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Organize Your Refrigerator for the Holiday Meals...

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, December 19, 2016


What’s the big deal when it comes to organizing your refrigerator for holiday meals, does it really matter 
where things go? Yes, it does. Here are some tips for organizing your fridge based on food safety and the temperature foods need to be cooked.

  • Prepared foods or leftovers (things that need no cooking to be safe to eat) should be placed at the top of your fridge with everything else organized downwards based on temperature required for cooking. Chicken, for example, would require the highest temperature for cooking and therefore, should be placed at the bottom of your fridge. The reason for this is to avoid any cross contamination. With food that requires a higher cooking temperature stored at the bottom of your fridge, the risk of drips or spills from this food onto other foods is virtually eliminated.

  • On your upper shelves, store leftovers, drinks, yogurt, cheese and deli meats. 

  • On your lower shelves, store raw ingredients you plan to cook later.

  • Because the refrigerator door is the warmest part of the fridge you’ll want to store condiments there. Avoid storing your eggs or milk here. Place milk and eggs in a colder area of your fridge.

  • Storing fruits in vegetables in your refrigerator’s drawers make sense since drawers are designed to hold produce at a specific humidity. Only problem is drawers are usually at the bottom of the fridge and so you risk contaminating your fresh produce if you put meat on a shelf overhead. A possible solution to this would be to store produce in one drawer and raw meat in another. If you need both drawers for produce, consider using a clear plastic bin to store raw meat, one that will catch any accidental drips and keep meat away from other foods.

How to Simplify the Holidays - Tip 3

Pujols Kitchen - Wednesday, December 14, 2016



Simplify the holidays? Is it even possible? The short answer is yes. Here is Tip #3 to help you relax this holiday season.


3.    Sometimes less shopping means more. Getting elbowed in the mad rush at the stores can drain the joy right out of the holiday season.Studies show that people who are focused more on gifts feel less holiday cheer than those who spend more time with close friends and family. And despite your best efforts to get a loved one the perfect gift, a survey done by Consumer Reports showed that each year up to 49 million people get gifts they don’t want. Some turn around and sell these gifts on eBay while others post “bad gift” photos on Facebook and other social media. Find out what your loved one truly enjoys. Even if directly asking them what they want and giving the gift isn’t a surprise, at least you’ll know your loved one likes it.

4 Health Tips for Your Office Party...

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, December 12, 2016


Tempting foods at holiday office parties can easily derail your healthy diet. Consider the following alternatives so you can avoid weight gain this holiday season.

·         Before the party, eat a nutritious, protein-packed meal, followed by a high-fiber snack. This way you won’t be so hungry when you arrive at the party and you won’t eat as many less nutritious foods.
·         If it’s a potluck, bring a heart-healthy dish.
·         At the party, look for whole grains, fruits, veggies and grilled choices rather than dishes that are fried or loaded with cream, cheese or butter.
·         It’s okay to indulge in dessert, but a healthier choice is to but find a colleague and split one together.

Today's Random Act of Kindness...

Pujols Kitchen - Sunday, December 11, 2016


Play a game with someone! Here are a few of our favorites...

Memory: 

1.    Mix up a deck of cards. 
2.    Lay the cards in rows, face down. 
3.    Each player takes a turn, turning over any two cards. 
4.    If the two cards match, the player can keep them. 
5.    If they don't match, the player must turn them back over. 
6.    Remember what was on each card and where it was. 
7.    Watch and remember during the other player's turn. 
8.    The game is over when all the cards have been matched. 
9.    The player with the most matches wins.

Crazy Eights (Like Uno but with a regular deck of cards):

1.    Deal five cards to each player (seven each if there are only two players). Place the rest of the deck face down on the table, and the top card of the deck face up beside the stock to start the discard pile. 
2.    Play clockwise, staring with the player to the dealer’s left. 
3.    If the top card of the discard pile is not an eight, you may play any card which matches the rank or suit of the previous card (for example if the top card was the king of hearts you could play any king or any heart).
4.    An eight is considered wild and may be played on any card, and the player of the eight must nominate a suit. 
5.    If an eight is on top of the pile, you must play either another eight or any card of the suit nominated by the person who played the eight. 
6.    The first player to get rid of all their cards wins, and the other players score penalty points according to the cards they have left in their hands - 50 for an eight, 10 for a picture, and spot cards at face value (one point for an ace, two for a two and so on).
7.    If the stock pile is exhausted, the played cards, except for the last card, are shuffled and stacked face down to make a new stock.

Spoons

·         Requires a standard deck of cards (no Jokers)
·         Spoons, one fewer than there are players
·         3 to 13 players

Deal four cards to each player and arrange spoons in a small circle in the center of the table. Each player tries to make four of a kind. The dealer takes a card off the top of the deck, giving him five cards in his hand, removes one and passes it facedown to the left. Play continues in this fashion with each player discarding to the person on his or her left and the last player placing his onto the discard pile. 

Cards are picked up and passed quickly around the table until someone gets four of a kind and takes a spoon from the center. Once the player with four of a kind takes a spoon, anyone can take a spoon. The player left without a spoon gets a letter. If the stack of draw cards runs out, stop to reshuffle and continue play.

The object of the game is to be the last player remaining who hasn’t lost enough rounds to spell out S-P-O-O-N. Spell out “SPOON,” and you’re out.

Players who have reached four of a kind can be subtle and sneak a spoon under the noses of other players paying too close of attention to their cards or a blatant grab that results in the others scrambling for the remaining spoons on the table. Either way, it’s a hilarious game that keeps your mind and body moving.

How to Simplify the Holidays - Tip 2

Pujols Kitchen - Thursday, December 08, 2016



Simplify the holidays? Is it even possible? The short answer is yes. Here is Tip #2 to help you relax this holiday season.


2.    Before the decorations go up in stores and around town, consider what is most important to you and create the holiday you want. Pressures from various sides of the family pull us in all directions off our centers. When you and your spouse or partner make clear decisions about how you want to spend your time and resources for a particular holiday, the holiday becomes much more enjoyable. If there’s an annual event no one enjoys, you don’t have to go. A simple RSVP with a polite no and thank you is perfectly acceptable.

Ready Your Home for the Holidays...

Pujols Kitchen - Tuesday, December 06, 2016


With only two weeks left until Christmas, it’s time to get your home ready for holiday parties and overnight guests. Here are some ways to organize and add cheer to your house without breaking the bank.

·         Brighten your bathroom by replacing your old hand towels with new ones in bold shades that complement the color scheme in the room. Clear the clutter from your bathroom counters and put out a nice liquid soap, hand cream and simple décor like candles or a dried floral arrangement.
·         It’s also important to de-clutter your living room too since this is where most of your entertaining will take place. Before guests arrive, make sure shoes are picked up along with the kids’ toys and your exercise equipment is stowed safely away.
·         You can add festive touches to your home by filling a glass bowl with pine cones and greenery, or place lightly scented candles (cinnamon, nutmeg or pine) on tables and other surfaces.
·         If you’re expecting a crowd, be sure to add a row of hooks near the door so you don’t have a pile of coats on the stairs or floor. Or, you can temporarily clear your family’s coats from the coat closet for the big event.
·         To make your out-of-town guests feel even more welcome, be sure to make extra space for their belongings. Clear out some space in your guest bedroom closet so they can hang their items. Plenty of us have forgotten to bring a toiletry or two from home. That’s why it’s nice to leave your guests a travel-size shower gel or hand cream in their room just in case.

Today's Random Act of Kindness...

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, December 05, 2016



Write your spouse or partner a list of things you love about them.

How to Simplify the Holidays - Tip 1

Pujols Kitchen - Thursday, December 01, 2016



Simplify the holidays? Is it even possible? The short answer is yes. Here is Tip #1 to help you relax this holiday season.


1.    Focus on the present. Instead of stressing about the holidays, worrying about the future and fretting about the past, find peace and joy by focusing on the present.


Today's Random Act of Kindness...

Pujols Kitchen - Thursday, December 01, 2016



Make a gift! 


We recommend Peppermint Sugar Scrub.




It's one of the best gifts you can make your family and friends to help ease their stress this holiday season. Cooling and energizing, research shows that peppermint oil relieves stress, tension headache pain, muscles spasms and pain as well as inflammation-causing chemicals in people with asthma. 

To make your own peppermint sugar scrub, simply mix the following together:

• 1 cup granulated white sugar (or any sugar)
• 1/2 cup mild-flavored oil (grapeseed oil, avocado oil, or melted-but-not-hot coconut oil)
• 8-12 drops essential oils (or more/less to your desired strength)
Stir until combined, then transfer mixture to a cute little glass jar or Mason jar and tie red bakers twine around them for decor.

Habits to Cultivate Your Happiness - Tip #5

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, November 28, 2016

Colder temperatures and shorter days with less sunshine have lots of us feeling down in the dumps but with these five simple habits you’ll have a higher chance of giving yourself a happiness boost.




Happiness Habit #5


When you are true to yourself and what you value, you are more likely to live an authentic and meaningful life. Consider what you want in life and the steps you can take to move in that direction.


Read Happiness Habit #4


 

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