Author Archives: John

A New Take on your Favorite Comfort Food

Variety may be the spice of life, but where my breakfast is concerned I tend to have a one-track-mind: oatmeal. For more years than I care to admit, I would eat oatmeal with a spoonful of peanut butter and a …

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Solving your summer lust in March

When March arrives, my tolerance of winter hits an ultimate low. No longer can I stand a harsh January wind or another February blizzard. Even a gentle flurry aggravates me. I start to long for sunshine, beaches, and sundresses.

Moreover, …

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Oatmeal Recipes my Kids Love

As a kid, and even as a teenager, my mom was sweet enough to make me breakfast each morning, and not just any old boxed toaster creation, but a true homemade breakfast.

She’d rotate my meals with eggs and toast, …

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Oats in Cocoa… Really!

Twice a month I sit down to write this blog, armed with a theme and a plan to subtly remind the reader to buy more oatmeal. After all, the purpose of any commercial blog is to sell more product, be …

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Dog Days of Winter

The intrigue associated with Punxsutawney Phil’s prognostication usually lands with a thud where I live. That’s because the cruel reality of Groundhog Day is we always have six, if not more, weeks of winter remaining come February 2. In most …

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Comforting Winter Oat Recipes

Winter is upon us and even here in Tucson, Arizona we are feeling the harsh cold in the form of rain, sleet and even a little snow. Because of this, my desire for warm, homey foods is increasing.

One of …

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Going Through the Motions

January is when most of us do something to make up for the indulgences of the holiday season. Typically it’s a renewed commitment to eat healthy, exercise more and live better. And if the crowded parking lot at my local …

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The Joy of Skiing

I watched the older kids dart off on their skis toward the chair lifts, where they would be carted up the slopes and gently dropped off at the top. Some kids stumbled around with their skis flopping beneath them; others …

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Minnesota Skiing: So Much Opportunity, So Little Weather

Life in Minnesota offers a wide variety of outdoor activity in all seasons. And for the most part, we get out and enjoy the season…in all weather. When it comes to skiing, it seems the season doesn’t change as much …

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The Year That Was

By my accounting 2014 was a fine year. Despite the constant din of the 24-hour news cycle, my family (and most of those around us) found the year conducive to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Sure there were …

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