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Everyone can make a difference no matter how small...

Pujols Kitchen - Tuesday, January 24, 2017



Everyone can make a difference no matter how small. Today is a great day to get creative and find a way to make someone smile. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

·         Buy the person ahead of you in line their coffee at Starbuck’s

·         Offer your seat on the bus or train to an expecting mother or senior citizen

·         Leave your copy of the newspaper on the table for someone else

·         Give your old magazines to a friend

·         Mow an elderly neighbor’s lawn or shovel snow from their sidewalk and driveway


5 tricks to sneak veggies into your kids' diet...

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, January 23, 2017



Sometimes getting our kids to eat their vegetables is as challenging as getting a tax cut bill passed on Capitol Hill. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Here are 5 tricks to sneak vegetables into your kids’ diet.

·         On pasta night, slip your child’s favorite vegetable into the boiling water a few minutes before the pasta is cooked. Add in the sauce and fewer turned-up noses will occur.

·         Another covert move—add finely shredded zucchini or summer squash to casseroles. Not only will the zucchini and squash’s mild flavors blend in almost seamlessly, you’ll also add in important vitamins and minerals.

·         Sloppy Joe night is another opportunity to slip in a veggie or two. When preparing  sloppy joes or any meat-based spaghetti sauce, replace some of the ground beef with some finely chopped mushrooms. Mushrooms are similar in texture to ground beef, and they absorb the rich flavors of the sauce.

·         Transform lycopene-rich tomato sauce to an even healthier and creamier sauce by stirring in canned unseasoned pumpkin puree. You’ll add fiber and beta carotene, as well as a mild flavor and creamy texture.

·         Cheese Sauce. There’s nothing wrong with cheese sauce it gets your children to eat their veggies. Consider a healthy cheese sauce that doesn’t use lots of butter and cream, but low-fat milk and full-flavored sharp Cheddar instead.


The most powerful creative force in the universe...

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, January 23, 2017



“Gratitude in advance is the most powerful creative force in the universe.” –Neale Donald Walsh


What is humanity about?

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, January 22, 2017



“The strong must help the weak and the rich must help the poor. Those with must help those without. This is what humanity is all about.” –Anthony Douglas Williams


The benefits of giving your time...

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, January 22, 2017



Busy schedules have lots of us feeling more time-constrained than ever but a recent study published in Psychological Science shows that helping others can actually increase our feeling of “time affluence” and alleviate our perception of “time famine.” Participants in the study carried out tasks in which they either gave their time or wasted it. The participants who spent time helping others by either writing to a sick child, helping an at-risk student from a local public high school, or doing something that was not part of their normal responsibilities— either for someone else or for themselves, reported that spending time on others seemed to “expand the future” in contrast to spending time on oneself. If you’re feeling time-constrained, consider giving your time to others. You’ll be happier in the long run and you’ll help others in the process.


Create a homeless care package...

Pujols Kitchen - Saturday, January 21, 2017


We’ve all driven past folks on the corner holding up a sign asking for help. You might have handed them a ten dollar bill, maybe more, and still thought there must be more you could do. Actually there is. This simple care package for the homeless is something you can make yourself and keep in your car when such occasions arise.

Take a watertight gallon-size zipper lock plastic bag and fill with items like these:

  • Water bottle
  • Note of encouragement or uplifting Bible verse
  • Crackers with peanut butter or cheese
  • Fruit snack or applesauce cup
  • Granola Bar or cereal bar
  • Tuna and crackers
  • Gift certificate to fast food
  • Band Aids
  • Chapstick
  • Comb or small brush
  • Socks
  • Hand wipes
  • Pack of Kleenex
  • Maxi pads
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Nail clippers
  • Mints, cough drops or gum
  • Rescue Mission meal voucher

Tips for keeping healthy snacks on hand all week...

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, January 20, 2017



Here are some quick and easy tips for keeping healthy snacks on hand all week:

 

1.       Gather your favorite veggies like celery, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower

2.       Wash and Cut into bite size pieces

3.       Store in air tight container

By prepping veggies over the weekend you have food that’s ready and easy to grab from the refrigerator on days when your family is more rushed.

You can also pack individual serving sizes into small Ziploc bags for on-the-go snacks or for packed lunches.


Receive more than you seek...

Pujols Kitchen - Thursday, January 19, 2017



“In every walk with nature one receives more than he seeks.” –John Muir

When we connect with nature we receive more than we seek. Parks are great places to take a walk and there are thousands of them across the United States. Which parks are your favorite places to take a walk?


5 simple tricks to cut your energy costs...

Pujols Kitchen - Thursday, January 19, 2017



If you’ve resolved to reduce your energy consumption in 2017 and save money in the process, then you'll enjoy these five ways to save energy by cutting electricity.

1.    Use the sun to your advantage. To take advantage of the sun’s rays, keep your curtains open during the day, especially on the south side of your home where there’s more direct sunlight. Close curtains at night to reduce drafts.

2.    Raise Door Thresholds. If you see daylight under your front door, then you’re losing indoor air you’ve paid to heat. A bit of light in the corners is okay, but adjusting the height will eliminate gaps where heated air is escaping from your home. Avoid raising thresholds too high so that the door doesn’t drags across and wear out weatherstripping.

3.    Log Out and Shut Down. Unused computers consume energy and tend to warm your office space, pushing up air conditioning costs.

4.    Clean or replace your furnace’s filter often during winter months. Furnaces use less energy when they “breathe” more easily. Follow instructions in your furnace manufacturer’s manual.

5.    Keep furniture, carpeting and curtains from blocking your home’s heat registers and air return ducts.


The best advice when it comes to helping others...

Pujols Kitchen - Wednesday, January 18, 2017



You don’t need a reason to help people.



 

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