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Spring! Shop Your Pantry First

Posted by Mary Liz Wright -

February—the month where we learn if Spring is around the corner. Whether you believe in the prophetic wisdom of a hibernating rodent (aka, Punxsutawney Phil the Groundhog) or in the reality that the earth is beginning to tip more towards the sun, Spring is coming! It is a great time to look ahead. Everyone gets a little restless in the Spring---the sap begins to flow, new babies are in the bar...

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Eat More Salads!

Posted by Mary Liz Wright -

Was your resolution to eat more veggies? Are you eating more salads to get healthy? Me too, I often eat salads and have struggled with the dressing dilemma. I tried the low fat bottled dressings and did not like them; in fact, I quit salads altogether back in the low fat diet craze days. Now there is new research suggesting that in order to get all the nutrients from the veggies in your...

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Instead of a New Year's

Posted by Mary Liz Wright -

  New Years' resolutions ---lose 20 pounds by Feb. 4 th . Run a marathon in May. Bench press 200 pounds by April. Each year we set ourselves up for failure. How many times have you put yourself on a "diet" only to fall off the wagon a few days later? I know in my lifetime I have gained and lost hundreds of pounds by doing just that. Starving myself, eating only cabbage...

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Presents!

Posted by Mary Liz Wright -

Visons of sugarplums dancing in your head? Or are you Yule-tired? Think just one more cookie with that cup of eggnog is just what you need before your long winter's nap? Maybe not—maybe the yule-tiredness comes from too much of everything. We all want to enjoy the holidays but I often hear people say—I just want it to be over! We work and stress and make ourselves sick. Let's not—let's...

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Save on Holiday Groceries

Posted by Mary Liz Wright -

I discovered something at our family's Thanksgiving feast…. we made nearly twice as much food as we needed. Many of us are strapped for cash this time of year (insert editorial comment about buying too many presents) and we could use some extra money. Where can we find a few extra dollars? Let's look at our grocery list. Below are some tips for saving at the grocery store during the holidays....

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Pumpkins!

Posted by Mary Liz Wright -

Pumpkins—everyone loves them! We smash them from catapults—carve intricate designs into their flesh—tell stories about them in folklore—Cinderella even rode in one—and Peter-Peter Pumpkin eater put his wife into one---but that's a whole other story…it's pumpkin season. We see them heaped into huge boxes at the grocery store—piled into wagons at roadside stands and growing in the fields as we dr...

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Why use your slow cooker?

Posted by Mary Liz Wright -

  Ah, Fall—it's finally here! Crisp bright days followed by cool nights—football, leaves, pumpkins, slow cookers. Slow cookers? Yes—cool days make us crave comfort foods—warm stews, roasts, and casseroles. It is so nice to walk into the house after a long day to the fragrant smells of supper! Do you use your slow cooker? Why not? Afraid it's not safe? Too much trouble to drag it...

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