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Southern from Scratch

Introducing a new book featuring Southern essentials & downhome recipes.

A holistic nutritionist and homesteader, Ashley English was raised in the hills of Southern Appalachia with a strong legacy of female cooks crafting memorable meals. Southern from Scratch combines the foods she grew up eating and the information she learned while pursuing her nutrition degree. The 150 recipes inside all honor the classics of the southern kitchen, but with an emphasis on local, seasonal produce and slow scratch cooking. Ashley shows you how to build your own Southern pantry with 50 key essentials from pickles and relishes to jams and spreads, sauces and vinegars, and more. From there, she shares 100 dishes that incorporate those base recipes. Create your own down-home Southern kitchen with recipes ranging from grits and buttermilk biscuits to BBQ sauce and pickled deviled eggs. Visit her blog at www.smallmeasure.com

Back to School: Feeding the Family

Feeding the Family

Healthy, easy options for chaotic back-to-school evenings!

Written by Hayleigh Worgan 

Getting everyone around the table for a dinner together is hard enough—and weekends are often packed full once school starts. That’s why we love meal delivery subscriptions! They make feeding the family, or a few friends, a much easier experience. Check out our favorites below, and let us know yours on our Facebook page. 

First up is Purple Carrot! We love that this delivery service is plant-based. Their website suggests they are perfect for the “Balanceatarian.” Don’t worry, we know that’s not in the dictionary. According to Purple Carrot, it means “a person who adopts a plant-based diet, even just a couple of times a week—positively impacting their health and the environment.” Choose from dishes like Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos with Caramelized Pineapple and Chipotle Ranch, Lemon Garlic Orzo with Spring Vegetables and Tomato Beurre Blanc, and Vegetable Panang Curry with Jasmine Rice and Cashews! A majority of their packaging is reusable, recyclable, biodegradable, or compostable. Visit www.purplecarrot.com for more information! 

Plated believes that “deciding what to do for dinner shouldn’t be a struggle.” And it often is in families. Their “foolproof recipes” are designed for every cooking level, and some can be done in as little as twenty minutes. Omnivores, vegetarians, seafood lovers, and dessert seekers—there are options for everyone! Their menus include food that is in season, so you are receiving fresh options from trusted resources. Previous selections have included Garlic-Soy Pork Chop with Bok Choy and Water Chestnuts, the Shakshuka Pizza with Za’atar Crust and Feta, or the Chicken Caesar Panzalla with Brioche Croutons and Roasted Tomato. For more information, visit www.plated.com! 

If we had a favorite delivery service, let’s be honest, it would be Hello Fresh. Twenty-minute meal options like Mediterranean Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce and Green Beans and Pineapple Poblano Beef Tacos would have had us hooked from the beginning, but they also offer wine plans! Listen, while this may not be relevant to the entire family, it is great for date night or Girls Night In! For meals, choose from the Classic Plan, the Family Plan, and the Veggie Plan! Pick a plan that fits your lifestyle, choose your recipes, and then just wait for delivery. Plans are easy to access online, and you can skip weeks, swap recipes, or cancel at anytime! Hello Fresh offers simple tutorials on how to recycle the packaging with your delivery as well. Visit www.hellofresh.com to find out more or place your order! 

Sun Basket serves organic, clean ingredients and delicious recipes, all delivered weekly. Choose from Paleo, Lean, Clean, Gluten-free, Vegan options, and more! Subscribers can pick from their Classic Menu (which serves 2-4 people and has several options) or the Family Plan, which serves a family of four. Within the Family Plan, there are “Chef ’s Choice” recipes that include a Kids Can recipe with steps and in-box activities for kids to get in on the fun! Not only is this an excellent opportunity to get the kids involved in the kitchen, it’s also a great way to teach them about food and sustainability. Packaging for these meals are also 100% recyclable and compostable. Sun Basket gives back to the community through Feeding America, local food banks, and employee programs. Check them out at www.sunbasket.com! 

If your family loves freshly-blended juices, Green Blender is a great delivery option. With curated recipes and pre-portioned ingredients, all you have to do is chop, blend, and drink! Each delivery is packed full of plant-powered superfoods, and weekly menus have options for every taste palate like Matcha Latte, Green and Gold Berry Boost, and Strawberry Banana Creamsicle! They also offer Superfood Cereals in flavors like Berry Protein, Cranberry Crunch, and Oatmeal Cookie. Choose from their weekly menu and build a plan that will help you meet your family’s health goals! Visit www. greenblender.com to start 

FloydFest 2017: Freedom

Where will you find your freedom on the mountain?

Will it be somewhere between the nine stages? 
A “natural amphitheater,” Streamline Stage at Hill Holler is a place to bring a blanket, lay back and relax while you take in the music. Or, dance with friends (or even by yourself!) to your favorite bands. Take in the Speakeasy Stage: an amazing covered dance space that has featured everything from the festive nature of musical performance to sword swallowing and burlesque dancing.
Of course, if quiet is what you need, seek out the Healing Arts Village for body-mind balance. Visit the Workshop Porch, hosted by Ferrum College, a space that transports audiences to the front porch music jam sessions of earlier times while artists share their music and stories to accompany it.
Take the kids to the Forever Young Stage where they can enjoy open mic sessions, Taekwondo classes, and tetherball matches, all in the main field area. FloydFest, as you may already know, is famous for the fun it offers for the entire family. Parents can enjoy the show on the Dreaming Creek Main Stage while the youngsters explore their own creativity.
And, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the Pink Floyd Garden Stage. This serene location is surrounded by trees, picnic tables, and craft beer vendors. It is the perfect place to meet new friends and spot old ones throughout the day. You don’t want to miss it at night, as it transforms under the aura of brightly colored lights to a brilliantly funky stage.
The VIP Pub Stage is for those with a backstage pass only, but Bella girls it is well worth it! Complimentary beverages, a comfortable lounge tent, and memorable performances await.

Will it be on an adventure with your FloydFest family?
FloydFest has multiple opportunities for outdoor adventure. They even have a tent dedicated to it! Sign up for one of their On the Water in Floyd Float Trips (Thursday-Sunday), the Parkway Brewing Company 5K Trail Running Race, or a guided hike. You can also join the Belcher Mountain Beatdown, a guided FloydFest 19-mile mountain bike journey (just make sure to bring your own bike and helmet!). In addition, there will be an Innova Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday! The mountain bike journey and float trips are catered, and include a small fee. Entering the 5K race, walking the Moonstomper Hiking Trail on your own, or joining a guided hike are free for FloydFest attendees.

Will it be in the performance of your new (or old) favorite artist?
Rebekah Todd & the Odyssey take the stage on Wednesday, along with talented musicians that will help you celebrate your first night on the mountain. On Thursday, enjoy Thievery Corporation, and honor artists of all ages with Girls Rock Roanoke. Friday welcomes Michael Frantz & Spearhead, Leftover Salmon, and Steel Pulse. On Saturday, Rising Appalachia (featured in this issue!) and St. Paul & the Broken Bones perform. Sunday, round out the weekend with Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, the TSisters, and HoneyHoney. These big names are just a few of our favorites, but there is a long list available on the FloydFest website. You will be surrounded with music all weekend—and really, there is no better way to enjoy the summer.

Visit www.floydfest.com for a complete lineup, list of activities and workshops, and to purchase your tickets! Don’t forget to bring donations for Floyd’s Plenty! Food Bank. Every two nonperishable items or one jar of peanut butter donated is an entry to win a FloydFest prize pack which includes a free 5-day ticket to FloydFest 2018. We’ll see you there!