Month: November 2021

Microwave Shortcuts for Thanksgiving Dinner

microwave shortcuts for Thanksgiving dinner

I cooked Thanksgiving dinner for my family many times over the years. And I loved doing it. But I must confess that this year I’m happy to be going to my daughter ‘s home for Thanksgiving for the first time. I’ll contribute the carrot souffle, a family favorite, to the buffet. Also,  I hope she, and you, can use these microwave shortcuts for Thanksgiving dinner. Shortcuts for Thanksgiving Dinner and Beyond Some things work in the microwave, and some don’t. I wouldn’t recommend trying to defrost your turkey in the microwave, for example. But I haven’t cooked popcorn on the stovetop since they invented microwave popcorn. (I sprinkle it with truffle salt.) And I love steaming all kinds of vegetables in a special microwave-safe dish I bought for that purpose. When doing the research for this article I found lots of microwave shortcut tips. But “10 Ways to Use Your Microwave for Thanksgiving,” by The Food Network, was the most timely and useful. Unusual Uses for Your Microwave While looking for microwave shortcuts for Thanksgiving dinner, I found  “20 Uses for a Microwave that Will Surprise You,” from Lifehack.org.  There are lots of interesting uses in the article. And don’t […]

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Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday, 2AM

daylight saving time ends Sunday

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 7, 2021, in most of the U.S.. Yay! An extra hour of sleep, unless circumstances are beyond your control. A new baby couldn’t care less that you changed the clocks! Just for the record, Daylight Saving Time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.  Here are a few timely tips (pun intended) to help you make the transition from Daylight Saving to Standard Time. Clocks “fall back” one hour Sunday at 2 AM. Change the clocks before you go to bed Saturday night. Don’t forget your watches…including the ones you keep in the dresser drawer. Remember to change the clock on your car dashboard. If needed, reset the timers on automatic systems such as sprinklers and lighting. While you’re at it, change the smoke alarm batteries. Replace the batteries in hard wired smoke alarms, too. The batteries in hard wired alarms provide backup in case of a power outage caused by things like fire or natural disasters. Check the year your smoke alarm was manufactured. It should be shown on the unit. If it’s close to ten years old, it’s time to replace it. Make […]

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