Cinnamon Roll Cookies Recipe

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I love a sweet treat with my morning coffee, especially if I have company---these are the perfect cookies to accompany any coffee clutch! Crunchy rather than soft and chewy like their inspiration they hold up to dunking while maintaining all the flavors we love about a classic cinnamon roll! These cinnamon roll cookies do take a little prep work. The dough needs to be chilled two separate times - once for 30 minutes and then frozen for 1 hour before slicing. Chilling of the dough will allow … [Read More...]

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The Good Kid Project

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After reading this title, are you ready to skim the post to find out where you sign up your kid(s) for this project!?! We all want 'good kids'----our own, those we teach, the children that come to play at our homes, those we share pool time with, the children at the grocery store. I think every kid needs to be involved in this 'Good Kid Project' but this project doesn't begin with our children. It begins with us (as parents, caregivers, teachers, citizens, etc.). We are the ones that … [Read More...]

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A Happy You: Tips for Increasing Happiness

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Happiness is something many of us strive for in our lives. With our  on the go society, it can be hard to find happiness daily as we deal with stress. Follow these tips for more happiness in your life! "Wish you had more happiness in your life? Imagine being less stressed and happier right now.  Finally, you can make this dream a reality! Based on scientific research and real life stories, here is your ultimate prescription to a joyful, fulfilling life, and it is a lot easier than you might … [Read More...]

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Food & Recipes

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Cinnamon Roll Cookies Recipe…

I love a sweet treat with my morning coffee, especially if I have company—these are the perfect cookies to accompany any coffee clutch! Crunchy rather than soft and chewy like their inspiration they hold up to dunking while maintaining all […]

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Seasoned Tomato Sauce Canning Recipe…

A bumper tomato crop is a huge blessing if you are a canner! It is so rewarding to have a canning cabinet full of summer’s harvest ready to eat this winter. This was the first year that I canned seasoned […]

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Work Week Menu Plan Week of 8/24/15…

On Sunday we were once again blessed with a surplus of garden crops from our neighbor! A bucket of tomatoes, several pounds of potatoes and four huge cucumbers. I ended up making fresh salsa with some of the tomatoes to […]

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Health & Wellness

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Nutrients Boost Concentration…

Eating right helps keep our bodies sharp from our heads to our toes. “The right nutrients help you think clearly, so keep these foods in regular rotation says, “Joy Dubost, Ph.D., R.D.” Turmeric. The curcumin in it stops the plaque […]

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Health Benefits of Pears…

Pears are usually a fruit that make my (Litsa’s) green juices super sweet! They balance out the greens that I add to my juices. When I add them to my fresh juices, I simply wash the pears and cut them […]

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A Fitness Journal…

Journals have always captured my full attention. I love that they say write. Tell your story. In the midst of working out, finishing the end of school with my kindergartener (Litsa’s), I stumbled upon, a fitness journal: fit happens. It […]

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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: Blueberry Baked Oatmeal, Slow…

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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File it Friday: Marshmallow Ballerinas,…

  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: 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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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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The Good Kid Project…

After reading this title, are you ready to skim the post to find out where you sign up your kid(s) for this project!?! We all want ‘good kids’—-our own, those we teach, the children that come to play at our […]

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A Happy You: Tips for Increasing Happiness…

Happiness is something many of us strive for in our lives. With our  on the go society, it can be hard to find happiness daily as we deal with stress. Follow these tips for more happiness in your life! “Wish […]

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ART, Art, and More ART…

Children of all ages love the ARTS. They enjoy creating self-portraits like these girls above did this past week. Children are natural actors with a voice of their own. They love music. Turn on a radio and you’ll soon hear […]

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Ways to Save

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Avocado Tuna Salad Sandwich Recipe +…

One of our go to meals right now is sandwiches. They are so easy to make and take on the go. From the beginning, I have always served whole grain bread to my boys. One brand of bread that I […]

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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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Summer Reading

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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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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