If you’re thinking of selling, you may also be thinking about remodeling your kitchen. Kitchen remodels usually offer a high return on investment – and an outdated kitchen is a quick way to deter buyers. You may think that because you’re renovating to add value to your home and not just because you want a nicer kitchen, it will be a simpler process. But pros say that usually isn’t the case. Kitchen remodels are notoriously disruptive, because they take over one of the most important rooms in your home for weeks or months on end. This isn’t to say a kitchen remodel
can’t go well. You just have to be prepared – and realistic. If you have the space for it, set up a makeshift kitchenette somewhere else in your home. Include a mini-fridge, electric tea kettle, toaster, slow cooker and portable grill. Also, choose a room and designate it as a “no construction zone.” Somewhere that isn’t near your kitchen, where you can hideaway and pretend the heart of your home isn’t a mess. And try not to stress. Keep your mind on the end goal – a kitchen so beautiful potential buyers will just have to make an offer.
BAKED PARMESAN TURKEY MEATBALLS DIRECTIONS:
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INGREDIENTS: 1 pound ground turkey 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 teaspoon jarred minced garlic) 1 egg, beaten 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 1 cup Parmesan cheese, divided in half 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried parsley 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 cups pasta or marinara sauce 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded Butter or olive oil 3 to 4 cups baby spinach
1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, onions, garlic, egg, breadcrumbs, spices and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Stir until fully combined. Take care to avoid overmixing, which can dry out the meatballs. 2. Form the mixture into meatballs, about 1 1/2-inches wide. Place in a large casserole dish greased with butter or oil. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until no longer pink, and the internal temperature reaches 165° F. 3. In a skillet over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil. Cook the spinach until wilted, about 3 to 5 minutes. 4. Once the turkey meatballs are done baking, top with the sauce and spinach. Make sure all the meatballs are completely covered. 5. Top with mozzarella cheese and remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan. Return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Garnish with dried or fresh parsley, basil and/or oregano, if desired. Serve with your favorite pasta or bread, or enjoy them as is.
Q U O T E “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor Frankl (Born in Vienna in 1905, Viktor Frankl was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist. A Holocaust survivor, he was the founder of logotherapy - a meaning-centered school of psychotherapy. Of his 39 publications, the most well known is Man’s Search for Meaning. Published in 1946, it was eventually listed as "one of the ten most influential books" by the Library of Congress. To this day, it shows up consistently on Amazon's "Top 100 Books" list.)
TRICKY RIDDLES Mr. and Mrs. Mustard have six daughters and each daughter has one brother. How many people are in the Mustard family?
shares the same brother, there are six girls, one boy and Mr. and Mrs. Mustard.)
(There are nine Mustards in the family. Since each daughter
Who is that with a neck and no head, two arms and no hands?
If eleven plus two equals one, what does nine plus five equal?
(11 o'clock plus 2 hours = 1 o'clock, 9 o'clock plus 5 hours = 2 o'clock)
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HOW TO MAKE ANY BATHROOM FEEL MORE SPACIOUS When it comes to the wishlists of potential buyers, right up there with a functional kitchen is a bright, spacious bathroom. But what if all you have is a small, windowless space? There are actually ways to make any bathroom look bigger. For starters, add in as much white as possible. White walls, white tile, a white vanity, white towels, white accessories. White reflects light rather than absorbs it like darker colours do, making the bathroom feel bright and airy instead of small and cramped. And speaking of light – make sure there’s enough of it. A single light above the sink isn’t going to be enough. Wall sconces on either side of the mirror provide excellent illumination for applying makeup. An overhead light near the tub or shower provides a bright overall feeling. And even a little bit of extra storage goes a long way. Find somewhere to put a small shelf – either white or clear glass would feel the least imposing. Use it to display neatly rolled up towels or a small plant. If your bathroom has a shower and you’re able to spend a little money on an update, adding a glass shower door can make a huge difference in how spacious things feel. Especially in a bathroomwith no actual window, a glass door feels like a view – even if the view is only the inside of your shower.
DESIGN TRENDS WITH LONG-TIME STAYING POWER Trends come and go. But every so often something makes such an impression on the world of interior design – you know it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Meet three such trends. Their secret? Timelessness. No matter the year. No matter the current popular interior styles. These three trends never fail to delight. White kitchen cabinets. Sure – colourful cabinets have certainly had a comeback. A sunny yellow kitchen island. Deep blue lowers with open shelving above. These newer trends are admittedly beautiful. But time and again, we keep coming back to the simplicity of a white kitchen. Coloured cabinets may look great at the time – but eventually they become dated. But take a look at design magazines from decades past and you’ll notice it’s the white kitchens that stand the test of time. Light blue, grey and off-white walls. Every year design professionals announce the “it” colour. Sometimes it’s a bright red. Sometimes a deep purple. It’s even been black! But when you look to the homes of the majority of people – you aren’t likely to see a jet black living room wall. Instead you’ll see light blue, light grey or off-white. Why? Because these three colours are calming and go with everything. Simple as that! Experimenting with different wall colours can be fun. But at the end of the day most of us don’t want our walls to scream “look at me.” We want them to fade away and become the backdrop for our life. Hardworking storage. You rarely hear a homeowner say “we have too much storage space.” But lack of storage? Now that’s a real problem. The last thing you want is to unplug at the end of a busy day and be confronted with stuff everywhere. Which is why storage that works as hard as we do is a trend that will never go out of style. Whether it’s a closet with multi-level shelving, kitchen drawers with dividers, or furniture that does double duty – we sure love our storage solutions. And we always will.