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Gifts of Health and Wellness

With the year coming to an end, what are you wrapping most? Gifts? Projects? Or maybe yourself in a blanket? I have a few tools to help you get a jump on the new year. Wrapping up Projects Things slow down in my office this time of year, so I wrap up projects, clean off my desk, and catch up on journals. This is when I tie up some loose ends and plan for the …

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Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal

Oats, pumpkin, walnuts and berries are baked into a hearty, low-sugar breakfast.                                  Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal is real food, deliciously.  Seems lately I’ve been on a pumpkin roll. After making Pumpkin Spice Seedy Granola, there was leftover pumpkin, so I stirred it into the milk mixture when I made Berry Baked Oatmeal. I was delighted with the creamy results! As it …

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Cranberry Orange Cornbread Trifle

Layers of cranberries, pear, orange, yogurt, ginger and cornbread make this a Cranberry Orange Cornbread Trifle a trifle to remember! Looking for a recipe to serve for the holidays? See if this fits your requirements: Make ahead, economical, enough substance so that people aren’t hungry an hour later, and on the healthy side. Meet Cranberry Cornbread Trifle. My gift to you! A breakfast dessert. Just about anyway you make it, a trifle is a celebration. An …

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Almond Thyme Honey

Almond Thyme Honey is super simple to make (you can use walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, pine nuts…about any lil’ nut you like). I serve it drizzled over cheese.  I haven’t always been fascinated by bees. 🐝 I was aware of them, watching as they moved among flowers and appreciating the result: honey. 🍯 But then I became a beekeeper. Well, one of a pair of beekeepers. When I told my husband I wanted to keep bees. …

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Korean Noodles

Korean Noodles isn’t “pasta as usual!” In less than 30 minutes, a vegetarian meal with robust flavors and good-for-you foods. With cold and flu season upon us, the best defense may be good gut health. Since much of our immune health begins in the gut, this month’s Recipe Redux Challenge is on healthy, delicious recipes to bolster gut health.  This is one hot topic! The National Institutes of Health is conducting a Human Microbiome Project to examine the role …

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Pumpkin Spice Seedy Slow Cooker Granola

Pumpkin Spice Seedy Slow Cooker Granola smells like all things cozy. In the kitchen, at the table and nearly every restaurant menu, pumpkin, cinnamon, and ginger are flavors of the season. It used to be pumpkin was a seasonal pie. But, OMGosh, now pumpkin is everywhere! This hot, hot food is in yogurt, almonds, ice cream, cereal, cakes, peanut butter, cookies and muffins, plus coffee drinks and beer are showcasing pumpkin and the spicy seasonings …

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Kale Turkey Bean Soup

Kale Turkey Bean Soup is an easy-to-make, hearty soup – quick to fix comfort food. Full of fiber and flavor, it’s ready in 30 minutes. I’m not happy. I’m wearing socks. The weather has changed. It was below freezing when I walked Beau this morning. In snow.  I’m happier when socks are not required. When I wear flip flops or sandals. Socks required But when socks are required, I’m a ThorLo gal. I love the cushion, the …

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Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Filled with delicious flavors from mango and chiles, this high protein, high fiber, vegetarian Black Bean Quinoa Salad is so good! Digestive Health is a topic many of us are interested in. From reducing bloat, to going #2, to improving our gut bacteria, we’re looking for fiber in our food. Fiber has powerful health benefits. It is best known for helping to keep food moving smoothly and regularly through your body, but this is only one …

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The Best Gift I Ever Gave

Are you searching for the perfect gift? If you want to laugh and cry and celebrate life, I’ve got an idea. For my husband’s birthday I asked childhood friends, college roommate, colleagues, and family to send him a card. Specifically, I said that I wanted to present him with cards from his favorite people with a memory, a line about how he impacted your life, what you see as his gifts, or whatever rings true …

Checking in with a quick survey

Hi LiveBest family, I want to provide the best information to you so I’m checking in to see how my information is helping you live even better. Would you please take a few minutes to help me do that? Send me an email at Judy@LiveBest.info or post comments below. What’s working? What do you enjoy most about LiveBest? What could be improved to make it more relevant? What is your primary purpose for visiting the website? …