Thanksgiving is about being Thankful for Good Food, Good Friends and Family.
We hope the following tips and ideas will help you plan and enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.
Basic Tips for All Hosting the Meal
Purchase non perishables items way ahead of time.
Have the meal in the evening instead of midday, if you need more prep time.
Prepare as much food ahead of time as possible.
Set the table early.
Create a drink station.
Additional Tips if you Enjoy Hosting but Like to Keep Cooking Simpler
If you can, cut down on the number of traditional items offered.
Buy rolls, cranberry sauce, pies and use packaged stuffing mix and prepared gravy.
If you Enjoy Hosting and Some Cooking, Take it Even a Step Further
Make it a Pot Luck or invite a small core group for the meal and include everyone for dessert.
Enjoy Gathering with Friends and Family but Not So Much the Cooking
Purchase Pre-made Thanksgiving Meals.
Go Out to Eat.
Local Restaurants, this list was put together in 2018 so please call to confirm they will be open
Click HERE for information on some places to buy Thanksgiving dinner and have delivered.
With Halloween candy hanging around and Thanksgiving and the Holidays just around the corner, we want to share this article on Pet Safety.
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* Cat Food
We'd like to thank Jackie for sharing her blog with us and allowing us to post it here!
This year we go back to Standard Time on Sunday 11/3, when the majority of the USA will be “falling back” as they change the clocks. One benefit of the time change is that it reminds you to take care of some other important home tasks that should be done at least twice a year. So while you are setting your clocks back, use this time as an opportunity
to take care of these important tasks in your home.
10 Things To Do When You Set Your Clocks Backward
· Replace the batteries in your Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Detector Making sure to replace and test these devices twice a year can be the difference between life and death. Make sure to help any elderly loved ones in your life as well. If they can’t do it on their own, some fire departments have programs that will assist.
· Reverse the direction on your ceiling fan In the Spring fan blades should rotate counter clockwise to help cool down the rooms. In the Fall, switch the direction to clockwise which helps pull down the warm air that gets trapped near the ceiling. This helps save cost on heating and cooling.
· Flip and rotate your mattress to help promote even wear and tear
Unless you have a no flip mattress. Then just rotate it.
· Schedule a furnace inspection. This should be done twice a year to make sure your
furnace is running as efficiently as possible.
· Replace the filters in your heater and air conditioner This should actually be done several times a year to ensure they run as efficiently as possible.
· If you have a fireplace, scheduled a chimney sweep in the Fall and in the Spring take some time to clean up the fireplace and brush down the walls.
· Clean Out Dryer Lint Trap, Trap Housing and Vent Duct When lint builds up, it
restricts airflow and can lead to overheating, which can ignite the lint itself.
· Go through you medicine cabinet and first aid kit and discard any expired or discolored products. Dispose of any prescription medication that is expired or no longer needed.
You can search on FDA.gov for how to safely dispose of medications.
· Go through your pantry and dispose of any expired or stale/opened foods.
· Rotate Your Wardrobe
- Use face paint whenever possible. However, if you, or your child, are planning to wear a mask for your spooky night out, make sure that the holes for the eyes are large enough to clearly see both straight ahead and peripherally. You may have to cut the eye openings larger to allow more visibility. If any skin starts to show through the enlarged holes, you can always use some black face paint to cover the exposed areas of the skin.
- Prepare your child's costume for strong visibility at night by choosing a costume that can be made with bright materials. If the theme of the costume does not allow for bright colors, add reflective tape to your child's costume or treat bag.
- Make sure the costume is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
- Know the trick or treat route your kids take, especially if you are not going with them.
- Younger children should have adult supervision. Older children should go in groups and have them check in regularly, by phone or by stopping back at home, to make sure they do not deviate from the preplanned trick or treat route so you will always know where they are and will be.
- Remind children to use sidewalks or paths, if available, and to cross at street corners. Never to dart out into the street or cross from between parked cars.
Candy from Strangers
- The only time of year you allow your kids to take candy from strangers, you can never be too careful. Make sure your kids understand not to eat any candy or treats until they have been properly examined by you. This allows you to check for any possible tampering with the candy wrappers; and at the same time, you get a chance at the first pick of candy!
Drive Extra Safely
- Slow down and look extra carefully as excited children may move in unpredictable ways.
- Turn head lights on early.
- Don’t feed pets candy and keep glow sticks & jewelry away from your pet.
- Never leave a costume wearing pet unsupervised .
- If taking your pet on your spooky night out, make sure they are wearing something for strong visibility at night also
Show your Halloween spirit
and still get them out the door on time with this quick dinner.
Jack 'O Lantern Quesadillas by RIAN HANDLER
YIELDS:4 PREP TIME: 5 MINS TOTAL TIME: 20 MINS
Cooking spray, for pan
2 c. shredded rotisserie chicken
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
8 medium flour tortillas
3/4 c. shredded Cheddar
3/4 c. Shredded Monterey Jack
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Hot sauce, for serving
Preheat oven to 425°
Grease a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, add chicken and toss with lime juice,
chili powder, and garlic powder.
Using a paring knife, cut a Jack-o-Lantern pattern into 4 flour tortillas.
Sprinkle chicken and cheese onto remaining 4 tortillas, and top with Jack-o-Lanterns.
Place quesadillas onto baking sheet, brush with oil, and bake until cheese is melty and tortillas are golden, 15 minutes.
Serve with hot sauce.
BY LIZ BOROD AND HEATHER FINN Sep 26, 2019
1. Start with the right pumpkin.
2. Cut from the bottom, not the top.
3. If you do carve from the top, cut out the lid on an angle.
4. Scoop out all the pulp (and then some).
5. Sketch out your design on paper first.
6. Try holding the pumpkin in your lap.
7. Start by making simple rough cuts.
8. Use your scraps creatively.
9. Keep your pumpkin fresh.
10. Create a chimney.
11. Sprinkle cinnamon inside the lid.
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It’s with great pleasure we announce Shannon Marcelino-Aureli, Realtor with The Marcelino Team, has acquired her Broker’s License.
A longtime local veteran of real estate sales of 24 years, Shannon has added to her previously earned professional realty designations which include ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) and SFR (Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource Certification).
Shannon feels it is very important to continue learning and improving her ability to service buyers and sellers. Real estate laws, trends, and market conditions are continually changing, and she wants to provide her customers the very best, most knowledgeable representation possible.
Let Shannon put her experience to work for you!