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Volume 33 Number 11
QUIRKY HOME TRENDS
While there are many homeowners who still gravitate toward the traditional when it comes to their decor, there’s a growing camp of people who like things just a little bit quirky. If you want to experiment with adding a bit of whimsy to your spaces, or just want to go deeper into the trend, search out unusual accessories. Vintage posters, colourful coasters, oddly shaped vases and layered area rugs all create texture and interest to a room. Colourful and
boldly patterned curtains and throw pillows are another way to make a statement – especially if the patterns are purposefully mismatched. Finally, funky furniture or furniture used in a way other than originally intended will have your visitors talking. Try using a chair as a side table, a stool as a coffee table and pillows around a low table for an uber casual dining experience.
CARAMEL, APPLE AND CHEDDAR GRILLED CHEESE
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Love grilled cheese? Then this is for you! Close to a traditional grilled cheese, with cheese that doesn’t ooze quite as much. The caramel sauce takes it into dessert territory without making it overly sweet. DIRECTIONS:
INGREDIENTS: Unsalted butter 2 slices white bread 1 tablespoon caramel sauce Granny Smith apple slices (about 1/4 apple) 3 to 4 slices mild cheddar cheese
1. Spread the caramel sauce on one slice of bread. Top with several apple slices. Place the cheddar cheese on the other slice of bread. Close the sandwich and butter both sides of the bread. 2. Place a skillet over medium heat and allow it to get hot. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until the bread is nicely toasted and the inside of the sandwich is melted. 3. Enjoy your grilled cheese!
QUOT E “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost (Robert Frost was an American poet. Born in San Francisco in 1874, his work was initially published in England. Known for his command of American colloquial speech, he frequently wrote about rural settings in his work, using them to examine complex social and philosophical themes. Frost received four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960 for his poetic works. On July 22, 1961, Frost was named poet laureate of Vermont. He died at the age of 88 in 1963.)
5 JOKESSOBAD, THEY’RE GOOD What do you call a fake noodle? An Impasta How does a penguin build its house? Igloos it together. I just watched a program about beavers. It was the best dam program I’ve ever seen. I wouldn’t buy anything with velcro. It’s a total rip-off. What do you call cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho Cheese. Courtesy of www.pun.me WHENYOUSEEABEAUTIFUL HOME – TELL THEOWNERS! Do you often find yourself driving or walking by a well kept home and thinking: “How beautiful?” If so, consider knocking on the front door and telling the homeowner. While most people assume this is an invasion of privacy, you’d be surprised how many homeowners would actually find such an act flattering. Homeowners who lovingly take care of their homes should be recognized. Why? Because a beautiful home isn’t just about the person or people who live there. It’s about the community as a whole. Beautifying our neighborhoods and cities not only makes them desirable to live in, it also creates a feeling of pride. And remember, a home doesn’t have to be big to be beautiful. This is definitely a case of size doesn’t matter. A tiny home with a well-cared for garden and a handmade wreath on the door is just as beautiful as a mansion with a manicured lawn. If you don’t want to intrude with a knock on the door, consider leaving a note instead. You very well could brighten someone’s day!
CONCRETEARCHITECTURE From infrastructure, to commercial buildings, to retail shops, to homes – concrete architecture is everywhere. And not just as a structural element either. More and more, designers are using concrete to make a statement. Most often, concrete reads as minimalist and somewhat industrial. But that doesn’t mean it can’t also be used on a country home. Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fallingwater is the perfect example of using concrete to help a building blend harmoniously with nature rather than fight against it. Website ArchDaily recently released a list of tips for those in the design world who wish to work with concrete, but anyone interested in architecture should find the information interesting. Consider its exposure to the elements to determine the mix of concrete required. Exposed concrete needs to be finished with a resin, varnish and any necessary waterproofing. It’s also essential that the concrete’s interior metalwork remains hidden from the environment as any such exposure can lead to a compromised structure. 3HEALTHYEATINGRULESFROM ADIETICIAN Ever wonder how the healthy eating experts live? Do they really follow the rules they set out for everyone else? According to dietician Hanlie Jordaan, the answer is yes! Jordaan says the first – and most important rule – is to not restrict any specific foods. Completely cutting out something you enjoy will only lead to uncontrollable cravings and overindulgence. If you love chocolate, have a small piece when a craving hits. Aside from handling the not-so-healthy foods, Jordaan advises that you really do need to eat your fruits and veggies! Try making your veggies the star of your meal. Your body will reward you for it! Plus, then you won’t feel guilt about eating that little piece of chocolate after dinner.
- OUT THERE BRAIN TEASERS
Courtesy of www.puzzlechoice.com SOLUTION: Can you find the “Out of this World” words from the following anagrams? Word lengths are shown in brackets. RADIO SET (8) TRY MOLASSES (5,6) REMOTE (6) VENUS IRE (8) A SLURP (6) LATEST LIE (9) EXIT RARER STARLET (5,11) NASA TUTOR (9) GET RAY VIZOR (4,7) HELLO BACK (5,4) ASTEROID SOLAR SYSTEM METEOR UNIVERSE PULSAR SATELLITE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL ASTRONAUT ZERO GRAVITY BLACK HOLE
3 SIMPLESTEPSTOHELPREACH YOURFINANCIALGOALS Your financial goals are within reach! Following these three simple steps will bring them closer and help you determine what it is you want out of life. 1. Learn what’s behind your financial decisions. How and where we spend our money is strongly tied with what we value in life. Perhaps you enjoy spending money on vacations, but have yet to start that retirement savings plan. Sit down by yourself, with your partner, even with your whole family and talk about what you value in life. Then, write it down and stick it on the fridge or on a post-it on your desk, which will help remind you of these values. That being said, don’t be afraid to change them as time goes on! We are all constantly changing and evolving and our values reflect that. 2. Know where your money comes from – and where it goes. Most of us are pretty good at keeping track of money coming in. But to truly take charge of your finances, you need to know where every penny goes. Jot down everything you think you spent money on last month. Then, login to your online bank account and see what you actually spent. Are there “spending leaks” – meaning money slipping out that you were unaware of? Spending leaks can include eating out more often than you realized or making impulse purchases. Change your habits to plug these leaks, reminding yourself you are making these changes to create the financial future you want. 3. Set your financial goals. Now that you know what you value in life and where your money is going, you can set your short and long term financial goals. Just as you did with your values, write your goals down and look at them often to help remind yourself what it is you want out of life. Perhaps you want to go on a nice vacation next year. Or head back to school in five years. Or build your dream home in ten years. Write these goals down, then start working on a plan to move yourself towards them. Make sure you prioritize the most important goals first, and be willing to let your goals change as your values do. It’s your life – you should live it the way you want to.
WHICHFAMOUSARTISTWAS ALSOAN INTERIORDESIGNER? Most people know Francis Bacon as the British figurative painter known for his raw and emotionally charged imagery. However, he also spent time as an interior designer. Before he established himself as a painter, Bacon worked as a designer in London. And though the artist is famous for destroying many of his works, a few pieces remain. Art experts believe the surviving pieces, many found in private collections, give insight into Bacon’s later works, which often featured interior settings. ECO-FRIENDLYDOGHOUSE Even man’s best friend can get in on the eco-friendly movement. A California-based design firm has created an eco-conscious doghouse made with sustainable materials. With a carpeted ramp that leads up to a green roof and a motion-activated faucet and irrigation system, the resident gets useable indoor and outdoor space. Plus, when the weather heats up, the canine inhabitant can cool down with a solar powered fan. Whoever 780.953.1062 www.loidahomes.ca Loida Lumanlan Home buying and selling agent
gets to live in this house is one lucky dog! Photo courtesy of www.greenmatters.com