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Yes, it is that time of year again. Daylight Saving Time ends so we turn our clocks back one hour at 2am Sunday morning, November 3rd. Most people will change their clocks before they go to bed Saturday night. This change puts us back on Standard Time. The good news is that everyone can get an extra hour of sleep!
History of Daylight Savings Time: People often ask - what is Daylight Saving Time and why do we have it? Daylight Saving Time (or summer time as it is called in many countries) is a way of getting more light out of the day by advancing clocks by one hour during the summer. During Daylight Saving Time, the sun appears to rise one hour later in the morning, when people are usually asleep anyway, and sets one hour later in the evening, seeming to stretch the day longer.
The reason many countries implement DST is to make better use of the daylight in the evenings. Some believe that it could be linked to reducing the amount of road accidents and injuries. The extra hour of daylight in the evening is said to give children more social time with friends and family and can even boost the tourism industry because it increases the amount of outdoor activities. DST is also considered a means to save energy due to less artificial light needed during the evening hours. Clocks are set one hour ahead during the spring, and one hour back to standard time in the autumn.
Benjamin Franklin first suggested Daylight Saving Time in 1784, but modern DST was not formally proposed until 1895 when an entomologist from New Zealand, George Vernon Hudson, presented a proposal for a two-hour daylight saving shift to the Wellington Philosophical Society. It wasn’t until World War I, in 1916, that DST was adopted and implemented by several countries in Europe and the United States. The United States, Canada and some other countries extended DST in 2007. The new start date is the second Sunday in March (previously the first Sunday in April) through to the first Sunday in November (previously the last Sunday in October).
If you would like to set your clock to the correct time, please click this link.
Now that you have an extra hour, what will you do with it?
I’d like to wish you and your family a safe and Happy Halloween. Since Halloween is tomorrow, we wanted to share a couple of ideas that you might use to get ready.
Pumpkin pie is one of the most popular culinary delights of the fall season. Here is a recipe from AllRecipies.com that received the “5-star rating” as The Perfect Pumpkin Pie.
Here is another tasty Halloween treat from Martha Stewart: http://www.marthastewart.com/930935/how-decorate-scaredy-cat-brownies
For those that are a little more adventurous with your pumpkins, you may want to carve up some scary or funny pumpkins to decorate your home. We thought you might enjoy the options for Extreme Pumpkin Carving: ExtremePumpkins.com. Now you can have the coolest house on the street!
Have A Safe And Happy Halloween!
Come one, come all to the Second Annual Vinings Restaurant Week from Oct 5th-13th.
If you already call Vinings home, live just across the river in Buckhead or over the RR tracks in Smyrna, you are probably looking forward to another great restaurant week. Besides the fact that these are all great restaurants (we’ve tried all of them!), eating locally gives us a chance to run into friends and neighbors while we are out. We will make it a point to visit as many of these restaurants as we can.
Each place will offer fixed price menus – $15, $25 and $30.
These are just a few of the eighteen neighborhood restaurants participating in Restaurant Week! With so many great places to choose from, you’ll find something to suit anyone’s taste including dessert and breakfast/brunch/lunch for you early birds.
If you’ve found this link because you are searching for a Vinings home, this is a perfect opportunity to see what the area has to offer. Grab a friend or come out and make a friend. We looking forward to seeing you there!
For you locals – which of these restaurants is a must-visit? If these places are new to you, which one are you most looking forward to trying?
Well fall is officially here! We spent the weekend decorating and I thought I would share some great resources to help celebrate this changing season. Here are some links to celebrate fall including Pumpkin Patches, Apple Festivals and one of our favorites – the Pace Fall Fair on October 20th. Get out your calendars and plan some fun!
Every year it is with sadness and happiness that I send my little boy back to school. This year, along with the usual preparations, we received a long note with a list of acceptable “nut aware” snacks. Last year it was cleared that we didn’t have any nut allergies in the room and I was able to send my child to school with healthy snacks that included peanut butter and granola bars. Those are now banned.
So anyway, it brings me to seeking out new ideas to pack in my son’s snack bag 7 times a week. (Yes 7! Because there are 5 school days and 2 after school program days.) In pre-school, we would take turns bringing snacks for the whole class for one week, once a year. I liked that…
As a working mom, it’s hard enough to plan meals for breakfast and dinner every day without worrying about daily snacks as well. I’ve discovered a few things that qualify in the healthy category, and are nut free, so I wanted to share them with those of you that may be struggling with this on a daily basis too. I’m glad to share any ideas that come in comments as well.
First: I found these bags that I can put a cooler pack in to keep these things cool til snack time. They can be washed as well which is good if something gets smushed in transit.
- Fruit Buddies – these are basically an apple sauce consistency and come in a variety of flavors and have no sugar added. They are around $1 a piece but do come on sale as a Buy one, Get one type of thing occasionally and I stock up at that point. These don’t need to be refrigerated, but I do store them in my refrigerator and send them to school chilled as well.
- Individual carrot/ranch packets – Last year I’d send a baggie of carrots & a little plastic container of ranch dressing and inevitably it would open up and make a mess in the snack bag, so these pre-packaged containers make morning packing so much easier and its still healthy!
- Apples and caramel – I can send apples and they may get eaten, but I’m assured every single one will be eaten if I send in the additional caramel packet. These come 5 to a container and are fresh apples so you need to use them relatively quickly.
- I do send in plastic containers of grapes and cheese cut up, but again this is a little more work. They have these pre-packaged with apples but they seem expensive to me, so this one I still do myself.
- Gogurts – I’ve heard teachers don’t like these because they think they are messy, but I freeze them and if they go in the snack bag with the ice thing they stay pretty solid until snack time.
- Dannon Drinkable Smoothie Yogurt – Again, I think teachers think these are messy as the foil on top can open up. I will send these occasionally in a lunch bag that has a plastic compartment that will protect it from being crushed.
- Cheese – Babybel is easy and doesn’t seem to go bad. String Cheese is a little more fun for the kids.
-Boiled eggs – I peel them in advance and as much as I personally don’t like them, my son does. They pack easy and make a great snack.
- Turkey – Since I can’t send protein in the form of peanut butter I’ve been finding ways to send turkey. I use Boars Head turkey breast and put a slice in a little hawaiian bread roll. The sweet bread with the turkey is something he really likes and it holds him over well until lunch time. Or for after school, it will tide him over til dinner time.
-Hummus is another option and I wish my child liked it more, but its never worked for us.
-Lunchables have a meat/cheese/cracker snack option. I do keep a stash of the full lunchables as well so when we have playdates kids can pick what they want for lunch. Seems to go over well.
- There are plenty of pre-packaged cracker options, but most don’t really fall in the “healthy” category. I do keep these on hand for back ups.
- Oatmeal to go – these are pre-packaged but good to have tucked away in his back pack for the after school hungers on the days he stays late.
- Cereal to go cups – I found these round tubs of cereal that are great for keeping and don’t need to be refrigerated.
- Raisins and Dried fruit – My child isn’t crazy about these, but I do slip them in occasionally. I keep yogurt covered raisins, regular raisins, dried strawberries and cranberries on hand.
-Fruit cups – I keep a variety of apple sauces, mandarin oranges, peaches, etc in the individual cups, but Chase got tired of those a few years ago and I don’t send them as often. Plus it requires sending a spoon…
- Rice cakes – Same thing. He liked them a few years ago and I got quite a variety of them from cheese to cinnamon, but the novelty has worn off.
- Whole Grain Triscuits are good to throw in with the fruit or cheese, but I haven’t found them in individual packages yet and they tend to get broken and can be hard to eat.
I’m sure there are many more ideas and I know one Mom who insists her child only eats Cheez-its! I hope I’ve given you some new ideas and your child is enjoying being “Back to School”!
Revised details of the “SPLOST” Woodland Brook Drainage Project were revealed on Monday evening by Cobb County’s District 2 Commissioner Bob Ott and Engineer Bryan Ricks at an informational meeting at the Vinings Library. The plan calls for the replacement of dual 48-inch pipes that run beneath Woodland Brook Drive to be replaced with a 25-foot by 6.5-foot bottomless arch culvert.
Woodland Brook will be closed four to six weeks this summer, with a goal to have the road open to traffic again before school begins August 13. Construction is expected to begin shortly after Cobb County schools let out for summer on May 24. The exact date of the closing is uncertain at this time due to recent changes in the contract specifications which will no longer require the road to be raised.
While Woodland Brook Road is closed, “Village Residents” can use Randall Farm Road as a detour route. It is expected that Speed Humps on Randall Farm Road should prevent speeders along the residential street. Emergency response teams have been made aware of the pending road closure and have alternate plans to access the affected areas.
Signage providing detour direction around Vinings Village to neighboring communities will be strategically placed. It is hoped that as a by-product of the improvements, travelers who have used Woodland Brook Rd. as a pass-through to other destinations in the past, will find the detour routes more efficient for future travel.
Please refer to the VVHA Website for maps & updates.
I had the opportunity to volunteer at this year’s Decorators’ Show House & Garden, located in an historical home in Buckhead, Knollwood. It was a real treat to be stationed in John Oetgen’s Solarium as guests passed through. This is a great way to support the arts, get ideas for your own home, be exposed to some of Atlanta’s most fabulous interior designers, and take a peak at incredible architecture. (Also not a bad idea for a last minute Mother’s Day gift!)
The Show House is open through Sunday, May 13, and tickets are $25 at the door. Click here to learn more about the Show House.