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Dates to remember
Halloween – October 31
Maple Walnut Pumpkin Pie
- 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
- 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp maple flavoring
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ginger
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 1 (9 inch) graham cracker pie crust or shell
- 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/3 up all-purpose flour
- 3 tbs butter
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, condensed milk, eggs, cinnamon, maple flavoring, ginger, nutmeg and salt. Mix well and pour into pie shell.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 30 minutes.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until crumbly and stir in walnuts.
- Remove the pie from the oven and top evenly with the crumb mixture. Return to the oven for 10 minutes. Once finished, cool the pie and store in the refrigerator. Serve and enjoy!
Add new life to your kitchen with these easy kitchen updates:
- Paint an unused cabinet surface with chalkboard paint. Spice up a wooden cabinet surface with a little chalkboard paint to make the surface ready for grocery lists or family to-do lists.
- Paint cabinets an accent color. Cabinets don’t have to be white or brown. Go bold with a bright blue, or sunny yellow.
- Add new hardware to your cabinets. A decorative pull can add sophistication or a little quirkiness to your kitchen.
- Keep a kitchen herb garden on a window sill. Many big-box and hardware stores sell kitchen herb planters – just add the plant, and you’re set.
- Install a pull-out shelf. These are especially popular for the space underneath your kitchen sink, but they can also be used to make it easier to reach distant pots and pans in your bigger cabinets.
- Add shelves for more storage space. Need more space, and have some open walls? Get some sturdy shelves and brackets. Stack your plates and glassware on them so they’re handy.
- Install a water purification system under your sink. Have hard water? Install a purification system right under your sink and get rid of all those plastic water bottles.
- Get a kitchen cart. Tapped for storage, but don’t want to install right into the wall? A kitchen cart doubles as preparation surface and storage (great for renters!) They’re also highly mobile.
- Buy tiered racks to expand your storage space vertically. A removable rack doesn’t involve any installation and instantly adds two or three more tiers to your cabinet storage.
- Add a backsplash accent. Splurge on high-quality tiles for a small space – easy on the wallet, and the eyes.
Or maybe you’re ready for a move. Call me and I’ll be more than happy to help you list your property and find a new one – complete with your dream kitchen!
Tips for surviving Halloween
Whether you’re prepping kids for a night out or heading out for your own festivities, use these tips to keep your Halloween free from scary mishaps.
If your kids are trick-or-treating:
- Add reflective tape to costumes or candy bags for better visibility
- Make sure you and your kid(s) are equipped with flashlights
- Use costume makeup instead of masks to avoid obstructed eyesight
- Pin long costumes and wear comfortable shoes to prevent tripping
- Ditch pointed accessories like swords and sticks
- Accompany your kids out or arrange for them to trick-or-treat with a group supervised by an adult
- Teach your kids how to safely cross the street and check for oncoming traffic
- Only visit a home if the porch light is on
- Plan a route and stay together
- Examine treats and toss out anything unwrapped
- Slow down and drive carefully, and keep an eye out for children crossing the street
- Properly restrain your pets
- If you’re handing out treats, clear your yard of any items visitors may trip on
- Keep your home and walkways well-lit
- Replace jack-o’-lantern candles with flameless candles or glow sticks
Have a safe — and spooky — Halloween!
As winter approaches, consider fortifying your home against the cold to keep your family comfortable.
Step 1: Beware the draft
Use weather stripping in window sills and door jambs. For more permanent leaks, such as around your window or door frame, use caulking. The most severe draft often comes from the gap under your doorway. Stop-up this drafty gap with a “draft snake.”
Step 2: Insulate
Insulation doesn’t just go between the walls. The addition of heavy drapes or air-cushion blinds in the winter keeps the warm air in and the cold air out. Don’t forget to insulate your water heater and hot water pipes.
Step 3: Circulate
Flip the switch on the side of your ceiling fan? when it gets cold and your fan will reverse, pulling cooler air up and pushing warmer air down into the room.
Step 4: Deduct
Invest in an Energy Star-certified solar water heater. Not only will this equipment pay for itself over time due to increased efficiency, but you may also receive a tax credit for up to 30% of the cost.
Step 5: Wear a sweater
Keep it simple — turn down the thermostat and donning a sweater to capture and retain body heat.