Sleep Benefits: More Than Just Vanity

Like you, I’m sure, I’ve heard that “You need to get more sleep” line for years. And like you too, I’m just as certain, I blew off that advice for decades thinking I was doing myself and others a much better service by powering through being tired.

Recently, though, I’ve looked at sleep very differently. “Look” is the key word, and yes, a good part of it is vanity-motivated. Every morning I wake up absolutely convinced I’m still 18 – until someone with lines of chronological experience etched on his face scares the hell out of me by looking back in the mirror when I shave. Read more »

Glow Wine: Biting Cold Antidote


Glow (Mulled) Wine

Glow wine comes from the German word “gluehwein” (pronounced “glue-vine”). The American term for the same or similar drink is “mulled wine”. But “glow” makes this very simple and fantastically flavorful hot drink sound so much more magical, which is just what you need to warm you right down to your soul when it’s as biting and dark outside as it will be tonight.

Here’s a picture of the ingredients you’ll need – all commonly found. Just click either picture on this page for a complete step-by-step picture book recipe. Stay warm!

Glow wine ingredients

Chestnuts Roasting in the (Toaster) Oven

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Even though they’re not quite romantically roasted on an open fire, roasting chestnuts in the toaster or regular kitchen oven really is the next best thing. I love using the toaster oven for its economy and simplicity. The hardest part of the whole thing is making an “X” cut on the the top and bottom of the shell to allow steam  from the encased nut to escape and prevent the chestnuts from exploding, which, from experience, is an aggressively sticky mess to deal with. Read more »

Coconut Sugar: Great Tasting White Sugar Alternative

I just tried organic coconut sugar for the first time and love its advertised “light caramelized flavor” in coffee. After researching coconut sugar online, I found that even though it contains just about the same calorie count as white sugar, 15-16 calories per teaspoon, coconut sugar, derived from the coconut blossom sap, has the following benefits:

  • it contains vitamins, minerals (potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron) and amino acids (white sugar has no mineral content)
  • it has a relatively low Glycemic Index (GI) of 35, which means it takes about twice as long as white sugar (GI of 60-80) for the body to absorb
  • it is rated as a highly sustainable food (produced mostly in the Philippines and Indonesia)

Despite its benefits, though, coconut sugar is still sugar, which is great in moderation as a flavor enhancer but poor overall as a sound nutritional source.

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Loving What I Learn From My Kids

My oldest son turned 22 today. To call him a kid now doesn’t seem right, though thankfully he’s got a lot of kid in him that I hope and think will be with him for a long, long time.

I’ve always said I love my kids where they are now and every moment in that now we pass through together. That’s life. And that life has sure had its moments of thrills, tears, laughs, frustrations and smiles punctuated by moments of enlightenment when I’ve learned something from them that has life affecting real meat on the bone. Read more »

Pineapple, Yogurt, Jam and Dried Fruit


As promised, here’s a quick and easy way to use freshly cut pineapple. All you have to do is add yogurt, jam and dried fruit, and you are good to go.

Here’s what you need. Just click either picture on this page for a complete step-by-step picture book recipe.

How to Cut a Fresh Pineapple Quickly and Easily

Fresh pineapple: crisp tropical flavor, symbol of hospitality – perfect for the holidays!

Just click either picture on this page for complete step-by-step picture book directions showing how to check a pineapple for ripeness and cut it as quickly, easily and safely as possible.

Next post: easy to make pineapple, yogurt, jam and dried fruit salad 

Living Holiday Spirit

I don’t know if it’s just how fast time flies, repetition or over-commercialization, but I find myself referring to this time of year more and more as the “horror-days”.


And then something happens that, even though it’s become part of the routine this time of year, also grabs right through my ribs and breathes a warm, bright spark of Read more »

Chocolate Laced Flu Relief

I know there’s no such medicine labeled “chocolate laced flu relief”. I do know, though, that this year’s version of the flu very effectively faked left and went right around the flu shot I got this fall and totally zapped my drive for physical activity and interest in food. Ow! Read more »

Mind Food: Higgs Boson, Reality, and Life

Sean Carroll: The Particle at the End of the Universe

Got nailed by the flu the other day (despite getting a flu shot this fall) and was so out of it yesterday I didn’t even want to think of food to write about or eat. Instead, I did what my son did when he was flu-zonked himself this weekend; I fed my mind – while I was awake – and watched an hourlong YouTube video: Sean Carroll – The Particle at the End of the Universe (  Read more »

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