I’ve been sick, the kids have been sick, and life just keeps happening. After not only hitting the wall but sliding down it into an exhausted puddle on the floor, I declared this week to focus only on rest and healing. It felt so strange to put the breaks on after going


Going with the Grain Wheat Berry Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered the first of this year’s Going with the Grain Giveaways. A winner has been selected and will be receiving their Wheat Berries shortly. Win or lose make sure to give the No Chop Chili recipe a try. There is nothing drives away the winter chill like coming home


The Biggest Loser Record We Should Have Seen Coming… (contains spoilers)

I just watched last night’s Biggest Loser season finale episode. While the confetti fell I sat staring at the t.v. feeling stunned and uncomfortable. Biggest Loser producers have a brand new record on their hands but I doubt it is one they are celebrating and as a viewer I can’t believe I


Bob’s Red Mill Announcement and Giveaway!

Last week I dropped a quick note to a contact over at Bob’s Red Mill. After declaring my mission to “Go with the Grain” in 2014 I could think of no better ally than a company who’s specialty is wholesome whole grains. There were a handful of a enthusiastic emails and then


Peanut Butter Oat Cookies

You can’t go wrong pairing a couple of these peanut butter cookies with a cup of tea or milk. They sweet, peanut buttery, and soft in the middle with just a hint of crispness around the edge. It is like a health minded evil villain zapped 7 dozen giant bakery cookies with a


Easiest Slowcooker Chili

  [Update: Share this recipe between 2/3/2014 and 2/7/2014 for a chance to win wheat berries from Bob's Red Mill - Details Here] In the quest to get to know all of the grains in Bon Appetit’s January 2014 Cooking School Issue, I am ahead of the game! I have been sitting on


Going with the Grain

  For Christmas I gave my sister, and myself, a subscription to Bon Appetit magazine. I thought it was going to be just a bunch of pretty pictures of food I would never make because I don’t have the urge to cook a standing rib roast with confit potatoes nor do I


Cinnamon Granola Clusters

The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play… Actually it was raining sideways and Mr. Second Helpings had to go out and prop up part of our aging back fence with a spare 2×4. The fence was not the only thing that needed attention. The Little Helping was awash


How Much Should I Eat to Lose Weight?

Standard disclaimer: I am not a health professional. Nothing on this site is ever intended to replace the advice of a doctor, nutritionist, or other certified and licensed professional. Our Lady of Second Helpings strongly suggests seeking the guidance of a professional before beginning a new health plan. I love answering questions!


Resolutions: Less “How” More “Why” – or – I can’t believe I’m going to admit this!

Five years ago, I was chatting with a co-worker, shortly after “coming out” about my new weight loss regimen. She asked a few questions about how things were going and I proudly shared the number of pounds already gone. She expressed enthusiasm for my progress then followed up with an obvious, but personal,