In recognition of Earth Day (April 22), I decided it might be nice to give my kitchen environment – specifically, my stove – a break from harsh chemicals. Inspiration for my new cleaning techniques hit me on two fronts; Pinterest and my home/garden magazines. For a while it seemed like everywhere I turned, there was a new pin or article about environmentally friendly home cleaning. I decided to pick techniques that included ingredients easily found in my pantry. And, I … continued…

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Did you know that tomorrow is Garlic Day? That has to be a day near and dear for me. When my husband plays his “what could you never give up” game, garlic is always near the top of the list. So in honor of Garlic Day, here’s a recipe using an entire head of garlic, roasted until it is smooth and sweet-tasting. Mix it with just a touch of butter, plenty of herbs, and you get one great garlic pesto. … continued…

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April 16 is National Stress Awareness Day. I recently read that more people are taking more sleeping pills because they are feeling more stress about the global economy. Yikes. That line alone is scary and stressful. I have often—very often over the past year or so—quipped, “All I want is a simple life!” A simple life, to me, is one that is greatly stress-reduced. We may never get to stress-free, but there are certainly ways of handling increased stress loads … continued…

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Last month we busted 5 popular fitness myths … here are 5 more! 1.    Fat can turn into muscle, and vice versa.  Muscle cells and fat cells are completely different and separate things within the body.  Each of them can increase and decrease in size, but these changes happen independently.  It is physiologically impossible for fat to turn into muscle or muscle to turn into fat. 2.    You need to drink a sports drink after a workout to rehydrate and … continued…

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Now that it is officially spring (not to mention that April 8th – 14th is Garden Week), it’s time to start planning.  There is something so exhilarating to me about planning my garden and this year I want to get started early.  I am in love with Pinterest as I assume the rest of the world is too, right?!  I found a great site there – www.sproutrobot.com – to figure out the best time for planting. All you do is … continued…

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My sister is one of my favorite people in the world. When I looked at the calendar for inspiration this month, I saw Sibling Day (April 10) — Pat makes the most delicious pork roast with meltingly sweet onions—I knew I had to adapt it to an eye of round roast. The flavors lend themselves to this (I just made it a little heartier with red wine and red onions), and it really could not have been simpler. Once the … continued…

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Okay, I would never have a no kitchen  work day, because cooking is kitchen work and I love cooking. But I have been inspired by National No Housework Day (which is today, April 7) to come up with six ways to make kitchen clean up easier—some of these are tips from my days in a professional kitchen, others are just common sense. But it never hurts to find ways to make clean up quicker. 1. Before you start cooking, fill … continued…

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It’s time again for Peter Cottontail to make that trek to my house and deliver baskets to my kids. This year, for sure, we’ll be ready for him. You see, we have a tradition where Peter Cottontail delivers plastic eggs filled with goodies and then takes the eggs we colored from our refrigerator and spreads them all over the lawn. Coloring the eggs for Peter Cottontail has always been fun. But this year, I stepped up my game. No more … continued…

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I am making a concerted effort to try something new at least once a week, and this week, it’s beet greens. Well, to be honest, we’ve been eating them at least once a week for the past three weeks, ever since the farmer selling the beets asked whether or not I wanted the greens left on the bunch of beets she was selling me.  I’ve had them roasted with a touch of oil and salt, where they are a bit … continued…

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could just sleep a few more hours and lose weight?  This might actually be true!  Have you ever noticed after a night of too little sleep, it’s hard to get motivated to exercise?  It’s also a lot easier to just go through a drive through and forget about making dinner.  As a mom of young kids, I can identify with this.  On the nights that I get fragmented sleep or just not enough hours, … continued…

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