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Watermelon: The Perfect Family Fun Month Treat   Family Fun Month is here and what better way to enjoy the summer season than with some delicious watermelon. For those of us who haven’t grown out of the excitement that comes from the sight of watermelon alone, here are some fun ideas for the whole family to enjoy! Remember these are just some thought starters. There are so many more ways to have fun with watermelon so enjoy!       … continued…

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We’re all guilty of it. Waiting “til last minute to get dad a gift – which usually results in some epic gift fails. In case you’re wondering, dad was not ecstatic last year when you gave him a brand new set of tools. He smiled yes – but secretly he hated it. Dad won’t tell you that, but we will… because darn it, we love dads and they should get super awesome gifts on their day. So here are some … continued…

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Jerky is revolutionizing the world of snacks in unimaginable ways that will change the world as we know it… Ok maybe that was a little exaggerated. But we agree that jerky is definitely trending as a tasty, practical, low-cal protein-packed snack. So what’s the scoop on jerky? Well, here are 10 interesting facts about this delicious delight that many are calling “the hottest snack in America”. #1 Taste Meets Health So yes we agree that Jerky is high in sodium … continued…

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In honor of National No Housework Day (April 7) here are six ways to make kitchen cleanup quicker. Kitchen time-saver: place dirty utensils, plates, etc in soapy water as you cook. Click To Tweet 1. Before you start cooking, fill one side of your sink or a small plastic tub with hot soapy water. Then, as you are done with utensils, plates, pans, put those things straight into the soapy water. No residues dry out on the utensils and whether … continued…

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I admit to being a tech geek. I love using my iPad, even in the kitchen. But I still also love a great new cookbook filled with lovely photos and great notes or even essays, a book I can page through and mark up with post-it notes to remind me of recipes I want to try. So even while I aim for a paperless office, I’ll never give up on my cookbooks!   Here are (relatively) new releases worth a … continued…

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It seems like everywhere I look, there’s a new frozen yogurt store popping up. I must admit I do enjoy the sweet treat but is it really healthier than ice cream? Of course nothing with nutrition is ever black and white and this answer isn’t either. It just depends on the amount you eat, how often you eat it, and the toppings you add.   Here’s how frozen yogurt compares with ice cream. The base of the yogurt is 100 … continued…

Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

My family is about to embark on a late summer vacation – my husband and I and our two young children. From the minute we pull out of the driveway, I already know my kids will want to know if we have any snacks. It never seems to matter if we just ate before we left, there’s something about a packed car that seems to trigger their appetites. Sound familiar to anyone?   Being stuck in the car for several … continued…

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You’ve been there, right? Back from a great vacation, open the door to your house, head into the kitchen, and you are hit by a wall of “someone-forgot-to-take-out-the-trash-before-we-left” smell.   I think it’s far better to be organized about your kitchen as well as your packing ahead of time, when it really counts, whether you are heading away for a week or just a weekend. No one wants to come home to work, right? Here’s a checklist that might be … continued…

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Barb Freda Tips, Tools & Techniques

You know what a hack is, right? Something that makes your life easier. You’ll see a lot of short pieces floating around on the internet—life hacks, food hacks, kitchen hacks. I find them irresistible, and here are a few favorites (not all may be hacks, but there are some new ways to make life in the kitchen easier!).   1. Slicing cherry tomatoes (or any other seedless, small round objects in the kitchen such as grapes). This one made the … continued…

Barb Freda DIY Tips, Tools & Techniques

Summer is here and with that hopefully will come trips to the park, outdoor concerts, and picnics! Soggy sandwiches and warm coleslaw are not what you want to find in your picnic basket. It’s important to consider food safety as well as healthy foods that travel well when planning your outing.   • Start with a good heavy-duty blanket if you won’t be using a picnic table. Old quilts or comforters work well and can be washed and tossed in … continued…

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