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Meet Joanna Hudzik

hudzikJoanna Hudzik has chaired the American Heart Association’s Roanoke Heart Ball for multiple years and has coordinated a Diamond Dig to help raise vital funds for AHA. She is co-owner at Haywood’s Jewelers at Westlake and her Diamond Dig raised $7,000 last year and $10,000 this year for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education. She is chairing the 2015 Roanoke Heart Ball which is set to take place on Saturday, February 14. Joanna also is a committee member for the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Gala.

Nominated by Sarah Fedele

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.

Fall Gardening: Tips and Recipes

bellaonline4586Not all of your veggies that have been in your garden all summer long like the crisp air that’s on its way. Vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers won’t last once the cooler weather approaches. 

However, vegetables such as kale, spinach, cabbage, broccoli and turnips are able to tolerate the hardest winters. They survive even in the low 20s and high teens. Other veggies like beets, carrots, lettuce and celery are good for spring and fall gardens since they can tolerate between 29 to 32 degrees.

Watch for frost closer to January and February. Covering even the toughest plants in your garden is always a smart decision when the weather gets extremely cold. Late October-early November is a great time to begin preparing the vegetable garden for colder weather. 

Mulching serves many purposes in the winter garden. Acting as insulation to the plants, it will also help discourage the winter growth of weeds and pesky grasses. Some of the most common materials used for winter mulching are peat moss, bark, sawdust, and shredded newspapers.

There are many recipes you can incorporate in your dinners to make sure you take full advantage of fall and winter vegetables. Below are a few recipes to make sure you don’t let any of your gardening go to waste!

Kale, Broccoli, and Feta Sauté
(http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/kale-broccoli-feta-saute)

3 tablespoons of olive oil
4 cups of broccoli florets
kosher salt and black pepper
1 medium bunch kale, thick stems removed and leaves torn into bite-size pieces (about 10 cups)
2 ounces of Feta, crumbled (1/2 cup)
¼ cup of kalamata olives, pitted and slivered

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli, season with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper, and cook, tossing occasionally, until tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
Add the kale and cook, tossing occasionally, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes more. Fold in the Feta and olives.

Green Smoothie Recipe
(http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/green_smoothie/)

1 medium ripe banana
1 cup of fresh, canned, or frozen pineapple
3 large handfuls of fresh spinach (washed)
1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
6 oz. water
1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional)

Put all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

Tip: If you want to add coconut oil, be sure it’s slightly melted when you add it so it emulsifies and blends well into the smoothie. Otherwise, it might be lumpy, especially if you are using frozen pineapple or if you add ice cubes.
If you use canned pineapple, you can add the juice, too, for a sweeter tasting smoothie.

 

Written by Kristi Hall

 

Meet Ashley Pressman

Ashley PressmanAshley Pressman is anything but ordinary, although you wouldn’t know it from her quiet, humble demeanor. This amazing local woman has been the Administrator at Berkshire Health & Rehabilitation in Vinton for the past four years. She leads more than 200 employees taking care of our geriatric community.

Nominated by a friend

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.

Meet Teresa Noakes

noakesTeresa Noakes was having dinner with friends when she began to sweat and the hair on her neck was damp.  She felt nausea and then had numbness, unusual fatigue, and pain and discomfort in her left jaw, shoulder and chest.  Then her pain intensified and she half-jokingly said, “I think I am having a heart attack” and then she collapsed.  She was diagnosed with small vessel disease, resulting in an inadequate supply of oxygen-rich blood. Teresa graciously shared her story at this year’s Roanoke Go Red For Women Luncheon to help other women know the signs of a heart attack and to listen to their instincts.

Nominated by Sarah Fedele

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.

Craftsmen’s Classic Art & Craft Festival

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out this year’s Craftsmen’s Classic at the Berglund Center on October 10, 11, and 12!

MakingKScopeThis event features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across America. See the creative process in action as many exhibitors demonstrate throughout the weekend. There is something for every style, taste and budget with items from the most traditional to the most contemporary.

Visit their website for more information or call 336-282-5550.

Meet Emily Fielder

emily fielderEmily Fielder may not be a native, but the 2005 and 2010 Hollins University grad has certainly found her niche here in the Roanoke Valley. Currently a Project Associate at Virginia Career VIEW, Fielder also serves on the Boards of both Apple Ridge Farm and Junior League of Roanoke Valley. Somehow, she still finds time to pursue her doctoral degree. She is passionate about promoting local voluntarism and further developing the potential of other women through her roles in the community.

Nominated by Jennifer Bryant

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.

Pure Barre Update!

New Image4156Bella girls Stacey, Cory and Hayleigh continue to enjoy their Pure Barre workouts each week! Every class is still challenging, but their ability to concentrate and learn the routines has increased. They have also learned something very important about getting in shape: your weight is literally JUST a number.

“I have not lost weight, but my clothes are too big. Inches have disappeared from my waist and I feel more confident every day,” explains Hayleigh. “Getting healthy and losing fat from your entire body does not happen after the first class, the second class, or even the third! It is a permanent lifestyle change you have to make in order to really see and keep your results.”

They also continue to value the personal interaction they have with instructors before and after class. The encouragement is inspirational and something they carry with them once class is over. “To date, the most apparent transformation that has taken place through my Pure Barre experience has been my strength,” says Cory. “My arms are toner, my core is tighter and my confidence in myself and ability has grown.”

Visit www.purebarre.com for details on how to sign up for your first class and begin your journey to a better, healthier body today.

Stay tuned– our November issue will feature the final results!

Meet Heather Quintana

Heather Quintana

Heather Quintana is an amazing single mother of two boys, a vivacious friend and a fearless role model. In addition to her day job, Heather founded Happy Healthy Cooks, a program that turns kids and their families on to healthful whole foods. Heather has motivated an army of people to work within the Roanoke City school system to teach kids about nutrition through preparing and cooking healthful foods.

Nominated by Kim Bratic

Join us each weekday during the month of October as we recognize extraordinary women in our area! Nominate someone you know by emailing us: bella@beckmediagroup.com.