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Fall is here...
The summer weather sure tried to hang on last month, but we are definitely in the fall season. And that also means that we are well into the fall market!! I am excited for my buyers and sellers as there is some great options out there for everyone!!
So if you know someone that is looking to buy or sell, I would be so humbled if you would send them my way. Much of my business is run from referrals, and for each referral I receive, I make sure to donate a portion of money to a local charity. My favourites are “Big Brothers and Big Sisters of York” and “Shades of Hope” because I know that every dollar donated is going to help within our community. I think that it is very important to give back to our community and ensure that we do our part.
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!!! I hope that you are all able to spend time with loved ones making wonderful memories!!!
So with that being said please enjoy this month's newsletter!
Edward Ward Sales Representative
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Butternut Squash Pasta Cabonara
This is a great recipe that is perfect for the fall months......
6 Slices Bacon, chopped
1 small Yellow Onion, chopped
3 cloves Garlic, minced
14.5 oz. Chicken broth
1 pinch of Nutmeg
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly ground Pepper
1 tbsp. Fresh Sage, chopped
1 (1 3/4 lb.) Butternut Squash peeled, seeded and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
14 ounce linguine
1. Cook bacon in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat until brown and crisp , add sage and toss to coat in drippings.
2. Remove bacon and sage from skillet while leaving 2 tbsp. bacon fat in skillet, transfer bacon and sage to plate with paper towels, set aside.
3. Add onions to skillet and saute´ for 2 minutes, then add squash, season with salt and pepper and cook, tossing occasionally 7 minutes (onions should be beginning to brown lightly).
4. Add garlic, cooking 2 minutes longer. Pour in chicken broth, sprinkle in nutmeg and bring to boil.
Reduce heat and allow to simmer until broth has reduced by half, approx. 15 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, cook linguini to al dente in a large pot of salted water according to directions on package (ideally time it so pasta finishes cooking nearly the same time as the sauce is finished in the next step below). Reserve 1 cup of pasta water and drain off the remainder.
6. Let simmered squash mixture cool for a few minutes then transfer mixture to a blender (reserve skillet) and add cream to blender*, cover with lid then remove until smooth.
7. In reserved skillet combine pasta, pureed squash mixture, and 1/4 cup of saved pasta water.
8. Cook over medium heat, tossing and adding more pasta water to thin as needed, until sauce coats pasta, about 2 minutes.
9. Toss in 1/3 cup parmesan, season with salt and pepper to taste. Plate and serve pasta topped with parmesan, bacon and sage. Enjoy!!
We donate a portion of our income from home sales to many worthy causes. So your referrals really do help to put money back into our local charities.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Who do you know considering buying or selling a home? Refer your friends, neighbours, associates, and family members!
Contact us at 905-953-1577 to help someone in your community today!!
Lovely Home of the Month!!
Gorgeous 2 storey home that boast over 2500 sq. ft. of living space and is situated on a pie shaped, premium lot that features various fruit trees throughout. Walking distance to school, shopping, and just a minutes drive to the 404 Hwy. Many recent updates such a kitchen counters and backsplash, painted main floor, beautiful hardwood floors. Don't miss out on this lovely home!!
Are you in need of a good laugh? Few things are more beneficial to a person's overall well being than laughter. In fact, the benefits of laughter extend to better mental health and is an indicator of better physical health as well.
A man leaves his house every morning to walk to work and passes a mental hospital surrounded by a wooden fence. Every morning the patients are out in the yard and he can hear them saying in unison, "10, 10, 10, 10, 10".
One day, he gets curious and looks through a hole in the fence.
Suddenly, a stick shoots out and pokes him in the eye.
As he walks away swearing to himself, he can hear the patients saying,
"11, 11, 11, 11, 11".
Solo Camping Trip
A woman survivalist and trained outdoors guide who loved to go solo camping returns home after 2 weeks of being in the bush and not seeing a single soul. She develops her disposable camera film to find a roll of film with numerous pictures of her sleeping at night, on different nights. She has never gone camping or hiking since.
A father is laying in bed after just waking up from an afternoon nap, he grabs the baby monitor and walks to his desk in his office at home, he has his baby on the baby monitor and hears his wife singing to her, he cracks a smile as he hears his wife say, "Go to sleep...go to sleep...". When suddenly the front door opens up and his wife comes in with groceries.
I'll Never Tell.....
My daughter woke me around 11:50 last night. My wife and I had picked her up from her friend Sally's birthday party, brought her home, and put her to bed. My wife went into the bedroom to read while I fell asleep watching the Braves game.
"Daddy," she whispered, tugging my shirt sleeve. "Guess how old I'm going to be next month."
"I don't know, beauty," I said as I slipped on my glasses. "How old?"
She smiled and held up four fingers.
It is 7:30 now. My wife and I have been up with her for almost 8 hours. She still refuses to tell us where she got them.
Fall Clean up....shameless plug
Are you looking for some help in getting rid of the pile of "stuff" that has been laying beside the shed all summer? Do you have a ton of yard maintenance to be done before the snow flies? Leaves falling and out of control? Want someone to plow that snow for you or make sure that your walkway is clear of snow this coming winter season?
Then I have a name and number for you to call...
Cody Ward from Helping Hands is your man! 905-898-9493
WHY ARE WITCHES ASSOCIATED WITH HALLOWEEN?
As with many festivals and traditions, Halloween can trace its roots back to the druids - the Celtic peoples who lived in Ireland more than a millennia ago.
The Celts believed that Halloween, known then as Samhain, was the night that the veil between the spirit realm and the living was at its thinnest allowing spirits and other supernatural forces to come cause mischief or harm. To the ancient Celts, people were transformed into cats as a punishment for their bad deeds. Those unfortunate enough to be cursed by black magic were also turned into cats, especially black cats.
After Roman take over, the Catholics began converting the Celts. The two belief systems merged. The church turned witches, those that ancient peoples looked to for wisdom and medicine and made them into devil worshiping hags. It was believed that witches could turn into cats (thus the black cat connection) and other animals such as bats and spiders.
It wasn't until the 1400s that witch hysteria spread across Europe. More than 100,000 were accused of witchcraft with upward of 50,000 being executed - most via hanging, but those killed during the Spanish Inquisition were burned at the stake.
America's witch scare, which culminated in the infamous Salem Witch Trials were largely the end of the mass hysteria and killing of accused witches. While there were autumn festivals that included the telling of ghost stories and other such creepy traditions, it wasn't until the influx of Irish immigrants that came to America in the 19th century that Halloween as we know it today began to take root. The mixing of Irish and English custom - jack-o-lanterns, costumes, going door to door asking for money - led to our current Halloween celebrations.
Many young women especially believed that Halloween was the best day for divination and would often seek out fortune tellers to find out the names of their future husbands. This mashup of traditions and beliefs over the years led to witches becoming a symbol of a holiday celebrating macabre.
I personally love witches and witch stories. Witches fly in the face of societal expectation and convention - after all its always the young girl, the old midwife, the loner woman - who is accused. I see them as a feminist symbol of power.
There is no shortage of intriguing stories of the power of magical women.
Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 @ 2am is Daylight saving time.
So don't forget to turn your clocks backward an hour!
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