Very Special Women

Celebrations and family traditions feel different after you lose someone you love.  Since my mom died this past February, each significant life event, such as a birthday, is forever changed.  Today is one of those days that will never feel the same for me.  Traditions will change, but the memories will always remain. Mom and […]
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Four Months

Today’s your birthday brother Steve!  I awoke early this morning thinking about you and Edie. I love the photo of you taken at Brad and Shanna’s wedding. You are sitting right between the woman who gave you life and the woman who is the catch of your life.  How lucky can one guy get to […]
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Three Months

It is amazing how fast and how slow three months can pass.  It has been just over three months since my mom died.  Some days it feels like yesterday, and other days it seems as if she has been gone for years.  I continue to have this urge to call her to get some advice […]
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Cut Kids Sugar

As a parent, I remember how hard it was to balance feeding my sons foods that were nutritious and also appealing.  I cored apples and sliced them into thin “apple doughnuts” and placed chex or flake cereal on top of banana slices to make “banana boats”.   Remember you are the first and most influential […]
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Dangers of hidden sugar

  The following information shows how vital it is that parents educate themselves regarding the hidden sugars present in the foods they may provide for their children. For the first time ever the American Heart Association (AHA) is taking a stand on sugar intake. The AHA reviewed and graded the most recent scientific evidence for studies examining […]
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Sugar Terms

Last week I began blogging about sugar since consumption of added sugar in our diets has skyrocketed and has created a serious threat to our health.  Much of this information will be coming from the site sugar science which is a source for scientific evidence about sugar and its impact on health.  Their goal is […]
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Mountain fun & food

To prepare for our weekend of skiing we fueled up Friday night with a duck breast dinner.  Thanks to Kevan for the perfect poultry to prepare.  I added a warm balsamic kale salad and a potato gratin dauphinois to accompany the tasty bird. The weather was not as cooperative this past weekend as it was […]
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White wonderland

Last weekend I was able to get out for two days of cross-country skiing in both Leavenworth and Plain Washington.  The proximity of the snow-covered mountains against the sky reminded me of the phrase bluer than blue. I love getting away from the crowds and outside into a quiet, peaceful setting on cross-country skis.  Two […]
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Sugar alcohols

Have you ever heard of sugar alcohols? You would be amazed at just how many products contain some form of sugar alcohol.  For some people these can cause all sorts of digestive issues such as bloating, flatulence, and diarrhea.   Many “sugar-free” foods have sugar alcohols which can be as bad or worse for you than […]
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Sugar in disguise

I love this Cleveland Clinic “love your heart” icon February is love your heart month and a perfect time to stress the importance of taking care of this very important organ that powers everything we do. Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the US and the link between too […]
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