Category Archives: Healthy alternatives

How to Make Sweet Potato Fries: Because you CAN have your fries and bake them too

By: Melanie If you read our blog with any degree of frequency, you may have gathered a few things about me: I prefer paperbacks to e-books and classics to the weekly best sellers. I also have a culinary habit that … Continue reading

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How to Make Beet Pancakes: This Heart Day, Impress your Mark Darcy with Pink Food

By: Melanie It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, and this year, there’s real reason to rejoice: news just broke that there is another installment of my favorite guilty pleasure, Bridget Jones, in the works. The third book in the series is due … Continue reading

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Pregnancy Foods: What to Expect for your Grocery List

By: Christy Did you know (according to Your Pregnancy Week by Week, 5th edition) the most common food cravings among pregnant women are Chocolate (33%) Sweets of some sort (20%) Citrus fruits and juices (19%). I belong to the latter … Continue reading

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Pork Lettuce Wraps: A Delicious Recipe for Leftover Pork

By: Christy Recently, as part of my husband’s “get in shape” resolution, he started the P90X workout program. I’m sure most of you have heard about it by now. It’s a series of exercise routines, which he absolutely loves. What … Continue reading

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How to Make Flavored Coffee: Spice up your morning

By: Melanie I love coffee. I love everything about it. But, for a coffee freak, I am, perhaps surprisingly, not one of those people who wander out of bed needing that jolt of caffeine in order to start the day. … Continue reading

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Goat Cheese Toppings: 4 ways to top your creamy spread. Heidi approved.

By: Christy Today I was reminiscing about one of my favorite childhood books, Heidi, by Johanna Spyri. Heidi is the heartwarming story of a Swiss mountain girl, living an idyllic existence with her grandfather in the mountains, who moves to … Continue reading

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How to make Deviled Eggs: A favorite of Abigail Williams

By: Melanie Well, it’s mid October and fall has yet to arrive to the South Carolina low country, and I’m just a little bitter about it. Autumn is, without a doubt, my favorite season; it’s a time for pumpkin pie, … Continue reading

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Charlotte’s Web: A Feast Fit for a Hog— Hearty Potato, Veggie and Sausage Bake

By: Christy Charlotte’s Web, a seminal work of children’s literature, always conjures up images of “Some Pig—Wilbur” trotting around merrily, Charlotte’s 514 eggs resting in her intricate web,  Templeton’s scavenging for junk food, and Fern lovingly feeding her animals an … Continue reading

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Easy Spinach, Mozzarella, Tomato-Bacon Salad

By: Christy Last summer, I read The Constant Princess for book club, a novel about the long-suffering, but proud Katharine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife, who was pushed off her thrown by Anne Boleyn. I had already read The … Continue reading

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How to Make a Greek Salad: A meal worthy of Dante

By: Melanie There are the books you read. You enjoy. You close the cover and think “hmm…that was good. Next.” Then there are the books you read. You reread. They become a passion. An obsession. Dante’s The Divine Comedy is … Continue reading

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