About Marie Dittmer

Marie is a registered dietitian with a master of arts in physical education/cardiac rehab. She’s a homeschooling mom of four who enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and writing about food, nutrition, and health issues.

Eight Simple Strategies for a Healthier Holiday Season

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Eight Simple Strategies for a Healthier Holiday Season The Holiday season is here, and with it an avalanche of calories, fat, and sugar finds its way into the typical American diet. Amish or not we find ourselves tempted at every corner with holiday offerings of pies, cookies, candy, snack mixes, and other not-so-healthy foods that… Read More

Simple Baked Eggs

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I’ve noticed a new trend among some of my city-dwelling friends and acquaintances lately – they want to raise chickens in their back yard. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s with the idea that the eggs and meat from these chickens are healthier. Or perhaps it’s a longing for a simpler way of life or… Read More

First Impressions and Avocado Hummus with Jalapeno

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I’ve been thinking about first impressions lately, and how they are often incomplete. Take my oldest son, for example. He’s quite tall at almost 6’ 7” and people frequently make assumptions about his interests and abilities. Three or four times each week he has someone ask him the same three-word question: “basketball or volleyball?” when… Read More

Nellie’s Bread Crumb Cookies

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I have a bookcase in my kitchen that holds a number of cookbooks. There are well-known ones, like The Joy of Cooking, or the all-familiar Better Homes and Garden New Cook Book – you know, the one with the red and white checks. However, I also have a number of cookbooks I’ve bought for fundraisers… Read More

6 Ways to Stop Busyness from Winning

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The older I get the faster life goes by – or so it seems. The older my kids get, the busier I am. There are always activities or work or play dates to get to and to be picked up from. That’s in addition to my own activities. It’s a busy season of life and… Read More

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

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My summer is going by much too quickly. It’s already July – time to slow down a little and enjoy the warm weather and longer days. I like to think of kids running through the sprinkler, long walks in the cool of evening with my honey, and sitting on the porch with a tall glass… Read More

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