Mar 30, 2015
by Inger
6 Comments

Ten Tips for Starting a New Exercise Program

When live gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or lemon bars. Every good foodie knows that.

And when your orthopedist tells you your ballet classes are wearing out your hip, take swimming lessons.  Right? 

Ballet Barre

Ballet Barre

While good food may be my favorite part of healthy living, exercise is also key to good health.   With full lives, however, it is especially easy to ignore– how many years did I say my life was too busy? Continue Reading →

Mar 26, 2015
by Inger
12 Comments

U Plus Naturals Lotion (and More) Giveaway

Food is my first love. But handmade natural bodycare products are a close second.  How many times do you get to do something indulgent that is good for you, promotes small business and is environmentally friendly? So I was delighted to get the opportunity for a review and giveaway from a new small business, U Plus Naturals

U Plus Natural Lotion and More

U Plus Natural Lotion and More

You see, just like corporate food… personal care products (lotions, soaps, etc) may contain chemicals that you don’t want to put in–or on–your body.  Don’t forget the old saying “what goes on you goes in you.” Lead in lipstick, talc in antiperspirant, phthalates in soap and perfume… Don’t get me started. For more information, see the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep DatabaseContinue Reading →

Mar 22, 2015
by Inger
15 Comments

Almost Your Mother’s Cool Whip: Natural Stabilized Whipped Cream

I don’t even remember life before cool whip. I do know it topped probably half of the desserts I ate growing up. I also remember how I much I liked it. And how, unlike real whipped cream, which tended to go runny, you could make something that would never fall apart.   Like never.   Ever.

Okay maybe not as long as that 37 year old Twinkie but you get my drift.  Problem is, once you start eating natural foods, cool whip loses its luster.

Natural Whipped Cream on a Sundae

Natural Whipped Cream on a Sundae

Continue Reading →

Mar 15, 2015
by Inger
10 Comments

Guinness Lamb Shanks

This weekend I wanted to make something to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Since I had lamb shanks in the freezer, I decided on Guinness Lamb Shanks. That would make this year unique! 

Guinness Lamb Shank on Table

Guinness Lamb Shank on Table

In college I spent a semester in Ireland but only ate lamb once or twice. Still I knew I loved it and when I got my first freezer (at age 28), buying an annual lamb was top on my list.  Continue Reading →

css.php