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Holiday Stress-Busters

This holiday season, prevent a stress-induced burnout by being proactive about self-care. Photo: American Ratings Corporation (2016)

This holiday season, prevent a stress-induced burnout by being proactive about self-care. Photo: American Ratings Corporation (2016)

’Tis the season to be jolly, but for many people, the holidays are more synonymous with stress than merriment. From checking off your gift shopping list to getting your home ready to accommodate guests, the nonstop pace of the “holiday hustle” can eventually dim even the brightest of spirits. That’s why, in the interest of avoiding a yuletide meltdown, it’s important to be proactive about self-care in the weeks leading up to your seasonal celebration. Consider the following ideas for busting your stress buildup:

Practice simple stress-managing techniques. You may not realize it, but the power to alleviate stress is literally in the palm of your hand. For example, placing your palm to your forehead has a legitimate physiological effect. Continue reading “Holiday Stress-Busters” »

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Stuff About Squash You Didn’t Know

I LOVE the seasonal tips from Diamond Certified company owners like this one.

Craig Kozy, owner of DeMartini Orchard, a Diamond Certified company, has lots to say about squash, and pumpkins in particular. Did you know that some are better for making puree for soup or pumpkin pie than others? The best ones are “Wisconsin Cheese” pumpkins or “Sugar Pie” pumpkins with the speckled skin. These are marketed later than your jack-o-lantern pumpkins. Seeds from all types of pumpkins and squashes can be roasted for a tasty snack.

Hard squash come in a number of varieties: kabocha (good for soup), carnival, butternut, spaghetti, Danish, acorn, gold nugget, to name a few. These are often used for decorating a table or front door. Here’s what I didn’t know. These hard squash will keep for several months, and after being your centerpiece, can be cut in half, baked and served for dinner. Just be sure to keep them out of the sunlight and in a dry place.

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