All posts by Aubrey Buttars

Semi-Homemade Salted Chocolate Caramels

Impress your friends, family and neighbors with these bite sized chocolate caramel treats.

What you’ll need:

  • (2) Kraft Caramels 11 oz. Bag
  • (6) Hershey’s chocolate bars
  • Sea Salt

Unwrap caramels from plastic wrap. Set aside. Put parchment paper in a large cooking sheet. Place broken up chocolate bars into microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring every 20-30 seconds. Once chocolate is smooth and melted remove from microwave. Use a toothpick to dip the caramels into the chocolate. Place chocolate coated caramels on parchment paper to set for 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle sea salt on the top of each. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.

Macey’s Tooele Hosts Annual Kids Safety Fair

Macey’s Tooele recently hosted the annual Kids Safety Fair. The event brought together volunteers from Air Med, Tooele Fire Department, Highway Patrol, Tooele City Police Department, Tooele County Sheriff and the Mobile Command Center and Special Operations Division, Utah Poison Control, University of Utah Health Care, Tooele County Health Department, and Tooele County Emergency Management. Volunteers from each organization taught store guests and community members important safety tips and practices. The event, held at Macey’s Tooele, featured a DJ, hotdog and soda stand, fresh smoked ribs, and Macey’s Seafood Road Show.

A special thanks to everyone who helped make this a great event!

      

Camping & Summer Travel with Augason Farms

AS THEY SAY “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO” 

Carefree traveling doesn’t mean caution-free traveling. Emergencies can, and often do, occur while you are on the road and far away from home. Taking a small amount of time to do your homework before you set out may pay off in a big way if you encounter an emergency situation. Below are a handful great tips as well as links to go-to experts in the field of having fun…safely.

Going Camping?

Proper preparation and planning is half the battle when facing an emergency situation in the great outdoors. The US Forest Service lists “traveling with a companion” at the top of their list of outdoor safety tips. And, it’s a critical one. Emergencies can be as simple as spraining an ankle which can render a hiker immobile, especially on rough terrain.  Be sure to visit https://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/safety/safety.shtml to brush up on all of their excellent tips for outdoor adventures.

Heading to the Beach?  

Take time to scan the beach for critical safety information before staking a claim on your beach space. Most public beaches post beach rules, safety and warning signs, and/or color-coded warning flags.  Visit https://www.surfertoday.com/surfing/12814-the-complete-list-of-beach-flags-and-warning-signals to become familiar with the color coding warning flags, as they are not accompanied with explanatory text. On this site you will also find examples of safety and warning signs, many of which are universally recognized.

Traveling Overseas?

Here’s a tip that you may not have thought of: always take a business card from the front desk of your hotel. That way, if you ever get lost, you have the name and address of the hotel in the local language.  Great advice. It’s what Travel & Leisure listed at the top of their “12 Tips to Make International Travel Easier” blog. They also suggest checking the State Department’s travel warnings and alerts as well as printing out the address and contact information of the local embassy (don’t rely on having access to the internet). Check out their remaining tips here: http://www.travelandleisure.com/blogs/12-tips-to-make-international-travel-easier.  It’s well worth your time if you’re internationally bound.

Whether you travel far and wide, or a few hours away, take into consideration these additional tips:

Medical Services. Review your insurance policy ahead of time so you are familiar with service providers and medical facilities that are covered out of state or out of country. Be sure to find out where they are located, phone numbers, and hours of operation. It’s a good idea to write these down just in case internet service is compromised.

Water. This is arguably the most important commodity in an emergency. No matter where you travel, pack an empty, lightweight water filtration bottle in each of your family member’s travel bag. They’re easy to pack and are a wise alternative to plastic water bottles which, as you know, won’t make it past security checkpoints. Also keep in mind that drinking fountains are highly regulated in most places and can provide safe, clean sources of water. (Mobile apps have even been developed to assist you in finding nearby drinking fountains.)

Food.  This is tricky, especially if you’re traveling a significant distance or internationally. If you’re traveling in a vehicle, don’t leave home without an emergency food supply [link to 72-hour emergency pail]. This will keep you nourished if you have a breakdown or make a wrong turn.  If you are traveling by air, you can easily pack freeze dried fruits [link to freeze dried strawberry slices] and granola in airtight snack bags. You’ll have great tasting nutrition whether you get stuck in the airport, on the tarmac, or circling to land. These snack bags are also good to have once you’re on the ground and waiting for a taxi or trying to get your bearings in an unfamiliar city.

Staying Connected.  Since communication is all-important during emergencies, mobile phones are likely the best life-saving device you can own. Not only can they serve as radios and sources of information, you can load them up with apps from alert-services to shelter maps. Be sure to check with your mobile provider to see if you’ll have service in the country you’re traveling to. Roaming charges can be expensive, but a high phone bill is worth it if it keeps you safe. Don’t forget an extra phone charger.

Radio Access: Take a minute to go online and search for local radio frequencies that will provide critical emergency notifications and updates. Again, it’s wise to make a written note…just in case.

Documentation. Take written lists of your prescription medications, jot down insurance company contacts, and take copies of important documents such as passports and birth certificates.  Alternatively, upload them to your own secure cloud server as backup. Whether digitally or electronically, always keep these within close reach no matter where in the world you are. Don’t forget that an easy way to digitally store important documents is to simply take a picture.

We think it’s worth repeating the “Know Before You Go” adage as we wrap up this blog because…it just can’t be emphasized enough.

Happy and safe travels this summer!

Ace is the place for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is June 17 and Ace Hardware has big savings on gifts for Dad. Save on brands like Craftsman, DeWalt, Yeti, Weber and Traeger. We’re also giving away two Weber grills, just in time for Father’s Day! Enter to win one on Facebook at @AceHardwareUtah  or visit us at our Sandy location on Saturday, June 16 for your chance to win. Facebook winner will be selected and notified on Friday, June 15.

Ace Rewards members receive FREE assembly and delivery on grills over $399 throughout the summer. Ace Hardware also has free store pickup, buy online and pickup today! Visit us in Draper, Murray, Olympus Hills and Sandy or at acehardware.com. Visit our Father’s Day ad for all of the great deals:

Need propane? Our Draper and Murray locations have bulk propane available for $2.99/gallon

 

S’mores Cupcakes

Enjoy a campfire favorite at any time with these cupcakes. Super simple to make and sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 can of chocolate frosting
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows
  • graham cracker, broken into crumbs
  • cupcake liners

Bake the cupcakes according to the cake mix package directions. Cool completely. Frost with chocolate frosting. Top with a few mini marshmallows and graham cracker crumbs. Toast marshmallow on top if desired. Enjoy!

Support Primary Children’s Hospital at Macey’s

The annual Macey’s Caring for Kids drive in support of Primary Children’s Hospital is back! We invite you to donate any amount when you visit Macey’s June 4-29 to help the youngest members of our communities and their families while they seek treatment at the hospital. All funds raised during the drive will be used to support hospital programs including music therapy, art therapy, and others. Every penny will help make a difference! We appreciate your support and know that together we can make a difference.

Apple S’mores

The s’more season is among us! There are so many delicious variations of s’mores to enjoy but have you tried adding a slice of freshness? Try Apple S’mores.

What you’ll need:

  • Apples, sliced
  • Hershey’s bar
  • Large marshmallows

Wash apples and slice thinly. Roast marshmallows over open fire or barbecue. Assemble smore: apple, chocolate bar, marshmallow, apple slice. ENJOY!

 

Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day

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Are you looking for ways to celebrate this Memorial Day holiday? Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer which is celebrated with BBQ’s, picnics and spending time with family and friends. Make sure to find time this Memorial Day to remember and honor what the day stands for. Here are some great ideas:

  1. Decorate with Flags: Visit a local cemetery and place flags on gravestones of veterans. Don’t forgot to decorate your home with flags to show appreciation for those who have and are serving in the armed forces.
  2. Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance: At 3 pm on Memorial Day pause for one minute and remember those who have and are serving in the armed forces.
  3. Thank a veteran: Have you family visit family members or friends that have served. Listen to their experiences. If you do not have veterans close you can take a moment to write letters.
  4. Attend a parade: Some towns have parades on Memorial Day. You can find information for events on city websites.