Yadkin Valley Magazine November-December 2023

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November­December 2023

after 24 years

Holiday Foods


It’s Our Final Issue

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November‐December 2023

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. 12

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People, Home, Foods 24 Busy Mom 30 Thankful 41 Cookbook Collector: Backyard Gatherings 44 Mama’s Recipe Box 46 Buying Local 48 Memories in the Kitchen 52 Importance of Family Meal Time 57 caring hearts 58 Quilts of Valor 64 Poinsettias 66 Houseplants 101 68 Keepers of the Past 74 Huntsville Historical Society 80 Ham for the Holidays 82 Make Ahead Breakfasts 84 pet pics 87 Off the Book Shelf

Health & Wellness 36 Gluten Free Recipes 45 No or Low Sugar Recipes 64 Dental Tips

through out the magazine... Historic Bethabara Horne Creek Living Farm Huntsville Historical Society Christmas Events, more day trips and events



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705 Lasley Road, Lewisville • 336-766-6513 Monday­Friday 7:30­4:00 • Saturday 8:00­12:00

For more information or to schedule a complimentary financial review, call or stop by today. www.edwardjones.com Member SIPC

Anyone can provide advice. At Edward Jones, our goal is to provide advice and guidance tailored to your needs. That’s why we live and work in your community. When it comes to your financial needs and goals, we believe you deserve face­to­face attention.

Retirement Plan Options

Business Retirement Plans

Individual Retirement Accounts

Education Savings Strategies

Portfolio and Retirement Plan Reviews


You talk, we listen, and we get to know you.



Paul J. Bunke, Sr., AAMS™, CFP®

Aaron L. Misenheimer, CFP®, ChFC®

Financial Advisor 124 W. Kapp Street, Suite C PO Box 407 Dobson, NC 27017 336­386­0846 paul.bunke@edwardjones.com

Financial Advisor 1530 NC Hwy 67, Suite A Jonesville, NC 28642 336­258­2821 aaron.misenheimer@edwardjones.com

Audra Cox Financial Advisor 715 S Main St, Suite B Dobson, NC 27017 336­569­7385 • 844­795­3462 audra.cox@edwardjones.com


Mount Airy Andi Draughn Schnuck Financial Advisor 496 N. Main Street Mount Airy, NC 27030 336­789­1707 andi.schnuck@edwardjones.com

Dale Draughn, AAMS™

Frank H. Beals Financial Advisor 965 North Bridge Street Elkin, NC 28621 336­835­4411 frank.beals@edwardjones.com

Barry Revis, AAMS™ Financial Advisor 116 E. Market St., Elkin, NC 28621 336­835­1124 barry.revis@edwardjones.com

Nathan Sturgill Financial Advisor 116 E Market Street Elkin, NC 28621 336­835­1124 nathan.sturgill@edwardjones.com

Merry Christmas

Financial Advisor 140 Franklin Street Mount Airy, NC 27030 336­789­0136 dale.draughn@edwardjones.com

Logan Draughn Financial Advisor 492 N. Main Street Mount Airy, NC 27030 336­789­3323 logan.draughn@edwardjones.com

Kody Easter, AAMS™, CRPC™, CFP® Financial Advisor 304 East Independence Blvd Mount Airy, NC 27030 336­789­2079 kody.easter@edwardjones.com


from our families to yours!

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Fixed Income Investments Randy D. Joyce Financial Advisor 136 W. Lebanon Street Mount Airy, NC 27030 336­789­6238 randy.joyce@edwardjones.com

Tammy H. Joyce, AAMS™ Financial Advisor 136 W. Lebanon Street, Mount Airy, NC 27030 336­789­6238 tammy.joyce@edwardjones.com Tanner Joyce Financial Advisor 752 S. Andy Griffith Parkway, Suite 400 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

foodsandflavors™ OUR RECIPE BOX... 36 82 39 45 44 30 83 24 82 42 48 80 36 46 42 41 47 45 45


Apple Cranberry Casserole Breakfast Bars w/Cranberries Breakfast Casserole Candied Fruit Squares Chocolate Cheese Pie Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies Christmas Ginger Truffles Christmas Morning Toast Crab Melt-Aways Crackling Bread Cranberry Baked Ham Steak Easy Pecan Pie Egg, Bacon & Cheese Danish Ham & Cheese Dreams Husband’s Delight Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffing Jell-O Cream Cheese Pie Layered Jell-O Dessert

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Lemon Poke Cake Marinated Vegetables Mini Pecan Pies Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies Pasta Salad Pecan Turtle Candy Peanut Butter Cereal Bars Pumpkin Whoopie Pies Russian Tea Salsa Morsels Sausage & Apple Casserole Strawberry/Rhubarb Pie Stuffed Ham Steak Sweet & Spicy Broiled Ham Steak Underground Ham Upside-Down Southern Apple Pie Zucchini Chocolate Loaf

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Come see how our beautiful “Arlington Bed” will enhance your home. Thank you John and Barbara for the years of bringing our community the wonderful Yadkin Valley Magazine. You will be missed!

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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 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 speech therapy. Open for out­patients, our residents and all of the community.

Our Physical Therapy Wing has so much to offer

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.

STORY IDEAS. At Yadkin Valley Magazine we value the concerns, ideas and interests of our readers. We welcome all story ideas and suggestions, always keeping an open file and working them in when possible. All story ideas should be submitted by mail to: 413 Cherry Street, East Bend, NC 27018.


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DISTRIBUTION. The magazine is available FREE at locations throughout the Yadkin Valley. You will find a highlight listing of pick­up locations on our web site at www.yadkinvalleymagazine.com. Not all locations will always have copies in stock.

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Health and educational articles included in Yadkin Valley Magazine are for education purposes only. Be sure to consult your personal physician before you begin any diet, medicine or course of treatment.

It’s Going to be a Delicious Holiday When you Cook with, and Serve our Yadkin Valley Magazine is a publication of Cherry Street Media,LLC. 413 Cherry Street East Bend, NC 27018 336­699­2446 November­December 2023 Volume 24 Number 2

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just a note from Barbara

Season’s Greetings…it’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas! Tis the Season of our most festive time of year with a number of family/friends traditions provoke a wealth of holiday cheer AND dreams of a whirl of snowflakes and winter’s wind! The holidays go hand in hand with cooking. Create this year’s Christmas dinner into a meal your guests will remember forever! This last issue’s foodsandflavors is our Christmas card to you with tried and true Yadkin Valley recipes from our readers and regular contributors, to guarantee this fabulous meal coming up. You’ll find appetizers, cookies, entrees, desserts, sides, salads and beverages. Little refreshes the spirit of the season as much as the sugary aroma of a warm batch of cookies baking in the oven. We only need our senses and a collection of Christmas memories to call upon. Keep, share and even offer Santa a hearty choice on Christmas Eve, each recipe says,“Joy to the world, indeed!"

Barbara & John

Caring hearts has been a favorite feature because we have met so many fine folks giving of themselves to help and ensure people there are others who care. Meet Diane Doub and her prayer shawls…you may want to be involved. Thank God for kids there’s magic for awhile. A special kind of sunshine in a smile Do you ever stop to think or wonder why The nearest thing to heaven is a child? Thank God for kids! At Christmas we are doubly aware of the birth of a child. Recently one of my grands said, “I miss you when you are not here. My face must have had a quizzical look because the child gave an ultra-quick response, “Not there, (pointing up to heaven) but here (patting the couch).” It’s certain there is no more of an honest and innocent being than a young child. Along with that child comes other family members…those so important especially at this thankful time of year. From John and I and our daughter and son’s families wish you the best Season’s Greetings!

Ryan, Dylan & Ken

"May the merry bells keep ringing, may your every wish come true. May the calendar keep bringing happy holidays to you."

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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


We offer solutions for: tough industrial applications commercial painting water fountains • concrete steps decks • car wash walls office buildings • homes concrete swimming pools garage floors painted AND sealed to withstand heat and water Got a painting project— we can do it!

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Yadkin Valley Magazine assumes no responsibility for unsolicited materials. Entire contents copyright © 2023 All rights reserved. Reproduction of our created advertising materials and design work are strictly prohibited. Yadkin Valley Living, Yadkin Valley Magazine, Yadkin Valley Weekends, Best Yadkin Valley Cooks, 52 Pounds and then some!, are trademarks of Cherry Street Media LLC, 413 Cherry St., East Bend, North Carolina 27018. Proudly printed in the USA. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in the magazine. We assume no responsibility for changes in schedules, prices, hours or information. Before traveling long distances, it is always wise to use the contact numbers included in the magazine to confirm that the events you wish to enjoy are still on schedule. The contents of advertising and articles do not necessarily represent the views of the publisher. The publishers assume no responsibility for errors or omissions of any advertisement beyond the actual cost of the advertisement. In no event shall the publishers be liable for any consequential damage or any damages in excess of the cost of the advertisement.

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with June Rollins Visit June’s website at: www.junerollins.com Twenty years have flown by. That’s how long I’ve been a contributor for Yadkin Valley Magazine. Longtime readers may remember my column was initially titled Last Words. It became Beginnings in May/June 2009. How do I remember those details? I’ve kept every column. I treasure them because I can look back and see what I was going through that I thought was worthy of sharing. Joys and disappointments. Fears and triumphs. Painting, always painting.

While reminiscing warms my heart, I’m careful not to stay in the past too long. At 67, I’m in the third, third of my life. Now, more than ever, I want to be present, in the moment, with gratitude, wonder and vitality. One of the joys of being an artist is a deepening awareness. Daily, I strive to interpret what I see and feel. Writing and painting are my vehicles of expression. My desire is for my efforts to also bring others joy.

Recently, I visited a friend’s small farm. I met her chickens, cows and donkeys. I took photos of Melissa’s seventeen year-old daughter, Elsa, feeding the animals. Inspired, I returned to my studio and painted nine paintings. Melissa has invested in some of them. Something resonates deep within me when I envision my artwork in Elsa’s home someday, outliving me. Maybe her children and grandchildren will point toward those memory triggers on the wall and want to hear stories of days gone by. Maybe. Dear Barbara and John, Thank you for the privilege of sharing my life with YVM readers. Dear Readers, Even though this is my last column for YVM, I’m continuing to write and paint. If you would like to keep in touch, visit my website, (Melissa’s animals are there), and subscribe to my monthly newsletter, or follow me on Instagram @jrollinsart These last words are also our beginnings. Blessings to All, June

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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.

Evva Hanes

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.

When you visit the bakery, be sure to purchase your copy of Mrs. Hanes’ inspirational life story!

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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in a busy

Mom’s Kitchen

Ryan & Dylan Guthrie When the holidays get hectic but you need something special, no bake recipes are winners! With this truffle recipe you get all the flavor of Christmas Ginger Truffles with four ingredients and no oven! A perfect treat for kids to get creative without much mess. Make ahead for events or work holiday parties. We sprinkled gold sanding sugar over our dipped truffles, but the possibilities are endless. 1 (8-ounce) block softened cream cheese 1 (8-ounce) bag Ginger Snap Cookies 1 (12-ounce) bag White Chocolate Chips or Candy Melts Gingerbread decorations, sanding sugar or additional crushed gingersnaps for decoration Line cutting board or cookie sheet with parchment paper. Finely crush ginger snaps in a food processor or high-powered blender. Add cream cheese and pulse until combined. Form into 3/4 balls and place on prepared sheet. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Melt chocolate chips by microwaving for 60 seconds then stirring and repeating until melted and smooth. 24

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Spear each truffle with a toothpick and use toothpick to dip in chocolate, twirling to coat completely. Gently tap off excess. Return to prepared sheet immediately remove toothpick and cover hole with decoration (or additional crushed gingersnaps).

One Solitary Life He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant. He grew up in another village, where he worked in a carpenter shop until he was 30. Then, for three years, he was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a home. He didn't go to college. He never lived in a big city. He never traveled 200 miles from the place where he was born. He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but himself. He was only 33 when the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied him. He was turned over to his enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While he was dying, his executioners gambled for his garments, the only property he had on earth. When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed grave, through the pity of a friend. Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today he is the central figure of the human race. I am well within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned--put together--have not affected the life of man on this earth as much as that one solitary life. Attributed to James Allen Francis.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Books and Brew

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foodsandflavors~™ Amanda Joyner

Amanda Joyner


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


Mini pies are the perfect holiday staple. Easier to eat than a traditional slice of pie (and no slicing is a plus!q These mini pies-once cooled completely can be arranged and stacked perfectly—trust me they won’t last very long!

Mini Pecan Pies 1 (8-pack) box frozen mini pie shells 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans 2 eggs 1 cup brown sugar

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1 stick unsalted butter 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 Tablespoon all purpose flour 1 Tablespoon milk

Par bake the pie crust for about 5 minutes at 400°F. In a saucepan melt butter, add brown sugar, white sugar and milk.Whisk in the flour and eggs. Continue to cook on medium heat until butter has melted and all the sugar and flour have dissolved. Remove from stovetop and set aside. Divide chopped pecans between the pie shells and pour filling over each one slowly—allowing it to soak in really well. You may have to use a fork to slightly move the pecans so that they are all coated! Bake at 400°F. for about 15 to 20 minutes until pies have puffed up and browned. Allow to cool before eating!

Congratulations to Amanda for winning awards in the three categories she entered at the Carolina Classic Fair this year. She won two second place ribbons and her fudge cake won first place!

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ShaRee H. Parker

ShaRee H. Parker

WRITER & PHOTO ShaRee H. Parker 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon caramel extract 1 Tablespoon Bailey’s Salted Caramel liqueur 1 (15.25-ounce) box Betty Crocker Butter Pecan Cake Mix 1 cup chocolate chips 1/2 cup coconut 1 cup chopped pecans Pecan halves, for garnish, if desired 1 cup powdered sugar


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I bake cookies often, but when I came up with this recipe in 2023. My husband, Terry, said these are the best cookies I’ve ever made! I have thoroughly enjoyed writing articles and submitting recipes for Yadkin Valley Magazine. Congratulations on your retirement John and Barbara Norman!

Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookies In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the butter and beat until smooth. Add the egg, vanilla extract, caramel extract, and Bailey’s Salted Caramel liqueur and beat until smooth. Add cake mix and blend at low speed until moistened, scraping side of bowl. Beat at medium speed for 1 minute. Stir chocolate chips, coconut and chopped pecans into the cookie dough. Cover and chill dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. With a medium (mine’s purple) scoop, form the dough into balls. Roll each ball of dough in powdered sugar and then place on the parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Add pecan halves to the center of the cookie and press down slightly. Bake the cookies at 350°F. for approximately 15 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on the cookie sheets for 2 to 3 minutes, then remove and finish cooling on a wire cooling rack. While one batch of the cookies is baking, roll out the rest of the dough into balls rolled in powdered sugar, place on a plate, and refrigerate until ready to bake. Store cooled cookies in a cookie jar.

Order in store or call to order– our pies, cakes & breads for the holidays.

Remember to order early!

Try our delicious Dutch Delights Candies and discover perhaps the best Chocolate candies in the area!

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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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foodsandflavors~™ Carmen Long

Thankful What are you thankful for? Thanksgiving is such a special time of the year to reflect on our many blessings. I enjoy the food, family, and fellowship that is tradition with this holiday. Not as commercialized as some of the other holidays, even with all of the food preparation that occurs in many homes, Thanksgiving seems a little more relaxed. Our ancestors celebrated Thanksgiving to give thanks for abundant crops which provided food during the cold winter months. Centuries later, farmers continue to work hard to provide us with good quality food everyday throughout the year. Not only is the 4th Thursday of November Thanksgiving, the week which Thanksgiving falls is also Farm City Week. This celebration gives us an opportunity to recognize and thank our farmers and the businesses which support agriculture and ensure we have a safe and plentiful food supply.

Carmen Long

WRITER & PHOTOS Carmen Long Family and Consumer Agent N.C. Cooperative Extension Surry & Alleghany county centers.

Agriculture provides food, but it is also very important to our local economy. Joanna Radford, Surry County Extension Director, shared these facts about agriculture in our community. We have 1,064 farms in Surry County with an average size of 143 acres. Cash receipts from livestock, dairy and poultry total $191,278,581 ranking 11th in NC. Crop cash receipts were $44,186,347. Where did all of this money come from? Chickens—Surry ranks 4th in NC for the number of layers and 10th in broilers on farms, 5th in beef cattle on farms, 5th in the number of acres of harvested cucumbers, 12th in blueberries and 16th in strawberries. Another annual tradition to celebrate agriculture are local county fairs. These events provide opportunities to show animals and compete for prizes in many different categories. From canned produce, cut flowers, arts and crafts to the largest vegetables, there is something for everyone. This winter is a perfect time to start thinking about what you may want to enter in the next county fair in your community. Congratulations to the 2023 Alleghany County Agricultural Fair winners who shared their blue-ribbon winning recipes just in time for your holiday table.

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1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup oil 4 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup powdered sugar Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix cocoa, sugar, and oil. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Stir in vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients. Mix all together. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Drop by teaspoon of dough into a bowl of powdered sugar; roll into balls. Bake 12 minutes. Cool on rack. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies 2 cups packed brown sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 1 1/2 cups solid packed canned pumpkin 2 large eggs 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 Tablespoon ground cinnamon 1/2 Tablespoon ground ginger 1/2 Tablespoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon vanilla Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease baking sheets. Make the cookie dough: Combine brown sugar and oil in a bowl. Mix in pumpkin and eggs, beating well. Add flour, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla together in a separate bowl. Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients; mix to combine. Drop by heaping teaspoons onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool and fill with filling. Filling 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup butter, softened 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar Cream butter and cream cheese. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Blend until smooth. Spread on bottom cookie and cover with another cookie.

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Zucchini Chocolate Loaf 2 large eggs 1/2 cup oil 1 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups shredded zucchini 1/2 cup chocolate chips 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt Pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves Mix eggs, oil, sugar, and vanilla. Stir in zucchini. Mix flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda, salt, and spices in separate bowl until combined. Add flour to mixture to zucchini mixture. Stir until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour into greased 9x5-inch loaf pan. Bake in preheated oven at 350°F. for 1 hour or until wooden skewer comes out clean when poked.

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foodsandflavors~™ Gluten Free with Peggy Isenhour

Peggy Isenhour It’s that time of the year when our thoughts turn to holiday get-togethers with family and friends. Baking has always been a holiday tradition in my family. We have been enjoying brunch on Christmas morning for a long time. The following recipes are always included. Having Celiac Disease makes it more challenging at holiday time to eat only gluten free (GF) food. The recipes I’ve chosen are favorites of my family and friends at holiday time. If there is a name brand item listed in parentheses, it is the gluten free brand I have used and recommend. If you are not gluten free, enjoy the recipe with your favorite brand. Happy cooking! Blessings

Apple Cranberry Casserole 2 medium sized apples, cored and diced – no need to peel 2 cups raw cranberries 1 1/4cups sugar 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats (Bob’s Red Mill GF quick oats) 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup flour (King Arthur’s Measure for Measure GF flour) 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup butter, melted Spray a 2-quart casserole with cooking spray. Layer apples, cranberries and then sugar in casserole dish. In a medium bowl combine oats, brown sugar, flour, pecans and butter. Top fruit with oat mixture. Bake at 350°F. for 1 hour or until bubbly and light brown. Great as a side dish or with vanilla ice cream as a dessert. (Breyers Natural Vanilla ice cream is GF)

Easy Pecan Pie 1 unbaked pie shell (Wholly Gluten Free Frozen Pie Shell: Publix, Lowe’s or Harris Teeter)

Filling: 3 eggs 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup light Karo syrup 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup chopped pecans 1 Tablespoon vanilla

Mix all ingredients together and pour into pie shell. Bake at 350°F. for 45 to 60 minutes or until pie is firm to the touch. Check after 30 minutes to see if pie is getting too brown. If so, cover lightly with aluminum foil. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. (Breyers Natural Vanilla ice cream is GF)

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foodsandflavors~™ Jim Collins

Jim Collins Jim lives in Winston­Salem. He is a great cook who knows Yadkin Valley Wines and, his way around a kitchen!

I was tired, worn out and I guess just downright lazy, but I wanted something sweet and refreshing. After a while I remembered this real easy lemon cake, so I decided to get off my tush and make it. To jazz it up a little, I poked some holes in the top of the lemon cake to get a little extra lemon pie filling down into the cake. Oh! My goodness. Was it ever so good. Cheryl and I had to have a second piece. It was so refreshing and sweet, but not too sweet. If you have company coming over and don’t have much time or you just want something quick and easy, this is the cake to go for. It is so, so easy and it doesn’t take much time. A couple of days later, I was thinking how you could exchange different ingredients and make something entirely different. Just experiment. You could use different cake mixes, different pie fillings or puddings, coconut, nuts, etc. You could come up with something amazing and delicious.

Easy-Easy-Easy Lemon Poke Cake 1 (15.25-ounce) box lemon cake mix, plus the ingredients called for on the package 1 (21-ounce) can lemon pie filling 1 (8-ounce) tub whipped topping, thawed Lemon zest to taste, for topping Non-stick baking spray Bake the lemon cake according to the package directions in a 13x9-inch glass baking dish that the bottom and sides have been sprayed with the non-stick baking spray. Remove the lemon cake from the oven and place on a wire rack for cooling. Allow the lemon cake to cool completely. Use the bottom of the handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes in the top of the cake. Spoon and spread the lemon pie filling onto the cake and ensure that the holes are filled. Spread the whipped topping over the top and sprinkle with the lemon zest. Refrigerate the lemon cake for 1 hour. Remove the lemon cake from the refrigerator, slice, serve and enjoy.

My Thoughts: I want to say Thank You Thank You to Barbara and John Norman, of the Yadkin Valley Magazine, for your enduring friendship, your love, your gratitude, your understanding, your sympathy and guidance. I have certainly enjoyed knowing both of you and I cherish our friendship. I wish you both the best of everything on your new adventure forward into retirement. You both will be greatly missed as the leadership and inspiration behind the Yadkin Valley Magazine. I hope someone is ready to fill your shoes and keep the magazine moving forward. Just remember that Life and Love are great. 38

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We have a very special cookbook to close Yadkin Valley Magazine’s career. Mary Mast has shared her BACKYARD GATHERINGS & Traditional Dining. She has created an aesthetically gorgeous publication with over 900 family recipes. The Yoder/Mast Family had nine sons and two daughters. The family count today is in the 60s. "Our gatherings are often outdoors, in the backyard. We enjoy grilling and hope you will like our Outdoor Cooking section. I have come to really enjoy baking and cooking. New cookbooks are read like story books." said Mary. It took Mary two years to complete a book YOU will enjoy reading, gifting and cooking with. Here’s a sampling of the recipes.

Pasta Salad 1 1/2 pounds red-colored spiral pasta 1 pound crumbled bacon 1 small onion, chopped 1 medium sweet red or orange pepper, diced 2 tomatoes, diced 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese Cook pasta, just until soft. Drain and add bacon, onion, peppers, tomatoes and cheese. Dressing 3 cups Miracle Whip 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup vinegar 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 Tablespoon celery seed 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon onion salt 1/4 cup Italian dressing Stir together dressing ingredients and mix with pasta Serves 30. BACKYARD GATHERINGS is spiral bound and available at: Home Acres Fine Furniture and Shiloh General Store in Hamptonville, Cherry Street Farmhouse in East Bend.

4 cups cubed ham 1/4 cup butter 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 Tablespoon Worcesthire sauce 2 cans cream of mushroom soup 1 cup milk (optional) 2 cups Velveeta cheese, cubed 4 quarts mashed potatoes 2 cups sour cream crumbled bacon Combine and cook in medium saucepan. Place in bottom of medium roaster. In saucepan, heat until cheese melts. Put over ham mixture. Mash potatoes. Use no salt or milk. Mix with sour cream. Spread over cheese mixture and sprinkle with bacon. Bake 20 minutes at 350°F. or until done. Serves 8 to 10.

Husband’s Delight 1 pound ground beef 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 2 cups pizza sauce 1 (8-ounce) box noodles 1 (4-ounces) block cream cheese 1 cup sour cream 1 to 2 cups grated cheese Fry hamburger; drain. Add salts and pizza sauce.Cook noodles by box directions; mix with pizza sauce. Add cream cheese, sour cream, grated cheese with hamburger/noodle mixture. Put in 2-quart baking dish; bake at 350°F. for 30 minutes. Serves 10.

Sausage and Apple Casserole 1 pound sausage 4 medium apples, peeled & cubed 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled & cubed 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 Tablespoon flour 2 Tablespoons sugar Combine salt, flour and sugar. Arrange sausage, apples and sweet potatoes in layers in a casserole. Sprinkle some flour mixture over each layer. Top with a layer of sausage. Cover tightly. Bake at 375°F. for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Serves 8. Novemb er-D ecemb er 2 0 23


Appetizers are vital to successful holiday meals. Here are some recipes you can whip up with minimal stress! Crab Melt-Aweays 3 English muffins, sliced into quarters 1 stick margarine, softened 1 (7-ounce) jar cheese spread 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 12 ounces crab meat Grind crabmeat in food processor. Mix ingredinets together, spread on muffin wedges. Broil until they bubble and become slightly brown, about 10 minutes. Serve hot. These may be prepared ahead and frozen. Thaw before broiling.


Salsa Morsels 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened 1 (3-ounce) block cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup thick and chunky salsa 2 eggs, room temp 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 2 Tablespoons ripe, pitted olives, chopped 1 Tablespoon green onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, pressed 1/4 cup sour cream 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, snipped Whisk cream cheese until smooth. Whisk in salsa, eggs until well blended. Stir in cheese. Fold in olives, onion, garlic. Spray mini-muffin pan with non-stick spray. Fill cups with salsa mixture. Bake 15 to 18 minutes in a 350°F. oven or until center is set. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove, cool. Spread tops with a small amount of sour cream,. Snip cilantro with kitchen scissors. Sprinkle over sour cream.

Ham & Cheese Dreams 1 pizza crust 1 (6-ounce) package Deli-sliced smoked ham 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese Ranch dressing and pizza sauce Roll out dough. Arrange ham slices and top with cheese. Roll into a log shape. Bake at 400°F. 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool and slice. Dip in Ranch dressing or pizza sauce.

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Mama’s Recipe Box WRITER Barbara Norman 1 cup sugar 3 (8-ounce) blocks of cream cheese softened. 5 eggs 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract 1 Tablespoon lemon juice 1 (4-ounce) box Sweet Chocolate melted and cooled 1 crushed chocolate cookie crust

Chocolate Cheese Pie Oh, Yum…smoothly rich and creamy. An easy two-step chocolate cheese pie to make ahead for the holidays that everyone will love! Add sugar to cheese in a bowl, blending well. Beat in eggs, one at a time; add vanilla. Measure 2 cups of cheese mixture; FOLD in chocolate. Add lemon juice to remaining cheese mixture. Pour into well buttered 10-inch pie pan. Bake at 350°F. 40 to 45 minutes. Cool then chill. (Top with a dollop of Cool Whip and chocolate curls!) Cut into wedges. Serves12.

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Marinated Vegetables You can use any canned preferred vegetables. Fresh celery, onions, peppers all chopped. Canned: green peas, French green beans, carrots, black-eyed peas… All drained. Mix: 1 cup vinegar 1 teaspoon 1 to 1 1/2 cups Splenda Black pepper to taste Refrigerate and drain to serve.

Jello Cream Cheese Pie 1 large block cream cheese 1 box sugar-free instant lemon pudding 2 cups skim milk 1 graham cracker pie crust Soften cream cheese slowly with small amount of milk. When softened, add pudding mix. Mix until thick and smooth. Pour into crust and refrigerate.

Layered Jello Dessert First Layer: sugar-free orange Jello mixed with small can of no-sugar added crushed pineapple. Sprinkle miniature marshmallows over Jello. Set up in refrigerator BE SURE TO DRAIN CRUSHED PINEAPPLE Second Layer: sliced bananas over Jello Third Layer: no-sugar instant vanilla pudding made with skim milk, (2 cups). Lastly, cover with Cool Whip and sprinkle with grated American cheese. Make in a large Pyrex dish.

Strawberry Rubarb Pie 1 pint frozen sliced strawberries 1 pint frozen sliced rhubarb 2 prepared crusts Put fruit in pot and bring to a boil. Turn down heat; add about 1/4 cup…. (about 2 Tablespoons) margarine. Add a big pinch soda—mixture will foam. Now add Splenda to taste. Pour mixture into pie crust; cover with a top crust. Bake at 425°F. until top is light brown. (see photo)

Ella & Bill Rhodes were great first friends we met in Wilkes County when we started Yadkin Valley Magazine. Bill is diabetic and Ella has been diligent in fixing no or low sugar dishes for him and shared some with us over the magzine’s years. It means a lot to have her share in our last issue. Bless you Ella!

Candied Fruit Squares 6 Tablespoons margarine or butter, melted 4 cups vanilla wafer crumbs 3/4 cup green candied cherries 3/4 cup halved red candied cherries 1/2 cup chopped candied pineapple 3/4 cup chopped dates 1 cup pecan halves 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand milk Mix butter and crumbs together and pat into a 15x10x1-inch dish. Arrange fruit, dates and nuts over crumb mixture. Pour milk evenly over fruit. Bake at 350°F. For 20 to 25 minutes. Cool and cut into squares. Makes 60. An Ella Tip: I also use a big pinch of soda in my homemade vegetable soup. The soda cuts down on the acid in vegetables. Novemb er-D ecemb er 2 0 23



Lisa Prince

Seafood Markets: If you're looking for fresh seafood, purchasing from local seafood markets ensures that you're supporting local fishermen and the local seafood industry. SA Programs: Community Supported Agriculture programs allow consumers to buy a share of a local farm's produce, usually on a seasonal basis. This provides a direct connection between consumers and farmers. Grocery Stores: Even when buying from grocery stores, choosing local products supports the local economy. Store brand eggs or Eggland’s Best eggs sourced from North Carolina Egg Farmers are local products, as they come from within the state. Buying locally helps strengthen the local food system and creates a stronger connection between consumers and the producers who work hard to bring food to our tables. It's also a way to ensure that you're getting fresher products, as they haven't traveled long distances to reach you. When you buy eggs, for example, from North Carolina Egg Farmers, you're not only supporting local agriculture but also benefiting from the freshness that comes from eggs being delivered shortly after they're laid. This practice can contribute to a higher quality and more flavorful eating experience.

WRITER & PHOTOS Lisa Prince, Director, NC Egg Association

Buying Local Buying locally means purchasing products that are produced or grown in your local area or region, rather than products that are shipped from distant locations. When you buy local, you are supporting your local economy, reducing the carbon footprint associated with transportation, and often getting fresher and more flavorful products. Buying locally could involve various methods: Direct Purchases: You can buy produce, eggs, or other goods directly from your neighbors or friends who farm. Roadside Stands: Many farmers set up stands by the roadside, offering fresh produce, eggs, and other products directly to consumers. Farmers Markets: Farmers markets are organized venues where local farmers and producers gather to sell their products. It's a great way to access a variety of local foods in one place. 46

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Egg, Bacon & Cheese Danish https://ncegg.org/recipes/egg-bacon-cheese-danish/ 1 (14-ounce) box puff pastry 4 to 6 eggs (one for egg wash) 4 strips of bacon cooked and crumbled. 1/2 cup cheese (more if preferred) cheddar, pecorino, your favorite Chopped chives and more cheese or bacon for garnish. Preheat oven to 375 °F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, unfold puff pastry; roll into a 16x12-inch thin rectangle. Using a pizza wheel or sharp knife, cut dough into 8 to 12 squares. Gently stack 2 sheets/squares together. Fold them in half, creating a triangle. Cut along both sides of the hypotenuses, creating an inside triangle but not connecting the cut points, leave about 1/4 t1/2-inch from the edge. Do not cut through the connecting point. Open the 2 sheets back to a square. Gently pull the opposite sides of the open corner and fold to the other side. You should have 2 twisty knots on the other corners. Gently fix the dough with your fingers to make sure there is no gap between the bottom pieces and the sides. Repeat steps for the rest of the dough.Brush with beaten egg. Place squares with cutouts on top. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let stand for 30 minutes. Brush with more beaten egg if needed. Use your hands to gently pull the holes a bit bigger. Bake for 8- to 9 minutes. Remove from oven and crack one egg into center of each Danish. Sprinkle with cooked and crumbled bacon, cheese, salt and pepper if desired.Return to oven; bake until eggs are set, pastry is puffed and golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and garnish with cheese and chives.

Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffing https://ncegg.org/recipes/jalapeno-cornbread-stuffing/ Cornbread 1 cup cornmeal 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted 1/3 cup honey 1/2 cup 2% milk 2 large eggs Stuffing 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter + extra for greasing 1 cup chopped celery. 1 cup chopped sweet yellow onion. 2 cloves garlic, minced. 2 Tablespoons chopped jalapeño 2 large eggs 1 cup chicken stock 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary 1/4 teaspoon dried sage 6 cups crumbled cornbread. 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Start by making cornbread: Preheat oven to 350ºF and line an aways baking pan with parchment paper. In a medium mixing bowl add cornmeal, flour, baking powder and sea salt. Whisk to combine. Whisk butter and honey in a separate large mixing bowl. Whisk in milk and eggs until just combined. Gradually stir in dry ingredients. Pour mixture into the prepared pan; spread evenly. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cornbread in the pan for 10 minutes. Invert onto a cooking rack and cool completely at room temperature. Reduce oven heat to 200ºF. Slice cornbread into large squares; break into bite sized pieces using your hands.

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Merry Christmas

Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes to dry cornbread. This will help to prevent soggy stuffing. Cool cornbread at room temperature while preparing other ingredients. Increase oven to 350ºF and lightly grease a 9x9 -inch glass casserole dish with butter. Heat butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add celery and onions. Sauté for 10 minutes or until tender. Stir in garlic and jalapeño, and sauté 1 minute longer. Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, chicken stock, salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary and sage. Stir in cornbread and sautéed vegetables until evenly moistened. Fold in shredded cheddar cheese. Pour mixture into prepared dish and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until stuffing is golden brown on top. Servings: 8

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Courtney Tevepaugh photo: Pixels On Paper Photography

The Extension and Community Association as it’s presently known is a volunteer organization dedicated to empowering individuals and families to improve their quality of living through continuing education, leadership development, and community service. Historically the organization was known as the Extension Homemakers or Home Demonstration Clubs. The North Carolina Federation of Home Demonstration Clubs, as it was known at the time, began in 1920, at State College in Raleigh. In Wilkes County, Home Demonstration Agent Miss. Harriet McGoogan organized the original eight clubs in 1938. Clubs were in the communities of Ronda, Mountain View, Ferguson, Boomer, Maple Springs, Moravian Falls, Gilreath, and Parsonsville. Over the years membership expanded to many clubs and approximately 300 members throughout Wilkes County. Clubs provided rural women with opportunities for education, community outreach, and leadership development. Members in turn gave back through volunteer work to improve life in the family, home, and community. To honor these extraordinary women I am sharing heritage recipes from the 1990 cookbook From Cover to Cover, written by the Wilkes County 48

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Memories in the Kitchen A Tribute to the Extension & Community Association Extension Homemaker Clubs. My sincere hope is that these recipes bring you joy this season and serve as a reminder of times gone by. If you are interested in more information regarding ECA contact your local Cooperative Extension Service.

Russian Tea by Mrs. Annie H.

This information was sourced from And That’s the Way It Was 1920-1980 The 60-year history of home economics work in North Carolina and From Cover to Cover - cookbook by Wilkes County Extension Homemakers, 1990.

Greene, Home Demonstration Agent, Reprint from 1955 Cookbook 1 1/2 cups sugar Juice of 4 oranges Juice of 1 lemon Few whole cloves 5 cups water Grated rind of 1 orange 8 cups brewed tea Add sugar, grated orange rind, cloves and water. Boil 1 minute. Strain. Add freshly steeped tea and fruit juices. Serve hot or cold.

Crackling Bread by Mrs. Annie H.

1 c. milk

Greene, Home Demonstration Agent, Reprint from 1955 Cookbook 3/4 cup enriched flour 1/2 teaspoon soda 1 cup diced cracklings 1 1/2 cups cornmeal 1/4 teaspoon salt

Sift together dry ingredients. Stir in cracklings, add the milk. Form into oblong cakes and place in greased baking pan. Bake in hot oven 400°F. for 30 minutes.

Upside-Down Southern Apple Pie by Corinne Sink, Hinshaw Club 1/4 cup butter, softened 2/3 cup pecan halves 2/3 cup brown sugar, finely packed 2 pie crusts (9-inch pan) 6 cups cooking apples, peeled and sliced 1 lemon, juiced 1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 1 Tablespoon flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg Spread butter in bottom of pan. Arrange pecans, rounded side down, on bottom of pie plate, pressing into butter. Sprinkle with cup brown sugar and press gently. Roll 1/2 of pastry i1/8-inch thick and press firmly on sides and bottom of pie plate. Trim excess pastry on edges. Set aside. Combine apples and lemon juice in a large bowl. Add 1/3 cup brown sugar, salt and spices. Toss gently. Spoon filling in crust. Roll out remaining pastry and top pie. Fold edges under and flute, prick top of crust with fork.Bake at 450°F. for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350°F. and bake 30 to 40 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Put plate on top and invert to serve.

I was looking through old books in my office and was inspired to share about ECA. I'm attaching a photo of the books I referenced in the article. The other photos are from the 1955 Friendship Home Demonstration Club Yearbook featuring members' work during that year. ...Courtney

Pistachio Salad by Edna Parlier, Pores Knob Club, Reprint from 1981 cookbook 1 (3 3/4-ounce) box Pistachio pudding mix 1 large can crushed pineapple

1 (4 1/2-ounce) tub Cool Whip 1/2 cup mini marshmallows 1/2 cup chopped pecans Empty pineapple in bowl. Add pudding mix and stir. Fold in Cool Whip. Add marshmallows and nuts. Refrigerate and serve.

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WRITER Jessica O. Wall, MPH

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

The Importance of


Meal Time Many years ago, it was a very common practice for families to come together at the end of the day and eat dinner together. Often times breakfast and lunch were on the go or at work or school. The dinner table was the place where everyone came back together from their day, shared a meal and spent quality time together. But over the past couple decades, research shows that families are gathering together for meals less and less. And, in recent years, when families are coming together, there is less quality time due to televisions or 52

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smart phones being part of the mealtime. Often, schedules and time are main reasons families give for not eating together. If a family has both parents working or is a single parent home, the adult(s) may be tired and not want to prepare a meal, or they may not know how to prepare a meal everyone can enjoy together. Or children may be involved in a variety of extracurricular activities that keeps everyone from being at the table together. You may think skipping meal time together is not a big deal. But there are many benefits to regular family meals including physical, mental and social-emotional benefits. In February 2021, Jane E. Anderson, MD, FCP and Den Trumbull, MD, FCP authored a position statement about this very topic. In, Benefits of the Family Table (American College of Pediatrics, ACP), the authors conducted a review of literature and shared the collective results of their research. And this was clear: everyone benefits from the family meal. This includes the children, the adults, and even the community. In their conclusion, they explain that this time can be protective “against many of the harms that come to children from a hurried lifestyle”. The authors go on to recommend that pediatricians encourage family meal time to parents during visits regarding their children’s care. So, what exactly are the benefits of coming together as a family during meal time? It’s a wide variety from physical benefits including healthier meals and decreased obesity to better academics and a decreased likelihood of risky behaviors in children when they are older. Family meal time puts the focus on the meal and may decrease the amount of fast food families consume. Family meals have been shown to help increase fruit and vegetable consumption in children and teens. Also, children can see adults model healthy food choices. Academics are supported through conversation, language development and increased vocabulary. Children can interact with adults and learn to express themselves through story telling. They can share about their day, where they are having trouble, and where they are excelling. This family talk is more likely to occur at meal time than when engaging in other family activities, according to the ACP position statement. This is also a great time to learn about and practice manners! And the evidence is very clear that family meal time is a protective factor against risky behaviors in older youth such as participating in substance use, sexual activity, violent acts, physical destruction, and running away. Children that regularly engage in meal time are found to have higher self-esteem, less depression, less suicide attempts, and less likely to experience cyber-bullying.

Agreeing family meal time is important and beneficial is the first step, and probably the easiest. The next step, and notably the most difficult, is being intentional about finding the time and making it happen. First things first, you have to make this time a priority. As with other behavior changes you are trying to make, don’t try to make too many big changes at once. You can start by picking two or three nights a week that are going to be family meal nights. Let everyone know in advance. Also, don’t feel you need to make the dinner very complex to make them beneficial. Quick and healthy meals can have just a few ingredients and can be simple to put together. The key is to plan ahead by knowing what you will have and making sure you have the ingredients on hand. I like to “cheat” by always adding a microwaved frozen vegetable or throwing some in the air fryer to roast quickly. If starting this practice, the most important thing to start with is all being at the table together. Then, as you get into a rhythm, you can add more nights, increase the complexity of the meals or even take turns cooking. That’s another benefits to meal time, if everyone shares a task. Children can see teamwork and learn a responsibility. My son Owen loves setting the table. Lynnley, my daughter, is a great helper when dinner is over, getting the dishes to the kitchen. If my husband Mark cooks, then I clean and we have all chipped in to help and we had that time together. Try to have rules about your meal time also. Things like not having the TV on, no phones at the table, not starting until everyone is at the table, everyone has to ask to be excused are just some you may consider. Think about this: your children spend most of their day with other adults and children their age. The evening is the time you all have together as a family. Be intentional about not letting work, activities, or objects (smart phones and TVs) keep you from spending that quality time together. This is a great time to learn and grow as a person, but also together as a family. You can share stories and create memories that can be shared over generations. Eating together is an opportunity to make your family closer and heathier.


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Quilts of Valor: Honoring US Military Veterans WRITER Dwaine Phifer

Each November 11, Veteran’s Day, military men and women across the US are recognized and honored for their military service. According to historical sources, World War I formally ended at the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, 1918 in Compiégne, France. This was the date and time the Armistice with Germany became official. In the US, Armistice Day was officially renamed Veterans Day in 1954. Veterans Day is dedicated to acknowledging the service American women and men have given to protect, defend, and honor the United States of America. Unless one is a military veteran, having served in any branch of the US Armed Services, the depth and breadth of this day of recognition may not seem as noteworthy as other American holidays, especially those that involve more commercial hype or religious considerations. One very special group of Rowan County folks, however, devote their time, talent, and money throughout the year paying tribute to Veterans through their creative love for quilting. Recognition for the service of Rowan County veterans has become a year-round undertaking for the Rowan Freedom Piecemakers. In 2003 Catherine Roberts of Seaford, Delaware set out to make certain military service members, like her son, continue to receive focused public attention and support after completing their tour of duty. She recognized that military 58

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service leaves an indelible impression upon the whole of the military community. These impressions can be both physical and emotional, ones with life experiences that uniquely set military veterans apart from their civilian cohorts. As a quilter, she developed the idea of a Quilts of Valor (QOV) project to expand the national honoring of veterans beyond just one day per year. Her goal was for quilters across the US to pay tribute to veterans any time they choose to honor a veteran or group of veterans in their home communities with a specially designed quilt. Her inspiration for this work came from images in a dream that she translated into the message, “Quilts equal healing.” This dream idea inspired her to declare, “We quilters have got you covered.” Through her determination to respect and honor veterans, who so often carry the long-term effects of hardship, conflict and/or war related to military service, her idea of “We’ve got you covered.,” grew into the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Her goal was to ensure veterans are physically reminded of the warmth of respect and appreciation that vets often do not receive upon return to civilian life. That today’s US Military is comprised totally of dedicated men and women, freely volunteering for military service since there is no longer a military draft, underlines how important honoring veterans is. Rowan County is fortunate to have a very active Quilts of Valor group led by Shelly Lenhausen, organizer for the Rowan County Freedom Piecemakers quilting group in 2021, and Janet Oliver. For those unfamiliar with quilt construction, “piercing” refers to joining sections of different kinds of fabric and/or colors to form what is known as a quilt top hence the very clever play on words that ties the concept of the military working for peace and quilts being constructed of pieces. The dedicated group of quilters volunteering to do the design and piecing of the QOV quilts select a printed fabric

emblem appropriate for the recipient’s particular branch of service. Then using fabric donations from individuals and local fabric stores, the Block Brigade, quilters who design and piece the quilt top get to work. Once the quilter finishes sewing fabric pieces into the quilt top, the quilt top is then joined with a layer of batting, and a fabric back. The three layers are then sewn together using a long-arm quilting machine. Someone else then sews binding around the edges of the quilt. The finished quilt is washed and dried before a commemorative label is added. The recipient veterans are nominated by people in the community who want to honor a veteran. Those nominating a quilt recipient understand how important his/her military service has been. Each nominee is put on a list to receive a quilt. The veteran does not have to do anything other than agree that s/he wants to be honored with a quality, handmade quilt honoring both the veteran and his/her branch of service. Quilt presentations are held at Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC. The presentation observance is the moment when a veteran and the finished quilt first come together and understand that Rowan quilters have indeed “got you covered”. There are numerous Quilts of Valor groups diligently working throughout the Yadkin valley area. They work to keep the spirit of Veterans Day in the forefront year-round. It’s anyone’s guess how many more QOV groups are working in areas covered by the online version of YVM. Readers can get in touch with any local QOV group for more information about gifting a special quilt to keep the spirit of Veterans’ Day active every day of every year. The accompanying photo is the QOV presented to this writer by the Rowan County Freedom Piecemakers quilting group for five years of service as a psychiatric hospital corpsman.

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Native Plants for Winter Interest WRITER & PHOT0GRAPHY D. Ellen Kincer & Judy Mitchell As a plant lover, you may hate to see winter come. However, there are many native plants in our area that offer winter interest. Whether it is for their color, their texture, or their contribution to the winter wildlife in search of food, there is always beauty to be found. Even on the grayest of days. These behind-the-scenes plants may not make the huge show that summer plants do, but they offer up unique interest that can only be fully appreciated during the gray winter months. I would begin by recommending common witch hazel. The previous years fruit are on the branch at the same time that the thread like flowers are opening. Did you know that the fruit of the witch hazel shrub explode when they are ripe. Often times you will find the native witch hazel growing in damp coves. However, they do quite well in home landscapes as well. Next up, is the river birch. The bark of the river birch often peels in very thin sheets much like paper and has a very pleasing honey tone to the bark that stands out against a winter backdrop of grey. Not only do they add some color, but some really nice texture also. Though the name implies that it might need really wet soil, don’t let that fool you. River birch have been growing very successfully away from the river banks and in residential landscapes for a very long time. We could never forget our native beautyberry. It is found in open meadows and thickets and around the edges of ponds ditches and streams. Fruits of the beautyberry are exactly as the name suggests, beautiful berries. In early winter you can find their purple berries in clusters up close to their stems, waiting there to feed the wildlife. There have been white fruited beautyberries found but they are not as numerous as those with the purplish berries. When added to your landscape it will attract birds of winter and migratory birds that are just passing through in the early days of winter. Did you know when the leaves of the beautyberry are crushed, they repel mosquitos, ticks and fire ants. Who says beauty is useless? Now that we have covered the bare beauty of winter, we should probably mention evergreens. For this, the American Holly is the first to come to mind. With excellently colored green leaves year-round and the bright red berries, I am certain this could be a focal point in your yard through the winter. However, you must plant a female tree for the berries. Be sure to plant at least one male for up to 3 females for pollination to get the bright berry show that is so desired. These evergreens offer bright green and reds just in time for Christmas and all the greens and reds of the holiday season. It would be remiss for me to not mention the deciduous holly as well. It is without the glossy leaves of the American holly, so that just leaves all those beautiful red berries to be gorgeous all alone. Well, until the birds and squirrels strip them for their winter meals. Gray owl juniper is another evergreen that offers texture and color. A great selection to use for holiday decorating. Not only for its pleasant fragrance but also for its blueish green color that when paired with river birch twigs or limbs and holly berries truly makes an ideal holiday selection to dress up your holidays. If you use your imagination, you could easily incorporate one or all of these as clippings to add to your holiday decorations. Getting the family involved in the gathering and assembling of these natural decorations can also add memories to the minds of the next generation. These are only a small sampling of what’s invisible till winter. There are so very many to choose from. It just takes a little bit of knowledge and a desire to find. Take some time on the grey days of winter and seek out the colors and textures that are sometimes overlooked as our eyes tend to focus on the dreary, seemingly monotone season. Walk with your kids or spouse, or even your parents and truly pay attention to what Mother Nature has to offer. Bring the native roots in to your own landscape and enjoy winter beauty from your window. 64

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Poinsettia History, Selection, and Care Kellee Payne Kellee Payne North Carolina Cooperative Extension Yadkin County Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Agent kellee_payne@ncsu.edu Follow along on Facebook @YadkinCountyHorticulture 336­849­7908

When you think about the holiday season, you may associate it with poinsettia plants. The cultivation of the poinsettia started with the Aztecs in Mexico and was originally called cuetlaxochitl (kwetla-sho-she). In 1825, it was officially introduced to the United States by Joel Poinsett who was the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. As you can see, the name poinsettia was derived from his name. The botanical name for the poinsettia is Euphorbia pulcherrima and is part of the Euphorbiaceae (spurge) family. The genus name honors Euphorbus, who was a physician to the King of Mauretania. The species name translates to “beautiful” or “pretty. In 1906, poinsettias were being grown as cut flowers by Albert Ecke in Hollywood but later after moving to Encinitas, CA he began focusing on field production of mother plants. Today, they are grown commercially in all 50 states

with North Carolina being a top producing state. You may think of Poinsettias only being red but there are over 100 varieties blooming in shades of red, pink, white yellow, purple, and multicolored. Annually on December 12th, National Poinsettia Day is celebrated to honor the fathers of the poinsettia industry, Albert and Paul Ecke and also marking the remembrance of Joel Poinsett, the man responsible for bringing the beautiful holiday plant to the United States. When selecting the right poinsettia for you, select plants that have brightly colored bracts and dark green foliage that covers most of the stem. You want to avoid plants that have dropped leaves, wilted, or have faded, torn, or discolored bracts. A bract is a modified true leaf with a flower or cluster of flowers in its axil. Bracts on poinsettias are the colored leaves and are not the plant’s flowers. The true flowers or cyathia are the small, round, yellow or orange buds located in the center of the bracts. The freshness of your poinsettia plant is measured by the presence or absence of true flowers. As the plant begins to age, the cyathia will drop. The retention of the cyathia in newer cultivars has been improved, which may limit determining the age. Want your poinsettia to last throughout the holiday season and longer? Make sure to place your plant in a well-lighted location that provides as much sun as possible during the day. Keep your plant in an area that stays between 55 to 75 degrees. You want to keep your plant evenly moist, so never completely dry or sitting in standing water. The perfect time to water is when you notice the surface of the soil dry and the plant feels light when you lift it. A great watering technique is to first take the plant out of the decorative sleeve, place it in a sink and add water until it begins to drip out of the bottom of the pot. Once the plant has drained out all of the extra water, you can then place it back into its decorative sleeve. There is little need to fertilize your poinsettia plant, as it should be supplied with enough nutrients in the soil to be happy and healthy for 30 days. Do not fear, poinsettias are not

poisonous as that is just an urban legend that dates back to the 1920s. However, someone with sensitive skin that comes in contact with the white sap produced in all parts of the plant may develop a slight rash. Poinsettias are a deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub that is typically grown as a potted plant and rarely exceeds 2 to 3 feet. In its natural habitat, the plant can grow up to ten feet high. After the holiday season, it is possible to keep your plant healthy from year-to-year for those with green thumbs. You want to continue to keep your plant in a warm and sunny area. Once the flowers begin to fade, proceed with cutting them off and adding fertilizer. Select a pelleted slow release fertilizer to add to the soil or opt to fertilize your plant twice a month with a water soluble fertilizer such as Miracle Grow, fish emulsion, etc. In the spring, when all threat of frost has passed, place your poinsettia outside in a partially shaded location until fall. During the summer months, pinch the tips to encourage bushier growth. To encourage your plant to bloom for the next holiday season, make sure to bring it back inside by the end of September. Once inside, provide your plant with a bright and sunny location during the day with at least 13 hours of uninterrupted darkness every night. It is important to provide your plant with long periods of darkness as it will initiate flowering. After 9 to 11 weeks of long night treatment, your poinsettia should begin blooming for the holiday.

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Debbie and Terry Spillman. Below: Their very own version of a Biltmore Dairy Bar.

& PHOTOS Keepers of the Past WRITER Barbara & John Norman “Labor of love,” says Terry Spillman on behalf of his and wife, Debbie’s years of collecting general store memorabilia. Their passion for old timey store items has evolved into a decades-long effort of preservation for future generations. A pen and ink drawing of the original two-story family general store hangs on a wall of shiplap.As our tour progressed we learned about the new structure’s building materials. Terry was the last Spillman to run the store. When he retired, he watched the store close and then start deteriorating.


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He salvaged the building and rebuilt it in his backyard! The new replicates only the first floor. Shutters that closed windows daily for years, were used to make counters and islands; vintage green shelves stand on a wall as they had their entire life in the old store; floor joists became ceiling beams, tongue/groove flooring was restored and it refuses to creek with a human step! You are probably realizing Terry is quite a carpenter by now. He started construction the day after Christmas in 2018. The dairy farm they ran for years sold the milk they produced to Biltmore Dairies. Being all things Biltmore lovers, we enjoyed the story of Terry and Debbie’s trip to the Biltmore Estate where they were pampered and thanked for being milk producers. That’s why their collection includes some very near and dear Biltmore Dairy memorabilia. Throughout the recreated old store are so many pieces of yesteryear. Each one, holding a story. How it came to be, what it was used for when new or how it came to be included in their collection. Being a great husband, Terry added a side room for Debbie and her fabric stitching creations.She uses her creativity to present a warm, old timey space with quilts and current holiday decor for only family and friends to enjoy. Oh, and the grand old red pick up truck waited in Iowa for Terry and his nephew to come with a check and trip to a new home in NC. Debbie keeps her decorated for every season. Out back, an all-season back porch has been added and also includes their extensive collections with salvage wood from Terry’s father’s homeplace. “Just for enjoyment,” says Terry, "Many a neighbor has played board games there. Along with some serious “Rook” games.”

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What a team the Spillman couple makes—both passionate about keeping memorabilia of an era they both love, not minding the restoration work they enjoy together. They are inspiring to others for sure. The rebuilt “store” is their respite for being with family and friends. Good hearted, they prepare a Christmas morning breakfast for community folk who have no family to celebrate the holiday with. How does a menu of traditional oyster stew and pancakes sound? During our Yadkin Valley travels we can’t recall meeting two nicer, more friendly people. People who have a love of life and enjoy living from sun up to long past sundown. There’s a story behind every collectible in the Spillman’s store.

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Methodist Church. “The building as it stands right now is restored and is just as it was built in 1888. The only modern conveniences are electricity, heat and air conditioning. We have the same pews, the same squeaky floors, same ceiling and walls. In our before air conditioning days, neighborhood dogs often wandered in during services and sometimes even took naps at the pulpit.” Regular services at the church were discontinued in 1981 but thanks to the efforts of the Historical Society and members of the community there is an Old Fashioned Love Feast the first Saturday in December at 7 o’clock. This year it will be on December 2, 2023. Ms. White explained that “members of the Huntsville Historical Society wanted to give a gift to the community for all the support and help they had given us. Thus the tradition of an Old Fashioned Love Feast was begun in 2001. This service is very important to the community because it has become a tradition people look forward to attending. The service is open to anyone who would like to come. We usually announce it on FB a few weeks before the date.” Historic Huntsville Methodist Church is located at 4215 Mt. Sinai Drive off Farmington Road in the Huntsville Community, Yadkin County. Thank you to Anne White who graciously shared information about Huntsville Historical Society and the Historic Huntsville Methodist Church.

Huntsville Historical Society WRITER Mary Bohlen Huntsville Historical Society was established in 1999 with the purpose of preserving local history and historic buildings. Restoration of the Huntsville Methodist Episcopal South Church, built in1888, has been a crowning achievement. Anne White said that in 1888 members of Mt. Sinai Methodist Church made the decision the relocate their church to its present location and rename it Huntsville 74

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December 3rd

A Child’s Christmas at Historic Horne Creek Farm in Pinnacle $20 per child for advance ticket now on sale Call: 336­325­2298 (limited seating) Bring your children to Horne Creek Farm to learn what Christmas was like in a simpler time. Children will enjoy crafting, caroling, refreshments and a reading of The Christmas Story. 308 Horne Creek Farm Road Pinnacle NC 27043

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Christmas at Historic Bethabara They can’t bear­ly wait till Christmas at Union Grove General Store!

Saturday, December 2, 1:30p to 4:30p Celebrate the season by touring the decorated 1788 Gemeinhaus, learning about and tasting Christmas treats made by Moravians in the 1800s, making a Christmas craft, hearing the sounds of a Moravian Brass Band and enjoying a performance by Duo Licht. 2147 Bethabara Road, Winston-Salem 336-924-8191

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80 Poinsettia Varieties over 12,000 Poinsettias

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November 11th... Trinity United Women of Faith Christmas Bazaar Opens at 8:00a to 11:00a •Breakfast •Baked goods •Canned goods •Christmas reruns •Quilt raffle

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Merry Christmas! from the Doctors and Staff

Dr. Mark Shircliffe DMD, MS, ADA, NCDS, IAOMT

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One of the most exciting things to happen this year is the return of the North Wilkesboro Speedway! The North Carolina Highway Patrol submitted this photo, with the speedway in the background, taken by our very own Ryan Guthrie for a nationwide patrol calendar contest. The photo of the old and new vehicles plus that natural sky made for a one great photo.

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Memories of special holiday breakfasts here in the Yadkin Valley are obliged to include tender and succulent slices of country ham stuffed into big cat’s head biscuits, served with country style grits, eggs and red eye gravy! Ham is made from the hind leg of a hog. The curing of pork dates back hundreds of years. No one knows exactly when the first pork was cured. Ham is considered by many to be the ultimate holiday entree, whether it is country ham or city ham. City hams are usually found in the supermarket—the taste is very mild and the texture is moist In the opinion of many people, no amount of liquid pumped into a ham can ever replace the result of the combination of salt and aging that draws moisture from the meat and yields that true flavor yearned for by country ham enthusiasts. Country hams are always cured with dry salt and aged at least several months—or even a year or more. Hams can be broiled, baked, sautéed,, pan fried, grilled, poached or simmered. It the ham is too slaty for one’s taste, it can be soaked for up to 24 hours before cooking to remove some of the salt. Be sure to include ham in your holiday menu plans whether you are a country ham aficionado or simply love city ham. Here are some favorite ham recipes.

Cranberry Baked Ham Steak 1 fully cooked smoked ham steak, 1-inch thick 1 98-ounce) can whole cranberry sauce 1/4 cup light corn syrup 2 teaspoons whole cloves

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Slash fat around edges of ham. Place ham in a shallow greased baking dish. Combine cranberry sauce and corn syrup. Stick whole cloves in ham fat around the edges. Pour sauce over ham. Bake at °F. for 30 to 40 minutes, basting occasionally with the sauce. Serves 4.

Stuffed Ham Steak

Sweet & Spicy Broiled Ham Steak

1/2 cup raisins 2 cups soft breadcrumbs 1/2 cup chopped peanuts 2 Tablespoons dark corn syrup 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/4 cup butter Whole cloves 2 slices ham, 1-inch thick

3/4 to 1 pound ham steak 1/2 to 3/4-inch thick 1/2 cup orange marmalade 1 Tablespoon cider vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce Pinch crushed red pepper flakes

Plump raisins by soaking in hot water for 20 minutes. Drain. Combine raisins with all ingredients except ham and cloves. insert cloves in fat around the edge of the ham slice. Place one slice of ham in a shallow baking pan; spread stuffing over ham and top with second slice. Bake uncovered at 300°F. for 1 hour. Serves 6

Arrange an oven rack so a broiler pan will be able to sit 2 to 3-inches away from the element and heat the broiler on high (a charcoal or gas grill may be used instead of the broiler). Pat the ham steak dry with paper towels and set on the broiler pan (or on a plate for transferring to the grill). Glaze: In a small saucepan, combine remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, whisking to combine for 2 to3 minutes. Keep warm. Brush one side of the steak with glaze and broiler or grill until the glaze is bubbling and brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip, brush on the remaining glaze and cook the other side for another 4 to 5 minutes. Serve immediately. Serves 2.

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Make-Ahead Breakfasts

Photograph/ Ryan Guthrie Early morning rushing often means you cannot take the time to fix and serve complete and nourishing breakfasts. Plan your menu ahead and assemble ingredients. Prepare juice or fresh fruit and refrigerate overnight. Have all cooking utensils out and ready to use. Set your table including glassware the day before.

Breakfast Bars w/Cranberries 1/4 cup olive oil 2 Tablespoons orange juice 2 teaspoons orange jest 1 egg 1 cup quick cooking oats 1 cup toasted oat cereal 2/3 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup wheat germ 1/2 cup sunflower kernels 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed 1/4 cup flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 350°F. oven. Line 8-inch baking dish with foil; spray with cooking spray. Whisk together oil, orange juice, zest and egg in a bowl. Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl & mix well. Pour liquid mixture over the dry ingredients. Stir until all ore moistened. Pour into prepare dish; press down.Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan by lifting foil. Cut into bars while


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Peanut Butter Cereal Bars 4 cups cinnamon almond Cheerios cereal 1 cup honey roasted peanuts 1 cup peanut butter chips 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup honey 2 Tablespoons butter Line bottom and sides of an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper or foil. Spray with cooking spray. Mix together cereal, peanuts and peanut butter chips in a large bowl. Microwave peanut butter, honey and butter on high for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring every 10 seconds. Mixture should be boiling and thick. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated. Press mixture firmly into the prepared pan with a buttered Back of a spoon. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm enough to cut. Cut into 4 by 4 rows.`

Christmas Morning Toast Great to make with kids…choose a Christmas cookie cutter. Cut out the center of regular sandwich bread. In a sprayed skillet, toast one side of each slice of bread. Scramble 1 fresh egg with a splash of milk and shredded cheese and drop into the bread hole. When your preferred level of egg doneness is reached, flip the bread to toast the other side. The cut outs also get toasted to be decorated with sprinkles or jam

Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies https://ncegg.org/recipes/chocolate-dipped-sugar-cookies/


One dough makes half chocolate and half vanilla cookies. Makes about 24 cookies depending on the size of your cutters. 1 cup salted butter, at room temperature. For Decorating 1 cup granulated sugar Chocolate coating 1 large egg, at room temperature 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons coconut oil 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour, divided Sprinkles 1/3 cup Dutch Process Cocoa Powder Royal Icing Optional 1/4 teaspoon salt In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment cream butter and sugar until well combined, about 3 minutes. Be sure to wipe down bottom and sides of the bowl as needed. Add egg and vanilla; mix (about 2 1/2 cups until combined, about another 2 minutes. Add of flour about 2 1/2 cups, salt. Mix until dough starts to form and pull away from the sides of the bowl, about 3 minutes. Divide dough in half; place one half in another mixing bowl. Add remaining flour to one half of the dough— cocoa powder to the other half. Use a rubber spatula to mix until combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for about 10 minutes just to firm up. Roll dough out to about 1/2” thickness on a flour dusted piece of parchment paper. Lay a clean kitchen towel under the parchment to prevent it from sliding all over the counter while you roll. If dough is still chilled go ahead and cut shapes out. If it’s come to room temperature, it’s best to chill it for another 10 minutes to firm back up so it isn’t too soft making it hard to trnsfer the cut shapess to cookie sheets. Using chilled dough

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makes it super easy to transfer without stretching or breaking the shapes. Cut shapes, re-roll scraps, repeat until you have used all the dough. Place cookies on parchment lined sheet pans; place in freezer while you preheat oven to 375°F. for 8 to 9 minutes for 3” to 4” cookies and 5 to 6 minutes for mini (1” to 2”) cookies. Getting the cookies super cold before baking will ensure there is zero spread. Let cookies cool while you prepare chocolate coating. Chocolate Coating Add chocolate and coconut oil to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 20 to 30 second increments until completely melted and smooth. Once cookies are cool enough to handle without breakiing, dip halfway into cocolate. Place on a cooling rack allowing any extra chocolate to drip off. Top with sprinkles and enjoy. Novemb er-D ecemb er 2 0 23



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PLOT HOUND PERIL A Plot Hound Bookshop Mystery Authors: Anna Petelle and Glenda Younger Reviewed by Cindy Martin The fourth installment of the Plot Hound mystery series opens on a cold, snowy December night as Fort Clement’s Shirley Singleton, a seemingly “upstanding” citizen and her beloved husband Mayor Edgar Singleton are murdered. At first, it seems the icy road conditions led to their demise. It is soon discovered that this is not the case. Police Chief Darrell Sanders and the Fort Clements Police Force work without ceasing to locate the person responsible for causing the fatal accident. Despite his involvement in this complicated investigation, Sanders

proposes marriage to Sharon Davis, his long-time love. The couple hopes for a small, intimate wedding on Valentine’s Day. However, family drama and the interference of matronly Miss Millie may make their dream wedding a nightmare. Plot Hound Bookshop owner Kate McCoy and her recently engaged best friend Sharon Davis promise not to get involved in the case, but when they unearth clues that could help bring the criminal to justice, their very lives may be at stake. This one will definitely keep you turning pages.

This book and others in the Plot Hound Bookshop Mystery series are available for purchase at Pages Bookstore in Mount Airy, as well as online and at other independent bookstores.

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Store Manager Celia Dollyhigh outside the welcoming storefront. Inside there’s plenty of room to shop and explore the store’s fashionable offerings.

If you think you deserve quality clothing and incredible personal service when you shop for apparel, then you’re going to be excited to learn about Mount Airy’s F. Rees Ladies. This new beautiful street level store replaces Ladies Upstairs that operated for years above F. Rees Clothing mens’s wear store. Store Manager Ceila Dollyhigh is so proud of this new, bright store that is now easy to access. She talked about the increase in store traffic since the move... more than doubling. Still the big thing that makes all the difference is nothing new. It’s called personal service. The day we visited, Celia stopped our discussion immediately, Novemb er-D ecemb er 2 0 23


is one of the store’s featured brands. to greet a gentleman who was following up on a conversation Celia had had with his wife the day before. She showed him the skirt they had talked about, then Celia offered the beauty of the skirt and how you could use it to build several outfits around. Was this extra effort appreciated? Yes, the gentleman wound up taking two outfits based on Celia’s suggestions. It’s customer service, but based on knowing fashion trends as F. Rees offers a wide range of styles from teens to classics. They keep informed on styles by shopping fashion markets in Las Vegas, Atlanta, Nashville and New York. Wrapping up our visit to F. Ree’s Ladies, Celia shared some final thoughts, “Mr. Floyd Rees was a mentor for me and many others. He had a vision to help others. His son does as well. They passed their passion on to me. I’ve always dreamed of a store on Main Street Mount Airy. Now 30 years later it has happened. My thanks to Gene and Peggy Rees.” Celia shares some powerful thoughts, “If you work hard enough, the results will come. Stay focused. Stay true. Stay positive, and dream big.” You’ll find F. Rees Ladies at 194 North Main Street, Mount Airy • 336­786­6121 Open Monday thru Saturday 9 to 5 The store offers free alterations, free gift wrap, free shipping. You’ll also find F. Rees Ladies on Facebook and Instagram.

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The Business Section What should you do with ‘side gig’ money? As you know, the gig economy has been booming over the past several years. If you’re thinking of using your skills to take on a side gig, what should you do with the money you’ll make? There’s no one right answer for everyone, and the decisions you make should be based on your individual situation. And of course, you may simply need the extra income to support your lifestyle and pay the bills. But if you already have your cash flow in good shape, and you have some freedom with your gig money, consider these suggestions: Contribute more to your IRA. If you couldn’t afford to contribute the maximum amount to your IRA, you may find it easier to do so when you have additional money coming in from a side gig. For the 2023 tax year, you can put in up to $6,500 to a traditional or Roth IRA, or $7,500 if you’re 50 or older. (Starting in 2024, this extra $1,000 “catch-up” contribution amount may be indexed for inflation.) The amount you can contribute to a Roth IRA is reduced, and eventually eliminated, at certain income levels. Look for new investment opportunities. If you’re already maxing out your IRA, you might be able to find other investment possibilities for your side gig money. For example, if you have young children, perhaps you could use some of the money to invest in a 529 education savings plan. A 529 plan offers potential tax advantages and can be used for college, qualified trade school programs, and possibly some K-12 expenses. Please keep in mind that potential tax advantages will vary from state to state. Build an emergency fund. Life is full of unexpected events — and some can be quite expensive. What if you needed a major

car repair or required a medical procedure that wasn’t totally covered by your health insurance? Would you have the cash available to pay these bills? If not, would you be forced to dip into your IRA or 401(k)? This might not be a good move, as it could incur taxes and penalties, and deprive you of resources you might eventually need for retirement. That’s why you might want to use your gig earnings to help fund an emergency fund containing several months’ worth of living expenses, with the money kept in a liquid, low-risk account. To avoid being tempted to dip into your emergency fund, you may want to keep it separate from your daily spending accounts. Pay down debts. Most of us will always carry some debts, but we can usually find ways to include the bigger ones — mortgage, car payments and so on — into our monthly budgets. It’s often the smaller debt payments, frequently associated with high-interest-rate credit cards, that cause us the most trouble, in terms of affecting our cash flow. If you can use some of your side gig money to pay down these types of debts, you could possibly ease some of the financial stress you might be feeling. And instead of directing money to pay for things you purchased in the past, you could use the funds to invest for your future. As we’ve seen, your side gig money could open several promising windows of opportunity — so take a look through all of them. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, Member SIPC

from our family to yours...Merry Christmas

Left to right: Tanner Joyce, Logan Draughn, Audra Cox, Paul Bunke, Aaron Misenheimer, Michael Warren, Andi Schnuck, Frank Beals, Barry Revis, Dale Draughn, Mike Russell, Kody Easter, Tammy Joyce, Christopher Funk Not pictured: Randy Joyce, Nathan Sturgill



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Audra Cox Financial Advisor 715 S Main St, Suite B Dobson, NC 27017 336­569­7385 • 844­795­3462 audra.cox@edwardjones.com

Elkin Frank H. Beals Financial Advisor 965 North Bridge Street Elkin, NC 28621 336­835­4411 frank.beals@edwardjones.com

Barry Revis, AAMS™ Financial Advisor 116 E. Market St., Elkin, NC 28621 336­835­1124 barry.revis@edwardjones.com

Nathan Sturgill Financial Advisor 116 E Market Street Elkin, NC 28621 336­835­1124 nathan.sturgill@edwardjones.com

Financial Advisor 1530 NC Hwy 67, Suite A Jonesville, NC 28642 336­258­2821 aaron.misenheimer@edwardjones.com

Mount Airy Andi Draughn Schnuck Financial Advisor 496 N. Main Street Mount Airy, NC 27030 336­789­1707 andi.schnuck@edwardjones.com

Dale Draughn, AAMS™ Financial Advisor 140 Franklin Street Mount Airy, NC 27030 336­789­0136 dale.draughn@edwardjones.com

Logan Draughn Financial Advisor 492 N. Main Street Mount Airy, NC 27030 336­789­3323 logan.draughn@edwardjones.com

Kody Easter, AAMS™, CRPC™, CFP® Financial Advisor 304 East Independence Blvd Mount Airy, NC 27030 336­789­2079 kody.easter@edwardjones.com

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Tammy H. Joyce, AAMS™ Financial Advisor 136 W. Lebanon Street, Mount Airy, NC 27030 336­789­6238 tammy.joyce@edwardjones.com Tanner Joyce Financial Advisor 752 S. Andy Griffith Parkway, Suite 400 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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Noah Found Grace WRITER/ Sandra Miller

The wickedness in the world turned Creator God’s stomach to the point of regurgitation. His perfect garden creations’ defiance had opened the door for the evolution of unprecedented depravity. Natural affections became flawed. God wanted to spew mankind out of His mouth like soured milk and start over. But ah, Noah, his wife and three sons, and their wives found grace in the eyes of the Lord. It wasn’t human sin alone that provoked God; He already had a plan for redemption of mortal beings. It was those vexatious Nephilim in Genesis six that had to be terminated. You know, those offsprings of disgraced angels which impregnated earthly women. They had to go. These men of renown were giants. They inherited unearthly traits from the mixture of human blood and demonic angels. The bigger picture was that Satan knew God had a plan and he (Satan) was trying to thwart it—the bloodline (DNA) of Messiah had to be protected. But Noah was a godly man, unlike the multitudes satan had lured into sinful lifestyles. In spite of his surroundings, Noah maintained his integrity by his relationship with Yahweh, Jehovah God. Noah wasn’t perfect, but since the fall in Eden, God hasn’t had a perfect person working for Him yet. God looks down upon those with an eye of favor who sincerely look up to Him with eyes of faith. We are made righteous because He is righteous. It shows strong faith to swim “against the stream,” as the saying goes. No doubt those evil people despised Noah and his family. They may have even tried to molest them. It’s for sure they thought Noah was a nut! The people influenced by evil had corrupted worship. The earth was filled with violence. Satan and his cohorts were happy that the whole world was going to hell. But “the secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him,” (Psalms 25:14). Evil may corrupt a nation, but God can never be outwitted. God established a covenant with Noah and instructed him to build an ark fit to float on water. It took faith to obey God and build this monstrosity, especially since, up until then, it had never rained. Until the flood, the earth was watered by the dew from the ground. And so the rain came, the people outside the ark drowned, and God had purified a bloodline, which would eventually give rise to the Savior. People motivated by the evil in the world today may think they’ve outwitted God with technology, i.e. Artificial Intelligence, and trans-humanism, but I can assure you, the one-true God, looking down on humankind, will have the last word. Luke 17:26 says, “And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.” In other words, we are at the dawning of the return of Christ. We must guard caving in to fit in with society. The only way we can save our children is to raise them according to God’s word. And just like Noah, God sent His word so we can be prepared, and His word is truth. They laughed at Noah, they’ll laugh at you. But remember, they perished. Noah lived to be 950 and is alive with the Lord today. Are you safe in the ark of Jesus? The tumultuous flood of an immoral society is swiftly storming the world. But the Master of the Sea invites you into His ark of safety. Jesus built it at Calvary!

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