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Just found out that you need to bring a dish to Christmas Eve dinner…eek!   Don’t panic we have got you covered with an easy, delicious and festive dish. This is a Harbushka Family favorite and we have never had a Holiday without my mom’s Cranberry Applesauce. I promise it is easy and people will ask for seconds. It is best to make a day in advance.   Cranberry Sauce 1 cup of sugar 1 cup of water 2 cups of cranberries (one 12oz. bag)   Boil the water and sugar together for about 5 minutes. The sugar will begin to dissolve and you may need to stir it to prevent it from burning. Add the cranberries and lower to a simmer. Cook the cranberries until the skins pop. Do not overcook. Once done set the sweet cranberries aside to cool   Apple Sauce 1 ¼ cups of sugar 2 cups of water ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon or 2 cinnamon sticks 8 medium red delicious apples, peeled and cut into wedges   In a large pot, boil the water, […]
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It is so easy to get caught up feeling like you have to spend spend spend because it is the Holidays. Let me back up and say, never feel like you have to spend money you don’t have or can not afford. That is another blog post but todays is about setting a budget and keeping inline with your Holiday spending.   Never ever feel like you have to spend all of your cash or dip into your savings to keep up with what you assume is expected of you. It is easy to get in over your head with charging what you think is the perfect gift and then spend the next couple of years paying it off. For example, let’s say you feel like you need to spend $1000 on Christmas and you do not have the $1000 to actually spend so you put it on your credit card. Just an FYI the average credit card is around 17% interest. You do not pay off your card come January which means you are keeping the balance revolving. The $1000 […]
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When the thermometer starts to drop and the windchill is below chilly it becomes extremely tempting to put our health, nutrition and wellbeing on the back burner.  The short days and comfort food temptation mixed with the Christmas cookies… is a recipe for disaster.  Here are 4 tips to keep your mind body and soul fit this winter   Start Moving – During the winter there are so many other activities to keep your body moving. We think that it is cold out so jogging or taking that walk is out of the question. There are so many fun things to do such as ice skating, skiing, snowshoeing or cross country skiing.  Maybe you don’t want to be in the cold so this is the time you try that hot yoga class? It a promise it will be warm in there. Look at your intake – During the holidays and with the cold days it is so easy to turn to comfort food, cookies and the caloric drinks. Try to balance your intake. In other words, if you are consuming […]
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How are we supposed to know how to balance our checkbook if we are never taught how to do this in school? Especially now when all of our expenses are handled online through direct deposit or the ability to deposit checks on our smartphones and we can use our debit card for just about anything and everything. I can remember when I got my first checkbook, I was 16 and the bank teller at Wells Fargo handed me my checkbook.  I just looked at it. I thought what is this paper thing I saw my mom use when she would make purchases and why would I want to carry it around?  I thought to myself, I have a Checking/ATM card. I can vividly remember the first check I wrote. I was 19 years old and I was buying my first car. I paid cash for my 1999 “Green Machine” Mustang. And let me tell you it was really green. I left the Ford dealership and went to Wells Fargo to pull my checkbook out of the safety deposit. Remember, I […]
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  Are you needing an easy, healthy and delicious soup recipe? I just made this yummy soup over the weekend and I can not get enough of it.   Here is what you need:   Large soup pot 2 tablespoons of organic Coconut Oil 4 32 oz of Turkey broth 1 sweet onion diced 3 cloves of garlic peeled and pressed 4 organic carrots peeled and diced 4 celery stalks  diced 2 parsnips peeled and diced (they can be hard to find from time to time) 3 zucchini cut in round slivers 1 bunch of parsley chopped 1 bunch of kale chopped 1/2 of shredded cabbage 3 organic bay leaves Kosher Salt – to taste Cracked Pepper – to taste 1 teaspoon dried organic Oregano 3 boneless, skinless, organic Chicken breasts LOVE   Step 1: Peel and dice the onion Step 2: Place coconut oil into the large pot and melt on medium heat. Once oil is melted and the pot is hot add the diced onion. Watch for the onion to turn translucent. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Step 3: […]
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The Carry on Essentials…   Planning your next trip? There are the pros and cons when it comes to checking your luggage or carrying on. For this trip I opted with checking my luggage so I had to come up with some essentials in case it did not make it when I landed in Costa Rica. I can not think of a worst situation…at the beach with no bikini! Yikes!   Here are my essentials for the carry on:   Passport – Clearly I would not be getting too far! Foot Booties – Yes, booties for your feet. Think of the thousands of people who walk through the TSA security a day in their bare feet! It gives me the hibijibis. Slip these on and scoot through TSA hibijibi free. My laptop – I can not live without my MacBook Pro. This is the epicenter to my podcast and my website. And now with the wifi onboard I don’t need to miss out on a work day. Chapstick – It is easy to forget this essential. But airplanes are so […]
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