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Foodie Friday: Pickling Recipes

Is your garden bursting with veggies?  There is nothing like fresh, nutritious salads and snacks that are homegrown.  That is satisfying on all levels!   The only problem is that sometimes you can't eat it fast enough!  We've found some pickling recipes to help you out. Enjoy!

Pickled Sweet Peppers
Yield: 2 (1-pint) jars

1 pound small sweet peppers, thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
3 large shallots, sliced into rings
1 1/2 cups white wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Divide peppers and shallot evenly between jars. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, bring vinegar, 1⁄2 cup water, garlic, sugar, salt, and red pepper to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat; discard garlic. Divide vinegar mixture evenly between jars. Seal jars, and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate 24 hours or up to 1 month.

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2-minute Tours: New David Weekley Home at 317 Lake St. in Barrington, IL

Welcome to the Lindell plan by David Weekley!  This lovely home is located in the heart of downtown Barrington, Illinois.  It features 2755 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, private study, mudroom, 2nd floor retreat, finished basement and more!  Enjoy the video tour below: 

Click here for details on this home.

2- Minute Tour of a David Weekley Home in La Grange, IL

This beautiful David Weekley home features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a 3-car tandem garage and a finished basement with additional bedroom and bathroom.  This home has already sold, but please enjoy the video tour below:

For floor plans click here.

Home Tip Tuesday: Pros and Cons of Automated Irrigation

Watering your yard is like walking a tightrope. Balance is everything. For healthy plants and lawns, it's best not to over or under water your landscape.

Balancing daily life is another important concern. Toting a garden hose and sprinkler head around the yard every 20 minutes for hours may not be how you want to spend your free time.

An automatic irrigation system with pop-up sprinklers for overhead watering can solve both problems if programmed correctly. Yet before installing one, it pays to understand the pros and cons of this investment in home improvement.

Outdoor Kitchen Designs

Outdoor cooking season is here!  Any day of the week is fine, but it's especially nice to be able to cook outdoors when you are entertaining.  We've found some great outdoor kitchens to inspire you!  Tell us, what are must-have features for your outdoor kitchen?

Foodie Friday: Grilled Veggie Recipes

Vegetables in the summertime are the absolute best!  Whether you buy at the grocery store or from local farmers market, everything is fresh and in season.  Simply delicious!  How do you like your vegetables prepared?  We've found some great recipes for grilled veggies that you will love.  Enjoy!

Before & After Bathroom Remodels in Marengo

Three bathrooms get a complete makeover by KLM Kitchens Baths & Floors. The bathroom remodels included new vanity tops, cabinetry, new flooring, plumbing fixtures, tub and showers. See the incredible transformations of these bathrooms in the video below: