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By Laura on 7/28/2014 7:16 AM

Here’s an amazing recipe from fifteenspatulas to try out this summer! http://www.fifteenspatulas.com/apple-pie-milkshake/

By Laura on 7/28/2014 5:25 AM

Some inventions make life easier while some change the way we do things entirely. This invention is the worst of both worlds but you can’t help but enjoy it. A tinkerer in Hastings, MN just decided one day that he was going to combine a bicycle and a washing machine... and a cowbell (because "why not"?). Now he has a non-functioning washer that an extremely heavy bicycle is made out of but there’s no denying that seeing this go down the road would draw heads and cause lots of laughter! Take a look at the whole story:

http://www.hastingsstargazette.com/content/next-great-invention-probably-not

By Laura on 7/21/2014 7:24 AM
There are six things that a majority of people aren’t cleaning correctly. Dishes, shower curtain liner, carpet stains, windows, clothes, and electronics. How you place dishes, glasses, and utensils in the dishwasher is very important in how clean they come out. Even how you mix different metals can potentially damage them so take a look at this article for some quick tips in how to and not to clean certain items:

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning-organizing/cleaning-wrong
By Laura on 7/14/2014 6:56 AM


You have probably been hearing a lot about the controversy over GMOs but do you really know why? The acronym stands for “genetically modified organisms” and is mostly seen in plants but is being experimented with on animals.Just to give you an idea of how much GMOs you’re already consuming, 70% of processed food on grocery store shelves contains at least one genetically modified ingredient. Vegetable oils are generally from plants modified to produce pest killing toxins, ice cream often has “pesticide-proof beet sugar”, and the meat we eat is usually from animals eating feed that has been modified.GMOs are basically any food that has been engineered (usually with DNA from a different plant). The reasons for it are sometimes as simple of creating foods that travel better or last longer but there are also some concerning reasons. Some corn has been modified to be its own pesticide and some foods have been modified to survive high doses of herbicides!For...
By Laura on 7/7/2014 5:54 AM
Strawberries are a delicious seasonal fruit. The longer you can keep them fresh the better once they have been picked. Make sure you don’t wash them until you’re ready to eat them as they will soak up water and start to rot.

Like most people, they don’t respond well to pressure so try to store them in one layer. Line a plate or bowl with paper towels and chill them(not freeze) until you are ready to use them, then rinse them and enjoy!

For more details on how to store them or for anything strawberry you can think of, take a look at this link: http://localfoods.about.com/od/strawberries/qt/How-To-Store-Strawberries.htm

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