Put Your Grill to Good Use

Speaking of tailgating in the Football Time post, everyone knows that barbecuing is often a part of the tailgate experience. The easy thing to do is to pick up some chicken, hamburger meat, or franks to grill. Although those meats are typical (and good) for grilling, cooking something different can be fun. Using the recipe below you should be able to make a tasty treat that not only will please the beef eater, but also delight the bacon lover at your next event. Bacon-Wrapped Beef Tournedos Time: 20 minutes Effort: Easy Ingredients 4 Beef tournedos (surrounding fat & string removed) …

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Football Time

When October rolls around in the U.S. virtually everyone knows the great tradition of football is in full swing. From Pop Warner Football through the NFL the topic is almost certain to be mentioned frequently in conversations. In Alabama, colleges have been playing football for over 100 years so it is a very established sport. Involvement in football (whether watching, or participating) often spans across the ages. Is this involvement with football a good thing? It depends on the individual. Many friendships and business relationships have been forged through playing in, watching, or attending a game. Conversely, some people become …

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In an Instant Google Instant is History

The phrase “Google it” when searching for information is virtually universal. For the last few years when performing a search using Google on a computer a list of possible matches would show up in the search results on the screen. This feature allowed the user to click on the link to the information they were looking for and get directed to the corresponding website. As of this week Google has announced that it will retire this feature. Why you may ask? Google Instant was developed for computers. As the number of smart phone users have increased, the number of searches …

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Summertime Days Are Fleeting

Summertime is starting to wane, and a different feel is in the air. Although some lasting summer heat may be in the forecast, the likelihood of welcoming  cooler weather can be anticipated. If you want to get the grill going and enjoy some of the September evenings you should try out the recipes in this article. You may end up impressing yourself and your friends with the results. Sweet and Garlic Pork Chops Ingredients: 4 (1-inch thick) or 8 (1/2–inch thick) pork chops (2 pounds total) 1 head garlic, broken into cloves and peeled 3 tablespoons sugar 1/3 cup soy sauce …

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Planning the Big Vacation for Fall

So August has slipped by, and you did not get that last vacation scheduled. Putting it off until next year may be tempting, but a quick September trip may be the perfect way to head into fall. Depending on your destination, the ability to vacation without the large summer crowds can be enticing. Before jumping into the car though you should plan out some of the details to make the trip less stressful and more fun for everyone involved. Some things to consider for your next big trip: Has everyone who is going been asked about where they would like to …

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Should you replace that worn out car?

Your debt has been paid down, and your finances are in better shape than they have been in a long time. Is it time to go out and buy a new car to replace the clunker you are driving? The answer is NO if you are in the process of buying a home. Even though you have obtained a home loan,  the closing is not complete. You can wreck the process by deviating from your normal spending patterns. The additional expense of a newer car can be enough to derail the loan and cost you the house. If you are ready …

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Interest Rates Expected to Rise

Interest rates are expected to rise over the next few months. If you are considering financing, or refinancing a home this year now would be a good time to consider it. As interest rates rise the amount of money one can borrow is typically impacted because monthly payments will increase, or the terms have to change. If you would like to talk about where things are, and what I may be able to offer please contact me either by phone, or email. My contact information can be found at the bottom of the email you received from me. I am here to help.

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Finding and Financing Your Dream Home

Finding and financing your dream home takes work. It even takes more work when you try to do it alone. Consider some of the tips below to help you make informed decisions and choose the right team for your success. The Right Realtor You may think that you can randomly drive around and find a home that will meet your needs, but that will often take a lot of time and there could be issues you would never discover on your on. Good realtors know what the market is for properties and they also know how to put you in the …

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