Hassle-free Ice Pops Your Kids Will Love

Hassle-free Ice Pops Your Kids Will Love

Okay, who pissed-off Mother Nature? It is hot out there, people! PLEASE apologize to her, ASAP!! We have had higher than average temperatures all summer, and according to NOAA Climate.gov we will have hotter than average temps all summer long! Aside from one or two really nice, humidity-free days, it’s been too hot for this fair-skinned redhead!   My girls have been begging me to make ice pops for weeks, but I’ve been too busy with work and other things to make the effort. Well, the stars all aligned this week and I was made some really tasty ice pops. I found some $1 ice pop molds at the dollar store (fair warning 2 of the 5 trays I bought had holes and leaked everywhere. 🙁  Next time I’m going to buy this …

Tips to Pick and Store the Freshest Summer Fruit

Tips to Pick and Store the Freshest Summer Fruit

Here in North Carolina the state’s 50,000+ farmers produce over 80 different kinds of commodities. This includes over 50 different types of produce, making NC one of the most diverse agricultural states in the country! (You can’t beat our fresh fruit and vegetables, IMHO!) To see what fruits and veggies are in season, and find the freshest produce in your area, check out your state’s department of agriculture website. This information is good to know not only because in season produce is less expensive, it is also much more flavorful. I always know my produce is fresh because I get it through The Produce Box! The Produce Box is a fantastic service in North Carolina that provides boxes of fresh produce, meats, dairy, and bakery items directly from local farmers and other …

Is your child Prepared In Case Of Emergency (ICE)?

Is your child prepared In Case Of Emergency (ICE)?

Is your child Prepared In Case Of Emergency (ICE)? With the recent floods around the country, plus severe weather that will likely hit this fall, it is imperative that we equip our children with the information and supplies needed in case they are in school or daycare when a disaster hits. Children are the most vulnerable in emergency situations. That’s why Save the Children encourages everyone to act to better protect kids BEFORE disaster strikes. Do you have a plan in place? Every day, 69 million U.S. children are separated from their families while they are at school or child care. Save The Children recommends you make free In Case of Emergency (ICE) Contact Cards for your children to prepare for an emergency that could happen while your child is not with you. It …

Five easy tips to cook the Best. Steak. Ever.

Five easy tips to cook the Best. Steak. Ever.

When I want to treat myself, I don’t reach for chocolate or cake. I’m a savory girl. I go for steak. Or ribeyes to be specific. “The rib eye or “ribeye” was originally, as the name implies, the center best portion of the rib steak, without the bone. It is both flavorful and tender, coming from the lightly worked upper rib cage area. Its marbling of fat makes it very good for fast and hot cooking.” Ribeyes aren’t an inexpensive cut of meat. When I decide to treat myself I don’t look for the cheapest option; I want the best tasting steaks. IMHO the best place to find top quality beef is from a local farmer. Being a small business owner myself, I have made a conscious effort to support …