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Apple Picking Time

Apple Picking Tips!

 

 

 

1. FIND AN ORCHARD  - Click HERE  to visit our Blog for a direct link to the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Assoc website for a list & links to Vermont orchards and cider producers.     

2. APPLE RIPENING  -  Apples on the outside of the tree ripen before apples on the inside and apples Do Not continue to ripen once picked.     

3. HOW TO PICK  - Roll the apple upwards off the branch and give it a little twist, Do Not pull straight away from the tree.  Also Do Not shake the branch or tree.

4. HANDLE WITH CARE  - Try not to bruise, as the apple will go bad more quickly.

5. CLEANING  - Wait and wash apples just before using.  

6. STORAGE  - Store apples in a cool dark place.  If possible store in the  refrigerator in their own drawer.  If storing in the basement or root cellar, Do Not store with potatoes.                              

 

 

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    TMT Fall Newsletter 2019

     

    Featured Property!

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    Energy Upgrades In Your New Home

    The first few years of living in your home are a great time to invest in energy efficiency upgrades.

    Not only can it make your home more affordable, but it can make it more comfortable and increase the resale value. If you’re building a new home, there are ways to build efficiency right into it.

     

    The best first step is to contact Efficiency Vermont by calling 888-921-5990 or visiting www.efficiencyvermont.com. There you can find:

    Listings for BPI Certified Energy Efficiency Network contractors

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    DIY videos and online resources

    Guidance on financing and energy efficiency projects

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      HIGH Demand LOW Inventory

      HIGH Demand LOW Inventory


      With very few homes on the market, if you were to list today there would be less competition. That means you will more than likely get the best price possible for your home. We understand the market. Let’s talk to see if now is the right time for you!

      802-846-8460 * TheTeam@TheMarcelinoTeam.com

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        How to Make a Study Space

        How to Make a Study Space   

        Wikihow.com Co-authored by Megan Morgan, PhD * Updated: August 10, 2019

        Part 1 - Stocking Your Space

        1. Find a good desk (or table) and chair.

        2. Ensure adequate lighting.

        3. Gather your supplies.

        4. Keep things organized.

        5. Organize your computer files, too.

        6. Consider a clock.

        Part 2 - Stocking Your Space

        1. Find a good desk (or table) and chair.

        2. Ensure adequate lighting.

        3. Gather your supplies.

        4. Keep things organized.

        5. Organize your computer files, too.

        6. Consider a clock.

        Part 3- Personalizing Your Study Space

        1. Make it yours.

        2. Decorate to motivate.

        3. Appeal to your senses.

        4. Don't go overboard.

         

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          Lunch Packing Stations

          How To Create Lunch Packing Stations

          https://www.home-storage-solutions-101.com/pack-lunches.html

          Make Lunch Meal Planning A Habit

          The first step in making the process of packing lunches easier each day is to plan ahead with a lunch meal plan, so you know what you're going to pack for lunches each day for that coming week.

          Make Time To Prep Ahead Some Components Of Your Packed Lunches Regularly

          These prep ahead tasks could include washing or cutting produce, and/or dividing and bagging up certain treats or snacks, ahead of time, for example.

          Create Refrig And Pantry Areas That Are Designated As Lunch Packing Stations

          This requires that you designate a spot in both your refrigerator and pantry where all these items are gathered, so no one is searching for what they've got as choices for lunch each day. You can see a real life example of both the refrigerator and pantry lunch packing stations, as shown in the photo, sent in by a reader, Jill. As you can see she's prepped ahead and pre-bagged various types of items that

          everyone can choose from, to put into their lunch box or bag, labeling the various types of foods that each bin contains. She said, "I fill all the baskets on Sunday evening for the week and the kids do all their own packing each day. It saves me a LOT of time and hassle in the morning!"

          Create A Lunch Box Guidelines List To Make Sure Everyone Packs A Balanced Lunch

          So to avoid that problem give guidelines that are posted somewhere near the lunch packing station about what types of items must be packed -- such as a main dish or sandwich, drink, fruit and/or vegetable, dessert, number of snacks, etc. so you are satisfied that they'll pack a reasonably balanced lunch. If you need to you can separate the food from these categories into the various bins and say something like, choose one thing a day from the snack bin, and one piece of fruit from the fruit bin.

          Keep Lunch Boxes & Other Lunch Packing Supplies Organized

          The final step in the process of streamlining the packing of school or work lunches is to organize your lunch boxes and other lunch packing supplies into one area, so everyone knows where to grab the items they'll need to help them pack their lunch for the day.

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          For more lunch packing and station ideas check out the links below!

          http://www.eatingwell.com/article/290370/this-prep-ahead-kids-lunch-station-will-keep-you-sane-for-back-to-school/

          https://modernparentsmessykids.com/set-healthy-serve-lunch-station/

          https://homemadeforelle.com/healthy-school-lunch-station/

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            Back to School Tips

            101 back-to-school tips for kids and parents

            Article by Liz Alton July 31,2019 found on Care.com

            https://www.care.com/c/stories/3192/101-back-to-school-tips-for-kids-and-parents/

            As summer comes to an end and back-to-school season begins, it can be hard to get back into a regular schedule — for both kids and adults. 

            To help you out, we asked Dr. Fran Walfish, a child and family psychotherapist and author of "The Self-Aware Parent," and Dr. Christina Nichols, a licensed clinical psychologist, to share their thoughts on how parents can get a jump on the school year. In response, they gave us 101 tips that parents can use to ease their kids back into school, while also managing their own stress. 

            The trick is to plan ahead. Read through this list and identify some strategies that you think could help you and your family stay organized and on top of things. Then, test these different approaches as a family so you can figure out which ones work for you, and which ones  don't.

            Finally, be sure to include your entire child care crew in your plans, too. Whether you have a babysitter, nanny, tutor or all of the above, they'll be able to help you keep your kiddo on track for the first day of school. Plus, they'll be able to take some tasks off of your plate — which means you can enter the school year with a little more of your sanity intact.

            With all this preparation, your kids will be in great shape. If you're relaxed and calm, they'll head off to school feeling excited and ready to get to work.

             

             

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              Roasted Veggies!

              What to do with all those fresh Veggies? Try this!

               

              Roasted “Flavor Explosion” Veggies Recipe

              These caramelized low-histamine vegetables pack a powerful punch of palate-pleasing flavor.

              Recipe and photo by Shawna Coronado| July/August 2019

              Ingredients:

              · Vegetables of your choice, cut into 1-inch pieces

              · Olive oil

              · Dried herb seasonings, such as Herbs de Provence or Italian seasoning, to taste

              · Salt and pepper, to taste

              Instructions:

              1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

              2. In a large bowl, toss vegetables with olive oil.

              3. Sprinkle with dried herbs, salt, and pepper, and toss well.

              4. Transfer vegetables to the baking sheet, and roast according to the chart at right.

              5. Serve immediately, or freeze for up to 1 month. Add to soups and smoothies.

               

              Roasting time for vegetables varies depending on the vegetable and how done you prefer them, but follow these general guidelines for vegetables cut into 1-inch pieces and cooked at 425° F.

              Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage):

              15 to 30 minutes

              Onions: 30 to 45 minutes

              Root vegetables: 45 minutes

              Summer squash: 15 to 20 minutes

              Winter squash: 30 to 60 minutes

              Other vegetables: 10 to 25 minutes

               

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                Make Your Own Sprinkler; KidWash 2 - PVC Sprinkler

                This looks like a truly fun activity for the kids & maybe pets, this HOT summer!

                KidWash 2 : PVC Sprinkler Water Toy

                https://www.instructables.com/id/KidWash-2-PVC-Sprinkler-Water-Toy/

                By m32825

                 

                Step 1: Get Your Parts

                Head to your local hardware store for the following

                3/4" pipe and fittings:
                2 ten foot lengths of PVC
                3 end caps
                1 threaded female hose connector (slip fit)
                2 elbow joints (90 degree)
                2 T connections
                1 pack quarter circle mister jets (12 count)

                If the option of chaining your KidWash with other water toys interests you, just pick two end caps and add:
                1 threaded male hose connector (slip fit)
                1 hose cap

                Note: you want the PVC hose connectors, not the more expensive metal fittings. Don't give up if they're not with the other PVC fittings, I found them by the sprinkler parts. 

                Step 2: Get Your Tools

                A measuring device, pen or pencil, saw, PVC cement, drill, and 5/32" drill bit.

                WARNING: Outdoor hoses and sprinklers should be run for several minutes prior to wetting a child to prevent burns.

                https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/9562128/mum-warns-parents-burn-garden-hose-hot-weather/

                 

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                  Preserve Summer's Vegetable Bounty

                  Gardens and Farmer’s Markets are in full swing.

                  The following is information on ways to take advantage of all this fresh food.

                   

                  Six Simple Ways to Preserve Summer’s Bounty  -  How to save the taste of summer.

                  By Eva Perroni| August 30, 2017

                  1. Fermenting    2. Freezing    3. Infusing    4. Canning    5. Drying    6. Donating

                         

                  Preserving Your Summer Harvest - enjoy summer’s bounty for months to come.

                  Posted on August 23, 2018

                  Provides Storage and Preservation Suggestions re: Which are the easiest vegetables to store without preserving, the best vegetables for freezing, the most successful canned vegetables and the best vegetable choices for dehydrating.

                   

                  5 Reasons to Prepare Your Own Fermented Food

                  Reader Contribution By Anne Marie Bonneau| 6/25/2018 5:11:00 PM

                  1.  Food preservation not food waste    2.  Health benefits    3.  Savings    4.  Low energy consumption, low-tech    5.  Minimal effort                   

                                                                           

                  Fermentation FAQs- Posted on June 24, 2017by The Zero-Waste Chef

                  Answers lots of questions about the process.

                   

                   

                   

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                    Tips for Staying Cool

                    11 Tips for Surviving A Heat Wave Without Air-Conditioning

                    Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD  Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR 

                     

                    1. Use box fans and ceiling fans to promote air circulation throughout your home.

                    2. Take advantage of the cooling power of water. 

                    3. Head downstairs.

                    4. Eliminate extra sources of heat.

                    5. Remember to maintain an adequate level of hydration.

                    6. Avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine.

                    7. Make a homemade "air conditioning" system.

                    8. Try to visit public buildings with air conditioning.

                    9. Don't eat large, protein-rich meals.

                    10. Be able to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses.

                    11. Remember that pets also suffer when the temperature rises.

                     

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