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Heading to a Picnic? Keep These Food Storage Safety Guidelines in Mind!

August 24, 2016 4:04 pm

The only thing that can spoil a picnic more than rain is spoilage in another area: the food! You might be so concerned about mastering your mom’s potato salad recipe that you forget to properly protect it from the hot sun, and that will put quite a damper on your fun day outdoors. Follow these safety tips for properly storing and serving picnic food:

  • Keep cold foods cold. This may seem obvious, but you’ll need to thoroughly line a cooler with ice or frozen gel packs to ensure that your food stays cold even as the temperatures rise. This includes things like creamy salads, meats, and cheeses.
  • Use a thermometer. Perishable foods should be stored at a temperature of 40°F or below, so use a thermometer to make sure that you maintain that temperature all day long.
  • Keep the cooler closed. Store water and soft drinks in a separate cooler from the perishable food to minimize the how often the cooler is opened throughout the day.
  • Prevent cross-contamination. If you’re grilling meats at your picnic, be sure to thoroughly wrap them in plastic wrap or store them in plastic containers. Always wash your hands after handling raw meat, and don’t let meats touch fruit, veggies, or other foods.

Eating Outdoors, Handling Food Safely [FDA]
Perfect Food Safe Picnics! [FoodSafety.gov]
Picnic Food Kids Will Love: Pack A Safe & Healthy Basket [Parents]

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Creative School Lunch Ideas

August 24, 2016 2:01 pm

It's that time of year again! Break out the school supply lists and the hit the mall for back-to-school shopping because school is in session. Windsor at Meridian has come up with a few ways to jazz up the lunch box too.

Kabobs are a great summer staple and simple to put together especially if there is no grilling needed. You can make school friendly kabobs in as little as 5 minutes with the following: wooden skewers, a block of your favorite cheese, deli ham or turkey, and cherry tomatoes. Layer the ingredients on the skewers and you are all set!

PB&J Banana Burritos add a fun twist to the average PB&J sandwich. What you will need: Flour tortillas, peanut butter, jelly, and a bundle of bananas! Start by laying the tortilla flat and layering on the PB and Jelly. Next step is to peel one banana and fit it proportionally to the tortilla. Wrap and Enjoy!

If you or your family loves corn dogs in the summer, then you will love this recipe: Mini Corn Dog Muffins.
Grab a mini muffin tin,
1/2 C. melted butter,
1/2 C. sugar,
2 eggs,
1 C. buttermilk,
1/2 tsp. baking soda,
1 C. cornmeal,
1 C. all-purpose flour,
1/2 tsp. salt,
8-10 hotdogs of your choice (cut into 1" bites)
Directions:
Whisk together butter and sugar. Add eggs and stir well. Add buttermilk and continue to whisk together again. In a separate bowl, combine baking soda, cornmeal, flour, and salt, and stir to combine. Whisk into wet ingredients in two batches.
Spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray, and spoon 1 Tablespoon of batter into each mini muffin cup. Place one hot dog bite into the middle of each muffin cup.
**Bake for 8-12 minutes at 375 degrees or until cornbread is golden brown. Cool in mini muffin tin for 5 minutes before serving. Makes around 36 mini muffins!

We hope you enjoy these recipes and Happy School Year!

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The Weather is Changing … Cover Your Car!

August 24, 2016 12:09 am

Here are Windsor at Meridian we offer carports and detached garages to all of our residents! The carports are only $35 per month and they are going quickly. Make sure you reserve yours before there aren't any close to your home. The detached garages are $125.

The carports and garages are great ways to keep the snow from piling on top of your car. We look forward to adding these to your lease!

Call or come by to review availability!

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