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The Last Word

Alison Conte is a Roanoke Valley transplant originally from Newport News and a graduate of William & Mary. Alison and her family share their home with their 13-year-old westie, Rocky ...
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Welcome Neighbors! | Perfect Get-Together

Although exciting, moving to a new home can be difficult and a bit lonely, regardless of whether the move is to a different neighborhood across town, or across the country ...
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High Spirits | Toasting Bourbon

Turning to thoughts of bourbon, I imagine for many it might conjure up visions of a crackling fire on a cold winter’s night with a hunting dog curled up at ...
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Incredible Edible Blooms | Flower Power for the Palate

Flowers don’t just add color, interest and complexity to your garden; they can do the same for your plate! Many types of flowers are edible, including some you might not ...
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Planning a Springtime Buffett | A No-Fail Menu for Springtime Entertaining

Springtime bursts with opportunities to gather friends and family in celebration of spring holidays! Do not fear: a delicious and light buffet can be your answer to stress-free springtime entertaining ...
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Things Are Looking Up

It’s that time of year again when the frigid weather seems to drag on and on and we begin to look forward to warmer days, vibrantly-colored trees and flowers and ...
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The Spice of Life | Flavor That’s Good for You

With the advent of cooler temperatures, the fresh herbs we’ve grown accustomed to snipping from our garden for dinner every evening become less available. While some herbs like rosemary and ...
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Throw a Swingin’ Soirée | Retro Cocktails and Canapés

There is nothing like a good theme to set the tone for a memorable holiday party. Clothing, music, decorations and, of course, food and drink, help tie together the main ...
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