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At Home in NC

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Backyard chickens: A recipe for good health

I love our girls. We have six of them – Henrietta, Matilda, Bella and Ella, Althea, and Betsy. Though we suspect Betsy may be a male. I’m talking about my flock of hens (and potential rooster), of course. We got them on Easter weekend, as people do, when you have a...

5 hikes to take on your summer beach vacation

With Memorial Day, we officially entered the beach vacation season. Of heading to the coast for a week, of mornings spent lounging on the beach, afternoons napping, maybe reading. Eating. And doing the same the next day, the day after, and so on. Certainly not a bad...

North Carolina History Awaits in Old Salem

When my friend Natania suggested we take a walking tour of Old Salem, my first thought was: Hmmm. Should I pretend I know what and where Old Salem is? Or should I fake it? As I usually do, I decided to fake it. I accepted the invitation and immediately went online to...

What Makes the North Carolina Coast So Beautiful?

“What beach do you go to?” It’s a ubiquitous question when you live in North Carolina. The beach you go to – which, it seems, many families do yearly – says a lot about who you are and what you love. I inherited a beach by marriage; my husband’s family has been going...

The 6 Most Stunning North Carolina Waterfalls

Spring is warming up the state, and summer is fast approaching. Between the mountains and the beach, there’s plenty to get you and your family outdoors. But have you considered visiting one of the many waterfalls in our great state? North Carolina is home to more than...

5 Can’t Miss NC Mountain Hikes Full of Wildflowers

Take a Walk on the Wildflower Side With These NC Mountain Hikes The hills truly are alive — maybe not with the sound of music, but certainly with the “ooohs” and “ahhhs” of hikers taking in the spring wildflower display. While we’re a good month and a half from the...

Classic Southern Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and dumplings. Chicken 'n' pastry. Chicken and slicks. However you say it, it's delicious. And this recipe is packed with veggies, protein, and homemade goodness. A perfect cold-weather snack that speaks of comfort and home. This particular recipe features...

The Ultimate North Carolina Bucket List

People have a habit of falling in love with the state of North Carolina. Whether you crave the rolling countryside, the Appalachian mountain views, or the feeling of saltwater curling about your toes, there's something for everyone here. Yes, there's so much to...

5 Short and Easy Hikes on the Eno River

I’ve lived minutes from the Eno River for most of my life. I spent some time living near the Great Salt Lake in Utah, and have lived a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina, but Piedmont North Carolina’s Eno River is the sweet, humble body of water that...