If you are a big wine connoisseur or just saving a few bottles to crack open on special occasions, it’s important to understand how best to store them safely until you’re ready to partake. Follow the guidelines below!
To ensure each wine bottle maintains the proper flavor and aroma, storing it at the correct temperature is essential. Regardless if it is red, white, or sparkling, storing your bottles at 53°F to 57°F is most ideal. Keeping your bottles in a room where the temperature is much warmer than that may cause the flavor to become flat. Keep your wine in the dark and away from direct UV rays as much as you can to protect the wine’s flavor.
Controlling the humidity in the room is important if you plan to store bottles for more than a couple of years. The ideal humidity for storage is between 50 to 75 percent and anything below that could cause the corks to dry out, letting air seep into the bottle.
Generally, it is advised to store wine bottles on their sides. This allows the wine to stay up against the cork which should aid in keeping it from drying out. However, if you don’t plan to store the wine for long or if the bottle has a screw top or plastic cork, this is not required for safe storage.
Not all wine is designed to have a long shelf life or be aged. Make sure you know what the winemaker’s intention was for that particular bottle. It is always better to open it a little early and enjoy it!
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Come for a horse-drawn hayride through the woods. Pick a favorite pumpkin and paint a pumpkin while you’re there. Hayrides include a maple cookie. For the 2020 season, hayride reservations will be taken in advance.
15161 Main Market Rd. (Rt 422), Burton, OH 44021
When: Saturday-Sunday, September-October 2020 + NEOTA Day, October 9, 2020
Bring the whole family to the best pumpkin patch and Fall Festival in Northeast Ohio. This is more than just the ordinary pumpkin patch… You’ll not want to miss out on this experience at Rockin R Ranch Old West Pumpkin Fest.
19066 East River Rd. (SR 252), Columbia Station, OH 44028
Know how to pay. Do you need to buy tickets in advance? Does the farm accept credit cards? Visit the farms website (links provided) before you visit. This will save yourself an unexpected trip to the ATM. It’s always wise to bring along some cash with you too
Most of the farms offer a wide variety of activities (Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Hayrides, Corn Mazes, Pedal Carts, Corn Cannons). Determine what you will and won’t be doing and let your kids know upfront what they can and can’t do.
Choose Age Appropriate Activities You know your child’s interests and attention span best, so try to select the activities they will enjoy most.
Be sure to check the weather and dress accordingly. Consider dressing in layers so you can add/remove items if you get too hot or cold. This is especially important if you are going to be staying into the evening. As the sun sets it will get colder. Remember to bring a jacket, hat and gloves.
Wear shoes or boots you don’t mind getting dirty – It’s a farm so there will be mud in spots, especially throughout the corn mazes. Consider packing an extra pair of shoes for the car ride home and a plastic bag to put the dirty ones in.
If you are planning to purchase pumpkins or other fall decorations, make sure there is plenty of room in your car trunk. That way, you won’t be left wondering how you are going to get your purchases home.
Do you get to have the pleasure of hosting the holiday meals this year? (Or are you “stuck” with it?”) Fortunately, you can throw a few ingredients together and become the Pinterest-Queen (or king) of the party. Check out these adorable treats that will be a perfect dessert for your next Christmas party. You can snag the recipe here: https://goo.gl/93bPKA
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Are you looking to cut your own tree this holiday season? Listed below in alphabetic order by city are many located in Northeastern Ohio. Have Fun! NORTH CORNER FARM 13800 Butternut Road, Burton Township 440-785-3692 northcornerfarm.com Open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
SOBUSTA FARMS 11380 Thwing Road, Chardon Township 440-357-8568 or 440-256-1768 soubustafarms.com Open Nov. 24 through the weekend before Christmas on Fridays from 1 p.m. until dark and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to dark.
SUGAR PINES FARM 9500 Mulberry Road, Chester Township 440-729-1019 sugarpinesfarm.com Open beginning Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays (and the day after Thanksgiving); noon to 5:30 Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and noon to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.
KATHY’S CHRISTMAS TREES 6861 Williams Road, Concord Township 440-352-8779 Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
MOUNTAIN CREEK TREE FARM 7185 Williams Road, Concord Township 440-354-8928 mountaincreektrees.com Open Nov. 18 through Dec. 24. Open Saturdays and Sundays and the Friday after Thanksgiving from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays.
DIVENCENZO FAMILY TREE FARM 16101 Island Road, Grafton 440-926-3873 divichristmastree.com Open on Saturdays and Sundays until Dec. 17, check the website for hours.
RHODES SISTER 12020 Clay St., Huntsburg Township 440-636-5498 Open starting Nov. 24 seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
SARNA’S TREE FARM 1137 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson 440-576-3450 Sarnastreefarm.com Open beginning Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Monday. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays or by appointment.
BENDER TREE CHRISTMAS TREE FARM 3381 Sheffield Road, Jefferson 440-944-5240 bendertree.com Open Nov. 24 through Dec. 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
WILCOX TREE FARMS 17620 Diagonal Road, LaGrange 440-355-4027 wilcoxtreefarm.com Open Nov. 24 through Christmas every day 10 a.m. until dusk.
EMERALD RIDGE CHRISTMAS TREES AND WREATHS 7000 Warner Road (Route 307), Madison Township 440-428-6132 ohiochristmastree.org/emerald-ridge Open beginning Nov. 24 Fridays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays
WINTERGREEN TREE FARM 3898 Winchell Road, Mantua Township 330-221-3835 wintergreentreefarmohio.com Open Nov. 24 through Dec. 19 seven days a week from 9 a.m. to nightfall.
PINEY PARADISE TREE FARM 1647 Snyder Road, Monroeville 419-668-9334 piney-paradise.com/index.html Open Nov. 25 through Dec. 17 Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 677 S. Norwalk Road West, Norwalk 419-668-9334 Open starting Nov. 24 weekdays only from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
MANNERS CHRISTMAS TREE FARM 780 Dodgeville Road, New Lyme Township 440-294-2444 Open seven days a week Nov. 24 through Dec. 23. Weekdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
KENNEDY LANDSCAPING & TREE FARM 320 Bowhall Road, Painesville Township 440-352-6769 kennedyco.com Open starting Nov. 25 seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
GRAND RIVER VALLEY CHRISTMAS TREE FARM AND GIFT SHOPPE 3553 Laskey Road, Rome Township 440-563-1811 christmastreesohio.com Open Nov. 24 through Dec. 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
MCKOSKY TREE FARM 14740 Leroy Center Road, Thompson Township 440-298-1412 Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Nov. 24
SPENCER’S TREE FARM 2611 Chenango Road, Wakeman 440-839-3018 Open starting Nov. 24 on Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
TREASTER’S TREE FARM 13184 Gore Orphanage Road, Wakeman 440-965-7411 Open starting Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. until dark Fridays through Sundays.
KURTZ CHRISTMAS TREES 22350 Quarry Road, Wellington 440-647-3507 kurtzchristmastrees.com Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, starting Thanksgiving Day.
LOG BARN FARM 8711 Stanhope Kelloggsville Road, Williamsfield Township 440-293-7330 logbarnfarm.com Open daily Nov. 24 through Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
GREIG CHRISTMAS TREE FARM 35900 Eddy Road, Willoughby Hills 440-487-7158 Open starting Nov. 25 on weekends 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekdays 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Do you ever wonder who you should tip and how much? Well hopefully you do so I don’t feel so alone. After doing some research on the subject, here are some things to consider:
Decide who to tip: The general rule is to tip anyone who makes a regular appearance at your home, like babysitters or nannies, housecleaners, your newspaper deliver person or garbage collector. Or anyone who deserves something extra this season: Hairstylists, manicurists, anyone else that keeps you looking good. Note: Mail Carriers – United States Postal Service employees are not allowed to accept tips. I honestly never knew this…I always tip my mailman. He deserves it.
So bottom line, consider:
1.The quality and frequency of the service
2.Your relationship with the service provider and how long you have worked together
Decide what your budget is: The economy has hit many hard but according to a Poll*, people say they will give exactly the same amount they did last year. Here are some general guidelines: These are just merely guidelines. Ask family members and friends for advice as well.
Housecleaner – $65.00 (wish I had one)
Mail Carrier – $20.00
Hairdresser/Barber – $20.00
Garbage Collector – $20.00
Newspaper Carrier – $20.00
Gardener/Yard Worker – $50.00 (My husband wishes he had one)
Teacher – a gift from your child
You shouldn’t feel obligated to go beyond your personal budget and if your budget does not allow for tips, consider homemade gifts or goodies or a handwritten note expressing thanks for a year of good service.
Keep in mind, Holiday Tipping can be regional as well: For example in New York, a child’s school bus driver expects a tip.