Autumn Newsletter

Inside My Newsletter

The Pumpkin Patch
Romancing the Bird
Apple Picking
Getting your House Ready for Fall & Winter
I Move You! 
What happened in August?


Let's Talk Pumpkins!

Tis the season!
The color of the season is Orange and there's nothing more orange than pumpkins!
Sure, you can drop by your favorite grocery store and pick up a pumpkin, but that's no fun!
Why not take a drive to one of the many pumpkin patches around us and make a day of it.
There's Lindley's Farm on Fiddler's Green Road in Ancaster.  They have seasonal activites, hayrides and of course, the pumpkin patch!

My wife loves Springridge Farm on Bell School Line in Milton. Not only do they have wonderful food, seasonal fruits and veggies, but they also have a great store to shop for the perfect gift!  Their Harvest Festival runs weekends until the end of October.

Dyments Family Farm on Fallsview Road E. in Dundas is another pumpkin farm and bakery that you should check out!  With mini putt, tractor rides, a maze and farm animals, it's a great place for the whole family this fall.

With a name like Merry Farms, you know it has to be good!  With over 18 awesome activities to choose from, including a corn maze and pumpkin bowling, how can you resist going there?

Don't let THIS happen to YOU!

Romancing the Bird!

Alton Brown, host of Good Eats has shared his 5 star over 5,000 Reviews recipe "How to Cook the Perfect Turkey".
I thought I'd share it with you and if you want more information, you can check it out online here:

Good Eats Roast Turkey
Prep Time:  15 min.
Inactive Time: 7 hours
Cook time:  2 hours 30 minutes
Yield:  10 to 12 Servings
Level:  Easy!

1 (14 to 16 pound) frozen young turkey
For the brine:
1 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 gallon vegetable stock
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped candied ginger
1 gallon heavily iced water
For the aromatics:
1 red apple, sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup water
4 sprigs rosemary
6 leaves sage
Canola oil

2 to 3 days before roasting: 
Begin thawing the turkey in the refrigerator or in a cooler kept at 38 degrees F. 
Combine the vegetable stock, salt, brown sugar, peppercorns, allspice berries, and candied ginger in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to dissolve solids and bring to a boil. Then remove the brine from the heat, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate. 
Early on the day or the night before you'd like to eat: 
   Combine the brine, water and ice in the 5-gallon bucket. Place the thawed turkey (with innards removed) breast side down in brine. If necessary, weigh down the bird to ensure it is fully immersed, cover, and refrigerate or set in cool area for 8 to 16 hours, turning the bird once half way through brining.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Remove the bird from brine and rinse inside and out with cold water. Discard the brine. 
Place the bird on roasting rack inside a half sheet pan and pat dry with paper towels. 
Combine the apple, onion, cinnamon stick, and 1 cup of water in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Add steeped aromatics to the turkey's cavity along with the rosemary and sage. Tuck the wings underneath the bird and coat the skin liberally with canola oil. 
Roast the turkey on lowest level of the oven at 500 degrees F for 30 minutes. Insert a probe thermometer into thickest part of the breast and reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Set the thermometer alarm (if available) to 161 degrees F. A 14 to 16 pound bird should require a total of 2 to 2 1/2 hours of roasting.
Let the turkey rest, loosely covered with foil or a large mixing bowl for 15 minutes before carving.

You're welcome!

Apple Picking

Make it a Family Tradition!

My niece Sally, started this tradition many years ago.  She was waiting (im)patiently for her son to be born and decided it would be a good idea to go apple picking and maybe that would move the process along a little quicker.  She was right and ever since then, it's been a tradition to go apple picking around Taylor's birthday!  
There are so many places to choose from and I'm sure you have your favorites but here are a few in the area if you're not sure where to go.  
Carluke Orchards in Ancaster,
Myers Apple Farm in Hamilton
The Apple Orchard in Hamilton
Fletcher Fruit Farms in Hannon
Lindleys Farm & Market in Ancaster
Frootogo Orchards in Waterdown
Bennett's Apples & Cider
Puddicombe Farms

Getting Your House Ready For Fall & Winter

I hate to say it... but 'it's' coming so you may as well be prepared!

You might as well accept it....  Winter IS coming eventually so why not be prepared!
It's easier to get the house ready while the weather is still good, than waiting until the first snow fall (yes, I said the S word)!
l.  Clean out your eavestroughs and downspouts
2. Be sure your doors and windows have sufficient caulking
3. Check the weather stripping around doors and windows 
4. Have your chimney inspected by a WETT certified inspector.
5. What about your roof?  Have it inspected now.
6. Shut off all outside faucets before the first freeze.  Make sure you drain the hoses/taps first.
7. VERY important... have your furnace cleaned and inspected.
8.  Remove your window A/C units
9. Clean and inspect your dryer vent
10. Change the batteries in your smoke detectors
11. Check your Carbon Monoxide detectors.
12. Is your fire extinguisher ready to go?
13. Inspect and test your sump pumps
14. Empty your rain barrels
15. Put away all your outdoor equipment.

I Move You!

Thinking About a Move....Or are you Ready to Move?

Maybe you've been thinking about moving but still aren't sure if moving is right for you. 
Or, maybe you're there.... ready to move now!

Wherever your thinking process may be, there is a lot to consider and a lot to do before you take that step.

Talk to your Real Estate Professional first!
We can give you advice about when is the best time to move, what to consider before you decide to move and of course, how to best prepare yourself, your family and of course, your house before moving!

That's what I'm here for!  
I'm not going to stick a sign on your front yard and walk away.  I'll stay with you every step of the way.  I'm always here for you with any questions you may have, any advice you may need on just about anything! 
You don't know what to do with all the items you don't want to move?
I can help with that!
You need help deciding what to do to get your house ready for sale? 
I can help with that!
You need the name of a painter, carpet cleaner, electrician, lawyer?
I can help with that too!

Here's the best part!
Once you're ready to start your search for a new home, I will set you up in your own personal portal with searches that match your criteria - size of the house, number of bedrooms & bathrooms, neighborhoods, finished/unfinished basements, garage etc.  Once I have your specifications, I enter it into your portal and then the instant a property comes on the market that matches your criteria, you would be notified by email and can view that property!  My clients are loving this!  They can mark properties as their favorites, or make notes for each other or for me.  They never miss out on a property when it hits the market!  The best thing, they don't have to wait for an open house to see it.  They call me and I set up private showings for them, at their convenience.
My goal in the buying and selling process is
about YOU and your family!  
I think my clients' testimonials say it best!

With the help of my wife, Arlene, who works along side of me as my Client Liaison, we work hard to always get the job done!  
I'm always available to answer any of your real estate questions!


Residential Sale Prices for August

When looking at the year-to-date number of sales and average sale price, the peak of the spring market for residential occurred in May. RAHB (Real Estate Association of Hamilton Burlington) expects there to be the usual upswing moving into the fall market.
In August, Hamilton Centre, Burlington, Stoney Creek and Dunnville experienced significantly higher increases in residential average sale price than the RAHB average, while Hamilton West and Flamborough experienced slightly greater decreases in average price than the RAHB average.

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