1.31.2016

#OutaboutNC: Interesting Facts on the Carolina Panther's Hometown of Charlotte

Confession here. Usually, I have to ask who plays in the Super Bowl. But, this year, I'm excited about the Super Bowl game  and will probably glance at the TV a lot more when I go to a friend's party this year with either my hot sausage dip or one of these avocado dips. 

The Super Bowl-bound Carolina Panthers represent the states of North and South Carolina, but call Charlotte, North Carolina home. Coming off of a record 15-1 season, these hometown heroes will make their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history on February 7.  The Charlotte skyline is sporting Panther Blue at night. 


Carolina Panthers are on the way to the SuperBowl. Interesting facts about Charlotte, NC.
North Carolina's Queen City. #superbowl ready. Thanks for the #OutaboutNC   tag @lisasmithclt 

Since writing, I've spotlighted Charlotte a lot on this blog, and it is North Carolina's largest city. I recently wrote a piece on our Queen City for SPG Weekend, but that article is not out yet. I think Charlotte makes a great travel destination. I'm going to link some of my past stories below for quick reference.

Five Family Attractions Not to Miss in Charlotte
The American Girl Experience in Charlotte
Family Fun at Discovery Place in Charlotte
Hotel Features I've written in Charlotte (Ritz-Carlton Charlotte and Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge)

Charlotte is hoping that the Carolina Panthers will bring them another list of firsts. Here are some facts that I've gathered from this urban North Carolina town for you. 


Before the Panthers put a spotlight on Charlotte, the region had carved a name for itself with key innovations that have touched every part of the nation. Some were big and impressive, like the rise of huge banks and the growth of national retailers, such as Lowe’s Home Improvement. Others were small and quirky, including Lance’s beloved peanut butter snack crackers and the orange traffic barrels that pepper highway construction sites across the country.

Take a peek into the fascinating history of the Panthers’ hometown.

The Meck Dec. 1775
While no copies have ever been found, local tradition holds that Charlotte farmers signed a Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20, 1775, more than a year before the nation’s Declaration of Independence. On this day each year, the May 20th Society still celebrates Charlotte’s rebellious history and visionary spirit. On May 31, 1775, citizens did sign the Mecklenburg Resolves, which declared the authority of the King to be “null and void.” 

1837 U.S. Mint Photo Courtesy of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
1837 U.S. Mint Photo Courtesy of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library 

First gold discovery, 1799/First branch of the U.S. Mint, 1837 
After a 17-pound piece of gold was discovered in Charlotte in 1799, mines sprouted across the region, including in what is now Uptown Charlotte and South End. Today, you can visit the Reed Gold Mine historic site near Albemarle, North Carolina (just east of Charlotte). In 1837, the first branch of the U.S. Mint opened here, and its reconstruction can be seen at the Mint Museum Randolph. 


NASCAR stock car racing, 1949  
In Charlotte on June 19, 1949, the first NASCAR Strictly Stock (now NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) race was held. Many of the sport’s most innovative promoters, engineers, and drivers, from Bruton Smith and Humpy Wheeler to the Pettys and Earnhardts, have made the Charlotte region their home base over the years. Read my story on the NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum on Skimbaco. 



Interesting facts about Charlotte, N.C.


The birth of funk music, 1965   
James Brown, “Godfather” of the rhythm-based music called funk, recorded the genre’s landmark 1965 album, “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” in a Charlotte studio. It was named one of Rolling Stone’s top 100 records of all time.

Interstate banking, the 1980s 
In 1985, Charlotte mogul Hugh McColl helped craft the Interstate Banking Compact, which allowed banks in the Southeast to expand across state lines. By 1998, McColl sat at the helm of Bank of America, the nation’s first coast-to-coast bank. Today it’s the largest U.S. bank, and it’s still headquartered in Charlotte.


Orange traffic barrels, 1985
Once upon a time, awkward and dangerous 55-gallon metal drums marked highway construction zones. Tom Cory, an engineer at Radiator Specialty Company in Charlotte, had a better idea: to make lightweight, safe barrels out of plastic. His famous barrels are everywhere.





The Carolina Panthers, 1993
On December 15, 1987, Carolina Panthers Owner/Founder Jerry Richardson officially announced an NFL franchise bid for the Carolinas, and on October 26, 1993, NFL owners unanimously selected Carolina as the 29th NFL franchise. It became the first expansion team since 1976.


U.S. National Whitewater Center, 2006
The U.S. National Whitewater Center opened in Charlotte in 2006, becoming home to the largest man-made whitewater river in the world. The outdoor entertainment complex, featuring whitewater rafting, zip lining, rock climbing, challenge courses and more, now also serves as an official Olympic training site for canoe/kayak slalom. Charlotte will host the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for canoe/kayak slalom at the Whitewater Center April 7-9, 2016.


Read more at CharlottesGotAlot to help you plan a trip to the Panther's hometown or learn more about Carolina's team. 

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Here at Small Victories Sunday Linkup, we like to feature the best ideas on the internet to celebrate the small victories in our lives and blogs. Our participants are hard at work providing our readers with the best books, recipes, DIY, home, health and blogging ideas to make your life simpler, happier and healthier!

Bloggers, share with us anything that will help our fast growing community live a happier and healthier life. Sunday is the perfect day to reflect and celebrate the week that passed and look forward to the week ahead. Our linkup is open all week long so feel free to stop by anytime, we're always ready to party!

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1.27.2016

#OutaboutNC: Rare Opportunity to View North Carolina's "Birth Certificate" in Raleigh



The land of the Carolinas once extended ocean to ocean, covering parts of what is now Florida, Mexico, Texas, and California? King Charles II granted this land in 1663 to several of his supporters-the "Lords Proprietors"-in return for their service to the Crown during the English Restoration. The gift of land was designated in the Carolina Charter of 1663.

Considered the "birth certificate" of the Carolinas, the Carolina Charter will be on exhibit fromMonday, Feb. 8, through Thursday, Feb. 14, at the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh. Written on vellum (calf- or sheepskin), this remarkable document bears a striking pen-and-ink portrait of King Charles II of England on the first page.
 

The Carolina Charter marks the beginning of organized, representative government in the province of Carolina, granting to the colonists rights that were to have lasting influence on the region's population and its history. For example, the Charter guaranteed the rights of property ownership, the establishment of courts, and representation of delegates of "Freemen of said Province."

"The Charter is a unique and beautiful document," noted Sarah Koonts, state archivist. "Because of its fragility, we can rarely display it, but for a brief time the public will have the opportunity to view one of North Carolina's most important founding documents."

The Carolina Charter will be on view in the "Treasures of Carolina: Stories from the State Archives" at the N.C. Museum of History. Visit and see rare documents from the State Archives' vault and learn about the characters and stories behind them through the exhibit. "Treasures of Carolina"will run through June 19 and admission is free.

About the State Archives of North Carolina
The State Archives of North Carolina State Archives collects, preserves, and makes available for public use historical and evidential materials relating to North Carolina. Its holdings consist of official records of state, county and local governmental units, copies of federal and foreign government materials, and private collections. 





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1.24.2016

An Avocado a Day: Recipes You Must Try


The healthy benefits of Avocados


I have a new love for avocados. An extended family member told me that she loved to slice an avocado, put it on a rice cake, sprinkle salt, pepper, and fresh lemon on top. This easy snack was nutritious and filling. I tried it. I loved it and now it's my go-to snack. I've been buying a lot more avocados because of this easy way to eat this food. As I write this right now, I'm having an avocado on top of a bagel with salt, pepper, lemon and feta cheese.

Avocados are considered a super-food. The California Avocado Commission (CAC) has all the nutritional facts laid out for you.

Last year, the CAC partnered with registered dietitian and chef Michelle Dudash, author of “Clean Eating for Busy Families,” to create full-flavored snacking recipes featuring premium California Avocados and other nutrient-rich superfoods.

“As a registered dietitian, I’m always looking for ways to make delicious snacks made with wholesome ingredients. Starting with nutritious California-grown Avocados is an easy first step. The added bonus of pairing California Avocados with other foods is that they can act as a nutrient booster by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, like vitamins A, D, E, and K”, stated Dudash.

With the Superbowl coming up, score a touchdown with these two avocado-based dips.

California Avocado Spinach and Greek Yogurt Dip
California Avocado Spinach and Greek Yogurt Dip

California Avocado Spinach and Greek Yogurt Dip
Recipe created by Chef Michelle Dudash, RDN for the California Avocado Commission

Ingredients
 2 scallions, cut into 4 pieces each
 2 ripe, fresh California Avocados*, seeded, peeled and quartered
 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese 
 1 Tbsp. and 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
 1 Tbsp. and 1 tsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
 1 (10-oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, moisture squeezed out well

Instructions 1. Place scallions in a food processor and blend until finely chopped. 2. Add the avocados, yogurt, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic powder, and pepper, and puree until smooth. 3. Add spinach and pulse just until incorporated. 4. For optimal taste, refrigerate for a few hours before serving.

Guacamole using new Vitality Essential Oils
Watch the easy recipe video here
I am a Young Living Member , and was excited to learn about the new Vitality Line. It just came out this month. When they posted this recipe, it sounded so good and easy.

A Vitality Twist on Traditional Guacamole

Ingredients
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 drops Citrus Fresh Vitality
  • 1 drop Lime Vitality
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 1–2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch black pepper
Directions
  1. Remove the pit from the avocados and scoop the flesh into a bowl, mashing roughly with a fork.
  2. Add all other ingredients and stir until mixed.
  3. Garnish with cilantro.
  4. Enjoy with tortilla chips or with your favorite Mexican-inspired dishes!


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 Here at Small Victories Sunday Linkup, we like to feature the best ideas on the internet to celebrate the small victories in our lives and blogs. Our participants are hard at work providing our readers with the best books, recipes, DIY, home, health and blogging ideas to make your life simpler, happier and healthier!

Bloggers, share with us anything that will help our fast growing community live a happier and healthier life. Sunday is the perfect day to reflect and celebrate the week that passed and look forward to the week ahead. Our linkup is open all week long.

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1.17.2016

Travel Deal: Dinosaur Fun at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa

My body is cold today and I'm thinking about warm spots. I told you this year that I'm going to try to do a better  job of sharing you the hotel deals that come across my desk on a daily basis. This particular deal at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa caught my eye because I think it would be fun for kids and with surroundings this lovely, it would be great for Mom and Dad, too.

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa


In conjunction with the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium exhibit: Dinosaurs Around the World, the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa is offering  a special package through April 16 with a special Dino-Mite welcome amenity—an “excavation” to brush away graham cracker dirt and uncover delicious chocolate dinosaur bones, designed by the resort’s Executive Pastry Chef Brittani Szczecina. 


Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa


The resort’s  Kids Club will offer dino-themed arts and crafts such as creating dinosaur sun catchers and painting ceramic dinosaurs. The package also includes a $2 ticket discount per person to the nearby South Florida Science Center and Aquarium for its “Dinosaurs Around the World: The Exhibition.” Visitors can spend hours exploring the prehistoric planet alongside 13 life-sized roaring, breathing dinosaurs. 

Also included in this package rate is valet parking, a luxurious suite with a stainless steel kitchen, and full access to resort amenities. 

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa


The “Dinosaurs Around the World” package starts at $279 per night, but when it's cold, we all dream of a warm Palm Beach excursion so demand is high. At a quick check, I found the starting rate to be over $500 for a one-bedroom condominium on most nights through March. 

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa


If this particular property is out of your budget then you should be able to find one at Marriott.com that fits your price range that is close to the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in Palm Beach. You can book directly from my site now if you wish. 


*All photos from Marriott

Disclosure: I've not personally visited this hotel, but I have an affiliate partnership with Marriott because of my love for the Ritz-Carlton brand. I've stayed in enough Marriott hotels (From Courtyard, Fairfield, Renaissance )that I feel comfortable recommending the package and brand. 

1.12.2016

Great Dude Ranch Getaways for Families :An Incredibly Easy List for you to Plan Your Fun

I like a robust coffee, and I found a local North Carolina blend that suits me just fine. It's called, Cowboy Blend by Larry's Beans.  When I sip a cup, it takes me back to my days on the Ponderosa with Little Jo, Hoss, Adam, and Ben. Wait, that was a TV show, but I felt like I was there with them.  Bonanza was one of my favorite shows during my childhood on rerun TV.  And because of my love for this family Western, I've been fascinated with the Old West for a long time. 



Others may be, too. Dude Ranches have gained popularity for family vacations.  There are three categories: Working Dude Ranch, Dude Ranch (a lot of horseback riding, but not much labor, if any), and Resort Dude Ranch.  I would be more in the Resort Dude Ranch category because I don't even know if I would want to get on a horse, but I know my kids would love it.

In addition to horsemanship, ranches offer activities satisfying the recreational and social needs of each generation. Tennis clinics, mountain biking, rock climbing, zip-lining, bird watching, crafts, hiking, whitewater rafting, and golf;  each can be enjoyed during a  Western ranch vacation. Some ranches also offer known stress reducers like yoga, meditation, massages and other soothing spa treatments.





If you want to go to a Dude Ranch. The Dude Ranchers Association has given me a list to help you get started on your cowboy adventure this winter. These ranches are also open in the summer, which are their busiest times so you need to start booking now. 




If you¹re looking for the ultimate winter escape right now, look no further than these all-inclusive dude ranches, each of which offers cold weather retreat in some of the most breathtakingly beautiful parts of the country.  This list is for all budgets. Prices can be expensive at first glance, but they typically include all meals. 

Latigo Ranch in Kremmling, Colorado
The outdoor activities are just as invigorating as the inside comforts are cozy at Latigo Ranch. Experienced skiers know Latigo has some of the best snow conditions and finest cross-country skiing in Colorado. Other winter activities include snowshoeing and tubing or enjoy the quiet and seclusion from the front porch of a historic log lodge with a panoramic view of 100 miles of the Continental Divide.

Bar W Guest Ranch in Whitefish, Montana
Things move a little slower at Bar W Guest Ranch in Montana, and that¹s just how it¹s meant to be. Treat yourself to horseback riding, sleigh ride dinners, square dances, snowshoeing, ice skating, dog sledding, and ice fishing. Cap off the day with a soak in the hot tub, a game of pool, or a relaxing book and some music. And don¹t forget to leave time to enjoy a magical sleigh ride accompanied by hot chocolate or even dinner.



The Home Ranch in Clark, Colorado
When the legendary snowfalls blanket the Elk River Valley in powder, The Home Ranch transforms into a sparkling white wonderland and becomes one of the most beautiful cross-country ski resorts in Colorado. Located just north of Steamboat Springs, the ranch offers some of the best Nordic skiing in the world, rustic accommodations, and a world-class chef that prepares what he calls, ³haute mountain cuisine² for every meal. A typical day during a winter vacation could even include helping feed the ranch¹s herd of 100+ horses with a sleigh.  ****A Leigh Pick. This would be a dreamy stay. You could not go wrong at any  Relais-Chateaux property.  Dude Ranch and me. This is it for me. No question.  I never really thought I would want to vacation on a Dude Ranch until I researched this site. I'm going to start saving right now. 

Western Pleasure Ranch in Sandpoint, Idaho
A favorite activity of visitors to Western Pleasure Guest Ranch in North Idaho is a scenic horse-drawn sleigh ride powered by one of the ranch¹s draft teams. A two-mile loop trail takes passengers through a dense forest, treating them to fantastic views of the Selkirk Mountains. Sleighs are available in sizes ranging from two-passenger to 12-passenger. Western Pleasure also has ski trails for all levels.

Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
An all-inclusive winter vacation to Vista Verde Guest Ranch combines the amenities of a luxury Colorado resort with the relaxed and intimate atmosphere of a ranch vacation. Hide out in a cozy log cabin with a private hot tub and enjoy delicious, freshly prepared meals in between snow-filled adventures. Winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, tubing, sleigh rides, culinary classes, yoga and photography classes.

Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana
Lone Mountain Ranch offers the ultimate winter adventure. The ranch is perfectly situated just six miles from some of the best skiing in the country and was voted as the No. 1 Nordic Ski Resort in North America by Cross Country Skier magazine. Winter activities include skiing (Nordic, downhill and backcountry), snowshoeing and sleigh ride dinners. Guests can even take a short shuttle ride to explore Yellowstone National Park or the Gallatin National Forest by skis or snowshoes.

C Lazy U Ranch in Granby, Colorado
The winter weather is surprisingly mild at C Lazy U, thanks to the bright sunshine. Backcountry snowmobile and horseback riding tours, snowshoeing, private on-property snowcat skiing, ice skating, tubing and the C Lazy U Luge are favorite activities among winter guests. There¹s even ice hockey on the pond, as well as major ski resorts nearby.


Seven Devils Lodge Guest Ranch in Council, Idaho
Located in central Idaho, just south of the Seven Devils mountain range, Seven Devils Lodge Guest Ranch lies in a unique area, neighboring jutting canyons, high desert, and soaring mountains. It offers some of Idaho¹s finest backcountry boondocking, with terrain for all levels of riders. The ranch tailors the experience to match each guests¹ riding style and even offers Back Country Basics riding clinics for those looking to improve their skills.

Sundance Trail Guest Ranch in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
Winter is Bed & Breakfast Mountain Lodge season at Sundance Trail Guest Ranch. Guests are welcome to come for one or two nights, or for a week, during which time they can enjoy lodging, meals and morning horseback rides. Even four-legged travelers are welcome during the off-season! Sundance Trail is popular during the winter for family reunions, romantic getaways, and even honeymoons and elopements.

If an escape from the cold and snow is more your speed, check out these two all-inclusive guest ranches this winter:

Hideout Ranch in San Simon, Arizona
See the West the way it was meant to be seen ­ from the back of a horse. Hideout Ranch's strategic location along the Arizona-New Mexico border provides easy access to thousands of miles of mountain and high desert riding trails ­ trails no other ranch in Southeastern Arizona rides. Prepare to let your stress melt away in the bright blue Arizona sunshine and crisp, clean mountain air.

Tombstone Monument Ranch in Tombstone, Arizona
Travel back in time to the era of the cowboy at this unique ranch, which is set up like an 1880s Western frontier town. Each of the ranch¹s 18 rooms has a special Western theme and is decorated in turn-of-the-century style. Explore miles of the open country by horseback, enjoy live music around the campfire, or take a walk to the monument of Ed Schieffelin, the founder of Tombstone, located right on ranch property. The ranch offers trails for all levels of horseback riding....*A Leigh Pick for a night or two just because it reminds me of that time that the Brady Bunch went Out West.  I would spend the rest of my time here in Tucson. 


There are more than 100 members of the Dude Ranchers’ Association in the Western US and Canada.  Each is a little different but each DRA dude ranch vacation. Check out the website at www.duderanch.org.  Today's post is editorial only, and I have not personally visited a Dude Ranch, but I now want to go to The Home Ranch. 

Pin now for future planning. 

Plan your Dude Ranch Vacation




All photos by DudeRanch.org 

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1.10.2016

Party Foods: Farm-Fresh Hot Sausage Dip

Yes, I'm on a mission to eat more healthy in 2016, lose a few pounds, exercise more, and just be more active in general. Will I be perfect? No! Here's why.  We have to give ourselves permission to live and not deprive ourselves or we will never be successful. Moderation is our friend and key to success with healthy living.

We usually attend a SuperBowl party yearly, and I plan to take this hot farm-fresh sausage dip this year. No, it's not low-calorie, but it's extremely delicious and great for a party. I'm not taking it to a party and not having some of it. I give myself permission to enjoy myself, and I will be also having a beer or two at this party, and will then go back to my goals the next day.

Farm-Fresh Hot  Sausage Dip. Great for Parties and Entertaining


I'll buy my sausage from PapaSpud's, which is my produce delivery service.  They work with local farmers in the North Carolina and out-of-state to bring you the farm-fresh deliveries. Joining this service was one of the best decisions I have made.
If you want, you can easily use fresh tomatoes and green chiles instead of a can version. Enjoy! And of course, in North Carolina, we are hoping to see Carolina Panthers in the big bowl this year.

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