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In the Kitchen

  • What’s in your closet?

    Our journey through life starts with our first breath and ends with our last one. Since our birth we have packed many bags for our trip. 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. Our clothes have a way of making us feel bad.

    Why do we do this to ourselves? Why can’t we just be happy with ourselves just like we were? We were trying to fit into an unrealistic picture that only stays with us for that fleeting moment.

  • There’s simply nothing else like it

    LEANNE ELY

    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. It’s an old tradition to plant a summer garden. And while it may seem a tad romantic to have a Martha Stewart styled vegetable garden, for many people it seems highly unattainable. And I think that’s a shame.

  • Two minutes can create a miracle

    MARLA CILLEY

    THE FLY LADY

    What is it about two minutes? When we were told we had to do a two-minute speech it seemed too long.

    When we stand in front of a microwave waiting impatiently for something to heat up it seems like it is taking forever.

    When I tell someone to do just two minutes, I get that look of “What good is that going to do?”

    Well let me tell you two minutes can accomplish more than you can ever dream if you will just quit whining about what it won’t do and show yourself what it can do.

  • Declare your independence

    In the United States of America we celebrate the anniversary of our Independence Day each Fourth of July. The other night a young new reporter said that this was the day we won the war for independence. I thought Robert and I were going to scream our heads off at the TV. We just looked at each other in shock.

  • 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.