lifestyle – The Fine Print Blog //wp.readers.com/blog by Readers.com Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:20:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 //wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 //wp.readers.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-Rea-newFavicon-2016-Final-32x32.png lifestyle – The Fine Print Blog //wp.readers.com/blog 32 32 Makeup Readers: The Ultimate Cosmetic Accessory //wp.readers.com/blog/makeup-readers-the-ultimate-cosmetic-accessory/ //wp.readers.com/blog/makeup-readers-the-ultimate-cosmetic-accessory/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:44:56 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14641 Yes, that’s right – there are reading glasses designed specifically for applying your makeup with precision! While our eyes may need some help to see as clearly as they once could, our makeup routine shouldn’t have to suffer. The mornings of squinting out of one eye while applying eyeliner, eyeshadow, and mascara to the other […]

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Yes, that’s right – there are reading glasses designed specifically for applying your makeup with precision! While our eyes may need some help to see as clearly as they once could, our makeup routine shouldn’t have to suffer. The mornings of squinting out of one eye while applying eyeliner, eyeshadow, and mascara to the other are over!

For days when you’re traveling and can’t lug your magnified vanity mirror with you, or for those of you who don’t have the counter space for another mirror, these makeup readers will change the way you apply make up…for good.     

The Carrie Makeup Reader is designed to allow you to wear your readers with the proper magnification* while simultaneously applying makeup in the mirror. Simply switch the swiveling lens when you need to do the other eye! The lens is fully magnified in powers up to +3.00.

*Determining Your Power for a Makeup Reader

The standard reading distance is 12-18 inches. With this in mind, you should consider how close you typically stand to the mirror when applying your makeup. The further away you stand from the mirror the lower your power should be (using your reading power as a baseline), and the closer you stand to the mirror the higher your power should be. Never purchased reading glasses before? No problem! You can easily find your power by using our PowerFinder.

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Popular Destinations for Snowbirds in Search of Warmer Winter Climates //wp.readers.com/blog/popular-destinations-snowbirds-search-warmer-winter-climates/ //wp.readers.com/blog/popular-destinations-snowbirds-search-warmer-winter-climates/#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:25:03 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14620 Winter temperatures are rearing their ugly heads, and if you haven’t already migrated south for the winter (even for a quick vacation), you’re probably wishing you’d done so. Whether you’re planning ahead for next year or thinking about escaping the snow, sleet, and below-freezing temps that are upon us now, we recommend you follow the […]

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Winter temperatures are rearing their ugly heads, and if you haven’t already migrated south for the winter (even for a quick vacation), you’re probably wishing you’d done so. Whether you’re planning ahead for next year or thinking about escaping the snow, sleet, and below-freezing temps that are upon us now, we recommend you follow the snowbirds’* lead and find warmer temperatures!

*“Snowbirds” are baby boomers and retirees that head south to warmer climates during the winter season.

Austin, Texas

The warm sea climate and rolling hills of Austin make it one of the most scenic cities to visit in Texas during the winter months. With temperatures in the mid-60s, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, bird watching, kayaking, fishing, and hunting in this mild winter weather.

Featured reader: The Petty

 

Charleston, South Carolina

Winter visitors will only need to pack a light jacket when visiting Charleston in the winter months, but this historic city is known for more than its mild winter temps. Visit any of the eleven theatres, take a historic walking tour, reserve a tee time at any of the waterfront golf courses, or stroll down Museum Mile to experience the city first-hand. Plus, visiting during the winter months has its perks, since Charleston’s Wine and Food Festival takes place in late February and features the city’s best food and vino.

Featured reader: The Avenue Sun Reader

 

Gulf Shores, Alabama

White sandy beaches are as close as you’ll get to seeing snow in Gulf Shores! The mild temperatures may still be too cool for a swim, but the sunshine, greenery, and miles of sand will make you forget it’s winter. For all you oyster lovers, the winter is prime season for oysters, so bring your appetite and prepare to melt away those winter blues.   

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Honolulu, Hawaii

Trade your snow boots for sandals when you arrive in Honolulu! You’ll spend most of your time near the water, as the winter months bring big waves to Hawaii’s North Shore, and surfers will keep you entertained for hours as they ride large waves. Not a surfing fan? How about whale watching? Humpback whales will be frequenting the shores of Honolulu, as winter is peak mating season.

Featured reader: The Tropical

 

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville may not be a destination that comes to mind when you think of winter getaways, but with the endless entertainment options, it’s a must-visit city. With its generally mild winter temps, the perfect way to see the city is via an Old Town Trolley! Music City has endless museums, historic hotels, live entertainment, restaurants, shopping, and more!

Featured reader: The Silas Sun Reader

 

New Orleans, Louisiana

Shake off those winter blues while smooth jazz fills the cobblestone streets! Exploring the rich culture of the French Quarter in temperatures averaging in the mid-60s certainly beats hunkering down for the next snowstorm. Famous for its cuisine – gumbo, po’ boys, jambalaya, beignets and more – your stay in New Orleans will not disappoint in any way!

Featured reader: The Versailles 

 

Orlando, Florida

Orlando’s pleasant winter temperatures make it a prime time to channel your inner kid and visit any of the city’s popular theme parks! If you prefer surrounding yourself with nature rather than roller coasters, a scenic boat tour through any of Orlando’s parks will reveal the local wildlife also reveling in the area’s warmer weather. This centrally located city is a short car ride away from any of the surrounding beaches and a fun day trip!

Featured readers: The Minnie Bifocal

 

San Diego, California

San Diego is the perfect California destination for snowbirds across the country. With mild weather year-round, winter will seem like any other season while you’re in San Diego! In this waterfront city, there is something for everyone – from museums to parks and gardens, to whale watching tours and more!

Featured reader: The Surf Sun Reader

 

Savannah, Georgia

Grab your sun readers and hit the town to experience the history and charm of Savannah! With mild winter temperatures, you’re free to spend your days fishing, on historic tours, attending food and music festivals, golfing, or relaxing on the shoreline.

Featured reader: The January Bifocal Sun Reader

 

Scottsdale, Arizona

The sun shines nearly every day of the year in Scottsdale, making this an ideal winter destination. While you’re there, you can choose how to spend your time. Take in the desert and all of its natural beauty in the Desert Botanical Garden, practice your putting on any of the hundreds of golf courses, or hike the desert mountains – whatever the warm winter day inspires you to do!

Featured readers: The Calloway 

 

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5 Ways to Measure Without a Ruler //wp.readers.com/blog/5-ways-to-measure-without-a-ruler/ //wp.readers.com/blog/5-ways-to-measure-without-a-ruler/#respond Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:14:50 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14101 The right tools are essential for completing any household project. Speaking of DIY, our team has rounded up a list of items you probably have around your house that will save you a trip to Lowe’s, and assist you in getting the measurements you need to get your project started. Sidenote: Taking the proper measurements […]

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The right tools are essential for completing any household project. Speaking of DIY, our team has rounded up a list of items you probably have around your house that will save you a trip to Lowe’s, and assist you in getting the measurements you need to get your project started.

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Sidenote: Taking the proper measurements to complete your projects can be near impossible when you’re squinting. If you find you are straining your eyes with those fine details it is time to make reading glasses an essential part of your took kit. We’ve made it easy to find which reading glasses best fit your face with our printable mm ruler

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Decorating With Succulents 101 //wp.readers.com/blog/decorating-with-succulents-101/ //wp.readers.com/blog/decorating-with-succulents-101/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:31:34 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14393 Having plants in the house is a great way to spruce up your space and bring an airy feel into your home. However, having fresh flowers with short life spans or plants that require daily watering can be hard to keep up with. A popular and attractive way to get the fresh look you love […]

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Having plants in the house is a great way to spruce up your space and bring an airy feel into your home. However, having fresh flowers with short life spans or plants that require daily watering can be hard to keep up with. A popular and attractive way to get the fresh look you love from live plants, without the tedious upkeep, is to decorate with succulents and cacti. Not only do succulents add a touch of tropical greenery to your space, they are also extremely sustainable and low maintenance as they only require watering one or two times a month.

We’ve seen succulents grow in popularity recently and are loving the unique ways people are incorporating them into their home interior. So, we’re bringing you some of our favorite ways people are decorating with succulents to inspire your own home decor.

 

Living Wreath

Living Wreath

Holiday wreaths are always lovely, but having a wreath that can be on display for the majority of the year is hard to beat. This living wreath made from succulents is a beautiful and inexpensive way to create a statement piece that will liven up any room. You can learn how to make this wreath and how to keep it alive here.

 

Terrariums

Terrariums

Terrariums were common decoration pieces in the 1970’s and have began to resurface in popularity in a modern way. You can purchase various geometric shapes and find them in different colors such as brass finishes, matte blacks, and silver. These terrariums make for the perfect succulent containers and add an eye catching element to whichever space you choose to add them to.

 

Centerpieces

Center Pieces

Succulents make beautiful centerpieces on their own and can also be added to an existing centerpiece to give it just the extra pop of color and texture that it needed.

 

Classic White

Classic white

We all tend to acquire a collection of classic white dishes and pottery over the years. Using some of those classic pieces you’ve collected as succulent planters is a great way to display your dishes in a unique and fresh way.

 

Window Boxes

window boxes

Making your own cacti and succulent arrangement is a great way to revamp your window flower boxes. You can get creative with various colors and textures and really give it your own flair.

Do you have other ways you like to decorate with succulents? Let us know in the comments!

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5 Books Perfect For Celebrating National Book Lovers Day //wp.readers.com/blog/5-books-perfect-for-celebrating-national-book-lovers-day/ //wp.readers.com/blog/5-books-perfect-for-celebrating-national-book-lovers-day/#respond Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:25:32 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14384   Today is National Book Lovers Day, which ranks up there with Christmas morning for us bibliophiles. To celebrate, we are bringing you a list of our favorite reads and giving you permission to slip away to your favorite reading spot and escape into a good book. In case you need suggestions for reading material, […]

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Today is National Book Lovers Day, which ranks up there with Christmas morning for us bibliophiles. To celebrate, we are bringing you a list of our favorite reads and giving you permission to slip away to your favorite reading spot and escape into a good book.

In case you need suggestions for reading material, here are 5 books we think you’ll enjoy:

 

“On Becoming Fearless…In Love, Work, and Life”

In her book, “On Becoming Fearless…In Love, Work, and Life,” author, syndicated columnist, and business woman Arianna Huffington empowers women to become bold from the inside out.  Huffington examines the ways in which fear affects the lives of women, and the steps anyone can take to conquer fear.

“Hidden Figures”

This #1 New York Times bestseller tells the amazing true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped win the space race. Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

“Hidden Figures” chronicles these women’s careers over nearly three decades as they faced challenges, forged alliances, and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country’s future.

“Present Over Perfect”

In “Present over Perfect” you’ll be invited to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.

Author Shauna Niequist pens a collection of essays focused on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be.

“The Nest”

“The Nest” is a novel about the Plumb siblings who are waiting for their inheritance (affectionately called the nest) to be dispersed once the youngest sister turns 40. The nest has been growing exponentially since their father’s untimely death when they were all adolescents, and each one of the Plumbs has been making poor financial decisions in the hopes of being bailed out by the nest.

This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In her debut novel, author Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to spotlight what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.

“Lilac Girls”

“Lilac Girls” is inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine as it follows the lives of three women: New York socialite Caroline Ferriday, Polish teenager Kasia Kuzmerick, and German doctor Herta Oberheuser. These three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.

Author Martha Hall Kelly reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom, and second chances.

 

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5 Unique Ways To Celebrate Father’s Day //wp.readers.com/blog/14347-2/ //wp.readers.com/blog/14347-2/#respond Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:26:36 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14347   Father’s day is a day to honor not only our own father but all the fathers in our lives. Many of us may take for granted all that fathers do, so this holiday is a chance to show them just how important they are. Including sons, brothers, cousins, husbands, or friends, use this year’s […]

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Father’s day is a day to honor not only our own father but all the fathers in our lives. Many of us may take for granted all that fathers do, so this holiday is a chance to show them just how important they are. Including sons, brothers, cousins, husbands, or friends, use this year’s celebration as an opportunity to do something special with a father.

While there are several ways to celebrate Father’s day, something simple but unique can go a long way. This year, avoid the commercialized gift baskets, crowded restaurants, and the hassle of cooking a large meal by doing something that you may have never done or don’t usually do. Here are some suggestions on how to uniquely celebrate Father’s Day.

1) Take him on a Spa Day

While spa days might not be the most masculine thing in the world, no one can argue they aren’t a relaxing way to spend your day. Make reservations if necessary at the nearest spa or the one of your choice. Nothing will relieve his stress from the years of caring for his children like a full body massage.

2) Take him to a baseball game

Now that baseball season has begun, take him out to a ball game this Father’s Day so he can enjoy one of America’s favorite pastimes. If there are no MLB games close by, try to find a minor league game or go support some local youth baseball! Nothing says Father’s Day like a day at the ballpark.

3) Have a Picnic in the Park

If the weather permits, a picnic in the park is a great alternative to paying for some pricey meal at a crowded restaurant. Take him to the closest park with a blanket and some food from home and set up your picnic in a nice grassy, open area. This is a great way to get some fresh air while spending quality time with him.

4) Go see a drive-in-movie

Although they may be scarce, a drive-in movie theater is a great place to go and enjoy a film. While traditional movie theaters have unbelievably high snack prices, you can bring your own snacks to the drive-in-movie. What he will probably enjoy most is the fact that he doesn’t have to wait until the movie is over to complain out loud!

5) Take him on a scenic drive

Using a quick internet search, you should be able to find a scenic driving route. Let him ride in the passenger seat while you take the wheel and show him the beauty of nature from the comfort of the car. There is nothing he will enjoy more as long as he gets to have control of the radio.

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Top 30 Summer Outings //wp.readers.com/blog/top-30-summer-outings/ //wp.readers.com/blog/top-30-summer-outings/#respond Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:53:08 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14331 It’s summertime and the living is easy. From outdoor markets to afternoons spent reading on the patio, everything is a little sweeter in the summer. To usher you into a summer state of mind, we’ve pulled together a list of top 30 summer outings that will have you making the most of those lazy summer […]

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It’s summertime and the living is easy. From outdoor markets to afternoons spent reading on the patio, everything is a little sweeter in the summer. To usher you into a summer state of mind, we’ve pulled together a list of top 30 summer outings that will have you making the most of those lazy summer days:

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How To Create The Perfect Flower Arrangement //wp.readers.com/blog/how-to-create-the-perfect-flower-arrangement/ //wp.readers.com/blog/how-to-create-the-perfect-flower-arrangement/#respond Wed, 31 May 2017 15:38:16 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14319 Remember all of those flowers you worked hard to plant this spring? It’s now time to reap the benefits from your hard work! Homemade flower arrangements are a great way to enjoy your blooms to the fullest and give your home a sweet and airy summertime feel. If you don’t have a flower garden that’s […]

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Remember all of those flowers you worked hard to plant this spring? It’s now time to reap the benefits from your hard work! Homemade flower arrangements are a great way to enjoy your blooms to the fullest and give your home a sweet and airy summertime feel. If you don’t have a flower garden that’s ok–flowers from a local grocery store or farmer’s’ market work great too!

Here are 5 steps for creating a beautiful flower arrangement:

1. Create a grid out of tape

If you’re using florals with top heavy blooms, then creating a grid out of clear tape is a  great and effective way to support your flowers. If you’re using flowers with longer stems, you’ll want to be sure to cut the stems down before placing your flowers in the grid openings.

2. Incorporate branches

Adding branches to your flower arrangement not only adds texture, but they also help to support more delicate stems that you might have in your arrangement. Using branches is a great way to incorporate foliage that you already have in your own backyard.

3.  Use complimentary colors

When it comes to creating a flower arrangement, color is the most important factor. Consider colors that complement each other, such as yellows and purples, pinks and blues. White florals and baby’s breath are great for adding a touch of softness to your arrangement.

4. Layer your flowers

Once you are ready to place your flowers in your arrangement, you should begin by placing your larger and more dominant flowers in your vessel first. Next, you should use a second variety of flowers to create an inner circle. As you continue this process, try to create a domed effect by leaving the stems slightly longer on the inner flowers.

5. Add berries or other greenery last

Once you have your flowers arranged to your liking, it is now time to add berries and other greenery. These elements are optional, but they help to add texture and visual interest to your arrangement. An added bonus of using these elements is that they add fullness to your arrangement, giving an extravagant look without an extravagant price.

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Top 10 Elements Of A Well Designed Flower Garden //wp.readers.com/blog/top-10-elements-of-a-well-designed-flower-garden/ //wp.readers.com/blog/top-10-elements-of-a-well-designed-flower-garden/#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:24:26 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14282   With the weather warming up, it’s totally normal to start fantasizing about days spent in the garden, and the gorgeous blooms you will begin planting. Before you begin purchasing all of your new florals, here are 10 elements to help you create a well balanced flower garden that will have you recreating those magazine […]

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With the weather warming up, it’s totally normal to start fantasizing about days spent in the garden, and the gorgeous blooms you will begin planting. Before you begin purchasing all of your new florals, here are 10 elements to help you create a well balanced flower garden that will have you recreating those magazine worthy gardens you’ve always wanted.

1. Line

Consider the line being created by whatever you are planting. Whether you’re using straight, curved, horizontal, vertical, or various line combinations, the use of lines throughout your garden draws the eye to points of interest or pathways throughout the garden.

2. Texture

Using different textures throughout your garden is a great way to add visual interest. A simple grass plant against leafy green foliage adds eye-catching variety to your garden. Experimenting with different textures is a great way to  find unique combinations and spice up the look of your garden.


3. Form


Define a particular area or outline a border with plants that provide form. Shrubs, such as Boxwood, and miniature trees are a great way to add dimension and a look of completeness to your area.


4. Pattern

Using patterns is a great way to reinforce the rhythm and the look of your garden. Patterns can make it easy for you to incorporate different textures and colors into one complete look. You can also use patterns to highlight various florals, foliage, or focal points.

5. Balance

When adding to your garden you’ll want to be careful not to draw more attention to one side of the garden than you do the other side. Before you get started, decide if you want your garden to be symmetrical (equal on both sides) or asymmetrical (more emphasis on one side). This will making placement decisions much simpler and help you achieve visual balance.

6. Contrast

Adding an element of contrast provides a sense of visually pleasing tension between elements. To create contrast you can incorporate the previously mentioned elements such as form, texture, and color. Be careful not to mix too many elements, as too much can begin to look unorganized and chaotic. Contrast can be as simple as adding lava rock to your garden to provide a contrast of texture.

7. Color

Color is undeniably the most popular gardening element. Reflect various seasonal looks and show off your personality by incorporating your favorite color schemes. Whether you lean towards single color gardens, or prefer to combine several colors of flowers, color is the icing on top of a well balanced garden.

8. Proportion

It is important to take into consideration the size of the area that you are planting in. For instance if you are lining your driveway, small rows of flowers would more than likely not make sense. However, trees or shrubbery would be a more proportional option and provide visually pleasing accents for your driveway.

9. Location

Before purchasing your plants, make sure they can accommodate the amount of sun that your flower garden receives. Most plants have tags that tell you whether they should receive shade, partial sun, or full sun.

 

10. Spacing

Be sure to place plants about as far apart as each plant’s ultimate reach. When placed too close together, plants can become stunted. For example, a perennial that grows 24 inches wide should be about 20 to 24 inches from its neighbors.

 

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5 Simple Ways To Spruce Up Your Easter Get Together //wp.readers.com/blog/5-simple-ways-to-spruce-up-your-easter-get-together/ //wp.readers.com/blog/5-simple-ways-to-spruce-up-your-easter-get-together/#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:22:25 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14265 With the arrival of April, many of us are beginning to plan our Easter meals and get togethers. As we begin to plan our menus and decor, it is tempting to turn to our tried and true recipes and decorations. However, this Easter switch things up at your table with one of these simple recipes […]

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With the arrival of April, many of us are beginning to plan our Easter meals and get togethers. As we begin to plan our menus and decor, it is tempting to turn to our tried and true recipes and decorations. However, this Easter switch things up at your table with one of these simple recipes or festive DIY decorations. Your guests are sure to be impressed and, who knows, you might just end up having a new staple decoration or recipe!

1. An eye catching place setting

Supplies: Colored napkin, coordinating ribbon, tulip

Directions: To create this warm and welcoming place setting, simply fold the napkin and place the tulip or decoration in the center. Finish by loosely tying the ribbon around the tulip and napkin. Not only will guests love being greeted by this piece, but they will also enjoy having a sweet flower to take home.

 

2. Easter bunny dessert platter


3. Festive centerpiece

4. Strawberry cream mimosa

 

5. Slow cooker pineapple glazed carrots

For the perfect Easter side dish that adds a punch of flavor, try pineapple glazed carrots.  

Ingredients: 2 lbs carrots peeled and sliced, 1 (540ml) can pineapple tidbits with juice (or about 2 cups), ½ cups brown sugar, 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, ¾ tsp. salt, 2 tbsp. cornstarch

Directions:

  • In a medium bowl, combine pineapple with juice, sugar, vinegar, salt, and cornstarch until combined.
  • Add carrots to slow cooker. Pour pineapple over top and stir well.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours until tender. Serve.

 

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