Interesting side dishes to spice up Thanksgiving dinner

Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

We have so many blessings to be thankful for. This year we are most thankful for the brave men and women who have fought to keep our country free, those fighting now to keep us safe, and their families who have sacrificed holidays with their loved ones – to say the least. I wish I could send part of our Thanksgiving meal to my nephew in Afghanistan, but we’ll have another Thanksgiving for him when he returns. Given all our blessings, there’s nothing wrong with celebrating more than once a year.

Women not the weaker sex when it comes to colds

Monday, Nov. 04, 2013

“There’s nothing worse than a ‘ummer code,” Mr. Sniffles says through a stuffy nose. I hear him mumble as I pass into the kitchen with a basket of used tissues from the computer room. Awe, poor thing.

Give flu season your best shot with vaccine

| |Monday, Oct. 28, 2013

The arrival of fall can often usher in a cold or flu, but taking a few preventive actions now can reduce the chances of becoming ill. Your best defense, as always, is to get a flu shot. Dr. Amber Hyde, an independently practicing physician on the medical staff of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, recommends a seasonal flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against the seasonal flu.

Make your voice heard

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

At 5 p.m. Oct. 28, the city will hold a Bike Mobility workshop prior to the regularly scheduled City Council meeting. This is a public meeting. However no public input will be received during the meeting.

Quick and easy recipes for fall

Friday, Oct. 11, 2013

Just call me Grace. It’s finally fall and I welcomed it with a fall of my own on a slippery, wet concrete floor. With my dominant hand in a splint, it’s been difficult to cook this week. Not wanting to bail on a previous commitment to take a dessert to a book club event, I reluctantly resorted to taking a cake made from a boxed mix. All of the recipes I’d earlier thought about involved too much mixing, too much hands-on, too much time.

Favorite family recipes can get kind of wild

Monday, Sep. 23, 2013

My dad was a deputy game warden and I grew up eating deer meat, wild hog, squirrel, rattlesnake and fresh-water fish. I never really enjoyed the frog legs, and thankfully, he didn’t go frog gigging more than about twice a year.

Take steps to avoid overeating

| |Monday, Sep. 16, 2013

Every day you decide what to eat, but you might not fully understand what triggers you to make these choices.

Trying to help what’s-his-name remember everything

Monday, Aug. 26, 2013

It’s Monday night after dinner and we’re unconsciously following our routine. “Hey, what ya’ watching?” I ask, bringing an armload of socks into the living room to match. “Oh, that,” I say before the movie buff has a chance to answer. I pause to watch some of the action before continuing. “We’ve already seen it.” I walk back into the laundry with the two socks I paired.

Build muscles gradually to reduce chance of sports injuries

| |Monday, Aug. 19, 2013

As your child heads back to school and competes in school sports, overuse and trauma injuries are common. Whether it’s low-back pain from playing football or an ankle injury sustained while playing volleyball, athletes can reduce injuries by strengthening all of their muscles and adopting a daily training program designed to optimize performance and minimize the chance of injuries.

Everybody loves these waffles

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013

Waffles hold a special place at our breakfast table. My husband even looks forward to them in spite of their Mickey Mouse shape. (My regular waffle maker bit the dust).