I am writing this week to someone who is my “column” cheerleader and who loves to read this paper from front to back every day it arrives on our doorstep – Pop, my 96-year-young father-in-law who lives with my husband and me in the winter months. Some people don’t want to live with their in-…
Making sure your family members get a nutritious start to the day is an important job, and by focusing on a few wholesome ingredients, such as real milk, simple and healthful dishes can quickly become family favorites.
WINCHESTER — Todd Thompson was known for many things.
WINCHESTER — The Glazed and Confused Donut Shop may have a whimsical name, but its owner is serious about her ultimate goal.
It’s all my mother’s fault – this disorder I have; she had the same malady – the green thumb disease. I think my family considers this to be an addiction – more than a disease as the problem used to be a little ailment, but it’s grown into a much larger situation – no pun intended.
Despite more than a hundred years of weather making most the tombstones illegible, one engraving on a stone marker can still be seen through mineral buildup.
Sustainability Matters is offering a full slate of virtual gardening programs to get everyone ready for the spring planting season.
Anyone who knows me knows I am a social person – as my mother would say, “I could talk to a signpost.”
Creating family meals with nutrition in mind adds another consideration to a daily task that is often stressful enough. However, making health-conscious decisions each evening at the dinner table doesn’t have to mean turning away from your loved ones’ favorite dishes.
On the sweetest day of the year, a day full of flowers, love and sweets, Valentine’s Day is the ultimate opportunity to try a different dessert meant for two.
Finding something unique and special to do on Valentine’s Day for your significant other can be a challenge. Every year, the day to celebrate love rolls around and every year it may seem like you’re out of ideas. Many people feel the same way.
Early Tuesday evening, James Blankenship, 52, parked his truck in a northern Harrisonburg truck lot after having just been in New York City for work.
FULKS RUN — As his hands glide a tool over a piece of wood, carving out layers until spirals of remnants hit the floor, Ashton Waters’ mouth curls into a smile.
Healthful eating starts with the ingredients you use, so it’s important to use fresh, seasonal ingredients that pack a nutritional punch. One of the easiest ways to meet your daily nutrient needs is to eat a variety of whole foods like fruit (which about 80% of the U.S. population doesn’t ge…
I am one of those people who love to read. I like to read anything – newspapers, magazines, novels, biographies, short stories. Honestly, I can get lost in a good book – have the house burn down around me but let me remain with the book in hand.
For a simple yet satisfying breakfast idea, try this easy and delicious recipe for Cheesy Hash Browns.
Mornings may look different from the norm for many families, but staying on track with healthy choices remains a top priority. While you may not be stopping at your favorite coffeehouse on the way to work or school drop-off, a new way to enjoy coffee has grown in popularity, allowing you to …
Plant-forward eating should be easy and delicious – and it can be. Rather than follow strict rules, simply add plant foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and grains to more meals throughout the day.
Ok...I know it’s going to come. They say it may arrive today – this weekend. It makes an appearance nearly every year. Thankfully, as weather prediction has improved, we get fair warning. Stock up on bread and milk.
Eggs are for everyone, including babies and toddlers, according to the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that released its scientific report outlining nutritional recommendations for Americans. For the first time, this committee, composed of leading doctors and nutrition scientists,…
BERRYVILLE — A baby kangaroo at Walmart? That’s something you don’t see every day.
January makes my seasonal affective disorder more extreme. Hey, this is a real condition – I found evidence on the internet.
A new year brings with it new opportunities to better yourself in all kinds of ways, including your health. Start by evaluating your at-home menu to make sure it aligns with your nutritional goals.
Hands steady as a surgeon’s, Pam Shank guides her tweezers to pick up a delicate staircase of log slices. Fitting the natural pathway onto a stone, what once was a simple glass globe filled with layers of dirt and moss suddenly transforms into a sanctuary fit for a fairy.
WINCHESTER — Recent Shenandoah University pharmacy school graduate Mearg Tarekeis is competing for the heart of Matt James on ABC’s popular dating reality show, “The Bachelor.”
January always brings those resolutions that are going to change our lives and make us better people. You know the promises – to exercise, clean that bulging closet, write more personal notes, drink less wine, be nice to people – that pop up somewhere around the end of December and stay so f…
WINCHESTER — After taking ownership of the Union Jack Pub in February last year, it was easy for Jim Thompson and his business partners to see the magic of Old Town Winchester.
Just the thought of comfort foods is often enough to warm the soul, especially as cool winds blow and temperatures drop. When cooler weather calls for hearty meals to give your family a warming boost, you can turn to simple shortcuts for comforting flavor without skipping on quality.
Starting fresh with a new year is a chance to hit the reset button for many people, and your family can use this opportunity to rethink homemade meals while striving for nutritious (and still delicious) dishes. From snacks to the main course each evening, the options are nearly endless for p…
It’s almost impossible to beat the combination of sweet fruit and decadent desserts. This delicious recipe for Apple Cake highlights the crisp fruit but also the cinnamon sugar-flavored pastry. It’s luscious but doesn’t overdo it on the sweet meter with just the right mix of flavors.
Many families constantly search for meal inspiration, and one of the best ways is to look toward trendy tastes for new options to add to the menu.
While holiday traditions and celebrations will likely look different this year, the season is still special. Set the scene for a celebratory occasion by mixing festive cocktails or creating the perfect spread to complement your wines, beers, cheeses and even chocolates.
Despite a holiday season that's practically guaranteed to feel different than any other, one constant will remain for many: enjoying the tastes of favorite foods and beverages while cozied up at home. Enhance the holiday spirit and complement the meal at your table with adult beverages that …
Delicious, colorful and versatile, smoked salmon can make it easy to elevate your holiday festivities, which might look shockingly different this year.
During a holiday season that may not quite feel the same for many families, you can add a magic touch to at-home festivities with activities and treats that get everyone involved. Creating decorative holiday sweets allows little ones and grown-ups alike to take part in the fun, and the end r…
The holidays are filled with delicious food — from indulgent breakfasts to decadent desserts — but snacks can get overlooked. Spice up this holiday season with festive snacks that are perfect for a quick on-the-go bite or a taste of your favorite holiday dessert.
Making the holiday season special is an important tradition for many families, and it’s likely to take on heightened importance this year with gatherings, celebrations and festivities taking on a different look than years past. One family-favorite way to create holiday magic is through delic…
As many area residents plan to celebrate Christmas at home this year, local bookstore owners are touting the benefits of giving a good book for any age.
Old is new again this holiday season, as many shoppers are looking at antiques for their decorating and gift-giving solutions.
The Margherita is the undisputed heavyweight champion of pizza. It's the pizza that any pizza chef would order to get the measure of a new pizzeria because there is nothing to hide behind; no snazzy flavors to mask the quality of your ingredients, dough and skill with the oven. Here is Thom …
With millions dining at home for safety and a swing to the spicier side in the U.S. in recent years, Cholula, the hot sauce with the distinctive wooden cap and a cult following, has become a very valuable brand.
With so many traditions and ways to celebrate the holiday season, the options are nearly endless for families looking to spend special moments together. One of the tastiest and most enjoyable activities you can engage in with family and friends is to team up and create sweet eats in the kitchen.
Of all the traditions that make the holiday season truly special, there’s one that often stands above the rest by bringing loved ones to the table: food. This year, despite all the unknowns that’ll likely make the festivities different than ever before, you can bring your family together wit…
As a key part of a nutritious eating plan, protein intake can be a healthy step to take in the new year. One increasingly popular way to add protein to your at-home menu is with protein-packed, plant-based foods like tempeh.
Every December, the downtown Harrisonburg business collective Friendly City Merchants transforms the city center into Winter Wonderfest, a family-friendly holiday spectacular with treats for the eyes and stomach all around. Without Winter Wonderfest scheduled this year, OASIS Fine Art & …
Much of preventing memory issues in old age is within our control, said Dr. Paul Lyons, a neurologist with Winchester Neurological Consultants.
Versatile recipes that make mealtime a cinch for busy families are one easy way to free up time for moments with loved ones.
It’s the holiday season and your family can feel the cheer as loved ones fill their appetizer plates and excitement fills the air as gifts are being placed beneath the tree.
The demand for homemade masks throughout the pandemic has added momentum to the long-established tradition of quilting in the valley, according to local quilt supply store operators.