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Gingerbread houses go pro in stunning holiday displays

NEW YORK- Out of the kitchen and into the hotel lobby: Gingerbread houses have gone from being a homemade project done with mom to professional exhibits designed by pastry chefs and sometimes even architects.And never mind the humble miniature: Some displays are life-size, while others depict entire villages. A few extravaganzas raise money for charity, while some include contests for home bakers. Many are part of larger Christmas celebrations at luxury hotels that also showcase decorated trees, Santa visits and holiday menus.

December 07, 2012 | By Beth J. Harpaz Associated Press | Life top stories


Light libations set the holiday mood

Back during my days at Gourmet magazine, my many duties included teaching cooking classes. I used to tell my students - especially the cooking-impaired ones - that if they made sure to greet dinner party guests with a special homemade drink, they would always win, no matter what else happened that evening.

December 05, 2012 | By Sara Moulton Associated Press | Life top stories


Quinlan Visual Arts Center uses grant to reduce its lighting costs

The Quinlan Visual Arts Center is getting a little greener. But it's not because of any new art display.

December 04, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Marching toward the future

Students of the East Hall High School band marched around their school's track last week blasting holiday tunes with a finesse that can only be earned through many hours of practice.

December 03, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Cleveland’s Luke Pilgrim rising on country charts while creating his own music videos

Luke Pilgrim never thought of music as a hobby or a side gig.

December 02, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Gainesville's Mormon church displays hundreds of nativities

A Gainesville church is opening its doors to celebrate the reason behind the Christmas season this weekend.

December 01, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Planting tips in Farmer’s Almanac, other sources often based on science

Recently, a local news channel that reported a story about garden and weather folklore.

November 30, 2012 | Wanda Cannon | Life top stories


New breed of grandma's skillet topping holiday gift lists

One of the hottest items on cooks' holiday lists this year is one of the oldest types of cookware around: cast iron.

November 28, 2012 | By Noelle Carter Los Angeles Times | Life top stories


Hit TV series, Schwarzenegger movie filming on Lanier

Lake Lanier isn't just an attractive location for tourists and fishing enthusiasts.

November 26, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Make advent calendars a Christmas tradition

The advent calendar, which eases anxiety by counting down those pesky 24 days until Christmas Eve, is as much a holiday tradition for my family as the tree.

November 26, 2012 | By Jennifer Forker Associated Press | Life top stories


Group of disabled adults takes on projects for those in need around Demorest

A group of developmentally disabled adults in Demorest is using its members' creativity to help others in their community overcome life's challenges.

November 25, 2012 | Savannah King | Life top stories


Union Baptist congregation has a long familial history that continues today

The Civil War had ended the previous year when parishioners from two Flowery Branch churches sat together and discussed the merging of their respective parishes.

November 24, 2012 | Lisa Laskey | Life top stories


Pick out, cut and care for a live Christmas tree

One of the best childhood memories I can remember was going with my dad to pick out a Christmas tree.

November 23, 2012 | Michael Wheeler | Life top stories


Last chance to beef up turkey’s flavor

Traditionally the showpiece of the holiday meal, turkey tends to intimidate.

November 21, 2012 | By Susan M. Selasky Detroit Free Press | Life top stories


Balloon tidbits before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tune-in

NEW YORK - One man's Elf on the Shelf is another's Kermit the Frog, but at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, there is room for both.The parade has to be a multigenerational crowd-pleaser for the more than 3 million people who typically attend the event and the TV audience of 50 million. There are 86 years of history to honor while making a pitch to first-time fans.

November 20, 2012 | By Samantha Critchell Associated Press | Life top stories


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Downtown store owner crafts confections creations

Sometimes you feel the need for something sweet, and sometimes you find it.

October 01, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Former soldier transforms into a crafty cowboy

Jason Smith's mind struggles.

September 30, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Working out inch by inch at the barre

Some workouts are measured in miles run, others in yards swum. For barre fitness, a lot can be accomplished in an inch.

September 29, 2014 | Shannon Casas | Life top stories


Hospice offers simple comforts

Carol Jewell, the volunteer coordinator at Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, could talk for days about her 20-plus years in hospice care. When she discusses what her volunteers really do, one particular anecdote comes to mind.

September 28, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Eyes of the Father: Worshipping God in church renews spirit

As we were getting ready for church one morning, Chloe dropped a bombshell. She said she didn't want to go to church.

September 28, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Life top stories


Bahai'a faith growing in Georgia

Around the same time that America was breaking into a Civil War, a Persian nobleman named Mirza Husayn Ali Nuri announced he was a "Manifestation of God."

September 27, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Seed company flourishes

Joanne Roth said she has been growing plants "forever and ever," or at least since she lived in England in the early 1980s.

September 26, 2014 | Bonny Harper Times regional staff | Life top stories


Murrayville man grows hundreds of pounds of pumpkins

Mike Nepereny is already planting seeds for his retirement.

September 24, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Covington woman takes life one step at a time

Tichelle Florence is tough.

September 23, 2014 | BY ROB DEWIG Times regional staff | Life top stories


Area woman creates fanciful fashions

Ruth Nore got into the business when she was 12.

September 22, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Murrayville woman uses art to help beat ovarian cancer

When Sue Sigmon-Nosach celebrated her 60th birthday, the milestone might not have seemed like much for those who don't know the Murrayville resident.

September 21, 2014 | Chelsey Abercrombie | Life top stories


Christian, Muslim discover common ground at forum

University of North Georgia student April Bradley expected a heated debate when she heard a Christian minister and observant Muslim were going to talk about their opposing faiths Thursday night. But she was pleasantly surprised to observe a different scene at The Monkey Barrel in downtown Gainesville.

September 20, 2014 | J.K. Devine | Life top stories


Antioch UMC reminisces over its history

"Loving, gracious, faithful and generous," is the reputation Antioch United Methodist Church in Gainesville has created during the past 200 years, according to its members, pastor and former pastors.

September 20, 2014 | Kristen Oliver | Life top stories


Gardens on Green teaches 'miracles'

Taylor Parker held up a small speck of black and squealed.

September 19, 2014 | Bekah Porter | Life top stories


Father and son hike to the mountaintop

FORSYTH COUNTY - Charlie Ewing Jr. has grown up hearing about his father's adventures along the Appalachian Trail.

September 16, 2014 | By Crystal Ledford Times regional staff | Life top stories


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