Dr. Jaime Brown Price Starts Prenatal Web Series

Dr. Jaime Brown Price, our new physician with Lexington Women’s Care, discusses the do’s and don’ts during pregnancy in a new mini series called Prenatal Puzzlers. In this Jaime Brown Pricewebisode she talks about the importance of a preconception visit.

Dr. Brown Price enjoys serving women in our community and providing compassionate care. “One of the most exciting aspects of obstetrics and gynecology is that I am able to establish life long relationships with my patients as I care for them from their teenage years through childbirth and menopause,” she said.

A Lexington native, Dr. Brown Price graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina Honors College. She received her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and completed an OB/GYN residency at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia.

Dr. Jaime Brown Price is accepting new patients.  Call Lexington Women’s Care at 803-936-8100 for an appointment or visit us online at  www.lexingtonwomenscare.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lexingtonwomenscare

Peanut Crusted Sweet Potato Fries

By: Brady Evans 

If I had my way, I would never, ever, ever buy peanut butter. Usually, I walk by it quickly in the grocery store with my head down, even when it is on the list. I try to come up with a valid reason to tell my husband why I shouldn’t buy the peanut butter. Generally, I turn back to pick it up, knowing I will not tell a lie (“they were out”).

My husband doesn’t especially love peanut butter, at least not like I love peanut butter, but he thinks it is a pantry staple that should be kept stocked.

I just really, really love the stuff.  And sometimes when I’m all alone and my husband is in Iowa or New Jersey or some other random place I eat all the peanut butter.  I eat it by the fast spoonful, sometimes in such quick succession that the sticky sweet stuff hurts going down my throat. Amazing that the discomfort doesn’t stop me. Sometimes I truly hope that I’ll just get sick of it since I know it isn’t the best for me.

Sometimes I joke that I would eat anything if it had peanut butter in it.  Well, this isn’t an example of that. This combination is truly glorious and if you love either peanut butter or sweet potatoes, I urge you to give it a try!

Peanut Crusted Sweet Potato Fries

Peanut Crusted Sweet Potato Fries (From FakeGinger, seen on OhSheGlows)

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into thin fry-like strips
  • 3 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a medium bowl, microwave peanut butter 20 seconds until easily stirred. Add olive oil.
  3. Using your hands, mix fry strips with peanut butter coating until all potatoes are thoroughly coated.
  4. Arrange on a cooling rack and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Bake 20 minutes or until crisp on the outside, and soft on the inside

24 Ours: Because It’s Our Time

By: Mat Pat Baldauf

24 OursA free daily email dedicated to making our lives easier one minute, one hour, one day at a time? Yes, please. Where do I sign up?

Today, I’m happy to introduce you to 24 Ours: a free, edgy daily email for the busy woman with an urban mindset, featuring ideas to make her life easier across a range of categories.

I’m not exactly sure how I found out about 24 Ours, but I’m glad I did! Where else would I have learned:

Subscribe today and receive one idea every day that will make your life easier. And who can’t use that?! You can also follow them on Twitter like I do: @24oursllc. Either way, check them out. You’ll be glad you did!

A “Genesis” Of A Vision…

By: Shannon Shull

Genesis StudiosWhat if I told you that the Midlands of South Carolina is home to a truly amazing gem, an amazing that would impress just about anybody. Are you intrigued? Well, you should be! This fabulous place is called Genesis Studios. It is South Carolina’s largest, full-service, private studio facility. We’re talking about a complete production studio: HD & SD video/film production, live-switch multi-camera production, production management, post-production/editing, audio production, 3D animation and motion graphics, Interactive Media/DVD Authoring and more.

I personally didn’t believe it until I saw and toured the facility myself. And I’m not kidding…this place is fantastic! I lived and worked in the entertainment business in Los Angeles for over ten years, so I have been in my share of studios and supposed full- production houses. Genesis Studios is by far the nicest, most impressive studio I’ve ever had the pleasure of working in. This place is like the Google headquarters of production studios – they have such a creative & fun environment for their team.

And that’s just the facility I’m talking about. The people are a whole other story. These folks not only rock, but they know the biz; they “get it.” There a no wanna-be actors/directors, etc at this place. These folks are the real deal.

Forest & Wildlife Commercial Shoot at Genesis Studios

Now why I am sharing this information with my amazing Every Woman Blog readers? Because this place is just too freakin’ cool! I mean seriously, how many of you knew that we had a studio right here in Columbia equipped to do commercial, television and full-scale films? Some folks know that there are production studios in Charleston, but most probably don’t know that this gem of a place is right down the road. As far as I’m concerned, this amazing studio is a real asset to South Carolina and I really hope that it will attract many, many great projects to our state.

And I have to mention that this facility provides not only complete studio resources for television, film and radio, but also serves as a one-stop media resource. Their staff consists of expert writers, technicians, designers, editors, cinematographers, animators and more. From TV (film, video, and animation) to radio (audio production) to graphic design (print, web, interactive, outdoor), everything is produced under one roof.  The brilliant minds of the Indesign Firm, located in Genesis Studio, paired with the amazing talents of the Genesis team, bring a unique cross-section of skills, talent, and resources. In other words, they pretty much understand the strengths and weaknesses of all forms of media and know how to make them work together effectively to maximize impact and positive results.

Creative Genius behind Genesis Studios, Cliff SpringsCool tidbit – I had worked with the creator and owner of Genesis Studios, the awesome Mr. Cliff Springs, several times before I realized that one of my dearest childhood friends, Mr. Doug Adam, was the master mind owner of the Indesign Firm there at Genesis. What a lovely surprise! I instantly had no doubts that this team of creative minds could produce nothing but top notch, high quality work.

I have had the pleasure of working with these genius minds several times in the past couple of years. And every time we’ve worked on a project together, I have been so pleased with the experience. Their professionalism, knowledge and skills are outstanding.  Most recently I had the privilege of shooting a commercial with them for Forest and Wildlife. What a fun experience! You may have seen the commercial currently running on local television stations. Being a middle school drama teacher now in SC, it has definitely been interesting having my students say, “Ms. Shannon, I saw you on TV last night!!” 😉  Such fun.

Forest & Wildlife Commercial Shoot at Genesis Studios

Take a look at this quirky behind-the-scenes video for a little taste of everything it took to make this commercial possible. Oh and I promise I didn’t “hit on” the famous bat actor too much! (If you watch the video, you’ll know what I’m talking about.) 😉

Shannon Commercial Rehearsal for Forest & Wildlife

To close, I had often wondered about the name Genesis and always seemed to forget to ask Cliff about it whenever I saw him.  As I was reviewing their website, this description caught my eye…

“What is Genesis Studios? It’s a place. It’s people. It’s a resource. It’s a spark, a jungle gym, a Nerf war zone, and perhaps most importantly—a beginning, the “genesis” of a vision to develop, support, and promote high quality production in South Carolina.”

Come on… is that cool or what!?! Seriously, we are so lucky to have this facility right in our backyards!

An American Icon

By: Crissie Miller Kirby

I have always loved watching movies, whether I watch them in the comfort of my own home or surrounded by strangers in a theater, as I happily much on nachos, losing myself in the story lines, whether they good or bad. There is just something magical about the silver screen; you can literally forget the cares of the world for a few hours. 

But, there is another place that I love to go to watch movies: The Big Mo.

The Big Mo, the drive-in theater in Monetta, South Carolina, has been a part of this community for nearly half a century, only being totally closed for 13 years in the late 80’s and most of the 90’s. I remember riding by it during my teenage years, seeing how it had been overtaken by weeds, trees and neglect. It was an American icon of a time gone by that had been given up to Mother Nature.

That is, until Richard and Lisa Boaz found her in 1998. A year later, the Big Mo was reborn under their love and care, and she has flourished ever since.  In 1999, double features were shown on one screen on the main field.  Today, cars will line up hours before show time to choose one of the three double features that are offered on three different fields.

How do I know so much?  I’ve sat in those lines and parked my car hours before a show time to wait and watch movies under the stars. And you can almost always find Mr. and Mrs. Boaz taking up the ticket money at the entrance.  Everyone, it seems, is greeted by a warm welcome and a smile with directions onto which field you need to be and to which station you should tune for the sound for your movies.

The Big Mo, I would wager, can lay claim to being a part of several generations of many families in this, and surrounding, areas.  My own mother talks fondly of how the drive in was one of her and my dad’s favorite hangouts when they were dating. Today, my own children love to run about and play on the playsets the Boaz’s have installed at the front of the fields, or throw footballs with their friends before the movies start. Often, they cajole me in to forking over the $1/each that it costs to ride the old electric train or the junior Ferris wheel.

For me, there is a feeling of safety here, a feeling of how people felt and lived back in the 50’s and 60’s, when times were simpler.  The hours before the movies start are not wasted or in vain; you make friends with those in the vehicles near you or you sit back and talk with the friends who have come along with you; it is a time of pure connection. When the sky darkens and the projector starts to roll, the boys clamber into folding chairs or onto laps or even into the back of the van where they can lie down in comfort and watch a movie. Sometimes, if we stay for both movies, it will be far past all of our bedtimes and the boys will have fallen asleep in the van. I have yet to sit in a theater building that gives the same feeling or experience that watching a movie under the stars at the Big Mo gives.

Much like watching a baseball game at one of the original major league baseball parks, watching a movie at the Big Mo instantly transports you back to a time of poodle skirts, ducktails, and muscle cars. Sure, things have changed through the years . . . no longer is there a speaker to attach to the car window to hear the sounds of the movies; today it is broadcast over FM radio frequency. Today the fields are packed with minivans, trucks, and larger-than-life SUV’s with admonitions to please be considerate and tie your back hatch down so as not to obstruct someone else’s view.  For those newcomers who may be unfamiliar with the custom, the Boazs typically send someone around with some twine to help pull those hatches down. Sure, there are still some 2 or 4 door cars parked on her fields, and I think many first dates are probably taken there. People come, in droves, from near and far to get that unmatched experience.

FilmUnfortunately, another very expensive change is looming large on the horizon for the Big Mo and all of her drive-in counterparts across the country: the forced upgrades from film projection to digital projection. Rough estimates project that the installation of a digital projector can cost upwards of $80,000. For the Big Mo, with her 3 screens, that figures skyrockets to almost a quarter of a million dollars.

We have the chance to do something to help her out though; we have a chance to help the Big Mo win one of four remaining digital projectors being donated by Honda to the a few drive-ins across the country, as a part of Project Drive-In.

Here is where you come in – the first round of voting has already ended and the first five projectors have been awarded; unfortunately the Big Mo was not one of the “top-vote-getters” in the first round.  However, we have the chance to help her win in the second round.

Go to http://projectdrivein.com/vote_52 and vote for the Big Mo.  You can vote once per day per computer and can also text a vote for her.  But do it quickly because the next round of voting ends on September 21st!

Let’s help keep the lights on in Monetta and at the Big Mo for generations to come.

FINALLY! Someone Takes My Advice.

By: Elizabeth Webber Akre

It is indescribably irritating to me when someone asks for my advice, opinion or help and then doesn’t take it. I’m sure I’m not alone here. If you really don’t want to receive and consider someone else’s input, don’t call a meeting just so you can say you had a meeting. But once every blue moon, someone surprises me.

There is a new café coming to town. No, I can’t tell you about it so don’t ask me. But, it’s coming and I happen to think it’s going to be a very welcome addition to the downtown scene.  So, get excited and when we can talk about it, we will.

Downtown

The owner of the new restaurant and his marketing folks asked me and a couple others to sit down and talk about the concept and the menu. It was so awesome! It was amazing to realize that here they were actually asking what we thought and liking our ideas. Decisions were made based on our conversation. Items that we suggested were added to the menu.  I’ve never been involved in anything like it before and it was really, really cool. What’s more, they want more meetings and more input over the next few weeks as they iron out the details for the café.

It was such a breath of fresh air to see someone ask me a question, write some notes, nod their head and say “Yes,” and “What a great idea,” and “We should definitely do that.”  For once, I left a meeting feeling like I hadn’t just wasted an hour and a half of my day Ideagiving my opinion, knowing it was going to be ignored. This get-together showed me that there are still some people out there who value others’ creativity and ideas. And, to use the time to really collect input demonstrated their respect of my time and that of the others involved. Yay, mankind!

Think tanks, mastermind groups, and coaching programs can be quite valuable, as long as the participants are truly interested in sharing their own ideas and considering those of others. To the folks who included me in the discussion, I say thank you. It was exhilarating to be involved in a forward-thinking conversation and to walk out knowing that my participation mattered.

I’m sure I’ve been guilty of the same. So, I’ve decided to make a conscious effort to only ask for input if I’m really and truly in the frame of open-mindedness to accept it.  I’ve also decided to make a conscious effort to ask for input more often. On a daily basis, I know that I get focused on my tasks at hand, put my head down and get the job done.  But, perhaps if I shake it up and get some other feedback once in awhile, I’ll find my days become more productive and even more fun.  And what woman couldn’t use a little of that?

So, does anyone have any advice on how I can get my daughter to get dressed, put on shoes, eat breakfast, and brush her teeth without me having to repeat myself over and over and over??

Asian Turkey Meatballs with Lime Dipping Sauce

By: Brady Evans

I was in a professional development (for teachers) workshop about two years ago and the discussion about tattoos came up. Should teachers have tattoos? What if they aren’t visible? Two different walls of the room represented opposing views and as the discussion developed, people drifted from one side to the other.

I think that as my generation ages, tattoos are becoming so normal. I don’t even get why someone would want a tattoo. Why does a person want something permanently branded on her body?

Even so, I toyed with the idea of a tattoo for maybe 2 years. I couldn’t think of the thing I wanted to forever be a part of me. I felt obligated that it should have something to do with my husband – that’s what you do, right?  But I wasn’t about to get his name, his face, or his initials inked into my skin. So I thought a symbol of our love might be nice. But I didn’t love the idea of making up a symbol for the sole purpose of the tattoo. No tattoo for me, I guessed.

I was in one of those super modern, evangelical Easter services this past year and I was watching the guy up on stage speaking to us and his arms were just blanketed in tattoos.  Imagine that.  A holy man covered in ink.

And then, out of nowhere on that day, an idea for my tattoo sprung into my mind’s eye.  I could not shake it. I mulled over it for months, and discussed it with people I loved and trusted.  My mom.

I didn’t listen to my mom. Getting a tattoo was basically the one thing I wanted to accomplish during my summer off (how immature is that?) and I did.

It is such a relief to have it. It is so perfect. It is so me. I will never regret it; I am sure of it.  Subtle red-brown silhouettes of my favorite things – my dog, my cat, my horse, a runner – quietly resting on my rib cage.  I run my fingers over the ink and realize how lucky I am.  My legs can take me distances I never thought possible. I can communicate with my horse in a language even I don’t understand.  My dog.  Oh, my dog.  And the cat for good measure.  You know cats – they have to be in the middle of everything.

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This recipe has been floating around the internet for awhile.  It is really, really great. My husband was just blown away – though that might have been because he was coming off a week of eating on the road in Iowa. Meatballs aren’t the most low-maintenance thing to make, but they sure are fun to eat. It is nice to have them with an Asian flare and the lime dipping sauce is NOT optional.

Asian Turkey Meatballs

Asian Turkey Meatballs with Lime Dipping Sauce (slightly adapted from Skinny Taste)

Asian Turkey MeatballsIngredients

For the meatballs:

  • 1/4 cup panko crumbs
  • 1-1/4 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 scallion, sliced thinly
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil

For the sauce:

  • 4 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • Juice of one lime
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh scallion

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine ground turkey, bread crumbs, egg, salt, scallions, ginger, cilantro, 1 tbsp soy sauce, and 2 tsp oil in a large bowl.
  3. Mix with your hands until combined well.
  4. Shape into a balls about the size of a ping pong ball and transfer to an ungreased baking dish.
  5. Repeat with remaining mixture. Bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  6. For the dipping sauce, mix all ingredients.
  7. Serve meatballs with drizzled with sauce as desired.