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Happy Fall! Cooler weather In Florida means robust Fall recipes!

Happy Fall!
While we do not have the changing colors of leaves here in Florida, the cool weather is always a welcome sign that Fall is here and Hurricane season will soon be over.

We look forward to the up coming holidays, and while they may be different this year, with so many changes brought on by Covid-19, we will be in the kitchen preparing our favorite dishes none the less.

There is just something about the aroma of Beef Stew, Chicken and Dumplings, Chili and Pumpkin butter with other wonderful recipes we tend to forgo during the hot summers that are now already on our minds.

Check out our boards on Pinterest for Fall Recipes!

Crockpot Fall Recipes
Instant Pot Fall Recipes
Fall Oven Baked and Roasted Recipes

Wishing everyone a very happy Fall.

 

 

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The Fluffiest Cinnamon Rolls Recipe – Tried and Tested…

These are fabulous! Tried and tested, this recipe is everything Monique from Diva’s Can Cook said it would be… A cross between a cinnamon roll and a cinnamon bun, this recipe puts out just the right melt in your mouth cinnamon bun/roll soft texture and full of flavor.

Tips: 

Flour: When mixing the dough pay attention to number 7 on the recipe instructions. You may not need all the flour or you may need a bit more. Add in small amounts until you get that consistency, it makes a difference.

Has the dough risen enough, too much? To test to see if your dough had risen, simply poke two fingers into the resting dough after about an hour. Do this just enough to make small holes on the surface. If the holes do not fill in, then your dough has rested enough. Do the same for the second rest. Just poke a small hole with your finger into one of the cut rolls in the pan and if the hole remains they are ready to go into the oven.

White sugar instead of brown… Monique calls for brown sugar in the filling, we had no brown sugar or molasses to make brown sugar so we used white sugar and cinnamon. Still came out delicious.

No Buttermilk on hand?  – Very important ingredient that can be substituted, but not with regular milk.

Find out how to make a buttermilk substitute here if you do not have any on hand. We used sour cream and thinned it down a bit with milk. Since she calls for 1/3 cup, simply added sour cream to the measure cup and thinned down with about a TBS of milk.

So here we go! Time to make Monique’s fluffy cinnamon rolls!

 

Recipe:

https://divascancook.com/fluffy-homemade-cinnamon-rolls-recipe/

 
Thanks so much Monique!
Enjoy…

How To Maintain Your Home to Keep Your Insurance From Increasing Tips

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When travel through your neighborhood, it is easy to see which homes are being maintained and which are not. Their lawn is overgrown, perhaps there are missing shingles from the roof, dirty or broken windows and a lack of care that maybe a fresh coat of paint could do wonders.

Seasonal maintenance of your home helps to retain its value and prevent problems in the future. Some repairs can help keep your Homeowners Insurance policy from increasing since they include reducing safety issues such as fires or broken plumbing.

It’s helpful to keep a checklist of what you must do to maintain your home:

Check the batteries in your smoke detectors. When we change the clocks for daylight savings time we also change out the battery in our smoke detector.

Consider having a Pre Maintenance check for your air conditioning system at least once a year by a professional. A good running air conditioning system saves your money on your energy bill.

Check your doors and windows for to see if they close properly or if they need to be re-sealed. (This also can help lower your energy bill if there are leaks.)

Ask a professional how often your septic system needs to be cleaned out if you have one. Don’t wait for the overfill!

Put a roof check on your list. Do the gutters need cleaning, are vents and roof tiles loos?. If you see any damage address it immediately. If you are not sure what to look for or question anything, contact a professional roofer to help you out.

Inspect your walkways and driveway. Repair any cracks or holes. Any injury caused by this is your liability.

Remove and clear any tree branches that hang over your home or your neighbor’s home. Florida is hurricane country and keeping these trimmed up could avoid a disaster should a storm come your way. In the event of a hurricane, remove anything that can be caught up by the wind and store it indoors.

At least once a year have a Termites inspection. You don’t want to give the termites time to build their nest, yearly inspections give you the ability to catch any infestation quickly.
According to Orkin Pest Control “Termite control is done once and it will last from 6-13 years; however, a yearly inspection of the house is usually done”.

Check the expiration date on fire extinguishers and replace them as needed. Put the expiration dates on your calendar as a reminder.

Inspect your attic for openings and if you need to restore or replace installation.

Maintaining of your home can help keep your insurance costs down and also save you money in the long run.

 

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Tips: Mobile Home Insurance Coverage

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There are various types of Mobile Home Insurance Policies to provide coverage for fires, storms and more.

Structure ProtectionCovers the cost to replace or repair your mobile home when they’ve been damaged or destroyed by fire, wind, and other elements such as storms. Check with your agent if Hurricane coverage is included or if you have to pay extra. Flood coverage is not included.

Personal Property Protection – Covers the cost to replace your personal property – clothing, furniture, tools, electronics, etc. when they are damaged or stolen. The same applies here for hurricanes and floods.

Additional Living Expenses – Covers additional living expenses when your mobile home is being repaired or is too damaged to reside in. This includes hotel bills, food, etc.

Liability Protection – Covers injuries to visitors, including medical bills and legal fees.
Don’t wait until the last minute to purchase Mobile Home Insurance. You will not be able to purchase any type of homeowners insurance, including Manufactured or Mobile Home Insurance when a tropical storm or hurricane is announced to hit Florida. Please check with Budget Bi Rite to learn more about these strict rules. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. There’s nothing like having to start from scratch when you’ve been through a tragic event like a hurricane and your home has been destroyed.

Contact us today if you have questions about your mobile home insurance or would like a quote.

Serving All of Florida, Minnesota, Georgia, Texas, Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina, Indiana and Pennsylvania.

 

 

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Tips for Cooking and Essential Safety Practices In The Kitchen

The heart of the home it has been said is the Kitchen. This is the place for many, who have waited for Mom to make their favorite dish and the family can gather to talk and enjoy a good meal or Mom’s famous cookies. The Kitchen is also the place where practicing safety is essential. Here are some tips:

Handle with Care

If you have ever worked in a professional kitchen or a meat department, you know that a chef or butcher keep their knives very sharp and some even have a set of knives they alone only use. Why are sharp knives so important? A sharp knife will not slip as easily as a dull one especially if you are cutting a tomato or a food item that has a slippery surface. A sharp knife does not need as much pressure to cut and you have a better control over the blade.

When using a knife practice safe cutting techniques. If you are a beginner cook, start off slowly and carefully with your cutting. There are many different sizes and shapes for knives because each one does a number of things for the purpose of boning a fish, slicing vegetables to cutting bread. Learning what your knives are for will help you to use them more efficiently. Here are a few tips that are helpful.
Always cut away from you body
Use a cutting board that does not slip, you can put a towel under the board or purchase one that is made not to slip.
When cutting a round piece of food like a carrot, carefully cut a sliver down one side so it will lay flat on the cutting board.
Keep the knife clean knife and that includes the handle. A greasy or slippery handle can cause you to slip and possibly have an accident.
Never, never put a knife in a sink full of dish water. You could forget it is there or another person not knowing it is there could grab the sharp blade and be injured. When cleaning, always keep the sharp edge away from you and handle carefully.
A reflex to grab something that is falling is in all of us. Do Not Grab a falling knife. Let it go to the ground and get out of the way to avoid it landing on your feet.

See this great video for Basic Knife Skills

  

  

Grease Fires

For and foremost, every home should have a fire extinguisher. It should be kept in a cool dry place in the kitchen or near an exit/entrance in/out of the kitchen. A fire extinguisher should never be kept near the stove or other heat source. Make sure it is kept updated and you know how to use it.
Would you know what to do if you have a grease fire on your stove? The first thing you Do Not Want To Do is put water on a grease fire. Oil and water do not mix and you will make the fire spread. If the fire is contained to the pot or pan you are cooking with, put a lid on it and turn off the burner. Wait until the pot or pan is cooled down before handling. Get more information on how to handle a grease fire on your stove… .
Fires can also start in your microwave and oven. If you have a fire in either, do not open the door. Fire loves oxygen and this will feed the fire. Turn off the appliance, keep the door closed and watch for the fire to burn out. Any time you feel that you cannot contain a fire and it is getting out of control, get outside and call for help. See more about containing an oven fire here…

What You Wear Matters

Wearing clothes that will not interfere and catch fire. Example: long sleeve shirts and open shoes. Long loose sleeves could catch fire or get into the hot food your cooking. Drop a knife, hot food or something that is scalding and your could injure your legs and feet. Closed shoes can help prevent these type of accidents. Also its a good idea if you have long hair, to pull it up, no one likes to find a strand of hair in their meal.

Oven Mitts

Oven Mitts need to be away from the stove top and the sink. Near the stove top and they can catch fire. Near a sink and they could get wet. You use a wet Oven Mitt to get a hot pan out of the oven, or a pot off the stove and your going to get burned. Keep them in a drawer or hang them somewhere accessible but safe.

Spills and Falls

Make sure to clean up all spills on the floor immediately. Falls can happen easily and it would be terrible to fall with a scalding pot of sauce. Have rugs that stick to the floor and not slip and slide. Keep floors clutter free  to avoid tripping or falling.

Stove Top Safety

When cooking on the stove top keep the pots handles turned in so you do not accidentally knock one over. Be careful when lifting lids from a boiling or simmering pot, as the steam will be very hot and could scald your arms. Never cook with a child or baby in your arms over the stove top, they could get scalded as well. Keep your stove top free of any aprons, dish towels, packages from food products or anything that could catch fire. Keep your cooking area as clean as you can, especially when cooking with grease.

Clean Appliances Carefully

Blenders, Food Processors and any appliance with a sharp blade should be turned off before touching the blades and careful when cleaning. If you can take apart the blade section do so and put into your dishwasher.
Never leave what you are cooking unattended. If you have to answer the phone or the door, or your going to be away from the kitchen for any amount of time, turn off the burner. It is easy to get distracted and stay away longer then you thought would and this could potentially lead to burning you food and your cookware or over cooking your meal.

Cooking With Kids

When cooking with kids, safety comes first. Depending on their age, give them easy things to do away from the stove. Have them sit at a counter or table in your kitchen and stir a cake mix or make a salad. Wait until they are of an age that they can understand how to handle utensils in the kitchen and you know they will listen and be careful and thoughtful of their task. Never, never leave a child unattended in the kitchen.

Pets in the Kitchen

Pets safety in the kitchen also on the top of the list. Depending on the size of your dog, little ones can get under foot and cause an accident to you and them. Larger dogs could possibly pull food off the counter, and if its hot that would be tragic for the dog. You may want to consider keeping your pet out of the kitchen while you are cooking to avoid an accident for both of you.

Cooking should be enjoyable and safe…

 

 

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Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts Recipe Ina Garten

Ina Garten makes these delicious baked not fried doughnuts that she says taste just like that yummy cinnamon toast you had as a kid… Easy recipe to follow and make!

 

 

Get the recipe Here! 

 

 

 

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts and Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner Recipe

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St. Patrick’s Day, will be celebrated this year on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by many people with delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage, green beer and wearing of the green. It is a tradition in Ireland for the people in the parades and celebrating on the side lines, to wear a lot or a small collection of green clothing. Even some with shamrock pins. These plans could change in Ireland and around the world because of the Coronavirus.

In the United States the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade is put on every year in New York City. This parade has been around since 1762 and 2020 would have been its 258th year.  Unfortunately this year because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) they have cancelled the parade

You can still celebrate at home…

Check out this Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner Recipe with 3 ways to cook the corned beef and step by step instructions.  

Just who is St. Patrick? Many sources agree his real name was Maewyn Succat. He was born in Roman Britain. When he was about sixteen he was captured by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland for 6 years. In those 6 years he worked as a herdsman, prayed daily and found strength in his faith.

As legend states, St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. The basis of this legend is that the origin of the snake as a pagan symbol. Therefore the tale of St. Patrick driving out the snakes can really be taken as a sign of driving out paganism from Ireland. Patrick (Maewyn Succat.) died in 493 AD.

Corned Beef and Cabbage is it Irish?

Actually the traditional dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage is not an Irish tradition but an American tradition started by Irish immigrants. The local meat in Ireland in the 1700’s was pork served with potatoes. Find out here how pork and potatoes become corned beef and cabbage and why it is the go to dinner for St. Patrick’s Day.

In 1925, “corned beef and cabbage” was voted to be the favorite dish of New York City.

If you are celebrating, please drink responsibly. Make sure you have selected a designated driver before you party. Please Don’t Drink and Drive.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

 

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Help Out Others Valentines Day By Volunteering Plus 50 Valentine’s Day Treat Recipes

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Share Valentine’s Day by volunteering in your community with co workers, family and friends. Take a little time for this day, to bake up some Valentine cookies and cakes or you could purchase store bought treats and give them out with a special tag.

Take the family or a few friends and visit a nursing home in your area. Hand out flowers (a Carnation for each person) and Valentine cards. This does not have to be expensive and it will bring so much joy. (Call ahead to find out how many flowers and cards you will need and make an appointment.)

Visit someone who is under the weather with Valentines Day treats and offer to run errands for them.

Get your family and/or friends together and celebrate with a mini tea party. Serve hot tea and cookies. Have pretty paper, glue, scissors, paper dollies available to make old fashioned valentines day cards.

Volunteer at a soup kitchen for a few hours, washing dishes or serving up a meal will be appreciated.

Don’t forget our furry friends. Lend a hand at a community animal shelter or donate pet food or both.

Have a little brother or sister? Take them for the afternoon to a Children’s Museum or a favorite spot they like.

Check out our 50 Valentine’s Day Treat Recipes on Pinterest.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Super Bowl – Top Picks For Appetizers Dips Wings Sandwiches and more Recipes

On Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 is the biggest game of the year for football fans, the Super Bowl. The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs will play at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL. If you cannot be there in person you can enjoy the game on the Fox channel (see other options here for streaming) and kick off is at 6:30 pm ET.

Where there is a football game there must be great food! For Super Bowl LlV (54) we have searched for the best appetizers, desserts and yummy dishes you can conger up. The first on our list is a long time favorite Buffalo Chicken Wings…

Buffalo Chicken Wings – Make them as mild or hot as you like.

and as long as we are in the neighborhood of hot and spicy food here are a few more dishes…

Lara Spencer’s Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip (easy to make and a favorite!)

Buffalo Chicken BitesSweetPeasKitchen.com

Jalapeno Poppers with Blue Cheese and Bacon – easy appetizer!

Sweet Hot Baby Back Ribs

Layered Spicy Black Bean Dip

For those that do not want the hot or spicy foods;

Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Asian Slaw Dogs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Slow Cooker Chipotle Pulled Pork with Apple Slaw

Game Day Chili – Sunny Anderson Food Network

Dessert is always welcome!

Butterfinger Rice Krispie TreatsRecipeGirl.com

Football Cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs

Touchdown Brownies

Football Puppy Chow

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

Monster Dip 

Southern Sweet Tea

Enjoy the Super Bowl :}

 

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What You Need To Know To Prepare a Thanksgiving Turkey

id-100475624Cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey really comes down to four easy steps.

The preparation of the Turkey starts with whether it is fresh or frozen. No one wants to wake up Thanksgiving morning to a half frozen turkey, so defrosting ahead of time is essential. According to the USDA you will need at least 1 day per 4 -5 pounds of turkey defrost in the refrigerator.

Here is a chart for thawing in the refrigerator:

4 to 12 pounds – 1-3 days
12 to 16 pounds – 3-4 days
16 to 20 pounds – 4-5 days
20 to 24 pounds – 5-6 days

There is another method you can use by submerging the wrapped turkey in cold water and changing the water out every 30 minutes.

4 to 12 pounds – 2 to 6 hours
12 to 16 pounds – 6 to 8 hours
16 to 20 pounds -8 to 10 hours
20 to 24 pounds – 10 to 12 hours

Now that you have a defrosted turkey it’s time to move onto the next steps , preparing, stuffing and flavor.

Easy Roast Turkey for Beginners for the Holidays!

Stuffing with Sausage


How To Carve A Turkey

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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