I love the end of summer when there are almost too many tomatoes in the market and in my garden or my friends’ gardens. Too much basil to use. Too many squashes to make into zucchini bread. It’s great to enjoy it immediately, of course, but I like to put a little bit of effort into prepping some of these foods for use later in the year. Here are 5 great money-saving things to do with fresh vegetables and herbs … continued…

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Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways DIY Gardening Tips, Tools & Techniques

There are lots of great reasons to pull the slow cooker out, but during the summertime, one of the best reasons is that it barely heats up the kitchen. And while I love a good, smoky barbecue, I am not always able to tend the smoker. With this recipe, I’m getting to have my beef and cook it too – a win/win! Perfect for a big family reunion, where beef can remain in cooker, plugged in and left on “warm” … continued…

Slow Cooker BBQ
Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Holiday Cooking

Each summer, my kids and their friends, love to watch the butterflies flit around my gardens. And inevitably I get the question, “Is that a butterfly or a moth?” So if you’re ever the recipient of this question, or you’ve wondered yourself, I thought I’d pass along a few simple clues to help you narrow down the identity of your winged visitors. The first identifier is pretty easy; butterflies fly during the day and moths fly during the night. However … continued…

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Contests & Giveaways Gardening Pam Freeman

There’s a sweet/savory treat going on in teriyaki sauce that packs a punch, really making these burgers a hit in our house. Go easy with the wasabi paste (easy to find in the international section of most any grocery store these days–same goes for the pickled ginger) to start with. A little of this horseradish goes a very long way. You won’t miss the burger bun or the cheese on this–the flavors are that great.   Prep Time: 5 minutes … continued…

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Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Summer Grilling

Yesterday was the first day of “Exercise with your Child Week.” This is a great week to help us assess and focus on our activity level and our child’s activity level. As summer is coming to a close, try to take advantage of this opportunity to spend time with your child and be active. You could even take it one step further and make a plan for how to make exercising with your child a weekly occurrence once the school … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Fitness Healthy Habits Judy Eggebeen

For many years, coconut oil was deemed unhealthy and now you may have noticed it is frequently mentioned as a healthy diet addition. While coconut oil is high in saturated fat, it doesn’t seem to have the same artery clogging effect as saturated fats found in foods such as whole milk or fatty meats.   Studies show that coconut oil may help raise HDL cholesterol but be cautious because it may also raise LDL cholesterol. Coconut oil contains medium chain … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

One of my family’s favorite recipes and one of the first recipes I ever wrote is Beef Wellington. So when someone said something about craving it recently, in spite of the heat, I wondered if I could satisfy the craving without the production. Laura’s Lean Beef Fully Cooked Pot Roast came to the rescue. Leftovers from that dinner, from some cooked mushrooms and a tiny bit of puff pastry came together for this little treat of a snack. I used … continued…

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Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking Snacks

Is there anything better than fresh summer blueberries? It’s that time of year again so make sure to stock your fridge and freezer so you can enjoy them now and later. Blueberries are a definite superfood, they are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, and the phytochemical resveratrol, the same one we recently discussed in our “Cheers to Good Health” wine post. There have been studies linking blueberry consumption with improvements in memory as well as blood circulation. Michigan and Maine are … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Do you have some days where you know you should exercise, but you just don’t really want to? Do you ever go back and forth in your mind about all the things you could do or would rather do, and eventually talk yourself out of a workout? The good news is that you are not alone – I think we all have those days! The bad news is that if this happens on a consistent basis you can get out … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Fitness Judy Eggebeen

I love the ease of this savory and satisfying dish–Slice off pieces of steak and pound them as thin as possible between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Then, marinate and grill quickly. Prep time: about 10 minutes (add 3 hours marinating beef) Cook time: About 6 minutes Serves 6   1 1/2 pounds (24 ounces) Laura’s Lean Beef Eye of Round steak sliced into 6 thin pieces and pounded thin Juice of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup … continued…

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