Happiness, Scandinavian Style

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Last winter, I began hearing a lot about the Danish concept of “hygge.” It has no exact English translation, but roughly correlates to creating a cozy feeling, and recognizing the joy of a simple moment. More recently, the Swedish philosophy…

Shop Local For Hostess Gifts

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Throughout the year, but especially during the holiday season, it’s helpful to know where to go for thoughtful hostess gifts. While a nice bottle of wine will always be in style, Roanoke region shops feature unique and charming gifts which…

Around Town

Around Town

The Stocked Market The Junior League of Roanoke Valley’s annual shopping extravaganza and fundraiser will be held at the Berglund Center on November 10 to 12. Over one hundred vendors from across the country will be on hand; all funds…

Tour For A Cause | Charity Home Tour

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Now in its 27th year, the Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour showcases eight spectacular lakeside homes in Franklin and Bedford counties—and it’s all for a great cause. The three-day tour, October 6-8, is a true collaborative community effort to…

Recipes From The Orchard

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Apples are a great go-to when looking for a delicious and sometimes unexpected ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes. Whether making dessert, dinner, or in need of a simple snack, apples offer thousands of varieties, each with its own…

Refreshing Desserts for Hot Summer Days

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When the seasons change, my taste buds crave new, exciting flavors and textures. Cooler seasons call for rich, decadent desserts like dark chocolate tortes smothered in warm sauces and rich creams. Summertime, however, signals an entirely new set of desserts…