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slow cooker soups

October 9, 2015

5 hot tips for slow cooker soups

By: Leanne Ely     As the weather starts to cool down, one of my favorite things to come home to is a pot of simmering soup. Plus soup is a great meal that I can easily scale up or down, depending on how much or how little I want to have leftover. Now, many… Read more

Two poached pears in red wine with cinnamon

October 5, 2015

Healthy fall comfort foods

By: Leanne Ely   It doesn’t take long for those familiar comfort food cravings to set in with the onset of fall, does it? There are days that I would do just about anything for a big scoop of macaroni and cheese! But as much as I love mac and cheese, I just don’t eat… Read more


October 1, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About Bone Broth

By: Leanne Ely Dear Friends, I almost always have a batch of bone broth simmering in my kitchen. This healing broth is more to me than soup. It’s a wonderful elixir that helps heal my gut and guards me from getting sick. If you have an autoimmune disorder (like I do), making bone broth a… Read more

Brussels sprouts with bacon, onions and paprika

September 29, 2015

I can’t get enough of these!

By: Leanne Ely   When I was a little girl, there was no way I’d be giving thanks for the little green balls of mush my dear mother would put on my plate. I would have to sit at the table forever, trying to choke down those disgusting blobs of leaves. I love my mother… Read more

Indian condiments consisting of yoghurt and lime, chutney and tomato and onion.

September 28, 2015

Better than store bought: 7 simple sauces

By: Leanne Ely   There are very few bottled items in my refrigerator that I have not made myself. I enjoy making my own condiments because I can tell exactly where each ingredient came from! I also like to make condiments that use up the bounty of my garden. Currently that would be tomatoes! The… Read more


September 22, 2015

The 3 best shrimp to buy (and which to avoid)

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time once again for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe. Today you’ll learn a tip, a trick and you’ll get a great recipe to try it out with. Neat, huh? Today’s Focus is on SHRIMP Everyone loves shrimp. It’s easy to prepare, it’s versatile and it’s delicious. Shrimp is the most… Read more

Mindless Meals

September 11, 2015

Mindless Meals (when you’re too tired for anything!)

By: Leanne Ely   The kiddies are all back to school, and after a summer where the routine was willy nilly at best, here you are facing the rush of homework, piano lessons, laundry and everything else that goes along with the onset of the new school year. It’s going to happen plenty of times… Read more

Photo of Irish Stew or Guinness Stew made in a crockpot or slow cooker.

September 10, 2015

School House Crock

By: Leanne Ely   Last week, I started talking about the “s word” when I wrote about how freezer meals can get a nutritious meal on the table for those upcoming school nights. But if you can’t see yourself using the freezer to help you plan and prepare meals ahead of time, you’re not totally… Read more


September 8, 2015

Which fruit can decrease the risk of asthma and regulate blood sugar?

By: Leanne Ely   It’s apple season once again, so today we’re going to give you a trick, a tip and a great new recipe, all related to this classic fruit bowl staple. These sweet (sometimes tart) fruits make the perfect grab-and-go snack. Apples are delicious, filling and healthy, plus they have a built-in, biodegradable… Read more


September 3, 2015

School Night Supper Shortcuts

By: Leanne Ely   During the summer, meals tend to be a lot more relaxed than they are during the school year. That just tends to be the nature of the beast. With autumn comes routine, as those school days tend to add a lot of activities to the family calendar. Not only do you… Read more