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Spring Into Fitness

Spring Into Fitness

Springtime is known as a time of new beginnings and a great time to get back into shape or to reinvigorate your workout routine. Let the warmer weather motivate you to work on your goals — whether it is to lose weight, gain flexibility, train to run a 5k, build muscle or gain endurance. In a perfect world, we all would have time to achieve these goals. But realistically, o... »

Just Say Om

Just Say Om

the Health Benefits of Yoga Before settling in to read this story, get comfortable. Close your eyes for a few moments. Take a few deep breaths. Let the day’s stressors ease out of your body. Feel better? You’ve just had a taste of the ancient tradition of yoga. Yoga is the centuries-old practice of aligning a person’s physical, mental, and emotional energies through a seri... »

homeschool desk

The Truth About Homeschooling

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, homeschooling has been on the rise. With bullying, teacher strikes, and the idea that one learning style fits all, it’s understandable that some parents might want to take their child’s education into their own hands. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that nearly three percent of the school-age populati... »

vegan Mac and Cheese

Best I Ever Had: Vegan Mac + Cheez

at Greentruth Plant-Based Kitchen I have a secret: this food photographer is a huge fan of cheese and also lactose intolerant. It sucks. I’m often left with the painful choice if eating the dish before me is worth the pain it will mostly likely inflict. (Now, if it’s a cage-aged cheddar from Lancaster County, for example, then the pain is worth the experience.) While... »

From  Failure to  Fastnachts

From Failure to Fastnachts

The Search For The Perfect Homemade Recipe “Fastnachts, or Raised Doughnuts” reads the title in the “breads” section of my Mennonite Community Cookbook. After spending two sleepless nights trying to both make and understand fastnachts, I’m not quite sure if it was a title or a question. My first fastnacht was at a church sale I happened upon more than 15 years ago on a coo... »

Home is Where the Heart Is

Home is Where the Heart Is

If you aren’t looking to go out this year for Valentine’s Day, consider having your own sweet and romantic Valentine’s Day celebration in the comforts of your home. You can go all out or keep things relaxed and low key—it’s up to you to decide what kind of date suits you and your love as a couple. You can craft a memorable Valentine’s evening at hom... »

The Star of Bethlehem

The Star of Bethlehem

Driving around the Lehigh Valley, you’ve doubtlessly noticed a handful of towns with names straight out of the Bible: Egypt, Nazareth, Emmaus, and (Mount) Bethel, for example. But perhaps the best known is the little town of Bethlehem, also known as “Christmas City USA.” It was founded on Christmas Eve 1741, when David Nitschmann and Count Nicolaus Zinzendorf established a... »

Roasting Garlic for the Holidays

Roasting Garlic for the Holidays

I grow lots of garlic. A fetish with growing different varieties in my garden – more than 600 exist from around the world – grew into a vocation as a part-time farmer, with around 40,000 cloves planted at the peak of that experiment. Garlic is planted in the fall for harvesting in mid-summer. So, by the time the holidays rolled around, I had next year’s crop in the ground ... »

Home Office Success

Home Office Success

Do you have a home office? Most households do, and it’s even more prevalent now, with many more people working remotely either full- or part-time.  The ‘office’ can be as instant as wherever you sit down if you use a laptop computer, as your lap travels with you wherever you go!  It can also be space that’s shared with others (e.g. kitchen counter, dining table), a specifi... »

Italian Christmas Eve: The Feast of Seven Fishes

Italian Christmas Eve: The Feast of Seven Fishes

The Feast of Seven Fishes has historical and religious origins that trace back to southern Italy. Many Roman Catholics traditionally avoid red meat on Christmas Eve, some avoiding food altogether and breaking their fast only after midnight mass. As the name implies, the Italian meal consists of (at least) seven seafood dishes, although some families go overboard (pardon th... »

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