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In the Kitchen

  • 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.

  • Your bag lady days are numbered

    MARLA CILLEY

     THE FLYLADY

     

    If you have been having problems getting rid of your clutter, it could be because you have a disease known as the Bag Lady Syndrome. When we start out housekeeping, we have the cute filing cabinets that hold our important papers. It does not take long to fill those paper consuming monsters with every scrap of paper that we think is important. Soon with those drawers bulging, we start piling those “important papers” on every flat surface in our home.

  • Be freezer frenzied no more

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

     

    A few years ago (quite a few years ago, actually), a new cooking trend — Once A Month Cooking (OAMC) was born. The whole idea was to spend a day cooking, freeze what you make, then reheat it as needed; sort of DIY Stouffers concept.

  • Simplify your meals

    By LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    In pursuit of saving money, we find ourselves scouring the world and the web for ways to cut corners and expenses. Nowhere is that more apparent than in our weekly quest to feed the family.

    We kill ourselves searching high and low for coupons. We seek out the bargains, willingly investing gas and time to get the lowest prices, even if it means a big drive. We’re saving money, we say to ourselves.

  • If you’re driving in a fog, slow down

    MARLA CILLEY

    THE FLYLADY

    When we get overwhelmed our brains keep trying to play catch-up and in the process, this brain frenzy short circuits our actions. Now don’t get me wrong we are working like crazy but we don’t seem to be accomplishing much because we are trying to do too much too fast.