Fall Inspired Sweet Treats

sweet treats

One of the best things about fall, from a food lover’s perspective, is of course the food! Below are some of our favorite apple and pumpkin inspired sweet treats this season:







Salted Caramel Apple Pie BarsSalted-Caramel-Apple-Pie-Bars

Recipe source:  Sally’s Baking Addiction


Shortbread Crust:

  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
  • 2 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced (1/4 inch thick)1
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • 1/2 cup (40g) old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup (70g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon

How to Pick Your Perfect Grill


A004_C003_0101GMNothing beats a thick, juicy burger branded with grill lines, except maybe a steak with a perfect sear! The outdoor grill is the centerpiece of the backyard kitchen. BBQ grills offer even novice home cooks a simple way to prepare delicious meals with distinctive flavors while enjoying the outdoors. Eighty percent of all households own an outdoor barbecue, grill or smoker, reports the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (H.P.B.A.).

But how do you pick the perfect grill? There are several things to consider, including the grill’s size, features and fuel type. Choosing a new grill by fuel type is most common. Whether you’re a fan of gas grills or die-hard charcoal grillmaster, we’ve got the facts you need and … Read more...

Planning the Ultimate Summer Road Trip: Top 5 Things You Need for a Girls’ Weekend Getaway

Road Trip with the girls

Think great friends, awesome tunes and a fabulous destination for the ultimate girls’ summer road trip! Don’t let summer pass you by without planning a great weekend getaway with your girlfriends. Leave the guys (and kids) at home and take a couple days to enjoy a carefree weekend filled with laughter and non-stop fun.

We’ve got the five top things needed for the perfect summer road trip with the girls:

1. GPS

Relying on smartphone apps for all navigation needs means trusting you’ll always be driving in an area with cellular coverage. Trust a GPS to get you where you want to go and to help you find interesting places to explore along the way. Look for a unit with … Read more...

Planning the Ultimate Summer Road Trip: Family Trips to the Cape

Family Road Trip

Pack up the kids; it’s time for the ultimate summer road trip! Whether you’re planning a cross-country trek to visit family or a week-long getaway to the Cape, look to P.C. Richard and Son for ways to keep everyone entertained as the miles roll along.

Here are 5 must-haves for a stress-free summer road trip with kids of all ages:




1. Keep on Track With a GPS

A quality GarminGPS navigation system with updated maps help you avoid construction and other traffic delays that can add hours to any road trip. GPS features to look for include real-time traffic updates, reliable route alternatives to avoid construction, or other traffic snarls and free map upgrades for life. While … Read more...

How to Buy the Right Type of Air Conditioner for You


imagesChoosing the right air conditioner unit, when central HVAC may not an option, involves several factors. To determine what type of air conditioner to buy, consider the following questions:

  • What type of window space can I install a unit in?
  • Is an in-wall or slide-out unit possible?
  • How many BTUs do I need to effectively cool the room?
  • Will it need to be portable?

You may also need to factor in the ease of installation and the energy efficiency the AC unit offers.

Window Space

Types of air conditioners vary depending upon the window space available. A vertically

hung sash window that opens up and down typically can accommodate a standard window air conditioner, while a slider/casement style … Read more...

Patio Furniture – Summer Trends

It’s not too late to spruce up your yard, deck or patio! There is still plenty of summer left to enjoy the outdoors, and with the right patio furniture you can enjoy it in style. Here are some of our favorite trends we have seen this season:

The Fire Pit

Fire pits are a great place to bond with friends and family and      well worth the money.  Whether you use your fire pit in the  summer or the winter, it’s always enjoyable. During the summer  nights it’s a great place to gather and roast marshmallows and  during the colder months it’s a warm, cozy place to hang and  chat with friends without being stuck indoors. You can browse a  variety … Read more...

Outdoor Man Cave Done Right

SunBrite TV

Who said your man cave had to be inside? You can take it outdoors and still have a large flat screen TV and serious sound system, plus a great grill for manly eats and a mini fridge to keep your favorite beverages close. You can have all these luxuries outdoors, and when done right, still create a space the whole family can use too.

Must-haves for the ultimate outdoor man cave?

  • Outdoor TV
  • Great sound system
  • Grill
  • Outdoor fridge
  • Comfortable seating

Outdoor TV vs. Indoor TV

There are signifurlicant and important differences between outdoor and indoor television sets. An all-weather outdoor TV is designed specifically to withstand outdoor conditions such as heat, humidity, dust and even bugs and it … Read more...

Air Conditioning – Common Problems and Solutions

Trouble Shooting air contioner

A window air conditioner can provide the much-needed relief you need when the temperature rises, especially in homes without central air. To ensure you stay cool all summer long, it’s important to know how to troubleshoot some common problems with the unit. You may not be able to fix every problem, but at the very least you’ll gain an understanding of what the problem could be. From that point you can decide whether you need to repair the unit or purchase a new one.

My air conditioner won’t turn on.

The first thing to do if your A/C unit won’t turn on is to check for power. Is the air conditioner plugged in? If so, test the outlet by plugging … Read more...

Create Your Backyard Getaway

Backyard Getaway

If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor living space, take advantage of it! The backyard doesn’t have to be an extra piece of space just for the dog, it can be a welcoming extension of your home. All you need is some imagination and a little planning. Here are some great tips to get you started!

Design a Layout

The first thing you want to think about is layout.  When planning the layout of your backyard, think of it as you would your home: divided into “rooms” for different activities. Take into consideration where you will want to eat, relax, entertain, etc. Remember multiple levels or different surface areas help define different zones, like the patio, deck, lawn or … Read more...

How to Clean Your Washing Machine

Washing Machine

Dirty clothes go in and clean clothes come out; it’s like magic! Only this magic is limited to how well you take care of your washing machine. Did you know you should clean your washing machine once a month? Dirt and grime that gets removed from your laundry during a washing cycle winds up trapped within the machine, and over time clothes may not come out as clean and fresh smelling as they once did. If you want to keep your washer running at its best and avoid buildup of mold, mildew, and scum that contribute to odor, you need to clean your machine. Here’s how:

Things you should know:

Don’t let wet clothes sit. Remove wet clothes promptly … Read more...