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Quick & Easy Holiday Chex Mix

My dad has been baking holiday Chex mix since I can remember. Along with our Christmas gifts is always a festive tin full of the savory snack topped with a bow. He still makes his delicious version, but I’ve started making it as well. With five kids between my boyfriend and me, I typically end up making at least three batches per season and that doesn’t count what we make for gifts. Below is a quick traditional party mix recipe. You can get creative with additional ingredients, but I like to keep it simple. 

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5 Ways to Manage Holiday Stress

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? Or at least that’s what the Hallmark movies tell us... While the holiday season is traditionally known as a time of cheer and fun, you can’t argue that this time of year can be incredibly stressful and mentally taxing. Whether it be finances, family stress, the pandemic, or gathering preparations, the holiday season gifts us its fair share of stressors and anxiety. 

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What to let go, and what to grow….

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | With the winter solstice marking the beginning of the winter season, you might notice a desire to turn inward. We naturally spend more time indoors with the colder months and shorter days. This hibernation of sorts is a time our soul needs to rest, reflect, and regroup in order to release what was and open to what can be if we are willing up to stand still and be present with our spirit. 

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Wanted: A Fa La La Attitude

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor |

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Peppermint Kiss Pound Cake

The secret to this cake is the peppermint Hershey’s Kisses. The little morsels are made of smooth white chocolate, but filled with tiny, satisfyingly crunchy pieces of peppermint candy. It takes a bit of time to unwrap all of the peppermint kisses you’ll need, and a lot of willpower not to eat them as you go, but the result is worth it. The already moist pound cake is full of little bits of creamy white chocolate, and the red and white dusting of peppermint kisses on top looks very festive. If you’re looking for something smaller than a pound cake, these would make great cupcakes (pictured is a miniature bundt cake). Enjoy!

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6 Tips for Running in the Cold

Being from the mountains of Western North Carolina, temperatures can get bitterly cold during the winter months, although this year has been a pretty mild winter thus far. I typically run at least one race during a cooler month, or I’m training for a race that’s happening early spring. In an effort not to hurt myself or become defeated, I researched the best ways to run in the cold. Follow these 6 research-based tips to keep your body healthy during chilly running seasons.

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What You Should Know About Winter Solstice

You may already feel like we’ve entered the winter months, but officially next Tuesday’s winter solstice marks the beginning of winter with the shortest day of the year. 

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6 Tips For Staying Healthy Over Winter

Whether you’re seeking winter sun in the north, or trying to stay warm in the south; it’s important to keep up your healthy eating habits and get your 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

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Outward Bound Recognizes WNC Youth Leaders

The inaugural WNC Communities’ Youth Leadership Award was presented to Ryleigh Stevens of the Caney Fork Community Development Council of Jackson County at the 72nd WNC Honors Awards Ceremony on Dec. 2.

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