Notes from the Lake

The official Blog of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

Kim O’Donnel is a trained chef, nationally recognized online food personality, and longtime journalist. Formerly of The Washington Post, Kim has also written for USA Today, Real Simple, Country Gardens and Culinate.

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What is your favorite kitchen tool and why?
Generally, I prefer hand-cranked tools to electric – food mill, potato masher, mortar & pestle, whisk.  I get great satisfaction witnessing the transformation of ingredients knowing that…

Yoga Remedies for Lower Back

3rd September 2013

Some Causes of Low Back Pain:
Backaches often result from a tug-of-war between the abdomen muscles and the gluteals (muscles in the bottom) and the hamstrings (muscles in the back of the thigh).
If the abdomen or thigh muscles are weak, the lower back frequently wins the tug-of-war and takes the load thereby working harder than it should.
Also, if you are carrying extra weight in the abdomen area, the body is pulled out of line and the lower back feels stress and strain from absorbing…

Heat Illness

14th August 2013

Back to school ads show corduroy pants, long-sleeved shirts and pullover sweaters. Stargazers claim that we are nearing the end of the "dog days of summer."

However, in many parts of the country, including Central Texas where this blog originates, temperatures in the low 100s and high humidity will continue for a few more weeks or perhaps even a couple more months.

Heat can create serious health problems especially for the elderly, the young, the sick, those without access to…