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If you're looking for a few meal ideas that will cut down on prep time, look no further. In this post, we’ll feature 5 delicious dinner ideas that won't keep you in the kitchen for hours.

Shepards Pie

This easy dinner is a fan-favorite! You'll enjoy a delicious meal that also makes great leftovers. Better yet, the prep is fast and simple. You'll need to brown ground beef, whip a bowl of mashed potatoes and open a can of corn. Once the components are ready, first layer the beef in a baking dish, add the corn, then top with mashed potatoes. Cook in the oven at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes for a crowd-pleasing, hearty meal! Serve with applesauce for a sweet side dish.

Baked Ziti

Prepare baked ziti for the perfect simple and delicious Italian dinner! Using only a few ingredients, this meal can come to life in just minutes. To make this dish, you’ll need just four ingredients: ground beef, ziti, pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese. Brown the beef and cook the noodles a few minutes less than the package instructions. This will allow the pasta to cook through once you place it in the oven. Layer the beef and ziti with the sauce and cheese in a baking dish. Finish with a layer of cheese then bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees. Enjoy with a green salad and fresh bread!

Sloppy Joes

This meal is one that is loved by kids and adults. Better yet, it takes a few minutes to make and a short list of ingredients. To make the perfect homemade sloppy joes, simply brown some ground hamburger beef in a skillet, choose your favorite barbecue sauce and ketchup and add them to the skillet with the beef. Combine the ingredients and simmer until well combined. Spoon the mixture onto hamburger buns and your main dish is finished! Add green beans and oven-roasted potatoes to complete the meal.

Taco Night

Tacos are another simple option that offers plenty of room for customization. First, brown some ground beef or chicken. Add taco seasoning and water to the pan with the meat, turn down the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. When the meat is done, use shredded lettuce, your favorite cheese and a jar of salsa to build the tacos of your dreams!

Slow Cooker Chili

Using a slow cooker to prepare meals is a convenient way to create savory meals without too much work. Try this method for preparing delicious chili, another fan favorite. You'll need ground beef, beans, tomato juice, chili seasoning and chopped onion. Saute the beef and onions first then and spoon the mixture to your slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Cover and cook for 6 - 8 hours (on the low setting), for a simple and easy dinner.

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Is it time to get more organized? If you want to start keeping important reminders on your refrigerator or your New Year's resolution was to get organized with a magnetic calendar, then the first thing you need are magnets. Sure, you can buy pre-made magnets that operate just fine, but why not unleash your creative side and merge function with form? Just check out the following three great DIY magnet projects you can tackle today:

3 Ways to Great Unique & Memorable Magnets

  • Show off your photographs. Photo apps like Instagram are great for creating, saving, and sharing photographic memories. But you shouldn't have to pick up your phone to enjoy your favorite pictures of friends and family! Instead, take your favorite Instagram pics, print them out, and make them magnets that you can enjoy every time you head to the kitchen. There are two main ways of doing creating DIY Instagram magnets: The easy and the ultra-easy. The ultra-easy is to purchase magnetic printer paper like this and use your home printer to generate magnetic photos. However, magnets made of this material can be a bit flimsy and so a good alternative is to adhere photos to magnetic strips such as in this tutorial
  • Get colorful with glass marbles. These types of magnets will require a few more supplies, but you can also get more creative with the process. The idea is to use flat glass marbles like these to magnify cut-out and Modge-Podge'd words or images. These pieces are then glued to hobby craft magnets to create personalized pieces. One of the coolest things about this project is, since you can buy the marbles and magnets affordably in bulk, you can also make this a simple DIY gift idea. This step-by-step tutorial is great for getting you started but don't limit yourself. For example, you might also make your own doodles or paints to use instead of clipped out art.
  • Buttons, brooches, and all other baubles. Once you have a supply of hobby craft magnets, you can transform just about any small and semi-lightweight object into a cool and eye-catching magnet. All you need to do is take your found object and use a high-strength glue to adhere it to the magnet. Drawing a blank on what to use? Any of the following items will work well as quick and crafty magnet centerpieces (although you can also always personalize with glitter and paint):
  • Large buttons
  • Vintage brooches
  • Costume pins and jewelry
  • Seashells 
  • Clothespins
  • Foreign coins
  • Now Get Crafting!

    Making your own magnets is one of those unique types of art and crafts projects in which it doesn't matter what your creativity level is, you can still create fabulous, working pieces of art. Whether you print out photographs or create elaborate miniature oil paintings, in the end, you'll still enjoy having something that's beautiful to look at.

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    A moving checklist won't take all the stress out of moving, but it can relieve a lot of the pressure once you have everything accounted for. To give yourself a little extra sanity and peace of mind, we'll sketch out what a reasonable timeline should look like. 

    8 Weeks Before 

    Nearly two months before the move, you should begin going through each room and deciding what you're going to move and what you're going to throw away. You can start calling movers for quotes and ordering everything from bubble wrap to packaging tape.

    It's important to keep the daily routine as-is, while still mentally preparing for the move. Start dropping off donation boxes of clothes or goods that won't be coming with you, and organize all of your correspondence in one place so it's easier to keep track of. We recommend having movers visit the home to give their quote as over-the-phone estimates may be unreliable. 

    4 Weeks Before 

    A month before the move is a good time to start packing up rarely used items, so they're ready to go when the time comes. This is also an opportunity to be even more ruthless with what you take versus what you leave behind. The more you get rid of now, the less you'll have to worry about organizing in the new home.

    Start separating out valuables, measuring furniture, and filling out change-of-addresses with everyone from your credit card companies to the DMV. (Never assume a blanket change-of-address form will be valid for all organizations.) Store valuables in a safe, label boxes, and take a deep breath before the home stretch.  

    Last Few Days 

    Now is the time to get everything in a box besides the absolute necessities (e.g., toothbrushes, etc.) Refill any prescriptions so you aren't dependent on your new local pharmacy processing all of your paperwork immediately.  Defrost the freezer now if you're taking it with you, and tune-up all vehicles so they're ready for the journey.

    Create a manifest with everything you're taking and call the movers to confirm the final details. The final days are where things can really start to fall apart, and these are all preventative measures you can take so you're not dealing with a broken-down car filled with boxes on the side of the road. 

    Remember that moves rarely ever go according to plan. A moving schedule is dependent on everything from the weather to road conditions. This checklist is really just a way to curtail the possibilities of a major disaster. At the very least, it should help you feel more in control even during the most chaotic parts of the move. 

    This Single-Family in Framingham, MA recently sold for $965,000. This Colonial style home was sold by Sug Jandu - Coldwell Banker Realty.

    12 Kings Row Ln, Framingham, MA 01701


    Sale Price

    Full/Half Baths
    Lovely one of a kind home in beautiful neighborhood on dead end street. Home features 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths and one half bath, newer stainless steel kitchen, full finished basement with game room, family room, bar, full bath, and pool access. In-ground heated pool with beautifully constructed patio area. Two car garage, two driveways, and parking for 14 cars. Gorgeous grassed backyard perfect for entertaining. Picturesque neighborhood with similar homes in quiet street. Plenty of space for the entire family. 3 Separate heating systems, 3 separate air conditioning systems. Property has been meticulously maintained to highest standards. Unique and wonderful property ready to be occupied. Quality craftsmanship and care throughout. Home has had major updates throughout recently. . Please wear mask and follow COVID-19 guideline

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    Have you always wanted to design your dream home at a location of your choosing? If so, buying a plot of land to build your customized home on is probably your best option. Before getting started, you'll want to do your due diligence to ensure you're making a smart investment.

    Find a Property to Build on

    The concept of customizing your home is an ideal one, but the reality of finding the perfect plot isn’t so simple. You can check listings, but there are several other ways to find ready-to-build-on land.

  • Ask locals about available land in the community you’re considering.
  • Look at expired and withdrawn land listings.
  • Ask your real estate agent about land purchased by previous clients but never built on.
  • Investigate classified ads to find sellers listing property independently.
  • Check to see if the government is selling off repossessed land.
  • If you find land approved but not yet suitable for build, you’ll also want to take clearing and grading the land into consideration.

    Understand Local Zoning Laws

    Some municipalities are stringent about how land can be used. Before you buy, it’s critically important to understand local building restrictions and zoning criteria. Any number of scenarios might prevent you from building your home. Here are just a few.

  • Property is zoned for agricultural or commercial use.
  • Size of the house you plan to build exceeds the maximum size septic tank allowed to be built.
  • Parcel of land is designated an environmentally-protected parcel (i.e. wetland).
  • Someone other than landowner owns mineral or timber rights.
  • Easement or access rights are attached to the land.
  • Be certain to understand every possible building restriction or zoning requirement before you purchase land. It would be disastrous to discover you can’t build your dream home the way you planned.

    Utility Hookups

    Does the land meet local criteria or have the right terrain for these necessities to be installed? Utility hookups are a detail you don't want to overlook—ensure you'll have access to water, sewer, electricity, natural gas and Internet. If no public water or sewer lines exist, you’ll need to learn about wells and septic tanks.

    Understanding the Financials of Buying Land

    Obtaining funding to buy land is a little different than taking out a mortgage to buy an already existing home. You’ll typically have a few options including paying in cash or getting a loan. Types of loans include land or lot loans, construction loans and seller-backed loans.

    These loans are usually short-term and involve high-interest rates because lenders generally perceive land purchases a riskier gamble than home purchases. As with any major purchase, carefully evaluate your financial situation and consider future expenses and other contingencies before committing to a loan to purchase land.

    Building your home on a plot of land takes additional planning because there are numerous details to explore before you can even begin to get started. While building a home is a more complicated process than buying an existing one, customizing a new home is a far more fulfilling investment for many people.