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December 18, 2014

5 ways to enjoy Christmas Dinner leftovers

By: Leanne Ely   We’re only a week away from one of the biggest dinners of the year. (It seems like we were just enjoying our Thanksgiving dinners, doesn’t it?) If you didn’t manage your Thanksgiving dinner properly, you might have (gasp) ended up growing sick of the leftovers. Let’s see to it that you… Read more

veggies

December 11, 2014

Tips for optimizing veggie intake on a budget

By: Leanne Ely   Very few of us manage to get in all of the vegetables we need everyday for optimal health—at least 5-13 servings (about 6 cups) each day, a variety from each color group: dark greens (lettuce, kale, spinach), red and orange (sweet potatoes, pumpkins, tomatoes), and “other” vegetables (cabbage, brussels sprouts, onions).… Read more

Spice Mix

December 4, 2014

Three nightshade-free seasoning blends

By: Leanne Ely   A few weeks ago, I wrote about nightshades and how the toxins they contain present health problems for certain people. If you’ve been avoiding nightshades, you might be finding your food is a little dull as you’re unable to use many different seasoning mixes or condiments containing peppers. When you avoid… Read more

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November 27, 2014

With Heartfelt Thanksgiving

Dear Friends, Today is Thanksgiving. There’s a wonderful turkey in my oven, my table is set, my family is here, and dear friends are on their way. Just before we eat our wonderful Thanksgiving meal, we traditionally gather together in a circle, holding hands and each one of us will say one thing we’re especially… Read more

Slow Cooker

November 6, 2014

Don’t let your slow cooker make you sick

By: Leanne Ely   I couldn’t function without my slow cooker. You all know by now how I feel about this wonderful, time-saving appliance. If you’re new to slow cooking, or even if you’re a seasoned pro, there are some safety precautions that I hope you’re taking when it comes to this highly efficient way… Read more

squash for dinner

October 30, 2014

5 ways to enjoy squash for dinner

By: Leanne Ely   You can tell by the bright yellow or orange flesh of winter squash (well, depending on the variety), that this fall harvest fruit is good for you. (Yes, squash is a fruit!) Winter squash, like acorn and butternut, are the more substantial varieties. And I’m sure you already knew it, but… Read more

Bone Broth-2

October 16, 2014

This creepy sounding stuff will fix what ails you!

By: Leanne Ely   I realize that “bone broth” might not sound to you like the most appetizing thing in the world, but I can assure you that it is one of the most wonderful, healing substances you can put in your body. Bone broth is made simply by simmering animal bones in water with… Read more

7 foods to lower inflammation in your body

October 9, 2014

7 foods to lower inflammation in your body

By: Leanne Ely   While getting regular exercise and reducing the amount of stress in your life are key components to reducing the inflammation in your body, we can also add certain anti-inflammatory foods to our diet, (all the while cutting out sugar and processed food), to optimize our health. The following seven foods are… Read more

kitchen staples you can easily make (1)

October 2, 2014

7 kitchen staples you can easily make yourself

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

Mindless Meals

September 25, 2014

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