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Home Worthy Ideas and Tips (Feb 2013)

Home Makeover 2013, Prevent Freezing Pipes, Blueberry Pie Bars
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Home Makeover 2013
 
A new year means it's time for a fresh start – and where better to begin than with your own home. Whether you’re looking for an entire home redesign or  just trying to freshen up one room, you can make 2013 your home design year.
  • Experiment with color. Painting every room in your house beige is safe; why not step out of the box? Try a statement wall with a bright, bold color, or a loud, patterned armchair. Bright blankets or an area rug can brighten up any room.
  • Go green. Being environmentally friendly is a trend that isn’t going away. Try repurposing old furniture by reupholstering it or find a way to use heirlooms or vintage pieces to accessorize your room.
  • Try some DIY. Have tons of ideas for do-it-yourself projects, but haven’t had the time to start them? Pledge to start (and finish!) these projects this year.
  • Looking for some inspiration? Check out our board on Pinterest for some awesome home ideas to include in your home makeover.

To view the Yahoo! Homes article Home Design Resolutions for a Stylish 2013, click here.
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Homeowning Tip: Prevent Pipes from Freezing
 
This time of year the cold can wreak havoc on your home. If you’ve ever had the displeasure of having a pipe burst, you know you never want to experience that again. Not only are you left with a sopping wet mess but sometimes, you’re also stuck with the bill. To help prevent this from happening, you may want to consider these precautions:

  • Drain the lines. Before the temperatures gets frigid, shut off the valves that supply your outdoor water lines. Drain lines by opening the tap and leaving it in the open position.
  • Insulate your pipes. Insulating pipes that run close to outside walls or in unheated crawl spaces can help them from getting cold.
  • Heat the pipes. This can be an expensive solution, but wrapping pipes with electrical heating tape keeps them warmer. The tape acts like an electric blanket.
  • Run the taps.  This is used in emergency situations when you’re caught off guard on a cold day. A short-term solution can be to leave your tap running slowly to prevent freezing. It does waste water, but it’s a quick fix and better than the alternative.
To view the Yahoo! Homes article Preventing Pipes From Freezing, click here.

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Blueberry Pie Bars Recipe
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Ingredients:
Crust and topping:
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled
Filling:
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
3/8 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. almond extract
16 oz. fresh blueberries

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 350° F. Grease an 8x8-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
2. For the crust, combine the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor. Cut the butter into 1/2-inch pieces and add to flour mixture. Process until the butter is evenly distributed, but the mixture is still crumbly (about 30-60 seconds).
3. Reserve 1-1/2 cups of the mixture for the topping; set aside. Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
4. For the filling, whisk eggs in a large bowl, then add the sugar, sour cream, flour and almond extract. Gently fold in blueberries. Spoon the filling over the crust and sprinkle the reserved topping mixture evenly over the filling.
5. Bake 45-55 minutes or until top turns golden brown. Cool 1 hour before cutting and serving or serve out of pan cobbler style.
Makes 16 bars
To view original recipe, click here.
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