The story of Laura’s Lean Beef is the stuff of legends – well, for those of us who love it when the family farm is saved, the little guy (or gal, in this instance) makes good, the food world is made better and everyone lives happily ever after.   So here’s how it started. Laura Freeman came home to her family’s central Kentucky farm after years away, becoming the seventh generation farmer in her family. Family farms are special places, … continued…

Barb Freda Behind the Scenes at LLB

Chances are you or someone you know suffers from knee pain. In fact, pain from arthritis in general affects more than 70 million Americans and is the leading cause of disability in older adults. Knee pain from arthritis tends to be the most common type of joint pain reported, and can unfortunately be a common barrier to exercise and being active. Therefore, chronic knee pain from arthritis can lead to muscle atrophy, decreased mobility, and poor balance. Many people believe … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen

For the past 6 years our office, located in Lexington, Kentucky was leasing office space that wasn’t really the best fit for our needs. So when our lease was up we decided to upgrade to a new office that we all agree, much better suits us. We are now located in a beautiful new office space only about 15 minutes from our previous location overlooking an area called Hamburg. Anyone who has ever been through Lexington, might know about this … continued…

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This proved to be the perfect way to use up extra barbecue beef (see our Slow Cooker BBQ recipe) and some red beans and rice that were in the fridge. Not a soul knew this was a “leftover” meal. I use these incredible tortillas I’ve found recently–Joseph’s. The tortillas have flax, oat bran and whole wheat flour, and each has just 70 calories, no saturated fat and 6 grams of fiber. If you can’t find them, ask your grocer about … continued…

Barbecue Rice and Bean Tortillas
Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Ok, as I say every year, Yuck! I love spending summer with my kids. And, I’m always sad to see them go back to school. With that said, preparing for back to school always centers around buying uniforms, school supplies and preparing for packed lunches. Last year I showed lots of cool lunch storage containers that can make packing what goes inside the lunchbox a breeze. This year, I want to focus on the lunchbox itself. Between my two kids, … continued…

Contests & Giveaways DIY Foodie Gift Ideas Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

Stir-fries are among the simplest and quickest meals to put together. All the ingredients are cut to sizes that cook quickly. I aimed to make this a 6-ingredient recipe (the sesame seed garnish is optional) to minimize your cutting. I use store-bought black bean sauce in this, but it might be too pungent for some of your pickier eaters. You can substitute hoisin sauce or teriyaki sauce for the black bean sauce. Quick cooking means the stove is on only … continued…

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Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy

There is an ongoing series of tips and tricks I always want to tell people about–things that make cooking, cutting, cleaning, etc. easier in the kitchen. Here are a few of the things I’ve been meaning to mention recently.   1. Slice the avocado IN the skin. No need for an avocado cutter. No need to even dirty up a cutting board. Halve the avocado. Remove the seed. Hold one half, cut side up, in the palm of your hand. … continued…

Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways DIY Tips, Tools & Techniques

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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