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November 2013 Winter Prep: Seal Around Attic Hatch


Fall is a great time to walk around your home with weather stripping and a caulk gun and reinforce the seals around windows, doors and other openings in walls that can let cold outdoor air into your warm, heated home. Don’t overlook your attic’s access


hatch.


The attic hatch is usually located in a wall or ceiling of a hallway or closet, so it’s sort of “out of sight, out of mind.” But those doorways, which often are attached to pull-down steps, leak huge amounts of air, making your home colder in the winter and hotter during summer.


Before it gets too cold outside, seal and insulate the door.


If your hatch is finished with trim around the edges, gently pull the trim off—being careful not to break it—and pump caulk into holes and gaps in the wood. Caulk sparingly around all edges of the trim, and then reattach it to the door. Your attic hatch might have a gasket around the edge—similar to the one on your refrigerator door. If yours doesn’t, consider adding one. It can create a tight seal that will keep the unconditioned attic air upstairs where it belongs—and out of your house.


If your attic door is uninsulated, cut a What’s Cookin’ in the Co-op Kitchen... The Easiest Apple Pie Recipe Ever


1 frozen deep-dish piecrust 1/2 cup chopped pecans 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons butter or margerine 1 large egg white


1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 pounds Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and/or Gala apples, each cored, peeled and cut into 8 wedges. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. While crust is thawing at room temperature for 15 minutes, mix pecans, flour, and brown sugar in bowl. Work in butter with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside. 2. Prick bottom and sides of crust with fork. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Immediately brush bottom and sides of hot crust with light coating of egg white. Reset oven to 425 degrees. 3. Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine granulated sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Toss in apples and lemon juice. Cover with waxed paper and microwave on high 12 minutes, stirring half way through. Spoon filling into crust. Sprinkle pecan topping over filling. 4. Bake pie 10 to 12 minutes or until topping is golden. Cool on wire rack. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.


For a true homemade presentation, remove the crust from its foil pan and place in a 9-inch pie plate; Gently fold back foil around edge of frozen crust to remove from foil. Transfer to pie plate and thaw as directed. With fingertips, press lightly on thawed dough to mold into shape of pie plate.


piece of rigid foam insulation so it’s about half an inch smaller than the door on all sides, and glue it to the attic side of the door. Stack another piece of foam on top of that, and then another until the insula- tion is four to eight inches thick. Insulation and caulk won’t do their jobs unless the door can close tight. Add a handle and a fastener to the door so it latches securely when closed.


Huff joins SWRE


Austin Huff has joined the SWRE work staff. Huff will work in the co-op’s Opera- tions Department as a groundsman. Austin is a Tipton native and a gradu- ate of Tipton High School. “We’re pleased to welcome Austin to the SWRE family,” said CEO Mike Hagy. Huff and his wife Whitney live in


Austin Huff


Tipton and have two young sons, Daytyn and Warryn.


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Online payments can be made at www.swre.com


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Oklahoma


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