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Maple Syrup…Yum!

Maple Syrup…Yum!

by Ruth Ward One of my pet peeves is going to a fabulous restaurant and ordering pancakes that are organic and look amazing, but then the server hands you a bottle of ……manufactured syrup!!!! More »

A Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Winter

A Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Winter

by Anya Mayr Winter: the time of snuggly warm hot cocoa drinks, twinkly lights, and the unabashed smell of cinnamon. While winter in Florida lacks the cotton-white snow and piles of amber-colored leaves, the weather dips, hearty holiday meals, More »

How Trendy are You?

How Trendy are You?

by Brooke Utter You have all heard of Louis Vuitton and Chanel but are you cool enough to have heard of BAPE and Supreme? After my recent trip to LA, San Francisco, and New York More »

It’s More than Just Radiation & Medication

It’s More than Just Radiation & Medication

 by Ruth Ward Sharon Breitinger’s breast cancer journey began on October 10, 2017, the day of diagnosis. Sharon describes her initial reaction as one of shock, fear and the feeling that this cannot be real. More »

Now There’s a Tank for Big Kids!

Now There’s a Tank for Big Kids!

by Trish Utter You all know I have a passion for cars. I find that they are like a piece of exquisite art work and I also thoroughly enjoy the excitement of speed. More »

 

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by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

This time of year is when I really enjoy the beach because hardly anyone is there. I drive about an hour and a half to Ponte Vedra Beach, located just south of Jacksonville. Lots of unspoiled sand dunes and miles and miles of natural rugged beach for Daphne, my dog, and I to roam. This is a place where I can relax and reflect, and a place Daphne can chase seagulls, and splash in the water. You might laugh but I like to take my flask of hot tea… sorry but the English side of me will always come out…and a sandwich and enjoy a picnic while watching the waves. Of course, I also take a bag of dog biscuits for Daphne.

Maple Syrup…Yum!

by Ruth Ward

One of my pet peeves is going to a fabulous restaurant and ordering pancakes that are organic and look amazing, but then the server hands you a bottle of ……manufactured syrup!!!! What a way to ruin a
great meal!

I acquired the taste for the real stuff when I lived in Maine, New Hampshire, and Boston. Up there people are serious about their syrup. They even have blindfold taste tests to see if they can tell which grade it is.  Vermont is the largest maple syrup producer in the country.

Most of us in the US have used Log Cabin which only contains 4% real maple syrup or Aunt Jemima’s that contains this – Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Cellulose Gum, Caramel Color, Salt, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Sodium, Benzoate and Sorbic Acid (preservatives) Sodium Hexametaphosphate. You might notice that there is NOT one drop of real Maple Syrup in it!

A Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Winter

by Anya Mayr

Winter: the time of snuggly warm hot cocoa drinks, twinkly lights, and the unabashed smell of cinnamon. While winter in Florida lacks the cotton-white snow and piles of amber-colored leaves, the weather dips, hearty holiday meals, and stressful schedules can have a significant impact on your health. This winter, be sure to follow some healthy holiday tips to keep in tiptop shape throughout the season and into the new year!

Have a Heart Healthy Holiday

Don’t worry – you don’t have to skip out on your grandma’s delicious stuffing tradition or rid yourself of the pumpkin pie! However, make it a point to enjoy your favorite holiday meals in moderation. Holiday meals tend to be high in cholesterol, which in turn can increase your risk of heart disease. If you do choose to stray away from the traditional path, plan on creating some holiday meals that include mushrooms! Not only are they a delicious, heart-healthy, gluten-free (and vegan!) option, but they also have immunity components that help boost your protection against colds and viruses. For more information on improving heart health, visit
www.NFRMC.com/Heart.

How Trendy are You?

by Brooke Utter

You have all heard of Louis Vuitton and Chanel but are you cool enough to have heard of BAPE and Supreme?

After my recent trip to LA, San Francisco, and New York City, I caught onto a few fashion trends. You may have noticed your teens wearing T-Shirts with a cartoon graphic of an ape or Supreme’s red logo on clothing and even plastered on exotic cars. Did you check the brand and the price?

It’s More than Just Radiation & Medication

 by Ruth Ward

Sharon Breitinger’s breast cancer journey began on October 10, 2017, the day of diagnosis. Sharon describes her initial reaction as one of shock, fear and the feeling that this cannot be real. She states, “First thing we did was call my awesome mom, because not only did we need her support but she had breast cancer over 25 years ago and is a very healthy Breast Cancer Survivor”. Her husband, Pete, is a physician’s assistant and he reached out to his vast medical network and quickly identified the best team of providers for her specific diagnosis. Dr. Sarantos, Dr. Dickerson and Dr. Hayes. “That is how my family and I aligned with North Florida Radiation Oncology (NFRO) and Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) at The Cancer Center of North Florida Regional Medical Center,” Sharon reports.

Dr. Cherylle Hayes, Medical Director at NFRO recalls, “When I first met Sharon in October, 2017, I knew she had a long road ahead.” Sharon’s care was determined by a multidisciplinary cancer treatment team and included surgery and chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy. Dr. Hayes knew she would not see Sharon back in her office until surgery and chemotherapy were completed. However, she was pleasantly surprised to see her just a few weeks after her initial visit. “I saw her sitting in the front row of the first local Lyrics for Life concert hosted by our celebrity band, Sister Hazel, benefitting cancer patients. Here she is I thought, “a patient herself sitting in the audience. What a trooper!” I left that evening thinking about her, her family, what her day must be like and what her needs would be on a routine basis. How does someone get through treatment and maintain quality of life, daily activities, work life, and family life? At North Florida Radiation Oncology patients are thought of as “visiting family” and they become a part of the team with physicians, staff and other providers.

Now There’s a Tank for Big Kids!

by Trish Utter

You all know I have a passion for cars. I find that they are like a piece of exquisite art work and I also thoroughly enjoy the excitement of speed. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a supercar for Christmas?

It was during the car show, Concours d’Elegance at Amelia Island that I met Ferris Rezvani. He is an extremely talented guy. His father was a F-4 fighter pilot who enjoyed the power and speed of the plane and passed this need for exhilaration on to his son.

Rezvani wanted to transfer that thrill to a beautifully engineered car for the public so they could experience the shear joy of what a supercar could do. Rezvani Motors was created in 2014 with this passion in mind. Rezvani was one of the designers of Vencer’s Sarthe supercar who had worked with Ferrari, and Aston Matin DBC.

When I met Rezvani he had shipped his car, aptly named the …..Beast, from Rezvani Motors in Orange County, California to the east coast just for this show. It’s sexy lines and performance were a big hit with car enthusiasts and collectors. It has appeared on Jay Leno’s Garage. The Beast is a “Head Turner!” In fact the car was mobbed with people looking at it. This car uses the Ariel Atom chassis with a carbon fiber body which makes it light weight and therefore very fast.

Rezvani Motors also produces Xtreme Utility Vehicle (XUV), not to be confused with SUV’s. This is not your average soccer mom vehicle but a combat, off road rugged machine. This chunky, tough, military vehicle is named the ….TANK!

Local Celebrity Spotlight Meet Chuck Bush

Chuck Bush started Chuck Bush Auto 25 years ago, located in Gainesville, and not far from the Hippodrome Theatre, in downtown Gainesville. He has become an automotive icon. He is often seen at a Gator game or at Gator Nationals with his bright yellow race car.

Where are you from?

I was born in Gainesville at Alachua General Hospital. I moved to Alachua in 2014 with my wife, Michele Bush. I went to Buchholz in 9th grade and graduated from P.K. Yonge.

How do you relax?

Riding my horses on trails and camping in a Cruse America R.V., and Kayaking on the Santa Fe River.

Where do you like to go for a weekend getaway and why?

Lately on weekends we like to go to a small, quiet place called Palm Coast Villas near Flagler Beach. We go there to see our grand babies that live over there.