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Why Renters Need Affordable Security Solutions

Affordable Security SolutionsMany renters will often ask themselves: why do I need home security? Or they’ll ask: how can I incorporate home security into my rental? In most cases, renting is a temporary arrangement. This means you’ll only live there for one or a few years before packing up and moving to another rental or buying a house. The idea of investing in long-term improvements is foreign to many renters who don’t want to sink money in a property they don’t own.

Regardless of your living situation, your home is where you should feel the safest and most secure. So, why do renters need affordable security systems? It’s all about looking at your situation and understanding your finances, your valuables, and your future.

Practical Solutions Are Available

While you may end up in a rare situation where you rent out one property for longer than 3 years, chances are you’re not planning on living in a rental for the long haul. Regardless, you want to feel secure no matter where you live, and different renting situations often require different security needs. Smaller, more affordable security devices, like Canary ®, can give you that extra comfort while still providing a portable solution.

Protecting What You Own

Even as a renter, you need to help ensure that all the valuable possessions you do own are protected. So, how can one do that without investing tons of money or making permanent changes? There are a number of simple and affordable ways to help protect your belongings. Fire resistant chests and safes can help protect everything from valuable jewelry to highly personal documents. And if you’re looking for something that isn’t so “clunky,” you can get creative and look up some makeshift hideaway stuff for your belongings, like a hollowed out book or a stitched in curtain pocket.

Your Neighbors Aren’t Enough

A misconception for apartment tenants is that the collective group of homes and neighbors will act as a deterrent in itself, but any home can be burglarized. Taking extra steps in security doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot of money. Affordable security solutions come in many different packages and price points. There are a number of affordable devices out there that can help you to keep a watchful eye on your home while you’re away. One such device is the Arlo™ Home Security camera, a wireless, weatherproof camera kit that can be installed essentially anywhere.

Renters shouldn’t feel like home security is out of reach or impractical for their situation. In order to help protect their families and belongings, choosing small, portable security devices is the best method for achieving security and peace of mind. You can’t always rely on your neighbors to keep an eye on your apartment or home, so investing a little money up front in some security devices will help keep you safe.

 

Tech Tools to Make Your Apartment More Secure

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Living in an apartment has a host of advantages; one being that your apartment building may already have some type of security system installed. However, sometimes the building’s security system isn’t enough. Apartment security is fairly straightforward, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be cool or high-tech. The Internet and smartphones have revolutionized the way people handle home security. Here are five tech tools you can use in your apartment.

SmartSense Moisture Sensor

Perhaps this isn’t the most glamorous apartment security device you were thinking of, but don’t scoff! Water damage costs big bucks to repair, so catching small leaks early is the best method to forestall disaster. Place one of these moisture sensors near pipes, in the bathroom, or under the kitchen sink. If any unusual moisture is detected, you’ll quickly receive a text alerting you to take action immediately to help prevent costly water damage.

Withings Home

The Withings Home is an HD camera with environmental sensors that can detect both motion and sound. Whether it’s a baby crying in the room next door or someone attempting to break into your apartment, this device will pick up almost any activity and send an alert to your smartphone. The Withings Home is also compatible with the Apple HomeKit.

Korner

The Korner device isn’t available for everyone just yet, but will be after backers of their initial IndieGoGo campaign receive their devices. According to the preview video, the setup for the Korner home security system only takes around two minutes; making this one of the easiest security systems to use. First, the system is plugged into your internet router, then the sensors (also known as “tags”) are placed in the corner of any doors and windows that you want monitored by the system. If the sensors are tripped by the door or window being opened, the system alerts you via smartphone.

IZON Video Monitor

The IZON 2.0 Wi-Fi Video Monitor and free IZON app gives you the ability to watch what’s happening in your apartment even when you’re not there. This is especially important for people who live in apartments where they’re not the only person with a key. The maintenance person, the landlord or business manager, and anyone else who works for the apartment complex or building can potentially get the keys to your place. The IZON Video Monitor allows you to see who has come and gone in your apartment.

Netgear Arlo Security Camera

If you’re looking for a security camera with a wider range of coverage, the Netgear Arlo Security Camera (slated to be released on January 31, 2015) might be right up your alley. Completely wireless, these small cameras can be secured on walls, ceilings, or hidden behind objects and furniture. The Netgear Arlo is also highly weatherproof and possesses night vision capabilities, making this an equally effective outdoor security device. And, with the Arlo security camera’s motion detection features, any sudden movements will be recorded and a push notification will be sent to your smartphone.

­Installing a home security system in your apartment can be a little different than installing o­ne in a house. If you have to alter the apartment in any way, make sure to consult your landlord before doing so. It is best to pick security products that can be easily removed once your lease is up. Before purchasing anything, do plenty of research to be sure whatever you’re getting is right for you.

Cool Home Automation Gadgets and Trends to Look Forward to in 2015

home automationTechnology just gets cooler and cooler! While the “wow factor” increases, so does the practicality of a lot of new gadgets. As we look to the future, one thing is for certain: we’re going to see many more smart gadgets out there to help automate our lives and make everything just a little bit easier. Let’s take a look at some cool gadgets and trends that we can expect to really blow up in 2015.

Piecemeal Home Automation

There are quite a few systems already out there, and they’re quickly getting lots of buzz. Systems like WEMO™ and Iris™ are designed to supply an array of smart home automation products that all work under one smart system. While you can opt into a starter kit at set prices, you can also build your own digital army.

EyeLock Myris ™

The EyeLock Myris is one cool gadget. Using new-age, high-tech software to capture images of your eye, the EyeLock Myris recognizes your eye—and your eye alone—and grants you access to a variety of different personal applications. Simply plug it in, register your eye, and then build your suite of applications that can only be accessed with your eye. This means that you can put all of your private apps and websites in one space, so that you’re the only one who can see them. This makes banking, social media, and email even more private, so you don’t have to worry about anyone hacking their way into your world. Don’t think this applies to home automation? You can hook this up to your home system to enable a more secure and private home. The future, in which your eye literally opens everything, is finally here.

Small Home Security Systems

Before now, it’s always been a challenge to make a small home or apartment secure. In most apartments, getting a full home security system is essentially impossible and sometimes impractical. With cool new technology and an increasing array of home security options, it’s becoming easier to get a small home or apartment hooked up with a nice layer of security. There are cool systems, like Canary™, that allow you to keep your eye on your kingdom when you’re away from home, relaxing on the couch, or even tucked in bed.
Of course, that kind of security is all self-monitored. If you’re looking to have a home security company keep an eye out for you professionally, you should seek a trusted home security brand and ask them how they can practically outfit your small home to give you the best security.

The future of home automation looks bright, and the immediate future is one that we can all get excited for in 2015. What home automation gadgets do you hope to see in the coming year?

Do I Need a Pro? How to Know if DIY is Right for You!

Pro or DIYOver the last few years, home security and automation technology has become much easier to self-install through DIY. Some systems and devices, however, aren’t the easiest to install and actually require professional installation. Still, it’s very common for folks to be a little unsure of whether or not they should do their own installations. Here are some instances when you should hire a pro and when you really don’t need to:

When You Probably Don’t Need a Pro

There are plenty of situations where you don’t need to hire a professional. Here are a few:

  • When You Know What You’re Doing

One of the main reasons people feel like they need to hire a pro they’re insecure about their installation abilities. This is a completely understandable sentiment, and if you feel this way, hire someone who knows what they’re doing. However, if you feel like you’re up to the challenge, or know exactly what to do, then there’s no need to hire someone. Save some money and do it yourself.

  • When the System or Product is Wireless

Wireless systems are usually very easy to set up because they’re items that don’t require any hardwiring and they can be bought right off the shelf. Even if you don’t feel like the most tech-savvy individual, these systems almost always come with manuals. If you’re still having difficulty, you can always call customer service and have them walk you through the installation and setup processes. Often times, you can find the customer service number on the front or back of a product instruction manual.

When You Should Hire a Pro

As mentioned, there are some things that can be installed on their own; and some things you simply shouldn’t install yourself. Here are a few installations that should definitely be left up to a professional:

  • When There’s A Lot of Wiring to Do

Unless you’re an electrician, your best bet is to call a professional to install any home automation or security system with a ton of wiring work. No matter how many how-to videos you’ve watched on YouTube, doing your own wiring is not the best idea as you run the risk of damaging your home. Or worse, you risk injuring yourself!

  • When a Professional Is Recommended

If a home security company is recommending professional installation, it’s probably for good reason. Some system installations are so complicated that they require their installers to go through rigorous training. Even if you feel like you’re capable of installing the system yourself, let the professionals do their work. You don’t want to risk damaging your property.

When it comes to home security installations, do what’s recommended or required and only what you feel like you can handle. Trust your instincts, read the instructions, and you should be fine. If you run into trouble at any stage, don’t hesitate to reach out to customer service for assistance.

How to Use Smartphone Monitoring to Help Take Control of Your Rental Properties

rental propertiesAs a landlord with multiple properties to oversee, you may feel overwhelmed at times with the many responsibilities on your plate. Plus, it’s tough to know what you can and can’t control. That’s when you should start thinking about utilizing your smartphone to control appliances, security, and away-from-home maintenance. These quick apps take minutes to download and can significantly reduce any stress you have about renting out your properties.

Power Company Apps

Inspired by the National Energy Conservation Act, power companies are getting more creative with ways for their customers to save on energy. By creating apps for smartphones, power companies give you the control to manage your energy use when you’re away from your rentals. Whether you forgot to turn off the lights, or the weather has changed unpredictably, these apps help you to save on your energy bill. If you don’t charge for utilities, this can be especially helpful.

Appliances Apps

From refrigerators that track expiration dates on your food to smart ranges that notify you about preheating or cooking times, more and more appliances are coming equipped with technology that allows you to control them with your smartphone. Sure, this sounds futuristic and a little over-the-top, but soon you’ll be able to manage almost everything at your rental properties through your smartphone.

Security Apps

There are a number of mobile apps that allow you to help keep your rentals and possessions safe while you’re away. Automatic door-lock apps like Lockitron or Gojiguarantee that you always have your doors locked when you leave or before you go to sleep. You can also download apps like WeMo ® that notify you if there’s movement in your home while you’re away using motion-sensor technology. You might have to install hardware to do this, but potential tenants will appreciate the added security.

HVAC Apps

Monitoring how well your HVAC system is working can help you save money on energy bills and keep your system running clean. Apps like Nest are especially helpful for reminding you when to replace filters in the HVAC system. Other apps like the Honeywell Lyric can be utilized to detect leaks or other repairs you need to address. Meteorologists are predicting this winter to be a bad one; so equipping yourself with these apps can be a huge boon to your rental property.

Taking care of your rental properties doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out process anymore. With the flip of a switch, your property can go from unprotected to completely secure; or from wasteful to energy efficient. The extra investment will go a long way and your tenants will thank you for it. For more home automation tips and tricks, keep up with the Protect Your Home blog!

5 DIY Presents Guaranteed to Produce Smiles This Christmas

Sure, sure. You keep seeing commercials for new phones, tablets, and other gizmos out there, but there’s nothing quite like making handmade gifts for the holidays. Your friends, family, and colleagues will surely treasure the amount of time and thought you put into making their presents. Read on to learn how to make some DIY presents that are sure to wow!

For the Foodie

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Any food lovers in your life would love to receive this rosemary garlic olive oil recipe from The Clean Dish. Whether it’s used for dipping bread or adding some oomph to your roasted vegetables, this olive oil can add pizzazz to any plate. Plus, making it is as simple as could be! Here’s how it’s done:

1. First, wash a food-safe bottle or jar in hot, soapy water. Dry.
2. Wash 2-3 twigs fresh rosemary. Let dry.
3. Place 2-3 garlic cloves (this stuff goes a long way) and the rosemary twigs into the bottle and fill with olive oil.
4. Enjoy within 4-6 weeks.

For the One Who Loves to Pamper

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Winter is a good time to indulge yourself in a little at-home relaxation. And if last winter is any indication, we’ll likely spend a lot of time bundled up indoors again this year. Give the gift of comfort this holiday season with a rejuvenating gingerbread body scrub from Wallflower Girl.

1. Find a jar or container. Either glass or plastic will work.
2. In a bowl, mix 2 cups brown sugar, 1 cup of oil (olive oil, coconut, or sweet almond oil work well), 2 tablespoons ground ginger, and 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice. You may also add a tablespoon of vitamin E oil or a tablespoon of honey, if you like.
3. Transfer to your jar, cap it, and decorate it as you wish.

For the Kids

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It’s safe to assume that most kids will be staying indoors this frigid holiday season. Since they’ll likely glue themselves to the TV, why not encourage them to be creative? Using this recipe from How Does She, give the kids in your family some homemade play dough.

You’ll need:

•  1 cup flour
•  1 cup water
•  1/4 cup salt
•  2 tsp. cream of tartar
•  1 Tbls. vegetable oil
•  Food coloring (I used 4 drops)
•  Plastic container

To Make:

1. Stir all ingredients together in a large pot.
2. Over medium heat, continue to stir your ingredients until it forms into a ball.
3. After forming into a ball, dump onto your counter or on wax paper. Wait to cool.
4. Once cooled, knead until the dough is soft.
5. Pack into plastic containers and enjoy!

For the Pups

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Show Fido a little love with the following treat recipe from The Adorned Life. The pups get a crispy treat full of peanut butter, rolled oat, and whole-wheat flour.

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 cups of whole-wheat flour and 1 cup of rolled oats.
3. Add 1 ¼ cups hot water and a 1/3 cup of peanut butter. Gently combine.
4. Knead dough with your hands until you achieve a smooth consistency.
5. Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface.
6. Use cookie cutters to cut out treats (bonus points if you have a cutter in the shape of a bone!).
7. Place treats on a non-stick baking sheet or spray a sheet with cooking spray.
8. Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.

For the Photo-Lover

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Yes. You could submit your Instagram photos to a printing service to have them turned into magnets or canvas prints, but that usually costs a pretty penny. Try this less expensive DIY from PopSugar and give this cute canvas to someone with an eye for art.
You’ll Need:

• 6-by-6-inch square canvas

•  sandpaper
•  Mod Podge
•  foam brush
•  paintbrush
•  black acrylic paint
•  square picture
•  paper cutter or scissors
•  scrap paper

To Make:

1. Select your photo. It can be anything, but choose something that has meaning for you and the person you’re giving it to. Resize the image using your computer until it is 6 by 6 inches and then print, using the best printer settings. Gather the other materials for creating the canvas print before getting started.
2. Use a paper cutter to trim the image, creating a perfect square. You can position the print over the canvas to double-check its size, trimming as needed.
3. Give the front of the canvas a quick sanding with fine sandpaper. This will really help the Mod Podge adhere to the print and canvas.
4. With a foam brush, coat the front of the canvas with a layer of Mod Podge and then position the print, smoothing gently. Don’t worry if there are any bumps or puckers, they will smooth out once the glue is dry. Let rest for an hour before the next step.
5. Now coat the print with a layer of Mod Podge, working first horizontally with the foam brush and then vertically. Once again, don’t worry about any bumps as they’ll disappear as the canvas dries.
6. Place a piece of scrap paper under the canvas, and coat the sides with black acrylic paint. This will really make this DIY gift look professional. Touch up the black paint, if needed.
7. Once dry, wrap it up!

We hope these presents will make the holidays fun for you as well as your friends and family. From all of us at Protect Your Home, have a happy holiday season!

What to Get the Home Automation Nerd Who Has Everything for Christmas

home automationThe holiday season is characterized by friends, family, tradition, love & joy. But it’s also fraught with the felt obligation to buy or make gifts for the many people in your life. Some people are no-brainers when it comes to gifts, but other people might leave you stumped. They seem perfectly content with what they have; and beyond baking them a cake, you’re not sure what to do. Alternatively, gadget nerds may be toughest to buy for since they’re interested in very specific things. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the gadget nerd in your life, you’re in luck. Here are some really awesome gift suggestions:

Elgato Smart Key Tag ™

This is for everyone and anyone who seems to lose everything… especially their keys. If you know someone who constantly leaves their keys in the car or at a restaurant — or someone who simply misplaces their keys on a regular basis–this is the best thing you can do for them. With the Elgato Smart Key Tag, you help give your techy yet forgetful friend the peace of mind that they’ll always know exactly where to find their keys. Attach this to a set of keys, and they’ll be able to find it in no time. At around $35, this is a highly affordable gift, and can even act as a stocking stuffer.

Smart Crock-Pot ™

Even if it seems like your favorite nerd has all things home automation, it’s probably a safe bet that they don’t have one of these: a WeMo ® enabled Crock-Pot. While they may already be familiar with WeMo ® home automation, they may not know smart Crock-Pots are available to help make cooking easier. By using the WeMo app, they’ll be able to turn the Crock-Pot on and off, adjust temperatures, and even monitor how long it’s been cooking. This Crock-pot generally sells for around $130-140, but keep your eyes peeled for holiday discounts.

August Smart Lock ™

We’re finally here: the future. With August’s new Smart Lock product, you can now control who is coming and going and when. Selling for $249, you can give the person who seemingly has everything in home automation something especially cool. It works in unison with its own app. All your gift recipient needs to do is sign up and register their phone, and then they can virtually toss out their keys. It doesn’t stop there! They can grant access to friends, family, and even a repairman at any time of the day, wherever they are. Naturally, they’ll need to have an internet signal, but that’s all they’ll need to truly rule over their home.

It’s hard to find just one thing that will truly make the gadget nerd in your life super excited. With all the neat gadgets on the market, it can often times be difficult to choose the right one. Just remember that on top of being really cool, practical tech gifts are never a bad idea, as they can help make life a whole lot easier for your loved one. Think about how these gadgets could make someone’s life easier and that should take away a lot of the guesswork.

5 DIY Projects That Will Prepare Your Home for Winter

diy projectsWinter is just around the corner, which means you need to prepare your home and yards for the worst. Cold weather, ice, and snow can lead to plenty of issues—like frozen pipes and broken gutters—that you may not anticipate. Here are five DIY projects to prepare your home for any cold and abrasive weather:

Bust Out the Caulk

Before the cold weather comes, fill the gaps around your windows and doors with caulk. Sealing up windows and doors helps keep the cold air out and the warm air in. If you do not want to permanently seal up these gaps, you can buy temporary caulk. This caulk can be easily removed when the weather warms up, but it still works just as well as the permanent stuff.

Ready Your Fireplace

Fireplaces may offer you some big problems when it comes to winter. This is especially true for old fireplaces. If the flue of the fireplaces doesn’t close, or doesn’t close well, then all the warm air your furnace produces is simply going to go right up the chimney. Luckily, there are several ways to fix this. You can pay to have your fireplace blocked up or your flue repaired; or you can find a way to do it yourself. Insulation board happens to be inexpensive, very effective, and it can be easily cut to fit any shape. All you’ll need is a pencil, a yardstick or carpenter’s square, and a utility knife. Simply measure your fireplace, mark the measurements on the insulation board, and cut it with the utility knife. Excess insulation board can be placed over windows or gaps.

Unfortunately, insulation board isn’t the nicest thing to look at, so you might want to take time to paint it or drape a curtain over it. You might consider turning this into a kids’ project by having your children decorate the insulation board with a winter theme!

Check Out Your Pipes

Freezing pipes are a common problem during the winter months. Although you can’t control how cold it gets, you can control the temperature of your pipes. Wrapping your pipes in water pipe insulation is the best way to keep your pipes from freezing. Inspect your pipes and find places where they’re exposed or more vulnerable to the cold weather. These exposed areas need to be insulated thoroughly before the cold weather comes.

Change Your Furnace Filter

You should change your furnace filter on a regular basis, but you should always make sure to change it before the cold weather comes. A dirty furnace filter reduces the effectiveness of your furnace. Fortunately, changing the filter is quite simple and easy to do yourself. For most furnaces, all you need to do is open the door and slide in the filter. There should be arrows on the filter so that you know which way it goes into the furnace. In addition to changing the filter, you should get your furnace serviced before it gets too cold.

Put Plastic Over Your Windows

Placing a thin layer of plastic over your windows can greatly reduce the amount of heat lost. If used in addition to caulking, this could really impact your heating bill positively. Now, you might think that plastic covering the windows will look tacky or ugly, but you might be surprised to know that most plastics are difficult to detect. The shrink-wrapped plastic hugs very tightly to the window to be as unobtrusive as possible. This plastic is very easy to install, and only takes a couple of minutes. You simply clean the window frame, place double stick tape on the frame, apply the plastic to the double stick tape and use a hair dryer to shrink the plastic tight. Once the plastic has shrunk, you can then trim off the excess plastic.

The nice thing about most of these solutions is that they are temporary as they can be removed once winter is over. These easy-to-do projects will help prepare your home for winter as well as cut down your energy bills. For more tips on becoming a proactive homeowner, check out the Protect Your Home blog!

Why Smart Home Technology Feels So At Home In An Apartment [Infographic]

In regards to smart home technology, the biggest misconception is that it’s only for homeowners. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Over the past few years, the smart home marketplace has made great strides to ensure their technology is accessible to everyone. So, why is now a good time for apartment dwellers to adopt smart home technology? There are many reasons and our latest infographic explains why!

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Crafting Great DIY Holiday Decorations with Your Family

diy holiday decorationsHalloween and its fun may be over, but you can still flex your creative, decorative muscles with some DIY holiday decorations and crafts that are fun for the whole family. Whether it’s a wreath for the door, décor for the Thanksgiving table, or simple treats, you’ll celebrate autumn in style.

Fall Leaves Wreath

Here’s a fun and easy-to-do way to add new flair to your Thanksgiving decorations.

1. Collect lots of fallen leaves—big, small, yellow, red, and brown. Just make sure the majority of leaves you’re collecting are intact.
2. Get some metal wiring (pipe cleaners or bendable twigs can work, too) and make a circle (big or small) that doubles over several times.
3. Fix the leaves to the wreath base by gluing the stems to it. If you want to make a wreath that lasts a long time, carefully apply a layer of Mod Podge (or other strong adhesive) to the leaves to make them sturdy.
4. Attach other fall plants to the wreath as you’d like, such as acorns or fall flowers.

This is an inexpensive project that’ll get the kids outside, and make them proud about adding something special to their home for the season.

DIY Thanksgiving Candle

There’s no quicker way to introduce the new season by lighting some seasonal candles around the home. Thanksgiving comes with a lot of warm scents like apple and apple pie, cranberry sauce, pumpkin spice, and more. Before you go out and get a new seasonal ensemble of candles, think about making your own. The process can be as easy or complex as you’d like it.

1. Grab some cool candle holders. These can be pre-made for candles specifically or just various jars or other objects that can hold a lit candle.
2. Melt some candle wax with a double boiler system. You can buy candle wax in any craft store and can even find them at major supermarkets.
3. Next, add a scent. You can buy some pre-made essential oils for candles, or you can make your own.
4. Once the scent is mixed in, set a wick into your candleholder and pour in your melted wax. Let it cool. Then, light and enjoy!

Apple Hand Pies from YummyHealthyEasy

Sometimes making a whole pie feels like such a commitment. These hand pies from YummyHealthyEasy scale down classic pie to a hand-sized treat that offers up just enough bites of deliciousness. Make hand pies for a bake sale, potluck, or for Thanksgiving, and watch the compliments roll in. If you’re baking with the kids, teach them proper safety precautions before beginning

1. Gather your ingredients as listed in the link above.
2. For filling: Place peeled and sliced apples in lemon juice and stir to coat. Set aside. Combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add apples and return to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer until apples are tender, about 6 minutes. Set aside to cool.
3. To assemble: Make egg wash by whisking egg yolk and 2 Tbsp. water with a fork. With a rolling pin, roll out pastry halves to ⅛”. Cut each half into 4-5 rectangles. Place 1-2 Tbsp. of apple filling on half of one side of each pastry rectangle. Sprinkle about 1-2 Tbsp. crushed Frosted Flakes over top of apple filling. Brush the edges of the pastry with egg wash and fold pastry in half, sealing in the apples. Press the edges together then crimp with a fork. Place on cookie sheet(s) covered with parchment paper.
4. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, preheat oven to 375º and pull out cookie sheet(s) from fridge. Brush tops with egg wash. Slice about three vents in the top of each pie to allow steam to escape. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden and the pastry is cooked through. Makes 8-10 hand pies. Can cut recipe in half to make 4-5 hand pies if desired. Enjoy!

Your home will soon be the picture of autumn with these crafts and treats. On behalf of all your friends at Protect Your Home, enjoy the season – and happy crafting!