The Good Hearted Benefits of Gratitude

I once heard someone tell a story about a man who complained about having no shoes. His feet were blistered and worn, and in the winter his feet were as cold as ice. Day after day he would walk through the town complaining about the pain he felt with every step. The man complained about

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How to Slim-down Super Bowl {with Recipe: Light Spinach Artichoke Dip}

  Super Bowl is the second largest food event next to Thanksgiving, which can mean big time penalties when it comes to your diet. Yikes!  To make sure your pursuit of health isn’t sidelined by meaningless munchies, I have a few suggestions that will help you enjoy the big game without making a big mistake.

All that Glitters is Gold Party

The Golden Globes last Sunday were a hilarious start to an awards season that brings out the best on the red carpet. While some of you want to just curl up on the couch to watch the action alone, it seems that more and more people are making it a group affair. Awards parties can

Saying Ahhh to the Versatility of Avocado (Recipe: Avocado and Quinoa Bites on Endive)

When you think of avocados, you might find that your mind goes straight to thoughts of guacamole and Cinco de Mayo. Yet avocados are much more versatile than the traditional Tex-Mex fare. Fortunately it seems that the world is beginning to wake up to all of the possibilities of avocados in the kitchen, but you

Recipe: Pumpkin Pecan Ricotta Bake with Maple Syrup Drizzle

  If you are looking for a light alternative to the usual Thanksgiving day desserts, I have the perfect solution for you. This unbelievable swap will not only save you big time in the calorie department, but you get to enjoy the flavors of BOTH pumpkin and pecan pies in each bite. It is also

Simple Solutions for Halloween

Holidays can be stressful times and it all starts with Halloween. Just when you get the kids back in the routine of school - wabam! You have to coordinate parties, decorations and the dreaded costumes. Of course Halloween is a lot of fun and it can bring out the kid in all of us. Yet,

Labor Day Menu with Warm Roasted Vegetable Salad Recipe

    Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer and the last weekend it seems mandatory to throw something on the grill. Backyard barbecues are in full swing, and you may be looking for the perfect menu to cap off the summer. For this 3-day weekend, I’m suggesting that you start with steak…yes, I

End-of-the-Summer Seafood Boil Party

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I threw a party that we've wanted to try for a very long time…a seafood boil!  This was one of the most fun parties we have ever thrown, so of course I have to share the details with you. First off, a seafood boil or low-country boil

How to Have a Fit July 4th

    Many of you have kicked off your holiday week and are planning your July 4th celebrations. I've got the perfect menu to help add some spark to your day without unwanted calories. To start off the menu, a build-your-own burger bar...because who doesn't love options? I like to serve lean turkey burgers, which

Sensibly Celebrating Cinco

This Mexican holiday which literally means “5th of May” is a celebration of Mexico's freedom over France. The holiday manifests itself in the US in the way that so many themed celebrations do – through food. We celebrate the day by eating a bowl full of chips and salsa, maybe complimented with a refried bean