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What You Should Not Put In The Microwave

The microwave saves us from many situations when we don’t know what to cook fast or when we come tired at home after a long day at work. The food at the microwave oven is fast and helps us to win precious time with the ones we love. However, don’t confuse the microwave oven with the stove, as you can’t prepare everything at the microwave.

No matter how much you love some foods and technology, don’t cook everything with the microwave. Here are some things that you can never cook with the microwave.

Eggs in shell put in the oven is a guaranteed disaster, as it will explode before being cooked and you will need a long time to clean it: walls, the door and the rotating support.

Chicken liver can be a disastrous failure if you try the microwave. At high temperatures, the chicken liver becomes sticky and might also explode. Instead of cooked liver, you will have to clean the oven and it is not a pleasant thing to do.

Don’t think about melting butter or fats inside the microwave. The melted solution will get out of the recipient and it might even leak out of the oven. Moreover, it is believed that melted butter in the microwave can also be toxic.

Popcorn is one of the most popular things to do with the microwave, but you will need to take some cautions also. Make sure to find the right temperature: if it is too big, the corn might burn and you will not be able to eat it. If the temperature or power is too low, you will have a lot of uncooked corn in the bag and you might even break your teeth.

Don’t try to warm liquids in porcelain vases with golden ornaments. If you try to heat your coffee into such a cup, you will assist to a real spectacle of fire and artifices in the oven, or even break it completely! It seems like you can put a metallic pan inside without worries, but any gold or silver part of a cup will create those sparkles.

Real disasters with the microwave

Some other foods could transform your microwave cooking experience in a disaster.

  1. Don’t heat food in plastic recipients – unless the recipient has the label ‘microwave safe’. These recipients are resistant at high temperatures, and it does not contain harmful substances that would be released through melting. However, the majority of plastic recipients would melt and mix with the food, making it toxic and unhealthy. If you are not sure about the recipient, move the food into a safer one made of glass or ceramic. Melted plastic cannot be removed from the oven, and you will eventually have to replace it.
  2. Don’t heat baby milk bottles in the oven. Such recipients might remain cold on the outside, while the inside is really hot. Always test the temperature of the milk on your skin before giving the milk to your child.

This is called unequal heating and it is a common problem with all the microwave ovens.

Raising Polite Kids

”Mommy, am I allowed to have a little snack? Like maybe a pumpkin cookie?”
I tell him of course he can. As he lifts a cookie from the tin, he blows my mind with his next words.
“I really like these cookies. They taste yummy. Thank you, Mommy, for making them.”

7 Easy Ways to Get Kids to Be More Polite - Focus on the Family

Isn’t that just the best? Completely organic, non-prompted expression of gratitude. This doesn’t seem to happen often in our house, so it stood out and truly made my day. (Mommy may be feeling a little under-appreciated lately. Hmmm.)

How can we foster good manners in our kids? Most importantly, I think, by modelling them ourselves. Kids learn from observing us in our interactions with them and with others. So we need to remember to use our pleases and thank yous too. When you ask your child to help you with something, say please. When they do help you, say thank you. Notice the positive interactions they have with others (helpful, kind, gentle, etc.) and acknowledge them with verbal appreciation. All of these will help to reinforce the polite behaviours we hope to nurture in our kids.

And small things that we do everyday can influence them when we least notice it. Hold the door for a lady with a stroller. Hold the elevator for whomever. Smile at a stranger. Let someone merge into traffic. All of these things will be noticed, and our actions speak louder than our words. We can lecture about good manners as much as we want, but if we don’t display those manners and kindnesses ourselves, our lectures simply won’t stick!

Thank you for reading ??

Fire Prevention Week October 6-12+A62

 

When I was wee I had regular nightmares. It was really bad actually, and my sleep was very disrupted (as was my mom’s) for years. I had nightmares about monsters and drowning, and sometimes about wild animals. But a lot of them were about fires. I don’t remember ever experiencing a real fire (beyond those contained safely in our fireplace or campfire pit), but I often dreamt of our house burning down or of a fire in the woods surrounding our property. Maybe it was the fact the we essentially lived in a forest, coupled with all those Smokey the Bear ads that did it. But I’ve always been very conscious of the dangers of fire. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, so long as it doesn’t become debilitating. For the record, I still burn candles, but I tend towards ones in glass jars.

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October 6-12th marks Fire Prevention Week across Canada, and, being a partner of the Canadian Fire Services, Duracell wants to help keep families safe. Here are some tips they’ve asked me to share with you:

  • Plan: Map out the best way to escape in the event of a fire emergency. Be sure to go over the plan with your family and even create a special day each year where you all practice your fire drill. This way, you and your family can be prepared if a fire should occur.
  • Unplug: Don’t overload electrical outlets with too many plugs from your electronics. If your devices aren’t in use, check that they’re turned off and unplugged from their outlet. Also, when buying your devices, look for approval by a recognized listed agency like the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
  • Clean: Make sure your chimney and fireplace are cleaned annually to prevent a chimney fire from occurring. If you own a space heater, keep in a clear area so that there are no flammable items around.
  • Focus: Cooking is the number one cause of house fires, so it’s essential that you never leave food that’s cooking on a stovetop unattended. Always monitor whatever you’re cooking, and make sure that your cooking space is clear of any objects.
  • Replace: Fire detectors are crucial for notifying you if a fire emergency should occur, which is why it’s important to replace batteries. Test your alarm each month, and be sure to replace your Duracell batteries with the NEW Quantum battery every fall when you turn back your clocks.

To celebrate the launch of the NEW Quantum battery, Duracell has announced the donation of one million batteries to first responders across North America. Duracell Canada is working with the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services (CVFSA) to ensure that the batteries are being distributed to those fire stations most in need. These batteries will be used in life-saving breathing apparatus, location tracking devices, flashlights and will also be distributed during community outreach programs. The Quantum batteries have Duralock Power Preserve technology, guaranteed for 10 years in storage. They are also the only battery with PowerCheck, allowing you to instantly check the power level at any time. No more guessing!

Our clocks will fall back in just a few weeks, on November 3. Be sure to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and home alarm sensors as well. The time change is a great reminder for this essential safety task. And maybe that will be a good weekend to have a discussion with your family about your own fire safety plan for your home. Stay safe!

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

Habitat’s Gingerbread Build – A Deliciously Sweet Way to Give Back as a Family

A couple of weeks back, Boo and I had the opportunity to take part in Habitat for Humanity GTA’s Gingerbread Build. It was a great chance for families to get together and create their own personal gingerbread masterpieces to take home, while enjoying a festive atmosphere and yummy treats. There were raffles, a silent auction, hot chocolate, and even visits from Santa himself!!

Photos: Gingerbread Build is edible architecture for a cause

 

Each kit came with a gingerbread house (either pre-built or ready for construction – your choice), and an assortment of candies and icing for decorating. You could tell that there were some seasoned pros in attendance. They were the ones who had brought a box of cereal squares with them to decorate their roofs with shingles. Every kind of gingerbread house was represented, from the randomly strewn with candies, through ones attempting designs (like ours), right up to these masterpieces. It was pretty awesome. Habitat volunteers were present with extra candies and icing for sale if you used up everything in your kit and still had the desire to decorate more.

 

We ended up taking ours to finish at home, along with an extra bag of icing. Boo had started outlining the windows in Nibs, and when we ran out nothing was going to substitute. I made it to Bulk Barn finally, so we’ll be finishing up our house this weekend.

 

This was a great opportunity for me to include Boo in my work with Habitat. He is too young to go on a real build site, but the Gingerbread Build is perfect for him. We may not be building actual homes for families in need, but 100% of funds raised from this initiative go directly to that home building. I made sure to talk to him about why we were there, and why this organisation means so much to me.

 

Although the build weekend is over, take-home gingerbread kits are available until Friday, Dec. 19, so there’s still time to get yours and make a difference in the lives of GTA families waiting for their home. Visit gingerbreadbuild.weebly.com for all the details and to place your order. And don’t forget – you can also purchase a kit to donate to a family living in a local shelter, to make their holidays a little brighter.

* Gourmet Gingerbread kits include one 9″ gingerbread house in cellophane wrap, two gingerbread cookies, one red “tool box”, two bags of icing, oodles of candies and a tax receipt! *
Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

underWAY – review and giveaway

I’ve mentioned here before that I’m trying to lose some weight. I think many of us, especially as we are staring down the barrel of swimsuit season, are feeling the same way. I’ve been trying to cut back on my calorie intake, and drinking lots of water, but I find I am always starving!!! And a hungry me is not a pleasant me. (Just ask the Hubs.)

Underway or Under Way – The Correct Way to Use Each - Queens, NY ...

 

So, I was pretty excited to hear about this product – underWAY supplement drinks – and to be invited to try it out and participate in this MomCentral blog tour. I was sent a big package of underWay drinks and Smart for Life products (cookies, cupcakes, soup, cereal, shake, etc.)

I received 4 bottles each of two flavours of underWAY – grape and acai-pomegranate. Each bottle is considered to be two servings – 10 calories per serving and only 2 grams of carbs. Each bottle has 9 grams of fibre. The drink is not only a supplement, but an appetite suppressant. The fibre is a special formulation called HeroFiber, a soluble dietary fiber that helps maintain normal levels of cholesterol, glucose and insulin that are already in the normal range and promotes slower absorption so we feel fuller longer. So, drinking one of these between meals, you are not only hydrating with a sodium- and caffeine-free beverage, you are also tricking your stomach into thinking you are consuming more calories than you are, and fighting against the urge to snack. Plus, we all know fibre is important in our diet, so getting more is a good thing.

Of the two flavours, grape is definitely my favourite, though both are good. I guess I would compare them to something like a sport drink flavour, or weak kool-aid. Not too intense, not really sweet, nicely refreshing. I found the Acai-Pomegranate to have a bit of an aftertaste, though it didn’t last long. The Grape I am really enjoying and haven’t noticed any aftertaste. There is also an Orange flavour, according to the website. I’m not sure how to describe this, but the drink felt “hearty” going down. Not thick really, but substantial. I had one last night on my way to an event, having not had time to eat dinner. I was hungry, but not starving. I drank a full underWAY and I really did feel satisfied and conquered my desire to dash through a drive-thru somewhere on my way. I was happy with that. I can see these drinks working well for me during my work day. I am particularly prone to giving in to snack cravings and tummy rumblings mid-morning and mid-afternoon, when I’m sitting at my desk and healthy options are not plentiful. I will be bringing a bottle to work with me each day next week to see how they help me stay on track, while not feeling those hunger pangs (I hope!).

I also received the selection of Smart for Life products. I’ve been reading about their Cookie and Cupcake Diets. You can get more information through the link below, but, basically, you replace most of your meals and snacks over a period of time with regularly consumed cookies or cupcakes that are filled with healthful ingredients and specially formulated fibre. They all contain a balance of fruits, veggies, proteins and grains designed to give maximum nutritional punch. I have been trying another diet plan that included snack and meal replacement bars, and I have to say that I find the Smart for Life product much more appealing. I found the other replacements I had tried tended to be sweet and sugary tasting. I don’t have a big sweet tooth to begin with, so this doesn’t really work for me. But the Smart for Life cookies are filling and tasty and not sweet. I think I might actually be able to keep that up. And you can substitute one of their soups or cereals for a cookie or cupcake serving, adding variety. (Plus you eat a healthy dinner – details in the diet plan.)

 

You can learn more about Smart for Life and underWAY products, developed by physician Dr. Sasson Moulavi, at www.smartforlife.com and www.under-way.com. Check this out for yourself and see if you think these products are something you think could help you achieve your healthy weight goals.

 

Now for the big fun … my first giveway! Yes, MomCentral and underWAY are providing ten prize packages to lucky blog commenters. These packages will contain eight bottles of underWAY supplement drink, plus an assortment of Smart for Life products. The same package as I received to try out for this blog tour, so you could try out this program for free too. To enter, please simply leave a comment below telling me why you would like to try underWAY and/or Smart for Life products. Contest closes on August 4. I will be choosing 10 winners from all comments received, using random.org. Contest is open to Canadian residents only. You may enter the contest through multiple blogs participating in this tour, but can only win once. *Be sure to include an email or a Twitter handle so I can contact you if you win!*

 

In the meantime, if you want to try the drink out for yourself you can receive a 10% discount on online orders of underWAY with the following code: MCCAN10OFFUW.

 

Disclosure – I am participating in the underWAY program by Mom Central on behalf of Better Health Beverage, LLC. I received a gift card as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.