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everything good come your way.
projects to complete very
cracks in driveway and walks. If not
filled, in and freeze, making them even
trees and shrubs.
your mower or take it to a shop. Empty the gas
tank, disconnect the spark plug, change the oil
and clean the underside of the mower, and
sharpen the blade. Never store over the winter
with gasoline in the tank. Click here for DIY
outdoor faucets or consider having a plumber
install freeze-proof faucets.
and replace bad weatherstripping and caulk
around doors and windows.
professional check heating
an experienced chimney sweep check wood
fireplaces for flammable buildup (known as
creosote) and chimney blockages like bird nests.
They will also check for improperly functioning
dampers, cracks in the firebox, damaged
brickwork and masonry, and missing or damaged
exterior of house or maybe power washing is all
or replace damaged siding.
favorite turkey recipe
I found Emeril
Lagasse's brined and roasted turkey
recipe, I was not a fan of turkey -- it
always seemed dry and flavorless. Now, my
family loves the turkey I prepare using this
recipe and you will too -- I guarantee it!
takes a little extra time to do the brining step,
but it is really worth it.
green bean casserole for Chris'
daughters just love, and just
to HAVE, this traditional green bean casserole
delicious pumpkin nut bread recipe -- actually his
is Mary's favorite recipe to give as gifts.
The mincemeat makes it so flavorful and rich. She
thinks the recipe comes from an old book she
bought at a yard sale forever
ago. When she started making them,
she never quit. Everyone loved
it. We hope you love it also.
is a special tip from Mary: "I have never been
able to find mincemeat in a package. I have found
it in a jar (about 20 ounces) and I just half
that. Because I bake so much during the holidays,
I use aluminum loaf pans (3 in a pkg.) with lids.
Because the pans are smaller, I can make 3 loaves
from this recipe."
1/2 cups unsifted all-purpose
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
(16 ounce) can pumpkin (about 2
(9 ounce) package Condensed Mincemeat,
oven 350 degrees.
together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and
baking powder; set aside.
large mixing bowl, beat sugar and shortening
eggs, pumpkin and water; mix
in flour mixture. Then mincemeat and
into 2 greased 9 X 5 loaf
55-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted near
center comes out clean.
10 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely.
is just a phone call
Meat and Poultry Hotline;
674-6854 from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time,
Monday through Friday. Closed weekends and
holidays, except Thanksgiving. Special hours of
operation on Thanksgiving
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time.
Turkey Tips Line;
745-4000 Open through December 31, 24 hours a day,
7 days a week.
Turkey Talk Line;
BUTTERBALL (800-288-8373) Available November 1
through December 28, weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
CST; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST;
Thanksgiving Day, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST; Nov. 24 to
Dec. 25, weekdays, 8
to 6 p.m. CST.
810-6325 Recorded answers to frequently asked
turkey preparation questions.
367-7438 toll-free. Provides answers the most
common questions about baking pies for novice
bakers as well as offering tips that will benefit
the most seasoned baker. The hotline also offers
the option for callers to connect to a live pie
expert for pie baking guidance. Hours: 9 - 7 EST
except for: Nov. 12 - 21 (8am - 8pm EST) and Dec.
12 - 22 (8am - 8pm
367-4734. Year-round Monday through Thursday, 8
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST; Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m
EST. Closed on Jewish and secular holidays.
O' Lakes Holiday Bakeline
782-9606 Available through Dec. 24 from 9 a.m. to
9 p.m, CST, 7 days a week.
ASK-BETTY (888-275-2388) Open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30
p.m. CST weekdays; staffed year-round.
Yeast Baker's Help Line
777-4959 Weekdays, 9am to 4pm CST, year round
advice for bread bakers.
Toll House Baking Information
637-8537 Year-round baking help, plus recipes,
from 10am to
662-3263. Staffed year-round, weekdays (open
Thanksgiving Day; but not Christmas Day, New
Year's Day and other major holidays) 9 a.m. to 4
Consumer Hot Line:
about your pumpkin pie? Get tips and advice, plus
recipes using canned pumpkin. The line is open
Monday - Friday from 8 AM - 8 PM EST, all year
Shows Homes Save More Energy from Location Than
is the value of energy savings at the building
level if we're not also looking seriously at
energy savings from transportation to and from our
buildings? Thanks to a study commissioned by the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we
have some new answers to that question, at least
for Energy Star-rated residential buildings.
energy savings realized through location
efficiency (walkable access to public transit and
work, school, and retail centers) are greater than
those achieved through home
other words, a conventional home in a
transit-oriented neighborhood saves considerably
more energy-and money-than an Energy Star home in
a conventional suburban
TX -- did you know?
me back to Turkey Texas where the music Swings and
Bob Wills is still the King"
Bob Wills Day:
small West Texas town of Turkey, Texas, population
around 421, has welcomed tens of thousands of
attendees to the annual Bob Wills Day festival
since 1972. Turkey is the hometown of Bob
Wills, the famous bandleader, fiddler, composer,
charismatic performer and movie star who fused old
time fiddle tunes, jazz blues, country, mariachi
and gospel music into Western Swing, one of the
truly American music forms.
event includes concerts, fiddlers contest,
special guests, a parade, dances, jam sessions, a
barbeque cook-off and a grand reunion of former
Texas Playboysand friends of Texas
add it to your
calendar? Click here to learn more.
A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING!