A Healthy Start to The New Year

We had an unwelcome guest this holiday season, and like Scrooge encountering Marley’s ghost, I wasn’t really sure he existed. I only saw a shadow and I wasn’t certain I had seen that until I went to get out my Christmas tablecloth. There was some shredded tissue in the draw, which again I tried to ignore in my haste to get the table set. “It must have ripped off when I reached in to get the cloth”, I thought…

Like Scrooge I didn’t want to acknowledge what I was seeing.  Then came an encounter I couldn’t ignore… like the Ghost of Christmas Past, there he was… staring at me. A mouse! He was in the draw under the oven! I thought slamming the draw would scare him away and maybe it did. Cleaning and scouring and sanitizing added to my work...

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Cookies, Candles and Crunch Time

Well it’s getting down to crunch time and I’m not talking about all those cookie crumbs left underfoot from last night’s baking extravaganza… Or maybe I am, if you are in charge of making everything perfect for the holidays.

Maintaining all those holiday traditions while keeping up with everything else you have to do means something has to go and for the next few weeks that could be cooking. So, if take-out becomes your only option, look for items that are as healthy as possible. Rotisserie Chicken and Salad-to-Go make for a quick meal. Drive through, while not your best option offers a few healthier possibilities and then there is pizza… Thin crust, with lots of veggies please...

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Fun Soup for a Busy Night

I know you’re crazy busy this holiday season so avoiding  take-out completely is too much to ask, but soup is a great alternative. Here’s a easy and fun soup recipe for Minestrone or “Minestone” as it it’s known at my house probably because one of my kids had heard the story of Stone Soup.

As the story goes… A long time ago, a cold and weary traveler came to a town. He had no money and decided to see if the town’s people would give him a little food, but no one would share. So he got an idea. He found an old pot, filled it with water, set the pot over a fire and added some stones. The people were curious and when someone asked him what he was doing, he replied, “Making stone soup, which would be delicious if only I had… ” And so the story goes...

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