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Best Thanksgiving Veggie Side Dishes

November 24, 2015

by Hannah Field

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday of the year. It’s a day to be intentional about practicing thankfulness AND to cook and share a meal with the people I love the most. When it comes to the meal, my family appreciates tradition, and there are dishes we make sure to have every year. But I have come to love it when family members bring new dishes to Thanksgiving, too. It has helped me try new foods and learn various cooking techniques.

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I heart you.

February 6, 2015

by Debbie Stephenson

Go into any grocery store or drug store today and you will find aisles of Valentine’s candy.  You will find everyday candy in red, white, or pink wrappers.  You will see candy shaped like hearts or lips, candy on a stick, candy with writing on it, marshmallow candy, gluten free candy, sugar free candy, cinnamon flavored candy, candy rings and the ever popular, chocolate in heart shaped boxes.  In a 2013 CNN Report on Valentine’s Day, it is estimated that 1.6 billion dollars was spent on candy.  WOW!  Eat a 12-ounce box of assorted chocolates from a well-known candy maker and you will have eaten approximately 1700 calories.   According to calorieking.com, you would have to walk almost 8 hours or jog 3.25 hours to burn off those calories. That’s a lot of money, calories and exercise! It’s time to think “outside the box”!

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What’s in Your Basket?

March 14, 2014

by Debbie Stephenson

With Easter around the corner (April 20th) my thoughts go to chocolate bunnies and brightly colored eggs.  I have happy memories of waking up on Easter morning and running downstairs to find a basket full of both.   I gobbled them up and never once thought about the sugar in the chocolate or whether or not my parents handled the eggs correctly so that I would not get Salmonella.   Now, as an adult, I think more about my health, food safety and not getting sick.

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