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The Paulding Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine

Our Town January 2013

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Hiram s Dallas s Cedarcrest s New Hope Publisher/Editor: Jules Williams / Teresa Parrish Graphics and Design Our Town Media Group, Inc. Straightaway Designs - Website Photography Stephanie Warmoth Photography

Contributing Writers: Amber Constantine Our Town Media Group, Inc. Dr. Jack Singer William Stanton Synergy Medical Weight Loss Beth Tabak John Walker Dr. Peter Wishnie Leslie R. Wright

Our Town is published and direct mailed monthly to prestigious homes in the Paulding County Area. Opinions expressed by the editorial staff are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher. Our Town reserves the right to edit and or reject any editorial or advertising content. Our Town is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space or for the validity of claims made by advertisers. Entire contents, including ad design created by Our Town Media Group, Inc., copyright 2013, belong to Our Town of Paulding. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden in any media without prior written permission from the publisher.

About the Cover...............................................................5 Medical: Are Ankle Sprains Serious?............................6 Family Focus: Kids Have Stress Too...................................8 Calendar of Events.................................................11, 15, 22 Relationships: A Winning Morning Routine.................12 Health & Fitness: Lifestyle Change to Lose Weight.......16 Finance: 9 Innovative Ways to Save Money.....................18 Community: National Supreme Miss.............................21 Seasonal: New Year’s Trivia.............................................23 Feature Photographer: Stephanie Warmoth................24 Home & Design: Unique Accesssories..........................25 Home Improvement: Windows vs. French Doors........26 Gardening: Protect Your Plants from the Cold.............27 Pet News: Winter Tips for Your Furry Friend..............29 January Crossword.........................................................30 What’s Cookin’: 30 Minute Recipes..............................30

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Are Ankle Sprains Serious? By Dr. P. Wishnie


sprained ankle occurs following a sudden sideways or twisting movement of the foot. An ankle sprain can occur during athletic events or during everyday activities. All it takes is an awkward step or an uneven surface to cause an ankle sprain, and why they are the most common foot and ankle injury. Even though ankle sprains are common, they are not always minor injuries. Some people with repeated or severe sprains can develop long-term joint pain and weakness. Treating a sprained ankle can help prevent ongoing ankle problems. An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments in the ankle. Ligaments are bands of tissue, like rubber bands, that connect one bone to another and bind the joints together. In the ankle joint, ligaments provide stability by limiting side-to-side movement. The severity of an ankle sprain depends on whether the ligament is stretched, partially torn, or completely torn, as well as on the number of ligaments involved. Ankle sprains are not the same as strains, which affect muscles rather than ligaments.

There are two broad categories of ankle sprain: Inversion Ankle Sprains: This the most common type of ankle sprain and occurs when the foot is inverted, falling inward. When this type of ankle sprain happens, the outer, or lateral, ligaments are stretched too far. There are three ligaments that attach to the outer side of the ankle. About 90% of ankle sprains are inversion injuries. Pain is always on the outside of the ankle, and there is usually no pain on the inside of the ankle joint.

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Eversion Ankle Sprains: The other type of sprained ankle is called an eversion injury, where the foot is twisted outwards. When this occurs, the inner ligament, called the deltoid ligament, is stretched too far. Patients will have pain on the inner side of the ankle. Common symptoms associated with an ankle sprains are pain at the site of the tear with immediate swelling and bruising. The ankle area is usually tender to touch, and it hurts to move. In more severe sprains, you may hear and/or feel something tear, along with a pop or snap. You will probably have extreme pain at first and will not be able to walk or even put weight on your foot. The degree of symptoms tends to correlate well with the extent of the damage to these ligaments and it’s best to see a specialist to assess this damage.

There are four key reasons why an ankle sprain should be promptly evaluated and treated by a foot and ankle specialist: 1. An untreated ankle sprain may lead to chronic ankle instability, a condition marked by persistent discomfort and a “giving way� of the ankle. You may also develop weakness in the leg. 2. You may have suffered a more severe ankle injury along with the sprain. This might include a serious bone fracture that could lead to troubling complications if it goes untreated.

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hildhood has changed. Instead of pick-up baseball and basketball games on the corner lot, there are competitive travel leagues for kids as young as seven or eight. Instead of the three “R’s”; Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic, kids are faced with standardized tests and after-school tutors. Instead of Sunday night with the Wide World of Disney, there’s questionable “family” shows such as the Family Guy, South Park, and the Simpsons. And then there’s technology!

Kids today are experiencing higher levels of stress than ever before, partly because they’re being exposed to “mature” material before they’re able to process it, partly because the demands on their time are higher than ever, and partly because they don’t have time to decompress. Here are five ways to help your children deal with stress.

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Sometimes, the best thing to do is to just listen to your child, without offering advice or suggestions. Listening will allow your child to share some of the burden of their anxiety, which can help alleviate anyone’s stress. By paying attention to them, you can also gain insight into what the underlying sources of their stress may be.

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Just knowing that you are unquestionably available to your child can help him or her feel more secure and less stressed. After a tough day at school, to be able to come home and be surrounded by a loving, caring family can be the best stress-reliever of all. Take time to laugh and have fun, and create positive memories and events to counteract any negative occurrences in their life. It will help you relieve your own stress, too! When we assume our kids are processing stress the same way we do, we are missing an opportunity. We have the tools available to help ourselves through stressful situations because we’ve been around long enough to know what stress feels like and how to combat it.  Your child doesn’t have those tools.  It’s your job to observe, listen, and then help your child work through their feelings. Pass your knowledge on to your child and everyone wins.


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January 2013

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Manna Food Ministry - Feed the Hungry Offering affordable, pre-packaged, high-quality nutritious food boxes, to help families save money. Visit to see menu. January 9th is cut off for orders. Call 678-310-9660 for info or to place an order. Major credit cards accepted, and they’re located at 460 S. Johnston St, Dallas, 30132.

2013 WADCS Easter Concert Midseason Auditions From now to Mid-January – West Atlanta/Douglas Choral Society The West Atlanta Douglas Choral Society is holding midseason auditions for the upcoming Easter Concert in March. For more info contact, Waverly Rainey, Conductor at 770-920-1662. “Bring One for the Chipper” - Home Depot in Hiram January 5; 8am – 1pm Recycle your Christmas tree this season and help local families by bringing a non-perishable donation! Call the store for details 770-439-0707.

27th Annual King Week January 7-16; Saturday to Monday The 2013 King Holiday Observance will mark the 84th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the 27th anniversary of the National Holiday in Dr. King’s honor. For a full schedule of activities visit and click on “The King Holiday”.

Paulding County Singles Ages 45 and Over* January 8; 2nd Tuesday of the month; 6:30 Ryan’s @ 55 Pace Court Hiram They enjoy movies, bowling, concerts, dancing, etc. For more info visit Paulding County Singles on Facebook or email Elaine at Atlanta Boat Show – Georgia World Congress Center January 10-13; Thursday to Sunday The 2013 Atlanta Boat Show will feature one of the largest displays of fishing boats, cruisers, pontoon boats, house boats, and more! Beat the winter ‘blahs’. Tickets: $12 for adults, FREE for children 15 and under. Visit for info. 2013 Spring Youth Baseball Season Registration January 12 and 19; 10am to Noon at Roberts School Online Registration until January 19 Baseball registrations for boys and girls, ages 4 to 18. Fees depend on age. All fees, age groups, and additional info are posted at Paulding County Republican Women’s Club (Location Pending) January 12; Saturday 10am - 11am Meet BJ Van Gundy who is seeking the position of GA GOP Chairman. For more info visit or contact Elizabeth Bauer Junior League of Douglas County General Membership Meeting January 14; Monday 6:30pm-8pm check site for location The JLDC is open to Paulding residents. Visit Cobb EMC Power Breakfast* – Paulding Chamber January 15; Tuesday 8am - 9:30am Buffet Breakfast $10/members, $15/non-members. For info visit or call 770-445-6016. 24 hour cancellation is required. Paulding Photography Club* – Downtown Dallas January 10th and 24th; 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month; 7pm Meetings are at 122 Main Street, Dallas. Monthly competitions, field trips, etc. For more information visit Tea Party at the New Georgia Library January 17; Thursday 11:30am Please arrive “dressed in your best” and ready for songs, stories and tea! The library is located at 94 Ridge Rd., Dallas, 30157. Call 770-459-8163 for more information.

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hat does a Winning Morning Routine have to do with how to live a happy life? Plenty! The moment we awake brain patterns quickly claim our attitude towards the day. For many of us by noon we feel good or bad about what we have accomplished. By midafternoon, energy levels decline. Wait, we have choices‌ to take new actions for new results!

Prepare Ahead - Be clear on priorities. Plan action steps the day before. Think through the day to come. What can you do in the evening to save steps? Make lunches, your outfit is clean and ready, kids backpacks prepared with homework inside (yes, it needed to be said). What will save time through the day? Any errands you can knock out in the direction you are going? Keep priorities first and secondary tasks second. Wake up knowing your road map. Get the Best Sleep - Bedtime can be a soothing ritual of self-care. Your bed should be as comfortable as possible. Create the most relaxing atmosphere. In contrast, create a great environment to awake to with sunlight, fresh air, pleasing accent colors, etc. Get your body in rhythm by going to sleep and waking up at the same times daily. Shoot for 7-8 hours of sleep for an enthusiastic start and enduring energy.

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your soul. Pray, be grateful, listen silently, or visualize and feel your ideal end result when achieving your goal. You can set your intention or a theme for the day that supports your success. Imagine the impact on your relationship if you used this awakening time daily to tell your significant other how much you love and appreciate them.

Shower and Shine – Kind of a given. Feeling clean, fresh, and looking your best to start the day increases your confidence walking into the office along with the number and type of opportunities that come your way.

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you sleep but still a surprising amount of activity is going on within. Your eyes and brain become quite active through REM cycles. Tissue growth and repair takes place. The immune system increases production of certain proteins. Hormones are released and the list goes on, all running on stored energy. So it makes sense to fuel your body with a nutritional breakfast for a peak performance day.

Sunlight, Fresh Air, and the Morning Sky - Allow the sunlight in to awaken you naturally if possible. Open the windows or step outside on lovely mornings for a refreshing start to the day. A few minutes watching the beautiful changes of the horizon during a morning sunrise is uplifting.

Quiet Moment - If you are looking for a deeper experience incorporate a quiet block of 10-20 minutes or whatever you choose for meditation, journaling, gratitude, prayer, spiritual reading, writing down your goals, etc.

Self-Care with Benefits - At the very minimum, music is energizing. Exercise kick-starts your metabolism. Stretching and deep breathing stimulates the brain. Yoga combines stretching, breathing, and meditation. Whatever your propensity choose self-care with benefits to get off to a great start.

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If you’re over the age of 30 and suffer from neck pain, tingling in the arms, or headaches, this could be the most eye-opening article you’ll ever read.

Why Haven’t People With Neck Pain Been Told These Facts? It can affect your sleep, your marriage and your job. Nothing’s worse than feeling great mentally, but physically feeling held back from life because your neck hurts and the pain just won’t go away! My name is Dr. Erin Arnold, owner of North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute. In the years since we’ve opened the doors, I’ve seen hundreds of people with neck pain, arm problems and headaches leave the office pain free. Because patients tell me too often…“I only wished I had found you sooner,” I’m running a special two week Neck Pain Evaluation for those suffering with neck problems.

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52nd Annual Paulding Chamber Awards Celebration January 17; Thursday 6:30pm - 9pm Special Guest - Radio Personality Rhubarb Jones. Cocktail Attire. Tickets $125.00. Event will be held at the Paulding County Community Center located at 54 Industrial Way North in Dallas. For more info contact the Chamber by visiting or call 770-445-6016 Parents of Prodigals - Mt. Calvary Baptist Church* January 17; 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 7pm-8:30pm February 6th and 20th; 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month 7pm-8:30pm A Christian group for parents with prodigal children. MCBC is located at 287 Mt. Calvary Road in Marietta. Call 770-424-4387 for more information or visit them on Facebook at WestCobbPOP. ‘ALADDIN’ - East Paulding High School Theatre January 17; Thursday 10am School, Noon for Hearing Impaired, 7pm Public January 18; Friday 10am - School Show, 7pm - Public Show January 19; Saturday 3pm and 7pm - Public Show TEACHERS reserve your seats now! Visit or contact Grant Brown at for more info on deadline for tickets and prices.

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MOPS (Mothers of Pre-schoolers) January 18; 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month 9:15am-11:30am February 1st and 15th; 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month 9:15am-11:30am Meetings held at Fortified Hills Baptist Church. For more information visit our website Paulding County Domestic Violence Task Force* January 18; 4th Monday of each month from 10am Meet in DA Office Conference Room at the Court House - 770-445-6016 for more information.

Frank Sinatra Night at The Olive Tree in Hiram January 19; Saturday 6pm-10pm Come listen to Frank Sinatra style music in real Italian atmosphere! No cover charge. Reservations recommended. The Olive Tree is located at 37 Beatty Street, Suite 115 in downtown Hiram. Call 770-439-0203 to make your reservation now. Country Royalty - The Dallas Theater and Civic Center January 19; Saturday 7pm Two legends of country music will appear on the same stage at the same time when Obie award winner Jason Petty and Grammy nominee Carolyn Martin pay tribute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline. Visit for ticket info. Leadership Paulding 23 Education Day January 24; Thursday 8am - 5pm To obtain a better understanding of our education system by providing hands on experience by shadowing a principal as well as the opportunities that exist in our County in secondary education. Visit for more info. Open House for Colonial Hills Christian School January 27; Sunday 2:30pm Colonial Hills has provided a superior Christian education at a reasonable price for over 50 years. K3 – 12. Located at 7131 Mt. Vernon Road, Lithia Springs, 30122. For more info visit or call 770-941-6342. Other upcoming Open Houses - Feb 24th at 2:30pm and March 19th at 7:00 pm. Book Writers Critique Group*                February 4; 1st Monday of the month; 6pm - 7:30pm For published and unpublished Book Writers only. Fiction and nonfiction. For new member info and meeting location email Paulding County Writers’ Guild* February 5; 1st Tuesday of the month; 6pm-8pm For more info and meeting location call Dana Freeman, 678-662-1948. Paulding Chamber - Georgia Power Luncheon-Paulding Senior Center February 7; Thursday 11am - 1pm Keynote Speaker, TBA. ($20/mem, $25/non-mem prepaid; $5 more at door.) Visit to register or call 770-445-6016.

Saturday, January 19, 2013 7 pm Two of country music’s biggest legends appear on the same stage. Obie award winner Jason Petty and Grammy nominee Carolyn Martin pay tribute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline. Over 20 chart-topping hits will be performed with a live band. These are the two legends that audiences all around the world want to see!

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Many people when deciding to diet restrict themselves to only specific foods. Sometimes those restrictions are as constricting as eating only cabbage soup or tuna and yogurt for weeks. These diets may help you to lose the weight but once you go back to eating your favorite foods the weight will come right back leaving you frustrated and tired. The trick is to learn to eat the foods you like, but learn what a serving size is, and how many calories are in each serving. Next you must learn to budget those foods within the number of calories you burn every day. Sometimes in order to enjoy a favorite food a smaller portion needs be eaten or a recipe needs to be altered to eliminate a high calorie ingredient. This knowledge is key to not only losing the weight but keeping it off for the rest of your life and being healthy.

When losing weight keep in mind that your body is going to put up a fight to stay where it is. That is its job, homeostasis. When restricting calories your body will want the calories it burned back. It will tempt you with larger serving sizes and forgettable trips through the drive through. Keeping a journal of ALL calories can help to keep you on track, as well as Medically Supervised Weight Loss with the use of FDA approved appetite suppressants. Medically prescribed appetite suppressants allow you to slow down and consider what you will eat, taking the time to plan, weigh, and measure your foods instead of grabbing the closest form of nourishment vowing to do better tomorrow. Planning, weighing, and measuring your food will create new habits leading to the lifestyle change you need to keep the weight off. Teaching you how many calories to eat a day in order to lose weight safely is something that a Medically Supervised Weight Loss clinic should do for you. You should always consult a physician before beginning any weight loss regimen. Article contributed by Synergy Medical Weight Loss. Synergy is a local Medically Supervised Weight Loss clinic dedicated to helping you to not only lose weight but make a lifestyle change that will keep you healthier in the New Year and beyond. For further questions please call 770-975-1299.

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he National Supreme Miss Scholarship and Recognition Program LLC was started by Renee Buchanan in 1993. It was her vision to formally recognize the accomplishments of young girls in the local community who excel in academics, community service, public speaking, and performing arts. The program grew, but Renee worked full time and knew she needed help. In 2009 she contacted Carnita Jones, whose daughter was in the program and had experience in performing arts and as a dance teacher. Carnita shared Renee’s vision for these young girls and immediately said “yes.”

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Family Alliance of Paulding 6th Annual Dinner Dance Fund Raiser February 9; Saturday 7pm - Hills Creek Events @ Thousand Acre Farm “Love in the Country.� Kick up your heels with your sweetheart! Vittles, dancing and old fashioned romancing await. Hills Creek - 1291 Braswell Road, Rockmart, 30153. For sponsorship and ticket information, call 678-202-5777 x100 or email

16th Annual Sister in Christ Women’s Conference February 23; Saturday 8:00am to 4pm - Mount Holly Church in Carrollton Join women from all over West Atlanta for a day of fun, praise, fellowship. Host church is located at 4685 N. Hwy. 27, Carrollton, GA 30117 (I-20, Exit 11 Bremen). Doors open at 8am. No cost for conference, but please pre-register online to receive Conference Package and door prizes. Lunch not provided. For guest speakers and more visit or call 770-562-9668.


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MCEACHERN MEMORIAL MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)* Support group for moms with children ages birth to kindergarten. First meeting - FREE; nursery provided. Mtgs are the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month during the school year (except January and April - mtgs are the 2nd and 4th Thursday), from 9:30am to 11:30am at Oaks Hall - McEachern Memorial UMC, 4075 Macland Rd, Powder Springs. Call 770-943-3008 ext. 1260 or visit

Angels Among Us Ministries and Angels for Success A Ministry that gives FREE prom or formal gowns to young ladies in high school that do not have the funds to buy one or outfits for ladies going for a job or an interview. Appointment or donate call Tina Watson 770-445-8994.

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t’s the end of another year, and time to celebrate! As one of the year’s most festive holidays, New Year’s is an age-old tradition which gathers friends, family, neighbors and even perfect strangers to ring in new beginnings. It’s a time where resolutions fly with the confetti and memories of the year are shared, in both its trials and successes, with hopes to start anew.

The holiday has its origin among the ancient Babylonians, who are said to have started the tradition of resolutions — returning all possessions which had been borrowed throughout the year — some 4,000 years ago. Celebrated worldwide, the New Year offers universal traditions of fireworks, singing and a special midnight kiss. The United States’ tradition of dropping the New Year’s ball in Time Square has stayed true, as well as others including Scotland’s celebration with hogmanay — a traditional cake given on New Year’s — and Italy’s tradition of wearing red underwear as a signal of good luck.

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ecorating your house is an overwhelming experience. There are numerous options when it comes to home décor. You can experiment with room accessories, colors, furniture and so on. Ultimately, it is a fun activity to revamp your entire house or any room. The arrangement of the interiors of the living room and bedroom are essential. Even a small alteration can bring fresh life into your rooms. Bear in mind that interior improvements don’t always mean spending a large quantity of money; instead it’s about being creative with innovative and unique ideas. There are many variations to explore, even with small items like decorative pillows. A pillow is the perfect accessory to be used on a sofa, dining and rest chairs.

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If you don’t care for the aforementioned for pillows then try exploring Crewel Work. It is a beautiful embroidery form that can bring out fancy designs to any fabric of different shades and colors. It is used on various items like curtains, tapestries, cushions and many more. Pouf is another edition in the list of home decorative accessories. It is a form of extra seating other than normal chairs. There are a whole range of poufs available in market, like Velvet, traditional Indian and bohemian poufs, modern design etc. In addition, you can also try a vintage collection of handcrafted poufs. It is a perfect accessory to decorate your drawing room apart from a regular sofa arrangement. In fact, you can use them in your living room or kid’s room. Generally, these are not large in size so they don’t occupy much of the space.  Sometimes, you can use them as garden chairs as well. But be careful these are made from fabric, so it will get dirty, if used in open area for long. Another exciting embroidery pattern is Kantha work. This form of embroidery can be used on any type of fabric with a variety of colors and patterns. Floor cushions are made of vintage kantha saree. It can also be used on throws, bedspreads, and throw pillows. You can find them in standard bedding sizes. These beautifully adorned bed sheets will definitely improve the décor of your room. Revamping your home with unique home decor accessories is not new concept. However, you need to be extremely wise and creative when it comes to house decorations. Make sure to shop around and check the wholesale stores for the best prices on fabrics. Also, don’t be afraid to let your own personal style show through. Pick the design, color and fabrics that YOU like; that way your home style reflects your personality and you’ll feel more comfortable in your own home.

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hen you have the ability to install a picture window or French doors, you get more than just a pretty picture in your living space. You get additional curb appeal, value and resale power with the addition of one of these great home improvement features. Whether you choose to install a picture window or French door, you can bet there are distinct advantages and disadvantages to each one. Use this guide to picture windows vs. French doors and see for yourself which addition will work best for your home.

French Doors There’s nothing more gratifying than letting a cool autumn breeze blow indoors through a pair of wellcrafted French doors. With a wide variety of door styles available, you can be sure that these double sided doors open up your home to the outside space just as well if not better than any window can. French doors can have

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other great landscaping features you may have on your property. Picture windows can provide a seamless everchanging portrait of your favorite outdoor landscape, without costing you a fortune in renovation costs. Many picture windows can easily be installed in the existing structure without the high costs of building a deck, patio or stairwell to the home.

French doors have one distinct disadvantage compared to a fixed picture window: you need a patio, porch, balcony or terrace to use them effectively. That means additional costs and maintenance to the home. While not everyone opts out for a full scale deck, a small staircase can be used for access to the French doors. Unlike typical window openings, French doors have no screens so bugs can easily get into the home unless they open underneath of a screen enclosure, further adding to the cost of a French door installation.

Picture windows have a few disadvantages that set them apart from French doors as well. The main problem with a picture window is that is usually doesn’t open. A fixed glass panel provides an unobstructed view of the outside, but it often lacks the capacity to provide fresh air and ventilation into the home. A picture windows can also make a home harder to heat or cool, ensuring your heating and cooling bills rise with the outdoor temperature fluctuations. Many homeowners who have picture windows installed opt out to have window treatments like vertical blinds or roman shades to help keep the temperature stable when outdoor temperatures are at their extremes.

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Top 5 Methods to Protect Your Plants from the Cold This Winter

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f you have the space for it in your backyard and you enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of plants, then chances are you already have a gorgeous flower garden. Or, perhaps growing flowers in your garden is part of your idea of creating a stunning landscape. Maybe you decided to change your lifestyle and eat healthier, a feat that cannot be truly achieved unless you grow your own vegetable garden. Who knows, it could be that gardening is your newly discovered hobby that you can’t get enough off. Irrespective of the reasons why you decided to have a flower or vegetable garden, it is important to protect the plants from the low temperatures, frost and snow this winter. Here are some ideas:


Clear plastic

In the eventuality that you see a lot of snow during the winter, placing clear plastic films on top of your plants is usually a good way to protect them from the frost and cold. While the technique is overall efficient, it is necessary to mention that the plastic cover should be slightly higher than your flowers/vegetables as otherwise they will freeze. In addition, the fact that the plastic is clear allows you to see though and analyze how your plants are doing, so you can act immediately if this method fails.



The cloches or hot caps, as they are better known, are usually one of the best options for vegetables that typically grow no further than 8 inches apart. Essentially, if you have eggplants, peppers or tomatoes in your garden, then you could easily shield them from the cold by creating individual protectors made from clear plastic bottles, glass jars, milk jugs, etc. However, when the temperatures get very low, it is best to cover the vegetables with hot caps with built-in heating sources.

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Simple blankets and sheets

If you happen to have a bunch of old sheets and blankets that you don’t really use anymore, then you can utilize them to safeguard your flowers and vegetables from the cold and snow. More often than not, this method works best for climates that are relatively arid, because in order for this solution to function the blankets and sheets must remain dry.


Cold frames

The cold frames constitute the upgraded version of placing clear plastic covers over the plants. The main advantage of this mechanism consists of the fact that it provides more sunlight and it can trap solar heat, as both factors are beneficial for your flowers/vegetables. In fact, the frame usually integrates a slopped top that allows your plants to enjoy a maximum sun exposure throughout the cold season. On a side note, if you live in a very cold region with harsh winters, then a cold frame with a built-in heating source is a great alternative.


Floating row covers

The floating row covers enjoy a great popularity in commercial vegetable/flower growing settings as their wind and frost protection properties allow earlier planting and later harvesting. You don’t need to worry about damaging more fragile plants because the covers are lightweight. In addition, these covers can be utilized on long term, they allow sunlight to reach the plants and usually provide great results.

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Brrr...Winter Tips For Your Furry Friend! By Amber Constantine


inter is now upon us. We’re grabbing our heavy coats and boots from the backs of our closets, preparing for the cold months. While we bundle up, we often forget about our dogs. It is true that dogs’ fur coats help keep them warm in the winter, but there are a few things you can do to make sure your pet is happy and comfortable.

If you take your dog outside often, then his paws are constantly exposed to the cold ground, snow, or ice. This exposure can cause the paw pads to crack and bleed, creating a truly uncomfortable situation for your pet. It’s important to take care of your dog’s paws during the colder months. The easiest way to add a layer of protection is to invest in dog boots. Just like your boots, dog boots will protect your pooch’s paws when you go outside. Make sure you look for water-resistant boots, since you don’t want your dog to be cold and wet. Boots with Velcro straps at the top are great for most dogs; the Velcro will ensure that the boots stay on the paws.

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If your pooch doesn’t like to wear boots or if you just can’t find any that are appropriate, then there are other at-home ways to keep your pet’s paws in good winter health. First, it’s important to keep the hair between the dog’s toes and around the feet and ankles trimmed. This hair can be a magnet for ice and debris that will irritate the paws. Trimming the hair is a quick and simple process that can be accomplished at the same time you trim the nails. Second, petroleum jelly can do wonders for keeping the paw pads in good condition. Rubbing the jelly on the bottom of the paws before going outside provides an insulating layer. Rubbing jelly on the paws when your pooch gets back inside can help ease and heal any sores or cracks.

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Just because your pooch is indoors doesn’t mean he’s fully protected from the cold. More than likely, your home is also cooler during the winter months. Make sure your pet is comfortable by having a dog bed or two throughout your home. Adding an extra blanket wouldn’t hurt. You can also purchase dog pajamas for the winter. The pajamas are great for more than just keeping your pet warm. They also trap the shedding hair. So instead of the hair going all over your home, it’s trapped in the clothes until you give them a good wash.

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t seems life has become even more hectic and busy. Many folks opt out of breakfast because they don’t have time or grab fast food on the way home, just so they can spend more time with their family. During 2013, we thought it would be a good idea to help you save some time in the kitchen with easy meals that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Also, we encourage you to include the family in your meal prep and planning. They may complain at first (mine does) but when it comes down to it, they really enjoy it.

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1 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup whole-milk ricotta 1 large egg 1/2 cup milk 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 small ripe banana, mashed Caramel sauce, optional Sliced banana, optional

Preheat oven to 200ºF. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, whisk together ricotta, egg, milk, butter, vanilla and banana. Gently stir flour mixture into ricotta mixture until just blended. Grease a nonstick skillet over medium heat with cooking spray or melted butter. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter into skillet. Cook pancakes, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 4 minutes total. Keep pancakes warm on a plate in oven while cooking remaining pancakes. Stack pancakes on dessert plates, top with caramel and sliced bananas, if desired, and serve. (Recipe from

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8 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 3/4 lb.) ¼ cup KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing 1 cup chicken broth 2 cups fresh green beans, trimmed, halved 1 cup instant white rice, uncooked ¼ cup PLANTERS Sliced Almonds Cook chicken in dressing in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat 4 min. on each side or until evenly browned. Add broth; bring to boil. Cover; simmer 5 min. Add beans; cook 5 min. or until chicken is done (165ºF). Remove chicken; cover to keep warm. Stir rice and nuts into beans. Remove from heat; cover. Let stand 5 min.; fluff rice. Serve with chicken. (Recipe from KRAFT)

Hearty Italian Sausage Casserole

1 pound of Smithfield Smoked Sausage, chopped 2 cups of sliced mushrooms 1 green or red bell pepper, chopped 1 small onion, chopped 12 eggs 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated cheddar cheese 2 tomatoes, diced 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme

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