I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 14 nieces and nephews (R Russell Patrick II joined us 10/13/13). 5 great-nephews & 6 great-nieces (Brooklyn Grace joined us 10/2/13). And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Not well at ALL! Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 12 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 1 year old kittens: Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.
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These tips can help you avoid food poisoning, cut prep time and more.
Myth: Food is safe in a cooler.
Disease-causing microorganisms can start multiplying in temperatures as low as 40 degrees F. So make sure you pack the ice on top and keep the cooler in the shade with the lid closed. Another helpful hint is to include an inexpensive thermometer so you can keep an eye on the temp inside.
Myth: Food poisoning isn’t a big deal.
Ok, sure. It doesn’t sound that bad, but it really is. Symptoms range from mild nausea, cramps, and diarrhea to vomiting and dehydration. And they don’t just last for a few hours. Expect it to last for days! People more vulnerable to getting sick and developing life-threatening or long term health conditions include babies, young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and anyone with a compromised immune system (read: anyone who’s recently been sick).
Myth: Spoiled food looks and smells bad.
It’s always wise to follow the old adage of “when in doubt, throw it out.” Especially if it’s been at least a week or you can’t remember when you put the food in the fridge. Just because it doesn’t look or smell or even taste bad, doesn’t mean that it hasn’t spoiled. And spoiled food can give you food poisoning, something we just covered as being not pleasant. Not pleasant at all!
Discover other myths that could make you and your family sick here.