Blurange Banana Smoothie

I created this smoothie recently with some ingredients I had in my fridge and pantry. I call it a blurange banana smoothie. One tip before you get started regards freezing bananas. Frozen bananas make a great addition to smoothies. They add flavor and serve as a substitute for ice, which can water down an otherwise delicious frosty beverage. Whenever I have bananas that are too mushy to each, I chop them into halves and freeze them. That way, I always have frozen bananas when I need them. 

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Reading Tarot Reversals

By Sabrina Matheny • To Reverse or Not to Reverse?

I spent years reading only the upright meanings of my tarot cards to avoid feeling unsure or confused. I justified it by saying that there were plenty of upright cards that could express challenging meanings, so there was no need to muddy the waters with the reversals. I’ll be honest…they scared me.

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Meet Artist Lauren Medford: HCAC Art and Gallery Manager

Artist Lauren Medofrd was recently promoted to art and gallery manager with the Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC). A native of Waynesville, Lauren holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in advertising and graphic design from Southwestern Community College and a Master of Fine Arts from Western Carolina University. 

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5 Reasons to Visit Bryson City this Spring

Bryson City is a lovely, quaint town in the mountains of Western North Carolina and is considered the gateway to the Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s a beautiful scenic place for well-known attractions such as Fontana Dam and the Polar Express. Even though it’s chilly outside, many of us are already planning spring getaways. I’m lucky because Bryson City is only about a 30 minute drive from my house. With a slew of hikers and mountain bikers in our family, we are lucky to live so close to a panacea such as Bryson City. 

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Remedies to Warm the Soul

Whether it’s snowboarding, ice fishing or any other wintertime activity, we usually seek some type of remedy to warm us up. My personal favorite is a nice strong beer, one that makes you feel as warm on the inside as you wish you were on the outside. In my opinion, a stout is a perfect winter beverage, but it’s also the kind of beer that polarizes people. You either love or hate them. 

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1,000 Miles

The new year always comes with its slew of resolutions, intentions, goals and other optimistic planning for the coming cycle around the sun. With the clamor comes the loud chatter by those who despise the idea of the whole concept, alternatively espousing the idea that every day is an opportunity to begin anew, or that there is no need to give in to the capitalist aesthetic that is constantly bettering oneself. 

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Be The Artist of Your Life

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | I was visiting the nearby town of Shepherdstown, Virginia yesterday when a zealous young fellow around the age of 5 approached me with an offer that I could not refuse:  he would draw anything I requested.

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Convincing Yourself is the First Step

Fake it ‘til you make it has gotten me through a lot of challenges in life. Be it faking confidence, knowledge, skill or the will to do something. I found that if you fake it long enough and hard enough it starts to become true. By it, I mean your ability to actually do the thing you’re faking. 

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Pumpkin, Oat, Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve been going strong with plant-based eating for over four months, and I’m still loving it. Lately I’ve been experimenting with vegan cookie recipes. The one I’m sharing today is absolutely delicious, even if you aren’t trying to eat plant-based or dairy-free or gluten-free. These cookies fall into all of those categories. We have five kids in our blended family, and all of them enjoyed these cookies. That’s always a good sign! With Thanksgiving around the corner, it's a great week to try out this sweet treat. You won't be disappointed. 

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