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  Ingredients: For the Chili: 1 butternut squash approx 1 1/2 lbs, peeled, cut into half inch pieces 2 1/2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed 1 red bell pepper, diced 1 poblano pepper (or green bell), diced 1 sweet onion, […]

September 30, 2020

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At the beginning of Covid I ate waayyy too much.  Chips, brownies, buns, desserts of all kinds.  I felt horrible.  I knew that I had to make a change and have something healthier to eat when I felt a snack attack coming on. I decided to make hummus from scratch and have various veggies prepped […]

August 30, 2020

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  Ingredients: ½ cup cooked mashed zucchini ¼ cup sugar ¼ cup shortening (butter or oil) ½ tsp salt ½ cup scalded (warm ) milk ½ tbsp yeast ½ cup warm water 2 ½ cups flour Grated cheese (amount will vary depending on taste) Soft butter   Directions: Combine zucchini, sugar, salt, shortening and milk. […]

June 28, 2020

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  Covid 19 has had me wanting comfort food (maybe a little too much!).  My hubby made amazing zucchini buns using his Mom’s recipe and they are to die for! They are delicious eaten as is or as a sandwich (we’ve had chicken, ham, tuna, egg salad).  Either way the bun is the star!   […]

May 31, 2020

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    Ingredients: 4 cups shredded chicken (poach chicken in water, shred when still warm) 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 cup sliced green onion 2 cups sour cream 1  tsp cumin powder 1 small can diced green chilies or jalapenos (or to taste) 1 (12 ounce) jar mild or medium salsa 8 (8-inch) flour […]

April 27, 2020

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Are you doing enough in your workouts to promote strong bones?   I am frequently asked if doing “just Essentrics” or “just walking everyday” is enough to keep bones strong.    The answer: it depends.  If you have been sedentary for a long time, almost any type of fitness regime will help you get fitter […]

April 26, 2020

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  My Mother passed away this past January.  I thought I would share one of her recipes. Just before I left home as a young adult my Mom sat me down with a stack of index cards and made me write out some fool-proof recipes.  They were her go-tos that she knew I could easily [...]

March 8, 2020

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  This recipe is dear to me because it was part of the first meal my husband (then boyfriend) cooked for me. It's an easy to make rice dish with lots of flavor. It complements any protein you want to have with it (we had chicken). Enjoy!   Ingredients: ¼ cup butter ¼ cup chopped [...]

February 23, 2020

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I started following Lara on Instagram about two years ago.  I’m not quite sure how I came upon her posts, but I remember thinking she was so funny.  AND she was working hard to lose weight.  Lara posted about her workouts, her Keto diet and her impressive before and after shots.  But after a while [...]

February 1, 2020

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Serves:  8 Ingredients: 2 Tbsps butter 5 medium red onions (about 3 pounds), halved and sliced thin 2 tsps minced fresh thyme or  ½ tsp dried Salt and pepper ¼ cup red wine (our preference) or balsamic vinegar 6 cups chicken broth 2 cups beef broth 2 bay leaves 1 baguette, sliced ½ inch thick, […]

October 26, 2019

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