Four Free-Range Holiday Decorations

Today we’re not talking about food. Don’t worry— as we approach the holidays, there’s going to be plenty of food talk. But, there’s more to the holidays than food . . . like the decorations! And I don’t know about you, but factory-made plastic doesn’t really say Christmas to me. Now, we all have our […]

14 Healthy Options for Christmas Parties and Potluck!

Cookies, cocktails, cheese and hors d’oeuvres. There’s temptation at every turn during the holidays, but even though it’s tough to stay on track, it’s certainly not impossible. As far as I’m concerned, the toughest part of the holidays when you’re trying to stay healthy and trim is all those potlucks and Christmas parties. I find […]

5 ways to enjoy Christmas Dinner leftovers

By: Leanne Ely   We’re only a day 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 enjoy […]

Slow Cooker Apple Sauce Recipe

By: Leanne Ely   It’s amazing how by simply mashing up some apple, you end up with this completely amazing ingredient/condiment/snack. Applesauce is easy to make, tastes delicious and is completely versatile. There are many different ways to make applesauce, and you can make it as complicated or as uncomplicated as you like. You can […]

8 surprising uses for cranberries

By: Leanne Ely   Not only are they gorgeous, but cranberries are full of nutrition: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, potassium, iron, magnesium and folate. They also contain antioxidants and phenols that can protect you against all kinds of things, including urinary tract infections. Since it’s cranberry season, you should stock up on as many of […]

The Power of a Little Nutmeg

By: Leanne Ely Nutmeg comes from the seed of the nutmeg tree, which is native to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. These egg-shaped nutmeg seeds have a beautiful, lacy reddish covering and that covering is where another spice called mace comes from. Who knew? It’s no wonder nutmeg and mace are such complimentary flavors. Nutmeg […]

Orange you getting hungry?

By: Leanne Ely   They’re juicy and sweet, they’re featured in fruit baskets everywhere and they’re the unofficial poster-fruits of cold prevention. Let’s talk about oranges! Oranges are an excellent snack, but they’re not quite as easy to peel as a banana when you’re on the go. But what they lack in peel appeal, they […]

Mix & Mash these Potatoes

By: Leanne Ely   Once upon a time, the only potato option on the Thanksgiving Dinner table was your standard white mashed potatoes. But today, we know that white potatoes aren’t the be all and end all in a starchy mash. There are several options in potatoes (and non-potatoes) for us to explore, so let’s […]

Holiday Paleo Cheat Sheet

By: Leanne Ely   If you’ve recently gone Paleo, you might be worried about navigating the kitchen this holiday season, what with all of the sugar, bread and other non-Paleo staples of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner floating around. But do not fear, Paleoistas! I’ve got your wheat-free little backs! We’ve put together this Paleo swap […]

The Perfect Thanksgiving Table Setting

By: Leanne Ely   Setting a proper dinner table is a simple thing and one that will make you feel like the elegant hostess you are. We’re talking specifically Thanksgiving today, but you can start making dinner an occasion every day. Not just on a holiday. Yes you can even break out the good china […]