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In the Kitchen

  • Following your dreams to find you again

    MARLA CILLEY, THE FLYLADY

  • The skinny on diets

    LEANNE ELY CNC, THE DINNER DIVA

    Quick question: Do fad diets work? The answer is YES. Surprised I’d say that, aren’t you? But I’m not finished. You will lose weight (and probably muscle; not the fat loss you wanted) and then most likely (97 percent likely as a matter of fact), gain it all back, plus a few more. Fad diets aren’t pretty.

  • Angry words don’t help

    By MARLA CILLEY,THE FLYLADY

    What is it about out busy lives that causes us to spout angry words like a geyser? At the drop of a hat we can spew nastiness all over our loved ones, friends and even total strangers.

    I have heard every excuse in the world for the angry words that come from our mouths. They start with: I had a bad day, I didn’t get much sleep and the worst — you made me do it. This excuse is not any different from the abusive husband who blames his wife because he hit her.

  • Celebrate a late Cinco de Mayo

    By LEANNE ELY CNC, THE DINNER DIVA

    Cinco de Mayo is more than just another celebration paired with great food, it’s a celebration paired with Mexican food! Yum, yum, one of my favorite ethnic food categories. Flavorful, spicy and delicious — always surprising and satisfying to everyone’s taste buds.

  • 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.