A bird’s-eye view

A bird’s-eye view

I’ve always thought I lived in a beautiful place. A few weekends ago I got a bird’s-eye view of that beauty from a hot air balloon. It was...

August 25th, 2016 |  


Getting ready to find my park

Getting ready to find my park

From my earliest childhood memories I can recall, some of my fondest and favorite times were spent in public parks. As a family of four, of which just...

August 24th, 2016 updated: August 24th, 2016. |  


Food: a language of love

Food: a language of love

A few years ago this book called “The Five Love Languages” came out. I never read it though I remember a lot of people talking about it. I...

August 18th, 2016 |  


Slavery Next Door: The Danger of Trafficking to North Carolina’s Youth

Editor’s note: The identity of the author of this series of articles, the second running in this edition, has been altered for her protection. R...

August 18th, 2016 |  


Slavery Next Door: The reality of human sex trafficking in North Carolina

Editor’s note: The identity of the author of this series of articles, the first running in this edition, has been altered for her protection. Re...

August 11th, 2016 |  


Talking to llamas

Talking to llamas

Like many of those bike riding trespassers from Forsyth County, I love biking in Yadkin County. Low traffic density and the beauty of country lanes cu...

August 11th, 2016 |  


We count on the mail

I got the mail today.A couple of bills. A greeting card. Some catalogs. A newspaper. One package that my wife grabbed right away. (Wonder what that wa...

August 9th, 2016 updated: August 9th, 2016. |  


Make America musical again

Make America musical again

When I began writing this personal opinion column for The Yadkin Ripple, I chose the topic of food because it’s something I like a lot and it...

August 4th, 2016 |  


Battle against overdoses needs a community response

At one point, Wilkes County had the third highest number of deaths from opioid overdoses of any county in the nation. And as the epidemic spread, it c...

July 27th, 2016 |  


Democrats gathering for their convention

For Democrats, the upcoming convention in Philadelphia offers a chance to do what Hillary Clinton’s campaign so far has struggled to do.Build ex...

July 26th, 2016 |  


A step back in time

A step back in time

Growing up, one of my favorite summer treats was a trip to Shatley Springs. In today’s world of farm-to-table restaurants with fancy upscale ver...

July 20th, 2016 |  


Sometimes I just need a good dope slap

Sometimes I just need a good dope slap

The weather was cloudy with flat lighting, great for photography. There were three of us, two photographers and a guide; we were sitting on a small sa...

July 14th, 2016 |  


The BBQ ribs take a trip

The BBQ ribs take a trip

As I may have mentioned before, my husband and I love to cook on the grill. More accurately I should say Morgan enjoys cooking on the grill and I enjo...

July 14th, 2016 |  


101 ways to prepare zucchini

101 ways to prepare zucchini

The headline of this week’s Kitsey’s Kitchen might be a bit misleading. I’m not giving you 101 recipes using zucchini. I’m hop...

June 30th, 2016 |  


Reporting from Atlantic Beach

Reporting from Atlantic Beach

I have returned from vacation feeling much refreshed after a week at the coast. I’m proud to say I accomplished all of the very important tasks ...

June 16th, 2016 |  


Vacation to-do list

Vacation to-do list

I’ve recently been hearing the phrase, “create a life you don’t need a vacation from.” I can see the value in the statement, a...

June 9th, 2016 |  


Hey grandkids, I got a secret for you

Hey grandkids, I got a secret for you

I remember being 7 and looking up to my 10-year-old neighbor and thinking, “Boy, I can’t wait to be 10 and have all the privileges of a 10...

June 9th, 2016 |  


The internet can’t replace a cookbook

The internet can’t replace a cookbook

I talked a bit about my love of cookbooks in last week’s column and I thought I would expound on that topic this week. In this technology-driven...

May 26th, 2016 |  


Sweet summer strawberries

Sweet summer strawberries

I stopped in at Scooterbug’s Strawberries in East Bend last Saturday and picked up a couple gallons of berries. I made peach jam last summer so ...

May 19th, 2016 |  


A favorite springtime treat

A favorite springtime treat

If I say “lettuce and onions” that likely means the start of a salad, or maybe toppings for a burger to most people. For Yadkin County fol...

May 12th, 2016 |  


Don’t let go

Thirty-five people crammed into our house which is barely able to contain such a large group, it’s Easter. Their ages range from 3 to 85. All ar...

May 12th, 2016 |  


The grocery store blues

The grocery store blues

Over the last few weeks Morgan and I have been extremely busy as we were in rehearsals with our theater group in Elkin for a production of Tennessee W...

May 5th, 2016 |  


Grilling season is here!

Grilling season is here!

I got my husband a grill for Christmas. Put that down in the “smartest wife ever” category. Not only was my husband thrilled over this gif...

April 28th, 2016 |  


The weirdest foods we love (or hate)

The weirdest foods we love (or hate)

A co-worker and I were talking this week about these reality TV shows where people are out in the wilderness and have to eat bugs to survive. I’...

April 14th, 2016 |  


fueeYadkin County Chamber visits China – part four

fueeYadkin County Chamber visits China – part four

The Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce visited China last fall. Here is the final installment in this series about the trip.Our bus trip to Shanghai wa...

April 7th, 2016 |  


Rep. Lee Zachary on NC House Bill 2

On March 23, 2016, during a Special Session of the Legislature, I co-sponsored and voted for the passage of House Bill 2. This bill blocked the Charlo...

April 7th, 2016 |  


Ambrosia, pea salad and a PSA

Ambrosia, pea salad and a PSA

I’ll start this week’s installment of Kitsey’s Kitchen with a public service announcement. If you ever feel like you have something ...

March 31st, 2016 |  


Some people, you just never forget

Some people, you just never forget

About 50 years ago I met a man I’ll never forget, at a place I’ll never forget, having the grandest time I’d ever had. I still have ...

March 31st, 2016 |  


Letter to the Editor

To the editor,The family of little Colton Rex Hart wishes to express their thanks to everyone for their kindness during the loss of Colton. Thanks for...

March 30th, 2016 |  


Letter to the Editor

To the editor,Listen to my words Yadkin County, and listen well, for my words are strong words and my message is a strong message. This message has a ...

March 17th, 2016 |  


Letter to the editor

To the editor,I’d like to introduce myself my name is Sandra Dee. I’ve had Fibromyalgia 16 years. I was honored and blessed to be a part o...

March 17th, 2016 |  


Getting garden ready

Getting garden ready

Spring has sprung and I couldn’t be happier. These warmer temperatures we’ve been experiencing have delighted me. I’m ready to be ab...

March 17th, 2016 |  


Beans for breakfast?

Beans for breakfast?

I have been obsessed for a while now with a BBC series on Netflix called Midsomer Murders. The show is set in a fictional county in the English countr...

March 10th, 2016 |  


eeYadkin County Chamber visits China – part three

eeYadkin County Chamber visits China – part three

The Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce visited China last fall. Here is the third installment in this series about the trip.After checking into our hot...

March 3rd, 2016 |  


Tapas and The Pig adventure

Tapas and The Pig adventure

Two years ago I celebrated with my best friend for her 40th birthday in Durham. I had not spent much time in this city prior to that weekend, but I qu...

March 3rd, 2016 |  


Cold, dark, gray, boring winter — HUMBUG!

Cold, dark, gray, boring winter — HUMBUG!

Less light, much colder air, nothing blooming, dark when you leave, dark when you return home; winter seems like some kind of punishment. Payback for ...

February 25th, 2016 |  


Biscuits and gravy warms the heart

Biscuits and gravy warms the heart

Over the weekend, my husband treated me to a wonderful gourmet steak dinner for Valentine’s Day. It was delicious. On Monday morning, following ...

February 18th, 2016 |  


Sweet treats for Valentine’s Day

Sweet treats for Valentine’s Day

Last weekend was all about bacon and machismo and sports. This weekend it’s time to bring on the sweet treats, hearts and roses. While some may ...

February 11th, 2016 |  


How to be the hero of your Super Bowl party

How to be the hero of your Super Bowl party

There’s a pretty big football game coming up this weekend. You may have heard of it. In fact, here in North Carolina, you’re probably exci...

February 4th, 2016 |  


My Korean cooking adventure

My Korean cooking adventure

I heard a really interesting segment on NPR not long ago about kimchi. I know next to nothing about Korean cuisine, but I do know the word kimchi. My ...

January 28th, 2016 |  


Making life better for children

Making life better for children

If one of us was driving down one of our country roads and saw a small child drowning in a farm pond, even if we were going to a very important meetin...

January 28th, 2016 |  


A tale of two beef recipes

A tale of two beef recipes

I’ve got two recipes for you this week. One takes a little time to prepare, while the other is quick and easy. Morgan and I love to cook so we o...

January 21st, 2016 |  


A quick and easy Sunday supper

A quick and easy Sunday supper

You may remember a news article from our paper back in August about a group of ladies from the Starmount High School Class of 1970 who put together a ...

January 14th, 2016 |  


First steps for those newly engaged

First steps for those newly engaged

The holiday season is the most popular time of the year for couples to get engaged. I should know as my husband proposed to me on Christmas Eve in 201...

January 7th, 2016 |  


Wishing you a happy new year!

Wishing you a happy new year!

Can you believe another year has gone by? Doesn’t time seem to fly? Tomorrow will be New Year’s Day. I imagine many of you are planning to...

December 31st, 2015 updated: December 31st, 2015. |  


Favorite cookbooks and holiday eating tips

Favorite cookbooks and holiday eating tips

Isn’t there a saying about we all end up turning into our mothers at some point in time? If not, there should be. I remind myself more of Mamma ...

December 24th, 2015 |  


I’m dreaming of a warm and sunny Christmas

I’m dreaming of a warm and sunny Christmas

Oh, the weather outside is lovely. And I hope it stays this way until summer. I’ve been hearing a lot of people say they can’t get in to t...

December 17th, 2015 |  


Yadkin County Chamber visits China – part two

Yadkin County Chamber visits China – part two

The Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce recently returned from China, the first ever trip sponsored by the Chamber.After another great breakfast at our ...

December 10th, 2015 |  


The great Christmas tree adventure

The great Christmas tree adventure

Black Friday shopping is just not a holiday tradition I can get in to. The only reason at all that I ever get up before dawn is if I’m headed to...

December 10th, 2015 |  


Yadkin County Chamber visits China

Yadkin County Chamber visits China

The Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce just returned from China, the first ever trip sponsored by the Chamber. Our trip was arranged by Citslinc, a 20-...

November 26th, 2015 |