March is National Cherry Month and it's time to celebrate these decadent little fruits! Did you know the largest cherry crop in the United States comes from Michigan? In fact, my hometown of Traverse City, calls itself the Cherry Capitol of the World. There is even a cherry festival every year in July. Here are some interesting facts about cherries: Michigan produces 75% of the nation's tart cherries. Tart cherries have fewer calories and more beta-carotene than sweet cherries. It ... Continue Reading
Treat yourself with a relaxing gift and sexy lingerie this Valentine’s Day!
Don’t deny it. You love presents just as much as the rest of us. Valentine’s Day is next week and with it comes another excuse to shower those you love with special gifts in the name of love, Cupid, commercialism and chocolate. Why wait for that certain someone to give those gifts? Give yourself exactly what you - and your closet - need, whether it is a beautiful new shade of lipstick or hot pink heels to put a kick in your step. Say Yes to Lingerie Trashy, vampy, ... Continue Reading
It’s hard to believe that we are almost through the first month of this new year but February is fast approaching. Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? That’s right, February 14th is looming and, while you may have abandoned your resolution to be a size 2 by the romantic date, you still need to make … [ Read full post ]
It's hard to believe that we are almost through the first month of this new year but February is fast approaching. Are you ready for Valentine's Day? That's right, February 14th is looming and, while you may have abandoned your resolution to be a size 2 by the romantic date, you still need to make plans for this holiday. It's one occasion when it's really risky to leave things until the very last minute. Haven't had time to think of something? Don't panic - we've got you covered! ... Continue Reading
Make a delicious strawberry chocolate frappe, a much healthier version than your traditional shake.
The word frappe comes from the French verb frapper - which means to slap, knock or beat - and it's often used as a substitute for the word milkshake. Whatever you call it, we call it yummy! Strawberries and chocolate make this rich, creamy frappe the perfect treat for Valentine's Day or any day. It's much less sweet than a traditional strawberry milkshake, but it's still delicious. It also packs an added punch of Vitamin C with the layer of extra strawberries. For those concerned about ... Continue Reading
End your Valentine gift woes by saving time and money with semi-handmade gifts. And best of all, they’re perfect for last-minute exchanges.
Every year on Valentine's Day I seem to struggle with gift giving. Do I only gift to my spouse? Am I supposed to let my children exchange gifts with friends and relatives outside of the classroom? The price we pay for love every year adds up rather quickly, and while I want to show others how much I care, sometimes it becomes overwhelming and straining on my wallet. This year I am going to end my Valentine woes by saving time and money and gifting semi-handmade. And best of all, these are ... Continue Reading
Start Valentine’s Day right with chocolate chip pancakes and homemade whipped cream.
A lovely way to start your family’s Valentine’s Day off is with homemade chocolate whipped cream and mini-chocolate pancakes. They will be thanking you all day. This recipe is very easy and fun to make, and you may find your kids wanting to help with the cooking - or at the very least “helping” to lick the whipped cream off the whisk. Whipped Cream Ingredients: A mixer bowl (chill it in refrigerator for 10 minutes) 1 pint of organic heavy cream Ghirardelli Sweetened Cocoa ... Continue Reading
Some ideas for recipes to make for your loved one this Valentine’s Day.
Valentine's Day is one of the busiest days of the year to eat out and rightfully so. However, this can make for a not-so-romantic dinner if you are packed in a crowded restaurant getting bumped by the waiter or feel like you are sharing a table with strangers. Why not try something different this year? Make a romantic meal for your loved one and fill it with LOVE. You do not have to be a Julia Child or Betty Crocker to make a delicious meal from the heart. It just takes a little planning and ... Continue Reading
Plan a special family Valentine’s Dinner with a restaurant at home.
Romance is in the air this time of year but with three children in tow, sometimes it can be tricky to find alone time to go out to a nice dinner with hubby. When we were dating, we'd plan our Valentine's dinner weeks in advance, making sure to secure a prime table at our favorite romantic dinner spot, complete with chocolate fountain and bubbly drinks. Nowadays, Valentine's Day takes on a different look, with chocolate kisses perched on the placemat of each son's spot at the table, alongside a ... Continue Reading
Enjoy a romantic movie night in this Valentine’s Day.
Going to dinner and a movie on Valentine’s Day night doesn’t always work out for everyone. Maybe you can’t find a sitter or there’s not enough room in your budget, or possibly you just don’t feel like fighting those crowds and waiting for hours to be seated at your favorite restaurant. Some of my favorite dates with my husband include getting the kids in bed, ordering Chinese food and watching a great movie. There are no crowds to fight, no babysitter to pay and we save money. If ... Continue Reading
A few ideas to get your husband something different this Valentine’s Day.
Valentine's Day is fast approaching and, though it may be easy for our husbands to please us with flowers and dinner, what are we supposed to get him? Even if he is easy to buy for on his birthday or the holidays, Valentine's gifts are supposed to have at least a little twinge of romance in them, right? Although some of you might want to buy a DVD or a new hammer, I try to stick to a little bit of romance. What do those include? Well, it might depend on the preference of your husband, in ... Continue Reading