Carolyn Malcoun's Blog (Page 8)

January 24, 2011 - 10:36am

Are you one of the millions of Americans who cited losing weight as one of their New Year’s resolutions? I hope you haven’t given up yet. One of the 2011 resolutions my husband and I made is to eat more healthfully (and by default, lose weight). Like most people, Dan and I are busy and find it hard enough to fit in exercise every day, let alone get a healthy meal on the table.

So we’re working hard to plan easy healthy meals to help us meet our goals. I’ve found that the best tool in our kitchen to help us succeed in our efforts is our slow cooker. With just a little bit of prep in the morning, we...

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January 14, 2011 - 1:44pm

Some of my friends jokingly call Whole Foods Market "Whole Paycheck." The first time I shopped there, I understood why Whole Foods gained its nickname—I was stunned at how much I spent. Of course, I bought everything on my list—I hadn't paid attention to what was a good deal and what wasn't.

Must Read: How to Save $2,997 on Food This Year, Without Even Noticing

The store didn't always have that reputation. Whole Foods started in 1980...

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January 3, 2011 - 10:39am

Believe me, I understand that there are a million excuses to get out of making dinner. I’ve got a million of them myself. Just last week I had a frustrating day of work, and it was my responsibility to make dinner since my husband, Dan, came home from work and walked the dog. When I whined that I didn’t want to make dinner as he sashayed out the door, he said, “Fine, order a pizza then.” Mmmm, pizza.

While the whole idea was really tempting, I wanted to eat something healthier. So I sucked it up and made just about the fastest dinner I could throw together with ingredients in our...

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December 23, 2010 - 9:36am

While we were out walking the dog last weekend, my husband, Dan, asked what my New Year’s resolutions were. Huh. Quite honestly, I hadn’t really thought about it! I feel like every year I make the same-old, same-old resolutions that I never keep (i.e., lose 20 pounds so I can wear my super-awesome Calvin Klein jeans again). Why set myself up to fail yet again?

I said something snarky and sarcastic but he didn’t back down. Instead he said, “Let’s make some resolutions we can actually keep.” I laughed. Isn’t failure part of the fun? (Plus I had finally donated those jeans to...

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December 20, 2010 - 4:55pm

Is Christmas really on Saturday? If you’re like me, it’s quite possible that despite your best intentions, your get-ready-for-the-holidays to-do list has more things on it that need to be crossed off than actually are crossed off. Whoops.

Related: Last-minute stocking stuffers from your kitchen

One of the things I have left to do is figuring out what dessert to bring to the Christmas Eve party I’m going to. When I had all the motivation in the world...

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