How To Choose and Care For A Real Christmas Tree

ID-100221169While the artificial trees are convenient and decorate up beautifully, sometimes its nice to have a real one. That Christmas aroma of strong pine scent filling the house, and yes, the needles falling off here and there, you know you have the real deal.

To pick a healthy tree, check the freshness by pulling off one pine needle, bend it in half and if it snaps apart you have a good tree. Taken care of will last you through the holiday season.

Must Have Water:

One of the things this tree needs just like any other plant is water. Once you pick out the perfect tree at a tree lot, have the helpers cut 1″ off the bottom or do it yourself once you get the tree home. This opens the tree to absorb water.

Be sure to give it water within a couple hours after you get it home and check it daily. Do not let the water level get below the fresh cut, or the sap will come out and close off the bottom and prevent the tree from getting water. Try to find a stand that will allow about a gallon of water for the tree. The first day home it can drink up to two gallons.

Do not put your Christmas tree near any heat source, like a fireplace, wood stove space heater or computers. This can sap up the moisture and cause a fire.

 

Wishing you  a very Merry Christmas!

 

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How To Stuff Cook and Carve a Turkey – Step by Step by Taste of Home

Taste of Home takes you step by step to cook a Thanksgiving Turkey. Weather this is your first time or you have been doing this for years, this is information worth looking at.

They start with preparing the bird (removing the giblets and fat) they also take you through the cooking process from start to finish for an non stuffed bird. A cooking time chart for a non stuffed turkey is available and timing for a stuffed turkey is just under the chart.

How To Cook a Turkey – Step-by-Step Turkey Roasting

Once your have cleaned out your turkey and you want to have that oh, so wonderful stuffing that comes from the hours of cooking in the bird. Taste of home offers you steps for stuffing the bird for the best results.

How to Stuff a Turkey

Once you have let the Turkey rest, you are ready to carve. From removing the drumsticks to perfect slices of the white meat they show you how in 6 easy steps.

How to Carve a Turkey

What would be a delicious turkey with stuffing without the gravy…Yes, its easier then you think.

How To Make Gravy From Pan Drippings

Enjoy!

 

 

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Ways to Help Out This Thanksgiving in your Community

Help out at a local soup kitchen or homeless shelter. – Thanksgiving day and just before is going to be very busy in each of these places. Food needs to be collected and donations are usually the main source. If you cannot give your time, how about a donation of vegetables, Turkeys, stuffing, pumpkin pies or anything you can spare. Call ahead or go there in person and ask what they need.
Can you cook? Can you offer time to cut vegetables, cook a turkey, make tea?

The preparation is just as important for volunteers as to getting the Turkey dinner on the table. If you cannot help with the preparations, how about a few hours to set up tables, greet people as they come in, walk around with a water pitcher during dinner or helping clean up after.
To see where you can help out, contact your local Salvation Army, Chamber of Commerce and Churches in your area.

Donate to your local food bank – Click Here and enter you zip code to find one near you.

Visit nursing homes, hospitals and veterans associations
Call ahead to find out what specific hours are allowed for you to stop by. Just sitting and talking with someone, to hear their story, share what is going on in your life is very uplifting for both of you. You could also take a small gift like fresh baked cookies or a small bag of treats for the holiday.

Ask around and you are sure to have someone be able to tell you where volunteers are going to help out in your community this Thanksgiving. Get the family involved and share the giving..

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Fall In Florida! It’s Time for A Family Picnic

The Florida Summer heat is finally cooling down a bit, which makes outside activities more pleasant. This is a great time to get outdoors in the fresh air and have a picnic with family and friends and bring on the goodies that go with it.

Instead of the normal fare of sandwiches or take out, why not bring yummy homemade food in mason jars. They are perfect for so many recipes and serve as the dish you will be eating out of (no paper plates or other plates to clean) and when done, the jars can be closed back up and packed away for the trip home.

Plan ahead for your picnic by picking out the perfect spot. The beach, a park, along side a river or lake, anywhere outside in the sunshine and fresh air is wonderful. Pack up a blanket or beach chairs, a garbage bag and any outdoor fun games or toys. A baseball glove and ball to play catch with the kids, small bucket and shovel for the beach to build sandcastles, Frisbee, etc and don’t forget the Sunscreen. Time to put the phones, laptops and other electronics you have away and just enjoy family time.

Pack in a plastic gallon baggie, eating utensils, napkins and straws and add to your picnic basket or cooler.

What to add to the Mason Jars? You can make so many recipes ahead of time and be ready to the day of the picnic.

Make up a pitcher of your family favorite drink like homemade lemonade and pour it into individual jars for each family member.

Put slices of veggies like carrots, bell peppers and celery in a large jar and in another smaller jar a dip for the veggies. Or you could add the veggies to the bottom of the jar and a plastic container small enough to fit with a dip and cover.

See these video’s for idea’s –

 

 

A few jars could contain, pretzels, chips or candy. You know your family and friends, get creative and make it fun with your homemade cooking.

Pack up your cooler with lots of ice and put the mason jars on the bottom and the lighter things on top.

Enjoy :}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gardening Tips For Fall – Ornamental Cabbage and Kale

ID-10068558While Summer is getting a bit cooler here in Florida, it is a great time to think about fall gardening and getting started on sowing seeds.
Many gardening centers are offering something different then flowers, they have beautiful Kale and Ornamental Cabbage. They come in a variety of shades with their rose shaped leaves, in greens, purples, creams and pinks.
Check out your local gardening centers and farmers markets to add these plants to your garden or as a decorative plant along side the house. Most of these plants are very hardy and will usually last until the first frost.

As far as doing double duty as a pretty plant and an edible plant, they are not really good for eating as they can be bitter.
Get more information over at Hicks Nursery website…

 

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Welcome First Day of Fall 2017

However you want to say it, Autumn (said in British/English) or Fall (said in American English is very welcome here is Florida after a long hot summer. Not only does this season cool things down, it brings us closer to the end of Hurricane season.

Floridians this summer have been busy watching the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic. With both waterways on each side of us we are vulnerable for Hurricanes and Irma came in like a freight train not only for us but worse for those in her path along the way.  We prayed when Harvey took over Texas and caused floods in Houston, we prayed when the islands were decimated by Irma and again when we endured Irma, and now we are praying for those who have endured Hurricane Maria (with some places just recovering from Irma!). It has been a busy summer.

So if you ask are you excited for the first day of Fall? Yes, we are elated.

 

 

 

 

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Caring for The People of Hurricane Harvey And Floods In Houston

The world watched this past week as Hurricane Harvey pounded into Texas and for days flood Houston. The damages from the Hurricane and the floods has left devastation to so many people. As the news reported yesterday for the Houston area, that 18,000 people were in shelters. One shelter that was supposed to house up to 5000 people refused no one and at last count they were up to 9000 people. It is indeed a wonderful thing to see people coming together by using their own boats to rescue people, bringing in food, water and supplies and so many more giving of their time and money.

The Salvation Army is helping out with shelter, food, clothing and more from the United States and Canada.
Read more about that Here…

Chaney’s Used Cars is donating through the Salvation Army and asks that anyone who can donate, please click on the Donate Now button below for the Salvation Army and give what you can or give to a charity of your choice.

Praying for Houston…

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