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Fresh Berry & Ginger Granita

Fresh Berry & Ginger Granita

This sorbet-like dessert is refreshing on a hot August day.

Serves 4
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced
  • 3 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and diced
  • cup fresh raspberries, chopped
  • tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Redecorating on a Dime? Work With What You've Got

Published: June 30, 2014

The price of redecorating can be out-of-this-world, but it doesn’t need to be. With creativity, DIY perseverance, and craftiness, you can decorate on a dime...or very close to it. How do you do it? Easy - just use the suggestions below. As you might guess, it’s all about working with what you’ve got.

Find out what you have to work with: Get reacquainted with your own possessions. What do you want to do with the old stuff in your new space-to-be? Keep? Relocate to another room? Store? The inventory process spurs creativity and stimulates planning, and helps you to decide what’s missing and what you will need to invest in.

Repurpose: Determine how you can repurpose items you already have to create what you want. Maybe you’d like a new entertainment center. But wait; you have a nice old sideboard, so you can remove drawers to create space underneath, add a lick of paint, and ...there’s your entertainment center. Cost: paint and some manual labor.

Swap items room-to-room: Just rearranging furniture can change a room’s look dramatically. From furniture, to what you have on the walls, to decor items, re-arrange or swap things between rooms.

Slipcover: Maybe you have a couch or some slipper chairs you’d like to change up. Check online for slipcovers. These days, it’s not about your grandmother’s slipcovers; there are some attractive and affordable options available now, and they can totally transform your space.

Relax and Relish: Relax and relish your new space. You deserve it.

Protect Your Child from Hazards in the Kitchen

Published: July 25, 2014

If you have toddlers, it's hard to imagine a more dangerous area of your home than the kitchen. Knives, stovetops, and potential toxins all pose hazards to your kids, who can and will want to touch.

This Month's Smile: Medical Miscommunication'

Published: July 20, 2014

They say laughter is the best medicine, and sometimes that comes from innocent medical miscommunication. Take, for instance, the elderly woman whose allergies were printed on her medical wristband. Later that day, the woman's son called and complained that his mother had been labelled "bananas."

What Factors Make a Great Location Great?

Published: July 15, 2014

What constitutes a "good location," and why are some areas particularly attractive to buyers and/or investors?

Picanha (Brazilian Tri-tip Barbecue)

Picanha (Brazilian Tri-tip Barbecue)

Serves 4 - 6
  • 1 tri-tip roast, about 3-4 pounds
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup coarse or rock salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

New Old Homes Combine Charm and Convenience

Published: June 30, 2014

The era of pretentious McMansions is so over. One of this year's most important trends is the move towards traditional residential design - homes with the charm of a bygone era but with a twist.

Five Tips to Help You Create Your Own Outdoor Kitchen

Published: June 25, 2014

Dining al fresco is one of summer's greatest pleasures. But it can be hard to pull off a great outdoor dining experience without the proper setup. Enter the outdoor kitchen. Interested in creating your own? Check out these tips:

This Month's Smile: 'Your Child Said What...?'

Published: June 20, 2014

Kids are a delightful reminder that the world is actually a big brightly colored circus. Here are some great online examples of the fun things they say:

Watch Your Thumbs and Other Rules of Remodeling

Published: June 15, 2014

Today’s renewed interest in home remodeling has a dark side. Prevent problems with these "rules of thumb."

Rule 1: Safety first

Barbecue Salmon with Ginger

Barbecue Salmon with Ginger

Serves 4
  • 4 salmon fillets, skin on
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 shallots, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons peeled and finely grated ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce

Compromise 101: Buying a Home With Your Spouse

Published: May30, 2014

Compromise is key to a successful relationship. But that doesn't mean it's easy, especially when it comes to buying a home with your spouse or partner. How do you strike a balance between each person's needs and wants?

You're Not Finished: Spring Cleaning Round 2

Published: May 25, 2014

So you thought you'd finished your spring cleaning a couple of months ago? Not so fast. The act of spring cleaning has become a deeply ingrained habit for most of us. And when something becomes habit, we often get lazy about it, assuming we know what to do. Sure, you went through your summer clothes, wiped out the fridge, and cleaned off the lawn mower. But did you wipe under the taps?

Once Upon a Time-Canine-Style

Published: May 20, 2014

Question: What has four legs, barks, and can help your child read? Answer: A canine tutor.

Ravioli with Pear and Sage Sauce

Ravioli with Pear and Sage Sauce

Serves 6
  • 2 pounds cheese ravioli
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • 2 thinly sliced shallots
  • 3 cloves of pressed garlic
  • 1 cup of roughly chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 2 cups chopped canned pears
  • 1/2 cup pear juice from can
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Homeowners Ramp Up Spending on Remodeling

Published: April 30, 2014

Remodeling is back in fashion - as many discovered during this spring's Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. Attendance at the Las Vegas show increased to more than 30,000 visitors, a jump of 145 percent over 2012 figures.

How to Find More Space in Your Home

Published: April 25, 2014

The temperatures are warm, and April showers have brought May flowers. It's spring. With summer on the doorstep, it's also time to ready yourself for long leisurely summer days and outdoor entertaining; it's time for spring cleaning and reorganizing.

Why Not Turn Your Green Thumb to DIY Landscaping?

Published: April 20, 2014

A little landscaping can go a long way in transforming the look of a garden or yard. If you've got a green thumb and an eye for design, why not try DIY landscaping?

How to Ensure Your Home's Safety During Showings

Published: April 15, 2014

When you're selling your home, your agent doesn't just put up a sign: There are procedures involved in showing your home. And that means both sellers and agents have responsibilities.

Crunchy Napa Cabbage Salad

Crunchy Napa Cabbage Salad

Serves 6
  • 1 medium head of napa cabbage, cleaned and shredded (about 8 cups)
  • 2 packages ramen noodles
  • 1 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 1/8 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 7 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked pepper

Selling Property Acquired by Quitclaim Deed

Published: March 30, 2014

There's a world of difference between a quitclaim deed and a warranty or grant deed.

Play With Your Food, and Learn About the World

Published: March 25, 2014

As parents, we're often frustrated by our child's messy table manners. But according to a recent article on Mother Nature Network, this sort of food play allows children to explore textures - to associate the look and taste of food with its feel. Research also suggests it may even help expand their vocabularies.

Coming Soon: Print-Your-Own Chocolate Treats

Published: March 20, 2014

It could be a chocolate lover's dream come true. The Hershey Company is working with 3D Systems on a printer that would allow users to design and print their own chocolates.

Don't Confuse 'Pre-qualified' With 'Pre-approved'

Published: March 15, 2014
You should always be in a state of readiness when you're house-hunting. And this means ensuring you have a letter from a lender signifying that you're ready to buy a home.

Mint Lamb Chops with Pea Mash

Mint Lamb Chops with Pea Mash

Serves 4
  • 8 lamb chops
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • Zest and juice of half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1 teaspoon mild smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups fresh peas
  • 1/4 cup whole milk

Beware the Fix-up: Your Dream Home May be a Money Pit

Published: February 28, 2014

Even though TV shows frequently feature "fixer-uppers" that are magically transformed into dream homes, many people don't realize just what's involved in the transformation. Not, that is, until they're the proud owner of what has turned out to be a money pit.

Score a Deal with This Savvy Shopping Guide

Published: February 25, 2014

Shopping for a vacuum? Need new sheets? There are better times than others to purchase certain items. Be a savvy shopper with this seasonal buying guide, courtesy of and other websites.

Your Ride Goes Green But Style Still Sells

Published: February 20, 2014

"Green" has taken on a new meaning in the auto industry, and even Corvettes and pickup trucks are getting into the act. Take Ford's F-150. Many of its gaskets and seals now contain 25 percent recycled tires and 17 percent bio-renewable content from soy, according to Ford.

Law May Stymie Your Carry-Back Mortgage Plans

Published: February 15, 2014

It's not good news for a seller when your buyer can't qualify for a mortgage from a bank. In this situation, the seller has two alternatives: He or she can start looking for another buyer, or act as the bank for the buyer and carry the mortgage him or herself. To both the seller and the buyer, this may sound like an ideal plan, but thanks to a rule implemented in 2010, this option may not be the best choice for either of you.

Beijinhos (Little Kisses)

Beijinhos (Little Kisses)

This Brazilian specialty is a light treat just right for Valentine's Day. Makes about two dozen kisses.
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 ounces desiccated coconut, lightly toasted
  • About 2 dozen seedless green grapes, washed and dried

How to Pick a Paint Color for Your Spring Spruce up

Published: January 30, 2014
Spring's on its way, meaning spring cleaning and updating. One of the least expensive, most effective ways to update your decor is to paint. But what color? Paint colors, like fashion trends, fall in and out of favor. And most of us want to be in style.

Don't Watch What You Say: Watch What You Feel

Published: January 25, 2014
A new tool has been added to telemarketers' tool kits: Now, call center employees are able to intuit our state of mind, thanks to mood detection software. The software, from companies such as Beyond Verbal enables voice analysis and gives marketers new levels of us to plumb. Just what we need.

Finally! A Justification for Craving Sugar

Published: January 20, 2014
Sweet lovers may finally have a scapegoat for their cravings.

According to several research studies, a craving for sweet treats can be explained physiologically.

Hiring a Licensed Appraiser Can Benefit Sellers

Published: January 15, 2014

The most important step in listing your home is establishing the price. That doesn't necessarily mean what you need or even want for your property; it means a realistic price that reflects its true value. An unbiased perspective is vital - as the homeowner you're proud of the upgrades you've made. But can you be realistic about whether the upgrades are still in good shape and on trend?

Simple Fish Burritos

Simple Fish Burritos

Serves 4
  • 4 fillets tilapia or other firm white fish
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, optional
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Salt to taste
  • 8 tortillas
  • 1 cup grated mild cheddar cheese