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Dairy Makes Cents

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Today’s economic crunch sometimes pits saving money against eating healthy. For me, this dilemma is often compounded by another factor: spending a little more on food if it saves time. Since time is money, won’t I still be economizing? It’s a question of my priorities. Consumers are shifting priorities when making grocery purchase decisions, according […]

A Patty by Any Other Name Would Taste as Sweet

Thursday, May 28, 2009

USA Weekend food columnist Pam Anderson says, “Take a hamburger, drop the ham and what do you have?” When she judged a Build a Better Burger contest several years ago, but the top prize went to the best beef burger, there was a $10,000 prize for the “best alternative burger.” The event chairman, cookbook author […]

The Missing Desk Mystery

Thursday, May 21, 2009

This true story was referenced at the 2008 Republican National Convention: Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Joe T. Robinson High School in Little Rock, Arkansas did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of […]

Slightly Elevated

Thursday, May 14, 2009

My brother Tom broke his leg. When I visited the hospital the day he had surgery to repair the nasty fractures, I checked in at the visitors’ desk and found he’d been moved from the room I settled him in the night before. His surgery was scheduled for 4 p.m. and I arrived around 3, […]

Eggs. Yep, they’re incredible and edible

Thursday, May 7, 2009

I buy brown eggs from a local fellow who delivers them to me at work. Not only are they beautiful to look at, and extra fresh (they didn’t peel well at Easter time), but I’ve read that free range eggs rate high in nutritional value. No matter where you get your eggs they are a […]

The Cookie Crumbles This Way

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Homemade cookies are always a welcome treat, so when I received a request for chewy cookie recipes, I didn’t have to think twice. Follow recipes closely and measure ingredients carefully for best results; using the correct ingredients is key. Here are some other pointers adapted from Fats. Cookies are made primarily with butter, margarine […]

Nuts to the nutty (especially pecans)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

“Oh, It’s the Nuts”: An old commercial jingle for Fifth Avenue candy bars went something like that. Well, “Nuts to the nutty,” as they say. I love them all, but this month let’s take a look at the celebrated pecan. Pecans can enhance the flavor of any dish. But more than just a savory sensation, […]

A Question of Mending (both body and health care system)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I broke my elbow at the end of January. The crack in my bone healed unencumbered except for a sling I wore occasionally upon the advice of my orthopedic doctor as he explained grinning, “People open doors for you and things like that.” I seem to remember on past visits to the emergency room our […]

True confessions: I wish I had a bunny.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Though we have a cat and a hamster, I find myself bunniless this Easter, and I wish I had a pet rabbit, again. I’m reminded whenever I see a live rabbit, that my cages sit empty, waiting for a new occupant. My daughters talked me out of taking in the rabbit I considered adopting before […]

Seven steps to soothing your stress

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Don’t take anti-anxiety medication or a sleeping pill to ‘chill out’, there are alternative methods of managing and relieving stress:


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