Soup is Good for the Soul

This is definitely the easiest and best way to make rich-tasting butternut squash soup, without having to peel and dice a large, awkwardly shaped vegetable. You start by cutting the squash in half lengthwise and roasting it in a hot oven. Scrape the roasted flesh from the skin, and simmer it with sautéed yellow onion, fresh sage, and a tart Granny…

A Tribute

Christmas snow globes have been around for centuries—their exact debut is unknown, but traditional snow globes can be traced back to France as early as the 19th century. Snow globes appeared at the Universal Expo of 1878 and, a year later, at least five companies manufactured snow globes and sold them throughout Europe.

December 2017 Around Town

The cure for cancer could be in your closet … or your jewelry box, attic ... or a Discovery Shop shopping bag. The Roanoke and Smith Mountain Lake Discovery Shops, sponsored by and for the benefit of the local American Cancer Society, are upscale resale shops.

Beth Shively

Beth Shively has been an artist for most of her life. A Rocky Mount native, she moved to Kansas as a child and grew up there. When she was in junior high school in Wichita, Beth felt her art class was “talking to me.” She went on to major in art at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. She returned to…

The Front Door of the Community

The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport is “the front door to the community, the first thing visitors see,” Bradley Boettcher, director of marketing and air service development at the airport, says. He spends his days working to ensure that it’s a positive first impression.

The Digital Catch-22 in Estate Planning

If your wills, trusts, powers of attorney or advanced medical directives are more than two or three years old, you have probably created a nightmare for your spouse or loved one. Life has changed. Many things you do now are online—you bank online, you shop online with credit cards that you manage online, you make your medical appointments online, order your…

Antigua Dreaming

Weeks after I returned from four fast days in Antigua, I could close my eyes and still feel the warm embrace of the long stretches of quiet beaches that hug the curvy Caribbean coastline and the clear blue sea. Oh, that blue. A blue that beckons, constant and seductive, promising and encouraging. A lens to another world. And, isn’t that what a…

Modern Home Gadgets

“There’s no place like home,” and, there’s really no place like home when it comes to 2017 technology. With the modernization of technology and automation of homes, who wants to leave? We’ve compiled a list of some of the coolest modern “home” gadgets you won’t know what you ever did without.

The Best Apple Crumb Muffins

 THE BEST APPLE CRUMB MUFFINS  ⅓ cup brown sugar 
1 tb granulated sugar 
1 tsp cinnamon 
¼ cup unsalted butter (melted) 
⅔ cup all-purpose flour  ½ cup unsalted butter (softened) 
½ cup dark brown sugar 
¼ cup granulated sugar 
2 eggs, room temperature 
½ cup sour cream 
2 tsp vanilla extract 
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour 
1 tsp baking soda 
1…

Keeping Roanoke Homes Comfortable

The heating and air conditioning business is practically in Rick Woods’ DNA. Rick is the owner, along with his brother, Gary, of Woods Family Heating & Air Conditioning. The two, along with their father, Frank, founded the company in 1985.