Archive for the ‘Did you know?’ Category


potatoesWhoever dubbed it the “humble” potato forgot how versatile—not to mention delicious—the spud can be. And when you consider that potatoes can last in storage for months (months!), they’re basically a pantry hero. Still, if you bought a bag weeks ago and now you think they might be past their prime, it can be a little murky. Here’s how to tell if potatoes are bad, plus how to keep them fresh in the first place.

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gardentoolWhat Exactly Is Topsoil?

Topsoil is the top portion of the soil consisting of minerals, organic matter and microorganisms. It can range from a few inches deep in some areas to a few feet deep in the Corn Belt. Topsoil has accumulated over millennia, but erosion is a serious problem. Erosion can deplete topsoil quickly, which is why it is important to cover bare soil with mulch or a ground cover plant.

What’s in Topsoil?

Topsoil is made up of sand, clay and silt. The proportions vary. An ideal topsoil, called loam, is soft and crumbly and has roughly equal parts sand, clay and silt (a fine, dust-like sediment of rock and mineral particles). However, many gardeners struggle with less-than-ideal topsoil that tilts towards heavy clay (slow draining and less oxygen available to plant roots) or sand (fast draining but less able to hold moisture and nutrients). Surprisingly, compost can improve clay and sandy soils.

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shopping_bag_reuseableReusable grocery bags are a great way to go green, and they’re often your only option in states and cities that banned plastic bags. Yet many people neglect to properly wash them often enough, or at all! Here’s everything you need to know about how to clean reusable grocery bags.

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You’ve heard it a zillion times: opposites attract. Heck, we were all raised on Disney-ified versions of this (I’m looking at you, Belle and Beast, and Anna and Kristoff), so it’s kind of hard not to buy into this concept.

attraction“When it comes to romantic compatibility, many people first think of similarities,” says Manhattan-based licensed clinical psychologist Joseph Cilona, PsyD. But “while similar traits can certainly increase romantic compatibility, it’s not always the case and can backfire for some couples,” Cilona says. For example, if you and your partner are both total alphas in relationships, you’re probably going to butt heads when it comes to fairly simple stuff, like deciding where you want to go eat on any given date night. Ditto if you both prefer to take a backseat on decision-making you’ll never get anything accomplished.

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egg_cloudEveryone  even celebrity chefs  has their opinion on how to best scramble an egg. But scrambled or fried are far from the only ways to cook eggs. There are in dozens of ways to prepare this staple item, including making cloud eggs. Yes, cloud eggs,  a playful and fluffy sort of egg perfect for spring or summer.

These eggs have the appearance of a bright sun laid over a pillowy cloud, or a yellow egg nestled in a white nest. They make a fun addition to any brunch table and take minutes to make.

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basket1Are you excited to start gardening this spring? We can’t wait! With more time spent at home, we’re looking forward to stepping up our gardening game by working on some new projects. Whether you’re brand new to the gardening world or have been a pro for years, we’ve got you covered with gardening ideas that will make your beds bloom.

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Does one really know more than the other?

echovsgooglehomeminiThese days, just about every smart home gadget works with Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa. And, for the most part, Google Assistant and Alexa can do many of the same things—like give you the weather forecast, play music, read the news, and so much more.

But, when you compare Alexa and Google Assistant head to head, which intelligent personal assistant is smarter? We took a deep dive into the nitty-gritty of both Alexa and Google Assistant to find out which smart assistant knows—and can do—more.

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