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How to Easily Cut and Prep a Cantaloupe -or any other melon

How to Easily Cut and Prep a Cantaloupe -or any other melon

September 8, 2021

Don't have time to watch a video? Do you love melons but wonder how to prep? Listen and learn a great technique on how to easily cut and prep a cantaloupe, personal-size watermelon, and more.




Squash Up and Carry On! Patty Pan Squash Lasagna for a Plant-rich Lifestyle

Squash Up and Carry On! Patty Pan Squash Lasagna for a Plant-rich Lifestyle

August 26, 2021


Want to add more veg to your lifestyle? Got a pattypan squash and want to do more than eat raw, roast or saute it? Enjoy listening to this new podcast series of IYSL on recipes and tips to use more veg in interesting ways for your table. Let's start with squash! Squash up, and carry on.

Author: Food ELEVATED Cookbook


Breaking Through with “Yes”

Breaking Through with “Yes”

July 22, 2021

KT_beek_image9npzk.jpgGrowing up on a big farm in Eastern Colorado, KT Thompson’s life always revolved around agriculture and seasonal "stuff" - except a 13-month stint in which she had a normal shift job as a phlebotomist. She completed her undergraduate in Microbiology and currently is a high school science teacher in rural Northeastern Colorado.

In recent years, she has traveled to Europe with a group of students, began beekeeping, completed a Master of Science in Biology through the University of Nebraska in Kearney. Her first manuscript, "Supplemental Feeds and Foraged Corn Grain Dust: A Comparison of the Number of Days Survived In Vitro by Young Adult Honey Bees (Apis mellifera)" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Apicultural Science. KT started teaching and mentoring other beekeepers and has completed all coursework towards her Journeyman Certification through the Colorado State Beekeepers Association.

She is the president of the Eastern Colorado Beekeepers Association and has been elected to the CSBA board as an advisor.

KT is a life-long learner, exploring life, discovering personal aptitudes and strengths, and focuses on the simple “yes” statements to continue self-development, be a bit impulsive, spontaneous and living life to the fullest.

Wendy McMillan - Writer, Recipe Developer - Nourishing From the Heart

Wendy McMillan - Writer, Recipe Developer - Nourishing From the Heart

May 10, 2021

wbiopic2_b_w2blugq.pngHappy Apple Natural Kitchen is my comfort writing food and evolving recipe collection. I am a freelance writer, healthy recipe developer, former Kindergarten teacher, and most of all mama, as well as a dedicated endurance runner passionate about healthy living. In the past, I fell into a lonely power struggle with food. It was something I feared, obsessed over, and defined myself by via attempts to control my consumption of it. I lost myself and my health, relationships, and focus suffered.

One day hitting rock bottom, it struck me with renewed clarity, it was time to let go.  I began learning to appreciate and understand food for what it is. It's fuel. Sustenance. It's a beautiful, powerful gift.  It’s communion and community. It's a means to health, and it's meant to be shared. 

Knowledge is progress. Making a commitment to continually educate myself around changing developments in health and nutrition provided a ladder out of a hole, but love transformed everything. Becoming a parent, I've reveled in the fascinating journeys and impact of healthy food in a whole way. Sharing joyful preparation and appreciation alongside my adventurous eater, I was struck in a new way by the incredible, impact of positive role modeling. This includes our relationship to food, but is most importantly about the way we love ourselves and each other.

I love experimenting in the kitchen. I love the bright colors, varied textures, and crisp sounds of produce on the cutting board. I love to bake, to gift from the heart, and to explore ways of being healthfully creative and economical. I hope we can share our discoveries and savor the enjoyments of life less processed. I hope you find something helpful in this collection of plant-based dishes that nourish our active family and fit with busy days and conscious budgets.

~Wendy  (4500+ followers)

Children's cookbook - Plot to Plate: Grow, Cook, Create!

To discuss opportunities for recipe development, contact Wendy at

From Root to REAL Food - Creating Heritage Grain Craft Pasta on the CO Front Range - Claudia Bouvier - co-owner Pastificio Boulder

From Root to REAL Food - Creating Heritage Grain Craft Pasta on the CO Front Range - Claudia Bouvier - co-owner Pastificio Boulder

April 14, 2021

claudia_bouvier_photo8ifel.jpgClaudia Bouvier grew up surrounded by incredible artisanal foods—and her large Italian family. After moving to the US from Sao Paulo for her career as a Civil Engineer she often dreamed about the fresh pastas of her childhood and the memories of her travels in Italy.
Claudia and her husband Ted launched Pastificio Boulder in 2018. Along the way, they’ve partnered with like-minded farmers committed to growing organic, heritage grains, milled their own fresh flour, and experimented with numerous small-scale pasta production and drying techniques. Two of Pastificio Boulder’s craft pastas received the 2021 Good Food Awards.
Claudia first learned the art of pasta making as a child, with her Italian grandparents. And later through professional classes at the International Culinary Center in NYC and at the Laboratorio Sfoglia e Pasta Fresca de “La Salumeria”, in Bologna, Italy. She also advocates for sustainable agriculture and serves on the boards of Growing Gardens and Slow Food Boulder.


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phone: 646-373-1578 

Move Forward with Coaching - Cathy Liska, Founder/CEO Center for Coaching Certification

Move Forward with Coaching - Cathy Liska, Founder/CEO Center for Coaching Certification

April 5, 2021

Cathy Liska, is the CEO/Founder of the Center for Coaching Certification and is a Certified Coach Specialist, Certified Coach Trainer plus an MCC credentialed member (Master Certified Coach) of the International Coaching Federation.  As the “Guide from the Side®”, she is recognized internationally in coaching, training, conflict management, and facilitation. Cathy is a sought-after trainer and coach, drawing on her 30 years of experience in business ownership and management. Cathy certifies others to coach in her ICF-approved coach training programs and provides mentor coaching for those seeking a credential. Her personal mission statement is “People.” Cathy is known for her passion, positive attitude, inspiring success, plus training and coaching that empower others to achieve the results they desire.


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The Discipline of Simplicity - Kay Lisch Ph.D.

The Discipline of Simplicity - Kay Lisch Ph.D.

March 8, 2021

Kay_Red_1_aaqag.jpgKay A Lisch, Ph.D. founded the ComPro Group, Inc. in 1990 to be a catalyst for bringing people into balance and companies into alignment. Her mission is to guide individuals, teams, and organizations to engage their work with wisdom and compassion to create benefit for others. ComPro has successfully worked with over 70 organizations spanning energy, telecom, chemicals, health care, consumer products, transportation, finance, technology, manufacturing, government, service, and education.  Kay’s focus is informed by her D. in Organization Development from Ohio State University, her BA in Drama and English, from The University of Texas at Austin, and ongoing study of Buddhism, psychology, and social transformation. Along with her extensive corporate career, Kay and her x-husband, Jerry founded two centers for Tibetan Buddhism, which continue to provide meditation instruction and practice for thousands of students. Kay served as Board president for KTD (what is KTD) in Woodstock New York from 1985-95, where she supported the building of the monastery. KTD continues to serve as the seat for Tibetan Buddhism in the West.

She is a dedicated meditation student. Kay has practiced and taught yoga, meditation, and mind-body practices for over 40 years. Kay is currently engaged in a yearlong Yoga certification called Manifest Your Inner Teacher and a Mindfulness Certification program at Dallas Yoga Center.  Kay’s current passions are age-friendly medicine, conscious leadership,  longevity & conscious dying, ecstatic dance, compassionate caregiving, interfaith collaboration, women’s development,  and mind-body health. Kay will rock your soul and help you stay forever young and playful in your quest for inner radiance, bliss, and continuous evolution.

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Her website: ComproGroup

Linkedin: Kay Lisch

Facebook: Kay.Lisch

How We Transitioned to a Plant-based Lifestyle at 60(ish)

How We Transitioned to a Plant-based Lifestyle at 60(ish)

February 25, 2021

july_2021_veg_tableau_1__66qt8w.jpgWondering how anyone goes primarily plant-based? What is the inspiration? How long does it take? I share our story to help others who are considering adding more plants to their diet. I hope you enjoy this episode!

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Want to try the Plant-based Test Drive? Click here! 


Breathe Your Way to Calm - An Exercise with Lisa

Breathe Your Way to Calm - An Exercise with Lisa

February 19, 2021

Lisa_big_smilebo3za.jpg Got stress? Need some "me-time"? Time for a little self-care? Lisa Boesen, MAOM, CMC, shares her favorite relaxation exercise. 

Change - and Live by Design - Sarah Chartier, Ramsey Solutions Certified

Change - and Live by Design - Sarah Chartier, Ramsey Solutions Certified

February 17, 2021

sarah_chartier_familycropped8finb.jpgSarah Chartier, a Colorado bsiness owner who recently completed her certification as a financial coach. Sarah is also a franchise owner of The Spice and Tea Exchange Fort Collins,  a  ​Huge Packer Fan! Wisconsin beer, cheese, and Packers are in her blood!

Sarah is like many today – balancing being a business owner,  a wife, a mother of a kindergartener and step-mom to a middle-schooler,  juggling virtual schooling, continually expanding her own knowledge, keeping customers engaged, and, of course - shopping! Most importantly, learning to stay afloat when the waves are rough.

Sarah has made three career pivots, including to and from law enforcement (you have to hear this), and taking lessons learned along the way. She loves coaching - whether it is in the spice shop engaging customers in new experiences, in law enforcement with training, and now, helping others create sustainable lives to impact their future.

How does she it, what and how does she define important, where does she find her inspiration, and what does she want to leave us with today? Let’s find out!

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