Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Dec 21, 2014 by

We wanted to share these beautiful seasonal scenes of areas located in the Great Smoky Mountains, captured in a video produced by M & D Hills Photography.

Wishing you and your family Holiday Holidays and a very Merry Christmas!


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White Christmas Sangria – Cheers!

Dec 13, 2014 by

This is just too good not to share . . .


White Christmas Sangria

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Light up the Holidays with a trip to North Carolina Arboretum

Dec 11, 2014 by

There’s a magical holiday tour taking place at  North Carolina Arboretum, in Asheville, where visitors can experience the garden transformed by a light show. The Arboretum has collaborated with Jerry Stripling, former designer and manager of holiday decorations, special projects and events for Walt Disney World®, to create this delightful Winter experience.

The Winter Light exhibition will run through January 4th, 2015.

Joyce Moyer Hostetter shared these photos of her trip to view the Winter Light display. Joyce is a native North Carolinian and the author of historical fiction books, including “Blue,” a young adult novel set in western North Carolina.

Thank you, Joyce, for allowing us to share your photos!

And readers, check out Joyce’s books. What a wonderful Christmas gift for someone special on your list!






NC Arbor/Quilt

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Old-Fashioned Cream of Tomato Soup

Dec 6, 2014 by



I have been craving a steamin’ cup of tomato soup but couldn’t find my treasured recipe. Actually, I lost the recipe years ago and have never found a duplicate online.

But then, as fate would have it . . . one of my friends (Thank you, Candy!) happened to post on her FaceBook page the very recipe I had lost.

So here it is — the best tomato soup ever – from 4 B’s Restaurant in Missoula, Montana.


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