Author: CM

At Our Heart

This issue of Carroll Magazine is dedicated to celebrating people, organizations and businesses that are at the heart of our community. Though all months offer opportunity to share love, soon February hits – the iconic time to really celebrate people who touch our hearts and lift up the quality of our lives in some way. Our hope is that with every page turn, you have a true sense of who is at the heart of improving lives in the county. Perhaps the strongest beat is the one that comes from the magazine’s Person of the Year. This year, Bonnae...

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Over the River and Into the Christmas Woods

by Kym Byrnes There are no shortage of Christmas trees in Carroll County – it’s just a matter of finding that perfect one. Here’s a list of local farms that sell pre-cut and cut-your-own trees. Clemsonville Christmas Tree Farm 10120 Clemsonville Rd, Union Bridge • 410-848-6083 • www.clemsonville.com Hours: Nov 24-Dec 24 Daily 10am-5pm Features: Offering various pine, spruce and fir trees. All trees are $20. Decorated barn with Santa sleeping. Complimentary punch and cookies. Come see America’s largest wreath at 50 feet in diameter. Davidson Christmas Tree Farm 1101 Emory Church Rd, Upperco • 410-239-6556 • www.davidsonchristmastreefarm.com Hours:...

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Hangover Helpers

by Kym Byrnes Oftentimes, New Year’s Eve comes with a party and friends, good food and festive spirits. But those spirits that can often lead to a woozy feeling on Jan. 1, which — not coincidentally — is also recognized as National Hangover Day. But there is help for the overindulgent: Keep these tips in mind to help ease that hangover and get the new year off to a better start. When alcohol is metabolized in the liver, it is broken down to another substance called acetaldehyde, which is more toxic than alcohol. The acetaldehyde can bind to proteins...

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In-kind Donations Sometimes Best Kind

by James Rada, Jr. While nonprofit organizations certainly appreciate large checks, other ways to help out these groups can be more personal, such as when people donate their property or time to the organization rather than money. Known as in-kind donations, these gifts may not have a dollar sign attached to them, but they still carry great value for the organization. Every volunteer hour is an hour of free labor for the organization. Every item donated is one less thing the group needs to buy. “A lot of times, in-kind donations are almost as important as cash donations,” said...

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Chill-Chasing Soups

by Michael Vyskocil photography by Kelly Heck Wrap yourself in comfort this season with a bowl of steaming soup. On the following pages, you’ll find a soup to satisfy just about every taste — from seafood to vegetables. If you’re looking for a casual way to entertain family or guests, why not host a soup buffet party served in your kitchen? Let these soup ideas keep winter’s chill at bay and surround you with the flavors from these homemade creations. Winter Squash Soup 1 medium onion, chopped 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 2 pounds winter squash, such as butternut or...

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