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Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate Fondue on Strawberrys

Ingredients 3 cups strawberries, rinsed and left whole or sliced   1 T. cocoa powder 1 T. agave or honey ½ oz. unsweetened baking chocolate ¼ cup + 1T. hot water ½ tsp. arrowroot or cornstarch ½ tsp. vanilla   2 tsp. peanut butter:  optional Directions Combine water, baking chocolate and agave in saucepan and… Read more »

Inflammatory Remarks

Inflammation is the process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses. Not all inflammation is bad. When you get a bruise blood and fluid rushes in to create that purplish swollen inflamed area, and eventually subsides. This is how… Read more »

Wine? OH!

When I came to the Oaks in 2000 I was 40 years old. I discovered something my first year working here- that alcohol consumption, particularly wine, was a definite factor  negatively effecting the lives of the average guest- a 50-70 year old woman! I was accustomed to asking questions about eating habits, but I learned… Read more »

Brain, Brain – Don’t Go Away

Your brain is involved in all aspects of day-to-day living, and the long, slow decline of “brain power” is NOT inevitable. Every human brain is wired differently, so part of our life journey is coming to understand our wiring so we work with our brain to learn, not against it. Within those differences in how… Read more »

Healthy Legacy

We are celebrating Mothers and Daughters this whole month here at the Oaks. It’s a wonderful time of connection and laughter and love here for staff and guests alike. The Oaks and a Spa Experience is one of many wonderful things moms we see are passing down to their daughters. So looking back, what did… Read more »

What Do YOU Do?

I am often asked this question by guests wondering about my personal habits with food and exercise, so this month, I’m going to give you my latest and greatest habits and tips! If I could choose one word that defines me in most ways it’s CONSISTENT. I’m not always right, or good, but I’m pretty… Read more »