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Couch to 2K and Challenging Challenges

When I was in my 20s, I did something called a Couch to 5K. I was in a health kick and decided I wanted to run a 5K. There's a program my friend Allison turned me on to called the Couch to 5K program. They set up non-runners to start running. You're supposed to be able to go from couch [...]

New West Test Kitchen: Potato Salad

What would the summer or fall be like without potato salad? Everyone has their individual preferences, as far as how to make said picnic fare, so we really went to work this time. We tried mayonnaise, salad dressing, vegannaise, sour cream, and greek yogurt. Without further ado, let's jump in to the testing. Potato Salad (Tistylee) I have a soft [...]

New West Test Kitchen: Chocolate Cake

First of all, welcome to the new, updated website. We're still working out a few things, but we're getting our feet under us, and hope to be done by next week. For now, we've got a New West Test Kitchen post coming up because it is FRIDAY! Today, I wanted to do something that we all know and love. Chocolate [...]

Signing Books and Hearing Reviews

Saturday was my very first book-signing event. We'd held a release party at my house in January, so I had a little experience having to talk about my book, but it was in the comfort of my own home, and not really open to the public. The Country Bookshelf, where the event was held, is a local bookstore, owned by [...]

New West Test Kitchen: Wedding Punch

We've all had this punch, right? The kind you watch someone putting together and you think... did they just buy a bunch of crap at the grocery store and pour it into a big bowl, yet it tastes awesome? This wedding punch we've all had is sort of the beverage equivalent of Dump Cake (which we'll also be doing). This [...]

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