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Truman At The Wisconsin Dog Fair

I adopted Truman from the Australian Cattle Dog Rescue of Illinois on April 11, 2010. It was one of best things I have ever done. Each year we participate in the Wisconsin Dog Fair at the Alliant Energy Center. It's happening this Sunday, November 2nd from 10 til 4. This is an event where you can get up close and personal with 150 breeds of dogs so you can educate yourself on what kind would be right for you and your family. Truman and I will be representing the Australian Cattle Dog breed in the "Herding" section. Stop by and say hello and give Truman a belly rub.

This isn't an event where you can bring in your own dog but there will be lots of vendors there for you to find something fun to take home to your pooch. You'll also see lots of demonstrations in fly ball and agility and police dog training and more. It's really a fun day to walk around and pet all the dogs and see them in action. Click the link above for all the info. Truman and I will see you Sunday!

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What's THIS thing?

Have you ever gone to the grocery store and seen a big, beautiful display of autumn squash that makes you want to buy several, except, you have no idea the name of each one or how to cook them, let alone how each one tastes? I have been there.

Copps and Pick N Save know many of us have no idea about all the different varieties of squash but would LIKE to. So, they came up with this wonderful, easy to read chart that describes all the different varieties of Autumn squash and how they taste so you know exactly what to pick out AND how to prepare it next time you find yourself longing after all those beautiful gourds.

Food education. It's a good thing thanks to Copps and Pick N Save. By the way, Acorn, Butternut and Delicata squash are my favorite. SO good!

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Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner

Chicken is one of my favorite things to eat. It's my go-to protein. I eat chicken almost every day BUT there are times when I get tired of eating it the same way (which is usually broiled with a little Italian seasoning). I don't want to waste it but sometimes it's hard to gulp down another bite of plain broiled chicken.

I knew I could count on and to offer me more recipes and ways to prepare and enjoy my chicken. Have they ever! Just look at all these great ideas. I'm printing this article out and putting up on my fridge. Next time you have left over chicken you can spruce it up with one of these tips.

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Soup's On!

I've never been that good at making homemade soups and stews. For as much as I love to cook I find my soups turn out watery and flavorless. Eventually, I just gave up trying to make them even though I love preparing them.

Copps and Pick N Save are here to help me become a better cook with all kinds of features on their website including this article I found on soups and stews. They offer some really good tips. And I know that I will find dozens of new soup and stew recipes I can try in the recipe sections of and If you love a good soup or stew on a Sunday afternoon of football watching, let's trying making a good one together. Happy cooking.

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Fresh Is Best

Once you cook with and eat the freshest food available to you, it's hard to go back to using processed food. And that's why I love shopping at Copps and Pick N Save because it's their commitment to provide the best local produce they can find. In fact Copps and Pick N Save sell more local produce over the course of a year than any other grocer in Wisconsin. To me that says commitment to keeping me healthy and happy. And I'll find all those locally grown organic herbs too. Fresh herbs just make every dish come alive and I feel even better knowing they are all organic, all locally grown. I'm giving back to my community when I shop Copps and Pick N Save. And their websites help you find what's in season, what's award winning and lets you meet the farmers growing all that good food for you. Click here to find out more about Copps and Pick N Save's local produce.

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Decorating For Fall

Since autumn is my favorite time of year I like to pull out the autumn decorations in September right when school starts. Gourds, tiny pumpkins, colored corn, fake fall leaves, twinkling lights…they are all adorn my fireplace mantel and other parts of my house. My front porch is covered with mums and corn stalks and pumpkins and bales of hay. I just love the colors and the feel of all of it. Autumn just makes me happy more than any other season.

Then I realized that autumn is the time of year that my decorations stay up the longest. I literally have my autumn decorations up from early September through Thanksgiving. That's almost three whole months. I take them all down after Thanksgiving and put up my Christmas decorations. But honestly, Christmas decorations only stay up for five weeks at best. I keep mine up through New Year's day and slowly put them away a little at a time. It's so much work to put everything up and it seems like even more work to take everything down. But truly the holiday season starts in September for me and lasts through the first week of January. It's nice to change things up in your home and make it feel festive. Autumn is such a great excuse to do that. Hope you are enjoying the colors of autumn even if you aren't decorating for the season.

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Color Coded Health

It's so true that the older we get the more we really need to pay attention to what we eat and how many nutrients we're putting into our bodies on a daily basis. I'm a woman who needs to add A LOT of extra calcium, vitamin D, potassium and magnesium to my diet. It wasn't always easy to keep track of all the foods I needed to buy and eat to give me my daily allotment of each vitamin and mineral. Then Copps and Pick N Save came up with a brilliant way for everyone to buy just the right foods for their individual diets and health needs.

It's with their "health key". They have color coded everything that has passed their strict quality standards. Food rich in calcium has a yellow tag. Potassium rich foods are coded hot pink. And foods that are considered good sources of fiber are coded a deep purple. You can find out more about Copps and Pick N Save's health key right here. A grocery store that really cares about the foods I eat to stay healthy. Wow. You'll find that at Copps and Pick N Save. Always going the extra mile.

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