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Here are a few reminders for all the chefs out there. (Information and photo via Keller Williams)
|Buying the Right Size Bird
It actually depends on how many people you are serving. Smaller turkeys will have less meat and more bone in comparison to their larger counterparts. If you’re cooking a bird that’s less than 12 lbs., you should plan for 2 lbs. per serving. Anything larger, you can plan on 1½ lbs., per person.
Pro Tip: The turkey may be the star of the Thanksgiving meal, but lots of side options can mean your guests may opt for less meat. Take this into account when selecting your bird.
The Great Stuffing vs. Dressing Debate
Different regions of the country are at odds with the correct terminology to use for this delicious dish that essential to every Thanksgiving meal. Outside of the Southern United States, it’s dressing if it’s cooked outside of the turkey, and stuffing if it’s cooked inside.
Regardless of your naming preference, you’ll want to keep one important thing in mind. If you’re cooking your stuffing/dressing inside the turkey, you need to make sure to bring the internal temperature (center of the stuffing) to at least 165°F.
Pro Tip: If you’re committed to cooking the traditional ‘stuffing’ inside the bird, plan on bringing it to full temperature outside of the bird after your meat has reached the right temperature. Waiting until the stuffing reaches the correct temperature can dry out your breast meat, and nobody wants that.
I wish you all the best with your turkey cooking this year. Happy Thanksgiving!
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Here’s your national market update for November! Interested in what’s going on here in our greater Athens area, or your specific home? Send us a request for contact, or give us a call today at Jennifer Westmoreland & Associates!
According to the National Association of REALTORS®, existing home sales inched up slightly this September. While buyer demand remains strong in much of the country, these marginal gains reflect the inventory strain that continues to impact many markets.
Interest Rates According to Freddie Mac, 30-year fixed rates rose from 3.83 percent to 3.88 percent. This rate remains well below the historical average of 8.90 percent.
Home Sales The National Association of REALTORS® reported home sales at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of approximately 5.4 million homes during the month of September. This was an increase of 0.7 percent from August and a decrease of 1.5 percent from September of last year.
Home Prices The median home price decreased to $245,100 in September, which was down 3.2 percent from August and up 4.2 percent from September of last year. The median home price has increased by approximately $9,900 in the past year alone.
Inventory There was a 4.2-month supply of housing inventory in September, which was flat from August. The total number of available homes for sale has decreased by 6.7 percent compared to September of last year.
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Homeowners are often looking for home improvement options that strike the right balance between affordability, functionality, aesthetics and eco-friendliness. Bamboo has been marketed as something of a panacea—a kind of wonder wood that checks all the boxes. Designers, contractors and consumers have all taken note, as bamboo has made its way into homes as flooring, walls, window treatments, furniture and more. Here are the properties that are making this popular material a go-to green choice for interior design materials.
Bamboo is a readily available wood…except for the fact that bamboo isn’t a wood at all, but a grass! Therein lies the secret to bamboo’s ascendant success as a housing material: It grows like a weed because it essentially is one. At a maximum of three feet per day, it is, in fact, the fastest growing plant on Earth.
Just the one word “bamboo” doesn’t do justice to the range of looks the material offers. It can vary greatly in shades and textures, making it a versatile option for decorators and designers.
Whether natural or manmade, few materials can match bamboo’s physical properties pound for pound. Because bamboo grows in wet, tropical climates, it is well-suited to resisting rain and wind. In fact, this unassuming reed beats out hardwood, brick and concrete alike in terms of compressive strength, while rivaling steel in tensile strength.
As a growing number of homeowners look for eco-friendly materials in their decor, perhaps no single factor has contributed to bamboo’s modern vogue in interior design more than its sustainability. As it is a grass rather than a tree, it can grow to a harvestable size (often over 100 feet) in a matter of months. This is in stark contrast to the years of water, fertilizer and pesticide required by other timber woods.
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Complete these home maintenance steps before spring rains begin:
Small tips can add value to your home. A few maintenance steps can help prevent long-term damage.
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You can keep your home in top shape with simple tasks throughout the year. This month, be sure to:
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The Oconee County Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF)is hosting their annual Stein and Stem fundraiser event this Sunday, October 15th at OCAF on School Street in Watkinsville! This year the event will showcase local culinary talent, wineries, breweries, bottle shops, live music by the Original Screw Tops, an exciting silent auction and artist demonstrations. If you’re looking to sample food from a local area restaurant, this is the place to be on Sunday!
Food will be available from:
A Taste of India
Bone Island Grillhouse
Chops ‘n Hops
Craft Public House
DePalma’s Italian Café
Fox’s Pizza Den
Fully Loaded Pizza
Opa Robby’s Market
Sweetie Pie by Savie
The Traveling Hobo Cafe
Proceeds benefit the local art scene. Learn more about this event and OCAF at their website. The Greater Athens area is full of special events and entertainment. What are some of your favorites? An area with growing entertainment and restaurant options can often signal a hot real estate market. Submit a request for contact, or give us a call today to learn more!
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Saturday, November 11th starting at 130pm
525 South Milledge Ave Athens
It might be an away game, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun in Athens. If you’re staying in Athens on November 11th, join us for a Jennifer Westmoreland & Associates tailgate and watch party with our friends at BankSouth Mortgage. Enjoy pre-game tailgate games, food & drinks plus stay and watch the game with us! More details to come so please invite friends and we will see you there! RSVP and invite your friends at our event page.