Weekend Grill Hacks

A long holiday weekend calls for some good BBQ and tasty grilled food.

The following are some grill hacks for an enjoyable, safe and yummy time:

  1. Forget using expensive cleaners to wash off your grill grate, simply cut an onion and rub across each rung. The acidity will cut though residual grease and actually leave the flavor for whatever your grilling
  2. Use your empty paper egg cartons to place your coals in for a charcoal fire, this will act as your fire starter and allows you to recycle items you would have disposed of anyway
  3. If kebabs are on the menu, soak the skewers in water for at least 15 – 30 minutes before using to avoid them getting burned on the grill and breaking off when you lift them up to eat
  4. Checking propane tank levels has never been easier, heat up some water (not boiling but warm) and run down the side of a cooled tank, then run your hand down that same side…where you feel that the tank goes from warm to cold will show you the level of propane left. Please remember to do this before turning on the tank for grilling.

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

Roses are red,

violets are blue,

plant sunflowers and marigolds,

for a pretty Spring view.

As April comes to a close, so do the wet stormy weekends…hopefully.

And with a hotter month ahead of us, why not make it a colorful one?

Plant some May flowers that thrive this time of year and add some color to your garden.

Sunflowers, Marigolds, Zinnia’s and Cosmos are all bright blooms that require a little dirt, a splash of water and lots of sunshine.

Add these to your garden for a beautiful and vibrant yard, happy planting!

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Spring Arrival

With the arrival of the spring equinox, we would like to wish you a happy, blissful, barefoot, active, growing, rejuvenating, sun-kissed, healthy, cheerful, beautiful season.

Whether you’re raising veggies for the whole neighborhood or just like a few flowers by the front door, spring is the season for getting your hands dirty.

Time to get back to enjoying the outdoors, taking on new adventures or simply relaxing under a tree. Cheers to a new season!

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Daylight Savings

It’s that time of year again when we have to get used to the change in time. Daylight savings also known as summer hours will begin Sunday March 8th.  Allowing for us to take advantage of more sunlight and long summer nights. Sounds great right? Well, we lose an hour of sleep as the clock will jump ahead at 2AM. So remember to go to sleep early and set your clocks forward!  This is also a good time of year to change your smoke alarm batteries and verify they are in working condition.

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Spring Cleaning Tips

As winter comes to an end and we prepare for spring to bloom, many people take this time to do some house cleaning in preparation with a nice little tune.

We would like to give you some tips on making this process a breeze, it’ll make your home look good by getting rid of the dust but it might make you sneeze.

So take on this task and prepare yourself well, here is the list to make this season go swell.

  • Create a list of all the rooms and the items that need to be taken care of in each, regardless of where you start just make sure you finish one room before moving on to the next
  • De-clutter before sanitizing or dusting as an organized room, pantry or closet compels the mind to continue cleaning and eliminates unnecessary stress
  • Always work from top to bottom, especially if removing cobwebs or dusting ceiling fans. And before vacuuming, clean table/counter tops to knock dust off
  • Eliminate the germs that ruled during winter by washing curtains in hot water, replacing shower curtains and sanitizing light switches, sink handles, remote controls and soap pumps as the hand touches that before getting washed!
  • Don’t forget about your air filters and air ducts which build up dust and are the entryway for unwanted outdoor allergies

We hope this makes your spring cleaning a little easier, let us know your tips and tricks.

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Spring Savings Home Maintenance

Take advantage of the longer daylight hours this springtime and tackle some much-needed home upkeep!  Our homes are often our biggest investment, so routine maintenance should be performed to keep it happy and healthy. Open up your windows, “Marie Kondo” (clean out) your closets and show your house a little love, both inside and out! A plan could be to start outside and work your way inward. Rake away leaves and clear debris to see if your home is in good condition or has any cracks around its foundation. Be proactive and catch problem spots before they present issues in the future. Also, be sure to check pipes, heater/AC lines, dryer vents and windows as these can all allot for unnecessary wasted utilities which can present a cost savings for you, the homeowner! Happy Spring cleaning to you!

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