free hit counters
ARAcontent – Page 4 – QNotes

Gobble, gobble – guilt free

Ten solutions for guiltless Thanksgiving meals

For most Americans, Thanksgiving without turkey is like the Fourth of July without fireworks. That’s why it’s important not to deprive yourself during holiday meals. The holidays are full of temptations and an occasional treat is fine as long as you make sure to keep short- and long-term health goals in mind. Your weight-loss efforts …

Spicing up the holidays

Create a unique holiday meal with new food traditions

When you think of the traditional holiday feast, visions of turkey overflowing with stuffing, rich green bean casserole and heaping helpings of mashed potatoes slathered in rich brown gravy likely come to mind. While it’s hard to shake a fork at the traditional holiday feast, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut after 20 …

Egg-citing holiday appetizers 101

When holiday entertaining has you scrambling for new ideas to make your guests feel jolly, think appetizers. A traditional menu like baked ham or smoked turkey, served with classic favorites, can be made into a more festive experience by easily selecting a variety of mouthwatering appetizers to complement the meal. When deciding what appetizers to …

Holiday entertaining: how to make your table sparkle

Your party date is set — and the pressure is on to make sure everything is perfect. But, what do you see when you pull out your tableware? Is your silver as shiny as you remembered? Does your crystal sparkle like new? With the holiday season and other festive gatherings approaching, now is the time …

Drinks to warm up your holiday gatherings

Hand off a hot beverage — to dinner guests, neighbors who drop by or kids during story time — and you instantly warm both tummies and hearts. Make sure you treat yourself too; wrapping your hands around a warm mug in the midst of a cold day can help you unwind. Traditional favorites include hot …

Don’t delay important home repairs

The longer you wait, the more you will pay

Increasing costs have become evident in every aspect of our lives. In addition to daily expenses like gas and groceries, home improvement costs are escalating across the nation as well. The cost of construction materials has risen more than 10 percent during the past year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. In addition, the American …

Improving the odds

The fight against breast cancer aided by education, early detection

In a matter of seconds, most people can think of eight women who are important in their lives, whether they are mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, friends or coworkers. The ease with which most people can come up with this list just reinforces the prevalence of breast cancer in this country; according to the American Cancer …