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Plantain Fries — A Healthier Option

One of the things about becoming healthy is all the foods you must give up. I’ve had a love hate relationship with French fries my entire life. My taste buds love them and my hips hate them. Potatoes are something… Continue Reading →

Book Review: GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT by Lily Brooks-Dalton

I loved GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT by Lily Brooks-Dalton – which surprised me, since this novel was billed as a post-apocalyptic story. I have read only a handful of such stories and warmed only slightly to them (The Age of Miracles,… Continue Reading →

What Are Your Favorite Fall Flavors?

What flavors do you associate with fall? For me, the ones that immediately come to mind are apple, cinnamon, caramel, ginger, cranberry, and pumpkin. Baking with these flavors will make your house smell delicious and give you that warm, comforting… Continue Reading →

Book Review: TRUE PLACES by Sonia Yoerg

For starters: that cover! It spoke to me immediately. But what is beneath the beautiful artwork is equally delightful. While I have enjoyed all of Sonja Yoerg’s novels, TRUE PLACES has to be my favorite, with its juxtaposition of nature and… Continue Reading →

Universal Well-Being And Planetary Considerations

What will it take for us to let go of our endless debates and finger-pointings over global warming or global climate change?  When will we begin to truly recognize that the heart of our human existence and survival is the… Continue Reading →

Fast Facts on Hurricanes

The month of September is peak hurricane season.  The Atlantic Hurricane season is June 1st  through November 30th.  So as Florence makes her way slowly down the Atlantic coast, it seemed a good time to compile some fast facts on hurricanes…. Continue Reading →

Start With A Good Roasted Chicken Bone Broth

Fall is just about here and, depending on where you live, it may be time to make some soup. To make really good tasting soup, you need a rich tasting broth. I usually start with the remains of a whole… Continue Reading →

Walking In Nature — A Basic Tool For Creative Multitasking

Author Julia Cameron points out that one of the most valuable tools for creativity is one of the simplest — walking. When she wrote THE ARTIST’S WAY she didn’t address exercise until week 12 in the program. In IT’S NEVER… Continue Reading →

Refreshing Salads For Hot Summer Days

Looking for something different to make for dinner? Take advantage of some great produce to be found in the markets at this time of year. There are so many choices and great meals can be prepared with these veggies, even… Continue Reading →

Back Pain? Stop Sitting Like A “C” And Find Your Sitting Tipping Point!

It’s something of a myth that our back problems are just because we sit too much.  Recent research by anthropologist David Raichlen shows that hunter-gathers sit about ten hours a day (while we sit an average of 9-13 hours a… Continue Reading →

Favorite Recipes Where Fresh Basil Shines

Basil is a herb that really shines when it’s fresh. Just think of a homemade marinara sauce with fresh basil and the flavor it imparts to the sauce. Beyond those familiar dishes we most associate with basil (tomato sauce, pizza,… Continue Reading →

Blueberry Season Is Here — Enjoy The Bounty

During blueberry season it is easy to find fresh blueberries in abundance in grocery stores and farmer’s markets.  We have the added treat of having fresh blueberries growing in our yard. Plus, I know that the fruit was grown without… Continue Reading →

Get Ready For BBQ Season — Low Sugar BBQ Sauce

BBQ season has arrived here in the south where I live and it will be in your area very soon. While you are waiting, you can make homemade BBQ sauce that will keep you in stock for the coming season…. Continue Reading →

Book Review: PECULIAR SAVAGE BEAUTY by Jessica McCann

In Jessica McCann’s PECULIAR SAVAGE BEAUTY you get a front-row view of the horrors of the American Dust Bowl. Your skin will sting with torrents of dust, your eyes will burn from the grit, your heart will race. Yes, you will… Continue Reading →

FDR’s Words: ” Forests Are The Lungs Of Our Land “

The Dust Bowl was the worst drought in U.S. history, covering more than 75 percent of the country and affecting 27 states severely.  The drought lasted nearly a decade, from 1930-1939. It’s impacts lasted decades longer.  Topsoil from the drought… Continue Reading →

Looking For A Little Gluten-Free Breakfast Treat?

What is gluten? Gluten is what gives bread products its elasticity. It gives shape, strength, and texture to bread and other grain products. Avoiding gluten is important for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, as they can experience serious… Continue Reading →

Enjoy A Low Carb Italian Easter Dessert

In Italian-American homes, recipes for Easter desserts are a mixture of tradition, symbolism, light textures and rich tastes. Easter Cookies are usually light, have distinctive flavorings and are easy to make. Ricotta cookies are popular with my family and they… Continue Reading →

Book Review: THE SHAPE OF IDEAS by Grant Snider

First, a confession: I’ve long been a fan and a follower of Grant Snider’s “Incidental Comics.”  Seeing one of his comic strips pop-up in my Twitter feed is like a gift of sunshine to brighten my day.   My eyes… Continue Reading →

Zoodles Crazy

I have been fascinated by the spiralizer vegetable craze. So I bought an inexpensive spiralizer to try my hand at making zucchini noodles, Zoodles, to see what all the fuss was about. I read the tips that came with the… Continue Reading →

How Deep Is Your Love?

In honor of Valentine’s Day, National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month (February), and World Spay Day (the last Thursday in February) — A letter from DOMESTIC ANIMAL COMPANIONS (PETS) UNITED FOR A BETTER FUTURE: Dear Humans: This may seem like a strange… Continue Reading →

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