Fun, Festive, and In Fine Fettle

With food temptations everywhere, how can we enjoy a well-balanced holiday season with healthy comfort food and stress-free family gatherings?  Take a deep breath in and… cue the cabbage!

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Cabbage Recipes

Romanian Cabbage Rolls (Sarmale)

For Romanians, it’s not Christmas without cabbage rolls! So, here is a traditional recipe for you to try this year. Go easy on the servings, as this isn’t necessarily a low-calorie dish… For a really good recipe, also check out Jo’s blog: https://www.jocooks.com/recipes/sarmale/.

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Old House, New Home

When we started our house search in 2021, we wanted to find a place where we could be outdoors most of the time, hopefully in a drier climate than in Tennessee. We really wanted a good community, with diverse and friendly people who liked to hang out together. Unexpectedly, we found the answer right across the greenway from where we had been renting for a year in Colorado: a brown 70’s house in a peaceful and friendly neighborhood, with access to and a view of the park.

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Coming “Home” to Tennessee

We felt a slight jolt of joy and excitement as our RV rolled across the Tennessee state line: we were getting closer to “home,” or at least whatever version of it we remembered from before our trip. To be honest, I was ready to be in a sticks-and-bricks environment after ten months in the RV. As sweet as our home on wheels was, I had missed hosting friends and family, especially at holiday time—of course, thanks to the pandemic, we couldn’t have done much hosting anyway, so not much lost, I guess. I missed the familiar and I looked forward to returning to Knoxville.

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