Blog Posts in 2016

  • Mix Up the Milk and Cookies this Year

    December 20, 2016
    Everyone knows Santa loves his milk and cookies, but if we all leave out the same treat for him on Christmas Eve, he’s bound to get sick of it. Why not mix up the milk and cookies this year and leave Santa a different kind of goodie he’s sure to love just as much! Here are some of our favorite festive ideas that require no baking to free up the oven for cooking Christmas Eve dinner. Peppermint ...
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  • 2016 Kitchen Gadget Gift Guide

    December 16, 2016
    Do you have a friend or family member who’s always hard to shop for at Christmas time? How about finding a quirky kitchen gadget to make cooking and baking a little easier? From highly useful to a little extravagant, here are the top kitchen gadgets that could serve as the perfect gifts for Christmas 2016. Melon Scoop Cantaloupes and watermelons are popular favorites, but preparing and eating them ...
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  • Clean Everything Else

    December 7, 2016
    This is the time of year to prepare your home – especially your kitchen – for the holidays. If you’re hosting dinner parties for family and friends, a clean, functional kitchen will help everything go smoothly. You’ve already learned how to clean your oven and refrigerator – now it’s time to tackle the rest of the kitchen as part of your yearly holiday preparations. Dust High Areas This is a great ...
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  • How to Clean Your Refrigerator

    December 1, 2016
    In your efforts to prepare the kitchen for the hectic holiday baking season, you may have already cleaned the oven. Now it’s time to think about cleaning the refrigerator so there’s room for holiday leftovers without any funky smells or sticky spots to slow you down. Use these tips to achieve a clean refrigerator and keep it looking good for months. How to Clean Your Refrigerator Ready to deep ...
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  • Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes: Stuffing Waffles, For Example

    November 25, 2016
    Now that the Thanksgiving Day cook fest is over, you’re grateful for the leftovers. This means you don’t have to cook from scratch again for several days! But how do you plan to use your Thanksgiving leftovers? After all, you can only live off of turkey sandwiches for so long. Get inspiration from these unique recipes and reheating tips. Stuffed Spaghetti Squash You can use squash in a surprising ...
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  • Nontraditional Thanksgiving Traditions

    November 23, 2016
    Are you ready for Thanksgiving? While your coworkers and neighbors gear up for a tryptophan-induced coma, you may have something else up your sleeve. Whether you’re a taking a stand for turkeys everywhere or you simply want to try something different this year, consider these untraditional meal ideas that you can turn into Thanksgiving traditions. Slow-Roasted Greek Lamb This Mediterranean meal is ...
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  • Holiday Prep: Clean the Oven

    November 8, 2016
    With the holidays quickly approaching, you’re probably anticipating all the cooking you’ll be doing. Is your kitchen up to the task? The oven is the first place that likely needs attention. Having a clean oven to work with makes holiday baking much more pleasant. Here’s how to clean your oven, no matter what type you have. Self-Cleaning Ovens Whether convection or conventional, self-cleaning ovens ...
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  • Get Your Silverware Drawer Organized ASAP

    November 2, 2016
    Cooking efficiently relies heavily on drawer organization. All the drawers in your kitchen require some attention, but let’s tackle the silverware drawer first and foremost. With these eight ideas, you’ll have the cutlery under control in no time. Expandable Drawer Organizers Cutlery collections can be large or small, and kitchen drawers don’t come in standard sizes. The solution to this dilemma ...
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  • From Our Kitchen to Yours: Cutest Halloween Party Finger Foods

    October 28, 2016
    With Halloween upon us, are you looking to try out a few new, spooky fun recipes? There are tons of ways to turn a basic snack into a festive party treat that both you and the kids will enjoy. All of these creative ideas were found on Pinterest. Crescent Mummy Dogs A tasty alternative to the typical sugary items commonly found during Halloween! What you will need: 10 hot dogs 1 can of refrigerated ...
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  • Art Displays: Alternatives to the Fridge

    October 21, 2016
    With the holidays approaching, your children might start bringing home lots of pumpkin-themed crafts and art from school! Their little creations will certainly be sentimental and you will probably want to hang them up; however, they will fill up your fridge fast. With all of these pretty art pieces, you might lose sight of your family calendar or invitations to holiday events. Here are a few ...
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  • Scary Lunchbox Snacks

    October 14, 2016
    Silly Apple Bites These eye-catching snacks are a great treat, especially with Halloween coming before we know it! What you’ll need for eight bites: 2 green apples Sunflower butter 32 sunflower seeds 2-3 strawberries 1-2 candy eyes per apple bite Optional: whipped cream. How to make: Slice the apples into quarters and cut the middles out of each quarter of the outside of the apple to create a ...
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  • Coolest Lunchboxes

    September 13, 2016
    Lunchboxes were and have always been a staple at school lunches. You may remember in middle school, how “cool” someone seemed based on his or her vintage metal lunchbox. Lunchboxes are sort of like a time capsule, throwing everyone back to their younger years. However, recently, the style of lunchboxes has changed; they are now more modular and have the ability to pack a variety of items into one ...
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  • This Is the Worst Time for the Washer to Die

    September 1, 2016
    With sports starting back up and warmer, heavier outfits taking center stage, back-to-school time is when you rely on your washer and dryer the most. This would be the worst time for these appliances to break down! To ensure your washer and dryer keep running like normal, implement certain maintenance and troubleshooting tips. Then if needed, you can schedule washer and dryer repair with Mr. ...
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  • From Our Kitchen to Yours: Easy After School Snacks

    August 23, 2016
    With back to school here, it is often helpful to have some quick snacks ready for lunchboxes and after school activities. Preparing meals at the beginning of the week can help when things get hectic. Here are a few healthy after school snacks that your family is sure to love. We found these great ideas on Pinterest. Chocolate Banana Pops These are a great treat to prepare at the beginning of the ...
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  • Keep Everyone Healthy at School

    August 16, 2016
    It’s hard to believe summer is already over. Now that the kids are headed back school, they’ll come in contact with germs and contagious bugs from their fellow classmates. You can’t control what happens at school, but you can maintain a clean kitchen to help prevent your family from getting sick this school year. Follow these kitchen cleaning tips for a healthier home. Wash Up Every family member ...
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