Rolled Oats

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“Wild oats will get sown some time, and one of the arts of life is to sow them at the right time.” Richard Le Gallienne Oats! A plant and grain used in so many ways, from making Scottish oat cakes to energizing horses. Oats are a very versatile staple in my house. I keep a jar [...]

The Message is in the Stars

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Hello Girlfriends, One of my favorite things to do at night is to look up at the stars. I imagine how far the stars are from me, how large they really are, and how many of them there are in the universe. (Scientists will probably say infinity.) I then come back down to earth and [...]

Do you have Passion?


“Nothing great in the world has even been accomplished without passion.” — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Lately, I have been reading a lot about “finding your passion”. I read so much about it that I actually took a step back from my life the last few years to see if I could discover it. Do [...]

Heaven or Hell

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“I want us to spend the month in heaven, not hell.” — Kathleen Frati As I prepare for my 30-day detox with my husband, I am committed to trying to make this a pleasant experience (if that is even possible). Life is too short for a month of self-induced pain, so I would like spend [...]



“Food was my drug, and my body was addicted to it.”  – Kathleen Frati Well, my husband and I are far enough along in age now to have to start working on preserving our health. He has high cholesterol and I have high blood pressure. We both have different kinds of digestive problems, and have [...]

A little Pain, a lot of Pleasure

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Today I had the pleasure of visiting an Endodontist for a root canal. I had developed an infected tooth over the last week, which after consulting a doctor (who prescribed antibiotics), natural healer (who said he recently had the same thing), and dentist (who took X-rays and confirmed a large abscess on the bone), I [...]

Scenes from a French Cafe

Scenes from a French Cafe

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien My daughter is studying in the Provence region of France this semester. Like her mother, she has taken to blogging her experience there–the people, architecture, school, travels, and mostly the FOOD. It seems to [...]

Make Your Own Spice Mix

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I love to use lots of herbs and spices in my foods, but I found it to be very cumbersome to pull out all the jars and measure each on separately. One day, I decided to make a few different combinations that could be used for different types of food, depending on what mood my [...]

Seasoned Eggs

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“Once you get a spice in your home, you have it forever. Women never throw out spices. The Egyptians were buried with their spices. I know which one I’m taking with me when I go.” – Erma Bombeck Hopefully you have taken the time to contemplate about the greatness and simplicity of eggs in my [...]