An Apple Cake Flop

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It's easy to get lost in recipes midweek! They are everywhere----Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, magazines, newspapers-----and somehow they stay piled up on my desk (a.k.a. my kitchen table)---and before I can tame them (prep a dish or toss them), I come across another recipe that is hot off the press (my printer)! Usually those recipes are the ones that are prepared first because if I'm printing it, then I have all the ingredients on hand! That's how the story of my apple cake came … [Read More...]

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Getting Your Greens in With Evolution Fresh

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We all know that green vegetables are essential for a healthy diet. I strive to eat green produce every day. One of my favorite ways to incorporate greens is with a spinach salad for lunch! Of course I love juicing too. As far as my kiddos go, incorporating greens is a bit tougher. They do like salad but we are on the go so much it can be cumbersome to chop those veggies. Evolution Fresh makes it easy to add greens into your diet with their line of cold-pressed juices. There are no added … [Read More...]

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File it Friday: Balloon Luminaries, Wind Spirals + More

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  During the week I come across a lot of articles and blog posts that I think are worth reading. Or I come across a new recipe I want to try or a craft idea. Most of the time I don't have time to read the whole article or follow through with making the the item at that moment. The ideas are just "filed" away for another day. I thought it would be fun to share some of the ideas and articles I come across so you can file them for later. Plus this will give me a way to "file" the … [Read More...]

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Food & Recipes

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Rustic Breakfast Galettes Recipe…

There’s an old adage that says the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and I find this to be pretty true at least when it comes to my husband! He loves food and gets really excited when […]

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Try Something New: Mayocoba Bean…

Have you ever heard of a mayocoba bean? This past winter, I (Litsa) found a bag of Mayocoba Beans on clearance and opted to try them. The Mayocoba Beans were medium sized yellow colored beans. They are also referred to […]

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Work Week Menu Plan: Memorial Day Week…

School is out for summer! What a whirlwind the last few weeks have been. Now that school is out, our schedule will be a tiny bit more relaxed. We still have baseball for a couple of weeks and of course […]

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Health & Wellness

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Getting Your Greens in With Evolution Fresh…

We all know that green vegetables are essential for a healthy diet. I strive to eat green produce every day. One of my favorite ways to incorporate greens is with a spinach salad for lunch! Of course I love juicing […]

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Double-Duty Diet: Powerhouse Foods…

Several people a week stop me to ask about my (Litsa) green juices, exercise routines, and daily diet in general. It’s always interesting to see where the conversation leads. Additionally, it’s rewarding to hear of others success stories as friends and […]

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Live Well: Walk or Run Healthy Miles…

Most of us know that running and/or walking is one of the best calorie-burners around that’s safe for people of all ages. Although as we age, we want to maintain safety in our routines. I (Litsa) love to walk/run outside […]

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Juicing

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A Juicing Neutralizer: Cucumbers…

Cucumbers are perfect to add to many juices whether they are cleansing juices or green juices—sweet or more bitter—add cucumbers to act as a neutralizer! Cucumbers are called vegetables but they are really fruit. More importantly they are almost 100% […]

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Beet Detox Juice Recipe…

Beets are packed with nutrients and have been used to cleanse the liver. Not only are beets good for a liver detox, but they also increase the oxygen in the blood! Many juicing books and recipes use beets in their […]

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A 21-Day Juicing Challenge!?!…

Are you ready to change your body!?! Do you love to sip on fruity mixes? What about wholesome vegetables!?! You may want to give juicing a try with this 21 Day Juicing Challenge! Last year, I (Litsa) tried out the […]

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File it Friday

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File it Friday: Balloon Luminaries, Wind…

  During the week I come across a lot of articles and blog posts that I think are worth reading. Or I come across a new recipe I want to try or a craft idea. Most of the time I […]

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File it Friday: Banana Split Stick,…

  During the week I come across a lot of articles and blog posts that I think are worth reading. Or I come across a new recipe I want to try or a craft idea. Most of the time I […]

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File it Friday: Avocado Chicken Salad, Tile…

  During the week I come across a lot of articles and blog posts that I think are worth reading. Or I come across a new recipe I want to try or a craft idea. Most of the time I […]

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Country Life

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Country Life: Tips on Saving a Newly Hatched…

Last week our baby chicks hatched! This is the third set of chicks that our hen, Brown Town, had hatched. She is an excellent mama hen. However, sometimes chicks are born with deformities. Last year we lost two chicks right […]

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Country Life: Broody Hen & Chicks on the…

Last week nature took over and our beloved hen, Brown Town, decided she wanted to raise chicks again. It seems that each Spring Brown Town becomes broody. She is just a natural mom! This will be the third batch of […]

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Country Life: Chickens Loosing Feathers…

A few days ago we noticed that some of our chickens were loosing their feathers. Chickens loose feathers for many different reasons. It is important to determine the reason for the feather loss. Some feather loss might not be a […]

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Home Management

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An Apple Cake Flop…

It’s easy to get lost in recipes midweek! They are everywhere—-Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, magazines, newspapers—–and somehow they stay piled up on my desk (a.k.a. my kitchen table)—and before I can tame them (prep a dish or toss them), I come […]

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The Worst Spot for Germs: Bathroom Sink…

The cleaning list is endless in our household. With pets and children, there is always something to clean. It seems as if I’m (Litsa) on repeat many days and nights reminding my daughter that the bathroom sink is full of […]

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How Much Screen Time Do Your Kids Get?…

As we head into summer, hubby and I are struggling with the screen time usage for our boys. During the school year, our boys are not allowed to play video games during the school week. Since they are busy with […]

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Ways to Save

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Kids Summer Reading Programs 2015…

Summer is almost here! For most kid’s, summer is their favorite time of year. School is out and it’s time for fun. However, it’s important to keep up with reading throughout the summer. Keep your child’s brain active by reading! […]

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Things to Do in Central Virginia #Staycation…

Central Virginia is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Surrounded by green trees and mountains this area experiences the full four seasons. One of my favorite places is Charlottesville which is located in the heart of Virginia […]

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Summer Movie Programs for Kids 2015…

Do you have the summer planned out for your kids? There are many free or discounted activities if you do a little research. Many movie theaters across the country offer free or discount movie showings throughout the summer. I just […]

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Gardening

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The ZZ Plant…

While you are updating your outdoor gardens and flowerbeds this season, don’t forget to look for favorite household plants too. One of my favorite is the ZZ plant, or the “Zamioculcas zamiifolia [which] is such a mouthful to say that […]

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Spring: Splitting Hosta Plants…

This is the largest clump of hosta shoots that we have in our yard. Each spring, we try to split the hosta so that we can continue to have more hosta plants interspersed among our hydrangea plants. For the most […]

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Blooming Beauties: Hydrangeas…

It’s that time in West Tennessee—-the season of renewal. Our (Litsa’s) hydrangea plants are showcasing their beautiful new green leaves. These tiny little leaves grow each day—after every raindrop and the many rays of sunlight. It’s amazing to walk through […]

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