I’ve taken an apple crisp recipe we’ve had success with in the past and made some tweaks to it. We’ve discovered that, since apple “types” vary greatly in terms of tartness or sweetness, you’ve really got to match your brown sugar quantities with how sweet or tart your apple type is. This time, we’re using fresh Honey Crisp apples we just bought from Browns Orchard near York, PA. They, in my opinion, are kind of a cross between Granny Smiths and Delicious apples. I’m not too big on the Delicious variety (too sweet for me), but I love Granny Smith. These Honey Crisp are a great match, though more on the sweet than tart side. I enjoy having a new twist to the “normal” apples around the house! [Read more…] about Apple Crisp Recipe – New & Improved! With Honey Crisp Apples
Much like a toddler testing his/her parents’ limits, teenagers also will rebel against and push their parents’ edges and limits. A teen is trying to find his/her place as an adult, but unlike an adult, is not completely aware of the consequences and effects of their decisions. Adolescence is often a time when teenagers are going through hormonal changes, experiencing peer pressure, and just searching for who they are in this world. During this trying time, the teen may become rebellious and defy authority and especially parents. [Read more…] about When Teens Push Their Parents to the Edge
As the heat of summer surrounds you, you may find it a good idea to venture out to the community swimming pool. As you arrive, you notice that many of your neighbors had the same thought. There are kids running and doing cannon balls into the swimming pool. As they splash water high into the air, it falls outside of the pool onto the concrete walkway. Beach towel in hand, you place one rubber-sandal clad foot onto the walkway and end up falling hard onto the concrete. [Read more…] about Ensure Swimming Pool Safety with Perforated Metal Products
If your teen’s mood can change from euphoric to depressed to happy again to agitated in a matter of moments, he or she may be suffering from teen bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder affects 1 percent of people. However, it remains very intense in teenagers because its symptoms begin showing up before the age of 35.
Teenage bipolar disorder can create long lasting effects and severe consequences if left untreated. It can wreak havoc on a teen’s school, personal, and family life. When a teen is elated, their extreme happiness may cause them to make impulsive decisions and even purchases. It can often make them feel hyperactive and they may resist the need for sleep. When the mood changes into one of extreme sadness, the teen may get angry, irritable, and impatient. During any one of these mood changes, the teen may think that they are worthless and become paranoid. They may cry or refuse to eat. Though extreme, suicide and insomnia can also occur. [Read more…] about Is Your Teenager Suffering from Bipolar Disorder?
When one thinks of 19,200 pictures, 640,000 document pages,or 2,048 MP3 files, the numbers are so extreme that they are hard to grasp. However, take a moment and imagine what 640,000 pieces of paper would look like piled up on your desk. It is several feet high, disorganized, and slightly leaning over. If you were to look for just one piece of paper out of those 640,000 pieces, how much work, time, and effort would it take? Maybe that paper is right in the middle (say around piece 320,000?). After you sifted through that many pages, you most likely would forget what you were looking for in the first place and have to start over.
If you are a sentimental person and tend to take hundreds or thousands of family photos, than you can grasp what too many pictures look like. However, can you fully grasp what 19,200 pictures would look like? If a photo album holds 300 photos, than you would have accumulated 64 albums! It would take a lot of time to organize these photos by date, event, family members, etc. When it comes time to actually show someone the picture from last year’s family reunion, how likely is it that you will find it in your massive pile of photo albums? Probably not very likely. [Read more…] about 640,000 Pieces of Paper Piled on Your Desk
Security is extremely important for an office building. The building may contain expensive electronic equipment, furniture, confidential files, and many other items that burglars or unscrupulous competitors would love to get their hands on. Executives may drive expensive cars to work and feel uncomfortable about leaving their vehicles exposed in an open parking lot in the middle of a city. Of course, anyone driving to work and parking in a metropolis area may feel some concern about having a car broken into. For these reasons, many companies opt to build fences all around their property.
A sturdy metal fence around the premises can be the first line of defense against would-be robbers. Often just seeing an intimidating fence surrounding property will deter a crook from trying to break through. He’ll go on to the next building that does not have fencing around it and commit burglary there. Although a fence isn’t a perfect deterrent, it’s inconvenient to have to climb over a fence to get in if there is another place that is easier to rob. [Read more…] about Custom Stylish Metal Fencing for Commercial Architecture
I posted recently about the flop Apple Crisp my husband and I had when we used Gala Apples in our Apple Crisp. The apples were tough and dry and overall it was just very disappointing. We happen to like Apple Crisp enough that we were not about to give up (after all, we’ve made yummy ones in the past), but we decided we’d better try with some different apples.
Macintosh apples, now those are good baking apples! I have heard many times that they are good for baking and not so much for eating. So, when my sons and I went to the orchard last week we went directly for the Macintosh apples. I like to go to Shaw Orchards which is only a few minutes from our house. There is another orchard a bit closer, however, I am not nearly as fond of them with all their fruit flys flying around my face. [Read more…] about Apple Crisp retried with Macintosh apples
Homeschooling can be a rewarding challenge with frustrating moments for any parent who dares to take on the challenge. To see your child excel in certain areas and grasp a hold of knowledge is a special gift. Homeschoolers recognize that their kids are not all cut from the same cookie cutter. I homeschool my two kids and they are very different in how they study. The oldest child studies in her room with her books and DVD player. She sits at a desk and all her books are neatly stacked and everything is organized. There’s no questioning where this book is or what happened to that paper. She has it all under control as opposed to my youngest. [Read more…] about Homeschooling Kids With Opposite Study Habits
Home Automation has to be a wonderful thing! Who wouldn’t want to be able to use a remote control to dim the lights in the home theater (aka. the living room)? Or what about that antique lamp from grandma that has the switch way down on the cord behind the couch that you have to struggle with just to turn it on? Wouldn’t it be nice to push a button on the wall instead of taking the risk of breaking it just to turn it on?
I have a little lamp with one of those little switches down on the cord (mines not an antique though). My mom gave me the lamp when I started planning to get married. It’s a real pretty, light pink rose with a night light bulb buried in the middle of it. Very pretty! The rose goes great with the roses in my bedroom. The only problem with this lamp is that I can’t use it where I’d like to. Why not? That little switch. It’s impossible to turn on that little switch when the cord has to go down behind my dresser. So, what have I done with it? Set it where I want it and not even bothered to plug it in.
With the help of X10 home automation it would not be hard for me to put this lamp into use. From my understanding of the product, all I would need is a LM465 Lamp Module and a remote control or wall switch to control it.
The LM465 Lamp Module is simply a little box I would plug the lamp into and then plug the module into the normal wall electrical outlet. There is no rewiring or special electrical work required, it all works with what I already have. When I pull out the dresser to do this I’ll just turn on the lamp at the little switch and just leave it on because I’ll then be able to control it remotely.
Now, to control the lamp I have two different options. I can choose to use an X10 remote control or an X10 Automated Switch to control my lamp. Just as with the Lamp Module, I can get these so they work remotely and require no rewiring. (This is important to me, can you tell?) With a remote control it will be just like using the TV remote, only I’m using it on my light. A wall switch can be put where a current wall switch is or elsewhere. In my case, I do not want to make any changes to my current light switch so I think I would choose the SS13A Slimline Switch which can be put anywhere in the room and adhered to any surface. The nice thing with the switches and remotes is that they can often be used to control more than one item at a time like the lamp, the bathroom light and DVD player.
In any thriving suburban area you will notice several things about it. One will be continual growth in population. With the growth in population will be the growth of social organizations such as gyms, neighborhood associations, churches and so on. Each organization will experience their own growing pains throughout this process, whether it is not enough space, limited availability to the community or restricted access to the club. A lot of these growing pains can be dealt with in various manners and such is the case with churches. As their membership grows (hopefully according to the local populous) so does their needs for funding and facilities. Such is the case for a lot of churches in my area. They have outstretched the maximum seating capacity and needed to look at constructing a facility that will not only meet their current needs but hopefully their needs for the next twenty or so years.
Planners, engineers and accountants all need to be involved in such monumental decisions. Questions such as will a sanctuary that seats a 1000 people be sufficient for the next 15 or 20 years when the current membership total stands at 300 and growing by one percent monthly? Then of course there are the questions of exactly what kind of facilities need to be built? Will just a sanctuary do or do we also need a kitchen? A gym? More classrooms? And so on it goes. Then there are the engineering designs that need to be considered. Can a flat roof work as well as a gabled roof and will shingles do instead of a metal roof? And of course, the major player in this game is the accountant. He or she will be the ultimate determinate as to exactly what can be afforded.
All these people can be instrumental in a building project. That is why the D. R. Hartman Construction company (website) can be instrumental in working through these complex problems. They can work with the planner and the accountant to lay out a course of action and then make it happen. They can help you determine exactly what kind of structure would be suitable to your organizations needs along with the obtaining the correct permits to do so. They will finish the job right down to the last nail in the baseboard and make sure that their customers receive a courteous and friendly person to liaise with.
Should you determine that your organization cannot finance a major operation such as a new construction project, D.R. Hartman Construction company can work with you to complete a remodeling project within the facilities you now occupy to give your organization anything from a new face lift to maximizing your capacity to your advantage. DRHCI builds churches and remodels existing churches in the Bethesda, Gaithersburg & Washington, D.C. regions. Why not contact them today for a free remodeling quote and see what they can do for your organization?