Stay Safe Traveling With Winter Survival Tips

The semester is over, and winter is officially here. College students have packed their cars with suitcases and loads of laundry. They have left to visit families and perhaps enjoy free laundry service, too. I thought about a winter storm a couple years ago. The weather was exceptionally cold and blustery with icy roads and…
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You Bet We Will Have Lefse

We of Norwegian descent get teased a lot about our accents, our white and brown food and our verbal expressions. Yah, sure, meat, potatoes and gravy were menu mainstays in many Scandinavian homes. And, you bet, the vegetables usually were creamed. Even the colorful gelatin salads were topped with whipped cream or marshmallows. It could…
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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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Four Holiday Gift Ideas That Promote Health And/or Safety

  I ventured out with other “Black Friday” shoppers at midnight after Thanksgiving. I certainly didn’t pitch a tent in the parking lot as some bargain hunters did. I found myself elbow to elbow with holiday shoppers as I looked at the displays of tasty but calorie-dense gourmet treats that make eating in moderation a…
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Keep Track Of Holiday Eating

“Mom, there’s only one piece of divinity candy left on the plate!” my daughter exclaimed. She looked at me a bit hopefully. She was 7 at the time. I picked up the canister where I was storing the rest of the almond-flavored, marshmallowlike homemade confections. When I opened it, all I found was a piece…
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