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Got a Minute?

Lately it seems as though I don’t have a minute to spare but in reality I just haven’t been managing my time wisely. A while back I posted about Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project and shared my favorite take-aways. One piece of advice I did not share in that post but adhere to is the “one-minute rule.” …

KD's Cake

Takes the Cake

I went to a workshop hosted by the Center for Energy and Environmental Education last fall and its focus was on reducing consumption during the holidays. The focus of the workshop was to shift from giving gifts that might end up in a landfill to giving the gift of adventure or memories which help foster tradition. …

Summer Pasta Salad

Simple Summer Salad

Tonight I was in search of something to go along with the sandwiches we were having for dinner. In lieu of heading to the grocery store I turned to the cupboards and freezer for a few random ingredients that I didn’t have plans for. The result was a simple summer salad which I ended up …

Cafe Gratitude Menu

I Am Fortified

Have you seen the documentary, May I Be Frank? If your answer is no, then you need to watch it; it will really make you think about what you put in your body each day. If your answer is yes, I ate at Café Gratitude! If you know me you know that this is kind …

Pool Time

Sun Kissed

Summer is around the corner and that means biking, swimming, grilling out, and frequent visits to the park are on my to-do list. One thing that I really believe in is protecting myself from damaging UV Rays. When I was 13 my uncle died from malignant melanoma and I have vowed ever since to avoid …

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Bike to Work Week!

If you live in Iowa, the week of May 14-18 is designated as “Bike to Work Week” and Friday, the 18th is “Bike to Work Day.” In addition to getting a workout in on both your way to and from work, biking helps reduce your carbon footprint, adds a little change to your piggybank, and …

Avocadoes

Alligator Eggs

You can breathe easy, this post isn’t about real alligator eggs. The Hass avocado, aka the alligator pear, is a healthy addition to any meal. High in fiber, heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and Vitamins C and K, avocados should definitely be on your next grocery list. I really enjoy eating eggs and they are a staple …

Iron Skillet

Kitchen Essentials: Cast-Iron Skillet

Do you cook with a cast-iron skillet? I have had this kitchen essential on my wish list for about a year and received one this past Christmas. While these might be considered old-fashioned, they certainly have many perks. First things first, cast-iron skillets are chemical free. Over the past few decades non-stick cookware has become very …

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Mozzarella Tomato Minis

Last night I remembered that I needed to once again make something for a gathering, this time a going away reception. While I really enjoyed making the tasty taco dip last week, I decided to do something a bit healthier and in my opinion, a little more attractive. I have made these mozzarella tomato skewers …