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Volume 16 | Number 1 THE NATIONAL HOME SHOW IS BACK! EMAIL ME TO GET YOUR COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS TODAY AT HOMES@ERNIEWARD.COM TIPS FOR SAVING MONEY WHEN MAKING A MOVE Moving Day can be a very difficult time, physically and emotionally – but it doesn’t have to be fiscally stressful as well – if you do some research and preparation beforehand. Many moving companies have an online moving calculator that allows you to approximately gauge what the final cost of the move will be. These digital tools will allow you to estimate your cost based on different variables, such as the number of rooms involved, number of boxes, if appliances are to be moved and other criteria. If you have time, check in with several different companies to compare their prices. Reputable firms will provide a quote that should aid you in selecting your mover of choice. By having used the online calculator you should have a basic idea of the costs involved, so if the quotes provided are far different you might need to do some further study – if time permits. One of the costs of moving are the supplies you use to pack up your possessions. Moving experts stress that one way to save money is to avoid buying moving supplies such as cardboard boxes, packing paper, pads and blankets and bubble wrap. If you know someone who has recently moved, consider asking them to save their boxes and any extra moving supplies for you. Also, retail locations are excellent places to acquire boxes when it comes time to pack up your treasured items. Another way to save money on a move is to reduce the amount of material to be moved. The best way to do this is to toss, donate or sell whatever you don’t need before moving. NATIONAL HOME SHOW MARCH 10-19, 2023 ENERCARE CENTRE
MEATLOAF: THE PERFECT COMFORT FOOD
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MEATLOAF INGREDIENTS: 2 lbs lean ground beef 1 med. onion, finely chopped 2 large eggs 3 garlic cloves, minced 3 tbsp ketchup 3 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
GLAZE INGREDIENTS: ¾ cup ketchup 1½ tsp white vinegar 2½ tbsp brown sugar 1 tsp garlic powder ½ tsp onion powder ¼ tsp ground black pepper ¼ tsp salt
¾ cup Panko breadcrumbs 1 / 3 cup milk 1½ tsp salt, or to taste 1½ tsp Italian seasoning ¼ tsp ground black pepper ½ tsp ground paprika
DIRECTIONS: 1. Line a 9”x5” loaf pan with parchment paper and preheat oven to 375˚F. 2. In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients for the meatloaf. Mix well to combine. 3. Add meat to the loaf pan, gently press meat down and shape evenly and bake meatloaf at 375˚F for 40 minutes. 4. In a small bowl, mix all of the ingredients together for the sauce. Spread the sauce over meatloaf then return to oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature is 160˚F. Rest meatloaf 10 minutes before slicing. Drizzle with baking juices from the pan.
" WHEN A TRADITION GATHERS ENOUGH STRENGTH TO GO ON FOR CENTURIES, YOU DON’T JUST TURN IT OFF ONE DAY.” -Chinua Achebe
Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet and critic who is regarded as the dominant figure of modern African literature. His first novel and magnum opus, ‘Things Fall Apart’ (1958), occupies a pivotal place in African literature and remains the most widely studied, translated and read African novel.
OLD IDEAS ARE FINDING NEW LIFE IN OUR MODERN WORLD
What’s old is new again – it’s an adage that many Canadians now know as they have either rediscovered, or learned for the first time, the value and pleasure that comes from making goods and products with their own hands. As therapy, as hobbies, and in some cases as homebased businesses, a myriad of different products and practices have been saved from creative extinction thanks to the dedicated effort of crafters from coast to coast to coast. Basket weaving, has now found a fascinated audience. Using fibers as diverse as reeds, grasses and even synthetic materials, artists are producing beautiful and practical items that could include everything from simple baskets, to mats, art pieces and even furniture. Another resurrected Canadian craft is candle-making. What was once a farmhouse necessity is today a creative and often lucrative hobby or business. Working with everything from paraffin and beeswax to such exotics as gels and even soy, home made candles bring light, warmth and aroma into a home.
Ceramic enthusiasts have once again discovered the potter’s wheel and the joy of shaping wet clay into something that could potentially last for centuries. Ceramic societies have sprung up, and college level courses are regularly taught to provide knowledge and inspiration to those with a yearning to create.
HOMEOWNERS HAVE CHOICE WITH
A key part of the structure, look and efficiency of any home is its roof. But as no two people are the same, so it goes with the choice of roofing material used in the construction of Canadian homes. These are some of the common roofing materials employed by contemporary builders. Clay or Concrete Tiles can add a combination of texture and elegance to a roof. Coming in a variety of colours and styles, you can choose designs that are flat, scalloped or ribbed in appearance. Clay and concrete tiles help to regulate indoor temperatures, are great for shedding water and are highly durable. However, these tiles are very heavy and cannot be supported by all roof structures. Consult an engineer if you are thinking about clay or concrete tiles for your home.
Asphalt Shingles are one of the most common materials used in roofing today. Relatively inexpensive to produce and straightforward to install, asphalt shingle roofs are used throughout North America and are suitable for a wide range of architectural styles. Metal Roofs are highly resistant to extreme weather conditions, and are in use across the country on everything from sub-urban homes to log cabins. Metal roofs normally come in one of two different styles. Panels or shingles and can be constructed of different materials including aluminum, copper, stainless steel and even zinc.
BRAIN TEASERS Courtesy of www.rd.com 1. No matter how little or how much you use me, you change me every month. What am I? 2. Spelled forwards I’m what you do every day, spelled backward I’m something you hate. What am I?
3. I have branches, but no fruit, trunk or leaves. What am I? 4. Two in a corner, one in a room, zero in a house, but one in a shelter. What am I? Mathdoku Complete the puzzle by entering the numbers 1 through 9 in each empty white cell. Each number will be used exactly once, and there is only one unique solution that will satisfy all six equations. Good luck!
4. The letter “R.”
Answers: 1. A calendar 2. Live 3. Bank
MATHDOKU Complete the puzzle by entering the numbers 1 through 9 in each empty white cell. Each number will be used exactly once, and there is only one unique solution that will satisfy all six equations. Good luck!
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Mississauga January Stats
AVERAGE SALE PRICES
639 NEW LISTINGS 262 SOLD LISTINGS
47.4% SALES TO NEW LISTING RATIO
30 DAYS ON MARKET
2.0 MONTHS OF INVENTORY
ACTIVE LISTINGS 747
Oakville January Stats
AVERAGE SALE PRICES
281 NEW LISTINGS 122 SOLD LISTINGS
358 ACTIVE LISTINGS
47.1% SALES TO NEW LISTING RATIO
2.2 MONTHS OF INVENTORY
36 DAYS ON MARKET
Statistics reflect market activity in January 2023 |Source: TRREB ® | Market values stated are of the average of Mississauga and Oakville. Individual home market values will vary and are affected by factors such as location, size, interior and exterior condition. Please call to get an up-to-date evaluation of your home.
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