Category Archives: Healthy living

Game Night: Simple Living, Simple Fun!

From Monopoly to Scrabble to a lively game of Hearts, I grew up playing card and board games. Here in the dead of the Wisconsin winter, there’s nothing better than getting together with friends to play games. Game night parties … Continue reading

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Stinging Nettle, an Excellent Spring Herb

To many, nettle is a pest, a weed. And it actually does need to be handled carefully or it will sting, true to the name. But it is also a wonderful herb. And cheap–you might have some in your back … Continue reading

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Is Olive Oil Always Best? You Might be Surprised

I was formerly of the opinion that olive oil was the best oil, very good for us, almost a cure all–and that I should use it whenever I was going to use oil. I’ve since learned that it’s not quite … Continue reading

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Vermiculture: The Worms Crawl In

Outdoor composting has been big in Madison for several years. The city sells lovely compost binsĀ  (and rain barrels) in May each year, and there’s no shortage of neighborhood experts who can help you get started. But, what if you … Continue reading

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Swiss Chard is Showing Up

Swiss chard is showing up — in our CSAs, in our gardens and at the farmers’ markets. There was a time when I didn’t know the difference between kale and swiss chard. Green leaves is how I thought of them … Continue reading

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Not in Love With Kale?

It even looks healthy. But you know how good it is for you? And it is good for you. It provides more nutrition per calorie than any other food. Kale is a cruciferous vegetable–sometimes called super veggies–because they contain phytochemicals, … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Electrolyte Water

I get dehydrated a lot, and when it comes to weather like this, more than a lot. It really is difficult for me to drink the amount of water I need when I’m sweating. So, in the past I’ve resorted … Continue reading

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A Raised-Bed Garden in the Back Yard

My neighbors have been working on raised beds along the fence that separates their yard and the next neighbor over and I’ve become inspired to create my own raised beds. The main advantage as I see it is that you … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning: Airing Out and Breathing In

Ah, spring cleaning! Opening windows to let the warm breeze in. Shaking off dust of winter! I look forward to it each year even if I’m not actually very good at it. Spring cleaning became popular way back when we … Continue reading

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Food for Thought

Most of us have heard about inflation coming and that food prices will rise. The recent rise in gas prices alone makes it seem likely. Luckily there are things you can do to cut down on food expenditures. Consider a … Continue reading

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