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Your Dog Will Thank You!

Your Dog Will Thank You!

One of the best benefits to having a dog is having a companion to snuggle with at home and to bring on adventures. Going out to the dog park, for example, is a special treat for both the pup and the owner. Each gets a chance to leave the house, get some much-needed vitamin D and have the opportunity for some exercise. For those that live on Long Island have a multitude of dog parks to choose from, so we rounded up the ones that are both dog and owner approved.

Eisenhower

Separated with a small and large dog park, this is a spacious spot to take all pups to stretch their paws. There are benches for the owner to sit and fresh water for the dogs to drink and wash up before returning home. Bring a ball to play fetch, and there may be a few extra dogs wanting tag along in the game.

576 Salisbury Park Dr, Westbury, NY 11590

Town of Oyster Bay

With tables and benches around the area, it would be nice to the family and the dog to a picnic. After, take the pup to stretch his legs in one of the more popular dog parks. This park is also separated into areas for large and small dogs. Covered in mulch, the ground is padded to be safe on a pet’s paws while playing.

Clocks Blvd & E Pine St, Massapequa, NY 11758

West Hills

One of the larger dog parks on the island, this is the spot to take a pup who has a ton of excess energy. There are two separate parks for both small and large dogs. It’s also a great area to take a dog hiking with you and to explore all the nature on a quiet retreat. People have even taken their dogs and camped here in the area.

Highhold Dr, Huntington, NY 11743

Cherry Avenue

This is one big field fenced in with mulch for the safety of any dog that wants to play in the park. Since a soccer field is located next to the dog park, take the kids for a few hours of exercise while pet owners can sit in the shade and watch their pup roam around freely.

Cherry Ave, West Sayville, NY 11796

Mud Creek

Different than the average park, take the pups out for an experience in a beach setting. There is a fenced area for dogs to roam while also experiencing the sand and the water. This is a great spot for the spring and summer as the weather begins to warm up. Make sure to carry a leash as this dog park doesn’t have as many secure closures as most. There are ways to escape if a dog becomes adventurous on his own.

341 Roe Ave, East Patchogue, NY 11772

Isaac

This is a park that offers so much more than a place to take a pup for playtime. There is baseball fields, open areas and picnic tables. Whether someone ventures here for a birthday party or soccer game bring the four-legged family member along to get some fresh air too.

Calverton, NY 11933

Argyle Park

This scenic space is a great area to take a dog for a well-earned long walk, and it’s the perfect area to teach a new pup behavioral command. This area is a gorgeous site too. Many couples have taken wedding photos along the white bridge. There’s even a lake to take the family for a small fishing trip.

NY-27A, Babylon, NY 11702

 

Your pup will thank you!

This recipe is perfect if you are looking for an easy, healthy crock pot chicken recipe to steer you through a busy week!

This recipe is perfect if you are looking for an easy, healthy crock pot chicken recipe to steer you through a busy week!

The reliable. The practical. The Crock Pot Chicken and Rice!

Crock Pot Chicken and Rice is the star of healthy slow cooker recipes. It’s not flashy. It’s not exotic. It’s mild enough for picky eaters but flavorful enough for more adventurous appetites. It’s freezer friendly and tastes great left over.

Using long Grain Brown Rice is higher in fiber and protein. Brown rice is also a bit heartier, so it can handle the longer cooking time better that comes along with any slow cooker meal.

Slow Cook on high.

Don’t Over Do the Onion. Unless you are a raw onion fan, be sure to chop the onion very finely and don’t add too much. If you are using an onion and concerned about it being too strong, you can sauté it on the stove before adding it to the crock pot.

Do Not Over Cook the Chicken. The chicken breasts will finish cooking before the rice. Be sure to remove them as soon as the internal temp reaches 160 – 165 degrees, then recover the crock pot and continue cooking the rice and vegetables until the rice is tender.

Season to Taste. This recipe suggests salt, pepper, thyme, and Dijon mustard. Feel free to adjust each of these to suit your and your family’s tastes.

This recipe is perfect if you are looking for an easy, healthy crock pot chicken recipe to steer you through a busy week!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice — do not substitute any other kind of rice, including short grain, instant, or white, as the cooking time and liquid ratios will not be the same
  • 1 1/2 cups diced carrots — (about 4 carrots)
  • 1 small shallot — finely chopped, about 1/4 cup (you can also use 1/2 of a small regular onion, if you do not prefer the more mild flavor of the shallot)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts — (or chicken thighs)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2–3 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • Chopped fresh parsley — optional for serving

 

Instructions

Lightly coat a 5-quart or larger slow cooker with nonstick spray.

Add the rice, carrots, shallot, and Dijon mustard, and stir to combine.

Arrange the chicken breasts on top, then sprinkle with the garlic powder, thyme, salt, and pepper.

Pour in the chicken broth.

Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours, until the chicken is cooked through.

Remove the chicken onto a plate and cover to keep warm.

Stir the rice, vegetables, and broth, then re-cover and continue cooking on high until the rice is tender, about 1 additional hour.

Uncover and stir in the peas and Greek yogurt.

Dice the chicken and stir it in with 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.

Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, then re-cover and cook for a few additional minutes on high until the cheese is melted.

Serve warm, sprinkled with fresh parsley as desired.

 

 

 

 

 

Montauk Point Lighthouse

Montauk Point Lighthouse

Built somewhere around 1796, the Montauk Lighthouse is located near east Long Island, on Block Island Sound. The lighthouse is the 4th oldest (and still active) in the US. The complete structure stands at a massive 110-feet and resides inside the famous Montauk Point State Park. The beacon from the lighthouse is programmed to flash every five seconds. Amazingly, its beacon can easily be seen as far as 19 nautical miles. Fortunately, for those who wish to see and feel the lighthouse in all its glory, the structure is accessible and you can go for a trip to the history sandstone lighthouse through different modes of transportation.

 

A Brief Historical Account of the Montauk Lighthouse

During the Second World War, the United States army took over the lighthouse to mount a coastal defense unit. There were three civilian maintenance keepers of the lighthouse, all of whom went home in 1943. Right beside the Montauk Lighthouse, the US army opened Camp Hero, which was back in 1942.

 

Just a year after the Second World War ended, the USCG (United States Coastal Guard) took over the lighthouse as primary keepers. They ran the lighthouse up until 1987, which was when it was fully automated. In May of the same year, the Montauk Historical Society inaugurated the lighthouse museum, and opened it for the public.

 

When Should You Visit the Lighthouse?

You can take an exciting tour of the lighthouse from mid May to the second week of October; this is when tours are available daily. After October, you can visit the lighthouse on weekends beginning from the mid of March to late April as well as in November.

 

You can take a tour of the iconic Montauk Point Lighthouse through the keeper’s cottage which was built somewhere around the 1860s. You can even climb to the top of the lighthouse, but you are going to have to climb the spiral, 137-step staircase.

 

Modes of Transportation

Driving to the Lighthouse

You can drive to the lighthouse from Hamlet, Montauk (the lighthouse is 6.5 miles east of Hamlet). The easiest way to get there is through the New York State Route 27. You will be able to see the lighthouse at the loop of the highway. If you’re coming from New Jersey, you can take interstate 495 (the Long Island Expressway), come out from Exit 70 on Manorville Road and then just drive south.

 

Taking the Train or Bus

During peak season, which basically starts from July and ends in September, you can take the shuttle to Montauk Lighthouse, courtesy of the Suffolk County Transit. It’s a two-way trip and the ticket prices are reasonable. If you are a student or a senior, you can get some discounts. For kids below the age of five, the ride is basically free. The shuttle bus service runs from Monday all through Saturday, and there are eight trips per day scheduled.

 

Take a Boat Ride to the Lighthouse

If you want to see the lighthouse from the water, various boat charter companies schedule rides to Montauk Island during the summer. You can even charter a boat just before sunset and turn it into a romantic trip. Sit back and enjoy the view of the lighthouse while the sun sets. There are plenty of charter companies you can opt for such as the Montauk Yacht Club, Viking Fleet Charters, Runway Charters, etc. Although some companies will provide you with light snacks and beverages, it’s still better to pack your own food and drinks.

 

 

So there you go, everything you need to know about the Montauk Point Lighthouse and getting to the structure. Have you visited it recently, or at all?

Fire Pit: a nice touch for your backyard

Fire Pit: a nice touch for your backyard

When you take a look at how beautiful and good looking your house is, on most occasions, you’ve got to be worried about your backyard—especially if you do not have anything to make it look attractive and alluring. Ordinarily, fire pits easily make the environment look unique as it gives it a very good touch of serenity. Aside this, it also serves a wide array of practical purposes. If you want to host a summer outdoor cookout or just a simple drink-out with friends, a fire pit can be a center of attraction at your backyard which can offer you this convenience.

Obviously, there are quite a couple of benefits to be derived from having a fire pit in your backyard. Apart from the decorative features it possess, it can also serve other purposes. For instance, when you have an outdoor fire pit, you would be availed the opportunity to spend quality time with your family and friends—no doubt, this would definitely improve your relationship and bond with the people you love and care for.

Here in this article, we have made a list of the top inventive and original fire pit ideas that you should consider having in your yard which are as given below:

  • Decorative Iron Fire Pit

If we are to talk about good ideas on fire pits, then it’s quite imperative that we discuss more about aesthetics than functionality. The decorative iron fire pit brings an ambiance and an alluring look to your backyard. It is set in an area where there are stones or gravels around which sitting benches and chairs are also placed.

  • Circular Fire Pit with a Wood Bench

The Circular Fire Pit is one of the most famous fire setups. The wood bench that is available around the pit gives you, family and friends the opportunity to sit under a rather comfortable and warm atmosphere. One of the main advantage that comes with this pit is that all its components are readily made available.

  • Campfire Fire Pit

Without any iota of doubt, the campfire fire pit is another simple setting whose inspiration is usually gotten from outdoor campfires. It is constructed by placing a bundle of wood and a circle of rocks around the pit. It is a prospect that is special—especially if you want to reproduce a certain camping vibe within the comfort of your own home.

  • Base-Level Outdoor Fire Pits

When the Base-level fire pit is built with care, it is usually found to look alluring and stunning. This is because it readily blends with the landscape of the surroundings without withdrawing from other details of the backyard. It is usually built by digging a deep base into the ground, and due to this, it is highly essential for you to check the texture and quality of the soil in your backyard before you commence.

Conclusively, even though having a fire pit would give some redefining touch and outlook to your backyard, nonetheless an outdoor fire pit require certain precautions. The availability of pets or children in your home makes it imperative for you to take safety measures at all times. Given that cases of serious injuries are being recorded every year, you cannot be so sure through negligence and non-nonchalance when it comes to securing the environment around your fire pit.

Haunted Houses on Long Island

Haunted Houses on Long Island

Long Island is often associated with plenty of scary folk tales, unusual myths and ancient folklore. Moreover, the city has a rich heritage and history as it was first populated by Native American Indians. It was in the 1600s that European immigrants started inhabiting the land.

As a result, the city has plenty of ancient sites and Native American burial grounds along with landmarks important to the Revolutionary War. Moreover, Long Island also has a slew of glamorous mansions and huge estates for added measure.

You already know how this sounds like – a good way to see some haunted mansions! If you are interested in having the fright of your life, mentioned below are some of the most haunted houses in Long Island.

The Amityville House 

When it comes to haunted houses, there is no way we couldn’t mention this popular haunted house in the city. Located in Amityville, many people know about story of the family that was straight up murdered in this house! It all started in 1974, when Ronal DeFeo slaughtered his family in the house.  A lot of people believed that the vile spirits haunting the house drove Ronald completely mad, and led him to murdering his entire family.

In 1975, the house was bought by George and Kathy Lutz. Just a year after the murders occurred, the couple spawned a series of ghastly tales about bizarre, paranormal activities that they “claimed” to experience. Their stories led to several movie productions soon after. However, their stores were later revealed to be nothing but a hoax. But there are still many people who believe ghosts haunt the Amityville house.

Winfield Hall

This former manor has seen plenty of death. However, as per local legends, there are some pretty colorful tales about the owner of the mansion, Frank Winfield Woolworth. But there are also some stories about bizarre occult activity as well. You see, just two years after Winfield had the former mansion built, which was in 1917, he passed away. Sadly, just a couple of years after Frank Winfield’s death, his daughter Edna, committed suicide.

Fast forward to the sixties and seventies, the Winfield mansion served as a home to Air Career School, where students were reported saying that Edna’s room was always kept locked and no one dared to go inside. Moreover, the students also stated that they could hear sounds of moving furniture coming from the room. But there was nobody in the room!

Morgan Hall

Located in Glen Cove, Morgan Hall was built by the famous millionaire J.P. Morgan back in 1910. However, today, Morgan Hall is said to be one of the most haunted and creepiest places in Long Island! People claim that the mansion is haunted by the ghost of the financial tycoon’s daughter, Alice who passed away in the house due to the yellow fever.

Before being transformed into a Catholic school back in the sixties, the former mansion also served as a Russian Embassy. After the school was built, people have claimed seeing the ghost of Alice roaming around the attic as well as the school’s numerous halls and corridors. According to eyewitness accounts, Alice is always dressed in a black gown. Dare to meet her?

Fire Island Lighthouse

Located on Fire Island, the Fire Island Lighthouse stands at 74-feet and was built in 1826. However, thirty-two years later, the original lighthouse was torn down and replaced by the current one. And this lighthouse is rumored to be one of the most haunted places in Long Island.

According to folklore, the lighthouse is haunted by the ghost of a curator, who committed suicide. He died inside the lighthouse. The curator committed suicide, grief stricken by the death of his daughter, who passed away during the construction of the lighthouse. People have been reported as saying they could hear the sound of eerie laughter coming out from the lighthouse. Many others have reported seeing a vague, shadowy figure of a man carrying rope.

So there you go, a list of some of the most haunted places in Long Island, perfect for a Halloween trip with your friends. Or basically any other night as well!

Simple & Delicious Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Simple & Delicious Pumpkin Cake Recipe

An amazing indoors way to celebrate the beautiful fall weather is to stop going for apple picking and just making a delicious, mouthwatering pumpkin pie. It’s just so much better than hayrides and roasting some s’mores. Moreover, you could not have a tastier treat for after dinner, enjoying some Sunday night football than this out-of-the-world recipe. And it’s simple, without any special ingredients, hassle-free, and it’s just perfect! This recipe is great for true pumpkin pie fans who want the very essence of the pumpkin flavor, the spice and a bit of tanginess without anything else getting in the way!

But Why is This Pumpkin Pie Recipe Great?

There are a couple of reasons why this pumpkin pie cake recipe will become an instant favorite and fall staple at your household. First of all, the pie will be packed with a concoction of wonderful flavors along with two big cups of pumpkin puree. In addition, you are going add all the best fall ingredients in your kitchen, such as cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and ginger.

The cake will turn out super moist, like sticking to your fork! To make it even more delicious you are going to add a mouth watering, smooth and silky cream cheese frosting. Lastly, because the cake is single layer, you can easily pack it take to parties, game nights, tailgates etc.

The Pumpkin Cake Recipe

The recipe is quite straightforward and you can’t go wrong with it. If you have ever baked a spice cake before, the preparation is similar to that in terms of texture and taste. Plus you are not going to need more than two bowls! However, even if you haven’t baked in a while, this recipe is still easy than a ton of others!

Let’s go over the ingredients and then the method.

As mentioned, the ingredients are simple and easy, it’s a homemade cake after all.

 

Here is what you are going to need:

 

  • Flour – (Go with all-purpose flour) because the cake already as a thick and wet batter.

 

  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda – Common household ingredients that help the batter rise

 

  • Cinnamon and Spice for the Pumpkin Pie – These are necessary ingredients to make the cake. You can prepare the spice at home by adding half a teaspoon of ground cloves, ground ginger, ground allspice and ground nutmeg. Don’t forget to add half a teaspoon of cinnamon.

 

  • Vanilla and Salt for Added Flavor – You can add salt as per taste and buy the vanilla extract from any local grocery store.

 

  • Cooking Oil – Layer the base of the baking pan with an even spread of cooking oil to make the base of the cake smooth and moist.

 

  • Eggs – Add 2-3 eggs for the structure of the cake.

 

  • Pumpkin – Along with 2 cups of fresh pumpkin puree, you will need to add 1 regular can of pumpkin. Use the entire content of the can to avoid waste.

 

  • Sugar – You can mix some brown and white sugar for taste

Instructions: 

  1. Take two bowls
  2. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl
  3. Mix the wet ingredients in the other
  4. Mix both the dry and wet ingredients together
  5. Take a 9 x 13 baking or cake pan and pour the mix in, spreading evenly
  6. Bake it
  7. Let it cool down for five minutes and then make the cream cheese frosting
  8. Put the cake in your fridge for 30 minutes
  9. And voila, it’s ready for eating

 

There you go – everything you need to have and know about how to bake a wonderfully delightful pumpkin pie cake.

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