grand strand magazine & ally

grand strand magazine & ally~~

When I knew I was one of the three regional winners for the 2013 Dole California Cook Off, I shared this excitement and honor on Facebook.  Making a trip to Santa Monica, CA to compete was a long way from South Carolina, but little did I know it would reunite me grand strand magazine & ally~~with a little girl who was my neighbor decades ago when I first moved to SC!

This little girl grew up into a gorgeous, talented and successful young woman~~she was Miss South Carolina, competed in the Miss America contest, then went on to become an Emmy-nominated journalist who’s written for television and a producer/director  who’s grand strand magazine & ally~~worked with  the likes of Andrew Zimmerman on Bizarre Foods~~ her work has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, The Hallmark Channel And the Travel Channel ! She now heads up her own company J-Mac Productions, Inc. and continues to amaze me at what her fingers are touching!

Janice was making a trip the very same weekend as the cookoff to the very same area in California~~we connected on FB and figured out how we could get together even though our agendas were very different.  I was THE LUCKY grand strand magazine & ally~~one because having Janice and her BFF, Stacey, there was like having family~~they came to the competition, paced back and forth intently as the cooking was going on, and they squealed and screamed when I won!

What an honor, thrill and full circle of life it is to have Janice, the beautiful littl’ girl that I have known for almost a lifetime and consider family, to write this article on me,  ‘For Her Next Course…’, Grand Strand Magazine!




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  1. Ally, what a treat it must have been for you & Janice to connect after all those years. Her article exuded delight, and no wonder! (Loved the title, too!) It’s pure pleasure watching you cook/eat/create/enjoy life, fully immersed in what you’re doing at the moment, with your eyes and mind wide open for the next possibility. Love ya to pieces!

    1. Oh, Kimmmeeee, my friend, only you can delve deeper into all of this and know the feelings…I love you for that and so many other things!! Yep, that’s a really cool title, and we’be both keeping our eyes wide open for what’s out there! xoxo

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