Smoothies make tasty, on-the-go breakfasts

Smoothies make tasty, on-the-go breakfasts

Smoothies make tasty, on-the-go breakfasts

About 16 months ago I started closing in on taking control of my health. I decided to make deliberate, steady changes to most of what I ate. Mostly, it was a matter of working with my own body to develop a healthy lifestyle tailored for me. One key to my success has been adding more plant-based foods to my meals. Lunch and dinner were easy, because I love a good salad. Homemade vinaigrette, lean meat and colorful veggies make me feel spoiled. There wasn’t a problem adjusting there. Breakfast was another story. On the days I’m called in to substitute

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Savor the process of clock-gobbling gumbo

Christmas dinner hadn’t even made its way into plastic containers when the ads for weight loss came blaring out of the television. It’s that time of year we’re barraged with messages telling us to change our lives because well, it’s the new year. Whether it’s smoking, weight loss or another life-affecting habit, we’ve all considered making resolutions to improve our lives. With the commercialism moving from Christmas to self improvement, I was surprised to find a list that names “spending more time with friends and family” as the top resolution people make. It’s been on my heart, too. In the

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Tamales are more than food

The holidays are full of beauty steeped in traditions both from family and society from the type of tree to grandma’s throw to the quilted tree skirt.   Our holidays have the must-haves that have been in place since the beginning, others have joined us over the years.   Several years ago my friend Victoria and I began making tamales together. We usually met in mid November. We would take an entire Saturday, cook the meat, mix a spicy corn masa (Spanish for dough) then roll the husks around the delicious meat and masa. Tamales are not just cooked –

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Boysenberry Cheesecake becomes traditional holiday dessert

Words we say and lessons we teach will outlive us. As a mom, I try to follow my mother’s example. Mom was a wise, gentle soul who passed on what she learned along the way. One of my favorite pieces of marriage advice revolved around the holiday. She knew from experience that blending families could be tricky. Special occasions can intensify those emotions and create family situations that can test our relationships. When our family was young, we would spend Christmas Day going from my dad’s family to my mom’s. One year my dad finally made the announcement that we

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Slowing Down for Brunch

Slowing Down for Brunch

Brunch at the Wilsons has been a tradition as long as we have been together. We got married in the morning so our reception could be a buffet filled with egg dishes, ham, fruit and blueberry muffins. The cakes were banana and spice to keep with the breakfast theme. The first morning of our honeymoon we made our way to a delightful house-turned-restaurant with long couches to relax at the tables. Beautiful music played while we leisurely enjoyed delicious handcrafted food that had been expertly prepared. It’s among the best meals I have ever had in a restaurant. For years

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