Yum Yum, Pork Filled Dim Sum!

Yum Yum, Pork Filled Dim Sum!

These little gems are one of my family’s favorite dishes.  We make them every year at the beach and on other special occasions.  It is great when everyone pitches in to help wrap the Dim Sum.  They take a little effort but they are totally worth the time.  I typically serve them as an appetizer…

Tick Tock: It is Always Prevention Time

Tick Tock:  It is Always Prevention Time

Previously, I blogged about Lyme disease; but, considering the warm winter, I feel it’s important to state a few facts.  Ticks can indeed be active in winter.  According to Terminix: “Depending on the species – and stage in their life cycle – ticks survive the winter months by going dormant or latching onto a host. Ticks hide…

Stretching Out the Aging Process

Stretching Out the Aging Process

Why is it important that we stretch?  I have previously written about the benefits of yoga which, of course, includes stretching.  Recent research mostly supports the concept that stretching is generally beneficial to all ages. Throughout life we are told to stretch.  Growing up, if you played sports or danced, you always had a few minutes…

Delicious Homemade Farm Bread

Delicious Homemade Farm Bread

When my kids were growing up, I took my eldest son to a Summer Camp at Frying Pan Park, here in Virginia.  It was close to our house and a lovely place with farm animals, fields, and more.  So many things to do.  He was probably about 4 years old at the time.  One day he…

Resolution Revamp

Resolution Revamp

New Year’s resolutions are often a great way to start a year.  New year, new you!  How often, however, do we keep them?  According to Statisticbrain.com, those who felt they were successful in achieving their resolutions amounted to 9.2 %.  Not only that, 42.2% of those who make resolutions never succeed and fail on their resolution each…

Springerles have Sprung: German Christmas Cookies

Springerles have Sprung: German Christmas Cookies

Growing up, my Mom made lots of cookies at Christmastime.  Being of German descent, with many Ackermans and Hoeferkamps lurking in our heritage, she made several German delicacies.  Included in the Christmas line-up were the ever notable Springerle cookie with it’s delicious, black licorice-laced flavor.  I adore the taste of black licorice, like my Mother…

Opa! Low-fat Creamy Pastitsio

Opa! Low-fat Creamy Pastitsio

I am not Greek, not even a smidgen.  Neither is my dear, Irish friend; however, she married into a lovely Greek family and we have been friends for over 20 years.  Way back when we met and our kids were small, we decided we would have dinner together weekly.  She would cook one week and I…

Staying Active: You’ve Got to Move it, Move it!

Staying Active:  You’ve Got to Move it, Move it!

Truthfully, all of us, at every age, need to keep active to stay both mentally and physically healthy.  But it is even more important to do so as we age.  It isn’t just that we lose muscle mass at faster rate, which is called Sarcopenia, but keeping fit also helps our brains stay younger, so to speak….

In a Pickle with the Last of the Summer Veggies

In a Pickle with the Last of the Summer Veggies

I love pickled things.  They can be sweet, or tart and tangy, it is a wonderful way to enjoy your veggies.  Once, when I was driving north on Route 15 to New Jersey to see my sister-in-law, and I stopped by a roadside vegetable stand.  It was near Catoctin somewhere.  I purchased a jar of…

Music and the Happiness Quotient

Music and the Happiness Quotient

As a Group Fitness Instructor, music is literally the cornerstone of my classes.  The music I use must be of excellent quality and evoke a physically motivational response in my students.  But what appeals to one person may not appeal to another.   The key is to try to find music that is either universally appealing…