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At this time of the year, I find myself reflecting on the past year and thinking about the year ahead. The holiday season does give us all the opportunity to reflect on the past, to have courage for the present, and to dream of bright wishes for the future. I can honestly say that 2013 has been a mixture of joy, a lot of stress, and thankfully, success and growth. We hope that you enjoy our December issue, which offers articles filled with hope, inspiration, and great gift ideas for the special ones in your life. With the holiday magic in the air and as we close out 2013 and prepare for 2014, Jan-Carol Publishing is proud to announce a couple of changes. First, we have a new addition to our staff family—Amy Frazier. Amy comes to JCP with considerable editing and proofing skills and experience. As our Operations Consultant/Managing Editor, please help me welcome Amy to JCP and Voice Magazine for Women. We are excited to have her join us! Second, JCP is on the move again and has acquired another publishing house, RoseHeart Publishing. We are excited to bring RoseHeart Publishing into Jan-Carol Publishing effective December 1, 2013. With the acquisition, JCP will be able to offer more resources and opportunities to our advertisers, our JCP authors, and our new RHP authors. The transition is a giant step for both companies, and we welcome our new authors into our great JCP group. For details, please the announcement on page 22. As I mentioned, success has been a part of our 2013, and that is because of all of you—our readers, advertisers, authors, fans, and supporters. All of us here at Jan-Carol Publishing hope your holidays are filled with making wonderful memories, spending time with people you care about, and sharing food, laughter, and smiles with new and old friends. We thank you for your loyalty, and we ask for your continued support of the businesses showcased in Voice Magazine for Women and of our JCP/RHP authors. We wish each of you a blessed holiday and a 2014 full of joy and contentment. From all of us to all of you—Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year! Verse of the Month: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11 (King James Version) Thought of the Month: “It's not the load that breaks you down—it's the way you carry it.” Lena Horne

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PUBLISHED BY JAN-CAROL PUBLISHING, INC. (Volume 10, Issue 12) While every precaution has been taken to ensure accuracy of the published material, Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc. Voice Magazine cannot be held responsible for opinions or facts provided by its authors, advertisers or agencies. All rights are reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without written permission. Agencies, Advertisers and other contributors will indemnify and hold the publisher harmless for any loss or expense resulting from claims or suits based upon contents of any advertisement, defamation, libel, right of privacy, plagiarism and/or copyright infringement. The views expressed in Voice Magazine for Women are not necessarily those of the publisher. © 2013 Editorial Mission: VOICE magazine for women wants to provide a useful and complete reliable source of information for women and their families. We seek to celebrate women’s successes, and support their growth by defining and recognizing their needs and providing a concentration of resources for them. We want to be that “link” to all women.

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You are cordially invited to a Birthday Celebration! Guest of Honor: Jesus Christ Date: Every day. Traditionally December 25, but He's always around, so the date is flexible. Time: Whenever you're ready. Please don't be late, though, or you'll miss all the fun! Place: In your heart. He'll meet you there— you'll hear Him knock. Attire: Come as you are. Grubbies are okay— He'll be washing us clean anyway. Cost: Admission is free. He's already paid for everyone. You wouldn't have been able to afford it anyway— it cost Him everything He had. But you do need to accept the ticket! Gift Suggestions: Your life. He's one of those people who already has everything else. He's very generous in return though. Just wait until you see what He has for you! “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 KJV


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What an invitation! I know I don’t want to miss this one. It’s Christmastime again, and we are gearing up to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It is a great party! The only issue is that this shouldn’t be celebrated just once a year. God is waiting for you each and every day, no matter what stage of your faith you are at. He wants you to give him your life and your heart. He wants you to know that you are made uniquely and that you are special. Perhaps you should take some time now to acknowledge or renew your acceptance of this gracious invitation. It is an ongoing invitation—you are invited every day to celebrate and participate in the love of Jesus. (Written by Kelly McFadden)

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It’s Party Time!

Casual & Formal Wear

By Jan Howery


ith an invitation to a special Christmas or New Year’s Eve party, deciding what to wear can bring on the urge to crawl in bed, pull the covers over your head, and stay home. Nothing to wear! Ladies, finding that perfect party-going outfit doesn’t have to dampen your festival mood. Even if you believe that you’re ‘fashion-impaired,’ following these simple tips will help you release the ‘party girl’ inside. • Don’t try to impress with the latest style. Mini-skirts and thigh-high boots are not for every age, body shape, or personality. Instead, use the KISS principle: Keep It Simple, Sweetheart! • Bling Time! Yes, now is the perfect time to be bold with some bling, but don’t overkill! Wearing all of your jewelry at once or wearing your lowest-cut dress with your mountain-top high heels will bring on before the party ‘hangover.’ Whether you’re going to an office party or a get-together with friends, when it comes to jewelry, less is better. Don’t arrive looking the Christmas Tree. • Party Time is not Showtime. Don’t dress too sexy or otherwise inappropriately for the occasion. Office holiday parties are not the place for that plunging neckline or up-to-here skirt. Again, invoke the KISS principle. When choosing attire for a party, pick something you feel comfortable in, something that will get you compliments for your taste in color, style, or fabric. Remember, wearing the ‘perfect outfit’ will make you smile when you see yourself in all those ‘party photos’ that somehow found their way on Facebook. • One great option is the timeless little black dress. Another option is a fairly simple holiday-red or winter-white dress. This season, the festive color is lush and vibrant emerald green. For a classic but cheery look, pair an emerald-green blouse with black tailored pants or a fitted winter-white skirt.

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• Let your accessories and bling do the hard work. Add one eye-catching piece of jewelry, like a gorgeous long strand of pearls or a sparkly Christmas-themed brooch. Adding a contrasting festive scarf or cape-like coat is perfect. • Another new style of fashion this holiday season is leather. Leather and fauxleather dresses, leggings, and skirts are bringing a dramatic and bold look to daytime and evening wear. With leather accents on blouses and tops, you have perfect holiday fashion pieces that don’t require bling. • What is a girl’s best friend? A Body Shaper! Almost any body type can benefit from a smoothing undergarment to straighten out lines and bulges and give a polished look to your outfit.

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Nest Interiors &Gifts Nest Interiors & Gifts has an eclectic mix of upscale farmhouse chic, inclusive of architectural and industrial elements for your home and garden. 1902 Knob Creek Rd. Johnson City, TN 423-979-6378 101 Fox Street Jonesborough, TN 423-444-6351 See their ad on page 11

Shady Business Shady Business has the brightest solutions for in-home lighting and carries a great selection of finials and gifts. 221 E. Main St. Abingdon, VA 276-356-1674 See their ad on page 8

Foxglove Antiques & Etc. Foxglove Antiques & Etc. has a wonderful selection of English and American antiques— including paintings, porcelain, furniture and many small collectable items. Gift certificates are available. 289A W. Main St. Abingdon, VA 276-628-8598 See their ad on page 9

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Regifting gains popularity!

Throw your own Regifting Party Regift (verb)—To give an unwanted gift to someone else; to give as a gift something one previously received as a gift. —Webster's New Millennium Dictionary of English

The popularity of regifting has grown since comedian Jerry Seinfeld first coined the term a decade ago. According to the Macmillan English Dictionary, the increasing use of the word and its recent link to online auctions has made the phenomenon of regifting more acceptable. In fact, more than half of adults recently surveyed by Money Management International (MMI) find regifting acceptable. Even the etiquette experts at the Emily Post Institute approve of the practice in some circumstances. Is it regiftable? Never regift handmade or one-of-a-kind items. Signed books and monogrammed items are off-limits. Do you have to be told not to regift free promotional items? Some gifts that are good candidates for regifting include good (unopened!) bottles of wine, new household items, and inexpensive jewelry.

How is the condition? Only new, unopened gifts in good condition should be considered for regifting. Never give partially used gift cards. Don’t regift items that you have owned for a long time. A general rule of thumb: if you have to dust it off, it is not regiftable. Is this going to work? Successful regifters use common sense. If you are going to regift, be sure you know who gave you the item, so you don’t return something to the original giver. Only regift items to people who are unlikely to see the original giver. Do you have good intentions? Don’t just give a gift to give a gift. Be sure that the recipient will appreciate the item. Remember, if you feel that an item is undesirable, the recipient probably will too. If you are regifting simply because you ran out of time, gift cards are simple to obtain and are always well received. How does it look? When it comes to gift-giving, go for show! Although gift bags in good condition can be reused, wrapping paper is a one-time thing. Always spring for a new card or gift tag. Can you handle it? If you don’t plan to announce the gift as a regift, ask yourself if you can keep the secret. Never feel guilty about regifting once you’ve done it. And remember, an unwanted gift could be a welcome donation to a charitable organization. (Source

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Holiday Happiness for Man’s Best Friends Pet people love to include their furred companions in the season’s festivities! To keep the holidays safe for your four-footed family members, consider the following points.

House Rules. By starting a nice play or petting session, animal-loving guests can give your pets a little extra attention and exercise while you're busy tending to the party.

Deck the Halls—Safely. When ingested by pets, holly can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Mistletoe leads to gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. And many varieties of lilies induce kidney failure in cats. Opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.

Put Away the Meds. And not just during the holidays! Make sure all medications—including your pet’s—are stored behind secure doors. Remember to tell your guests to keep medicines packed away, too.

Leave the Leftovers. Fatty or spicy human foods—as well as bones—should not be fed to your furry friends. Let pets join the fun in other ways that won't lead to costly medical bills. That Holiday Glow. Don't leave lighted candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, and place them on a stable surface. If you leave the room, put the candles out! Wired Up. Keep wires, batteries, and glass and plastic ornaments out of paws' reach. A live wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock, and the acid of a punctured battery can burn the skin, mouth, and esophagus. Shards of breakable ornaments can cut the tongue, paws, and lips.

Be Careful with Cocktails. If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages, be sure unattended alcoholic drinks are beyond pets’ access. If pets ingest alcohol, they can become weak or ill and may even go into a coma or die from respiratory failure. A Room of Their Own. Give your pet a quiet space to retreat to—complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats may want to hide under furniture, in their carrying case, or in a room away from the hubbub. New Year's Noise. As you count down to 2014, realize that strings of thrown confetti, if ingested, can lodge in a pet's intestines, perhaps necessitating surgery. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and may damage sensitive ears. (Source:

Give the Gift of Dark Chocolate! Although eating dark chocolate can lead to the following health benefits, remember also that chocolate is high in fat. Watch your calories and nutrition as you work toward your weight-loss goals. Dark Chocolate is Good for Your Heart—Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate two or three times each week can lower your blood pressure. By improving cardiac circulation, dark chocolate also can reduce your risk of stroke. Dark Chocolate is Good for Your Brain—Because dark chocolate increases blood flow to the brain, it can improve cognitive function. Dark Chocolate is Good for Your Attitude—Dark chocolate contains several chemical compounds that positively affect your mood. Dark Chocolate Helps Control Blood Sugar—By keeping your blood vessels healthy and your circulation unimpaired, dark chocolate protects against type 2 diabetes. Dark Chocolate is Full of Antioxidants—Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants help purge your body of free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells. Because free radicals are implicated in the aging process and may cause cancer, eating antioxidant-rich foods like dark chocolate can protect you from these adverse effects. Dark Chocolate is High in Vitamins and Minerals—Dark chocolate is rich in the minerals potassium, iron, magnesium, and copper and in vitamins B1, B2, B3, B9, and K.


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Why is it is important to shop locally? • To Protect Local Character and Prosperity - By choosing to support locally owned businesses, you help maintain the diversity and distinctive flavor that characterize our region. • To Bolster Community Well-Being Locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities, by linking neighbors, and by contributing generously to local causes. At the Store or at your Door, Representatives Needed. Interviews Daily Sunset Dr.

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• To Improve Jobs and Wages - Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chain stores do. • To Support Entrepreneurship - Entrepreneurship fuels America's economic innovation and prosperity and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs. • To Maximize Public Benefits and Costs - Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services, relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls. • To Practice Environmental Sustainability - Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers—which in turn are essential to reducing urban sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution. • To Enhance Competition - A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. • To Promote Product Diversity - A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products according to their own interests and the needs of their local customers—instead of on the basis of a national sales plan—guarantees a much broader range of product choices. This year make a conscientious effort to ‘buy local’ and support our homegrown businesses. The perfect gift may be waiting at the antique store, ladies’ shop, or art gallery just down the street. Make your holiday dollars count by shopping at local businesses.

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f your business or organization has a love for children and chocolate, Make-AWish® East Tennessee is looking for you! Plans are underway for the 2014 Chocolate Festival, and vendors are requested for this fundraising event. The festival is scheduled for Saturday, February 1, 2014, from 9 am through 3 pm at the Marriott MeadowView Convention Center in Kingsport, TN. Area restaurants, bars, caterers, bakeries, food and beverage distributors, and businesses are invited to showcase their scrumptious chocolate desserts and treats at this long-running regional event. All proceeds will help grant wishes to local children who have life-threatening medical conditions. The Chocolate Festival not only raises money for the children of Make-A-Wish® East Tennessee—it also is an excellent way for businesses to showcase themselves and their products for potential customers. There is no charge for exhibitors to participate. All vendors are asked to provide 1500 samples of their chocolate confection and the paper products and utensils for serving the samples. Each booth can accommodate two people to serve the guests, and volunteers are available to work the booth for vendors, if needed. Those wishing to participate as vendors at the 2014 Chocolate Festival are asked to contact Tianna Storey (423-794-8210) or Craig Cox (423-297-6511). Make-A-Wish® East Tennessee grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. In 2013 Make-A-Wish® East Tennessee granted the wishes of 73 children in East Tennessee with life-threatening medical conditions. With your support, we can grant the wishes of even more children in 2014. For more information on the Make-A-Wish® East Tennessee Chocolate Festival and Make-A-Wish® East Tennessee, go to or call Tianna Storey (423-794-8210) or Craig Cox (423-297-6511). December 2013 13

TOP TAPAS for Festive Parties


Tapas: Snacks or hors d'oeuvres served with drinks



he tradition of tapas began in Spain. The Spaniards in Spain generally don't entertain at home. They go out to a café or bar, have a drink and tapas, then continue their pub crawl moving from place to place. They even have a verb, tapear which means to go out and eat tapas! If they go out to dinner, they tapa taste at several bars first, then go to a restaurant. For the holidays, serving up tapas works well for a good party food. Many of the recipes can be prepared in advance, leaving the host free to enjoy the company of her guests.

Simple and tasty tapas to prepare:

Bunuelos de Queso (Cheese Fritters) Bunuelos de Queso are light and airy cheese fritters. There are many kinds of Bunuelos, both sweet and salty. You can make these with lots of different kinds of cheese, but I prefer emmental, which is a firm type of Swiss cheese, and Parmesan. You can also use aged Manchego, Swiss, or even Asiago. Serves: 3-4 Preparation time: about 20 minutes Ingredients: about 1 cup of flour 1/3 cup cold milk 2 eggs (separated into yolks and whites) 1 tsp salt 1 cup grated Emmental cheese (or aged Manchego or Asiago) 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1-2 cups olive oil for frying Preparation: Add the milk, two egg yolks and salt to a mixing bowl. Beat these ingredients together until they are fully mixed together. Now add the flour little by little, whisking the mixture as you go. Remove any lumps and keep adding flour until you get a consistency similar to thick peanut butter. You may not need the entire 1 cup of flour. Now beat the two egg whites until they reach “soft peaks.” Carefully fold in the egg whites to the flour mixture. Carefully fold the cheeses into the mixture. Heat the olive oil over high heat. Once hot, add a spoonful of the mixture into the oil and cook for about 90 seconds on each side or until the bunuelo is golden brown. Remove to a paper towel to absorb the extra oil. Enjoy immediately while hot! (from


Goat Cheese with Paprika, Garlic, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Capers Roasted garlic and paprika are mixed with fresh, soft goat cheese, then spread over rustic bread and topped with sundried tomatoes and capers. Prep Time: 12 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 4-5 cloves garlic 2 Tbsp virgin olive oil 4-6 oz fresh goat cheese 1 1/2 tsp Spanish paprika 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil 2-3 Tbsp capers, drained 1/2 rustic baguette Preparation: This goat cheese tapa recipe makes 4-6 servings. Remove goat cheese from refrigerator and allow the goat cheese to warm to room temperature. Heat oven to 350 degrees. A toaster oven is good for this. Place the garlic cloves, unpeeled on a pan and drizzle a small amount of olive oil over the top. Place in oven hot oven and roast until garlic is soft– approximately 15 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Add the paprika to the goat cheese and mix. Squeeze the roasted garlic into the cheese. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil and mix. The cheese will turn a pinkish-orange color. Cut baguette into slices about a 1/3-inch thick. Spread cheese mixture on each slice. Place sun-dried tomatoes and a caper or two onto each slice of bread. (From

Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp) Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Yield: 4 Servings Ingredients: 1 lb shrimp, 25 count to a pound 4 large cloves of garlic, finely minced 1 tsp sweet Spanish paprika 1 tsp red pepper flakes 2-3 oz (60-89 ml) cognac (or substitute dry sherry) 4 oz (125 ml) virgin olive oil 3 tsp chopped fresh parsley 1 lemon for juice 1 fresh baguette, sliced

Preparation: This recipe makes 4 servings as an appetizer. If preparing for a main course, double the recipe.In a sauté pan or heavy frying pan, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté for about one minute or until they just begin to brown. Be careful not to burn the garlic! Raise the heat to high and immediately add the shrimp, lemon juice, sherry or cognac and paprika. Stir well, then sauté, stirring briskly until the shrimp turn pink and curl – about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer shrimp with oil and sauce to a warm plate or serve right from the pan. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with fresh bread. (from

Sherry-Garlic Beef, Mushrooms, and Grilled Chorizo Prep Time:10 min Cook Time:15 min Serves:8 servings. Ingredients: 1/2 cup parsley leaves, a couple of handfuls 8 cloves garlic, cracked away from skins 1 pound chorizo sausage, casings removed 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 1/2 pounds tenderloin or sirloin of beef, well trimmed, cut into bite sized pieces Coarse salt and pepper 24 medium to large mushroom caps 1 cup dry sherry Preparations: Preheat a grill pan over medium high heat. Place parsley and garlic in food processor and chop. Heat a large, heavy skillet over high heat. Cut chorizo on an angle in 1/2-inch slices. Grill 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to a serving dish. To the hot skillet, add about 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan. Add meat and sear the pieces on all sides to caramelize it evenly. Add half of the garlic and parsley mixture to the pan. Turn to coat the meat. Season meat with salt and pepper. Add 1/2 cup sherry and turn the meat in the wine as it deglazes the pan. Transfer to a serving dish and cover with loose foil to keep warm. Return pan to heat. Repeat the same process with the mushrooms: add extra-virgin olive oil to the pan, 2 tablespoons or 2 turns of the pan. Add mushrooms, cook 3 or 4 minutes to char edges and soften, add parsley and garlic, then salt and pepper, then sherry. Reduce sherry while scraping up pan drippings and remove to serving dish. (Recipe from Rachael Ray)

Almendras (Toasted Almonds) Serves: 4-6 Preparation time: 30 minutes Ingredients: 2 cups shelled raw almonds 1 TB olive oil 1 Tsp sea salt Preparation: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a shallow clay casserole dish (or other oven-safe shallow pan) put the almonds and lightly coat with the

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Spicy Lamb Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Makes: 12 servings, 4 meatballs each Active Time: 45 minutes Ingredients: 12 ounces ground lamb 12 ounces 93%-lean ground turkey 1 cup fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs, 1 large egg white 1 cup minced onion, divided 6 cloves garlic, minced, divided 4 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, divided 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 cup red wine 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes Preparation: Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Combine lamb, turkey, breadcrumbs, egg white, 1/2 cup onion, half the garlic, 2 tablespoons mint, coriander, cumin and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Gently mix to combine. Shape into 48 little meatballs, about 1 tablespoon each. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake the meatballs for 10 minutes. Set aside. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining 1/2 cup onion and cook, stirring, until golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining garlic, wine, cayenne and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Simmer over medium-low heat until the wine has reduced significantly, 3 to 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, return to a simmer, reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes. Add the meatballs to the sauce and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Garnish with the remaining 2 tablespoons mint. (From

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Our House is your house! Located at 1409 North Roan Street is a cozy, green house that offers a friendly atmosphere and great food. Owners Andy and Angela Tolley renovated the building for a year before opening Our House in August 2013. As I pulled in the parking lot at twilight, the glow of numerous clear Christmas lights decking the exterior of Our House welcomed me. This welcome was extended through my hostess’s warm greeting, my elegantly appointed table, the soft colors of the beautifully decorated rooms, and the cozy ambiance. The upper floor of Our House can be reserved for private parties and has two 55-inch TVs suitable for presentations. If you feel like just hanging out, the lower floor houses a casual bar boasting seven TVs and offering twenty beers on tap; BYOB is available for wines and liquors. Our House is known for their smoked meats, which include rib-eye steaks, filets, prime rib, chicken, and salmon. Everything I tasted from the extensive menu—and I tasted extensively!—was absolutely wonderful. The filet tips were intensely smoky, but not overly so. The flaky, juicy salmon—served with steamed vegetables and a cheesy grits casserole—melted in my mouth. The stellar pimento cheese is made in-house and is featured both in its traditional sandwich form and—in a new twist on an old favorite—as a macand-cheese casserole (my personal favorite). One of the most popular items at Our House is their meatloaf, which is stuffed with smoked cheddar cheese and topped with a delicious sauce. Cooked Carolina style, the trout is musthave entrée that will delight any trout-lover to the last bite. A recent addition to the Our House menu is pulled-pork barbeque—yes, I tried and loved it too! The recipe for the sauce that dresses the tender pork, which comes with apple coleslaw, is an Our House secret. Not full yet? How about some pumpkin cheesecake or their popular bourbon–pecan pie for dessert? Yum! “Customers are very important to Our House. We take pride in catering to them, and we know how important it is for them to be satisfied.” The Tolleys’ commitment to this mission is apparent in many ways. The attentive, kind Our House staff cares for diners as treasured family friends. Gluten allergies are accommodated easily—in fact, one fryer is designated solely to cooking gluten-free foods. Andy worked with a professional chef to create recipes that nurture diners with a new take on comfortable familiarity. Andy and Angela acknowledge the importance of their community as well—they ‘shop local’ for their top-notch ingredients, and any food remaining at the end of the night is donated to area organizations. Our House offers catering services, and parties can be booked for the holidays. Our House is open Tuesday through Thursday, 4–9 pm; Friday and Saturday, 11 am–10 pm, and Sunday, 11 am–8 pm. Half-portions of entrees are available. Don't miss this fabulous dining experience! And remember to tell the family at Our House that Voice Magazine for Women sent you.


6 Elements of Food and Wine Pairing A few elements are key to making food–wine pairings work. These elements—fat, acid, salt, sweetness, bitterness, and texture—are derived from the characteristics of food and how they mingle with those of wine, whether it’s red or white. Fat Element: Many of our favorite foods, including meat and dairy products, have high levels of fat. Because it doesn't contain fat, remember that a wine matched with fatty foods has to balance that fat with acid, cut it with tannin, or match its richness with alcohol. This is why a prime cut of steak tastes so good with a cabernet-based wine—the beef’s protein and fat soften the wine’s mouth-drying tannins. This synergism readies the tongue for the wine’s fruit, berry, and forest flavors to complement the smoky, meaty flavors of the steak. Acid Element: Acid is another key element in both food and wine. In wine, acid adds nerve, freshness, and lift. Acid can do the same with food, as when lemon is squeezed on a fresh piece of fish. When looking for a wine to go with an acidic dish, make sure that the perceived acidity of the wine is at least equal to that of the food, or the wine will taste bland and washed out. Salads are often challenging for wine matching, but you can make it work if you moderate the acid in the dressing by cutting back on the lemon juice or vinegar. Try using some tangy, bitter greens and offsetting them with the herbal flavors from sauvignon blanc or sémillion. Salt Element: Salty foods seem to limit your wine choices. Salt can make an oaky chardonnay taste weird, strip the fruit right out of a red wine, and turn high-alcohol wines bitter. But with a bit of imagination, you can conjure up some remarkable combinations of salty foods and sweet wines. For example, bleu cheese and Sauternes is one of the world’s classic food-and-wine combos. Sparkling wines are a homerun with salty, fried foods. The carbonation and yeasty acids of these varietals emulate those of beer, cleansing the salt from your palate and adding interesting textures and flavor nuances. Salt is also a principal flavor in briny seafood, such as oysters. Acidic wines clear the salt and balance the rich ocean flavors of the oyster. Sweetness Element: Sweet desserts and other sugary foods seem easy—just pull out a sweet wine. But beware! Here’s a rule regarding sweetness that needs to be observed. There are degrees of sweetness. Some recipes will have just a hint of sugar, such as a fruit sauce served over a pork loin. This light, fruity sweetness can be matched very well with rich white wines, such as chardonnay. Higher alcohol tends to give an impression of sweetness and balances the sugar in the sauce. However, with desserts, be certain that the wine tastes sweeter than the dessert—otherwise the dessert will strip the wine of its sweetness and render it bitter or tart. Although the wine industry often promotes red wine and chocolate as a combination, be very careful about it. Using a bitter, dark chocolate with a red wine that has some sweetness, such as a late-harvest zinfandel, can be quite wonderful. But pairing a sweet chocolate dessert and a dry red? Terrible! Bitterness Element: In some cultures, bitter flavors are prized, but most of the time they are to be avoided. In wine, bitterness usually results from unripe grapes, a failure to get the stems and pips (seeds) out of the fermenting tank, or mismanaged barrels. Texture Element: When matching textures, think light and heavy. Light foods are best with light wines; heavy foods with heavy wines. However, the most important rule of all is to trust your own palate and enjoy! (Source:


Simple Goals for the New Year How many goals are set and New Year resolutions planned—but are forgotten during the year? Sometimes they’re history before the end of January! Setting goals—at New Year’s or anytime—is important for direction, vision, and hope in a person’s life. But unmet goals can leave a person feeling defeated, useless, and depressed. Here are some suggestions for creating valuable attainable goals and reaching them: • Don’t set ‘high in the sky’ goals. Be realistic. Like climbing a ladder’s rungs, your desired goals are best achieved when climbed as several steps. Try this simple exercise: sketch a small ladder with five rungs. On the top rung, write what you hope to do or be; on each of the lower rungs, write a step you can take to help you achieve your ultimate goal. Remember, this is a small ladder with small steps, each of which gets a little closer to the top. As you accomplish each step, go to the next one. Place your ladder sketch somewhere where you will see it every day, perhaps on your refrigerator or mirror—so it can remind you of where you’re going and how far you’ve already come. • See it, believe it, and attain it. In your mind, picture yourself attaining your goal. Jim Carrey, the actor, related his belief that one day he would achieve a successful acting career. He told himself that he already had it; he just needed to access it. He set a goal, envisioned that it was already his, and believed that all he needed to do was to get to it. With hard work, he did.

What are simple goals? Day by Day. • Be patient with yourself. You can learn. You are smart. You are everything to you. • Be patient with others. It could be you. Everyone does not walk your walk, or talk your talk. There will always be those better off and those worse off. Food for thought: Their book may not have as many chapters as your book, but the pages are the same. • Like yourself. You are trustworthy. Honest. You are a good person. • Be kind to yourself. Give yourself a break. Treat yourself with a favorite cup of coffee. Call a long-lost friend. Buy yourself some flowers. • Smile today. Smiling helps prevent wrinkles. Brighten your face and someone’s day. • Compliment yourself. You are beautiful. Look in the mirror and see how gorgeous you really are! • Compliment others. You never know how another person’s day is going. A smile and a sincere compliment can turn anyone’s bad day into a good day. • Redefine failure. Failure means fallen, and when you fall, you get back up—sometimes with a helping hand. • Accept yourself. None of us are perfect, but we are each one-of-a-kind, unique, and special. December 2013 17

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I am thrilled to announce that we are growing! Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc, is expanding with the acquisition of Florida-based publisher RoseHeart Publishing. The merger will involve several transitional phases, with completion by March 1, 2014. The expansion will create more resources and opportunities for the authors of RoseHeart Publishing and opens more distribution sources for the current authors of Jan-Carol Publishing. “When I looked at both companies, it was clear that bringing RoseHeart Publishing into Jan-Carol Publishing would be a perfect blend,” stated Janie Jessee, Founding Editor/Publisher of Jan-Carol Publishing. “The genres, authors, business policies, and resources are so similar between the publishing houses that I knew that this acquisition could provide growth and opportunity for us all. It is a win–win.” Jan-Carol Publishing Corporation was formed in December 2003 to publish the first local free women’s magazine in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. The first issue of Voice Magazine for Women (originally Voice… it’s a woman thing) made its debut in February 2004. The monthly magazine has continued to grow and will celebrate its 10th anniversary in February 2014 with priority pricing for advertisers and businesses. Watch for the special anniversary issue! In 2012, Janie Jessee, owner of Jan-Carol Publishing, acquired Mountain Girl Press, a well-branded and respected local publisher based in Bristol, Virginia. With the Mountain Girl Press merger, Jan-Carol Publishing expanded into book publishing and quickly opened doors for both new and established authors. Following the company structure of Mountain Girl Press, Jan-Carol Publishing remains a blend of tradition and nontraditional publishing. Offering local to global distribution, Jan-Carol Publishing works with first-time authors as well as previously published authors. Under its various imprints (DigiStyle, Express Editions, Little Creek Books, Mountain Girl Press, and now RoseHeart Publishing), Jan-Carol Publishing reaches a wide audience of readers by providing diverse genres including fiction, young adult, historical (including Appalachian) fiction, Christian/inspirational, self-help, children’s, and poetry. Both print and e-books are available and can be purchased through Jan-Carol Publishing (, RoseHeart Publishing (, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other local retailers. As a local business, if you are interested in retailing JCP books, please call 423-926-9983. We are happy to meet with you and discuss options regarding selling our books, conducting author signings, and receiving free promotional advertising. Please continue to show your support by purchasing local and supporting our authors. Watch Voice Magazine and our websites for more information regarding our events, contests, and chances to win a publishing contract in 2014!



Where’s My Nurse? The Ultimate Beer Run Amanda Dale Finley Ellie Rose Barnes is a nurse with a wandering spirit but finds herself tied down to a nightshift job in the ER in a 1974 Charleston hospital. Between her career and a new boyfriend, she is feeling a bit trapped. But when her truck-driving friend offers her an opportunity to see the country, she weighs her options, and with her new partner’s blessings, strikes out on a cross-country adventure.

The Adventures of Little Dooey: Santa’s Helper Kim Rohrer Author Kim Rohrer is back to deliver the fourth book in her children’s series featuring everybody’s favorite monkey, Little Dooey! Young readers have followed the escapades of the adventurous little monkey in The Kite, The Doctor, and The Surprise. Now, he’s back again, and this time he visits Santa to tell him he wants to be his helper, and help make children happy this Christmas.

Goodbye Cutie Pies Lisa Hall Goodbyes are so hard! This fifth and final installment in The Cutie Pies Chronicles has a few of your favorite characters severing some ties. One family must decide whether leaving their beloved hometown of Coleman is too large of a price for new and exciting opportunities. Two young women are fed up with bad boyfriends. Marlene faces some changes that make her weigh the pros and cons of letting her business go to someone else. Will they be able to say “Goodbye Coleman, goodbye to bad boys, and Goodbye Cutie Pies?”


Ann El-Nemr Tom’s anger burned brightly…but he was not the only one who remembered and craved revenge. While assessing the potential on how to destroy the Rian family, Tom wanted to meet the guest of the family. This woman called Chantal distracted him. He had his plans set but never thought possible that he could ever feel with his heart. This woman is going to ruin everything he had been planning for the past ten years while in prison. Should he take a chance with her with love or continue on the path of revenge he has been carving for so long? Will he still want to fight the Rian family as she changes him and how was he going to explain the lies and defend himself to her?

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Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc. authors love to meet their readers. This month our authors will be appearing at the following events. Questions about booking our authors for your event? Email Adda Leah Davis Fantasy Stories of the Life Cycles in Nature Friday, December 6 1–3 pm Appalachian Arts Center Wardell, VA Gail Baccelli Major What Do You See In Me? Saturday, December 7 6–8 pm The Coffee Depot Warren, RI Kristin Hale Grandma, Tell Me About When You Were a Little Girl Saturday, December 7 1–3 pm Barnes & Noble Johnson City, TN Linda Hudson Hoagland Snooping Can Be Contagious, Snooping Can Be Dangerous, and The Best Darn Secret Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays throughout December All Seasons Indoor Market Pounding Mill, VA Saturday, December 7 1–3 pm Appalachian Arts Center Richlands, VA Rebecca and Madelyn Spindler Sara Jane Is a Pain, Life According to Liz, and Moving Out and Moving On Sunday, December 8 2–4 pm Foundry Books Mineral Point, WI Victoria Fletcher Fletcher’s Fables Thursday, December 12 Damascus Library Damascus, Virginia

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June Barrett Named a 2013 Purpose Prize Fellow announced that June Barrett, from Johnson City, is a 2013 Purpose Prize fellow. The Purpose Prize is the nation’s only large-scale investment in social entrepreneurs and other creative problem solvers in the second half of life. Mrs. Barrett was named a fellow because of her passionate dedication to providing services for brain injured people throughout the country, after her teenage daughter received a brain injury. Her success has been and is being accomplished by serving more than 3,000 brain injured members and their families in fifteen states and two foreign countries. The Crumley House, a non-profit organization, continues to be one of the most successful residential and day program centers in the nation. “Purpose Prize fellows are using their passion and experience to help solve some of society’s toughest problems,” said Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of and author of The Big Shift. “They represent a growing wave of people in their 60s and beyond who are using their know-how to change the world, while shifting perceptions of what is possible in this stage of life.” The Purpose Prize program is funded by the John Templeton Foundation, The Atlantic June Barrett is the author of Lori’s Miracle Philanthropies, and Symetra. The Prize is awarded by, a nonprofit that promotes encore careers – work that is both personally meaningful and serves the greater good. June states, “I am extremely delighted to be included among successful and outstanding individuals throughout our nation. It is truly an honor to be recognized for efforts made in the second half of my ‘encore’ life, as well as helping to improve the quality of life for those in need. The success of these efforts gives extraordinary purpose to my life and the lives of those served.” A panel of 21 judges – leaders in business, politics, journalism and the nonprofit sector – chose the seven winners from a pool of more than 1,000 nominees. This year’s 43 fellows are finalists for The Prize. An awards ceremony will be held in December in San Francisco. For more information about The Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center, please visit us on the web at or call The Crumley House at (423) 257-3644 for a private tour. For more information about The Purpose Prize, visit: December 2013 23

How to place a classified ad: $25.00 for up to 40 words and .10 for each additional word. Line border is included. Bold and or one-color additional. Must be received by the 15th. All ads subject to approval. Call 423-926-9983 or email: How to place a display/classified ad: Contact by phone 423-926-9983 or e-mail Editing: We reserve the right to edit for taste, clarity and length. Most submissions are edited to shorten, clarify confusing statements or correct grammatical errors. If a submission is potentially libelous, slanderous or appears to have been written with malice or harmful intent, it will be edited or rejected. This applies to submissions for the magazine and for our website How to subscribe: Send $28.00 for one year for 12 issues to: Voice Magazine, P.O. Box 701, Johnson City, TN 37605 How to submit items to “update” and “up & coming events”: We encourage submission of press releases about news and up & coming events. Email your press releases to

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Join Us! Voice Magazine is looking to add to our current outside sales staff! This is a growth opportunity for a dynamic individual with a positive attitude. Apply your ‘sales experience’ to selling ads and servicing. Must have ‘do what it takes’ attitude, be tenacious and enjoy serving businesses. This position is part-time to full-time. Commission only. (Abingdon, VA area) Email your resume to: sales or fax your resume to 423-926-9983. In Home Care Services in Kingsport is now accepting applications for all shifts. Only experienced male and female caregivers need to apply. Call: 423-245-1065. Morrison School in Bristol, Virginia is currently accepting applications for a teaching position. Applicants must be proficient in at least Geometry, Algebra II and preferably higher math. If interested, please provide a cover letter, your resume, transcripts, certificates/degrees you've earned and three letters of work references. This data may either be emailed to or mailed to Morrison School, 139 Terrace Drive, Bristol VA 24202-5821. Morrison School in Bristol, Virginia is now accepting applications for teacher and teacher's aide positions. Call: 276-669-2823.

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Bristol, TN/VA Theatre Bristol will bring a “Miracle” to downtown Bristol this holiday season, a “Miracle on 34th Street.” The holiday family favorite will open Thanksgiving weekend, beginning Friday, November 29th and run through December 15th. (Weekend one; November 29, 30, December 1. Weekend two; December 6, 7, 8. Weekend three; December 13, 14, 15). Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30. Sunday matinees begin at 2:30. Adult tickets are $12.00. Senior (60+), student and children’s tickets are $10.00. Reserve your tickets in advance by calling 423383-5979. For more information please visit our website or visit our Facebook page. Call 423-383-5979 for information or tickets. Broadmore Senior Living in Bristol Tennessee will be hosting their fourth annual “Spirit of the Season Bazaar” Friday


December 6 and Saturday December 7. It will be held in the Broadmore community from 9am – 5pm on Friday and 9am – 2pm on Saturday. The bazaar will include your favorite craft, civic & at-home vendors and will be a great gift-buying opportunity for the Christmas holiday. A large number of vendors attend each year, including Avon, BeautiControl, Paparazzi Jewelry, Pennywinkle Soaps, Scentsy Candles, Watkins and many more. The Spirit of the Season Bazaar will also include book signings by a number of local authors, including James Hagy and Chuck Thompson. There will be door prizes throughout the day, fresh baked goods, refreshments and $5 lunch will be available. Proceeds for this event will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association-NE/SE Tennessee Chapter. Have a great time with your families, pick-up gifts for the holiday’s and support a great cause. Broadmore Senior Living is located behind Bristol Regional Medical Center at 826 Meadowview Road, Bristol Tennessee. For further details on “Spirit of the Season Bazaar” or any Broadmore event please contact Tim Buchanan at 423-764-4622, by mobile 423-797-1904 or by e-mail Johnson City, TN ETSU Research Study: The purpose of this research study is to gain a better understanding of how infertility impacts women’s lives. We are interested in understanding the situations and emotions women experience while trying to have a baby. We are asking women who are at least 18 years of age to complete a survey that contains questions about themselves and their experience with infertility. Our intent is to use this information to understand and improve care to infertile couples. We estimate the time required to complete the questionnaire survey to be approximately 60 minutes. This survey is completely anonymous and confidential. There are no other direct benefits. However, you may feel satisfaction for contributing to research that may provide new understanding regarding a women’s experience with infertility. Health care providers as well as other women and their family members may benefit from this information and knowledge. This study has been approved by the ETSU Institutional Review Board. If you have any research-related questions, you may contact 423-439-4615. To participate, go to: Operation Love, the growing group of Johnson City women bound by their desire to help their community, has launched their new charitable drive. This drive is to collect new socks for boys and girls, grades K-12. Help them fill their sock Christmas tree! Socks will be distributed to students in the JC/Washington County School System. Socks will be accepted until January 2, 2014. Donations can be dropped off at Atlantis at 242 E. Main St. in Johnson City, TN. For more information call 423.926.8884.

Upcoming Events at Atlantis Spiritual Center: Mondays: 10-6 pm, Palm Reading with Pat Hassan Mondays: 11-6 pm, Healing with Shannon Stokely Tuesdays: 12-6 pm, Astrology and/or tarot readings with Rev. Alisha Watson Tuesdays: 2-6 pm, Human Design Appointments, $40 Wednesdays: 10:30-6 pm, Reflexology with Registered Certified Reflexologist Turena Austin Wednesdays: Feng Shui Workshop with Elena Stefirta: Every other Wednesday through March, $15 per class Thursdays: 10-6 pm, Inter-Dimensional Healing with Rev. Edward Christian Thursdays: 2-6 pm, Thai Deep Tissue Stretching from Olga Amrita, 1 hour appointments available for $70. Saturday, December 7: 11-6 pm, Healing Arts Faire Please call (423) 926-8884 to reserve your space or for more information. Atlantis Spiritual Center, 240 E. Main St. Johnson City, TN 423-926-8884, Kingsport, TN Christmas in the Country, the annual celebration of winter and the holiday season at Exchange Place Living History Farm, 4812 Orebank Road in Kingsport, will take place on Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Admission is free. The last public event of the year at the historic site, the festival will feature fresh greenery and trees, handcrafted wreaths and roping, and other holiday decorations. There will be unique folk arts and crafts, such as hand-crafted wood items, barn wood furniture, jewelry, handmade baskets, pottery, quilts, handmade greeting cards and hooked rugs. Your taste buds will be tempted with baked goods, hot sauces, jams and jellies, and goat cheese, and you can pamper yourself with a variety of herbal products, soaps and natural lotions. More than two dozen area and regional vendors will have their wares on display and for sale on both sides of the historic Gaines-Preston farm. The traditional Yule Log Ceremony at 4:15 pm concludes the day and is highlighted with the singing of carols around the bonfire and a cauldron of wassail. For more information, you may call Exchange Place at 423-288-6071, or write to Night Writers’ Guild's “Sow Words-Harvest Food’ will be held on Saturday, December 14 at 6:00 pm at Warriors Path State Park in Kingsport, TN. The Night Writers’ Guild will


hold “Sow Words-Harvest Food” at 6 pm, at the Recreation Building on Duck Island. All canned good items donated will go to Second Harvest Food Bank. The guild will serve dinner. Several members will a poetry reading, and a few local authors will be available to talk about their books. Doors will open at 5:30, dinner at 6, then the event will begin at 7.

Find Your Voice! “Hills Are Alive”

2013 Downtown Kingsport Christmas Tree Lighting & Celebration will be held December 7 from 5-7 pm. The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration will take place in Downtown Kingsport at Church Circle. They are expecting a large crowd in downtown again this year for the celebration. Come out and spend the day shopping and follow it up with a family tradition. They have some great entertainment and events lined up, so bring your hats and mittens and settle in near Church Circle for the evening.

Harmonizes in 4 parts Tuesdays at 7:00 pm on the lower level of the Bristol Mall. This small, award-winning, all-ladies chorus is a proud chapter of Sweet Adelines International. Come join us for fun and fellowship. Call 276-628-8692 for more information

Symphony of the Mountains presents its Holiday Concert in Kingsport with Carl Tanner at Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center on December 7, 2013 at 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. For tickets call (423) 392-8423 or go to DKA Open Loft Tours will be held Sunday, December 8 from 2-5 pm. Please join them for the first annual Downtown Kingsport Holiday Loft Tour sponsored by Preaching Christ Church. This is a great way to experience loft style living in beautiful Downtown Kingsport, and further your Christmas spirit by viewing many elaborate decorations. The tour will include nine individual loft apartments in Downtown Kingsport, each with distinctive character and charm. Tickets for the loft tours can be purchased before the day of the event for $20 at the Downtown Kingsport Association, 229 Broad Street, Charmed Southern, 117 E Market Street, or Bloom Boutique, 329 Commerce Street. If purchasing tickets on the day of the event, you may purchase at the Downtown Kingsport Association from 1:30-3:00 pm. Proceeds benefit the programs and projects on the Downtown Kingsport Association.


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