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Unusual Winter Vegetables? Give Them a Try! Posted on Dec 23

Unusual Winter Vegetables? Give Them a Try!

Are you looking for vegetables in season during the winter? Kale, potatoes, and winter squash are often the first winter vegetables that come to mind, but many people forget about the other choices that are available during the cooler months. Parsnips, Brussels sprouts, fennel, leeks   …Continue Reading Unusual Winter Vegetables? Give Them a Try!

Home Heating Safety Posted on Dec 17

Home Heating Safety

New England winters are among the coldest in the country. Keeping warm during winter is essential to Massachusetts families’ comfort and well-being; but with keeping your family warm, also comes the responsibility of keeping your family safe. State safety agencies recommend families follow these safety   …Continue Reading Home Heating Safety

Wintertime Entertainment Posted on Dec 10

Wintertime Entertainment

While the winter season may bring cold and frosty weather, there is no reason to stay indoors until the spring. Truthfully, winter is a great time to enjoy outdoor fun.  The snow does more than just make everything sparkle… it creates many options for activities   …Continue Reading Wintertime Entertainment

Holiday Shopping Tips! Posted on Dec 2

Holiday Shopping Tips!

The holidays are approaching and like many of us, you may be getting ready to hit the grocery store for the various ingredients you will need to create your special holiday meal.  With the aisles crowded with shopping carts, this can be a bit overwhelming   …Continue Reading Holiday Shopping Tips!

Thanksgiving with a twist! Posted on Nov 19

Thanksgiving with a twist!

During Thanksgiving, many families stick to the same foods and traditions year after year. In my household we keep those same traditions with a twist of Dominican culture. In general Thanksgiving is not an official holiday for us, just as our lifestyles are blended in   …Continue Reading Thanksgiving with a twist!

Encouraging Young Readers Posted on Nov 12

Encouraging Young Readers

Each year, Massachusetts celebrates Family Literacy Month to honor parents, teachers, schools and communities for their efforts in making Massachusetts children skilled and enthusiastic readers.  During this celebration many schools, libraries and learning centers statewide offer activities such as family book nights, storytelling and sing-alongs.   …Continue Reading Encouraging Young Readers

November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month! Posted on Nov 4

November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month!

Peanut butter is one of America’s favorite foods. It’s used in hundreds of different recipes, from Thai peanut sauce to classic peanut butter cookies. November 4, 2013 marks the 118th anniversary for the patent for peanut butter in 1895. Americans loves peanut butter so much   …Continue Reading November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month!

¡Un Halloween saludable! Posted on Oct 31

Halloween es uno de los días más dulces del año. Para la mayoría de nosotros, niños y adultos, Halloween es una excusa para disfrutar con una gran cantidad de dulces.   Afortunadamente, este día escalofriante puede ser saludable y a la misma vez divertido.  Se preguntará   …Continue Reading ¡Un Halloween saludable!

Halloween Safety Tips! Posted on Oct 24

Halloween Safety Tips!

Trick or treat! It’s that time of the year again, when kids hit the streets in their spookiest costumes in search of sweet goodies and holiday fun. Halloween can be a stressful time for parents, as we worry about our children’s safety. Whether your child   …Continue Reading Halloween Safety Tips!

A Healthier Halloween! Posted on Oct 21

A Healthier Halloween!

Halloween is one of the sweetest days of the year. For most of us—children AND adults—Halloween is an excuse to indulge in a frightening amount of candy. Fortunately, this spooky day can be healthier and still be fun. How?  Read on! ·         Hand out non-food   …Continue Reading A Healthier Halloween!