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Wednesday, 13 February 2013 15:24

Kitchen must-haves

One thing I struggle with every day is the family asking 'What's for dinner?' I don't think I'm alone here; it seems to be a common dilemma among many people, especially those who are part of a two-income family.

I usually wait until 5 p.m. to think about what I'm going to make for that night's dinner. Even when I have something in mind, I usually don't have one or two of the ingredients. Lately, I've tried to keep certain staples in the house to ensure that I have the basics to make a simple dinner.

Published in The Frugal Edge
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 15:20

Olive oil your secret ingredient

Here I sit on a chilly winter morning looking out the window at snow and blowing trees when all I want is warm sun, blue skies and some moisture in the air. Hot and humid days are on the horizon. We made it through January, the days are getting longer and soon enough it will be spring. 

Winter and the dry air that comes along with it does a real number on our skin and hair. A great solution to revive and re-moisturize your dry hair and scalp is olive oil. I am willing to bet that you have some, so go check the pantry.

Published in Get Ginafied

BANGOR - Bangor Wine and Cheese proudly announces additions to, and expansion of, their store's selection of fine specialty goods. 'It's part of our effort to offer Central Maine serious options when considering what to eat and drink,' said Eric Mihan, owner of Bangor Wine, of his store's new partnerships with W.A. Bean and Sons and Massimo's Breads, as well as expansion of the FIORE Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars Tasting Bar located in the store.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 18:53

Unusual ways to use regular household products

The next time you're in need of a pest repellent, stain remover or something to remedy an ailment, check your pantry before heading to the store. You might just find what you need and, surprisingly, it may simply be a common kitchen ingredient.

For years people have had their own uses for different products, some of which seem very unusual but work. So I thought I would take some time to surf the web and talk to a few friends to compile a list of great, thrifty and eco-friendly uses for everyday household items that you may not have thought of.

Published in The Frugal Edge
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 16:01

Vinegar the alternative cleaner?!?

In March of 2012, the Silent Springs Institute in Massachusetts released a "scientific study" declaring that vinegar be recommended as an "alternative cleaner." We Yankees have been using vinegar as a cleaner in hundreds of different ways for centuries. Well, before I get my gander up about how foolishly institutes spend their money or how foolish institutes are, let me give you some other ideas about how you can use vinegar and its namesake Vinaigrette - and how easy it is to make your own at home. You won't find these highly-addictive Vinaigrettes on your store shelves.

Published in The Cooking Edge
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 14:11

Olive oil and your hair

I sit looking out the window on a damp and cold spring day when all I can dream about is warm sun and blue skies. No doubt hot and humid days are coming, but right now I can't get enough moisturizer in my skin or my hair, and I am willing to bet the same goes for you. Winter and the dry air that comes with it does a number on our skin and our hair, but today I have a solution for you - and you don't even have to leave the house to try it. Do you have some extra virgin olive oil in your house? It is a great home remedy for dry hair, scalp and even for hair that is falling out or not growing.

Olive oil is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, making it a perfect home remedy for your dry hair and scalp. I recommend doing this once a week or as needed and it is so simple and easy to do. You will need at least 1/4 cup of oil for short to medium hair and around 1/2 cup for longer hair. Warm the olive oil in the microwave before applying it to your hair roots to ends. Grab a shower cap or plastic wrap after you have saturated your hair and scalp, and leave it to work its magic for at least 30 minutes. I even suggest sleeping with it in your hair overnight and rinsing and shampooing it out in the morning. You can't overuse it by leaving it in too long. However, you need to allow it the 30 minutes in order to be effective. 

Published in The Wrath of Grapes

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