. Spring-blooming trees and shrubs are best pruned just after flowering. If it blooms in the mid to late summer, pruning before the plant breaks dormancy is probably more appropriate. Evergreens like hollies and boxwoods should be pruned late enough in winter that there is little chance they will put on a large flush of new growth before the last frost. Before you begin any pruning project ask yourself, “Why do I want to prune this plant?” If you can’t come up with a good answer leave it alone and let nature take its course. If size, personal taste, encroachment or other factors come to mind, research each plant to confirm when to prune. For simple maintenance try not to remove more than 1/3 of the plant during a single pruning. Remember, different types of plants have individual requirements.

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Sullivan County TEXT by BECKY NEWBOLD



he northeastern corner of Tennessee is a spot rife with music, nature and history. People living in the mountainous region share a unique cultural heritage which embraces both the area’s rich history and a trendy step into the 21st-century lifestyle. Sullivan County was named for Revolutionary War officer John Sullivan in 1779 and was created from part of Washington County. John Sullivan was a delegate to the Continental Congress, a former governor of New Hampshire and was appointed by President George Washington as the first federal judge for the United States District Court in New Hampshire. Bristol, situated on the state line, shares history with its twin city of Bristol, VA. Take a drive along State Street, where Tennessee is on one side and Virginia on the other. Metal plates in the center of the street mark the exact boundaries. A vintage-1910 lighted sign, listed on the National Register of Historic Places,

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spans State Street and proclaims Bristol "a good place to live." Carved from the late 18th-century American frontier, Kingsport, formerly named King's Port, originally was part of four counties in Virginia and one in North Carolina. The port, once the first stop on the push to settle the west, was frequented by historical figures including Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone and is known as "America's First Frontier." Blountville, Bluff City and a small portion of Johnson City also lie in Sullivan County. Johnson City, one of the Tri-Cities (along with Bristol and Kingsport) spans both Washington and Sullivan Counties. Bluff City, on the banks of Boone Lake, was the site of a turning point in the Revolutionary War and is home to folks who enjoy the small-town Tennessee lifestyle. Blountville, the county seat, is the only unincorporated county seat in Tennessee and has a population of just over 3,000. A relatively mild climate gives more than 156,000 people living in Sullivan County good

reason to experience life to the fullest. "We really enjoy the weather," Theatre Bristol's Box Office Manager/Office Administrator Patty Fuhrken says. She and her family moved to the area several years ago from New York. "We have four seasons but they are not as severe as where we lived before." A recent visit to Chicago reminded Fuhrken she does not miss the big-city hustle and bustle. "We enjoy how friendly everyone is, waving as you walk down the street or talking while standing in the check-out line," she says. “Bristol is a small city but it is a community. I love the way the community comes together on [NASCAR] race weekend or to work on the downtown. Our community’s merchants want to see their downtown thrive."

Eat Infused with Tennessee history, Bristol's Burger Bar has been serving up the American classic since 1942. Best known as one of the last places country music legend Hank Williams ate in 1952, today you can order a "Hey Good Looking" burger or a "Your Cheatin' Heart"





burger with secret sauce, green chiles, sauteed mushrooms (and, of course, cheese). When the Burger Bar reopened recently under new management, customers found an expanded menu including bison meat in addition to the standard hot dog, chili and hamburger fare. Using locally raised, grass-fed beef and other homegrown ingredients, the restaurant stays true to its motto, "Supporting your local farmers one bite at a time." The Burger Bar is just over the state line at 8 Piedmont Ave., Bristol, VA, 276.466.6200. Sip a purple milkshake and take on the challenge of "Mike's Intimidator,” a whopping one-pound burger with deluxe toppings at the Purple Cow in Kingsport. Fried pickles or fried tomatoes, stuffed pizza, wings, salads, subs, shakes, malts and Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes are just some of the reasons the Purple Cow is "udderly delicious." Catering available at this family-owned and operated specialty restaurant. For casual yet gourmet dining in downtown

Bristol, experience the Troutdale Bistro. Using the freshest locally grown ingredients available, Troutdale specializes in fine cuisine. Friendly conversation over Goat Cheese Ravioli or Lyttle Farm Braised Lamb may best be enjoyed with a glass of Little Black Dress California wine, the house label. Complete the evening with a generous slice of Italian Coconut Cream Cake or a Warm Chocolate Torte with Bristol's Cooper Coffee. Located at 724 State St., 423.989.3663. Fresh seafood from the Tri-State area arrives daily to grace diners’ plates at the Riverfront Seafood Company Fresh Market and Grill, 1777 Netherland Inn Rd. in Kingsport. Feast on crab cakes, "topless" oysters raw on the half shell, shrimp and sausage gumbo or a juicy slab of beef. Call for the fresh catch of the day, 423.245.3474.


Wander the historic district of Kingsport and do a little shopping along the way. Unique gifts "with an attitude" abound at The

Barefoot Chameleon, 158 Broad St. It’s a treasure trove of specialty items for the home, men, women and children. Girls, parade down the street with your new favorite things to wear and carry from the Sophisticated Starlet, 217 Broad St., specializing in handbags, shoes and women's apparel. Blountville is home to abundant outlet shopping at the Factory Stores of America at Tri-Cities. The center includes stores from Bon Worth, Carolina Pottery, KB Toy and others at 354 Shadowtown Rd.

Stay Quiet elegance and a warm, friendly atmosphere await at Fox Manor Historic Bed & Breakfast Inn in Kingsport. Guests at the restored manor, originally built in the late 1800s, rave about the inn’s cozy yet luxurious feel, gourmet candlelight breakfasts and quaint gift shop. Fox Manor’s public rooms offer a perfect place to visit with friends or curl up with a book. A welcoming fireplace in the December 2011 • | 71




“The people and the adventure make it a great place to live while the scenery quietly paints a portrait of serenity.”

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Wolves at Bays Mountain Wolf Habitat

Victorian parlor or refreshments in the Great Room's authentic 300-year-old English Pub Bar invite good conversation among friends. Located at 1623 Watauga St., 423.378.3844, At the MeadowView Marriott in Kingsport, retreat to the indoor pool after a long day of shopping or playing. Nearby golf and the inhouse weight room and fitness center keep you on track exercise-wise while traveling. With exceptional food and drink selections at the Meadows Restaurant and Courtyard Lounge you’ll want to stay on the resort property for dinner. Make your own private party in the serenity of the South Holston Lake House in Bristol. Expansive views of the mountains are yours from almost every room. If the weather’s nice, enjoy the spacious deck; or cozy up to the outdoor fireplace on cooler days. Hiking, fishing and boating add to the amenities of this mountain lake property. For rental information call 423.677.2837. LivE If you come to Sullivan County for a visit but decide to stay for a lifetime, you may find The Reserve at Leonard Farms features some of the best living in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. Multiple parks and meandering streets make The Reserve the perfect neighborhood. Options include townhouse homes and cottages on smaller lots, manor homes with a blend of romantic and classic traditions, and distinctive estate homes on larger lots with mountain views. For more information call 276.645.8207.

Honest Conversations™ Let’s be truthful. When was the last time you had a frank and sincere discussion about your finances? It starts with a straightforward conversation about your finances, one that addresses two simple facts: no one can predict the future, and no one can control the financial markets. That’s why you need a disciplined, rational approach to making major financial decisions and planning for your future. The Sovereign Wealth Management Team has now joined United Capital. The team you know and trust will have enhanced resources, knowledge, experience and expertise to continue to serve you at a higher level. Honest Conversations™ – This is what United Capital is all about. To learn more, call 901-685-5050.

Custom homes, home sites and cottages at The Virginian preserve the character of the land while offering panoramic golf course views. The development was honored by Pinnacle Living/Mountain Homes magazine as the "Most Beautiful Planned Community" for 2006, and it’s easy to see why. Massive oak arches define the dining space in the grille and a formal dining room overlooks the golf course. Amenities include a swim and racquet club, pro shop and fitness center. Contact The Virginian by calling 276.645.7050 or online at TO DO Part of the new Adventure Course, the Flying Squirrel Zip Line takes you 300 feet through a canopy of trees at Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium. If a rugged hike through the mountains is just the thing, take on one of the trails in the largest cityowned park in Tennessee. Be sure to visit the nature center while you explore this 3,500-acre nature preserve and its 440-acre lake. Many species of animals call the park December | 2011 • | 73



home including bobcats, raptors and reptiles. Listen closely and you may hear the lonely howl of the gray wolf at Bays Mountain Wolf Habitat. A member of the dog family, the gray wolf once was more numerous than any other mammal in North America. Wolves at Bays Mountain are captive born and socialized to people. Located at 853 Bays Mountain Park Rd., Kingsport, the park is open year round except major holidays.

tavern, family quarters and guest rooms, furnished with authentic period pieces. Visit online at

moving to the rhythm of holiday tunes in the Darrell Waltrip grandstand. Proceeds benefit Speedway Children’s Charities. The NASCAR circuit comes to town every spring and late summer bringing 160,000 racing enthusiasts to pack the stands at Bristol. High banks and fast laps on this rural track add to the adventure for stock car fans. Learn about season packages at

The strange subterranean beauty of Bristol Caverns will dazzle with vaulted chambers along the banks of the Underground River. Floor-to-ceiling stalactites and stalagmites display nature’s creative brilliance. Call 423.878.2011 for information on touring the caverns in Bristol, Tennessee, at the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Whether fitness or a leisurely stroll is your goal, the Kingsport Heritage Walking Trail (1.8 miles) around downtown Kingsport will not disappoint. The Allendale Mansion in Kingsport is commonly used for hosting weddings and private events. Its beautiful grounds and décor are on the list for many brides. A walking trail (5.5 miles) at the Greenbelt Linear Park runs the confluence of the Holston River's north and south forks. Panoramic views of forests, lakes and fields await along the almost five-mile-long Warriors Path Mountain Bike Trail. The terrain rolls along this moderately difficult single-track forest trail.

For an intimate look into America's past, visit the Netherland Inn House Museum and Boatyard Complex, 2144 Netherland Inn Rd., Kingsport. Both a stage stop and a boatyard in days gone by, the inn rises above the Holston River as it has since 1760 when travelers navigated the river on their migration west. Frontier life is depicted in the first floor

The season is merry and bright at “the world’s fastest half-mile” track from November through early January during the Speedway in Lights event at NASCAR’S Bristol Motor Speedway. The holiday extravaganza includes a drive through millions of lights along the track and dragway culminating at a Christmas Village. A Symphony of Lights features LEDs

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If motocross is more your style, visit the Muddy Creek Raceway, 450 Ridgeway Dr. in Blountville, where racers of all ages take to the top-rated track. Learn more online at or call 423.323.5497. Year-round golf at Crockett Ridge Golf Course, 4439 L Jack Dr., Kingsport, incorporates play around four lakes and challenges all skill levels. Golf Digest gave Crockett Ridge a four-star rating and named it one of the "Best Places to Play" in North America (2008-2009). Paramount Center for the Arts brings theatre and the arts to the area with nationally recognized musicians, Broadway touring shows, and a variety of dance ensembles. The

Paramount Center is located at 518 State St., Bristol. Theatre Bristol, a classic black-box style structure at 512 State St., is the oldest children's community theatre in Tennessee. Drawing actors from across the Tri-Cities area, the troupe is in its 46th year. "I love seeing new people come in, both children and adults," Fuhrken says. “We see something in them that grows as they perform.” Experience the grandeur of the Bristol Train Station, meticulously restored at 101 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Bristol, VA. The railroad’s entrance into northeast Tennessee put Bristol on the map. The first passenger train arrived in 1856 but just a few years later, in 1864, the original depot was burned during Sherman's Civil War raid. The present depot was completed in 1902 and in 1999 the Bristol Train Station Foundation began restoring the facility as the centerpiece of a downtown revitalization effort. A self-guided walking tour of Bristol’s historic shopping district will get you up close and personal with all the landmarks and history of this town split by the state line. Download a brochure and map at During the holidays, many downtown stores host special sales and events including complimentary carriage rides, strolling carolers and a visit from Santa. Although it looks a more likely site for a jousting match, Bristol Municipal Stadium, aka Stone Castle, is home to Tennessee High School’s football Vikings. Constructed starting in 1934 by the Works Progress Administration, the Medieval Gothic style stadium built of rough limestone with arched entries and corner towers was renovated in 1986 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When country music was first recorded in 1927, Ralph Peer and his Victor Talking Machine Company organized commercial recordings of the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and others. Recognized in 1998 as the Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol keeps the local traditions alive with the threeday Rhythm and Roots Reunion Festival every September. The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, is open yearround and is located at 416 State St., Suite A. For authentic Tennessee fun and a unique regional experience, visit Sullivan County. The people and the adventure make it a great place to live while the scenery quietly paints a portrait of serenity.

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Young Leaders Council (YLC) hosted an appreciation luncheon for executive directors from thirty local nonprofits at the Junior League of Nashville’s Training and Conference Center. Sponsored by Bank of America, the luncheon served as an opportunity to thank those organizations that have had YLC class graduates serve one-year terms on their boards as interns. Since 1985, YLC has been the premier organization for training nonprofit board members in the middle Tennessee area and has trained more than 1,800 men and women to date.

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Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Banquet The 47th Annual Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Banquet was held at the Sevierville Events Center and featured vintage video footage from Sevierville residents that highlighted memorable events, people and places in the development of Sevierville. In addition, Kelle Jolly and the Will Boyd Project provided an evening jazz concert for the crowd of 250. Betty Madison Ogle was named Sevierville’s 2010 Citizen of the Year. Sevierville’s annual Beautification awards were presented and the oncoming and outgoing Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors were recognized.

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a 20’s-Inspired Cocktail Party Text By Michelle Hope | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNABELLA CHARLES

Everyone is looking for something fun to do on New Year’s Eve! There are many options but if you decide to entertain at home this year check out these fabulous and frosty ideas that will take your countdown back in time! The 1920’s were known for fringe, fly boys and sidecar martinis. Get inspired by our New Year’s Eve on Ice cocktail party and bring back the 20’s for an evening of roaring fun!

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Bright white and silver make a perfect color palette to complement the season along with accents of crystal, fringe, glitter and ice to bring in the swanky 20’s theme. Seating arrangements required some creativity—try using existing furniture along with some rental items to maximize space. Luxury custom table linens add the “over the top” element to the party along with the matching details. This soiree is all about eating, drinking and “speaking easy.” Here is a rundown of the menu. First things first: Drink selections include a festive display of cocktails and mocktails to delight any guest. Rather than doing just one signature drink or a full bar focused on a few specialty cocktails. CoCktails: • Nifty Kisser—Limoncello shooter • Sidecar Martini • The Ritz—sugared grape Bellini served with or without alcohol • White Lady—gin cocktail served with or without alcohol • Nutmeg Infused Vodka Martini

The hors d’oeuvres menu is simple yet indulgent. Ice blocks performed double duty; they chille the seafood display and also serve as an impressive element of decor. The menu includes these perfect pick-up items for guests as they mingle. Menu: • Siberian Shrimp Shooters topped with Southwestern Thai Relish • Crostini Moscow-Smoked Oysters and Caviar, topped with Creme Fraiche • Dungeness Crab Dip served in Pastry Shells

Guests will love the delectable dessert bar served at midnight with complementing liqueurs. Bedazzled Bon Bons, White Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes, Tiramisu and Sfogliatelle (Italian filled pastry with mascarpone cheese) are all part of the sweet finale. There is no time like the present – get your guest list ready and ring in the new year celebrating. Cheers!

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Nutmeg Martini ingredients:

6 oz. belgian white baking chocolate (any brand) 16 oz. nutmeg infused vodka 4 drops dry vermouth a scoop of ice 1 jar whole nutmeg


In a small pot boil water. Place a metal bowl over the pot once water comes to a boil and melt the white chocolate over medium heat. Dip six martini glasses in white chocolate about 1/4” from the rim. Place glasses to the side to dry. In a cocktail shaker toss a handful of ice cubes and pour in the vodka with about 4 drops of dry vermouth. Shake well & pour into the glasses that have dried with the white chocolate rim, drop a whole nutmeg into the bottom and serve.

Yield: 6 cocktails

Tiramisu ingredients:

6 egg yolks 3/4 cup white sugar 2/3 cup milk 1 1/4 cups heavy cream 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 pound mascarpone cheese 1/4 cup strong brewed coffee, room temperature 2 tablespoons rum 2 (3-ounce) packages ladyfinger cookies 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder


In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until well blended. Whisk in milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Boil gently for 1 minute, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Cover tightly and chill in refrigerator 1 hour. In a medium bowl, beat cream with vanilla until stiff peaks form. Whisk mascarpone into yolk mixture until smooth. In a small bowl, combine coffee and rum. Split ladyfingers in half lengthwise and drizzle with coffee mixture. Arrange half of soaked ladyfingers in bottom of a 7x11 inch dish. Spread half of mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers, then half of whipped cream over that. Repeat layers and sprinkle with cocoa. Cover and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours, until set.




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True Holiday Confessions Confession number one: I’m the guest who hogged the cheese straws at the neighborhood Christmas party. Confession number two: I also tucked a napkin-full into the pocket of my wool coat before I left the party and completely forgot about them until I was sitting in church the next morning. I realized they were there during the sermon while I was looking for mints in the same pocket. Immediately they started calling me. “You forgot to eat breakfast,” they wheedled, “if your stomach growls your neighbors will hear it!” Tempted, I broke off one small bit and with almost no appreciable movement I started snacking. This was no small feat, as there’s a woman who relishes sitting in our pew so she can scowl, sigh disapprovingly at me and shush my children. The boys wiggle like puppies and constantly grab at my hands to fiddle with my bracelets and rings when they run out of room for tic-tac-toe on the bulletin. I consider it a mastery of sleight of hand that I managed to get away with my misdeed under such close scrutiny. Confession number three: When I was done, I wished there had been more cheese straws in my pocket. Possibly because I was trying to seem very intent on the sermon so as to deflect any suspicion that I was (gasp) eating in church, I tried to look like I was paying special attention to the message. Like Ralphie in A Christmas Story, I nodded in agreement with what I thought the pastor might be saying: “I’m sure that the guilt you feel is 90 | At home Tennessee • December 2011

far worse than any punishment you might receive. Now, don't you feel terrible? Don't you feel remorse for what you have done?” I’m not sure that was what the pastor was saying because I was concentrating on chewing very quietly. Like Ralphie though, I knew adults loved to say things like that but kids know better. We knew darn well it was always better not to get caught. I am inordinately fond of cheese straws and these were especially delicious. What was the secret, I wondered. How do I make mine better? I pondered these questions as they passed the offering plate. As I felt guilty, I prayed for my disrespect and then, with a flash of divinely-sent insight, I thought of the thousands of Life Savers I’ve eaten in church and suddenly realized God probably doesn’t split hairs. Later at home, when it came time to try to make my cheese straws even better, I decided to use the same basic ingredients called for in most recipes: extra sharp cheddar cheese, butter, flour, salt and cayenne pepper. I think the secret to a better cheese straw is to start by having half of the butter at room temperature and the other half partially frozen. This makes the straws extra flaky and tender. Speaking of confessions, I imagine now more eyes might be on me tomorrow morning in church. Since I’m baking cheese straws today, you’ll probably want to look for me in the balcony.

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HolY MoleY CHeese stRaws 1 pound extra sharp New York cheddar cheese, shredded 1 cup butter (2 sticks), one softened, one partially frozen 2 ½ cups self-rising White Lily (soft wheat) flour ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (if you like less heat cut the pepper in half) DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350o 1. Place cheese in large mixing bowl. Add 1 stick (½ cup) softened butter. Cream the cheese and butter together until light and fluffy. 2. Whisk pepper and salt into flour and add to cheese mixture. Mix until incorporated. 3. Remove 1 stick of butter from freezer and cut into tiny cubes by cutting stick long ways in fours, turn and repeat and then slice across. 4. Mix butter bits into cheese mixture just until scattered throughout. 5. Place in cookie press with ribbon attachment and press long ribbons onto cookie sheet. 6. Bake for 7 or 8 minutes. Take out when slightly puffy and light golden brown. 7. Let rest on cookie sheet for 5-10 minutes before removing to cooling rack. Store in cookie tin with wax paper between layers.

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The CheCking ACCounT—It’s a Tool, so Pick the Right One In days gone by when our mothers or grandmothers were preparing food in the kitchen, they only had a few choices for tools. As with everything, times have changed and now cooks have many choices, from fancy mixers and choppers to intricate food processors. Money management tools such as checking accounts also present many options. So how do you pick the right one?

talk to a banker, what options are available? Do they offer an extended-hour call center or online chat? Can you communicate with the bank by email or text message? Do they offer mobile banking? How does the bank handle overdrafts? Do they charge for debit card use? The answers to these questions can help you decide on a bank, the first step toward selecting a checking account.

Some of us put more thought into the design on our checks or our debit card than the “meat and potatoes” of choosing the right checking account, but a checking account should be about more than aesthetics; it’s a tool. Its primary function is to help you manage, access and possibly save your money.

Now address the question of bank fees. Checking accounts often come with fees that can add up to big bucks and big headaches down the road. The key is understanding the fee and how to avoid it, if possible. You might start your search by looking for a free checking account. Some free accounts are simple, with no strings attached. Others have some contingencies, such as requiring your paycheck to be directly deposited or requiring the use of electronic statements. Consider whether there is a limit to the number of checks you can write per month or how many times you can use your debit card. If you still like to write checks, look for an account that offers free printed checks or at least the first order free. If you usually bank online and use a debit card, ask about any fees associated with these services.

Most consider a checking account somewhat like a wallet. You put money in and take money out as needed, but managing your assets and choosing the right account are not that simple. The wrong choice can actually end up costing you money. It pays to take the time to ask the right questions and make the best decision. Finding the proper checking account can be like finding the right pair of shoes. Some fit better than others. The perfect fit starts with finding the right bank. Some questions to consider include: How many branches and ATMs are in your area and are they close to your home and work? If not, how does the bank handle ATM fees? What are the banking hours? (If the bank closes every day before you get off work, you’ll only have Saturday to take care of banking business.) Does the bank offer online banking and is it free? If you need to 92 | At home Tennessee • December 2011

Find out if the bank offers any checking accounts that earn interest. Believe it or not, some checking accounts have rates that are comparable to savings account rates. However, most interest-earning checking accounts have qualifications that you must meet in order to receive the higher rate, for example,

a minimum balance you must keep in the account, or a debit card use requirement. Know the facts before you commit. If the qualifications involve transactions that you would make normally, then it’s a win-win. Finally, you must find out what services the bank offers to help you access and manage your account. You may have the coolest kitchen ever built, but if you don’t have the tools to go in it, it’s just a pretty room. The same applies to your checking account – you need the right services to give you proper access. Make sure to ask questions about the account statement. Many banks now provide account statements only through their online banking website or via email. Is there an option and/or a fee to receive a paper statement? Can you access your account online and is this access free? Does the account provide a free debit card and are there any associated fees? Does the bank assess fees for utilizing an ATM or for teller transactions? Don’t neglect to ask the right questions and make informed choices in selecting a bank and a checking account. It’s like picking the right kitchen utensil – you could mix up a cake in a bowl with a fork, but you’ll do it a lot faster and better with a mixer. The same is true with managing and accessing your money; the right tool will bring improved results every time. text by


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Peanut Butter & Jammies featuring lullabies and other bedtime songs Germantown Performing Arts Centre


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SunTrust Zoo Lights The Memphis Zoo


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Nutcracker on Ice

Christmas in Collierville Home Tour photo courtesy of gPAC


Holiday Concert Germantown Symphony Orchestra and Germantown Chorus Germantown Performing Arts Centre 901.751.7500 or


Southern Yuletide: A Celebration in Story and Song The Gift of the Magi The Dixon Gallery & Gardens 4339 Park Avenue | Memphis 901.761.5250 |

20 & 21

Amy Grant & Vince Gill Ryman Auditorium | Nashville 615.889.3060 |


A Skaggs Family Christmas Schermerhorn Symphony Center 615.687.6400 |


New Year’s Eve Party The Peabody Hotel downtown Memphis 901.529.4000

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

Future Events:

FedExForum 191 Beale Street | Memphis 901.205.2640 |

The Harlem Globetrotters


Jan. 7

FedExForum 191 Beale Street | downtown Memphis 800.745.3000 |

ber 2011 Jingle Bell Ball

Gibson Guitar Factory | Memphis 901.527.5683 |


Season of Wishes

to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South The Shops of Saddle Creek 901.753.4264 |

Nashville Flute Choir: Happy Holidays Frist Center for the Visual Arts 919 Broadway | Nashville


Annual Holiday Open House

Betsy’s Boutique | Nashville

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sources 36 | Travel: Celebrity Cruises 800.647.2251, 42 | At Home With: Photography–Forest Hill Photography John Terry 901.737.0114,

It’s Happening at GPAC PRIZM EnsEMblE Thursday, january 12 • 7:30 P.M. Tickets: $20 (plus handling fee)

Sally Shy Event Design 901.324.1713, 46 | Home Feature: Art–Mary Cottrell 865.924.6181

series sponsor:

Delores Kinsolving

holIDay GIft CERtIfICatEs avaIlablE

Builder–Pierce Construction Jerry Pierce, 865.453.0509 Barn Architect/Renovations–Trotter & Associates Tom Trotter 865.436.9436,

Perfect for the arts lover on your list! With upcoming performances like The 5 Browns, Swan Lake and Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, they will be thanking you all year long!

Cabinets–Design Galleria Patti Danzig, 404.261.0111 Holiday Florals–Tamala Wells 865.755.4091 Interior Design–Gift Gourmet and Interiors Sarah Bohleber 865.212.5639, Landscaping–Garden Artistry 865.388.5592 Landscaping–Jack Huskey 865.712.7810

GERMANTOWN PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE Call 901-751-7500 or visit Delores Kinsolving

Scheidt Family Foundation Milton Schaeffer

Original Architect–Bruce Rutherford 865.428.3057 Original Interior Designer–Marilyn Miller 865.310.2858 Photography–Ben Finch Photography 901.569.8031, 56 | Design: Bishop Hearth and Home 1948 Vanderhorn Drive | Memphis, TN 38134 901.384.0070 • 901.384.3669-FAX General Shale Brick 4033 Lamar Ave. | Memphis, TN 38118 901.363.1887, 84 | Entertaining: Event Design–Social Butterflies, LLC 901.828.9321,

Stay Hilton. Go Everywhere.

Flowers–Haute Horticulture 901.834.2883, Photography–Annabella Charles 901.383.0956, Caterer–Ziparo’s Catering 901.752.1996, Cupcakes–Oh My Ganache Bakery 901.854.7022, Glittered Chocolates Mahaffey Tent and Party 901.457.1909,

- The only full-service, all-suite hotel in Brentwood -Only 8 miles south of Downtown Nashville -Relax in your indoor pool– the only one in Brentwood

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Home Cooking for the Holidays TexT By ShANA RAley-luSk


ith the holidays in full swing and entertaining season at its peak, many of us are busy sifting through our cookbooks and dusting off our old standby recipes that we rely on year after year for party success. This year, however, there are a couple of new books on the scene that might provide just the inspiration we all need to add a little extra something to those holiday gettogethers. From two of the biggest names in the world of cooking come these extraordinary additions to your cooking library just in the nick of time! So as you are planning menus this year, use these guides to add a little kick to the entertaining season. Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible: The New Classic Guide to Delicious Dishes with More than 300 Recipes by Paula Deen with Melissa Clark (Simon & Schuster/ $15.98) Written in the same comfortable way that Paula speaks, her book is easy and enjoyable 98 | At home Tennessee • December 2011

to read and is full of fabulous recipes with tons of helpful tips along the way. Described as a “new classic guide,” the cookbook features the traditional favorites of the South and puts a new spin on many of them. Early in the book, Paula writes, “Have y’all ever been to a party in the South? If you have, then you will surely know that a Southerner will greet you at the door with two things: a smile and a plate.” This book offers appetizer ideas that would make the perfect addition to any holiday gathering. For instance, “Pecan and Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates” and “Sizzlin’ Jalapeno Sausage Balls” are just a couple among many of the mouth-watering recipes included. Whether you are looking for something new to wow your guests or you prefer to stick to the classics, this cookbook is the perfect guide The Homesick Texan Cookbook by Lisa Fain (Hyperion/ $17.85). For all those lovers of the blog world, the name Lisa Fain

most certainly rings a bell. A native Texan who relocated to the Big Apple at the age of 25, Fain has made her name recreating and reinventing the delicious dishes of her beloved home state. With this cookbook, she has put those recipes out there for the rest of us to savor as well. The photography alone in this book is reason enough to give Fain’s recipes a spin. If you are looking for something unique to add a little spice to your holiday party, The Homesick Texan will definitely provide you with everything you need. The section on appetizers showcases recipes such as “Chipotle Pimento Cheese” and “Chorizo Empanadas” complete with photos. Also included is a recipe for “ChipotleCinnamon Spiced Pecans” which would be a great complement to any holiday menu this season. Chock full of recipes that I personally just can’t wait to try, Fain’s is definitely a musthave cookbook this year.


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HOME FEATURE: Elegance meets comfort, warmth and holiday style in this stunning East Tennessee home.STOCKING STUFFERS: Gift Guide SPOTLIGHT...

December 2011  

HOME FEATURE: Elegance meets comfort, warmth and holiday style in this stunning East Tennessee home.STOCKING STUFFERS: Gift Guide SPOTLIGHT...