May 222017
 May 22, 2017  Posted by on May 22, 2017 Recipes 19 Responses »
Maple Farro Veggie Bowl featuring Big Tree Maple Syrup

Did you know that maple syrup contains more nutrients than corn syrup? You can also substitute it for sugar in most recipes to take advantage of that nutritional edge. Try out this delicious vegetarian maple farro recipe. The maple flavoring accentuates the delicate mushrooms and balances the salty. Farro jumps in with a protein punch and nutty flavor. This dish promises to not disappoint.

May 162017
 May 16, 2017  Posted by on May 16, 2017 Recipes Tagged with: ,  41 Responses »
Summer Vegetable Stew - or what to do with all those co-op veggies.

My boys visited a local food co-op and brought home a harvest bounty fit to feed the neighborhood. I gave away grocery bags of squash and tomatoes but still had way more to go. Before the chopping, dicing, and slicing frenzy ended, we put away almost 30 gallons of tomatoes and squash.

What’s a girl to do with all those vegetables? Go on a recipe hunt, of course. I made this intriguing Summer Vegetable Stew flavored with cinnamon and cloves. It’s a hearty vegetarian delight that won’t disappoint.

May 102017
 May 10, 2017  Posted by on May 10, 2017 Recipes Tagged with: , , , , , ,  46 Responses »
Red White and Blueberry Patriotic Ice Pops

These delicious Red White and Blueberry Ice Pops are all-natural and low-calorie. Celebrate the US Olympic wins or American holidays with this easy to make snack! Customize them with your favorite fruits. Mastering patience while waiting for them to freeze is the hardest part!

Apr 272017
 April 27, 2017  Posted by on April 27, 2017 Giveaways Tagged with:  14 Responses »
Born In China Prize Package Giveaway!

This weekend, David and I plan to see Born in China! I know, it’s a little different than my steady diet of sci-fi, thrillers, and superhero action flicks. What can I say? I’m a sucker for cute animals. Who can resist seeing adorable baby pandas, gorgeous snow leopards, and the cutest baby golden monkeys! It promises to be China like you’ve never seen it.

Also, until May 31, you can enter daily to win a Born in China prize package featuring a stuffed panda, a case of SunRype fruit snacks, and four movie tickets.

Apr 192017
 April 19, 2017  Posted by on April 19, 2017 Our Pets Tagged with: ,  18 Responses »
Great Free Cat Toys you probably already have

I strongly encourage pet ownership and believe that pets help us live healthier, longer, more fulfilling lives. We are cat lovers and we have five cats. Because they are an integral part of our lives, I hope to enrich their lives as much as they have enriched ours. They amuse me with their antics. Our kitties snuggle with us in the evenings. Each of them greets us at the door when we return. They also act as my emotional support animals.

The best way I can give back to our kitties is keeping them active through play. Besides keeping them entertained, interacting with your pets strengthens bonding, socializes them, and encourages exercise. Since my cats are part of my family, I want to keep them healthy and build that relationship.

However, cats easily tire of toys. If you buy a new toy to interact with your purry friend every time they get bored, your pocketbook empties fast! Here are some of my favorite homestyle toys for our kitties.

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