Category Archives: Summer

things to do in may photo galeMay is a good month to finish your Spring To Do List, and start thinking about tackling your Summer To Do List.

 

 

  • Turn on your outdoor spigots and check your garden hoses for leaks.
  • Take a look at your deck or patio. Does your deck need to be repainted or refinished? Does your patio need new bricks or stones?
  • Wash and set out your outdoor furniture.
  • Inspect your pool after the long winter. Start getting it ready for the upcoming summer months.
  • We use our outdoor grill year round, but it’s a good idea in the spring to clean it and make sure you have enough propane or charcoal.
  • Mulch your shrubbery bed, and till and prepare your vegetable garden.
  • Memorial Day Weekend is a popular time in New England to buy your tomato plants for your home garden.
  • Take the cover off your outdoor air conditioning unit and open up your vents in your house. Test the central air conditioning system well before the first hot day of summer, or you may be surprised! Start thinking about putting your window air conditioners back in the windows.
  • Wash your windows, inside and out.
  • Buy sunscreen products and bug spray so you are ready for the summer months.
  • Go through your winter wool clothes and decide what is headed for the dry cleaners and what is headed to Goodwill.
  • In New England, May is a great month to start up your walking regimen.

Gale Crop 2011 jpegAbout the Author – When Gale is not working at home on her “To Do List”, she enjoys working with both Sellers and Buyers. Gale Spadafora is one of the Broker Owners at RE/MAX Legacy and can be contacted through her website at www.galespadafora.com.


Gale Grill photoNow that the summer is in full gear we are grilling more and more.  At our house we usually grill year round and shovel a path on our deck to the grill.  But this past winter the grilling stopped for months when we couldn’t even open our back door to the deck due to the high snow drifts.  So I am especially enjoying the outdoor grilling this summer.  We grill the usual hamburgers and steaks. But my favorite is grilled salmon, and skewered fish and vegetables.   I also enjoy chicken on the grill.  Anything not to get my kitchen oven going on a hot evening.

My favorite grilling book is old and torn and well used. It is called “365 Great Barbecue & Grilling Recipes” by Lonnie Gandara.  Following are two of my favorite recipes from this book. The first one is a fish shish kabob which I have adapted to my liking, and the second is a very simple chicken recipe that is also great for lunch the next day.

SPEARED SCALLOPS AND SHRIMP (adapted)

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 10 to 15 minutes

Serves:  4

1 pound sea scallops

1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined

8 oz.  package of mushrooms, halved

2 tomatoes

1/3 red onion (or Vidalia onion) – cut in chunks

8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, cut into tablespoons

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  1. Prepare a hot fire.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter with lemon juice and garlic. Warm over low heat until butter melts, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. On each of 4 long metal skewers, thread a shrimp, then a vegetable. Repeat alternating between fish and vegetable, ending with a shrimp. Brush each skewer with melted butter mixture.
  4. Place skewers on an oiled grill set 6 inches from coals. Grill, turning once or twice and basting frequently with butter mixture, until shrimp are pink and scallops are opaque throughout, about 8 to 13 minutes.

NOTE: Original recipe does not have tomatoes and red onion.  Other vegetables we have added are zucchini and peppers. The original recipe also has 6 slices of lean bacon, cut in half. Wrap a half strip of bacon around each scallop.

 

QUICK CHICK

Prep: 5 minutes

Marinate: 5 minutes

Cook: 10 to 12 minutes

Serves: 4

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1   .06-ounce envelope Italian salad dressing mix

¼ cup lemon juice

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  1. Prepare a hot fire. Combine olive oil, Italian salad dressing mix, and lemon juice. Add chicken breasts; turn to coat well. Let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Place chicken on an oiled grill 6 inches from coals. Grill, turning occasionally, for about 10 to 12 minutes, until white throughout but still moist.

Gale Crop 2011 jpegAbout the Author – Gale Spadafora enjoys grilling all year round, but especially in the summer.   She is one of the Broker Owners at RE/MAX Legacy and can be contacted through her website at www.galespadafora.com


summer7 SIZZLING SUMMER SUGGESTIONS FOR SELLERS

Home sales seem to peak in the spring, but the summer months can be a great time to showcase your home.  Create a light and fresh inviting space for potential buyers.  Sellers make your home sizzle by following this list of great ideas for styling your home.

 

  1. Prepare your home by Cleaning and Decluttering rooms and storing away winter items such as heavy curtains.  Draw up those blinds and open those windows.  Let the sunlight in!
  2. Make the exterior of your home shine!  Power wash your home and get out that dirt and grime, repair any siding or shutters that may have become loose during the winter.  Paint or re-stain your deck floor.
  3. Buyers first notice Curb Appeal!  Trim bushes, plant flowers and don’t skimp on the mulch.  Hang some flowers on the front door as well.  If you have a farmer’s porch add a rocker or two.  Make it say “welcome home”.
  4. Mow your lawn at least once a week and don’t forget to water it to keep that lush green look.  Feeling creative? Try mowing it at a diagonal to add dimension to your lawn.
  5. Set the Air Conditioner to a comfortable temperature.  You want buyers to come in from the sweltering heat and humidity and feel relaxed in the cool temps of your home.
  6. Place some Fresh Flowers on your tables and let the smell of summer fill the air.  Now is not the time for heavy scented candles.
  7. Use this time of year to your advantage and add some Outdoor Living Space.  Set out a table and chairs with bright comfy pillows.  A hammock or porch swing is inviting as well.  Place potted plants and flowers around the area and maybe a string of lights.  The potential here is limitless.

Set the stage for success this summer and you are more apt to get a quicker sale at a better price!

About the author:  Jenn Scali has been working with sellers for over 10 years.  You can contact her at (617) 905-7211 or by visiting her website at jennscali.com.  Give Jenn a call anytime during the year to list your home not just in the summer.


Category: Home Selling, Summer

Watching our tomato plants growing since this spring and feels like it has been forever since we saw that first green tomato appear  – and all of a sudden they are all about to ripen at once.

Feeling a little overwhelmed with how many tomatoes we are about to pick  – here are a couple ideas I have found to use them for.

Caprese Salad –  A summer BBQ Favorite! A simple salad, made of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, seasoned with salt, and olive oil.

Grill Them Up – Perfect for a salad or as a summer appetizer!  Just marinate your tomatoes and slightly char them on the grill.

Home Made Salsa – Perfect way to use other stuff from the garden!!  You can serve this right away or jar the salsa and put away to open one winter afternoon – while the snow is falling grab a bag of chips and open the fresh taste of summer!

Make Homemade Spaghetti Sauce – super simple and again serve right away or jar to use all winter long!

Chill out with Homemade Gazpacho – this cold soup is perfect to whip up on a hot summer day!!!

Bruschetta – impress your guest with a homemade Bruschetta to serve as an appetizer.

Lastly one of my summer time favorites is a BLT  – make a good one, with thick, applewood-smoked bacon, sourdough bread, fresh lettuce, mayonnaise and plenty of tomato.

Enjoy all those tomatoes!

SarahAbout the author: Sarah Ferguson is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and loves growing tomaotes. You can contact her directly through her website www.sarahfergusonre.com


 

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Woburn is not only a great town to live in, but it is conveniently located. Also it is such a good town to raise your family, with activities all summer long including , pools and parks.

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Bookworm Wednesday is back again, what a great way to motivate your kid to read. No efforts and its free. Every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. from July 9th – August 13th

Just bring a book report* with you to the select Bookworm Wednesdays movie and that’s your price of admission!
 Download the Book Report  Also check the Woburn Library for more reading challenges.

 Fun Runs

Fun Runs are just another way to keep your child healthy Join the Recreation center for a .8 Mile race for children up to the age of 12 starts at 6:15 or a 2.5 mile race starts at 6:40 Fun Runs are free of charge. All children who participate will receive a ribbon!!

Meet at the Horn pond parking lots every Thursday from July 10th – August 14th.  It is recommend to get there early it does get crowded sometimes.

 Free Craft Program!

An enjoyable place for children to make fun arts & crafts projects with our instructors. There is a different craft offered each afternoon. You do not need to be registered for this program.

This Program begins on June 25th and runs until August 21
Summer 2013 Schedule
Monday    1:30 – 3:30    Library Park……….
Tuesday   1:30 – 3:30    Green Street Pool
Wednesday 1:30 – 3:30   North Woburn Pool
Thursday 1:30 – 3:30    East Woburn Pool

4 Week Movie Series @ Library Park

There’s no better way to spend a cool summer night in Woburn than enjoying a great movie in the great outdoors. Consider joining us under the stars on Tuesday nights recommended that you arrive a little early so that everyone will be able to get settled before the movie starts. Bring your own snacks/juice and money for ice cream man. Don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets for the family. For a listing of the movies visit www.woburnrec.com in July

 Family Night & Outdoor Library Park

Sponsored by the Woburn Rotary Club Food will be served starting at 6:00 Children’s Concert: 6:30 – 7:30 Outdoor Movie: 8:15 or 8:30 depends on sunset Other activities include: Moonwalk, Fire Safety House, and other Children’s Games. Also check the Woburn Library for similar activities.

Mayor’s Field Day August 21st

@ Library Park
11:00 – 2:00
Come celebrate the end of the summer with the Recreation Department!!!
There will be many fun – filled activities and events for children such as a dunk tank, moonwalk, magician, face painting, along with great onstage performances. *Rain Date August 22nd

Hope you enjoy living in Woburn and look for more fall activities at the rec center and all the sports activities possible. Have a great summer

JanineAbout the author: Janine Elkhoury is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and a resident of Woburn.  You can learn more about her on her website www.bostonrelocationagent.com

 


DehumidifierIn an earlier blog, I wrote about the importance of running a humidifier in the winter time. (Benefits of a Humidifier)  The flip side of that is the importance of running a dehumidifier in the summer time.  A dehumidifier cools the ambient air in the environment, usually basement areas.   In the process of cooling the air, moisture absorbed in the air is condensed into a collection reservoir.   The reservoir can have an automatic overflow shut-off or can be configured to flow into a drain or a sump.  It can also be manually emptied when full.

The question to ask is why do I need it?  In the typical basement which is below grade, there are several factors at play.  The ground contains moisture and the old stone, block or cement foundations are porous and allow moisture into the basement.  Excess moisture creates dampness, and could lead to mold or mildew.  Any items of value such as furniture or books will eventually be damaged or destroyed by the moisture.  Your basement will also smell damp and the odor will carry through your home.

Another factor is relative humidity or dew point as referred to by your local weatherperson.  On humid days and in cool basements, dew point is important.  A high dew point will result in moisture condensing on the cool basement walls, causing the same potential condition identified above.   Dew point is the temperature at which saturated air will condense on a surface.  A lower dew point indicates there is less moisture in the air.

A dehumidifier can be the solution.  It runs on electricity and works like a refrigerator or an air conditioner.  Coils with gas inside are cooled and provide a surface for the “wet” air to pass over.   The moisture is extracted out of the air and condensed on the cold coils.  Water drips into a collection reservoir and you would be surprised at how quickly it fills up.  If the water is not automatically drained out, then it would be best to have a device that automatically shuts off when the reservoir is full.  Otherwise the excess water will spill over onto the floor of the basement.

If a home has no basement or is built on a slab, you may also need a dehumidifier as high humidity will condense on the cool floor.

Prices for effective dehumidifiers are typically between $150 and $350.  Buying a recognized brand name is wise as the company will hopefully be there if there is a problem or a repair needed.

We tend to hang onto things longer and when we run out of space, we will store things in the basement.  If something is of value, either sentimental or monetary, you should protect its value by using a dehumidifier.  A dehumidifier is a wise investment.

Roland Crop 2011 jpeg (1)About the author: Roland Spadafora is one of the Broker Owners at RE/MAX Legacy.  He can be contacted through his website at www.spadaforateam.com