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A Joyful Nativity Scene Decoration

Blue and white Nativity set on silver tray with cedar garland surrounding and silver framed Bible verses in background - top view of Baby Jesus

Create a joyful Nativity scene decoration amongst the tinsel and lights as a vivid reminder of the meaning of Christmas. Fill your tableau with meaning and love to inspire you throughout the holiday season and share God’s gift! Do you remember as a small child standing in awe of your family’s Nativity scene? Being fascinated …

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Carolina BBQ: We Like Pig Butts & We Cannot Lie

A tureen filled with Carolina BBQ chopped

7 Tips for smoking delicious Carolina BBQ from our family grill master, including grilling tools, dry rub secrets, and techniques! Around our family circle, my husband Seth is the grill master. He can roast a steak to medium rare perfection, sear a scallop without it sticking, and smoke pork to barbequed goodness. Yeah, he is …

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Catherine Wiley at the KMA

Blond woman gazes at impressionist painting of woman reading by Catherine Wiley

Wander the galleries of the Knoxville Museum of Art and feel inspired by the incandescent paintings of Catherine Wiley with their vivid colors and serene narratives. While spring time blossoms and warming temps maybe luring us out of doors, use the next dreary day to head to the Knoxville Art Museum and see the incandescent …

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Elegance on the Half Shell – The Oyster Plate

Elegant antique oyster plate - refined dining must have

Entertain in style with the ever elegant oyster plate, delighting refined diners since the 1800’s. Learn more about these charming dishes, their history and how to collect. Candlelight flickers, music stirs the air, and elegant florals cascade across the table as guests saunter into the dining room. Chairs are pulled, napkins unfurled, and delighted chatter …

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7 Signs You Are at a Southern Wedding

Couple monogram decorates seating card display at this Southern wedding.

Ever wonder what makes a Southern wedding so distinctive? Read about 7 Southern wedding traditions and peculiarities that express our unique Southern joie de vivre. The cutting of the cake… the first dance… the throwing of the bouquet… When you are planning a wedding, there are lots of choices to make. Do you get Blacksburg …

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Naming Your House

Naming your house: white brick house with dogwood trees in bloom

Naming your house is a great way to define identity, add character, and show affection for that place we call home!   There’s no place like home.  There’s no place like home.  There’s no place like home. Home brings to mind a distinctive vision, stirring memories, special smells, and a singular feeling of love.  There’s …

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Details from Swan House

Enamored with the Jazz Age and the New South? Visit Atlanta's Swan House for a taste of 1920's culture, design, and luxury!

Enamored with the Jazz Age and the New South? Visit Atlanta’s Swan House for a taste of 1920’s culture, design, and luxury! Down in Atlanta behind the eye popping electric blue doors of a classical style mansion the swinging lilt of jazz and the faint tinkle of a flapper’s jet beads can be heard amid …

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My Favorite Rambling Hikes in the Blue Ridge

Refresh your spirit and reinvigorate your mind with a good long rambling walk. My 4 favorite rambling hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The rustle of grass under your feet, The sound of stones skittering down the path, The smell of cool, piney air, The sun on your face, The freedom to go and turn and wander with no road map, The connection to nature… This is what lures me on long rambling hikes in the Blue Ridge …

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Our Adventure to Grandfather Mountain

Experience the wonder and adventure of Grandfather Mountain with breath-taking vistas, alpine hiking trails, and rugged mountain scenery.

Experience the wonder and adventure of Grandfather Mountain with breath-taking vistas, alpine hiking trails, and rugged mountain scenery. If you haven’t been to Grandfather Mountain, then you need to go. Go! Go now! Not only is it a unique natural landmark of North Carolina, but its mile high bridge, mountain scenery, and thrilling hiking make …

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Life is Better at the Lake

Did you know that you can rent a cabin in a lot of state parks? This is a totally new discovery for me, but two weekends ago S. and I did just that to celebrate our four year wedding anniversary.  We rented a little cabin on the lake at Big Ridge State Park, and it …

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