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Tasty Grill Recipes for Father’s Day

Are you stumped about what to cook for your dad on Father’s Day?

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Try some of these tasty recipes, submitted by our Grill Master, Rachel!

Rachel and her husband, Billy, grill year round and show us that you can really grill almost anything! They shared some recipes guaranteed to knock Dad’s socks off. Check them out!

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Have a Safe and Spooktacular Halloween

From the candy to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and parents alike. It can pose dangers to young revelers.  To help make this year’s festivity a trick-free treat, follow these simple safety tips:

Adorning Your Little Ghouls

  • Choose a light-colored costume because these are easily seen at night. Add reflective tape or glow-in-the-dark tape to the front and back of the costume and to the trick-or-treat bag.
  • Only buy a costume that is labeled “flame-retardant.” This means the material won’t burn. If you are making your own costume, use nylon or polyester materials, which are flame-retardant.
  • Make sure wigs and beards don’t cover your kids’ eyes, noses, or mouths.
  • Kids shouldn’t wear masks — they can make it difficult for them to see and breathe. Instead, use nontoxic face paint or makeup. Have younger kids draw pictures of what they want to look like. Older kids will have fun putting the makeup on themselves. Test the face paint or makeup on your child’s arm or hand before applying to make sure the paint doesn’t irritate the skin.
  • Avoid colored or decorative contact lenses, unless they have been prescribed by an eye doctor for your child.
  • Put a nametag — with your phone number — on your children’s costumes.
  • Avoid oversized and high-heeled shoes that could cause kids to trip. Make sure the rest of the costume fits well, too, which can help prevent trips and falls.
  • Make sure that any props your kids carry, such as wands or swords, are short and flexible.

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Trouble-Free Trick-or-Treating

  • Accompany young children (under age 12). Make sure they know how to call 911 in case they get lost. Check to make sure they know their home phone number.
  • For older kids who are trick-or-treating on their own, find out the route they’ll be taking and when they’ll be coming home. Also be sure that they:
    • carry a cell phone, if possible
    • go in a group and stay together
    • only go to houses with porch lights on and walk on sidewalks on lit streets (never walk through alleys or across lawns)
    • walk from house to house (never run) and always walk facing traffic when walking on roads
    • stay away from candles and other flames
    • know to never go into strangers’ homes or cars
    • cross the street at crosswalks and never assume that vehicles will stop
  • Give kids flashlights with new batteries. Kids may also enjoy wearing glow sticks as bracelets or necklaces.
  • Limit trick-or-treating to your neighborhood and the homes of people you and your children know.
  • When your kids get home, check all treats to make sure they’re sealed. Throw out candy with torn packages or holes in the packages, spoiled items, and any homemade treats that haven’t been made by someone you know.
  • Don’t allow young children to have hard candy or gum that could cause choking.
  • Make sure trick-or-treaters will be safe when visiting your home, too. Remove anything that could cause kids to trip or fall on your walkway or lawn. Make sure the lights are on outside your house and light the walkway to your door, if possible. Keep family pets away from trick-or-treaters, even if they seem harmless to you.

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Gobbling Down Halloween Goodies

  • Offer a filling meal before your kids head out to trick-or-treat so they won’t scarf down too much of their haul.
  • Consider purchasing Halloween treats other than candy. Stickers, erasers, crayons, pencils, coloring books, and sealed packages of raisins and dried fruits are good choices.
  • Know how much candy your kids have collected and store it somewhere other than their bedrooms. Consider being somewhat lenient about candy eating on Halloween, within reason, and talk about how the rest of the candy will be handled. Let kids have one or two treats a day instead of leaving candy out in big bags or bowls for kids to sample at will. Consider giving some of the treats away.

Take these quick and easy precautions to help your little ghosts and goblins have a hauntingly happy and safe Halloween.

Make Your Children’s Halloween Costumes

Halloween is coming around the corner. There are many cute costumes out there to choose from, but what about making your own? It’s time to show your creative side parents. Here are just some suggestions, but there are many items around the house I am sure that can be used.

Little Old Lady Costume

Little Old Lady Costume

 

All you would need to pull this costume off is: a little walker, tennis balls, a cute little outfit, and a grey wig.

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Robot

 All you would need to pull this costume off is: cardboard, aluminum foil, pacifier, a baby bottle, and a cute outfit.

 

 

 

 

Carl from the Movie “Up”

Carl from the Movie Up

 

All you would need to pull this costume off is: balloons, PVC pipe, tennis balls, and a cute outfit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now it’s time to show your creative side. You have 16 days until Halloween, but it shouldn’t be too hard, right? If you already have your children’s Halloween Costumes ready, what are they going to be?

 

 

The Best Father’s Day Dessert – Snickers Ice Cream Pie

Are you deciding on what to get your Dad for Father’s Day! Make him something! As we know some dads are Candy Lovers! So for those Candy Lover Dads, you should make them the following dessert for Father’s Day.

Dessert Ingredients

  • 1 pint(s) chocolate ice cream,  softened
  • 1 (9 inch) ready-to-fill Oreo cookie crust
  • 3 tablespoon(s) creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup(s) caramel ice cream topping
  • 1/2 cup(s) salted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup(s) coarsely chopped Snickers Popables candy
  • 2 pint(s) Ben & Jerry’s “In a Crunch” ice cream

Dessert Directions

  1. Spread chocolate ice cream over bottom of cookie crust. Stir peanut butter into caramel topping. Drizzle 1⁄3 cup on ice cream; sprinkle with 1⁄4 cup each peanuts and chopped candy. (Freeze until ice cream is firm.)
  2. Top with scoops of peanut butter ice cream. Stir 1 to 2 tsp water into remaining topping mixture; drizzle over top. Sprinkle with remaining peanuts and candy. Freeze at least 4 hours.
  3. About 20 minutes before serving: Refrigerate pie to thaw slightly.Snickers Ice Cream Pie