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Baking Soda Trick

Most of the apples you get at the grocery store have been treated with all kinds of chemicals and pesticides. It’s wise to wash your apples as soon as you bring them home from the grocery store. The longer the pesticides sit on the fruit’s skin, the deeper they will sink into the fruit. You can get rid of most of those chemicals by giving your apples a good, long soak!  You can try just using ...

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3 Ingredient Apple Sauce

While making your own applesauce may sound like a huge undertaking, it’s a surprisingly simple task. All you need are 3 chopped and peeled apples, ¼  cup of water,  2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, a crockpot, and a potato masher! To make applesauce, you must first slice and core the apples of your choice. We recommend using sweeter apples, such as Fuji or Gala. Once cut, place the apple slices...

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Pick the Best Apples

Do you know how to pick the best apples out of the bunch?  You don’t want them to be too hard or too soft. Like Goldilocks in the home of the Three Bears, you have to find the ones that are just right. Pick up the apples you’re interested in and gently press your thumb against the side of the fruit. The skin should be firm and have just a small amount of give. Apples that are really soft, brui...

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Keep that Apple Crisp

Don’t you hate it when your sliced apples start to turn brown soon after you cut them? So much for skipping a step at lunchtime and having apples already cut… What if we told you there’s a way to cut your apple and still have it delicious and crisp by lunchtime? Once you’ve cut your apple, place a rubber band around its middle to hold the pieces together. This should keep the pieces from oxidi...

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Stay Safe Falling Back!

It’s that time of year again: the end of Daylight-Saving Time (DST). While we may rejoice at the idea of getting that blessed extra hour of sleep, the time change can have a big impact on our health! Changing our alarm clocks also forces our body’s internal clock, our circadian rhythm, to change too. Pushing our days an hour back can have an effect on both our bodies and minds.    You may not...

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'Tis the Season for Tasty Food!

There are still ways to eat healthier this holiday season!

It’s really easy to pack on the pounds during the holiday season. There is so much food to eat, and much of it isn’t exactly the healthiest. It’s hard to work off those holiday pounds, especially if you don’t know how many calories you need to burn. Here are a few holiday staples and their caloric values, as well the amount of exercise it would take to burn off those calories.   Thanksgivin...

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Family Health History

Did you know Thanksgiving has a twin? There’s another, less well-known day that happens on the same day as Thanksgiving: National Family Health History Day! It may not sound as fun as Thanksgiving, but it’s really important. And there’s no better time to discuss your family health history than when the whole family is gathered together!  Sit together and discuss everyone’s health history. Is t...

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The Best Biscuit Cutter

If you make homemade biscuits on Thanksgiving you know how hard it is to make sure they all come out close to the same size. Sometimes eyeballing it just doesn’t cut it. So, how do you get more uniform biscuits without having to buy a biscuit cutter? Try this simple hack! It turns out, the base of a wine glass is the perfect size for a biscuit. Roll out your biscuit dough and take out a wine g...

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Quick Potato Wash

Need to cut down on prep-time this Thanksgiving? You can skip the tedious task of scrubbing potatoes clean by trying this easy hack! All you need is a dishwasher.  Yep. A dishwasher. Make sure there’s no soap left in your dishwasher before trying this out. Stick your potatoes on the top rack of your dishwasher. Once it’s loaded with spuds, close the dishwasher and set it to the rinse cycle. J...

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Can't Open the Jar?

Got a jar you just can’t seem to get open? Don’t strain your wrists trying to force it! Instead, try out this little hack.    Grab some duct tape and stick a few inches of it onto the lid. Give yourself a few more inches hanging off and then fold it in half. Hold the jar in one hand and the folded end of the tape in the other. Carefully tug on the folded end to easily open the lid of that pes...

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