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A Supplement to the Herald-Citizen
Bring Fall into your kitchen
Check before you turn on the heat
Fall a perfect time for landscaping
September 26, 2013
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Bring those good fall feelings into the kitchen By DRUciLLA RAY Special to the HERALD-CITIZEN
Don’t you love living in Tennessee when the seasons change? Tennessee has it all when it comes to fall. Autumn is a beautiful time of the year. While the world decorates with color on the outside, we get busy inside the home and try to match the mood that fall seems to put us in. The kitchen is my favorite place to be. I love cooking all the seasonal dishes, so if I am spending time in there, I want it to set the mood for me too. It doesn’t take an expensive decorator or a lot of work to transform that kitchen with the look and feeling. Here are some things you can do that shouldn’t be too hard: • Fill a wooden box with fall cookie cutters. • Put cinnamon sticks, nuts or dried apple slices in a glass container. • Bring out cloth napkins, tablecloths and dishtowels in season colors — burnt orange, sage, olive green, orange and red. • Create an arrangement of dried summer flowers like hydrangeas. • Add quilts to the backs of chairs (it adds charm and warmth) or wool blankets. • If you have a seating area in the kitchen, change pillows. • Create a warm kitchen with apple pie colors and smells. Scented candles are nice, but remember some folks might have allergies. • Use small pumpkins for candle holders. • Freshen your spice collection for fall cookies, pumpkin pie and hearty soups and chilies. Although spices do not spoil, they should be used within six to 12 months. Check dates or smell them. If they have lost their smell, it’s time to get fresh. • Change your summer dishes (which might be lighter) to heavier materials in autumn. • Put out a welcome mat. • Layer dried beans, popcorn and red beans in a clear glass container and tie a colorful ribbon around the top or use jute string.
time for comfort foods I like to think of warm nurturing foods like squash, hot chilies, sweet potatoes and pumpkin. Most of these contain vitamin A and C, which build our immune systems and help our skin stay healthy when the weather turns cold. Spicy hot foods help you feel full without eating large servings. I call them my comfort foods. Also, your body feels warmer. Following are some of our family favorites — but keep reading my article each Thursday in the Herald-Citizen for more seasonal
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Drucilla Ray is ready for fall — and all the kitchen goodies that come with it. And don’t forget the decorative pumpkins.
recipes. This is a quick pumpkin pie that children can help make. Quick Pumpkin Pie 2 2⁄3 cup cold milk 2 packages (4 serving size) instant vanilla pudding mix 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground ginger Graham cracker crumbs Combine milk and instant pudding. Add pumpkin, cinnamon, and ginger. Place graham cracker crumbs in a dessert cup. Spoon a serving size of pudding on top of crumbs. Top with whipped cream or whipped topping. Enjoy. * A picture is included on Page 4. I gave the photographer, Ty, the piece we sliced. When I got home I just couldn’t wait to eat a slice. Yummy... this is one of my favorite pies and so easy to make.
no crust Pumpkin Pie ½ cup buttermilk baking mix (like Bisquick) 1 2⁄3 cups canned pumpkin (1- 15 oz. Can) 1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk 1⁄3 cup milk 4 eggs 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup white sugar Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 10inch fluted pie pan; dust with baking mix. In a large bowl, mix pumpkin, evaporated milk, milk, and eggs together. Stir in baking mix, pie spice, vanilla and salt. Continue stirring while gradually adding brown sugar and white sugar. When the mixture is thoroughly blended, pour into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake for 35 more minutes or until knife in-
serted in the center of the pie comes out clean. * A pumpkin pie with a pie crust will have about 425 calories per serving but this recipe will have 167 calories per serving.
easy Pumpkin Bread 1 box carrot cake mix 1 cup pumpkin Mix together and then pour into prepared loaf pan or mini loaf pans or bake as muffins. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes according to the size pan you have. Makes 12 large or 48 mini muffins. Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Streusel topping 1 box spice cake mix 1 15-ounce can solid-pack pumpkin 1⁄2 cup water Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12See Kitchen, Page 4
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Keep safety in mind when heating your home By aMy DaVIS HERALD-CITIZEN Staff
Warm, heavy blankets are a nice way to chase away the chill. Add to that a steaming cup of cocoa or hot apple cider for the perfect cozy feeling as fall settles in. But when thatâ€™s not enough to warm your bones, your thoughts may drift toward wood burning stoves and portable heaters. After all, the frigid blast of winter is not that far away. Remember, though, that with that toasty feeling comes a risk â€” a threat to the home local firefighters hope people will take seriously while gearing up for the shift from cooling to heating. â€œHeating equipment was involved in an estimated 57,000 reported U.S. home structure fires and 490 deaths in 2010,â€? Cookeville Fire Chief Roger Fuqua said. With that in mind, he recommends locals take extra precaution. Following are some things to keep in mind: extension cords Pay special attention to extension cords and donâ€™t overload them or cover them with rugs. â€œA lot of times people put them under rugs, so theyâ€™re walking on them, which breaks the insulation down,â€? Fuqua said. â€œAnd, of course, they build up heat in there. That deteriorates the insulation, too, and causes them to short-out.â€? Portable heaters Keep portable heaters at least three feet away from anything and never leave them unattended. â€œMake sure theyâ€™re in a kid-free zone,â€? Fuqua said. â€œKeep the kids away from any portable heaters or any open flames.â€? With space heaters, pay attention to the amps. â€œThere are a lot of electrical problems with space heaters,â€? Fuqua said. â€œA lot of them will draw so many amps that anything else
Lt. Bruce Womack, education officer with the Cookeville fire Department, makes sure his smoke detectors are in working order as cooler weather sets in.
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FALL HOME KITCHEN: Bring Fall into the kitchen From Page 2
cup muffin pan. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until well blended. Scoop into the muffin pan. Topping: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup brown sugar 1 stick butter or margarine, softened In a large bowl, stir together the flour and brown sugar, breaking up any lumps. Cut in the butter. Spoon or sprinkle on top of the muffins, and pat down slightly. Bake for 20 to 24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Makes 12 muffins. * This recipe is so easy and would be great for a bake sale. A lot of bake sales are held during the school year. A good idea is to have samples so customers can taste before they buy. Chocolate Pumpkin Muffin 1 box chocolate cake mix 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin Mix well. If it’s too thick, add ¼ cup water. Put into prepared muffin pans. You can spray with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Makes 12 large muffins or 48 mini muffins. Shorten cooking
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Quick Pumpkin Pie is a fall favorite in the Ray household.
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SAFETY: Tips for Fall safety From Page 3 Just don’t heat the house with them. “Some people do that,” Fuqua said. “You’ve got your door wide open... but they’re not designed for that.” Kerosene heaters Be sure to use the proper fuel for kerosene heaters – which is kerosene, of course. “We’ve had people put gas in them, and that turns out bad,” Fuqua said. Wall heaters Don’t put anything in front of a wall heater — ever. “Whether they’re turned off or on, there
shouldn’t be anything in front of them all year round,” Fuqua said. “In old wall heaters, thermostats can go bad, and when they do, a lot of times that turns them on. We’ve had fires in the middle of summer.” Taking precautions In case fire does break out in the home, it’s good to be prepared. Keep a fire extinguisher close to the kitchen and have plenty of working smoking detectors. “I would definitely have one outside each bedroom, utility rooms and kitchen areas,” Fuqua said. Change the batteries twice a year.
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Get busy in the yard this fall By aMY daVIS HERALD-CITIZEN Staff
She doesn’t paint or draw. Instead, Donna Jasitt keeps busy with art of a different kind. Just give her some flower seeds and a few gardening tools, and she can create a “beautiful picture” with her landscape. “It gives me joy to see plants grow, bloom and fit in with surrounding plants,” said Jasitt, a Putnam County Master Gardener who spends around 20 hours a week “sculpting” and “painting” the two acres around her Cookeville home. With the arrival of fall, she is now thinking of next year’s “canvas” — and there’s plenty on her to-do list to keep her flowers, shrubs, trees and lawn healthy and flourishing come spring. “In the fall, summer annuals can be removed, while perennials can be divided into extra plants and re-planted,” she said. And start collecting those bulbs. “Hardy spring blooming bulbs are often available in the fall,” Jasitt said. “These bulbs can be planted in late fall to have wonderful blooms to reward the gardener’s efforts the following spring.” As for deciduous shrubs, keep watering them. “They will lose their leaves, but their roots remain active during winter,” Jasitt said. “Evergreen shrubs and trees continue to
Putnam County Master Gardener donna Jasitt and her son, Ian, keep busy in the fall in preparation for their spring garden. Ty Kernea | Herald-Citizen
need water all fall and winter, so they especially benefit from watering during the fall when it tends to be dry.” For those thinking of adding new shrubs and trees, now is the ideal time. Just water them periodically to get the root systems settled. “As winter approaches, Mother Nature will provide the required moisture,” Jasitt said. “By spring, a nice healthy plant should greet the gardener.” For cool season fescue lawns, fall is the time to over-seed and fertilize, which improves the amount of grass as well as the root system and helps the lawn withstand summer heat. See Yard, Page 7
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Home improvement projects perfect for fall Home improvement projects can add value to a home, and do-it-yourselfers know the sweat-equity that goes into such projects can give homeowners a greater sense of pride in their homes. But no two home improvement projects are the same, and homeowners should know that certain projects are best tackled during certain times of the year. Fall is a great season to work on your house, as the weather is often at its most agreeable once the summer heat has gone and before winter weather arrives. The following are a handful of fall-friendly home improvement projects for homeowners looking to improve their homes. Roof repair Whether you’re repairing or replacing the roof, fall is a great time of year to dust off the ladder and get some work done on your roof for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, fall is ideal for roof work because you won’t have to be up on the roof with the summer heat bearing down on you. This can make the project move along more quickly, which is especially beneficial if you are paying laborers to work on the roof. The fewer hours workers are fixing your roof, the less you will be paying in labor costs. In addition, fixing up the roof in the fall ensures those winter storms, be it rain or snow, won’t find their way into your home via leaks. A leaky roof in winter is hard to fix, as the roof surface could be treacherous in the winter and winter winds can make it dangerous to be up on the roof at all. Addressing leaks in the fall can prevent damage to your home’s interior, which can mount up if a leaky roof is not addressed until the following spring. Window work When the weather outside gets frightful, poorly insulated windows can allow cold air into the home. That often has a trickle-down effect on finances, forcing you to turn up the thermostat in an attempt to offset the cold air pouring into the home. Whether you need your windows replaced or simply need to patch up any leaks, a proactive approach to leaky or older win-
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dows in the fall can save you from unnecessarily high heating bills come winter. Addressing leaky windows also makes a home more comfortable. Fall is the ideal time to address a home’s windows because the temperature outside tends to be pleasant. This means you likely won’t have to make much of an effort to offset the elements, and open windows in the fall won’t make your home’s interior very hot or cold like they might if you were to tackle the project during the summer or winter. Fixing the floors Wood flooring is a hot commodity for many homeowners, but not all flooring can be added to a home at any time of year. That’s because certain types of flooring employ adhesives that need temperatures inside the home to be within a certain range, and that range is often within 70º to 80º F, which makes fall a great time to install such floors.
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Carpet buying tips for your home improvement CROSSVILLE — With cold weather and more time indoors, many have home improvement on their mind. Like new carpet, perhaps. But when it comes to covering the floor, there are many things to consider. A lot of people naturally focus on carpet fiber and often assume that nylon is better than polyester. However, carpet fiber is only
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YARD: Get out there this fall From Page 5 “It is not hard to establish and care for a fescue lawn, but it is a matter of timing,” said Jasitt, adding that the Master Gardeners offer a two-hour course in fescue lawn care in February for those who want to learn more. Another important thing to do is test the soil. “Generally, our soil is very acidic,” Jasitt said. “Although some plants like blueberries and azaleas love acidic soil, many plants and grasses do not. A soil test will tell how to correct the soil acidity, whether it is for the lawn, flowers or vegetables.” For the test, gardeners should collect one cup of soil from three areas of the lawn or garden, let it dry and then take it to their local UT Extension Office. “They will charge a nominal fee to send it to the state lab. The results will be mailed directly to the homeowner,” Jasitt said. The test can be done any time of year, but fall or late winter is ideal. “It is likely that lime will be recommended, and it generally takes five to six months for lime to penetrate to the root level for most plants and grass,” Jasitt said. For next year’s flowers, be sure to gather seeds from this year’s flowers. “Collect seeds from annuals like zinnias and cosmos once they begin to ‘drop’ easily from the stalk,” Jasitt said. Make sure the seeds are dry and then store them in a brown lunch bag in a cool place. Perennial seeds like coneflowers and Hosta can be left in the garden to create new plants — and a little trim helps.
“Fall is the time to trim back spent blooms and foliage on many perennials like irises and coneflowers,” Jasitt said. She said spring shrubs like azaleas and forsythia should be pruned after they finish blooming becaise, by August, their blooms are set for the next year. But summer and fall blooming shrubs like butterfly bushes, hydrangeas and crape myrtles are generally pruned in winter when dormant. “It is best to use sharp clippers or loppers and make sure they are cleaned with a 10 percent alcohol and 90 percent water mix,” Jasitt said. “The best rule of thumb is to plant the right sized plant in the proper place so pruning is not really necessary.” Light pruning of drought-damaged woody shrubs and trees can also be done in the fall, although most pruning is done when plants are dormant in February or March, she added. Want to cut down on next year’s weeds? Tackle the problem now. “Fall is the last chance to remove any summer weeds that are putting out their seeds,” Jasitt said. Then in late fall, after the leaves have fallen, add some mulch. With it comes to landscaping, all it takes is a little planning — and the rewards are worth it come spring time. “A little extra work in the fall means landscape plants should come through the winter healthy and ready to display their color and foliage for all to see,” Jasitt said. Master Gardeners offer a variety of gardening classes throughout the year for a small fee. To sign up, call the Putnam County UT Extension Office at 526-4561.
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Autumn a great time to clear away clutter
Clutter is a concern for many homeowners. It can gradually accumulate, and over time a home can turn from a welcoming respite to a claustrophobic place overwhelmed by items of little or no value. Homeowners who have battled clutter in the past often find that it is most likely to accumulate over the winter, when frigid temperatures outside drive more people indoors. Spending more time indoors means more trash indoors. Newspapers and magazines might be easy to discard when the weather is warm, but a trip outside to discard such items takes less precedence when it must be made in below freezing temperatures. The likelihood that even the cleanliest of homeowners might accumulate some clutter over the winter only highlights the importance of clearing a house of clutter in the fall. While clearing clutter can seem like an arduous task, the following tips can make the project much easier. Clean one room at a time A disorganized approach to getting organized is likely to waste time and may even prove fruitless. Work your way through your home or apartment one room at a time rather than jumping from room to room. Have boxes or crates designated for items you find that belong in other rooms, and place items in the appropriate boxes as you clean rather than returning items to the right room as you find them. Once you have finished a room, move on to the next one and try to finish a room on the same day you started. Invest in a paper shredder Old bills, bank statements, receipts, and other once-important papers have a way of accumulating on desks, in drawers and on counters. Such documents often do not need to be held onto, but men and women are hesitant to discard them because they contain personal information. A paper shredder is a great investment for
Organizing closets, including packing seasonal wardrobe items in a suitcase, is one way to reduce clutter as winter approaches.
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