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HOW TO MAKE YOUR MOVE GO SMOOTHLY Buying a new home is exciting. But moving? Not so much. Those who have been there and done that, possibly several times, know that moving is nowhere near as simple as throwing everything you own into a few labeled boxes. It’s a process. Sometimes a long one. However, it doesn’t have to be! Almost everyone who has ever moved has unpacked a belonging and asked themselves – “Why did I bring this with me?” Think knick knacks, well-meaning gifts that just aren’t your style and keepsakes from your childhood. Lessen the amount of things to unbox by purging before you pack. Next, prepare yourself for the fact that there’s a chance not all your furniture will fit. Instead of squeezing a too big couch into a too little living room – or vice versa – donate your old sofa and treat yourself to a new one. Or at least new to you. Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Think about when a loved one asks you for help and how happy you are to do so!
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FUN FALL FACTS Fall is upon us! Here are three fun facts to help you fully embrace the season of pumpkins and changing leaves. 1. The largest squash on record to-date weighed 1,486.6 pounds. Think about how much butternut squash soup could be made with that! 2. When leaves change colour in the fall, they are actually becoming their true colour. In the summer, the chlorophyll takes over and causes them to turn green. 3. Pumpkins are grown on every continent of the world except for Antarctica. Courtesy of www.todaysparent.com LIFE IMITATES ART Canadian museum worker Marie-Hélène Raymond is the latest in a growing trend of Instagrammers who dress to match famous works of art, photograph themselves next to the paintings and post the images online. Raymond dresses as characters in portraits or in clothing that matches the patterns and colours of landscapes. To create the matching outfits, she’ll often paint clothing herself. Some of the most striking images include Raymond dressed up as the character in Jean Paul Lemieux's Tourné vers le cosmos and wearing an outfit that has part of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch painted on it. To see more of Marie-Hélène Raymond’s images, you can visit her Instagram profile at https://www.instagram.com/mhraymond. A IS FOR ART DECO As with so many design styles, art deco began as a rejection to a previous trend – art nouveau. Whereas art nouveau was influenced by nature and fluidity, art deco borrowed from more linear design styles such as cubism, modernism and futurism. Originally popularized in the 1920s, art deco embraced manmade materials as well as the use of metals, lacquer and zigzag patterns. One of the most famous North American art deco buildings is so iconic you may not realize it’s art deco at all. New York’s Chrysler Building was completed in 1930 and briefly stood as the tallest building in the world. Clad in steel and decorated with a multitude of metal ornaments, including gargoyles, replicas of radiator caps and eagles, the building is both futuristic and a nod to Gothic-era cathedrals. Other well known examples of art deco in architecture include the Empire State Building, France’s Palais de Tokyo and London’s Hoover Building.
JALAPEÑO POPPER STUFFED PRETZELS
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INGREDIENTS 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup warm water 1/4 ounce (1 packet) active dry yeast 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 tablespoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 jalapeño peppers 8 ounces softened cream cheese 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1/3 cup baking soda 2 tablespoons melted butter Sea salt 3 cups warm water
PRETZEL DOUGH 1.
JALAPEÑO CHEESE FILLING 5.
In a large bowl, combine 1 cup warm water and yeast. Let sit until puffy, about 3 minutes. Add 1 cup of flour, olive oil, sugar and salt. Mix well. Gradually add the rest of the flour and mix. Dust your hands with flour and transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Knead until it's smooth yet tacky. If it's too sticky, slowly add more flour. Grease a large bowl. Transfer the dough to the bowl and cover with a damp towel. Leave the dough in a warm area until it doubles in size, about 1 hour. Gently punch the dough to deflate.
Chop jalapeños into 1/4 inch pieces.
6. In a bowl, combine softened cream cheese, cheddar cheese and chopped jalapeños. Pre-heat oven to 450° F. Meanwhile, roll the dough into 16 balls and flatten into 3 to 4 inch wide circles. Add a tablespoon of filling to the center of each circle. Fold up the edges, pinch together and roll to secure. Repeat with remaining dough pieces. In a large bowl, combine warm water and baking soda. Stir until dissolved. 10. Dip each ball into baking soda mixture and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. 11. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with salt. Serve warm. 7. 8. 9.
HOLISTIC NUTRITION The term holistic, meaning the whole is more than a sum of its parts, is often discussed in relation to health and wellness – particularly in nutrition. But what exactly is holistic nutrition? Medical experts who recommend a holistic nutrition plan believe that eating a wide range of nutritious, whole foods aids in the body’s natural ability to heal itself and maintain optimal health. Holistic nutrition also treats each person as a unique individual, with different needs and different lifestyles. However, at the root, holistic eating means eating more real food and less food products. To get started, think of what your grandmother or great grandmother would have eaten – foods were much less processed sixty years ago! SELLING YOUR HOME IN THE FALL As the saying goes, real estate is a 365-day a year business. And just like with any season, there are pros and cons to selling your home in the fall. Fall can be a great time of the year to list as families have settled back into a regular routine after summer and the busyness of the winter season hasn’t yet begun. On the other hand, unpredictable autumn weather in some parts of the country may keep potential buyers indoors. Yet, no matter what the weather, there are a few things you can do to make your home stand out. Make sure your interior is clutter free – including seasonal decor. Also, if you have heavy blinds or curtains on your windows remove them to let in as much natural light as possible. And don’t forget to keep your walkways, porch and deck free from leaves – or snow! CREATE A BUDGET AND STICK TO IT There’s no one-size fits all strategy to creating a personal budget. Just as each individual and each family is different, so is their budget. Realizing that a budget needs to fit your income, lifestyle, saving style and will help you plan for future goals is the first step to establishing an easy to follow budget. Also, while it’s always good to cut out unnecessary expenses, don’t cut out everything you love – even if that includes a pricey coffee every once in a while. Depriving yourself is the quickest way for a budget to feel unattainable. It may seem like it will take longer to save under this model, but if you’re able to stick to it you’ll actually achieve your financial goals sooner.
DIY DECORATING IDEAS FOR YOUNG TEENS Are you a teen looking to add a little something to your room or a parent who wants to help their teen make their space special? Then these four teen-centric DIY decor ideas are for you! 1. Masking tape picture frames. Grab some coloured masking tape and create different shapes on the wall. Then tape your favourite pictures inside. 2. Geometric headboard. Cut different shapes out of coloured craft foam or construction paper. Tape them above your bed in a cool pattern and voila – instant headboard! 3. Chalk paint globe. Tape out a favourite saying on the surface of an old globe. Then paint it with black chalk paint, let dry and remove the tape. Marvel at the parts of the globe that make up your phrase. 4. Pom pom garland. Pom poms aren’t just for little kids! Make them cool by gluing, taping or sewing them to several pieces of string. Then drape the pom pom garlands around your room for a fun boho-inspired look.
3 TIPS FOR BUYING AN ACREAGE Do you dream of a beautiful home on a quiet piece of land in the country? Perhaps you grew up on an acreage, or maybe you’ve always wanted to live on one. While some of the tips for buying a home in a city or town also apply to purchasing a home in the country, there are a few acreage-specific things you should consider first. Services and maintenance. Even if you’re buying a home with water, sewer and electricity already in place, there are other services you should think about before making an offer. Some acreages – especially if they’re located in a subdivision – come with weekly garbage and recycling collection, while on others you’ll need to handle it yourself. Also find out about snow removal and road maintenance. If your driveway is long, consider how you’ll keep it clear during the winter months. Likewise, if a property has a lot of grass it will need to be maintained. Insurance. Another difference between purchasing a property within the limits of a town or city versus one outside is the distance you’ll be from the fire station. Fire protection is a must, and your insurance premiums may be more expensive depending on how quickly the fire department can reach your home in case of a fire. Zoning. If your acreage-life dreams include a dugout, a workshop or any other major changes to the land, know that zoning ordinances may prohibit certain alterations and additions. Also, just as within a municipality, there may be bylaws restricting the kinds of activities that can take place on a property. It’s best to know the rules before you make a purchase!
BRAIN TEASERS - Hub Words
How many words can you make from the letters in the wheel? Each word must contain the hub letter R. Can you find a nine-letter word and at least 20 other words of five letters or more avoiding proper nouns?
SOLUTION: Nine-letter word - NAVIGATOR Some other words of five letters or more containing the hub letter R: agora, antra, aorta, argon, argot, atria, grain, grant, griot, groan, groat, groin, intro, naira, noria, organ, raita, ratio, riant, riata, taira, tiara, train, varan, vigor, virga, angora, organa, rating, ration, raving, roving, trigon, virago, aviator, orating, vagrant, variant.
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