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Ida DeFrancesco
Our plan that gets the kids outside

Our plan that gets the kids outside

When we were kids... In the 80s a typical Saturday found kids watching cartoons in the morning until the educational programs would come on. He-Man, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Care Bears, Duck Tales - just a few of our favorites. Mothers would swoop through and turn off the tv and sweep the kids out the door saying things like "Go outside. Find something to do." And out we would go - and not come back until we were hungry. My kids have a "kid cave" I watch my own kids and see how comfortable their "kid cave" is - full of...

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Ida DeFrancesco
5 Differences between store-bought and farm-fresh

5 Differences between store-bought and farm-fresh

As soccer parents, we spend a lot of time traveling to practices and coordinating game schedules. Over the bonding time, we created a great soccer family, and we get everyone together at least once each season for a pot-luck style party. During one of these parties, I was in the buffet line when I listened in to the little boys in front of me as they filled their plates. It was obvious that it wasn't their first time through the line. One little guy said - "you've gotta try this, it's better than store-bought" as he reached for his third...

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Ida DeFrancesco
Which is healthier: white-shelled eggs or brown-shelled eggs?

Which is healthier: white-shelled eggs or brown-shelled eggs?

Which do you prefer - white or brown eggs? There are more chickens on Earth than there are people. With nearly 19 billion chickens around, that means there are a lot of eggs! There are two main types of chickens - egg-laying and broilers. Broilers are raised for meat and may still lay eggs. We grow egg-layers on our farm; they are pets with extra benefits. From the egg-layers, only about 9% lay brown eggs in the US. In New England - more than 51% of eggs sold are brown! No other region of the US comes close in preferring...

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Ida DeFrancesco

How to quickly and easily peel farm-fresh hard boiled eggs

'Tis the season for parties and table treats. Right around the corner is the season of regretting all the over-indulgence. You want to show off your cooking skills and not add to the calorie guilt. All the cooking shows you have been binging praise the "farm fresh egg" as the key to top-notch dishes - it turns out they are also nutrient-dense and low in calories! If you keep chickens or buy eggs direct from a farmer you are working with fresh eggs. Many folks shy away from making deviled eggs, which are a party favorite because hard boiling eggs...

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