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Common Foods You Can Keep After The Expiration Date

Monday, Oct, 13 2014

Common Foods Many people think that as soon as the expiration date comes around, their food becomes toxic. While you should always proceed with caution, many of these foods are safe to consume for up to months after the date listed.

Some people throw out their milk the day after it expires, but in reality you have a little time before it completely spoils. Just smell the milk before you drink it -- if it smells sour, it should be thrown away. You can also tell it is expired if the milk seems chunky or otherwise discolored. If it smells and looks alright, then it is safe to drink. Most milk stays good up to a week after the sell-by date, as long as it's properly refrigerated.

While fresh meat shouldn't be eaten more than a day or two past the expiration date, frozen meat can actually keep for months. In fact, you can store frozen meat for a year or longer depending on its storage. So if you find a good deal on steaks or chicken, feel free to stock up, freeze, and enjoy throughout the year without worrying that it will go bad.

Canned Goods
Expiration dates on canned goods are often very wrong -- a properly stored canned good (kept in a dark, cooler area of the house) can keep for years past the expiration date. This is because there is no oxygen getting into the can, creating bacteria. This is why many people stock up on canned good in case of an emergency. Just don't forget a can opener!

Fun fact: America is one of the only countries in the world where people refrigerate their eggs. The reasons for this are fairly complicated and involve regulations for and against washing the eggs. When it comes to spoiling, however, there is a very simply way to tell if your egg is good: if it sinks to the bottom it is fine to eat, if it floats throw it out. Most eggs will stay fresh for up to a month after the sell-by date.

People love going to bakery thrift stores to get great deals on day old bread. This means that the bread is about to go bad, right? Not necessarily. If a person freezes bread, it will keep for significantly longer than leaving it in the bread box or refrigerator. If your family eats a lot of sandwiches, it might make sense to stock on bread and freeze it.

People may not realize it, but pasta actually keeps for much longer than the printed date. This is welcome news for smaller families who may only need half a box and wind up throwing the rest out. Because it's a dry good, pasta will keep much longer than the expiration date says. There is a relatively simply test for freshness: if it feels stale or has a funny smell, throw it away. Also, be sure to keep pasta in your pantry and not in the refrigerator.

Despite having an expiration date, bottled water actually never goes bad. The date is printed on the bottled because most states require all food and beverages to carry an expiration date. The flavor of the water may change over time, but bottled water that is kept sealed will stay good indefinitely. There are certain studies that say that the plastic bottle itself may be detrimental to the quality of the water, as chemicals may leach in. But this is the case with fresh bottles of water as well.

Packaged Greens
Lettuce, spinach or other greens will sometimes look wilted if left in the fridge for too long. However, a cold water bath can revive these greens, making them perfectly edible. However, lettuce that is visibly decayed should be thrown away.

Potato Chips
Surprisingly, potato chips will stay fresh for months after their expiration date, with proper storage of course. This is because they are usually highly processed. If they smell or taste stale, then obviously they need to be thrown out.

As long as your store-bought mayonnaise jar has been stored at the correct temperate it can actually be used 3 to 4 months after the expiration date. So if you finally decide to clean out your fridge you can hold back on throwing out your Mayonnaise jar for a few months longer.

Hard Cheese
Cheese is another thing that tends to get lost in the fridge only to be found a few weeks later or when a hungry guest drops by unexpected. Along as the cheese is stored at the correct temperature, cheese can be eaten up to 4 weeks after the expiration date, even if the cheese has been opened.

posted by: Kathy Keene 11 days ago Comment On This Post

The Winter of Our Years

Wednesday, Oct, 8 2014

You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.

It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams. But, here it is... the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like. But, here it is...my friends are retired and getting grey...they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but, I see the great change...Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory!  Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so...now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!

But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know, that when it's over on this earth...it's NOT over. A new adventure will begin!

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.

So, if you're not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long!

Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life...so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember...and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!

"Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.


"It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.


~Your kids are becoming you...
~Going out is good. Coming home is better!
~You forget names... But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!
~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything... especially golf.
~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.
~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep".
~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..
~You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... "what?" . ???
~Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.
~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!
~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
~Everybody whispers.
~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will never wear.
~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!

Stay well, "OLD FRIEND!" Send this on to other "Old Friends!" and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!!
It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.

posted by: Kathy Keene 16 days ago Comment On This Post

I Wish you Enough

Tuesday, Oct, 7 2014

A father and his adult daughter are saying goodbye at the airport.  Her flight’s departure has been announced.  They hug one last time at the security gate.

The father says, “I love you, honey and I wish you enough.”

The daughter hugs her dad again.  “Dad, our life together has been more than enough.  Your love is all I ever needed.  I wish you enough, too, Dad.”

They kiss and she boards her flight, waving one last time before disappearing down the ramp.

The father then walks over to the window to watch his daughter’s plane take off.  Tears are beginning to stream down his face.  Someone sitting nearby walks over to him.  “Excuse me, I don’t mean to intrude, but are you alright?”

The old man welcomes the company.  He brushes away his tears.  “Did you ever say goodbye to someone knowing it would be forever?”

“Yes, I have,” the inquisitor says.  “Forgive me for asking, but why is this a ‘forever’ goodbye?”

“I’m old and my daughter lives far away.  It’s getting harder for me….and the reality is that her next trip home will be for my funeral.”

The stranger then asks, “When you were saying goodbye, I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough.’  What did you mean by that?”

The father smiles.  “That’s a wish that had been handed down in my family for generations.  My parents used to say it to everyone.  When we said I wish you enough, we wanted the other person to have a life with just enough good things to sustain them.”

The old man then put his hand on the stranger’s shoulder, reciting the blessing from memory:

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting,

I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest joy may appear bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all you possess.

I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final goodbye.

posted by: Kathy Keene 17 days ago Comment On This Post

ABC's of Home Remedies

Monday, Oct, 6 2014

ABC'S of Home Remedies

(This information is not intended to diagnose or treat ailments.  Please consult your doctor before trying any home remedies).

A is for Aloe Vera Gel. 
Squeeze it from a tube or harvest a live plant.  It's antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties soothe skin irritations, cold and canker sores, insect bites, cuts and burns.

B is for Beer.
Add 2 cups of beer to a hot bath to pamper your skin and soothe itchy conditions like psoriasis.  A glass of beer daily is said to prevent and/or alleviate urinary tract infections and kidney stones because of its diuretic effect. You can pour beer through your hair after shampooing, rinse well and enjoy lush, shiny hair.

C is for Castor Oil.
Use the oil topically to treat skin irritations, including age spots, ringworm and warts.  Apply castor oil to eyebrows to make them grow in lusher and darker.  Warm a little castor oil and massage into joints sore from arthritis.  (Ask your pharmacist for unscented castor oil).

D is for Denture Tablets.
Follow package directions and soak unsightly yellow nails for five minutes and then rinse.  Drop your diamonds in; rinse well and watch them sparkle.

E is for Elmer's Glue.
For minor burns, run under cool water and then apply a layer of glue to prevent blisters from forming.

F is for Fels-Naptha.
Shave off a few slivers of the soap, mix with sugar and water to make a paste, and then use as a drawing salve for boils and sebaceous cysts.  (Cover with a bandage and leave on for half an hour or so.)  Wet the end of the bar and rub on your skin to ease the itch caused by poison ivy.  If  you use it immediately after exposure, you might avoid a rash.

G is for Gin.
Take a handful of golden raisins, cover them with gin and let sit until the raisins have absorbed all the liquid. Take nine (not eight, not 10) raisins a day to ease the symptoms of arthritis.

H is for Horseradish.
Freshly grated or jarred, mixed with lemon juice eliminates age spots on your hands and arms.  Mix 1 T. horseradish with olive oil and use as a liniment for arthritis and sciatic pain.

I is for Iodine.
Decolorized iodine (ask the pharmacist) painted on skin tags will make them fall off painlessly after a few treatments.  To combat brittle nails, apply to tips only once a week.

J is for Jell-O.
One-third cup of powdered Jell-O dissolved in 2/3 cup of hot water makes a tasty cough syrup.  And a daily serving of gelatin helps fight arthritis and sore joints.

K is for Ketchup.
Full of lycopene, ketchup helps prevent sun damage and prostate troubles.  Use it as a facial mask or as a treatment for hair turned green by chlorine.

L is for Linseed Oil.
Also known as flaxseed oil (buy in the vitamin aisle, not the hardware store).  It's an excellent source of omega-3s.  For pain of plantar fasciitis, soak a cloth in warmed oil and apply to our heel until it cools off.

M is for Milk of Magnesia.
For acne, dermatitis or sunburn, apply a film and let dry, then rinse.

N is for Nail Polish.
Get rid of warts, plantar warts and ringworm by painting on clear nail polish daily until the skin is clear.  Or use it to seal painful paper cuts and hangnails.

O is for Oatmeal.
Add oatmeal to your bath to soothe itchy skin, chicken pox, shingles and poison ivy.  Cook a cup of unflavored oatmeal and massage into your hands to soothe arthritic fingers.

P is for Pets.
Take a break and pet your pet.  Pets lower blood pressure, ward off depression and keep us healthy and happy.

Q is for Quinine Water.
Drinking tonic water and its perky cousin, bitter lemon, is an inexpensive way to combat night time leg cramps. It works for those irritating eyelid twitches we all get from time to time too.  Pregnant and nursing women should skip this one.

R is for Rice.
Soothe sore muscles by filling an old sock with uncooked rice.  Heat it in the microwave for 1 minute and apply to the painful area.

S is for Sunshine.
It's free and it's fundamental.  Just 20 minutes of direct sunlight daily increases vitamin D, boosts your immune system and improves your mood.

T is for Teabags.
Black or green tea will do.  Soothe an abscessed tooth by applying a teabag, dry or wet, and keeping it on the tooth for at least 30 minutes.  This works on canker sores and cold sores too.

U is for Udder Salve.
Made originally for cows, this heals eczema, raged cuticles, chapped hands and diaper rash.

V is for Vanilla Extract.
Rub on painful gums, or add to unscented lotion for a comforting massage.  For car sickness, take 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract mixed with 2 T. each honey and water.

W is for Witch Hazel.
A cloth soaked in witch hazel eases the pain and swelling of varicose veins, bruises, hemorrhoids and puffy eyes.

X is for Xylitol.
Xylitol is a natural sugar used in many kinds of chewing gum.  It eases heartburn, fights cavities and dental plaque and has a gentle laxative effect.

Y is for Yellow Mustard.
Chefs and moms reach for mustard from the fridge to treat minor burns and prevent blisters.  Swallow a tablespoon of mustard to stop night time leg cramps in short order.

Z is for Zinc Oxide.
Surfers know that zinc oxide is a reliable barrier-type sunscreen.  It's also effective against diaper rash and rosacea.


posted by: Kathy Keene 18 days ago Comment On This Post

9 Foods That Stain Our Teeth

Thursday, Aug, 7 2014

On a daily basis, we consume an array of foods that really do have an effect on the color of our teeth.  Sometimes, you can’t avoid these foods—and many of them are healthy choices, like fresh summer fruits and berries. But there are some things you can do to help fight stains. First, don’t let stain-causing foods and drinks stay in your mouth for long. Instead, chew and swallow them quickly to help protect your teeth. It’s also important to rinse and brush after eating.
Another tip is to use a straw, so that liquids are kept away from your teeth, which reduces the risk of staining. While iced coffee and tea are easy to drink through a straw, hot beverages and wine are more difficult. Be sure to rinse with a sip of water in between and after drinking.

Balsamic vinegar
Balsamic vinegar sticks to your teeth, which can cause discoloration. Stick to salads with balsamic vinegar because the lettuce can serve as a barrier to the dark pigments.

Soy sauce
The pigment in soy sauce adheres to your teeth, causing stains. If you’re eating sushi and soy sauce, drink some green tea or water in between bites.

Ice pops
This summertime treat is full of dyes that can stain your teeth. The sugars and cold temperatures make your teeth more susceptible to staining.

Tomato sauce
Deep red tomato sauce is full of flavor, but it’s also full of highly acidic tomatoes, which can cause unsightly stains. Before you dig into your pasta, eat a spinach salad first, which will form a protective layer on your teeth.

Tea has many great health benefits, but black teas and other dark-hued teas can stain. Try adding some milk into these dark teas or sticking to green, white or herbal teas.

Berries like blueberries, blackberries, cherries and other brightly colored fruits can stain teeth. The juices from berry pies or tarts can also cause discoloration. Opt for light-colored grapes instead, or just be sure to brush and floss because the acidic components can harm tooth enamel.

Red wine
Who can resist a glass of red wine with a nice dinner? Just make sure to drink water and swoosh it around in your mouth in between sips, because the acidic content of red wine can cause staining and wear away tooth enamel.

Hard candy
You know how candy sometimes turns your mouth and tongue a different color? Well, it does the same to your teeth. Eat these candies in moderation to avoid permanent staining.

Dark roast coffee is a known teeth-staining culprit. Add milk or cream to help dilute some of the pigment, and make sure to drink water afterwards.

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