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Overcooked the Bird?

The worst possible thing has happened this Thanksgiving… you overcooked the bird.    Nothing is worse on Thanksgiving than dry turkey. But you don’t have to throw it out. Try this simple hack!    Warm-up some chicken broth and drizzle it over the turkey. This will help moisten the meat and add flavor back into it. You can also use this trick on slices of leftover turkey to perk it back up! ...

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Silky Smoothe Spuds

Mashed potatoes are a staple at many Thanksgiving dinner tables. But, unfortunately, so are many other dishes. Odds are, your stovetop is in full use on Thanksgiving Day and you don’t have enough room to cook everything you want. Bust out that crockpot and get prepared to make some silky-smooth mashed potatoes.   Butter up your slow cooker and pour in some heavy cream and spoon in the potatoe...

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Pie Crust Perfection

Thanksgiving is the holiday of pies! Cherry pie. Pumpkin pie. Pecan pie. Chocolate pie. So many pies! No pie is created equal, though. Some require a little pre-baking. You may need to completely pre-bake a crust if your pie filling requires no baking, or partially pre-bake it if the filling requires a short cooking time. But if you’re like most people, pre-baking can be a bit of a problem. How...

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What Does It Take To Work Off That Holiday Food?

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.   Thanksgiving ...

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Ice Chest Hot Box Hack

Want to do some food prep before the house gets crowded when the family starts gathering together for Thanksgiving? Don’t worry about the food getting cold when you try this quick and easy Turkey Day hack! All you need is some aluminum foil, some folded towels, and an ice chest.   You read that right… an ice chest!   Ice chests are insulated containers, so they can keep their contents hot o...

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Beat the Bug!

Family time is the best time to spread love, and pictures are the best way to capture these special moments! But there’s one thing you don’t want to capture or spread when you’re huddled up together for a group photo… germs. What started out as just a tummy ache with everyone’s favorite five-year-old can quickly turn into the stomach flu for the entire family!  While it is often referred to as...

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How to Eat a Pomegranate

To eat the seeds, or not eat the seeds… that is the question many of us have when we sit down to enjoy a delicious pomegranate. You may look at the heavily seeded insides of the fruit and think back to all those times as a child when an adult told you if you swallowed a watermelon seed one would grow in your stomach, and you can only imagine the horror swallowing a pomegranate seed would have c...

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Pomegranates and Vitamin C

When you think of fruit rich in vitamin C, we’re sure you think of oranges. But, did you know pomegranates are rich in vitamin C, too? Pomegranates contain 48% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C!  Vitamin C is important for a variety of functions in your body, including your immune system. Fresh pomegranate juice is your best source of this powerful vitamin. Drink a cup of pomegranat...

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Nourish Your Hair

The past few days we’ve been discussing the benefits pomegranate has on the inside of your body, but it has some great benefits for the outside, too!    The antioxidants in pomegranate are as good for your hair as they are for your immune system! Antioxidants make hair follicles stronger and improve blood circulation, both factors that stimulate hair growth. Add pomegranate juice to your hair...

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Homemade Pomegranate Juice

We keep mentioning drinking pomegranate juice in our blogs. It can be a little on the pricey side buying a bottle of pomegranate juice on its own. Did you know it’s easy to make pomegranate juice yourself? All you need is a sharp knife, a bowl of water, a sieve, a blender, a clean bowl, and pomegranates of course!  Cut the pomegranates in half and gently break those halves into smaller section...

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