The perfect autumn snack mix, with cookies and cinnamon and all the good stuff
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup flour
1 tube Pillsbury™ refrigerated sugar cookies
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup whole pecans
3 cups Cinnamon Chex™ cereal
1 cup Chocolate Chex™ cereal (or 1 more cup of Cinnamon Chex™)
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat oven to 350ºF.
Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
flour onto work surface; knead flour into cookie dough. Tear off
teaspoon-sized balls of dough and roll between your hands to create a
smooth ball. Add all but 2 teaspoons of the cinnamon sugar to a
gallon-sized zip-top bag. Reserve the remaining 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
sugar for later. Add the cookie balls to the bag and seal it. Gently
toss the balls with the cinnamon sugar until all the cookie balls are
Place the cookie balls 1 inch apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake five minutes or until set. Remove and allow to cool. Reduce oven temp to 300ºF.
place the brown sugar, corn syrup, and 1 tablespoon of butter in a
heavy bottomed skillet. Place the skillet over medium heat. Stir the
mixture until it comes together and bubbles. Add the nuts and toss well;
cook for 5-8 minutes or until the nuts are toasted and caramelized.
Stir the nuts often to ensure they don't burn. Transfer from the skillet
to a plate lined with wax paper.
a large bowl toss together the cereals, melted stick of butter, vanilla
and 1-2 teaspoons of the remaining cinnamon sugar from earlier. Toss
well and then spread out between two cookie sheets. Bake for 15 minutes
at 300ºF, stirring once or twice during cooking. Remove and allow to
cool. Once cool, add the cereal, snickerdoodles and pecans to a large
bowl and toss well. Serve.
decorations and toys are a wonderful part of the holidays. But if you
have young children, you need to take special precautions to make sure
they're safe. Here are expert tips to ensure that your family's holiday
season is happy, healthy and hazard-free.
Safer Trees and Decorations
purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label "Fire Resistant."
Although this label does not mean the tree won't catch fire, it does
indicate the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.
purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green,
needles are hard to pull from branches and when bent between your
fingers, needles do not break. The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky
with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many
setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces and radiators.
Because heated rooms dry live trees out rapidly, be sure to keep the
stand filled with water. Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do
not block doorways.
a few inches off the trunk of your tree to expose the fresh wood. This
allows for better water absorption and will help to keep your tree from
drying out and becoming a fire hazard.
only noncombustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree. Choose
tinsel or artificial icicles of plastic or nonleaded metals. Leaded
materials are hazardous if ingested by children.
use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens. Always use
nonflammable holders and place candles out of children's reach.
special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable, keep
trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children to
avoid the child swallowing or inhaling small pieces, and avoid trimmings
that resemble candy or food, which may tempt a child to eat them.
gloves to avoid eye and skin irritation while decorating with spun
glass "angel hair." Follow container directions carefully to avoid lung
irritation while decorating with artificial-snow sprays.
Bright Ideas for Lights
or outside, always use lights that have been tested for safety by a
recognized testing laboratory that indicates conformance with safety
each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed
or bare wires, or loose connections, and throw out damaged sets.
Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.
use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged
with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch
could be electrocuted.
Before using lights outdoors, check labels to be sure they have been certified for outdoor use.
outdoor lights securely to trees, house walls, or other firm supports
to protect the lights from wind damage. Use insulated staples to hold
strings in place, not nails or tacks. Or run strings of lights through
hooks (available at hardware stores).
Plug all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters to avoid potential shocks.
Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire.
care with "fire salts," which produce colored flames when thrown on
wood fires. They contain heavy metals that can cause intense
gastrointestinal irritation and vomiting if eaten. Keep them away from
children. Do not burn wrapping papers in the fireplace. A flash fire may
result, as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely. Before
lighting any fire, remove all greens, boughs, papers, and other
decorations from fireplace area. Check to see that the flue is open
It pays to be aware that not all smoke is the same, the type of
smoke damage that has affected your house will differ depending on the
type of fire that has taken place. Each of the following types of smoke
require a different type of smoke damage restoration approach.
smoldering fire will give off a thick smoke that coats the surfaces of
the room completely. The result is a sticky, smeared smoke pattern that
resembles a web.
A high-temperature fire that burns very rapidly
will produce a lighter smoke pattern, although there is a far greater
likelihood that there will be significant charring in the room.
and chemicals give off a toxic smoke that becomes almost invisible when
it stains the walls but it is extremely pungent. This kind of smoke
will stain the paint or varnish on the walls.
A blocked furnace or
fireplace flue will force an oily soot back into the living room. It
can also result in a fire at the blockage point. Either way you are left
with an oily deposit that is particularly difficult to clean.
will generally result in two types of damage. Firstly, the visible
staining of walls and other surfaces is immediately noticeable. Just as
pervading is the unmistakable odor that has become deeply embedded in
hard surfaces and soft furnishing alike. Knowing how to deal with each
type of smoke damage is the specialty of a fire damage restoration
company and they will be able to advise on the best way to deal with
smoke damage and can then carry out the necessary work to remove it.
surfaces left untreated with smoke or soot damage can become
increasingly discolored as time goes by. Painted or varnished surfaces
will discolor considerably and can go from restorable to unsalvageable
in the space of a week. For this reason it is important to remove fire
residue as soon after the fire as is practicable.
The best way to deal with fire damage is to get some professional assistance from those who know the correct fire and smoke damage cleanup procedures.
When your home experiences a fire or flood, professional
assistance in restoring your home from the damage, reducing further
damage, and minimizing losses is vital. Emergency restoration services
exist to help in both fire damage repair and water damage repair. From
roof tarping to board-up services, an emergency restoration service can
attend to all the details you may not even have realized needed
The right emergency restoration service will not only
reduce further water and fire damage and restore the property to the
condition it was in prior to the incident, but it can also do it with a
minimum of disruption to your household and all due haste, while being
sure to follow all the necessary procedures to ensure and total repair
Getting adequate professional fire damage repair
and water damage repair services can be costly. Fortunately, depending
on the source of your damage and what types of homeowners insurance you
have, you can file an insurance claim for these types of incidents and
have many, if not all, of the costs paid for.
From the outset a
good emergency restoration service will pay strict heed to health and
safety, conducting an in-depth risk assessment of the home to be sure
that all structural concerns and health risks are identified before they
call the job complete. Following this and before beginning any serious
work on the job, an emergency restoration service should immediately
implement any stabilization procedure that might be necessary. Fire and
water damage both can rot walls, ceilings, and floors, any of which may
need immediate reinforcing. And by using dehumidifiers and such to
regulate the ambient environment, the possibility of mold is
To give yourself the opportunity to file an
insurance claim to pay for emergency restoration services and reduce
further damage and losses, make sure you have the right types of
insurance. Read your current homeowners insurance policy to see if it
has any provisions for fire damage repair and water damage repair. If
not, take action to supplement that insurance for those purposes before
you may need them, and then it would be too late.
experiencing fire or water damage there is no time to waste, and
suffering an emergency like a flood or a fire in your home is traumatic
enough without having to suffer further damage after the incident. The
quickest way to cause yourself further grief is to try to handle all the
emergency repair and restoration yourself. The quickest way to relief
and getting your life back is with the aid of the right expert
If you own a home or a business, it is important to understand
that you can take proactive measures to improve the quality of your air.
A building's air ducts act as passageways for warm and cool air to
spread. They collect air from rooms with a regulator and filter, heat or
cool it and send it back at a designated temperature. While it's easy
to take this process for granted, when we forget about it, we run the
risk of breathing in contaminated air. An annual duct cleaning can
improve your health, reduce sickness and lower your utility bills.
uncleaned ducts will accumulate a significant amount of dust, dirt and
grime. When these particles sit in building ducts for an extended period
of time, they can alter air flow. If there's enough accumulation,
they'll reduce not only the quality of the air that is emitted into your
living or working space, but also the quantity of air. When you have
your ducts cleaned, you might lower your heating and cooling bills as a
result of a more efficient airflow.
Homes with high moisture run
the risk of air ducts with mold. If mold grows in your home or office
air ducts and you breath it in, your health will severely suffer. Rely
on an HVAC expert to clean the mold out of your ducts. If you have metal
ducts, the cleaning job will be relatively simple. Those with plastic
ducts will have more of a challenge as plastic usually retains mold
after a cleaning and oftentimes needs to be fully replaced.
professional cleans out your ducts, he or she will eliminate all of the
other particles aside from mold. All sorts of particles accumulate in
ducts. These include dust, allergens, dirt, insect droppings and
numerous other contaminants. This isn't the type of stuff that you want
you and your family or co-workers to breathe in. So, schedule an air
duct cleaning at least once a year to ensure that you are breathing in
only the highest quality air.
While your air duct specialist is
cleaning out your ducts, he or she will also take a look around for any
signs of cracks and tears. Air ducts are meant to serve as fully solid
barriers that don't leak out any hot or cold air. This way, your living
or working space can be heated or cooled in a cost-efficient manner. If
any tears or cracks are found, you can have them repaired as soon as
possible in order to lower your utility bills and improve your air
quality over the long run.
The effects brought about by water damage in your home can be
devastating, not just because of the damages it can cause to your most
valued possessions but also the danger it can cause to your health.
Hence, it should not left sitting in your home for a long period of
time. Regardless of the cause that may have started it, what's important
is that it should be dealt with accordingly and properly.
kind of restoration service that you need will depend on the type of
water, too, that is in your home. Is it gray, black or clean? Clean
water which usually comes out from pipe bursts is not as dangerous as
the black water from which potential health problems may occur.
you don't take the water out as soon as possible, then you can expect
to have some mold growth that could further damage your properties. This
could also lead to serious health hazards like respiratory sicknesses
such as asthma and any other allergic reactions. Molds can grow almost
anywhere and, depending on the level of humidity of the area, it can
start appearing in just about 24 to 48 hours.
Black water can also
be highly unsanitary and being in close contact with it can expose you
to some kinds of bacteria and even fungi that live in dirty water. The
black water comes from raw sewage, the ones from flooded streams, and
any kind of standing water.
The gray water is another hazardous
type since it contains a lot of contaminants which can cause various
kinds of sickness when you are exposed to it. This gray water is found
in water toilets, dishwashers and the washing machines.
which are considered porous can be damaged once exposed to water like
carpets, pads, flooring which is made out of hardwood, drywall and the
wall insulation behind. Other problems like plumbing malfunctions,
accidental leaks and other natural causes can also lead to serious water
You can surely expect to lose a lot of your personal belongings and possessions with water damage if it is not treated promptly.
if you want to protect your home and your household members, you must
always take a proactive approach like doing regular routine maintenance
for your home. You must check ahead of time some potential problems that
might arise so that you can save a lot of money and time when an
unfortunate event happens.
To act responsible and be accountable
is the best way to protect your home against the worst effects that
water damage can bring. To speed up your drying method, you must utilize
fans and a couple of dehumidifiers placed in the right spots in your
home. You must also not forget to contact your insurance company to know
which claims you can make that would cover some of the damages. By
doing this, you will be able to save a lot and even collect
reimbursements for the possible expenses you will incur on repairing the
damaged parts of your home.
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One of the most important things that you can do after a fire is
to act quickly. Because smoke and fire damage can become worse over
time, it is paramount that you start the assessment and cleaning process
as fast as possible. By doing so, you can avoid much long-term damage
and loss of property.
A fire is one of the most catastrophic
events that could happen to your home. It strikes when you least expect
it, and make your home uninhabitable until you are able to repair and
restore the damage that it has done. Fire can leave behind soot and
smoke odor, which can do even more damage after the fact, if not
properly dealt with. While you may be tempted to begin the restoration
process yourself, there are a few things that you consider before making
this decision. In most cases, it is more than worth it to employ a
professional restoration company to clean up after your fire and smoke
Whenever you are dealing with fire damage, speed is of the
utmost importance. Not only do you want to minimize the long-lasting
effects that soot and smoke can have on your property and belongings,
but you also want to use your home as usual once again. Because of their
extensive training and equipment, restoration specialists can return
your home to its original state much quicker than you could yourself. To
make this decision easier, the cost of restoration is covered by most
Another reason to work with a local
restoration specialist is to make sure that you identify and remove all
of the smoke and soot that remains in your home after a fire. Because
smoke and soot can be very pervasive, the damage that is left behind is
not always readily apparent. Restoration companies have the experience,
knowledge and equipment to help you find and clean up all of the damage
that has been done to your home. This can help recurring odors, and
hidden damage from affecting you in the future.
One of the biggest
reasons to use a professional company for your fire damage clean up is
to save you time. Not only do fires cause total disarray to your home,
they can also turn your life upside down. The resulting paperwork, and
list of things to do can seem insurmountable. The last thing that you
need to worry about is whether or not you are cleaning everything
properly. By working with a trained professional, you can rest assured
that your home will be cleaned quickly, thoroughly and with the utmost
Whether you are dealing with damage from a small fire, or
something much larger, the benefits of working with a professional
restoration company are numerous. Furthermore, many offer service 24/7,
giving you the opportunity to start the process as quickly as you
possibly can. The result is a home that is restored to its previous
condition quickly, efficiently and as completely as possible.
Jon Balke has worked as a general contractor and restoration
specialist for over 15 years, specializing in cleaning and restoring
smoke damage in Valencia CA. He has worked with companies such as American Craftsman, one of the top companies in this field.
There are many cleaning problems that can happen in your home
that could make you really sad and frustrated but there is probably no
bigger problem than having to face water damage. Water damage is just
the last thing that you would want to happen in your home. It can be
extremely devastating and restoring your home after water damage is a
mission all by itself.
Many homeowners are ravaged by water damage
every year and they use different approaches in trying to restore the
beauty of their home. One option which many homeowners go with is hiring
a water restoration service to help them with the water damage.
is a really appealing option yet there are some people who do not
really go with it. If you are thinking about it, here is why it is
important for you to hire a water restoration company for your home.
Very Quick Turnaround Time - If you have water damage in your home, one
of the most important things that you should consider is how fast you
should extract the water and restore your home to normal. It is always
best to clean up and restore your home as quickly as possible to help
prevent any mold or mildew problems from developing.
It will also
minimize the structural damage to your home's interior thus you can help
maintain its condition. If you hire a water restoration service, they
can be at your home in a jiffy and they will begin the process of
restoring the damage right away. This is certainly a very big reason why
hiring a water restoration service is important.
Restoration Results - Many homeowners who try and clean their own water
damage are often at a loss of what to do. What's more problematic than
this is that they cannot guarantee that they will do a good job of it.
home's interior should not be left at the risk of improper water damage
restoration thus you should really consider just hiring a restoration
company for the job. They will come in and do all of the work for you
and what is great about it is that they can guarantee to provide the
best possible service in restoring the beauty of your home. There are
restoration companies which have been in business for decades thus your
home will be in great hands.
Good luck and hope you have an easy time in restoring your home.
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