Butting Heads in the Office? Here’s How to Deal With Difficult Coworkers!

Whether your job requires collaboration or you simply want to establish friendly relationships with the people you work with, difficult co-workers can complicate things. Here are a few ways to handle bad attitudes in the workplace.

  1. Keep your cool. First and foremost, never lose your temper on a fellow employee, no matter how bad the situation gets. This will only make you lose face in front of your bosses and the rest of the office. Simply remind yourself to maintain a calm, even voice, or just walk away from the situation.
  2. Practice good conflict resolution skills. If the co-worker in question frequently disagrees or argues with you about work issues, learn how to resolve these conflicts before they start. Identify common ground by pointing out a mutual goal, and be sure to hear him or her out completely before giving your point of view.
  3. Address the issue in private. No one wants to be viewed as unprofessional, so privately point out when a co-worker is being particularly dramatic. Say something neutral, like “It seems like you’re getting very angry about this.” This might make your co-worker notice the error of his or her ways.
  4. Don’t be a pushover. It pays to be kind, but don’t let this difficult co-worker feel that he or she can walk all over you. Adopt a fair yet stern attitude that shows that you can’t be manipulated or disrespected.

Three Tips to Deal with a Passive-Aggressive Colleague [Harvard Business Review]
20 Ways to Deal with Difficult Co-Workers [iVillage]
Ten Tips for Dealing with Difficult Co-Workers [allBusiness]
How to Deal with Difficult Co-Workers [Forbes]

Stealthy Meets Healthy: How to Sneak More Fruits and Veggies Into Your Child’s Diet

Many parents worry about whether or not their child is getting the proper vitamins and nutrients. Until your picky eaters are old enough to fully understand the benefits of healthy eating, you may need to adopt a tactical approach to their meal prep — one that involves sneaking in some fruits and veggies! These recipes are so tasty, they’ll be none the wiser!

  1. Make your own ice pops. Instead of giving your kids sugar-laden, store-bought ice pops, replace them with homemade versions that are just as delicious. Make your own using 100 percent fruit juice and frozen berries in an ice pop mold.
  2. Stir spinach into your pasta. If you make a family-sized pot of pasta for a weeknight dinner, stir spinach into the sauce for a full serving of veggies that the kids likely won’t even notice. You can even add the mild tasting green to macaroni and cheese!
  3. Make a cauliflower pizza crust. If your kids refuse to eat pizza topped with vegetables, cut calories and incorporate a sneaky serving of veggies by using a recipe for cauliflower crust.
  4. Top burgers with fresh veggies. For children who are less squeamish about veggies, make treat meals like cheeseburgers a bit healthier by topping with fresh vegetables. Add fresh spinach, sliced tomatoes, and even onions in addition to the burger patty and melted cheese.

Cooking Tips [Fruits & Veggies More Matters]
5 Ways to Sneak Veggies into Family Meals [Eating Well]
Sneak Vegetables Into Your Kids' Food With These Tasty Recipes [All You]

Comforting Recipes for Cool Autumn Evenings

Now that fall weather is back, you likely have the urge to spend a whole lot more time in the kitchen. There are few things more relaxing than whipping up something warm and homemade on a chilly evening, and these fall-ready recipes are perfect for those cold nights at home at Prospect Tower!

Double-Crust Chicken Pot Pie [myrecipes.com]
Everyone knows that the best part of any pie is the flaky crust, and this unique recipe offers twice the amount of crust. It’s filled with tender, boneless chicken breast, flavorful herbs and spices, and lots of fresh veggies, but it’s that extra-thick crust that really takes the cake — or, rather, the pie.

Beef and Barley Stew with Mushrooms [thekitchn.com]
Old-fashioned beef stew will likely make you reminiscent for family dinners as a child, but this updated recipe adds a gourmet touch to the tried-and-true classic. Because there’s a lot of room for substitutions and additions, this is a great one to try when you haven’t made it to the grocery store.

Fannie Farmer's Classic Baked Macaroni & Cheese [food.com]
If you’re the type of person who gets excited at the mere mention of mac and cheese, this baked version is a must-try this fall season. Plus, adding a crispy breadcrumb crust on top makes this decadent dish even more delicious.

How to Find Pick-Your-Own Apples Near You

You’ve always wanted to take the kids apple picking, but finding an orchard seems a bit tricky. Fortunately, apple orchards are becoming increasingly popular, and they’re actually much more common than you might think! Here are two great websites that will help you locate places to pick apples locally.

Just like the name implies, this convenient website provides information about all of the different ways to pick apples across the country. Simply select our state’s name from the cumulative list, and the site will show you detailed information about the different facilities across the state. The orchards are even separated by county to make it easier to find one locally.

Local Harvest
This is a go-to site for all types of organic and local food information, but it’s also very beneficial for finding and researching information about apple orchards. Local Harvest’s interactive map enables you to browse by wide areas, and the site also offers information about upcoming events at the orchards. Once you find the closest place to pick apples, check the ratings from other members and read a full description of all of its facilities.

How to Save Money This Halloween

Halloween is a favorite holiday for many people, but if you’re not careful it can also become very expensive. But how can you create the perfect costume without spending a lot on its various parts? These simple money-saving tips will show you.

  1. Make your own costume. No matter which way you slice it, one of the best ways to save money around Halloween is by forgoing the pricey costume stores and making your own costume.
  2. Take advantage of thrift stores. Thrift stores are often filled with great components for many different types of Halloween costumes, and they’re much less expensive than craft or clothing stores.
  3. Be smart about decorations. Instead of splurging on Halloween decorations from expensive home goods stores, shop around at discount stores first. Places like dollar stores and, again, thrift stores are great places to check. You can always wait until closer to Halloween to decorate, as stores often put their decorations on sale later in the month.
  4. Save on candy. If your neighborhood is filled with children, handing out trick or treat candy can also get very expensive. To save money, purchase one type of candy in bulk from a bulk food store instead of buying numerous different types.

10 Ways to Save Money This Halloween [Lifehack]
4 Ghoulish Ways to Save Money this Halloween [Reader’s Digest]
5 Tips For Saving Money This Halloween [Money Crashers]

Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes for Busy Mornings

If you find yourself pressed for time once the alarm clock rings, these make-ahead breakfasts may just be the solutions to your busy mornings. Best of all? Some are so portable that you can even eat them as you dash out the door!

Oatmeal With Apricots and Raisins [realsimple.com]
It takes quite a while to boil water and cook oatmeal on the stovetop, but with this pre-planned recipe you can whip up a whole batch of oatmeal for the entire week. With low-fat milk, dried apricots, and roasted almonds inside, it also offers a healthy boost first thing in the morning.

Herby Frittata with Vegetables and Goat Cheese [myrecipes.com]
If you love eating eggs for breakfast, this make-ahead frittata is the perfect choice. It’s filled with savory goat cheese and fresh herbs, as well as colorful veggies that offer essential nutrients that will keep you feeling even more energized than that cup of coffee.

Crunchy Cashew Sesame Bars [bonappetit.com]
Instead of stocking up on store-bought granola bars, make your own much more delicious (and nutritious) options. These cashew and sesame options have much more complex flavors than the standard breakfast bar, but they’re just as easy to grab on busy mornings.

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Creamy Meets Sweet in These 3 Tres Leches Cake Recipes

Whether you’re interested in the cuisine of Latin America or you’re simply searching for a unique dessert to try out, the traditional tres leches cake is a truly decadent option. Evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and heavy cream fully saturate a delicious sponge cake base in this rich dish, and a fluffy whipped cream topping is the icing on the tres leches cake. Try out one of these three recipes at your next gathering.

Premium Tres Leches Cake [Betty Crocker]
This recipe from the Betty Crocker website recommends using a box of yellow cake mix to cut down on the prep time for your tres leches cake. The milk mixture is the same as the traditional recipe, which makes this the perfect choice if you want an authentic taste in a shorter amount of time.

Emeril Lagasse’s Tres Leches Cake [Food Network]
While this recipe from Emeril Lagasse takes longer to make than most cake recipes, it’s well worth the effort. The cake is made from scratch using only real ingredients, like whole milk and flavorful vanilla, and the decadent icing topping features subtle notes of mango and papaya for a tropical flavor.

Martha Stewart’s Tres Leches Cake [Martha Stewart]
This is a fairly simple, traditional tres leches cake recipe that incorporates the usual three milks to create a moist mouthful with each bite. Martha Stewart’s version also adds fresh fruit to the whipped cream topping to add a refreshing contrast to the cake’s rich flavor.

It’s National Filet Mignon Day!

It's National Filet Mignon Day! for all you carnivores out there!

Any recommendations on the best place to get a steak in Bergen County?!

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