Hopefully we have seen the last of winter and know we can enjoy the
I have some planting tips for those who want to get their green thumb
Bulbs – Summer flowering bulbs like dahlias, lilies and gladiolus should
be planted in early spring once the last frost has passed.
Perrenials – are only planted once and pop up when the time is right.
Annuals – must be replanted each year and the best to plant in the
spring are pansies, marigolds, zinnias, hydrangias and petunias. The
best to plant in the summer are zinnias, marigolds and sunflowers.
Vegetables – Summer veggies need to be planted after the last date
and when the nighttime temperature remains above 50. Vegetables to
plant in spring are cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and arugula.
Vegetables to plant in the summer include squash, beans, zucchini,
tomatoes and peppers.
Trees – Spring is ideal to plant trees because trees need longer days in
transplanting to adjust to the soil and to promote root growth.
Nurseries also have the best selection in the spring. Best best trees to
plant include dogwood, magnolia, oak and rhododendron.
Strawberry and Watercress Salad
½ medium rhubarb stalk, very thinly sliced
6 oz. strawberries, halved
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. honey
1 bunch watercress, stems removed
½ cup basil leaves
2 scallions thinly sliced
Crushed red pepper flakes
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
The benefits of watercress are being discovered for boosting brain health, rich in
vitamin C, supports your immune system and supports healthy collagen production
Cucumber and Mint Tequila Cocktail
Try this delicious alternative to a margarita
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup sugar
¼ English cucumber, chopped
3 mint sprigs
2 cup blanco tequila
Whisk together the lemon juice and sugar in a pitcher until the sugar is dissolved.
Add cucumber and mint and stir. Let steep for 2 hours
Stir in tequila and 4 cups of water. Serve over ice garnished with lemon, cucumber and mint.
As it begins to cool off outside, it's important to take steps to avoid high electricity bills.
Luckily Kyle is here to help!
Try these tips to help make your home more energy efficient.
Installing a smart thermostat can be a great way to help save on electricity bills. They are better in efficiency and your overall footprint for the planet.
On average, a smart thermostat can save 15-20% on your power bills. Just make sure they have the Energy Star Certified label!
LED Smart Bulbs
Try using LED smart bulbs.
Yes, they are a couple dollars more, but they can use 75% less energy than your average light bulb. They also last 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs!
Try something called an “energy diet” and unplug your gadgets when not charging. This is called vampire power and can save you $200 per year on your bill.
Also, lower the thermostat on your hot water heater – every 10 degrees saves 3-5% on your bill and a temperature of 120 degrees is sufficient.
Thinking about buying your own Airbnb? Watch this video!
Late Summer is a great time to use those tomatoes that are being picked for the last time this year. I have a great recipe to use those juicy tomatoes!
Late Summer Tomato Salad
1-2lb of tomatoes (preferably home grown, heirloom)
¼ cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp of red wine vinegar
Add any herbs that you prefer:
Just a touch of the herbs will spice this salad as you like! Add Balsamic Vinegar or any other dressing to enhance the flavor.
You can easily make this into a wonderful pasta by this:
I hope that you are enjoying the rest of Summer and getting ready for Fall. It will be here quicker than we think!!
I have some great house maintenance tips to put an end to Summer and welcome Fall.
We are so lucky to live in an area that has this great change of seasons and I hope these tips will help make your transition easy!!
On July 2nd, New Outlook Realty had the privilege of sponsoring an event where two of our local veterans were awarded handmade quilts in honor of their service!
Check it out this video to hear their stories!
The warm weather is finally here!
We are all excited about outdoor activities, longer daylight and summer vacations
Now is the perfect time to do a home checkup for the warm months.
Summer Strawberry Spinach Salad
This is a wonderful and easy salad to make quickly for a garden party of barbeque.
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 handful thin sliced red onion
5 cups baby spinach leaves
3 cups mixed greens
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 feta cheese crumbles
1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette
Rinse spinach and mixed greens and combine with strawberries and onions
Chop pecans, if time toast to enhance flavor then add to salad
add feta cheese and vinaigrette
Hello everyone!! I have two great recipes for Valentine's Day!! This a great dinner for you and your partner
First, let's start with a dish that is near and dear to my HEART....see what I did there!
This is a favorite dish from my favorite restaurant that I had the pleasure to be a part..Allo Spiedo
What you need:
- 2 Chicken breast Mixed Greens
- 1 stick of butter
- lemon juice
- bread crumbs
- 2 chicken breasts and tenderize..which just means pound a little to get them a little thinner
soak in a wash of egg whites and then coat with bread crumbs..just enough to get a coating on the chicken
Prepare 1/4 stick of butter and 1/4 cup of lemon juice in a sautee pan
Cook on a light flame until a boil to cook the sauce
Add the breaded chicken breasts Sautee the chicken in the sauce until cooked Note: the breading will not break if you keep flipping the chicken, this gives the flavor in the chicken Once the chicken is cooked, place on a plate with the excess pan sauce and add mixed greens on top
Oh!! I forgot dessert!! Strawberry Hearts
- 1/4 pack of cream cheese
- 2 tbls of powdered sugar
- 1 tbls of sour cream
- dash of vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
Let this mix until it is whipped cream consistency
Take 6 strawberries and slice off the tops and cut in half Wow!!! They look like little hearts, don't they! After your wonderful cream is ready..just top that on the strawberry Boom!!
Have a Happy Valentine's Day!!
Kyle Tabler - Realtor, New Outlook Realty