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Central Indiana
Interests: Loving my husband, adoring and being involved in my kids' lives, reading, scrapbooking, cardmaking, papercrafts, cooking healthy foods, and blogging (evidently!).
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After nearly 7 years, I have decided to shut down this blog and delete the contents at the end of this month (May 2012). Thank you to all my faithful readers and for so many of you who commented and... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2012 at Sentiments by Denise
About a year ago, I posted about sweet potato gnocchi with a recipe for a cheesy sauce. It was very good and I've made it several times since. However, now that I am totally plant-strong (no dairy, especially cheese!) I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2012 at Sentiments by Denise
Most people enjoy a glass of juice. Fresh-squeezed is usually preferred. How about juice made through a juice machine? (the above juice contains carrots, apple, celery, orange & ginger root) Last year we bought a Waring Pro juicer. It's not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Sentiments by Denise
Thankfulness has been on my mind a lot these days. It's easy to think about being thankful during the month of November, when the focus centers around a holiday of Thanksgiving. It's also easy to have a grateful heart when... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2012 at Sentiments by Denise
It's hard to believe that just a few months ago our house was in a constant state of chaos and shambles, mostly. We were in the middle of a major remodel project from April of last year through the end... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2012 at Sentiments by Denise
Just a little color often adds the perfect touch to a room. These flowers were "leftover" from a bouquet that I got at the farmer's market last weekend - pretty little wild flower arrangement that I cut down and placed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2011 at Sentiments by Denise
We had been talking about remodeling/updating our kitchen for several years, but for the longest time it didn't happen for one reason or another. You've heard me say before that we have a small home - it's 3-bedroom with one... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2011 at Sentiments by Denise
I probably should get back to blogging again! Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2011 at Sentiments by Denise
Tomorrow all of this will disappear! The cabinets and sink will be removed tomorrow. We've already ordered our new custom cabinetry, but they won't arrive until May 27th or so. We're going to have to be creative if we need... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at Sentiments by Denise
This morning, right before dawn, Emilee and I headed downtown to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The weather was a bit dismal - cloudy, cold, and drizzly, but we persevered and made it a fun... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2011 at Sentiments by Denise
There is a lot going on at our house these days! We're starting a huge renovation project that involves: Completely new kitchen --> new tile floor, freshly painted walls/ceiling, new cabinets, new counter tops, new sink/faucet, updated plumbing, newly designed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2011 at Sentiments by Denise
Most days I try to eat a salad full of fresh veggies and leafy greens. To do this I have to keep a variety of fresh ingredients on hand. Tonight I was craving a salad, but also something warm. So... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2011 at Sentiments by Denise
Yes, I've been on a blogging break - though somewhat unintentional. My days are so full, with work (I'm away from home at least 11 hours a day) and exercise (I try to hit the gym several evenings a week... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2011 at Sentiments by Denise
Food is never boring since I started eating a mostly plant based diet more than a year ago. I can honestly say that I've discovered some wonderfully interesting foods that have definitely enlightened my taste buds! Recent recipe discovery: Ancient... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2011 at Sentiments by Denise
Today my daughter introduced me to your blog and I must say that it's very close to where I'm at in my life right now. It seems (at least to me) that there aren't enough "mature" healthy blog writers out there. I read several twenty-something age blogs about healthy eating, etc. but yours resonates well with me. So far I've only read this post (without pursuing the linkage), but I plan to go back and soak it up and read more of your writings as time allows. Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom and your desire for a healthy lifestyle in that you influence others in a great way!
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Before I get to this awesome dish I wanted to share something disturbing I heard tonight at the gym - a conversation between two teenage girls in the dressing room. When I went in to retrieve my bag from the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at Sentiments by Denise
I think I've mentioned that last year I really focused more on changing the way I ate - incorporating a more nutritionally balanced diet that, for me, means eating mainly plant-based foods. This year, along with continuing my healthy eating,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2011 at Sentiments by Denise
Today would be a perfect day for a bowl of piping hot soup since I'm hunkered down at home admist an ice storm in central Indiana! But, I decided a salad was a good choice - for one reason only...... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2011 at Sentiments by Denise
Emilee and I walked into Whole Foods Market last Saturday morning and saw something "new" (to us) on their citrus display! We saw pummelos advertised on sale, and since we've never tried this fruit before, decided that we needed to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2011 at Sentiments by Denise
You may have heard a rumor about my love for oatmeal :) Oatmeal, in any form, is a favorite breakfast food of mine. I especially enjoy steel cut oats because of their least processed form and their mega health benefits... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at Sentiments by Denise
We slept in this morning (I got 10 hours of restful, glorious sleep!) and relaxed the morning away. We went to church last night again and I really enjoyed Pastor Chris' message conclusion on Philippians - which he has preached... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2011 at Sentiments by Denise
People often ask me what I eat since I don't eat meat anymore. My reply? "Vegetables! Lots of vegetables! Tonight when I came home from work I knew I needed to use up some food in the fridge to make... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2011 at Sentiments by Denise
A little over a year ago (Dec '09), I sat in my doctor's office and cried. I was overwhelmed with how poorly I felt. I was not getting enough sleep. My skin and hair were dry and unmanageable. I was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2011 at Sentiments by Denise
Some fun things: ~ Our Christmas tree with gifts underneath! ~ Fresh pomegranate seeds from Trader Joe's (great mixed with yogurt or as a topping on my morning oatmeal!) ~ The pumpkin spice soymilk is great mixed with certain flavors... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2010 at Sentiments by Denise
Our Thanksgiving took a different turn this year. We decided, as a family, to participate in the Drumstick Dash this year. This is a fund raising event for feeding the homeless here in Indianapolis every year on Thanksgiving morning. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2010 at Sentiments by Denise