Chinese New Year Shrimp Fried Rice

It’s the Chinese New Year and the year of the dog.  The Year of the Dog is associated with the earthly branch element.  According to the Chinese horoscope, The Year of the Dog is a good time for lifestyle changes.  So, if you are planning to quit smoking or change some bad eating habits, this…

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Soup on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ “–  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Montgomery, Alabama, 1957. One of life’s purposes for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was to help others.  On #MLKJr Day we are reminded of his achievements which have influenced the lives we live today.  With so…

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Snow Day Marshmallow Snowman Pops

As schools open up after the holidays, they may be closing just as fast thanks to Snow Days due to massive snow storms, bomb cyclones, and frigid temperatures.  It’s time to bundle up and stay inside! Frosty is definitely not ready to leave yet!  And he may be lingering for a while.  Which means we…

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Marshmallow Snowman with Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean that winter is over.  The snow is coming down in some parts of the world and some of us are snowed in with not much to do now that gift wrapping season is over. Take some time to give yourself some TLC.  Cuddle up by the fireplace…

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Winter Solstice Brew

The holiday rush has taken over, but let’s not forget that means the Winter Solstice is upon us as well.  It’s the phenomenon when we will have the shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern hemisphere.  The Winter Solstice with its long dark night is actually a celebration of light.  Here…

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Halloween Spider Donuts

Have you been to your local donuts shop lately. They seem to come up with these themed donuts for every holiday.  Dunkin Donuts rolled out their lineup for Halloween, which is a spider donut.  These are some creepy looking donuts with bright orange bulging eyes popping out from the spider. I came up with a…

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Saffron Milk & Date Pudding

A staple of the Middle East, dates have many values, much of which is health benefits.  Dates provide a wide range of essential nutrients, and are a very good source of dietary potassium. It’s important to remember that the sugar content of ripe dates is about 80%, so when I use dates in a recipe…

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