About: Heather Ray

As the former editor of a healthy living magazine, Heather has also worked in the field of mental health and spent spare time pursuing nutrition and science courses at the local college.

Posts by Heather Ray:

Cranberry-Orange Corn Muffins

These muffins are my favorite during the holidays. I’ve been known to cheat and buy them at Whole Foods, but it’s nice to prepare a... More

The Gift of Fudge

These fudge-proof recipes are easy holiday gifts for your friends and neighbors. ... More

Them Apples

With 2,500 varieties of apples growing in the United States, what kind keeps the doctor away? But more importantly, what kind makes the best-tasting apple... More

Rural Or Not, Here They Come!

We weren’t surprised at all when our Web producer snuck out of the office early last Wednesday afternoon to chase down a story. We were,... More

Basil: The Season of All Seasons

Once a symbol of death and mourning in ancient Greece, a means of wedding engagement in Romania, a holistic remedy around the world, this spicy... More

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkins are in season September through November. Instead of canned pumpkin, try using fresh pumpkin puree in your favorite pumpkin recipes. ... More

Picking the Pumpkin

Johnny wants a jack-o'-lantern; Mama wants a pie. Here's how to pick and preserve the perfect pumpkins for your fall festivities. ... More

Fall Family Gardens

Fall has arrived, and the kids are back in school. What better time to provide your children or grandchildren with a lesson in edible fall... More

Foods to Reduce Inflammation

In an exclusive interview with renown nutritionist Ellie Krieger, the dietitian shares some simple recipes to promote healthy joints. ... More

The Collector’s Corner

Defining the everyday mannerisms of American culture, Norman Rockwell collectibles carefully narrate classic slice-of-life moments—illustrations destined to live forever as a reminder of our nation’s... More

Meet Wilma Maples

The endearing owner of the enchanted hotel situated among the Great Smoky Mountains is welcoming fifth generation guests to her historic inn.... More

Smoky and the Bears

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the few places remaining in the eastern United States where black bears live in the wild,... More

National Humor Month

Any month that kicks off with a day dedicated to practical jokes is bound to be bursting with laughter and smiles. The calendar reserves most... More

Setting the Stage

How to put on a show for potential homebuyers — without breaking the bank. HGTV's Lisa LaPorta shares a few tips on home staging. ... More

How to Prevent Identity Theft

Are you having an identity crisis? Can a cashier steal your identity by asking for your driver's license? Don't let this happen to you. ... More

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