Switching to Cold-Weather Lunches (Salads to soups)

When the weather gets cold, I rejoice. Finally, a season that matches my cold, dead heart. Kidding! But seriously, I don’t mind the cold. I enjoy the changing of seasons. It keeps life exciting, and it’s a good reason to change up my cooking and eating. During the cold winter months, I prefer to swap out my lunch salad for a warm lunch soup or stew.

If you’re getting sick of eating a salad every day for lunch, or if you are getting sick as in sore throat and runny nose, switching to soup is the way to go. You can still load up on healthy veggies, but instead of a cool, crispy pile of greens, you get a warm, steamy bowl of hearty vegetables.

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Tips for easy and delicious soups

If that sounds good, and you want to make the transition easy and delicious, then you came to the right place. Here are some tips for throwing together delicious soups and stews.

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Five Reasons Robert Frost is My Favorite Poet

Robert Frost on a 10 cent US postage stamp (Wikimedia Commons).

Of course there is some level of luck in any success, but Frost also wrote some of the greatest poems in the English language. Here are five reason why Robert Frost is my favorite poet.

Robert Frost is one of the most known and loved American poets. Almost everyone has heard at least one of his poems, maybe even three or four. Did Robert Frost just get lucky, or is there something truly brilliant about his poetry?

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Compromise: A Key Virtue in Getting Things Done

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Our society can be so hostile. Everybody seems to take sides; us against them, democrats against republicans, organic agriculture against conventional agriculture, Christians against atheists. Standing for an extreme is not a good way to solve problems because the world is not black and white. It creates more problems than it solves.

Great things really happen when people come together and compromise.

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Review of Dr. Greger’s Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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Dr. Michael Greger, creator NutritionFacts.org and whole food plant based diet advocate, posted a whole food plant based pumpkin pie recipe on the NutritionFacts.org YouTube channel a few years ago. The recipe is very easy to make, and it only contains pumpkin, dates, tofu, and spices.

Last week, in the mood for fall, I followed Dr. Greger’s recipe. I made his pumpkin pie and shared it with my family. Here’s the consensus… Continue reading

DIY Hygge Kit Gift Basket

My sister’s birthday is in September. What better time of year to start hygging? So I picked up a few small comfort items and built a wooden box to put them in.

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What is Hygge?

According to Wikipedia

Hygge (/ˈhjuːɡə/ HEW-gə or /ˈhuːɡə/ HOO-gə) is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. As a cultural category with its sets of associated practices hygge has more or less the same meanings in Danish and Norwegian, but the notion is more central in Denmark than Norway.[1] The emphasis on hygge as a part of Danish culture is a recent phenomenon, dating to the late 20th century.

Hygge is fireplaces, warm blankets, wood grain, family, friends, quiet, peace, flickering candles, comfort, laughter, reading a book, watching a rain storm. Continue reading

Pudding Made from Beans?

If nutritional science is right, this pudding, while sweet and scrumptious, is super healthy. Dr Michael Greger suggests, with solid nutritional research to back him up, eating three servings of beans per day. This pudding makes getting those servings easy and delicious.

I eat this pudding almost every day for lunch. It is satisfying, only takes two minutes to make, and doesn’t cause that after lunch sleepy feeling like regular pudding does.

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