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HOME BRIEFS: Craft fairs and a farmers market

HOME BRIEFS: Craft fairs and a farmers market

Craft fairs Trinity Lutheran Church, 183 Howe Avenue, Shelton will hold a vendor and craft fair on Saturday, July 19, 10 to 5 p.m. — Long Hill United Methodist Church, 6358 Main Street (Route 111), Trumbull, is holding its Blueberry, Blues and Bluegrass Festival, Saturday, July 19, 10-4 p.m. Farmers market The Woodmont Farmers’ Market...
Stratford designer named  top landscape designer in New England

Stratford designer named top landscape designer in New England

Glen Gate Company of Wilton, has announced that J. Brandon Jones of Stratford, design director, has been awarded the 5 under 40 award for landscape design by “New England Home.” The 5 under 40 awards program selects the top emerging talent in the fields of architecture, interiors, furniture, home accessories and landscape design in New...
To pressure wash or not to pressure wash? We have some do's and don'ts

To pressure wash or not to pressure wash? We have some do’s and don’ts

To pressure wash or not to pressure wash is not the question. It’s whether to do it yourself or not to do it yourself. After interviewing several facilities about renting and/or buying a pressure washer, also known as a power washer, and then speaking with some pros, here are some points to consider before doing your...
On the market: 3245 Congress Street, Fairfield

On the market: 3245 Congress Street, Fairfield

Located in the Greenfield Hill section of town at 3245 Congress Street, Fairfield, this single-family Colonial has 14 rooms and sits on nearly 18 acres. It was built in 1920, has give bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two-half bathrooms. The lot has some woods, some wetlands and is full of beautiful gardens. Listed at $3.976...
Don't go batty over snakes: They are just as scared as we are

Don’t go batty over snakes: They are just as scared as we are

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is reminding residents that snakes are becoming more active at the same time people are venturing outdoors to enjoy the nice weather. We’ve all jumped a little when a garden snake appears while we’re weeding or just sitting outside. DEEP is reminding residents that it is not...
Recipe: Squash Blossom Crepes, serves four

Recipe: Squash Blossom Crepes, serves four

Squash Blossom Crepes: Serves 4 for dinner, 6 for appetizer portions. Recipe courtesy of Amanda Smith, www.amandasmithcaterers.com Ingredients: 12 crepes (either homemade or store bought) Filling: 2 T. olive oil 2 shallots, chopped 2 corn on the cob, kernels cut off the cob with a serrated knife 3  bunches squash blossoms, remove thistle, tear in four...

Antiques trail to add ease to finding the perfect piece

The first-ever Connecticut Antiques Trail, a curated online guide to the antiquing experiences across the state launched recently. Those seeking the perfect item for their homes can use this to help find it. The Antiques Trail winds through historical and scenic Connecticut, representing all five regions — Fairfield, New Haven, Mystic, Hartford and Litchfield —...
Bird feeding etiquette

Bird feeding etiquette

Fabulous food, pretty presentation and attention to detail can earn you a reputation as an amazing host among your human guests. But when you serve your feathered friends, are you committing a feeding faux pas that you fear may prove unforgivable? Birds may be small, but they pack long memories into those little craniums, and...
Plant yourself! Homegrown Harvest helps homeowners get in the gardening game

Plant yourself! Homegrown Harvest helps homeowners get in the gardening game

I’m what you might call the armchair quarterback of gardening: Instead of sitting back and re-constructing football gameplays, I second-guess the HGTV garden show players. After watching their shows, it’s fun to imagine how my own garden could look — if I had a garden, that is. I’ve never been too successful in the growing...
Homegrown goodness: Kitchen gardens make a delicious difference

Homegrown goodness: Kitchen gardens make a delicious difference

Imagine the enticing aroma of basil, mint and rosemary perfuming the air right outside your kitchen door. Or picking fresh baby lettuces or fat, juicy tomatoes right in your own backyard. When you plant a kitchen garden, you create a delectable opportunity to live well and eat well. Kitchen gardens are growing in popularity, and...
Building My Passive House - Part 3

Building My Passive House – Part 3

This is the third entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my newly certified Passive House. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program to assist home building professionals seeking to build highly energy-efficient homes (www.phaus.org for more information). The project began with the demolition of the existing cottage....

Tips to keep you and your home safe this hurricane season

The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season has begun and there is no better time to prepare your home and family for whatever Mother Nature may send our way. “We plan year-round for storms. Our crews and equipment are always at a high state of readiness, and we continually maintain and improve our gas and electric infrastructure...