Home Prices Increase in Every Price Range

Home Prices Increase in Every Price Range | MyKCM

CoreLogic’s Home Price Index (HPI) Report revealed,

National home prices increased 3.6% year over year in July 2019 and are forecast to increase 5.4% from July 2019 to July 2020.

They also analyzed four individual home-price tiers, showing the increase in each.

Here’s the breakdown:

Home Prices Increase in Every Price Range | MyKCM To clarify the methodology, CoreLogic explains,

“The four price tiers are based on the median sale price and are as follows: homes priced at 75% or less of the median (low price), homes priced between 75% and 100% of the median (low-to-middle price), homes priced between 100% and 125% of the median (middle-to-moderate price) and homes priced greater than 125% of the median (high price).”

What does this mean if you’re selling?

Price appreciation can differ depending on your price range. If you’re a homeowner thinking of selling, let’s get together to find out how much your home is increasing in value, so you can price it competitively for today’s market.

 

Nov. 21, 2019

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli

How to Make Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

If you’ve never made twice baked sweet potatoes before, they’re not tricky, but they do take some time to prepare. They’re “twice-baked” because the first step is always baking the sweet potatoes. Then, you slice them open, scoop out some of the flesh, stuff them with fillings, and bake them again! In this recipe, this process goes something like this:

  1. Bake the sweet potatoes until tender, about 45 minutes.
  2. Slice them in half, and scoop out a tablespoon of the flesh from each half to make room for the filling.
  3. Blend the scooped flesh with cashews, rosemary, lemon, garlic, and water to make the luscious cashew cream.
  4. Toss together your broccoli filling! It’s a tasty mix of steamed broccoli, scallions, lemon, and Dijon mustard.
  5. You’re ready for your second bake! Layer each sweet potato half with the cashew sauce, broccoli filling, and grated cheddar cheese. (I also added some hemp seeds to mine for crunch.)
  6. Bake until the cheese is melted, and serve with extra sauce on the side!
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Nov. 20, 2019

How to cook a turkey

The BEST Thanksgiving Turkey recipe that packs all of the flavor and juiciness you expect from the perfect Thanksgiving turkey, with none of the stress! Plus a step by step tutorial for how to cook the perfect turkey.

Not only is this roasted turkey recipe fool-proof and easy to make, it will exceed expectations as the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving feast!

Overhead photo of a roasted turkey on a large white platter, garnished with lemons, apples, garlic and fresh green herbs.

THANKSGIVING TURKEY

Why in the world do people stress so much over their Thanksgiving Turkey? Ok, I guess it IS the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving meal. And that usually means you have a table full of people not to disappoint. Ok, I get it. It’s a big deal.

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My hope is to squash any fears or insecurities you might have about cooking a perfect, beautiful Thanksgiving Turkey. This method is completely fuss-free and EASY. There’s no brining or basting the turkey, no cooking it upside down, or anything weird.

You don’t even need an expensive roasting pan. I’m convinced that this recipe is not only the simplest way to cook a Thanksgiving turkey, it also yields a gorgeous, super juicy, perfectly cooked turkey.

The real KEY to baking a perfect Thanksgiving Turkey is not to overcook it–that’s what dries out the meat, and you want to carve into a juicy, moist turkey on Thanksgiving!  So, just plan ahead to get the timing right.

White and dark meat carved from a turkey, served on a large white platter with fresh green herbs.

LET’S GO AHEAD AND GO OVER THE BASICS– THE DO’S, AND THE DON’TS– FOR HOW TO COOK A THANKSGIVING TURKEY:
WHAT SIZE TURKEY TO BUY FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER:

First things first: Buy about 1.5 pounds of turkey per person. (So if you’re feeding 6 people, buy at least a 10 lb. turkey). That way you’ll have leftovers. 

HOW TO THAW YOUR TURKEY:

Make sure and allow plenty of time for your turkey to thaw! A good rule of thumb is to allow one day in the fridge for ever 5 pounds of turkey. I always give myself one extra day, just to be safe. Set the turkey on a cookie sheet or pan, to catch any liquid the turkey may drip as it defrosts in the fridge.

DON’T WASH THE TURKEY.

If you wash your turkey in your sink you will just contaminate your sink. Remove the turkey from it’s packaging, dry it off with some paper towels, and then prepare it for the oven. Any bacteria on the turkey will be killed in the hot oven while it bakes.

DON’T BRINE THE TURKEY.

If you buy a high-quality turkey from the store (like Butterball or Norbest), then brining the turkey is an unnecessary step. You can do it if you want, but you can still achieve a deliciously moist turkey without brining it. However, if the turkey is wild, you should brine it the night before to make sure it will be moist and flavorful.

DON’T BASTE THE TURKEY.

Basting is really unnecessary to produce a beautiful golden brown turkey. It also requires you to constantly open the oven, which causes the oven to loose heat and the turkey to take longer to cook–which could lead to a dry turkey. By smearing an herb butter mixture over the outer and inner skin of the turkey you will ensure the skin will brown beautifully, and taste amazing. 

DON’T COOK STUFFING INSIDE THE TURKEY.

If you try to put stuffing/dressing inside the cavity of the bird, the turkey will be overcooked by the time the stuffing reaches a temperature that’s safe to eat. Instead, cook your stuffing in a casserole dish.  Then you can fill the cavity of the turkey with things that will give it flavor (and add flavor to the drippings/stock): salt and pepper and any mixture of onion, apple, carrots, celery, or citrus. 

DO TEST THE TURKEY WITH A THERMOMETER.

The only way to really tell if the turkey is cooked (165 degrees F), is by using a thermometer (I love this one). Test the turkey right from the oven—if it reaches 160 degrees F, I take it out and tent it with foil. It will continue to cook inside the foil tent to make up that extra 5 degrees.

DO LET THE TURKEY REST.

After removing the turkey from the oven, let it rest for at least 15 minutes, or up to 40 minutes (that gives you some extra time if you need to bake or warm anything else in the oven). If you’re using the drippings for gravy, remove the turkey from its pan, to a cutting board and tent it with foil while it rests there. If you’re not using the drippings, then just leave the turkey in the pan and tent with foil.

YOU DON’T NEED AN EXPENSIVE ROASTING PAN.

If you have a big metal roasting pan, great! If you don’t, no worries. Just use a casserole dish big enough to fit the bird, or buy a $1 disposable foil roasting pan from Walmart (then you can throw it away after). Place a bunch of chopped veggies on the bottom of your pan. The veggies will act like the wire rack in a regular roasting pan by elevating the turkey slightly. Place the turkey right on top of the chopped veggies.

DO SAVE THE TURKEY DRIPPINGS.

After the turkey is finished cooking there will be juice and browned cooked bits at the bottom of your roasting pan. You can reserve all of it for making turkey gravy. You can also use the leftover neck and giblets you pull from the turkey when you remove it from the packaging, to make giblet gravy.  The most flavorful gravy! Your grandma would be proud 😉

Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey on a large white platter with a knife carving into the breast meat of the turkey.

HOW TO PREPARE A SIMPLE ROASTED THANKSGIVING TURKEY:

First, remove the thawed turkey from it’s packaging. Remove the neck (usually found in the large cavity of the bird) and the bag of giblets (sometimes found in the smaller neck cavity of the bird). Discard them, or save them for gravy. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels.

The neck and giblets from inside the turkey cavity are being removed.

Next, season the cavity of the turkey with salt and pepper. Stuff it with the quartered lemon, onion, apple and herbs.

Four photos showing the cavity of the turkey being stuffed with salt, pepper, onion, apple, lemon and herbs.

Tuck the wings of the turkey underneath the turkey and set the turkey on a roasting rack inside a roasting pan (or on top of a bed of chopped veggies —carrots, onion and celery work well—in a disposable roasting pan). Tucking the wings prevents them from burning, and helps the turkey sit flatter.

Two photos showing the wing of a turkey being tucked underneath the bird.

Use your fingers to loosen and lift the skin above the breasts (on the top of the turkey) and smooth a few tablespoons of the herb butter underneath. Use some twine to tie the turkey legs together. Then slather the outside turkey in the rest of the herb butter. That’s it! You are ready to let your oven do the rest of the work!

Preparation of a thanksgiving turkey including fingers loosening the skin on the breast of an uncooked turkey. Then the turkey is placed in a roasting pan and basted in softened herb butter before being roasted in the oven.

You will want to check the turkey about half way through cooking. Use your oven light to see if the skin is golden, and then place a large piece of tinfoil over the breast meat of the turkey to help keep it from overcooking.

Side view of a roasted thanksgiving served in a large platter and garnished with lemons, garlic, apple and herbs.

 

Whether this is your first time cooking a turkey, or you just decided to give this method I try, I would love to hear from you! Rate the recipe and comment below with your experience

Posted in Home Owner Tips
Nov. 19, 2019

DIY, LatestSausage And Stuffing Balls With Cranberry Dipping Sauce. The Perfect Thanksgiving Appetizer!

Sausage And Stuffing Balls With Cranberry Dipping Sauce. The Perfect Thanksgiving Appetizer!


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This is a great dish to just put out for family and friends while they are chatting it up, sharing some laughs and drinks of course! 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground breakfast sausage
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely minced onions
  • 1 stalk celery, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, minced
  • 1 box stuffing mix (unprepared) (can substitute 2 1/2-3 cups leftover prepared stuffing)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Swanson 100% Natural Chicken Broth (if using leftover stuffing, reduce amount to 1/4-1/2 cup, adding more, as needed)

Cranberry Dipping Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce (or 1 1/2 cups leftover cranberry sauce)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • pinch of Kosher salt
  • Sausage And Stuffing Balls With Cranberry Dipping Sauce. The Perfect Thanksgiving Appetizer!

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    This is a great dish to just put out for family and friends while they are chatting it up, sharing some laughs and drinks of course! 🙂

    Ingredients:

    • 1 pound ground breakfast sausage
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
    • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
    • fresh ground black pepper
    • 1/2 cup finely minced onions
    • 1 stalk celery, finely minced
    • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, minced
    • 1 box stuffing mix (unprepared) (can substitute 2 1/2-3 cups leftover prepared stuffing)
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1 cup Swanson 100% Natural Chicken Broth (if using leftover stuffing, reduce amount to 1/4-1/2 cup, adding more, as needed)

    Cranberry Dipping Sauce Ingredients:

    • 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce (or 1 1/2 cups leftover cranberry sauce)
    • 1/4 cup orange juice
    • pinch of Kosher salt

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    The dish can be created using fresh stuffing, or left overs. If using leftovers, make sure you don’t add too much broth!

    Directions

    Brown sausage in large skillet over medium heat. Add seasonings and cook until pink is gone. Add onions and celery to skillet and continue to cook until vegetables are soft and onions are clear. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
    Add cheese, cranberries, and stuffing to sausage and stir. Stir in eggs and Swanson 100% Natural Chicken Broth and make sure entire mixture is completely combined.
    Using a cookie scooper, scoop out heaping balls of mixture (and slightly use palm to press mixture into scoop to make sure it sticks together well). Place balls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. If any of the mixture falls off of one, just press it back into place. Continue with entire batch of mixture (I place about 24 sausage and stuffing balls onto one standard cookie sheet).
    Bake in a preheated 375º oven for 15-18 minutes, until tops begin to brown.
    While sausage balls are baking, prepare Cranberry Dipping Sauce. Combine cranberry sauce, orange juice and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until thinned out a bit and completely combined. Transfer to a serving dish.
    Makes 36-48 Sausage and Stuffing Balls, depending on the sizes you create.
Posted in Home Owner Tips
Nov. 18, 2019

Thanksgiving Stuffing

Herbed Fruit and Nut Stuffing
Megyn Kelly food segment - November 22nd, 2017
Nathan Congleton / TODAY
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Does boxed equal boring? Not even close. Use a boxed stuffing mix as the base for this super-easy stuffing recipe that has deliciously sweet and savory flavors.  

 

Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cup frozen onion and celery mix
    • 2 cups mushroom broth, hot
    • 1/2 cup dried fruit, such as cranberries, cherries, or chopped apricots
    • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
    • One 6-ounce box plain stuffing mix
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

 

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

2. In a large bowl, add the onion and celery mix, the broth, the dried fruit, the stuffing mix and the Parmesan to a large bowl and toss to combine. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. 

3. Add vegetable oil to a cast iron skillet and place in the oven to heat, about 5-7 minutes. When the pan is hot, but before the oil is smoking, add the dressing to the hot pan.

4. Smooth out the mixture to evenly distribute. Bake uncovered until the top is golden brown and crispy, and the center is moist but not wet, about 35-40 minutes. 

 

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Nov. 17, 2019

Thanksgiving Blues Rock Jam

 

 

 

 

 

 

All ages, instruments, and skill levels are welcome to come play and sing along with our West Main House Band! You may also come and watch the Jam!

Set List- (These are the songs to learn for the Jam)-
Stevie Ray Vaughn- Pride and Joy
The Black Keys- Gold on the Ceiling
Led Zeppelin- Whole Lotta Love
The Black Crowes- Hard to Handle
CCR- Down on the Corner
Tom Petty- Won't Back Down

Attendees will sign in with what instrument and song or songs they would like to play, and then we'll call them up in order.

We'll also have a keyboard and mic set up. Loaner guitars available.

Email or Call to RSVP
203-806-1342
info@westmainmusicacademy.com

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Nov. 13, 2019

Restaurant of the Week

 

Welcome to Spill the Beans!

Located in Prospect, Connecticut, they are the perfect location for a cozy breakfast, lunch with the family, coffee and the newspaper or a gathering with your co-workers!  We are open early every day of the week with fresh brewed coffee in a variety of flavors, espressos, cappuccinos and other specialty drinks.  Try our breakfast menu consisting of tried and true favorites cooked with love (like our house-made corned beef hash!) and some unique dishes added for good measure.  They offer a full lunch menu and weekly specials including build-your-own salads, sandwiches on store-made foccacia bread or a selection of wraps and soups.  They have selections to fit into your dietary needs, whether you have a food allergy or are watching your calories.  Who knows?  Perhaps you will make a new friend or learn about art from our resident painter, Francis Philibert!  That is just the type of place we are!  

Hours

Monday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday
7:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Nov. 12, 2019

Resturant of the Week West HArtford

 

Restaurant of the Week

Union Kitchen- MODERN AMERICAN DINING IN WEST HARTFORD CENTER-WHERE FRIENDS BECOME FAMILY!

LOCATION
43 LASALLE ROAD
WEST HARTFORD, CT 06107
Contact
(860) 598-8000
INFO@UNIONKITCHENCT.COM

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Nov. 11, 2019

Sunset Grille

 

Restaurant of the Week Litchfield

Sunset Grille Watertown CT!

“We have these beautiful grounds, and we want to give our guests a memorable experience when they come here. I want to bring fine dining to the place where I grew up- not overly fancy and out of touch but priced right and still special.”

-EXECUTIVE CHEF MARK

Located @ 834 Northfield RD.
Watertown CT

SUNSETGRILLE31@GMAIL.COM

CALL FOR RESERVATIONS

(860) 417-6688

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Nov. 11, 2019

Holiday Stroll At Blue Back Square

Get in the holiday spirit on Thursday, December  5, 2019 with West Hartford’s classic New England-style Holiday Stroll at Blue Back Square and West Hartford Center.

This free, family-friendly annual event has something for everyone. Come meet Santa & Mrs Claus and see the a Holiday tree lighting, sample lots of tasty treats, write a letter to Santa, enjoy our strolling Victorian carolers and so much more.

Isham Road in Blue Back Square will be closed for special activities including horse drawn wagon rides. Connecticut Children’s will sponsor activities including  caricatures by Bonnie Sullivan, face painting by Jenna Rodriquez, the Face Painting Mama. Learn more about Connecticut Children’s PJ Day for the Kids, which is an opportunity for students and business partners across the state to show support for patients at Connecticut Children’s.

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Nov. 11, 2019

Veterans Day

 On Jeopardy the other night, the final question was: “How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the Tomb of the Unknown?”

All three missed it.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

1. How many steps does the guard take during his
walk across the Tomb of the Unknown and why?

21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.

2. How long does he wait after his about face to begin his return walk and why?

21 seconds for the same reason as above.

3. Why are his gloves wet?

His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.

4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and if not, why not?

He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

5. How often are the guards changed?

Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?

For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5' 10' and 6' 2' tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30.' Other requirements of the Guard:

They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives.

They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform {fighting} or the tomb in any way. After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn.

The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.

The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt.

There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform.
Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.

The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch TV.
All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred.

Among the notables are: President Taft, Joe E. Lewis {the boxer} and Medal of Honor recipient Audie Murphy, {the most decorated soldier of WWII} of Hollywood fame.

Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.

ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.

In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington , DC , our US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment.
They respectfully declined the offer, 'No way, Sir!' Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can
be afforded to a serviceperson.
The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.

God Bless and Keep Them

I don't usually suggest that many emails be forwarded, but I'd be very proud if this one reached as many people as possible.
We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve.
Duty - Honor - Country
IN GOD WE TRUST — with Herbert F Wieland.

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