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Grignolino goes way back; both historically and for us at Metro Wines, personally. Te other half of Metro Wines, my husband, John Kerr was born and raised in Napa. Late in the 1970s and early 1980s he toured wineries, already looking for the diference! Most had the same varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

“Only one wine stood out for me,” says John, “Grignolino made by Heitz Cellars.” Tis is the winery that makes some of the top iconic wines from Napa. And yet, while the bottles probably provided little revenue, Heitz continued to produce Grignolino. Mystery explained. In talking to the staf, John discovered Grignolino was the winery owner’s favorite grape.

Even now, most shoppers do not know about Grignolino. Now is the time to meet this grape as the lighter body and fruit are a match for spring and summer. Te crispness is reminiscent of a white wine but with slightly more weight, Grignolino stands up to any picnic.

Grignolino, a temperamental varietal to grow, is a red grape from the Monferrato hills of Piedmont. Te varietal has been in a battle for press with its neighbors, big boys such as Nebbiolo which makes Barolo, Barbera and Dolcetto. As a result, Grignolino has never ventured far from home, although today, there are Grignolino vines in California, in the Santa Clara and Napa valleys.

Heitz Cellars still makes an extraordinary Grignolino with characteristic favors of strawberry and raspberry and a touch of pomegranate. While other wines from Heitz are available in North Carolina, the Heitz Grignolino is not. But, we got you covered! Our bottle is from the source, La Casaccia “Poggeto” Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese. Poggeto is 100% certifed organic Grignolino, from vines raised in limestone and chalk at 450 meters in elevation and fermented in stainless steel at cool temperatures with ambient yeast.

Poggeto is the top of the hill owned by Giovanni Rava and his wife Elena. Close by is their 18th century cellar in the village of Cella Monte, in northern Monferrato. Cellaring results in a wine that is bright and aromatic. And the cellar, carved out by their great-grandfather, was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Te cellared Poggeto is foral yet dry with red fruit and spice laced with just enough fne tannins to give the wine spring but not sharpness. Tis wine can be served at room temperature, but it shines at 55 degrees. Beautiful pale cherry color in the glass, Poggeto is meant to drink fresh and young. Grignolino makes a joyful aperitif and a great partner for Sunday Brunch pairing with favors from parsley to black sesame to citrus.

Te importer says that, even today, few people know about Grignolino. So, this gorgeous grape combined with its relative novelty makes it a hit with guests. And at under $20 a bottle, Poggeto appeals to adventurers on a budget.

Looking for something a little diferent? Try Poggeto Grignolino!

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Is Pickleball the Secret to a HAPPY RETIREMENT?

Pickleball, described by some as the lovechild of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong, is taking over the hearts and courts of players around the globe. It’s hard not to fall for this game, whether you’re swinging a paddle for the frst time or you’re a seasoned pro. Te reasons behind its skyrocketing popularity? Tey’re as varied and enticing as the game itself.

First up, pickleball is incredibly accessible. You don’t need the agility of a tennis player or the precision of a badminton expert to have a blast. Te equipment? Simple—a paddle, a plastic ball with holes, and a net. Tat’s it. Te court is smaller than a tennis court which makes it easier to move around and keep up with the game. It’s perfect for all ages and skill levels, making it a fantastic family activity or a way to make new friends at local communities or clubs.

Ten there’s the fun factor. Pickleball combines elements of several racquet sports but lowers the intensity. Tis doesn’t mean it lacks competitive edge or excitement; quite the opposite. Te game’s unique rules, like the underhand serve and the non-volley zone (afectionately known as the “kitchen”), add a strategic layer that keeps every match interesting and engaging.

Social interaction is another massive draw. In pickleball, camaraderie stands out just as much as individual skill. Doubles play is incredibly popular, emphasizing teamwork and communication. It’s common to see players laughing together—friendships are ofen formed across the net.

Te health benefts shouldn’t be overlooked either. Playing pickleball ofers a great cardiovascular workout, improving heart health, fexibility, and balance. It’s also easier on the joints compared to other racquet sports, thanks to the lighter equipment and smaller court. Whether you’re looking to shed a few pounds, stay active, or simply enjoy some outdoor time, pickleball ticks all the boxes.

Lastly, pickleball is sheer, unadulterated joy. It’s a break from the mundane, a way to inject some laughter and lighthearted competition into your day. Tere’s a certain magic to the game, whether it’s the thwack of the ball, the satisfaction of a well-placed shot, or the shared smiles afer a game. In the fast-paced world we live in, pickleball ofers a slice of simple, unfltered happiness.

In conclusion, pickleball’s allure lies in its simplicity, the joy it brings, and the community it builds. Whether you’re in it for the laughs, the love of the game, or the lure of competition, pickleball has something for everyone. And in a world that ofen seems too complicated, the simple pleasure of pickleball can be just the remedy we need.

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4 cups peeled, sliced peaches

2 cups sugar, divided

1/2 cup water

8 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 cups all-purpose four

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups milk

Ground cinnamon (optional)


1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

2. In a saucepan, combine peaches, 1 cup of sugar, and water. Simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes, then remove from heat.

3. Place butter in a 9x13 inch baking dish and melt in the preheating oven.

4. In a bowl, mix together the four, remaining 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in milk until just mixed.

5. Pour the batter evenly over the melted butter in the baking dish, but do not stir.

6. Spoon the peach mixture over the batter gently, spreading the peaches around as evenly as possible. Again, do not stir.

7. Sprinkle the top with ground cinnamon, if desired.

8. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the crust turns golden brown.

9. Serve the peach cobbler warm or cool, ideally with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Enjoy this delightful and comforting dessert, perfect for any occasion!

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Planning the Perfect PICNIC

Planning a picnic is not only a way to enjoy a meal; it’s an invitation to connect with nature and create lasting memories with friends and family. When it comes to picturesque picnic spots, Western North Carolina ofers a bounty of locations where the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the sounds of cascading streams set a perfect scene. Here’s how to plan an unforgettable picnic in this beautiful region.

Choose Your Spot

DuPont State Recreational Forest: Known for its stunning waterfalls and ample hiking trails, this forest ofers several serene spots where you can lay your picnic blanket. Te sound of the water and the shade of the trees create a peaceful dining ambiance.

Te Blue Ridge Parkway: Various overlooks along the Parkway provide breathtaking views of the Appalachian Highlands. Pack a meal and fnd a quiet spot to enjoy the sunset.

Botanical Gardens at Asheville: Ideal for those who prefer a more manicured natural environment. Te gardens ofer a tranquil setting with the convenience of being close to the city.

What to Pack

• Food: Choose easy-to-pack items that can withstand a bit of travel. Sandwiches, wraps, fruits, and salads are perfect. Don’t forget some sweet treats for dessert.

• Drinks: Water, iced tea, or fruit-infused waters are refreshing choices. Remember to stay hydrated, especially if you’re out on a warm day.

• Utensils and Napkins: Eco-friendly options like bamboo utensils and cloth napkins are not only better for the environment but also add a nice touch to your picnic setup.

• Comfort: A comfortable blanket is a must. Consider bringing along pillows for extra seating comfort and a tablecloth to lay over a picnic table if you prefer not to sit on the ground.

• Entertainment: Bring along games, a Frisbee, or a deck of cards. If you’re musically inclined, a guitar or a small portable speaker can set the mood for some background music.

Safety and Etiquette

• Leave No Trace: It’s crucial to pack out everything you brought. Keeping our natural spaces clean and pristine ensures that others can enjoy them too.

• Be Weather Wise: Check the forecast before you go. Being prepared for rain or unusually hot weather can make or break your picnic experience.

• Respect Wildlife: Keep a safe distance from any animals you encounter and do not feed them.

Western North Carolina’s diverse landscapes provide the perfect setting for a day out picnicking. Whether you’re looking for a mountain adventure or a peaceful retreat near the water, there’s a spot waiting to be discovered.

Happy Picnicking!

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How to Stop Giving People POWER Over You

In life, it’s easy to fall into the trap of allowing others’ opinions, actions, and attitudes to dictate our feelings, self-esteem, and decisions. However, giving people undue power over us can lead to a diminished sense of self-worth and autonomy. Here are key strategies to reclaim your power and foster a more empowered and independent mindset.

Recognize Your Worth

Te frst step in not letting others have power over you is to recognize your intrinsic worth. Understand that you are valuable, regardless of anyone’s opinion or treatment towards you. Recognizing your worth is foundational to setting boundaries and asserting your needs and desires without fear of rejection or criticism.

Set Healthy Boundaries

Setting healthy boundaries is critical in maintaining your power. Communicate clearly what is acceptable and what is not in how others treat you. Boundaries are not about controlling others but about respecting yourself. Remember, it’s okay to say no, and it’s okay to prioritize your well-being.

Focus on What You Can Control

You cannot control others’ actions, but you can control your reactions and emotions. Focusing on what you can control, such as your attitude, your responses, and the direction of your life, empowers you. Tis shif in focus helps reduce the impact others can have over you.

Cultivate Self-Reliance

Becoming more self-reliant means developing confdence in your ability to handle life’s challenges without overly depending on others for validation or support. Invest time in understanding your strengths and weaknesses, and trust in your abilities to make decisions and solve problems.

Practice Self-Compassion

Be kind and compassionate toward yourself. Everyone makes mistakes and experiences setbacks. Self-compassion involves treating yourself with the same kindness and understanding that you would ofer a friend in a similar situation. Tis approach helps you maintain a positive selfimage and reduces the power others may have in afecting your self-esteem through criticism or disapproval.

Stay True to Your Values

Know what you stand for and align your actions with your values. When your behavior is congruent with your beliefs, you build integrity and resilience against external infuences. People’s power over you diminishes when you are confdent and consistent in living out your values.

Seek Supportive Relationships

Surround yourself with people who uplif and support you. Supportive relationships foster a sense of belonging and confdence. Having a network of friends or family members who encourage your growth and respect your boundaries reinforces your autonomy and reduces dependency on validation from those who might not have your best interests at heart.

Learn From Criticism Without Internalizing It

Constructive criticism can be a valuable tool for growth, but it’s essential to learn from it without letting it defne your self-worth. Assess feedback objectively, take what is helpful, and discard what is not without allowing it to afect your sense of self.

Empower Yourself Through Personal Growth

Continuously seek personal development and growth. Learning new skills, expanding your knowledge, and improving yourself can enhance your self-confdence and reduce the signifcance of others’ control or infuence over your feelings and decisions.

By nurturing a deep sense of self-worth, setting and respecting personal boundaries, focusing on selfimprovement, and fostering supportive relationships, you can signifcantly diminish the power others have over you. Remember, the most crucial opinion about you is your own; ensure it’s a kind and empowering one.

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Local Music Makers

“Insomnie” An Alt-Pop Symphony of Sound & Emotions from the artist formerly known as Carly Taich.

As an elder musician and music lover, I have to confess that I am only somewhat evolved when it comes to seeking and appreciating new music from most genres.

Fortunately for me and now for all of you, our April Local Music Maker, 32 year old New Song Finalist, Carly Taich Kotula (aka Moon Bride) invited me to listen to and then talk with her about her new release, a concept album of 11-strong, nocturnal tracks she’s called Insomnie.

Since this is her third record release but the frst one using her new stage name, I thought I’d ask her, why the change from using her given name professionally, to using ‘Moon Bride’. “Taich is hard to pronounce and spell. It was hard to market myself. I don’t rely on management, agents or labels. Tere are great industry people out there helping artists to be more known. But I’m proud that I do it all myself. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I cannot just be an artist. I have to be a business woman, a marketing expert. I want to keep growing and make money but it’s not all about money; it’s about my ability to keep doing what I love. Tis shif has helped me feel more independent with my career; so that I don’t worry about fnding a gate keeper to lif me up.”

Gate keepers are listening to this new record. Since our interview a few short weeks ago, the rave reviews are beginning to pour in. Under the Radar Media just named

Insomnie one of its “New & Notable 2024” releases.

Right from the start, Carly dares us to face our fears and insecurities. Each song, written at the height of the pandemic, melds into the next and becomes a journey laden with questions and introspection.

Inspired by a myriad of genres, from 60’s synth pop to electronica, using a gamut of instruments, violins to electronic programming, each track oozes a juxtaposition of thoughtful abandon.

Carly sings the praises of producers James S. Smith and Michael Minkof who were as playful as they were deliberate. “I’d have an idea, a jumping of point, but James and Michael are the sonic-creatives. Jimmy doesn’t do ‘good enough’; he lives excellence. We didn’t want to box ourselves in; so we always came back to what served the song best.”

Afer speaking with Carly for about an hour today, I am thrilled to share with you parts of our conversation, where we dive into a few of the tunes to discuss their deeper meanings.

From her Electronic Press Kit there’s this description: “Insomnie visits the psyche of a person seeking harmony in times of intense polarity, wading through the

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Photo Credits Pat Kotula

discomfort of division and eventually fnding refuge in the idea of a broken but beautiful community.”

Te opening track “Why Are You Sleeping?” she and co writer Michael Minkof “tell the story of a person who is lost in the translation of everything; hearing diferent perspectives leaves this person confused by the world and afraid; they can’t think for themselves anymore.”

‘Everybody thinks they’re a saint. Everybody thinks they’re in the right. I can’t compete, can’t complain. I’m just trying to sleep at night.’

By the 4th track “Prove Me Wrong,” the energy kicks up a notch and this person is starting to confront and defend. “Why you treat me like a second class citizen? If you knew me I think you’d think I’m innocent. Try and prove me wrong. Come on and prove me wrong.”

Te 5th track, “In Your Tirties” is like so many songs on this album. It starts of with tension, a dilemma: “We’re always working for money so we can buy time. But even when we get the stuf, don’t you know it’s never enough to make it last”

…and by the end, it’s a message of and for hope: “It’s alright, it’s alright, don’t stop now, it’s alright” and the track wraps with a sensational Moon Bride moment: a mouth-trumpeting jazzy-cool solo to soothe and encourage.

For me, “Nothing Good” into “Stop Wanting” is the most profound transition of back to back tracks on the album. Tey’re both flled with angst. Te chorus in “Nothing Good”: “Why’d you have to ask me what I wanted to be? Couldn’t you just let me breathe? If getting a degree would make me happy, set me free; honey, what a luxury.”

If I had enough space to include all the lyrics to “Stop Wanting,” I would. Here’s a taste of what Moon Bride describes as “an emotional roller coaster”: “I want to be humble /I want to make lots of money /I want to be taken seriously /I want to be funny /I want to just do nothing / And be known for something /I want to stop wanting.”

Te next song, “Tat’s Why” reminds me of a Burt Bacharach pop song and a 1930’s three quarter time movie theme song. You’ll hear compelling background voices on this one and the string bass part played by Adam Higgins is phenomenal. Tere’s a tender pleading like a ‘Calgon! Take me away’ moment: “Passing cars are the poor man’s ocean; reminds me of summer and suntan lotion. What I wouldn’t give to go back to that place. Hands on the wheel. Tune out the chatter. Try not to feel. Hold on for Sa-turdaaaay.”

Te second to last song, “Conduits” is my favorite among these gems. Take a listen to this quiet symphony of reassurance and peace. Tese lyrics say it all for me personally: “So go outside and breathe the air. Don’t be

scared to stop and stare. Stay a while and be a child of God. Climb a mountain or go fshing. Te heart beats without your permission. We’re only here to be conduits of love.”

https://themoonbride.com/ Insomnie Album Credits:

Music by Carly Kotula

Lyrics by Carly Kotula and Michael Minkof (Why Are You Sleeping?)

Produced by James S. Smith and Michael Minkof

Composition and Orchestral Arrangements by Phil Hodges

Executive Produced by Charlie Mudge and Carly Kotula

Recorded, Engineered and Mixed by James S. Smith and Michael Minkof at Clubmen Studio in Blairsville, GA

Photography and visual concept by Pat Kotula CD layout and design by Carly Kotula

Mastered by Matthew Barnhart at Chicago Mastering

Additional lyric consulting by Michael Minkof and Jo Littin

Peggy’s April Music Schedule:

Turs April 4th – Acoustic Blues with Peggy Ratusz feat Jonathan Pearlman and Duane Simpson. River Arts District Brewing Company 6pm-8pm

Fri April 5th – Peggy Ratusz Trio feat Jonathan Pearlman and Bob Songster. Trailside Brewing, Hendersonville, 6pm-9pm

Sat April 6th – Invitational Blues Showcase feat Chris Norred and the Daddy LongLegs House Band 4pm-7pm

Turs April 11th – Peggy Ratusz & Jonathan Pearlman, Mills River Brewing, Hendersonville 6pm-9pm

Fri April 12th – Peggy Ratusz & Jonathan Pearlman, Highland Brewing Downtown Asheville, S&W Building 2nd foor –6pm-8pm

Sat April 13th – Peggy Ratusz & Daddy LongLegs Blues & Dance Band. Te Pillar Roofop Bar – Hilton Garden Inn, downtown Asheville 6pm-9pm

Turs April 18th – Acoustic Blues with Kelly Jones & Peggy Ratusz featuring A.G. Hammond

Sat April 20th – Love Bubble trio featuring Peggy, Paula Hanke & Hank Bones – River Arts District RECORD STORE! 5pm

Wed April 23rd – Peggy Ratusz & Daddy LongLegs - Beloved Asheville Fundraiser. River Arts District Brewing Company, 8:30pm

Sun April 28th – Peggy Ratusz Trio feat Adam Rose & Bob Songster, Southern Appalachian Brewery, Hendersonville 4pm-6pm courtyard stage

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Peggy Ratusz is a vocal coach, song interpreter, and songwriter. For vocal coaching email her at peggymarie43@gmail.com April

Lifestyle & Resource


Asheville Realty & Associates - Bob Ray

1308-A Patton Avenue, Asheville


I specialize in Senior Real Estate Representation. I am an Asheville native with 28 years experience in our market.

www.ASHREAL.com Bob@ashreal.com, call, text, or email me.

Blue Ridge Properties Group

22 N. Main Street, Weaverville 828-658-5200

“We’ve got agents who remember encyclopedias, the Eagles and life before Netfix. Tey’ve kept up with technology but haven’t forgotten how to interact with real people. Tey have experience, extensive area knowledge and are just plain fun to work with.

Looking to buy or sell, give us a call!”

Century 21 Mountain Lifestyles - Martha Lowe

1210 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 828-777-4364

“I love homes and I love people”!  My experience includes 34 years in banking as well as 20 years in real estate.  I want to earn your business.

C entury 21 Mountain Lifestyles - Owen Fields

1210 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 828-777-5447

2011 Asheville Realtor of the Year.  Specializing in estate sales.  Available nights and weekends.

Norma Clayton Realty

262 S. Caldwell St., Brevard 828-384-1806

Your HomeTown Realtor in Brevard. A team of real estate professionals dedicated to helping you fnd your perfect place. Let us show you why we love calling Transylvania County home. www.brevardrealty.net



Quinn Anderson Real Estate Solutions

94 Anderson St, Mars Hill 828-206-9658

I specialize in Mars Hill Real Estate.  A quiet, relaxed community with a vibrant main street with shopping and dining.  Home to Mars Hill University.

RE/MAX Results - Elizabeth Jones

115 N. Main St., Weaverville 828-226-2269

With years of experience working with Buyers, Sellers and Small Commercial it is my goal to complete transactions with well satisfed customers! I will work hard to earn your trust and build lasting relationships. Let me be your Real Estate Go-To Expert!

WNC Bridge Foundation Estate Sales & Services

75 Fairview Rd, Asheville 828-575-2509

We are a community-based charitable organization that works to provide funds to support and assist in meeting the many health challenges that face the people of WNC. www. WNC bridge.org


Beauty Bin

117 Sweeten Creek Rd, Asheville 828-417-9915

Dry Bar & Day Spa. Asheville’s One-Stop Shop for ALL your Beauty Needs. Helping every client look and feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside. www.beauty.bin.com

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Elite Hearing Centers of America

Tammie Crawford

145 Weaver Blvd, Weaverville


We carry the industry’s leading manufacturers of hearing aids at some of the most afordable prices. www.elitehearingcenters.com

Ingles Pharmacy

Prescriptions ready when you need them, every time. www.ingles-pharmacy.com

Te Lodge at Mills River

5593 Old Haywood Rd, Mills River


Make your rehabilitation or long-term stay at a skilled nursing facility a positive experience. We ofer our residents a warm community dedicated to seeing them achieve their health goals. www.sanstonehealth.com/lodgeatmillsriver

McCraw Insurance

Rena McCraw Agent


578 Upward Rd, Suite 1, Flat Rock, NC 28731

Open M-F 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Specializing in Life, Health, Medicare, Home Health Care, Dental and Vision

Te Medical Loan Closet Of Henderson

County, Inc.

1225 7th Ave. East, Hendersonville 828-692-9005

Days:  Tuesday and Friday Only Hours:  12:30-4:30

We meet short term needs for durable medical equipment at a nominal cost. Beyond the cost savings, we strive to provide a compassionate environment which reduces the stress of inherently stressful situations for clients.

Zachary S. Holcombe, D.M.D.

Suite B-2, 1944 Hendersonville Road, Asheville 828-684-3939

General Dentistry. Whatever dentistry you’re in need of, you’ll feel comfortable with our team. Being patient-centered means that your positive experience, in every detail, is our primary concern. www.DentalAsheville.com


Baked Pie Company

4 Long Shoals Rd, Arden


Our pies are made daily with the freshest and highest quality ingredients. We think our customers deserve only the best! www.bakedpiecompany.com


5 Little Monkeys Quilt & Sew

32 N. Main St, Weaverville.


Fabric, Supplies, Longarm Quilting and Machine Service.   Our passion is supporting all people in their desire to learn to sew and quilt.

Asheville Cotton Co.

1378 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville


With the help of a super friendly, knowledgeable and talented staf, the shop now boasts more than 10,000 bolts of quilting cotton, representing more than twenty major brands. We ofer a variety of classes, bringing in both local and national teachers. www.ashevillecottonco.com

Stephens Upholstering Co.

220 Weavervile Rd, Asheville


Get furniture upholstery, drapery fabrics, blinds, and hardware right here. www.stephensupholstery.com

Tyme In Te Garden

190 Weaverville Hwy, Asheville.


A unique garden and gif shop ofering whimsy to the refned, bringing the outdoors in.

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Spring Blossoming And Mindfulness

Spring’s arrival symbolizes renewal and growth, making it an ideal time to embrace change. Te season’s vibrant energy and blooming surroundings inspire a fresh perspective.

Just as nature transforms, Spring ofers a symbolic canvas for personal reinvention. It is an auspicious time to embark on a journey of self-discovery, amid the vibrant renewal of this colorful budding season.

Te blossoming of Spring and mindfulness intertwine seamlessly. Te vibrant colors and fragrant blooms become anchors for mindfulness. Tis connection encourages a sense of calm and gratitude amidst the rejuvenation of Spring.

Let’s explore this profound connection further.

Just as fowers bloom into a colorful palette and trees bud bringing the missed array of green, mindfulness encourages us to be present, embracing the new beauty the season brings with it. Spring’s renewal serves as a gentle reminder to cultivate awareness, appreciating the unfolding moments with a sense of wonder.

As a seasonal cook, I can’t help but think of the deep connection of seasonal eating and mindfulness. It fosters a conscious and healthful approach to nourishment. Eating alongside nature’s four seasons, along with mindful eating involves giving our full attention to the sensory experience of eating ingredients we have waited all year for; not to mention the benefts it brings to our body. Spring is a delicious opportunity to explore the season’s harvest with attention.

As spring unfolds its vibrant tapestry, may it serve as a gentle reminder to embrace the present moment with mindfulness. Just as blossoms bloom in their own time, let us cultivate patience and awareness, savoring the beauty that surrounds us. In the rhythm of spring, may we fnd tranquility and a renewed connection to the simple joys of life.

Practical tips for incorporating mindfulness into daily routines amidst the restoration of spring.

• Nature Walks: Take mindful walks in nature, observing the sights, sounds and scents of Spring.

• Spring Cleaning Mindfulness: Approach Spring cleaning as a meditative practice, being fully present in each task, decluttering the mind along with your space.

• Mindful Eating with Seasonal Foods: Savor seasonal vegetables and fruits, bringing mindfulness to each bite, and appreciating the nourishment it brings to our bodies.

To your good health.

If you are a curious person join me on my Podcast ~ a taste for all seasons

Listen to the latest episode ~ Food As A Love Language

All episodes are on LaurieRichardone.com ~ or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

Laurie Richardone is an inspirational seasonal chef and certifed wellness coach.

To work with Laurie, visit LaurieRichardone.com/contact

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Mushroom Medley Delight

Serves 2 as a main dish~ 4 as a starter


1lb assorted mushrooms, sliced

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

2 tbsp. unsalted butter, or oil, for cooking mushrooms

1/4 tsp. sea salt, for cooking mushrooms

4 cups of greens, arugula, baby lettuce, baby spinach

1/2 head of radicchio, sliced thin

1 head of endive, cut into thin strips

1 cup walnuts, salted and toasted

4 red radishes, sliced thinly

1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, shaved thinly


2 tbsp. tamari, or soy sauce

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

1-2 lemon, juiced

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 shallot, fne dice

1/2 tsp. monk fruit sugar, or other

1 cup fresh parsley, fne chop, extra to fnish the salad

1/4 tsp. sea salt, to taste pinch of fresh ground pepper

Method for Mushrooms ~ Heat a large saute pan, on medium to low heat. Add butter. Add garlic. Add the mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Saute until the mushrooms are tender. Add 1 tbsp. of water so the butter doesn’t burn. Add a bit more if needed. Taste for seasoning. Keep warm. Reheat if needed.

Salad Greens: Mix all the greens, along with the radicchio, endive, and radishes, if using.

Soy Vinaigrette: In a small bowl, add chopped shallots, salt, monk fruit, soy sauce, wine vinegar, and lemon. Let macerate for 5 minutes. Add the chopped parsley, and whisk the ingredients. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Taste for seasoning, and adjust.

Assembling the salad: In a large bowl mix the greens with 2 tbsp. of the dressing, to coat the leaves. Add half of the warm mushrooms, along with shaved Parmigiano, and walnuts. Reserve some mushrooms, nuts, and cheese to top the salad.

Plate the salad in large dinner bowls, if having as a main dish. Top with more mushrooms, nuts, and cheese. Sprinkle fresh parsley. Drizzle a bit more dressing and serve.

Laurie Richardone is a seasonal gluten free chef and certifed health coach. To work with Laurie, visit LaurieRichardone.com

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Take the Time

In our fast-paced world, fnding moments of tranquility and personal care amidst the hustle and bustle can seem like a daunting task. Yet, dedicating time to self-care is essential for maintaining a balanced mental and physical well-being. Here are some of the best self-care ideas designed to nourish your body, mind, and soul.

Mindful Meditation: Begin or end your day with a meditation session. Just a few minutes can signifcantly reduce stress, improve concentration, and promote a greater sense of peace and well-being. Tere are plenty of free guided meditation apps and videos available to help you get started.

Treat Yourself to a Spa Day: Indulge in some pampering by scheduling a spa day. Get a massage, facial, or any other treatment that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. If going out isn’t an option, create your own spa experience at home with relaxing music, candles, and luxurious bath products.

Disconnect from Technology: In today’s digital age, it can be challenging to unplug and disconnect from technology. However, taking a break from screens and constant notifcations can do wonders for your mental health. Try setting aside specifc times of the day to disconnect or even dedicate an entire day to being screenfree. Use this time to connect with loved ones, engage in hobbies, or simply relax.

to Love Yourself

Get Outside and Move: Spending time outdoors and engaging in physical activity has numerous benefts for both our physical and mental well-being. Take a walk, go for a hike, try a new workout class, or simply spend some time in your backyard soaking up vitamin D. Te fresh air and endorphins will do wonders for your mood.

Prioritize Sleep: Adequate sleep is crucial for our overall health, yet it’s ofen neglected in today’s society. Make sure to prioritize getting enough quality sleep each night by creating a relaxing bedtime routine and setting aside electronics at least an hour before bed.

Practice Gratitude: Take time each day to refect on the things you are grateful for. Tis simple practice can shif your mindset and help you focus on the positive aspects of life.

Learn Something New: Engaging in a new hobby or learning a new skill can be incredibly fulflling. Whether it’s taking a cooking class, learning a new language, or picking up an instrument, challenging ourselves and expanding our knowledge can bring a sense of accomplishment and joy.

Give Back: Helping others not only benefts those in need but also brings a sense of purpose and fulfllment to our own lives. Volunteer at a local organization or simply perform small acts of kindness for those around you.

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Unleash Your Creativity: Take some time to engage in creative outlets such as drawing, painting, writing, or crafing. Tese activities can be therapeutic and allow for self-expression and stress relief.

Surround Yourself with Positive People: Te people we surround ourselves with greatly impact our mental well-being. Make an efort to spend time with those who uplif and support you, and distance yourself from negative infuences.

Remember that self-care is not a luxury, but a necessity. By incorporating these self-care practices into your life regularly, you can cultivate a happier and healthier version of yourself. So take some time for yourself, because you deserve it. Additional ways to practice self-care include setting boundaries and saying no when necessary, practicing self-compassion and forgiveness, taking breaks when feeling overwhelmed, and seeking professional help if needed. Remember to listen to your mind and body, and prioritize your well-being above all else. Take care of yourself so you can take on the challenges of life with a positive mindset and a strong foundation. Self-care is not selfsh, it’s essential

for living a fulflling and balanced life. So make self-care a priority and watch how it positively impacts every aspect of your life. Now it’s up to you to take these self-care ideas and make them a part of your daily routine. Your mind, body, and soul will thank you for it.

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Get Growing

Spring is here, and you know what that means, right? It’s time to shake of the winter chill, grab your gardening gloves, and get ready to welcome back those delightful blooms. But, where do you even start? No worries, I’ve got your back. Here’s your go-to guide for getting your garden all spruced up and spring-ready. Trust me, your garden will thank you, and your neighbors? Well, they might just turn a shade greener with envy.

First things frst, let’s talk about clean-up. I know, it’s no one’s favorite job, but a little elbow grease now will pay of big time. Rake out all those leaves, twigs, and whatever else decided to make your garden its winter home. Tis isn’t just about making things look pretty (though that’s a defnite plus); it’s about clearing the stage for your plants to thrive.

But don’t just toss away all those leaves and debris! Consider starting a compost pile in your backyard. Not only is it an environmentally friendly way to dispose of waste, but the resulting compost will also be a fantastic natural fertilizer for your garden.

Next up, prune those plants. Yes, even those that are already looking pretty sad afer the cold winter months. Pruning promotes new growth and helps maintain the shape and size of your plants. Just remember to use clean, sharp tools and only prune where necessary.

Next up, soil care. Your plants are only as healthy as the soil they grow in, so give it some love. Mix in some compost or well-rotted manure to add nutrients back into the ground. If your soil’s looking a bit compacted afer the winter, aerate it to welcome back that much-needed air fow. And don’t forget to check the pH level of your soil and adjust accordingly.

Now, for the fun part – planning and planting. Whether you’re dreaming of vibrant fower beds or a bountiful veggie garden, now’s the time to get those seeds and bulbs into the ground. Don’t forget to consider the position of the sun and the needs of each plant. And remember, patience is key –those little seeds will need some time and TLC to grow into the garden of your dreams.

But wait, there’s more! Spring is also the perfect time to add some new features to your garden. Consider installing a bird feeder or building a small pond. Tese additions will not only bring some extra life and color into your garden but also provide food and shelter for local wildlife.

Lastly, remember to keep an eye on your garden throughout the spring season. Be on the lookout for any pests or diseases and take action immediately to prevent them from spreading. And don’t forget to water regularly and add mulch to help conserve moisture and keep weeds at bay. Set up a watering schedule and stick to it. Spring can be a bit unpredictable, weather-wise, so keep an eye out and make sure your green babies get the hydration they need, especially on the drier days.

Tere you have it! A little bit of efort now will set the stage for a season full of growth, beauty, and maybe even a nice veggie harvest. Grab your tools, get out there, and give your garden the spring awakening it deserves. And hey, don’t forget to enjoy the process; there’s something pretty magical about watching your garden come back to life. Happy gardening!

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” -Audrey Hepburn

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What is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a long-term skin condition that typically afects the face, resulting in redness, pimples, swelling, and small and superfcial dilated blood vessels. Ofen mistaken for acne, an allergy, or other skin problems, rosacea is a common condition that can afect anyone but is most prevalent in middle-aged women with fair skin. Tis article aims to shed light on the symptoms, causes, triggers, and treatment options for rosacea, ofering insight into how individuals can manage this ofen distressing condition.

Symptoms of Rosacea

• Redness: A persistent redness in the central part of the face.

• Swollen red bumps: Many people with rosacea also develop pimples on their face that resemble acne. Tese bumps sometimes contain pus.

• Visible blood vessels: Small blood vessels on your nose and cheeks ofen swell and become visible.

• Eye problems: Many people with rosacea also experience dry, irritated, swollen eyes and red, swollen eyelids.

Subsection on Variants of Rosacea

• Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea: Characterized by redness and fushing.

• Papulopustular Rosacea: Features redness, swelling, and acne-like breakouts.

• Phymatous Rosacea: Leads to skin thickening and a bumpy texture.

• Ocular Rosacea: Afects the eye area, causing dryness and irritation.

Causes of Rosacea

While the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, various theories have been proposed, including genetic factors, vascular system abnormalities, microscopic mites, the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, and protein abnormalities. It’s likely a combination of these factors contributes to the development of rosacea, with genetics playing a prominent role.

Triggers of Rosacea

• Environmental Factors: Sun exposure, extreme temperatures, wind, and humidity.

• Lifestyle Infuences: Stress, spicy foods, alcohol, and hot drinks.

• Cosmetic Products: Some skin and hair care products can trigger rosacea fare-ups.

It’s essential for individuals with rosacea to identify and avoid their personal triggers to manage the condition efectively.

Treatment of Rosacea

Medical Treatments

• Topical Medications: Applied to the skin to reduce redness and pimple formation.

• Oral Antibiotics: For more severe cases, to reduce infammation.

• Isotretinoin: A powerful oral medication reserved for severe rosacea.

Laser and Other Therapies

• Laser Terapy: Reduces redness of dilated blood vessels.

• Electrosurgery: Removes thickening skin.

Lifestyle Modifcations and Home Care

• Sun Protection: Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

• Gentle Skin Care: Avoiding irritating products.

• Trigger Avoidance: Keeping a symptom diary to identify and avoid triggers.

Rosacea is a complex, chronic skin condition that can signifcantly impact one’s quality of life. By understanding its symptoms, causes, triggers, and available treatment options, those afected can take steps towards managing their condition efectively. Consulting with a dermatologist is crucial for proper diagnosis and to develop a tailored treatment strategy that addresses individual symptoms and triggers.

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How To Protect Your Furry Friend from TICKS

Ticks are not just a minor nuisance; tahey can pose a serious threat to your dog’s health. Lyme disease, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and transmitted through tick bites, can lead to serious complications if not addressed promptly. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to protect your furry friend from these dangerous parasites and the diseases they carry.

Understanding the Threat

Ticks are most active during the warmer monaths, but in some regions, they can pose a threat year-round. Tese parasites lurk in tall grass, brush, and woods, waiting for an opportunity to latch onto a host. Dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors, especially in wooded or grassy areas, are at the highest risk of tick bites.

Prevention is Key

1. Use Tick Preventatives: A variety of tick preventatives are available, including topical treatments, oral medications, and tick collars. Consult your veterinarian to choose the most efective and appropriate product for your dog. Remember, it’s crucial to apply these preventatives as directed to maintain their efectiveness.

2. Keep Your Yard Tick-Free: Maintain your yard by mowing the lawn regularly, removing tall weeds, and trimming bushes and trees. Creating a tick-safe zone around play areas and patios by laying down a barrier of wood chips or gravel can help keep ticks at bay.

3. Check Your Dog Regularly: Afer spending time outdoors, especially in areas known for ticks, thoroughly check your dog for these parasites. Pay special attention to the head, neck, ears, and feet, as ticks tend to gravitate to these areas.

4. Practice Safe Removal: If you fnd a tick on your dog, it’s important to remove it promptly and safely. Use fne-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible, then pull upward with steady, even pressure. Afer removal, clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

5. Keep Watch for Symptoms: Even with preventative measures, it’s important to be vigilant for symptoms of Lyme disease, which may include fever, lameness, swelling in the joints, lethargy, and loss of appetite. If you notice any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.

6. Vaccinate: In areas where Lyme disease is common, consider vaccinating your dog against the disease. Discuss this option with your vet to determine if it’s right for your pet.

By implementing these strategies, you can signifcantly reduce your dog’s risk of encountering ticks and contracting Lyme disease. Remember, prevention is not only about protecting your pet’s health but also about providing peace of mind for you as a pet owner.

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The BENEFITS of Walking Every Day

In a world where cutting-edge health trends and complex ftness routines grab headlines, it’s easy to overlook the simplest, yet one of the most efective forms of exercise - walking. Walking is an accessible activity that packs a powerful punch in terms of health benefts, both physical and mental. Every step taken is a step towards a healthier lifestyle, making it an ideal choice for individuals of all ftness levels. In this article, we’ll explore the multifaceted benefts of incorporating daily walking into your routine.

First and foremost, walking, especially when done regularly, can signifcantly contribute to cardiovascular health. A study published in the American Heart Association’s Journal revealed that walking at a brisk pace for at least 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of developing heart disease and stroke. Tis simple activity helps control high blood pressure and improve blood circulation, laying a strong foundation for heart health.

Beyond cardiovascular benefts, walking has a profound impact on weight management. It boosts metabolism and helps burn calories, aiding in both weight loss and maintenance. While it might seem less intense than running or cycling, walking consistently creates a calorie defcit that leads to weight loss over time.

Mental health is another facet of life that greatly benefts from regular walking. Engaging in daily walks can be a form of meditative exercise, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Te rhythm of walking and the exposure to the outdoors work together to increase levels of serotonin in the brain, ofen referred to as the ‘happy hormone’. Tis makes walking not only a physical exercise but a therapeutic activity that enhances overall mood and mental well-being.

Walking also promotes cognitive function. Research indicates that regular walking, by improving blood fow to the brain, can enhance cognitive abilities and slow down the aging process of brain cells. It’s associated with a lower risk of developing cognitive impairments and neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Joint health is another considerable beneft of walking. Being a low-impact exercise, it strengthens the muscles around the joints, thus providing support and reducing the risk of joint-related issues. For individuals sufering from arthritis or osteoporosis, walking can be a gentle yet efective way to maintain mobility and lessen discomfort.

To make walking an efective daily habit, it’s advisable to set a goal that’s attainable yet challenging. Initially, aiming for a 10 to 15-minute walk and gradually increasing the duration as it becomes a regular part of your routine can ensure sustained interest and avoid burnout. Incorporating variations in your walking route and speed can also keep the activity engaging and challenging.

In conclusion, walking is more than just a simple activity; it’s a gateway to improved health and well-being. Its accessibility, combined with the vast array of benefts it ofers, makes walking an excellent choice for those looking to enhance their physical and mental health. Whether it’s through improving cardiovascular health, aiding in weight management, enhancing mental well-being, boosting cognitive function, or supporting joint health, the benefts of walking are broad and signifcant. Tus, integrating walking into our daily lives, we take a proactive step towards fostering a healthier, more active lifestyle.

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Wherever You Go

Engaging in acts of kindness not only positively impacts the lives of others but also can enhance one’s own sense of well-being and happiness. Here are a few random acts of kindness that can make a diference in someone’s life:

Pay It Forward - Pay for the cofee of the person behind you in line. Tis small gesture of kindness can brighten someone’s day and inspire them to do the same for others.

Volunteer Your Time - Find a local organization or cause that you are passionate about and volunteer your time. Whether it’s spending time with the elderly, helping at an animal shelter, or participating in a beach clean-up, your eforts can make a meaningful impact.

Send a Thank You Note - Take the time to write a heartfelt thank you note to someone who has made a positive impact in your life. It can be a simple but meaningful way to show appreciation and brighten someone’s day.

Hold the Door Open - Tis small act of kindness is ofen overlooked, but holding the door open for someone can make a big diference in their day. It shows that you care and are willing to help in any way possible.

Compliment Someone - Take the time to genuinely compliment someone, whether it’s on their appearance, personality, or something they have accomplished. A kind word can go a long way in making someone feel valued and appreciated.

Leave a Generous Tip - Especially for service that went above and beyond. Leave a generous tip for your server or anyone else who provides you with exceptional service. It shows that you recognize and appreciate their hard work.

Bake Treats for Your Neighbors - Surprise your neighbors with some homemade treats as a kind gesture. Not only will it bring a smile to their faces, but it can also help foster a sense of community.

Compliment a Stranger - A simple “I love your outft!” can brighten someone’s day. Don’t be afraid to spread positivity and kindness to those you don’t know.

Donate Blood - Giving the gif of life through blood donation is an incredibly selfess act of kindness that can help save lives.

Offer to Help Someone - Whether it’s carrying someone’s groceries, helping a coworker with a project, or simply ofering to lend a listening ear, small acts of help can make a big impact in someone’s life.

Send Care Packages to Troops - Show your gratitude for those serving our country by sending care packages flled with snacks, toiletries, and handwritten notes.

Leave Positive Notes for Strangers - Write positive and uplifing messages on sticky notes and leave them in public places for strangers to fnd. You never know who may need that extra boost of kindness and encouragement.

Call a Loved One - Take the time to call a family member or friend, just to say hello and see how they are doing. It can mean a lot to someone to know that you are thinking of them.

Donate To Charity - Whether it’s donating money, clothes, or food to a charity of your choice, giving back to those in need is a kind and selfess act that can make a big impact.

Send Flowers - Surprise someone with a bouquet of fowers as a way to brighten their day and show them that you care.

Listen Actively - When someone is talking to you, give them your full attention and actively listen to what they have to say. It shows that you value their thoughts and feelings.

Smile at Strangers - A simple smile can go a long way in spreading kindness and positivity to those around you.

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Write Positive Reviews - Take the time to write positive reviews for products, services, and businesses that have provided you with exceptional experiences. It can help their business and also spread positivity.

Share Your Knowledge - If you are skilled in a certain area, ofer to teach or mentor someone who is interested in learning. Sharing your knowledge can empower others and make them feel valued.

Send a Care Package to a Friend - Show a friend who may be going through a tough time that you care by sending them a care package with their favorite things.

Leave Surprises for Loved Ones - Leave small surprises or gifs for your loved ones to show them how much they mean to you. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, just something thoughtful and unexpected.

Tese are just a few examples of the many acts of kindness that you can incorporate into your daily life. Remember, even small acts of kindness can have a big impact on someone’s day and overall well-being. So spread kindness wherever you go and make the world a better place, one act at a time.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
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