Making community count

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  There's nothing like thoughtful, committed citizens working together to change the world, and no volunteering opportunity is too small. I love making a difference, whether it's locally with a bunch of fun kids and adults, or here, … [Read more...]

Easter Ham

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Looking for some simple, wonderful Easter dishes? Courtesy of Ronco.com, here's an amazing ham recipe. I have added an option for removing the juice and adding butter for a high-fat glaze instead, so you can either make two, smaller glazes, or … [Read more...]

They Like Us! Babble.com

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A pretty sweet Babble.com panel has placed Your Lighter Side in the Top 100 Mom Food Blogs on the internet. That's pretty huge if you consider the sheer number of millions of mom food bloggers out there. Needless to say, "Hot Daikon … [Read more...]

Daikon Radish

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The Daikon Radish   The Daikon radish goes by a number of names depending on where it is being grown. The term "daikon" comes from the Japanese and literally means "large root." It is also called the Japanese radish, Chinese Radish and lo … [Read more...]

The treadmill desk and my new balance

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I have a serious love affair with my treadmill desk. Having lost 100 pounds since the end of last August (7 months), I’m now trying to walk at least five times per week for an hour while working, to work those slow twitch muscles regularly. It's … [Read more...]

A brand new lease on Spring

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With winter becoming a slow, distant, shivery memory, I'm ready to tackle some of my old obsessions and hobbies that have been (sadly) neglected for a while, like gardening and design (above). What hobbies will I re- indulge in this Spring? … [Read more...]

Daikon Fries

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    Based on this method: Perfect French Fries Note: I have included 10 Tablespoons of peanut oil for the entire recipes in calories/fat since that was the amount that seemed to dissipate from the pan. I prefer the … [Read more...]

Healthy food, healthy body

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    How can cooking healthy meals make me healthier? I can speak from experience: It's taken me from 90 pounds heavier in late August of 2012 to where I am now--a slimming, sassy work in progress. I love that I not only can share … [Read more...]

Dijon-Garlic-Rosemary Rubbed Lamb Roast

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This rotisserie recipe for lamb is so succulent, you'll look for every opportunity to cook it again (not just on Easter). Since Ronco.com makes a Rotisserie, it's only  fitting they share their Rotisserie recipe, but you can also bake your lamb (I've … [Read more...]

Vitamin A and healthy eating

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Vitamin A is a not only a vitamin, but an important antioxidant. Fighting damage from free radicals, which are oxygen molecules with unpaired electrons (the molecules grab electrons from other molecules and damage them), Vitamin A is one tough cookie … [Read more...]

Swiss Chard Casserole with Italian Sausage

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  Swiss Chard. As we mentioned here, it's phenomenal stuff. Still, sometimes, even knowing what I do about healthy, in-season produce, it's hard for me to get over my apprehensions about vegetables. Because this recipe has you wilting the … [Read more...]

Swiss Chard

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Swiss chard is probably the perfect vegetable for people who don’t want to mess around with spinach.  … [Read more...]

Beauty from the inside out

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Mornings I'm usually scrambling more than my eggs. Four kids, a husband, a dog that thinks the neighborhood needs to be monitored, and a cat with an extreme case of ambivalence--it's a lot to manage. … [Read more...]

Pork Roast for Company

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In the Easter spirit, and courtesy of   Ronco.com, enjoy this phenomenal, simple pork roast, whether for Easter or any time! This recipe is so simple that you're sure to have a major, meaty hit on your hands, and some tasty leftovers in your fridge … [Read more...]

Easy Italian Cabbage Rolls

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Cabbage is not only good for you, thankfully, it's tasty, too. Fairly easy to locate it in the produce aisle of your favorite supermarket, once blanched, you can make so many things with cabbage leaf wrappers, from egg rolls to little packages of … [Read more...]