Saturday, January 30, 2016

Eating Seasonaly

Eating what's in season means your eating produce at the peak of freshness.  It's nutrient dense and has undeniably better flavor. You're also probably supporting a local farmer, or at least a U.S. farmer. So what's it season now you ask?  I found this quick reference over on Style Me Green. Print it out and hang it on the fridge.  Use it as you're meal planning or making your grocery list for the week.  

To get you started, try this yummy recipe as a side with dinner next week. Use beets, sweet potato & parsnips. Click image for recipe.

Simply Recipes

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Kitchen Roundup ::: farmhouse sinks

How much time do you spend in front of your kitchen sink doing dishes?  It doesn't end, right?  As soon as the kitchen is cleaned up from breakfast, someone is hungry for lunch and it starts all over.  I feel like I might enjoy doing dishes a little more if I had a spacious farmhouse sink staring back at me. Ok, to say that I would enjoy doing dishes is a little far fetched but a farmhouse sink could make it a little more bearable.  Our kitchen roundup this week is dedicated to this functional trend.  From fireclay to stainless, there is a style to match any kitchen decor.

The Ikea bargain! {via}




Double basin {via}

Doing double duty! {via}



Thursday, January 14, 2016

Do you drink lemon water?

If you answered, no, why the heck not?  It's tasty, it's refreshing and it has some amazing health benefits.  If you're in a hurry I get that you don't want to take the time to wash and slice a lemon so check out this simple life hack the next time you have 10 minutes 5 minutes.

Step 1:  Buy a bag of ORGANIC lemons.  Buy conventional and who knows what is leaching into your water, blah.
Step 2:  Wash lemons and slice as thin or thick as you like. Remove the seeds as you slice.
Step 3:  Cover cookie sheet with foil and arrange sliced lemons.  It's ok if they overlap a little.
Step 4:  Place in freezer for 1-2 hours.
Step 5:  Remove from cookie sheet and place in freezer safe container, ie. freezer bag, glass pyrex, what ever you fancy.
Step 6: Enjoy a frozen lemon slice (or 4-5 if you put them in your Nalgene like me) in your water.

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Easy breezy, lemon squeezy!  Try it.  If the simplicity of this make ahead hack isn't enticing enough, how about 16 Health Benefits of drinking lemon water.  Full article found here.

  1. Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies
  2.  Lemons contain pectin fibre which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial 
  3.  It balances to maintain the pH levels in the body 
  4. Having warm lemon juice early in the morning helps flush out toxins 
  5. It aids digestion and encourages the production of bile 
  6.  It is also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium 
  7.  It helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases 
  8.  It helps reducing pain and inflammation in joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid 
  9.  It helps cure the common cold 
  10. The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells 
  11.  It strengthens the liver by providing energy to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute 
  12. It helps balance the calcium and oxygen levels in the liver In case of a heartburn, taking a glass of concentrated lemon juice can give relief
  13. It is of immense benefit to the skin and it prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne 
  14. It helps maintain the health of the eyes and helps fight against eye problems 
  15. Aids in the production of digestive juices 
  16.  Lemon juice helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New for 2016

Late last year we launched our much anticipated XL Shelf Coaster and SubZero® Door Coaster. Both are available exclusively on our website.

The XL Shelf Coaster is 30% bigger than our standard Large Coaster.  Perfect for refrigerators with sliding pantry drawers or oversized shelves.  If you have a really large surface you need covered, simply place two side by side.

The XL Shelf Coaster is available in a 2 pack.  You pick the color & pattern!  Retail is $11.00

Shop the XL Shelf Coaster here

The SubZero® Door Coaster.  All our SubZero customers probably assumed that we forgot about them because this size has been in the works for a while.  We had to measure, measure and measure again, all of the SubZero® models out there to get the perforation lines in exactly the right spot.  We finally have the answer to all those long skinny door bins out there.  Woo-hoo

In preparation for our new size launch, we were fortunate enough to do a photo shoot in the brand new SubZero® showroom here in Charlotte. Let me tell you, it was gorgeous!

The SubZero Door Coaster is available in a 2 pack.  You pick the color and pattern.  Retail is $7.00

Shop the SubZero Door Coaster here