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Monday, January 22, 2018

Spinach and Kale Soup for a Healthier You

This month I'm focusing on healthy foods and today's recipe for Spinach and Kale Soup fits perfectly.  I don't like to throw food out.  It just seems wasteful.  So, when I looked in my refrigerator last weekend and saw some kale and spinach that were calling out to be used, I decided to make a soup.  Have I told you I love soup?

A Flavorful Spinach and Kale Vegetable Soup

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 Spinach and Kale Soup
Spinach and Kale Soup 

Winter can be challenging when shopping the produce department for fresh vegetables.  Spinach and kale always seem to be in abundant supply in winter and look fresh and appetizing.  This is compared to the other vegetables I prefer like green beans, zucchini, and asparagus.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Healthy Breakfast and Lunch Ideas

I don't make New Year's resolutions but this month I've been focused on healthy eating and exercise.  If you are like me, the last couple of months of 2017 were a disaster for healthy eating and keeping to an exercise routine.  That's why I jumped at the opportunity to work with Naked Nutrition to share how I am making Naked Nutrition Whey Protein Powder part of my healthy eating diet this month.

Two Healthy Eating Recipes: Breakfast Cookies and a Blueberry Smoothie

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Eating Healthy with Protein Powder
Eating Healthy with Protein Powder

Today I'm sharing two recipes that have become regular additions to my diet this month, one for breakfast and one for lunch.  Both include grass-fed whey protein powder from Naked Nutrition to help build lean muscle.  Smoothies are an easy way to incorporate protein powder into your diet, but did you know you can also bake with protein powder?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Spicy Italian Sausage Soup

Through the fall and winter months, I like to make a big pot of soup at least once a week.  We'll have it for dinner and then for lunches until it is gone.  Most of the time, I'll make a loaf of bread to go along with it because we love to dip our crusty bread into the soup.  Today's recipe for Spicy Italian Sausage Soup is one of those soups that will be perfect with a crusty bread for dipping.

A Hearty Soup to Spice Up Your Life

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Spicy Italian Sausage Soup
Spicy Italian Sausage Soup

Spicy Italian Sausage Soup is made quickly on the stovetop.  You can control the spiciness by adjusting the ratio of sweet Italian sausage to hot Italian sausage.  I use half hot Italian sausage and half sweet Italian sausage and the soup has just the right amount of spice for me.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Winter Care for Orchids and African Violets

Are you familiar with the term "hygge"?  It's a Danish term that has caught on in the U.S. because it speaks to the feelings of coziness and relaxation we seek during the winter months.  It emphasizes the simple things in life and feelings of a life well-lived.  One of the ways I create hygge this time of year is by making sure my collection of African violets and orchids is happy and healthy.

How to Care for African Violets and Orchids During Winter

Caring for Orchids and African Violets in Winter

Your houseplants are most likely crying out for some attention right now.  If you are like me, you ignored them a bit during the busy holidays.  After all the festive decorations are put away, it's time to give your plants a lovely spa treatment.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Warm Up with Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup

Here in the Northeast, we've had weeks and weeks of bitterly cold weather.  A blizzard this week left us with piles of snow and frigid temperatures with wind chills below zero.  On top of that, we've had coughs and sniffles that just won't quit.  It's miserable.  That means it is a perfect time for hearty soups like this chicken noodle soup.

Hearty Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup
Hearty Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken soup is made with just a few ingredients.   The base flavor comes from carrots, onion, celery, and chicken stock.  You'll want to be sure you are using the best, most flavorful ingredients you can find to make this hearty homemade chicken soup from scratch.


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