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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 4/18/2019

In this quick, got to have it now society, the microwave is the go-to for a quick cup of tea or to reheat that coffee. But does it give a satisfying, refreshing cup? Some people believe that water heated in a kettle is hotter and stays hotter longer, so it brews a better cup of tea.

What does the science say?

Personal experience notwithstanding, the scientific community seems to be in agreement that water heated in a microwave to boiling is the same temperature as water brought to boiling on the stove. And, that once in the cup, the cooling rate is the same. There is some speculation that the kettle heats water more uniformly than the microwave, resulting in certain parts, especially in the center, cooling faster because they had not reached the same temperature as the rest of the cup.

Others contend that the heated kettle allows the water to remain hotter while the microwaved container immediately begins to convey the higher temperature away from the heated water. For this reason, microwavable packaging often instructs to stir or let stand for a specified time so that the heat transfers evenly throughout the dish.

And then there are the folks that claim the perfect cup of tea comes from microwaving your tea leaves or tea bag in the water rather than pouring the water over the tea after it has heated. Some studies conclude that boiling the leaves in the microwave extracts more of the nutritional compounds than traditional brewing methods. 

What about nature?

Well, yes, heating the water over a flame has a satisfying earthiness about it. The act of filling the kettle, lighting the burner, waiting for the steam to build up a head so the kettle will whistle … all of that adds to the mystique of the brew. During the waiting, you're already relaxing. Then, you have a few moments more to be mindful as you pour the boiling water over loose tea or tea bag and watch as the tendrils of color begin to flow through your cup.

By the time you sit down and take a sip, you've already relaxed so the tea's catechins and warm steaminess can work their magic on your soul. Then, once you've rested, the caffeine slides into your senses to perk you back up so that you can move forward in the day and accomplish more.

Whatever side you’re on, you can find the perfect kettle to brew your stovetop experience or try a borosilicate glass teapot made for the microwave to create your ideal cuppa!

And if you need a new kitchen to support your tea habit, ask your local real estate agent to show you some options.




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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 4/12/2019

This Multi-Family in Worcester, MA recently sold for $336,500. This style home was sold by Ron Ouellette - RE/MAX Advantage I.


48 Everard Street, Worcester, MA 01605

Belmont Hill

Multi-Family

$305,000
Price
$336,500
Sale Price

3
Units
3,149
Approx. GLA
Immaculate, spacious, updated, & very well maintained, 3 family. Natural woodwork & hardwoods in all units & front hallway. Quality vinyl siding. Vinyl windows. Mass Save wall gas heaters in units 2 & 3. Security system & Central Steam heat unit 1. ALL units updated cabinets, counters, & tile in working kitchens (Pantry) & baths. 3 new gas hot water heaters. Exc furnace, all pipes insulation wrap by Mass Save. 4 new electric meters & breaker panels (incl owner meter) Enclosed/secure rear stairway & walk up attic storage. Each unit has washer/dryer hookups in basement. Property shows great pride in ownership by long term, owner occupant landlord., Sunny bright units. Level rear fenced yard. Convenient location close to UMass, MCPHS, Memorial Hosp, parks, and swimming, Quick & easy access to Routes I-290, I-190, Rt-12 & Rt-9, also downtown Worcester restaurants, events, and train station. NO SHOWINGS UNTIL GROUP WALK-THRU/OPEN HOUSE 2/23/19, SATURDAY 12PM TO 2PM "SHARP".

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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 4/11/2019

Many people find it difficult to find the time and energy to prepare meals at home. Cooking at home may seem like another task on your to-do list for the day, but it carries many benefits for you and your family. It not only benefits your wallet, but it will also create lasting memories with your loved ones. 

Meal Planning

Before you make the leap and decide to quit eating out so often, it is essential to prepare for this new lifestyle change. The initial thing to do is come up with a plan of action. Meal planning can ensure your success. Start by planning which days of the week you would like to start cooking on. These days can be reoccurring in your schedule each week. For example, you can cook on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings and eat leftovers or takeout on the other days of the week. Pick days in your schedule that are not jam-packed with activities. Once you decide upon the days you would like to cook at home, begin to make a recipe list for that week. Find recipes online and print them out so that they're easy to access when you're ready to cook them. If you're not a huge fan of at-home cooking, try to find one pot meals that can go a long way for you and your family.

Grocery Shopping

After you have your recipes for the week, create a shopping list for those recipes. Try and steer clear of buying unnecessary ingredients that will go bad before you use them. Stick to your list as much as possible. If you’re too busy to find time to make it to the grocery store, utilize the free pickup option that many grocery store chains now offer. 

Fall in love with cooking

A love for cooking may not be something that comes naturally to you at first, but do not fret, before long you will be enjoying the benefits of utilizing your kitchen more. To develop a love for cooking, you need to make it as stress-free as possible. Now that you have your meal plan operating make sure you have the right tools to make it work for you. Look into tools like a pressure cooker or a food processor to cut down the tasks of preparing your meals. If chopping veggies are going to add stress to your prep time, opt for pre-cut vegetables in the frozen food section. 

Make it an event

Food often brings people together. Cooking can become a family activity that you enjoy throughout the week. Involve everyone in the family by assigning tasks to each person and work as a team to create a delicious meal. Invite your neighbors over for a family dinner and get to know the neighborhood. If cooking for a party seems too overwhelming, ask others to bring a dish. 

Once you get the hang of cooking for your family consistently, enjoy the quality time you now get to spend with your friends and family at your dinner table. Invite your neighbors over for your next homemade meal!




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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 4/5/2019


37 Harvest Road, Uxbridge, MA 01569

Single-Family

$189,500
Price

4
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS! * SOLD "AS IS" * PRICED WELL BELOW MARKET * 1/2 DUPLEX 2 STORY TOWNHOUSE CONDO WITH NO FEES * NICE LEVEL YARD * PAVED DRIVE WITH PLENTY OF PARKING * SPACIOUS KITCHEN * OPEN DINING AREA * LIVING ROOM * 1/2 BATH ON FIRST * 2 BDRMS UP WITH FULL BATH * NEW FURNACE 2013 * FHWBB HEAT BY OIL * 2 HEAT ZONES * 100 AMP ELECTRIC BREAKERS * TOWN WATER & SEWER * VINYL SIDING & WINDOWS * YOUNG ROOF * SOLID BUILDING HAS GOOD BONES * INTERIOR NEEDS CLEANING AND FULL COSMETICS * QUICK INVESTOR FLIP * EASY EQUITY BUILD FOR OWNER OCCUPY * GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD OF EXCELLENT CONDITION SIMILAR STYLE PROPERTIES BUILT 1988 * CONDO DOCS (NO FEES) ATTACHED * MOTIVATED SELLER!
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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 4/4/2019

It is an age-old conundrum. Everyone notices what is wrong, but when something is right, they can't put their finger on what it is if they even try. Chances are that if you have a hard floor, you either have or are considering a rug to put on it. Did you know that the size shape and placing of the said rug can have a significant impact on the appearance of that room? It can. For instance, small rugs tend to make the room look smaller and choosing a rug with the wrong shape (read square or circle) can lead to a confused look and at worst a tripping hazard (partially due to its placement).

Sizing

When choosing a rug no doubt you have looked for specific colors, patterns, and prices, but it is equally as important to consider the size, shape, and placement in the room. In general, it is better to go with an oversized rug. Just measure so that you know what will fit in the room that you have, and you don't come home with a carpet that is too big.

Shape and placement

When it comes to the shape of your rug points to think about can include the shape of the room and the furniture that will be on it or the placement of the furniture that is there. If it is in the dining room, what shape is your table? If round, then a square or circle will be complimentary. If it is a rectangle or oval, then longer rugs will provide you with appropriate floor coverage. If you were to place a circle rug under a long table then not only would it look small it could also pose a hazard when pulling the chairs in and out or stepping up to the table. Likewise, if it is in the bedroom centering the rug under the bed rather than at the foot (unless it is a runner for that purpose) would diminish the beauty and make it look small thus making the whole room seem smaller than it is.

Do your research or find an expert

These days you can do research online to see what options are available to optimize the flow of your room and bring you the best results. If you come away with more questions than answers ask a professional to give you advice. This person can be a furniture specialist, design professional, or even a professional home stager so you could ask your local real estate agent to help you find an expert that could help guide you in assuring that your rug looks your room and your room looks great.




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