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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Try A Budget-Friendly Food Gift From The Heart

Can you remember the most memorable gift you ever received? Sometimes you remember the things you didn’t receive, too. I remember wanting an easy-bake oven, but unfortunately, it wasn’t wrapped under our tree. Instead, I was allowed to bake cookies in the real oven with a little help from my mom. My cakes were much…
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