Month: January 2018

Suite Retreat: Omni Grove Park Inn [Asheville, NC]

Historic Rooms Feature Arts and Craft Furniture The Great Room is Warm and Inviting Built to Last with Large Granite Stones She’s old. She’s had some work done. Still, thousands of romantics and lovers, scholars and artisans, businessmen and families, flock to her every year for the opportunity to catch a glimpse of her rugged beauty. But her beauty is not the only draw. When her doors glide open to weary travelers ascending the stone paved driveway, they are instantly greeted by a welcoming smile and two massive stone fireplaces, built to burn 12-foot logs, standing at opposite ends...

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Apertivo: Celebrate as the Romans Do

They say when in Rome, do as the Romans do… They say when in Rome, do as the Romans do. While you may not want to pick up a smoking habit or an excessive carb intake, you should definitely adopt the practice of the Italian aperitivo into your life. For those that don’t know what aperitivo is, it’s very similar to hors d’oeuvres but significantly better. Aperitivo follows the concept that you should have a drink and a light snack before your dinner in order to stimulate the appetite. The event is incredibly social and meant to be spent...

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Improving Cerebral Palsy with Bacon and Other Delicious Fats

The Ketogenic diet has long been used as a form of treatment for Epilepsy. The cravings were overwhelming – it was like there was a little sugar demon sitting on my shoulder, constantly whispering, “Eat me. Eat me.” Rather recently, I forced myself to quit eating pastries to try improving the health of my brain. I have Cerebral Palsy and like most who suffer from the disorder, I have the joint pain of a grandparent and the balance of a severely drunk man. On top of those issues, my particular brand causes a variety of seizures. For much of...

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Kick This Out Of Your Marraige [Joy-Filled Marriage]

He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.  Proverbs 21:23 (NIV) Let your spouse know that you are there to stay. That no matter what happens, you’re going to love them… Are you completely secure in your marriage relationship? Do you think there is the slightest possibility the marriage could end one day, with either one or both of you giving up? Many couples don’t have security that their spouse is in the marriage to stay. The roots of stress, anxiety, worry, and fear slowly weave their way through the foundation of the marriage, generating...

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Sweet Sweet Florida Treat: Introducing Orlando’s Signature Dessert

An Italian meringue prepared with honey, nougat and fruit confit, on a red berries sorbet… The heritage of honey in Orlando dates back 500 years… That’s the new award-winning signature dish for Orlando, Florida. The city of Orlando held a culinary competition which called kitchen creatives to build a mouth-watering dessert to celebrate the heritage of honey. This love affair with honey dates back 500 years when citrus trees and European honeybees landed in Central Florida. It’s surprising to learn that citrus trees and bees have a unique relationship. You see, citrus is self-pollinating which means they don’t need bees. In this relationship, it is the bees that need the trees to gather raw material for their honey production. The ability to produce honey in the Orlando area is so great that “cottage industry” honey prices are at a premium as hobby beekeepers take advantage of our desire for authentic, pure honey. I recently learned from a beekeeper in my own state of North Carolina that not all honey is of the same quality. She carefully harvests honey from her hives, being sure to leave enough for the bees to feed on in order for them to get the natural benefits of the honey they collect. Some commercial honey operations harvest every drop of this liquid gold and then feed the bees with corn syrup, which lacks the rich...

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