The birds are chirping the flowers are blooming—Spring is here! Makes you want to roll up your sleeves and get to it! Time for Spring cleaning! I'm not talking about digging into your closets and under your bed—ferreting out the dust bunnies and donating unused items "Kondo" style—although it is a good idea. I'm talking about Spring cleaning your pantry!

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,

Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;

From: In the bleak midwinter by Christina Rossetti

February is dull and dark and cold…..but at the same time full of promise. The earth is beginning to tilt toward the sun and every day the sun shines in February the snow and ice melt---it's true---there are more icicles in February than any other winter month—that is because the ice/snow is melting. Hurray!

May is National Salad Month! Let's celebrate by eating more salads! If you are trying to eat healthier, salad is often our "go to" when ordering at a restaurant. It sounds healthy, right?

Restaurant entree salads are not always the best choice. Some can weigh in at over 1100 calories! Read the description carefully: fried chicken? In a salad? Really?

Watch for salads loaded with bacon, cheese, dried fruit, and croutons. Opt for one of two of these delicious add- ins—not all of them.

It's fair time and that means fair food!

Corn dogs and cotton candy---what trip to the fair would be complete without them? Ask anyone what they enjoy most about the fair and many will say ---THE FOOD! Pizza on a stick, fried butter, chocolate covered bacon, the list is endless. What is your favorite? The once a year treat can pack some big calories into your regular diet, so here are a few tips.