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Aug 29, 2014 by

10 Stunning DIY Projects {featuring Gold}
Here are some beautiful and elegant ideas! It’s Always Ruetten

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62 Back to School Organizing Tips
You can never be too organized these days! Thank you for these timely tips! eliza ellis

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Healthy Cooking Equipment 101

Aug 25, 2014 by

Fresh vegetable soup in a pot

If you want to cook healthy foods, then it stands to reason that you need some healthy kitchen implements to help you. For some, this is like starting from the ground up – maybe you’re new to the whole cooking-at-home thing. For others, it may be a matter of improving the healthy nature of your cooking. Regardless, it can help to have a list of healthy cooking equipment basics. Here are some suggestions.

Pots and Pans

You really don’t need anything fancy in the way of pots and pans, but many sources will tell you that a few durable pieces are superior than buying cheaper, more delicate ones that need to be replaced every year or so.

For durability, it’s hard to beat cast iron. Families have been known to pass down cast iron skillets for generations, because they are practically indestructible! Also, it’s been shown that cooking in cast iron imparts iron into the food, which boosts its nutritive value. So for healthy cooking, you may want to invest in some cast iron cookware. Other materials with a healthy, durable reputation include enamelware and copper-bottom stainless steel.

Pressure Cooker

This piece of kitchen equipment is a wonderful time- and nutrient-saver. If you want to cook dried beans at the last minute, you can do so in a pressure cooker. Healthy foods like brown rice that can take almost an hour to cook conventionally can be fully cooked in 25 minutes in a pressure cooker. The same is true for vegetables and meats. And because the cooking time is shortened so dramatically, valuable nutrients are said to be preserved.

Pressure cookers come in various models, from very expensive, large, stainless steel models to inexpensive, smaller, anodized aluminum models.

Blender

Eating healthy is a lot easier with a blender. You can become the smoothie master if you have a nice blender in your kitchen, and it does not have to be expensive. They are not just good for smoothies; blenders can be used to make creamy mashed sweet or white potatoes, to grind up grains, crush ice, and add “hidden” vegetables to sauces and soups. You can use them to make fruit purees to freeze into popsicles, too. A blender really helps with healthy food preparation.

Juicer

A juicer is something like a specialized blender, and it’s considered indispensable by many health experts. A juicer differs from a blender in that it removes the tough plant fibers of popular juicing foods like wheat grass and carrots, and turns them into a vitamin-rich drink. Some sources point out that the nutrients in the foods are released into your bloodstream more quickly when your digestive system does not have to contend with the fiber.

Good Knives

You really don’t need a full set of knives. Two or three really good ones will do, along with a sharpener. A good knife can last a lifetime, and can make a world of difference in food preparation. If you have a good knife, you can tackle whole foods like winter squash, and you can produce healthy chopped veggies in record time. A paring knife, bread knife, and large chopping knife are a good place to start.

Kitchen Scale

This is not a waste of counter space. A good kitchen scale can really help you with healthy cooking. Nothing beats it for portion control, calorie counting, and precise measuring in the kitchen.

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Aug 22, 2014 by

Simple Spring Decorations
I love these simple yet elegant ideas! Interior Design Blog

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Fork Bracelet
It’s amazing that this was made with a fork! goldschmiede-plaar.de

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How we Killed the Smurf
I was so impressed with this room’s transformation! The Heathered Nest

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The Many Uses and Benefits of Epsom Salt

Aug 19, 2014 by

Closeup photo of fine Epsom salts

Have you ever seen a movie or read a novel where the fainting heroine was revived with “smelling salts”? In Victorian times, smelling salts were used to invigorate and enliven a weak constitution. Epsom salts were a significant ingredient in those invigorating remedies, and the Victorians may have been on to something.

Health benefits

Epsom salts are a form of magnesium sulfate, and many of the benefits of magnesium can be obtained from them, such as helping to relax tired or sore muscles and encouraging sleep. Adding two cups of Epsom salts to your bath will do the trick. Some sources suggest that such a bath can help remove toxins from the body as well.

Epsom salts will help draw out splinters and heal ingrown toenails, too. Soak your feet in a pan of hot water to which 1/2 cup of Epsom salts has been added. It shrinks swollen skin to allow splinters and ingrown nails to be removed. It helps eliminate foot odor and fungal problems (such as athletes’ foot), too.

A few drops of essential oil can be added to each cup of Epsom salt to make a pleasant scent – shake vigorously and use as above. For sleep, use scents such as lavender. Peppermint and citrus are good pick-me-up scents.

The magnesium in Epsom salt makes it an effective laxative – add 2 teaspoons to a glass of warm water and drink.

Useful in the garden

If slugs and snails are a problem, sprinkle Epsom salts around the base of the plants they like to eat. The slimy critters can not get over the salt barrier. It won’t harm your plants – in fact, it acts as a fertilizer. It works especially well on flowering and fruiting plants. You can work it directly into the soil a tablespoon at a time for individual plants, or mix 2 tablespoons with 1 gallon of water to cover a larger area, such as a lawn.

Beauty aid

An old-fashioned salt rub exfoliates skin and gives it a healthy glow. Simply rub Epsom salt vigorously on your skin using a cloth or your fingers, and rinse. You can add essential oils before use as described above.

Try adding Epsom salts to your conditioner, an equal amount of conditioner and salt. Rub the mixture in well, leave it on for about 15 minutes, then rinse. Use cool water to rinse to really bring out your hair’s natural glow and increase its volume.

Around the home

Clean grungy bathroom tiles with Epsom salt. Mix equal amounts of dish washing detergent and Epsom salt and spread it onto the tiles, then scrub.

Don’t let the humble packaging deter you from discovering the uses and benefits of Epsom salts.

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Aug 14, 2014 by

Furniture DIY My Bold Teal Dining Set Reveal
This dining set looks amazing! Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo

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Classic Lemon Butter
I have to try this! Thank you for sharing! Eliza Ellis

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Aint Your Mama’s Meatloaf – Family Favorites
Our family loves meatloaf and this will surely be a hit! The Crafty Blog Stalker

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Five Super Grains You Should Be Eating

Aug 11, 2014 by

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Whole grains are extremely nutritious offering benefits such as:

* Maintaining weight
* Fighting off heart disease
* Keeping the cholesterol level low
* Maintaining regularity
* Keeping a healthy metabolism

Fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, and iron are just a few of the extra value-packed nutritional benefits of grains.

Many people are aware of the most common grains but may not be as privy to the ones that are a little more unusual. If you are aware of the power that these grains pack, you would be sure to include them into your daily diet.

Quinoa

Quinoa is a grain that resembles a combination of grain and rice. The history of quinoa dates all the way back to the Inca civilization. The Incas considered it to be a sacred grain and for a very good reason. Quinoa is packed with protein. It is also full of fiber. Quinoa is a perfect way to start your morning, and the fibre will help you feel full for the day.

You can add things such as chicken broth and eat it for lunch, or add some honey and maple syrup with cinnamon for a tasty and nutritional-packed breakfast.

Spelt

Spelt is an older form of the wheat crop mainly found in Europe, but since it needs very little in the way of fertilizer, many who are interested in organic eating and growing are bringing this grain back into popularity again.

A great reason to eat spelt is, of course, its nutritional value – ranging from high in protein to high in fiber. Spelt has a deliciously sweet and nutty flavor that when used in bread instead of traditional grain gives it an extra added value in taste that cannot be replicated.

Kasha

Kasha is a traditional Russian meal that once was only used for fancy occasions such as royal feasts and weddings. The Russians knew what they were doing when they served kasha. As roasted, hulled buckwheat, kasha holds the mother load of nutrients and vitamins such as potassium, calcium, B vitamins, phosphorus, and iron. Incorporating this grain into your diet offers you a one-two punch for your immune system.

Chia

Just like the Incas and their quinoa, the ancient Aztecs knew that chia was a powerful substance and main staple for their diet. Chia is super packed with Omega 3s, loaded with protein, and one of the lowest carbohydrate grains. For this reason, many athletes are turning to chia as part of their daily winning game. Being high in antioxidants increases the value of chia in your diet as well.

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The ancient Aztecs also knew that this grain was valuable to them. They not only included it into their everyday diets but also offered it as part of various rituals and ceremonies. Plant proteins, amino acids, lysine, calcium, and iron as well as a high fiber content make this particular grain the one that has it all.

As you can see, ancient cultures knew that these grains packed everything they needed to be warriors of their time. We have these grains available to us today and can achieve the same goal of being warriors throughout our day as well.

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Aug 7, 2014 by

Beach {Love} Printable
I love this cute printable! It is so summer! Home. Made. Interest.

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Fabric Mixed Media Book…
So gorgeous! Thank you for sharing! Artistic Endeavors 101

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A Duo of Dippables with Honey Sriracha Mayo
I really have to try these! Don’t they look amazing! The Woks of Life

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