Work Week Menu Plan Week of 5/4/15

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What a weekend! We helped a friend move on Saturday and the boys had a baseball game. On Sunday we had an in house karate tournament. Even though we spent very little time at our house, I did manage to get a little cooking done for once! I put my marinara sauce in the slow cooker Sunday morning. This will be the base for a pasta meal and the sauce for homemade pizza. I also browned the ground turkey for the pasta meal. I roasted cauliflower and made a cauliflower salad for lunches! Even though … [Read More...]

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Stamp Out Hunger: May 9, 2015

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This is the sixth year that I (Litsa) have personally been involved in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. I must say I love it! It is a breeze to give back by simply placing items in a bag/box and setting them outside our front door for the mail carrier to pick up! What: Stamp Out Hunger: Saturday, May 9, 2015 Who: Everyone is Invited to Give Back When: Next Weekend--the 9th of May How/Where: Collect and Bag Nonperishable items and leave by your mailbox Small donates are added to larger … [Read More...]

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File it Friday: Rum Soaked Grilled Pineapple

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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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Work Week Menu Plan Week of 5/4/15…

What a weekend! We helped a friend move on Saturday and the boys had a baseball game. On Sunday we had an in house karate tournament. Even though we spent very little time at our house, I did manage to […]

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Simple Beet Salad Recipe…

Spring is peak season for beets! I have seen an increase in beets in the grocery store, including the more rare golden beets. Litsa and I often include beets in our juicing recipes but beets are also good roasted or […]

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Meatball Sub Casserole Recipe…

The massive variety of casserole dishes out there is seriously mind boggling. You can turn just about any mix of ingredients into a casserole. I had a few ingredients on hand and my mind immediately jumped to spaghetti but I […]

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Health & Wellness

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Heart Healthy Habits…

Placing a ‘heart healthy’ label on all our habits whether mentally or vocally makes a difference in how we live. As I opted how to spend my Monday at home, I (Litsa) nestled into something comfortable to wear that I […]

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Walk It OFF…

The spare tire!?! The mommy pooch!?! Different women, call it various names—-the fat that plumps your middle poses a real threat to your health. No matter what you call it, this is the season to walk it off! This visceral […]

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Outdoor Workouts: Brave the Earth’s…

With the seasons changing, there is more opportunity to get outside. I (Litsa) love to exercise in fresh air—it is my go-to-gym! Thus I loved the list that Shape Magazine pulled together in response to braving winter weather. I’d even […]

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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: Rum Soaked Grilled Pineapple…

  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: DIY Planters, Homemade Ding…

  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: Recycled Can Cutlery Holder +…

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 […]

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Country Life

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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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Country Life: Caring for Chickens in the Snow…

Over the last week we have had two snowstorms here in Central Virginia. Not only has it been snowy, it has been extremely cold. On Friday, the temperature dropped to -3 degrees. With temperatures that low, it makes it challenging […]

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Autumn Leaves: Fun for Kids & Pets…

Most of the leaves from our oak trees have hit the ground. That means that we have an abundance of leaves in our yard! Hubby made a huge leaf pile for the kids to play in the other day. It […]

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Home Management

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Stamp Out Hunger: May 9, 2015…

This is the sixth year that I (Litsa) have personally been involved in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. I must say I love it! It is a breeze to give back by simply placing items in a bag/box and […]

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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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Magazine Inspired Envelopes + Party…

If April’s Earth Day appeared and disappeared as quickly as it did off of my calendar, don’t fret! Any rainy day can encompass a GREEN artsy type of day! For today, just bookmark this page. As you gather the items […]

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Ways to Save

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Money Matters: Fact or Fiction!?!…

I always love tossing around money matters and banking on articles that side with my opinion of money issues like this one I (Litsa) pulled from Marie Claire (April 2015). The list of facts and fiction finds were in alignment […]

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Resale Your Treasures…

If you enjoy selling and finding thrifty treasures, you know all about the little saying, “Someone’s junk is someone else’s treasure”! Now, I can’t say that I love junk, junkity, junk—I like the junk I find at thrift stores to […]

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Dress to Please Planet Earth…

There are so many ways to help the environment – including being aware of our attire! I (Litsa) loved this little Glamour tidbit: Three Ways to Dress to Help the Planet—-and since it was still swimming in the sea of […]

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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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