January 2016

Five home-buying trends for this year's market

(BPT) - If you’re in the market for a new house this year, don’t be fooled by the brisk chill in the air — the spring house-hunting season is actually closer than you think. That means now is the perfect time to start your planning. Space requirements such as bedrooms, bathrooms and square footage are essential, but a house is more than just shelter, it’s your home, and the great ones not only have everything you need, but everything you want.

How to Cook Like a Professional Chef at Home

(StatePoint) Every home baker or chef has asked the same question at some point: why don’t my cakes or dishes look and taste like the ones from my favorite restaurant? The answer: culinary professionals know secrets and tricks that most home chefs don’t.

Some of these are simple and easy to adopt in your kitchen.

<p align="center"><strong>Position Wisely</strong>

Pans should be as close to the center of your oven as possible for even cooking. And don’t allow pans to touch oven walls or each other.

Consejos para viajar de modo inteligente en las vacaciones familiares

(StatePoint) ¡La mejor forma de conseguir que sus hijos dejen de preguntar “¿Cuánto falta para llegar?” es, en primer lugar, hacer que nunca lo pregunten!

Con un poco de planeación inteligente, puede disfrutar sus próximas vacaciones familiares de principio a fin, lo que incluye el tiempo de viaje para ir y volver de su destino.

<p align="center"><strong>Equipaje</strong>

A Better Birthday Bash

(Family Features) No birthday party is complete without a birthday cake… or is it? Put a unique twist on your celebration by switching out the typical sheet cake for something a little more festive.

When it comes to choosing an alternative, nearly any dessert will do. The key to making it feel like a party-worthy treat is all in the presentation. Clever names and decor can make any everyday dessert extra special. For example, if your theme is zoo safari, serve desserts iced in animal pattern stripes and spots.

Planning to age in place? Don't overlook need for balanced natural light

(BPT) - When homeowners think about improvements that can allow them to stay in their homes longer as they grow older, they may focus on things like grab bars in the bathroom or wider doorways to boost accessibility and safety. Yet they often overlook another critical type of improvement that addresses both those concerns, and directly affects seniors’ health — access to glare-free, balanced natural light.

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