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In the Kitchen

  • The art and craft of cooking

    The art and craft of cooking has been glorified in glossy magazines for years with beautiful shots of styled food, propped, positioned and perfectly lighted, sitting on a color coordinated plate. These gorgeous pictures set you mouth to drooling and your desire to cook right off the charts.

    In recent years, food bloggers have attempted the same thing with their step-by- step pictures of a recipe in progress, making your mouth drool and your need to chop, sauté and simmer intense!

  • Clothes do more than just clothe

    By MARLA CILLEY

    THE FLY LADY

    Our clothes tell our history, from the baby shoes in which we took our first steps to our wedding dress and then to maternity clothes. I'll wager that your closet recounts many of the chapters of your life.

    Our closets are filled to overflowing. Each time we open our closet door we have a conversation with those clothes. If the truth be known we actually wear only a few items in our closet. The rest are there to beat us up and pretend to rescue us. Our clothes have a way of making us feel bad.

  • There’s nothing like simple, good food grown at home

    By LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    This is the time of year when green thumbs and gardening novices alike storm the home improvement stores’ gardening section and attempt to start a vegetable garden.While it may seem a tad romantic to have a Martha Stewart-styled vegetable garden, for many people it seems unattainable.

    And I think that’s a shame.

  • Summer camp the Fly Lady way

    MARLA CILLEY

    THE FLY LADY

    One of the most frequent questions we get every summer is “how do I keep my children from getting bored while school is out!” The answer I always give: you are the director of your very own summer camp! With just a little planning, you and your children can have a lot of fun and maybe learn a little at the same time.

  • Social networking provides garden opportunity

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    Todd Jones had a dream that food — good food (the kind you grow in the ground) — could be more readily available to more people, especially those who have little access to fresh food. So last June, he started a personal farming service in the suburbs with the assumption that if people didn’t have the time, space etc. to grow their own food, why not provide them with a service to get it? His rational was if landscaping services exist, why not farm services, too?

  • Indulging in summer’s sweetness

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    Everything is just coming into season — luscious peaches, plums, berries and melons. Not only are they in season, but they’re also the least expensive right now —especially if you’re lucky enough to happen upon a little produce stand or someone selling melons in the back of a truck. In the more rural South, it’s not unusual to find little produce stands set up in people’s front yards, selling the bounty from their gardens and fruit trees.

  • Come out of your cocoon

    MARLA CILLEY

     THE FLYLADY

     

  • 10 powerhouse foods to lose weight

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

     

    There are foods that are healthy and then there are foods that are powerhouses. I’ve got 10 here that are supersonic super foods that you absolutely should include in your diet if you want to lose weight, get as healthy as you can and look your best! Here they are:

  • Spinach: The healthy ‘fast’ food

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

     

    Dear Friends,

    A favorite super healthy “fast” food favorite of mine is spinach. Not just any old bunch of spinach, but the stuff in a big plastic tub (I get mine at Costco). I use a ton of it during the week and eat it in a variety of different ways from salads, to side dishes and let’s just say, it’s a secret ingredient in my smoothies (shhh, don’t tell!).

  • Perfectionism is not a virtue

    MARLA CILLEY

    THE FLYLADY

     

    When we least expect it, perfectionism reaches out and knocks us in the head. It keeps us from following our heart’s desire and stops us dead in our tracks. Perfectionism triggers procrastination. This is when we tell ourselves we don’t have time to do it right so we do nothing. All of us have suffered with this affliction.