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November 2016
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Advocate: Dave Long   
Fan: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Published: November  2016
Recipe by: Blue Apron
Florida State University Fan
Florida State University Fan
Each month a member has the opportunity to be our monthly meal advocate. The meal advocate chooses from 3 blue apron meals as their favorite for the month. Recomend someone from a not previously selected university to be the next meal advocate. Call (630) 283-6219 or email meal@dorothy.com to recommend a meal advocate for your favorite team.

Serves 2
Calories: About 655 Per Serving

Gumbo is a time-honored stew from Southern Louisiana. It borrows from several culinary traditions−notably Native American, West African and French. To create the base of this dish, you’ll use the “trinity” of aromatics popular in Cajun cuisine: onion, celery and bell pepper. To build the gumbo’s hearty texture, you’ll add okra, another hallmark of Southern cooking. Traditionally, the dish is made for social gatherings and shared. With that in mind, we’re delighted to share it with you

Tip of the month
Advocate: Todd James 
Fan: Florida State Seminoles
Published: November 2016

Florida State University Fan
Florida State University Fan
Each month a member has the opportunity to be our monthly wine advocate. The wine advocate chooses one or two wines to go with the monthly menu item. Recomend someone from a not previously selected university to be the next wine advocate. Call (630) 283-6219 or email wine@dorothy.com to recommend a wine advocate for your favorite team.

Being a native Floridian with an abundance of relatives in Louisiana, my gumbo is normally made with seafood. But, I must admit, this chicken gumbo recipe is more than tasty.
North Coast California Vigilence Chardonnay
The 2014 Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer is a great white for drinking either before or with the meal. Rated a 90 and priced about $22.00, the wine is dry with a bit of natural spice and bright acidity.
Château Gigognan Côtes du Rhône 2013
Because the recipe can be bold with the Cajun Spices, a red wine nicely compliments the taste. For around $23.00, I like the 2014 Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel. Rated 93, this plump and luscious wine is jam-packed with fruit.
Published: November 1, 2016

We've seen it on TV: potential buyers (PBs) horrified by dated bathrooms and kitchens, wall-to-wall carpeting, and floral wallpaper ("The '80s called; they want their rooms back...")
"It's so old-fashioned," the PBs say, "we'll have to gut it."

There must be a lot of gutting going on: according to the most recent American Housing Survey, some two-thirds of owner-occupied U.S. homes were built before 1980, and many of those considerably earlier.

But before you start to tear down walls, consider this: today's outmoded decor is yesterday's classic design-widely loved and admired in its day.

Also consider that these homes were mostly built to last-sturdy homes that celebrated a time when "ordinary" wasn't a dirty word. Call it normcore, meaning bland and unremarkable. Or call it trendy.

Who wants bland and ordinary? Once again, we turn to millennials (the leading edge of whom are now in their mid-30s). Similar to previous generations, these market drivers are looking for something different, and just as they are dressing in normcore fashion, the millennials are turning to normcore neighborhoods and homes that reflect their own values.

They're searching for balance and normalcy, notes one real estate insider in an RISMedia article titled "Best Normcore Neighborhood to Buy an Unpretentious Home." Like the Seinfeld TV series, it's ordinariness as a lifestyle. And it's now a big trend.

So next time you're tempted to disparage wallpaper, pink and black bathrooms, and laminate countertops, think back. Remember the Formica kitchen table where you weren't afraid to do homework or spill your milk. Or the rec room with fake pine paneling and furniture you could put your feet on.

Also remember that laminate counters and linoleum floors are virtually indestructible and are eco-friendly, and that "popcorn" and wallpaper magically cover up unsightly irregularities in ceilings and walls.

So, has your perspective on "dated" houses changed maybe just a bit? www.Consumeraffairs.com  recently published a list of home warranty companies. Check: Compare Reviews for Home Warranty Companies
Published: November 1, 2016

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The authentic stories on iamsecond.com provide insight into dealing with typical struggles of everyday living. These are stories that give hope to the lonely and the hurting, help from destructive lifestyles, and inspiration to the unfulfilled. You’ll discover people who’ve tried to go it alone and have failed. Find the hope, peace, and fulfillment they found. Be Second.
Published: November 1, 2016

62 miles separate us from space. What if you could map the atmosphere? A lot happens in the 62 miles between earth and space.


Like many people who change history, John Pemberton, an Atlanta pharmacist, was inspired by simple curiosity. One afternoon, he stirred up a fragrant, caramel-coloured liquid and, when it was done, he carried it a few doors down to Jacobs' Pharmacy. Here, the mixture was combined with carbonated water and sampled by customers who all agreed - this new drink was something special. So Jacobs' Pharmacy put it on sale for five cents (about 3p) a glass.
Published: November 1, 2016

Cat videos have the highest traffic ratings on the Internet. Maybe it's because watching cats de-stresses us.
Whatever. But if you want to go viral, you need to remember that your cat is the star, producer, and director of the show. You're just the mildly entertaining human with a camera. To get your video, you're going to need to remember these three tips inspired by Peter Gerstenzang's How-to on catchannel.com:
  1. Improvise. Your story line will be what your cat wants, not the other way around.
  2. Forget linear time. See #1.
  3. Shoot now, edit later. See #1 again.
Maybe cat videos go viral because getting a cat to do anything long enough to get the camera and record it is totally newsworthy!
Published: November 1, 2016

Should I put my home on the market this month?
You certainly should. Your home can sell anytime, but listing during November or even December actually puts you at an advantage; not only is your home likely to sell quickly, but it may sell at or near your listing price.




For one thing, you stand out. Your competitors may be waiting until the new year to list, making you very visible to potential buyers. And don't worry about being disturbed during the holidays; your agent can identify serious buyers and ensure they viewyour home according to your schedule.

Buyers may find you online during their initial research. Also many companies transfer employees all year. These buyers don't want to view several houses. Make it appealing online by creating a welcoming family-focused atmosphere, and yours may be their first and last visit. Luckily, nothing says "welcome" quite like the sights and sounds of the holidays.
Published: November 1,  2016

Certain areas have more car accidents than usual. Why? Speed limits are too high, corners are too tight, and intersections are less visible.
Short of reconstructing the city, how can officials reduce accidents in these areas? Often they'll opt for traffic-calming devices.

Traffic calming aims to improve the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers by slowing down or reducing car traffic, with the intent of changing driver behavior. There are many different options for controlling speeding traffic within a city. Here are a few of the more widely used:

Speed bumps: These are installed humps measuring approximately 3 to 4 inches high (8 to 10 cm) and spanning almost the entire width of a traffic lane. They are effective at slowing drivers, but unfortunately they also slow emergency vehicles. Older pedestrians may find speed bumps a tripping hazard.

Road painting: Murals painted on the street at certain dangerous intersections may slow down drivers, while at the same time beautifying the neighborhood. A form of street art, this solution is inexpensive to install, although it may not weather the test of time. Several North American cities are adopting this approach.

Chicanes and roundabouts: Chicanes are features that create extra turns in the road over short distances. A shallow S turn, for example, will cause drivers to slow down to navigate the curves. Roundabouts are circular intersections. Drivers travel around an island in the middle, yielding to other vehicles already in the intersection and slowing down in the process.
Advocate: Dave Long   
Fan: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Published: November  2016
Recipe by: Blue Apron
Florida State University Fan
Florida State University Fan
Each month a member has the opportunity to be our monthly meal advocate. The meal advocate chooses from 3 blue apron meals as their favorite for the month. Recomend someone from a not previously selected university to be the next meal advocate. Call (630) 283-6219 or email meal@dorothy.com to recommend a meal advocate for your favorite team.

Serves 2
Calories: About 655 Per Serving

Gumbo is a time-honored stew from Southern Louisiana. It borrows from several culinary traditions−notably Native American, West African and French. To create the base of this dish, you’ll use the “trinity” of aromatics popular in Cajun cuisine: onion, celery and bell pepper. To build the gumbo’s hearty texture, you’ll add okra, another hallmark of Southern cooking. Traditionally, the dish is made for social gatherings and shared. With that in mind, we’re delighted to share it with you

Tip of the month
Advocate: Todd James 
Fan: Florida State Seminoles
Published: November 2016

Florida State University Fan
Florida State University Fan
Each month a member has the opportunity to be our monthly wine advocate. The wine advocate chooses one or two wines to go with the monthly menu item. Recomend someone from a not previously selected university to be the next wine advocate. Call (630) 283-6219 or email wine@dorothy.com to recommend a wine advocate for your favorite team.

Being a native Floridian with an abundance of relatives in Louisiana, my gumbo is normally made with seafood. But, I must admit, this chicken gumbo recipe is more than tasty.
North Coast California Vigilence Chardonnay
The 2014 Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer is a great white for drinking either before or with the meal. Rated a 90 and priced about $22.00, the wine is dry with a bit of natural spice and bright acidity.
Château Gigognan Côtes du Rhône 2013
Because the recipe can be bold with the Cajun Spices, a red wine nicely compliments the taste. For around $23.00, I like the 2014 Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel. Rated 93, this plump and luscious wine is jam-packed with fruit.
Published: November 1, 2016

For a few hundred dollars a year, a home warranty offers protection and peace of mind. As a seller, you can increase your chances of selling quickly and at close to asking price by purchasing a home warranty.
And your buyers will feel more comfortable knowing they're protected if an essential part breaks down, particularly if yours is an older home.

Sometimes called a home protection plan, a home warranty is an annual contract that provides for repair or replacement of major items, such as the heating, air-conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems. Some warranties also cover major appliances such as refrigerators, washers and dryers, and even swimming pools.

When an item that is covered by the home warranty breaks down, the warranty company will dispatch a service provider to assess the problem. If the needed repair or replacement is covered by the warranty, the provider completes the work. Best of all, the homeowner pays only a modest service call fee (typically around $60).

The cost of a home warranty varies depending on the type of property, the kind of plan (basic or extended), and the warranty company, but it can be a bargain compared to the cost of repairing or replacing an essential component out of the homeowner's own pocket.

Note that a home warranty usually doesn't cover items that have not been properly maintained, so the homeowner may have to prove regular maintenance. And it's most important to ensure the home warranty company is reputable and will pay for covered repairs without hassles.

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