Monthly Archives: November 2014

Home Tip of the Day: Thanksgiving Leftovers

At a loss for what to do with the massive amounts of leftover turkey you have from Thanksgiving? Here are a few tasty ideas you might want to try out.

The following Home Tip of the Day was filmed at 41 Lafayette Dr Livingston Twp., NJ listed at $2.95 million with Dalia Shliechkorn at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

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Home Tip of the Day: Set the Stage for a Perfect Thanksgiving Meal

Before you get started making a single Thanksgiving dish, be sure to take care of this one important task first. The video below holds the key to setting the stage for the perfect Thanksgiving meal.

The following Home Tip of the Day was filmed at 41 Lafayette Dr Livingston Twp., NJ listed at $2.95 million with Dalia Shliechkorn at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

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Home Tip of the Day: Thanksgiving Entertaining

Cooking is a huge part of Thanksgiving, but so is spending time with loved ones. Here’s an easy way to make sure you spend less time in the kitchen, and more time with family and friends this Thanksgiving.

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Welcome Home, Ulrich Family!

The Ulrich family of Little Falls, NJ vaguely ressembles a small basketball team, with three brothers over 6-feet tall. Sharing a basement bedroom filled with safety hazards and eyesore “decor,” the Ulrich boys could not have been better candidates for George to the Rescue.

George Oliphant and his team of designers and contractors arrive to transform the Ulrich brothers basement bedroom into a hangout suite. The transformation extends to include sister Jenna’s pink princess bedroom as well. Giving each sibling a space of their own, George to the Rescue delivers yet again.

When we asked the Ulrichs what home means to them, Annie Ulrich puts it best when she says “This is home sweet home–a lot of good memories here and there are many more to come.”

A heartwarming story for a very deserving family, click here to view the complete segment of George to the Rescue.

Welcome home, Ulrich Family!

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Home Tip of the Day: Tricks for Kids at Thanksgiving

If the kids outnumber the adults at your Thanksgiving festivities, then this Home Tip is surely for you. Here are a few tricks for hosting a big kids table this holiday.

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Home of the Week: A 19th Century Classic Home in Chicago

In our newest ‘Home of the Week‘ we move from a waterfront estate outside of Boise to a wonderfully renovated 19th century home in one of Chicago’s most sought after neighborhoods.

Located on a prestigious block in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, this $6.4 million dollar home is a perfect blend of classic architecture and modern luxury. The home was designed in 1891 by James Egan, who was one of the handful of architects who rebuilt the city following the “Great Chicago Fire”. Mr. Egan is best known for his work designing some of the city’s grandest Catholic churches. With its rustic stones, colored mortar and distinguished arches, this home is a timeless example of the French Romanesque style that was popular during the Civil War.

This home set on a 150-foot deep lot offers four levels of elegant living space, a private landscaped backyard and a very cool rooftop terrace. The interior boasts 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths along with fireplaces, a breakfast room, an exercise room and a sizable wine cellar.

Click here to see more of this home listed by Jennifer Ames with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

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The Best of Thanksgiving: Appetizer

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There is a feast waiting for you in the afternoon, but who doesn’t want some snacks to prime the pump for the big turkey dinner? I’m a sucker for appetizers. Dips, finger food, you name it. I want to eat it. Especially on Thanksgiving. But two years ago, I got introduced to the best Thanksgiving appetizer of all time. Yes, all time.

Picture this. It’s 12:30 in the afternoon. You’re sitting down to dinner probably around 3 or 4 pm so you’re not really wanting a full lunch, but you need (yes, need) a snack to help tide you over. You’re about to watch the Packers and Lions kickoff and it’s just irresponsible to watch football on Thanksgiving without some snackage. Yes, snackage.

Do you break out vegetables and dip? No. Do you reach for some crackers and cheese spread? Nuh uh. Instead you make some bacon wrapped jalapeño tater tots.

Now I’ve got your attention. Tots. Bacon. Jalapeño. Oh and there’s a ranch dipping sauce too. My mouth is watering as I type this.

How do you make such a heavenly treat? Simple. Take a tater tot and a little jalapeño and put them together. Then wrap them in bacon and skewer them with a toothpick so everything stays together. Just drop them into some oil in a pan and fry them up for a bit and you have the ultimate Thanksgiving appetizer. For those who like to dip, grab a little Hidden Valley Ranch dressing to put on the side and hurry over to your favorite seat on the couch to watch some football.

Happy snacking on a very happy Thanksgiving.

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Get Ready for a Philadelphia Winter

Whether you’ve been living in the city for a while or have just purchased your first home in Philadelphia, it can be tough to know what to expect in the winter. Some years, the Philadelphia winter is a mild one. Other years, winter means freezing temperatures and lots of snow for months on end. For the 2014-2015 season, meteorologist Glen “Hurricane” Schwartz has predicted an average temperature this winter of 31.8 degrees, three degrees lower than usual. His prediction for snow is between 40 and 45 inches, or about two times the average amount. While you can’t avoid the chill this winter, you can take a few steps to make sure you and your home are ready for whatever it brings.

Seal Up Windows and Leaks

In the winter, your home’s heater works to keep you warm and comfortable. But if you live in an old, leaky home, your heater has to work against the cold air that’s seeping in and against the warm air that’s seeping out. A leaky home is a more expensive home, according to the US Energy Star program. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can keep your home from leaking air.

  • The first thing to do is find the source of the air leaks. Chilly air can usually get in around areas that aren’t fully sealed, such as your home’s windows, recessed lighting, and electrical outlets.
  • If your home has a basement, you may also have gaps around the pipes that lead out of the house.
  • One way to seal off recessed lighting and outlets is to place a foam gasket behind them.
  • You can caulk the opening around pipes to keep the cool air out and the warm air in.
  • Adding caulk or weatherstripping around your windows and doors will also reduce leaks.

Take Care of Outdoor Areas

Before the Philadelphia winter hits, you’ll want to make sure your outdoor space, if you have one, is ready. If you have an outdoor spigot, switch it off for the winter. Turn the spigot on after you turn off the water supply, so that the water left in the pipes can drain and won’t freeze during the winter. Leave the spigot on all winter, until it’s time to turn the water back on in the spring.

Get Your Winter Gear in Order

Take a look in your basement or hall closet and make sure you have a snow shovel and rock salt ready to go. It might not have snowed yet, but it’s better to be ready for the first big (or small) snowfall, than to have to head to the store in the middle of a storm to stock up. During the snowstorms of 2014, stores had trouble keeping rock salt in stock, meaning plenty of people were out of luck.

Once you’ve sealed your home and stocked up on salt, take a minute to look over the rules for shoveling snow this winter. According to the city’s code, homeowners and tenants need to clear a path of at least 36 inches along the sidewalk no more than six hours after the snow has stopped falling.

With its cold weather and heaps of snow, a Philadelphia winter can seem formidable. But if you take the time to get ready now, you can find yourself enjoying a hot cup of cocoa and a blanket when the first big snowstorm of the season hits.

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10 Festive Things to Do with Decorative Leaves

Decorative Leaves: Create a Colorful Centerpiece

One of the best things about fall is all the beautiful colors. Do you find yourself picking up gorgeous leaves as you walk through Central Park? Don’t throw them out!

Here are 10 festive things to do with decorative leaves.

1. Create a Colorful Centerpiece

Vibrant fall leaves are the perfect fall centerpiece. Do you have an autumn-colored plate? Top it with a white candle and surround it with leaves. You can also use few distinctive leaves to line a hurricane vase or fill a vase with boughs of leaves instead of flowers.

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2. Dress Up Your Mantel

Decorative leaves are ideal for decorating up a fireplace. String a few leaves together for a simple banner and drape it over your mantel. It only takes a few minutes, but the effect is fresh and pretty.

3. Make DIY Confetti

Before your leaves dry out, use them to create colorful confetti. Use decorative punches to make fun shapes. The confetti can be used to decorate cards, make a mini bunting for a cake, or add a autumnal element to a party.

4. Add Color to Your Your Table

Why spend a lot of money on decorations when beautiful leaves are free? For your next party, collect big maple leaves to use as pretty place cards. They’ll make a huge statement on your table! Continue the theme and cover your tabletop with leaves, berries, pumpkins, and other seasonal items to create a colorful table runner.

Decorative Leaves: Add Color to Your Table

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5. Create One-of-a-Kind Artwork

Leaves make wonderful organic art. Try framing leaves in groups or individually. You can even paint the leaves (use traditional colors or get creative) and then print them on card stock.

Another option is to use a leaf as a stencil. Start by painting a canvas any color you wish. Let the paint dry, then lay a leaf over the canvas. Finally, go over everything with gold spray paint. Remove the leaf, and you’re left with a gorgeous piece of art!

6. Make a Seasonal Wreath

Autumn wreaths use pretty leaves to their best advantage. First, gather a lot of leaves and pick up a wreath form at your local craft store. Attach the leaves to the form using floral wire. Overlap the leaves as you go so the wire doesn’t show.

Decorative Leaves: Make a Seasonal Wreath

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7. Print Custom Linens

Create your own linens that you’ll use year after year. Funtober has an easy tutorial. This seasonal print would look beautiful on a tablecloth, dish towels, or even an apron.

8. Send a Unique Card

Why not surprise someone with a handmade card? Simply attach a pretty leaf to a plain card with some glue. You could even create a set to give as a gift.

9. Get the Kids Involved

Kids love playing with leaves, so get them involved!

Create leaf animals by gluing the leaves to plain paper and then painting on legs, eyes, and other fun details. Try painting on the leaves and creating leaf prints, too.

Celebrate fall by making leaf crowns. Attach leaves to construction paper rings with tape, glue, or a stapler. It’s easy and fun!

10. Preserve Your Favorites for the Future

Don’t just throw out those leaves at the end of the season.

WikiHow has six ways to preserve fall leaves. For something unique, try making a clay leaf bowl.

Decorative Leaves: Preserve Your Favorites

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Decorative leaves are the perfect way to add a sesonal touch to your New York apartment. Try one of these ideas today!

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Home Tip of the Day: Thanksgiving Meal Planning

Planning and cooking everything for Thanksgiving can be very stressful. But, who says you have to do it all? Follow this guide to Thanksgiving meal planning to lighten the load this year. As with most things in life, it’s all in the preparation.

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