November-December 2022 Yadkin Valley Magazine

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Fixed Income Investments Tammy H. Joyce, AAMS™ Financial Advisor 136 W. Lebanon Street Mount Airy, NC 27030 336­789­6238 tammy.joyce@edwardjones.com

Tanner Joyce Financial Advisor 136 W. Lebanon Street Mount Airy, NC 27030 336­789­6238 tanner.joyce@edwardjones.com

Pilot Mountain Mike Russell Financial Advisor 106­B South Depot Street, Pilot Mountain, NC 27041 336­368­2575 mike.t.russell@edwardjones.com

Michael Warren Financial Advisor 101­D Shoals Road, Pilot Mountain, NC 27041 336­368­0782 michael.warren@edwardjones.com

Yadkinville Christopher L. Funk Financial Advisor 128 South State Street PO Box 790 Yadkinville, NC 27055 336­679­2192 chris.funk@edwardjones.com


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contents Throughout this issue, you’ll find a wealth of fun discoveries to fill your Yadkin Valley Weekends. Visit yadkinvalleymagazine.com and sign up to receive a free weekly email with suggestions for fun ways to visit a special event or make a special memory. 10

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People & Celebrations 26 Cookbook Collector: Aunt Sammy’s Radio Recipes 40 Gifts from the Kitchen 46 Mama’s Recipe Box 64 The 12 Days of Christmas 74 YVP: Amy Burdette 76 YVP: Hattie A. Rumple 77 YVP: Sharon Hardin 78 Off the Shelf: A Charlie Brown Christmas 92 Poinsettias, A Christmas Tradition 107 Collectors: Tom Clark Figurines & Gnomes

TERMITE • PEST CONTROL AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL ANTS • BEES • RATS • MICE • COCKROACHES 79 Santa at the Caboose 84 YV Wines: JOLO Winery 90 Winery Etiquette 89 Small Town Christmas 96 December at Horne Creek Living Farm

Health & Wellness 34 Holiday Challenge, Eat Smart 94 Share the Road

100 Winter Prep for Pets & Livestock 101 Off the Shelf: PAW VERBS 102 petpics

in every issue 20 Our Recipe box 16 editor’s letter 18 beginnings 104 What Is That? 107 Collectors 110 Business Section 112 Sandra’s closing thought

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Happiness is hand-made Support the dreamers and makers of our small family business by bringing our delicious hand­made cookies into your home or the home of a loved one. Mrs. Hanes’ Moravian Cookies are always Hand­Rolled, Hand­Cut, and Hand­Packed to ensure authenticity to our customers. We invite you and your family to visit our cookie factory this holiday season to experience how our one­of­a­kind cookie is prepared and to sample our labor of love crafted by our “Artists in Aprons.” Our cookies make a great personalized gift to send to friends and loved ones during the holiday season or special occasion. Stop by our bakery, order online or give us a call to place your order.

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We’re open Monday­Friday 7a to 5p and Saturday 9a to 4p. Telephone: 336­764­1402 • Toll­Free: 888­764­1402 Email: hanes@HanesCookies.com Online Shopping: www.HanesCookies.com We make our delicious cookies in ginger, lemon, sugar, black walnut, chocolate, and butterscotch.

Economically priced small and large cellophane bags are available for bakery pick­up. You can also call ahead and place your order and we will have it ready and waiting.

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just a note from Barbara Our telephone number is: 336-699-2446 web address: yadkinvalleymagazine.com Email Directory: Editor- Barbara Norman: barbara@yadkinvalleymagazine.com Advertising- John Norman: john@yadkinvalleymagazine.com Weekends/Events Calendar submissions: weekends@yadkinvalleymagazine.com

John, home from the hospital and reunited with our crazy family dog Abbey. The Christmas season is a magical time of year when we can create lasting memories. I’ll take this moment to thanks everyone who sent notes, cards, phone calls, food and most of all prayers…I witnessed my first prayer group when my daughter was born too early…it was organized by my dear mother-inlaw…today our girl is a successful wife, mother and professional photographer. Now prayer has worked again for John as he survived a quadruple by-pass surgery mid-August and is working hard for his full recovery. Lots of you out there know exactly how long it takes to recover from major surgery so please, don’t stop those prayers! From tasty beginnings to sweet endings, you’ll find over 30 scrumptious, tempting recipes on the following pages to mix and match for family meals, parties and gift-giving in foodsandflavors. Nothing says Christmas so sweetly and succinctly as homemade cookies filling a cake plate, easy to pick up and devour with a smile. This is the season of stories…whether it’s the Christmas Story of Christ’s birth, one of many secular poems or tales that have become Christmas traditions for you and your family—stories passed on from one generation to the next… with or without hot chocolate and popcorn! How about choosing one evening a week for storytelling about dogs, cartoons or the 12 Days of Christmas along with the ease of a soup and sandwich supper? Oh, Christmas trees…I’m going back to a tree like I had growing up. My mother and I spent hours, literally, putting individual aluminum icicles on EACH branch. I usually try a theme…one year it was teddy bears, another year just snowmen, one year my entire Holly Hobbie ornament collection but this year I’m pulling out all the ornaments I had growing up plus my kids’ homemade goodies. I still have an ornament I teethed on but his dents are nostalgic for me! Just one tree? Oh, no. Table trees real or ornamental are lovely and can easily be a conversation starter especially if covered in “snow.” The Yadkin Valley Magazine family sends best wishes for 2023!

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We offer: Short Term Rehab • Respite Care Skilled Nursing – Long Term and Short Term • Assisted Living Independent Apartments • Offering in-patient & Out-patient therapy It’s 2,400 sq ft of helping patients reach their full potential with kitchen, bedroom & bath Our Physical Therapy Wing set­ups, so patients can practice preparing meals, bathing, getting in & out of bed... building the overall functional abilities they’ll need to return home, including has so much to offer speech therapy. Open for out­patients, our residents and all of the community.

Our residents have added a touch of holiday home around every corner.

They join with our staff in Wishing you a Merry Christmas! Elizabeth Lockett Administrator

Melinda Smith, RN Director of Nursing

Kathy Sparks Candy Crissmon Dietary Manager Household Supervisor

Elizabeth Pardue Social Worker

Johnathan Smouse Tammy Johnson Maintenance Supervisor Office Manager

Where kind hearts welcome you Yadkin Nursing Care and Rehab Center 903 West Main Street • Yadkinville • (336) 679­8863 Call Crystal Watkins to schedule a visit. Now a part of Wilmington, North Carolina’s Liberty Healthcare. This well known, well respected partner brings new resources and years of experience to providing our residents only the best in care.


Real or Artificial?

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with June Rollins Visit June’s website at: www.junerollins.com

My first Christmas, 1956. I’m not yet participating in the tree decorating, but I’ve already got my eyes on those shimmering icicles.

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I’m talking about Christmas trees. Do you buy a real one or an artificial one? If real, do you cut it yourself, buy it already cut, or do you buy a root ball tree and plant it afterward? My preschool memories are of aromatic Eastern Red Cedars from my mother’s homeplace. Over Thanksgiving we traipsed across my grandfather’s land to compare prospects growing along fence lines. After serious debate, my father axed down the chosen one, drug it back across the field, tied it to the top of our car and we drove away with our official beginning of Christmas. Once home, my father struggled fitting its trunk into a red and green metal tree stand. This usually involved whacking off lower limbs which left gaping holes in our tree, selected for it’s perfect shape. Then came the debates. Was it straight? And which side looked least mangled? Next, strings of glowing colorful bulbs were untangled and wrapped around our tree. When the lights were in place, fragile glass ornaments were carefully placed on it’s branches. This was all magical, but my favorite part was the finale. We smothered and covered our richly fragranced lopsided dressed-up cedar in shiny tinsel. The icicles were supposed to be hung one strand at a time, but my brother and I threw them on by the handfuls. Afterward, we were charged with the task of watering our tree every day, which we almost always forgot to do. When I was in elementary school, we bought an amazing aluminum tree with a rotating four-colored plastic disc. I would sit for hours watching red merge to green, green to blue, blue to orange and orange to red. It was my first color wheel and I credit it with permanently hypnotizing me to love color mixing. I know I’m dating myself, but you can still buy them! I checked because I was considering it. A vintage wheel in an Etsy Shop was listed for $225. If you’ve got one stashed away in the back of your closet, you’re probably feeling pretty good. But you can’t buy the weighted draping tinsel I grew up with. In the late fifties, we were using tin covered lead-based icicles. Awareness of lead-based poisoning in the 1960s prompted the FDA to ban all lead alloy tinsel in 1972. There are aluminum coated plastic options now, but they’re not the same. Fast forward to Rob’s and my first Christmas together in our own house. We needed a tree. Rob’s allergies eliminated live trees. My frugal nature loved the idea of investing once in an artificial tree instead of buying a live tree every year. Our home’s ten-foot high ceilings inspired us to buy a BIG artificial tree. Neither one of us wanting the hassle of stringing lights, prompted us toward a tree with two hundred twinkling bulbs already securely in place. Then, we needed a custom cover to keep our green giant dust-free when in storage. It was an expensive acquisition, but the promise of picture-perfect Christmases for years to come made it worth it. Our majestic Christmas symbol arrived shortly before Thanksgiving and held court in our living room for five months. That’s right, it was Easter and we hadn’t moved it. And it wasn’t because we loved it. After back and forth heartto-hearts of I thought you wanted it and I thought you wanted it, we donated our erroneous icon to a local non-profit. Live and learn. These days, we place a diminutive, almost weightless, two-foot tall white artificial tree with a few pre-strung tiny twinkling clear lights on our front porch so our House Beautiful Christmas-decorating neighbors don’t think we’re total scrooges. And so the song goes…O, Tannenbaum, O, Tannenbaum…let us remember the real meaning of Christmas.


Order in store or call to order– our pies, cakes & breads for the holidays. Remember to order early! Try our delicious Dutch Delights Candies Try them and discover perhaps the best Chocolate candies in the area!

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Side dishes for your Holiday table Jams and Jellies for a delicious sweet taste and they make GREAT Christmas Gifts

The Graber Family and all the staff of Shiloh General Store want to say Thank­you, for your support during this past year. And wish you the Blessings of the Holidays.

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Ambrosia Asparagus & More Bean Salad Black & Blue Pie Blue Cheese Ball Bourbon Sweet Potatoes Brittle Chocolate/Butterscotch Peanuts Chocolate Mint Sticks Cinnamon Spice Candied Pecans Corn Casserole Country Chili Mix Cranberry Orange Bread Crockpot Cranberry Meatballs Evergreen Punch Friendship Soup Mix Holiday Punch Homemade Bread Mix Nacho Cups Parmesan Peanuts Pea Salad Peanut Butter Nilla’ Cookies Pecan Pie Pumpkin Tarts Seasonal Deviled Eggs Sour Cream Lettuce Spiced Orange Spiced Peanuts Spicy & Sweet Pecans Sugar Coated Peanuts Sugared Popcorn Sweet & Spicy Pecans Taffy Apple Salad Teriyaki Kielbasa Bits Twinkling Punch Wild Rice & Chicken Casserole Winter White Punch

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas


Maxine Hendrix’s Black & Blue Pie Advance Realizing the name of this pie sounds violent I assure you that if you’re careful neither berries nor you will be harmed in the preparation of this dessert. In fact, the only thing that got hurt while I made this was my pride–—I have to admit I was too lazy to go downstairs and get more blackberries out of the freezer and resorted to finishing out the pie with blueberries I already had in the kitchen refrigerator. Yeah, like you’ve never done anything like that before! Fortunately, the mixture of blueberries and blackberries worked really well together and I’ll be making this pie again. Oh…you can make your own pie crust if you want to but I used a 9-inch ready-made, deep dish pie shell and added a streusel topping. Pie Filling 4 cups blackberries & blueberries (about 2 cups each) 1/4 cup white sugar 1/3 cup flour 1 (9-inch) ready-to-use pie crust (deep dish if need be) Streusel Topping (or use remaining half of pie shell) 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup butter (cold) 2 to 3 Tablespoons milk 1/4 cup oatmeal (optional) Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, mix 1 3/4 cups blueberries and 1 3/4 cups blackberries and 1/2 cup sugar and 1/3 cup flour in a large bowl. Then spoon mixture into unbaked pie crust. Spread remaining 1/2 cup unsweetened berries on top of sweetened berries. To make the streusel topping, head back downstairs and grab 1/3 cup of cold butter from the same freezer you store those extra blackberries. In a medium bowl cut the cold butter into 1 cup of sugar. Spread crumbly streusel topping evenly on top of berries and lightly brush with milk and sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake in preheated 400°F. oven for 15 minutes, reduce temperature to 375°F. Bake until filling is bubbly and crust is golden brown (about 20 to 25 minutes). Cool on wire rack

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Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and “prepare to share.” My buddy, Bob, made the pie in the bottom photo and both are delicious. The four or five women at the hair salon the other day devoured this in no time flat! I didn’t even get a bite myself. I think you and yours will like it, too.


A dish like this was served at our office. I found out the basic ingredients and made my own recipe. This is a great dish to take to church dinners and family reunions. I make it often for my daughter and her family.

Sue Hendren’s Wild Rice Chicken Casserole Moravian Falls 3 packages Uncle Ben’s Long Grain & Wild Rice (Microwaveable) 4 cooked chicken breast, chopped 1 cup mayonnaise 1 onion, chopped 1/2 jar pimento, chopped 2 cans Cream of Chicken soup Cook chicken and save broth. Cook rice as directed on package. Mix all ingredients together. Add 1 to 1 1/2 cups broth. Pour into greased pan. Season top with parsley and paprika. It will make one large or 2 small casseroles. I usually make two 9-inch casseroles, cooking one and freezing the other. Bake at 325°F. for 25 to 30 minutes.

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Thank you for 15 years of buying local!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


Hand-made Christmas Gifts?

Yes, Please! All of our candles, wax melts and sprays are made by hand, right here in the Yadkin Valley

Here’s where to find our huge selection of Melissa & Doug and Soyworx Candles

Mustard Seed Boutique 1536 NC HWY 67, Jonesville Beside HG Greenes Mon - Fri 10-6 • Sat 10 - 5 • Closed Sundays

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Cookbook Collector Contributor Cindy Martin is a bibliophile, too! She looks for interesting books, something different to read and share with another collector. Recently she gave mea copy of Aunt Sammy’s Radio Recipes. It is in fragile condition but is whole printed in 1926 by the Bureau of Home Economics U.S. Department of Agriculture. From the 1920s through the 40s American kitchens had a welcome guest in “Aunt Sammy.” Through the radio program Housekeeper’s Chat, Aunt Sammy gave lively advice on food preparation, household chores, parenting and children. Aunt Sammy’s Radio Recipes provided a fascinating study of how a witty and charming fictionalized persona became one of the early celebrity chefs of the radio age. In 84 paperback pages you will find 70 meal menus and 300 recipes. Time changes lots of thngs like the spelling of syrup (sirup in cookbook) and ever heard of Baked Cucumbers or Turnip Soup? Searched for some quick and easy recipes you can use for the holidays and found these for you to try and hopefully enjoy.

Sugared Popcorn 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup water 1 teaspoon salt 2 quarts freshly popped corn Cook sugar, water, salt until the syrup forms a soft ball when dropped in cold water. Remove from heat. Beat with a spoon until it looks creamy. Drop in the popcorn. Stir quickly until each kernel is coated with sugar. Try not to serve the grains of corn!

Brittle Use walnuts, pecans,peanuts, Brazil nuts, shredded coconut. Be thrifty and use puffed cereal instead of nuts! 2 cups white corn syrup 2 Tablespoons white vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 cups nut meats 1/2 cup coconut Butter a shallow pan (cookie sheet) Cook syrup, vinegar, salt in saucepan until forms a soft ball. Put nuts into syrup. Put into skillet. Cook, stir constantly until golden brown. Remove from heat; add vanilla and coconut. Pour candy into shallow pan. Spread out into a thin sheet. Cool completely. Break into pieces. 26

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Surround yourself with the feelings of the Season as you enjoy delicious meals in our Award Winning Restaurants

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foodsandflavors~™ in Amanda’s Kitchen

WRITER & PHOTOGRAPHER Amanda Joyner

owner Manny J’s Bakery Speciality cakes, desserts, wedding cakes Facebook: @mannyjsbakery amanda9joyner@gmail.com

It’s the time of year for homemade treats. My favorite time to sample the best of the best as far as mini desserts go! From fudge to brownies and cookies to puddings this little cookie will hopefully become a holiday staple. Thank you to everyone who has supported me this year, my family and I appreciate it more than you know! Merry Christmas and happy baking!

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Amanda Joyner

Peanut Butter Nilla’ Cookies 1 box vanilla wafer cookies 1 small jar smooth peanut butter 1 (24-ounce) pack of white chocolate melting bark Sandwich about 1 teaspoon of peanut butter between two cookies. Continue till you have made as many as you need or ingredients allow. Melt white chocolate in a bowl until smooth. Dip and coat cookies one at a time-place on tinfoil lined sheet pan to set. That’s it, super quick and easy! I drizzle any leftover chocolate on top for decoration.


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Ingredients 12 eggs 4 Tablespoons mayonnaise 2 Tablespoons sour cream 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (per filling) 1 Tablespoons chopped fully cooked bacon (plus 4 small pieces for garnish) 1 Tablespoon pumpkin puree 1 teaspoon smoked paprika Freshly ground black pepper Grated cheddar cheese Green onion 4 teaspoons cranberry sauce Chives Instructions Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and cover with enough cold water that there’s 1 inch of water above the eggs. Heat on high until water begins to boil, then cover, remove from heat, and let sit for 12 minutes for large eggs (9 minutes for small eggs). Crack eggshells; carefully peel under cool running water, dry. Slice eggs in half lengthwise, removing yolks and placing them in 3 small bowls (4 yolks per bowl). To one bowl, mash yolks with 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, bacon and pepper. To one bowl, mash yolks with 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper. To one bowl, mash yolks with 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise, pumpkin purée, smoked paprika and Dijon. Pipe or scoop the yolk mixtures evenly into the egg whites. Garnish For the baked potato flavor, sprinkle with cheese and green onion; top with a piece of bacon. For the cranberry flavor, top with 1 teaspoon of cranberry sauce per half egg. For the pumpkin flavor, top with more smoked paprika and add a small piece of chive to make the yolk look like a pumpkin. Servings: 6


Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie with Brown Sugar Meringue https://ncegg.org/recipes/bourbonsweet-potato-pie Created by: Kyleigh Sage / @barleyandsage INGREDIENTS 1 par-baked pie crust (prepared per package directions) 1 pound sweet potatoes 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 1/4 cup brown sugar 2 large eggs 1/2 cup evaporated milk 2 Tablespoons bourbon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice Pinch salt For the meringue: 6 egg whites, room temperature 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar 2 1/2 cups brown sugar Instructions Preheat oven to 400˚F. Prick sweet potatoes a few times with a fork; wrap in aluminum foil. Place on baking sheet and bake for 40 to 50 minutes until cooked through and soft. Once cooked, scoop the flesh into a large mixing bowl and mash until very smooth. You should have about 2 cups of mashed sweet potato. Prepare pie crust according to package instructions. If using homemade pie crust, par-bake for 15 minutes at 400˚F. before adding the pie filling. Add the melted butter, brown sugar, eggs, evaporated milk, bourbon, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Mix until fully combined and smooth.

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Pour the sweet potato filling into the prepared pie crust. Place on a baking sheet and tent the edges with foil so they don’t burn. Bake at 400˚ F for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 350˚F. Continue to bake for 30 to 40 minutes until the edges are set and the center of the pie jiggles slightly. recipe continues on page 32 Novemb er/D ecemb er 2 0 2 2

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Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature (about 1 hour). Then chill for at least 2 hours or until ready to serve. To make the brown sugar meringue, create a double boiler by bringing 1 to 2 inches of water to a simmer in a small saucepan. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the brown sugar and cream of tartar into the egg whites then set the bowl over your double boiler. Do not let the bottom of the egg whites bowl touch the water. Whisk the whites and sugar constantly until sugar is fully dissolved and mixture has thinned out (about 3 to 4 minutes). Using an instant thermometer? it should read 160°F. Place the bowl on the stand mixer and fit with the whisk attachment. On high speed, beat on until stiff peaks form and the meringue is no longer warm to the touch, at least 10 to 15 minutes. If it is still not reaching stiff peaks, stop the mixer, place the bowl in the fridge for 10 minutes, then return to the mixer and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Spread the meringue on top of the chilled pie and pile high in the center of the pie. Use a culinary torch to toast the edges of the meringue. The pie will last in the fridge for up to 4 days. Once topped with the meringue it is best eaten immediately. Yields: 8 servings

Cinnamon Spice Candied Pecans https://ncegg.org/recipes/cinnamon-spice-candied-pecans/ Perfect for Parties or as a Gift Ingredients 2 egg whites 4 cups raw unsalted pecans 1/2 cup cane sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt Instructions Preheat oven to 300ºF. and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk eggs vigorously in a large mixing bowl. Stir in pecans to evenly coat. Add sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and sea salt to a separate small bowl. Whisk well to combine. Pour sugar and spice mixture over pecans and stir well to coat mixture around pecans. Spread evenly on baking a sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Stir pecans well and bake an additional 15 to 18 minutes. Remove pan from oven and stir pecans once more. Cool at room temperature for 15 minutes. Serve or store in a dry location. Servings: 8

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Extra weight is not the gift we want to give ourselves during the holidays. With all the delicious treats to eat and being too busy to exercise, it is easy to put on a few additional pounds. In fact, if you do, you are not alone. Many Americans gain between 1 and 5 pounds during the holidays. Weight gained in the few weeks from mid-November until New Year’s Eve accounts for more than half of the weight gained for the entire year. If those few pounds melted away as quickly as some of our snow falls here in this part of the country, we wouldn’t be concerned. Unfortunately, that weight is like the old wives’ tales about snow which stays on the ground is waiting on the next snow fall to come. That extra weight is often just hanging around for more pounds to be added to it, which many people never lose. Fortunately, help is available. The holidays are not a very realistic time to try to lose weight so maintaining should be our goal. The 16th annual Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge is a FREE seven-week challenge which provides participants with tips, tricks, and ideas to help maintain your weight from November 14 to December 31. Participants can engage as much or as little as they would like to, as all resources are sent to their email and available online. Benefits include: • Weekly Newsletters • Daily Tips • Survive a holiday party • Manage holiday stress • Stay active during the winter • Weekly Challenges • Healthy holiday recipes • Support through social media • Share progress in private Facebook Community • Recipes on Pinterest • Tips and updates on Twitter and Instagram For employers: If you are interested in promoting the Holiday Challenge as a workplace wellness benefit, please call Cooperative Extension at 336-401-8025 for more information.


In 2021, more than 47,600 people from all 50 states, all 100 North Carolina counties and 28 countries took part in the Holiday Challenge. At the end of the Holiday Challenge, 92% maintained or lost weight and 96% reported that they are likely to participate in future challenges. Accept the 2022 Holiday Challenge and sign up today! To register, go to https://esmmweighless.com /holidaychallenge/.

Super Simple Seasonal Snacks The holidays often bring opportunities for get-togethers with family and friends. These gatherings may result in the need for extra food. With the many activities and events, we squeeze into the November and December, spending additional time in the kitchen preparing snacks may not fit in the schedule. Snacks do not have to be complicated to be yummy. The idea that foods which taste good, must not be good for you is also a myth. Try these simple and delicious healthy snack options. These quick recipes allow time to enjoy the season while making some special holiday memories.

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If you don’t have access to a computer, utilize those at your local library or contact the Surry County Center, NC Cooperative Extension at 336-401-8025. You can register for the challenge over the phone and receive information and weekly tips in the mail. For this holiday season, the only thing that should be “stuffed” is the turkey.

8 baked scoop tortilla chips – whole grain chips are a great option 2 Tablespoons refrigerated guacamole dip 1/4 cup chopped cherry tomatoes 1 Tablespoon finely shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese 1 Tablespoon thinly sliced green onions (optional) Put 3/4 teaspoon of guacamole in each chip. Top with cherry tomatoes, cheese, and onions. Makes 1 serving.

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Mini Pumpkin Tarts INGREDIENTS: 3 packages pre-baked, frozen mini pastry shells (45 shells total) 1 (15 ounce) can of pumpkin purée 2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 small (3.4 ounce) package cheesecake flavor instant pudding (can use sugar-free) Instructions: Thaw pastry shells at room temperature for 15 minutes. Combine pumpkin, pudding mix and pumpkin pie spice with a whisk in a medium bowl until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon or pipe into shells and top with a walnut half. Makes: 45 mini tarts

Notes: No pumpkin pie spice, no worries. Substitute 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ginger, 1/8 teaspoon cloves and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg. In a pinch, I have just used cinnamon and the tarts turned out fine. Once pumpkin filling is made, spoon into a large re-sealable storage bag. When full, seal bag, removing as much air as possible. Snip corner of bag with scissors and squeeze filling into tarts. This works well if you are traveling to a gathering. Put the filling in the bag to transport in your cooler and then fill shells upon arrival.

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A lot of the get togethers during the holidays revolves around big meals. Sometimes though, we like to get together, socialize and party. When we do this, we must have something to nibble on to go along with whatever the liquid refreshments are. The Blue Cheese Ball and Sweet and Spicy Pecans are two of my favorites. The combination of these two will complement any type of refreshment. I served Triscuits with the Blue Cheese Ball, but you can use any other type of cracker that you would prefer. When you make the Sweet and Spicy Pecans, try not to eat a bunch of them like I did when I took them off the baking pan. Ooh, they are so good. Have fun with your family and friends these holidays and enjoy life. 38

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Blue Cheese Ball 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature 1 (4-ounce) package blue cheese, room temperature 2 Tablespoons finely chopped green onions 2/3 cup chopped walnuts Blend the cream cheese and blue cheese in a large bowl. Add the green onions and blend all three together. Transfer to another bowl that has been lined with plastic wrap. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove blue cheese mixture and form into 1 large or 2 small balls. Roll blue cheese ball(s) in the walnuts until completely covered. Refrigerate or serve immediately.

Sweet and Spicy Pecans 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of cayenne pepper 1 egg white 2 cups pecan halves

Preheat oven to 300°F. ; spray a nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray. Mix sugar, salt, chili powder, cinnamon & pepper in a small bowl. Beat the egg white lightly with a fork in a large bowl. Toss in the pecans and stir lightly to cover the pecans. Sprinkle with the spice mixture & stir lightly to cover pecans evenly. Using your fingers, one by one, lift pecans out of the bowl and transfer them to the baking sheet, separating them as best as you can. Discard any leftover spice-egg mixture. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and then transfer to another baking sheet. Break the pecans apart as necessary. Let cool completely. Keep covered in an airtight container. They will stay fresh for about 5 days.


Dinner Etiquette Only on holidays do I pull out vintage tablecloth, cloth napkins, candles in passed down candlesticks. Yes, I do have battery candles for the grandkids’ visits. After I take the time to arrange the buffet etiquette is very important to me. One family holiday dinner I actually groaned, shame on me, when my pre-school grandson grabbed the edge of my late aunt’s red embroidered tablecloth to wipe his mouth!

Realizing I use paper napkins most of the time, a more elaborate table can be a good learning experience for everyone. Okay, let’s be general and to the point. Open your napkin and spread it across your lap. For our family-style dinner, pass bowls and platters of food around the table to the right. Serve and remove beverage glasses from the right. Once you pick up a piece of silverware, never place it back on the table cloth; place it on your plate. Leave the knife at the upper plate edge with its blade toward the plate. Leave the fork centered on the plate. If you get up and leave the table but plan to return, leave your napkin on your chair seat. If finished, leave your napkin to the left of your plate.

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WRITER/PHOTOS Courtney P. Tevepaugh Family and Consumer Science Agent, Wilkes County North Carolina Cooperative Extension Courtney_tevepaugh@ncsu.edu Follow along on Facebook @wilkesFCS

As we approach the holiday season, many might be scrambling to find gifts for the special people in their life. I often find myself wondering what to get someone who has everything they need. I'm a huge fan of practical gifts that (hopefully) bring joy to the recipient. After all, what good is a nice gift if it's of no use to the person receiving it? A few years ago I began making holiday gifts in a mason jar. At first, I tried hot coco and flavored coffees, this quickly transformed into cookies and soup mixes, even chili and cornbread. I remember the first holiday party I carried gift mixes to. I stuck a jar of homemade cookie mix into a gift and it was a hit. My friends wanted the instructions so they could then make the mixes for others. Since then I have explored many options for my "gifts from the kitchen". Each mix can be fun, and not to mention good on the wallet. 40

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Gifts from the Kitchen I know mason jars have been difficult to find in the past few years, so I encourage you to think creatively. Utilize recycled pasta sauce jars or even pickle jars. Dress it up with fabric, ribbon, or a nice label and you are good to go. Just make sure the container you choose is clean, with a lid, and large enough to fit the recipe mix you intend to use. So what are my favorite mixes you ask? Well, I haven't met one that I don't like! Mixes in a jar are so handy for gifting, but you can apply the same concept to everyday life as well. For example, you can give homemade pancake mix, but you can also make a large batch of it to have on hand at home. Other convenience mixes I enjoy are homemade taco and ranch seasoning, these are less expensive than a single package at the grocery store and can be tweaked to your liking. If you're ready to wow friends this season try out a few of these DIY gift mixes. To make the mixes follow the first set of instructions under each recipe. Then provide a copy of the recipe instructions for using the mix with the gift.

Friendship Soup Mix 1/2 cup dry split peas 2 Tablespoons beef bouillon granules 1/4 cup pearl barley 1/2 cup dry lentils

1/4 cup dry, minced onions 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 1/2 cup rice 1/2 cup macaroni noodles

In a clean, quart-sized jar, layer all the ingredients except the macaroni. Place the macaroni in a sandwich bag and place it on top of the other ingredients. Cover the jar tightly with a lid, decorate it and attach a copy of the recipe card. Friendship Soup Recipe Instructions 1 container Friendship Soup Mix 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey 3 quarts water 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes Brown meat and drain. Place in a large pot and add the water and tomatoes. Add soup mix except macaroni. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for one hour. Add macaroni and continue cooking for another 10 to 15 minutes (until macaroni is tender). For best flavor, use this mix within one year. Makes 12 servings.


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Add flour, yeast, and salt to a bowl, stir well. Pour mixture into a clean, quart-sized mason jar. Cover the jar tightly with a lid, decorate and attach a copy of the recipe card. Homemade Bread Recipe Instructions 1 container Homemade Bread Mix 1 1/4 cups warm water 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar

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In a large mixing bowl stir together bread mix, warm water, & apple cider vinegar until combined. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise 11/2 hours. Preheat oven and baking stone to 450°F. Punch dough down; remove from bowl. Using your hands shape into a round loaf. Place on a piece of parchment paper. Let rest 40 minutes. Before baking, dust the top with flour; make three slices on the top. Transfer dough with parchment paper onto the baking stone. Bake for 24 to 30 minutes. Cool and slice. *A cast iron skillet, baking sheet, or bread pan can be used in place of the baking stone.*

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Pour kidney beans into a clean quart-sized jar. In a small bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Pour mix into a clear sandwich bag and place it on top of the beans. Cover the jar tightly with a lid, decorate and attach a copy of the recipe card. Country Chili Recipe Instructions 1 container Country Chili Mix 10 cups water (for soaking beans) 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce 1 (24-ounce) can diced tomatoes 1 pound ground beef or turkey 6 cups water (for cooking beans) Remove the bag of seasoning from jar and rinse beans. Soak beans overnight in a large bowl or stockpot. Drain and rinse beans. Fill a pot with 6 cups of water and add the beans. Cook beans until soft, about one hour; simmer gently with lid tilted. Brown meat; drain and add to the beans with tomatoes and sauce. Add in seasonings, stir and simmer, covered, for one hour. Add a little more water if needed to thin the broth. For best flavor, use mix within one year. Makes 8 servings.

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Cranberry Orange Bread I found a new recipe for Cranberry Orange Bread and I love it! It is soft but dense with cranberries and nuts and my orange glaze takes it over the top. I used a 9x5x3-inch non stick pan and greased it well with Crisco. Preheat oven to 350*F. Ingredients 1 cup sugar 1 Tablespoon grated navel orange peel (I prefer navel oranges for the juice and zest) 3/4 cup water 1/3 cup fresh squeezed orange juice 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil 1 egg 2 cups all purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup whole fresh or frozen cranberries 1 cup chopped pecans

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Grease your 9x5-inch pan with Crisco. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, orange zest, water, orange juice, oil, and egg. Beat well. Add flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda, stirring just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in the cranberries and the nuts. Pour into the greased pan. Bake 350*F. for 50 to 60 minutes. Check with a wooden skewer or knife in center until it comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes and remove to you cake stand or dessert plate to cool completely. If you know me, I have to have a glaze, so I juice and zest one navel orange and add powdered sugar until I have a thick but slightly runny glaze. Pour the glaze over each slice or over the whole loaf. You can never have enough glaze. It just makes the bread. Happy Christmas and New Year Everybody! See you in 2023! Unbelievable!


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In the last several years of adult/working mom holiday seasons, I have noticed that my annual dreams of Pinterest-perfect holiday spreads often meet the reality of the busy holiday season and take the backseat to convenience and comfort food! I am learning to remind myself the most precious plans of this season all come down to what we are truly celebrating…and who we celebrate with! These two appetizers are crowd pleasing, no stress, easy to prep ahead and serve quick recipes - so you can enjoy more time with loved ones and less time frantic in the kitchen. First, Cranberry Crockpot Meatballs put a holiday spin on the famous southern party staple. This version uses jellied cranberry sauce instead of the usual grape jelly. In the fall, we often have these as a main course with sides of stuffing and fresh green beans. The sauce will make your mouth water. Finally, Teriyaki Glazed Kielbasa Bites. Sweet and savory with an Asian twist, these are tasty and look much fancier than their simple assembly! Happy Holidays!


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Wisk the chili sauce and cranberry sauce together in a bowl. Dump the package of frozen meatballs into the slow cooker, then pour the sauce on top. Stir to coat the meatballs and cover. Cook on low for four hours.

Teriyaki Glazed Kielbasa Bites 2 pounds Kielbasa sliced into 1/2-inch pieces 1 (14-ounce) can pineapple slices in juice, quartered 3 Tablespoons teriyaki sauce 1 Tablespoon sweet chili sauce 1 Tablespoon honey 1 Tablespoon pineapple juice from can Preheat oven to 425°F. Place a piece of pineapple on top of a slice of Kielbasa and stick a toothpick into them. In a small bowl combine remaining ingredients. Line a baking sheet with foil and cooking spray then place kielbasa bites onto the baking sheet. Brush glaze over tops and sides of bites. Place in the oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and enjoy!

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Melt chocolate and butter together. Cool. Add eggs sugar, vanilla, flour, baking powder, salt. Mix well. Add nuts. Pour into greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake at 350°F.15 minutes. Cool well and frost.

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Bohlen Cookbook A few Christmases ago my nieces put together a cookbook of some of our family’s favorite recipes and gave it as gifts. They included photos of the children and grandchildren on each recipe page. It has remained one of our simple treasures and used often reminding us of the fun we had eating around the table of our parents and grandparents. The Pecan Pie recipe is from my mother Annie Doris. This was easy for her to make and was always on the buffet at Thanksgiving and Christmas. It sure was good with a cup of coffee. The Corn Casserole and Apple Taffy Salad are from my Birmingham nieces, Melissa and Christine. They include these dishes at every Thanksgiving gathering with “umm…this is so good” success! 48

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Taffy Apple Salad 1 1/2 Tablespoons vinegar 1 large can chunky pineapple; drain & save juice 1 egg well beaten 2 cups diced apples, unpeeled 2 cups mini marshmallows 1/2 cup sugar 1 Tablespoon flour 1 (12-ounce) tub Cool Whip 1 1/2 cups Spanish peanuts Drain pineapple. Combine with marshmallows, let stand overnight in fridge. In a sauce pan over medium heat, mix together & cook until thick, pineapple juice, sugar, flour, egg, vinegar... put in fridge overnight. Next day mix the sauce with the Cool Whip Add pineapple/marshmallow mix and all other ingredients. Chill 8 hours. This seems like a lot of work, but it is AWESOME!

Yadkin Valley Magazine contributor and renowned open-hearth cook, Mary Bohlen’s book Heritage Cooking Inspired by Rebecca Boone continues to garner great reviews! The book is available in the gift shop at Wilkes Heritage Museum 100 East Main Street in Wilkesboro. Open Monday-Saturday 10-4.


Corn Casserole 1 (16-ounce) can cream corn 1 (16-ounce) can whole corn kernels 1 stick margarine, melted 3/4 cup sour cream 1 egg 1 (8-ounce) box Jiffy Cornbread mix 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (optional) Mix all ingredients except cheese; place in a baking pan. Top with cheese if desired. Bake about 40 minutes at 350°F.

Pecan Pie Easy, quick and delicious. 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup pancake syrup 3 eggs 1 cup ground pecans 2 teaspoons vanilla 1/2 stick melted margarine Unbaked pie shell Mix all ingredients together; pour into the pie shell. Bake 30 to 40 minutes at 350°F.

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Katie Martin

A Little Bit of Christmas Recipes/Photos by Katie Martin

Things are hectic around Christmastime. We want to have delicious food but time is limited. Of course, if it is special it would be wonderful. So, here are a few ideas. You will see...with very little effort, you can add "a little bit of Christmas" to your cooking. It can be both simple and delicious. Happy Eating!

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Sometimes, you are looking for different..not the usual same old salad. Asparagus and More may be your answer. You can add tomatoes and scallions to the recipe if desired.

Asparagus and More 1 can asparagus, drained 2 cups lettuce or other salad greens 4 strips bacon, cooked crisp French dressing to taste Chill drained asparagus. Place on individual plates with salad greens of your choice. Crumble cooked bacon. Use French dressing as desired. Serves 4

Bean Salad 1 (15 1/2-ounce) can cut wax beans 1 (16-ounce) can French style green beans 1 (17-ounce) can kidney beans 1 cup thinly sliced onion 1/2 cup cider vinegar 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 cup salad oil The day before you want to serve this salad,drain beans and combine. Add the sliced onions. Mix the oil, vinegar, sugar and pepper in a jar. Shake until well mixed. Pour over beans. Cover container and refrigerate 24 hours before serving. Serves 4 Note: This is our traditional holiday salad. It can be served by itself or on greens of your choice. It can be made ahead of time.


You have unexpected company and not a lot of salad ingredients. Sour Cream Lettuce may be your answer for a simple salad.

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Pea Salad is definitely not the norm but it does start conversation. It is also easy to fix.

Pea Salad 1 box or small bag of frozen peas 3 Tablespoons sharp cheddar cheese 1 cup cottage cheese Lettuce leaves or greens Cook peas according to package directions. Drain. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Serve warm over evenly divided cottage cheese placed on lettuce leaves or greens. Serves 4

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Peanuts for the Holidays Protein, B Vitamins, food energy and NO cholesterol! Four matching bowls filled with distinct flavorful peanuts set your holiday table apart from the ordinary! Chocolate/Butterscotch Peanuts 1 (6-ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate or butterscotch bits 2 1/2 cups roasted, shelled peanuts. Melt chocolate (or butterscotch) pieces in a double boiler over hot water. Add peanuts; stir to coat. Turn out on waxed paper. Separate with a fork. Allow to cool.

Parmesan Peanuts 2 Tablespoons peanut oil 1 pound roasted, shelled nuts 1 teaspoon garlic salt 1 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat peanut oil in shallow baking pan in oven, 5 minutes. Remove from oven; add peanuts. Stir until coated with hot oil. Return to oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, garlic salt. Stir to coat with cheese and salt.

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Sugar Coated Peanuts 1 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup water 2 cups raw, shelled peanuts, skins on Dissolve sugar in water in sauce pan over medium heat. Add peanuts; cook over medium heat, stir often. Cook until peanuts are completely sugared. Pour on ungreased cookie sheet. Separate nuts with a fork. Bake at 300°F. 30 minutes. STIR at 10 minute intervals.

Spiced Peanuts 1 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup water 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1 pound roasted, shelled peanuts Boil sugar, water & spices to hard crack stage (293°F.) Drop peanuts into syrup. Stir until nuts are dry looking. Pour out on waxed appear. Let stand until cold and dry.

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A Toast to the Holidays 2022 A holiday punch is a longtime decorative tradition that can offer a cool, light, refreshing beverage for your guests at any event and these recipes are quite easy to prepare. Happy holiday entertaining!

Twinkling Punch 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 cup water 4 cinnamon sticks 6 whole cloves 1 cup lemon juice chilled 1/2 cup lime juice, chilled 2 cups orange juice, chilled 1 (46-ounce) can apricot nectar, chilled 1 orange sliced 5 1/2 cups 7-Up, chilled

A Winter White Punch In a saucepan, combine sugar, water, cinnamon, cloves. Simmer for 5 minutes. Set aside for several hours or longer. Strain syrup; discard spices. Use a large punch bowl. Combine syrup & chilled juices. Slowly pour in 7-UP. Add ice. Add orange slices.

Served warm, cool or chilled... Wine, that is! 2 bottles white wine * 3 (12-ounce) cans pear nectar 1 (6-ounce) bag dried apricots 1 (5-ounce) bag dried apples 1 cup golden raisins 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 sliced orange

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2 teaspoons vanilla 3 (3”) cinnamon sticks 10 cardamon pods 1 whole nutmeg, split Combine first 8 ingredients in a Dutch oven. Place cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg in cheesecloth Tie bag w/string & add to wine. Simmer over medium heat; stir occasionally. Cover, remove from heat, steep 1 hour. Pour wine through a wire-mesh strainer to large punch bowl. Discard spice bag. *Non-alcoholic Punch: Substitute 6 cups white grape juice for the wine.

A Holiday Punch

Evergreen Punch

1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade 1 (6-ounce) can frozen orange juice 1 quart cranberry juice 2 cups strong tea 2 cups water Strawberries (optional quantity) 1 quart ginger ale Vodka (optional)

2 boxes lime Kool-Aid 1 quart ginger ale 1 (46-ounce) can pineapple juice 2 cups granulated sugar 2 quarts water 1 can orange juice or lemonade

If desired, lemonade, orange juice, cranberry juice and tea may be mixed in advance. At serving time, add the water, strawberries and ginger ale. If adding vodka, it may also be added ahead of time. Serves 16 to 20.

Dissolve sugar in hot water. Cool completely. Mix cool Kool-Aid and juice into sweetened water. Pour into punch bowl. Add ginger ale just before serving. Pour over ice. Makes 1 gallon.

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The 12 Days of Christmas Sometime over the holiday season you will find yourself singing “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Some folks believe this English song can date back to the 1500s based on the basic doctrine of faith.

Day 1: A Patridge in a Pear Tree. The pear tree is said to symbolize the cross, the partridge Jesus Christ. A mother partridge risks her own life to save her chicks by luring predators away from the nest. Day 2: Two Turtle Doves. Doves stand for the Old and New Testaments but also may represent the doves that were required as an offering when a male child was dedicated in the Temple at 12 years of age. Day 3: Three French Hens. Three symbolizes the Trinity but alo may stand for the theological Virtues of faith, hope and charity. Day 4: Four Calling Birds. The calling birds represent the four Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and their Gospel views. Day 5: Five Golden Rings. The rings denote the first five books of the Old Testament. Day 6: Six Geese A-laying. Eggs signify new life, geese stand for the six days of creation described in Genesis. Day 7: Seven Swans A-swimming. The swans symbolize the seven gifts of grace of the Holy Spirit as in the twelfth book of Romans. Day 8: Eight Maids A-Milking. Milkmaids as humble servants are supposed to personify the Beatitudes listed in Matthew. Day 9: Nine Ladies Dancing. The fruits of the spirit as listed in Galations. Day 10: Ten Lords A-leaping.Lords in the Middle Ages defined the law within their own lands…so the ten lords are the Ten Commandments. Day 11: Eleven Pipers Piping. The Pipers are the eleven disciples who remained faithful. Day 12: Twelve Drummers Drumming. Set the rhythm for marching—representing the twelve doctrines listed in the Apostles Creed, an ancient summary of Christian beliefs.

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Pomander balls are a wonderful way to spend quality time with family surrounded with soft Christmas music while creating. You need few tools: firm oranges (soft oranges get messy with juice running up your arm), a fork (can pierce 4 holes at a time) or ice pick and whole cloves. Admittedly whole cloves can be pricy but pomander balls can last the entire year and even longer.they make your hone smell amazing just like the holiday. Let them dry completely by giing them space to air dry and actually shrink…the more cloves you use the longer the dry spicy pomander will be fragrant. Your piercing design depends on the time you have and the age of the young ones creating with you. Some creative folk actually design a graphic…turns out beautifully. but I am pleased encircling the orange! Traced back to Medieval times, their main use was as a personal perfume. I have discovered whole cloves around a baseboard helps keep unwanted visitors at bay while I enjoy the aroma of a special spice. A grouping of pomanders in a clear glass bowl is decorative and useful. Mix with pine cones sprayed white for a striking centerpiece a delightful smell as well as looking beautiful. Ever consider using pomander balls as wedding favors? the entire event venue will smell like heaven and will do the same for your friends. Tie some ribbon and make an ornament or sink into a garland or wreath during any holiday.

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Artist, Amy Burdette

Art has been a love of artist Amy Burdette ever since she was very small.Set up with paper and pencils, according to her mother, Amy would spend hours drawing. She was born in the Republic of Malawi, a landlocked country in Southeastern Africa and lived in various other African countries and the United States before moving to Florida at age 13 where her family finally settled down for a while. She received a degree in Visual Art Studies from the University of Florida and continued to live in Central Florida with her husband Chris and their three children until 2019 when they moved to beautiful North Carolina. She has been in awe of the beauty of our Yadkin Valley and surrounding areas. Amy said the area reminds her somewhat in appearance of her birth country, Malawi, with the mountains and the red dirt. “I felt very inspired to paint landscapes after moving to North Carolina, whereas in Florida I tended to do more portrait work. I love to drive around the Yadkin Valley and gain inspiration from the older homes, farms and scenery of this area. Folks from around here may even be able to recognize local sights and homes I incorporate into my paintings.” Amy lives in East Bend with her husband who is an engineer and three kids who all also enjoy being creative in their various ways. “My middle child, Justina, joins me at the craft fairs with her artwork as well where we go by the title “Agape Bird Art.” Her mom has moved to the area now too and loves it here. The family attends Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Winston-Salem. “I don’t often take commissions anymore; however, I can take occasional requests for paintings of homes, animals or scenery. I enjoy various mediums but lately I have done mostly acrylic on canvas or wood slices. Currently Amy sells some of her work at The Barn Star Amish furniture store in King as well as arts and crafts shows. Like to learn more: Amy Burdette, Artist (407) 432-4040 nkhoma82@aol.com

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Hattie with two of her sons, Tom Rumple on the left, Flake Rumple on the right.

“My name is Hattie A. Rumple. I was born in Wilkes County in 1898, got married in 1914 and reared nine children. I recall mailing a card for one cent, a letter for two cents I remember as a girl going with my Daddy to town, we crossed an old covered bridge over the Yadkin River. Cars were not around then. The horses would get scared seeing the water through the cracks in the floor of the bridge I remember my Grandmother saying she was working in a cotton mill in Elkin, N.C, When the Yankees came through, they set fire to the buildings. The owner met them with a smile and a kind word, they put the fire out.There was also a store near by, they threw the merchandise out. One old lady got a side of meat and ran with it. They also left their worn out horses and took the farmers’ good ones. My Daddy grew wheat, corn and tobacco. The wheat was harvested with a cradle; combines were unheard of then. The thrashers would come with a steam boiler. The neighbors would exchange work and that called for a big meal. We also made molasses in a boiler. The cane mill was drawn by a horse or mule. 76

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We also kept cows, churned in an old wooden churn, kept the milk and butter in a box in a creek. When an unusual rain came it would wash away. We graded tobacco leaf by leaf which was the winter’s job for the market. We looked forward to the blackberry season, which we canned in tin cans for the market to buy winter clothes. My mother did a lot of canning, freezers were not on the market at that time. Barn yard hens furnished eggs, raised broilers. We also dried apples on a scaffold in the sunshine. We kept turnips and potatoes in a mound of dirt and straw. I remember when folks had choppings, barn raising, corn huskings. The neighbors would come in and help. We wold gather fox grapes and muscadines for jelly. We grew our own meat and stored in what was called the smoke house. Them hams were delicious. Our heat was a fire place, we burned wood. Times have changed in my almost 80 years but I pray my children and grandchildren won’t have the hardships we had. We were happy and folks seem to love each other, I suppose for the reason no one felt superior, all about the same level.”


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Sharon Hardin is a WinstonSalem resident and has been painting with watercolor for the past three decades. Her work has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally as well as internationally. Hardin has worked as an artist-in-Residence and an Arts Educator with local and state Arts Councils in Illinois, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Selected to jury and curate exhibitions on local, regional and national level, Hardin has participated on juries of selection for the Georgia Arts Council, Winston-Salem Arts Council and

Piedmont Craftsman, among others. She is a past visiting Artist and instructor of design at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Director of the Davis Gallery at Sawtooth School for Visual Set, as well as Drawing and Design instructor at Salem College. Hardin will have an exhibition at the Welborn Gallery in the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center in Yadkinville November 3 through December 23. Called “Observations and Fantasies." You are invited to join the opening reception on November 3, 2022 from 5 to 7p.

This organic watercolor exhibition will explore a visual language through forms inspired by nature, experience and imagination. Hardin’s paintings are created using transparent watercolor in a traditional manner—no white or black pigment. Some works contain the additional elements of embroidery thread or watercolor pencil. Subject matter includes mandala imagery, moon influenced creation theories, circular energy and natural phases.

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ooks B Christmas time is near and I would like to suggest you take a break from shopping for this year’s superhero mega-toy, and, if you haven’t already, add this new tradition to your holiday line-up. Whip up a fresh batch of hot chocolate, plate up a few sugar cookies, and put on the instrumental version of Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Time Is Here” to play softly in the background while you and your family gather by the light of the tree to read Charles Schultz’ A Charlie Brown Christmas. There are many printings of this precious gem available in a wide range of price points. The 2017 hardcover deluxe edition adapted by Maggie Testa and illustrated by Vicki Scott is particularly impressive with its velvety cover and coffee table presentation size, heirloom quality for sure.

Read by Cindy Martin

A Charlie Brown Christmas By: Charles M. Schultz “Fear not, for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy…

As the story unfolds commercialization of this spiritual season has Charlie Brown sad and depressed. It seems everyone, including Snoopy, who is decorating his dog house in hopes of winning the “Spectacular, Supercolossal Neighborhood Christmas Lights Display Contest,” has forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. Poor Charlie Brown becomes even more disillusioned when, in her letter to Santa, his sister Sally informs him she is willing to accept cash, tens and twenties, preferably, instead of gifts. The situation worsens when he finds his attempts to direct the Christmas play totally ignored by the cast. He and Linus decide a tree would be the perfect thing to set the mood for the play. Charlie Brown was determined that this was one play that was not going to be commercial! Everyone laughed at the less than perfect Christmas tree, Charlie Brown had lovingly chosen. “You were supposed to get a good tree,” the ever cynical Lucy told Charlie Brown. “Can’t you tell a good tree from a poor tree?” Hurt and distraught, Charlie Brown exits the stage with tree in hand, heading home. Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts gang realize that maybe they were too hard on their friend and want to make amends. Can they help Charlie Brown discover the true meaning of Christmas?? Find out in the beautiful storybook, available online and in bookstores everywhere. You might want to reinforce the festive mood on subsequent family nights by watching the movie version on DVD or by streaming it on Apple TV+.

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Santa at the Caboose WRITER Jennifer B. Bower

The Rural Hall Historic Train Depot and Railroad Museum is excited to announce that Santa Claus will be visiting the Depot this year on Saturday, December 10, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. As always, Santa will arrive at the Depot by way of a very special sleigh. In the past, he has made his way down Depot Street in antique cars and pony carts. It’s no telling what he’ll show up in this year! Once he makes his way to—and inside—the little red caboose, children will be invited to come aboard and share their Christmas wishes with him. Of course, Santa is always accompanied by his elves who will present each child with a small gift. Children of all ages will enjoy hearing—and perhaps singing—Christmas songs; partaking in hot cider and trainshaped cookies; frolicking in the “snow;” and exploring the Depot’s updated displays and gallery. Donna Jo Abernethy—whose father saved the Depot from demolition and opened it to the public in 1984—encourages everyone to attend this magical and unique event. Abernethy created Santa at the Caboose in 2014 as a means to showcase the Depot and gift her community with a seasonal, family-friendly event. Mark your calendars now and don’t miss seeing Santa at the Caboose. Santa at the Caboose will take place at the Rural Hall Historic Train Depot and Railroad Museum on Saturday, December 10, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Admission is free; donations are appreciated. The Depot is located at 8170 Depot Street in Rural Hall. For more information, please visit www.ruralhalldepot.org or email info@ruralhalldepot.org Novemb er/D ecemb er 2 0 2 2

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As Cheryl and I left the hustle and bustle of traveling on US 52 near Pilot Mountain onto NC 268 toward Elkin. NC, we entered a whole new world. The quiet serene countryside of Surry County. After about 3 miles we turned left onto JOLO Winery Lane. Beautiful entrance, immaculate grounds, pristine vineyards on either side of the road and a beautiful rustic but elegant building ahead that welcomed us to the world of JOLO Winery and Vineyards. We were greeted as we approached the building and escorted inside the tasting room to a beautiful private room called the Library to wait for JW Ray, co-owner and wine maker. The whole building just burst with warmth and elegance. We were informed that JW was running late because he was busy pulling out a mower machine off a deer fence that had slid down a bank in the vineyard. In the meantime, Levi, a very warm, friendly and courteous person and the Brand Ambassador, brought us a glass of wine. Bang! How wonderful these wines were. Instant relaxation and stress free. They were wonderful. Cheryl had a glass of Golden Hallows and I had a glass of Pilot Shadow. Kristen, JW’s wife and co-owner, joined us just before JW burst onto the scene. We knew when JW arrived because the audio level rose and the whole building shook with enthusiasm. The four of us had a very warm and pleasant conversation about the winery and how JW and Kristen got interested in starting JOLO Winery and Vineyards. They were both in the corporate world and had a great fascination and love for wine. Most or all of their vacations revolved around wines and visiting wineries. JW had always wanted to own a winery. They searched around several states before they settled on North Carolina. They wanted to be on the ground floor of shaping the wine industry in this area. They bought the first property in 2010 and planted their first vines and moved here permanently the next year and planted more vines. They also bought the adjacent property. They named the winery and vineyards after their two sons, JOey and LOgan. They have planted 80 acres of vines and are now the largest vineyard in North Carolina. The grape varietals include traminette, vidal blanc and sauvignon blanc for their white wines, and cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit Verdot, marquette, Chamberlain and cynthiana for their red wines. From these grape varietals, they produce 15 award winning wines, two sparkling wines, two white wine, one rosé wine, eight red wines and three dessert wines. You can enjoy these wonderful wines to your hearts content in their tasting room or on their sunkissed patio or covered seating looking over the four acre lake and the majestic Pilot Mountain. JW was very interested and still is in preserving the environment. He doesn’t want to use commercial pesticides that harm the environment so he uses organic sprays at the JOLO location. I’ve never heard of so many oils like rosemary, spearmint, clove and thyme and the likes of copper, sulfur and hydrogen peroxide he uses in his spraying. He even uses neem oil and capsaicin for Japanese beetles and other diseases. All through our conversation, JW and Kristen kept insisting that we try some food from their restaurant, The End Post. We each got an appetizer. Cheryl got the Muddy Paws Cheese Dip and I got the JOLO House Made Meatballs Marinara. What a choice, what a taste, what a delight and what an enjoyment. De-


From the grounds to the wines, everything is spectacular about JOLO. licious, delicious. JW said that the meatballs were his mother’s recipe. They were so moist and tender. JW and Kristen kept on insisting that we try an entrée. Cheryl ordered the 3 Cheese Manicotti and I ordered the Frutti De Mare. This fruit of the sea consisted of scallops, shrimp, salmon and capers with fettucine. This food was even more awesome. The taste, the aroma, the satisfaction and total enjoyment. I would compare this food to any high-end restaurant that I

have ever eaten in. If you enjoy good food, awesome atmosphere, unbelievable service and the warmest and friendliest staff, please visit The End Post Restaurant. About this time JW had a bottle of JOLOTAGE Reserve, that was just now being bottled, brought in. I don’t know how he keeps doing it. This wine was awesome, wonderful and very delicious. Easy on the pallet and warm to the tummy. I can’t say enough about his wine. Just like his awesome restaurant the wines are also great. If you want to

taste some fine wines, excellent food and enjoy a wonderful experience, I encourage you to visit JOLO Winery and Vineyards. For more information about hours of operation, directions, reservations, weddings, dinners, schedule of events, menus, information about the winery, etc. visit their website at jolovineyards.com or call 1-855-JOLOWINE or 336-614-0030

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Visit our bake shop offering homemade cookies, pies, bread and cakes. Food Trucks will be on site during show hours.

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foodsandflavors ~™ Yadkin Valley Wines Things to know before visiting the

Yadkin Valley Wine Country Writer/Photos John & Carrie Byrd Here are some pointers that all visitors to the vineyards of the Yadkin Valley should know when planning your trip. These tips will enhance your experience and make for a more enjoyable day (or weekend.)

To learn more about visiting Yadkin Valley Wineries:

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Check websites for hours of operation as well as policies regarding pets, children and outside food/coolers. Not all vineyards are open every day of the week. Several have food trucks on the weekends and do not allow outside food to be brought in and many do not allow pets or anyone under 21 on their property. If you are traveling with a group of eight or more people, please be sure to call ahead the week prior to your visit. Some vineyards require a reservation for larger groups and may turn you away if you’ve not called ahead. They have to plan ahead as well and staff accordingly. Please also be sure to stick to your reserved time as the vineyards sometimes have multiple groups throughout the day and showing up late can cause a problem. Please keep in mind that outside alcohol is prohibited by state law. If you do bring a picnic, be courteous to the staff and others coming to the property after you and clean up after yourself. If your group is too loud or intoxicated, the tasting room staff reserves the right to not serve you and ask you to leave. Whether you are doing a flight or a full tasting, be polite and give the tasting room staff member your undivided attention. There will be time for selfies and group photos afterwards. Most of the vineyards are doing some form of flight or tasting. If you are visiting on a Saturday, keep in mind that this is the busiest day for them, so it may take a little longer to maneuver from place to place. Fridays are a great time to visit! Only smoke in designated areas. Most vineyards in the area close at 5:00pm, so it’s best to show up no later than 4:00pm, as many have a “last call” at 4:30pm. You’ll want to allow yourself at least an hour at each stop to enjoy your time. Most of the venues in the area do not have meal service, so you’ll want to check to see if they have a food truck and/or music planned. These two things combined can make for a really fun afternoon. It can also help avoid any potential dietary needs not being met. While this may sound like a “list of rules,” it’s not meant to spoil your fun. It’s simply meant to help make your day better and more enjoyable as you navigate the vineyards of the Yadkin Valley and experience some really great wines, views and people.

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Love that healthy smile! help keep your teeth happy with these tips

WRITER Dr. Andrew Rivers Want to avoid cavities? The best liquids to drink are water, milk ad unsweet tea. Practice exemplary dental hygiene at home—brushing and flossing! Using a hard bristled brush with an aggressive brushing technique can cause irreversible damage to your teeth and surrounding tissue. Use a soft brush and avoid bearing down on your teeth and gums. Rinse out your mouth with mouthwash or at least water after every meal to help fill germs. Kid’s sealants are a hard material this is placed into the pits in their young teeth. They are one of the most successful and cost­effective means of preventing cavities. A note from YVM: One of Santa’s stocking gifts to our two kids growing up was a brand new toothbrush with a tube of their favorite toothpaste. Today even though they are in their mid 30s the tradition continues. Now our kids have kids of their own and guess what, the toothbrush tradition continues! So brush up your Christmas stockings!

Dr. Andrew Rivers

Dental Tips are provided by: Dr. Andrew Rivers Rivers Family & Cosmetic Dentistry 118 Hospital St., Mocksville 336-751-6289 RiversFamilyDentistry.com

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Judy Mitchell dresses up poinsettias for the holidays. &

Poinsettias A Christmas Tradition As the holidays approach, most of us get busy making lists and stressing over the holiday meals. Families have come to depend on that time spent together. There are some who are not fortunate enough to have family or friends with which to spend the holiday. I do hope that we are all kind enough to reach out to these people and invite them to sit with us at our tables and share with them the love and fellowship that we all have within us. Speaking of family time, it has been a very long time since Jim and Judy Mitchell’s family started their holiday tradition of raising poinsettias. Even longer than that, their nursery and greenhouse business has been a family tradition 92

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every day of the year. However, their holiday season really gets underway in August of each year. You are likely to find all three generations working to prepare for the season ahead. While this family has their traditions rooted firmly, it is not until November that you realize just how much of their own tradition has become tradition for so many others. Old familiar faces, along with new ones, are awestruck by the vast shades of pinks, reds, and whites when they enter the greenhouse. Situated at the back corner of the property, you can find it bursting with color from the thousands of poinsettias in bloom. This is an exciting time of year for all of the Mitchell family, their employ-

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ees and customers. To see the faces of those who have never witnessed the ocean of color that happens every year, makes all the August work pay off. The pause at the doorway, the look of amazement, and the smiles that ensue is the core reason that this family’s tradition quickly becomes everyone else’s family tradition. People come from miles and miles with their families and friends just to see the beauty in the greenhouse and maybe grab a few of the poinsettias for themselves to take home. Many churches and other groups depend on the Mitchell’s poinsettias to decorate their place of worship in celebration of the birth of Christ. Sometimes, the hanging of the greens is


actually the placing of the reds for many, though the symbolism is the same. So, I suppose it is not just family traditions, it’s one family’s long-standing tradition of growing poinsettias that provides others with an opportunity to begin their own tradition, within their church, school or home. Visiting Mitchell’s is to dive in to the sea of color that was grown for that very reason- to provide some joy and wonder for a season that has been overly commercialized. Each year, many poinsettias are lovingly donated by the Mitchell’s to nursing homes, hospice patients and others, to brighten the spirits of those who may be missing time with loved ones. Whether you visit the poinsettias at Mitchell’s, simply make a trip to a local eatery, or gather in the family kitchen to cook, traditions are passed down from generation to generation and create lasting memories. Take the time to discuss your traditions and explain to the younger of your family, why it is so important to you and just how it all got started. With any luck you will convince them to continue the holiday traditions and to appreciate everything as it comes. I personally remember a Thanksgiving and Christmas that my mom and I had no money and couldn’t prepare the large meal that had been our custom. My mother had just come home from the hospital and was unable to cook anything. At 10 years old, I prepared oatmeal and toast for our Thanksgiving dinner that year. There were no gifts at Christmas, except for a small quilt made from my old flannel pajamas for me and a small pillow shaped like a rabbit for her. We had sat together and made these for each other and it was the best Christmas ever. We continued these humble traditions by choice to remind ourselves that the gift of love is always priceless. I hope that love guides you through the holidays and reminds you it’s not about the money spent shopping, but the time spent loving with our whole hearts. Happy Holidays!

The Trinity United Women of Faith

Bazaar will be held on November 12 725 W. Dalton Road, King, NC 8:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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Celebrating 43 years

88 Poinsettia Varieties over 12,000 Poinsettias

Poinsettia Display, Voting, & Sales November 27 to December 5 Poinsettias will be ready for purchase mid-November until Christmas. We will be putting 88 varieties on display for voting between November 27 and December 5. Voting can be done Monday through Friday from 8 to 5, Saturday 8 to 4, and Sunday 12 to 3.

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Share the Road WRITER Jessica O. Wall, MPH

Director, Yadkin County Human Services Agency Medical Clinic and Wic jwall@yadkincountync.gov 336.849.7588

The roads in our counties are used for more than just driving motor vehicles. As we all know, many of our roads are used by people for recreation such as biking and running. The roads in our area of the state, and even the county for that matter, are beautiful, with long straightaways and sweeping curves, not to mention the views! This means drivers, bikers and runners all have the right to use the same roads and share the same space. According to their website, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is responsible for keeping people safe on America’s roadways. This includes people using all types of transportation such as cars, buses, vans and motorcycles. But they also address the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians. On their Pedestrian Safety page, NHTSA mentions “In 2020, 6,516 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 55,000 pedestrians were injured nationwide.” This is a 3.9-percent increase from the 6,272 pedestrian fatalities in 2019. And in regards to cyclists, their website states “938 bicyclist killed in traffic crashes in 2020” How can we work as a community to keep these at-risk groups safe as they are using the roads along with motor vehicles? What are some things all parties can do to make the roads a safer place to drive, bike, and run? The U. S. Department of Transportation launched the “Safer People, Safer Streets Initiative” in 2015. This initiative’s goal was to encourage local communities to assess biking and pedestrian safety in their area in an effort to lower accidents and fatalities. Through the initiative, fourteen US cities were recognized for their efforts to better policy, engaged stakeholders, and educate the community. And NHTSA has tips for drivers when sharing the road. They give specific things to remember when encountering a pedestrian: • Be aware that you can encounter a pedestrian any place or any time, keep your eyes out for them! • Stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk, even if it’s not marked. • Be mindful of slowed or stopped cars; they could be stopping or slowing down for a pedestrian so be careful when passing. • If you see a pedestrian, do not assume they will act predictably; be alert! • Drive in front of other people’s homes how you would like people to drive in front of yours. They also point out that motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians have the same right to the road as cars and trucks, but are much more vulnerable because they are not protected by a vehicle. There is also guidance for runners who run on roadways. Runner’s World has the following suggestions and recommendations when running on the road. • Do not assume the driver sees you. They actually recommend you act as if they don’t. • Runners should follow all signs and traffic lights as vehicular traffic does. • Run against traffic, giving at least three feet between you and the passing vehicle, and wear bright colored clothing and something with reflection. 94

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• Road runners should be ready to jump onto the shoulder or sidewalk to avoid a vehicle and should use hand signals to indicate turns and movement. • They should run with identifying information and a phone. • Overall, the runner must stay alert. This includes running with only one ear bud in, keeping their head up, and looking out for driveways, distracted drivers, high traffic areas, and other potential dangerous situations. The website Bicycling.com has similar suggestions for bikers riding in a rural area. These also include making the assumption the driver cannot see you. This helps put the cyclist on the defense and ready to react. Riders should look behind them frequently. This helps them see any driver coming around them, which may then turn right, in front of the biker, causing an accident. Check oncoming traffic also. Someone could be passing ahead and not checking what’s in the opposite lane. Avoid riding into the sunset. This makes it harder for motorist to see you. If a pause is needed,

it’s recommend that they are in high visibility areas. It’s best for bikers and motorist if cyclist ride single file. Cyclist should also use hand signals to indicate turns. Cyclist should be wearing helmets and any distracted driving, by either the cyclist or the driver, is unacceptable. Vehicles should pass cyclist slowly, giving a wide berth. Many states have a 3 feet rule for passing cyclist. This is a good suggestion for passing runners as well. Other tips include eye contact between the driver and the runner or cyclist and to maintain the “two second” rule for distancing yourself. Everyone has a right to the road. Cycling and running are great workouts and stress relieving activities. We want to encourage our neighbors in their efforts to train, push themselves and to be physically active. Let’s all work to make sure they make it through their workout safely. All parties are responsible, so make sure you are being safe whether you are the driver or the athlete.

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Christmas by Lamplight at Horne Creek Farm

Are you looking for a holiday program for you or your children to attend which leaves the commercialization of today behind and instead highlights the simplicity of Christmases past?

Then mark your calendars now for “ A Child’s Christmas at Horne Creek Farm” and “Christmas by Lamplight.” Activities planned for all of the events include caroling, reading the Christmas Story, doing a Christmas craft, hearing select readings from the time period, and learning about the origins of some of our most cherished Christmas customs. The children’s program will take place on December 3 from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm and again at 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm. The theme for this years’ program is, “T’was the Night Before Christmas.” The fee for the program is $15.00, plus 7% sales, per child. Event fee includes light snacks. Christmas By Lamplight will be held on Wednesday December 7 and Thursday December 8. Two time slots are available for each evening: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, or 7:30 pm – 9:00pm. After concluding the program, a very nice Christmas meal will be served. Fee for the program is $25.00, plus 7% sales tax per adult. Reservations are necessary for all of Horne Creek’s Christmas programs. For further information or to purchase tickets, contact Horne Creek Farm at 336-325-2298.

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A Wilkes Heritage... Christmas Open House You are invited to the Wilkes Heritage Museum’s Open House on Saturday, December 3 to enjoy its annual Christmas Open House. Festivities begin at 10a through 4:00p. Admission is FREE though donations to benefit the museum program are always appreciated. Enjoy making a Victorian Christmas card and the Children’s Heritage activities. Music kicks off at 10:30a with Ernest Johnson & Friends, Fiddle-Dee plays at 11:30a and at 1:30p it’s R.G.Absher. All of the Museum’s building will be open to the public. Guests will delight in a selection of cookies.

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Winter Preparation for Pets and Livestock We are fortunate here in the South to have relatively mild winters compared to what other parts of the country experience. However, I still feel now is a good time to go over some ways you can keep your animals happy and healthy this winter. This information comes not only from my own knowledge, but from both the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Clemson Livestock Poultry Health Programs websites.

Pets (Dogs/Cats): Pets should be brought inside during times of cold weather, if possible. If not possible to bring inside, make sure they have a protected/covered area to go to with plenty of bedding, food, and water. Check water for outside pets regularly to make sure that it is not frozen. Break the ice at the top if necessary. Provide extra food for outside pets during times of colder weather. Ensure that any ice melt products you purchase for your home are pet safe. Some ice melters contain lots of salt. Ingestion of too much salt can cause digestive upset, tremors, seizures, etc. Calcium chloride is another ingredient to avoid as it can burn your pet's paws. Crystalline amides and glycols are preferable ingredients to salts and other chlorides.

Livestock and Horses: These animals should also be provided with a covered shelter that protects them from wind. Provide extra hay/feed (up to twice as many calories as they normally eat) so they can maintain their body heat while also keeping weight on. Higher quality hay/forage should be offered during the winter months Check body condition scores regularly to ensure animals are not becoming too thin. Thin animals may need to be separated from the rest of the herd so they can receive specialized care and nutrition. Make sure animals have access to plenty of drinking water. Consider installing a heated water trough if possible. If not possible, check water troughs/buckets regularly and break the ice if needed. Horses are especially at risk for impaction colic during the winter months due in part to decreased water intake. Horses have little desire to drink water that is very cold. In addition to investing in heated water troughs, consider adding warm bran mashes, moistened beet pulp or pelleted feed soaked in warm water to your horses diet. Very young, very old, sick or underweight horses are much more likely to need a blanket to keep them warm during the colder winter months. As you can imagine, hypothermia and dehydration are the two most likely life-threatening conditions for animals in cold weather. Wet conditions and wind-chill further increase their risk. Very young, very old, sick and underweight animals should receive special care and attention. If you have further questions about how to keep your animals healthy in the winter, feel free to reach out to your veterinarian and/or local livestock extension agent. 10 0

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Collectors The World of Tom Clark —for those who believe in little people Dr. Tom Clark passed away this year. Born in Bladon County, he ws a beloved professor at Davidson College and an internationally known sculpture artist, often called “Gnomeman.” I met my first gnome in winter, 1983. He was sitting by the wood stove heating the entire ancient Glade Valley Store. Dr.Clark had donated several gnomes for the non-profit store. My little gnome held an upturned sea shell that still holds my paper clips today. Clark’s little folks' faces are still enduring to this day expressing emotion and more than likely a generous smile. The artist’s models came from people he knew and met especially people around his Blue Ridge Mountain home. He loved nature and created a line of small forest dwellers called Woodspirits in addition to his gnomes, historical and everyday people. Carin Studio members received newsletter. The figurines are made from a mold, usually 50 or so from each mold with resin and crushed pecan shells. Each figurine came with a certificate, a foreign coin on the figurine, the subject’s name, the creation number, the year of creation and the copyright sign. Some collectors are adamant about having all number ones in their collection while Dr. Clark always insisted the number didn’t matter in collecting or retail value. Rumors went around in later years figurines were sent out of the U.S. for painting but I could not find information online to validate this rumor. Have tried to call to see if the Carin Studio is still in operation in Davidson but while I left a message have never had a return call. For me, that doesn’t matter…there are little folks all around in antique stores, retail shops and I am always ready to offer them a home on my shelves!

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Live & Give Generously Live on less than you make Avoid unnecessary debt David L. May, Jr.

The above simple strategy works. It works in times of prosperity and when times are a little uncertain. Give your time, an encouraging word, a smile, a pat on the back. Share your talents and skills with others who need your help or can’t do things for themselves. Look for opportunities to lift someone up when they look like they’re dragging. Offer to go to the store for a neighbor or a friend. Pray for and consider the needs of others. All this fits into the category of living and giving generously. Buy someone lunch without expecting anything in return. Spread a good word about someone when they’re not around to hear it. Give someone the extra vegetables out of your garden that you can’t eat. Find someone you know that needs something more than you do. All of this is living and giving generously. If you live like this, it will put a spring in your step and encourage others to do the same. If you have $100, only spend a maximum of $99 or less. Those extra ones will begin to add up over time. They will be there for you when times are a little uncertain like they are today. Spending

$101 or more when you have $100 will seem okay at first until the road gets a little bumpy. Those bumps will jar you harder and harder and eventually lift you out of your seat and throw you on your head! Separating your needs from your wants is a good way of living on less than you make. This can be a hard process because we all get used to living a certain way and we don’t want to change. It’s more comfortable to keep doing what we are used to doing and not rock the boat. Many of us are like electricity. We take the path of least resistance. The practice of focusing on living on less than you make drives you to examine and scrutinize how and where you spend your money. Whether you have an abundance or not, this step is important for all of us. Debt is like having a ball and chain around your ankle. It’s heavy, annoying, slows you down and very uncomfortable. It’s always with you night and day. It’s a bad dream you never wake up from. When you wake up, it’s there. When you go to sleep at night, it’s there. Unnecessary debt is a much larger ball and chain. Now you’re really slowed

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The Business Section Avoid becoming ‘burden’ on grown children Here’s an interesting statistic: Some 72% of retirees say one of their biggest fears is becoming a burden on their families, according to a 2021 survey by Age Wave and Edward Jones. Both before and during retirement, what steps can you take to avoid burdening your loved ones in the future? Here are a few suggestions: Build your retirement savings. The greater your financial resources, the less likely it becomes that you’d ever have to count on your grown children for financial support. You may have access to a 401(k) or similar retirement plan at work, so take advantage of it. Even with an employer-sponsored plan, you also may be eligible to contribute to an IRA. In addition to offering a variety of investment options, a 401(k) and IRA provide potential tax advantages. And once you do retire, be careful about how much you withdraw each year from your retirement plans and other investments. Plan for health care costs. Once you are retired, health care costs will be a significant expense. You may have Medicare, but you'll also want to consider your need for supplemental health in-

surance to cover traditional medical costs. And you’ll want to consider another potential health-related expense: long-term care. You may never need the services of a home health aide or a stay in a nursing home, but no one can predict the future. Medicare does not cover most costs for long-term care, which can be quite high. In 2021, the annual national median cost for a private room in a nursing home was over $108,000, while the median cost for a full-time home health aide was nearly $62,000, according to a survey by Genworth, an insurance company. You may want to consult with a financial professional on strategies for protecting yourself from these costs. Create necessary legal documents. If something were to happen to you, and you didn’t have the appropriate legal documents in place, your loved ones could be placed in a bind, both financially and emotionally. That’s why it’s a good idea to create documents such as a durable financial power of attorney, which lets you name someone to manage your finances if you became incapacitated, and a durable power of attorney for health care, which allows

someone to make medical decisions on your behalf if you can’t make them yourself. You’ll want to work with a legal professional to develop the documents appropriate for your needs. Evaluate your housing needs. As you enter retirement, you may want to evaluate your living situation. Could you downsize to a smaller home, or perhaps a condominium or apartment? Not only might you save money with such a move, but you could also end up relieving your grown children of the responsibilities and hassles involved in clearing out and selling your home should you become unable to do so yourself during the later years of your retirement. By taking these measures, along with others, you can go a long way toward maintaining your independence and putting yourself in a place where you won’t burden your grown children. And that’s a good place to be. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, Member SIPC


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Christmas Memories WRITER/ Sandra Miller Upon the editor’s request, the Christmas devotional is on the lighter side. I searched my memory bank and came up with the year 1951.

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It was a crisp Christmas Eve, maybe even snowing lightly. Some neighbors gathered at our house with their small children and some who were childless. I was two. Every family with a child brought them a gift and placed it under our cedar tree, that glowed with artificial icicles, colored lights, and was stuffed with angel hair— now considered a health hazard. We kids were impatiently awaiting Santa’s arrival. Now, back in those days extravagance was scarce. Candy was a treat and gifts were few and often meager. But we were happy to be in our new four-room home, with an outhouse. Thankfully, food was plenteous, although simple, following the Great Depression. Unbeknown to me, Daddy would be wearing the Santa suit this year. Excitement filled the air as we kids slid around on the freshly polished wood floor and the adults laughed and talked. At last, the side door opened, letting in cool air and a hearty “Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas!” The white-bearded fat man in a red suit warmed his hands by the oil circulator before taking a seat. He seemed to feel at home and we kids warmed up to him too. I waited my turn and then climbed into his welcoming lap. Any reply to something he asked produced laughter from the adults, and I hoped they didn’t scare him away. “So, where’s your daddy, little girl?” inquired Santa. To my disgust I replied, “Gone to the bushes!” Only baby boomers and older can relate to my response bringing down the house. Things have certainly changed since the fifties. But I would love to go back and experience one more old-timey Christmas! One thing that hasn’t changed is the first Christmas Story. On a snowy (maybe) night in the City of Bethlehem, the longawaited Messiah was born in a stable and nothing has been the same. He walked on this Earth for thirty-three years and brought salvation to the whole world for those who’ll receive him. Now we wait for his return in the clouds to rescue believers from a very different world. And according to Scriptures, I’ve got a feeling it’s closer than most people think.


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