Having the family over for Thanksgiving? With everything from cooking and cleaning to decorating your home, prepping for the holidays can be a lot of work. Don’t get caught up in kitchen with tedious tasks… spend more time with your family and celebrate all that you’re thankful for! Use our prep tips to help #keepfamilyfirst, all while being the king or queen of the kitchen this holiday season.
1.) Cleaning the Kitchen & Appliances
- Vacuum the day before company arrives… don’t worry about cleaning the day of!
- Organize and clean your refrigerator in advance to make room for leftovers… they’re the best!
- Tidy up the kitchen. Put away anything that looks messy or might get in the way.
- Clean your
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Turning your house into a smart home has never been easier! There are many products that offer convenience, all while remaining cost-friendly. They’re easy to install, and most operate with free apps. Let’s take a look at some of the easiest and coolest products:
What’s a connected home?
The phrases “connected home” and “smart home” can be used interchangeably. Both terms describe a network of devices connected to the internet or work in conjunction with the Internet of Things (IOT). That phrase, “the Internet of Things,” emerged from the interconnectivity between home appliances, electronics, and utilities to yield better control and smarter functionality.
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Hosting the perfect holiday dinner and entertaining can be a lot of work, especially when you’re cooking side dishes that take up extra time! This easy-to-make autumn rice will allow you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the table with your family. Try this savory stovetop creation for a quick harvest dish that’s flavorful, sweet, and crunchy with an easy cleanup.
Maple Sweet Potato Rice Ingredients
- 2 cups of brown rice
- 1 sweet potato (skinned, chopped into tiny cubes)
- 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup of maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 1/4 cup of coconut flakes
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, & allspice to taste
- Olive oil
Serving size: about 6 (one medium-sized bowl)
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With the economy booming in the 1950s, consumer goods became available to more people, and an array of home appliances began to surface across America. By 1954, P.C. Richard & Son became completely committed to selling appliances, televisions, and radios. Kitchens filled with trendy pastel and vibrantly colored appliances: pink, turquoise, yellow, avocado, and ruby red. New movements were arising with everything from Elvis and rock ‘n’ roll to Andy Warhol and vivid, energetic pop art. Some of the most vibrant trends of the 1950s were the retro fashion styles with everything from funky cat eye sunglasses and winged eyeliner to soft curls and bold lipstick. Our brand-new magnified and lighted makeup mirrors, along with tips … Read more...
Vibrant paint, decorative ribbons, metallic markers… the possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating pumpkins! Use your creativity and make a silly face (or a spooky one)!
Ideas to DAZZLE up your pumpkin
- Gather up some ribbons (Halloween-themed, funky patterns, bright colors)
- Use neon paints (orange, yellow, green)
- Add some metallic paint
- Collect a bunch of bows and glue them on!
- Use glitter glue
- Add in some glitter (orange, purple, white)
- Draw a design with glue, and pour glitter on top
- Gather some fabrics (Halloween prints, autumn prints, polka dot)
- Glue on colorful, funky beads
- Glue on some sparkly gems
- Use colorful markers
- Write your name
- Write a friend’s name and make it a gift
- Draw a design (bat,
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Mini frittatas are an easy-to-make, healthy breakfast. They’ve been quite the craze across Pinterest, and you can make them with any ingredients you can dream up! We’ve created some of our own: Italian-Inspired Mozzarella Frittatas and Broccoli Cheddar Frittatas. These are delicious, but you can add just about any vegetables, meats, cheeses, or spices you’re in the mood for. Some ingredients to try out include bacon, peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, or feta cheese. Mini frittatas can be eaten for breakfast, as a snack, at lunchtime, or even include them as part of your dinner. They’re perfect to make while spending time with family on the weekend, and a great cooking activity to do with kids. You can also store mini frittatas … Read more...
As we proudly celebrate our 107th birthday, we’re also celebrating the birthday of our founder, Alfred J. Richard (A.J.) (1909-2004). With sound judgment for business and love for the company, A.J. lead the charge in developing P.C. Richard & Son into what it is today. We continue to cherish and implement his key values of Honesty, Integrity, and Reliability that have become such an important part of our past, present, and future.
A.J. was born on October 11, 1909, the same year that his father, Pieter Christian Richard, opened a hardware store in Bensonhurst. It’s often said that A.J. was “born to sell” as he’s always had such a deep passion and propensity for customer service. At the age of … Read more...
Picture this: you’re sitting outside with your family on a beautiful, fall night. A vast, cobalt sky covered in twinkling stars is overhead, and a cozy, crackling fire gives off a warm glow. You’ve got the perfect fall scenery, and now all you’re missing are some fun things to do!
Here’s some ideas to get cozy by your fire pit set this fall:
- Tell ghost stories and urban legends
- Share some pumpkin pie
- Eat some delicious cookies (sugar, oatmeal, or chocolate chip)
- Drink hot chocolate with fun toppings (whipped cream, Halloween candy, and sprinkles)
- Drink apple cider (make your own on a stovetop)
- Drink pumpkin spice lattes
- Read an enticing novel (science fiction, mystery, or thriller)
- Crochet a scarf (burgundy,
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Autumn’s such a beautiful season: the feeling of crisp, fresh air and the warmth of a delicious latte or hot apple cider held with oversized mittens; the whirling and twirling of multi-colored falling leaves and the *crunch, crunch* beneath comfy boots; and eating freshly baked pie straight out of the oven while cozily wrapped in a blanket. As the days get shorter and the nights get longer cravings kick in for autumn foods, and we have just the right recipes to set the mood for the season! These dishes feature healthy, hearty ingredients and are easy to make. They’re all one-pot-stop recipes (aside from boiling some rice or quinoa in an additional pot). So get your largest non-stick fry pan … Read more...