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31
Aug

Where Does $100 to the American Diabetes Association Go?

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reported the receipt of $181 million in revenue in 2015, which primarily came from 5 sources:

  • $135 million (75%) from contributions, gifts, and grants;
  • $32 million (18%) from subscriptions, registrations, sale of materials, and booth rentals,
  • $5 million (3%) from advertising income;
  • $5 million (3%) from royalties; and
  • $4 million (2%) from other sources.

During the same year, the ADA reported expenses of $183 million (net of depreciation) – $2 million more than the organization took in. Because the organization had $89 million in net fund assets, they were able to cover the excess expenses. Read more »

29
Aug

Fashion Forms Lingerie Laundry Bag

Fashion Forms – an Austin, Texas-based company – is a leading producer of specialty bras and accessories in the US, Canada, and Europe so who better to make a Lingerie Laundry Bag to protect fine washables?

Made of durable fine mesh to allow soap and water to flow through easily for optimal cleaning, the Fashion Forms Lingerie Laundry Bag has a zipper closure to keep the lingerie securely in the bag during the washing machine cycle. To prevent the zipper from opening, the corner of the bag has a piece of material to keep the zipper in place. Read more »

27
Aug

Summer Fruit Crisp

Farmer’s markets and grocery store shelves are overflowing with fresh local produce – golden apricots, plumb blackberries, red raspberries, and the bluest of blueberries – that can be enjoyed in a variety of homemade treats. One of my favorite wow me desserts during the summer months is a Summer Fruit Crisp:  a combination of sweet, juicy apricots, blackberries, raspberries, and crisp tangy apples combined and topped with an oaty, whole wheat crunchy topping sweetened with real maple syrup and light brown sugar and spiced up with cinnamon, nutmeg, and real vanilla extract. Read more »

25
Aug

Have You Thought About Aluminum?

For decades I never gave much thought to aluminum beyond the rolls of aluminum foil in my kitchen drawer. Then several years ago, I was reading a cookbook (Vegan Chocolate..the ultimate chocolate baking book for chocoholics available at www.amazon.com and at bookstores nationwide) by Fran Costigan that recommended using aluminum-free baking powder which made my curious as to what the difference was between baking powder with aluminum (double-acting baking powder) and aluminum-free baking powder. Read more »

23
Aug

Living Kitchen Cookie Bites

Living Kitchen. Always Organic. 100% Plant Based.

Seven years ago when Juli Luna opened up Luna’s Living Kitchen, an organic, plant-based mostly raw restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, the response was overwhelming. Today, there are four Living Kitchen locations (two in Charlotte, one in Raleigh, and one in Chapel Hill) making wholesome, delicious meals and snacks for those who seek out healthier dining out options. For those who can’t visit a Living Kitchen in North Carolina, many of the signature snack foods including the Cookie Bites can be purchased on-line (www.livingkitchen.com) directly from Living Kitchen. Read more »

21
Aug

Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP® Light Kettle Corn

Kettle corn – crunchy popcorn that is both sweet and salty – is without a doubt an incredible invention but the problem with most types of kettle corn is the fat and sugar content (way too high) so kettle corn is not an everyday snack for most people. Until now. Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP® Light Kettle Corn is a classic lightly salted (with sea salt) popcorn with a little cane sugar thrown in. Read more »

19
Aug

Kenchi

Kenchi is not your ordinary kimchi – a traditional South Korean side dish made with salted and fermented vegetables seasoned with spices. Made on James Island in Charleston, South Carolina by Kenchi Ferments, Kenchi is a crisp, fiery, crimson version of kimchi made with cabbage, radish, beets, carrots, ginger, salt, green onion, shallots, garlic, and Thai pepper. Bright and bold, Kenchi is the American south’s version of a spicy Korean crisp vegetable salad. Read more »

17
Aug

The Ultimate Pistachio or Olive Server

Pistachios and olives make great appetizers and snacks but the question always seems to come down to what to do with the shells or pits?   I often stand in the kitchen and eat pistachios right out of the bag holding the empty shells until my hand is full and then toss the shells in the trash can. Or, I enjoy the olives but then have to find a casual way to dispose of the pit so that no one sees what I’ve been gnawing on.  An empty bowl can be placed alongside the bounty but this is often less than ideal because who wants to look at an olive pit that’s been munched on or a pile of empty shells? Read more »

15
Aug

Sprouted Almonds

As I dove deeper into my meditation and yoga practice, it was proven to me time and time again, that in order to be clear-headed, and in a space to manifest what we really want, we must consume clean, nutritional dense, vibrant foods…                                                                     ~Joshua McHugh

When we shop for nuts, we often choose between raw or roasted and salt or unsalted. But there’s another option to consider:  sprouted.  A sprouted nut is simply a nut that has been soaked in water (which releases the nut’s enzyme inhibitors so that our bodies can absorb the nut’s nutrients more effectively). The nuts are then dried slowly at low temperatures (to preserve the nutrients and enzymes) resulting in a light, crunchy edible nut.  It really is that simple. Read more »

13
Aug

Vortex Doughnuts

Every once in a while, a girl just needs a doughnut because there’s something totally decadent about biting into a light airy yeast-raised doughnut with a cinnamon sugar or glaze topping (subsequent bites may take you into doughnut euphoria).  But, for those following a plant-based diet, finding a delicious vegan doughnut is often challenging.

Whenever I visit cities or towns, I always google “chocolate,” “farmer’s markets,” “restaurants” (because most will make a plant-based option), “vegan restaurants,” and “doughnuts.”  Although doughnuts are not exactly wholesome and nutritious, they are pure comfort food for special occasions, like a Sunday morning! Read more »