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Bake the Perfect Pie: Five Cookbooks To Help

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And just like that, the holidays are here.

Pies are a staple on many holiday tables. If you are looking for a new pie recipe to try – or a twist to an old favorite – look no further than these five cookbooks chocked full of pies sure to please!

Enjoy and happy baking!

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Growing Gardens, Episode 8: Favorite Trees

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Most of us don’t have our own arboretum in the back yard, but Tom Baughn does.  Join him in the latest Growing Gardens as he introduces 10 of his favorite trees and spotlights the unique features that have earned them a spot in his yard.

Have you ever seen a Heptacodium (Seven Sons Flower Tree) bloom in the Fall, not once, but twice.  Talk about wow factor!

Cities use the Zelkova because it is so tolerant of urban pollution, but add the Ogon Zelkova to your yard and admire its unusual orange bark.

The native Easter Red Cedar is popular, but try pruning the the lower branches to admire the way the trunk grows.

Watch Part 1 of this virtual tour or catch up on any prior episodes of Growing Gardens on demand.

Be on the lookout for Episode 8: Favorite Trees, Part II next month.

Tom Baughn has been a Master Gardener since 2003.  He has put his knowledge to work converting a blank slate of five acres in Fauquier County into his personal gardening oasis. His horticulture philosophy? Do the research, and then engage trial and error until there is not much of the error.

 

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Remembering the Past

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For many, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (Nov. 1 and 2 respectively) are times to visit loved ones’ final resting places. In southeast Louisiana, November 1 is a day to clean gravesites. Families with Mexican heritage might observe Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, to remember family and friends that have died. (more…)

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Consumer Reports November 2021: Home Revival Guide

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Read. Shop. Buy smart.

Fall is a great time to make home repairs and upgrades.  “Your Home Revival Guide” will inspire you to take on some of those projects you’ve been putting off.  It provides great information on ways to repair, transform and secure your home.  Here you’ll find ratings for dishwashers, interior paints, generators and more.  (more…)

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Books off the Beaten Path

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Are you in a reading slump? Having trouble paying attention to a novel or lengthy nonfiction tomes?

Even the most ardent bookworms sometimes find themselves picking up book after book, but not feeling compelled to finish it. (Life’s too short to read something that feels like a chore!) (more…)

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Streaming for the Holidays

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For most of us, the holiday season means more time with friends and family – and a little more time to watch a movie, catch up on our favorite shows or even learn something new.

Enter Kanopy, a streaming service available from your local Fauquier Public Library.  Kanopy’s collection offers an ad-free selection of classics, world cinema and documentaries from PBS, Samuel Goldwyn, HBO, independent film makers and more. Kanopy Kids offers titles like Mister Rogers, Captain Fantastic and I Am Big Bird, to name only a few. It’s perfect for the curious, the adventurous and anyone who wants a break from the multiplex.

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Are You Ready for Fright Night?

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Halloween is only days away. Get in the Halloween spirit with a Fright Night Movie Marathon from your local library!

Each Movie Marathon contains several movies to enjoy. Binge watch in a weekend or enjoy them one at a time. We supply the movies – all you have to supply is the popcorn.

Fright Night:  Frankenstein, Dracula, Jaws and Psycho (more…)

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Feeling a Little Grouchy?

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October 15 is National Grouch Day.

We did not make that up!

According to Sesame Street Magazine, the day was created for all grouches to celebrate their way of life. (more…)

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Like It or Love It: Absence of Mercy

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At its latest meeting, the Mystery Book Club discussed Absence of Mercy by S.M. Goodwin. It’s the first book in the Lightner and Law mystery series. Forced by his father’s political connections to relocate to pre-Civil War New York, former Crimean War hero Jasper Lightner teams up with misfit detective Hieronymous Law to investigate a philanthropist’s murder and wrongful charges targeting an innocent woman.

Here’s what members of the Mystery Book Club had to say about Absence of Mercy:

What We Liked

  • Very readable with vivid characters
  • Clues were subtly scattered throughout the book and came together at the end
  • More exciting than other historical mysteries we’ve read

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