Life

Debbie
Summer is here and it is hot! One of my favorite treats has always been ice cream.  It is cold, smooth and satisfying on a hot, humid summer day (or cold winter day when I am dreaming of summer).  Sadly, dairy decided it was no longer my friend.  Thankfully, I found other frozen delicacies that…
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By Carolina Gutierrez. Cooking became a matter of optimizing: how can I get the most nutritional bang-for-my-buck without sacrificing enjoyment and flavor? So, below are some important things I learned in the past few months:
Milo
God is a creative creator, and as bearers of His image so are we—millions of art pieces, songs, books will prove so.   If you are feeling stuck in a routine, I have a challenge: Create Something New. 
Debbie
Things have been a little crazy lately. When my world feels upside down, I long for things that are familiar and comforting. What fits the bill better than freshly baked bread? Next to the smell of coffee and fresh chocolate chip cookies, it is one of my favorite scents.
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Written by Elizabeth Perlaki. Are you a mom who suddenly took on the new role of a teacher?  Are you feeling stressed out by trying to manage everyone’s learning on top of your normal responsibilities?  Are you still working, or working overtime, and don’t know how to get it all done?  Are you worried that you’re going to fail your child? 
Heather Smith
As I catch the vibes of fear starting to leak into society and those I love, I feel that the most important thing we can do this week is to stay positive.  We have control over our minds and attitudes.  Here are some practical tips. 
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by Lisa Copen     So, your mother tells you that your family is eating out too much and your kids will never know a home-cooked meal. And you have to admit that the cost of eating out is starting to make you a bit sick to your stomach, but not enough to get rid of those few extra pounds you’ve been putting on.
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One of my favorite dishes as a child was the Mexican Meatballs that my grandma (Mama Oli) use to make. In fact, it is one of my family’s favorite dishes, so much so, that my grandma didn’t make them too many times. The reason was that: either she had to make like 200 or we would fight over them—it was worse than playing monopoly.  I asked her to share the recipe with me so I can share it with you gals. Enjoy! 
Debbie
January is my time to reflect and assess: finances, health, habits. I like to stop, take a breath and evaluate what I am doing and whether it still makes sense. Last fall I needed to clear out my closet and decided to give the capsule wardrobe a try (I Have Nothing to Wear). If you are not familiar, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of 30-40 essential, classic pieces that coordinate with each other to make a multitude of different outfits. It took me a while to whittle down my multi-size collection of clothes to decide what my capsule would contain, but once I committed it was on!
Heather Smith
and on the 7th day God rested.   He rested.   He didn’t need to.  He chose to.  The day of rest is part of the seven days of creation.  There were not six days; there were seven.  The actual rest is part of the work.  When God created, and said, “It is good,” the rest was part of that.  Rest is good. 
Debbie
Whether you are trying to lose weight or just not gain, this time of year can be daunting with so many delicious treats everywhere! Even the highest level of willpower is tested by the sheer volume of seasonal delicacies. Here are a few helpful tips to help stay on track and tasty recipes that won’t leave you feeling deprived.
Milo
It can be a little time-consuming cleaning out the seeds, but the result is so worth it—especially if you mix up the flavors. I am going to share my favorite ways I season my pumpkin seeds.
Debbie
When you stand in front of your closet, how do you feel?
Milo
Get the grill started!!! Spice-up your burgers with one of these recipes: Green Chili Savonna Burger, Siciliano Burger with Sweet Tomato Butter, Grilled Avocado Burger with Caramelized Chipotle Onions, &  Green Chili Chicken Burger
Heather Smith
Sometimes the simplest things are the most life-changing. 
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Post by Sue Russell. If you are an apple shape, you carry your weight in your midsection area. A classic example of an apple ….
Debbie
Have you ever had something that you just couldn’t get rid of? No matter how hard you try to yank it out of your life, it just grows back even bigger! It’s pervasive, invasive and relentless: MINT!
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In Celebration of Cinco de Mayo, I asked my aunt, Maricarmen Lopez, to share some of her favorite recipes. Maricarmen is a catering chef and baker in Morelia, Mexico.  Enjoy
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By Angie Many people could quickly think of how they screwed up, but it took more thought and effort to come up with successes. Surprised? After giving it some thought, I was glad to share with her a heartfelt list. It made me think. Even though we are full of goofs, it’s ok. We are still valuable and loved. Why? I’ll show ya…
Debbie
Spring has sprung- well sort of! It’s hard to tell as I look out my window at the inevitable Midwestern spring snowfall.  Grrrr!  In my heart and on my calendar it is spring which means it is time to shake out the cobwebs and conquer the clutter that the dark days of winter hid from sight.  I’ve scoured the web for spring cleaning tips and tricks.