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How to Escape Back to School Shopping and Save Thousands of Dollars

I recently read that the National Retail Federation projects parents will pay on average, $970 for back-to-school expenses. “Back to School” shopping is the second largest retail shopping season next to Christmas. So if each family spends roughly $1000 annually, we are up to 13,000 on average from Kindergarten to 12th grade!  Ouch! Want to […]

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Art Therapy is Real

Have you ever been so focused on something you didn’t notice your surroundings?  For example, you didn’t know it was suddenly raining outside or that it was 3 hours past your usual mealtime, or that someone was talking to you? I recently had a total knee replacement and if any of you have had this, […]

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Children and Veggies: Two Peas in a Pod

The other night as I was picking peas in my garden, I was blessed by two visitors: my neighbor and her 2-year old daughter Renee. I squatted down, opened up a pea pod, and showed Renee the big green balls inside. She looked at me strangely, not sure what to do.  So I pulled out a pea and popped one in […]

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And the Beet Goes On…

When you think of beets, what pops into your mind?  For many of you, you think of the deep red blood turnip, the one that bleeds into other foods on your plate if you aren’t careful. Others think of canned beets, soft and tender, sometimes too soft. Me?  I think of fresh white, gold, purple, red, and […]

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Freelance Pecan-Crusted Walleye and Look…No Calories!

Some of you may have noticed that the recipes in my blog and on my kitchen site are a little different from those of other food bloggers. For starters, I am not rigid about measurements of ingredients.  I prefer to invite your creativity in the kitchen.  After all, do you see the chefs on the Food Network measuring […]

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Polish Coffeecake – Taking Mindful Eating to a New Level

What better surprise could there be on a cold winter day than a a package from my twin sister, Barbara!  Inside was a small piece of our childhood food, a family tradition, a beloved dessert…. a slice of Polish coffeecake!  No note, but knowing my twin well, she simply wanted to share. Yes, I poured […]

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Eggs Set Free in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines

The highlight of the new 2015 Dietary Guidelines was seeing eggs set free from Food Rules Prison.  They have been wrongfully accused for being “bad” in association with heart disease for way too long.  Eggs are among the healthiest foods available.  In recent years, many studies have shown the lack of correlation between egg consumption […]

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Physical Activity is Not Always Easy…

Having played sports most of my life, I like to encourage others to give any game a try. When people say they are “uncoordinated” I question that – I tend to believe that with patient instruction and time, learning a new skill is within reach.  This comes from my own experience teaching and coaching sports.  Even when I taught the […]

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