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Posted by Danielle Lozzi on 11/10/2019

Kitchens have become the new hip gathering spot in the home. With open floor plans, kitchens are combining the cooking, dining, and hanging out areas of your home and meshing them into one big room. Counters and islands have become tables, trading for fancy dining tables. People tend to congregate in the kitchen, allowing it to be the center of food, fun, and conversation. How can you make your kitchen ultra inviting? Below, you’ll find a few tips to help bring your kitchen to a new level of trendy.    


Bright, Attractive Cabinets


Cabinets are one of the focal points of the kitchen. If you have bright cabinets, it attracts people to the room. The type of cabinets that you have also establish the type of style that you’re looking to create in the kitchen and possibly throughout your home. You’ll want to work the entire color palette of your kitchen around the color and style of your cabinets. As a bonus, good cabinets equal good storage. If your kitchen is organized, you’ll feel a lot happier and at ease in the room as well.


Technology


Kitchens are becoming increasingly technological. From smart, energy efficient appliances, to features of the kitchen that you can control with your smartphone, a kitchen can truly have it all. This makes entertaining a breeze. You could even get dinner going before you ever leave work! All of the new technologies that are being introduced surely make life much easier. 


Advanced Lighting


The type of lighting that you employ in the kitchen can set the tone for the whole room. Not only do you need good task lighting, but ambient lighting is important as well in order to attract guests to the main gathering place of the house. Whatever vibe you want your kitchen to give off works with the lighting that’s available. The kitchen certainly should never be a dark room. Consider the safety factor that’s needed in the room, then realize just how inviting a room is that is bright and airy. It’s important to plan out your lighting scheme accordingly when it comes to your kitchen. 


Storage


One thing you’ll want plenty of in your kitchen is storage. This helps to reduce clutter, increase organization and makes entertaining an easier undertaking. Guests will feel more welcome as there will be ample room to sit and hang out while prepping and cooking are going on. 


It seems that trends in kitchens are always changing, however, many things remain constant. The need for a clean and organized gathering area in your home will never go away.  

         








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Posted by Danielle Lozzi on 10/13/2019

If you enjoy eating a lot of chicken in your diet because it is easy on your budget, then it pays to have many ways to cook it. Chicken is an affordable meat that many people use in their daily meal planning. The problem with chicken is that creating new ways to prepare it could be difficult. Here are four ways to use the chicken thigh with the leg attached to make a tasty meal:

Roast Chicken

Roasted must be the easiest way to cook chicken. Just wash, pat dry, rub with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. You can cook with the lid on or off. Many people will cook and take the cover off three-quarters of the way to ensure that the skin gets brown and crisp. Add your one of favorite vegetables, and you have a meal prepared with little hassle.

BBQ Chicken

If you are new to using a BBQ grill, take the skin off the chicken before you start cooking. Removing skin will significantly reduce the chances of a fire starting and burning your meat. Add any style of sauce near the end of cooking. Having 3-4 different sauces will allow you to change the flavor of the meat by using a different sauce. It goes excellently well with steamed rice, veggies and as a side to most dishes.

Breaded Chicken

Breading is a quite fantastic way to cook your chicken. You can purchase different flavors at your local grocery store, or you can mix your own spices and add them to your coating. The best part of making your unique spice blend is that you can control how much sodium you use. Two popular coatings you can use are corn flakes and crackers. If you want to prepare a truly special meal, Japanese Panko bread crumbs will add a nice touch to your chicken.

The Slow Cooker

Another easy way to cook chicken is to add chicken pieces and bones to a slow cooker along with some water. Set it on low, add a couple of bay leaves, some salt, and then leave it to cook all day. An hour before cooking, take the chicken out of the slow cooker and let it cool. While the chicken is cooling, you can add noodles or rice. Pick all the meat off the bones and put it back into the slow cooker and you will have an amazing chicken noodle or rice soup.

Try out these super ways of cooking chicken and expand your cooking horizons today.




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Posted by Danielle Lozzi on 9/11/2016

Enjoy A Cup Of Herbal Tea Herbal tea is simply an infusion, or tea, made from the flowers and leaves of herb plants known for their flavor and potent medicinal properties. Many herbs are suitable for planting in the home perennial garden. A Century's Old Tradition Herbal teas have centuries old history of use to induce sleep, calm frazzled nerves, relieve pain, promote digestion, relieve constipation, and to heal a host of illnesses and medical complaints including insomnia, irritability, fatigue, menstrual complaints, infertility, obesity, tremors, seizures, and to stimulate sexual desire. Traditionally herbal teas and decoctions were made from the woody, the hard part of the herb as well as the leave, flowers, seeds, and stems. The plant material, when dried and ground, was added to boiling water to release the plant essential oils. The beverage then strained and consumed. Herbal teas are a refreshing summer beverage when served over ice and garnished with fresh lemons. To prepare a tasty and satisfying cup of herbal tea, pour one pint of boiling water over one tablespoon of your favorite dried herb or two to three tablespoons of fresh herb. Herbal tea bags are also available for purchase online and at health food stores. Pour into a pre-heated mug or teapot, cover with a snug fitting lid to prevent the essential oils from escaping, and allow to steep for three to five minutes. If desired, sweeten with a bit of organic honey and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Some herbal teas may seem a bit too strong if you are not used to herbal tea; add additional boiling water if the brew is too strong for your palette. To obtain the healing health benefits of herbal tea, natural health practitioners suggest drinking a cup of herbal tea three to four times a day, but do however recommend that you not drink the same herbal tea for longer than six weeks in a row. Provide your body with a diverse array of herbs from “Mother Nature’s Medicine Chest.” You can use any kind of herb you like or experiment until you find your unique blend. The amount of herbs used varies dependent on the freshness of the herb and the desired strength of the infusion. Some people prefer herbal teas to be bold and strong, while others prefer a milder taste, so the amount used is a matter of personal taste. The best and most flavorful herbal teas are made from fresh cut herbs from the garden. If you do not have a herb bed, herbs, and herbal teas can be purchased online or at your local health food store and in many major supermarkets. Try out herbal teas you are not familiar with and be ready for a delicious surprise. Chamomile America’s favorite herbal tea, Chamomile is known for its nerve calming properties and is useful as a bedtime beverage for persons prone to insomnia. Chamomile is also a soothing drink if you have an upset stomach as the tea is a mild digestive tonic. Chamomile tea is scrumptious, either hot or cold. For a flavor twist, add a wedge of fresh lemon and a sprig of mint from the garden.




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