Author Archives: Susan Woody

Column: The secret habits of healthy people

Having trouble getting your wellness plan on track? February seems to bring out the best or worst when it come to exercise and diet. But studies show that the healthiest among us all share these habits: • They don’t diet Researchers from Cornell University created the online Global Healthy Weight Registry (GHWR) to study the… Continue Reading

Recipe makeover

If you like cinnamon rolls (and who doesn’t) but can’t stand the thought of the 550 calories and 11 grams of saturated fat (or more considering the giant size of some) associated with them, this recipe is a delicious alternative. Not only are these muffins a quicker version of the rolls, they are not packed… Continue Reading

Column: Home styles, floor plans: the new neutral

When we were in Oklahoma in November for the funeral of Stephen’s 108-year-old aunt we spent time with family and got the grand tour of my brother-in-law and his wife’s new home they were planning to move into. They are downsizing from about 5,000 square feet to something about half that size. And the decor… Continue Reading

Vegetables, on the side

I’ve been collecting what I think are exceptional recipes that are mainly vegetables or that incorporate vegetables into what would ordinarily not be considered a vegetable dish. This slaw recipe is really tasty and not overly spicy. I love coleslaw in almost all of its forms and usually add sliced spring onions or diced red… Continue Reading

Sunlight and our eyes

We have all read columns and news articles about how much time our youth spend in front of either a TV screen or a computer screen or a phone screen. They discuss how little time kids are spending out in the great out-of-doors simply playing. I have always wanted my children to be children as… Continue Reading

The 10-minute dessert

Sometimes you just have to have something sweet. But with new scientific health data about what excessive sugar does to the body, it is hard to justify grabbing a Snickers bar in the checkout line and heaven forbid you should think about stopping by the Dairy Queen. One of the best things I learned while… Continue Reading

Column: What to do for February

Inside: Clean one messy closet each weekend. If necessary, purchase new organizing bins. Donate clean, gently used clothing. Throw open your curtains and let the sun in. It is especially import for houseplants. For uniform growth, rotate pots a quarter turn each week. If the air is dry, try setting pots on saucers filled with… Continue Reading

The case against sugar

Just read an interesting article about a new book by the author of the 2010 book “Why We Get Fat” by Gary Taubes. His newest book, entitled “The Case Against Sugar,” should be mandatory reading by anyone concerned not just with their overall health, but the health of our nation as a whole. A lot… Continue Reading

Column: Separate kitchens

I feel vindicated. For the last decade, the open floor plan has been all the rage. Walls came down and the public rooms of houses became these open barn-like spaces that everyone had to share whether you wanted to or not. Don’t get me wrong, I too think they look good, but I don’t want to… Continue Reading

Texas reds

This is Texas Reds time of year, time for the exceptional grapefruit that comes from the lower Rio Grande valley. I’ve become acquainted with them from having lived with a Texan for 40 years. He loves them, so I buy them. It is also a great story about how a company (South Texas Organics), through… Continue Reading

Too many cooks in the kitchen?

Too many cooks in the kitchen?

The American Time Use Survey, an annual report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, found that 43 percent of men said they cook at home — the highest share in 30 years. They also spent more time cooking: an average of 49 minutes in 2015, the most time in the last 50 years. Conversely, now… Continue Reading

Posole proud

I’ve been making a lot of soup lately. A spicy meat free chili, a rich garlicky potato and a really nice posole. I found the recipe in Cooking Light and kind of made it my own. It was a slow cooker recipe but I didn’t want to wait that long so I borrowed the ingredient… Continue Reading

Taking stock

January always seems such a good month to take stock of one’s surroundings and to formulate a plan for the upcoming months and year. No, I don’t make resolutions, but I do make plans. For the last few weeks, I have been going through a stack of old shelter magazines that I kept for a… Continue Reading

Freezing with ease

Over the holidays we celebrated with family and had our usual Christmas dinner of filet and crab legs. This is a fairly easy dinner to prepare and, because my birthday falls on this holiday, I decided I didn’t want to spend all of it in the kitchen. So we throw some dead flesh on the… Continue Reading

A mouse in the house

Starting the new year with a clean and organized kitchen was painfully thrust upon me by the presence of a mouse in our kitchen in Colorado. We had planned our Christmas trip to see kids and grandkids and have a few leisurely lunches with friends, but I spent several of the first days there cleaning… Continue Reading

Trying new recipes

I took my own advice and tried three new Christmas cookie recipes in December and didn’t have much luck with any of them. I tried a date pinwheel recipe because dates are a favorite and you often see those great Madjool dates in the produce section at this time of year. Yum. But not very… Continue Reading

Being a good host

There are a lot of plants that are given as gifts this time of year. Many are easy to care for and most are not hard if you know a few basic guidelines regarding care. As I have written before I have two Christmas cacti that are many years old. One came from my older… Continue Reading

Maturity has its charms

When box after box of washed baby spinach crushed the market several years ago we all went along with the convenience and the thought that spinach in all its forms was a good thing. You no longer had to wash larger leaves by hand trying to relieve them of the grit that mature plants bring… Continue Reading

Protecting your precious ornaments

Heirloom ornaments are the ones that received special care needed to survive from one generation to the next. Here are some tips to help you protect your own ornaments, so they too may one day adorn your grandchild’s Christmas tree. • Put more fragile ornaments higher up on the tree, above toddlers’ hands and dogs’… Continue Reading

Satisfying soup

Occasionally those who cook like to cook for themselves. I have personal favorites that not all of the rest of the family enjoy. It can be frustrating, but on occasion I simply have to indulge in something I like, and let everyone else take the back seat. This soup is one of those situations. I… Continue Reading

Stock a nonalcoholic bar for parties

Stock a nonalcoholic bar for parties

If you are entertaining this season and want to serve a variety of drinks, keep in mind that not everybody drinks alcohol, and more important, not every one should. When making party plans remember alternatives to plain pop or canned juice by giving some thought to these suggestions. Fortunately there are enough flavorful non-alcoholic beverages… Continue Reading

Planning Christmas morning doesn’t have to be a chore

For years I made surprise muffins on Christmas morning. The surprise comes with baking muffins with a teaspoon of jelly inside. Fill the muffin cup halfway, add the jelly, then top it all off with more muffin batter — surprise. It was easy and always got us through the morning with young kids. Now though,… Continue Reading

Gingerbread FYI

In the 17th century, the making of gingerbread was considered to be such an art form in Germany that the city of Nuremberg created a guild for the bakers of lebkuchen (a type of gingerbread). Master bakers came from all over Europe to learn this specialty, and guild members were the only people legally permitted… Continue Reading

What to do for December

Inside: Start holiday baking a few weeks ahead of time. For slice and bake cookies as you need them, make icebox cookie dough, shape into logs and freeze. Write out a few Christmas cards early in the month, and mail them before the last minute rush. Do the same for packages. Keep a healthy Christmas… Continue Reading

Lasagna for the holidays

Lasagna is one of those anytime foods that lends itself well to a potluck, a party or an evening at home. It is also the type of dish that lends itself to tweaking, as in make it the way you like it. Winter Vegetable Lasagna Sauce: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, chopped 3 minced… Continue Reading

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