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As warm weather arrives and you begin to clean out those beds and tend your soil, it’s time to consider what to plant in your garden this year.

An herb garden is an easy way to begin, even if you don’t have a lot of space.  Pots or a small plot of soil is sufficient to create a working garden designed to compliment a variety of meals over the summer.  Essential items in my opinion are basil, flat leaf (Italian) parsley and dill.  A quick snip and you can spice up most any meal!

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The job that rarely gets done for two reasons.  First, everyone is in there so often the refrigerator gets over looked. The second reason is that one item tucked in the back of the refrigerator. That one you don’t know how long it has been there or what it even is.

Let this note inspire you to get rid of all the old condiments before the new grilling season begins. Purging the old before purchasing from Coborns Delivers those BBQ essentials such as barbeque sauce, ketchup, mustards, dressing and etc.

The project will take about forty five minutes. First step is to empty the entire refrigerator, and then give it a good cleaning with warm soapy water.  Before putting everything back in the fridge, pull it away from the wall and vacuum the compressor, vent and floor.  Then wash the floor and push back into place.

Check every item for freshness tossing the iffy food and placing the items close to expiration in the front to be sure to use them in the next few days.  Jot down all tossed items on your Coborns grocery list and you are done!

Suggested guideline for how long to keep opened condiments:
Ketchup – 6 months
BBQ – 4 months
Dressing – 6 months
Pure Maple Syrup – 12 months
Fresh Salsa – 3 days
Jar Salsa – 1 month
Olives & Pickles – 2 months
Mustard – 12 months
Mayonnaise – 2 months

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The May Day tradition dates waaaay back. Although not an extremely popular holiday in America, May Day is a principle holiday in many other cultures. May 1st is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane, and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night. In many cultures, May Day is also synonymous with International Workers’ Day.

The Maypole is probably the most recognizable May Day tradition. The May Pole originated in Europe, and began as a tree which was cut down and stripped of its branches (in Europe, trees symbolized vitality and fertility and were often used in Spring festivals), then decorated and carried through town in a parade.

Today, most Americans celebrate May Day not by cutting down a tree and carrying it through town, but by filling small baskets with treats and small gifts. When filling your May Day basket this year, here are some fun and healthy alternatives for you to consider. (more…)

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Did you know that one CobornsDelivers truckload is equal to 25 individual carloads of groceries? So, by going with CobornsDelivers, far fewer trips are needed to get the groceries to the homes of shoppers. And that saves roughly 300,000 gallons of fuel a year. There are many  more reasons why CobornsDelivers is a green choice for groceries and you can find them all in the video below.

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Isn’t it cool that we have one day devoted to our amazing planet and safeguarding its future?  I love Earth Day.  And there are so many fun things that you can do with your family to celebrate, whether you want to plant a tree, pick up trash in your neighborhood, or start composting.

This year, rain or shine, I’m hoping to take my five- and two-year-old children on a nature trek.  Our walks usually entail me sneaking in a quick workout while they kick back in the “baby” jogger—but on Earth Day it’ll be their turn to explore.  I’ll follow their lead, stopping to inspect plants, bugs, birds, and squirrels.  If it’s raining, we’ll don rain coats, splash in puddles, and look at worms.  I loved to explore the woods as a kid and I want to foster in my children that same love of nature.

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Hi everybody! With the Mother’s Day Video Contest in full swing, we want to be sure everyone is easily able to log in to YouTube and upload their videos. First, for anyone with a Google or Gmail account, getting started on YouTube is easy. Just follow the instructions in this link.

If you don’t have a Google account, creating a YouTube account is still possible and relatively easy. When you log on to YouTube.com, head to the upper right corner of your screen and click “Create Account”. From there, fill in the necessary information and you’re on your way! Of course, problems with this process can pop up. If they do, please let us know. Either send a reply to this blog post or, if you’d rather remain anonymous, go ahead and send me (Justin) your questions. My email is justin@storytellermn.com.

Thanks …and good luck!

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We all know that greens are good for us so we buy them and place them in the “crisper drawer” only to find them a few weeks later all mushy.  What’s up with that? It’s a crisper drawer!

What I’ve experienced with clients of KitchenWerks is that people buy greens and vegetables, stuff them all in the crisper draw without a menu planned. Then as they move through the week they reach for the handy boxed items, pick up carry out, or have a bowl of cereal for dinner, all while the produce in the crisper drawer begins to turn to soup.

So here is the new arrangement!

Plan your weekly menu and purchase your produce for the menu.  Include heartier greens like kale and spinach to be mixed in salads or added to soups. These dark, leafy vegetables are great sources of vitamins and minerals.  Next step, move the yogurt, eggs, and cream cheese to the crisper drawer and place the fresh cut up carrots sticks and celery along with the rest of the produce on the shelf so you see it first.

Stacy Klone
KitchenWerks
KitchenWerks.org

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