In This Issue:
It's Time to Prep Your House for Colder Weather
Fall Festival Fun
Hiring a Contractor
Recipe: Pumpkin Brookies
Read on and don't forget to share with your
friends and family.
The most wonderful time of the year may be
just around the corner, but it also means that soon it will
be the coldest part of the year. It’s time to pull those
sweaters out of storage, put extra blankets on the bed, and
prepare your house for colder weather.
While your home may have made it through
the summer with no major issues other than a few higher
utility bills, cold weather and even freezing temperatures
can cause major damage and even turn your home into an unsafe
environment. Here are a few tasks you’ll want to complete
before temperatures begin to drop:
your furnace filters. Whether your home runs on central heat
or gas, changing the filter will help keep energy costs
your pipes and insulation. Did you have issues with freezing
pipes last year? Keeping the faucet on during winter storms
can help but treating the larger issue will save you from
for air leaks. If you noticed a spike in your bills this
summer, it could be from your windows and doors. Keep your
home warm by fixing seals or replacing windows and
inspections. If you have a gas fireplace or hearth, schedule
your yearly inspection to ensure your system will function
up. If you have landscaping equipment, a pressure washer or
other power tools, it’s time to clean them and store them
away for the winter to keep them in great shape.
the gutters. To prevent ice dams that can damage your
roofing, clear your gutters of debris.
If you have vegetables or flowers that have died off as
summer ended, now is a great time to pull them out and weed
before the ground freezes.
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It’s one of the most relaxing times of the
year - the stress of back to school season is over, the
weather is cooling off, and the stress of the holiday season
is still distant. Fall is here, and so are all the fun events
that come with it. Now is the best time to relax with your
family, get outdoors and enjoy all the fun events your
community has to offer.
There are likely an abundance of free fall
events from local businesses around your town this time of
year. Keep an eye out for Facebook events, or check the local
paper and bulletins for smaller fall events with pumpkin
carving, face painting and plenty of food to show your
Plan Your Trip
For bigger events like State or City
Fair’s, be sure to plan your trip in advance to avoid long
lines and stressful parking situations. You may be able to
purchase a ride ticket pass in advance. Remember, the first
and last days of festivals are always the busiest times to
attend. While credit cards are widely accepted, it’s also a
good idea to bring cash for funnel cake, candied apples and
fun games. Be sure to take a sweater as well - October nights
can get chilly quickly!
Have Your Own
If you don’t have any fall events
happening close to you, hold your own! Get the neighborhood
together to plan a fun block party, and get local businesses
involved to have great food and games planned for the whole
family. You don’t have to have fair rides for a fun memory -
pumpkin painting, cornhole and pie-eating contests are all
fun activities that take little time and planning. You can
even set up an outdoor projector and host a spooky movie
night with popcorn.
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No matter what work you need done,
choosing a contractor to trust with your home should be a
careful decision. Pricing can be a great indication of
quality - but the most expensive companies aren’t always the
best, and the cheapest may not be the worst. Online reviews
and recommendations can be another place to start, but
ultimately it is up to you and the questions you ask that
will help you hire a skilled and professional
questions you should ask will help determine if the contractor
is taking the right steps to protect your family and your
home, both physically and legally:
Do they have the
proper permits, warranties and insurance? Make sure your home
will be up to code, protected against damage and avoid fines
by asking to see licenses and paperwork, and even request
Are they local? Do
they hire subcontractors? Being able to get in touch with
your contractor after the job is done and making sure they
have hired dedicated experts means that if the work isn’t
done correctly the first time, you’ll be able to easily get
ahold of them afterwards to fix any issues.
Next, ask the
questions that will make this contractor the right fit for
What is their
company process? If the estimate process was long and
difficult, you should expect the same when it comes to
signing the contract and completing the work.
Will they work
with your budget, and are there any hidden fees? Remember:
cheaper isn’t always what it seems. The company may choose to
cut corners elsewhere to make up for it or hide new fees
within the contract. Ask them about different products they
offer and what the benefits are to see which options fit
within your price range.
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Recipe Courtesy of: Delish
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 c. butter,
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
2/3 c. pumpkin
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. chocolate
1 box brownie mix
Preheat oven to
350 degrees F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
batter according to box instructions. Set aside.
flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder cinnamon and nutmeg
in a medium bowl until evenly combined. In a separate large
bowl, combine butter and sugars. Beat until light and fluffy.
Add egg, pumpkin and vanilla and mix until evenly combined.
Gradually, add the dry ingredients and mix until just
combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
batter between the muffin cups. Each cup should be filled
halfway to two-thirds of the way up. Scoop rounded
tablespoons of cookie dough and roll them into balls. Place
the cookie dough balls into the centers of a each brownie
batter-filled cup. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick
inserted into the brownie cup comes out with a few moist
crumbs. (Use any extra cookie dough to bake pumpkin chocolate
Let cool in muffin
tin for about 10 minutes, then transfer brookies to a cooling
rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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