How To Stay Fit And Healthy On Your Vacation

Wonder Fabi

Vacations tend to be disastrous for any health and fitness plan, but it doesn’t have to be this way. This is how to have fun while keeping off the unwanted pounds!

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There is More To Maple Syrup Than Pancakes

A Jeanne in the Kitchen

Most of us are very familiar with how good maple syrup is on top of pancakes.  But you can use maple syrup for so much more than just pancakes.   It is perfect for baking cakes or pies too.   I often use it on my sweet potatoes as well.  To me, anything maple is a sign that fall is in the air, or at least will soon be on its way.   Though technically, the calendar still says it is only summer, I know it won’t be too much longer to wait.  Fall is my absolute favorite season.  I look forward to it every year.   I think it is the most colorful time of year, and it is so inviting to share with good friends and good food.  The nights are already beginning to darken a little earlier than they were just a couple of weeks ago, and we have had some…

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The Queen is in the Kitchen Again

A Jeanne in the Kitchen

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and I truly believe that.  The “Queen of Leftovers” originated many moons ago, and she has just grown and become so much more creative over the years.  She has become my alter ego while in the kitchen.  My parents were both Depression/ WWII babies, and food was often scarce.  That was something they never forgot, and so when I came along, I was always raised with the concept of “waste not want not”, and it has been with me throughout my whole life.  Thus, the “Queen of Leftovers” was born.  The Queen comes into my kitchen quite often and was in my kitchen again yesterday.  This time she made soup and quesadillas from some of the leftovers we had from our burger party The Burger Bar .  It wasn’t the perfect soup weather, but it was much cooler than it had been…

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In loving memory: Grandma Weisbeck’s Dill Pickles

The Purple Almond

My beautiful and amazing grandmother passed away yesterday at the age of 101.


In her memory, I will be posting some articles today, which highlight a few of her personal recipes. These articles were originally posted in celebration of her 100th birthday.

Here’s my Grandmother on her 100th birthday…

img_4330One of my favorite meals my Grandma cooked for us was fried potatoes, homemade German sausage and her dill pickles. Of course the cucumbers and dill were always fresh from her own garden.They were amazing…of course I’m a bit biased. 🙂 My Grandma would give my mom several jars, and my friend Bobbie and I used to sneak some from my mom’s fridge. Bobbie loved these pickles…I think everyone did.

It’s been a long day so I won’t embellish with a lot of talk of memories. Here is her dill pickle recipe.

  • 16 cups water
  • 1 cup pickling salt
  • 2 cups…

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Your Austin Food Guide


Recently, I spent a long weekend in Austin, TX with friends and had a spectacular time trying the best food places and most famous tourist attractions. Our main purpose of going to Austin was to attend a conference, but we tried cramming in whatever we could when we had spare time. And trust me, we sure got hungry.

Halal Bros.


You must have heard of the famous Halal Bros. that got its start in Brooklyn. They opened up another location on Guadalupe St. in Austin, and I have to say, it’s pretty darn good. They have amazing hummus, falafel, shawarma, gyro, and chicken over rice with a side of fresh salad. The picture above is of the combination plate. And don’t forget to ask for extra white sauce!




Gourmet + Doughnuts = Gourdough’s, get it? This little dessert truck is an Austin classic because of how crispy and delicious…

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Sweet Potato and Cranberry Hash | Sweet Sugar & Spice

Sweet Potato and Cranberry Hash 3 sweet potatoes, about 2 lb. total 3 Tbps. non-dairy butter such as Smart Balance (can be found easily at most stores.) 1 Fuji apple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1/2 C. sliced green onion 1 C. cranberries, Sweet Potato and Cranberry Hash

Source: Sweet Potato and Cranberry Hash | Sweet Sugar & Spice

I’m shrinking and it feels so good!

Therapy Bits

youll never believe it! clothes i couldnt get into a few weeks ago, im getting into them now. It means I’m getting smaller, yay!
I have a few new dress tops, and a new coat that my aunt gave me! she gave me this coat before she died, and it didnt tie up properly on me, so i couldnt wear it. but now i can!
im thrilled! it really makes all the hard work of losing weight so worth it!
I am on a high right now! I have been motivated and this spurs me on to continue on the journey!
carol anne

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For the Love of Food: Foods That May Be Helpful For Fibromyalgia Week 3

Reclaiming HOPE

This week, we continue re-visiting the For The Love Of Food posts….

Collage of food with text overlay: For The Love Of Food: Foods That May Be Helpful For Fibromyalgia (And Are Good For Us All)

For the last couple of weeks we’ve started taking a look at some foods that may be helpful for fibromyalgia. If you missed the first two posts, you can find them here and here. I’m highlighting some foods because of the specific nutrients they contain that may help with fibromyalgia, but these are definitely just some of the foods we may want to include in our diets (and whenever I reference diet, I’m just talking about what we eat, not a specific diet). A healthy diet should include a variety of foods. As I mentioned in For the Love of Food, we don’t yet understand how food works synergistically in our bodies to give us all the nutrition we need, and our best bet for getting those nutrients is to eat an array of real foods, foods…

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Fitness is Still Where You Find It

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

Finding Your Fitness

January is the time of year when folks think and do something about their fitness and exercise regimens.

It is very easy to give up on attempts at exercise when the weather is freezing cold or you and everyone around you are dealing with illnesses and colds. Even I have to force myself to get that gym workout in every other day, and yes, my dogs always need walking.

I am thankful I have my Fitbit to gently nag me to get my 10,000 steps in every day. Do I get them all in? Not every day, but that external motivation does push me a little but further.

With my school schedule set up differently this semester, I can take my favorite Friday morning yoga class again. Boy do I need it!

I end up parking far away on campus from my office so that I have to walk a…

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