Month: October 2014

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Halloween

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Trick or Treating Tips and Hours Plainfield Police Department

  • Keep costumes shortened to avoid falling
  • Try using makeup instead of masks; masks can obstruct children’s view when trying to cross the street or go up and down stairs
  • Make sure kids wear light colored clothing or have reflective tape on their costumes while trick or treating
  • Have older kids go trick or treating with other kids and map out a safe route for them to take so that parents know where they are
  • Tell kids only to stop at familiar houses that have the outside lights on
  • Encourage kids to trick or treat while it’s still light out and if they go when it’s dark, make sure they have flashlights and that they stay on well lit streets
  • Remind your kids not to go into the homes or cars of strangers
  • Follow your communities trick or treat hours
  • Remind your kids not to eat any treats until they get home
  • Inspect all treats in a well-lit area before your kids eat them
  • Only eat unopened treats that are in their original packaging. Thoroughly inspect any fruit.
  • If you are driving that night, be extra cautious; drive slowly and stay off your cell phone
Plainfield: 6-9 pm
Shorewood: 5-7 pm
Joliet: 4-7 pm
Oswego: 3:30-8 pm
Morris: 5-7:30 pm
Naperville: No official hours
Addison: 3-7 pm
North Aurora: 4-8 pm
Palatine: 3-7 pm
Frankfort: 4-7 pm
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Amazing Apple Desserts

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One of the best things about fall is enjoying apples in different ways.  Even if you have your go-to apple recipe perfected, take a look at these 37 delicious apple recipes to try. The Baked Apples With Salty Caramel Sauce look especially good!

Irresistible Apple Desserts

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The Biggest Air Leak In Your Home That You Don’t Even Know About

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John Riha for House Logic

Have you caulked all of your windows and replaced any damaged weatherstripping on doors? That’s great but the biggest leak in your home is probably somewhere you never thought about….

The largest air leak in your home could be coming from a hole that the plumber makes in the sub floor to create room for the drain assembly at the bottom of the bathtub. Since the drain assembly is so large, plumbers usually cut a very generous hole to make room for connecting the pipes. This large hole is usually left open to the space below.

How do you know if you have this hole?
If your first floor bathroom is over the crawlspace or unheated basement, it is likely that you have one of these giant energy wasting holes in your home.

Is it a big deal?
Having one of these huge holes can waste about as much energy as leaving a window open a few inches all day, every day. Another problem? These holes are big enough for critters to get into your home!

What is the best way to fix the leak?
Plumbers can stuff around the hole with loose insulation but that is a temporary fix since fiberglass insulation sags over time, especially if it gets damp. Here’s a better solution:

  1. Crawl under the bathroom to look at the drain assembly from underneath.
  2. Patch the hole with pieces of foam board that are cut to fit around the pipes and then screw them into place.
  3. Seal any remaining gaps with spray foam insulation which only costs around $8 a can.

If you decide to have a plumber do the job instead, it will probably cost about $100-$150 but is worth it so you can know you are both saving energy and keeping unwanted animals out of your home!

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Witches Hat Recipe

Looking to make a Halloween treat but don’t enjoy baking? Try these cute witches’ hats-the kids can help and no oven is required!

Ralph Anderson-My Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 1 (4.25 ounce) tube of orange or red decorating frosting
  • 1 (11.5 ounce) package of fudge-striped shortbread cookies (32 cookies)
  • 1/2 (13 ounce) bag of milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped (32 pieces)
Directions:
Pipe a small mound of frosting onto the center of the bottom of each cookie; press a chocolate kiss onto the frosting. Lastly, pipe a band and bow around the base of each kiss. 
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Fun Family Fall Activities

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  • Take the family Christmas card photo
  • Make baked apples-yum! (See recipe below)
  • Have breakfast in bed
  • Camp indoors
  • Watch the geese fly south for the winter
  • Make your own scarecrow
  • Go for a neighborhood flashlight walk-see if your kids can spot animals that come out at night
  • Make your own pumpkin spice latte
  • Visit a local pumpkin patch (See a post from a couple weeks ago about local ones to check out)
  • Help your kids to make Thanksgiving cards and hand them out to people you appreciate
  • Make puppets out of mittens
  • Bake a pumpkin pie
  • Fly a kite
  • Pick pine cones
  • Bake chocolate chip cookies
  • Go for a long drive and enjoy the fall colors
  • Plan a winter escape
  • Jump in a big pile of leaves
  • Create leaf rubbings
  • Walk through your favorite park
  • Collect items for your local food bank
Delicious Cinnamon Baked Apples allrecipes

Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 large apples-peeled, cored and sliced
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons water
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large baking dish with the butter.
  2. Mix brown sugar, vanilla sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl. Layer approximately 1/3 of the apples in the prepared baking dish and and sprinkle with 1/3 of the sugar mixture. Repeat the layers twice more.
  3. Bake the apples in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Pour water over the apples and continue baking until tender, about another 15 minutes.
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The Teal Pumpkin Project

Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) is encouraging Americans to start a new tradition by painting a pumpkin teal and placing it on their front porch this Halloween and offering non-food treats to little trick-or-treaters. Many traditional treats can be harmful and even dangerous to kids with allergies to nuts, milk, soy, eggs, or wheat. The Teal Pumpkin Project also encourages people to raise awareness for food allergies by placing a sign in front of their home or in their window stating that they offer non-food treats. Teal is the color for this project because it is the color of food allergy awareness. The FARE website offers free printable signs and they encourage people to post the Teal Pumpkin Project picture on their Facebook pages. Some ideas for non-food treats on Halloween include:

  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons, markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween pencil toppers or erasers
  • Small slinkies
  • Whistles or noise makers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or other novelty toys
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers 
  • Stencils
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