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Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina

Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina

One of the most fascinating cultural events in Western North Carolina is happening July 22 ‚Äì August 1, 2010. According to Top Events USA, Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina, is one of the top festivals to be held in North Carolina each year. Folkmoot is a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance. The festival starts July 23rd with the Parade of Nations in Waynesville, NC. This free event starts at North Main Street and ends in front of the Historic Court House on South Main. Later that evening, Waynesville will […]

Rose Walk Inspired Wedding Cake Design

Rose Walk Inspired Wedding Cake Design

My baking inspiration comes from all over Haywood County.¬† This wedding cake design came from the love I have for the Rose Walk at Lake Junaluska.¬† The roses are made of white gumpaste and the cake is covered in scratch-made vanilla fondant. The Rose Walk at Lake Junaluska My husband Rick and I walk around the lake at least twice a week.¬† It doesn’t seem so much like exercise when you’re in a place as appealing as this. Arguably, the Rose Walk is the most beautiful stroll you and your family can¬†take in Haywood County.¬† This section of the Frances […]

The Francis Grist Mill – Part I

The Francis Grist Mill – Part I

Why the Francis Grist Mill? This conversation started while eating a decadent chocolate cake I designed for a friend‚Äôs birthday party.¬† What type of flour did I use?¬† Flour is a vast topic in its own right.¬† And I shall be delving into flours in future posts.¬† But for now,¬† ¬†there‚Äôs a bit of Haywood County history that I would like to share with you.¬† We have our own Grist Mill in Waynesville and it is running. History I visited the Francis Grist Mill in 2006 as part of the Cold Mountain Tour and to research information for a county […]

Think Cool…  Christmas Tree Farms

Think Cool… Christmas Tree Farms

What will it take to make us happy? It’s  hot,  too hot. Remember last winter?It seems like such a long time ago. I didn’t think the snow would ever end, and to make matters worse, I was traveling from Clyde to Asheville during extremely early morning hours on snow and ice covered roads. I complained, and when I complained, I knew my words would come back to haunt me. Now‚ all of this hot, humid air, has me stuck inside looking outside, longing for cooler times. We went from one extreme to the other. But for now, I give pause […]

Bethel Eden Farm and Dawn Cox

Bethel Eden Farm and Dawn Cox

It‚Äôs been said‚Ķ ‚Äúbuild it and they will come.‚Äù In the case of Bethel Eden Farm, people are coming. We visited a simply divine produce stand today. It is owned by Dawn Cox of Canton, NC. As in ‚Äúit‚Äôs a small world‚Äù, Dawn and I worked together on a website design project for her past employer a few years ago. Since then, she has branched out with Bethel Eden Farm and Pigeon Valley Farms. And it is our shared love for freshly baked goods that brought us together today. Her new produce stand has been open for about four weeks […]