Decorating for Christmas

Some people love to redecorate their home often. Not only at every season change, but also holidays and for whatever reason they choose. For others, decorating can be a chore they do not look forward to, and they try to avoid it. Whether you are one of these mentioned, or you are in-between the extremes you can still bring joy to others by decorating your home. If money is not an issue, you can pay someone to install decorations. If you do it yourself make sure that everything you undertake will be in a safe manner as that is the …

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Holiday Party

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, the New Year, or some other notable event, December is a great time for a party. If you want a small party with a few family members or friends, having it at your home is a good option. If you wish to have more people involved, you should consider reserving a place to hold your event, or go somewhere that is big enough to accommodate your party while also serving others. Reserving a room at a restaurant, or hotel are two good options for out-of-home parties. To get started though you need to choose a date …

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Christmas Dinner

The thought of Christmas dinner is sure to inspire many people to think about the great food they have eaten. This month’s recipes will give you some ideas to help prepare your scrumptious feast this year. Baked Ham with Maple Mustard Sauce Time: 45 minutes Effort: Super-easy Serves: 8 Ingredients 1 – 3 pound Mesquite smoked ham 1 cup Yellow mustard 1/2 cup Dijon mustard 1/2 cup real maple syrup 1/2 cup orange juice Directions Heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place ham in a large baking casserole dish and cut slits on the skin creating a crisscross design. Place …

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Year End Checkup and Plan for 2019

As we approach the end of 2018, it is time to look at your financial achievements and opportunities for improvement. If you paid off debt, increased your savings, reduced (or at least maintained) your monthly expenses, invested money and still had enjoyable experiences during the year then you should congratulate yourself on your performance. If you were successful in at least one of these aforementioned areas, then you should be happy to have your efforts pay off and consider how you can improve in the areas you did not achieve your plan.   In planning your finances for 2019 one …

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5G is on the way

For the longest time we heard how 4G LTE would change everything and truthfully it did compared to previous mobile technologies. Do you think 5G will have the same impact? Very likely is a great answer. 5G (like its predecessors) is so much faster and can help with the proliferation of internet connected devices. In fact, just last month Verizon started selling its 5G home service in select markets aiming to take the place of traditional internet service. Some of the biggest differences for 5G is speed and low latency. According to reports it can download a full high definition …

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Mini Refresh

As we enter November and think about guests visiting, it may be the perfect time to do a mini spruce up to one or more rooms in your home. Do you have a room that looks tired and dated? What about worn in places? Consider where your guests will spend the most time and what can be done in the time you have before they arrive. A full remodel is not what you should think about because making sure everything gets completed before the holidays is impractical. What can you do then? Look at the overall image of the room. …

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Rivalry Saturday

So when Thanksgiving Day is over and Black Friday shopping is done it is time for a letdown. Are you kidding me??? The Saturday after Thanksgiving will be Rivalry Saturday for College Football. What better way to cap off a holiday weekend than to watch epic games throughout the day. To improve on the experience, host a rivalry football watching party. You know you can do it and have a lot of fun with it. First you need to decide whom to invite. If one of your potential invitees is an ardent and obnoxious fan, you need to consider other …

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Pan Fried Chops on Garlic Toast and Stir Fried Carrots

Pan fried chops on garlic toast and stir fried carrots should make for an interesting combination for this month. Choose your favorite type and cut of meat then get started on the meal. Pan Fried Chops on Garlic Toast Time: 20 mins Effort Easy Serves 4 Ingredients 4 pork chops, bone in or not (veal chops are great too!) 4 1/4 inch slices of country bread or Italian white bread (day old is even better) 1 cup plain breadcrumbs 1 tsp dried Oregano or Thyme 2 heaping tablespoons of Canola oil 1 teaspoon of softened butter 2 cloves garlic with …

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AmazonBasics Microwave

Have you ever put something in the microwave to cook and realize it needed something besides setting the microwave at two minutes and pressing start? Maybe the directions are to defrost at 50 percent and your dish is frozen before you start. Do you see the 50%, or half power button on the screen? Unless you have an unusual microwave you do not. So what if you did not have to figure out how to try (and sometimes fail) at programing the microwave? Easier can be better when applied to appliances. Amazon is selling an inexpensive microwave that will take instructions …

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Fall Home Physical

Most people as they get older are encouraged to have a yearly physical to determine their current health and identify any issues that need addressing. Applying the physical to property, as a house ages it should get a physical at least once per year if not more often. Below are some things you should check in a fall home physical: Outside Check the outside perimeter of the house for any cracks, or breaks in the exterior. Do you see things that need repairing, or even repainting? Fix them now so that as temperatures drop and freezing is a possibility, they …

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