Lady J blog, Food

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Marijuana Laws and Special Brownie Protein Bites

Pot. Mary J. Cannabis. Grass. Dope. Ganja. Smokinnn a doobie. Whatever you want to call it, Marijuana is a hot topic in the news and political arena. Twenty-eight states and Washington, D.C. have made marijuana legal for medicinal purposes. Seven states and the Washington, D.C. have laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use. In states like California, dispensaries look more like the Apple Store than pharmacies, with the special stuff coming in different flavors, potencies and products,

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Lady J | April 20, 2017

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Cottage Food Laws & Homemade Granola

Do you ever go to farmer’s markets and daydream about quitting your day job and selling your famous jam or granola? Glad I’m not the only one. Usually when you sell food you’re subject to Department of Health regulations and other state regulations that require you to have a licensed commercial kitchen. But there are laws in place, called cottage food laws, to help the little people out who want to sell their food on a small scale.

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Lady J | March 21, 2017

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St. Patty’s Day Gift Idea: Dried Herbs

Before Dave and I had Tripp, we had two children: our dog, Riggins, and our garden. We would get up every morning and water the garden while drinking our coffee. Before we concerned ourselves with baby throw up, waking up in the middle of the night, etc. we were really perplexed about our dill plant that wouldn’t stop growing (I know, problems).  It started out as an innocent little seedling, and quickly becoming the most flourishing plant in our garden.

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Lady J | March 16, 2017

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Daylight Savings Time & Overnight Oatmeal Chia Bowls

On this Sunday, March 12, we lose an hour of sleep. If you’re a glass half full kind of person, that means we gain an hour of sunshine at the end of the day, woohoo! But ya, that alarm is going off an hour earlier.  Daylight Savings Time wasn’t invented just to mess with our emotions twice a year, and hasn’t been around forever – it’s actually based on a law.

Daylight Savings Time got its root during WWI,

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Lady J | March 09, 2017

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Can you copyright a recipe? And Yummy Mini Chicken Pot Pies…

Copyrighting Recipes

Calling all food bloggers out there! The internet is full of gourmet chefs showcasing their latest unique recipe, and wanna-be-foodies simply copying recipes from their Ina Garten cookbook and calling it their own. So how do the truly innovative chefs keep their hard-earned recipes from being copied by imposters posting their recipes online without permission? You may be thinking copyright law, and you’d be partly right. Copyright law protects original works of authorship,

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Lady J | February 13, 2017

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Trump: What Can the President Legally Do?

On January 20th, Donald J. Trump will become America’s 45th President. We’ve all heard a lot about what Trump plans to do as Commander-in-Chief from his lively campaign – build a wall, bring back jobs, drain the swamp, lock her up (maybe not so much). We know being president has its perks –  getting to take unlimited vaca on Air Force One and rolling around with a fleet of shiny black suburbans, but the reality is the president can’t actually do whatever he wants,

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Lady J | January 17, 2017
certified organic berries

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Organic: What’s in a Name?

It’s hard to go anywhere without hearing someone throw around the word “organic.” Gwyneth Paltrow can’t stop talking about her organic cleanses, organic cold-pressed juice shops are popping up on every corner, and Starbucks even carries organic coffee. And so you shop at Whole Foods (cough Whole Paycheck cough) to seek out these special items. But why do you spend more money to buy “organic”?  What does “organic” really mean? And what’s to stop everyone from calling their food products “organic”?

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Lady J | January 09, 2017
carrageenan, almond milk

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Carrageenan: What’s in your almond milk?

Almond milk is a staple in my diet – I drink it by the glass, add it to cereal, and please don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee with steamed almond milk first thing in the morning. Almond milk can be as simple as mixing water with soaked almonds, and draining the pulp – but bottled almond milk sold in stores usually has at least a few artificial ingredients added to thicken and sweeten the milk.

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Lady J | December 30, 2016

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Fantasy Football & Pulled Pork Sliders

Fall may be over, but football season is here until February.  If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard someone talk about their fantasy football league in the last few months. And if you’re like me, you don’t really know what they’re talking about. It turns out that fantasy football is a competition among real people who select imaginary teams based on real players; the real people get points for their imaginary teams based on the game-day performance of their real players.

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Lady J | December 30, 2016

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FDA Regulation of Homeopathic Remedies & Tripp’s Teething Essentials

If you thought you were having a bad day, just be thankful you’re not the CEO of Hyland’s teething tablets. If you’re not a new mom recently faced with the terror of teething, you may have no idea what these little magic white pills are. Hyland’s teething tablets are a homeopathic remedy for teething. One sunny day in October, my perfect, smiley son Tripp turned into a screeching baby pterodactyl. I turned to my usual tricks for calming him down –

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Lady J | December 30, 2016