St. Patrick’s Day Smoothie

It doesn’t get much greener than this!!  What makes this smoothie so healthful and energizing is the not-so-secret-anymore spirulina!! Have you heard about this multi-vitamin?!  All it takes is one teaspoonful a day to boost immunity, increase energy and support cardiovascular, eye and brain health. I teach for three consecutive class periods in the early… Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day Smoothie

Fitness for Educators

A teacher’s life is often misunderstood. The illusion of the workday ending mid-afternoon along with summers off is misleading. It underscores the incredible amount of time spent lesson planning, grading, answering parent phone calls and emails, attending meetings, pursuing professional development opportunities and completing coursework to update certifications. As a result, teachers often are frustrated… Continue reading Fitness for Educators

Cala Lillies

Here is a recipe I traditionally make for Easter gatherings. My cousin affectionatey nicknamed them “deformed twinkies,” and that is exactly the color and consistency of the cake portion. They are called Cala Lillies, however, because of the similar (easy to hold) shape to the flower. Every time I bring a platter of these light… Continue reading Cala Lillies

BEST Slow-Cooked Turkey Lasagna

A slow-cooked meal is a gift from your early self to your later self.  This one makes the house smell extra scrumptious. I made this for the first time this Christmas season.  I discovered it in my latest issue of “Muscle and Fitness Hers” (Jan/Feb issue) so you know it’s healthful!!  My family members tried something new this… Continue reading BEST Slow-Cooked Turkey Lasagna

6 Super Foods To Help You Look Younger

  Nutrition fascinates me – we can cure, build, and sculpt ourselves with food.  When I retire from the teaching profession, I’m delving into the health/fitness world for sure.  Here’s the latest research I discovered.  According to MSN Health & Fitness, the key nutrients in certain foods will help you look younger. My only complaint… Continue reading 6 Super Foods To Help You Look Younger

Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage – DELIZIOSO DISH!

I’ve been making this dish since I found it in Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food a few years ago.  I make it often for special people in my life!  I’ve cleaned it up by replacing the heavy cream in the sauce with fat free half & half – it tastes just as scrumptious.  Buon appetito!!!! Baked… Continue reading Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage – DELIZIOSO DISH!

Homemade Red Velvet Cake

My mother was way ahead of the times.  She started baking red velvet cake when I was a little girl years ago.  At family parties, it commanded many ooos and ahs, and disappeared instantaneously.  As we grew, she stopped making as many desserts as she used to and red velvet cake became a distant taste. … Continue reading Homemade Red Velvet Cake

Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Workout

Happy February!  Having a wee bit of trouble keeping up with your new year’s resolutions?  No worries – here are some ideas for embracing the sheer joy of exercise! 1.  Invest in a spray tan and stroll into the gym with your newly applied color.  It’ll accentuate your muscles and make you feel fabulous flexing… Continue reading Top 10 Ways to Boost Your Workout

Workout for the Weary

No matter your shape, size, age, agility, strength – you CAN benefit from even the slightest amount of exercise.  I’m about to give my secret away here and reveal the exact exercises I’ve been performing for the past 19 years, exercises that helped me lose 33 pounds within three weeks after my daughter was born,… Continue reading Workout for the Weary

World’s Fastest Disappearing Dessert

Need a fast crowd pleaser??  Even the kitchen illiterate can master this one . . . With 38 of us (including T.A.’s) in the English department, there’s always food in the office.  We celebrate birthdays and “half” birthdays (for those born in the summer) by taking turns bringing in a small spread usually consisting of… Continue reading World’s Fastest Disappearing Dessert

I Scream, You Scream, We ALL Scream for Ice Cream

Blue Moon Ice Cream I recently stayed overnight at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, WI and enjoyed a sweet treat I haven’t tasted since, well, since the last time I was in Lake Geneva about 6 years ago . . . Blue Moon ice cream!!!  Apparently, it’s only available in upper areas of… Continue reading I Scream, You Scream, We ALL Scream for Ice Cream