Yadkin Valley Magazine. March/April 2024

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March-April 2024

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I am truly humbled by the reception of the January/February issue of Yadkin Valley Magazine. Family and friends, acquaintances and strangers have shared many kind words since it was distributed. I must give due credit to both John and Barbara Norman who absolutely held my hand through the entire process of putting together that first magazine. They have continued to assist and offer advice, and I am trying to soak up their knowledge and wisdom so that hopefully I can rely on them a little less and they can actually enjoy their retirement!

There are some exciting upcoming author events in the Yadkin Valley! I hope you will come meet some great authors at Books and Brew in East Bend and at Northwest Regional Library events in Surry County. Get all of the details in this issue.

In mid-December, after uploading the January/February issue to the printer, I knew I had to begin thinking about the March/April issue, so I began the first rough draft of this editorial. Not yet Christmas, and I was beginning to focus on St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and topics that would be relevant for early spring. If you know me, you understand the challenge of thinking that far ahead!

Now, approaching mid-February and finalizing the upcoming March/April issue, I may have caught spring fever. The first flowers I cut a few days ago are sitting in my kitchen windowsill. Two lonely daffodils, but after just a little more sunshine, more have opened. I know, we have some winter left to get through, but I have already had spring on my mind for two months! Hopefully you, too, will find some springtime inspiration in this issue. Plan for seasonlong blooms, or add some green to indoor spaces with houseplants. Find ways to help the planet in time for Earth Day; maybe you can do your part by adding native plants to your gardens. Warmer weather means Yadkin Valley Weekends will be busier! Look for family fun at Easter events like the Helicopter Egg Drop at Alpha and Omega Corn Maze. All of this, plus plenty of great recipes, are inside the March/April issue of Yadkin Valley Magazine!

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By the time you’re reading this, Rob and I will be in our new home, looking around our yard, wondering what will be awakening as the ground warms. I’m guessing the arching branches beside our house are forsythia. In the front, near the road, are three crepe myrtles, color yet unknown.

In years past, I have missed spring’s gifts because I was too busy. Rushing here and there, not seeing anything. A week would go by, when suddenly, red tulips in full bloom would stop me like a stop sign. They jumped up overnight, I’d exclaim to myself. But they hadn’t.

This year, I don’t want to miss spring emerging. I want to sense the quiet urgency of new life breaking through barren frozen ground. I want to be amazed by the boldness of tender green shoots on chilly sunlit mornings. I want to gather daffodils and fill my mother’s American Fostoria vase like she used to do. I want to breathe in their sweet fragrance and remember.

One of my most memorable springs was visiting a small sheep farm to take reference photos of several frolicking lambs. I loved their innocence and how close they were with each other. I’ve painted several oils from those photos, reliving the experience with each painting.

My goal is to spend more time outside wandering this spring. Won’t you join me?

Not all who wander are lost. - J.R. R. Tolkien

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Eggshells and Easter Recipes

What if we told you not to throw an eggshell away after emptying its contents onto a frying pan? Would you think we were crazy? Most would! What many don’t realize though, is how many uses they can get out of the shell itself or the value the shell can bring to them.

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2. Whitening your laundry

Eggshells can’t replace bleach, but they can do a more natural job at keeping your whites from tinting gray (and removing the tint if it’s already there). Put your empty eggshells into a muslin cheesecloth or mesh laundry bag with a few slices of lemon, throw it in the wash with your load of whites, and watch the magic happen.

3. Enhancing the taste of your coffee

Not only are eggshells full of calcium and good for your body, but they can help make your morning cup of coffee taste better than ever before. By adding grounded eggshells to your ground coffee before brewing it, you can enhance the taste by cutting the bitterness down a notch and, in turn, providing a smoother experience for your tastebuds overall. Be sure to visit the ncegg.org blog page for steps to create clean and safe eggshell powder.



1 loaf Texas Toast

8 large eggs

2 cups half and half

½ cup 2% milk

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon orange peel

2 teaspoons orange extract or 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier (orange liquor)

½ cup orange juice

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Dash of salt Syrup

Pecan Topping:

1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, at room temperature

½ cup light brown sugar

1 cup pecans, chopped

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

½ teaspoon cinnamon

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Butter or spray a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Arrange the Texas Toast in 2 rows, overlapping the bread. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half and half, milk, sugar, vanilla, orange peel, orange extract or Grand Marnier, orange juice, nutmeg, and salt. Whisk until well combined. Pour the mixture over the bread and pour it in between the bread slices. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Combine Pecan Topping and set aside until morning.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Top French toast with Pecan topping and bake for 40 minutes. Serve with your favorite syrup.

Lisa’s Notes: A light French toast casserole that is perfect for an Easter brunch. The best part is you make it the night before so all you must do is pop it in the oven. The hint of orange is surprising and delicious.

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Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Makes: 16-18



3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 cup vegetable shortening

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons whole milk

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large egg


1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 3 lemons)

2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

1/2 cup granulated sugar

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes

3 large eggs


1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

1-2tablespoons milk, warm

1 teaspoon poppy seeds pinch of salt



1. To make the cookies, in a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together shortening and butter until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the sugar and beat on medium speed until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. 2. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla extract and beat until combined. Stop the mixer. Add the dry ingredients and beat on low until a dough forms. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure no dry pockets are hidden at the bottom of the bowl. Wrap and refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.

3. Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll half of the dough between two lightly floured pieces of parchment paper or on a lightly floured counter to a thick ¼-inch thickness of just under 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with a 2 to 3-inch egg cookie cutter and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Use a 1-inch round or egg-shaped cookie cutter to cut yolk holes out of half of the egg cookies. This will be our top cookie. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until just golden around the edges. Allow to cool completely before filling.


1. To make the lemon curd, whisk together juice, zest, sugar, and eggs in a 2-quart heavy saucepan. Stir in butter and cook over moderately low heat, whisking frequently, until curd is thick enough to hold marks of whisk and the first bubble appears on the surface, about 6 minutes. Transfer lemon curd to a bowl and chill, its surface covered with plastic wrap, until cold, at least 1 hour. The curd will thicken as it cools.

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1. To make the buttercream, in a medium bowl with an electric hand mixer, beat butter until well softened around the bowl. Add powdered sugar, salt, and lemon zest and beat on low speed. Add the warm milk and whip to combine. Beat in poppy seeds. Transfer frosting to a freezer Ziplock bag with the corner tip cut off or a piping bag with a medium round tip. Leave buttercream at room temperature until ready to pipe.


1. To assemble the cookies, flip each whole egg cookie so the bottom is facing up. Pipe buttercream frosting around the edge. Spoon 2-3 teaspoons of lemon curd into the center of the cookie. Top with a cookie with a hole, press gently to sandwich and spoon a teaspoon of lemon curd into the cookie hole. Store in the refrigerator and dust with powdered sugar before serving. Cookies will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

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5 Ingredient Peach Cobbler

2 15 ounce cans of sliced peaches in heavy syrup

1 cup of granulated sugar

1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup of milk

1 stick of unsalted butter

Spray a 9x13 pan. Place stick of butter in pan and heat in 350 degree oven until melted and bubbling. Combine flour, sugar, milk then pour in an even layer in pan. Top with both cans of peaches (syrup included). Bake for 40-45 minutes until brown and delicious!

Looking for an easy crowd pleasing dessert!? Look no further! Serve with vanilla ice cream to make it even better!

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1/2 cup butter, softened

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 egg

1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract

1 tablespoon Bailey’s Strawberries & Cream liqueur

1 15.25 ounce Duncan Hines Strawberry Cake Mix

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup powdered sugar

In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese. Add the egg, clear vanilla extract and Bailey’s Strawberries & Cream liqueur and beat until smooth. Add the cake mix and blend at low speed until moistened, scraping sides of bowl. Beat at medium speed for 1 minute.

Stir the white chocolate chips into the cookie dough. Cover and chill the dough in the refrigerator for approximately one hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or use silicone mats.

With a medium scoop, form the dough into balls. Roll each in powdered sugar and then place on the parchment paper lined cookie sheets or silicone mats.

Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for approximately 15 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on the cookie sheets for 2-3 minutes, then remove and finish cooling on a wire cooling rack. While one batch of the cookies is baking, roll out the rest of the balls, roll in powdered sugar, place on a plate, and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Store cooled cookies in a cookie jar. Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.

This is a delicious spring time cookie recipe that will be great to serve at Easter.

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On the Cover

Funny how things work out. When Barbara Norman interviewed Cameron Kent in 2010 for the May-June issue of Yadkin Valley Living, my sister, Amber Harris, took the photos of him for the cover and article.

Fast forward.

I am continuing Yadkin Valley Magazine. This issue has a follow-up article about Cameron Kent. My daughter took the photo that is on the cover. Amber contributed a recipe. Funny how things work out, huh?

Pretty soon, you can go see tulips like these at farms around the Yadkin Valley. Go tiptoe through them, take some photos, and maybe take a few stems home to enjoy.

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Carrots - A Springtime Classic!

Spring is here and with that comes the thoughts of Easter, bunnies and carrots. Carrots are one of my favorite vegetables. I really love the cooked carrots served at Japanese restaurants, but also enjoy carrots raw and in a variety of recipes I make at home.

A good way to ensure a balanced diet is to eat foods in a variety of colors and carrots really do brighten up a plate. We think about carrots being bright orange, but carrots can also be red, yellow, white, or purple. Carrots are the leading source of beta carotene in the American diet. Vitamin A is derived from beta carotene and has many health benefits. From lowering cholesterol to improving eyesight, the positive aspects of carrots are greater than their lively color and delicious taste.

Carrots are available year around at very reasonable prices. The states producing the most carrots are California, Texas, Washington, Michigan, Florida, Colorado and Wisconsin.

Carrots are in the same family as parsley, dill, celery and the wild flower Queen Anne’s Lace. These plants all have the same feathery leaves. Most of the carrots we buy come in one or two pound bags, but occasionally you can find carrots with the green tops sold individually at a farmer’s market or in the grocery store. Although, the ones with tops are sometimes thought to be the freshest, refrigerated carrots in moisture retaining bags preserve sweetness and crispness.

Store carrots in the crisper section of your refrigerator. If you buy carrots with tops, remove the tops before storing in a perforated or loosely closed plastic bag. The tops will wilt and decay fairly quickly. They also remove moisture from the carrot, turning the carrot limp and rubbery. Do not store carrots together with apples, pears or other fruits which give off high levels of the ripening agent ethylene. This could cause the vegetables to prematurely ripen and spoil. Limp carrots can sometimes be refreshed by soaking in ice water for 2030 minutes.

Carrots are also available frozen and canned. Frozen carrots do not contain as much vitamin C as fresh carrots. Canned carrots have less nutritional value and often are much higher in sodium. Look for canned carrots with no salt added or drain and rinse well before using.

In the mid 1980’s a California farmer, upset about the waste from carrots not able to be sold due to imperfections, created “baby cut carrots” from larger carrots that otherwise would be discarded. This ready-to-eat product has almost doubled the amount of carrots consumed by Americans. “Baby-cut” carrots often develop a whitish color due to dehydration of the cut surface. "Baby-cut" carrots are more prone to this problem since their entire surface area is a cut surface. Low-temperature and high-humidity storage can minimize the white appearance.

True baby carrots are harvested when they are still very small. Often the green tops are still attached and they are sold in specialty shops or markets. There are so many ways to prepare carrots. I recently learned that carrots can be peeled using both sides of the carrot peeler blade. Place the peeler at the top and run it down the carrot. Rotate the carrot and run the peeler back to the top of the carrot without taking the peeler away from the vegetable. It is amazing at how much quicker this technique is than running the blade down the carrot and then moving the peeler back to the top and starting from the top position each time. From snacks, salads, side dishes and desserts, carrots are a very versatile vegetable. Try some of the following recipes to brighten up your spring meals.

Source: The Wellness Encyclopedia of Food and Nutrition, University of California at Berkeley

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Carrot and Raisin Salad

Makes 5 servings Serving Size: ½ cup

2 cups packed shredded carrots

¼ cup crushed pineapple, packed in juice, drained

1 teaspoon sugar

¼ cup raisins

3 tablespoons low-fat vanilla yogurt

1. Mix all ingredients together.

2. Refrigerate.

Preparation Tip: To keep raisins from drying out, place the box of raisins in a plastic storage bag.

Food Safety Tip: If you take this for lunch or for a group meal be sure to pack it with an ice pack.

Nutrition information per Serving:

60 Calories, Total Fat 0g, Saturated fat 0g, Protein 1g, Total Carbohydrates 14 g, Dietary fiber 2g, Sodium 45mg.

Excellent source of vitamin A. Good source of vitamin C.

This is similar to the Carrot Raisin salad once available at Chick-fil-A.

Source: Cooking with Steps to Health, Recipes for Eating Smart and Moving


Carrot Cake Bites

Makes 24 servings

Serving Size: 1 Carrot Cake Bite


½ cup flour

1 cup dry oatmeal

1 tablespoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

½ cup butter

1 cup shredded carrots

½ cup raisins

½ package cream cheese (about 4 ounces)

Non-stick cooking spray


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray.

3. Stir together flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, baking soda, and brown sugar in a bowl.

4. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, butter, carrots, raisins, and cream cheese together.

5. Combine the dry mixture with the wet mixture.

6. Spoon small portions of batter onto the cookie sheet.

7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Nutrition Information per Serving:

110 Calories, Total Fat 4.5g, Saturated Fat 3g, Protein 1g, Total Carbohydrates 15g, Dietary Fiber 1g, Sodium 55mg. Excellent source of Vitamin A.

Source: Cooking with Steps to Health, Recipes for Eating Smart and Moving More

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Serves (depends on amount prepared) Serving Size: approximately 1 cup (as a side)

Prep Time: Depends on vegetables, approximately 15 minutes

Cook Time: Varies with vegetables, approximately 30-50 minutes


Combine broccoli, cauliflower and carrots


2 tablespoons of olive oil (may need more depending on the amount of vegetables)

Cumin to taste

Salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil or parchment paper for easy clean up.

2. Cut vegetables into 2-inch pieces. Toss in olive oil on baking sheet.

3. Sprinkle with cumin, salt and pepper and toss vegetables to coat well.

4. Bake until fork tender. Time depends on vegetables selected.

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Carrot Orzo

Serves 6 to 8


8 ounces carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2 cups)

2 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cups uncooked orzo pasta

2 garlic cloves, minced ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt (optional)

½ teaspoon pepper

1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives (can substitute onion or green onions)

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme (can substitute ½ teaspoon dried oregano or basil)


1. Process carrots in a food processor 15 seconds or until finally chopped.

2. Combine 2 ½ cups water and broth in a microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave on High 5 minutes or until very hot.

3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add carrots and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes or until tender. Add orzo and garlic, and cook 1 minute.

4. Slowly stir hot broth mixture, salt, and pepper into orzo mixture. Cook, stirring often, 15 to 18 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed.

5. Stir in Parmesan cheese, chives and thyme until blended. Serve Orzo immediately.

Source: adapted from a Southern Living recipe

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Recommended Food Storage

Dry Foods/Staples

FOOD PANTRY/CUPBOARD at room temperature (50 to 70°F)

Baking powder

6 to 18 months (unopened); 3 to 6 months (opened)

Baking soda 2 to 3 years (unopened); 6 months (opened)

Bouillon cubes or granules 1 year

Bread, brownie, cake or cookie mixes

12 to 18 months

Cereals, ready-to-eat 6 to 12 months (unopened); 2 to 3 months (opened)

at 40°F or below FREEZER at 0°F or below (storage times are for quality only)

Cornmeal 6 to 12 months 2 years

Flour, white

6 to 12 months (unopened); 6 to 8 months (opened) 12 months (opened) 2 years

Flour, whole wheat 3 to 6 months 6 to 8 months 2 years

Herbs, dried 1 to 2 years


12 months (unopened); 6 to 12 months (opened)

Oil - vegetable or olive 6 to 12 months (unopened); 3 to 5 months (opened) 4 months (opened)

Pasta 1 to 2 years

Peanut butter

6 to 24 months (unopened); 2 to 3 months (opened)

Popcorn - dry kernels in a jar 2 years (unopened);; 1 year (opened)

Popcorn - microwave packets 2 to 3 months

Quinoa 2 to 3 years

Rice, brown 1 year

Rice, white or wild 2 years

Spices, ground 2 to 3 years

Spices, whole 3 to 4 years

Sugar - brown, powdered, granulated 18 to 24 months

Yeast 2 years or 'Best if Used by' date on container (unopened)

4 months (opened) 6 months (opened)

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Recommended Food Storage

Condiments, Sauces, and Canned Goods

FOOD PANTRY/CUPBOARD at room temperature (50 to 70°F)

Barbecue sauce

Commercially canned food, high acid (juices, fruit, tomato soup, etc.)

Commercially canned food, low acid (meat, soups, beans, carrots, corn, peas, etc.)

REFRIGERATOR at 40°F or below FREEZER at 0°F or below

1 year 4 months*

12 to 18 months (canned items will be safe to eat well past the 'use-by' or 'best by' date as long as the can shows no dents, rust, or swelling)

2 to 5 years (canned items will be safe to eat well past the 'use-by' or 'best by' date as long as the can shows no dents, rust, or swelling)

5 to 7 days after opening

3 to 4 days after opening Honey 2 years

Hummus (commercial- pasteurized with preservatives)

Not safe

3 months (unopened); 7 days (opened)

Hummus (traditional - no preservatives, not pasteurized) Not safe 7 days

Jams, jellies, and preserves (commercial)

Ketchup, cocktail, or chili sauce

Mayonnaise (commercial)

Salad dressings (commercial, bottled)

to 18 months (unopened)

to 12 months (opened)

year (unopened)

to 6 months (unopened)

Vinegar 2 years (unopened); 1 year (opened)

months* (opened)



1 to
2 months*
2 years (unopened)
10 to 12
picante and taco sauces 1 year (unopened) 1 month (opened)
or pizza sauce in jars 18 months 4 days (opened)
1 year (unopened) 1 to 3 months (opened)
months (unopened)
to 3 months* (opened) Salsa,

On the Family Recipe page, I will share some favorites from our family and those who are like family. My sister is a fabulous baker-be sure to give this cake a try!

3 Flavor Pound Cake

1/4 cup Crisco

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

3 cups sugar

5 eggs, room temperature

3 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring

1 teaspoon almond flavoring

1 teaspoon coconut flavoring

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees

2. Whisk together in a separate bowl the following dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

3. Cream together Crisco and butter, about 2 minutes.

4. Add sugar to Crisco/butter mixture and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes.

5. Add eggs, one at a time, to the butter mixture, until combined.

6. With mixer on low, mix in 1/3 of flour mixture, alternating with 1/3 of the milk until all flour and milk is combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go.

7. Mix in all. 3 flavoring until well incorporated, about 1 minute.

8. Pour batter into tube pan prepared with non-stick baking spray or buttered and floured.

9. Bake approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes to 1 hour, 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Alternate flavor: For a chocolate pound cake, omit almond and coconut flavorings, increase vanilla to 1 1/2 teaspoons, and add 5 tablespoons cocoa.

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We can look forward to Spring arriving with warmer days even though some days may be a bit windy. Easter comes this year in March. Easter was always a special time growing up with lots of hunting Easter eggs, dying eggs, and participating in church activities. Being a retired elementary school teacher, I can remember the fun that the children had at Easter. We made special Easter crafts and always had a classroom Easter party with lots of bunnies and chicks with our activities and snacks. Warmer weather makes me think about lighter meals with more salads. A favorite salad at our family get together at Easter is Watergate salad. It is also a pretty green salad for St. Patrick’s Day. A salad that brings back childhood memories is Carrot Pineapple Salad. My mother made Carrot Pineapple Salad all the time. I have the recipe written in my mother’s handwriting, which is something I treasure. I guess she thought it was one way of getting us to eat our carrots and fruit all in one dish. Both salads are easy to put together, naturally gluten free, and remind me of spring. A favorite dessert in our family is Chocolate Delight. It is full of yummy chocolate pudding, cream cheese and whipped topping. If you are making it gluten free, the only substitution that is needed is gluten free flour for the crust.

Happy Spring! Happy Easter! Blessings

Watergate Salad

3 4 ounce packages instant pistachio pudding mix

20 ounce crushed pineapple, not drained

2 cups miniature marshmallows

½ cup chopped pecans

8 ounce Cool Whip

Mix pudding mix, pineapple, marshmallows and pecans together. Fold in Cool Whip. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

Carrot Pineapple Salad

1 3 ounce lemon or pineapple Jello

1 ½ cups boiling water

8 ounce can crushed pineapple not drained

1 cup chopped or shredded fresh carrots

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

½ cup chopped pecans

Dash salt

Combine Jello with boiling water and a dash of salt. Add crushed pineapple and lemon juice. Chill until slightly thickened. Add carrots and pecans and stir to combine. Refrigerate until firm.

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Chocolate Delight

1 cup plain flour (I use King Arthur Measure for Measure Gluten free flour)

1 stick margarine

2 cups chopped pecans

8 ounces cream cheese

1 cup powdered sugar

1 large Cool Whip

2 packages instant chocolate pudding

3 cups milk

Mix flour, margarine, and 1 cup pecans. Press in bottom of 9 x 13 pan.

If making gluten free, let crust sit in pan for 20 minutes before baking. This prevents a gritty textured crust.

Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool.

Beat cream cheese with powdered sugar until smooth. Fold in 1 cup of Cool Whip. Spread over cooled crust.

Mix chocolate pudding and milk until thick. Pour on top of cream cheese layer.

Finish with layer of Cool Whip and rest of pecans.

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If you’re hesitating at all on trying this recipe, I’ll tell you this. For several holiday seasons in a row, I have made multiple of these cheesecakes for multiple family functions and at every single one, I have had family members ask me to bring one just for them to take home at the next event or next holiday. Cheesecake always has and always will be my favorite dessert, but pecan pie is another dessert my southern heart loves. My dad loves to joke about how I swore for years that I hated pecan pie (more likely, had never tried it) and then immediately fell in love with it as soon as he finally convinced me to try it. These comments typically lead to him requesting a pecan pie, but I have to admit, this has become my favorite version.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I don’t love cheesecake, but I love THIS cheesecake! LWW

Pecan Pie Cheesecake





3 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened

1 cup brown sugar, packed

3 large eggs

¼ cup sour cream

2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional or to taste, but I recommend!)


1 sleeve graham crackers, finely crushed

5 tablespoons butter, melted

¼ cup brown sugar, packed

Pinch of kosher salt


4 tablespoons butter

¾ cup brown sugar, packed

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ cup heavy cream

2 cups whole or chopped pecans

Pinch of kosher salt

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Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8-inch or 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray.

To make cheesecake filling:

Using a hand mixer or stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, continuing to beat. Add sour cream, flour, vanilla, and salt. Beat thoroughly.

To make crust:

Mix together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, brown sugar, and salt. Press mixture into greased springform pan.

Prepare springform pan:

Wrap the bottom of the pan in aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet.

(Optional step but helps discourage a cracked cheesecake): Place wrapped springform pan into a deep baking pan. Pour in enough boiling water to come up halfway in the outer pan.

Pour cheesecake mixture over the crust.

Bake approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, this can vary by oven. The cheesecake is done baking when the center only lighty jiggles when tapped gently. Turn off heat, prop open the oven door, and let the cheesecake cool in the oven for one hour. Remove outer pan, aluminum foil, and allow cheesecake to cool in the refrigerator at least four hours and up to overnight before adding topping and enjoying.


In a nonstick skillet over low heat (as not to burn the butter), melt the butter and brown sugar until bubbly. Stir in the cinnamon, heavy cream, pecans, vanilla, and salt until completely coated. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. This can be made up to an hour in advancehowever keep it at room temperature as putting it in the fridge will allow the butter to solidify).

Pour over cooled pecan pie topping, serve, and enjoy!

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Highlighting Healthy Eating, Locally

This edition of Food for Thought showcases Rancherito. Rancherito is located off of Ray T. Moore Road in the Courtney area of Yadkin County. The owners, Pedro Martinez and Rafael Mendoza, started the restaurant in September of 2021 with the goal of creating an authentic Mexican restaurant using only the freshest ingredients; everything homemade. The restaurant strives to make everything fresh to order and states they don't even own a microwave! Pedro has been cooking since he was a young child when he grew up in the coastal region of Guerrero, Mexico. Rafael from Puebla, Mexico has been working in the restaurant industry for over 15 years and has really enjoyed the artistry of plates. Elia Reyes is kitchen prep and also from the coastal region of Guerrero, Mexico. She prepares the tamales and makes all tortillas, gorditas, huaraches by hand. Pedro’s specialties include his Barbocoa, mole, and soups. My personal favorites are the Green Tamales and

Steak Huaraches! Rancherito is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 AM to 8 PM.

Everyone loves to take a break and unwind at their favorite restaurant. Try something new, healthy, and delicious! Food for Thought is a healthy eating article produced by the Yadkin County branch of the NC Cooperative Extension. The goal of these articles is to showcase local restaurants in Yadkin County and highlight their healthy menu options. Want your local restaurant featured on Food For Thought? Send an email to Chelsea Johnson at cpjohns5@ncsu.edu. N.C. Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity provider.

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This is a Mexican version of beef stew comprised of beef, carrots, potatoes, corn, cilantro, herbs and spices for fresh stock. This dish is served with tortillas and other accompaniments. This is a perfect dishto keep warm on those cold days!

Taco Salad

The taco salad is an excellent way to get those greens and protein in! This dish includes a fried tortilla shell, rice, beans, lettuce, cheese, avocado, sour cream, and choice of protein (chicken, steak, chorizo, al pastor,lengua, or tripe). Skip the shell for less calories!

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EARTH DAY is April 22

What can YOU do to take care of our planet?

Here are 6 simple ways to get started.

In the spring of 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created a day for all Americans to celebrate our Earth after he witnessed the aftermath of the California oil spill in 1969. Thus, Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970! By creating this holiday, Senator Nelson wanted to show the rest of the political leaders how much support the environmental movement of the 60s and 70s was receiving. In response to Senator Nelson’s Earth Day, the U.S. Federal Government created the EPA- the Environmental Protection Agency. By 1980, other enacted laws included the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Water Pollution & Control Act Amendments, and the Endangered Species Act! Without Earth Day and these other influential laws starting the “love our planet” mindset when it did, we would be even further behind than we already are at saving the Earth.

Carrying on the theme of loving our Earth, here are some eco-friendly ideas for you to explore this year!

1. Start a compost bin (or pile!)- Organic matter, things like potato skins, egg shells, and fruit peels naturally decompose. These are things we throw out without a second thought. Maybe start with a 5-gallon bucket and grow from there!

2. Speaking of your organic matter- Grow some of your own food! Herbs, tomatoes, and lettuce are simple and can be grown in pots. You can even buy the plants that have already been started and repot them. Then, use your compost as fertilizer!

3. Unplug devices when not in use- By unplugging your hairdryer every day or your phone cord when you’re not at home, you’re wasting less energy. That’s good for the Earth and your wallet!

4. Reduce your single-use plastics- Like to use a straw to drink from? Buy some reusable ones to use at home. Going to the grocery store? Use a cooler bag you already have or a tote bag you likely picked up for free! Can you buy your jam in a glass jar? Enjoy the jam and wash and reuse the jar for a cup or taking leftovers to work!

5. Use what you have first- Maybe you learned that bar soap is more eco-friendly than soap that comes out of a plastic bottle. Finish that bottle of soap, then you can buy the more sustainable bar soap! (Make sure to recycle the cardboard it comes in!)

6. Shop locally- Check out near-by farmer’s markets and locally grown produce. Locally grown food typically uses less water and pesticides, making it much more eco-friendly. Then you can save your scraps for the compost bin!

Remember, being eco-friendly doesn’t have to be expensive, sometimes it doesn’t cost you a thing, but instead, can save you money! And make sure to spend some extra time outside on April 22nd!

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Home & Garden

Leslie Rose


Leslie Rose

Horticulture Agent

N. C. Cooperative Extension

Forsyth County Center


Plan a Garden with Season-Long Blooms

As your gardens begin to grow this spring, it’s a great time to assess what’s already there and make plans for changes or improvements that you want to make this year. One goal to strive for is to incorporate a variety of plants so that there is something blooming in your garden all season long. Choosing plants that bloom throughout the season not only ensures that your garden is colorful all year, but it also supports pollinators visiting your garden. Bees, butterflies, and other insects visit the garden in search of flowers to feed on pollen and nectar.

It can be easy to visit the garden center and select flowers that are blooming when you visit. However, this method can sometimes lead to a garden bursting in blooms just after you finish planting and devoid of flowers later in the season. A little bit of planning can help you select plants that bloom at different times during the season.

The first step is to make a list of the flowering plants you already have in your garden. In addition to smaller herbaceous flowers, don’t forget about flowering shrubs and trees. Once you have this list, you can create a seasonality chart. The way to do this is using a sheet of graph paper - you can list the seasons or months of the year across the top, and use one row for each plant in your gar-

den. Shade the boxes that correspond to the time each plant blooms.

If you don’t know all the plants in your garden or when they bloom, that’s okay. You can use your seasonality chart like a garden journal this season. Consider scheduling a time every other week to walk through the garden, writing down what’s in bloom on your chart. You can also try researching the plants that you have in the garden. One excellent resource for looking up plants and when they bloom is the NC Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox; visit https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu to access the toolbox. The toolbox is also an excellent resource if you’re planning a new garden. Instead of filling in your seasonality chart based on what’s in your garden, you can fill it out as you select new plants to add to your space.

A completed seasonality chart will help you see if there are any times of year where you lack flowering plants in your garden. Next comes the fun part: you get to choose plants to add that bloom during windows of time when other plants in your garden are not in bloom. Consider plants of all types. Annuals typically bloom for a longer portion of the season, but will need to be replaced year after year. Perennials often bloom over a shorter time

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period than annuals, but adding perennials is a great way to ensure you’ve got flowers earlier in the spring and later into the fall.

If you don’t want to research online, visit gardens in your local community to see what’s blooming during those seasons. Both spring and fall are excellent times to add perennial plants to your yard, so you can keep a wishlist for planting later in the year or even next spring.

With a little bit of planning, you will soon have a garden that is colorful all season long. Watching pollinators in action enhances the garden experience for visitors of all ages, and pollinators in the garden will help ensure your fruit and vegetable gardens thrive.

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Manual Wheelchairs Hospital Beds Electric Scooters Knee Walkers Lift Chairs Offering Medical Supplies and Equipment Bathroom Aids & Safety Sanitation and Deodorizers Beds & Accessories Braces, Splints & Slings Custom Fit Compression Garments Daily Living Aids Health Monitors Mobility Aids & Equipment Occupational & Physical Therapy Aids Surgical Supplies Just need it for a short time? Rent it! Caring For You Has Been Our Specialty for over 50 years With Forsyth Medical Supply you can get your equipment the same day! Now a larger location, a larger showroom, a larger inventory Hospital Medical Supplies Home Medical Equipment Discount Medical Supplies Wound Care Products Gloves, Nebulizer, Bariatric Equipment Bathroom Safety Aids, Orthopedic Products, Ostomy Supplies Respiratory, Urological/Catheters Walking Aids & Wheelchairs EXPANDED Orthopedic Section In-Stock Chairs Largest area showroom and selection of sleep and lift chairs See our Hospital Beds and Lifts Showroom info@forsythmedicalsupply.com www.forsythmedicalsupply.com

Cultivating Harmony: The Balance Between Native and Non-Native Plants


Learn more at:

1088 W. Dalton Road, King (336) 983-4107


Embracing Native Diversity In the rich landscapes of North Carolina's Yadkin Valley, Mitchell's Nursery invites you to explore the tapestry of plants that thrive in our region's unique microclimates. From the iconic blooms of redbuds and flowering dogwoods to the hidden treasures of Christmas ferns, native plants offer a diverse array of options for gardeners seeking to enhance their landscapes sustainably.

Balancing Act: Native vs. Non-Native In our quest to create vibrant and sustainable gardens, it's crucial to strike a balance between native and non-native plants. While native species play a fundamental role in supporting local ecosystems, many non-natives can also contribute to the beauty and diversity of our landscapes—provided they are not invasive.

By integrating a mix of native and non-native plants, gardeners can create dynamic and resilient gardens that thrive in harmony with the surrounding environment. Non-native species can offer unique colors, textures, and blooms that complement the native flora, adding interest and variety to our outdoor spaces. However, it's essential to exercise caution when selecting non-native plants, prioritizing those that are well-behaved and unlikely to become invasive. By avoiding invasive species and choosing non-natives responsibly, gardeners can enjoy the benefits of a diverse plant palette without risking harm to local ecosystems.

At Mitchell's Nursery, we believe in celebrating the best of both worlds—native and non-native—while prioritizing the preservation of our natural heritage. Explore our selection of native plants alongside carefully curated non-natives, and discover the endless possibilities for creating gardens that are as beautiful as they are sustainable. Together, let's cultivate landscapes that reflect the rich tapestry of our local environment while embracing the diversity of plant life from around the world.

Nurturing Local Ecosystems Native plants are the backbone of our local ecosystems, providing essential food and habitat for native wildlife. As stewards of the land, incorporating native species into our gardens is not only a way to beautify our surroundings but also a means of supporting biodiversity. From providing nectar for pollinators like bees and butterflies to offering shelter and nesting sites for birds, native plants play a vital role in sustaining the delicate balance of our natural world.

Sustainability in Practice One of the most compelling reasons to include native plants in your garden is their inherent sustainability. These plants have evolved over centuries to thrive in our climate and soil conditions, requiring minimal inputs once established. By choosing native species, gardeners can reduce water consumption, minimize the need for fertilizers and pesticides, and promote soil health—all while creating vibrant, low-maintenance landscapes that celebrate the beauty of our native flora.

A Palette of Possibilities At Mitchell's Nursery, we're proud to offer a diverse selection of native plants, each with its own unique attributes and contributions to the landscape. From the show-stopping blooms of Echinacea (Coneflower) and Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan) to the graceful elegance of Fringe Trees and Summersweet, there's a native plant to suit every garden style and season. Discover the endless possibilities for creating a garden that not only delights the eye but also supports local biodiversity.

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Home & Garden


Kellee Payne

Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Agent

N.C. Cooperative Extension

Yadkin County Center


Facebook @YadkinCountyHorticulture

Houseplants 101

Benefits of Houseplants

Are you looking to liven up your living space? Houseplants may be the exact thing that you are looking for to make your space more pleasant and attractive. Plants can add color, warmth, texture, or even scent to your space. That is not all houseplants can do, as they can improve indoor air quality. According to research by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), it has been proven that houseplants have the ability to improve indoor air quality by reducing air pollution from chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene. Houseplants can also give us an energy boost by enhancing our mental and physical well-being. Do these great benefits make you want to go out and buy a houseplant? Before running out to make your houseplant(s) purchase, pause for a moment to consider the space and requirements for what you will buy.

Selecting the Right Houseplant

There is a wide variety of houseplants that you can choose from but you have to make sure you are selecting the right one for your space. Fun fact is most species sold as houseplants are native to tropical regions. This makes it even more important to select the right one as they can adapt to your indoor climate but they will flourish more if it matches more closely to their native habitat. The key factors that will affect plant growth includes; light, water, temperature, air movement, humidity, fertilization, and proper growing medium.

Light is a necessity as it helps plants manufacture their own food. Houseplants can require different amounts of light for optimal growth and development. The three aspects of light includes: light intensity, light quality, and light duration. Light intensity is the amount of light given off at a certain brightness or strength. Light quality is the distribution of how well the light is received. Light

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duration is how long plants are exposed to that intensity and quality. It is important to consider your plants location to make sure you are selecting the correct light source. Temperature is another factor you have to consider when selecting a houseplant. Majority of houseplants grow best in day temperatures around 70°F and night temperatures around 60°F.

Temperatures can differ from room to room and can also be different in areas of the same room. It is important to consider and understand temperature differences when placing your plant(s). For example, you may want to place a plant requiring direct sunlight and warm temperatures in a windowsill but that is not the best place. By placing your plant directly in the windowsill, the sunlight shining through can result in high temperatures which can damage tender plant tissue. A quick fix to the solution is to consider moving the plant(s) in toward the room and 6 inches away from a window to protect your plant from excessive heat or even intensive cold.

Air movement and humidity conditions also greatly affect the growth and health of your plant. You can supply supplemental air movement to your plants via a ceiling, floor, or table fan to help maintain constant temperatures throughout a room. Do not aim these fans directly at your plant(s) as it can dry them out leading to an increase in issues. The correct humidity conditions can also help your

plant(s) flourish in an indoor setting. Indoor humidity levels are often too low for houseplants but there are various ways to increase levels by using a humidifier in the immediate growing area, grouping plants together to form a canopy of leaves, or placing pebbles in a saucer filled with water.

Your houseplants will also require fertilization for proper growth and development. Fertilization is important during the late spring and summer months as warmer temperatures encourage plant growth and reduce fertilization during the winter months. During time of fertilization, reduce watering as it can reduce the plants growth.

After purchasing the correct houseplant for your space, it is important to use the correct growing medium. Consider using a soilless or soil-based potting medium specially created for potted plants. Prior to repotting houseplants, wet the growing medium to ensure that the plant will absorb water evenly.

Caring for your Houseplant

Now that you have selected and purchased your plant, it is time to care for it. Your plant will require a specific amount of water depending on the plant characteristics and home environment.

If you select a larger plant or plant with larger leaves, it will

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have a higher demand for water and will need to be checked more frequently. Check to ensure that the growing medium is moist but avoid keeping it too wet or too dry. A method to ensure your plant is receiving adequate water, stick a finger into the growing medium up to the first knuckle and feel whether it is wet below the surface. If the medium feels dry, water your plant and wait to water again until it feels moist but not too dry.

As the plant begins to grow and sit in the same space, it will need to be groomed to remove dust, keep it attractive, maintain its desirable shape, and rid them of pests. To properly remove dust and debris from the leaves, wash them with a soft, moistened cloth or sponge every two or three months. Avoid using leaf-shine products as these products can slow the growth of your plant. You will also need to protect the plant’s health by removing dead, damaged, or diseased leaves, stems, and flowers as quickly as they appear. When pruning, always cut stems above the node or where they attach to a larger branch. Lastly, regularly check for any signs of insect or disease problems.

Over the course of your plant growing, it will require repotting it into a bigger pot. The best time to repot is springtime, as this time allows for roots to become established in its new medium. Always make sure to choose a pot with drainage holes to allow for water to freely drain, preventing over-watering and over-saturation.

Happy Houseplant Hunting!

To learn more about selecting and caring for your houseplant(s), visit https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/extension-gardener-handbook/18-plants-grown-incontainers#section_heading_8773

To learn more about houseplant varieties, visit the North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox at: https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/

Our office is an equal opportunity provider, so if you have any questions related to houseplants or other horticulture questions, please contact Kellee Payne at kellee_payne@ncsu.edu or 336-849-7908.

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For Four consecutive years! Come meet the staff at Arlene & Friends Melissa, Regis, Arlene, Kristi, Vicki, Heidi, Benjie, Kathy, Summer, Bronda, and Katlyn

Crooked Creek Highlands

In the edge of Wilkes County you can find a family farm that has seen some changes over the years. Two hundred years ago you would have found the Somers family hard at work, growing grain to feed their beef cows, among other farm chores. Today, you can find the Somers family still around, along with the newest generation, still hard at work. But instead of horse or mule drawn equipment, today’s farm family utilizes a computer, among other more traditional tools. Instead of raising cattle to take to market, the market comes to the farm, in the form of agri-tourists.

Crooked Creek Highlands is on land that has been in the Somers family over 200 years. Current owners

Evan and Megan Somers White left Charlotte to return to her family farm and raise their own family. Beginning with two Highland cows in 2022, they now breed them as well as Nigerian Dwarf goats. There is a waiting list to purchase their animals. In addition to cows and goats, they also have a pony, a quarter horse, and donkeys.

Events at Crooked Creek Highlands range from photo sessions with a professional photographer to paint parties to movie night. You can sign up for Highland Yoga (regular yoga, but highland cuddles are included, too). Megan works with other local businesses to make the magic happen. For example, Late Bloomers Flower Farm will provide flower crowns on “Princess Day” in May and local food trucks are present for select events. If you prefer a farm tour, those are available, too and are

Crooked Creek Highlands takes its name from Strawberry’s crooked horn. She is one of the first two Highland cows purchased by Evan and Megan White when they began their herd.

Some Upcoming Events

March 2, Highland Cow Paint Party, two sessions scheduled

March 3, Highland Cow Paint Party

March 17, Highland Yoga

Visit crookedcreekhighlands.com for more information about these and other events, and to purchase tickets. You can also schedule farm tours.

booked on request. Both small and large groups are welcome, and the White family especially loves to host school groups. They enjoy educating visitors and what may eventually be the next generation of farmers.

When you visit, you will see ongoing improvements to the farm, including an indoor space that can be used for events, rain or shine. Remember, you are visiting a farm. Wear close-toe shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. All events are held regardless of weather, unless it is lightning or otherwise unsafe. Don’t forget to visit their farm store for Highland merchandise!

Getting There

Crooked Creek Highlands

4147 Somers Road

Hamptonville, NC 27020

(Yes, the farm is in Wilkes County but has a Hamptonville address.)

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Empty Bowls Fundraiser 2024

Date: March 19, 2024

Time: Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

DInner 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

All meals are take-out ONLY

Location: Yadkinville Moose Lodge

Ticket Price: $25

TIckets are available at Yadkin Christian Ministries

Ticket includes: meal, a pottery bowl, and a chance to win a lovely quilt made by Shirley Murphy

Additional quilt raffle tickets may be purchased at YCM for $5 each

MEAL CONSISTS OF Cracker Barrel vegetable beef soup

Taste of Italy salad/ranch dressing

Krispy Kreme donuts bottled water

All foods prepared by an inspected kitchen.

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2:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.



Yadkin Business Expo gives the public an opportunity to discover local businesses and to learn more about their products or the services they provide. At Showcase Yadkin, you can chat with vendors and ask questions. Visit all of the booths and you will be entered into drawings for fabulous door prizes. Be sure to pick up plenty of free samples and give aways, too! Additionally, select vendors will have items for sale.

The annual event is hosted by the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce at the Yadkin County Agricultural and Educational Building. You can find a list of 20+ participating vendors at yadkinchamber.org. If you have questions about Showcase Yadkin, contact the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce at (336) 679-2200.

2024! SPONSORS: Hugh Chatham Health ● Shallowford Foundation Workforce Unlimited ● Surry Community College ● Unifi Yadkin Nursing Center ● Skyline National Bank ● Allegacy Federal Credit Union

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WINSTON-SALEM, NC— Celebrate spring and the opening of the Park’s 2024 season on Saturday, April 6 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Visitors are invited to create sun prints and sun catchers; play Colonial games; hand plow a row in the garden; plant seeds and take them home to grow; make a spring sachet; pet a sheep or two; explore a wooded trail; participate in a scavenger hunt; interact with a number of eighteenth-century craftsmen; and enjoy Moravian music in the 1788 Gemeinhaus. Admission is FREE!

Historic Bethabara Park, a National Historic Landmark, is the 1753 site of the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina and the birthplace of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. For more information, visit historicbethabara.org or call 336924-8191.

We have many first time customers that walk in and say “WOW I didn’t realize how big this place is!”
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71 March/April 2024 1932 W. Memorial Hwy, Union Grove, NC 28689 704-539-4643 • uniongrovegeneralstore.com Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Saturday 8:30 am – 3 pm ENO Hammocks Burt’s Bees New Cornhole Boards Simply Southern Apparel Natural Life Apparel and Accessories Rainbow Sandals Lodge Cast Iron Grandma’s lye soap products Honey House Naturals-hand lotions and lip balms. Pottery (Blackwelder, Eldridge, Hankins & Jordan) Handmade furniture Gumball machines Candles Jelly and Jams Corn Meal Handcarved Walking Sticks Family Owned Mulch & Stone Products too! Platinum Great selection of gift ideas Custom Wreaths & Arrangements Check our Facebook Page ConnieWings owner, Connie Key-Hobson We love a challenge; let us design something unique for you! 6428 NC Hwy 67, Boonville, NC 336-699-6256 Wednesday 1-5 Thursday Friday 11-5 • Saturday 11-4 whispersandwings.com Gifts for All Reasons!
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Come On A Summer Adventure with 4-H Camp

Not many words can give you more nostalgic feelings than the words “Summer Camp.” From the days of nonstop swimming, hikes, outdoor activities, to getting to make new friends; camp memories can certainly warm the hearts of many of us. 4-H camp may have not been where you went to camp, but for many of us, that’s where our love of camp began. How amazing it is that campers at BetsyJeff Penn 4-H Center get the opportunity to horseback riding, rock climbing, and explore the lake located right on the campsite in Reidsville, North Carolina. Not to mention the shooting sports galore offered at our very own Millstone 4-H Camp located in Ellerbe, North Carolina. And how can you even think to forget the amazement that lies in the Eastern Center 4-H located at Columbia, North Carolina where the beach is right on the campsite. All of these camps offer nonstop swimming, water activities including canoeing, plenty of outdoor activities, and more. All of these camps also offer a multitude of activities for children to make sure they have the best summer experience. However, these aren’t the only reasons to consider when signing up your child for 4-H Camp.

The most obvious element that 4-H camp promotes is an affinity towards nature. Youth at these camps spend so much time outside among the trees, streams, and trails located right on the campsites. We are living in a time where children are often so attached to their devices that it can be hard for parental figures to get the devices away from them. But this is not a hard task at 4-H camp and the campers do not even miss being their devices. With the schedule campers keep


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at 4-H camp, there is not even time to miss those devices at all. From morning to sundown, youth are swimming, horseback riding, doing water sports, high ropes, fishing, hiking, exploring creeks, playing games outside, rock climbing, and more. The only time they have inside time is to rest during the day or sleeping, so a love for nature is inevitable.

Something you would not normally associate with camp is learning responsibility, but that is also something that children take away from the 4-H camp experience. Youth are expected to have fun at camp, of course! But with that comes with the responsibility of keeping their cabins clean. The campers are expected to clean their bunk beds, cubbies, bathroom, floors, etc.. This is done all promoted by the camp and cabins can even win “cleanest cabin” awards that are HIGHLY coveted by the campers. The campers also take turns in being expected to set the table for meals, and even serving each other. Campers may even experience overcoming new challenges such as high ropes course, horseback riding, rock climbing, etc. Taking on the responsibility of whether or not they explore these new adventures is just another example of an additional challenge these campers face.

One of the most important elements of camp is one that you might not even think about. 4-H camp creates an environment where children feel and know that they belong. A sense of belonging is so important for our young people to experience too because often youth do not feel like they “fit” the mold that society placed on them. At 4-H camp however, those molds are broken and everyone is accepted. At camp, youth are around other young people that are right about their age and they are experiencing new things together.

During these new experiences, campers have the opportunity to be themselves in a safe environment where they can make mistakes, learn new things, and even create friendships that can last a lifetime. Along with being able to appreciate others with values, attitudes, and abilities different from their own.

Another neat thing about 4-H camp is that you do not have to be in 4-H to be a part of the camp experience. Youth ages 8-14 are able to experience camp where they can be part of any of the fun provided by the camps. Ages 15-17 can actually be in a leadership role called LIT (Leader in Training) where they learn alongside a camp counselor. The prices for each of these camp spots vary, but if you were to go as a traditional camper at 4-H camp, it would cost $660 for an open enrollment camper (non-4-H’er) or $535 for a 4-H’er going on a 4-H camper week (these vary from county to county based on their funding). All LITs are $325 with training. As stated previously, we have three 4-H camps in North Carolina including Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center located in Reidsville, Millstone 4-H Camp located in Ellerbe, and the Eastern 4-H Center located in Columbia.

4-H camp enrollment has already started, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to send your child on a life experience that they will treasure forever. 4-H camp is for any child, so if you have any questions about these rates or what to register for 4-H camp, feel free to contact your local 4-H agent and their information can be found by going to https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/ and clicking on the “County Center” tab located at the top of the screen. You also can contact the camps directly by going https://nc4h.ces.ncsu.edu/camps-centers/.

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We are so excited to announce our photo contest will be starting April 1st 2024!

Starting April 1st the SCBA and 100.9 WIFM will be be hosting a photo contest to promote the insect that we love, the Honey Bee. Contest will award cash prizes along with publication of the top 3 winners.

Contest rules and guidelines will be posted at surrycountybeekeepers.org March 1st. No entries will be accepted until April 1st.


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Cameron Kent Life After WXII

Books & Brew is thrilled to announce they are hosting a book signing on March 15, 2024 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. with local author Cameron Kent for his new book The Oak Island Book Club. On December 8, 2023, the first day on Amazon, this amazing book made their best seller list.

Cameron was on the cover of Yadkin Valley Living in May/June 2010. Barbara Norman interviewed him and Leah Williams’ sister, Amber Harris, took the photos for that issue. Now in 2024 we are revisiting Cameron to see what he is doing since he retired in 2016 with nearly 40 years in journalism culminating with

being the main news anchor for WXII TV in WinstonSalem, NC for 22 years.

I met Cameron for the first time at Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance on November 30, 2017 at the opening of Welcome to Virginia, the wonderful Christmas musical that he wrote. I have enjoyed reading three of his previous novels: The Road to Devotion, When the Ravens Die, and The Sea is Silent, but The Oak Island Book Club is definitely my favorite. He has also written two children’s books: Make Me Disappear and Mayor Molly. Movies he’s written have appeared on NBC, HBO, and at the American Film Institute.

From the first three sentences I was hooked on The Oak Island Book Club that delves into the story of a woman, Nicole, trapped in an abusive marriage. Her only escape is reading. She has a chance encounter at a bookstore on the coast of North Carolina with bestselling author, Drew, and they discover their mutual love of the written word. This book is classified as a mystery/thriller and is definitely a page turner. When I start reading a book I don’t read the synopsis because sometimes it tells too much. I want to be surprised and this book was definitely full of many surprises.

There are several strong characters and they are all very believable. I especially liked the sweet relationship between Drew and Victoria, a child that lives next door.

Readers will enjoy the quotes at the beginning of each chapter from several famous authors. Some of my favorites are:

•“If you don’t like to read, then you

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haven’t found the right book.” – J. K. Rowling

•“Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?” – David Baldacci

•“The first thing my family did when we moved was join the local church. The second was to go to the library and get library cards.” – John Grisham

•“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” - Cicero

I contacted Cameron and told him I was anxious to know how the story ended, but yet I did not want the book to end. I have read thousands of books and this is my all-time favorite! Years ago I read all of the books written by LaVryle Spencer. Her writing philosophy was “make them laugh, make them cry, and make them wait.” The Oak Island Book Club checked all of these boxes for me.

Since retiring from WXII, Cameron writes most days from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with an hour break for lunch. His writing career is the “next chapter” of his life. He stated that his writing process involves a “what if” premise. The premise for The Oak Island Book Club was “what if” two people form a two person book club and changed their lives through what they read. He creates a 3-page outline of the conflict, the setting, and the characters and expands that to a 20-page outline

and goes into much more detail. He writes scenes and puts them on 3 x 5 cards on a corkboard and he can move the cards around to place the scenes in chronological order.

Cameron prefers to write novels because they are much less complicated. When writing a screenplay there are so many people involved. Someone once told him that writing a screenplay is like birthing a child and then letting someone else raise it. That process may not turn out the way that the author intended.

Cameron’s favorite authors are Pat Conroy and Ernest Hemingway, who could not be more different in their writing styles. Conroy describes things in detail, whereas Hemingway is very concise. Cameron’s favorite books are The Prince of Tides, Unbroken, and A Gentleman in Moscow. Cameron feels that Road to Devotion is the most important book that he has ever written.

Summer of Skye will be Cameron’s next book and it will be a totally different genre – romantic comedy. The idea took root while he and his wife, Sue, visited the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Hopefully the book will be released within a year.

77 March/April 2024 Books & Brew, LLC A Delightful Combination 2909 Nebo Road (Wiseman’s Crossroads) East Bend, NC 27018 • 336-699-6142 Monday-Friday 7am to 4pm Discussing The Oak Island Book Club and enjoying our drinks at Books & Brew. No worries about supper...we are taking home a chicken pie and spaghetti available at Books & Brew! Author Events Coming Soon! March 15, 2-4 pm Cameron Kent April 12, 2-5 pm Shannon Hitchcock

Cameron loves to play the guitar and write songs. He likes to run and has participated in seven marathons, including the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon. Woodworking is something else that he enjoys. He is an avid golfer and loves to play golf while traveling to countries such as Scotland, Italy, and England. He and his wife have plans to travel more extensively in the coming years.

Cameron and Sue have been married for 33 years and have two children. Their son, Colin, is 31 years old and is an aerospace engineer who lives in Arlington, VA. Their daughter, Lauren, is 29 years old and works for CNN in London, England.

Cameron states his proudest professional achievements are his 14 Emmy nominations for news reporting and winning an Emmy for his coverage on the Pentagon in the aftermath of 9/11.

When I interviewed Cameron at his home on February 16, 2024, I asked him what did he want people to remember the most about him and he stated that was a

really tough question. He asked if I meant personally or professionally and I said “just about life”. His response was: “I grew up in a house where the motto was ‘to whom much is given much is expected’. I grew up in a good home with good parents. I’ve been blessed in a lot of ways. I want to be remembered as someone who helped people, who took my time, my talents, and my resources and helped other people. I’d like to be remembered as someone who was kind. That’s one of my goals every day is to make every interaction with people I meet a positive experience. You never know what someone is going through in their life and sometimes just a kind word or smile can change their day or at least lift them up. I’d love to be known as someone who loves their community and did their best to improve it in any way that I could find.”

I, ShaRee Holman Parker, was a business student in 1973, the first year that Debbie Sizemore Gough, owner of Books & Brew, was a teacher at Forbush High School in East Bend, NC. I feel honored for the opportunity to write this article about Cameron Kent. He is very talented, humble, and kind and I feel blessed to know him.

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Wellness Falls Prevention

Falling down might not be the first thing you think of when you are considering things that can impact your health. You probably first think of eating fruits and vegetables and getting plenty of exercise. But, if you are an older adult, you may need to become more concerned about your balance and preventing falls. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “falls among adults 65 and older caused over 36,000 deaths in 2020”. This made falls the leading cause of injury death for that age group. In addition, in 2020, there were three million emergency department visits recorded.

Not all falls result in a serious injury. But according to the CDC, one in five falls does result in a serious injury. These are usually a broken bone, like a hip, or a head injury. Also, once someone falls once, they are more likely to fall again. Many people are not telling their doctor when they have a fall. Falls are very important to address with your physician. You may be on medication that makes the fall more serious and can leads to other concerns that need to be checked. Or the fall can create fear that causes you to be less active. This will create even more negative outcomes like developing further weakness. These are just a couple of reasons to talk with your physician about any falls or close calls you have had.

Some individuals may be at a higher risk of falls. It’s important to have a conversation about your fall risk and any issues you have had regarding balance with your physician. They may talk with you about some of the following areas: any lower body weakness you have had; a possible vitamin D deficiency; trouble with your walking or ability to balance; what medications you are taking; if you are having any vision issues like depth perception; issues with your feet like inadequate footwear or foot pain; or even the environment in your home like uneven floors. The more of these potential risks you have, the more likely you may be of experiencing a fall.

Falls prevention can start with addressing or adjusting some of the risk factors above. Visit a shoe store to make sure you have proper foot wear. Work with a family member to de-clutter and repair your home, actively looking for trip hazards. You may also want to add items to make your home safer like railings or grab bars or improve the lighting. After consulting with your doctor, you may want to add exercises that can build strength and address balance concerns. Or your doctor may want to address medications that make you weak or dizzy. Remember to address any new vision issues with your eye doctor as well. The Mayo Clinic suggests that you may want to speak with your doctor about getting a referral to an occupational therapist or physical therapist. These therapists are trained individuals who can work with you on solutions to fall risks you are experiencing. Falls prevention can even include what you would do in the event you have fallen, especially if you live alone.

A tool to help assess your risk for a fall is the “Falls Free Checkup” from the National Council on Aging AgeWell Planner (https://www.ncoa.org/age-wellplanner/assessment/falls-free-checkup). This is a simple 13 question assessment tool you can complete on yourself or a loved one. Once you answer the questions, you are given a “falls risk score” and directed to an educational video. For many older adults, a fall that leads to a serious injury like a traumatic brain injury or major broken bone is a major health set back. It can be difficult to regain the mobility and independence someone once had prior to the fall. This is why preventing falls from happening to begin with is most important. Talk with your doctor and make falls prevention part of your daily health routine to prolong your safety and independence.

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“Hey Doc, what can I get for my cough?

Have you ever found yourself strolling through the medicine aisle or visiting your doctor seeking a medication that will “knock this cough out”? If so, you are not alone as cough is one of the top 10 patient-reported reasons for primary care visits.

Despite the many prescription cough syrups and over the counter cough suppressants on the market, perhaps we should be looking at how one of our more natural remedies measures up against these common medications. I’m of course talking about raw, natural honey.

In coughing caused by viral illness, a meta analysis of 14 randomized trials comparing natural honey with other therapies such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and dextromethorphan (the “DM” component you see on many labels) showed honey to be more effective in reducing cough frequency and severity. This is the news we have all been waiting for; something that tastes great and is good for you. Furthermore, a spoonful of honey is a great way to avoid unwanted side effects from cough medications that you might already be leery about including drowsiness, dizziness, constipation, loss of appetite, confusion, and ‘hives’.

And what about kids? Fortunately, honey can be a great treatment for cough in children at least one year old as well; whereas many of the over the counter cough medicines arenot recommended in children less than 6 years of age. The medical leaders at the World Health Organization and American Academy of Pediatrics have recognized honey as a treatment for upper respiratory infection in children greater than one year old. As it turns out, Mary Poppins was right: the “spoonful of sugar” was likely a spoonful of honey she was referencing!

We are continuing to learn about other health benefits of natural honey as

well. As we head into allergy season, there is potential benefit from local honey combating some of your seasonal allergens. While there are no randomized controlled trials studying this, there are many in the medical world that agree anecdotally that it works. Honey has also become a mainstay treatment for many wound care applications. Please consult your doctor before using honey as a topical treatment.

As a family physician and avid beekeeper myself, I’m happy to report this natural remedy is a great first step in treating many illnesses causing cough. Purchasing a jar of natural honey is also a great way to support your local beekeepers that invest their time and effort into making sure sustainable beekeeping is an art that continues to thrive.

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Be sure you always assist your children with their brushing. Most children do not master the manual dexterity to brush their teeth until they are able to write.

Hard crunchy foods such as apples and carrots can help clean your teeth naturally.


soft bristle brush. Using proper brushing techniques with a soft bristle brush are just as effective as a hard brush and you are less likely to cause attrition of the enamel on your teeth.

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Northwest Regional Library Presents Writers Road Show With Marjorie Hudson

Join the Northwest Regional Library System to welcome North Carolina author Marjorie Hudson to the Yadkin Valley! Writers Road Show offers an in-person experience and gives guests an opportunity to interact with acclaimed author Marjorie Hudson.


Described as a “rich tapestry of history and nature”, Indigo Field reveals hidden Southern history as diverse families struggle on their own to face their personal demons. Spirits of the dead bring a day of reckoning, a day when people must join forces to survive.

As winner of the 2023 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, this debut novel is being recognized and praised as a new voice in Southern Fiction.


Friday, April 5 4:30-6:30 pm

“Words and Music”

Local musicians will accompany Marjorie’s readings with song selections that reflect the time and setting of Indigo Field.

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Marjorie shares excerpts from Indigo Field that explore the power of food and its ability to transcend differences and bring people together.

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Sunday, April 7 2-4 pm

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Marjorie takes the audience down the 30 year road of research and discovery that created the characters and story of Indigo Field.

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Marjorie Hudson was born in a small town in Illinois and raised in Washington, D.C., where she graduated from American University with a degree in Journalism and Women’s Studies. After serving as features editor of National Parks Magazine, she moved to rural North Carolina, working as a freelance writer. She wrote a column interviewing nature photographers, and published articles in Garden & Gun, American Land Forum, Wildlife in North Carolina, Our State Magazine, and North Carolina Literary Review.

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East Bend Town Square

The East Bend Town Square is planning some exciting events for 2023! The first one of the year is coming up in March, and will be a FREE Community Easter Egg Hunt complete with Easter photos. Other confirmed events include a concert and movie night, among others. The Friends of East Bend Town Square hope that these events will be well attended to make use of this beautiful space.

Planning for the Square began in 2019, and includes ADA accessible areas. The playground, two picnic shelters, gazebo with seating, and amphitheater have been enjoyed by many locals since the official opening in July 2022. A walking path around the perimeter, benches, and a grassy area for seating during events complete the Square. An interesting feature is a replica of the East Bend Drive In ticket booth. Those who remember the drive in, which closed in 1982 after 30 years in business, fondly remember the movies and concerts. The hot dogs and hamburgers are still recreated by the East Bend United Methodist Church using the original recipes. Make plans to attend one or all of these free events!

Friends of East Bend Town Square

If you would like to support the square and assist with planning and upkeep, donations of time and money are accepted. The Friends are seeking sponsors, as well as volunteers to help pick up trash, water plants, pull weeds, and other small chores. If you would like more information, contact East Bend Town Hall at 336-699-8560.

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East Bend Town Square playground and gazebo A large granite arrowhead reflects the Native American history of the area.

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The Business Section

Time for financial spring cleaning?

Spring is almost here, which means it’s time for some spring cleaning. This year, in addition to tidying your home and surroundings, you might want to consider sprucing up your financial environment, as well.

Here are some suggestions for doing just that:

Improve your vision. Once the days are warmer and

▪ longer, you may want to get outside and clean all the winter grime and smudges from your windows, allowing you to see the world more clearly. And you may want to bring more focus to your financial vision by asking some key questions: Is my investment strategy still appropriate for my needs, goals and family situation? If not, what changes should I make? And am I prepared for changes in my life, such as health challenges or a need to retire earlier than planned? The answers to these and other questions can help you clarify where you are, in terms of your financial picture, and where you want to go.

are busy in the spring, hoping their efforts result in lovely flowers and tasty foods. And when you invest, you, too, need to plant seeds of opportunity in the form of investments that you hope will grow enough to enable you to make progress toward your goals. So, you may want to review your portfolio to ensure it’s providing this growth potential, given your individual risk tolerance.

Reduce dangers. You may not think about it that much,

De-clutter. As you look around your home, you may find

• things such as expired health care products, old prescriptions, ancient cleaning solutions, and so on, in addition to duplicate household items (how many blenders do you really need?) and non-working equipment — printers, laptops, etc. Most people find that eliminating this clutter gives them a good feeling – and more livable space. As an investor, you can also find clutter in the form of redundant investments — for example, you might own several nearly identical mutual funds. You might be better off selling some of these funds and using the proceeds to find new investments that can help you further diversify your portfolio. As you may know, diversification is a key to investment success, but keep in mind that it can’t prevent all losses.

Plant seeds of opportunity. Whether they’re planting

• camellias and crocuses or carrots and cilantro, gardeners

• but your home and surroundings can contain potential hazards. You might have ill-fitting caps on cleaning products with toxic chemicals, or sharp cutting instruments protruding from shelves in your garage, or heavy, cracked tree branches hovering close to your roof. Spending some time on a spring-cleaning sweep can get rid of these dangers — and devoting time to consider the possible threats to your financial security, and those of your family, can pay off, too. For starters, review your life insurance to determine if you’ve got enough. Your employer may offer some coverage as an employee benefit, but it might not be sufficient, so you may need private coverage. And the same is true for disability insurance, because if something were to happen to you, and you couldn’t work for a while, you’d still want to protect your family’s lifestyle.

Spring is a great time for brightening your physical space — and your financial one, too.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation.

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Closing Devotions

WRITER/ Rev. Dr. Heather Kilbourne

God is a Seamstress

My mom was magician with a sewing machine as her magic wand. Her sewing skills and creativity solved scores of my childhood dreams and dilemmas. If my pants were too long or the waist a little too big, mom would run them through her magic machine and the pants would fit perfectly. If I wanted to be a pirate or a princess for Halloween, she would sew the perfect costume. Her magic machine created me a cape and transformed me into a super hero. It made me a bonnet and I became Laura Ingalls Wilder. As I grew old enough for my own apartment, but not rich enough to afford curtains, sheets would be transformed into custom-made window treatments. I wish I had taken the time to sit beside her to learn her craft. Sadly, I never had the patience, I was the child of the fast-fashion world. I traded in the gift passed down for generations for a trip to the mall.

Cole Arthur Riley in her book This Here Flesh paints the captivating picture of God as a seamstress in the Garden of Eden. She writes, “In the garden, when shame had replaced Eve’s and Adam’s dignity, God became a seamstress. He took the skin off of his creation to make something that would allow humans to stand in the presence of their maker and one another again.” In Genesis 3:21, God clothes the first man and woman. The image of God as a seamstress is powerful. Jeremiah 1:5 tells us that God knitted us together in our mother’s womb. Our seamstress God both creates us and clothes us with mercy.

Easter is coming and we are reminded again of God as a seamstress. Scripture tells us the long story of how our choices separated us from God. Our selfishness, sin, and turning away from God created a terrible rift between God and humanity. Though we were separated by this chasm, God did not give up on us or stop pursuing us. God made a plan to mend that rift by sending Himself in form of His son, Jesus Christ. Jesus mended back together what sin had separated. And on that first Easter morning, we celebrate the repair of the tear between God and humanity. We are double stitched back to God with the sacrifice of the cross so that our relationship with God will not tear again.

This spring we will watch our seamstress God knit the world back together by sewing rich green leaves on barren branches, attaching azalea blooms and dogwood flowers like buttons to trees, and knitting the world back together with various shades of green thread. As this transformation happens around us, remember the God who knitted the mountains to the land and the rivers to the oceans, loves you enough to knit you together in your mother’s womb. And God is seeking to repair the chasm between you and Him, and to surround you with that same love that created the first Easter.

Rev. Dr. Heather Kilbourne spends her days helping rural churches dream

God-sized dreams for their communities. She is the founder and Director of Faith in Rural Communities at the NC Rural Center. She is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and served churches in Yadkin and Burke Counties. She can be reached at hkilbourne@ncruralcenter.org.

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Care South, Inc. is a locally owned and respected agency that has provided more than 20 years of In-Home Aide Care to individuals who require assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).

To inquire about services for you or a family member or employment opportunities for:

In-Home Aides, Certified Nursing Assistants (C.N.A), and Personal Care Assistants (P.C.A), please contact us at:



To deliver exceptional Personal Care Services (PCS), allowing the client to live safely and comfortably in their own home and to provide leadership in which employees have faith and confidence.

What Programs are Provided through the Agency?

• Community Alternative Program for adults (CAP/DA)

• Personal Care Services (PCS)

• Veterans Administration (VA)

• Temporary or Long-term Care

• Chore Respite

• Private pay

Summary of the Service Provided:

• Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) (i.e., eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, mobility, and grooming)

• Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (iADLs) (i.e., light housekeeping, meal prep)

Practices and Staff:

• Licensed and bonded in North Carolina.

• RN Supervisor conducts quarterly visits to the home.

• CPR Instructor

• Staffing Coordinators provide 24/7 On-Call Services.

• Caregivers complete monthly in-services, maintain C.P.R., and perform skills competency verification by the R.N.

• Comprehensive background investigation of all caregivers (i.e., criminal background)

• Quality Assurance Program

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