America Recycles Day is November 15th

One day to educate. One day to motivate. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year. We recycle. Do you? Help us celebrate America Recycles Day by taking the pledge at www.americarecyclesday.org!

Turkey 101: The Basics of Cooking a Thanksgiving Turkey

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the whole family, you want to make sure that the turkey comes out perfectly. It may take a bit of effort, but cooking a browned, flavorful turkey is possible if you adhere to a few strict guidelines. Here are some basic instructions for cooking a Thanksgiving turkey.

  1. Buy the right size bird. Allot 1 to 1.5 pounds for each dinner guest. For example, if you’re hosting 10 family members for dinner, a 12-pound turkey should be just the right amount.
  2. Thaw completely. Cooking a turkey that is still frozen inside is one of the most common turkey mishaps, so be sure to let your turkey thaw for at least one full day for every four pounds. If it’s still frozen on the day of, soak it in cold water for 30 minutes for each pound of meat.
  3. Remove the neck and giblets. This is the most unpleasant step of the process, but it will be much more unpleasant if you forget to do it.
  4. Roast. You should roast a 12-pound turkey for about 3 to 3.5 hours, less time for a smaller bird and more time for a larger one. Test the turkey’s doneness by using a food thermometer. Once the inside meat reaches 180 degrees F and the stuffing reaches 165 degrees F, it’s completely done.

Cooking Questions: Thanksgiving [AllRecipes]
How to Cook a Turkey Perfectly [How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey]
How to Roast a Turkey [Martha Stewart]
How To Cook a Turkey: The Simplest, Easiest Method [The Kitchn]

Happy Veteran’s Day!

For all that you have sacrificed, and everything you've done to help make this world we share a safer, better one. This comes with admiration and with gratitude to say you're thought about so often and especially today!

Happy Veteran's Day to all those that have served and are serving our country!

4 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Tea

Whether you prefer a soothing green or an English breakfast with a splash of milk, tea is a delicious treat that can be enjoyed a number of different ways. Even the most experienced tea drinker may not know everything about this steaming beverage, so here are a few fascinating tea facts.

  1. The word “tea” comes from the Chinese word “t’e,” which refers to the plant from which tea leaves are sourced. It's believed that tea was first discovered in China around 2737 B.C., when emperor Shen Nong found that a few leaves fell from the tree into water that his servants were boiling.
  2. All teas, from black to green to oolong, come from the same camellia sinensis plant. Their leaves are plucked from the same bush, but the fermenting process gives them their unique styles. Interestingly enough, herbal teas do not come from this plant because they are not true “teas” at all.
  3. Tea wasn’t grown in countries outside of China until the 19th century. Today, China still supplies around 29 percent of the world’s total tea, although its residents are not the biggest consumers. The United Arab Emirates takes that title, with each individual citizen consuming an average of 14 pounds per year.
  4. Green tea is considered the healthiest of all teas, and some even call it a “superfood.” Studies show that regularly drinking green tea may prevent against heart disease, certain forms of cancer, and diabetes!

Tea Facts [UK Tea & Infusions Association]
10 Interesting Facts About Tea [Food Network]
Tea Fact Sheet – 2013 [Tea Association of the U.S.A. Inc.]
26 Things You Didn't Know About Tea [Fine Dining Lovers]

Shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School

Marysville Pilchuck High School was the site of a tragic school shooting. May our thoughts and prayers be with the staff, students, and families from that community.

More information here

10 Tasty Beverages to Get you Through the Season

1) Classic Hot Toddy
2) Kahlua Hot Chocolate
3) Hot Buttered Hazelnut Whiskey
4) Winter Sangria
5) Mulled Wine
6) Pumpkin Pie White Russian
7) Cranberry Margaritas
8) Spiced Cider Rum
9) Rum Punch
10) Clementine, Whiskey & Wine Cocktail

Click here to see more and get complete recipes!

Clever Mason Jar Craft Projects

Mason jar crafts are a very popular trend among DIY home decor enthusiasts, but despite their ubiquity, these antique glass jars still feel rustic and special when used in smart ways. Here are three new ways to incorporate mason jars into your decor.

Mason Jar Bathroom Storage [lizmarieblog.com]
Instead of simply filling a few mason jars with your small bathroom essentials, this simple DIY project will show you how to mount the jars to the wall to make them feel a bit more sophisticated. Using large pipe clamps, a sturdy piece of wood, and a few picture frame hangers, you can create this storage system in less than an afternoon.

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser [apartmenttherapy.com]
You may have seen mason jar soap dispensers in your favorite boutiques, but this tutorial will show you how to make one right at home. By taking the pump out of an old soap dispenser, your can make use a mason jar to hold your best smelling soap and add a shabby chic look to your bathroom.

Hand Painted Mason Jar Glasses [somethingturquoise.com]
Add the look of milk glass to your stash of mason jars with a permanent craft paint. This project is especially great for parties, as it allows you to create a set of glasses that perfectly coordinate with your color scheme.

Best small city in Washington to live?

Money Magazine says Kirkland! Who knew we were all so smart to choose living here? Rock on Tera Residents!

Check out the article from the Puget Sound Business Journal for more details here.

Top 10 Things We Love About October

We couldn’t resist putting out our fall décor in the Leasing Office. Here are our top 10 things that we love most about this time of year:

10. Pumpkin spice lattes and salted caramel mochas
9. Baking
8. The changing colors of the leaves especially when they turn just so that it looks like the sky is on fire.
7. Crisp cold mornings when the frost meets the morning sun and the ground looks like glitter.
6. Coatless, sunny afternoons
5. The sound of crunching leaves under your feet
4. Blankets. Lots of blankets.
3. Candles and home fragrances in scents like “ginger pumpkin” and “cozy kitchen” and “butter rum mocha”.
2. Pumpkin patches, caramel apples, and hot cider
1. Hoodies, coats, layers, scarves, and boots of all kinds!

Do you have a favorite thing about October or Fall? We’d love to know!

Traveling Abroad? Stay Healthy With These Tips!

Your vacation abroad should be one of the most exciting times in your life, but it won’t be much fun if you spend the week sick in your hotel room. Many foreign travelers become sick from the germs in the airport or the strange climate, but it isn’t unavoidable. Here are a few simple ways to stay healthy while traveling abroad.

  1. Pack the right supplies. Things like antibiotics and a basic first aid kit will help in case of minor colds, and you should also be sure to bring along any regular medications that you take on a daily basis. In case you contract a more serious illness, packing your medical documents is also important.
  2. Visit a doctor beforehand. Some foreign countries require immunizations, so be sure to let your doctor know about your travel plans. It’s also important to keep your doctor in the loop in case you need to contact him or her while abroad.
  3. Wash your hands. Just like you do at home, it’s important to wash your hands before eating, after using the restroom, and periodically throughout the day. Avoid touching your face, too.
  4. Be smart. No matter how many precautions you take against illness, your best tool is your own judgment. Don’t eat foods that look like they were prepared in unsanitary conditions, and be sure to never accept medications from anyone but a licensed doctor.

Stay Healthy While Traveling Abroad [FDA]
5 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling Abroad [CNN Health]
18 Surefire Ways to Get Sick While Traveling [Independent Traveler]