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Home & Family Newsletter

December 2019

In This Issue:

Up On the Rooftop: Roof Care & Maintenance

Keep Calm & Carry On

Classic Toys

Recipe: Prime Rib & Yorkshire Pudding

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If Santa is the only person visiting your rooftop each year, it may be time to break out the ladder or call a professional. Just like any other area of your home, your roofing requires a certain amount of yearly care and maintenance to ensure it is protecting what lies beneath. If not properly cared for, your home may be opened to water damage, mold and unwanted critter visitors - all leading to expensive repair costs that could have been prevented. Here are a few routine tasks to complete:

·  Clear your gutters. Your gutters may not be apart of the roofing itself, but they are an important element of the system. Especially around this time of year when the leaves are falling off of trees, making sure your gutters are clear to allow water to flow away from your roofing is imperative. If your gutters become clogged, water may backup and flow under your roofing, or even create ice dams if temperatures are below freezing.

·  Look for shingle damage and holes. While you may not be able to make all repairs or complete maintenance on your own, you can look for signs of issues. Take a walk around your home at least once each season and look for missing shingles, cracks and holes in your roofing. You can also choose to call someone for a more in-depth yearly inspection.

·  Make repairs. The longer you let an issue sit, the more money you’ll spend later when it leads to bigger issues or even damages the structure of your home. The best way to maintain the longevity of your investment is to make repairs to shingles, nails and gutters as soon as possible. Be sure to check the warranty on your roofing and find a local contractor you can trust. 

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It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but for many, it can also be the most stressful. Now that Thanksgiving has passed, the gears have switched and it’s time for holiday shopping, schedule-organizing and making travel plans, on top of end-of-the-year tasks at work and planning for 2020. With all there is to do, it’s no surprise if you’re having feelings of dread instead of feelings of joy. Try these calming tips to get through the busy season:

1.  Set aside time for yourself. If you have children, work in an office and host family for the holidays, it’s likely that you don’t get much time to yourself, away from everyday noise. Setting aside 15 to 30 minutes in the morning as soon as you wake up, during your lunch or before bed may not seem like a lot, but it can give you the space you need to focus on yourself and read a book, meditate or work on a hobby.

2.  Get some fresh air. Have you noticed the seasons changing and the leaves falling, or have you been too focused on tasks indoors to “stop and smell the roses.” The benefits of time spent in nature have been widely studied and documented, but we don’t always have the time to go on a hike. Next time you are leaving your house for work in the morning, or walking to your car after holiday shopping, stop and take a look around, breathing in the fresh air.

3.  Stay organized. If you can’t mitigate stress with quiet time because you simply have so much to do, the best thing may be to tackle it head on. Sometimes the most soothing way to deal with a busy schedule is to make a list and watch as you cross items off throughout the day. 


While technology may be prominent in our everyday lives and gadgets often make their way to the top of the holiday wish list of every child, there are a few timeless toys that remain classic and are stocked on every toy store shelf. These toys are ones you are familiar with from your own childhood, and have held their value in both safety and fun:

Puzzles and Board Games

Nothing brings people together more than working on a puzzle together, or some friendly competition over a board game. These types of toys can be enjoyed by people of every age (though be careful of small pieces around younger children), and some of the classics like Monopoly and Scrabble are sold in dozens of different versions today. Though they may start out slower, by board games can quickly become just as exciting as the most action-packed video game.

Dolls and Action Figures

Remember Barbie and G.I. Joe? They are still around today, and dolls and action figures have never been more popular thanks to the resurrange of superhero movies. Having dolls and action figures allows children to use their imagination to the fullest, whether it means recreating scenes from their favorite Spiderman movie, or taking their doll on an outdoor adventure.

Outdoor Equipment

What is more classic than a baseball and mitt, a soccer ball or bike? With supervision for younger children, outdoor equipment are the safest and most fun toys around. They can also create a bonding moment and lasting memories between parents and their child - learning how to ride a bike, or playing catch in the backyard. Outdoor toys are also a great way to keep your family active and can help children expend energy for quieter, more relaxing evenings at home. 

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Recipe Courtesy of: Food Network


Prime Rib

·  4 tablespoons tricolor peppercorns (or any peppercorns)

·  3 sprigs rosemary

·  3 sprigs thyme

·  1/3 cup kosher salt

·  8 cloves garlic, minced

·  1 10-to-14-pound boneless rib-eye roast

·  1/4 cup olive oil

Yorkshire Pudding

·  5 large eggs

·  1 cup half-and-half

·  1 cup all-purpose flour

·  Kosher salt

·  Drippings from the prime rib


1.  Move the oven rack to the bottom and preheat the oven to 500 degrees F, then start with the seasoning: Grab the peppercorns and throw them in a big plastic bag and pound them with a rolling pin to break them open. Pull the leaves off the rosemary and thyme sprigs. Throw the crushed peppercorns into a bowl with the salt and herb leaves and add the minced garlic. Use your fingers to toss it all together, then set it aside.

2.  Place the beef, fat-side up, on a rack in a roasting pan. Drizzle the olive oil all over the surface and rub it in with your hands. Sprinkle the peppercorn-herb-salt mixture all over the surface of the beef, pressing it lightly with your hands.

3.  Roast the beef 45 minutes for the first stage. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F and insert a meat thermometer sideways into the roast. Roast the beef an additional 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes, or until the thermometer registers 120 degrees F to 135 degrees F in the center for medium rare. (The meat will continue to cook for a bit after you remove it from the oven.)

4.  Remove the beef from the rack and let it rest about 15 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat. When you're ready to serve, carve it into slices of your preferred width.

Yorkshire Pudding

1.  Make the batter before removing the prime rib from the oven: Combine the eggs and half-and-half in a bowl and whisk until they're totally combined. Throw the flour and 2 teaspoons salt into a sifter and sift them straight into the bowl. Whisk until it's nice and smooth, then refrigerate until the prime rib is ready.

2.  After the beef is removed from the pan, increase the oven temperature to 450 degrees F. Use a slotted spoon to remove the peppercorns, herbs and excess salt from the drippings. Pour the remaining drippings into a separate container. They should be speckled and lovely!

3.  Pour a small amount (about 1/2 teaspoon or so) of the drippings into each cup of a standard muffin pan and place the pan in the hot oven for a couple of minutes, or until just before the drippings begin to smoke.

4.  Carefully remove the pan from the oven and immediately fill the muffin cups about 1/2 to 2/3 full. Bake 13 to 14 minutes, or until they've "popped" about as much as they can pop. Serve them in a basket with a pretty napkin right next to the prime rib.

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