Monthly Archives: February 2011

It’s been cold, hasn’t it? Some of the biggest blizzards and the deepest snows we’ve seen in decades. So I find myself really having a taste for those things that only just start to appear in the grocery stores that mean—to me—that spring has arrived. Even IF there’s still snow on the ground. Asparagus. This is top of my list for spring greens. I watch for the first pencil-thin spears from local farms to appear in my store or at … continued…

Barb Freda Natural Farming Tips, Tools & Techniques

We’ve narrowed it down from over 30 design options to 3. Next step: What would a logo look like?

Laura's New Look

While cream is an indulgence, it’s one I want every now and then. With only 1/4 cup of cream (use the best cream you can buy), there’s only 1 tablespoon of cream per serving in this. Don’t feel bad about it! Prep time: About 5 minutes Cook time: About 10 minutes Serves: 4   1 tablespoon olive oil 4 4-ounce filet mignon (tenderloin) steaks 1/2 onion, finely diced 1/4-1/2 cup beef stock 1/4 cup heavy cream 1-2 tablespoons Dijon or … continued…

Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Our six-week Resolve to Stick With it challenge may be over, but if you’ve been following the journey, you know our six challenge team members aren’t stopping now. Some of them are trying to reach a certain goal weight, some are on a mission to teach their families healthier eating habits and some are doing both. Either way, they’ve gotten a great start! To help them continue this lifelong healthy journey, we are sending each team member a $50 Visa … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Resolve to Stick With It

These days, every dollar needs to be stretched in every kitchen I know of, whether I’m in a professional kitchen or a home kitchen. In fact, the best professional kitchens have been making use of every piece of food that comes through the doors. Here are some tricks I learned in professional kitchens that I still use: Save onion skins, carrot peels, parsley stems and celery leaves for stocks. I scrape carrots directly into a bowl to save them. All … continued…

Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

We can’t decide if we like the white on the top …         … or the green on top.  

Behind the Scenes at LLB Laura's New Look

This last week has been a trying one because my husband and I have decided to adopt, but we have been stressing on how to afford it. Amongst all the phone calls to different agencies and emails to employers, I have not had much time to be active this week. I have been pretty good on the eating. I am still loving my Bodybugg as it has kept me honest with my calories in and calories out. I will take with me from … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Resolve to Stick With It

This challenge has taught me several things. I have many take aways but here are my favorites. First and foremost to recognize and address changes that occur in my lifestyle promptly so that I can catch myself from falling back into bad habits (i.e. not planning meals and then leaving room for making poor dining choices). I was wondering if you have a bad day or week, how long do you let yourself slide before you force yourself to bounce … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Resolve to Stick With It
Laura's New Look

This may be the end of the Laura’s Lean Beef Challenge, but it is just the beginning of eating healthy and getting to my goal weight.  I was able to lose 8 lbs in 6 weeks and definitely have established better eating in our household. I’m about a third of the way to my goal weight, and I know I will get there. I learned a lot about cooking healthier with beef, thanks to Laura’s Lean Beef recipe’s and the … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Resolve to Stick With It