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Tuesday, November 21, 2023   /   by Barb Fessenbecker

Why do we eat Turkey on Thanksgiving?

Why do we eat Turkey on Thanksgiving?
How did turkey get paired with  Thanksgiving? “There was a tradition of serving large wildfowl in medieval Europe, especially peacock, which was skinned, cooked, and resewn into its feathers for presentation,” says Ken Albala, a professor of history at the University of the Pacific, specializing in cultural cuisine. 
He goes on to say, “When turkeys from America and guinea fowl from Africa were introduced to Europe in the 17th century, they were served the same way,”  so a whole feathered turkey sticking out of a pie was a preparation familiar to colonial settlers. Tart jelly was often served alongside these birds and cranberries, being local to Massachusetts, was a perfect fit.
Though turkey wasn’t readily available in 1621, annual fall harvest dinners continued as turkey gained popularity as a source of protein. Turkeys were native to the area and plentiful, and were larger than chickens, ducks, and ...

Friday, November 3, 2023   /   by Barb Fessenbecker

It’s November - Now what?

The leaves have fallen and the yard is raked, all the flower pots and summer bird baths put away.  What is there to do now?  GO HIKING!  

Fall is the perfect time to go hiking in Wisconsin. The weather is cool so you’re less likely to overheat and the mosquitos are gone.  This makes for a much more enjoyable hiking experience.  Wisconsin in general has so many great places to hike to.  You can hike to waterfalls, lakes or just a nice brisk walk through the woods.  

Washington County certainly has its fair share of great places to hike!  Follow this link to see all of the parks in Washington County:  https://www.washcowisco.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=16228038&pageId=18289326

Taking a trip a little further north?  How about Green Lake County!  Here is the link to the many parks and hiking trails in Green Lake County:

A few quick tips to prepare you fo7 ...

Tuesday, September 26, 2023   /   by Barb Fessenbecker

Winterizing Your Lakefront Property

It’s getting colder and winter will be blowing in soon.  Now is the time to get your lakefront property ready for winter.  Properly winterizing your boat, boatlift and dock will help protect them from the harsh Wisconsin winters and can save you from expensive repairs in the spring.  Below are some tips to help you winterize your lakefront property.


Start by pulling your boat out of the water and preparing it for storage by following these steps:
CHANGE THE OIL - This is one of the first things you should do even if you changed it recently.  If you used your boat between oil changes, there is a chance some water got into the oil. 
DRAIN THE COOLANT - This is the next thing you need to do. Flush the system with water to ensure the coolant is completely gone, then refill with antifreeze making sure to follow dilution instructions. Antifreeze is necessary to make sure none of the vulnerable areas of the engine freeze and to he ...

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020   /   by Leslie Tadin

Remodeling Projects That Will Boost Your Home’s Value

There are two ways to think about remodeling projects that will boost your home’s value; you can get one or two major remodels done or opt for a bunch of small fixes. Depending on your budget and your timetable, one approach may be better for you than the other.

For instance, if you have an unfinished basement, maybe your dream when you first moved into your home was to refinish it. It never happened. But now that you are thinking about selling your home, you feel that a prospective buyer would really appreciate a full finished basement. Is that the remodeling project that you should do before selling?

On the other hand, you want to spend as little as possible to squeeze as much value out of your home. Maybe you would prefer to just spruce up the kitchen cabinets or repaint the house. Whichever camp you fall into here are some remodeling project ideas that usually add at least a few thousand dollars to the value of your home.

Interior Improvements

Depending on whe! ...

Tuesday, June 30, 2020   /   by Leslie Tadin

Signs that Now is the Time to Sell Your Home

There are many reasons why it may be time to sell your home. You may need more space to make room for a growing family or you need to downsize after your kids leave the nest. Whatever your motivations, you want to make sure that you’re timing it right.

If you sell when home prices are plummeting, you may end up losing on the deal. If you sell when home prices are highest, there may not be a lot of buyers looking to move. So how do you know when it’s a good time to sell?

A qualified agent can help you determine if the market puts you in a good place or not. But for your own personal situation, here are the signs telling you that now is the time to sell your home.

You’ve Outgrown Your Home

Whether you are expecting another child, caring for an aging parent, or have taken in your adult children, when you’ve outgrown your home, it may be time to sell your home. Consider the permanency of the change. Will the kids be there for a long time? How long wi. ...
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