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Brenda’s Recipe of the Month

Grilled Chicken  Skewers with  Tamarind Marinade

Grilled Chicken Skewers with Tamarind Marinade

Serves 4 ¼ cup tamarind concentrate 2 teaspoons minced garlic 3 tablespoons light brown sugar ½ tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1½ pounds chicken tenderloins Wooden skewers Whisk tamarind, garlic, sugar, salt, and oil in a shallow dish until sugar is... read more

What’s on Brenda’s Mind

Home Improvement DIY – $500 Hacks

Itching for a home improvement DIY project but low on cash? Not every home improvement project has to break the bank; there are plenty of jobs that will boost your home’s appeal for under $500. Here are a few home improvement ideas: Paint: Paint your kitchen, paint... read more

Turkey Sausage and Pea Linguine

Serves 4 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 pound turkey sausage, casings removed 1 pound fresh linguine 3 tablespoons butter 10 ounces fresh peas 1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon Parmesan cheese Directions Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add olive oil... read more

Ask the Agent: This Month’s Question

What are some new ways to update the outside areas of my property? Adding outdoor living spaces and focusing on easy maintenance can update your backyard appeal, and you can enhance curb appeal with some inexpensive options to give your house and yard a modern look... read more

The Good Old Backpack Goes High Tech

OK, so we all know what a backpack is: a cloth or leather sack with over-the-shoulder straps that you carry on your back. Traditionally, it carried provisions when you hiked, extra clothes when you traveled, and books when you headed for the library. But that is so... read more

What’s That $53 Billion in Reno Spending About?

Canadians can’t really complain about the cost of renovating 24 Sussex Dr., the official residence of the prime minister. We’re spending plenty on home projects ourselves. According to Scotiabank, we spent $53 billion on renovations in 2015. That’s the same amount of... read more

Is It Curtains for the Open-Concept Lifestyle?

For years, it’s seemed as though open-concept living was the design principle of choice. Kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms were prized for their lack of dividing doors and walls. Now, however, the dominance of the open-concept lifestyle is in question,... read more

Maybe Your Dryer Is Trying to Tell You Something

These days more and more ordinary items are being fitted with chips and sensors to connect to the Internet of Things. While online connectivity offers convenience and great benefits to companies and consumers, it carries significant risk as well. Common objects such... read more

Brenda’s Monthly Newsletter Articles

Ask the Agent: This Month’s Question

Ask the Agent: This Month’s Question

I live in a condo complex. How can I feel secure in my new home? The good news is, you don’t need to hire Biff the bouncer from the nightclub downtown. Instead try these simple tips: Lock ’em out: It can be tempting to leave your entrance unlocked while getting the... read more
Here’s the Latest Buzz on Bumblebees

Here’s the Latest Buzz on Bumblebees

Buzzing bees can be a nuisance in summer. But bees are responsible for pollinating fruits and vegetables, meaning they’re a crucial part of our food production process. And they’re currently under stress, thanks to the loss of habitat and pollution. Biologists have... read more
5 Ways to Boost Your Home’s OQ for Less

5 Ways to Boost Your Home’s OQ for Less

When getting a home ready to sell, most homeowners focus on interior upgrades and fixes. But what’s on the outside counts, too. Lawns, walkways, patios, gardens, doors, and windows all play a role in the livability of a home – and its salability as well. Thinking of... read more
How to Plan the Best Vacation Ever

How to Plan the Best Vacation Ever

Summer vacation time is approaching, and now’s the time to start planning. Vacations aren’t a luxury; they’re crucial. Spend the time, and money, to make it great for everyone. Book good hotels. Consider nonstop flights. Fill your itinerary with must-see items.... read more
The Tiny House Movement: Fad or Solution?

The Tiny House Movement: Fad or Solution?

You don’t have to be house shopping to know that “tiny” is very now. “Tiny” as in “tiny homes,” that is. TV shows, magazines, and the lifestyle sections of newspapers have been promoting the “small is beautiful” philosophy for months now. What’s it all about? A tiny... read more