Two Powerful Storms Hammering the U.S.

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A powerful storm will move from the Central Plains into the upper Midwest bringing a swath of heavy snow, damaging winds and significant travel impacts today, warns the National Weather Service.

The Western U.S. is also being impacted by another powerful storm with heavy mountain snow and strong winds continuing into Thursday.

Heavy snows, reaching 30 inches (75 cm) in some areas, disrupted travel across the center of the United States, stranding thousands of travelers at airports, and forcing closure of stretches of major highways due to near-zero visibility.

Heavy snow has been falling across Colorado since Tuesday morning, with 10 to 14 inches already reported in parts of the state and a blizzard warning was issued for the Eastern Plains.

The strong winter storm was expected to drop up to a foot (30 cm) of snow in parts of Colorado and Wyoming and prompted the National Weather Service to…

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Super-Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie in 3 Easy Steps | PETA

Three-Step Vegan Pumpkin Pie


1 15 oz. can puréed pumpkin
3/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 store-bought vegan pie crust, prepared according to package directions


Preheat the oven to 350°F.
In a bowl, combine the puréed pumpkin, coconut milk, brown sugar, cornstarch, maple syrup, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and salt and blend using a hand mixer until smooth.
Pour into the pie crust and follow the baking instructions on the pie crust package.

Makes 6 to 8 servings


Give Thanks for These Store-Bought Vegan Pie Crusts | PETA

You don’t have to sacrifice convenience to make a decadent, animal-friendly dessert this holiday season. We’ve done the research for you to find the best store-bought vegan pie crust brands for a sweet end to your Thanksgiving dinner.

Vegan Thanksgiving to Go! 5 Places That Offer Takeout | PETA

Not a cook? That’s okay. For Thanksgiving you can get prepared vegan foods from grocery stores, order takeout, or use these meal-delivery services. Interested? Then pursue these options:

Someone cares if you’re happy today

Have a wonderful holiday🌟


“Someone cares if you’re happy today,
If your day is cheery and bright.
Someone cares if you’re lonely today,
If everythings not going quite right.
So here we are in a warm hearted way
Knocking away at your door,
Wishing you love and wishing you peace
and friendship for ever more.xxxx”💜
Hugs and smiles across the mile…

– Wendy Mcfarlane

Artist unknown
Text and image source: Snowwolfs Woodland Nook

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Electrical Safety Foundation offers these safety tips for holiday decorating

Electrical safety must be a priority as families decorate for the holidays, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International.

“Decorations account for one-in-four holiday fires,” explains ESFI President Brett Brenner. “Taking simple precautions such as not overloading outlets and watering the Christmas tree daily could help minimize the risk of tragedy.”

Brenner notes that ESFI offers free educational resources including helpful safety videos, infographics, checklists and other resources to keep families safe during the holidays. He points to one example, an infographic titled “Prevention: It’s the Gift that Keeps on Giving,” which provides tips on avoiding electrical hazards while decorating the home during the holiday season.

Follow these basic safety guidelines to help prevent serious electrical and fire hazards as you decorate your home this season:

Decorating Safety Tips

When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree will stay green longer and be less of a fire hazard than a dry tree. Water your Christmas tree daily.
When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “fire-resistant.”
Use only electrical decorations and lights that have been approved for safe use by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
Carefully inspect each electrical decoration before use. Cracked or frayed sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections may cause a serious shock or start a fire.
Keep all decorations 3 feet away from heat sources, including space heaters and fireplaces.
Turn off all indoor and outdoor electrical decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
Avoid using candles when possible. Consider using battery-operated candles in place of traditional candles.
Never connect more than three strands of incandescent lights together, and consider purchasing LED lights, which use less energy and run cooler than traditional incandescent lights.
Match power needs (amperage) of electrical products with an amperage rating of extension cords.
Follow the use and care instructions that accompany electrical decorations, and always unplug electrical decorations before replacing bulbs or fuses.
Keep young children away from holiday lights, electrical decorations, and extension cords to prevent electrical shock and burn injuries.
Avoid plugging too many holiday lights and decorations into a single outlet. Overloaded outlets can overheat and cause a fire.
Make sure that cords are not pinched in doors, windows, or under heavy furniture, which could damage the cord’s insulation.

Keep these post-holiday tips in mind as you wrap up the holiday season:

Post-Holiday Safety Tips:

With time, Christmas trees continue to dry out making them increasingly flammable. Trees decorated with holiday lights have an increased risk because they’re in direct contact with an electrical source. Check with your local community to find a recycling program through which to dispose of your tree early in the new year.
Always unplug decorations by using the gripping area. Pulling on the cord could damage the wire and present a shock or fire hazard.
As you take down holiday lights, inspect the wiring and discard any that have cracked, frayed, or appear to have damaged wire insulation.
Make sure to label or store indoor decorations separate from those intended for outdoor use.
Store electrical decorations in a dry area that is not accessible by children or pets.