Freezer Meals Can Alleviate Dinnertime Dilemmas

Back in 2009, I was busy preparing our house and freezing dinners ahead of time. Considering all this “nesting,” you would think I was preparing for the arrival of a child, but our youngest was 5 at the time. I wasn’t bringing a newborn home. I was bringing my husband home from the hospital after…
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Join Us At “The Family Table”

Did you grow up gathering around the family table for meals? In my house, dinnertime meant no TV, no magazines and everyone gathered. If the phone rang, it wasn’t answered. We didn’t have cell phones, tablets or even answering machines back then. If you ate with your family, count yourself as very fortunate. Eating together as…
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How To Teach An Old Dog New Weight Loss Tricks

A few years ago, our dogs came back from their annual checkup with a recommendation. We were informed they needed to lose a little weight. In fact, the recommended weight loss amounted to about 6 percent of their body weight. I looked them over myself. Sure enough, one of them in particular did not have…
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Santa Gets Some Diet Advice

I bumped into someone early one morning during this holiday season. You might know him. Our conversation went something like this. “Well, Julie, thanks for the carrots and apple slices for the reindeer! Rudy ate all the oatmeal muffins before I could even have a taste, and Prancer polished off the apples. I guess you…
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How To Survive The Midwestern Blast Freezer

During the last seriously cold weather snap a few years ago, I happened to be on a conference call. Here’s a bit of the conversation. “I think our temperature dropped to 30 degrees last night!” one of the women noted. “It was 20 degrees here,” another woman said. I was on a conference call with…
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