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Beeswax wraps are going to save the world!

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Well, maybe not save the world exactly but beeswax wraps can certainly help reduce your waste.  How?  Instead of using plastic wrap to cover leftovers or putting your sandwich at lunch in a plastic bag, you can use beeswax wraps.  Here's a few basic questions about these amazing new kitchen must haves.   1. What is a beeswax wrap?  A natural alternative to plastic wrap that typically combines cotton and bees wax.  2. What can I use these wraps for? Covering bowls with leftovers, wrapping sandwiches for lunch, folding to carry fruit and other snack items, and making you smile...

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CSA sign ups are open and excited to welcome you!

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What?  You don't know what a CSA is?!?  Let me introduce you to a great way to get fresh local veggies and support your local community at the same time!  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  Early in the spring (right NOW people!!!), households sign up for a "share" of vegetables from a local farm or a group of farms.  With early sign ups, farmers get seed money (literally) to plan their crops, it gives farmers a better idea of demand, and gives a good idea of where delivery will be available.  When produce begins, farmers pack up their produce...

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Teacher Gift Season is Just Around the Corner.

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Teacher gift season is a delicate mix of figuring how many people to include, brainstorming the perfect gift idea, and not completely freaking out because you've either not done enough or done too much.  Obviously we want to say thank you to those very important leaders in our kids lives but those over active Pinterest moms just make us feel like failed the assignment. How can you find a balance?   1. Just be you!  It's truly not a contest but time to say thank you.  If you are a super crazy Pinterest parent, then this is your Christmas and...

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Loose Leaf tea is becoming a new favorite

Posted by Robin Abel on

I'm not much of a hot beverage person.  It might be a consistency issue, or a temperature one, or I'm just crazy.  Any answer will be acceptable.  But lately it's been growing on me because I've found better products taste so much better (shocking, I know!).   We work with two coffee supplies, both whom are wonderful!  Last year when I was picking up an order at Allegheny Coffee and Tea, the owner suggested we bring in a mix your own loose leaf tea section to Penn Pantry.  He said it's a fun thing for customers and since we're small...

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Making meals for friends

Posted by Robin Abel on

In the last 15 years, I've probably made about a billion meals for people between that season where everyone is having babies to supporting people during difficult times in their lives.  Having been on the receiving end many times, it is one of those small acts of kindness that reminds you how much people care about you.    This week I made dinner for a friend who had a baby.  I've got quite the system down now.  But it's taken years of taking meals, receiving meals, and figuring out what works best.  Here's a few things to keep in mind...

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