Chill Out with Calming Foods

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Email is down. Deadlines are passing. Errands piling up. Book group coming. I am s-t-r-e-s-s-e-d! The go-to solution? Haagen Dazs dulce de leche or maybe a bag of Twizzlers or a handful my daughter’s cookies pulled out of the freezer and shoved into the microwave for a quickie defrost. Bad choices all. I would never pledge to purge them from my diet, but they really are really not a great prescription for stress busting. The sugar rush is great, but when your blood sugar rate drops, stress hormones are released.

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Berry Interesting - Fruit and Vegetable Wash

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Someone recently sent me a video about why it is very important to make sure you wash strawberries well. First thought, on seeing the creepy crawlers who spend their lives snuggled into the bumpy terrain of the fruit, particularly at the top and the bottom: Not another strawberry will ever touch my lips.

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Former Newsday Columnist Joins GourmetGiftBaskets.com

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We would like to welcome Barbara Kerbel to our team at GourmetGiftBaskets.com.  Barbara was a former columnist of Newsday and will bring a level of quality to our Blog that I, most certainly, would never be able to achieve.  Without out further ado, Barbara Kerbel.

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A Good Old Fashioned Southern Christmas

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Christmas time: a time of gentle snowfall, fireplaces with decorated mantles, and the never-ending smell of evergreens. Nothing like the holiday décor to get everyone feeling that Christmas spirit. But what happens if your Christmas season is less than a wintry wonderland? Well I’m here to tell you that there are plenty of us that don’t have the luxury of the perfect Christmas postcard yet we don’t miss it either. Sure it would be nice to see a few kids making snow angels and carolers wearing their muffs singing at your door. But we Southerners have created our own special traditions, not to be dismissed. First of all, we have the Christmas hayride. That’s right, gathering up a bunch of kids on the back of a trailer full of hay and going on a singing neighborhood tour is good old fashioned family fun. No need for layers and layers of coats and jackets. Maybe a light jacket or depending on the day, even a guayabera would be all we need. But we still appreciate the season. We’ll try to keep it red and green and follow the latest fashion trends. Just no snowman sweaters please!

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