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What Does the New Food Pyramid Look Like? The new food pyramid, called MyFoodPyramid, looks the same as the old food pyramid, but the details behind the colored stripes are different. The current food pyramid, with stripes representing grains (gold), vegetables (green), fruits (red), oils, (yellow), milk (blue) and meat and beans (purple) and a little figure running up the side of the pyramid to include an emphasis on physical activity for good health, was introduced in 2005. Its guidelines are updated every five years. The food pyramid with stripes replaced the older 1992 food pyramid that had... (Read More ...)

Image via Wikipedia My husband recently read, Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human, by Richard Wrangham. Something in his description of the book caught my interest. People who are already thin use more energy to digest their food. OK. Thin has the advantage that it helps you stay thin. But, and this is where it got interesting. Raw food takes more energy to eat and more to digest. Raw food as a diet technique. Now, this is something available to anyone who is trying to keep their weight down. Thin or not offers you no advantage. Eating raw food offers you an advantage. You use more... (Read More ...)

Where Can I Go Snow Tubing in Pennsylvania? Most of the ski resorts in Pennsylvania offer snow tubing. These include: Hidden Valley Seven Springs Camelback Blue Mountain Whitetail Ski Roundtop Blue Knob Shawnee Liberty. However, there are also snow tubing parks in Pennsylvania. These include: SnoZone Tubing Park in Bethel Park Wild Mountain Snow Tubing in Wildwood Avalanche Xpress at Whispering Pines in Meadville. For details on hours, lift options, and whether you can chain the tubes together for snow tubing in Pennsylvania, check out the web site ski.lovetoknow.com Resorts that offer tubing... (Read More ...)

Image via Wikipedia Depending on the size of the banana, they have between 90 and 135 calories Bananas are so inexpensive you can buy three of them for the same price as one apple. I recently read an article in The Washington Post’s The Mini Page for children (created, BTW, by a former Raleigh, North Carolina elementary school teacher and Mom who credits her grandmother’s running a community newspaper with her inspiration for The Mini Page, now carried in 500 newspapers). It discussed a blight threatening bananas. It is serious for two reasons – all varieties of edible bananas come... (Read More ...)

Image via Wikipedia When my grandchildren were learning how to use the bathroom, that transition stage from diapers, I briefly considered writing a book about poop. We live in the woods, so there are lots of opportunities to take photos of poop from deer, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, owls, and the like. Someone suggested that their mothers might not like it, so I refrained. Now, it’s two years later. Safely toilet-trained, but still interested in the subject, my grandson, who stayed with us for a week before New Year’s, when schools were still out, got his Poop Expert Certificates for... (Read More ...)

Betty Crocker's Cooky Book Making brownies with my five-year-old grandson. From my husband’s favorite recipe, a variation of Brownies from Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book, the only cookbook I brought to our marriage 1. Wash and dry hands. Make sure grandson washes and dries his hands. Put on apron. Fold and tie apron to fit grandson. 2. Unwrap a stick of butter (1/2 cup). “See on the paper it shows you markings for tablespoons, and ¼ cup. We’re going to use the whole thing, ½ cup, the same as 8 tablespoons.” Watch him drop it in a mixing bowl. Show him how to use the buttery side of... (Read More ...)

Glorious Grits cookbook Just like I try to visit local museums wherever I travel, I often pick up local cookbooks to add to my collection. This year, a trip to Columbia, South Carolina for a family wedding, led me into a shop that had several cookbooks featuring grits. I picked “Glorious Grits: America’s Favorite Comfort Food,” published by Southern Living. We eat grits most Saturday mornings. An old-fashioned Southern grits recipe is slow – never use instant grits! They take about 45 minutes to cook, but, served with eggs over easy, or, very occasionally, red-eye gravy, taste, of course,... (Read More ...)

Image via Wikipedia When our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter came to visit over Thanksgiving, we started getting cabin fever the third day, and I suggested we go ice skating. I had seen them try to teach our granddaughter how to roller blade last year, but I haven’t been roller-blading since a fall two years ago. But, I still remember ice-skating fondly, my permanently-etched association of it on frozen ponds in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before we moved to Texas when I was 11. In Iowa, someone from the city always checked the ice and marked thin borders along the edge of the pond. One... (Read More ...)

Image via Wikipedia My Mom used to make the best pies of any I’ve had before or since. Lemon meringue was one brother’s favorite. I liked her cherry pies, and had the lump to show for it one day when I fell off the top of a ladder, picking cherries from the tree in our back yard. At Thanksgiving, she made pumpkin and mince meat. Our local Safeway, the only place we found mincemeat, says they sell fewer and fewer jars every year. I suppose it once really was made of meat, but now is apples, raisins, and spices. Making pie filling is pretty straightforward. Just follow the recipe. But,... (Read More ...)

Image via Wikipedia We eat at a lot of Cracker Barrel restaurants, on our frequent trips to Georgia. They mostly line major highways, so are easily spotted. They stock audio books that you can rent for $3.49 for a week, and return at any other Cracker Barrel. We listen to a lot of books when we travel. And, they serve vegetables, which are often hard to find in restaurants on the road. My favorite lunch menu is the Kids’ Menu, beans and greens. Cooked kidney beans and turnip greens with ham. Since my husband turned me on to greens many years ago, I find this a perfect vegetable lunch. Add... (Read More ...)