Recipe: Greek Burgers

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef sirloin
  • teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • tablespoon snipped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups thickly sliced button or cremini mushrooms
  • small red onions, sliced
  • red sweet pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into strips
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • kaiser rolls, split and toasted

Directions

  1. In a large bowl combine beef, Worcestershire sauce, half of the oregano, salt and pepper (try not to overmix). Shape into four 1/2-inch thick patties. Set aside.
  2. In a large cast-iron skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onions and sweet peppers. Cook and stir for 4 to 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove skillet from heat. Stir in remaining oregano. Transfer vegetable mixture to a medium bowl; cover to keep warm.
  3. Return skillet to stovetop; add remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Heat over medium-high heat until oil is very hot. Add beef patties. Cook patties for 12 to 15 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in centers registers 160 degrees F, turning once. (Reduce heat if burgers brown too quickly.)
  4. Serve burgers topped with vegetables and feta on toasted buns.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4, Riboflavin (mg) 1, sat. fat (g) 13, Niacin (mg) 11, carb. (g) 37, vit. C (mg) 51, Fat, total (g) 37, Thiamin (mg) 0, chol. (mg) 126, Trans fatty acid (g) 2, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1, Monounsaturated fat (g) 17, Folate (µg) 94, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 3, calcium (mg) 159, pro. (g) 41, cal. (kcal) 652, iron (mg) 6, vit. A (IU) 1239, fiber (g) 3, sodium (mg) 840, sugar (g) 5, Potassium (mg) 832

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Why Do You Need Title Insurance?

 

Title Insurance.

It’s a term we hear and see frequently – we see reference to it in the Sunday real estate section, in advertisements and in conversations with real estate brokers. If you’ve purchased a home before, you’re probably familiar with the benefits and procedures of title insurance. But if this is your first home, you may wonder, “Why do I need another insurance policy? It’s just one more bill to pay.”

The answer is simple:Image result for title insurance The purchase of a home is most likely one of the most expensive and important purchases you will ever make. You, and your mortgage lender, want to make sure that the property is indeed yours – lock, stock and barrel – and that no individual or government entity has any right, lien, claim to your property.

Title insurance companies are in business to make sure your rights and interests to the property are clear, that transfer of title takes place efficiently and correctly and that your interests as a homebuyer are protected to the maximum degree.

Title insurance companies provide services to buyers, sellers, real estate developers, builders, mortgage lenders and others who have an interest in a real estate transfer. Title companies routinely issue two types of policies – “owner’s”, which cover you, the homebuyer; and “lender’s”, which covers the bank, savings and loan or other lending institution over the life of the loan. Both are issued at the time of purchase for a modest, one-time premium.

Before issuing a policy, however, the title company performs an extensive search of relevant public records to determine if anyone other than you has an interest in the property. The search may be performed by title company personnel using either public records or more likely, information gathered, reorganized and indexed in the company’s title plant.

With such a thorough examination of records, any title problems usually can be found and cleared up prior to your purchase of the property. Once a title policy is issued, if for some reason any claim which is covered under your title policy is ever filed against your property, the title company will pay the legal fee involved in defense of your rights, as well as any covered loss arising from a valid claim. That protection, which is in effect as long as you or your heirs own the property, is yours for a one-time premium paid at the time of purchase.

The fact that title companies work to eliminate risks before they develop makes the title insurance decidedly different from other types of insurance you may have purchased. Most forms of insurance assume risks by providing financial protection through a pooling of risks for losses arising from an unforeseen event, say a fire, theft or accident. The purpose of title insurance, on the other hand, is to eliminate risks and prevent losses caused by defects in title that happened in the past. Risks are examined and mitigated before property changes hands.

This risk elimination has benefits to both you, the homebuyer, and the title company: it minimizes the chances adverse claims might be raised, and by so doing reduces the number of claims that have to be defended or satisfied. This keeps costs down for the title company and your title premiums low.

Buying a home is a big step emotionally and financially. With title insurance you are assured that any valid claim against your property will be borne by the title company, and that the odds of a claim being filed are slim indeed.

Isn’t sleeping well at night, knowing your home is yours, reason enough for title insurance?

Article by CLTA

Design Trends: Brass Accents

Brass accents are becoming more and more prevalent as we progress through 2019. Brass is a surprisingly warm and subtle alternative to the expected steel accents. It is much more understated and luxurious than it used to be and that is why we are seeing it in more homes! The thing about brass is that when done in a tasteful manner, it never goes out of style. While people may not be as interested in covering their rooms in wall-to-wall brass, it is well-suited to accent pieces, fixtures, lights and other smaller decor items. Check out a few photos for design inspiration!

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I love the blue cabinets; the nook at the end seems multi-functional. The pendants are awesome - and I love all the brass accentsA large kitchen window design idea utilizing a large arched window above the cabinetry instead of over a kitchen sink.  While tall ceilings are needed to pull this off, this idea gives you full use of the wall for cabinetry if storage is a priority.   Source:  Ben Pentreath.Marble Bathroom Refresh + Parachute’s Bath LineA happy place to wash up after a long day.  This house went to contract after just two days on the market and I’ll be sad that I can’t visit anymore but hoping there will be another project someday yuliatanis ! 😊 macchiaphoto .. .. .. #Bathroom tiles #bathroomdesign #bathroomenvy #bathroomremodel #bathroomreno #bathroomrenovation #bathroomsofinstagram #cabinetrydesign #currentdesignsituation #customcabinets #customcabinets #dreambath #dreambathroom #homedesign #homesohard #homewithrue #housebea

The prettiest gold chandelier: Read More on SMP: http://www.stylemepretty.com/living/2016/05/10/master-the-perfect-touch-of-gold-like-this-design-pro/

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Brass accents & Grey cabinets | Modern Cape Cod kitchen at Bundy in Brentwood by Boswell Construction #buildboswell

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The Pinteresting 5: Outdoor Firepits

Summer is right around the corner and it’s time to take the party outside! Outdoor fire pits provide a perfect environment to mingle with friends and enjoy the summer!  What’s better than sitting outside on a nice summer’s night around a firepit?  A well-designed fire pit can make a backyard look elegant and inviting! Get ready to spice up your summer with a couple of these ideas for your very own inspiration. We love these great designs, and they are relatively easy to add to your own backyard!

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Gather 'Round the Fire

19 Impressive Outdoor Fire Pit Design Ideas For More Attractive Backyard

Fire pit w/seatwalls & pizza oven - Wheeler - Paradise Restored | Portland, OR | www.paradiserestored.com

Great patios, courtyards and outdoor livingrooms | Paver, Brick, Stone, Flagstone Patio Designs | Big Sky Landscaping

Прямая ссылка на встроенное изображение46 Best Outdoor Firepit Ideas #outdoor #outdoorfirepit #outdoorfirepitideas Square fire pits are the new round fire pit. We love the surrounding seat wall so many can enjoy the fire pit.  #NationalSmoresDayFALLING WATERS LANDSCAPE — Mackinnon Ranch House

Recipe: Honey-Lime Lamb and Melon Skewers

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4-1 1/2 pounds boneless lamb sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • teaspoons shredded lime peel
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • tablespoon snipped fresh tarragon or 1-1/2 tsp. dried tarragon, crushed
  • clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 1 – inch cubes cantaloupe
  • 12 1 – inch cubes honeydew
  • 6 – ounce carton plain yogurt
  • soft flatbreads, warmed
  • Fresh arugula (optional)

Directions

  1. Place lamb in resealable plastic bag set in dish. For marinade, in bowl whisk together 2 teaspoons of the peel, the lime juice, honey, 2 teaspoons of the tarragon (or 1 teaspoon dried), the garlic, salt, and pepper. Reserve 1/4 cup marinade. Pour remaining over lamb. Seal bag; turn to coat. Refrigerate 1/2 to 2 hours; turning once. Remove lamb; discard marinade.
  2. On twelve 6-inch skewers thread lamb and melon, leaving 1/4-inch space between. For charcoal grill, place on rack directly over medium coals. Grill, uncovered, 12 to 14 minutes or until meat is slightly pink in center, turning and brushing often with reserved marinade.
  3. Stir remaining peel and tarragon into yogurt. Serve skewers with yogurt, flatbreads, and arugula. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6, carb. (g) 62, vit. C (mg) 37, pro. (g) 27, vit. A (IU) 1846, iron (mg) 4, cal. (kcal) 409, calcium (mg) 131, Potassium (mg) 773, sodium (mg) 616, sugar (g) 27, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 3, fiber (g) 3, Folate (µg) 93, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, Monounsaturated fat (g) 2, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1, sat. fat (g) 2, Niacin (mg) 9, Riboflavin (mg) 1, chol. (mg) 62, Thiamin (mg) 1, Fat, total (g) 6

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What Does ‘Days on Market’ Mean? How Buyers Can Take Advantage

In the real estate game, many buyers understand that knowing a home’s days on market (DOM) is absolutely critical intel. Why? Because the number of days a home spends on the market directly affects the price of a home. Plus, this information can be used to the buyer’s benefit to negotiate a lower price. Here’s how!

What does ‘days on market’ mean?

‘Days on market’ is the number of days that a property has been listed on the local multiple listing services (MLS) until a seller has accepted an offer and signed a contract. It can also be referred to as “time on market” or “market time.”

When browsing home listings, buyers should always take a look at the number of days on market to determine how other buyers are reacting to the property.

The Pinteresting Five: Statement Wallpaper

Make a statement with wallpaper! Go big and do a whole room or stay small and do just the ceiling or an accent wall. There are thousands of patterns to choose from geometric to stripes to florals to prints that look like tile.

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Watercolor Colorful Tropical Mix Removable Wallpaper-Peel and | EtsyWatercolor Mint Leaves Wallpaper Wall Mural, Hanging Leaf Branch Wall Decal, Fresh Spring Elegant Wall Sticker Wall MuralsStunning Tessellation wallpaper design by Harlequin in marine blue and copper.Southeast Asian Rainforest Plant Wall Murals Wall Decor Green | EtsyKathy Kuo Home on Instagram: “Wallpaper Galore 😍 No better way to make a statement than with a stunning wallpaper like this! Who agrees 🙋🏼‍♀️ | Design: @palmandprep…”Here are 10 statement wall ideas set to make you swoon, from wall murals, statement wallpaper, to creating your own plant wall.ATELIER RUE VERTE , le blog: Collectif Project Inside / Une fresque murale pour une touche d'exotisme /