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Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 3/19/2017

If you have every thought that you would like to get more out your flower beds than brilliant colors, bird, bee and butterfly attracting scents, and a burst of color in the landscape, consider adding edible flowers to your landscape. By integrating edible flowers into the garden, you will have flowers that not only look great; they smell and taste great too. Even if you lack space in the garden plot or landscape flowerbeds, you can plant a few edibles to use for cooking or plate garnish in spots and containers on the windowsill, patio, or porch. Edible Flower Cultivation The number one rule when growing edible flowers for the table is to avoid all chemical pesticides and herbicides. Use only organic, toxin-free products to enhance soil and fertilize plants. Edible flowers grow best in a full-sun location in nutrient-rich soil with good drainage. Water as required. If soil quality is lacking, supplement with aged herbivore manure (cow, horse, sheep, goat) or well-aged garden compost. Squash Blossoms All varieties of garden squash produce edible flowers. Flowers can be dipped in a thin egg and flour batter and deep-fried. The taste is addicting, and the squash blossoms make an attractive side dish or garnish to a pork roast or leg of lamb. Nasturtiums Bright and cheerful, nasturtiums are a delightful and colorful addition to any garden effort. Nasturtiums present boldly colorful flowers in shades of lemon yellow, sunshine yellow, orange, red and burgundy. The entire plant including the roots, flowers, stems, and leaves of nasturtium are edible; adding a peppery, spicy crunch to salads or when used as an appetizer or plate garnish. Calendulas And Marigolds Calendulas and all varieties of marigolds are edible, Add flower petals to salads, soups, and pasta. Known as a poor man’s saffron, calendula and marigold flowers impart a beautiful deep yellow color to culinary dishes. Pansies Looking like miniature “happy faces”, pansies are one of the first flowers to appear in spring. The entire flower is edible and adds a dash of color to any food presentation. Like violets, pansies can be coated with granulated sugar and make an attractive ornamentation for cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. Roses Rose petals are edible and add a festive touch to cake decorations. Rose hip jams and jellies are farmers market favorite while a cup of rose hip tea is an excellent and flavorful beverage with more vitamin C content that an orange. Edible Herbaceous Plants Edible herbs include hyssop, basil, chives, anise, cilantro, fennel, thyme, dill, and garlic, to name a few. Other edible herbs are rosemary, lavender, horehound and all varieties of mint. Herbs typically have small flowers and dense foliage. The essential oils that hold flavor are contained in stems, flowers, and leaves.




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Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 3/15/2017

This Single-Family in Sharon, MA recently sold for $620,000. This Colonial,Garrison style home was sold by - Homes of Distinction Realty.


30 Owl Dr, Sharon, MA 02067

Single-Family

$639,900
Price
$620,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
In 1980, the original owners of this spacious Garrison Colonial, nestled on a stunning lot at the end of a CUL DE SAC in the highly desirable "BIRD" streets section of Sharon built their dream home. Now, after all these years, the owner is relocating. The first level consists of a large kitchen, dining area, living room, half-bath and fireplace family room with sliders to a wood deck and a beautiful, level backyard. On the second level is a king size master suite with a walk-in closet and bathroom. On the same level are 3 additional generous-sized bedrooms and a second bath. This house is looking for its second "new" owner who will love it as much as the original owner and turn it into it their dream home.

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Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 3/12/2017

Many people find themselves repeatedly shocked by the price of their groceries at the checkout line. The price of food seems to go up every week and most people feel like there's little they can do about it but cut corners in other places. There are, however, many frugal eating habits you can build that will save you a ton of money on food, whether it's on groceries or eating out. Follow these frugal eating tips to start saving this week.

Set down ground rules on eating out

You don't have to totally deprive yourself of the luxury of eating out to save money. But there are many ways you can cut back on spending. Start tracking your spending by using a budgeting app, by checking your bank account, or just by using a pad of paper. Keep track of every quick stop for a sandwich, every trip to a fast food restaurant, and even every coffee you buy during the week. Many people are shocked to find that they spend up to $100 a month just on their daily caffeinated beverages. Now that you know the damage you'll be more motivated to make a change. Switch to making your own coffee. Buy yourself a nice travel mug and make it your best friend. When it comes to dining out at restaurants, make them special occasions. Decide with your significant other on two or three days of the month (every other Saturday maybe) when you'll go on a date night together. If you're flying solo, treat yourself to the same two nights out, whether it's just you or you're with friends.

Save on groceries

There are a number of ways to spend less at the checkout line that won't require you to eat any less or sacrifice nutrition. In fact, many of these tips will actually be healthier for you depending on your own eating habits and nutritional needs.
  • Buy in bulk. Certain staple items are much less expensive when bought in bulk. Rice and dried beans come in huge bags that will last months and there are an unlimited number of recipes you can make with these two items. Other great items to buy in bulk: frozen vegetables, pasta, cereal, oatmeal, toilet paper, and trash bags.
  • Cut back on meat. Americans eat a lot of meat. It isn't uncommon for some families to have meat every night of the week. If that's the case for you, try having one meat-free meal day. That alone will save you up to $15 per month. Vegetarian and vegan food options are endless and delicious, so you might soon find yourself spending less and less on meat at the grocery store.
  • Cook your lunches in advance. Rather than starving at lunch or suffering the same peanut putter sandwiches every day, make all of your lunches for the week on Sunday afternoon. There are a ton of bulk lunch recipes around the internet. Some suggestions: burritos, personal pizzas, crock pot meals, and stir-fry recipes are all easy to package for the week and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Make a menu and a shopping list. Most people jot down a few things they need and then choose other items at random at the grocery store. Instead, make a menu for the week and buy only what you need.
  • Research frugal recipes. There are several books and websites devoted to frugal recipe ideas. How frugal? Some recipes are filling, nutritious, and cost as little as $1.00 per person to make.





Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 3/9/2017


4 Oakland, Sharon, MA 02067

Single-Family

$629,900
Price

9
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Prime location!! This charming Victorian home has a large eat-in kitchen, dining room with beautiful custom made hutch, living room w/corner fireplace, newly refinished hardwood floors throughout, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bath with approximately 2353 square feet of living space. Close to train, Sharon center and convenient to highway. Charm abounds with stained glass window and beautiful moldings. Oversize 2 car detached garage/carriage house (could be converted to 3 car) with large unfinished room above (with approximately 615 sq. ft.). Enjoy the farmer's porch or private deck w/pergola out back. Seller will paint house & barn - buyer chooses color. Nice yard! - A MUST SEE!!!!
Open House
Sunday
March 12 at 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Great house in wonderful location.
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Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 3/5/2017

Buying your dream home should be simple. Unfortunately, challenges may arise during the homebuying journey, particularly for those who fail to budget accordingly.

Establishing a budget before you begin your home search is paramount. With a budget in place, you can explore houses that fall within your price range and move closer to finding a great residence that you can enjoy for years to come.

Ultimately, creating a homebuying budget can be easy – here are three tips to help homebuyers establish budgets.

1. Consider your utility costs.

Although you may be able to get pre-approved for a mortgage and determine exactly how much you'll need to pay for a house, you'll still need to account for utility expenses month after month.

Electricity, heat and other utility costs can add up quickly. However, a diligent homebuyer should have no trouble estimating his or her monthly utility fees.

Examining your current utility expenses can help you understand how much you may wind up paying in utility charges at your new address. Also, don't forget to consult with your real estate agent, as this professional may be able to provide details about the average utility costs associated with a particular residence.

2. Manage your debt.

If you decide to purchase a "fixer-upper," i.e. a home that requires extensive home repairs, you'll likely need to commit substantial time and resources to complete home renovation projects. Thus, you'll want to consider any home repair tasks that you may need to complete at a new address and budget for them before you make an offer on a house.

In addition, knowing your credit score can help you understand your debt. You are entitled to a free copy of your credit report from each of the three major credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion), and each report will provide information about any outstanding debt. That way, you can learn about your debt and find ways to minimize it prior to purchasing a residence.

3. Account for closing costs and miscellaneous expenses.

Home closing costs will include your loan origination, title insurance and appraisal fees and often range between 3 percent and 7 percent of your total loan amount. You'll want to account for these expenses as you establish a homebuying budget to ensure you can secure your dream house without delay.

Spend some time learning about all of the expenses that may impact your monthly home expenses too. For example, if you purchase a condo, you may face monthly homeowners association fees in addition to your mortgage costs. Or, if you plan to have a baby in the near future, you'll want to consider how the costs of raising a child may impact your ability to cover your mortgage expenses.

If you ever have concerns or questions about establishing a homebuying budget, be sure to consult with your real estate agent. Remember, your real estate agent is available to help you in any way possible and will do what it takes to ensure you can establish the right homebuying budget.




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