Time to get Spooky

All Hallows' Eve is a time of year when both young and old can come together and have fun. Depending on your neighbourhood, your whole block may get involved in the festivities. Halloween is also the time for ghosts and ghouls to come out and play - and this means creative costumes, lots of fun, lots of activities, and lots of candy. Halloween is here!

It's important that everyone has fun and that the evening is a safe one. Here are some tips to make sure it is.

  • Plan ahead. Allow plenty of time to plan the kids' and your costumes.

  • Get ready. Cut out scary shapes like bats and spiders using black and orange craft paper, which you can purchase at a dollar store.

  • Out and about. Adult supervision is a must with young children. With the older ones, make sure that you know where they plan to go and set a check-in time.

  • Costume safety. A little bit of reflective tape will make the little ones more visible, especially just at dusk. Also, adjust the length of costumes to avoid tripping while out trick-or-treating.

  • Sound advice. Carry a flashlight, your wallet and a cell phone. If you can, go out with other families and trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods.

Going out with friends or family can make the whole experience just a bit more enjoyable. This can be an evening with lots of fun and memories to be made. Celebrate safely – Happy Halloween!

Winter is Coming

Weather is unpredictable at the best of times, and heading into a change of seasons even more so. Here are some helpful tips to prepare your home for the coming winter. This is the time to make sure that your home's critical systems are all functioning properly and ready to go into service.

  • Every couple of years you should inspect your heating system.
    A general tune up, such as replacing filters, ensures the
    system functions optimally and efficiently.

  • If your home relies on a sump pump, make sure that
    it has been maintained and is working properly.

  • For homes with aging roofs, it is important to
    have an inspection every few years. Many roofing
    companies are happy to do this for free. If
    concerns are identified, you may be able to
    deal with them immediately and avoid much
    bigger issues.

  • Have a professional inspect your eaves. Make
    sure that drains are free of debris. During
    the winter, the snow on a home's roof can
    warm up and melt. The run-off then
    freezes and creates a dam, which can back
    up more run-off, eventually damaging your
    roof and eaves drops.

  • Make sure you are stocked up on supplies like salt and you have a snow shovel.

It's not winter yet, but before you know, it will be here.
Hopefully these tips will help to make sure you and your home are winter ready.

Nutrition Quick Tips

Even though summer is over, it doesn't mean that we can't enjoy some healthy and nutritious snacks, and tomatoes are just the ingredient we need to get started.

Tomatoes are an amazing addition to our diet and some studies suggest they are an added antioxidant to our diet. Here is a fantastic Saturday morning recipe that is sure to delight.

Tomato and Egg Stacks

Saute sliced onions with thyme and about half a teaspoon of salt. Cook for about 5 – 6 minutes, or until the onion starts turning golden brown. Stir occasionally.

When the onions are done, poach your eggs to your liking. When they are done set them aside.

Place a thick, 1 cm slice of ripe tomato on a plate.

Sprinkle with grated cheese. Mozzarella is ideal. Then spoon equal parts of the onion on to the tomato and place a poached egg on each slice of tomato. Garnish with a sprig of thyme and fresh ground pepper and serve.

This breakfast is packed with protein and will help to get the whole family off to a great start.

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