In This Issue:
Makings of a Memorable Entry Door
A Heart-Healthy Valentine's Day
Annual Home Safety Checklist
Recipe: Muffin Pan Frittatas
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There are many ways to make a good first impression—a firm handshake, a friendly smile or a kind word, to name a few. Appearances also count, and when it comes to your house, your entry door can make a big first impression on your guests. Follow these tips to create an entry area that is beautiful and welcoming.
Display Your Number
Start with basics and make sure that your house number is visible from the road. New guests, emergency vehicles, delivery trucks and home contractors won’t be able to locate your house if they can’t find your house number! Use contrasting colors for the numbers and background to make the numbers easy to read and choose materials such as brass, metal or glass for an elegant look . Be sure that you also have adequate lighting for visitors to see your house number at night.
Clean and Touch Up
A quick cleanup can go a long way in giving your entry door a fresh look. Touch up any paint on the door and surrounding areas and use a broom to clear the cobwebs from railings and light fixtures. Regularly sweep away leaves, dirt and debris that pile up in front of your door.
Update Your Hardware
If your entry area is looking dated, consider updating your door’s hardware. This can include doorknob, locks, knocker, doorbell and light fixtures. If your entry door has a lot of scuff marks from kids, pets or life in general, install a kick plate to maintain a clean look.
Add personal touches to your entry door. A seasonal wreath, doormat or flag provides a warm welcome to guests. Potted plants also bring life to your entryway and can be updated throughout the year. If space permits, larger items—such as a bench, rocker or porch swing—can make an entry area seem like its own outdoor room.
Once you’ve updated your door and entry area, it’s not only guests who will appreciate its first impression; you will get to enjoy a beautiful entrance to your home every day.
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This Valentine’s Day show your heart some love! February is American Heart Month—a time to raise awareness about heart disease and what people can do to prevent it. When making your plans for Valentine’s Day, choose foods and activities that are good for your heart so you and your loved ones can reap the benefits.
Research restaurants before making reservations. A romantic dinner out with your sweetheart is a popular way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Be sure to look at the restaurant’s menu prior to making a reservation and find a few dishes that are both tasty and good for your heart. Look for nutrient-rich foods like leafy, green vegetables, whole grains or fatty fish (salmon, mackerel or tuna, for example).
Better yet, cook at home. If a crowded restaurant isn’t your scene, break out your cookbooks (or do an internet search) to find a heart-healthy meal to cook at home. By making small changes in your cooking, like choosing skinless poultry or fish, low-sodium foods and sauces and fat-free or low-fat dairy products, you can create a meal that’s good for your heart in no time.
Moderation is key. Enjoy a glass of wine or a flute of champagne, but don’t go overboard. The American Heart Association recommends no more than one drink a day for women and no more than two drinks a day for men.
Dig into a heart-healthy dessert. There are many Valentine’s Day desserts that are heart-healthy! Berries are a top contender; find them in cobblers, parfaits or even just dipped in chocolate. When it comes to chocolate desserts, opt for dark chocolate as it contains more antioxidants and minerals and (usually) less sugar than milk or white chocolate.
Take an after-dinner stroll with your loved one. Get your heart rate up after dinner by taking a walk for 20-30 minutes. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week for adults. Take advantage of your time together and do something that will make you both feel great.
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Keeping your home safe and in good condition is one of the responsibilities that comes along with being a homeowner. By conducting an annual inspection of your home, you can identify problems early and take care of them before they become a hassle and a major expense. Mark your calendar for a home safety inspection day and you’ll be one step ahead of home repairs.
Begin by walking around your house to look for cracks in the driveway, sidewalks, retaining walls and the foundation. Check fences and decks for loose or rotting boards. Next, examine the house for stains (which could mean roof issues), birds’ nests, peeling paint, rotting windowsills and other problems. Be sure all vents are clear. Finally, inspect your gutters and downspouts, roof shingles, flashing and chimney.
Plumbing and Water
Water issues can arise in many places throughout your house – the kitchen, laundry room, bathrooms, utility room, etc. Check for signs of leaks, mold and corrosion around all exposed pipes. Examine the water pressure and drains throughout your house and inspect and clean your water heater. Test your sump pump and make sure your well cover is secured tightly.
Look for loose outlet covers or boxes and frayed wires throughout the house. Next, test all outlets to ensure they are in working order. Open your electrical panel to check for scorch marks, rust or damage to wiring. Lastly, take a look outside to make sure no trees branches are close to your power lines.
It’s time to check all the little things inside of your house—loose hinges and doorknobs, popped nails and loose tiles or floorboards. Examine your ceilings and walls for new stains or cracks and test the sturdiness of ceiling fans and stair rails. Take a trip up to the attic to look for gaps, signs of leaks or animal activity. In the kitchen, check your burners, oven and dishwasher for signs of disrepair and change all water filters. And of course, test all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure your fire extinguishers are in good condition.
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Recipe Courtesy of: Allrecipes
- cooking spray
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup chopped fresh asparagus
- 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.
- Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir asparagus, green bell pepper, and onion in the hot oil until softened, 5 to 10 minutes.
- Whisk eggs, milk, salt, and black pepper together in a bowl. Mix cooked vegetables and Cheddar cheese into egg mixture. Spoon about 1/4 cup mixture into each muffin cup.
- Bake in the preheated oven until frittatas are set in the middle and lightly browned, about 20 minutes.
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