Trudging Through Winter with an Eye on Spring


As we’re trying to wind down a particularly brutal winter, it is extremely appropriate that we turn our attention to food. After all, I’m tired of thinking about snow, ice, traveling and school closures. I would rather focus on the fact that this weather is probably producing the most amazing, homemade comfort food dishes throughout our entire community. Now, I don’t want to pretend that I am one of the great cooks. I’m definitely not. But I do enjoy the opportunity to dine at one of our local establishments when I’m looking for a hot, spicy bowl of chili.

If you’re like me, you’ve indulged in some comfort foods throughout the last few months and are now turning to some healthier options. I suggest you try the recipe this month. It’s a layered salad that refrigerates overnight. I tried it and it was delicious. I’ve found that planning my healthy meals the night before has been helpful when trying to stay on track.

I’ve also tried to “lean in” to our winter season and find some things to do that take my mind off the winter blues. Because we live downtown, we’ve spent time walking around – even in a snowstorm recently. I don’t recommend that unless you’re wearing goggles, but we had a great time and laughed a lot.

My husband and I have also become quite fond of Thursday night music bingo at the Nuthouse in downtown Lansing. It’s so much fun if you’re a fan of music like we are. He is much better at it than I am, but I never give up trying. They play the music clip and just like regular bingo, you look for five across to win. I’m better at the pop ’80s and country music genres.

I guess I could have our cover girl Stephanie McCoy to partially thank for my love of country music. I started my business in 2002, the same year Stephanie and “Banana” Don started together on WITL. I loved listening to their banter every morning and still do. It’s amazing how on-air personalities can feel like old friends. Their longevity on the station and working together is a testament to how they have engaged with the community.

If you haven’t listened to Stephanie and Banana, I encourage you to tune in. They are always good for a laugh to get your day started.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Tiffany Dowling

Tiffany Dowling

Tiffany Dowling is the Founder and President of M3 Group, a full-service branding agency located in downtown Lansing, Mich. She is also owner and publisher of Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine and the Greater Lansing Business Monthly. Dowling has helped businesses and organizations with branding needs for more than a decade. Learn more at

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