Keep Pets Safe this Halloween

(Family Features) Halloween isn’t just for humans; four-legged friends have plenty of opportunities to get in on the fun, too. However, it’s important to take some pet precautions that allow the whole family to enjoy the holiday safely, as the costumes and excitement can be overwhelming and some of the candy is even dangerous. As you’re filling the candy buckets and assembling the perfect costumes, be sure to heed these tips from the experts at PetSmart for a Halloween filled with pet-friendly fun: Out and about Make sure pets have proper identification by microchipping and registering your pet’s microchip, and …

Trick-or-Treat for a Cause

  (Family Features) Orange pumpkins on doorsteps and orange candy corn in buckets are iconic staples of Halloween, but the season can be about more than fun and treats. Since 1950, generations of children in the United States have gone door-to-door on Halloween with the iconic orange coin collection boxes calling out, “ Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!” With nearly $177 million raised for health care, education, nutrition and more for children, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has evolved into a month-long celebration of the power of kids helping kids. Throughout October, kids, parents, and teachers across the country can be “ scary good” …

6 Meals to Celebrate Hispantic Heritage Month

    Try these authentic and traditional recipes to celebrate Hispanic heritage with flavor (Family Features) From secret recipes handed down for years to the everyday café con leche, milk has always been a part of traditional Latin American food. Hispanic Heritage Month, which lasts through mid-October, is a perfect opportunity for families to embrace and celebrate the culture, impact, and contributions of generations of Hispanic Americans. Food is deeply rooted in Hispanic culture, and real dairy milk is a key ingredient in many popular dishes. Milk brings flavor to traditional foods and provides a simple way to get families essential …

Chocolate Silk Pie

Calling all chocolate lovers!!!  Not only is the pie rich with chocolate, but it is also easy to make when you need a quick dessert.  Try this recipe and more dessert recipes at culinary.net. Chocolate Silk Pie 1 (9 inch) unbaked pastry shell 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips 1/4 cup butter, cubed 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped Topping: 1 cup heavy whipping cream 2 tablespoons powdered sugar Chocolate shavings, optional Preheat oven to 450°. Line pastry shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake 8-10 minutes. Remove …

Lemon Cream Puffs

You don’t have to be a pastry chef to make these delicious little beauties.  With a hint of lemon, these light and fluffy puffs will be a hit at your next gathering. Lemon Cream Puffs 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup butter, cubed 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2   Eggs LEMON FILLING: 1 egg, beaten 1/3 cup sugar 3 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons butter, cubed 1 cup heavy whipping cream 2 teaspoons sugar Powdered Sugar Preheat oven to 400°. In a large saucepan, bring water and butter to a boil. Add flour all at once, stirring until a smooth ball …

Coconut Custard Pie

There’s no better way to top off a scrumptious dinner than with a big slice of this yummy coconut custard pie. With a mild taste of coconut and the sweet taste of custard, you’ll be wanting to go back for seconds. If desired, top with toasted coconut or better yet, some whipped cream.  Find more dessert recipes at culinary.net. Coconut Custard Pie Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches) 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, chopped 3 eggs, beaten 2-1/2 cups 2% milk 2/3 cup sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Toasted …

Farmer’s Casserole

Plan ahead for your weekend brunch with this delicious Farmer’s Casserole recipe.  You’ll enjoy this hearty combination of meat, cheese, eggs and a little bit of spice with some jalapenos.  You can also prepare this recipe the night before and let it chill till you are ready to pop it in the oven. Farmer’s Casserole Nonstick cooking spray 3 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes 3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1 cup diced cooked ham, cooked breakfast sausage or Canadian-style bacon 2 green onions, sliced 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped 4 eggs, beaten 1 ½ cups milk 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 …

Create your own movie theatre anytime, anywhere with CINEMOOD

Create your own movie theatre anytime, anywhere! CINEMOOD is the world’s first absolutely noiseless, 3” ultralight standalone projector, that converts any surface into a 12-foot magic cinema. Screen time without a screen – bigger, better, safer CINEMOOD gives the eyes and brain a break, eliminating blue light, and providing a safer viewing experience than tablets, and TVs. Powerful little box With five hours of rechargeable battery life and no connection to a computer, phone or wall outlet needed, CINEMOOD becomes the perfect travel companion for car rides, airplane trips, camping, and backyard get-togethers Stream Netflix, Youtube, Amazon Prime Video – anytime, …

Hip Bag Company makes one of a kind bags from repurposed leather.

The season of giving is upon us and unique gifts that your loved ones will remember is the ultimate goal!  The Hip Bag Company is the perfect luxury gift for your mom, girlfriend, wife, sister or best friend who is always on the go! Forget heavy bags and purses that will literally drag her down! The Hip Bag is the clever survival kit that keeps her basics right at her hip. We all know carrying a big bag can lead to a big pain! From the weight on your neck and shoulders to simply the inconvenience of hauling around heavy …

What’s in the Can May Surprise You

Cooking with canned foods combines convenience and nutrition (Family Features) Simple, convenient and versatile, canned foods provide an array of options for families looking to increase nutrition during mealtimes. However, some home chefs may not be aware of the benefits canned foods bring to the table. Consider these common consumer misnomers cleared up by the Canned Food Alliance: Myth: Canned foods don’t count toward dietary goals. Fact: Canned foods provide important nutrients that deliver on the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines, as all forms of fruits, vegetables, beans, meats, and seafood – whether fresh, frozen, canned or dried – are recommended to …