Blog :: 11-2017

Thanksgiving Gratitude Scavenger Hunt


Thanksgiving will be here in just a few days and  we’ve got you covered with this entertaining idea.


This gratitude photo scavenger hunt is a fun way to recognize the small stuff and big blessings in life.          

1. Divide into small groups (2-4 people). Each group needs a digital camera or camera phone.

2. Determine time limits and boundaries (can people drive? do they have to stay on particular streets?) for getting photos.

3. Photos don’t have to be taken in order. Circle or check off ones completed.

4. When time is up, gather and share photos.

5. Feel blessed!

Click here to print a PDF version of the Scavenger Hunt




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    Tasty Thanksgiving Cider Drink Recipes

    Here are a couple of simple apple cider drinks to enjoy with your Thanksgiving dinner. 



    Total Time: 4:05    Prep: 0:05    Level: Easy    Serves: 8




    64 oz. apple cider

    6 chai tea bags

    2 Cinnamon sticks

    1 vanilla bean, split

    1/4 c. lemon juice

    Apple sticks, for serving

    Cinnamon sticks for serving

    Directions: Combine apple cider, chai tea bags, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla bean in slow cooker. Cook on low 3 to 4 hours. Discard tea bags; stir in lemon juice. Serve warm with apple slices. Slow Cooker Apple Cider Recipe Online





    Prep: 5 minutes    Total: 5 minutes    Yield: 6 glasses





    2 cups apple cider

    1 bottle champagne

    cinnamon sugar for rim

    Directions: Fill shallow plate with cinnamon sugar mixture and dip each rim of glass in water, then in cinnamon sugar mixture to coat. Pour each glass 1/2 full with apple cider and top with champagne. Serve and enjoy! Apple Cider Champagne Recipe Online






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      Open House November 19th, 2-4PM

      OPEN HOUSE November 19th 2:00-4:00pm

      3 Whitetail Lane, Essex


      Come see this Executive home in move in condition, fresh paint and carpet. Spacious sun filled rooms, vaulted ceiling, fireplace, large lot with views. Quiet neighborhood, easy access to amenities.

      Directions - VT RT 15 east to Saxon Hill Rd, left on Deer Crossing, left on Whitetail, house on right.


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        Thanksgiving - Keep it Simple




        This year’s KEEP IT SIMPLE tip has to do with creating a pretty tablecloth, table runner or placemats using simple craft paper. The possibilities are endless from simple plate outlines to creative designs. Easily personalize and also provide space for your guests to write.  Have fun with it and let your guests have fun with it too. Add a few crayons and one of the below crayon holders to the kids table and let them color their own placemat or tablecloth area.  

        P.S. Helps reduce on laundry also.  

        Some fun ways to display crayons, pencils or markers!


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          OPEN HOUSE November 12th 1:00-3:00PM

          OPEN HOUSE - Sunday November 12th from 1:00-3:00PM

          59 Darcy Road, Fairfax

          Come see this hilltop home with fabulous views! Enjoy the spacious rooms, covered porch and sun room. Private backyard backs up to woods, great for gardens or wildlife viewing. Radiant floor heat, plenty of storage with 4 car garage, well kept home.

          Directions: From Fairfax village, head north on RT 104, right on Buck Hollow Rd, right on Woodward Rd, left on Lawton Rd, 2nd left on Darcy, house on right.


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            It's Turkey Time


            Here's how to roast a turkey in 70 minutes:

            The technique is called spatchcocking. This method disposes of the backbone and flattens out the turkey, allowing more surface area for even cooking.  And a higher cooking temperature yields a crispy browned skin.




            1. Start with a 14-pound turkey or less. "I find that anything bigger that 14 pounds doesn't really fit on the rimmed baking sheet," Cheryl explains.

            2. Place the turkey breast side down, and starting at the thigh, cut along both sides of the backbone using poultry sheers. "If you hit a tough spot, a short serrated knife easily saws through," Cheryl says.

            3. Remove the backbone, giblets, and large chunks of fat. Reserve the backbone and giblets for broth. Open the turkey and turn it breast side up.

            4. Break the breastbone by putting your hand on one side of the breast close to the bone. Press down firmly until you hear a crack. Repeat on the other side. Need a little leverage? Cheryl suggests standing on a step stool.

            5. Pull the thighs outward to flatten out the turkey. The wings should be facing inward; tuck them under to secure.

            6. Brush the turkey with 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil, sprinkle it with ½ teaspoon coarse salt, and 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper.

            7. Bake at 450°F, rotating the pan twice, until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reaches 165°F, about 70 minutes. Let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes before carving.

            Tip from

            Preheat the oven to 450°F, then line a rimmed baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil and cover it with a mix of roughly chopped onions, carrots, and celery, along with some thyme stems. These vegetables will not only add flavor to the drippings, but will also slowly release moisture to ensure that the pan drippings don't scorch and set off your fire alarm.






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              Time to "Fall Back"!

              This year we go back to Standard Time on Sunday November 5th,  when the majority of the USA will be “falling back” as they change the clocks.   One benefit of the time change is that it reminds you to take care of some other important home tasks that should be done at least twice a year. So while you are setting your clocks back,  use this time as an opportunity to take care of these important tasks in your home.


              10 Things To Do When You Set Your Clocks Backward

              · Replace the batteries in your Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Detector. Making sure to replace and test these devices twice a year can be the difference between life and death.  Make sure to help any elderly loved ones in your life as well.  If they can’t do it on their own, some fire departments have programs that will assist.

              · Reverse the direction on your ceiling fan.  In the Spring fan blades should rotate counter clockwise to help cool down the rooms.  In the Fall, switch the direction to clockwise which helps pull down the warm air that gets trapped near the ceiling.  Both of these measures help save cost on heating and cooling.

              · Flip and rotate your mattress to help promote even wear and tear.  Unless you have a no flip mattress.  Then just rotate it.

              · Schedule a furnace inspection.  This should be done twice a year to make sure your furnace is running as efficiently as possible.

              · Replace the filters in your heater and air conditioner. This should actually be done several times a year to ensure they run as efficiently as possible.

              · If you have a fireplace, scheduled a chimney sweep in the Fall and in the Spring take some time to clean up the fireplace and brush down the walls.

              · Drain your water heater.  It is recommended that you drain one quart of water from your water heater every three months.  Make sure to check the owner’s manual for your water heater for further recommendations and how to drain the water correctly.

              · Go through you medicine cabinet and first aid kit and discard any expired or discolored products. Dispose of any prescription medication that is expired or no longer needed.  You can search on for how to safely dispose of medications.

              · Go through your pantry and dispose of any expired or stale/opened foods.

              The Time Change is also a good time to start rotating your wardrobe.  Wash your summer clothes and inspect them for damage and wear and tear.  If you have clothes you know longer wear put them aside for a garage sale or donate them.  Pack away clothes for summer and start washing and inspecting your Fall and Winter wardrobe.

              If you are thinking of making a move, fall is a perfect time to get your home on the market! 

              Give us a call! 802-846-8460


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