Starting a fitness program may be one of the best things you can do for your health. After all, physical activity can reduce your risk of chronic disease, improve your balance and coordination, help you lose weight — even boost your self-esteem. And the benefits are yours for the taking, regardless of age, sex or physical ability.

When you design your fitness program, consider your fitness goals. Think about your fitness likes and dislikes, and note your personal barriers to fitness. Then consider practical strategies for keeping your fitness program on track.

Starting a fitness program is not an easy decision, but it is a healthy decision. By planning a fitness regime, it is a healthy habit that can last a life time.

Healthy Living Equals A Healthy Life!

 
During this time of the year it is so easy to lose balance in your life. The demands of the season can take its toll on our bodies and minds. Stop, take a Selah moment, and really decide what you want to do.  How do you want to spend your time?  Make a quality decision because you cannot satisfy everyone.

Remember……
Don’t overeat or under eat. Make good choices and look for healthy options with your food.

Do you really have to attend every holiday dinner, party, parade or activity? Choose wisely and enjoy your time. You can’t be with everyone and do everything.

Physical activity is very important. Stretch, walk and even dance to some of your favorite songs. Being active is vital for good health.

Don’t be discouraged if you desire to give in a tangible way but feel you do not have the finances. Bake some bread, volunteer your time or just give someone a hug. It’s really the condition of your heart not the size or cost of a gift that really matters.

Rest and relax. Your temple, the body that God gave you is the only one you have. Never neglect your rest and relaxation.

Laugh out loud at least twice a day. The Bible says “A merry heart does good like medicine but a broken spirit dries the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)

Most of all remember to spend time with the Lord each day.

Never forget….Healthy Living Equals a Healthy Life!

 
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Spending time with friends and family can be special during the Holiday Season. I always like to think of ways to make that time exceptional and one way that usually pleases everyone is having something good to eat. 

As you are preparing for the upcoming holidays, life doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful. Prepare simple food items to serve when guests come over. Try some of these fun suggestions:
  • Artichoke and Spinach Dip with Crostini
  • Seafood Soup with Hard Rolls
  • New Orleans Rum Cake (always good to have on hand during the holidays)
  • Homemade Onion Dip with all kinds of raw vegetables
  • Red Paper Straws (these are so deliciously cheesy with red peppers)
  • Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Make it a priority to enjoy this upcoming holiday season. Learn when to say ‘NO”, reach out to those less fortunate, make sure you get some rest and plan ahead.

Here is the recipe for those “Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies.” Enjoy!!

Ingredients

1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup light brown sugar
1/4  cup unsweetened peanut butter (all natural - no oil added)
2 eggs— large
3 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
12 oz package of chocolate chips (pick your favorite flavor—semi-sweet, milk chocolate etc.) Preparation

Cream the butter and sugars in the large bowl of a free standing mixer. Add the peanut butter, beating until the mixture is smooth. Add the eggs beating in one at a time and add the pure vanilla extract. Be sure to scrape the bowl as needed.

In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet, and combine at low speed until the dough comes together. Mix in the chocolate. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using a tablespoon or an ice cream scoop, drop heaping tablespoons of the dough onto the cookie sheet.


 
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We are such creatures of habit! Did you know the chocolate milk that you’re preparing for your kids today; they will most likely love for the rest of their lives?  Or what about their favorite pancake recipe? Sometimes I just have to giggle, when I reach for something on a grocery store shelf and remember it used to be in my parents kitchen.  What about you? What’s in your kitchen today that was in your kitchen of yester-year? What was in your kitchen when you were growing up?

I can’t even think of watermelon without remembering my father!  He kept our whole family supplied and was the “Master” at selecting this perfectly ripe fruit. The whole family would gather around when he brought one of these giant beauties home.  Daddy Tom (our grandfather) would pull out his special (extra scary) samurai sword looking knife, as we all waited with baited breath to see the first piece come out looking red, ripe and juicy! I can actually smell the sugary sweet fragrance of that delicious melon right now.

There it was a perfect melon in every way and oozing with lots of juice. It was the watermelon that dreams are made of!  The first few pieces would always go to us kiddies and the rest of the melon was soon to be devoured by all. 

Dad was “the Best!” Every melon he ever picked was perfection!  Yum!

Check your fridge and see what is in it now, that was in your parent’s fridge. Well, I’m checking mine now:

  • Crispy fried chicken
  • Coca-Cola (it was always cold and ready to quench our thirst)
  •   Campbell Chicken Noodle Soup (hmmm – hmmm- good)
  • Heinz Ketchup
  • Orange Juice
  • Grits (southern style of course)
  • Chocolate chip cookies
I have all of these things in my kitchen today! This is so funny because they were such a staple in my childhood home. I guess it's true, "the more things change, the more things stay the same. Aren't we glad that "Some things never change!

Bon Appetit!







 
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How many times have you looked across a dinner table and seen someone you loved sitting there with you?  Have you ever anticipated the smile on someone’s face as you prepared a meal? What about a memory of a special time that was long ago, that involved great food and the love of friends and family?

That’s what “Share the Love” is all about! No matter what part of the world you live in, what your culture is or what generation you are, “food” has always been associated with warm, loving smiles, friends, family, bonding and special occasions.  These are memories that we’ll hold dear from childhood until the end of our lives.  Cherish them and create more of these special times so that you are sharing the love; because food and love go hand in hand!

Give some cookies to someone you love, share your recipe with a new friend, invite someone over to your home for a Tuesday night dinner and watch what happens!  There will be smiles, laughter, interesting conversations, trivial tidbits, and at the end of the night a big ‘Thank you.”  I’ll just bet some before the evening is over some hugs will be coming your way too!

Guess what I’m sharing tonight? The Coconut Delight Southern Cake! I can’t wait to see the smiles that appear after my friends take a bite of this moist, rich and delicious cake.


Bon Appetit!
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Sitting on the porch in the evening during the summertime is always a great end to a long day. Drinking Kool-Aid or Strawberry soda; playing marbles and watching the old folks sit on the porch and talk about what, where and why. No matter what the conversation was there was always a lot of laughing and eye winking.

The Frelix sisters (Sis, Monk, Honey and Doll) from Greenwood, Mississippi where known in Mesa, Arizona for their savory dishes, lots of good food and a no nonsense way of life. You could always go from house to house on any given Sunday or Holiday and eat until you felt like your sides were ready to burst open. Always welcoming whoever knocked on their door with a smile and a voice that said, “Come on in, get you a plate and sit down.”

There will never be a better time in life that is remembered, than growing up on Pima, Sirrine and Pasadena Streets in Mesa. Remembering the Frelix sisters sitting on the porch in the summertime…..Hmmm, I wonder how big their porch is in heaven.

Good southern cooks that made food with love that was…Simply Irresistible!