Winter Newsletter

Inside My Newsletter

  • It's coming.... are you ready?
  • Can you make an egg bounce?
  • Warm up from the Inside!
  • Mistakes you DON'T want to make!
  • What happened in December?

It's Coming.... are you ready?

Like it or not, winter is here.  It may not feel much like winter so far.... no snow.... so many balmy days, but you and I both know.... it's coming - are you ready?

Here are a few tips to help you through the season.

1.  CAA suggests a winter driving kit that would include warm gloves, hat and boots, a blanket, bag of sand or kitty litter in case you get stuck in the snow, a small shovel, ice scraper, snacks, extra washer fluid, first aid kit, flashlight/batteries, flares, waterproof matches and battery jumper cables.  
2.  Make sure your cell phone is fully charged in case you need to make a call.
3.  Shovel snow away from your home's foundation.
4. Remove snow and ice from your roof and any exterior vents.
5. Check your home's heating system.
6. Have enough firewood on hand.
7.  Keep your pipes warm to avoid costly expense if they burst.
8.  Have a home emergency kit.



From our good friends at the Egg Farmers of Ontario!

1. Now it Sinks, Now it Floats
Fill two glasses with water. Stir ¼ cup (50 mL) salt into one glass until the salt is dissolved. Place a raw egg in its shell in each glass. What happens?
Result: When you add salt to the water, you make it heavier, or denser, than the egg which means the egg will float in the water. With a little “eggs-perimenting” you can add just enough salt to make the egg float halfway in the glass.

2. Find the Fresh Egg
Fill a bowl with water. Place a fresh egg and an older egg (one that is well past the Best Before date on the carton) in the water. What happens?
Result: The fresh egg will sink and the older egg will float. As an egg ages, air enters it through tiny pores in the shell and collects at the wide end of the egg. Over time, this makes the egg light enough to float in water.

3. Find the Uncooked Egg
Spin an uncooked and a hard-cooked egg on a table top. Ask a friend to guess which one is the uncooked egg.
Result: When you try to spin an uncooked egg, its liquid yolk and white will move around making the egg wobble instead of spin. The hard-cooked egg will spin smoothly since the insides are solid and therefore more stable.

4. The Un-Crushable Egg Shell
Wrap masking tape over the broken edges of four washed egg shell halves. Trim the edges so the eggs will sit flat. Position the egg shells so that they will support the four corners of some books. Carefully balance the books, one by one, on top. How many books can you stack before the egg shells start to crack?
Result: The egg shells can support the weight of the books because of the curved shape of the shells. This shape helps distribute the weight of the books down and over the entire shell instead of just on the end.

5. Egg and Soda
Soak an egg in a glass filled with cola for 30 minutes to 1 hour. What happens? Try brushing the egg with toothpaste using a toothbrush. What happens? Are there any similarities between the egg and your teeth?
Result: The egg becomes stained with cola and is removed by the toothpaste. 

6. Can You Remove the Shell of an Egg Without Cracking it? Place an egg into a glass. Add enough vinegar to cover the egg. After one day, use a spoon to carefully lift the egg out of the glass. Rinse the egg under a bit of water while gently rubbing the shell with your fingers. If the shell doesn’t come off completely, place the egg back in the vinegar and leave it for two to three more days until the shell can be removed completely.
Result: Egg shells contain calcium which makes them hard. Vinegar, an acid, dissolves the calcium in the shell. The skin or membrane under the shell does not react to the vinegar and is left to hold the egg together.

7. Can You Make an Egg Bounce?
Take the shell-less egg that has been soaking in vinegar (see #6) and let it soak in a glass of water for a couple of days. What happens? Try dropping the egg from a few feet (1 m) above the floor or table. What happens?
Result: The vinegar removes the hard shell but the membrane surrounding the egg remains. Soaking the egg in water causes the egg to expand due to osmosis; there is a greater concentration of water on the outside of the egg membrane so the water moves into the egg. The water stretches the membrane, making the egg “bouncy.

Don't get fresh with me!

Crack it Open
The fresher your egg is, the more difficult it is to peel cleanly.  So check the date on the egg cartons and go for a date that's a little older.

Eggs are great!  They have disease-fighting nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin.  They only have 75 calories, 7 grams of high-quality protein, 5 grams of fat.  They have iron, vitamins, minerals and carotenoids!  

Brown vs White
Don't waste your money buying brown eggs!  There is no difference at all.  White eggs are laid by white feathered hens and brown eggs are laid by brown feathered hens.  

Lastly - Why DID the chicken cross the road?  It all depends on who you ask!  Is a Kinder Egg really an egg?

Warm up from Inside

Quebec Pea Soup 
10 cups Ham Stock (see recipe below)
2 Bay leaves
2 cups split peas -- yellow
1 Onion -- finely chopped
2 Carrots -- grated
2 cups ham -- diced smoked
1 cup celery with leaves -- finely- chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Method: EQUIPMENT: large dutch oven with cover, mixing spoon.
1. Heat ham stock and peas in saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes, remove from heat, cover, and set aside for 1 hour.
2. After sitting for 1 hour, add diced ham, bay leaves, onion, carrots, and celery to pea mixture and bring to boil over high heat. Reduce and simmer, cover and cook for about 1-1/2 hours until peas are tender, stirring frequently. If necessary, skim off fat. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Ham Stock:
10 cups water;
1 - bone of a half smoked ham with some meat still on it;
2-3 – celery stocks with leaves;
1 – carrot sliced;
1 – cooking onion quartered.
Place all ingredients in a dutch oven, bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 2 to 4 hours. Strain, de-grease and use in soup recipe above.

Mistakes Buyers Make When Purchasing a Home

1. Not choosing a real estate agent who is committed to forming a strong business relationship with you.  

2. Not getting prequalified right away!  Even if you're very early in the 'looking' stage, speaking to a lender first will let you know what price range you should be looking at.

3.  Relying too much on the advice of family and friends.  I know, you may be upset reading this but you have to understand that every transaction is completely different.  Even though your friends and family have the best intentions, what they experienced may not be relevant to your situation or to the current market.  Getting the advice of professionals is always best.

4.  Not considering alternatives for what you think is the perfect home.  Buying a home is a process of elimination, not selection.  New properties arrive on the market daily, so be open to all possibilities.  Ask your real estate agent to provide a comparative market analysis for information about other available homes.  

5.  Going on a shopping spree after applying for a mortgage.  Sometimes buyers run to the furniture store or book a vacation as soon as their offer has been accepted.  That's a mistake because it hurts their chances of getting a mortgage.  It creates 'new debt to income ratio' if those purchases are financed, potentially causing their mortgage application to be denied.  Even if they don't finance these 'after accepted offer' purchases, leaving yourself cash poor isn't a good idea either as the bank may look at this as well, not to mention if you need something unexpected when you move into your new home.  It's crucial to keep your financing steady during the buying process.

This is only a summary.  If you would like more information on these or if you have other questions, give me a call.

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Residential Sale Prices for December

 The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 534 sales of residential properties located within the RAHB market area were processed through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in December, 2018. Although this is 26 per cent lower than the same month last year, the average price was up by 2.6 per cent to $543,210.

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