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Quick and Easy Lemon Jell-O® Sourdough Cake

When life gives you lemons, make this moist, tangy cake. When I was a little girl, I loved lemons. I’d eat them by themselves, in hot tea, in iced tea, and in pie. I couldn’t wait until summertime to wow the neighbor kids with my ability to not make a sour face when I sucked […]

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Easy Sourdough Chocolate-Chip Cookies and Happy Kids

A recipe for making joy filled memories. When I was a kid, my mother handed me her giant cookbook ‘bible’ opened to a page where she had written down a “Thumbprint Cookie” recipe. I made this recipe many times because I enjoyed my success in measuring, mixing, and baking these cookies. As a teen, I […]

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Recipe

Unique Coconut-Oatmeal Cookies Using Sourdough Discard

So much better than store-bought. I hated store-bought oatmeal cookies when I was young. They were so dry I feared breaking a tooth. They were also flavorless or overpowered by sweetness and spice. Fortunately for me, my mom had the best recipe ever, shared with her by a long-time family friend. It makes cookies that […]

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Banish Distractions and Achieve Your Goals in 3 Easy Steps

When I use this simple tool, I banish distractions. You can, too. Have you ever had one of those days you really needed to banish distractions? Yesterday morning, at 4:00 AM, my husband got out of bed and howled in pain. He could not put any weight on his foot. Pain radiated up his leg. Neither […]

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Lifestyle

Lose the Quarantine 15 — or More

Getting thinner means feeling better. I found myself gaining weight during this pandemic. In fact, I gained well over the much discussed quarantine 15. The more weight I gained, the worse I felt, both physically and mentally. I’m sure I’m not alone. In my mid-30s, I complained to my doctor about gaining weight and asked for […]

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Texas Weather

How to Freeze to Death in Texas

One story of a blue norther and a failing power grid. I woke up a week ago last Tuesday and decided to place my order for groceries, just in case there was a run on everything like there was in March of 2020 when COVID-19 lockdowns began. I planned ahead, menus for three weeks, groceries, water, […]

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Best Easy Meatloaf Ever

A versatile meatloaf you’ll love. When I was growing up, my mother made meatloaf at least once a week. Since that was one of her seven standard menu choices, I soon grew tired of it. She made it the same way every time, and it was boring. Consequently, I almost never made meatloaf for my […]

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Lifestyle

10 Things to Give Thanks for in 2020

It was a difficult year, but we can feel hope. This year has been so difficult for so many. We have lost so much — family members, jobs, businesses. But we have many things for which we can be thankful. In a year when depression and anxiety has increased (at least mine has), I find comfort when I […]

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Cinnamon Rolls Using Sourdough Discard — or Not!

Make these delicious sourdough discard cinnamon rolls, or use my non-sourdough alternative I am fascinated by sourdough and using sourdough discard in recipes. I’ve developed a whole list of dishes that use it just so the discard isn’t wasted. I first developed a recipe for biscuits. It was such a success that I was inspired […]

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Equality

Dr. Jill Biden Earned Her Degree

It is not an honorific, Mr. Epstein, unlike yours. Shame on you, Wall Street Journal, for perpetuating misogynistic behavior towards women. This Op-Ed is a disgrace to your prestigious reputation and to our society in general. What were you thinking? Opinion | Is There a Doctor in the White House? Not if You Need an M.D.Madame […]