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Healthy Thanksgiving

 
Healthy Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving, full of family, friends, and food. Lots and lots of food. For someone who wants to stay fit and healthy, being surround by food can be overwhelming. You love the holidays, but fear gaining weight. The average person gains 1-2 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Below are some tips to eating a healthy meal and not overeating during the holidays.
Just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean you should over indulge with unhealthy foods. A good tip to not overeating is portioning your food. Choose the healthier foods and only give yourself a certain amount so you …

 

Amish Friendship Bread

As much as I love to bake, I have never baked a loaf of bread before. The thought of yeast-proofing, dough-kneading, and dough-rising seemed pretty intimidating. Then on one fateful day, I came across the perfect opportunity to bake bread for the first time ever.
 
My friend recently passed the Amish Friendship Bread starter kit to me: about a cup-size amount of liquid batter stored inside a ziploc gallon bag, and a sheet of instructions. Similar to a chain letter, once a friend passes the bag to you, it’s your turn to add to it and then pass it on to more friends in …

 

The Trip of Curiosity!

Let’s call this a trip of pure curiosity because it is taking me to Italy an adventure of unknown possibility! Here I wait to board my American Airlines flight which I used my frequent flyer miles to get and then will take a British Airlines flight onto Pisa! It is then I will see friends I have not seen in more years than I would like to count!
How did this trip start, we’ll that is a long story! It is because of Facebook that it is taking place at all- a surprising place to reconnect with lost long friends! …

 

I’ll Have S’more of That

s’mores from whatscookingamerica.net
The smell of a campfire can instantly lift my mood, bringing back happy memories and warm feelings. Friends and family huddled around a fire telling stories and drinking hot spiced cider is one of the most comforting fall images I can think of. And it doesn’t get much better than snuggling on the couch in front of a log crackling and blazing in the fireplace.
And what would an open fire be without a s’more in hand?
So as we turn the corner to winter, with the first snow looming over our heads, there comes a gadget that will allow …

 

Rice-Aroma

maple tree from buzzle.com
I recently spent some time visiting friends in upper New York State. It was the perfect autumn get-away. The air was crisp and clear and the foliage was unbelievably beautiful. Maple trees ranged from bright yellow to deep reds and burnt orange.
A few of my friends attend St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Although they live in a dorm they managed to make the space into a cozy, comfortable home. So comfortable, in fact, that the only time they spend away from their humble abode is to go to class, grab a scarce meal from the …

 

Birthday Cake Pops

cake push up pops from nycake.com
It’s my birthday so cake I will eat! In honor of my own big day a cake-gadget had to be in order. Even though turning twenty three isn’t a major milestone like turning twenty one or twenty five, as my father reminded me this morning when he called to wish me a happy day, I still think it’s appropriate to talk about cake today.
I found the cutest little gadget that is perfect for a birthday at any age. Similar to the cake-pop maker that I blogged about many Thursdays ago, the Cake Push Up Tubes …

 

The Evolution of Dee Dee Ricks Part 2: Dee Dee is a BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR!

 
The magnitude of being a breast cancer survivor occurred for the first time in the first week of October 2011 for Dee Dee Ricks when she was giving a speech at Johnson & Johnson. This was quite an experience for Dee Dee.  Up until this point in time, having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and continued her treatments through 2009, Dee Dee considered herself still to be a patient.
Now she was past the point of being a patient and had to deal with the magnitude of being a survivor for the first time.  This was huge! Four years …