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Healthy Hot Mulled Apple Cider with No Sugar Added

The holidays are the perfect time for gathering with family and friends. Sometimes those gatherings include enjoying warm beverages with family and friends. Holidays are also the time for nostalgic moments, sometimes of passed loved ones.  I can remember some of my favorite moments with my father during the holiday season: decorating the tree the Saturday after Thanksgiving while drinking egg nog and listening to Handel’s Messiah; warm mulled Mead (apple cider for the kids); a Messiah sing at our friends’ home with local musicians a week before Christmas.  Enjoy this no sugar added, healthier Hot Mulled Apple Cider recipe. I recommend...

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What is the Safest Cookware to Use?

It can be confusing making sense of all of the claims of "safest cookware." It's well established now that traditional non-stick cookware has toxins, but many other types of cookware claim to be safe alternatives. Here at Xtrema, our mission from day one has been to create the safest cookware. We are family owned and operated, and were the first to sell completely non-toxic and safe 100% ceramic cookware. Use this guide to find the right choice for your home and family. Because Xtrema all-ceramic cookware has no metals and is thoroughly tested for safety above and beyond government standards, it...

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Green Christmas Gift Guide - Non-Toxic and Eco-Friendly Christmas

For those passionate about the earth and sustainability, it is possible to have a Green Christmas. As the first and original developer of non-toxic, 100% ceramic cookware, family-owned Xtrema's company is built around creating products that are both useful and green. Here is our guide to celebrating a Green Christmas. Our Green Christmas Gift Guide includes some suggestions for eco-friendly gifts. We also have detailed how to make, package and send Christmas cookies. Another great way to be green is to make your own gifts. See below for our Green Christmas Gift Guide. Few gifts can trump Christmas cookies. They...

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Guide to a Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is a wonderful chance to spend quality time with family and friends over a spread of delicious food – but one dinner can haunt your waistline for months. There are many ways to have a healthy Thanksgiving dinner without sacrificing on taste.  Did you know the average American's Thanksgiving dinner, drinks and desserts adds up to 4,500 calories? That one meal is equal to 2.5 days of recommended calories for a 30-year-old woman.  A New England Journal of Medicine study into weight gain over the holidays tracked an average weight gain in American participants of .2% of their body weight over Thanksgiving,...

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5 Ways to Detox Your Kitchen

What’s the best way to detox your home? Short answer: one room at a time. It’s tough to grasp just how many harmful toxins are leaked into our homes – from pesticides to mold, to PVC, and even paints! The following are 10 ways that you can work towards a green and toxin-free kitchen.1. Install a water filtration systemWhile many don’t exactly know what’s in their water, there are several harmful contaminants that very well may live in your water. Some common contaminants include bacteria, nitrate, as well as heavy metals such as lead, iron and arsenic. While it’s recommended...

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Homemade Christmas Gifts

There’s always something special about giving homemade Christmas gifts. Besides the obvious money saving component, homemade holiday gifts offer a real heart to heart spirit just perfect for the season. I love to tap into my creative juices a little in coming up with DIY Christmas gifts for my kids’ teachers, work colleagues and some of our friends. However, it’s also really important to me to keep these homemade recipes as simple as possible so the whole family can join me in making them. Here are some ideas to DIY your own family's gifts. Homemade Christmas Gift Idea #1: Rose Strawberry Jam...

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Easy Skillet Apple Cobbler – Healthier Alternative to Thanksgiving Pie

Holidays are a great time to spend with family and celebrate traditions. In our home, we’ve always baked. Whether cookies for Christmas, pies for Thanksgiving, or other dishes for bringing to friends’ and families’ homes for holiday meals, baking and cooking is a family tradition we’ve carried on with our own children. When you bake and cook, people tend to develop specialties and favorite dishes that get requested time and again. I apparently make a fantastic pie and homemade macaroni and cheese. Pie — apple or blueberry depending on the season — and my mac and cheese are the things...

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Holiday Kitchen Cleaning Tips

It’s nearly the end of the year (I know, hard to believe). Where did the time go? If you’re like me, you will be hosting a few people at some point over the holidays. Entertaining from a nice, clean kitchen is a top priority but as we all know, heavy use dictates more than the regular day-to-day cleaning. How about doing a holiday version of spring cleaning? It’s necessary no matter the time of year and it doesn’t have to be complete drudgery if you have a plan. To that end, here is a step-by-step guide for the seasonal sprucing up...

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