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Bicycle Buyer’s Guide: What To Know When Buying a New Bike

Health and Fitness, Marie's Triathlon Journey
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As I pointed out in my recent post about my ongoing garage makeover, we own several bicycles. Four, to be exact.

Even so, when it comes to training for and competing in my upcoming first triathlon, none of the four are up to the challenge. (Truthfully, there are days when I’m not sure I’m up the challenge either. Time will tell!)  Two of the four are youth bikes, one is way to big for me, and the fourth is my bike, a twenty-two year old women’s cruiser.

There’s really nothing wrong with it that a good tune up wouldn’t fix. But with only seven pretty clunky gears and a weight of fifty pounds plus, my cruiser wasn’t making the grade. I mean that almost literally.  Asking the old girl to climb hills was like asking my spaniel to do algebra – just way beyond her pay grade. I definitely needed a new bike. continue reading

Wild About Strawberries: The Best Strawberry Recipes For Strawberry Season

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The first taste of summer is here and I can’t get enough of the soft and sweet little bursts of flavor. Hello, strawberry season!

Whether you’re scrolling through your social media feeds, perusing Pinterest, or strolling down the produce aisles at your local grocery store, it seems like strawberries are everywhere. Beautiful vibrant shades of hot red and dark pink with hints of green, aglow with shimmering sweetness. You know why? Because they are everywhere right now!  It’s strawberry season!

And here’s a fun factoid; did you know that strawberries are grown in every state in the country and every province in Canada?

And it just makes sense doesn’t it? Not only are strawberries healthy, delicious, festive, fragrant, and versatile, they are really, really pretty.

So how do you take full advantage of strawberry season? Read on for fun facts, why they are great for you, how to store them, and my new favorite way to enjoy them.

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How to Walk Off Weight After 50

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You’re female? And over fifty?

Then you don’t need me to tell you that losing weight and keeping it off is tougher now than it was when you were twenty, thirty, or forty.  In fact, every decade after age twenty, your body burns 150 fewer calories than it did the decade before.

I know. Oh bunny, believe me. I know.

But before you get so depressed you fling yourself headfirst into a box of Krispy Kremes, look at it this way. There are so many reasons that it’s great to be a woman over fifty; it’s only fair that there be a few downsides, right? continue reading

Fiesta Party Ideas and Recipes Perfect for Summer

Food for Grownups, Hospitality and Entertaining
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My new home in Central Oregon is pretty close to paradise. Beautiful scenery. Wildlife. Perfect weather. Lots of locally owned restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Fun outdoorsy things to do at every corner.

However, it lacks in one critical area. Shocking no one, there doesn’t seem to be any authentic Mexican or Tex Mex food where I can get a proper bowl of queso for at least 200 miles.

I used to live in Mexico. I also used to live in Texas. While both places were fun and exciting in their own right, there’s one thing I miss this most. The food. The sizzling smells. The vibrant colors. The cumin and garlic and oregano. I’m making myself hungry just thinking about it.

Enjoying Mexican food and its somewhat less authentic but still delectable cousin, Tex Mex, is the perfect way to ring in summer. And if you’re looking for a way to celebrate reaching the finish line of a long, hard week, lift yourself out of a funk, or simply jolt yourself out of a food rut – my Tex-Mex party menu will definitely do the trick.

On the other hand, do you need a reason?  Any day is a good day to invite a few friends over, play some lively Spanish guitar music, and have a fiesta! Ole’!

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Rethinking the work lunch: Healthy lunches for work and the rules to follow

Food for Grownups
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Depending on your job, lunch is an oasis in the dessert. Half time. Intermission. A hiatus. So why not make those 60 minutes count?

Just say no to mundane work lunches. Say no to insipid salads. No to five days in a row of the same thing. Say no to anything “instant” and “in a cup.” We are past that, Fierce friends. We deserve better than that.

Take time for yourself. Embrace your office community (even if you find your coworkers to be…strange).

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Three Perfect Recipes for World Baking Day (Plus, My Favorite Baking Cookbooks)

Books, Food for Grownups
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Cookies, banana bread, muffins, oh my! Today is World Baking Day and it’s time to fire up those ovens, Fierce Friends. Don’t tell my Weight Watchers Freestyle Plan, but sometimes I just need sugar. And carbs. And butter. And joy.

Here are a few of my go-to recipes when those cravings hit and a few baking cookbooks that have guided me along the way.  continue reading

Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes You’ll Want to Make All Year Long

Food for Grownups, Hospitality and Entertaining
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Mother’s Day and brunch seem to go together like April showers and May flowers. So why not knock it out of the park this year? Whether you are celebrating your own mother, celebrating yourself (we know, you’ve done a great job and deserve a delicious meal), or perhaps daughters, daughter-in-laws, or friends, Mother’s Day brunch calls for a sense of occasion. It should be pretty, feminine, bright, and delicious. Most of all, it should make the moms in your life feel special and loved. continue reading

A Beginner’s Guide: The Best Way to Run a Mile After Age 50

Health and Fitness
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There was something inside me that just clicked when I hit my fifties. All of a sudden, I had an urge to try new things, to prove to myself that I could do something I’d never done before, to take risks. No, I wasn’t tempted to buy a flashy red sports car or go on an Eat-Pray-Love adventure, and no, I’m not going to call it a mid-crisis, because that’s simply not what it’s been for me. Turning fifty inspired me to do more and be more. It’s not a crisis, it’s a turning point, it’s a halftime pep talk, it’s a good thing. 

Just what I needed, in fact.  continue reading

One-Minute, Healthy Smoothie Recipes to Start Your Day

Food for Grownups, Health and Fitness
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Don’t get me wrong. Would I rather be having a buttery croissant or a bagel for breakfast? Probably. But when I’m on the road as much as I am with book tours or am on deadline for an upcoming book, I need a reset, a detox, and a chance to start each day with a healthy foundation. And that comes in the form of a smoothie.  continue reading