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VOLUME 34 ISSUE 4 5 YOUR HOUSE
THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE PLANTING A FRUIT TREE Often when we’re readying a property for sale, we focus on the interior instead of the exterior. If you’re listing in the winter, this might make sense. But if you’re planning on listing in the spring or summer you should definitely invest in beautifying the landscaping as well. One such way to do so is to plant one or two fruit trees in the yard. Not only are fruit trees lovely to look at, they’ll provide produce for the new owners to enjoy every year. That’s something they’ll appreciate! However, here are a few things you should consider before choosing a fruit tree for your exterior space. The first is how well the area around the tree drains. You don’t want to plant the tree somewhere that water gathers or the roots could get waterlogged. Next you’ll want to think about sun exposure. Different trees need different amount of exposures, which may help you determine which types to buy as well as where in your yard to plant them. The last thing to consider is cold weather durability. You don’t want to choose a heat-loving tree if you live in a colder climate – and vice versa!
FAJITA STUFFED CHICKEN BREAST Courtesy of www.ehow.com INGREDIENTS: 3 or 4 large chicken breasts 2 medium bell peppers 1/2 medium onion 2 tablespoons fajita seasoning Juice of 1/2 lime 1 cup cheese, shredded DIRECTIONS: 1.
Preheat oven to 375°F and grease a baking dish. In a large skillet cook peppers and onions until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Set aside. 2. Slice chicken widthwise, avoid cutting all the way through. You should be able to “open” the chicken breast like a book. Add about 2 tablespoons of cheese and a handful of onion mixture on one side. Close the chicken breast. Sprinkle fajita seasoning on top and repeat on other side. Set aside any leftover cheese. 3. Sear the chicken breasts on each side until browned. 4. Add chicken and any leftover peppers and onions in the baking dish. Top with leftover cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or cheese is melted and bubbly. Drizzle with lime juice and top with chopped cilantro. Serve with brown rice, salsa, guacamole and/or sour cream.
Brown rice, guacamole, salsa and/or sour cream for serving Chopped cilantro for serving Oil for cooking
" THE EARTH DOES NOT BELONG TO US. WE BELONG TO THE EARTH. - Chief Seattle
Chief Seattle, born in 1786 near Kent, Washington, was a Suquamish and Duwamish chief. The city of Seattle, Washington is named after him. Hudson’s Bay Company traders gave him the nickname Le Gros (The Big Guy) due to his height of nearly six feet! He has been said to have a voice that could be heard over 3/4 of a mile away. A widely know speech about Indigenous people’s rights and environmental values has been attributed to him. He died on June 7, 1866.
SOME BENEFITS OF DOWNSIZING YOUR HOME
The desire to downsize is a common reason people sell their homes. Maybe you had a larger home when your children were young, but now that they’ve grown there’s no need for the extra space. Or perhaps you’re tired of cleaning and maintaining a home that feels too big for your lifestyle. Whatever the reason may be, there are many benefits to downsizing. Nowadays, many single-family homes have multiple bathrooms, large family rooms and a number of bedrooms. While the space can be nice, it’s an awful lot of square footage to keep clean. Especially if you have a busy lifestyle. Downsizing is a great way to save money if you’d like to travel more or if you’d like to spend the majority of your money on things other than your house. This is because smaller homes usually have smaller mortgages and smaller utility bills. Downsizing to live in a condo in the heart of a busy city brings many more positives as you can often get by without needing a car. Imagine being able to walk everywhere and have restaurants, shops and entertainment practically at your doorstep. A less talked about benefit to living in a smaller residence is that it can bring families closer together. When your home is small, you have no choice but to spend time together. While this sometimes can be an irritating part of living in a downsized home, most families who’ve scaled down say it’s actually a positive in the long run.
FOUR BEGINNER TIPS FOR MAKING DIY CANDLES Not only are candles beautiful to look at, they’re also a necessary item to have around the house in case of power outages. If you’ve ever considered making DIY candles, then check out these four beginner-friendly tips. 1. Choose a good wax. Beeswax and soy wax are two popular waxes that are easy to work with. 2. Try reusing an item for your candle’s container. Old jars, ceramic cups, even used glass bottles are all things you likely have around the house that could act as your DIY candle’s container. 3. Be cautious when adding scent. While a scented candle is nice, some candles can smell too powerful and take the joy out of lighting them. Go easy on the scent when you’re just getting started making candles. You can always adjust the amount in subsequent attempts. 4. Get the wick right. Placing the wick is one of the trickier parts of DIY candle making. You don’t want it to be too short or else you won’t be able to light it. Try keeping the wick long and then trimming it after you’ve poured the wax. WHAT TO DO WHEN WILD ANIMALS VISIT YOUR YARD If you live in a suburban our rural setting, you likely have animal visitors in your yard on a regular basis. While squirrels in your trees, rabbits in your shrubbery – even a curious deer or two – can provide much joy, they also can cause issues. There are a few things you can do to peacefully coexist with wild animals that don’t harm or even disturb them. First: do not feed them. Wild animals are used to foraging for their food, and if you intentionally feed them it will train them to wait for food rather than go look for it. Another step you should take is to not have any dense growth near your home. Keep shrub beds and treed areas on the border of your property instead of close to your house, which will keep the animals further away. Don’t forget to cover your garbage, recycling and compost bins. Wild animals love to dig through the trash. Don’t give them the chance to do so and either use secure lids on your bins or store them in your garage or shed. Another thing to consider are the different ways in which animal visitors could get into your house. Make sure to install a chimney cap if you have a fireplace, repair any damaged screens on windows and doors and consider covering basement window wells. The best thing you can do to protect wild animals is to let them stay wild!
BRAIN TEASERS Courtesy of www.riddles.com
Brain teasers are riddles that exercise your brain. These four are sure to give you a mental workout!
1. Mr. and Mrs. Mustard have six daughters and each daughter has one brother. How many people are in the Mustard family? There are nine Mustards in the family. Since each daughter shares the same brother, there are six girls, one boy and Mr. and Mrs. Mustard. 2. What has six faces, but does not wear makeup, has twenty-one eyes, but cannot see? A die (dice).
3. How do you make the number 7 even without addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division? Drop the "S". 4. There are 20 people in an empty, square room. Each person has full sight of the entire room and everyone in it without turning his head or body, or moving in any way (other than the eyes). Where can you place an apple so that all but one person can see it? Place the apple on one person's head.
HOW TO CREATE THE ULTIMATE OUTDOOR LIVING ROOM Whether your home has a balcony, a patio or an entire yard, here’s how to create an outdoor living room that will rival the comfort of your interior spaces. • Invest in high-end furniture. Gone are the rickety patio chairs of yore. Today’s outdoor furniture can be just as beautiful and well-made as your indoor pieces. Look for sets made from durable materials with high- performance fabric. • Install an outdoor cook area. An outdoor cook area isn’t just a fire pit in the ground. Depending on your space, you may have room for a full outdoor kitchen. If space is limited, then a grilling station does the job as well. • Don’t forget the fireplace. A cook station or outdoor kitchen may provide a bit of warmth, but there’s nothing like a full outdoor fireplace to take the chill out of a cool night. • Elevate the space with lighting. Being outside doesn’t mean you should only rely on simple, recessed lighting. Just as you would inside, create a balance with dimmable pot lights for more functional tasks, plus decorative fixtures such as pendants and sconces.
REBUS PUZZLES Courtesy of www.puzzles-to-print.com
INSTRUCTIONS: Can you solve these visual word puzzles? Pay attention to how words are positioned in relation to each other, to words and letters that are different colours, as well as words or letters that are smaller or larger then the others in the puzzle. Let your imagination fly!
3. Backrub 4. All thumbs. 5. Tow left feet. 6. Black sheep of the family. 7. Big fish in a little pond. 8. Tennis Shoes. 9. Long time, no see. 10. All in a day's work.
face. 2. Green eggs and
Answers: 1. Red in the
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