THE NEW SUPERFOOD
Local fitness experts Mike and Stephanie Morris and their nieces, sisters Molly Jones-Gray and Stephanie Jones-Jordan of Seattle, have come up with a dynamite all-natural oat mix that is a superfood of taste — trust me, it’s delicious. Called Molly’s Muesli, the mix includes rolled oats and oat bran; pumpkin, chia, ground flax and sesame seeds; and cinnamon. The high-fiber muesli’s heart healthy Omega 3s and 6s help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and are a rich source of minerals, protein and monounsaturated fat. It’s blended and packaged by Targil Seasoning of Opelousas. (The sisters’ parents are former NFL QB Bert Jones and Opelousas native Danni Dupuis Jones, Stephanie Dupuis Morris’ sister.) The Seattle residents know a little something about nutrition, as Molly is a Bastyr University-educated Naturopathic Doctor (and non-practicing midwife), and Stephanie is a registered dietician at a Seattle hospital; the Morrises are nationally renowned health experts for their Resist-A-Ball program, owners of Full Health Circle LLC and are contracted by Opelousas General Health System to service its employee wellness program. You can substitute the muesli for flour in just about any recipe and be sure to sprinkle about a quarter cup on your cereal or yogurt for a daily boost. Check out the website, fullcircle-nutrition.com, for great recipes. Make your way to Sandra’s Health Food Store on Rena Drive and grab a 2.11-pound bag, $12.39, or pick it up at Benny’s Supermarket on S. Union Street in Opelousas. — Leslie Turk
Let berry-scented crawfish “soapettes” crawl through your bathtub after you enjoy the real thing on your dining table. These mini glycerin soaps are poured and hand-crafted in Louisiana, and they take on the appearance of the state’s signature dish, without the Tony Chachere’s, of course. At $4.50 a dozen, mini crawfish critters can bejewel any bathtub or soap-dish with a Cajun flair and refreshing scent. If crawfish aren’t your style, the Mardi Gras Shop also makes fleur-de-lis and alligator-shaped soaps for the same price — nearly any Cajun country staple can transform into a glycerin concoction. All the Cajun creatures can be found on etsy.com if you search “Su Stella,” the woman who crafts these adorable, cleansing swamp friends. — Andrea Gallo
The Norpro Comfort Grip Deluxe Scraper doesn’t seem like one of those kitchen must-haves until you need to clean a pan and realize that, oh wait, you can’t get into its nooks and crannies with enough force or dexterity and you don’t want to damage said pan. The scraper is simple enough: it’s plastic and comes in bright colors and has a sturdy grip, with one rounded scraping edge and one more pointed scraping edge to better get into corners and turn circles in a pot. It doesn’t scratch the surface so it’s safe to use on any kind of pan. You use half as much dish soap and exert half as much sweat — and it’s cheap. For $1 at The Kitchen Shop in Grand Coteau, it’s a miniature lifesaver for a likewise price. Oh, and if you get candle wax on something or spill on a hard floor, it’s a dream. — Anna Purdy
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
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The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.