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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Finding yourself feeling stressed at just the thought of upcoming holiday prep? With everything from food shopping and cooking to braving crowded stores to find the perfect gifts, some “me time” is a must! (These relaxation tips might even spark some great gift ideas… it’s never too soon to get a head start on the family’s holiday wish list!)
Ideas for Ultimate Relaxation on Your Recliner
- Get cozy (wrap yourself up in a blanket)
- Sip from a warm mug of tea
- Make some coffee with a coffee maker (add flavored creamer)
- Crochet a pair of comfy socks or a scarf
- Cook up something delicious in a Crock-Pot slow cooker (it’ll cook while you relax!)
- Eat mac and cheese (the
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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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From costumes to candy, Halloween is jam-packed with fun and treats! As parents we want our little ones to enjoy trick-or-treating, but we also want them to be safe. Here are some great safety tips that will ensure a happy and safe Halloween:
Trick-or-Treating in Your Neighborhood: Safety Tips
- Plan ahead. Plan your route before heading out. Map out a direct route that has sidewalks or safe pathways to walk and the fewest street crossings.
- Young children should never be out alone without adult supervision, especially during the night. If you can’t go trick-or-treating with your children, make sure they’re going with a group and an adult who can. If you have older children that are mature enough
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If you or your children are still struggling to figure out what you want to be for Halloween this year, what about being a refrigerator, oven, or other home appliance? They’re inexpensive to make and most of the materials can already be found around your home. Here are some great appliance costumes we found on the web:
Couples idea: If you and your significant other are going to a Halloween party, why not dress up as a laundry pair? Washers and dryers come in a variety of colors and styles and you even can go as a designer pair. Or, if you want to be both yourself, what about going as a washer/dryer combo?
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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...
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...
Slow cookers are valuable appliances because there’s so much you can do with them, and they’re so easy to use! To give you an idea of their diversity, here are three different recipes you can make that require very little work.
By andreakrieger on allrecipes.com
1 whole spaghetti squash, washed
1 1/2 cups water
Prick the outside of the squash 10 to 15 times. Place in a slow cooker crock, and pour in water. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. Remove squash and leave to cool for 15 to 30 minutes. Halve it lengthwise, then scoop out the seeds and discard them. Shred the flesh from the skin with a fork to make strands.… Read more...