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Weekend Events for 10/31-11/03

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Happy Halloween! There are plenty of fun things to do and see, starting today! Check out this special edition of Local Weekend Events!

Thursday October 31st 

After School Trick-or-Treating, Jenkintown Whole Foods • 4:00-6:00pm

                Kick off your Halloween fun with a post-school trick-or-treating adventure. Travel around the store and find ten trick-or-treat stations marked by decorative Halloween cans. The Team Members at each station are waiting to hear the magic words before they drop your treat in the bag! (Bring your own reusable Halloween bag or pumpkin.)

Haunted House, 1227 Nolen Rd. Roslyn PA 19001 (1 block from Roslyn Park) • 7:00pm

                Free Haunted House with all types of scares!!!

 

Friday November 1st

November First Friday, Keswick Village, Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA • 6:00-8:00pm

                Many merchants and small businesses will be celebrating the cooler weather and holiday season with deals for the First Friday of the month. You can see what sorts events and deals merchants will be having at their website,  www.KeswickVillage.org.

Saturday, November 2nd

2013 Jenkintown FallFest, Jenkintown Town Square • 12:00-3:00pm

                Back this year is the HAUNTED GAZEBO, keeping Halloween alive for a few more days! Need a new Fall look?  Painting with a Twist will be painting faces in the square! For those looking to release their artistic, foodie side, they will have an apple dippin’ decorating station! Last and not least, the board is asking you to bring your slightly used pumpkins to the square so that they can be given a proper bon voyage to that great Pumpkin in the sky!  Let’s just say that some special guests will be “dropping in!” If necessary, the rain date will be the next day, Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 3rd

Jenkintown Farmer’s Market (9am-1pm) • 703 Greenwood Ave Jenkintown, PA 19046

The weather is looking to be clear and cool this Sunday, so enjoy the first November Sunday at the Jenkintown Farmers Market! It runs from 9 AM to 1 PM and promises to be full of fresh fall produce, homemade goodies and other great items up for your perusal.

 

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6 Tips To Stay Fit This Holiday Season

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Halloween is the kick off to the holiday season, and with that comes plenty of holiday parties, Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s… Tons of fun and food will be shared with you and your loved ones.  With that in mind, we all sometimes over indulge in some of those special treats and meals.

Well, we think it’s time to put a kibosh on that trope and let’s get into a healthy workout routine now to keep yourself trim- even after your second (or third) helping of Grandmom’s  homemade lasagna.  Here are some of our favorite tips to keep fit!

 

   1. Tone Up on the Treadmill

    "Save time at the gym with this 10-minute cardio/sculpt session: Hop on a treadmill holding a three- to five-pound dumbbell in each hand, and set the speed to a brisk walk. Do a one-minute set each of shoulder presses, biceps curls, triceps extensions, side laterals, front laterals and standing triceps kickbacks one after another as you walk. I's an amazing upper-body challenge that also gets your heart pumping. Do this series two or three times each week. As you improve, work up to doing four-minute sets."

    --Michael George, trainer and owner of Integrated Motivational Fitness in Los Angeles

2. Chart Your Progress

"Stay motivated using a fitness report card. Jot down these subjects: Cardio, Muscle Conditioning, Flexibility and Attitude. Set goals (for example, doing 10 "boy" push-ups) and grade yourself A through F at least four times a year. When you see how much you improve, you'll want to stay in great shape."

--Ken Alan, Los Angeles--based personal trainer

3. Work Out During Your Workday

"Sit on a stability ball to strengthen your core, and keep dumbbells or exercise tubing at your desk. Squeeze in 12 to 15 reps of exercises like dumbbell curls, overhead presses and ab crunches; aim for two or three sets of each. This gives you more free time to fit in fun workouts like biking or tennis."

--Gregory Florez, personal trainer and CEO of Salt Lake City -- based FitAdvisor.com

4. Use the Buddy System

“Find a friend or relative whom you like and trust who also wants to establish a healthier lifestyle. Encourage one another. Exercise together. Use this as an opportunity to enjoy one another's company and to strengthen the relationship.”

--Kara Thompson, spokesperson for the International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA)

5. Give Yourself a Break

"You don't have to be a fitness saint to get results. Follow the 80/20 plan: Eighty percent of the year, you'll exercise regularly and eat well. Know that you'll slip 20 percent of the time due to holidays and work deadlines. When you accept that fitness isn't an all-or-nothing proposition, you're more likely to stick with it for life."

--Maureen Wilson, owner/personal trainer/instructor, Sweat Co. Studios, Vancouver, B.C.

6. Be Patient

“Remember that even if you follow all these tips, there will be ups and downs, setbacks and victories, Just be patient, and don't give up. Hang in there, and you'll see solid results."

--Tennis star Martina Navratilova, health and fitness ambassador for the AARP

Fun Halloween Facts

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Fun Halloween Facts:

In honor of Mischeif Night tonight, study up on your Halloween trivia. Stock up these spooky facts to impress your friends during pumpkin carving, haunted house trips and costume parties. 

 

  • The word Halloween comes from the phrase All Hallow's Eve.

  • It's origins are from the Celtic festival of Samhain which celebrated the end of the harvest season. 

  • In Ohio, Iowa, and Massachusetts, Trick-or-treating night is referred to as Beggar's Night.

  • Did anything ever stop children from candy collecting? Yes, sadly World War II caused a break in Trick-or-Treating from April 1942- June 1947.

  • Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.

  • Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday. The first is Christmas.

  • Orange and black are traditional Halloween colors. They were chosen because of Orange's  association with the fall harvest and black's association with darkness.

  • The first Jack O’Lanterns weren't pumpkins, they were turnips!

 

 

Tasty Tuesday Bites! (Halloween! Pt. 2)

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

TRICK-OR TREAT! J

Halloween is just around the corner, and we thought it would be fun to post even more delicious Paleo-friendly treats that kids of all ages and adults will love! We hope you enjoy these tasty special treats this Halloween. And please, let us know if you’ve made them! Take pictures of you and your loved ones! We’d love to hear from you! Special thanks to Primally Inspired, Queen of Quinoa, Paleo Parents, and Rethink Simple.

 

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Ingredients

¼ cup almond butter • 2 Tbs coconut oil • 1 tsp vanilla • 1 cup dark chocolate chips or pieces (60-70% cacao works best) • 1 Tbs additional coconut oil

How to Make ‘Em:

Mix almond butter, coconut oil and vanilla together until well combined.

Melt chocolate chips and 1 tbs coconut oil over low heat in a double boiler until melted and smooth. Line a cupcake pan with 6 cupcake liners. Pour about a tablespoon of chocolate in the bottom of each liner. Swirl the cupcake pan around until the chocolate comes up around the liners about a 1/2 inch. 

Freeze for a few minutes until chocolate is all the way hardened. Take out of freezer and put a little less than a tablespoon of almond butter mixture on top of the hardened chocolate. Put back in freezer for about 5 minutes. Take out of freezer and cover the almond butter mixture with about a tablespoon more of chocolate or until almond butter mixture is completely covered with the chocolate. Refrigerate or freeze until chocolate is hardened. Keep in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy!

 

Grain-Free Halloween Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingiedients:

    ¼ cup coconut flour • ¼ cup cocoa powder • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt • ¼ teaspoon baking soda • 1 tablespoons flaxseed meal • 3 large eggs, beaten • 1/4 cup raw honey • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted • 1 medium sweet potato, mashed • 3 tablespoons maple syrup • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch • ½ teaspoon turmeric (for orange coloring)

How to Make ‘Em:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with 6 paper liners (place the liners on the inside of the muffin tin for more consistent baking). Whisk together dry ingredients in a small bowl.

In a separate mixing bowl, beat the eggs, honey and 1 tablespoon coconut oil. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix to combine.Spoon batter into the paper liners, filling each about half of the way full. Bake in the center of the oven for 18 – 20 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center, comes out clean.Cool on a wire rack completely before frosting.

For the frosting, combine the sweet potato, maple syrup, tapioca starch, remaining 1 tablespoon coconut oil and turmeric in a food processor, and process until smooth. Cool before transferring to a piping bag. Pipe the frosting on the cupcakes and serve immediately.

 

Pumpkin Pucks

Ingredients:

1 cup pumpkin puree • 1 cup almond butter • 1/4 cup honey • 2 Tbsp maple syrup • 2 eggs • 1/3 cup almond flour • 1 Tbsp cinnamon • 1 tsp nutmeg • 1/2 tsp salt

Here’s How to Make ‘Em:

With electric mixer or stand mixer, whip pumpkin and almond butter together until thoroughly combined. Add honey and syrup and beat in eggs one at a time. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until just combined. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full in greased muffin tin (they will not rise but more would be too dense IMO). Top with decorations, if you choose to do so – they’re really just perfect without anything though. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, will be firm to the touch but a testing knife or stick will not come out clean.

 

Homemade Gummy Worms

Ingredients:

 3 1/2 tbsp grass-fed gelatin • 3/4 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice • 3 tbsp raw honey • a few drops of all-natural green color from edible plants (optional) • straws and a 125mL mason jar (or other glass cup)

Here’s How to Make ‘Em:

In a medium saucepan mix together the lime juice and raw honey. Whisk in the gelatin until there are no clumps. Place on low heat and whisk quickly to mix the ingredients well. Keep on low heat for only minutes. Do not let it get to a simmering state. Remove from heat and add a few drops of coloring if you choose to do so. Whisk together. Your candy is now ready for molding!

Place enough straws in your jar/glass to fill tightly and wrap with an elastic band. Pour candy mixture over the straws and into your worm holes. Don’t worry about your technique too much. As the jar fills with liquid so will your straws, I just did my best to pour as evenly as I could and make sure the straws are pushed down to the bottom of the jar/cup. Let cool in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to set. Slightly longer would be best. After they are set you can remove the straws from the glass/cup. The best way to do this is by scoring around the interior rim with a knife and then pulling the straws with a little muscle. You can also run the outside of the glass under warm water for a few seconds (you don’t want to get the water going too warm or it will melt your candy!) Once you have the straws out, clear the sides of the extra gummies (these are still good! Just because they aren’t in the shape of a worm doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be enjoyed :) )

There are a few ways to set your worms free. One is to use a rolling pin and roll over a handful of straws, squeezing the gummies out. The second option is to run a handful of straws under warm water for just a few seconds. They will slide right out! Warning: if the water is too warm or you leave them under water for too long you will have gummy worm guts not gummy worms. They can be kept out at room temperature or you can keep them in the fridge (I also prefer my gummies slightly chilled).

Tips for Carving the Scariest Pumpkin in the Neighborhood

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Boo! Halloween week is here. Check out these tips for carving the best pumpkin in the neighborhood!

1. Choose a large, light-colored pumpkin. These are the easiest to carve. 

2. Instead of cutting off the stem, cut a hole in the bottom so that it can be easily placed on top of a candle instead of putting the candle inside the pumpkin.

3. Don't throw away the insides! Keep the seeds to toast in the oven with a little oil and salt for a nice lunchtime snack.

4. Print out a template of the picture you would like to carve and tape it to the pumpkin. Then, poke holes along the lines of the picture. When the picture is removed, just cut along the dots!

5. Finally, if you are nervous about using actual candles, battery-operated ones work just as well to illuminate your scary creation.

Good luck and get carving!

For many of us, the holiday season is a time that is anticipated with both joy and anxiety. Yes, we love the celebrations, the family traditions, and we have fond memories of holidays past; but along with them, we add the stresses of preparation, expectations and the fear of let downs, or family squabbles that have happened in the past.  

 

1. Set reasonable expectations.Spend some time now setting realistic and manageable expectations for your holiday season. Understand that you can’t do everything and that there’s only so much you can do. Prioritize the list of your most important events and activities and then set a pace for yourself. Organize your time. Keep in mind that it’s the holiday “season” that’s coming and not one day. Spread out your activities to lessen stress and increase enjoyment.

 

2. It’s the holiday season, but that doesn't eliminate sadness or loneliness. Problems and difficulties arise even during the holiday season. And, for some, the holiday season evokes painful memories of events or the loss of loved ones in the past.Don’t hide your feelings, let them out and work to make peace with them. Try not to let them become a consuming focus. Work hard to get through any current challenges or issues.

 

3. What’s done is done, look forward when you can. Life brings changes. Commit to enjoying this holiday season for what it is. Acknowledging the past, whether it was good or bad, is appropriate. But, if you find that this year has been a rough one and you don’t anticipate having the best holiday season ever, try not to set yourself up by comparing today with the “good old days.” Enjoy everything this holiday season brings and take it at face value.

 

4. Develop and encourage a life of gratitude. Gratitude is an attribute that transcends circumstances. No matter what your circumstances, I believe there is reason to be thankful in them. Your circumstances may never change, but your attitude toward them can change…and this can make all the difference. If you want to help your kids develop an attitude of gratitude, try this “thank you” trick. Focus on the many things in your life for which you can be thankful. Get started by having each family member create individual lists, of “Ten Reasons Why I’m Thankful.” It’s a simple strategy that can work wonders when you concentrate on the good and not the bad.

 

5. Do something for someone else.One of the ways we can demonstrate that we are grateful to God for His many blessings is to help others. To get more out of this holiday season, try getting involved in serving others.

 

6. Enjoy activities that are cheap or free.You don’t always have to spend money to spur on your family’s enjoyment. Try things such as driving around to look at holiday decorations,baking Christmas cookies, going window-shopping, and playing in the snow (that is if you get snow).

 

7. Create and foster family traditions. Traditions provide opportunities to keep your family’s legacy going. It doesn't matter if they’re silly or sentimental: your family has some holiday traditions and if possible, be sure to include them in your holiday activity plans.

 

8. Bring in the new. Celebrate the holidays in a new way. You may just create a new tradition that will keep going for generations!

 

9. Be fiscally responsible. The holiday season brings with it a big temptation to spend money beyond your means and to rack up significant credit card debt, especially when it comes to purchasing Christmas presents for your family. Be smart about how you spend!The gifts you buy will be enjoyed at the time you present them, but your kids may well have laid aside or forgotten those gifts by the end of Christmas day…even while you’re struggling to make the payments. Decide now to be financially responsible this holiday season!

 

10. Make some time for you!Don’t take on all of the responsibilities of your family’s holiday celebrations by yourself. Share the load. Create some space during the holidays for you to recharge your own batteries.

Weekend Events for 10/26-10/27

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

This weekend proves to be colder, but still sunny and bright. So throw on a light coat and enjoy the wonderful fall events!

Saturday- October 26th

1st Annual Chelsea Car Show & Flea Market (12:00pm-?) •440 Old York Road, Jenkintown PA 19046

Join the Chelsea at Jenkintown at their 1st Annual Car Show and Flea Market to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Enjoy a Fun Filled Day, including:  Cool Cars and Motorcycles, Flea Market, Face Painting, Free Fresh Pressed Cider, Vendors, Music, and Much More! For more information, please contact Lewis at 215-572-8300 or lroberts@cslal.com

5th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Pie-Eating Contest (1:00-4:00pm)• Jenkintown Town Square

Bust out your classic chili recipe for Jenkintown’s 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off and Pie-Eating Contest, and compete for a cash prize plus the title of Chili King/Queen of Jenkintown. You can sign up and view contest rules here. Pie eaters may also register to reserve a spot at the table.  There is a $5.00 pie eating contest registration fee that is refunded to you when you show up to participate. If you’d just like to taste and judge the chili, a $5 wristband, sold at the event, entitles you to a full day of sampling. This year’s event will feature the local band Tropical Disease, whose set list includes a unique blend of classic rock covers from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.  They are also welcome Bubba Dogs, of Sea Isle City fame, to support those who prefer their chili on a hotdog.

Abington Marching Ghosts Show in Central Bucks West High School (6:00-10:00pm) • 375 W Court St, Doylestown, PA 18901

Come watch our local Abington Marching Ghost band play at Central Bucks West High School!  This year’s show, “The Break of Day” is an interesting and beautiful take on the hours between 3 AM and 7 AM. The whole marching band show starts at 6:00 at Central Bucks West High School, and lasts until the awards ceremony at 10:00 PM. Our Abington Marching Ghosts are slated to go on at 6:15 pm. Go to http://www.abingtonghosts.info/Home_Page.html for more information. Be sure to cheer these talented musicians on!

 

Sunday, October 27th

Jenkintown Farmer’s Market (9am-1pm) • 703 Greenwood Ave Jenkintown, PA 19046

The weather is looking to be partly cloudy and rather cool this Sunday, so why not enjoy the last October Sunday at the Jenkintown Farmers Market? It runs from 9 AM to 1 PM and promises to be full of fresh fall produce, pumpkins for you to take home and carve, homemade goodies and other great items up for your perusal.

 

Know about an event going on near you? Please share! Email us at marketing@cardanoexperts.com !

4 Nifty Tips and Tricks for Your Home!

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

4 Nifty DIY Tips and Tricks for Your Home!

1.       Shorten your dryer-vent hose. First, disconnect it and vacuum it out. Then trim the hose length so that it’s just long enough for you to pull the dryer a few feet out from the wall. A short and unobstructed line makes your dryer run more efficiently. Not only is doing this free, your energy bill will be more affordable and your clothes will dry about 20 percent faster.

2.       Make your own cleaning solutions using inexpensive kitchen staples, such as white vinegar and baking soda. See The Green Guide for recipes.  These cleaners that don’t contain harsh chemicals are healthier for your household.

3.       Install an under-sink water filter, and stop buying expensive bottled water. Cost: $55 for the DIY-friendly Kenmore Single Undersink Drinking Water System at Sears. You can save $360 per year on purified water. Bonus: Reducing the environmental impact caused by the manufacture and disposal of plastic bottles—as well as shipping them to your home from far-flung places like Fiji.

4.       Once a month, clean faucet aerators and shower heads with vinegar to get rid of mineral deposits.

Tasty Tuesday Bites! (Halloween!)

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Trick-or-Treat! Gimme Somethin’ Good to Eat!

Halloween is just a week away, but the parties are starting now! So this week and next week we wanted to share with you some of our favorite tasty Paleo friendly snacks that will have your loved ones craving more! Happy Haunting! (Special thanks to The Primal Sophisticate, Lexi’s Kitchen, and Paleo Lifestyle)

Dark Chocolate Bacon Bites

Ingredients:

12 slices Bacon, medium thickness (This may vary based on the length of the slices you use.) •2 & 1/2 ounces of 70-85% Dark Chocolate (Broken into pieces).

How to Make Em’:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lay bacon strips out flat on a baking pan and cook just until crisp, 20-25 minutes.  Remove the bacon from the pan and allow it to drain and cool on paper towels.  Once the bacon has cooled, carefully break each slice into pieces about 2 inches long.  Melt the chocolate in a double-boiler.  If you don’t have an actual double-boiler, you can place a metal bowl on top of a saucepan half-filled with water.  Once the water comes to a boil, turn the heat to low and place the bowl of chocolate pieces on top, stirring the chocolate until it melts. Dip the bacon pieces into the melted chocolate, coating them in a thin layer, then set them aside on a parchment paper lined tray. For a variation with the 2nd half of the batch, (not for the kiddies or those who don’t like a little heat) add about 1/8 of a teaspoon of dried red pepper flakes to the rest of the chocolate before dipping the remaining bacon.  Use more or less depending on your taste. Sprinkle a few pepper flakes on top of the pieces – just enough to be able to tell the spicy apart from the plain. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or until the chocolate has hardened.  Once taken out of the fridge, the chocolate will start softening again as the candy comes to room temperature.  For best results, store them in the refrigerator until time to serve. There are all kinds of variations you could do with this – adding some stevia or raw honey to the chocolate to sweeten it a little more, or vanilla or cinnamon for extra flavoring, topping with chopped almonds or bits of dates…as with most things at Halloween, it’s limited only to your imagination.

 

Frozen Banana Mummies and Hairy Creature Things

Ingredients:

3 large Bananas • 3 tablespoons gently melted • food grade Cocoa Butter • 3 tablespoons powdered Coconut Sugar • Candy Eyes, "safe" chocolate chips, currants or raisins

An egg carton turned upside down with little holes poked in the bottom made a good stand while working on your creations.

Here’s How to Make ‘Em:

Peel and slice (or butter knife it) the bananas into 1-1/2" chunks. Skewer bananas with lollipop sticks (available at most craft stores), or use kabob skewers cut in half using wire cutters. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze.

For the candy coating; in a small bowl, mix the melted cocoa butter with the powdered sugar.

Spoon a little drop of candy coating on a frozen banana and stick on an eye (or two, or three). Using a spoon, drizzle candy coating over the bananas in all directions, avoiding the eye.

For the "Things"; We made the orange shredded coconut by mixing a few drops of yellow and a drop of red India Tree Liquid Natural Decorating Colors with some unsweetened shredded coconut. We opted to toast the coconut for a few minutes. Voila, colored sprinkles.

To assemble the "Things": Attach eyes with a dot of candy coating. Drizzle candy coating on to coat front, avoiding eye(s). Sprinkle with coconut. Drizzle to coat back. Sprinkle again. Drizzle to coat top. Sprinkle again. Work in stages as the candy coat hardens real quick on the frozen bananas.

 

Spicy Pumpkin Seeds:

Ingredients:

3 cups raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas) •2 tbsp butter, ghee or coconut oil • 1 and 1/2 tbsp chili powder • 1 tbsp sea salt • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

Here’s How to Make ‘Em:

    Preheat your oven to 350 F. In a bowl, toss the pumpkin seeds with the melted oil, chili powder, sea salt and cayenne pepper. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes. Let cool and serve or store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container. Most recipes call for a liquid vegetable oil, but the butter or coconut oil will harden when chilled in the refrigerator, giving the seeds another texture, but leaving them absolutely delicious.

Monday Morning Mojo! Keeping Up The Yard Through The Winter By Phoebe Chongchua

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

This is the time when people start to want to stay indoors a bit more, especially when the temperatures significantly drop. But you can't neglect your outdoor patios and decks, especially if you plan to sell soon.Buyers won't want to see broken-wood decks or corroded wrought iron patio sets in your backyard. The good news is that if you prepare ahead, you can save yourself time and money. Taking some good housekeeping steps now will allow you to step outside into the fresh spring air next year to a well-preserved outdoor space.

 

Where to begin? First, if your deck is looking a little worn and tired, make the necessary repairs now. Don't wait until you can stick your foot through a board (like I did). That's not only dangerous but it also mandates a quick fix. Give your deck a good cleaning and sealing or staining before the weather gets too cold and wet to do this. Make sure you check for loose nails and get rid of any splintery edges by sanding them down. Seal with waterproofing sealants. For these, generally the weather has to be above 32 degrees F and 50 degrees F for sealing and stains, respectively, to work properly.

 

Put the clippers to work. Take a good look around your yard and decide which plants need to go. Many annuals may have been killed by frost and it's time to clear them away. Keep your flowers keep them looking good by trimming away dead leaves. If you cut your plants back now it will cause them to grow and flower more effectively later on. Add seasonal plants.You can still have some nice color in your yard if you get the right plants for your yard's climate. Kale and ornamental cabbage are attractive. In warmer climates try primroses for winter color.

 

Use creative containers with your seasonal plants.Putting a perennial plant in a beautifully painted container can add style and allure to your patio all winter long.  Plant potted vegetables. Nothing's better than fresh food especially when it comes from your own yard. There are some cool-weather vegetables that work well in pretty pots. Things like lettuce: kale, leaf, mustard, and Chinese cabbage are good for this. Also, don't forget herbs; they'll come in handy for the holiday dinners.

 

Get artsy. Making your yard look good in winter is also about what you leave outside. Those brightly colored throw pillows and rugs that worked great in summer, of course, should be brought inside. Instead get creative with lights that give a sparkle on a cold winter night. Hang plants with ornaments on them. Also, hang bird feeders to attract birds.

 

Taking a few simple steps to keep your deck, yard, and outdoor furniture in good condition will give you an easy progression into spring. And, if you're listing your home for sale in the winter, these steps are sure to please buyers.

 

Plant potted vegetables. Nothing's better than fresh food especially when it comes from your own yard. There are some cool-weather vegetables that work well in pretty pots.Things like lettuce: kale, leaf, mustard, and Chinese cabbage are good for this. Also, don't forget herbs; they'll come in handy for the holiday dinners.

 

Get artsy. Making your yard look good in winter is also about what you leave outside. Those brightly colored throw pillows and rugs that worked great in summer, of course,should be brought inside. Instead get creative with lights that give a sparkle on a cold winter night. Hang plants with ornaments on them. Also, hang bird feeders to attract birds.

 

Taking a few simple steps to keep your deck, yard, and outdoor furniture in good condition will give you an easy progression into spring. And, if you're listing your home for sale in the winter, these steps are sure to please buyers.

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