Tips for 2020 Thanksgiving Dinner

Much like everything else, thanksgiving in 2020 is going to look very different. Here are some tips to get you through this festive season with ease.

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  • Consider a virtual gathering or a small outdoor gathering: This year has pushed us into a never experienced before the digital era. Nine months into the pandemic, and you have probably already had all your meetings, birthday parties, dinners, happy hours, and more virtually. Your platform options are endless – Zoom, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, and more. You can make the whole virtual party more interesting with themes, games, etc. If you prefer meeting people in person, keep your gatherings small and socially distanced to be safe.  
  • Order Thanksgiving Dinner to Go: Although thanksgiving is all about being thankful and sharing a meal with the family,2020 has been all about being cautious and safe. Continue with this theme and consider a to-go shared meal from your favorite restaurant instead of making a meal at home whether you have a virtual or socially distanced party.
  • Play Games: One thing that can make any party enjoyable is joint activities. You can play a plethora of games, whether you decide on a Zoom party or a socially distanced get-together. You can have name tags, themes, and much more to keep it engaging.
  • Minimize or eliminate alcohol: Sharing a few bottles of wine around the table may be a Thanksgiving tradition, but CDC advises against the ritual this year, asserting alcohol a high-risk activity since it clouds judgment. If you are planning to stick with a virtual celebration, guests can, of course, enjoy their liquor at the comfort of their home.

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6 Must- Have Spices in Every Kitchen

We all can concur spice make the food. Even the most delicious recipe goes for a toss if not complemented with the right spices. While they are quick to add a lot of flavor to the food, there is also a vast category to choose from.

The best part about spices is they are available in every grocery store and can last you for years, so it’s definitely a good idea to stock them. While every cuisine requires special spices, some spices should be part of every kitchen. Here is our list to get you started: 

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Black Peppercorns:  Every home cook swears by them and uses them in every savory dish – eggs, soups, curries, meats, etc. The flavor is preserved better in whole peppercorns as the oil inside them doesn’t break quickly. There are pink and white peppercorns for more advanced spicing options, but the black pepper is vital in every kitchen.

Cumin :The most versatile spice is earthy, aromatic, and has found its way in every country’s kitchen. This spice is rich in oil and is used whole or ground. Besides being flavorful, this spice is known for regulating digestion and contains a fair amount of Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. Need more reasons to stock it?

Crushed Red Pepper Flakes or Whole Dried Chiles: Remember that one time you didn’t have enough Red Pepper Flakes for the pizza? We bet you won’t regret stocking this spice in your kitchen. There is a whole lot of variety when we talk about dried chile peppers. They can be crushed and used in curry pastes or a pot bean or chili. 

Cinnamon: Who doesn’t love a cinnamon latte on a rainy day? While cinnamon is often seen as an essential spice for baking projects, it also pretty useful for savory projects. Like, cumin, you can buy them whole or ground to add woody flavors to your recipes.

Turmeric: Turmeric is part of the ginger family and has a mild taste. This spice is truly versatile, and you might be familiar with this yellow-colored spice due to its vast usage in Asian cuisine. Turmeric is well known to dramatically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body and has medicinal properties.

Granulated Garlic: Garlic is the most used spice in every kitchen. Fresh is better, but granulated garlic will add the same flavor with much less work for you.

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Awesome Tips for a Breezy Back-to-School

Schools started a week ago, and from what we hear, it has been one of the most hectic Back-to-school for parents due to COVID-19. Getting back into the school routine is a daunting task for the parents and making sure that kids get the nutrition their brain requires to thrive is essential. Follow these simple tips to make sure the routine is easy breezy for you.

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  • Decide the week’s menu: Set aside menu for the upcoming week on Saturdays and get done with your meal prep and grocery shopping on Sunday. Although this does make the weekend overwhelming, you will be pleased with how undemanding the rest of the week is. If you are a working parent getting a good start will let you get focused during the week.
  • Set up breakfast table at night: When you are wrapping up the kitchen for the night. Set up the table for the next morning – plates, glasses, and silverware. Often getting everyone their dishes and cutlery is more time consuming than we anticipate.
  • Ask kids to Set out clothes the night before: Keeping clothes ready for the next day is one of the easiest and most time-saving tips on our list. Kids typically spend 15-20 minutes to decide what they want to wear, and online schooling is not going to be any different in this regard. Time saved is time earned. Agreed?
  • Let kids decide their snack: Mother’s are often highly nutrition focused in a good way, but mom’s you need to cut yourself some slack. It won’t hurt your kid if they end up eating cookies or chips instead of smoothie or fruit for a snack every once in a while.
  • Stick to a bedtime routine: It is easy to lose track of time when you don’t necessarily need to wake up in the morning’s wee hours. Summer breaks often lead to a break from an early bedtime, but kids often need adequate rest to refresh their minds and be ready to learn. The key is usually the consistency of a bedtime routine.
  • Stock up on school supplies: Get extra back-to-school supplies, you never know what your child would need, and meltdowns on a school day are never welcome.

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Back-to-School supplies for teachers during COVID-19

Schools are slowly reopening across the country, and while students and teachers are gearing for a new school year, Covid-19 has changed the traditional methods of teaching forever. Most of the schools have chosen to start the year with remote leaning, and therefore Back-to-school checklist is going to look very different for teachers and students alike this year. We bring to you our list of essentials for the teaching professionals this year.

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  • Adjustable laptop stand:  An adjustable stand comes handy in keeping you mobile, supporting your wrists, and improving your posture while teaching. Invest in a stand that can be raised to turn your working station into a standing station if need be.
  • Whiteboard:  Whether you in the classroom or taking the class from your home – a whiteboard is always required to explain concepts, write notes, etc.
  • Dry Erase Markers: Dry eraser markers are the new chalk in the classroom. They are the commonly used whiteboard markers; they are entirely non-permanent and can be erased with a dry eraser when used on a whiteboard. 
  • Sticky Notes: They are kind of a given, but you will need them more in an online setting where you will probably need to remember much more with all the online interactions with students. They are diverse and can be used to collate lists, notes, labels, tabs, and bookmarks.
  • Reward Supplies: Even though you are in an online setting, rewards always seem to motivate students. You will need supplies that can be used as rewards – markers, sharpies, highlighters, reward stickers, and more.
  • Digital Timer: Sure, you can check your phone from time to time to keep track of time. However, a digital timer is handy and easy to use to keep track of time.
  • Bluetooth Speakers: Kids and adults love music and can be extremely motivated if you use them in your class. If you are feeling extra generous, you can even play their favorite songs from time to time. The best part of Bluetooth speakers is they can be controlled by your phones.
  • Planner: They are every teacher’s favorite because they keep you organized and believe us you will need them more in a remote setting where chaos often rules with many students asking questions, many deadlines to get back to with family commitments.
  • Anti-Bacterial Wipes: Yes, you are definitely in a remote setting with no one but your family around you, but you will still need anti-bacterial wipes to keep your space and supplies clean and fresh.
  • Hand Sanitizers: A must-have with you at all times in the COVID- 19 era, whether you are in the classroom or at your home.

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Hosting a BBQ in the Age of COVID-19

This July 4th weekend would be very different from any other independence day weekend you have been part of in the past. In the age of COVID-19, it will be necessary to not only bring people together but also keep them apart for safety. However, if you are determined to find a way to host a BBQ safely, we have some great tips that will substantially reduce any risks.

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  • Limit the number of guests: We have all been hearing the term “social distancing” for the past six months for a good reason. Depending on where you live with some guidance from your local authorities, it may be possible to host a small gathering of people outdoor. Make sure your list doesn’t include more than ten people who each agree to stay at a safe physical distance during the gathering. Make sure your invite mentions pandemic gathering etiquettes – each guest to bring their masks, gloves, and sanitizers, etc.
  • Quarantine the tableware: Center of Disease Control (CDC) recommends guests bring their own tableware for gatherings. However, if you do decide to keep your own tableware – make sure you deep sanitize the –plates, silverware, glasses, and napkins. After sanitization, organizes separate trays for each group and wrap each tray in individual bags for additional safety.
  • Strategize the usage of restroom: Even if it’s a small socially distanced group of guests, they will most likely end up sharing the restroom. Assess how your guests feel about sharing the restroom if everyone feels okay about sharing it leave plenty of paper towels and hand soap on the sink. Keep disinfecting wipes along with a spray bottle filled with 70% isopropyl alcohol for misting handles and knobs after each usage.
  • Beverage Arrangement: Have one assigned person manage the beverages for the party with gloves on at all times. Keep disinfecting wipes for the guests to wipe the beverage bottles and cans if they want to.
  • Food: While in the past you might be hosting elaborate buffets, wit will be ideal to opt for single –serve potions (individual snack bags and bottles) or have guests bring their own food and drinks.
  • Guest List: Follow the CDC recommendation of writing down all of the guests in attendance in case you need it for contract tracing in the future.

We wish you a very safe July 4th weekend.

Five must-have immunity-boosting essentials in the pantry

Emphasis on boosting immunity has never been this central to conversations around us. Although Texas has officially opened up, the state is also witnessing a surge in the COVID-19 cases every day. If you are somebody who has joined back office recently or simply out a lot more – you must boost your immune system to protect yourself from infectious diseases like coronavirus. Refer to our simple yet effective immunity-boosting food guide :

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  • Citrus Fruits: Our body doesn’t make vitamin C, but we need it for immune function, bone structure, iron absorption, and healthy skin. Citrus rich foods such as oranges, lemons, strawberries, green vegetables, and tomatoes are a great source of C vitamins. The recommended dietary allowance for men is 90 milligrams (mg) per day, and for women, it’s 75 mg per day. You will get the recommended dosage of Vitamin C if you consume at least 5 servings of food and vegetables per day.
  • Walnuts: Besides being the number one anti-inflammatory food, walnut contains several nutrients that are integral for supporting a robust immune system, including Vitamin E, B6, copper, and folate. Nuts are also known to reduce the stress that has indirectly weakens immunity. Include a handful of walnuts in your everyday diet to reap the benefits of this superfood.
  • Sunflower Seeds: Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant, and sunflower seeds are a rich source of this powerhouse vitamin. They also selenium which helps your body fight against certain cancers, while also helping your immune system to control cell damage.
  • Spinach: The versatile leafy vegetable can be eaten in with salads, soups, or pasta. Spinach contains vitamin A which is vital for supporting a healthy immune system, as well as mucosal tissues throughout your body that help to keep germs at bay. Plus, spinach contains vitamin C, which is a dominant immune-booster and vitamin E, which helps to safeguards the lungs and liver.
  • Garlic: Besides containing numerous vitamins and minerals that are critical to support a healthy immune system, garlic contains allicin which is a powerful component for fighting against bacteria and viruses. Studies have shown people taking garlic in their diet had less cold infections and colds than the group of people that did not take it.

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Cleaning Supply Checklist for your Home

COVID-19 has changed the way world functions forever. Think about it – if someone told you in January 2020 you will spend two hours sanitizing products and produce after every grocery run, you would have called then crazy. However, cleaning and sanitization have now become an essential part of our everyday life. We thought we would share the list of some of our ‘must-have’ cleaning and sanitizing products that should be on your shelf.

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  • Disinfectants: It was challenging to get your hands on these things for most of the year for a good reason. Germs are everywhere – your hands, surfaces, food, products. There are several disinfectants to combat potential germs. You must ideally have – liquid disinfectant, wipes, and a personal sanitizing solution.
  • Disposable Gloves: Overexposure to any cleaning or disinfecting chemical can irritate the human skin. Gloves are a must-have for you while working or cleaning any surface. We suggest stocking at least a couple.
  • Bleach: This product is a winner. You can use this in multiple ways with water to clean and sanitize your clothes, vegetable, restrooms, floors, and much more. Make sure this product is part of your cleaning supplies.
  • Bathroom Cleaners and Fresheners – Restrooms are the breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Depending on the size of your home/facility, bathroom cleaners and fresheners should be used by you every day. You can invest in green cleaning products since you will use them every day in restrooms.
  • Glass Cleaners: Windows and Door Glasses are often the most ignored in a home. Exterior windows can end up accumulating a lot of dust or debris from landscaping or everyday wear and tear. Glass cleaning formula is specially formulated to keep windows free of streaks and add luster that other kinds of cleaners cannot provide. Hence, choose one that most meets your needs.

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On-Demand Grocery Service has landed in Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth, we’ve arrived in your beautiful city. Its’ been a long time coming, so we are excited to be delivering groceries straight to your door! A Texas-grown business we started our journey in Austin -the “Live Music Capital of the World,” in 2013.

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With our arrival, Fort Worthians now rediscover the lost idea of “free-time” and stop worrying about the trips to the grocery store. We understand most of you are super busy to interrupt your day to visit the grocery store. That’s why we are here to ensure you never have to worry about grabbing your everyday essentials.

Here is what you need to know about Burpy to get started:

  • We love Dallas: We have been delivering in Dallas since 2013 and love the spirit of the city. After experiencing a high demand from many zip codes in Fort Worth, we decided we need to meet you guys and decided to eliminate your grocery store trips.
  • No membership required: Our platform is free to use. You do not have to invest in a monthly subscription to shop groceries with us. We understand groceries are an everyday essential and hence our focus is on ensuring you get a great grocery buying experience from the comfort of your home without having to a premium for it
  • Shop with our app: When we say “one click of a button,” we mean it. Use our app from anywhere to get started on grocery shopping. Available for both Android and Apple users, our app will surely make your life easy.
  • We are always improving: As we begin delivering in your city, we would love to hear from you, so do not hold back. We are a customer-centric company, and your experience with us matters the most to us. Reach out to our customer support team using our website chat feature or social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to let us know about your experience with us.
  • Stores Available on Burpy: At the moment, you can shop – Walmart, Kroger, Target, Costco, PetcoNow, Albertson, and Burpy Market with us. We are working on expanding our delivery service in the area, and more stores will be available to you at the soonest. So, wait for some updates in the days to come.

Our Service is currently available at: Check out the zip codes we are serving. Start shopping with us to place your first order and enjoy a free delivery on order over $35 with an extra 5% off on us.

Tips on Handling Groceries during Coronavirus Outbreak

Whether you are using a delivery service or getting the groceries yourself, it’s essential to disinfect them before you get them inside your home during the coronavirus outbreak. Follow these simple tips:

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  • Any grocery item that is acceptable to keep in your car or garage for over three days, such as – Toilet papers, Onions, Potatoes, Cleaning Supplies, and Lotions, etc., avoid bringing them inside the house. Coronavirus should no longer remain on those surfaces after 72 hours.
  • The items that make it inside the house, such as produce, fruits, frozen goods, sauces, should be kept in a designated area and dealt with in the following manner. Thoroughly wash your fruits and vegetables with hot water; you can also keep them in a solution of warm water + vinegar+ salt to disinfect them. For any bottled and packaged goods, make sure you keep them on a clean surface and give them a good wipe down with a disinfecting wipe.
  • Disinfect the surface where groceries were with Lysol or Clorox wipes.
  • Discard all remaining plastic bags, and then wash your hands carefully again with hot water and hand soap for 20 seconds.

 

Coronavirus: Safety Tips if You Are Out Grocery Shopping

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) READINESSWe understand this is a challenging time, and everyone wants to know what they can do to protect themselves and their families. COVID-19 is spreading rapidly, and it is crucial to follow guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control along with social distancing to curtail this pandemic. We also understand that there are specific everyday requirements such as -groceries for which you may end up going out of your home. We recommend avoiding that and relying on a grocery delivery service. However, if you must venture out, it is essential to follow safety tips to prevent the risk of catching the disease during the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Plan Ahead: It is more important than ever that you spend time planning your meals. Stock supplies at least for 7-10 days when you are at the grocery. You do not want to miss one item and make multiple runs to the grocery store.
  • Clean the cart: Avoid touching the carts, COVID 19 spreads through objects that might have been touched by an infected person. Spend time cleaning the cart with a sanitizing wipe before you head into the grocery store.
  • Avoid putting hands on your face, nose, and mouth: You will be touching produce, frozen goods and much more inside a grocery store. Make sure you sanitize your hands after and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice social distancing: Even at the grocery store practice social distancing by keeping a distance of about six feet from others.
  • Wash your hands: Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds  to clean your hands after coming back home.
  • Wash the produce and sanitize the bought goods: You can never be too cautious when it comes to your health. Spend 5 minutes washing the produce to wash off any germs that might be sitting there and use a sanitizing wipe to clean any bottles or other essentials before you store them in the house.

We hope these tips will help keep you safe and healthy if you are grocery shopping.

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