Perfect Plums

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Ripe plums are not only lusciously juicy and sweet to eat out of your hand but they also bring complex flavor and color to cooking and baking. Their sweet flesh and tart skin are perfect pairs to desserts and savory dishes alike. When shopping for the perfect plums, look for a 'bloom' on the skin---a find white powdery covering caused by naturally occurring yeast (bloom fades if the fruit is overhandled). Worldwide there are more than 2,000 varieties. In the US alone, there are more than 100 … [Read More...]

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File it Friday: Hot Chocolate Bar, Skinny Chicken Salad + 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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New Recipe Resource + Monte Cristo Sandwich Recipe

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As many of you know, I live out in the country. The only major grocery store in my small town is Food Lion. It's conveniently located just a minute from my dojo! Needless to say, it's my go to store for quick grocery shopping. Food Lion recently redesigned their website making it easier than ever to navigate! Not only can you load digital coupons to your shoppers card, but you can gather recipes. When you login to your MVP account, you will see how much you have saved this year, your shopping … [Read More...]

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Food & Recipes

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Perfect Plums…

Ripe plums are not only lusciously juicy and sweet to eat out of your hand but they also bring complex flavor and color to cooking and baking. Their sweet flesh and tart skin are perfect pairs to desserts and savory […]

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Watercress: An Overlooked Leafy Green…

We all know that leafy greens are what we should be eating—lettuce, spinach, collard greens, kale, and more—-but watercress!?! Have you added that to your leafy green list? Watercress is often overlooked as a leafy green food source. It is […]

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Differences in Egg Yolk Color…

If you have ever cracked open an egg from a free-range hen, you have probably noticed a bright orange to yellow yolk. My family is used to the rich-colored yolks and we don’t think twice about it. The other day […]

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Health & Wellness

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Accomplishing Goals: Fitness Goals &…

I’m a goal setter when it comes to fitness. To keep me motivated, I need to have goals in mind. Some are small goals while others are more on the long term scale. Last week I accomplished a goal I […]

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Mini Memos: Get Fit…

I (Litsa) enjoy reading a variety of fitness magazines for inspiration and for the many ‘mini’ fitness tips that I can file in my head and pull out of my magazines to help keep me moving towards FIT goals. In […]

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Testing for 7th Kyu Karate Belt…

Last weekend my boys and I tested for our 7th kyu high green belt in Shotokan karate. Our dojo divides the tests into beginner and advanced depending on what kyu belt you are going for. This was the last beginner […]

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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: Hot Chocolate Bar, Skinny…

  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: No-Bake Protein Cookies,…

  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 Yogurt Bites, Wood…

  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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Differences in Egg Yolk Color…

If you have ever cracked open an egg from a free-range hen, you have probably noticed a bright orange to yellow yolk. My family is used to the rich-colored yolks and we don’t think twice about it. The other day […]

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Country Life: Snake in the Chicken Coop…

The daily collection of eggs from the chicken coop is pretty routine these days. Every afternoon the eggs are collected in a mindless manner. Things changed Saturday when I opened the chicken coop door to find a snake in the […]

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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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Home Management

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New Recipe Resource + Monte Cristo Sandwich…

As many of you know, I live out in the country. The only major grocery store in my small town is Food Lion. It’s conveniently located just a minute from my dojo! Needless to say, it’s my go to store […]

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Happier Happens in the Morning…

It’s 8:25 a.m. while I’m sitting at my computer attacking my to do list. I (Litsa) rolled out of bed at 6:11 a.m. and I’m still finishing the last few sips of my coffee (although I might venture towards the […]

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Stash Your Cash | Money Saving Tips…

There’s many different ways to stash your cash——and it’s always good to review these trends/tips at least twice a year (or once) to make sure that your cash (nest egg) is growing rather than being eliminated without a monthly budget […]

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Ways to Save

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Giveaway: General Mills Cereal Prize Pack…

So who is excited about the new Star Wars movie premiering in December 2015? My family recently saw the previews for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. My boys are so excited since they are HUGE Star Wars […]

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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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Gardening

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Gardening: Volunteer Pumpkins…

A few weeks ago I mentioned that we had volunteer vegetable plants growing. I knew that one of the plants was a type of squash but I was unsure on what type. This volunteer squash plant was growing beside the […]

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Tips for Healthy House Plants…

Do you have houseplants throughout your home? I (Litsa) have never had a roomful of houseplants but I love having a few houseplants interspersed through the living room, kitchen, & play/sun room. These few houseplants mainly decorate the areas by […]

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Foraging for Wild Huckleberries…

Huckleberries are currently in season in Central Virginia. We are fortunate to have a ton of wild huckleberry bushes in our yard. Most of the time, the critters grab up the huckleberries before we can collect them. However, there seem […]

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