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Westlund’s Apple Market celebrates 100th anniversary with rib cook-off

Calling Westlund’s Apple Market a Lansing mainstay is quite an understatement. On April 11, the market reached its 100th anniversary — a remarkable milestone no matter what industry you’re in.

Peas in earth

Gardening is a conversation with the earth. The gardener does something, and the earth responds via the outcome. If you plant a tomato seedling upside down, for example, the earth will happily swallow it, thereby ending the discussion.
MONDAY, April 19 — Four-term Lansing City Councilwoman Kathie Dunbar is denying allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination that were made less than 24 hours after she announced …
It won’t be visible from outer space, but the latest attraction on Lansing’s resurgent riverfront promises to make a big splash of color and laughter and draw kids and parents from many miles around.
Two former Lansing area women have accused Virg Bernero of sexual harassment and unwanted touching.
Lansing City Councilwoman Patricia Spitzley formally announced her mayoral campaign this afternoon.
Two former Lansing area women who have accused Virg Bernero of sexual harassment are speaking out again this week after the former three-term Lansing Mayor minimized and denied the incidents last week.

New Lansing restaurants open or coming soon

With vaccines available to every Michigander over 16, restaurants in the Lansing area are hoping to prepare for a return to business as usual. The warmer weather won’t hurt, either. If you’re looking to venture out into the world again after a year of isolation, consider trying one of these restaurants that have recently cropped up.

New Lansing eateries to try this spring

As spring comes to Lansing, its residents have much to look forward to. Vaccines are rolling out. That big boat is finally unstuck. And last but not least, there are new restaurants opening up around …

Flash in the Pan: Maple pecan pie

A maple tree in April is a force to be reckoned with. The sap flows with a vengeance, squeezed by specialized cells that expand during the heat of day to create more pressure in a maple tree than in the inside of a car tire.

Tea-dyed eggs

The egg came first. Let’s just get that out of the way. For millions of years before humans domesticated the feathered lizards known today as “chickens,” countless generations of amphibia and reptiles, including dinosaurs, were laying eggs. The egg is an amazing system for nurturing young beings that’s just plain awe-inspiring when you think about it. It’s also a delicious and beautiful form of animal protein that no animal had to die for.

Alcohol-free bar opens in Lansing

Lansing has new digs for those looking to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a bar without the social pressures of drinking.
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Making Diet Decisions During A Pandemic
(NAPSI)—Dreadful as the pandemic has been, for some people it has meant a positive health change. Three in 10 Americans made a major change to their diet during this time, according to new …

This Heart Month, Pledge to Help Your Heart with These 3 Fitness Tips

(NewsUSA) - It's Heart Month and a good time to have a little heart-to-heart with yourself about the health of your ticker. Heart disease is one of the deadliest diseases in the nation, but the good …

A Surprising Assistant

(NAPSI)—Here’s a hot tip: Most baking enthusiasts may not realize it, but turning out great baked goods can be easier with a quality kitchen appliance that’s NOT the stove. It’s the sink. …

Easy Fish Friday options for kids and adults

(BPT) - Fish Friday is an important part of Lent, and if you honor this tradition, you’re probably looking to add something different to the menu. At the same time, you’re probably not …

Better-for-You Family Breakfasts

Making sure your family members get a nutritious start to the day is an important job, and by focusing on a few wholesome ingredients, such as real milk, simple and healthful dishes can quickly become family favorites.

A Fresh Twist on Fajitas to Support Family Nutrition

Gather fresh onions and bell peppers to mix with earthy, wholesome mushrooms as the heart of this plant-forward dish.

The Busy Family’s Holiday Hacks: Stress-Busting Tips to Help You Get Through the Season

(BPT) - The holidays are right around the corner which means more to-do’s and less time to do them in. With all the planning and stressing, don't let mealtime inspiration suffer and cooking fatigue set in! This holiday season, whether you have a houseful or a handful, Lauren Barth shares tips to make meal-planning less stressful, more joyous and downright hassle-free.

A Protein Twist for Tasty Family Meals

Add excitement to the weekly menu with a recipe like these Crunchy Buffalo Baked Veal Cutlet Sandwiches, which offers the classic combination of Buffalo sauce and blue cheese in a dish that requires less than an hour in the kitchen.

Why eggs are an important first food for children

(BPT) - Trying to decide what first foods to feed your baby? Second-generation egg farmer Ross Dean knew that eggs would be one of his son's first foods once he was old enough to start eating solid foods.

Ice Cream Made with Love for Mom

This delicious Very Berry and Creamy Coconut Ice Cream was created with mothers in mind.

A Simple, Nutritious Recipe with Sustainability in Mind

Consider a delicious, health-conscious and sustainable recipe like this Asparagus Tartine, which requires less than half an hour in the kitchen and less than a dozen common ingredients.

Fix Up a Flavorful Spring Table

Finding the perfect recipe to share with loved ones can prove to be a year-round challenge.

Fresh Salads Perfect for Spring

Creating a cool, satisfying salad can be easy when you start with quality ingredients like Fresh Express salad blends, NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes and Litehouse dressings for versatile bases in a nearly endless array of options.

A Beautifully Baked Beef Dinner

For something truly wholesome, try this Beef Tenderloin with Roasted Cauliflower and Spinach Salad. It’s a full meal the whole family can enjoy, and you’ll be surprised at how easy it makes it to feed all the smiling faces.

A Signature Side Dish

Next time you’re looking for a versatile, delicious side dish nearly everyone will love, try these Horseradish Mashed Potatoes. They have a perfect potato texture and are full of creamy goodness with a horseradish kick to savor.

Easter Dip Goodness

Easter is about coming together with loved ones, enjoying beautiful spring weather and eating your family’s favorite foods.

Slurping on Sunshine

Try this Sunshine Smoothie for something cool and refreshing during the sunny seasons. This recipe will have nearly everyone feeling re-energized and ready for more warm weather.

Serve a Sweet Treat

This Carrot Cake recipe is a traditional take on the timeless treat and created using everyday ingredients.

A Lemon Delight for Any Occasion

These fluffy little donuts are filled with light and scrumptious lemon flavor and covered with lemon sugar for a hard-to-resist lemony treat. 
Cooking Corner

This Spring Promises an Abundant and Flavorful California Avocado Season

(NAPSI)—Springtime in California brings a plethora of vibrant, local ingredients, including fresh California avocados, for home and professional chefs alike to elevate their seasonal dishes. This …
Cooking Corner

Twice-Baked California Sweetpotatoes

(NAPSI)—Trying to incorporate more healthy foods into your cooking repertoire? Think California Sweetpotatoes. Nutritious and delicious, California Sweetpotatoes are filled with plenty of vitamins …
Holiday Hints

5 Tips To Save Time (And Sanity) This Holiday Season

(NAPSI)—Doesn’t it seem like the most wonderful time of the year is actually the most stressful time of the year? Add to that a global pandemic, virtual schooling and working from home and it may …
Nutrition In A Nutshell

Try This Simple, Scrumptious Side Dish

(NAPSI)—Imagine this: consuming a few small bites a day can help you manage your weight and reduce your risk of diabetes, gallstones, heart disease and cancer. It’s not some new miracle drug, …

Pop Up New Traditions This Holiday Season

(NAPSI)—Although the holiday season may be a little different this year for families, you don’t have to say goodbye to fun and good cheer. Create new traditions and make lasting memories of …
Holiday Tips

Start A Few New Traditions This Holiday Season

(NAPSI)—For many families this holiday season will be like no other. Without the gathering at the table, some traditions will be impractical this year. So this may be a good time to try …
Happy Halloween Ideas

New Treats And Traditions For Your Little Goblins

(NAPSI)—With in-person trick-or-treating in question these days, many Washington parents are re-thinking ways for their children to celebrate Halloween.  If going door-to-door is not an …
Cooking Corner

Easy Buttermilk Mashed Sweetpotatoes

(NAPSI)—Side dishes are often the best part of a meal, and mashed potatoes are among the top contenders. Here’s a very simple take on that old favorite with a modern twist—mashed California …
Fabulous Fruit

Naturally Boost Your Immunity Year-Round With Vitamin C-Rich Frozen Strawberries

(NAPSI)—As greater importance is placed on building strong immune systems these days, nutrients such as vitamin C are gaining in popularity. According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, fruits …
Safety Sense

When Sending A Gift From Your Garden, Beware: Don’t Pack A Pest

(NAPSI)—While gardeners enjoy their harvests, many want to share their bounty with friends and family who live far away. But that could be a problem. Invasive pests can hitchhike on homegrown …
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(BPT) - As most Americans have heard by now, whole grains are good for us — dietary guidance tells us to “make half our grains whole,” cereal boxes and bread bags tout their whole …
(BPT) - When you open your kitchen pantry, is it streamlined and tidy or more cluttered and chaotic? The state of your home impacts your state of mind, so getting better organized in the kitchen can …
(BPT) - There’s no time quite like family time. And what better way to enjoy those moments with your little ones than cooking, baking and making snacks together? According to The New York …
(BPT) - If you’re among the 50 million Americans who plan to wet a line this year, there’s no doubt that as you wait to feel that familiar tug at the end of your fishing line this summer, …

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