Sheppard, Brett, Stewart, Hersch, Kinsey & Hill - April 2020

Our Guide to Preparing Your Winter Home for Summer

Ward off unwanted visitors. This is the perfect time to examine your home for damage. Inspect it for holes where animals could sneak in or where water could puddle and cause damage. Next, thoroughly clean your house, linens, furniture, and kitchen appliances to avoid mold and mildew growth during the humid summer. Lastly, get professional help. HVAC experts, exterminators, and contractors can catch signs you may miss and offer advice on repairs. Finish last-minute touches. Before you say your goodbyes, don’t forget to clear your home of any perishable foods and spices. Once the refrigerator is cleaned out, unplug it and crack open the doors. Some homes may also require sealing the drains and faucets with tape to avoid any backlog or water drips. Finally, ask a neighbor or a friend to check on your home during the summer. They can water plants, monitor your appliances, and notify you of any damage. This will give you peace of mind because you’ll know your home is in capable hands until you return.

The days are getting longer, the temperatures are rising, and some of our Floridian friends are preparing to fly north for the summer. Whether this was your first winter in Florida or you’re a professional at splitting your time between two states, there will always be tasks to accomplish before heading north. You can get started with this list! Save money. You should not pay for a full year of services when you only use those services seasonally. That being said, there are some stipulations when it comes to what you should cancel, pause, or keep. You should call your cable company and phone provider to pause or cancel your subscriptions, but do not cancel the insurance on your Florida home. However, you may be able to lower your rates or protection to save some money. You should never cancel your power because your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system will regulate the dewpoint and temperature in your home to prohibit mold and mildew growth. The key is to analyze your situation and make a plan for what works best for you.

See Ya Later!

Thank you for spending your winter with us. See you next year!

B e e t , G o a t C h e a n d A r u g u l a S a

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INGREDIENTS:

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1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 3 tbsp shallots, thinly sliced

1 tbsp honey

1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped 1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil Salt and pepper to taste 6 beets, peeled and quartered

6 cups fresh arugula

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1/2 avocado, cubed

2 oz crumbled goat cheese DIRECTIONS: 1. Heat oven to 450 F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. 2. In a medium bowl, combine vinegar, shallots, and honey. 3. Gradually whisk olive oil into the mixture and season with salt and pepper. 4. In a small bowl, toss the beets in dressing until they are coated. 5. Place coated beets on baking sheet and roast them for 12 minutes. Set the beets aside and allow them to cool. 6. In a large bowl, toss arugula, walnuts, and berries with the remaining vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper. 7. Top salad with beets, avocado, and goat cheese. Inspired by FoodNetwork.com

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