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Cooking Out of Your Pantry

Happy Spring 2020! Today and in the upcoming weeks I will be sharing some meal suggestions with common items you may have in your pantry, freezer, and cupboards. Personally after 40+ days of being in “lockdown” I’ve been fortunate that I have not felt desperate for a lack of items to be able to pull…

HIPAA… What does it mean to us?

Can a Non Medical Person Violate HIPAA?Most people misspell the acronym. It’s not spelled like the hippo….The acronym is actually HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) It was designed to provide privacy standards to protect patients’ medical records and other health information provided to Health Plans, Doctors, Hospitals and other Health Care Providers. The…

Work on Earth is All Suspended

No More Traffic in the StreetsThis week has been the hardest so far for me. My medical background tells me this is the right path to take with the COVID-19. Isolation, self quarantine, staying 6 feet away from people when conversing face to face, and don’t touch your face.  Just saying that makes my nose…

Families and Choices

UPDATE:  I know most of you are probably getting tired of the word “update”, but this is not frightening or medical in nature.  As all of you know our new library is on lock down and it may seem silly to have monthly book reviews.  It is not though.  Many of you read books electronically…

Grape Salad

Happy Spring! This cool, creamy grape salad would be a great addition to your upcoming Easter dinner or the lazy days of summer days ahead. This recipe serves 10 people, but it can be easily halved. You can substitute “lite” or “reduced calorie” dairy products and use less sugar if desired. The sweetness and crunch…

Destination – Mackinac Island, Michigan

Have you been there?  To the Jewel of the Great Lakes?  For centuries, visitors have found this national landmark to be the ideal vacation spot. No chain hotels. No cars. This is the place for world-famous Mackinac Island Fudge, historic Fort Mackinac, diverse dining and unique shopping. Awe-inspiring sunrises and unforgettable sunsets will open your…

Lifestyles Created Issues

When you pick up Tata Westover’s memoir Educated (2019) you better be ready for quite an experience.  Tara’s story begins in the mountains of Idaho and makes its way to Cambridge University. Tara, the youngest of seven children in the Westover family lived an entirely different life than most us reading her book.  She was…

Galati’s Family Restaurant

I received several recommendations to give Galati’s Family Restaurant a try. We arrived “early” as recommended, about 5:00 p.m. on a Tuesday. It was good recommendation because about 6:00 p.m. is was pretty busy. It is nice they have enough seating for larger groups to dine in. The décor has a lot of nostalgic pictures…

8 Can Mexican Chicken Soup

It’s certainly winter in Florida! One day it’s 55 degrees and 85 the next! When the temperatures drop I look forward putting a pan of soup on the back burner to simmer.  The easier the better! This recipe for 8 Can Mexican Chicken Soup fits the bill.  It’s easy to substitute items according to your…