Team Demas Orthodontics December 2018

3 WAYS TO USE LEFTOVER CANDY

DURING THE OH-SO-SWEET HOLIDAY SEASON

BAKE WITH IT. Whether you have an excess of candy corn or candy bars, you can bake with your sweet leftovers. The next time you make chocolate chip cookies, swap out the chocolate chips for candy corn. Or the next time you make brownies, chop up leftover candy bars and add them to the batter. From peanut butter cups to mint patties, there are so many different types of candies that can take traditional baked goods to the next level. STORE IT. Although not great for you, candy is fine to eat in moderation. A good way to moderate your holiday treat intake is to store your leftover sweets in the freezer. That way, you can pull a little from your supply each month to make sure you aren’t overdoing it. That said, be sure to check the expiration dates on all candy you save.

Sometimes we get a little too much of the sweet stuff. BetweenHalloween and NewYear’s Day, candy is everywhere. It’s at home, at work, and on store shelves. Then, as the year comes to an end, many people start thinking about eating right and losing weight. When those are your NewYear’s resolutions, you have to do something about all the leftover candy so it’s not around come Jan. 1.

Here are a few ways to get rid of your leftover candy ASAP.

DONATE IT. While you may have an abundance of sweets, not everyone does. Consider donating wrapped and packaged candy to your local food bank or other nonprofits, including local homeless or women’s shelters. You can also look into donating candy to nearby schools. Many teachers will gladly take candy off your hands to reward students (or themselves) with treats throughout the rest of the school year.

CELEBRATING OUR TEAM MEMBER’S CARING ATTITUDE Christine Baril is likely the first friendly voice you will hear at Team Demas Orthodontics. As our Treatment Coordinator, she makes you feel welcome to the practice and keeps you on a smooth path to a great smile by scheduling your follow-up appointments. She’s been in the field since 2001, and she loves maintaining patients’ smiles! CHRISTINE KEEPS YOU SMILING

It was after Christine saw the impact braces had on her daughter’s self-esteem that she felt moved to get involved in the orthodontic field. “I was amazed at the positive impact a new smile had in my daughter’s life. From that point on, I knew I had to be in this profession that changes smiles and lives for good.” We are all so glad she did! Christine is an avid learner, and she regularly attends professional meetings to hone her skills toward creating the best experience for all who cross her path. It’s also not uncommon to see Christine at a local sporting or school event. Her huge heart leads her to cheer on our patients at school shows and on the playing field. Christine grew up and continues to live in the Meriden area. She and her husband, Dan, have three grown children and two dogs. When she’s not at the office, you can find Christine at Mister B’s Jerky in Southington, helping

run the local jerky store Dan owns. If you haven’t tried it, their EasyChew jerky is a delicious departure from traditional jerky, and it makes a great Christmas gift!

Thank you, Christine, for keeping our patients and team smiling! We’re so glad to have Christine on our team, and we know you will be too!

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