Thursday, July 31, 2014

Elmwood Park Zoo: Pay a Visit to Your Furry and Feathered Friends

July 29, 2014 2:52 pm

No matter how old you get, a visit to the local zoo will never lose its wonder. The Elmwood Park Zoo isn’t the largest or the most extravagant zoo in the country, but it’s a truly special experience for area residents.

This small zoo in Norristown first opened in 1924, and today it features spacious, naturalistic exhibits where guests can observe the animals in their natural habitats. Large animals like cougars, jaguars, foxes, and monkeys each inhabit a separate section of the zoo, while smaller creatures like birds, fish, and reptiles live in comfortable tanks, cages, and buildings that mimic their natural environments. The zoo also features fun events, like giraffe feedings, face painting, and horse and pony rides for kids to interact with both the animals and one another.

The Elmwood Park Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tickets range in price from $10 to $14, depending on a person’s age.

Elmwood Park Zoo
1661 Harding Boulevard
Norristown, PA 19401
(610) 277-3825

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Iced by Betsy: A Royersford Cupcake Shop

July 22, 2014 1:37 pm

Everyone loves cupcakes. They’re sweet, easy to eat, and possess a charm unlike any other dessert. They’re not easy to perfect, however, which is what makes Iced by Betsy such a stand-out bakery. This adorable shop specializes in unique flavors of perfectly moist, soft cupcakes, from carrot cake to dark chocolate. Each cupcake flavor features a fun name, like 24 Karat and Alotta Colada, which perfectly matches the fun, welcoming vibe inside of the shop.

Using fresh, local ingredients and baking each batch fresh daily really makes a difference when it comes to cupcakes, and Iced by Betsy has certainly developed a devoted following because of it. The owner, Betsy, frequently works in the store herself and is available anytime to answer a question or take a custom order, and she even sells her tasty cupcakes at local farmer's markets around Roversford.

Iced by Betsy is closed Sundays and Mondays, so be sure to check the bakery’s hours before visiting.

Iced by Betsy
145 Main Street
Royersford, PA 19468
(610) 755-7062

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Tips for Properly Cleaning Your Wooden Cutting Boards

July 15, 2014 3:09 pm

If you’ve ever owned a wooden cutting board, you know just how finicky they can be. These kitchen essentials are ideal for chopping vegetables or serving a cheese platter, but they’re also very difficult to clean. Here are four smart tips to help you properly clean your cutting board.

  1. Use vinegar as a disinfectant. Using soap and water on your cutting board can cause it to weaken or crack. Instead, disinfect it with a full-strength white vinegar after each use to kill E coli, salmonella, and other dangerous bacteria.
  2. Remove odor with lemons. Rub your cutting board all over with the cut side of half a lemon in order to remove the odors left behind by onions, meat, or crushed garlic.
  3. Deep clean with baking soda. Every so often, deep clean your cutting board with baking soda to ensure that no bacteria is lurking beneath the surface. Scrub it with a paste made of one tablespoon each of baking soda, water, and salt.
  4. Remove stains with salt. If your cutting board is covered in oil stains, remove them by sprinkling each stain with coarse salt and scrubbing with a sponge dipped in hot water. Repeat as needed until the stain is completely gone.

How to Clean a Cutting Board: 7 Effective Treatments [Reader’s Digest]
5 Ways to Clean a Wooden Cutting Board [Food Network]
How to Clean a Wooden Cutting Board [Paula Deen]
Clean Wooden Cutting Boards Naturally with Lemon and Salt [The Kitchn]

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