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10 Ways to Upcycle Your Halloween Candy

10 Ways to Upcycle Your Halloween CandyTwix and Snickers are my personal downfall of Halloween candy. Once those are gone from the bucket, I start to gravitate to other flavors…which is not good. Its time to get it out of the house. Here are a few ways to upcycle your kids’ leftovers so its still not sitting around come Easter.

1) Trade in candy for Toothbrushes – Many dentists will trade in Halloween candy for new toothbrushes, floss or sometimes even stickers or other small goodies. The candy is then sent to our soldiers overseas or donated to a foodbank. Learn if there is a dentist near you that participates in this program by visiting: www.halloweencandybuyback.com.

2) Offer your kids a trade-in option.  Maybe offer to buy them a new book or crayon set for every pound of candy they turn in then donate it using #3 or #4.

3) Donate it to your local food pantry, nursing home, women’s shelter, church youth group or Ronald McDonald House.

4) Send a care package to a soldier overseas by visiting www.anysoldier.com or Operation Shoebox (please don’t ship anything that will melt).

5) Save it for the holidays and use it to fill stockings, advent calendars or candy dishes (chocolate freezes beautifully).

6) Reward your kids by attaching a note and sneaking it into your kid’s lunch box. Its the perfect way to give them a little support before a big test, big game or other big event.

7)  Make gingerbread houses.

8)  Use it in treat bags for your kids’ upcoming Birthday Parties or to fill a pinata.

9)  Melt down chocolate bars and make chocolate covered apples, pretzels, potato chips and more.  Add candy to pretzels, cereal, nuts and seeds for a wonderful trail mix.

10) Use candy to make homework fun by quizzing your kids and then using a piece as a reward.  Get the question or spelling word correct and they get to eat a piece.  Get it wrong and Mom gets it instead (M&Ms, Skittles or those new mini Reese Cups work great for this).

Simple Suppers – Enchilada Bake

Enchilada BakeIf your family is like mine, we love Mexican food.  Tacos, Fajitas, Quesadillas…you name it.  My husband and I especially love Enchiladas but after cooking the chicken, waiting for it to cool so I can shred it, then filling the tortillas…well I don’t make them very often.  Until now.  Thanks to a rotisserie chicken, this recipe is quick and easy to pull together.  I served it alongside some Mexican Rice and a small salad.

Enchilada Bake

1 rotisserie chicken, removed from the bone and shredded
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 small can Enchilada sauce
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
sour cream
green onions

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Over medium heat, melt butter and saute onions until transparent and slightly brown.
3) Place shredded chicken into the bottom of a greased 8×8 pan.  Sprinkle cooked onions over chicken.  Top with Enchilada sauce.  Stir until chicken is covered evenly.
4) Sprinkle cheese over chicken mixture.
5) Bake for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly.  Top with sour cream and green onions. Enjoy!

This recipe was adapted from The Key Ingredient.

Girls Night Out Recipes

 

Thanks to everyone who attended our Girls Night Out event tonight!  Even with the yucky weather, we had a nice turnout of wonderful ladies.  Everyone seemed to enjoy our two tastings tonight so I thought I would share the recipes.

Caramel Apple Dip

16 individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
1/4 cup water
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a medium pan over low heat, melt caramels with water, stirring constantly.  Once completely melted, remove from heat and set aside.

In a medium bowl, blend together cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla (My Kitchen-aide mixer worked perfectly for this).  Once the caramel mixture has cooled slightly, fold it into the cream cheese mixture.

Serve with apple slices.

I also served the dip with graham cracker pretzels (available locally at Penton’s Farm Market or Miller’s Apple Hill).  Here’s a tip for you — after you cut your apple, soak them in 7-up or Sprite to keep their bright white color.  This recipe was originally posted by the blog How Sweet It Is.

 

Apple Cider Sangria

1 bottle of Pinot Grigio
3 cups fresh apple cider
1 cup club soda
1/2 cup ginger brandy
2 large apples, chopped

Combine all ingredients, except apples, and stir.  Refrigerate for several hours.  Right before serving, add apples.  I would recommend freezing some of the extra apple cider in ice cube trays.  This will keep your Sangria cold without diluting it.

This recipe was adapted from its original post on Chef-In-Training.

 

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

Yes, I’ll admit it — Its taken me almost seven years of owning a B&B to finally figure out exactly how to fold a fitted sheet.   We do A LOT of laundry so the fact that it took me that long is pretty embarrassing but now that I’ve figured it out I must share it with you.  Pretty soon your linen closet will be looking like a commercial on HGTV.  For extra organization, try storing a complete sheet set inside of a pillow case.

 

Step 1 – Find a flat surface (I use a bed).  Open the sheet up so it is flat with the elastic facing up.

Step 2 – Take your right hand and place it in the upper right corner of your sheet.  Do the same with your left hand in the upper left corner.  Bring your hands up so they are holding the sheet in front of your face or chest.

Step 3 – Take your right hand and flip the corner of the sheet over your left hand.   You will now have two corners on your left hand and none on your right.  Straighten the corners out so it makes an “L” shape.  Lay this end of the sheet back on the bed.

Step 4 – Carefully pick up the other two corners.  This time the sheet on your right hand will go under the sheet on your left hand.  Make another “L” as in Step 3.  Lay the sheet back on the bed (it should loo like the photo in the second square).

Step 5 – Fold the sheet in to fourths until it makes one long piece.  Fold in half and then half again.

Sandstone Suite

Sandstone Suite Twin Bedroom

Over the last six years, the #1 thing guests have requested is a room with multiple beds.  With so many families visiting for reunions, weddings or to tour Oberlin College, a two+ bed suite was necessary!

The new Sandstone Suite is perfect for families, longer stays or as a vacation rental.  The suite is located kitty-corner from the main house so it has lots of privacy and functionality.  The first bedroom features a queen-size pillowtop bed while the second bedroom offers two twin beds.

The suite also includes a private kitchenette with fridge, coffee maker and microwave.  You’ll enjoy breakfast in the privacy of your suite with fresh muffins, breads, cereal, yogurt, fruit and more provided each morning.

$169/night (two night minimum) – This room offers an exclusive discount: stay five nights and your sixth night is free!

Amenities include:Sandstone Suite Master Bedroom

  • Bedroom 1 offers a queen size pillowtop bed and sitting area with 42″ flatscreen TV, DVD player and over-sized chair
  • Bedroom 2 offers two twin beds and 40″ flatscreen TV with DVD player
  • The two bedroom suite has a shared bath with shower
  • Kitchenette with fridge, microwave and coffee maker
  • Luxury Bed Linens & Towels
  • Antique DresserSandstone Suite Kitchenette
  • Ceiling Fans in both bedrooms and kitchen
  • Large closet area to store suitcases, clothes and coats
  • Hair Dryer
  • Alarm Clocks
  • Central Air
  • Cable Television in both bedrooms
  • Free Wireless Internet
  • Iron and Iroining Board
  • Enjoy a freshly prepared continental breakfast each morning in the comfort of your suite

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