Real trees help your indoor environment by removing dust and pollen from the air. And at the end of the season, recycled trees get recycled into mulch and are even used for erosion barriers. If you want to learn more about ways plants help your indoor environment, click here!
Christmas trees are big business. Did you know the Christmas tree business employs more than 100,000 full and part-time workers?
As you a long needle or a short needle tree person? As much as I love the swooping look of long needles trees, they can't hold up my ornaments, the heavy ones in particular fall off. That's why when buying a tree, I try to look for one with lots of thick, stumpy branches that can take a lot of weight. I don't want my inheritance of ornaments breaking on me! Especially high up branches where the kids and cat won't be tempting to knock off the ornaments.
Did you know that 22% of households still select a fresh tree? (I actually thought that number was low!)
As much as I love live trees, I'm only going to pay so much for one. A reasonable price is $7-$10 a foot. Anymore than that and I'm seriously considering a fake one.
I don't know about you, but around this time of year, I run out of space in my fridge. And I have an older fridge on its last legs. It can be very frustrating juggling food when trying to get the milk out for the kiddos at the back of the fridge. Around the holidays, all the holiday type food (cream cheese, cool whip, sour cream, ricotta) that I don't usually buy is taking up a lot of room. But there's hope. If you have a Florida room or sunroom that stays pretty cold, you can use it for extra storage. I keep my eggs, cut up squash, cut up broccoli, cauliflower, juice and similar items back there. This way, it stays cold but I don't have to fight with it when getting out the milk!
Like many of you, I struggle cutting acorn and butternut squash. To make life easier, I prick the squash with a fork and warm it briefly in the microwave on low. Once it's wear, the squash can be sliced open with a lot less effort. And with Thanksgiving peeking around the corner, it's time to make things easier.
Sorry about the lapse in T.O.T.D! I vow to do better in the future. Kids were sick, husband was sick, I was sick, you know the drill. Anyhow, eat up those pumpkin seeds you made. They produce tryptophan, which helps your body produce mood-boosting serotonin- a must as the sunny days of summer and autumn drift away to never never land. And like I said in my post, they help you sleep. And from what I can tell? No one sleeps all that good these days.
Pomegranate arils also make the best salad add-on. And again, unlike cheese and nuts, the pack on flavor without the calories. I bought 28 pomegranates from the store this week, as they get "old" my local grocery store bundles them up into packages of 4 each for just a $1.50 a pack! That's dirt cheap when they are usually 2 pons for $4 or 2 for $5. And I know I don't have to even mention just how good they are for you! Sore throat? eat a pom. Got a cold? Eat a pom. Feeling a little down? Eat a pom. The list goes on and on and on.
I love nuts & cheese on my salad, (ok and croutons and crispy onions) but it's not before long that I could have consumed a burger and fries for the same calories. So pumpkin seeds are an awesome substitution. As are plain sunflower seeds (not roasted or salted...better for you!) And these are cheap when you buy them in bulk.
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