When Should You Toss Out Your Food?

“I need help!” was the first line of the email from a college friend. I figured the dilemma involved food. It did. She was in the process of helping move a relative from a home to a care facility. In the process of helping with the move, my friend discovered large amounts of stored food.…
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Pick A Pumpkin And Enjoy

  Nature’s landscape is turning to shades of orange and gold. Fall decorations, including pumpkins and gourds, are appearing on the doorsteps of homes in our neighborhood. When my 9-year-old daughter brought in a little orange pumpkin from our garden, I remembered an exchange we had when she was younger. “I like brownies, pumpkin pie…
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Eat Smart With Fresh Apples This Season

“Mom, are apples ‘Eat Smart. Play Hard.’ foods?” my daughter asked as she looked out a window at the bumper crop of apples on our lone tree. She was 4 at the time. “They sure are! They have vitamin C that’s good for your skin and fiber that’s good for your heart,” I said. She…
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Let’s Preserve Salsa!

The other night, one of our three dogs was not coming inside for the evening. I slipped on my shoes and found Jake, a dachshund, lying on his back near my garden, near my abundant tomato plants. He always flips onto his back when he has been naughty. So, I picked him up and carried…
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Feast On The Vibrant Colors Of Nature’s Fruits And Vegetables

  Have you taken the opportunity to admire the blooming outdoor plants at this time of the year? The vibrant red, deep purple and vivid yellow hues of flowers decorating homeowners’ landscapes attract our attention. The same pigments, or natural colorants, in flowers are responsible for many of the health benefits of colorful fruits and…
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