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Backyard ‘Staycation’ Safety Tips


Summer brings more opportunities for outdoor activities around the house.  Why not plan a “staycation” in your own backyard; but play it safe:

  • Keep your grill on a level surface away from your house, garage and any flammable objects.
  • Don’t step away from a grill while it’s on, and keep children and pets at a safe distance from the flames.
  • When using charcoal, extinguish properly by breaking up the embers with a long stick or grilling tool, then covering the grill to cut off the oxygen.  Or, slowly sprinkle the coals with water.  Once the coals are cooled completely, dispose of them in a metal container.

 

 

  • Before mowing, clear the yard of any loose objects that could fly out from under the lawnmower.
  • When using power tools for yard work, wear protective gear and cover your eyes with goggles.
  • Wear protective clothing when using pesticides etc and don’t spray around children or pets and precisely follow directions.
  • Before you dig a hole in your yard for any reason call your local utility company to avoid underground gas or power lines.

 

  • Install four foot high fence around the pool area and include self-closing gates with latches out of reach of children.
  • Keep the pool area clear of toys and other objects that someone may trip over.
  • Never allow children to swim without adult supervision.
  • Place a sturdy pool cover over the pool when it’s not in use.

 

  • Place swing sets and other play equipment on level ground, and make sure legs are properly
    anchored.
  • Inspect play sets regularly for any sharp bolts, screws, nails or rot.
  • When celebrating with fireworks, wear safety glasses when handling fireworks, and have water handy to soak spent fireworks before disposing of them.

Be careful of becoming over-exposed to the sun.  Drink plenty of fluids, and seek air conditioning if you become overheated, and have fun!

Ideas taken from: https://www.horacemann.com/insurance/property-insurance/summer-backyard-safety-tips
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Happy Mother’s Day


May your Sunday be filled with love creating happy memories with family as you celebrate Mother’s Day!  Best Wishes!

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Happy Easter


Wishing you a wonderful Easter creating beautiful and loving memories with your family and friends!final FRONT

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Sweet Potatoes fit for Thanksgiving


Wishing you and yours a safe, blessed and Very Happy Thanksgiving.

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These sweet potatoes are sliced and roasted in the oven, then drizzles with balsamic and topped with parmesan cheese and fresh herbs. They can be enjoyed as a side dish for eight, or as a meatless main for four people.  These would be beautiful on your Thanksgiving table if you would like to serve this as a side.

And speaking of Thanksgiving, I know the holidays can be a stressful time. Between traveling, extra calories being consumed and stress of having to take care of so many people, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.  That’s why it’s so important to take care of yourself during this time of year. In addition to making healthy and delicious food, hit the gym to work out any stress. It’s a guaranteed way to feel great, quickly.

 

 

Parmesan Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Balsamic Glaze

taken from: Skinnytaste.com

Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 sweet potato • WW Points+: 8 pts (or 4 as a side)

Calories: 302 • Fat: 10 g • Sat Fat: 3 g • Protein: 6 g • Carb: 48 g • Fiber: 7.5 g

Sugar: 17 g • Sodium: 284 mg • Cholesterol: 10 mg

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. With a large, sharp knife, make ¼-inch slices down the length of each potato, cutting only 3/4 of the way through.

In a small bowl, combine butter and olive oil. Place the potatoes in a medium mixing bowl and drizzle half of the olive oil/butter mixture over the top of each potato, then toss to evenly coat.

Place potatoes on a small baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake for 50- 60 minutes, or until potatoes are tender inside and caramelized and crisp on the outside. Drizzle with remaining butter/oil and sprinkle with parmesan, herbs and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

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Happy Halloween! Some Pumpkin Carving Tips…


  • ?????????????Do not eat a pumpkin that has been carved as a jack-o’-lantern.
  • Choose a large pumpkin. The larger the pumpkin, the easier it is to carve. Pumpkins with a lighter color tend to be softer and easier to carve.
  •  When cutting out the top, place the knife at a 45 degree angle so the lid will have a place to rest when you replace it. If you cut straight down, the lid will fall through.
  • When cleaning the pumpkin, save the seeds. Toasted pumpkin seeds make a healthy as well as tasty snack. A 1-inchpumpkinseeds2x thickness of the pumpkin wall is optimum.
  • Print out or draw the pattern on a piece of paper. Use small sharp scissors or a razor knife to cut out the areas you will be carving into the pumpkin. Tape the template onto the pumpkin and use a marker to trace the carving lines. Cutting slits in the paper will help it to conform to the round surface.
  • As an alternative, you can tape the outline to the pumpkin and use a nail or large pushpin to score the carving lines onto the pumpkin. Connect the dots as you carve.
  • A long serrated knife or a pumpkin-carving knife with teeth will be necessary to cut through the thick flesh. Use a sawing motion and take your time cutting along the outside edge of the marker lines so there is no marker residue.
  • iStock-4639032_toothpick-teeth-pumpkin-carving_s3x4_lgConsider cutting off the bottom of the pumpkin, as well as the top. The pumpkin will be more stable and also easier to carve. If you plan on using a candle to light your jack-o’-lantern, be sure the opening in the bottom is large enough to fit over the candle. Place the candle on a fire-proof base large enough to accommodate the pumpkin. You can then easily lift off the jack-o’-lantern to light the candle.
  • Pumpkin-Carving-Ideas-for-HalloweenA small battery-operated flameless candleis a safer choice than traditional candles for lighting your jack-o’-lantern.
  • Sprinkle the bottom side of the pumpkin lid with ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or cloves to let your jack-o’-lantern do double duty as an air freshener.

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from … http://homecooking.about.com/od/howtocookvegetables/a/pumpkincarving.htm
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Happy Easter and a Festive Table Setting to Try


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This is a table setting I put
together for a friend: a festive touch that is easy for anyone to create.  You can add your own unique bunny or Easter decoration.

 

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Is it time for a new home?


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Keep Your Cell Phone Info Safe


Many people don’t think twice about downloading phone applications, whether to play a game, deposit checks or keep in touch with friends and family. But before you install another app, read these downloading safety tips.

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Apps often ask for access to your personal information before you can open them. This information can include but isn’t limited to:

  • Your contacts and call logs
  • Calendar appointments
  • GPS location
  • Your phone’s unique ID
  • Internet data

App Safety

  • mobile-phone-appsDon’t download just any app. Ensure you’re downloading phone applications from reputable, trusted sources. Your best bet is your smartphone’s official app store.
  • Watch out for fake apps. Copycat apps are disguised to look like the real thing. You can tell them apart by checking developer names and reviews.
  • Research the app thoroughly. Check app store reviews and ratings, read up on the app developer and don’t skim over the privacy policy — this will reveal what data the app collects and shares.
  • Review the app permissions. Verify that phone applications won’t access unnecessary information. For example, it makes sense that a social networking app would want access to your phone contacts, but a game app shouldn’t need access to your text messages.
  • Beware of “free” apps. Free apps or games are sometimes supported by advertisements, which could collect your personal information and sell it to third parties.

More App Safety Tips

  • Photo+Video-Safe-HD-ProClose or log out of phone applications when you aren’t using them. This will prevent apps from accessing your information.
  • Don’t share passwords with your children so they can’t accidentally download malicious programs.
  • Make sure your phone has a remote lock or wipe function in case it is lost or stolen. Thieves are less likely to steal personal information from a locked phone.

 

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Make Your Own Gift Bag


I just had to share this simple wrapping technique for those odd shaped gifts.  I found this on facebook at

The Meredith Vieira Show zulily Lifestyle Editor Amy Goodman reveals the secret to wrapping oddly shaped gifts.

 

 

CLICK THE LINK BELOW:

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=676093149179001&fref=nf

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Wishing you a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving


 

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Simple table center piece with a festive flair

 

 

 

 

 

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Enjoy dinner with family and friends in style

 

 

 

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Easier than it looks fruit tray that will impress

 

 

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