How to Tackle a Dust-Free Renovation

Kristen Johnson* loved her home, her family, and their active lifestyle. She’d never want to change a thing — except for her foyer and adjoining dining room. When she and her husband first moved into their home, they had intended to refinish the hardwood floors in those areas in a darker stain to better fit their style, but life got in the way. Twelve years, two boys and countless birthday parties, pets and indoor soccer games later, their floors were covered in scuffs, scratches, and stains, and some of their walls needed repair. To complicate matters even further, they had …

Must-have elements for building a sustainable new home

When someone builds a home for you, you have the opportunity to make it as sustainable, eco-friendly and energy-efficient as possible. Not only are sustainable homes more cost-effective over the long term, they have a smaller environmental impact and can be more appealing to homebuyers when you’re ready to sell and move. In fact, more than half of Realtors report consumers are interested in sustainability, according to the National Association of Realtors’ REALTORS and Sustainability report. What’s more, 70 percent say a home’s efficient use of energy is important to potential buyers. If you’re having a home built for you, it’s …

Tricks to customize a kitchen on a budget

Who wouldn’t want a kitchen customized to meet their specific tastes and needs? A complete kitchen renovation can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but you don’t have to spend a bundle to achieve a custom effect. A few modest investments can help make your kitchen work well and look great. Here are ways to affordably customize your kitchen: Get creative with cabinets Completely replacing cabinets can be costly, but it’s possible to create a custom look with the cabinets you already have. Customization tricks to try: * Paint cabinets a trendy color, like dark blue. Or, paint one set …

launches IKON™ – the first Apron Front sink of its kind – crafted from BLANCO’s patented SILGRANIT® material, which combines on-trend color selection with extreme durability

BLANCO, the German manufacturer of finely made sinks and faucets, announces the release of the first-ever SILGRANIT apron front sink. The revolutionary IKON™ Apron Front Single Bowl breaks ground with its ability to offer a highly sought after aesthetic with the unmatched quality, color selection and resilience of SILGRANIT. The perfect combination of design, function, and durability, the innovative IKON features a sophisticated apron front design with a traditional wide radius and robust 1.5” rim. BLANCO also offers a unique custom-fit Floating Grid accessory for use with the IKON, which rests along the walls of the sink and can be …

Tips for Tackling a DIY Deck Project

While planning a new outdoor living space can be overwhelming, chances are there’s a home improvement retailer nearby that offers an abundance of resources to help you tackle virtually any project. If a DIY deck project is on your to-do list, these tips can help you navigate the aisles like a pro.  Do your homework. Get started by perusing retailer websites to learn about their product offerings and services. Then visit manufacturer websites for more information and to compare aesthetics and performance. Research your options and decide what materials and styles make the most sense for your lifestyle and preferences. …

Meatball Baked Ziti

Print Meatball Baked Ziti Pasta dish the entire family will enjoy. Course Main Course Cuisine Italian Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 35 minutes Total Time 40 minutes Ingredients 16 oz ziti pasta uncooked 1 14 oz package Armour Italian Style or Original Meatballs, thawed 1 24 oz jar marinara sauce 2 cups grated mozzearella or provolone cheese Instructions Heat oven to 375 F. Cook pasta according to package directions. Cut meatballs in half.In a large skillet, combine marinara sauce and meatballs; bring mixture to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; stir well, cover and simmer 5-6 minutes, …

Appealing Holiday Appetizers

  Print Baked Spinach Artichoke Yogurt Dip Course Appetizer Cuisine American Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 30 minutes Calories 179 kcal Ingredients 1 14 oz can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped 1 10 oz package frozen chopped spinach thawed and drained 8 oz plain low-fat yogurt 1 cup shredded, low-moisture, part-skim Mozzarella Cheese 1/4 cup green onion chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tbsp red pepper, chopped Instructions Heat oven to 350 F.Combine artichoke hearts, spinach, yogurt, cheese, onion and garlic; mix well.Pour mixture into 1-quart casserole dish or 9-inch pie plate. Bake 20-25 minutes, …

Buffalo Chicken Wings

  Print Chili Ingredients 2 pounds ground beef 1 large chopped onion 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes in puree 1 15-19 oz can kidney beans, undrained 1/4 cup Franks RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce 2 packages 1 1/4 oz chili seasoning mix shredded cheddar cheese (optional) scallions (optional) sour cream (optional) Instructions In large, nonstick pot, cook beef until browned.Add onion; cook 3 minutes. Drain.Stir in tomatoes, beans, sauce and seasoning mix. Heat to boiling. Stir often.Simmer, partially covered, 15 minutes, or until flavors are blended. Stir often.Garnish, as desired, with shredded cheddar cheese, scallions and sour cream. Football …

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Bowl

  Print Mini Pumpkin Parfait with Cranberry Caramel A yummy twist on a traditional holiday pumpkin and spiced cookie dessert.  Course Dessert Cuisine American Ingredients 1 package Cafe Bistro Speklatius Spiced Cookies 1/2 cup Countyside Creamery Unsalted Butter, Divided 1/2 cup packed Baker’s Corner Brown Sugar 1/4 cup water 1 cup Sweet Harvest Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce 8 ounces Happy Farms Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread, softened 1/4 cup Baker’s Corner Powdered Sugar 1 cup Baker’s Corner 100% Pure Canned Pumpkin 8 ounces Friendly Farms Whipped Topping, divided Instructions Place cookies in food processor and pulse to form fine crumbs.In …

Happy Holiday Gift-Giving

It’s nearly inevitable to go through holiday shopping season without that one person on your gift list who seems impossible to buy for. Rather than spending countless hours meandering through aisle after aisle, try this array of gift options to fit just about anybody on your list. Find more gift ideas and tips for the holidays at eLivingToday.com. A New Way of Notetaking Save your hand-written notes, ideas and sketches digitally with Bamboo Folio, a smartpad that allows you to write naturally with a pen on any paper. Push the button to save your handwritten notes as digital files. With …