13 ways to reduce your garbage

I am really into simplifying my life so for the past few years I have been constantly on the lookout for ways to reduce the amount of garbage we produce at our home.  I've found a number of different ways that make quite a difference for us.  Read on to learn about 13 of the best ways to minimize the amount of trash your family creates. Many shoppers now bring their own bags to the grocery store, but over time, they do tend to get pretty dirty.  (And who wants to put their groceries into a Continue reading >>

Salt Sugar Fat

If you have an inquisitive mind about food like I do, then you will find this book Salt Sugar Fat by Pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter Michael Moss very informative. He tells how the Food Giants have us hooked on their processed packaged foods. Moss explains how the food scientists who work for these companies have carefully calculated  our "bliss" point for sugar, our "mouth-feel" for fat, and how they can "pump" up the salt level to make sure we can't eat just one of their chips. Even Continue reading >>

My Favorite Granola Recipe

I have been making this tasty and nutritious granola recipe for many years and wanted to share it with you. Here's what you will need: 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup honey or pure maple syrup 1/2 cup almond  butter (any kind of nut butter works--peanut or hazelnut) 1/2 cup water 1 tsp. vanilla 1 to 2 tsps. cinnamon 8 cups regular oatmeal 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut 1 to 2 cups of chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, or hazelnuts work well)   Preheat oven Continue reading >>

What’s That Smell?

Many skincare products are known for their unique fragrance or scent. But what ingredients are being used to give them that smell?  The truth is we don't know and don't even have the legal right to know.  We consumers are being kept in the dark when it comes to really knowing what ingredients are used to create scent in mainstream consumer products. While shopping recently, I found a popular and well-known body lotion with these listed ingredients (please note all the chemicals): WATER, GLYCERIN, Continue reading >>

How to Make Soup Mmmm Good!

One of my favorite things to do when making some of my soups in the wintertime is to use homemade chicken broth. I have found that this gives my soups a good foundation for a rich full flavor. Once you taste soup that is made this way, you will never want to go back to using chicken bouillon or commercially canned chicken broth again. I have learned some simple techniques that I would like to share, especially with our daughter, who is newly married. Homemade Chicken Broth As you will see by the Continue reading >>