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The Best Roasted Butternut Squash Salad Recipe

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the best roasted butternut squash salad recipe
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Two weeks ago, I promised you that I’d share the recipe for the utterly fantastic salad I served alongside the various soups at my Watch Party. I said I’d share it the following week.

Obviously, I didn’t follow through on that promise. Sorry. If you could see my kitchen right now (and there is no way I’m letting you do that) you’d see that I’m up to my earlobes in boxes, wrapping paper, and ribbons, and…Well, you get the picture. Chances are, it’s the same at your house this week.

Anyway, back to that salad. I love salad. In summer.

For some reason, about the time the leaves turn colors and start to drop, so does my interest in eating salad.  When the weather turns cold, I want my vegetables warm and start making a lot of soup. continue reading

Good Until the Last Drop: The Best Mushroom Soup Recipe That Everyone Will Love

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As you may have ascertained by now, I love soup. I love making it, and eating it, and serving it to family and friends.

Soup is basically love in a bowl.

That’s why I chose to create a soup and salad supper menu for the guests at my watch party last weekend, so they’d know how much I loved them.

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The Pumpkin Pie Alternative Vying for a Permanent Spot on your Annual Thanksgiving Menu

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Sweet potato pie. Pecan pie. Pumpkin pie. Apple pie. There’s bound to be at least one of these on your Thanksgiving table. And there’s a reason for that: they are all delicious and nostalgic and wonderful!

While I am a traditionalist when it comes to our tried and true Thanksgiving menu, I do like to get a little creative with the desserts.

Move aside plain pumpkin pie. There’s a new pumpkin dessert in town. continue reading

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Soup for the Soul – The Ultimate Comfort Food

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broccoli cheddar chicken

There’s something about comfort food that just seems to solve all kinds of problems. Do you have the sniffles? Are you feeling stressed? Did you get a little too carried away at the Target $1 aisle? Did you lose your fifth pair of reading glasses in the last week? Well let me tell you something. Comfort food cures it all. It’s an instant pick me up.

This week while I am on the road at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, I’m out of my routine (but having so much fun!). It got me thinking about what I want to do when I get home. I think I’ve narrowed it down. Cuddle my dog, Showgirl, wrap myself in the comfiest quilt of all time, slip on some divine house slippers, burn a Christmas-y candle, light the fire, read for hours, and enjoy a homemade bowl of the coziest, comfiest soup I can think of. Broccoli Cheddar soup has always been one of my favorites.  continue reading

Stuffed Delicata Squash Recipe: Delicious Squash Boats (Just 5 WW Freestyle Points!)

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stuffed Delicata Squash recipes

I have amassed any number insights and truths in my Beyond 50 years. Here is one of them:  People either like squash, or they don’t.

I definitely fall into the pro-squash camp.  I never met a squash I didn’t like – zucchini, acorn, butternut, spaghetti – they are all scrumptious. And so healthy!

So imagine my delight when I came across a new variety, the aptly named delicata, a delicious, sweet, firm-textured squash with a skin that is so thin and delicate that no peeling is required.  After cooking, delicata squash can be eaten whole, the flesh as well as the skin.

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Health insurance for 50 Years and Over (before Medicare Kicks In)

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Health insurance for 50 Years and Over
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For a long time, I never thought about health insurance. We simply had a health plan through my husband’s job. But now that my husband has shifted his focus from a full-time job to several consulting and board positions, we don’t have a group health plan like we’ve enjoyed in the past. 

On top of that, and maybe many of you are in the same boat, my husband is a bit older than me and already reaping the benefits of Medicare. But being young and fierce, I still need normal health insurance.  Now that I’m on my own during open enrollment, I’ve realized that the health insurance marketplace is 1) expensive, 2) confusing, and 3) sends me into an emotional tailspin that only crafting or a Great British Baking Show binge can cure. 

Even though I am pretty healthy, keeping up with my Weight Watchers goals, and exercising regularly (hello, triathlon!), I still need health insurance. Like I mentioned in a recent retirement planning post, numbers aren’t really my thing. And that includes health insurance, and all its tricks and numbers and costs and acronyms and weird jargon that I may or may not be pronouncing correctly.  continue reading

What I’m Loving Now – Fall 2018

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If you know me at all, you know that when I love something, I love it intensely and absolutely must tell people about it.

To that woman I accosted in the fiction section of the bookstore, insisting you could not leave without a copy of Kristan Higgin’s Good Luck With That, I apologize if I frightened you.  On the other hand, what’s a little scare if you a get really great read out of the deal? You’re welcome.

Okay, yes. It is possible that I sometimes go overboard in my enthusiasm.  Who doesn’t love sharing a good thing? I consider it a sort of public service on my part. continue reading

Perfect for Fall Homestyle Chicken Stew Recipe: Just 4 WW Freestyle Points!

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chicken stew recipe

Earlier in this week, I blogged about my short-lived fall off the weight loss wagon and outlined steps I’ve taken to get back on board.  One of those steps included searching for satisfying, delicious new recipes that will reinvigorate your commitment to healthy eating.

You don’t need to go any farther than this blog to find all sort of inspiring recipes that will fit the bill.

How about Healthy, Zero Point Egg Salad? Or 3-Point Ricotta and Orange Crepes? 6-Point Chicken Parmesan? Or, one of my favorites, 4-Point Gruyere, Canadian Bacon, and Corn Frittata? Every one of these recipes is a winner – delicious, healthy, and oh-so easy to prepare.

And did I mention, delicious?  I did?

Well, it bears repeating. Because they are. continue reading

Weight Loss After Fifty: What To Do When the Pounds Come Back (and Bring Friends)

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gaining weight back

Thanks to the Weight Watchers Freestyle Program, I reached my goal weight in March of this year.

Yay, me!

As of a couple of weeks ago, Weight Watchers is now called “WW” which, apparently, stands for Wellness that Works.  Uhh…okay. Honestly, I don’t see why they needed to change the name.  But as long as they keep the eating program at the center of it, I’m on board. Because Freestyle really does work, just ask my doctor.

Come to think of it, forget my doctor. Ask me.  I lost over twenty pounds and kept it off from mid-March to mid-October. Seven months!

Yay, me!

Then came my son’s wedding. continue reading

Fall Comfort Food: Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Kale, Brown Butter & Herbs

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So my sisters have done the “23 and me” genetic testing and we are virtually positive there’s nary a trace of Italian that runs through our veins. But sometimes I just feel that in another life, I would be barefoot in a kitchen in Tuscany, whipping up all kinds of Italian specialties I can’t pronounce and dramatically talking with my hands. Basically Sophia Loren meets Julia Child.  Sounds glamorous and delicious, right?

Now that I’ve settled back into my nest after a very exciting two weeks on the road for my sons’s wedding and visiting the Hallmark movie set for one of my books, I’m finally able to spend some time in my kitchen. It’s restorative and grounding to be home. It recharges my batteries.

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