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Drying Out After a Flood

AUBURN, Ala. – Flooding can cause major damage to buildings and homes. After severe weather, homeowners begin the task of drying out after the floodwaters recede. Before entering any building, make sure it is structurally sound. The following are steps for drying out after a flood. Drying Out the House To begin, remove as much water as possible, using pumps, wet-dry vacuums, squeegees, ... Read More »

Preparation for Power Outages

AUBURN, Ala. – During severe weather the risk of a power outage increases. There are several guidelines to ready homeowners for these times. Following these guidelines will make power outages a lot easier. Homeowners should always know where their flashlight and batteries are. They should be in a place that can be easily accessed. You might consider purchasing battery operated ... Read More »

New Year’s Day Feast

AUBURN, Ala. – As we get ready to head into the new year, most people will be gathering together to eat the traditional New Year’s Day feast of ham, turnip greens and black eyed peas. Ham is eaten to bring good health for the upcoming year. Black eyed peas are eaten in hopes of bringing good luck. Lastly, turnip greens ... Read More »

Repurpose your live Christmas tree after the holidays

AUBURN, Alabama — What will you do with your live Christmas tree after the holidays? At the end of the Christmas season when all of the decorations are packed away, you have to find something to do with the live Christmas tree.  The best way to get rid of the tree is to recycle it. Christmas trees are not a major landfill ... Read More »

Candy Recipes Prefect for the Holidays

AUBURN, Ala. – The Christmas season is filled with all kinds of treats and goodies. All month long, people spend hours upon hours making their family’s favorite Christmas candies. These candy recipes are sure to add a little extra cheer to your holiday season. Chocolate Fudge  Ingredients 2 cups sugar 1 cup evaporated skimmed milk ¼ teaspoon salt 2 squares ... Read More »

Perfect Holiday Cookie Recipes

AUBURN, Ala. – With Christmas right around the corner, some people are looking for easy recipes to finish up their last minute cooking and baking. A simple item that is always a crowd favorite is cookies. Not only will your friends and family love these recipes, Santa Claus will appreciate homemade cookies when he visits you on Christmas Eve. Chocolate ... Read More »

Caring for your Live Christmas tree

AUBURN, Alabama — On Thanksgiving Day, many families pack away their fall décor and replace it with snowflakes, snowmen and Santa Claus. It is finally socially acceptable to break out all the Christmas decorations you have been wanting to put up for months. The one decoration that seems to be the focal point of any household is the Christmas tree. ... Read More »

Holiday Beverages Perfect for Parties

AUBURN, Ala. – December seems to be the month for a lot of parties and gatherings. Everyone breaks out their best recipes to serve to their guests. No party is complete without the perfect selection of beverages. These recipes are sure to elevate your party this holiday season. Hot Cocoa Ingredients ¼ cup powdered cocoa ¼ cup sugar 1 cup ... Read More »

Alabama Christmas Tree Farms

AUBURN, Ala. – There are some families in Alabama where Christmas in July is not just a funny saying; it is a reality. For most families, Christmas only comes once a year, but for a select group of Alabama farmers, Christmas lasts all year long. The farmers who grow Christmas trees are surrounded by one of the main symbols of the ... Read More »

Saving Your Lawn During the Drought

AUBURN, Ala. –Homeowners are wondering how to save their lawns as the ongoing drought worsens. Dr. David Han, an Alabama Extension turf specialist, said that grasses are durable during droughts. “Remember that warm season grasses are capable of surviving long periods of extreme drought while dormant,” said Han, who is an associate professor at Auburn University. “Stopping all irrigation and ... Read More »