When the scarves and boots come out, a cup of hot cider isn’t far behind. When I was young, my parents used to take my brother and me to a local orchard, where we picked apples, ate fritters and drank big mugs of cold cider. Standing under all of those trees, looking up at the red, round orbs, I knew I was cementing a family tradition. Now that I have a daughter of my own, apples have become one of her favorite foods, and fall is the perfect time for some family fun (and even some adult fun with real hard cider–read on for details!). If apple picking is one of your … Read more
Whatever your plans are for this upcoming Labor Day, food is usually involved. Whether you’re hitting the road for a family vacation or want to bring the perfect dish to a party, we’ve got you covered with our Labor Day Survival Guide. 1. Figure out what you want to eat. Whether you garner inspiration from these fun ideas, or you have a favorite family recipe, make a plan so you aren’t scrambling at the last possible moment to figure out what you are eating. You don’t have to stick to the traditional burgers and hot dogs. Get creative! 2. Have a backup plan. Most of us tend to overindulge at family gatherings … Read more
I am going to do something radical here for all you girls living in fear of a muffin top — I am going to tell you to STOP COUNTING CALORIES. For years, we have been told that calorie intake minus calorie expenditure equals calories stored. So the solution is to use more willpower, eat less and exercise, right? But this advice just doesn’t work, and Americans are getting hungrier and fatter. Of everything we eat, highly refined and rapidly digestible (high glycemic) carbohydrates (which are all forms of sugar) produce the most insulin. Insulin acts on your brain to increase appetite, especially for sugar. If we make too much insulin, it drives … Read more
She is fun, fabulous and fierce. She is chic, intelligent and in-the-know. But most of all, the Cheeky chick is the kind of woman who embraces, admires, respects, smiles at and opens her heart to other fabulous chicks. Now THAT'S Cheeky, darling!