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THE BEAUTY OF
Homemade Valentines, Mardi Gras Recipes
* PLAN A SPRING FEAST * PROFILE: MAKING A DIFFERENCE * ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET
WELCOME HOME: The 6 Steps To Buying A Home; Why You Need A Real Estate Agent
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OUT&ABOUT LEISURE, CULTURE & LOCAL PURSUITS
EVERGREEN LAKE One of the closest mountain towns to Denver, Evergreen offers abundant outdoor activities, even in the cold of Winter
Evergreen Lake Park offers the worldâ€™s largest Zamboni-groomed oudoor ice rink with 8.5 acres of ice, including a large public skating rink and 12 hockey rinks. Take in the breathtaking landscapes while walking the 1.25 mile hiking trail. Try your hand at ice fishing: the lake is stocked with trout and
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fishing is available year-round. The lake is located next to Evergreen Golf Course, and the dam side is next to downtown Evergreen. The 55 acres also features a historical boat warming house and offers up majestic winter-wonderland views and crisp mountain air.
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Connect. Discover. Create.
Evergreen Library (located at Highway 73 & Buﬀalo Park Road)
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HIWAN HOMESTEAD provides a glimpse into the daily Colorado lifestyle of the 1800s. The historic log cabin and original furnishings transports visitors back to a simpler time and demonstrates a way of life that may seem foreign to many of us today. The focal point of the open space park is the oneroom cabin built in 1893 and the rustic architecture the property evolved into over time. Throughout the Hiwan Homestead volunteers dressed in costumes of that time period share their knowledge of the homestead’s history and provide guided tours. The 25-room lodge showcases Native American artwork along with the original furniture and other historic pieces. The Lodge has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974.
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CONTENTS OUT&ABOUT Local Pursuits Profile The Comback of Vinyl Cheers! Stay Healthy Shop Talk
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FASHION Closet Consultation
FOOD, ETC. Celebrate! Early Spring Feast Menu & Mardi Gras Favorites
ZONTA CLUB OF FORT COLLINS
WELCOME HOME Freshen Up Your Space The 6 Steps To Buying A Home Invest In A Real Estate Broker The Art Of House Hunting
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CHRIS HOMOLAC HAS BEEN INTERESTED IN SPACE EXPLORATION FOR AS LONG AS HE CAN REMEMBER.
fter his parents took him to see October Sky, they realized his interest in space and helped by exposing him to space programs where his passion grew. While in high school he participated in Lockheed Martin’s Explorer Post Program. He had a lot of exposure to STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) growing up and credits this to his career choice of working at Lockheed Martin where he works as a Mechanical Engineer. Chris’s work on the Orion program and the flight test last December made him feel like he was part of history. Chris wants the next generation to also seek careers in STEM and to share his passion for space. He does this by volunteering at Girls Inc. of Metro Denver and has done this for the last five years. Chris volunteers two to three times a week as the unofficial lead volunteer for the Metro Denver Create the Future program. These girls are all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. He and other volunteers help to mentor these girls interested in STEM with hands-on robotics and rocket activities. It’s not an area just for boys; these young women love it just as much. Chris notes, ”they are so awesome and appreciative.” Chris has been named Youth Program Volunteer of the Year by Girls Inc. for his
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work on Lockheed Martin’s Create the Future program. Middle school and high school girls can participate in the Eurika program that continues on from the Create the Future program. The Eurika program helps to keep them interested in the space program and to move onto more advanced projects. Chris would like to follow the girls he started mentoring in Create the Future on to the Eurika program to help them continue learning about the mysteries of space. These programs are gaining in popularity. When Chris first started there were only a few girls that signed up. This year there were 150 students that signed up for Explorer Post. We need more people like Chris Homolac who are willing to give their time to mentor this next generation and help to teach them about the wonders and mysteries of space and different engineering fields and to keep them wanting to learn more. If you would like to volunteer with Girls Inc. of Metro Denver you may reach out to Chris via firstname.lastname@example.org or Emily Brisnehan, emily.w.brisnehan@ lmco.com
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find more online
Winter BINGE - WORTHY TELEVISION Making A Murderer - Netflix
This documentary began filming in 2003 when a man was released from prison after 18 years for a crime he did not commit. While filming his life after prison, the documentary takes an unexpected turn when the man is accused of murder.
JANUARY NEW YEAR’S DAY Friday, 01/01/16 Observed on the first day of the year, in pre-Christian Rome under the Julian calendar, the day was dedicated to Janus, god of gateways and beginnings, for whom January is also named.
PODCAST Serial - Season 2
Like the above television show, Serial is a “True Crime” investigation. The first season was one of the most popular podcasts of all time and if you haven’t listened to the first season then we highly recommend listening to both. Season 2 is the story of Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier who walked off his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured and held by the Taliban for nearly five years. There has been a lot of media covereage about this case and Serial takes on the investigation in a way that will have you listening for hours at a time.
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY Monday, 01/18/16 An American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King’s birthday, January 15. King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968.
MOVIES Rewatch the original Star Wars - Episodes IV, V & VI
With the December release of Star Wars - Episode VII it is a great time to binge-watch the original Star Wars movies to reacclimate yourself with what made the space world crazed in the first place!
Why not skip the expensive boxed chocolates and spend time making homemade sweets for your sweetie? The thoughtfulness and time spent will far outweigh the price tag on the box. Check out our recipes for holiday sweets to get you started!
NATIONAL WEAR-RED DAY Friday, 02/05/16 SUPER BOWL Sunday, 02/07/16
ASH WEDNESDAY Wednesday, 02/10/16 VALENTINE’S DAY Sunday, 02/14/16 PRESIDENT’S DAY Monday, 02/15/16 LEAP YEAR Monday, 02/29/16
HOMEMADE SWEET TREATS
GROUNDHOG DAY Tuesday, 02/02/16
MARDI GRAS Tuesday, 02/07/16
MARCH DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS Sunday, 03/14/16 Set your clocks ahead 1 hour ST. PATRICK’S DAY Thursday, 03/17/16 SPRING BEGINS Sunday, 03/20/16 GOOD FRIDAY Friday, 03/25/16 EASTER Sunday, 03/27/16
READY FOR WINTER Add these reminders to your seasonal to-do list: Clean windows to allow more sunlight through and help beat the winter blues.
Check closets for unwanted clothing or coats and donate to your local charity. Clean and restock birdfeeders regularly while food is scarce during the winter. Schedule yearly doctors appointments and talk about health goals. Check fire extinguishers, batteries and supplies in your vehicle emergency kit.
Birthstone: Amethyst Save all the Christmas and picture cards you receive over the holidays - punch holes in a corner and add a ring to keep them together - a great coffee table book for the holidays! VOL. 3 | ISSUE 4
OUT&ABOUT VINYL DREAMING
The Comeback of VINYL ANYONE BORN BEFORE 1980 CAN DUST OFF THEIR RECORD PLAYERS AND REJOICE, ”VINYL IS BACK, BABY!” ON SECOND THOUGHT, MAYBE BACK IS A STRONG WORD, BUT IN TODAY’S WORLD OF DIGITAL MEDIA, VINYL HAS MANAGED TO INCREASE IN SALES WHILE OTHER NON-STREAMING FORMATS SUCH AS CDS LOSE STEAM. IN 2015, SALES OF VINYL RECORDS WERE UP OVER 50%! W H Y T H E I N C R E A S E | Increases can be attributed to a few different factors. One, a younger generation that never experienced the record player have started to turn to the nostalgic charm of vinyl for their music purchases. Call it a need for contradiction, but many appreciate the feel of something in their hands, rather than just streaming music. Another reason is the musicians. More and more musicians and major record labels are releasing new music on vinyl, as well as re-releasing many of the classics. D O N ’ T T H R O W A W AY T H AT C O L L E C T I O N | With the new found surge in record popularity, collectors and vinyl enthusiasts are getting back in the game as well. Used record stores and internet dealers are most efficient for finding those vintage albums that remind you of decades past. It has become easier than ever to buy a new record player, sleek and modernized for today’s lifestyle. S TA R T A N E W C O L L E C T I O N | There are many stores throughout the Front Range that have a great selection of vinyl. From classic rock to jazz and new releases, you can find about anything if you are willing to flip through the stacks. Here are some of our favorite stops: B L A C K A N D R E A D | Arvada T W I S T A N D S H O U T | Denver B I Z A R R E B A Z A A R | Fort Collins R O C K ” N ” R O B I N S | Fort Collins B O G E Y ’ S W E S T | Castle Rock A B S O L U T E V I N Y L R E C O R D S & S T E R E O | Boulder VOL. 3 | ISSUE 4
OUT&ABOUT FOODIE PROFILE
SWITCHBACK S M O K E H O U S E sits quietly alongside
BEAR CREEK on HWY 74 in KITTREDGE, CO. So close that while enjoying a brew, food and live music on the exterior deck you may just feel the occasional spray of fresh mountain water. So quietly, that if you get caught watching the regular deer cross the road in front of you, you may just miss it altogether. Whether passing through to Evergreen or making a special trip, this little restaurant is bringing DONâ€™T-MISS-IT, big smokehouse flavor to an ideal indooroutdoor space; epitomizing what true mountain living and eating is all about: PURE and SATISFYING HAPPINESS. CHEF ZACH house-cures and smokes succulent delights like BRISKET, PORK, CHICKEN, DUCK, TURKEY, BACON AND SAUSAGES. In addition to butcher-shop-style cuts by the quarter pound, hand crafted sandwiches are piled high with tender, juicy meats and served with a SWITCHBACK STANDARD barbeque sauce that may just be the best in Denver. If you find yourself craving a carnivorous feast of smoky flavor and laid back style this spring and summer, then it would be in your best interest to stop in and see for yourself how a star chef and two Michigan-born, Colorado transplants are doing something DOWN-RIGHT ADDICTIVE in the rugged Rocky Mountains. SWITCHBACK SMOKEHOUSE can be found at SwitchbackSmokehouse.com or call 303-200-0878. Currently open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11am9pm, be sure to check back for warm weather hours, where live music, deck dining and cold Colorado brews make for a damn good afternoon, any day of the week. VOL. 3 | ISSUE 4
THE LEGEND OF
Punxsutawney Phil Celebrated since 1886, Groundhog Day is February 2nd in Punxsutawney, Pennysylvania. Each year, at Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his burrow after a long winter of sleep to look for his shadow and predict the weather for the rest of the winter. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow there will be an early spring. The only true forecasting groundhog, Phil is over 125 years old and gains his longevity from drinking the Elixir Of Life, a secret recipe. Phil takes one sip every summer at the Groundhog picnic and it magically gives him seven more years of life. Punxsutawney held its first
Groundhog Day in the 1800’s. The first official trek to Gobbler’s Knob was made on February 2, 1887. So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. The average groudhog is 20 inches long and weighs about 12-15 pounds. Groundhogs are covered with coarse grayish hairs (fur) tipped with brown. They have short ears, short legs and a short tail and are very quick. They have very strong jaws and will whistle when he is alarmed. Groundhogs are one of the few animals that actually hibernate. A normal life span is 6-8 years, except for Punxsatawney Phil! His magical elixir allows him to live on! Thanks to the Punxsutawney Ground Hog Club for this legendary information! 21
Warm & Toasty
WHEN ITâ€™S TIME TO ADD SOME LIQUOR TO THAT DRINK: An artistic street view of toast; our favorite neighborhood liquor stop. Donâ€™t let the small size fool you: what they lack in space they make up for big in selection, quality and customer service. A place where they will remember your name and what you like? Cheers! Visit them at 3828 W 23rd Avenue.
HOT BEVERAGES TO GET YOU THROUGH COLD WINTER NIGHTS ON THE FRONT RANGE.
MEXICAN HOT CHOCOLATE
LIGHT NUTELLA EGGNOG
serves 4 1 (13.5 ounce) can coconut milk 1 cup water 1/4 cup cacao powder 1/4 cup agave nectar or honey 20 drops vanilla stevia 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1/4 tsp. chili powder dash cayenne pepper dash celtic sea salt
serves 6 1 1/2 cups 1% milk 1/4 cup light cream 2 eggs 1 egg yolk 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon cornstarch or flour 1 vanilla bean 2 tablespoons Nutella hazlenut spread 1/4 cup spiced rum
Puree milk, water, cacao powder and agave on high until smooth. Blend in stevia, vanilla, cinnamon, chili, cayenne and salt. Heat mixture in a saucepan until warm. Top with whipped cream.
SOOTHING CHAI serves 4 6 cups water 2 cinnamon sticks 4 cloves 1 inch piece ginger, sliced 8 pods cardamom 6 whole peppercorns 1 bag peppermint tea (or 1 Tbsp loose leaf) Combine all ingredients in stove-top pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, turn heat down and simmer 15 minutes. Strain into mugs.
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Heat milk in a medium size saucepan. Cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Add the pods and seeds to the milk, bring to a simmer and let thicken, about 6 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk eggs, egg yolk, sugar and flour/cornstarch together until fully mixed. Once milk mixture has thickened, add it to the bowl of egg mixture. Carefully whisk them together. Immediately pour the egg/milk mixture back into the saucepan. Let simmer again until thick, stirring constantly, until mixture sticks to the back of a spoon, or about 6-8 minutes. Once thickened, remove from the heat and stir in the cream to stop the cooking. Whisk in the Nutella until fully mixed. Place eggnog on an ice bath, whisking constantly until cooled. Once chilled, whisk in rum and serve!
WINTER LEMONADE 1 cinnamon stick 1 lemon 1 tablespoon of honey (per glass) Heat a glass of water to the boiling point. Cut the lemon into thin slices. Using the cinnamon stick as a skewer, slide on each lemon slice. Then place it into the glass, crush the lemon slices a bit with a spoon, and allow to steep for 5 minutes. Stir in honey. Once you finish drinking the first glass and are ready for another, just fill it up with very hot water, let it steep again, and stir in another tablespoon of honey. The essential oils of the lemon and cinnamon will continue to be extracted all day as you refill it with hot water. A bottomless glass of Winter Lemonade!
HOT ALMOND & CREME COCOA 1cup (2 sticks) butter 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 tsp almond extract 2 cups vanilla bean ice cream, softened In a large saucepan, melt the butter, sugar, and brown sugar over medium-low heat. Add the almond extract and ice cream. Whisk until smooth. Spoon 1/3 cup of the mixture into a mug of boiling water. Stir to mix. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg or cinnamon. Regrigerate the concentrate for up to 1 week.
OUT&ABOUT STAY HEALTHY
A small 2010 study found that regular yoga practice may reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation, which can be triggered by stress, can worsen allergy attacks. These three moves will help you find relief.
MAKE IT THROUGH THE DAY
You have a cold, maybe an annoying cough. But what if you can’t call in sick and you have to be at work? These tips can help you make it through the day. •
Drink. Sip water, juice, broth, and other clear liquids all day. Staying hydrated helps your immune system fight sickness. It can also help loosen mucus and replace fluids you lose from blowing your nose. Keep a healthy supply of drinks right at your desk. BUT avoid coffee, carbonated sodas, and energy drinks. When it’s quitting time, say “no” to hot toddies; alcohol is dehydrating, too. Eat ice chips. If your throat hurts, ice chips may help with soreness and pain. Bonus: They’ll also keep you hydrated. Spray. Use a saline spray to help a stuffy nose. It helps congestion by loosening mucus and rinsing your sinuses.
CLEAR THE WAY Alleviate stuffy noses and congestion with homemade vapor rub and shower disks.
2 CUPS BAKING SODA | 2/3 CUP WATER | 15 DROPS ESSENTIAL OIL (EUCALYPTUS, ROSEMARY & LAVENDER) | MUFFIN TINS | MUFFIN LINERS *Put baking soda in a mixing bowl, add water a litte at a tme until you’ve made a thick paste, making sure they are not too dry or they will crumble. Add 15 drops of essential oils. You may also add a couple drops of food coloring if you want to make them prettier, just don’t add too much or it may stain your shower. Place the muffin liners in the tin and spread 2-3 tablespoons of the paste into each. Let dry for a couple days and then store in an airtight container to retain effectiveness
*Melt 1/4 cup beeswax in 1 cup olive oil. Add in 25 drops of peppermint essential oils and pour into small containers. Use caution wtih small children: start with half the amount of essential oil.
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Numb up. If a hacking cough is wearing you out, keep cough drops, throat spray, and over-the-counter cough suppressants at your desk. The first two can help numb and soothe a sore throat. A cough suppressant can keep that “need to cough” feeling away. Relieve your pain. Over-the-counter acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen bring down a fever and help with aches. Other over-the-counter cold remedies can be helpful, too. But you should know that while they can make you feel a bit better, they won’t shorten how long you’re sick. Some cold medicines have pain relievers in them, too, so you could accidentally take more than you need. Read labels first, and try not to use more than one medication at a time. Avoid smoke. Smoking, secondhand smoke, and other notso-fresh air can really bother your nose, throat, and lungs. Make it easier on yourself while you’re getting better.
Still sick? Call your doctor. If you’ve been sick for 7 days and you’re not getting better -- or if you’re getting worse -- it may be more than a cold. Your cold (usually caused by a virus) may have given way to a bacterial infection. Call your doctor to see if you need antibiotics to clear it up.
OUT&ABOUT SHOP TALK
Dahlia cuff, Sela short necklace and the Katra earrings all available at Dragonfly
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DRAGONFLY BOUTIQUE IS YOUR ONE-STOP FASHION SHOP FOR EVERYTHING FALL; FASHION, CANDLES, ACCESSORIES AND MORE. STOP BY AT 3615 WEST 32ND AVENUE IN THE HIGHLANDS SHOPPING DISTRICT. FOLLOW THE STORE ON INSTAGRAM AND KEEP UP WITH NEW ARRIVALS, INSPIRING OUTFIT IDEAS AND SALE ITEMS. @DRAGONFLYAPPAREL
Based in Bali, everything in the stunning Lena Bernard Jewelry line is sourced fair-trade and all materials are sustainable. The new pieces are hand-patinaed antique brass and humanely sourced antler sheds.
HANDMADE BEAUTIES A delicate crystal necklace (or bracelet)* strung on nude pink nylon cord. Each piece features a rough-cut semiprecious crystal, and 14k gold filled spring clasp. Crystals are believed to promote positive energy, and there is a crystal for every mood and occasion! Perfect for bridesmaids gifts, birthday, anniversary, friendship, etc.
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FRAY OBSESSION From skinnies to cropped straight leg styles there is a ton of the frayed hem showing for spring/summer. A new way to show the distressed trend in denim right now. We thought Mother Denim did it best in the Looker Fray or Rascal Fray.
CONSULTATION ALLISON ORR; IN-HOME CLOSET CONSULTANT
For my clients, I recommend getting a head start on the next season by prepping your closet early and planning your shopping list for the season while merchandise is just getting into stores to ensure the best slection of goods. The early spring months are the perfect time to start organizing and preparing your closet for the coming season. >>
short dresses, long sleeve tops, short sleeve tops and tanks. I keep sweaters, casual tshirts and denim folded. Take note of colors and prints that you are drawn to and silhouettes that you gravitate towards. Repetition can be a good thing in moderation - I call this an indicator of your own personal style!
DOES IT FIT? DOES IT FLATTER? DOES IT WORK FOR MY LIFESTYLE? DO I FEEL GOOD IN IT?
Pick a date for organizing your closet ahead of time - mark it on your calendar and set aside several hours to complete the process. I tell clients that your closet shoudl be a happy place within your home and should bring you feelings of joy when you enter it. Make it a priority and give it the time that it needs.
PREP WORK: write down 2-3 lifestyle categories that encompass the main categories that you dress for everyday - you will want to keep these in mind as you go through your closet to ensure you are building a wardrobe that fits your lifestyle. Look at items with a critical eye. Ask yourself: Does it fit? Does it flatter? Does it work for my lifestyle? Do I feel good in it?
Many times we attach meaning to items, however mundane that meaning may be. If it does not fit, if you do not wear it, if you feel like the piece is too complicated or if you do not feel good in it then get rid of it.
*Sentimental or heirloom items that are not in use should be stored. *Pull aside items needing repair. *Prep an area for storing heavy winter sweaters and seasonal items and pull these items out of your closet now. Make the focus on the current season. Organize in a way that makes sense to you. I personally organize based on style going from jackets and vests to maxi dresses,
Keep accessories in their own designated area. I feel that having shoes, scarves, belts and jewelry in their own space makes it easier to copmlete an outfit. Exercise the same critical eye when organizing these items and get rid of hard-to-wear, dated or unused pieces. I recently purged several pairs of gorgeous 6â€? pumps that no longer fit my daily style. Make a shopping list. What pieces are you missing that will help fill in the holes? Are there well-loved items needing replaced? Are you low on basics? Do you wear your one pair of black boots so much that it might be wise to invest in another pair or something similar in another neutral color? Keep this list in mind as you shop for the season. Set a budget and curb impulse purchases! If you purged 5 peplum style tops because you never wore them then do not succumb to a 75%-off sale luring you to buy another! Pick out your favorite trends for the season and add these to the list. Give yourself a few fun items to add to your wardrobe! Donâ€™t be afriad to invest in the classics. Spend a little more on the pieces you know are timeless and will get a lot of wear.
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TAKE NOTE OF COLORS AND PRINTS THAT YOU ARE DRAWN TO; REPETITION CAN BE GOOD IN MODERATION - IT IS AN INDICATOR OF YOUR PERSONAL STYLE!
EMAIL ALLISON AT DRAGONFLYHIGHLANDS@YAHOO.COM TO LEARN MORE AND SCHEDULE YOUR PERSONAL CLOSET CONSULTATION 29
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HOMEMADE BLISS A relaxing bath is always appreciated, especially when it comes with homemade bath salts and quiet time to themselves! Go above and beyond by serving your sweetie the homemade chocolate raspberry truffle bites and a nice glass of champagne to create a Valentine’s Day they will remember and cherish.
BATH SALTS 2 cups Epsom salts 4 Tbsp. baking soda 6-8 drops essential oils Mix altogether and put in a pretty jar, with instructions to use approximately 1/4 cup per bath.
This Valentine’s Day, don’t give another card from the store and a box of chocolates! Something more personal and handmade is much more meaningful.
BATH BOMBS 1/2 cup cornstarch 1/4 cup Epsom salts
1 cup baking soda 1/2 cup citric acid 3/4 Tbsp. water Essential Oil (optional) 2 3/4 Tbsp. olive oil You will need something to shape your bath bombs with, like a cookie scoop or muffin tins, or any other mold you would like. Grind your salts to a very fine powder. Mix all dry ingredients together. In a seperate bowl mix up the wet ingredients. You may also add coloring to wet ingredietns if you want. Pour liquid into dry and quickly stir together so it doesn’t get bubbly. Mix to get a wet sand consistency. Pack tightly into your molds and then turn upside down onto a piece of wax paper or plate to let dry overnight. Don’t try to move them before they dry or they will crumble!
CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY Truffle Bites 1 BROWNIE MIX (PLUS INGREDIENTS) | 1 BAG CHOCOLATE KISSES 1/2 CUP SEEDLESS RASPBERRY JAM + 1/2 TSP. HOT WATER MINI CUPCAKE PAPERS Make the brownie mix according to the directions. Put mini cupcake papers into a mini cupcake pan. Fill papers with a teaspoonful of batter. Bake 8-10 minutes until soft in the middle and just barely done. While baking, unwrap the chocolate kisses and stir together the jam and hot water. Dip each chocolate kiss into the raspberry jam and gently push into each brownie when they come out of the oven. Voila! Done and delicious! If you want to make them even fancier, consider drizzling the tops with melted white chocolate. If you don’t have the mini cupcake pan you can bake the brownies in the size called for on the box and when done, dip the kisses in the jam and sit them on top of the brownies; spacing them so you can cut bite-size pieces. VOL. 3 | ISSUE 4
CELEBRATE! Celebrate Mardi Gras traditions and serve an early spring feast with these delicious menus!
EARLY SPRING FEAST
GLAZED HAM 1 5lb. ready-to-eat ham 1/4 cup whole cloves 1/4 cup dark corn syrup 2 cups honey 2/3 cup butter 1 Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Score ham and place whole cloves at the intersections where you scored it. Heat the corn syrup, honey and butter in microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds; remove and stir. If the butter is not melted put it back in for another 15 seconds until completely melted. 2 Brush glaze over ham and bake for 1 hour, 15 minutes. During last 5 minutes of baking turn on broiler to carmelize the glaze. Watch it closely so it doesnâ€™t burn. Remove from the oven and let sit 15 minutes before carving.
OVEN ROASTED ASPARAGUS 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed 3 Tbsp. olive oil 1 1/2 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
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1 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Break off the tough ends of the asparagus. Place on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, cheese, garlic and lemon juice then toss to coat the asparagus completely. Spread the asparagus in a single layer and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast the asparagus for 25 minutes, until tender but still crisp.
BACON CHEDDAR DEVILED EGGS
4 Russet potatoes, peeled, sliced thinly salt and pepper to taste 3 Tbsp. butter 3 Tbsp. all purpose flour 1/2 tsp. salt 2 cups milk 3â€? chunk Velveeta processed cheese 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
12 eggs 1/2 cup mayonnaise 4 slices bacon 2 Tbsp. finely shredded Cheddar cheese 1 Tbsp prepared mustard
1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Butter a 1 quart casserole dish. Place potatoes in dish, season with salt and pepper. In a skillet melt butter over medium-high heat; whisk in flour and 1/2 tsp. salt and whisk constantly for 1 minute.
1 Place eggs in a saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Immediately remove the pan from heat once boiling and let eggs stand in hot water for 10-12 minutes. Remove from hot water and cool. To cool more quickly, rinse eggs under cold running water.
2 Stir in milk and cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add Velveeta that has been cubed into small pieces. Let it sit for 10 minutes or until melted. Stir together. Top with shredded cheese
2 Cook bacon in a deep skillet over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Crumble and set aside. 3 Peel the hard-cooked eggs, and cut in half lengthwise. Remove yolks to a small bowl. Mash egg yolks with mayonnaise, bacon and cheese. Stir in mustard. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Fill egg whites with yolk mixture and refrigerate until serving.
3 Cover with foil and bake 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 30 minutes or until top is brown and bubbly.
OATMEAL ROLLS 2 cups boiling water 1 cup quick cooking oats 2/3 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp. white sugar 1/4 cup butter 2 tsp. salt 2 packages yeast 1 cup water 5 1/2-6 cups all purpose flour 1 To 2 cups boiling water, add 1 cup oats, 2/3 cup brown sugar, 2 Tbsp. white sugar, 1/4 cup butter and 2 tsp. salt. Mix together and let cool to room temperature. 2 Dissolve 2 packages of yeast in 1 cup warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes. Mix with oatmeal mixture. 3 Add 2 cups of flour, mix well, add another 2 cups flour and continue mixing. Add 1 cup of flour at a time, dumping the mixture onto a clean surface to knead as you mix in the flour. Add another cup of flour just until the dough is not sticky to the touch. Knead for 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl; cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until double in size, about an hour and a half. 4 Punch down the dough and shape into dinner rolls about the size of a golf ball. Cover and let rise 1 hour until doubled in size. 5 Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes until golden brown on top and bottom. 6 Immediately after removing from oven, brush tops with melted butter to keep them soft.
1 9” pie shell, baked 1 quart fresh strawberries, washed & hulled 1 cup white sugar 3 Tbsp. cornstarch 3/4 cup water 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 2 Tbsp. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs 1 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 cups white sugar 2 tsp. vanilla 2 cups flour 2 tsp. baking soda 2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. ground cinnamon 3 cups carrots, grated 1 cup chopped pecans Frosting 1/2 cup butter, softened 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 4 cups confectioners sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 1 cup chopped pecans
1 Arrange half of the berries in baked pie crust. Mash the remaining strawberries in a medium saucepan and add the sugar and cornstarch. Stir altogether; add water. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is thick. Pour over berries in pie shell. 2 Chill for several hours before serving. Whip cream until soft peaks form, add the sugar and vanilla. Beat another minute. 3 Serve pie with a dollop of whipped cream.
1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9”x13” pan. 2 In a large mixing bowl beat together eggs, oil, sugar and 2 tsp. vanilla. Mix in flour, soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir in carrots and pecans. Pour into prepared pans. Bake in a preheated oven for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting. 4 For the frosting: Mix softened butter and 8 oz. cream cheese until well blended. Slowly add powdered sugar until well mixed; add the vanilla. Spread on cooled cake; sprinkle with pecans.
CELEBRATE MARDI GRAS MARDI GRAS KING CAKE This traditional cake, made here with a rich brioche dough stuffed with a decadent cream cheese filling and drizzled with a buttermilk glaze and green, gold and purple sanding sugars.
MARDI GRAS Traditionally in the days leading up to Lent, merrymakers would binge on all the meat, eggs, milk and cheese that remained in their homes, preparing for several weeks of eating only fish and fasting. In France, the day before Ash Wednesday came to be known as Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. Dating back several thousand years as a Christian holiday, Mardi Gras is also known as Carnival and is mainly celebrated in countries with large Roman Catholic populations. The celebration begins the day before Lent and draws thousands of tourists to New Orleans every year. Louisiana is the only state that claims Mardi Gras as a legal holiday. The official colors of Mardi Gras are purple, gold and green. The color of the beads was determined by the king of the first daytime Carnival in 1872. He wanted the colors to be royal; purple was for justice, green was for faith and gold was for power. The king’s idea was to toss the color of bead to the
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person he thought exhibited the colors’ meaning; but the beads were made of glass and weren’t ideal for tossing. After someone decided plastic beads would be better, it became a tradition to toss beads at festivities in New Orleans. When people think of Mardi Gras and bead throwing they relate it to rowdy behavior! This started when men would demand that women show them a body part in exchange for beads. However, many of the long time Mardi Gras attendees will tell you this happens mainly in the French Quarter and not along the parade route! A new king is crowned every year in New Orleans. The Rex Organization chooses a prominent citizen in New Orleans to reign over the festivities. He is given the symbolic Key to the City by the Mayor. Another tradition of Mardi Gras is the handing out of Zulu Coconuts. Known for handing out Zulu coconuts or golden nuggets, at first they handed them out in their original hairy state, but later Zulu members started painting them. One of the most sought after traditions is receiving a Zulu Coconut during Mardi Gras.
1 1/4 oz package active dry yeast 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup milk 2 Tbsp light brown sugar 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 egg 1egg yolk 2 3/4 cup flour 3/4 tsp. kosher salt 8 Tbsp. softened butter 1 lb. cream cheese 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup chopped pecans 2 Tbsp maple syrup 2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1/2 tsp. lemon zest 2 cups confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup buttermilk green, purple & yellow sanding sugar 1 Make the dough: In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a hook, combine yeast, 1/2 tsp. sugar and 1/4 cup warm (115 degrees) water. Stir to combine and let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add remaining sugar, milk, light brown sugar, vanilla, egg and egg yolk. Beat on low speed until thoroughly combined, 1 minute. Turn mixer off and add flour and salt. Mix on medium speed until the dough just comes together. Turn mixer speed to high and knead dough for 4 minutes. Add the buter and continue kneading until dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, about 6 minutes. Remove bowl from mixer, cover with plastic wrap, and let sit until doubled in size, 1 1/2 - 2 hours. 2 Meanwhile, make the filling: Combine cream cheese, brown sugar, pecans, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt and zest in a large bowl and beat on medium speed of a hand mixer until combined; set aside. 3 Punch down dough and turn it out onto a heavily floured surface. Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough into a large circle, about 1/4” thick. Cut a hole in the center of the circle and pull with your fingers to widen. Place dollops of
filling evenly around the circle, half way between the outer edge and inner hole. Drape outside edges over filling and continue rolling outside inward until filling is covered, widening inner hole as needed, until dough covers the seam. Transfer rolled dough circle to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet; cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 1 hour. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Uncover cake and bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely. 4 Make the icing: Whisk together the sugar and buttermilk in a small bowl until smooth. Transfer king cake to a cutting board or serving platter; spread icing evenly over the top of the cake and sprinkle evenly with sanding sugars.
CAJUN CRAB CROQUETTES & ZESTY REMOULADE Crab cakes get a Louisiana spin with cajun spice and corn. Although any type of crab works here, we prefer the texture of lump
crabmeat. Serve them with the zesty remoulade; a lighter, easy version of the classic mayonnaise-based seafood sauce. 3 tsp. canola oil, divided 1 small onion, finely diced 1/2 cup finely diced green bell pepper 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed 1 1/2 tsp. Cajun seasoning, divided 1 lb. pasteurized crabmeat 1 large egg white 3/4 cup plain breadcrumbs, divided 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise 1/2 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest Remoulade 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise 2 Tbsp reduced-fat sour cream 2 scallions, finely chopped 2 tsp. chopped, rinsed capers 1 Tbsp dijon mustard 1 Tbsp sweet relish 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper 1 Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
2 Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, corn and 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are softened, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Let cool for 5 minutes. Add crab, egg white, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, mayonnaise and lemon zest. Mix well. 3 Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions (about 1/2 cup each). Form each portion into an oblong patty that’s about 4” x 2”. Place on the eprepared baking sheet. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, 1/2 teaspoon cajun seasoning and 2 teaspoons oil in a small bowl. Sprinkle 1 heaping teaspoon of the breadcrumb mixture over the top of each croquette, then gently press it on. 4 Bake the croquettes until heated through and golden brown on top, about 20 minutes. 5 Zesty sauce: combine mayonnaise, sour cream, scallions, capers, mustard, relish and pepper in a small bowl.
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ZZnta ZZ of FORT COLLINS Zonta is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Envisioning a world in which womenâ€™s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. In such a world, every woman is literate and has access to education,
healthcare, legal and economic resources on an equal basis with men. In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence. Patti Smith and Rachael Lynn Davis shared their great passion and local plans for recognizing this worldwide organization. Zonta Club of Fort Collinsâ€™ mission is to work to create equal gender opportunity for women and girls worldwide and to create safe havens globally and locally. >> 39
ort Collins will soon have an exhibit featuring the women of Zonta from the Fort Collins area. Her Legacy: Women of Fort Collins recognizes amazing women with ties to Fort collins. These women have contributed to the fabric of our community by inspiring us to follow our hearts passions, by overcoming obstacles with courage and grace, by leading by example as role models, their devotion towards service wtihin the community and for opening new frontiers for women and society at large as visionaries of change. Recognizing 48 women, the exhibit will be installed as a permanent Art in Public Places in Fort Collins. The prints will be digitally rendered onto grafiti-protected laminate panels and installed in the large windows on the north end of CooperSmith’s Pub in Old Town, Fort Collins. Rachael Davis has been selected as the artist to complete 48 portraits for Her Legacy: Women of Fort Collins exhibit. Rachael is a recent graduate of Colorado State University. She is an active, professional artist and educator living in Fort Collins with her seven year old daughter Claire. Her work has been recognized nationally and regionally. Rachael is also the drawing instructor for Rocky Mountin College of Art + Design in Denver as well as Front Range Community College Larimer campus. She has received awards for her work and is currently acting as the Interim Director of Gallery 970 in Loveland. Rachael is employing the timeless art of woodcut prints as the medium and process of each portrait. This woodcut process is a 6-color reduction relief, where each color is the result of a portion of the woodblock being cut away to reveal the next shape and section of color. It is a time intensive, hands on process that creates unique fine art prints that are sensitively constructed, vibrant and exclusive artist proofs. Each piece takes approximately 30 hours. The exhibit will become a traveling gallery as it is incorporated into an educational piece that will travel to museums and classrooms around Colorado. Poudre School District is considering creating a curriculum that highlights these women’s lives including their written and oral stories. The fine art prints will serve as a powerful visual component in education that includes Fort Collins history, promotion of arts through entrepreneurship and social engagement. Also to inspire women and girls in their own innate potential and possibility as they learn from each woman’s life journey. The Arlene Davy Scholarship is provided to single mothers each year to help them complete their education. There are two other scholarships for young women that provide potential additional financial awards through the Zonta International Award Program. YWPA (Young Women of Public Affairs) for young women age 16-19 in high school, who give back to young girls in their community.
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Jane M Klausman is for college - aged women from sophomore year and up who have plans to complete their education in business, communication and other business related professions that provide them an opportunity to impact the lives of women and girls globally and locally. The Zonta Club of Fort Collins has several programs that support high school-aged young women within their service projects. Recognizing four young women at each Poudre High School and Rocky Mountain High School during March’s Women’s Recognition week. The applicants are celebrated at a recognition event at each respective high school and are presented a yellow rose, a certificate of recognition and a verbal recognition of why they were nominated. Teachers, parents and counselors are in attendance. The students pictures are sent to the Coloradoan for publication and further recognition. A Global Women’s healthcare Birthing Kit project is shared each year with high school student Health Science Technology Education programs. A young woman who came home after visiting Uguanda told her mother somethiing had to be done to help these women giving birth. They started Pink Humanity in Loveland. Zonta partners up with Pink Humanity is making birthing kits to send to Uguanda. Students are introduced to global healthcare issues and help put together birthing kits. These birthing kits are comprised of the following: a 3’x3’ sheet of black plastic, gauze pads, gloves, small bar of soap, strings to tie off the umbilical cord and a razor blade to cut the umbilical cord. If the mothers arrive at a health clinic in many areas of Africa without a sheet of black plastic, they are turned away to deliver where ever their body decides to deliver the baby. Zonta partners with a local non-profit in Loveland, CO called ThinkHumanity.org who takes these birthing kits to the health clinics they have built and support in Uguandan Refugee camps. The Zonta Club of Fort Collins completed their 1000th birthing kits with the help of Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce, making 400 kits in 2015. Zonta Z International Leadership Club has been initiated at Poudre High School. There are nineteen very talented
featured here is one of Rachael’s profile artworks, another is on page 43; for more information on Rachael’s work visit rachaelynndavis.com
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GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS WORLDS OF OPPORTUNITY More than 98,000 graduates and counting since 1955. The Class of 2015 earned more than $58 million in scholarships. The Cherry Creek School District is one of just 10 school districts in Colorado to make the College Board’s 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP® course work while at the same time maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement Exams.
This club will introduce high school members to leadership skills that they will demonstrate as they plan and facilitate both local service projects as well as projects affecting girls in other countries. Zonta of Fort Collins distributes yellow roses during the week of March 8th which is International Women’s Recognition day.3 They sell a long stemmed yellow rose, attach a nice postcard with the reason it is being given by a family, friend or colleague. March of 2015 Zonta of Fort Collins delivered 245 yellow roses to unsuspecting women in the area. The Zonta Club of Fort Collins also provides advocacy (education) programs in Fort Collins each odd year in November addressing the needs to create awareness about domestic violence against women, human and sex trafficking that occurs within our cities. DO YOU WANT TO HELP? Open Stage Theatre & Company is presenting Outside Mullingar, a romantic comedy tale of Anthony Reilly and Rosemary Muldoon. All ticket sales for the January 8, 2016 performance will be donated to Her Legacy. Tickets for the show are $30.00 and may be purchased at HerLegacyZontaFC.com. Support single mothers by purchasing a Kind Deed Calendar Journal as a gift for others. A portion of the proceeds go to the Zonta Club of Fort Collins Foundation in support of single Mother Scholarships to help them complete their education and for single mother artists. If you have questions please call 970988-8529. The calendars are $16.95.
America’s Best Employers. Forbes business magazine has named the Cherry Creek School District one of the 2015 Best Employers. Cherry Creek Schools has the third most National Board Certified Teachers in Colorado. Cherry Creek Schools offers opportunities for high school students to participate in 22 Colorado High School Activities Association sanctioned sports and four team sports at Cherry Creek middle schools. The programs have garnered 187 Team State Championships and 235 Individual Champions in just the past 14 years. The Cherry Creek School District has been honored by the Association of School Business Officials International as one of only 23 school districts nationwide to receive the Meritorious Budget Certificate of Excellence for at least 16 consecutive years. The award recognizes school entities that demonstrate excellence and transparency in school budget presentation.
“All children deserve a great school in their neighborhood, one they can walk or ride the bus to with their friends. These friendships between children and their families unite communities and make them stronger.”
Dr. Harry Bull, Superintendent
Have these women inspired you? Would you like to become a member and participate in Zonta? Zonta of Fort Collins welcomes donations to become a sponsor and help fund Her Legacy: Women of Fort Collins. Find them online at ZontaFCevent.com or Facebook.com/ZontaFortCollins. Please contact Patti Smith, RN Membership Chair with any questions: 970-988-8529.
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We all have the â€?winter rutâ€? when it comes to our workouts. The treadmill has lost its appeal and the gym can become too packed for comfort at the first of the year. Break free of the winter workout blues and get outdoors every once in awhile. Working out outside in the winter is a great way to clear your head, soak up some vitamin D and add some interest back into your workout routine. Plan your workout carefully to enjoy the great outdoors safely before spring returns.
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1. WEAR LAYERS | You can always shed a layer if needed, but making sure you are protected from the elements is important. The layers you wear is also important, the layer that touches your skin should be a lightweight synthetic or a similar fabric which will draw sweat away from your body. The next layer should be warmer, such as a fleece jacket, for insulation. If there happens to be precipitation then an additional layer of waterproof fabric may be warranted. 2. CHECK THE WEATHER | Some days will be off-limits for exercising outdoors. Use common sense when it comes to temperature, chances of frostbite increase dramatically if temperatures fall below 5 degrees fahrenheit. At these temperatures, an indoor activity is your best bet. Also keep in mind the wind chill; while it might feel fine right outside the door, the windchill may be significantly worse in open areas. 3. SUNSCREEN | Skiers and snowboarders will all tell you the importance of sunscreen in the winter. It is as easy to get sunburned in the winter as it is in the summer. Snow and high altitudes only increase this risk. Be sure to use sunscreen and lipbalm that contains protection. 4. DRINK FLUIDS | Just like a sunburn, it is just as easy to become dehydrated in the winter as it is in the summer. Drink plenty of liquids before, during and after your workout. You may not feel as thirsty, but it is always crucial to stay hydrated when working out. 5. CHECK IN | Be sure someone knows you are heading out for a workout and when to expect you back. Let them know the routes you will be taking. 6. USE GOOD JUDGEMENT | Above all else, use good judgement when working out in winter weather conditions. If the weather looks like it might get bad, donâ€™t go. If you feel yourself getting too cold (or hot) head back.
WELCOME HOME PATTERN TRENDS
Bold PATTERNS FOR WINTER Long gone are the days of burgundy, brown, yellow and orange. If you are looking to change your color scheme with the seasons, winter is an excellent time to incorporate soft icy blues, pops of holiday red, snowflake patterns and bold, oversized graphics in soft whites and greys. Add them as temporary artwork prints, pillows, throws, or if youâ€™re really going big: wallpaper or wall color.
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WELCOME HOME MAKING THE DREAM OF HOME OWNERSHIP A REALITY.
FRESHEN UP YOUR SPACE THE 6 STEPS TO BUYING A HOME INVEST IN A REAL ESTATE BROKER THE ART OF HOUSE HUNTING 49
WELCOME HOME FRESHEN UP YOUR SPACE
A few pantry items are all that’s necessary to leave your home looking and smelling great for the new year. BY KIMBA ORR VINEGAR •
To clean bathtubs and shower doors, heat 1/2 cup of white vinegar in the microwave until hot. Pour the vinegar into an empty spray bottle and add 1/2 cup of dish soap. Shake gently to combine. Spray mixture onto bathtub or shower surfaces and allow to set for 1-2 hours. Wipe surfaces clean then rinse with water. Try adding the mixture to a handheld scrubber that holds soap in the handle. Leave the filled scrubber in the shower for easy access and a sparkling shower!
For a non-toxic, fume-free oven cleaner mix 4 tablespoons of vinegar, 5 tablespoons of baking soda and 3 drops of liquid dish soap into a paste. Coat the oven with the paste and let set for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes scrub and wipe the oven clean of any remaining residue.
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE •
Use hydrogen peroxide to wipe down the inside of the refigerator to get rid of lingering odors. Hydrogen peroxide is non-toxic and leaves surfaces smelling fresh and clean!
For a sanitizing boost in the dishwasher, add 2 ounces of hydrogen peroxide in with regular dishwashing detergent.
Clean cutting boards and countertops by spraying hydrogen peroxide directly onto surfaces. Allow to bubble up for a few minutes then scrub and rinse.
To sanitize and deodorize kitchen sponges, soak them in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water for 10 minutes and rinse.
Remove baked-on residue from cookie sheets by combining hydrogen peroxide and just enough baking soda to make a paste. Rub onto surface of cookie sheets, let set for 30 minutes, then rinse clean.
Brighten dingy hard-wood floors by mopping with a mixture of 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and one gallon of hot water. It is safe on any type of hard-wood floors and there is no need to rinse.
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freshen up your
The holidays are over and the urge to get our homes back in order starts to take over. This is a great time for deep cleaning individual rooms in your home. Start with one room at a time and keep up with a daily cleaning schedule to keep your home clean through spring! BY KIMBA ORR
tart the new year with a freshly deep-cleaned bedroom. Need a little incentive? Many stores have white sales after the holidays, for bedding, pillows and towels. This is a great time to invest in a new set of sheets for yourself or a guest bed. What better reason to clean than to sink into new sheets that night? Start by washing any new bedding or pillows you have purchased. Wash any existing pillows as well as blankets and comforters. Re-arrange the furniture and vacuum as you move things around. Wipe down the walls that you can’t normally reach and all sides of the furniture. If you have a ceiling fan don’t forget to clean it before you vacuum! You may even want to shampoo carpets or at least spot clean the more soiled areas. Wash the curtains according to the manufacturers directions. Blinds need to be dusted off and cleaned with a mild soap and water solution. You can use a dusting attachment on your vacuum to clean shades. Don’t forget to wash the windows! If it is too cold to wash the exteriors you can save that until spring. Now that everything is clean put it all back! A good tip for storing sheets is to place each set inside one of its pillow cases and group them by bedroom. Stack on shelves and use the set on top, putting the sheets you just laundered on the bottom, keeping them rotated.
DAILY CLEANING SCHEDULE BEDROOM MAKE THE BED PICK UP CLOTHES STRAIGHTEN THE NIGHTSTAND
HOMEMADE AIR FRESHENER RECIPES
BATHROOM WIPE THE SINK BASINS CLEAN SPOTS FROM MIRRORS & FAUCETS WIPE TOILET WITH DISINFECTANT SPRAY SHOWER & TUB WITH DAILY CLEANER REPLACE DIRTY TOWELS START A LOAD OF LAUNDRY
KITCHEN EMPTY THE DISHWASHER EMPTY SINK & SCRUB PICK UP CLUTTER ON COUNTERS WIPE DOWN COUNTERS & APPLIANCE FRONTS WIPE SPLATTERS OF FOOD FROM FLOOR SET OUT A CLEAN DISH TOWEL MICROWAVE WET KITCHEN SPONGE FOR 1 MIN. SWEEP FLOOR
1.5 oz distilled water 1.5 oz. cheap vodka 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oils
1 cup water 1 cup white vinegar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 4 whole cloves
LIVING ROOM STRAIGHTEN ALL PILLOWS & BLANKETS WIPE AWAY CRUMBS & FINGERPRINTS CHECK THE FLOOR & USE A VACUUM SPRAY A HOMEMADE AIR FRESHENER
2 cups hot water 1/8 cup baking soda 1/2 cup lemon juice
THE 6 STEPS TO BUYING A HOME & WHY YOU NEED A REAL ESTATE AGENT With the purchase of real estate being one of the biggest financial transactions most people will experience in their lifetime, why not let a professional with years of experience and knowledge help you on this exciting journey!
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DECIDING TO BUY
MAKING AN OFFER
WITH AN AGENT: The housing market is tricky. Real estate agents can help you to navigate foreclosures, short sales, tight lending standards and a whole host of other issues.
WITH AN AGENT: Good real estate agents are experienced negotiators, able to help you complete a real estate transaction that involves a win-win price, transaction details like time lines, closing dates, financing details and other important information that fits your specific situation.
WITHOUT AN AGENT: The weight is on your shoulders. Thanks to the internet, it can be done, but be prepared to dedicate many hours a week to your search and home-buying process.
FINANCING YOUR HOME WITH AN AGENT: A good agent will already have a contact with local lenders. They can help you find a reputable local lender who will provide good service and act in your best interest. WITHOUT AN AGENT: It’s you against the financial world as you sift through different lenders looking for the best deal.
FINDING YOUR NEW HOME
WITHOUT AN AGENT: Prepare to roll with the punches! Not everything is as easy as what’s portrayed on HGTV; and if you get in a bidding war with another buyer, things could get messy, fast!
DUE DILLIGENCE & INSPECTIONS WITH AN AGENT: The initial agreement is only the beginning of the process. Appraisals, inspection and financing all pose as possible pitfalls in a real estate transaction. An agent can deal with any complications in a professional, unemotional way, resolving issues and moving a transaction smoothly into closing. WITHOUT AN AGENT: Buying and selling a home requires a staggering amount of paperwork, not to mention all the un-forseeables that often arise. The process can often become an emotional, draining and discouraging process and experience.
WITH AN AGENT: Locating your dream home is an agent’s role in their professional life. They have the contacts, the databases of homes and the know-how to get things done. An experienced real estate agent will have up-to-date information on what is happening in the marketplace; including pricing, financial terms and trends in the market.
WITHOUT AN AGENT: Prepare to be very organized in your home search. This includes keeping track of locations, prices, bedrooms, baths, likes and dislikes, visit dates and other details. Not to mention keeping all this information handy as you move from home to home.
WITHOUT AN AGENT: Most homebuyers don’t know anything about title insurance, fees or the daunting amount of paperwork.
WITH AN AGENT: An experienced agent will understand the closing paperwork and knows what to expect in regards to closing costs, title insurance, pro-rations and other fees that surface at closing time.
I NVEST I N A R EAL E STATE BROKER There has been much ado in the Denver press about a real estate firm charging commissions that are a set, or flat, amount instead of charging commissions based on a percentage of the home’s selling price. To use an overused phrase…..this flap is much ado about nothing. It is more important to carefully choose a broker based on individual circumstances than it is to minimize commissions.
10% commission rate instead of the more common 6% commission. BUYERS CHOOSE THEIR BROKER CAREFULLY Buyers must also be diligent in the selection of a broker. However, it is even more complicated for buyers to compare the value of their broker with the amount of
SELLERS CHOOSE THEIR BROKER CAREFULLY Hands down….the most important decision of a home seller is the selection of a broker. Sellers choosing the cheapest broker in town are likely to receive less professional service. Sellers choosing the most expensive broker in town are likely to receive more professional service.
Sellers’ individual circumstances should determine how much they pay their broker. A broker should provide more value to a seller than the amount of commission expense. In other words, broker commissions should be viewed as an investment. Before hiring a broker, sellers should thoroughly evaluate the broker prospect. This evaluation includes identifying the value provided by a broker prospect and analyzing to determine if the broker provides more value than the amount of commission paid to the broker. This is not an easy or precise analysis, but it is important to make the effort. In difficult or unusual circumstance, it could very well be that your broker is worth a
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SELLERS CHOOSING FLAT COMMISSIONS The most important analysis made by sellers is the comparison of brokers’ value to amount of commissions paid. The manner in which commissions are calculated is less important. However, flat commissions could be a factor in this analysis because, when more money is involved, then more broker attention is required. The sale of a $1,000,000 property demands more attention than the sale of a $100,000 property, but brokers are paid the same for each transaction if a flat brokerage commission is charged. This “attention” factor promotes a calculation of commissions based on a percentage of the purchase price. HOMES ARE NOT COMMODITIES If all homes become uniformly valued and uniformly maintained in uniform neighborhoods, then homes would become commodities without any requirement for professional real estate brokers. However, this has not, and (hopefully) will not, happen. It is for this reason that the services of brokers are required and it is for this reason that buyers and sellers should carefully analyze their investment in brokerage commissions.
Because most sellers are not experts in real estate, it makes sense for most to choose an experienced and knowledgeable broker willing to provide more professional advice and service. It follows that these types of brokers will likely charge more for their services. For the relatively few sellers with real estate expertise, it makes sense for them to choose a broker whose role is limited to coordinating the transaction. These types of broker are more like clerks and likely charge less for their services.
brokers increase the price of a home, it is more likely that a carefully chosen buyers’ broker will bring more value to buyers than the amount of commissions.
commission expense because the buyers are not a part of the commission setting process. Sellers enter into an agreement with their brokers which identifies the amount of commissions paid……the sellers’ brokers then enter into an agreement with the buyers’ brokers identifying the commission split to be paid by the sellers’ brokers to the buyers’ brokers. Adding to the confusion is the fact that each property may have a different commission amount and commission split. The difficulty that buyers encounter when comparing the value of a broker with the commission paid to the broker makes it even more important for buyers to research brokers’ references, experience and character. Although some may argue that the amount of commissions paid to buyers’
ALL BROKERS ARE NOT THE SAME If all brokers had the same experience and the same qualifications with knowledge of the same neighborhoods, then selection of brokers would be easy and determining the value of brokers would be simple. Obviously, the idea that all brokers could be the same is absurd and reinforces the need for home sellers and buyers to compensate their broker based on the value of their professional services. LET COMMON SENSE PREVAIL Some very specialized or very capable attorneys charge $1,000 per hour and other attorneys charge $100 per hour. Legal clients must evaluate to determine what level of services their legal circumstances require. Selection of real estate brokers is no different. A commission payment to a carefully selected broker is a good investment!
WELCOME HOME LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Figure out what city and neighborhood you want to live in. Look for signs of economic vitality: a mixture of young families and older couples, low unemployment and good incomes. Pay special attention to districts with good schools, even if you don’t have school-age children. When it comes time to sell, a strong school system is a major advantage in helping your home retain or gain value. Also try to get an idea about the real estate market in the area. If homes are selling close to or even above the asking price, that shows the area is desirable.
STAY ORGANIZED When you start touring homes, bring a notebook and a digital camera to help you remember details. Your real estate agent should supply you with a description of each house and the lot it sets on, the property tax assessment and the asking price. Your camera and notebook are there to record other details, ranging from the cost of heating to the view out the master bedroom window.
BE FLEXIBLE If you’re able, consider doing your house hunt in the off-season; generally in the colder months of the year. You’ll have less competition and sellers may be more willing to negotiate. Be wary of choosing search criteria that is too restrictive. Perhaps you select a price range 10% above and 10% below your true range. Add a 10mile cushion to the location you specify. If you’re a first-time buyer, pay special attention to condominiums and cooperatives, or co-ops. Condos generally sell for 15-20% less than the cost of comparable detached homes in the same neighborhood, giving you more space for your money. Don’t automatically reject a house just because it doesn’t measure up to your desires, either in features or price. You can always add a deck or update the kitchen. Since the asking price is just a starting point for negotiation, you will be making offers and counteroffers as both parties seek an acceptable price.
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