Fall Checklist to Prepare for Winter

Fall Checklist to Prepare for Winter

Fall is a really good time to start thinking about your home maintenance as well as getting it ready for the colder weather. Besides raking or mowing leaves, here are a few items that you can do to get ready for winter and help keep your home safe and comfortable.

Benefits of a Home Heating Budget Plan

Benefits of a Home Heating Budget Plan

As the weather warms up in New England, we are happily turning down the thermostat, putting away the snow shovel, and pulling out the grill. The last thing we want to think about is next winter, but now is the perfect time to plan ahead and budget for your heating bills!

3 Delicious Recipes for your Next BBQ!

Living in Northern New England, we spend most of our snowy winters longing for summertime and warmer days. That’s why, when grilling season rolls around, we’re more than ready to fire up the gas grill for those backyard BBQ’s!

Grilling encompasses so much more than burgers and dogs. This summer, we’ve rounded up some easy flavorful recipes for a better dinner tonight. You can go beyond the basics and try grilling desserts, pizzas, and appetizers, too.

We recommend using a propane gas grill for precise temperature control, no charcoal mess, and easy clean up! And since propane is an EPA certified green energy, gas grills are better for the environment than alternative options.

Now, let’s get cooking! Scroll through the slides for the recipes.

Grilled Scallops with Remoulade Sauce

Here’s a quick grilled scallop recipe sure to impress your family and guests!

Ingredients (serves 4)

· 1/4 cup canola mayonnaise

· 2 teaspoons chopped shallot (from 1 shallot)

· 1/2 tablespoon non-pareil capers, drained and chopped

· 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon

· 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

· 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

· 1 teaspoon Champagne vinegar

· 1/4 teaspoon paprika

· 1 pound sea scallops (about 16 scallops)

· 1 tablespoon olive oil

· 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

· 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

· Fresh thyme, tarragon, or chives

Get the full recipe here.
Photo & recipe credit: Cooking Light.

Bacon Ranch Chicken Kabobs

These ranch chicken kabobs are very flavorful with minimal ingredients. Try these for a quick weeknight meal or your next backyard party. Who can resist chicken, ranch and bacon?

Ingredients (serves 8)

· 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts

· 1/4 c. olive oil

· 1/4 tsp pepper

· 3 Tbsp ranch seasoning

· 16 oz bacon

Get the full recipe here.
Photo & recipe credit: Gimme Some Grilling.

Grilled Vegetables

Try grilling an assortment of colorful veggies as a delicious side. Grilling vegetables adds a smoky flavor and brings out their natural sugars. Toss extra veggies on the grill and add to frittatas, paninis, salads, pizzas, pasta, or rice bowls during the week.

Ingredients (serves 6)

· 2 pounds assorted vegetables trimmed and halved or cut into 2 inch pieces Such as asparagus, mushrooms, red onion, red bell peppers, baby carrots and yellow squash.

· 5 tablespoons olive oil

· 2 tablespoons lemon juice

· 1 teaspoon salt

· 1/4 teaspoon pepper

· 1 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning

· 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic minced

· 1/4 cup parsley leaves chopped

· lemon wedges for serving optional

Get the full recipe here.
Photo & recipe credit: Dinner at the Zoo.

6 Products for a Connected Smart Home

6 Products for a Connected Smart Home

By now you’ve probably heard about smart homes, connected devices, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Not only can this technology simplify your life by allowing the majority of your home to be controlled from a single device from any location, it can also reduce costs and conserve energy. Take a look at some of the ways you can utilize smart home technology in your own home:

Fuel Your Backyard Fun with Propane

Fuel Your Backyard Fun with Propane

Summer in New England often feels too short but we make the most of it by getting outside as much as possible. Wouldn’t it be great if you could extend your backyard fun well beyond summer? With propane, you can! We’ve highlighted the various ways propane can transform your outdoor space so you can take that evening dip in your pool or enjoy dinner on the patio in the fall!