Tea Time On the Lawn

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Research shows that tea has a wide variety of benefits.  Drinking tea may minimize the risk of having a stroke or a heart attack, can protect bones, give the immune system a boost as well as provide some relief to those with irritable bowel syndrome by calming the digestive system.  Tea is a good substitute for water because it has no calories and comes in a variety of flavors.  Polyphenols, an antioxidant found in tea, especially green tea, are responsible for a lot of these wonderful health benefits.  Although tea has a wide variety of health benefits, it is not […]

Summer Sunsets

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Enjoying the sunset is one of the best things about summer in my opinion. The cool breeze at night, watching the gorgeous colors change and enjoying something tasty to eat? Why not! Watching sunsets is thought to have many health benefits beyond just a pleasant night out. Like many other aspects of being “in nature” it improves your emotional /mental health, concern for others, and increases your satisfaction with life. It allows you to slow down and really enjoy the moments in life. Many scientists believe it to be a form a meditation and have shown that it can actually […]

Heading to the park for a picnic!

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It’s been rainy and humid these past few days in Boston, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not looking forward to spending at least a few afternoons in the sun before autumn sets in. I want to just grab a blanket, my mobile speakers, and some good food and head to the Boston Public Garden, to soak up the last bits of summer. The most refreshing food to bring to a summer picnic is fruit. My personal favorite is watermelon. Sweet, hydrating, and so easy to dress up, you get as much nutrients as you get joy eating it. It’s […]

Coleslaw with Apple Vinaigrette

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When trying to decide what to make for this month’s post, I was very much drawn to the salad section of Catherine’s blog… probably because it’s been 90+ degrees here in New England for what feels like forever.  Needless to say, I had no desire to turn the oven on, and I think many readers out there would agree! So which salad did I choose? I’m glad you asked. The Coleslaw with apple vinaigrette! Coleslaw is typically very heavy because it’s smothered in mayonnaise, so when I saw that Catherine made hers with vinaigrette I was intrigued! And she also […]

Classic Summer Barbecue

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Contrary to popular belief, the method of barbecuing was not created by Americans.  Anthropologists believe about 1 million years ago Homo erectus began cooking meat.  The origin of the word “barbecue” is a little uncertain as well, but conventional wisdom suggests Spanish explorer Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés, commonly known as “Oviedo”, used the word “barbecoa” in 1526 in a Spanish dictionary to describe how the natives in the Caribbean and what is now Florida would cook their food using a wooden rack over the ground.  According to Oviedo, “barbecoa” originated from the Taino dialect of the Arawak American […]