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Cranberry Apple Walnut Salad

Yesterday was a special day for me. It was my birthday, which meant that my house got cleaned by my kids (woo hoo!) I got taken out to lunch by my husband, AND had dinner with a good friend. And, most importantly, I came face-to-face with the fact that in three years I'll be fifty years old. Wow. Way to deflate a perfectly good birthday! I'm sure you're wondering why I would say that was the most important part of my birthday. Sounds like the worst part. Who enjoys realizing they're getting older? It may not be a wonderful thought, but it is important because it got me motivated to do better with my health. Here's the thing. I'm not a young mother. I'm 47 and my youngest child is only 7. That means that by the time he is married and has children, I won't be one of those grandmothers … Read More...

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Grilled Pineapple Salsa

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