Harvesting Raspberries

Raspberries Let’s take a closer look at harvesting raspberries. I don’t know about you, but those small, delicate furry berries are packed with juice and taste great.  They are also very  healthy for you. Healthy Snack “One cup of fresh raspberries is 64 calories, with 8 grams of dietary fiber and 50 percent of the

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Are shampoos safe

For the most part, we really do not think much about using shampoo on a regular basis, but could we be exposing ourselves to some harmful chemicals. Some Chemicals to Avoid I came across this article and it listed the following chemicals to be aware of. * DMDM Hydantoin – Allergen and irritant that can

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Spots on your dishes

Are Your Dishes Clean? Have you noticed your dishwasher not working very well in recent months. There may be a good reason. Several dish detergent producers are reducing the “phosphate content” in their products. Lower Phosphates Responding to laws that went into effect this past July, 2010. Now the phosphate content cannot be more than

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Recycling Food Scraps

Past Experience of Recycling In my personal attempt to become more green, I switched trash haulers and received a recycle container, same size as trash container to better reduce trash and recycle items like paper, cardboard and aluminum.  By doing this, I reduced my trash volume and feel better about recycling materials for a cleaner

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Paper Towels or Air Dryers?

Which method is better at fighting germs? The New York Times Addresses this topic, “The Claim: PaperTowels Thwart More Germs than Air Dryers Do” Some Questions To Think About Which one would you prefer when you are washing your hands and leaving a public restroom? Which one is more effective  at thwarting bacteria? What about

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Potato Harvest 2010

In keeping with our harvest theme this month, let’s look at harvesting potatoes. About a month ago potatoes were being harvest. Check out this video from Black Gold! Also, check out the following page, “Growing a Superior Potato”  on their site. Great insight to one of the largest potato producers.

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Harvest Time

It’s that time of year where farmers are getting ready for havesting.  This year, the unusual weather has helped and it appears that harvest is a few weeks early. The Omaha World-Herald came out with a Harvest Update today for Nebraska and Iowa and all signs point to a great harvest. #harvest10 Also, check out

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Cadmium and Lead Product Study

Consumers Report  – October 2010 Issue A New Consumers Report looks at the issue of  unhealthy levels of cadmium and lead in toys.  The report suggests that 30 products tested were found to have high levels of cadmium and lead using x-ray fluorescent technology and other types of analysis. The issue here is that children

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Nutritional Facts of an Apple

Are apples really healthy? Apple Nutritional Label What would a nutritional label for an apple look like? Take a look at this information provided by the University of Illinois Extenstion. Apple Nutrition Facts (*One medium 2-1/2 inch apple, fresh, raw, with skin) Calories 81 Carbohydrate 21 grams Dietary Fiber 4 grams      Calcium 10 mg Phosphorus

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Seeding a lawn

Remember back in June I posted, “How is your lawn coming in the month of June?” Do you have some rough spots in your lawn? I did and I recently over seeded those areas and laid some new sod in other parts. Here is a great article on the subject. Check it Out!  How did

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