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In the Kitchen

  • Not your mother’s tuna casserole

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    All home cooks appreciate the ease of accomplishment of doing dinner the one-pot way. When your family is busy and going in a million different directions, being able to make dinner in one pot, plunk down a salad and yell, “Dinner!” in the time it takes to boil pasta, is critical mass for any hectic family’s arsenal of timesaving tricks.

  • Treat your body to some sprouted grains

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    There’s a lot of talk these days about gluten sensitivity. Celiac disease, a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients, has become more common in recent years.

    And while gluten sensitivity is one thing, celiac is quite another. Grains that are sprouted can often be tolerated by gluten sensitive folks, while those with celiac just need to stay clear, unless of course, they have the go-ahead from their doctors.

  • Safe places become black holes

    MARLA CILLEY

     THE FLYLADY

    Did you ever put something in a safe place never to find it again? I have many times. It is almost a joke in our home when I say those black hole fateful words, “I need to put this in a safe place.” There are car titles that have been lost in the vastness of my safe places. One time I was flying across the country I lost two items all because I didn’t want to misplace them on the flight.

  • Tips for decorating on the FLY

    MARLA CILLEY

    THE FLYLADY

    Did you ever glance at those well-lighted pictures in a magazine and wish for a room that looked as inviting as the images on its pages? We want the feel of those pictures but we have no clue where to start to accomplish it. Don’t feel bad because I can help you get started on your dream home and it can be done in babysteps.

  • It’s out of control

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    One of the most frustrating things in the kitchen is dealing with the plastic stuff. You know what I’m talking about — Tupperware, Rubbermaid containers — whatever brand or style you use, all of us have it.

  • Kids in the kitchen

    LEANNE ELY CNC
    THE DINNER DIVA

    The kitchen is the perfect place to be together with your children. This is where the meals are made and, if your dining table is in the same room, it’s where they’re eaten, too. Giving children the opportunity to learn how to cook and prepare meals has amazing side effects. Believe it or not, you’ll even find your picky kids are more willing to try something they’ve made themselves.

  • Is Your Light Hidden?

    MARLA CILLEY

    THE FLYLADY

     

    My bathtub is my place of meditation. I surround myself with warm water and open my mind and heart to listen. Robert calls them God Breezes. When they come in the middle of the night, we refer to them as the Midnight Editor and when I get them in the tub, they are bathtub epiphanies. This morning the subject was love!

  • Tackling the plasticware nightmare

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

     

    One of the most frustrating things in the kitchen is dealing with the plastic stuff. You know what I’m talking about? Tupperware, Rubbermaid containers, whatever brand or style you use, we all have it.

  • The stress of always being late

    MARLA CILLEY

     THE FLYLADY

     

    Many of you are habitually late. This is a common trait for most of us. Our husbands hate it, too. Believe it or not this has to do with our martyred attitude. Tardiness is a passive-aggressive behavior. I know you don’t think it is. We are in control when we make people wait on us, consciously or unconsciously. The problem also arises because of our perfectionism; I just need to do one more thing. This may become more of a problem after you have your routines in place.

  • In knead of some culinary therapy?

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    One thing I am not is a baker. In my mind, when it comes to cooking, you’re either a cook or a baker. Rarely do you meet those who do both and do them well. I’ve made my share of cookies, breads, homemade cakes, plenty of pies, some tarts and such, but the trouble with baking are the ingredients: butter, flour and sugar. I have had enough of all three of those ingredients to last me a lifetime. I’d rather work with chicken!