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How to Declutter Your Car

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, October 04, 2015


With all the errands to the grocery store, music lessons, soccer games, meetings and more, our cars become a catch all. Here are some simple steps to help you declutter your car.

·         Keep tools and emergency supplies at the read with a wicker basket.

·         Easy grab fabric pouches are ideal when it comes to storing smaller necessities like a first aid kit, toiletries, and kids' favorite car activities.

·         Use a three-ringed binder to keep your important papers, receipts and car registration organized.

·         Use the space near the floor in your car by repurposing a remote control caddy to store pens, pencils and small electronics.

·         Store small books, toys, mittens, sunglasses, computer games, tissue and trash (empty tissue box) in a shower caddy between siblings in the backseat.

·         Plastic shower pockets are ideal for organizing the small things you need on road trips.

Planning Tips for a Less Stressful Holiday Season

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, October 02, 2015


With all the things that have to be done, somehow the most wonderful time of the year doesn’t always feel that way. Here are some planning tips to ease the stress of the holiday season.

·         Stock Up Your Pantry – One the best ways to prepare for lots of holiday guests is by stocking up on baking supplies, snacks and wine in the next few weeks.

·         Make Your Gift List – Keep a list of loved ones and the items they want on your Smartphone. You’re more likely to stay within your budget as result.

·         Homemade gifts – Peanut butter brittle, soaps and other goodies can be made ahead and help you avoid breaking the bank.

·         Ship Gifts Early – Don’t wait until 10 days before Christmas to ship gifts to loved ones out of town. Buy gifts as early as you can so they make it under the tree in time.

·         Go Easy on Yourself – Remember you’re only one person and no one can do everything. It’s okay to donate party supplies rather than baking cookies for the school holiday party.

The First World Series and Who Played

Pujols Kitchen - Thursday, October 01, 2015


The Boston Americans (American League) played against the Pittsburg Pirates (National League) in a nine game series that started with the first game on Oct. 1, 1903. One hundred and twelve years later we’re still watching the boys of October.

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” –Babe Ruth

Tips for Keeping Sharp as We Age

Pujols Kitchen - Thursday, October 01, 2015


To commemorate International Day for the Elderly here are some tips for keeping sharp as we age.

·         Take care of your body and it will take care of you. According to a 2014 study published in PLoS One, eating a nutritious diet (vegetables and fatty fish), maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking were all behaviors associated with better cognitive function.

·         Drink in moderation. Excessive drinking and smoking put you at an increased risk for dementia.

·         Get moving. According to a study published in Annals of Medicine in 2015, regular exercise maintains blood flow to the brain which reduces your risk for high blood pressure and dementia.

·         Exercise your brain. Playing challenging games, social interaction and learning new skills are all ways to keep your mind active. You’re less likely to develop dementia when you’re more socially and intellectually involved.

How to Choose a Butternut Squash

Pujols Kitchen - Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Butternut squashes are different from their summer squash relatives because they have much tougher skin that protects their firm, yellow-orange flesh. They’re self-reliant too as they don’t need to be refrigerated and can be stored in a cool, dark place for several weeks.

When choosing a butternut squash, first pick one up. It should be heavy for its size, have firm skin and be free of bruises. You’ll want to avoid squashes that have brown frostbite scars as this can affect texture and longevity. Also, avoid squashes with punctures or cuts which can lead to bacteria and mold.

What You Thought You Knew about Kindness

Pujols Kitchen - Tuesday, September 29, 2015
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

Tips for Using Less Sugar When Baking

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, September 28, 2015


Using less sugar in baked goods is easy with these simple tips.

·         Flavor enhancers like vanilla, butter flavoring and nut flavoring create an aroma of sweetness without the use of butter or fattening nuts.

·         You can also use sweet-enhancing spices like cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg to intensify flavors in your desserts.

·         For chocolate desserts consider substituting cold strong coffee when liquid is called for. This will bring out deep chocolate flavors.

·         Mix cinnamon and sugar substitute and sprinkle on top of a healthy dessert or top with fruit or fruit spread. This allows you to taste the sweet flavor first.

The Best Gift You May Give

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sitting silently beside a friend who is hurting may be the best gift we can give.


The Best Foods to Donate to a Canned Food Drive

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, September 27, 2015


When it comes to donating foods to food pantries think healthy and long shelf life. Here are the foods most appreciated by the volunteers and the needy at food pantries:

·         Juice Drinks

·         Holiday Foods like Canned Yams, Stove Top Stuffing, Canned Cranberry Sauce

·         Low-Sodium Vegetables

·         Canned Tuna, Chicken or Salmon

·         Unsalted Nuts

·         No Sugar Added Fruits

·         Shelf-Stable Milk

·         Whole Grain Pasta

·         Canned Beef Stew

·         Brown Rice

·         Oatmeal

·         Canola and Olive Oil

·         Peanut Butter

·         Low-Sodium Soups

·         Beans

·         Low-Sugar Cereals

·         Granola Bars and Popcorn

How to Use the Least Amount of Dishes

Pujols Kitchen - Saturday, September 26, 2015


Hate doing dishes? Here are some tips for how to avoid using so many when you cook:

1. Cook in the same dish you plan to serve from. Dutch ovens are ideal because they go directly from the oven to the table in style as long as you use a trivet.

2. Limit your cutting to one good, sharp knife and use it for everything.

3. If you’re using prep bowls, put ingredients that you’ll add together anyway into one bowl. If you’re roasting vegetables, use one tray for everything.

4. Wash dishes as you cook. When your meat is browning wash a dish. When the rest of the food is roasting in the oven finish the rest of the dishes.

5. Rinse spoons, cups and mixing bowls as you go.

6. Consider buying a scale. When you measure by weight you can pour everything directly into your mixing bowl rather than having to use and wash other measuring tools.


 

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