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50pluslivingWNC.com September 2023 of Western NC 50+Living Celebrating National SEWING MONTH Why Is YOGA So Popular Apple Pie For Lazy People  Local MUSIC MAKERS Remember Joey K
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Why is YOGA so Popular

meet the individual needs of the practitioner. Whether you are looking to improve fexibility, build strength, or reduce stress, there is a style of yoga that can help you achieve your goals.

Another reason for the growing popularity of yoga is the mental and emotional benefts it ofers. Practicing yoga regularly has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, improve sleep quality, and enhance overall well-being. Te mindfulness and meditation practices that are a part of yoga help individuals develop a greater sense of self-awareness and an ability to focus on the present moment. Tis can be particularly benefcial for those who lead busy or stressful lives and struggle with feelings of overwhelm or burnout.

In addition, many people are turning to yoga as an alternative to traditional forms of exercise. Yoga is a lowimpact form of exercise that is gentle on the joints, making it an ideal option for those with chronic pain or injuries. Moreover, unlike other forms of exercise that ofen focus on competition or performance, yoga promotes a nonjudgmental and self-compassionate approach to physical activity. Tis is particularly appealing to those who have experienced negative body image issues or struggle with selfesteem.

In today’s fast-paced world, people are constantly searching for ways to improve their physical and mental health. One practice that has gained immense popularity in recent years is yoga. Derived from the Sanskrit word “yuj,” which means to unite, yoga is a holistic system of physical, mental, and spiritual practices that originated in ancient India more than 5,000 years ago. As a form of exercise, yoga is growing increasingly popular as people become more interested in well-being and mindfulness.

Te practice of yoga involves a combination of physical postures or asanas, breathing techniques, and meditation. Each yoga pose is designed to stretch and strengthen specifc parts of the body while also promoting relaxation and mental clarity. Yoga is not only an efective way to stay ft and healthy but also a powerful tool for managing stress and achieving inner peace.

One of the primary reasons yoga has become so popular is its versatility. Tere are many diferent styles of yoga that cater to diferent ftness levels and personal preferences. Some of the most common styles are Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Bikram, and Iyengar. Each style has a unique set of postures and breathing techniques that are designed to

Te growing popularity of yoga is also due to the increasing number of scientifc studies that support its benefts. Recent studies have shown that yoga can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease, improve balance and fexibility in older adults, and even help relieve symptoms of chronic conditions like multiple sclerosis and fbromyalgia. Te evidence supporting the benefts of yoga continues to grow, which helps to legitimize the practice in the eyes of those who might have previously been skeptical.

Furthermore, the accessibility of yoga has made it more popular than ever. With the advent of online yoga classes and communities, people from all over the world can easily access high-quality instruction at any time. Tis has made yoga more convenient and afordable for those who might not have access to a local studio, making the practice more widely accessible.

Yoga has become incredibly popular over the past few years due to its versatility, mental and emotional benefts, scientifc support, and accessibility. Te practice of yoga is not just a physical exercise but a path to overall well-being. As people become more aware of the benefts of yoga, it is likely that its popularity will continue to grow. So, if you are looking for a way to improve your physical and mental health, consider giving yoga a try!

“It’s not about being good at something. It’s about being good to yourself.”

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3 Why is Yoga so Popular 5 Apple Pie for Lazy People 7 Warning Signs of Prostate Cancer 8 Celebrating National Sewing Month 10 Local Music Makers 12 Lifestyle & Resource Guide 14 Fun Fall Activities 17 Early Signs of Tyroid Cancer 18 Show Me the Honey 20 Redefne How We Feel About Aging 21 Tamari Tofu & Grilled Broccoli Wraps 22 How to Prepare a Fall Garden CONTENTS 50pluslivingWNC.com 4 50+ Living | September 2023 Whatever the circumstances, home transitions can be stressful. Our experienced team is here for you. We have helped thousands of area clients pack, move, and liquidate furnishings, household items, jewelry, and artwork. Whether you’re moving, settling an estate, or just want to streamline your life, we can make the process easier. 75 FAIRVIEW ROAD Asheville, NC 28803 828.575.2509 option 2 CALL FOR A FREE IN-HOME OR VIRTUAL CONSULTATION WNC Bridge FOUNDATION A PARTNERSHIP FOR HEALTH WNCbridge.org Click on SHOP at WNCbridge.org to sign up for upcoming sale notifcations 2023-SEPT/OCT DOWNSIZING? MOVING? RELOCATING? HANDLING AN ESTATE? Estate Sales SERVICES WNC Bridge Foundation Estate Sales and Thrift Stores are friendly, upbeat places to volunteer. Folks of all walks and ages are making a positive impact in our community. Choose your own adventure! Interact with customers and clients by packing estates, stocking shelves, ringing up purchases. Or work in the wings sorting donations and organizing housewares, rugs, furniture, art, linens, clothing, and other hidden treasures. Determine your own schedule—a couple of hours, a couple of days, or more. WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEE RING AND THE WORK OF WNC BRIDGE FOUNDATION? Call 828.277.4888 or go to WNCbridge.org and click on the Volunteer link. We are looking for VOLUNTEERS WNC Bridge FOUNDATION SEPT 7–9 21–23 OCT 5–7 19–21 NOV 2-4 16-18 30-2 SALE DAYS | THURSDAY–SATURDAY 10–4:30 SALE WEEK PREVIEWS | WEDNESDAY 1–3 Each sale is diferent, ofering something for every taste and budget! SHOP OUR UPCOMING ESTATE SALES!

for Lazy People

Baking an apple galette is one of the most satisfying cooking experiences that anyone can have in their kitchen. It is a dessert that is not only easy to make, but also incredibly versatile. Te dish can be served as a breakfast treat, a dessert, or even a snack. While galettes can be made with a variety of fruits, this recipe specifcally focuses on baking an apple galette.

To start, you will need to prepare the various components of the dish. First, you need to make the pastry dough. You can either make your own pastry dough from scratch or use a store-bought one. However, if you choose to go the homemade route, it will take a little more time and efort, but it is defnitely worth it.

To make the pastry dough, you will need four, sugar, salt, unsalted butter, and water. Begin by whisking the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Ten, cut the butter into small cubes and add it to the bowl. Using your hands, work the butter into the four mixture until it resembles coarse sand. Once this is done, add enough ice-cold water to bring the dough together. Work the dough until it forms a ball. Ten, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least an hour.

Next, prepare the apple flling. You will need peeled and thinly sliced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, and lemon juice. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sliced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, salt, and lemon juice. Mix everything together until the apples are coated in the sugar and spices. Once this is done, set the flling aside for a while.

Now it’s time to put everything together. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Take your pastry dough out of the refrigerator and roll it out on a foured surface until it is about a quarter inch thick. Place the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Arrange the apple slices in a circular pattern in the center of the dough, leaving about an inch of space around the edges.

Fold the edges of the dough over the flling, creating pleats as you go. Te center of the apple galette should remain exposed. Brush the edges of the dough with an egg wash and sprinkle some granulated sugar over it. Tis will give

the galette a nice golden color and add a little crunch to the crust. Ten, put the galette in the oven and bake it for 45-50 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

Once the galette is done, take it out of the oven and let it cool for at least 10 minutes. Ten, slice it and serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Te combination of warm, faky crust and tender, cinnamon-spiced apples is pure heaven.

Baking an apple galette is a simple yet impressive dessert that is perfect for any occasion. With a little bit of preparation and patience, you can create a delicious treat that will impress your friends and family. Whether you serve it for breakfast, dessert, or as a snack, an apple galette is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. So, try making one today, and you’ll see why it’s one of the most satisfying desserts you’ll ever bake!

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Warning Signs of PROSTATE CANCER

The prostate gland is an essential part of the male reproductive system. It is located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Te gland resembles the shape and size of a walnut, and its primary function is to produce semen, the fuid that carries sperm. As men age, the prostate gland can grow larger and cause problems that can require medical attention. It is essential to stay aware of the warning signs of prostate problems to catch any issues early and seek treatment.

Te most common problem that men experience with their prostate is benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH, which afects nearly all men as they age. BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland, which can put pressure on the urethra, causing problems with urination. Men with BPH may experience frequent urination, weak urine fow, trouble starting and stopping urination, the feeling of incomplete voiding, and the need to go frequently at night.

Another condition that can be a warning sign of prostate problems is prostatitis, which is an infammation of the prostate gland. Men with prostatitis may experience pain and discomfort, frequent urination, difculty urinating, and fever and chills. In some cases, prostatitis can lead to chronic pelvic pain or erectile dysfunction.

Prostate cancer is the most serious and potentially lifethreatening problem that a man can experience with their prostate. It is the second most common cancer in men and accounts for about 10% of all cancer diagnoses in men. Te American Cancer Society estimates that in 2021, about 248,530 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the United States.

Te warning signs of prostate cancer can be similar to those of BPH and prostatitis, but they can also include blood in semen or urine, erectile dysfunction, a lump in the prostate, and bone pain. It is essential to note that not all men with prostate cancer experience symptoms. Prostate cancer is ofen detected through routine prostate-specifc antigen (PSA) screenings or digital rectal exams (DRE).

It is important to note that not all prostate problems require treatment. For example, many cases of BPH can be managed through lifestyle changes, such as limiting cafeine and alcohol consumption and avoiding drinking fuids before bedtime. Medications can also be used to reduce symptoms associated with BPH.

However, when medical attention is required, doctors may recommend treatments such as medication, surgery, or radiation therapy. In some cases, a combination of treatments may be recommended.

To reduce your risk of developing prostate problems, it is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Tis includes eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. It is also essential to have regular check-ups with your doctor to monitor the health of your prostate gland.

Te warning signs of prostate problems can vary depending on the condition. Men who experience symptoms associated with their prostate should seek medical attention promptly. With early detection, many prostate problems can be successfully managed or cured. It is essential to stay informed about the health of your prostate and take steps to reduce your risk of developing prostate problems. By doing so, you can improve your quality of life and reduce the likelihood of experiencing serious complications.

“Time goes on. So whatever you are going to do, do it. Do it now. Don’t wait.” Robert De Niro

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Celebrating National SEWING Month

National Sewing Month is a celebration of the art of sewing, which has been a fundamental part of human history for thousands of years. In honor of this month-long celebration, enthusiasts around the world participate in various activities to showcase their passion for the craf. If you’re a sewing enthusiast, or just someone who would like to get more involved in the craf, here are some of the best ways to celebrate National Sewing Month.

Attend a Sewing Class

Sewing classes are an excellent way to improve your sewing skills and knowledge. Many sewing stores ofer classes in various levels, from beginner to expert. In these classes, you’ll learn essential sewing techniques such as threading the machine, stitching, and fnishing techniques. You’ll also gain knowledge about sewing terminologies and how to read patterns. Sewing classes ofer a great opportunity to meet other sewing enthusiasts and learn from experienced sewing teachers.

Participate in a Sewing Challenge

Sewing challenges are ways to test your creativity and sewing skills. Tese challenges can vary from individual to group contests. Some sewing challenges are entirely onlinebased, while others are organized by sewing stores. Te idea behind any sewing challenge is to create unique and exciting sewing projects that meet specifc requirements. Entering a

sewing challenge will help you to challenge your creativity levels and gain more experience.

Organize a Sewing Meetup

Sewing meetups are excellent opportunities to connect with fellow sewing enthusiasts in your area. You can organize a sewing meetup by posting on social media or spreading the word amongst your friends. Te goal is to have a gathering where people bring their sewing machines and projects to work on. Tis way, you can share ideas, swap patterns, and work together on projects. You can also share tips and tricks that you’ve learned over the years.

Visit a Sewing Museum

Sewing has a deep history, and various museums around the world showcase the craf’s evolution over time. Visiting a sewing museum can give you insight into the history of sewing as well as inspire you with new ideas. You can also get ideas on how to incorporate vintage styles into your sewing projects by checking out the diferent styles of clothing and textiles.

Create Your Own Sewing Blog or Vlog

Blogging or vlogging is an excellent way to share your sewing projects and expertise with others. Trough blogging, you can share your sewing journey and

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experiences, tips and tricks, tutorials, and free patterns. Tis process allows you to connect with a wider audience and inspire others in the sewing community. Creating a sewing blog or vlog is an excellent way to document your sewing progress and encourage others to pick up this fantastic hobby.

Participate in Sewing Workshops

Sewing workshops are intensive sewing classes that focus on a particular technique or project. Tese workshops are usually taught by experienced sewing experts and can include several sessions that focus on a specifc area of sewing like quilting or embroidery. Attending sewing workshops is a great way to improve your sewing skills and learn some new techniques from experienced instructors.

Host a Sewing Bake-off

Tis idea is perfect for sewing enthusiasts who also love to cook or bake! A sewing bake-of is a fun activity where participants bake a sewing-inspired creation. Te baking contest can focus on anything from buttons to tape measures to sewing machines. Participants can get creative

with their sewing-themed creations, and the winner can receive a sewing prize or maybe an apron to wear while sewing.

Participate in a Sewing Drive

Sewing drives are events that collect either fnished or unfnished sewing projects or fabric supplies from sewing enthusiasts. Tese drives aim to collect donations that will help less fortunate people to learn how to sew or provide clothes for the less fortunate. Participating in a sewing drive is an excellent way to donate your time, resources, and talent to help in the community.

Celebrating National Sewing Month can be an exciting and fun way to showcase your passion for sewing. From attending sewing classes and creating your own projects to visiting a sewing museum and participating in sewing challenges, there are plenty of ways to participate in the sewing community. With all the knowledge and resources available, there is no excuse not to participate in this exciting month-long celebration. So, go get your sewing machine, grab some fabric and thread, and start sewing!

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Local Music Makers

I’ve had a busy summer. I’m grateful to my husband and I’m thankful for my full calendar of performances. I’m uplifed by my family and friends and I’m inspired by my students. My day in and day out routine up until recently, has been the usual mix of joys and challenges.

I didn’t expect, however, to have to face the sudden death of one of my dearest pals; a truly one-of-a-kind human. I ofen referred to him as my champion.

He was the regular drummer in my Blues band for six years and even when we stopped playing together every week, he flled in when he could for many years afer. He produced, mixed and mastered and played drums on my only live recorded CD release, “Peggy Ratusz Sings the Blues.” He even designed the cover.

Te late night talks on the phone, even though they became fewer and farther between over recent years, were calls I never ignored and they ran the gamut of deep to silly, raunchy to revitalizing. He called me “P-Marie.” I called him “my Joey.”

Te shock of losing him in the way that we did, just shy of his 49th birthday, causes me crying jags that are triggered by random as well as signifcant things. Like, I desperately went looking for and found in the very back of my closet, something he gave me. It belonged to his late mother. I shouted out his name and fell on the bed when I found it.

His name was Joey. And among a million other things, he was most notably a son, Kathy’s love, a brother to his band mates, a mentor, a friend. A multi-instrumentalist (mainly

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Joey K

drums and guitar), he was a prolifc songwriter with a penetrative voice.

I don’t think I’m very much unlike his even closer friends and family, when I catch myself fxating and obsessing over the reasons why he chose to leave us.

As a result, I spent time studying the lyrics to over 20 of his songs looking for insight.

Joey was a professional musician since the age of 16. ‘Sad Clown’ was his frst solo album in 2008. Before moving to Asheville he had his own band, Big Pill and remarkably, he was the out-front lead singer/drummer. Tey played nonstop in the Los Angeles area for eight years.

In 2011 Joey wrote and released ‘Fifeen Year Overnight Success’ here in Asheville. Ten in 2019, he recorded ‘Ten Years a Broken Stage.’ Tese two albums abound in rhymes and reasons, questions and answers. Poignant and heartfelt, irked, raw and angry, hopeless, searching, romantic, funny and refective, Joey did not shy away from irreverence either.

“15 Years” is a bombastic rock fusion instrumental that starts with a sampling of randomly layered voices from a collection of voice mail messages, where we hear a myriad of moods and infections in the voices of his tribe. What follows, sounds like a mufed heartbeat. Ten it’s free-style Joey slapping and whacking the skins with intense fervor. We’re bombarded with the take-no-prisoners heavy rock fusion beat with steelpan and distorted guitar afer that.

“Friendly Reminder” reveals some of Joey’s best advice when he sings, “Te past ain’t your fault. Take all your secrets and lock em’ up in the vault. Ask me what you want, you know I’ve done it all but the bigger the pride, the harder the fall. Do what I sing and not what I do. Listen up close if you know what’s good for you.”

“All I Got” is one of the frst songs I ever heard him do live. It’s got an earworm of a hook line. “Peace of mind is all I want but I don’t place bets cause all I got lef is cofee and cigarettes. Twelve leaps of faith and one day at a time to rid me of the faults I held so dear. Sober I’ll stay but I don’t place bets and all I got lef is cofee and cigarettes.”

“Small” is a deep and deliberate slower paced rock ballad that asks: “Can’t you hear me calling? Don’t you know I’m falling in my sleep? Can’t you hear me crying? Don’t you know I’m dying in my dreams? Look at all that we have here. Places, people live in fear. Selfsh me, how could I be so small? Oh my body’s aching. Oh my back is breaking. No

one knows. Don’t you know I’m famished? Can’t you see I’ve vanished from my clothes?”

“Full Time Loser” has an elastic happy funky beat and with his signature poppy clear timber, he saunters through the verses like a crooner, but his ballsy 3-word hook line doubles as the chorus and hits you like a brick.

“All the Time”– a ballad that moved me to tears when I sat down just now to really be present with it: “I had my way. I can’t live this way. Gonna clean out my top drawer and I won’t do that stuf no more. Gonna grow up to have the thrill of paying all my bills all the time. Like a vaudeville act the plates would spin. Te nightlife and good times, suckers us in. I’m on this stage and I sing my song loud. Now I’ve seen I’ve been a bit too proud. Now that I’ve turned X-X-X years old, I fnd now I have less of a hold on that light that shines deep within.”

His 2019 release, ‘Ten Years a Broken Stage’ explores Latin beats and instruments, as well as more of the heavy hitting Rock-Jazz fusion elements that ‘Fifeen Years’ delivers. Tere are apologies and love songs, questions and observations. He took the power of his full voice to higher places on a couple tracks on this 8 song release.

“Yes I Am” is in 12/8 time and it’s a potent and lush apology ballad.

“Everything” is a sweet Latin love song with repetitive lines: “I owe you everything; your love is everything…”

Joey, your whole life was everything. I hope your soul is bigger and brighter and more at ease; because you took a piece of all ours with you when you lef.

“I cry for you, and the sky cries for you. And when you went I became a hopeless drifer. But this life was not for you, though I learned from you, that beauty need only be a whisper.” Katie Melua

I encourage you to view this video of Joey in rare form. It’s his NPR tiny desk contest submission from six months ago that includes all his bloopers. It’s a song about his perfect woman called “Fat Side of Skinny.”

Enjoy- https://youtu.be/4P7O-x62u6Q

*Dial 988 for Suicide and Crisis Hotline.

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

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Lifestyle & Resource



Beauty Bin

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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

Circle Acupuncture & Wellness Clinic

30 Clayton St, Asheville


We provide a personalized, comprehensive and exceptional approach to healthcare. Dr. Boudreaux uses efective, natural and ethical methods to improve the mental, physical and emotional health & wellbeing of his patients. CircleAcupunctureWellness.com

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

Four Seasons


A locally trusted organization, Four Seasons is a leader in highquality person-centered care, proven by our consistent rank in the top 10% of service providers for family satisfaction. www.fourseasonscare.org

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

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County, Inc.

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

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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


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


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.

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Blue Ridge Properties Group

22 N. Main Street, Weaverville


“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


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


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


I enjoy listening, then searching for the home you feel is right. Are you selling your home? I can advise you on how to make your home ready, then sell your home for the best return.

WNC Bridge Foundation Estate Sales & Services

75 Fairview Rd, Asheville


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


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

PB & Jay’s Cafe

3445 Hendersonville Rd, Fletcher


Tis unique café ofers quality nut butters, locally made jams and preserves and delicious breads. Anyone missing their childhood? You will fnd it at the Café! www.pbjayscafe.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. 828-658-3700

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

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As the summer fades away and the leaves start to change their colors, fall sets in with its own charm and beauty. With the crisp air and the scenic beauty of nature, fall is the perfect time to experience some fun activities with your loved ones. Whether you are a nature lover or an adventure enthusiast, fall has something in store for everyone. In this article, we will explore some of the best fall activities to ensure that you make the most of this season.

Apple Picking

One of the most iconic fall activities is apple picking. With numerous orchards all across the country, apple picking is a great way to enjoy the fresh air and connect with nature. You can pluck apples straight from the trees and savor their juicy sweetness. Not only does this activity provide a great opportunity for family bonding, but it also gives you an excuse to whip up some delicious apple-based recipes once you return home.


Fall is the perfect time to go on a hike and enjoy the beautiful scenery around you. Te trees are in full color, and the crisp air makes it easier to embark on a strenuous or longer hike. Hiking during the fall also allows you to witness the changing of the seasons and witness the natural beauty of autumn.

Pumpkin Patch Visits

Pumpkin patch visits are another classic fall activity that is sure to bring a smile to your face. Not only can you pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve, but most pumpkin patches also have a myriad of games and activities for kids and adults alike. From corn mazes to hayrides, pumpkin patch visits provide a fun and exciting way to enjoy the fall season.

Fall Festivals

Fall festivals are a great way to experience the season’s festivities and immerse yourself in the local culture. Almost every town and city has a fall festival, and they ofer an excellent way to try local foods, meet new people, and shop for unique items. Many festivals also have live music, parades, and carnivals, making them a great way to spend a fun-flled day with family and friends.

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Visit a Haunted House

If you are a thrill-seeker, then visiting a haunted house during the fall season is something you should consider. Many amusement parks and haunted houses have special Halloween-themed events, providing a screamingly good time for all. From actors dressed as vampires and ghouls to mazes that leave you disoriented and scared, a haunted house experience is a memory that you’ll never forget.

Football Games

Fall is the perfect time of the year for football fans. From high school games to professional matches, this season ofers plenty of opportunities to root for your favorite team. Attend a football game with your family or friends, and enjoy the atmosphere, food, and beverages that make this sport so quintessentially American.

Visit a Winery

Fall is a great time to visit a winery. Te cooler temperatures make it ideal for a wine-tasting experience, and many wineries have special fall events such as grape stomping.

Enjoy a tour of the vineyard, learn about the winemaking process, and savor your favorite wines while taking in the scenic beauty of fall.

Bike Rides

Biking is a great way to experience fall in all its glory. With miles of scenic roads and trails, fall ofers a perfect time to take a bike ride. From rides around parks to strenuous mountain bike trails, biking during the fall season ofers a unique experience to explore the beauty of nature and bask in the cool air.

Final Thoughts

With the arrival of fall, there are countless ways to enjoy the season’s beauty and make lasting memories. From hiking and apple picking to football games and visiting wineries, autumn is the perfect time to indulge in a range of activities alone or with your loved ones. So, embrace the season and plan your fall activities, and take in all the beauty and excitement that this vibrant season has to ofer.

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Early Signs of Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer is a type of cancer that afects the thyroid gland, which is a small butterfy-shaped gland located in the front of the neck. Te thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate the body’s metabolism and play an important role in many bodily functions. Early symptoms of thyroid cancer can be difcult to detect, as they ofen mimic symptoms of other less serious conditions. However, early detection of thyroid cancer is crucial to achieving a positive outcome, making it important to know the early signs and symptoms.

One of the most common early symptoms of thyroid cancer is the presence of a lump or nodule in the neck. Te lump may be painless and may not be noticeable at frst, but it may grow larger over time. Although many people have lumps or nodules in the thyroid gland that are not cancerous, it is important to have any neck lumps or nodules evaluated by a healthcare professional.

Another early symptom of thyroid cancer is difculty swallowing or a feeling of tightness in the throat. Tis can occur if the tumor is pressing against the esophagus or windpipe. Hoarseness or changes in the voice may also occur, particularly if the tumor is afecting the vocal cords.

Other common early symptoms of thyroid cancer include neck pain, swollen lymph nodes, and a feeling of fullness in the neck. Tese symptoms can occur if the cancer has spread beyond the thyroid gland and into nearby tissues or lymph nodes. Fatigue, weight loss, and loss of appetite may also be early signs of thyroid cancer.

Although the early symptoms of thyroid cancer can be difcult to detect, there are some factors that may increase your risk of developing thyroid cancer. Tese include:

Gender: Women are more likely to develop thyroid cancer than men.

Age: Tyroid cancer is more common in people over the age of 40.

Exposure to radiation: Exposure to high levels of radiation, particularly during childhood, can increase the risk of thyroid cancer.

Family history: A family history of thyroid cancer or other thyroid disorders can also increase your risk.

Tyroid nodules: Having nodules or growths on the thyroid gland can increase your risk of developing thyroid cancer.

If you are experiencing any of these early symptoms or if you have any of these risk factors, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider can perform a physical exam and may order further tests, such as blood tests, a biopsy, or imaging tests, to determine the cause of your symptoms.

It is important to note that most thyroid nodules are not cancerous, and many people with thyroid cancer have no symptoms at all. However, early detection of thyroid cancer can greatly improve the chances of successful treatment. Treatment for thyroid cancer may include surgery to remove the thyroid gland and any afected lymph nodes, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy. Your healthcare provider will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is best for you based on the type and stage of thyroid cancer you have.

Tyroid cancer is a relatively rare form of cancer, but it is important to be aware of the early signs and symptoms. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or have any of the risk factors, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider. Early detection and treatment can greatly improve the chances of a positive outcome.

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Show Me the HONEY

Honey is one of the most versatile and benefcial natural products available to us today. Produced by bees using nectar from fowers, honey is a natural sweetener that has been used for thousands of years in cooking, medicine, and beauty routines. In this article, we will delve into the top benefts of honey that make it a musthave in your diet and as part of your beauty regimen.

A Powerhouse of Nutrients

Honey is known for its impressive nutritional profle. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help to promote a healthy body. Te vitamins found in honey

include vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6, while its mineral content includes calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Tese nutrients make honey a great addition to your daily diet, promoting overall health and vitality.

Boosts Immunity

Honey is also a great booster to your immune system. Te antioxidants present in honey help to fght of harmful free radicals, which can cause damage to your cells. Honey also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which can help to protect your body against infections and diseases.

Helps to Relieve Cough and Cold Symptoms

Honey is an efective remedy for cough and cold symptoms. It has been shown to help thin mucus and relieve coughs, making it an ideal natural alternative to cough medicine. Honey also has a soothing efect on the throat, which can help to reduce irritation and infammation.

Promotes Healing

Honey has natural healing properties that make it an excellent choice for wound dressings. It has antimicrobial properties that help to promote healing and prevent infections. Honey has also been shown to reduce infammation and promote tissue regeneration, making it a must-have in any natural frst aid kit.

Great for Digestion

Honey is known to be an efective natural remedy for digestive issues such as diarrhea and constipation. Its antibacterial properties can help to fght of harmful bacteria in the gut, while its anti-infammatory efects can also help to soothe an upset stomach.

A Natural Energy Booster

Honey is a great natural energy booster, thanks to its high carbohydrate content. It is quickly digested by the body and can provide an instant boost of energy, making it an ideal pre-workout snack. Honey is also a great source of natural sugars, making it an alternative to processed sugars that can cause blood sugar spikes.

Promotes Better Sleep

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acid that helps to promote the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and sleep. Te natural sugars in honey can also help to regulate blood sugar levels, preventing a drop in blood sugar in the middle of the night that can cause insomnia.

Good for the Skin

Honey is a natural moisturizer for the skin, making it a popular ingredient in beauty products. It has natural antibacterial properties that help to fght of acne-causing bacteria, making it ideal for use by individuals who have acne-prone skin. Honey is also rich in antioxidants, which can help to protect the skin against damage from harmful free radicals.

A Natural Anti-infammatory

Honey has natural anti-infammatory properties that can help to reduce infammation in the body. Tis makes it an excellent natural remedy for conditions such as arthritis, where infammation is a major factor. Honey can also help to soothe sore muscles afer a workout, reducing infammation and promoting faster recovery.

Can Help to Reduce Allergies

Honey has been shown to help reduce allergy symptoms. Tis is because honey contains small amounts of pollen, which can help to desensitize the body to allergens over time. A daily dose of honey can help to reduce the severity of allergy symptoms, making it a great natural alternative to allergy medicine.

Honey is a true superfood that comes with numerous benefts. From being a powerhouse of nutrients, boosting our immune system, promoting better sleep, to being a natural moisturizer and anti-infammatory, the list is endless. Nature ofers us so much goodness, and with honey, we can take advantage of organic and wholesome benefts that nature provides. It’s time to incorporate honey into our lifestyles and enjoy the countless benefts that come along with it.

Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy to the body.

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Redefne How We Feel About Aging

Tere’s an opportunity on the horizon for reinventing the perception of what it means to age.

Te words we use have power. Let’s take the word OLD out of our vocabulary and turn aging into “living longer” which we are. Te later years of our life are to be the years of treasures. Tey are called the golden years for a reason. We have wisdom, perspective and experience. Tese are pivotal tools needed in living productive fruitful years. Te great news is, they only come with age.

It can be a glorious time to live our lives according to our own passions, values, and interests.

In order to do so, we have to take command of the wheel and apply our own meaning to aging. Yes, the years add up, but do we have to get old? I think not. One of the many ways to age gracefully is to continue to learn about the body mind connection. Meaning, to give attention to what we think, say, eat, and believe, as this contributes to either dis-ease or vibrant health.

Simple changes that can transform the process of aging.

• Make attitude adjustments, give attention to your thoughts.

• Mental stimulation, learn a new word every day, stay curious.

• Add healthy fats to your diet , like avocados, walnuts, and pure olive oil.

• Keep moving your body, keep the energy fowing.

Studies show, people who see themselves as old, regardless of their chronological age, may feel less efective than those who perceive themselves to be young or even middle-aged, “My eighty-seven year young mother is a great example of living life on her terms, and to its fullest”.

Te question is? What do you want to do with these years flled with wisdom? How do you want to feel? How do you want to spend your time? Tese are questions I repeatedly ask myself. I encourage you to take some time in refection every day and visualize the life you want to live. It is waiting for you.

I love this quote by the iconic performer David Bowie:

“Aging is the extraordinary process where we become who we always should have been”.

I believe the pathway to graceful aging starts with writing our own narrative. In addition to, keeping our mind and imagination open wide. It takes courage to live our life on our own terms. Be brave. Tis alters not only how older people view themselves, but how younger people view their elders. Both perspectives can help change outdated views of what it means to age. If we are lucky, the years will add up, and we will get older, but we never, ever, have to get old.

Wishing you a fruitful journey ~Laurie

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Tamari Tofu & Grilled Broccoli Wraps

Wrap this savory combo in the frst crop of radicchio for an element of bitterness and crunch. It is low carb and delicious. Feel free to use other seasonal vegetables.



1 block of tofu, frm

1 bunch of broccoli, stems removed

4 radicchio leaves

1 clove garlic, shaved (optional)

1 tbsp olive oil salt & pepper to taste


1/4 cup tamari

1 piece ginger root, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

3 tbsp cilantro, chopped (save some to fnish the dish)

1/4 tsp sea salt or to taste

1 tsp monk fruit, or honey


Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.

Slice 4 pieces of tofu, and lay them out on paper towels to remove excess moisture. Replace paper towels if needed. Do not skip this step, as it will water down the marinade.

Place the tofu in the bowl with the marinade. Let sit for 5 minutes. Save some extra marinade to drizzle on the fnished dish. Taste for seasoning. Adjust with more lemon, or salt.

Cooking Tofu

In a large nonstick pan on medium heat coated with olive oil, cook the tofu and brown on both sides. In the same pan when you fip the tofu, add the forets of broccoli around the tofu, a pinch of salt, and shaved garlic. Add more olive oil if needed. Lower the heat to medium-low. Finish cooking until broccoli is tender.

Assemble the wraps

Place 2 large radicchio leaves on a white plate. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt, and squeeze of lemon juice. Place the cooked tofu and broccoli on top of radicchio. Drizzle remaining marinade and chopped cilantro over the dish.

Roll the radicchio leaves and eat it like you would a taco.

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How to Prepare a FALL Garden

Fall is a magical season that ofers a unique opportunity for every aspiring gardener to prepare and enjoy a bountiful harvest. Tere is an incredible array of seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs that do exceptionally well during the fall, and all that one needs is proper preparation and planning to witness a glorious bloom.

To create a fall garden planner, there are various aspects one could consider to ensure that everything is in order. From assessing the soil quality and nutrients to choosing the optimal location and selecting the right plants, every decision plays a crucial role in the success of the garden. Tis article will delve deeper into the steps involved in preparing a fall garden that will yield the best possible results.

Assessing the Soil Quality

Te secret to cultivating an excellent garden lies in the quality of the soil. Before deciding on the plants to be grown, it is essential to assess the soil quality, nutrient levels, and pH levels. Soil with a pH level of between 6.0 and 7.5 is ideal for growing plants. A pH level of 6.5 is perfect for most garden vegetables. Terefore, testing the soil can be useful when deciding which plants to grow.

One can fnd soil testing kits in local garden centers, or one can send samples to a laboratory for testing. Te soil testing report will ofer an insight into the soil’s composition and nutrient levels and thus help decide on the soil’s treatment.

Adding Nutrients to the Soil

Once the soil testing results come in, one must add the necessary nutrients to the soil. Nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus are the three essential nutrients that plants need to grow, and a lack of these nutrients can limit plant growth and yield.

A healthy way to add nutrients to soil is through composting or using organic fertilizers. Compost is excellent for soil conditioning, improves fertility, and makes it easier to work with the soil. Adding organic materials like leaves, manure, or grass clippings, can also help improve the soil’s structure and add the necessary nutrients to ensure the plants grow adequately.

Selecting the Right Plants

Selecting the right plants is crucial to make sure the garden

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grows and thrives. Te fall is a perfect time for planting certain vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Some of the most popular fall plants include kale, spinach, radishes, beets, carrots, turnips, and broccoli. Tese plants thrive in the cooler temperatures of fall and do not require direct sunlight for an extended period, making them perfect for planting in the fall.

It is important to note that even though some plants may look appealing, it may not be the best ft for the garden. It’s essential to match the right plant with the right soil and ensure the plot receives adequate light. Terefore, researching which plants are better suited for one’s garden can lead to a successful fall season.

Choosing the Optimal Location

Choosing the proper location for the fall garden is crucial. To ensure the growth of healthy plants, the area must be clear of any obstructions and provide ample sunlight for the plants.

Te ideal location for the garden is in the part of the yard that receives the most amount of sunlight, as this leads to better plant growth. Te area should be well-drained and free from any surface water accumulation. Poor drainage can lead to waterlogging, which can cause damage to roots and limit the plants’ growth.

Irrigation System

Keeping plants hydrated is a signifcant pillar in ensuring that one has a successful fall garden. Terefore, installing an irrigation system is necessary to ensure that the plants receive an adequate amount of water.

A drip irrigation system is perfect for a fall garden as it delivers water directly to the plants’ roots, reducing water loss through evaporation. It also ensures that the water is evenly distributed throughout the garden. A drip irrigation system provides the perfect amount of water to the plants while reducing runof and thus over-watering.

Pest Control Measures

Pest control should be a top priority when planning a fall garden. Pests can be a signifcant threat to the success of a fall garden and can cause signifcant damage to plants. Sheer numbers and diferent kinds of bugs can lead to leaf damage, stem damage, and root damage, resulting in stunted growth, weak plants, and a lousy harvest.

Tere are numerous steps one can take to minimize the risk of pests. Planting pest-resistant varieties would be an excellent place to begin; for example, marigolds can deter beetles and Japanese beetles. Covering plants with row covers to protect them from pests is another option, or applying natural pest repellents containing ingredients like neem oil and garlic.

A fall garden is an excellent opportunity to cultivate a bountiful harvest of fresh produce. Tis article has provided guidance on preparing and planting a fall garden from assessing the soil quality to selecting the right plants and installing an irrigation system. By following these steps, aspiring gardeners can enjoy a fruitful and enjoyable fall.

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