October Festivals and Events

As the weather cools the festival and event calendar begins to fill. Across the state there are many great places to enjoy the weather and activities. To make sure you are ready to enjoy what is available in October, please review the guide below and plan to participate as your schedule allows. Alabama National Fair – September 28 – October 8 – Montgomery, AL – Traditional fair with rides, competitions, music and more. Alabama Adventure – Every Saturday and Sunday in October – Bessemer, AL –  Alabama Adventure is holding their 1st Annual Fall Festival from 12-6. Each weekend will …

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Cavatelli with Veal & Tomato Sauce, Grated Romano, Greek Basil Florets & Crispy Roast Tomato Slices

As summer turns to fall and the weather becomes cooler it is a good time to cook up a pasta dish. Cavatelli, veal and sauce combine for an enjoyable dish. Time:  45 minutes Effort: Easy but there are a few steps Serves: 2 Ingredients 1 large ripe tomato, sliced thin ⅓ cup olive oil 1 medium onion, minced ½ lb. ground Veal 2 Tbsp. Tomato paste 1 cup tomato passata 1 Tsp. Sugar Fine sea salt & ground pepper to taste ½ cup water plus 2  or more cups for the cavatelli 1 ½ cups cavatelli pasta ¾ cup grated …

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Purchasing a Vehicle

There comes a point in time to purchase a vehicle. For some people that time comes often as they believe owning a newer vehicle is best for them. For others it may be when the cost to repair their current vehicle is more than it is worth, or the likelihood of something major failing is strong even if they fix a current issue. Another case for the need of a different vehicle may come due to an accident, or a new driver in the home. Whatever the case may be, it is important to look at your options and current …

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Trailer Towing Technology

This month we have been thinking about football and tailgating. For some people pulling a trailer to use for tailgating is perfect. The trailer can have everything you need set up and ready to go so all you must do is open it up. For other people there is an interest in camping, boating, or the need to pull a trailer with things on it (such as ATV’s and lawnmowers). Whenever towing is involved, it can be a little complicated if you rarely pull something behind your vehicle. Thanks to newer technologies towing can be easier. Both Ford and General …

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Early Fall Landscape Tasks

As autumn officially approaches, it may be time to look at your landscape again. The heat of summer can really be tough on a yard. One of the first things to do is a brief walking survey of your property. Do you see any places in the grass that are dying, thin or bare? If so, you will need to fix them. What about your hedges? Do they need trimming? Are there any holes that need filling, or high areas leveled? What about any washed out areas, or areas not allowing water to drain? These issues are things that should …

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College Football

Can you believe college football has started again? For the many fans who love the sport it is almost like an early Christmas present when the season begins. Soon you will experience the crisp autumn air that accompanies football in the fall. Even if your favorite team is not playing, it is still fun to watch other games and see the competition. So what is the best way to experience a game? Each person may have their own ritual, but if you do not, it is time to develop your own habits. One of the first things to decide is …

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Sausage, Bacon and Red Pepper Hash Browns

Tailgating will start in earnest this month. For those who like a good breakfast to start the day this month’s recipe is one that is sure to thrill. Pair the dish with some biscuits and enjoy a winning meal. Time: 1 hour (approximately) Effort: Easy Serves: 8 Ingredients 1 large onion, diced 1 large red pepper, diced 3 tbsps olive oil 4 spicy Italian sausages – casing removed 8 strips of pre-cooked bacon, cut into pieces 8 potatoes: 3 each of Russet and Yukon Gold and 2 sweet potatoes, diced Crushed black pepper to taste Directions Heat two tablespoons of …

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Luggage Robot and Call Blocking By Android

Have you ever been to the airport and lugged around a heavy carry-on bag you wished you would have packed lighter? If so, there may be hope for your future flights. Royal Dutch Airlines has built a robot that will carry your luggage (up to 85 pounds) and travel with you from the security gate to your boarding gate. The robot is named Care-E, and it will scan your boarding pass, hold your carry-on, navigate around obstacles and go with you to your departure gate. U.S. testing of the robot will begin this year in the San Francisco International Airport …

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Updating Your Deck

An outside deck on your home can be a great improvement and provide enjoyment for you, your family and your friends. If you do not have one already, it is worth researching options and talking with some contractors about constructing one. If you already have one installed and have been using it for a while it is probably time to perform maintenance on your deck. One of the first things you will need to do is remove anything on the deck and make sure the surface is free of debris so you will have a clear surface to work with. …

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Trip to the Mountains

With at least a month left before the unofficial end of summer takes place (day after Labor Day) and school starting back soon, it may be time to take that last vacation of the season. So if you made it to the beach already consider heading to the mountains. If you only have a day or two available then a local trip may be a good option for you. If you have more time available, then venturing out of state should be a great way to enjoy your time away. For the short trip Cheaha State Park is a good option. …

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