Twin Pines’ Thanksgiving Recipe Book 2017

recipes-sectionDuring Thanksgivings past, Twin Pines has collected some favorite Thanksgiving recipes, dissected them for popular fruit/vegetable choices, and then taught our readers how to grow those most popular fruits/veggies for the next Thanksgiving! Check out the latest crop of recipes contributed by Twin Pines customers, fans, and friends in the Twin Pines Thanksgiving Recipe Book 2017 below!

And if you’d like to check out our past Recipe Book, you can do so here!


Granola Stuffed Acorn Squash – Contributed by Instagram user cascadianfarm

Check out the full recipe from the website below:

Granola Crusted Acorn Squash

Note: This recipe was originally published on www.tablespoon.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Cauliflower Mac – Contributed by Instagram user veganwifehappylife

Check out the full recipe from the website below:

Cauliflower Mac

Note: This recipe was originally published on www.veganwifehappylife.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts – Contributed by Instagram user brandnutritionusa

Check out the full recipe from the website below:

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussles Sprouts

Note: This recipe was originally published on www.thefoodcharlatan.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Balsamic Baked Acorn Squash – Contributed by Instagram user goodnessgraciouschristina

Check out the full recipe from their Instagram below:

Balsamic Baked Acorn Squash

Note: This recipe was originally published on instagram.com/goodnessgraciouschristina and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.



Mini Hassleback Potatoes with Creamy Dill Dip – Contributed by Instagram user bowlofdelicious

Check out the full recipe from their Instagram below:

Mini Hassleback Potatoes with Creamy Dill Dip

Note: This recipe was originally published on www.bowlfullofdelicious.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Japanese Sweet Potato with Bok Choy, Shitake Mushrooms and Tahini Miso Spread – Contributed by Instagram user samanthasbreadandbutter

Check out the full recipe from their Instagram below:

Japanese Sweet Potato with Bok Choy

Note: This recipe was originally published on www.samanthasbreadandbutter.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Autumn Wild Rice – Contributed by Instagram user consciouscleanse

Check out the full recipe from their Instagram below:

Autumn Wild Rice Salad

Note: This recipe was originally published on www.conciouscleanse.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.



White Bean and Kale Salad – Contributed by Instagram user theoliveblogger

Check out the full recipe from their Instagram below:

White Bean and Kale Salad

Note: This recipe was originally published on www.theoliveblogger.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Simple Thanksgiving Veggies – Contributed by Instagram user tips_with_toni

Check out the full recipe from their Instagram below:

Simple Thanksgiving Veggies

Note: This recipe was originally published on www.instagram.com/tips_with_toni and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Italian Green Beans – Contributed by Instagram user kateshungu

Check out the full recipe from their Instagram below:

Italian Stovetop Green Beans

Note: This recipe was originally published on www.kateshungu.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Cabbage Salad with Roasted Cipollini Onions – Contributed by Instagram user nerdswithknives

Check out the full recipe from their Instagram below:

Red Cabbage Salad with Roasted Cipollini Onions

Note: This recipe was originally published on www.nerdswithknives.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Roasted Fall Vegetables – Contributed by Instagram user wholesomefamilykitchen

Check out the full recipe from their Instagram below:

Roasted Fall Vegetables

Note: This recipe was originally published on www.wholesomefamilykitchen.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Stuffed Squash – Contributed by Instagram user jacks_eats_plants

Check out the full recipe from their Instagram below:

Stuffed Squash

Note: This recipe was originally published on www.instagram.com/jacks_eats_plants and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Turkey & Cranberry Sweet Potato Toast – Contributed by Instagram user lisavmorgan

Check out the full recipe from their Instagram below:

Sweet Potato Toast

Note: This recipe was originally published on www.prettylittleshoppers.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


 

 

Slow Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Tahini Sage Cream – Contributed by Instagram user tinathred

Check out the full recipe from their Instagram below:

Slow Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Tahini Sage Cream

Note: This recipe was originally published on www.tinamarinaccio.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Simple Thanksgiving Salad – Contributed by Instagram user katemarieconroy

Check out the full recipe from their Instagram below:

Simple Thanksgiving Salad

Note: This recipe was originally published on www.instagram.com/katemarieconroy and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Sea Salt Sweet Potatoes – Contributed by Instagram user mortonsalt

Check out the full recipe from their Instagram below:

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Note: This recipe was originally published on www.mortonsalt.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Garlic Parmesan Butternut Squash – Contributed by Instagram user gardeninthekitchen

Check out the full recipe from their Instagram below:

Garlic Parmasean Butternut SquashNote: This recipe was originally published on www.gardeninthekitchen.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Twice Baked Stuffing Sweet Potatoes  – Contributed by Instagram user kaytie_a_la_carte

Check out the full recipe from their Instagram below:

Twice Baked Stuffing Sweet Potatoes

Note: This recipe was originally published on www.instagram.com/kaytie_a_la_carte and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


Cumin-Orange Caramelized Sweet Potatoes  – Contributed by Instagram user chefscatalog

Check out the full recipe from their Instagram below:

Cumin-Orange Carmelized Sweet Potatoes

Note: This recipe was originally published on www.chefscatalog.com and is not the intellectual property of Twin Pines Family of Companies.


 

 

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11 Garden Marker DIY Guides To Help You Label Like A Pro

Add a splash of color and creativity into your garden with any of these unique, personalized garden marker ideas!

1. Lean into your mason-jar obsession with these simple but trendy markers.

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Traditionalists know that in the days before Pinterest, gardeners marked their produce with the empty packets of seeds stuck onto a stick. It was a simpler time, before aesthetic became so important, and yet this theme lives on with these mason jar markers. These are truly just the same seed packet on a stick, with the added bonus of protection from the elements by encasing the packet it in a glass jar. Find more about making these on MarthaStewart.com!

2. Spell out success with these Scrabble-inspired markers.

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Utilize your old board game pieces to spell out the names of your fruits, veggies, and herbs hiding below the ground! Materials include: Scrabble Tiles, Paint Paddle Stirring Sticks, Red Decorator Spray Paint, and Glue! Find the full guide on The Farm Girl Gab’s!

3.  Add a rustic vibe to your garden with a basic brick marker.

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All you need are some bricks and an Expo marker to create these crisp and clear garden pieces! The writing runs the risk of fading due to exposure to outdoor elements, and although some homeowners may prefer the weathered look, you can avoid fading by investing in a layer of clear topcoat paint to hold the color in place. Find the full DIY guide on the Simple Details Blog.

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A Letter From Your Plants On Fourth of July Weekend

It’s that time of year again…

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Dear Family,

Now, we’re not the type to complain, but there’s a problem we’ve been noticing about your “summer habits” that we think we need to address. It’s about… Fourth of July weekend, and the fun you tend to have without really giving your plants a second thought.

We get it, it’s a full weekend to celebrate summer! There are cookouts, and fireworks, and late-night partying; it’s no wonder you guys are off having a great time. Believe us, if we weren’t rooted to the spot, we’d leaf in a heartbeat and join the fun! But sadly we cannot. We are stuck standing idly by while you and your guests have a good time, right under our branches.

But it doesn’t have to be like this! There are lots of ways to help send the party our way this Fourth of July, and we’ve decided to let you in on the secret:

  1. It’s a holiday weekend…

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15 Trendy Accessories To Take Your Swimming Pool Game To The Next Level This Summer

Whether or not you have a pool in your backyard, these amazing accessories will be sure to put a splash of excitement into your summer!

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1. This giant pizza float that is almost as hilarious as it is appetizing.

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The “Swimline Pool Pizza Slice Pool Float” comes in single slices, sets of 2, or sets of 8 to make up the whole pie! It is recommended for use by adult riders. Get it from Hayneedle for $224.71.


2. An adjustable, floating umbrella to help keep you out of the sun when spending time in the water.

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Made of UV-rated fabric and equipped with a handy drink buoy at the base, the “Shade Science Pool Buoy” can add a great mix of style and function to your pool. Get it from Sunplay for $149.00.

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15 Fabulous Fire Pits For Your Yard This Spring

Adding a hardscape feature in your yard can go a long way! So, this season, why not try one that’s both fun and functional? Fire Pits offer the perfect blend of style and practicality, and make for a great outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy! Browse through these 15 Fabulous Fire Pits below and find the perfect one for your home this spring!

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1. This copper fire pit that’s basically a Moscow Mule glass for your yard.

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The “Red Ember Eden Copper Wood Burning Fire Pit” comes with the bowl and stand, a spark screen, a grate, and a poker! Get it from Hayneedle for $279.98.

2. A multi-angled, stand alone fire pit with its very own smoke stack.

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The “Cavo Custom Octo-Pit” is created to resemble an Archimedean Solid, and the attached smoke stack allows smoke to filter up and out of the way instead of back at you! Get it from Woodland Direct for $741.00.

3. This stylish square pit perfect for any sized patio. 

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The “Trent Steel Fire Pit” includes a slate ledge around the bowl for a buffer from the fire, and a pyramid-shaped guard to prevent sparks from flying! Get it from Wayfair for $378.99.

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Protecting Your Home From The Cold – Plumbing & Chimney Edition

We at Twin Pines know that proper preparation is the best way to prevent damage, especially when it comes to snow and low temperatures. Our guide to Protecting Your Landscape from Snow provides tips for preventing damage to the area outside of your home from the landscaping experts at Twin Pines. This edition of the Protection Plan for your Home, will feature advice from our Plumbing and Chimney experts, and will highlight how to keep these vital aspects of your home safe in the cold.

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Bursting pipes and damaged plumbing systems are always a hazard in the extreme cold. One of the most sufficient ways to prevent this damage is with proper insulation. In areas that are most vulnerable to temperatures, including attics, crawl spaces, and walls on the outside of the home, wall insulation should surround pipes to help keep them warm and safe.

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Time To Deck The Halls With Twin Pines

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Interested in our holiday light hanging services? Call us today at (508) 358-4231!

Read in the Rhythm of “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas”

Twitter Poll-Snow Storm Edition

At the end of last week, the Snow Removal Specialists at Twin Pines posed a question for our followers on Twitter, asking which of a handful of items would be most beneficial in protecting your home during snow . After the poll was cast out and our followers had time to choose which option they thought was right, these were the results:

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The majority of our voters chose “Hairdryer” as the ideal household item for dealing with snow. Unfortunately, this is not the correct answer; there are a lot of dangerous downsides to this option. Most importantly, you should not use a hairdryer to melt snow because it has the potential to electrocute you.  This is a caution that comes whenever electric machines mix with water-based substances, but there are also many other complications to keep in mind. Melting snow into water this quickly on metal, like cars, can cause rust. It can also allow snow to melt too quickly in one specific area, causing breakage and the falling of large chunks of ice or snow, especially if used on a high surface like the top of a car or a roof. This can be very dangerous!

Instead, the best household item for snow removal was actually answer D: “Tights/Pantyhose.” This is a trick that all great Snow Removal Experts stand by, and is especially useful for preventing ice dams on roofs!

What To Do:

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  1. Take an old pair of pantyhose or tights and cut the legs off
  2. Fill the inside with Calcium Chloride
  3. Tie off the open end
  4. Place the pantyhose on your roof so they are perpendicular to your gutter (Note: The end of the pantyhose should extend over the side of the gutter)
  5. Shift pantyhose into place with a long stick or broom handle
  6. Continue to monitor/check

How It Works: Basically, Calcium Chloride is a snow melting chemical, which, if you place it directly onto your roof, can cause corrosion. Instead, having a controlled barrier made up of pantyhose materials, allows the chemical to seep through and do its job of breaking down the ice/melt on top of your roof without causing any lasting damage.

Pro Tip: Be on the lookout for chunks of melted snow falling off of your roof due to ice dam removal tactics; Never stand directly beneath the ice dam and keep all cars/outside items away from beneath this area, as well. Dealing with snow removal can be dangerous, and we recommend taking all the appropriate cautions before moving forward.


A big thank you to everyone who voted as part of our first “Twin Pines Poll!” Please check back with us for more fun & interactive posts on our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and here on our blog! Still looking for plowing, shoveling, salting, and more for this winter? Give us a call at (508) 358-4231 to find out if you are in our service area, then book a free, no obligation estimate with Twin Pines!

Protecting Your Landscape From Snow

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You put a lot of time and effort into making your landscape and home look great. Don’t let a snow storm ruin all your hard work! Follow Twin Pines’ expert tips for protecting your landscape from snow, and keep your yard looking great even after heavy snowfall!

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Because plants and shrubs are often the focal points of your yard, its important to take the steps to cover and protect them when snow is in the forecast. There are a couple of noteworthy risks your plants face during this season.

Winter Burn

Winter burn is known as the damage to living plants that occurs during extreme winter snow, frost, and ice. Caused by a combination of winter sunlight and depleted moisture in the soil, this condition is a very poor one for plants to live in.

The best way for you to protect your plants, shrubs, and even more delicate trees from Winter Frost…

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