How to Tell if You Have a Rotten Egg

When we returned from vacation the eggs in the fridge had passed their “sell by” date. I was pretty sure they were still good, but wanted to make sure before I fed them to the kids.

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This easy test will determine if your egg is good enough to eat, or it is time to toss.

Submerge your egg in water. If the egg is fresh it will sink to the bottom. If it floats to the top throw it out. If it sits somewhere in the middle eat it today!

The reason a fresh egg sinks is because it has a very small air pocket inside the shell. As time goes on the fluid inside the shell evaporates and more gases fill the shell causing it to float.

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Favorite Grilling Recipes + Win $2500 in Favado’s Summer BBQ Savings Sweepstakes

There’s not a lot we like more in the summer than swimming and firing up the grill! I’ve got a whole list of our favorite grilling recipes including:

and more in my recipe index!


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Sneaking Veggies into your Kids’ Food

Long time readers know that I’ve been on a quest to get my kids to eat more fruits and veggies since they were old enough to hold a spoon.

I have a few kids who love them and request them and I have a few kids who would rather pick weeds in a rock garden on a hot summer day than eat a vegetable.

Thankfully, I’ve figured out ways to get those healthy veggies into their foods without them noticing.


My favorite way to get more veggies into their diet is smoothies. I’ve decided that bananas mask the taste of just about everything else so I’m able to throw in spinach, carrots, and even beets into a smoothie and they love it.

The smoothies taste great and my kids are getting a ton of healthy fruits and vegetables and they think they are drinking a milkshake.


Another great way to get fruits and veggies in your kids food is via casseroles. Casseroles are cheap, easy to make, and can be made in advance. Making meals in advance is a big time saver for busy moms and even a better deal when you can make them healthy.

You can add shredded carrots, zucchini, or peas (not shredded) to almost any casserole without changing the taste.


My kids could eat pasta every day of the week, the love it! Not only can you add puree’d veggies to the sauce you can also toss in almost any type of chopped or shredded  vegetable to the pasta. Our favorite toss ins are spinach, peppers, shredded carrots, and zucchini.

You can also layer in vegetables in lasagna or mix with the ricotta cheese in stuffed pasta dishes.

vegetable lasagna


I have a Blend-tec which does an amazing job of puree’ing just about anything. I frequently steam vegetables, and then puree them and add them to soups.

You can add just about any puree’d vegetable to potato soup, but our favorites are cauliflower and carrots.

You can also dice up vegetables and add them to soups, most vegetables take on the flavor of the broth and the kids don’t even notice them.


We eat a lot of pizza. We eat it at least once a week, sometimes more often. I’ve found that if you shred vegetables you can add them to the topping of pizza without anyone making a fuss.

Another way to sneak in some veggies is to have a make your own pizza night. Offer several topping options (including some chopped or shredded veggies) and let your kids decorate their pizzas.

I’ve also added shredded veggies to our pizza crust. Just mix in spinach, shredded carrots or zucchini to the dough. The spinach turns the dough a light green color which is really fun!


Muffins are another great make ahead food and can be filled with just about anything. One of my kids’ most requested muffin is zuchinni muffins. These are great to make during the summer when zucchini is cheap, freeze the extra for later.

I’ve always tried to figure out creative and fun ways to get my kids to eat more vegetables and sometimes adding them to their meals without making a big deal about it (aka sneaking) works best for us.


For more ideas and recipe inspiration for sneaking veggies into your kids food check out my pinterest board.

Follow The Happy Housewife’s board Sneaking Veggies into Kids Food on Pinterest.

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How to Be Gluten Free: Free Kindle Download

My wonderful friend (and editor here on The Happy Housewife!), Linda from The Gluten-Free Homemaker, is offering her brand new eBook FREE as a Kindle download today!

how to be gluten free

How to Be Gluten Free was written to give hope, encouragement, and practical steps for anyone living a Gluten-Free lifestyle for any reason!  In the 10 chapters included in this eBook, there are “ten steps to take in the process of living gluten-free, starting with the most basic but very important step of facing emotions. Giving up food is a grieving process for many, and acknowledging that is the first step to handling it successfully. The remaining steps are more practical in nature and help people learn what they need to know to successfully buy and prepare gluten-free food, supplements, and personal care products as well as eat out safely, and connect with others.”

Linda has also included a couple of gluten-free recipes in the Appendix to get you started.

Download your free copy of How to Be Gluten Free today!

If you don’t have a Kindle, then you can still download these free eBooks to your smart phone or computer. All you need to do is download one of Amazon’s free reading apps.

Remember that Amazon prices fluctuate constantly, so verify the price before purchasing.

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