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Happy Spring!

April 2, 2015 12:59 pm

Everything is starting to bud and bloom! What are you doing to enjoy this lovely change in weather?

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How to Cook and Prepare Fresh Beets

March 30, 2015 10:01 am

If you think that you don’t like beets, you may want to reconsider. Although this root vegetable may complicated to prepare, once you learn the proper steps to cooking fresh beets, you just might discover a new favorite side dish! Begin by peeling away the outer skin and slicing off the stalks, then try one of these tasty preparation styles:

  1. Roast them. One of the most foolproof ways to make beets more appealing to even the pickiest eaters is by roasting them in the oven. Simply peel them (taking care to not stain light countertops or clothing), slice them in half, and drizzle the beets with olive oil before placing them in a foil-lined baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes until they’re tender, fragrant, and flavorful.
  2. Cook in the microwave. If you’re pressed for time, cooking beets in the microwave is fast and easy. Place the beets in a microwave-safe dish with an inch of water in the bottom, then microwave for 2 to 4 minutes.
  3. Pickle them. If you’re a fan of the tangy taste of pickled vegetables, try a quick refrigerator pickling process that’s much less involved than more traditional pickling methods.
  4. Eat them raw. It may seem strange, but raw beets are actually quite delicious. Slice them up in a salad, or even top them with fresh lemon juice for a refreshing snack.

How to Cook Beets (Or Use Them Raw) [VegKitchen]
Five Ways to Eat: Beets [The Kitchn]
Cooking Fresh Beets [Healthy Beets]

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How to Adapt Your Skincare Routine to the Spring Season

March 27, 2015 1:17 pm

While your face may require heavy creams and serums to shield it from the cold winter air, you likely don’t need so many rich products once the weather warms up. Here are a few expert ways that you can change your skincare routine to adapt to the changing seasons.

  1. Switch to a lighter moisturizer. Instead of slathering on a rich, moisturizing facial cream every evening, invest in an equally high quality but more lightweight moisturizer. Be sure to choose one that also contains SPF, as more time spent outdoors requires more sun protection.
  2. Use a toner. If your face tends to sweat a lot or become oilier during warmer weather, you may need a refreshing toner to help keep oil in check. You can sweep this product across the skin after removing your makeup or any time you want to create a more matte appearance.
  3. Use a stronger, gel-based cleanser. If the spring weather causes your skin to break out or become oily, you may also require a more thorough cleanser. Choose a gel or foam option to really clean deep within the pores.
  4. Carry oil-blotting sheets. For quick touch-ups when your skin gets a bit shiny throughout the day, carry oil-blotting papers in your purse or gym bag.

What to Do When Climate Change Affects Your Skin [Paula’s Choice Skincare]
Seasonal Skincare [True Holistic Beauty]
Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine: How To Declutter & Organize Your Makeup [Beauty World News]

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