Getting a head start on holiday shopping is one way to ease December stress. Another way is to check your cupboards now for holiday baking essentials so you can avoid beginning a recipe and realising you’re out of sprinkles, parchment paper, or your cookie cutters are sub-par. We have a few great tips to get ready for holiday cookies, quick breads, cakes and pies.
Stock up on Spices
Dried spices lose their potency and freshness within six months to a year from the date they’re first opened, so the spices from last year’s cookie bake-a-thon may need to be replaced. Check your spice cabinet and then stock up on baking essentials, including:
Stock up on Parchment
This becomes a must for the baker, and has a tendency to always fall short. So grab more than you think you need—you’ll likely use it up.
Stock up on Chocolate
Whether your crew craves old-fashioned fudge, classic chocolate chip cookies or something nontraditional, like chocolate fruit cake, it’s a good idea to have several different kinds of baking chocolate on hand.
Stock of Decorations
Don’t end up with lackluster looking treats. Why not pick up a few extra special holiday sprinkles to use this year like red and green sugars, and little silver balls.
Pharmacy Week is celebrated annually in Trinidad and Tobago and it is a week dedicated to highlighting the importance of the pharmacy in the health care system in our country. This year, we celebrated Pharmacy Week from 13th-18th October and the theme was “Let’s Get Better Together”.
There was a check Up Day sponsored by Denk Pharma at each of our branches. The Diabetes Association of T&T supported us with free testing and diabetic education to our shoppers. Everyday we offered free testing (glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure) with the support of our dedicated suppliers; sampling of products and hamper giveaways.
It’s hard to come across someone who doesn’t enjoy a piece of cake now and then. Unfortunately, creating these tasty treats can yield a lot of trim waste, especially when making a cake that isn’t shaped exactly like the pan you bake it in. Below are a few quick ideas of things you can make with your cake’s trim waste.
- Make cake pops. Ball up the cake and cover with frosting for some cake to-go.
- Make “cake sand.” Crumble leftover cake onto a parchment-paper covered pan, then bake at 200° for 2-4 hours. Use the toasty goodness as a garnish on other cakes!
- Make trifle. Put cake, cream or custard, and fruit in a large cup or bowl to make this English dessert.
- Freeze it and Save it. Of course, if you don’t want to use it right away, you can always freeze your leftover cake and save it for a later project.
The most familiar use of salt undoubtedly is in the kitchen and on the dining table. But, there are many other uses for salt around the home.
Here’s 6 ways you can use it in the kitchen.
Clean sink drains.
Pour salt mixed with hot water down the kitchen sink regularly to deodorize and keep grease from building up.
Clean greasy pans.
Cast-iron skillets can be cleaned with a good sprinkling of salt and paper towels.
Clean stained cups.
Mix salt with a dab of dish soap to make a soft scrub for stubborn coffee and tea stains.
A mix of salt and soda water can be used to wipe out and deodorize the inside of your refrigerator, a nice way to keep chemical-y cleaners away from your food.
Clean brass or copper.
Mix equal parts of salt, flour and vinegar to make a paste, and rub the paste on the metal. After letting it sit for an hour, clean with a soft cloth or brush and buff with a dry cloth.
Mix salt and cream of tartar with just enough water to make a paste. Rub on rust, let dry, brush off and buff with a dry, soft cloth. You can also use the same method with a mix of salt and lemon.
We know that toothpaste is important for keeping your teeth clean and your mouth minty fresh, but it also has many interesting uses around the house
Remove scuffs from shoes
A little toothpaste does an amazing job of removing scuffs from leather shoes. Just squirt a dab on the scuffed area and rub with a soft cloth. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. The leather will look like new.
Clean your sneakers
Want to clean and whiten the rubber part of your sneakers? Get out the non-gel toothpaste and an old toothbrush. After scrubbing, clean off the toothpaste with a damp cloth.
Clean your clothes iron
The mild abrasive in non-gel toothpaste is just the ticket for scrubbing the gunk off the bottom plate of your clothes iron. Apply the toothpaste to the cool iron, scrub with a rag, then rinse clean.
Polish a diamond ring
Put a little toothpaste on an old toothbrush and use it to make your diamond ring sparkle instead of your teeth. Clean off the residue with a damp cloth.
Deodorize baby bottles
Baby bottles inevitably pick up a sour-milk smell. Toothpaste will remove the odor in a jiffy. Just put some on your bottle brush and scrub away. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.
Prevent bathroom mirrors from fogging
Ouch! You cut yourself shaving and it’s no wonder — you can’t see your face clearly in that fogged-up bathroom mirror. Next time, coat the mirror with non-gel toothpaste and wipe it off before you get in the shower. When you get out, the mirror won’t be fogged.
Shine bathroom and kitchen chrome
They make commercial cleaners with a very fine abrasive designed to shine up chrome, but if you don’t have any handy, the fine abrasive in non-gel toothpaste works just as well. Just smear on the toothpaste and polish with a soft, dry cloth.
Clean the bathroom sink
Non-gel toothpaste works as well as anything else to clean the bathroom sink. The tube’s sitting right there, so just squirt some in, scrub with a sponge, and rinse it out. Bonus: The toothpaste will kill any odors emanating from the drain trap.
Remove crayon from walls
Did your crayon-toting little one get creative on your wall? Roll up your sleeves and grab a tube of non-gel toothpaste and a rag or — better yet — a scrub brush. Squirt the toothpaste on the wall and start scrubbing. The fine abrasive in the toothpaste will rub away the crayon every time. Rinse the wall with water.
Remove ink or lipstick stains from fabric
Oh no, a pen opened up in the pocket of your favourite shirt! This may or may not work, depending on the fabric and the ink, but it is certainly worth a try before consigning the shirt to the scrap bin. Put non-gel toothpaste on the stain and rub the fabric vigorously together. Rinse with water. Did some of the ink come out? Great! Repeat the process a few more times until you get rid of all the ink. The same process works for lipstick.
You hear it all the time “breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day”, but still many of us skip breakfast every day! Follow these 10 rules of breakfast to get healthy, strong and lean, with energy to burn!
- Eat breakfast every day! Your body has been without fuel for at least eight hours and needs something to get started, so as soon as you feel ready get in at least some healthy fluid to start (a healthy drink, fresh squeezed juice or a piece of fruit).
- Don’t trade convenience for health. Schedule some preparation time in your morning routine or do some prep work the night before.
- Start the day with the juice of half a lemon in warm water to wake up the body and get things moving.
- Get alkaline for a natural energy boost with a green drink for whole body NUTRITION.
- Eat only real food. Don’t bog your body down with junk.
- Have a little protein like eggs, Greek yogurt or a natural protein powder like proteins+ or Vegan proteins+ to keep you satisfied all morning long.
- Skip the sugary processed cereal and opt for slow-burning whole grains like quinoa, oats, buckwheat, or millet.The ideal breakfast is a combination of carbohydrates and protein, such as yogurt and cereal and fruit or eggs with whole grain toast. Let go of the muffins, bagels, and danishes, which only serve to make you more hungry a short while after you eat them.
- Add some healthy fat like coconut oil, nut butters, organic butter, nuts/seeds, full fat dairy or ghee to help balance blood sugar.
- Include lots of fruit or veggies to ensure your daily dose of vitamins and minerals.
- Embrace routine. The more you follow the rules the easier it gets to include a healthy breakfast every day!
We’d like to give a big thanks to everyone who came out to the Chaguanas Customer Appreciation Day last week! Thank you for attending and making our event a success.
Most of all, thank you for giving us the opportunity to grow, foster, and develop meaningful relationships. Without you, it would have remained just an imagination.
Massy Stores in El Dorado has reopened its doors after undergoing some major renovations.
The supermarket, located on the corner of El Dorado Road and the Eastern Main Road, features a modern design, streamline flooring, state of the art refrigeration, a refinished parking lot for 50 cars and a spanking new produce section filled with both local and imported veggies.
Come in today. We’re excited for you to see what we’ve done and we’re eager to hear all the positive feedback.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 3 large celery sticks, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp tomato purée
- 1 x 400g/14oz tin chopped tomatoes
- 1.2 litres/2 pints vegetable or chicken stock
- 400g/14oz tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 100g/3½ dried spaghetti, broken into short lengths
- ¼ head green cabbage, finely shredded
- salt and pepper
- Heat the olive oil in a large lidded saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onion, carrots and celery, season with a little salt and pepper and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the vegetables have softened.
- Add the garlic and fry for another minute. Stir in the tomato purée and cook for a further three minutes.
- Tip in the tomatoes and stock. Cover with a lid and bring slowly to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
- Add the beans and pasta and cook for a further 10 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked. Add the cabbage and cook for another two minutes. If the soup is too thick, add some hot water to reach your preferred consistency.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.