Reflections of a Grateful Mom

Reflections of a Grateful Mom I was among the multitude of grateful moms who were blessed by their children yesterday on Mother’s Day.  As a home-school mom, who recently graduated the last of our “flock,” I wasn’t sure if Mother’s Day would feel as special this year as when the kids were young.  With overwhelming…

Double Honor for these Mothers

Double  Honor for these Mothers Many of us tenderly acknowledge the unconditional love, unwavering dedication, and endless support our mothers have provided over our lifetime by blessing Mom with beautiful flowers, breakfast in bed, dinner at her favorite restaurant, or showering her with gifts.  A holiday established to honor and celebrate mothers is, indeed, appropriate.…

Lower Body Buster!

Got 6-minutes, 2-kettlebells of the same size, and a timer?  That’s all you need to get the job done! Brief, strenuous, interval training is the catalyst for burning “stubborn” fat.  With special emphasis on the lower body, this total-body “burst” training rapidly  builds strength & stamina. Is it a beautiful day?  “Farmer’s Walk” your 2-KB’s…

Garlic Herb Dressing

Garlic Herb Dressing Maureen Martone Get your cruets ready!  Maximize your time & effort by filling several cruets or recycled glass salad dressing bottles with dry herbs.  Cover and keep in the pantry – ready for the quick addition of  fresh garlic, olive oil, and freshly squeezed lemon juice. If you’re not accustomed to the…

Grilled Herbed Asparagus

Grilled Herbed Asparagus Maureen Martone Grilled asparagus spears elegantly displayed on a platter, drizzled with olive oil, and dusted with freshly grated cheese complement all types of  grilled meat.  If you have guests coming to your cookout, prepare the asparagus ahead and store covered in the refrigerator.  Cold leftovers are a fantastic addition to salads.…

Lemon Herbed Chicken

Lemon Herbed Chicken Maureen Martone This marinade is easily modified by adjusting the seasonings to your liking.  Since olive oil oxidizes at temperatures above 200 F, I use expeller-pressed Almond Oil or Avocado Oil in this marinade.  If you are addicted to the taste of olive oil, then drizzle it on the fully cooked chicken. Whether…

Carrot, Fennel & Coconut Soup

Carrot, Fennel & Coconut Soup Maureen Martone This sensational soup is easily adaptable to serve as an appetizer or the main entrée. When serving as an appetizer, stick with the original recipe.   To serve as the main entrée, make this soup heartier by adding cooked, shredded chicken or turkey and using the matching broth.  Coconut…