Entries by Katie Schwend

Timeline for Thanksgiving Week

Four Days Ahead – as appropriate, begin defrosting the frozen turkey in the refrigerator. Start making extra ice cubes and store them in the freezer. Do major housecleaning and organizing. Check with guests who are bringing food to see if they need oven space. Organize containers, bags, and wraps for leftovers. Fill salt and pepper […]

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is only a week away and if you are having family and guests, it’s time to start thinking about what you are going to serve. Guest List The first order of business is to determine your guest list. How many people have confirmed that they are sharing the day with you? Knowing this will […]

Dealing With Fall Leaves

Whether you use a leaf blower, shredder, or rake, it’s time to get the last of the leaves off the lawn, driveway, and sidewalks before the next serious snow fall. Hand-Held Shredder The easiest way to deal with leaves is to suck them into a hand-held shredder just like a vacuum cleaner, but this vacuum […]

Making Krumkake Cookies

Whether or not you have Norwegian or Scandinavian ancestry, if you’ve ever tasted the cookie treat called krumkake, you probably look forward to enjoying some of this delicate, sweet, treat during the holidays. This cone-shaped cookie is filled with any number of possible fillings. Krumkake is fairly simple to make, but you need some special […]

History of Kitchen Aid Mixers

KitchenAid is an American home appliance brand owned by Whirlpool Corporation. The company was started in 1919 by The Hobart Corporation to produce stand mixers; the “H-5” was the first model introduced. The company faced stiff competition as rivals moved into this emerging market, and introduced its trademarked silhouette in the 1930s with the model “K”, the work of […]

Do You Have a Snowblower?

Having snow removal equipment to clear your sidewalks and driveway comes in handy with the heavy snows we get here in Montana. There are different kinds of equipment to choose based on how much snow you need to clear. Snow Blowers Single-Stage Snow Blowers  Single-stage snow blowers are lightweight and capable of handling up to […]

Preparing Your Home for Winter

It’s time to think about the annual chores you do to get your home and property ready for winter. You’ll want to be sure that the cold stays out of the house and the outside stays free of ice and snow. Inside Seal up Air Leaks – before winter gets a tight hold, check around […]

How to Carve a Pumpkin

Carving a pumpkin is a messy job, so start with newspapers or plastic covering your work surface and have a bucket or wastebasket handy for the flesh and seeds. Marking the Design Make sure your pumpkin sits flat on the surface. You can trim some of the skin to straighten it up if necessary.  Use […]

Choosing a Pumpkin to Carve

Carving pumpkins at this time of year is a long-honored tradition. Sitting on the porch or front steps or worked into a vignette with a straw bale, scarecrow or witch, and chrysanthemums they make quite a pretty picture, and everyone who passes by smiles. Safety First Whether you put your carved pumpkin on the front […]

What Do You Know About Pumpkins?

Do you know that pumpkins come in lots of colors besides orange? It’s true!  There are are green, yellow, red, white, blue, striped, and even tan pumpkins. Colors Before a Jack O’Lantern pumpkin matures it starts off green and comes in all sizes from very small to gigantic (mostly grown for competition).  Casper and Baby […]