Bringing the outdoors indoors
Making Patio Space an Extension of the Home
(Family Features) When the weather conditions are just right, a relaxing evening spent on the porch or patio is perfect for enjoying good company and the beauty of the outside world. Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy these comforts regardless of the season?
Bring the rejuvenating, refreshing and calming effects of nature into your personal space with a few simple touches. The best place for incorporating these organic elements is the space closest to your patio or outdoor space. Let this area serve as a transitional space where the
utside world connects with the comforts of your interior.
Here are a few tips to make your outside world an extension of your home:
Choose Natural Materials
For chairs, sofas, rugs, pillows and other décor, choose natural patterns, textures and fibers. Pair materials like hemp, rattan, bamboo, wicker and jute, with softer textures, such as cottons, velvet and velour for added dimension.
Light Up the Room
Nothing pleases the senses like natural light, so be sure to rid windows and doorways of heavy drapery and other barriers. Bring this beautiful resource inside by adding a retrofit folding patio door, such as the JELD-WEN® W-4500, which uses floor-supported technology for a simpler fit into an existing door opening.
Choose Natural Colors
Pick chairs, sofas, coffee tables and buffet pieces that are white or ivory. These light colors will make the outdoor tints of greens, blues and browns pop. For the woodsy look, choose faux bois upholstery, a textile pattern that mimics the grain of wood.
Spruce Up the View
Add trees or other lush landscapes to serve as your focal point when you look outside. Attach window boxes and plant flowers and shrubbery in colors that complement your décor. Add trees or other lush landscapes to serve as your focal point when you look outside. Truly access your serene views with a wider expanse and with ease by adding a folding patio door, such as the JELD-WEN W-4500, which comes in a variety of different colors, finishes and is available in 2-, 3- or 4-panel configurations. For more information on JELD-WEN windows and doors, visit www.jeld-wen.com.
Add Natural Elements to Décor
The right decorative tchotchkes can evoke the serenity of nature within your space. For a rustic look, add dried flowers, pinecones, rocks, wood and straw. For a seaside touch, use sea shells, starfish and jars of sand for a coastal inspiration. If you lack space to scatter throughout the room, place these items in a large decorative bowl and use as a centerpiece.
The best way to incorporate your favorite natural nuances is to photograph it. Do you have photographs from that trip to the Grand Canyon or Glacier National Park? Display those beautiful memories and scenery. Dust off your favorite old photos and place them in neutral-toned frames to set throughout the space.
Haven Fall Festival
The Haven Fall Festival is just around the corner. Keep checking back for information on details and activities!
Best of Haven Contest is looking for the good in Haven. We hope you will enjoy competing in this event. Click here for more information and to complete a registration form for each entry you place in the competition.
Car & Bike Show – Car Show will be held at Shep Chevrolet in Downtown Haven at 106 E. 2nd Haven, KS 67543. Please park your vehicle for display on 2nd Street and register at the tent. Click here for more information.
Food Vendor Application – As a food vendor, you will have a market for 1000 or more potential customers for this one-day event. Click here for vendor application and more information.
Vendor Application – Click here for vendor information and application.
2014 Parade – Click here for rules and regulations.
Wash Board Tournament - Click here for more information.
3 on 3 Basketball – Click here for more information.
Minute To Win It - Click here for more information and entry form.
7th Annual “Haven for BBQ’ers” Cook-Off – Come have fun and bring the family. Click here for more information and entry form.
5K Run – 5K Walk – Kids 1/2 mile Run -Click here for entry form.
Grill Your Way Into Fall
(Family Features) The weather is getting cooler, but that doesn’t mean grilling season has to burn out. In fact, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, 60 percent of grillers are now cooking outdoors year-round, so fall grilling season is just heating up.
With the new season come new opportunities to fire up the grill, from tailgating at football games to harvest parties around bonfires. Burgers remain one of the most popular foods to grill, so there’s no better time to perfect your burger grilling skills with these tips from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet grill master Russ Faulk:
- The first step to the perfect burger is selecting the right beef. To get the right balance of texture, flavor and juiciness, go with an 85 percent lean mixture. Ground beef from the butcher’s case is recommended over pre-packaged options.
- For the freshest flavor, avoid ground beef with any signs of gray or brown color. Always check the underside of the meat before purchasing.
- Form 1/3-pound to 1/2-pound patties, making them about three-fourths of an inch thick and roughly three-fourths of an inch larger in diameter than the buns.
- Dimple the middle of each patty so it’s thinner in the center than at the edges. The indent will rise up and flatten out when grilled.
- Finally, brush the patties with olive oil and season with salt – both will help in creating a browned exterior crust.
Prepping the grill
- Heat up two temperature zones: one hot fire at 600 degrees for the burgers and another 400-degree area for toasting the buns.
- The dry heat of a charcoal fire delivers the best crust on the outside of the burger. Gas fire also works, if it’s hot enough. Certain grills, such as the Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet Hybrid Fire Grill, allow for cooking with any combination of gas, charcoal or wood.
- Place the burgers over the hottest part of the grill for about four minutes. Add slices of red onions to the grill to caramelize them at this time.
- Flip the burgers and cook for another four minutes. Add cheese to the top of the patties and place the onions on top of the burger.
- When the burgers are almost done, lightly toast the buns directly on the cooler zone of the grill grate or on the warming rack for about 20-30 seconds.
- Remove everything from the grill, and assemble your burgers.
For more burger recipes and grilling tips, visit kalamazoogourmet.com.
4 pounds choice ground round, 85 percent lean, formed into 8 hamburger patties
Extra virgin olive oil
Finely-ground sea salt
8 Italian rolls, split
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 poblano pepper, thinly sliced (or green bell pepper)
1 banana pepper, thinly sliced
1 Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
8 slices provolone cheese
Prepare grill for direct grilling with two temperature zones: one medium-low and one medium-high. Preheat 12-inch cast iron skillet over hottest part of fire.
Brush hamburger patties all over with olive oil and liberally season with sea salt. Lightly brush insides of rolls with olive oil and lightly season with sea salt.
Toss peppers and onion with about 1 tablespoon olive oil.
Grill burgers over hot zone of fire, turning once, about 4 minutes per side.
Toast rolls over cooler zone of fire during second half of burger cooking.
Transfer cooked burgers to platter, top each with slice of cheese, and cover with foil to rest and to melt cheese.
Remove toasted rolls from fire and reserve.
Cook peppers and onions in hot skillet, tossing frequently until nicely browned, about 5 minutes.
Top each burger with peppers and onions, transfer to rolls and serve.
Easy tips for a healthy school year
(Family Features) Another school year is underway and with it comes homework, play dates, team sports and more, which can make the task of feeding your kids healthy snacks a daunting one.
Fortunately, there are several ways parents can make snack time easier and more nutritious. Healthy, convenient and naturally sweet options, such as California raisins, are a great solution for snack time throughout the school year.
“California raisins are an all-natural, dried-by-the-sun fruit parents can feel good about giving their kids,” says Larry Blagg, senior vice president of marketing for the California Raisin Marketing Board. “The ingredient list says it all – raisins.”
Because they are 100-percent fruit with no added sugar, raisins contain zero empty calories, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food-a-Pedia website. In fact, a recent study presented at the Canadian Nutrition Society, found that children who eat raisins as an after-school snack may prevent excessive calorie intake and may increase satiety (or feeling full) when compared to other common snacks.
For naturally sweet and satisfying ways to avoid falling into a snacking rut, follow these simple tips:
1.) Don’t leave snacking to chance. Avoid unhealthy snacks by preparing nutritious options ahead of time. Try a no-fuss option like a hearty trail or snack mix and add California raisins for sweetness without the sugar.
2.) Make grab-and-go snacks. Make snacks that are portable. On busy days, having go-to snacks that travel well in backpacks, lunch boxes, your purse or car will save time and satisfy hungry tummies.
3.) Involve the kids. Create healthy habits by involving kids in snack preparation. When kids are engaged in creating their own snacks, parents can make valuable connections between food choices and nutrition. Choose fun and simple recipes kids can make on their own or with little help.
4.) Don’t forget the fun. Remind kids that snacking healthy can be creative and fun. Introduce them to the rainbow of colors, shapes, and tastes included in a healthy diet.
5.) Remind kids: healthy is tasty. It really is possible to make healthy snacks kids won’t trade at recess. Prepare wholesome snacks, like this chewy and delicious Honey Nut Raisin Snack Mix, made with naturally sweet California raisins.
For more information about California raisins and more great recipes, please visit www.loveyourraisins.com, and sign up for a California Raisins snack pack on the California raisins Facebook page at facebook.com/californiaraisins.
Honey Nut Raisin Snack Mix
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Cool time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 cups
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons almond butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups brown crispy rice cereal
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup rolled gluten-free oats
2 cups California raisins
1/2 cup California golden raisins
Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt butter in large pot over medium heat. Add honey, almond butter and cinnamon and bring to full boil. Let boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in cereal, almonds and oats. Spread 1-inch thick on baking sheet then separate into 1-inch clusters. Let cool completely, then sprinkle in raisins. Store in an airtight container.
Note: For crunchy clusters, spread cooked mixture 1-inch thick on a prepared baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir to form clusters and let cool completely. Sprinkle in raisins.
Source: California Raisin Marketing Board
Tips for a great school day
How your kids win with breakfast
(Family Features) There are various habits that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. But one healthy habit in particular, the routine of having a nutritious breakfast every morning, is one that can positively impact your family.
A nutritious breakfast is important to fuel your body and brain after an overnight fast, and provide the nutrition you need to start the day. For parents who want their children to be their best, good nutrition at breakfast can make all the difference. In fact a good breakfast is just as important as having sharp pencils and the right gym shoes.
Tips to start the day right
To help your kids get the right start to the school day, follow these nutrition and wellness tips:
- Be a Healthy Role Model
Kids emulate everything their parents do, including eating habits when mealtime rolls around. Show your kids that making smart, healthy choices is something that is important and vital to you. When they see you choosing vegetables and fruits over junk food, they will want to follow in your footsteps. When they adopt these types of eating habits, they’ll have the proper fuel to help get them through their school days.
- Stock Up on Simple Options
Do you ever have those hectic mornings when you’re trying to get everyone out the door? Easy-to-make breakfast options are great to have on hand, such as Carnation Breakfast Essentials® nutritional drinks and bars. These convenient products offer an easy and nutritious way for your kids to start their day right, with a rich source of protein and 21 vitamins and minerals, including calcium to help build strong bones.
- Mix Up Lunches
A lunch consisting of a sandwich, cheese stick and apple can be boring after just a few days. Turn last night’s leftovers into a delicious lunchtime meal. For example, grilled chicken can be turned into a wrap, or taco meat can be a perfect topping for salad or rice. This type of repurposing can save busy parents time and money throughout the school year.
- Get a Good Night’s Sleep
A great day in the classroom starts with a restful night of quality, restorative sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, kids between ages 3-5 should get between 11-13 hours, while kids between ages 5-12 should get 10-11 hours of sleep. Create a good environment for sleep, which consists of a quiet, dark and cool room that is free of distractions, such as televisions, computers and smartphones.
- Make Breakfast Fun
Keep the options for this important morning meal exciting for your kids by mixing in their favorite flavors. Smoothies are a kid favorite that can be quickly created with low fat milk, frozen fruit and a packet of Carnation Breakfast Essentials® powder drink mix.
So help your children be their very best by incorporating these tips into your family routine. For helpful recipes and additional tips, visit www.carnationbreakfastessentials.com.
Available buildings in Haven
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Haven High Steel drum band selected to perform at the 2015 KMEA state convention
Congratulations to the Haven High Steel drum band for being selected to perform at the 2015 Kansas Music Educators Association state convention. This is the 4th time since 2000 the band has been chosen.
Haven Baptist worship schedule
|Sunday School (All Ages)||9:45|
|Sunday Morning Worship Service (Jr. Church is available for Children 6th Grade and Below)||10:45|
|Sunday Evening Worship Service||6:30|
|Wednesday Evening Prayer & Bible Study (Awana or Kids Explosion is available for Children)||7:00|
|Men’s Morning Prayer Breakfast (Saturdays – Carriage Crossing in Yoder)
(First Saturdays – At The Church)
|Special Morning Monthly Outreach (4th Saturdays)||10:00|
|Ladies Morning Bible Study & Fellowship (2nd Tuesdays)||10:00|
|Ladies Evening Bible Study & Fellowship (2nd Tuesdays)||7:00|
Haven High & Middle, Yoder Charter, Partridge Grade, & Mt. Hope Elementary Enrollment Dates: August 1, 2014 8am – 12pm & August 4, 2014 12pm – 7pm.
Haven Grade Enrollment Dates: July 31, 2014 12pm – 7pm & August 1, 2014 8am – 12pm.
Delectable Dessert Indulgences
Treatology™ blends different flavors for delicious results
(Family Features) Dessert is an indulgence, and when you delight in the taste, texture and aroma of a decadent sweet treat, you savor every bite. It is easy to get lost in the flavor and fragrance of rich chocolate or creamy caramel.
But what happens when chocolate or caramel are paired with different flavors, like salty, sour or savory? Spurred by curiosity, the food scientists in the Wilton Test Kitchen dug deeper into unusual flavor pairings to enhance the taste experience.
While the terms “taste” and “flavor” are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between the two. The taste of a food is what the taste buds perceive, while the flavor of a food is the combination of these tastes, plus the aroma and the other sensations.
Treatology™ is the science of blending different flavors and tastes to create dishes that are an experience all on their own.
Look for more taste, flavor and inspiration at http://treatology.wilton.com.
There are five basic taste categories the taste buds perceive:
Sweetness is recognized by the presence of sugar. It is very predominant in desserts, but also creates great contrast with salty and sour.
Sourness can be added through a variety of acidic foods, such as vinegars and citrus fruits.
Salt enhances flavor, intensifies sweetness and suppresses bitterness.
Bitterness may be found in a variety of foods, including chocolate and coffee. When not in balance, bitter can be offensive, but in very small quantities it adds richness and depth.
Umami is described as a savory, often mouthwatering taste perceived when eating meat, fish, cheeses like parmesan and bleu and certain vegetables such as asparagus.
Coffee Toffee Heath Cupcakes
Makes about 24 cupcakes
- Coffee increases the bitterness of the chocolate for richer, deeper flavor
- Toffee adds rich buttery notes and caramelized sugar flavors
1 cup water
2 tablespoons instant coffee
1 package (16.2 ounces) Devil’s Food cake mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons instant coffee
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 package (8 ounces) English toffee bits
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pan with baking cups.
In a small bowl, combine water and instant coffee; stir to dissolve.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, coffee, eggs and oil. Beat with electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl frequently. Then, beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Fill baking cups 2/3 full with batter.
Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until toothpick, inserted into the center, comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pan and place on cooling grid to cool completely.
For ganache, combine cream and instant coffee in small saucepan; stir to dissolve. Warm over medium heat until cream begins to steam; do not boil. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Cool slightly.
Place 1/2 cup ganache in disposable decorating bag. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, create a small hole in the center of each cupcake; pipe in ganache. Dip tops of cupcakes in remaining ganache; lightly shake off excess. Immediately dip cupcake in toffee bits.
Makes about 2 dozen tartlets
- Brie has creamy texture and is a soft-ripened cheese with mild flavor
- Honey adds sweetness and balances the cheese flavor
- Pear also adds sweetness
- Cardamom adds a slight bitter note
1 sheet (1/2 of a 17.3-ounce box), puff pastry, thawed
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons honey, divided
1-1/2 cups diced, peeled firm ripe pear
1/2 4-ounce wheel, brie, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare a 24-cavity mini muffin pan with vegetable pan spray.
On a lightly floured surface, unfold puff pastry; roll out to about 12 inches x 8 inches. Cut into 24 squares, about 2 inches x 2 inches. Press each square into a prepared pan cavity.
In a small bowl, stir together cardamom, salt and 2 tablespoons of the honey. Add pears; toss to coat. Add 1 heaping teaspoon pear mixture to each pastry tartlet.
Bake 13 to 16 minutes or until puff pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Immediately top with pieces of brie. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove to cooling grid. Drizzle remaining honey over tartlets and serve immediately.
Frozen Greek Yogurt Pops with Pistachios and Raspberries
Makes 8 pops
- Greek yogurt adds sour cultured notes and creamy texture
- Sourness is balanced by the sweet honey, which contributes floral notes
- Raspberries add fruity flavor, which is also slightly floral
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup, plus 4 teaspoons honey, divided
1 teaspoon Wilton Clear Imitation Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup raspberries
3 tablespoons chopped pistachios, divided
4 Wilton 8-inch Cookie Sticks, cut in half
In medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, cream, 1/4 cup honey and vanilla until smooth.
Place one whole raspberry in the bottom of each Wilton Round Brownie Pops Mold cavity. Cut the remaining raspberries into quarters.
To assemble pops, spoon 1-1/2 teaspoon yogurt mixture over raspberry in mold cavity; lightly tap mold against work surface to level. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon pistachios over yogurt and then 1/4 teaspoon honey over pistachios. Repeat, layering yogurt, pistachios and honey, as listed above, lightly tapping mold to level. Add a quartered piece of raspberry; top with remaining yogurt mixture and lightly tap to level. Insert sticks about 2/3 into pop; freeze at least 3 hours or overnight.
Sweet and Salty Caramel Cashew Brownies
Makes 15 brownies
- Caramel gets its flavor from browning sugar, butter and cream; it adds a rich, mouth-filling flavor
- Cashews add nutty, roasted flavor notes
- Salt reduces sweetness and increases the bitterness of the chocolate and butter in the caramel, creating a richer flavor
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (squares or chips)
12 tablespoons (1-1/2 sticks) butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1-1/3 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup cashews, chopped plus additional for garnish
15 soft caramel candies
Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare 9-inch x 9-inch pan with parchment paper.
In a large saucepan, melt chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring to combine. Cool slightly.
In a small bowl, stir together flour, cocoa powder and salt. Add sugar, eggs and vanilla to chocolate mixture. Stir until well combined. Add flour mixture; stir until just incorporated. Stir in cashews. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake 24 to 28 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out nearly clean.
While brownies bake, unwrap caramel candies and roll each one out until it is 1/8 inch in thickness. Cut with medium sized Leaf Cut-Outs cutter.
Remove brownies from oven and immediately top with caramel cut outs, arranging in 3 rows of five. Position a cashew on each caramel. Return to oven for 1 minute. Remove from oven. Cool on cooling grid until just barely warm. Cut into 1-1/2-inch x 3-inch rectangles and serve warm or at room temperature.