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Posted by Cindy Gordon on 6/24/2018

Everyone uses a slightly different set of guidelines when it comes to food safety, but some people's standards are a bit more "flexible" than others. The perfect example is the so-called "five second rule." If you're not familiar with it, that "rule" states that if you drop food on the floor (or ground) and pick it up within five seconds, then it's safe to eat!

In some cases, you can wash and safely eat food that has fallen on the floor, but it depends on the condition of the floor and what type of food you're dropping. While some mothers may jokingly say, "My kitchen floor is so clean you could eat off it," eating food that has fallen on the floor can be somewhat risky.

Although the 5-second-rule has its humorous side, food safety is a very serious subject. Making sure that perishable food is properly prepared, cooked, and refrigerated is one way to help keep your family healthy. There's also a psychological benefit to being careful with food safety: When you and your family know that your food is fresh, safely stored, and properly prepared, it helps give you peace of mind and makes mealtime more of a pleasurable experience.

Basic Food Safety Tips

One way to keep track of food freshness is to pay attention to expiration dates and other information printed on food labels. Another step involves putting your own labels on perishable foods and leftover food containers. "When in doubt, throw it out," is also a good policy to consider.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DOH) offers a number of helpful food safety guidelines to keep in mind and discuss with your family. To reduce the chances of cross-contamination and harmful bacteria growing on food, the agency recommends the following practices:

  • Wash hands for 20 seconds before preparing food
  • Wash food preparation surfaces, utensils, and cutting boards after each use
  • Wash the outsides of fruits and vegetables to help remove bacteria and other impurities
  • Promptly refrigerate food and follow recommended storage times and refrigeration temperatures
While there are a lot of safeguards to be aware of when preparing, handling, and storing food, the DOH breaks it down into four easy-to-remember categories: "clean, separate, cook, and chill." A couple related topics worth researching and keeping in mind  are minimum cooking temperatures for meat and recommended refrigerator storage times for perishable food (often three to five days).

As an afterthought, the other advantage of putting dates on your food packages and leftover containers is that you avoid wasting food by throwing it away prematurely.

Healthy food preparation and storage does involve heightened awareness and sometimes creating new habits, but preventing food poisoning and other digestive ailments in your family is well worth the effort!





Posted by Cindy Gordon on 6/22/2018

This Single-Family in Ashland, MA recently sold for $552,000. This Contemporary style home was sold by Cindy Gordon - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


5 Running Brook Circle, Ashland, MA 01721

Single-Family

$529,000
Price
$552,000
Sale Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
You won't want to miss this one. It's bigger than it looks and in a great double cul-de-sac neighborhood. This unique home with it's highly desired open floor plan is the perfect home for entertaining or if you're searching for big open space, need a bedroom and full bath on the first floor or a home office as it currently is. The spacious living room is cathedral, bright with big windows and floor to ceiling brick fireplace. Kitchen with hardwood floors, granite counter tops and stainless appliances opens not only to the living room but to the huge family room with gleaming hardwood floors, gas stove, vaulted ceiling, and staircase to 2nd floor with balcony, a master suite with full bath, double closets, two additional bedrooms and full bath. Home is heated by gas, has central air, garage, a partially finished basement (not included in the 2360 SF) and unfinished space for further expansion. Awesome location--close to major routes, commuter rail and shopping.

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Categories: Sold Homes  


Posted by Cindy Gordon on 6/21/2018

This Single-Family in Boylston, MA recently sold for $475,000. This Contemporary,Farmhouse style home was sold by Cindy Gordon - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.


22 Linden Street, Boylston, MA 01505

Single-Family

$475,000
Price
$475,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
4
Beds
3
Baths
Looking for tranquility in a country like setting AND an ideal commuter location? This beautiful architect designed Farmhouse has a contemporary feel and an open floor plan, perfect for your life style! The home design brings the outdoors in at every opportunity! The birch kitchen is complete with large island, breakfast bar, and pantry. Dine surrounded by nature in the screened-in porch off the dining room, overlooking the beautiful grounds. Gather in the family room with vaulted ceiling, fireplace and deck access. A spacious and private master suite includes a dressing room/nursery, plenty of closets and full bath. The house has 4 bedroom septic and currently uses 4th bedroom on first floor as den/playroom. Lots of space for play, exercise,media in finished LL walk out. Convenient mudroom area. Enjoy the outdoors relaxing on your front porch, back deck, screen porch or in the very spacious yard. All this and just minutes to Rt. 290, Worcester, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, & much more

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Posted by Cindy Gordon on 6/17/2018

An open house allows a homebuyer to explore a residence. And ultimately, this event may help a homebuyer determine whether to submit an offer on a home. For homebuyers, there are many terrific reasons to attend an open house, including: 1. You Can Learn About a Home from a Home Seller's Real Estate Agent. Although you may spend time reviewing home listings online, there may be information about a house that is unavailable on the web. Fortunately, an open house enables you to speak directly to a home seller's real estate agent and find out more information about a residence. From learning whether a home seller is motivated to sell quickly to finding out which internet services providers are available in the area, a home seller's real estate agent should be able to answer any questions you may have during an open house. As a result, you can receive plenty of insights that can help you make an informed decision about whether a particular residence is right for you. 2. You Can Check Out the Overall Condition of the Home. Online photos sometimes can be deceiving, but an open house allows you to get an up-close look at a residence and find out if it fulfills your personal needs. For instance, an open house will enable you to check out the size of each room as well as the overall condition of the home's exterior and interior. Plus, you may be able to review the performance of a home's air conditioning and heating systems and find out if these units will need to be repaired or replaced in the near future. Perhaps best of all, an open house gives you the chance to envision what life could be like if you bought a residence. Because you can walk around the home and explore it at your leisure during an open house, this event provides you with the freedom to evaluate a residence in a pressure-free situation. 3. You Can Find Out if There Is Significant Interest in a Home. Typically, a home seller's real estate agent will set up a sign-in sheet for attendees who visit an open house. This sheet enables a home seller to see how many people attended an open house and may provide you with a good indication about whether there is substantial interest in a residence. It is important to remember that the housing market is competitive, regardless of whether you're searching for a residence in a buyers' or sellers' market. As such, if an open house is filled with people, there likely is significant interest in a house. And if only a few people attend the event, there may be a greater chance that a home seller would accept an offer below his or her initial asking price. Ask your real estate agent for information about open houses in your area you'll be glad you did! This real estate professional will be able to keep you up to date about open houses and help you find your dream home quickly and efficiently.





Posted by Cindy Gordon on 6/10/2018

Motivating yourself to be more frugal and manage your money more effectively can be very challenging!

One strategy that may help is to focus on multiple benefits, rather that just the most obvious or immediate one. A prime example is using your car less often. Although the price of gasoline isn't as steep as it used to be, daily use of your automobile could easily result in less money in your pocket (or bank account) at the end of the month. While many of us are in the habit of jumping in our car every time we need to pick up a few odds and ends at the corner drugstore or neighborhood supermarket, you'll invariably save money --and often enjoy other benefits-- if you consider alternatives to automobile use.

  1. Walk instead of drive. If you're fortunate enough to live relatively close to stores that you frequent, you could save money on gas and automobile maintenance by putting on your walking shoes more often and hoofing it. As a secondary benefit, you'd also be getting exercise, burning calories, getting fresh air, and taking in some essential vitamin D from the sun. By taking steps to maintain your health, you'll also have more energy, be more productive, and tend to miss fewer days of work. Not everyone lives close enough to local stores to be able to walk there on a regular basis (or at all), but for those who do, there are many advantages.
  2. Carpool to work. This option doesn't occur to everyone because, among other things, we're creatures of habit. We get in the well-worn habit of driving back and forth to work by ourselves, every day, and we don't stop to think that there is a money-saving alternative. When you share the cost and responsibility of driving, you're literally cutting your commuting expenses in half. You're also getting a break from the stress and tedium of commuting in rush-hour traffic. Having someone to talk to during the drive can also make the trip go by much faster -- assuming you enjoy the company of your carpooling companion(s)!
  3. Public transportation may be a viable alternative. If you happen to live and work in an urban environment, you may already be availing yourself of the benefits of public transportation. In addition to saving money on gas and avoiding driving-related stress, there's the added benefit of being able to read a book, listen to relaxing music, or prepare for a presentation on your way in.
  4. Telecommute whenever possible. More and more employers are helping themselves and their employees save money by offering work-from-home options. If you have the opportunity to telecommute a couple days a week, the savings in gas, wear-and-tear on your car, and the cost of lunches out can add up quickly!

If it looks like you're filling up your gas tank every time you turn around, not to mention burning through your paycheck too fast, then finding ways to reduce gas consumption may be one way to stretch your dollar farther.