About Joy Auch

Joy Auch

Joy Auch

Joy lives in Ontario County with her boys (two sons and her hubby). She runs to stay sane and spends lots of time with her boys splashing in their creek and catching frogs and snails. She is a New England native who promises not to share her sports allegiances, although as an alumna of Syracuse University, she loves (loves) SU sports! Joy is a regional communications manager at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Posts by Joy Auch

Escarole and Pastina Soup

This delicious Escarole and Pastina soup includes many Italian flavors that remind me of my childhood. This soup is perfect for a wintery day. Add chicken or sausage to make the soup heartier. Print Recipe Escarole and Pastina Soup Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 1 hour Servings people Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil1 cup…Read More »

Flavorful Escarole and Pastina Soup

This delicious Escarole and Pastina soup includes many Italian flavors that remind me of my childhood. What little Ragazzo or Ragazzi didn’t grow up feasting on ingredients such as escarole, tiny pastina, and cannellini beans? Alisa Fanara, my co-worker (and fellow Italian), shared this recipe. This soup is perfect for a wintery day. Add chicken or sausage…Read More »

A Mom’s Guide: Enjoying Winter in Upstate NY

I’ve recently dragged my family on a multitude of wintery adventures. Winter in upstate New York is frigid, endless and very snowy. I wanted to find ways to enjoy this time of year, not loathe it! All of our adventures revolved (mostly) around getting outside and moving. I’m happy to report that all of our…Read More »

From Addict To Leader: One Woman’s Path To Sobriety

Sarah Lee reflects on her sobriety whenever she walks by a corner room on the second floor of the Jennifer House in Rochester. She took her first step toward sobriety while staying in the yellow room at the house run by Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach. The house is a short-term residence for women who are…Read More »

5 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick

Our family’s unfortunate holiday tradition doesn’t revolve around lavish turkey dinners or cheery family togetherness. ‘Tis the season – instead – for retching up meals, dining on popsicles and shivering from fevers while buried under layers of blankets. For my family, the stomach bug is like an old friend who returns to visit every year…Read More »

Simple Stress-Busting Tips For The Holidays

Lisa Cooper did a small thing the other day that helped lessen her holiday stress. She got home before her kids, threw a quick dinner together and actually did a quick workout before anyone got home. She ran in place in her living room, did a few wall squats, planks and stretches. Then, she capped…Read More »

Do’s and Don’ts of Helping Someone Quit Smoking

Don’t smoke? You might think the Great American Smokeout and other quit smoking efforts don’t apply to you. But if you have a friend, family member or co-worker who wants to quit, there are things you can do to show your support. “Smoking is incredibly addictive and it’s a very hard habit to quit,” said…Read More »

Trick or Treat? Breaking the Holiday Weight Gain Cycle

I’m proud of my self-restraint. There’s a bag of Snickers buried deep in my pantry. It’s the third week of October, during candy gorging season, and I have yet to rip open the bag and indulge. I love candy. I really love Halloween. Every year, my somewhat healthy eating habits take a sharp spiral downward.…Read More »

Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips

Never again will I buy a bag of tortilla chips from the grocery store. I can make my own, healthier and lower-salt version with this recipe for homemade corn tortilla chips. Print Recipe Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Servings servings Ingredients 8 6-inch corn tortillasnon-stick cooking spray Prep…Read More »

If It’s Hard To Be Healthy, You’ll Love This Easy Meal

I recently dined on quite the spread: Homemade corn tortilla chips with southwestern black-eyed pea and corn salad. Oh, and apple crisp for dessert. People with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and the staff who help them, whipped up this healthy and very tasty meal. They prepared these foods during the Arc of Monroe’s first-ever Cooking…Read More »