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2017 Cavalcade Tour of Homes Helps Local Veterans

The Northern Illinois Builders Association (NIHBA) will host the 2017 Cavalcade Tour of Homes over two weekends from September 7 through September 17, 2017. The largest home tour in Illinois, the Cavalcade Tour of Homes features 22 homes in five counties built by 17 different NIHBA builders.

According to NIHBA President, Court Airhart of Airhart Construction, this year's charitable partners for the Cavalcade Tour of Homes are the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans and the Naperville Responds For Veterans. These outstanding charities will receive 40-percent of the event's ticket proceeds.

There are nearly 21 million veterans in the United States with more than 660,000 of these veterans living in Illinois. Organizations like the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans and Naperville Responds For Veterans work to help support and advocate for the brave men and women who have served our country selflessly.

Home Tip Tuesday: Beekeeping

Backyard beekeeping has become a surprisingly popular hobby. The desire to help the honey bee population recover from the catastrophic effects of pesticide use and disease has no doubt played a part in the growing interest in apiculture. So has the uptick in restoring more self-sustaining ways of life such as organic gardening and using green energy technologies.

Fire Pit Designs

We've had some cool summer nights here lately and with fall quickly approaching temperatures are going to continue to dip.  A great way to extend outdoor living time is to incorporate a fire pit in your outdoor space.  We've found some that you are sure to love.  Which is your favorite?

Vlog Tour 45 - Ranch Home Tour at Running Brook Farm by KLM Builders

Welcome to the Harrison ranch plan by KLM Builders!  This charming home is located in their Running Brook Farm community in Johnsburg, Illinois.  It features an open concept plan with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a 2-car garage.  Enjoy the video tour below!

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Foodie Friday: Mason Jar Salads

Have you tried making a mason jar salad yet?  They are so popular right now.  They are great for food prepping, they are a healthy grab-and-go meal and those mason jars are just cute!  We've found some delicious recipes for you to try out.  Enjoy!

Chicken Salad Mason Jar Salads Serves: 4
Ingredients For the salads: 2 boneless skinless chicken half breasts (about ¾ pound) 3 ribs celery, chopped 1 apple, chopped 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 cup grapes, halved 8 leaves romaine lettuce, chopped* 1/2 cup pecans, toasted For the dressing: 3/4 cup Greek yogurt 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons water 1 teaspoon poppy seeds salt and pepper
Directions: Cook the chicken: Heat a medium or large skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Cook until browned on one side, 2-3 minutes. Flip chicken and brown on second side, about 2 minutes. Pour in water so that it reaches halfway up the sides of the …

How to Use the Any Sharp - World's Best Knife Sharpener

Enjoy this video demonstration on how-to use this Any Sharp knife sharpener. Get dull, blunt knives sharp again. This product can sharpen any knife quick and easy even sharpen serrated knives!

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Cavalcade Tour of Homes - Divine Designs

The 2017 Cavalcade Tour of Homes is Illinois' largest home tour! It will run from September 7th through the 17th.  The tour will feature 22 homes in 5 counties from Chicagoland's top builders. The video below gives you Sneak Peek of some beautiful designs.  Enjoy!

For tickets and details please visit Cavalcade Tour of Homes website.

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