Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family!… xo

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Sending you all wishes for a blessed and happy Thanksgiving day! Let today be the start of a brand new year… don’t wait for January 1, New Years Day. Let it start TODAY with gratitude for all our blessings in this imperfect crooked beautiful inspiring amazing life. Focus on love and forgiveness and fresh beginnings, quiet, compassion, and new goals.  Hug your loved ones, be yourself, give of your time, smile at strangers, write hand-written thank-you notes, express yourself, sing, dance, be childlike, play, laugh, and savor this life. xo  Love to you all, Ann


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Lynn Boggess Haen Gallery Artist’s Reception in Asheville!

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I LOVE the American artist Lynn Boggess (from his beautiful paintings displayed at the Haen Gallery) and you can meet him this weekend on Saturday 5:30-7:30pm at his artist reception to be held at the Asheville Haen Gallery… definitely don’t miss this! ;-)


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… wow, looking back 5 years ago on the blog!

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… fun to see where Matt and I were 5 years ago!… Matt was in the press pool in Asheville for Joe Biden’s visit… we still marvel at how white Vice-President Biden’s teeth were! ;-)


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… my toes are getting attention today ;-)

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… people ask me where I go for pedicures in Brevard… the only place I’ve ever gone is Fashion Nails in the Food Lion shopping… they’re great!
Fashion Nails, 102 College Station Dr # 5, Brevard – 828-883-4049


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Blue Ridge Bakery’s November cooking class schedule is out…

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Wednesday, November 1
          Holiday Appetizers, 2017
Here are the appetizers we will be making this year:  Avocado-Feta Dip, Creamy Potato and Roasted Red Pepper Dip, and New Orleans BBQ shrimp dip.  To scoop up all those dips we will be making homemade Lavash (crackers)  Next up, a couple of flatbreads; Onion Herb Focaccia, Roasted Fennel & Prosciutto Flatbread and Flatbread with Bacon and Scallion Pesto.  Also on the menbu are Spinach & Goat Cheese Tartlets, Proscuitto Wrapped Stuffed Dates, Indian Spinach & Chickpea Fritters, and Spicy-Sweet Pecans.  $50

Tuesday, November 7 
            Holiday Casseroles, 2017
Casseroles are great when you have company, because the work is already done so all you do is pop it in the oven and you have a meal ready to serve in no time.  In this class, we will be making Bacon-Asparagus Strata, Bagel, Lox, and Egg Strata, and our now Famous Challah Casserole (this year, with local apples.)  On the dinner side, we will make Curried Chicken Thighs with Buttery Croutons, Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables, and Loaded Cauliflower Casserole.  $40

Wednesday, November 8
          Lindsey’s Class-Pie Basics
Have you always wanted to learn how to make pie dough from scratch, but were scared to try?  Let Pastry Chef Lindsey Briscoe show you the fearless way to make pie dough.  In this class, we will not only cover the basics of pie dough, but will also learn some techniques to make beautiful pie decorations, awesome fillings, and even hand pies.  $40

Tuesday, November 14:          Holiday Appetizers, 2017
This is a repeat of the November 1 class.

Wednesday, November 15:     Lindsey’s Class-Holiday Cookies
Learn some basics of using Royal Icing to decorate beautiful Holiday Cookies.  Cookie recipes and royal icing will be provided.  Don’t wear nice clothes to this event!  $40

All classes are held at the Blue Ridge Bakery, 86 W. Main St in Brevard, NC
Call the Bakery at (828) 883-8444 to reserve your spot.


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… hands-down the best milkshake in Brevard… ;-)

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… for seven years now: “Best Milkshake in Brevard” (in my estimation, that is)… thank you, Rocky’s, for amazing chocolate milkshakes and for never changing them!
Rocky’s Grill & Soda Shop, 50 S. Broad St., Brevard – 50 S Broad St, Brevard – 828-877-5375


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… live well, laugh often, love much…

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… this hung in my friend & client’s house before the house went under contract… I remember such wonderful dinner parties in this house and amazing afternoon visits having tea and cucumber sandwiches… the house is now going to a new loving family! 


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… yes, indeed they are… the best kind of people… xo

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… did you know that Brevard is home to the smallest bar in the U.S.?

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… yessir, the “Beer & a Bracelet Saloon” at 40 West Main Street (where Hunters & Gatherers is located)… go check it out… room for only 5 patrons, but I know of a wedding party that crammed 23 revelers and 3 dogs into the bar for a fun photo… ;-)


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… do we have these stickers for Brevard?

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… if so, I haven’t seen them… ;-)


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… my sweet Kiva does NOT like having her photo taken, can you tell? (she’s on the right)

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… stop by and show my sweet Kiva some love (and Anu, to the left in this photo) at Wild Dog Training at 340 Greenville Highway… oh, and say hi to their mom, dog trainer Jodi Miller, as well! ;-)
Wild Dog Training, 828.553.9455 – www.wilddogtraining.com


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… wonderful message in the window of Roost! xo

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Roost Interiors & Gifts, 35 W. Main St., Brevard – 828-884-2012


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… amazing custom cookies from this French bakery in Hendersonville!

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Gateaux Cakes & Pastries, 315 S. Church St., Hendersonville – 828-513-1920

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… I would love a mural like these painted in downtown Brevard!.. for all hurting souls in the world…

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… symbolizing freedom and peace! xo


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… I love the little hearts added to the Ingles guacamole containers ;-)

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… it’s all in the details… ;-)


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… nothing better than Jets Pizza for a quick & delicious (& easy) dinner!

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.. I order online and then pickup… ;-)
Jet’s Pizza, 102 College Station Dr., Brevard – 828-883-2888

Jets Pizza


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Did you know this about the man Brevard was named after?

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Dr. Brevard, a surgeon in the Revolutionary War, wrote the Mecklenberg Declaration of Independence which was a precursor to our nation’s Declaration of Independence… interesting!


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… my favorite thing Matt ever made for me at Mud Dabbers

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Matt was so young when he made all these things… I have dishes he made for me and all sorts of bowls, but I love this little sign most of all… it sits in the kitchen next to my vitamins and I think how much I love it every time I see it… yes, peace to all who enter here… this is a place of peace, as it should be… xo
Mud Dabbers, 3623 Greenville Hwy., Brevard – 828-884-5131 – www.meddabbers.com


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… I love early morning coffee meetings…

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Blue Ridge Bakery, 86 W. Main St. Brevard 


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… I met this cutie today at the new Wild Dog Training facility…

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Wild Dog Training is open and Mac is back in training… we’re officially signed up and ready!
Wild Dog Training, 340 Greenville Hwy. wilddogtraining.com, 828.553.9455


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… 10 miles on the bike at the gym this morning… and not much more…

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… I didn’t feel like exercising this morning… but I leaned in and did it anyway… after 10 miles, I was out of there ;-) 


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… I’m even more happy & proud to be an agent at Steve Owen & Associates

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… in a meeting at SAFE today regarding fundraising projects for October Domestic Violence Awareness month and  was told that Steve Owen & Associates is a “Master Sponsor” of the SAFE fundraising golf tournament this weekend… so happy to hear that!


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… lunch at Magpie Meat & Three today!

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… sharing deviled eggs, corn fritters, spinach salad with brie/apple/pecans/red onion… perfect!


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Mark your calendar for Oct 21 fundraiser for SAFE!

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October is national Domestic Violence Awareness month and I’m happy to help raise money and awareness all month for domestic violence and SAFE… SAFE was there for me when I needed help and had questions… from the first day I walked through their door scared, they stepped into my life, saved me, took me by the hand, guided me, and gave me all the answers when my mind was blank and I was so afraid… all money raised at the Oct. 21 Phoenix & the Fox fundraiser will go to SAFE so they can help other victims, too… don’t be a victim, be a survivor…. be brave and share your story (I’m happy to have been asked to share mine in order to help others)… xo
SAFE of Transylvania County, 515 N. Broad St. #1, Brevard (828) 885-7233, www.safebrevard.com


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… fun stomping around Cashiers today!

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… lunch at Cornucopia and shopping! :-)


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…excited about Wild Dog Training opening soon in the old Marcum’s building!

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… Mac is ready to be back in training!… so excited for our friend, Jodi Miller, opening Wild Dog Training October 6th… can’t wait!


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… people are always beautiful when you love them! #sotrue xo

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… amazing estate sale starting today!

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Getting my greens this morning!

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Roost.. one of my favorite downtown shops!

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Roost Interiors & Gifts, 35 W. Main St., Brevard, NC, 828-884-2012


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… after our morning run (sweet Mac)… ;-)

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… do dogs get runners high?  Because Mac is all smiles after our run this morning… ;-)


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… all Gaia products are 20% off this month at Food Matters…

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… so, I stocked up on Gaia Tumeric!


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… happy group of foodies today on the food tour! ;-)

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I had a blast with this happy group of foodies on the food tour today! ;-)  … a bunch of girls and Marvin!


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… wonderful evening at Curate (Asheville’s #1 restaurant) & Old Europe (dessert bar)!

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… with the sweetest, most beautiful Greek baby girl in the world… love her!


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uh-oh, no electricity at the Aethelwold…

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You know it’s going to be an interesting day when you get an email from the office manager and learn we won’t have electricity at work (sigh, life in a 1900 building)…  :-) because of the electrical panel at the back of the building about to fall off…. UPDATE: it’s all fixed and we have lights now!


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… best pimento cheese and deviled eggs within 500 miles…

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… thank you, Magpie Meat & 3 for amazing comfort food!
Magpie Meat & Three, 170 King St., Brevard, 828-877-3773, magpiemeatandthree.com


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… my view this morning from the front office at Steve Owen & Associates…

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… yep, that’s me on floor duty trying to manage the front desk phone this morning.. didn’t disconnect even one person! 


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… new life coming to the old bank building in downtown Brevard!

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… a must-see TCArts exhibit that opens Friday night at Gallery Walk!…

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… showing off the best cuisine Brevard has to offer on a VIP version of Brevard Bites Food Tours today!

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… thank you, Our State Magazine! ;-)thank


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Mac goes everywhere with me now… and he’s such a good boy! ;-)

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… such a good boy! xo  (here he is out and about with me today in Brevard)


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… Wine Down wisdom at it’s best… ;-)

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Wine Down, 28 E. Main St., Brevard, 828-883-9463


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… good morning this rainy day from Grammys 3.0!

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.. yum, is all I can say… xo
Grammies 3.0, 19 Chestnut St, Brevard, 828-862-8353


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… DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) meeting today…

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… great meeting today and very proud to be part of this wonderful organization… looking forward to this year and serving our community… xo


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… go Panthers, make us proud!

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… so far, I’m lovin’ this game… ;-)  (UPDATE: they did it, they DID make us proud!)


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… football season starts today!

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… started today out with a run with Mac under this beautiful blue mountain sky… now off to cook all day and watch football! xo


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… wonderful wine from Broad Street Wines today… thank you!

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Broad Street Wines, 30 S. Broad St., Brevard, 828-883-2101


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… fresh sweet corn picked today!

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… tomorrow starts football season!… and that means Sunday all-day cooking… and um, corn casserole! ;-) (email me for my favorite recipe from the blue Tupelo Honey Cafe cookbook)…


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… at Battery Park Book Exchange in Asheville… ;-)

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I love this place so much, and this is my favorite corner of this favorite Asheville haunt. ;-) (yes, that’s me in the photo…)


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… delicious chicken parmigiana at Marco’s tonight for dinner…

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Mac got the leftovers!  :-)
Marco Trattoria, 204 W. Main St., Brevard NC, 828-883-4841


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