It's not just as simple as frying - there's a science behind itIs there anything better than a crunchy, salty potato chip?
Created in 1853 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., potato chips were originally meant to be a prank in response to a surly customer complaining about his potato fries being "too thick," but their thin, crisp qualities turned out to be something very different than a joke. "Saratoga chips" instantly became a hit, and their popularity traveled from upstate New York to all around the country. By the 1920s they had become a well-known and popular snack, and potato chip manufacturing companies starting popping up everywhere in the culinary industry.
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The widely distributed chip is one of America's favorite snacks, and with so many brands and varieties available, potato chips continue to be one of the most popular food items that you can buy. And while you can walk into any convenience store, gas station, or supermarket and pick up a bag, the Cook editors here believe that
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Homemade baby food.
Making your own baby food is one of the easiest and most rewarding things you can do for your family. It's also the best way you can control what goes into your baby's body. You can choose organic or non-GMO foods and also be assured that there are no artificial ingredients or unnecessary additives. It's fun, easy, and incredibly gratifying. So let's get started!
Choosing Your Ingredients
For both nutrition and taste, choose the freshest ingredients you can find. Choose fruits that are nearly ripe and free from bruises. Vegetables should be crisp and bright. Quality matters with meats, too, so be selective with your choices.
Feeding your baby organic, non-GMO foods is a healthy choice, but you may not always be able to find these options. Just like everything else in motherhood, you should try your best but be prepared to go to plan B.
Preparing Your Workstation
I suggest getting your work station all set up before you begin. Have your cook pots and steamer out on theRead More »from Your Guide to Easy Homemade Baby Food
By Nicole Nichols, Managing Editor and Fitness Expert at SparkPeople
Want toned abs and a flatter stomach? If all the DVDs, workout gizmos and "belly-fat-burning" pills, books, and diets out there are any indication, we're obsessed with slimming down our midsections, and for good reason. A flat stomach not only looks great; it's also a boon to your health-especially when compared to abdominal obesity, which is correlated with several health risks).
But are all these abs-training products really getting us any closer to the abs of our dreams? If not, it's probably no fault of your own. So much inaccurate information has been circulating for so many years, that there are few muscles more misunderstood than the abs. I've seen so many mistakes firsthand that I figured it was time to clear up the confusion.
When it comes to training your abs, there is a right way and wrong way to do it. Are you guilty of any of these top abs-training mistakes? Find out!
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5 ways to reign in your toddler's screen timeWith the acquisition of a Leap Pad for Christmas and a family iPad, things have gotten a little hairy around here. A situation we're not unfamiliar with, my 3-year-old has been a steadfast, walking iPhone endorsement since he first learned how to swipe the little arrow bar over to get to his beloved baby apps at age 1.Read More »from (Remote) Control Freak: 5 Ways to Reign in Your Toddler's Screen Time
Too much technology?
We are a couple of parents who love technology ourselves and have careers that revolve around the heavy usage of said "equipment." So. Obviously our little ones want to be doing what we are doing, and who am I to deny them this occasional pleasure?
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To be honest, I'd rather let them play the interactive learning apps that you can download onto an iPad or a Leap OPad, than stick them in front of the boob-tube for some Cailou or Sponge Bob.
I think the important thing is to try in reign in that screen time. Which can be more than tricky because those games are so
The lost art of spring cleaningIt's finally spring. The birds are chirping, and the sun is shining light on all the dust and grime from the winter. Author Jan Dougherty joins Easy Does Host Ereka Vetrini to school us on the lost art of housecleaning.Read More »from The Lost Art of Spring Cleaning
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According to Dougherty, we don't all just dread spring cleaning, we dread cleaning in general. She adds that she believes it's because "most people have never really been taught how to clean."
Related: Moms' best spring cleaning advice
Dougherty suggests using a caddy that contains critical tools that you need to do your job. "This way you can take them with you through the house as you clean." She says that the most important item is the detail brush, which is great for getting into all the nooks and crannies.
"The next most important thing is if you have kind of any hard water stains, you can use the pumice stone," she adds. She says that this is great to use in the toilet. And she also suggests keeping a scrubbie in
- This Old House Magazine | Team Mom – Fri, Mar 22, 2013 6:47 PM EDT
How do you make room for growing beautiful climbers and ramblers with limited space? Grow up! These easy-to-build trellis projects take vertical gardening to new heights and are sure to get your small-space garden "off the ground." -Tabitha Sukhai, thisoldhouse.comRead More »from Build a Trellis: No Space to Grow a Garden? Think Again!
Build a pyramid trellisWhether you call it a pyramid, an obelisk, or a tuteur trellis, this distinctive garden structure is a hallmark of cottage style. Trellises have a long history of supporting climbing and vining plants, and the tapered, freestanding version shown here remains a fixture of many an English garden, where it gives clematis and other flowering climbers a sturdy platform and a chance at sun. But we wouldn't fault you for using a trellis in a purely decorative way, either. For full step-by-step instructions to build this in just a couple of hours, see How to Build a Pyramid Trellis.
TrellisA wall covered with climbing vines may benefit the fairy-tale suitor who scales it to reach his true love, but in the real world the twisting tendrils
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