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In the Kitchen

  • Who can you trust with your food news?

    By Leanne Ely CNC, The Dinner Diva

    What is good for you, what is bad for you, and who do you believe?

    It seems that every nutrition-based report the media releases eventually contradicts itself. One day they say soy products are good for you, and the next thing you know they’re discouraging you to eat them. The same can be said for various oils, sugars, food additives, and more. It’s enough to make anyone want to throw their hands up in defeat!

  • Hiding behind doors

    By Marla Cilley, The Fly Lady

     We have lived our lives not being able to open the door; you know that “can’t have anyone over syndrome” that has paralyzed us.We have other doors that we hide behind. It is perfectionism that keeps us huddled behind them in fear and shame. Remember that the opposite of love is fear.

  • Body clutter bandwagon

    By MARLA CILLEY,  THE FLYLADY

    This past weekend Leanne Ely and I had a “Girls Weekend”! We had a great time reminiscing about our decade of friendship. We have been on quite a journey! Those life experiences have had many up and downs emotionally and with our personal Body Clutter!

    I met Leanne when she came to my house to interview me for her newspaper column. We hit it off. A few weeks later, I asked her to write for my FlyLady Email Group. I help you get your kitchen clean and she helps you put dinner on the table.

  • Insider tips on veggies

    By LEANNE ELY CNC, THE DINNER DIVA

    Most folks assume that whatever is available in the produce section is what’s in season. This isn’t necessarily the case. Sure, grocery stores offer a wide variety of fruits and veggies year-round, but that doesn’t mean the flavor and freshness are there as with produce that is in the peak of its season.

  • Do we have ‘do overs’ in life?

    By MARLA CILLEY, THE FLYLADY

    Did you ever sit and wonder how your life would be if you had only made a different decision? One time I was queuing up an e-mail to go out at a later date. By accident I put yesterday’s date in the box. Programmers can be so funny sometimes. A little error message window pops up and says, “I know you had to send this message yesterday, but I just can’t do it till my time machine gets back from the shop.” Well folks we don’t have time machines. If we did would we really want to use them?

  • Fast food with quality, speed

    By LEANNE ELY CNC, THE DINNER DIVA

    Most of the time we can avoid eating out if we choose to (and remember to stash food in our cars and purse!). There is however always going to be an occasion where you find yourself in a fast food restaurant. Yes, you know how I feel about fast food, but I’m here to tell you that healthy fast food options exist.

  • Roasted — Ideas for leftover roast

    By LEANNE ELY CNC, THE DINNER DIVA

    So you bought a gigantic, on sale beef roast, did you? Want to know what to do with the leftovers so you can get every scrap out of it? Here are four recipes that will get your leftover roast “cooking” again! Enjoy!

    •Roast Beef Soup

    Serves 6

    1-1/2 cups roast beef chopped

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1 onion, chopped

    1 clove garlic, crushed

    6 cups beef broth

    2 large carrots, peeled and sliced

    2 large potatoes, peeled and diced

  • Make it easier to be nice to yourself

    By MARLA CILLEY, THE FLYLADY

    I started getting organized in 1999 with two ideas in my head. The first one was to establish one habit at a time. The second was the most important and it was to be nice to me.

  • Three dinners with boneless chicken breasts for your kitchen

    By LEANNE ELY CNC, THE DINNER DIVA

    The great thing about boneless skinless chicken breasts for the cook is they are like a blank canvas — the creativity and ideas to take this poultry to the next level is endless!Chicken takes on the flavors of the spices and ingredients accompanying it, making it amazingly versatile.

    Besides being extremely convenient, boneless chicken breasts don’t even need to be thawed before cooking (most of the time anyway) and are a great way to get your clean, lean protein.

  • FLYing saves you money

    By MARLA CILLEY,  THE FLYLADY

    Everyone is feeling the pinch of the rising fuel prices. Did you know that when you are FLYing you are saving money? I want to discuss some of these money saving habits we can help you establish.