How to Set Up Your Home Office
Here in New England we all love the outdoors and for some buyers outdoor living space is equally as important as indoor living space. Winter can be long but here are so great ways to use your outdoors spaces once the weather has turned colder.
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A wreath on the front door is classic and timeless. A pine or boxwood wreath is always beautiful—or dare to be different. Opting for a wreath of fake fruit or small squashes extends the life of the wreath to the whole holiday season. If you want to go crafty, wrap yarn in holiday colors around a hoop of Styrofoam, tie on an accent of jingle bells, and create a wreath that lasts for years.
Don't stop there!
Extend the greenery inside! Place wreaths in the windows and on cabinet doors inside your home where the green will go great with the wood.
Remember the garland too—match the foliage in your wreaths to your garland for a put-together look. Creating a garland out of ribbon instead of pine can give your stairs or fireplace mantel that extra flair, and you'll avoid the hassle of cleaning up pine needles. For the stairs, attach wreaths to the railing with wire and loop the ribbons through it for a drooping curve effect.
If you're still craving nature inside, though, consider a mini-tree. Spray paint sticks from the yard, plant them in a vase, and adorn as you desire. Silver ornaments are a dime a dozen, so pop a bunch on there for easy decoration.
You already know how to decorate the full tree, but keep in mind its visual appeal. Matching it to other pieces in the room with colored bows or lights can finish off a room nicely.
Keep the party going at dinner
Wow your guests when they walk in with a few easy decorations. The tried-and-true way to achieve this is by dressing the dinner table. Pull out your best dishware and placemats and aim for a theme. Winter is a great time for silver, or choose plain white plates with a few accent pieces for pops of color and design. Be sure to use those pieces for serving food.
Ornaments placed in unusual places create an air of whimsy. Consider hanging spare ornaments from light fixtures with ribbons or hooks alongside greenery snipped from your tree. Or pile everything onto a tiered cake plate to make a nice centerpiece. A tall houseplant can even serve as a humorous place to put your spare baubles. Be aware of kids and pets, though!
Centerpieces can make a really big statement while being easy to create. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Keep your living space nice and clutter-free—edit after you decorate to be sure you don't overdo it. If you add a wreath, for example, take away a picture on the wall.
Decorating is easy and simple with a few ideas to get you started. Small details can generate a lot of buzz when the relatives start arriving—they'll feel welcomed and in the holiday spirit already!
Wellesley Middle School Presents “Aladdin, Jr” – November 29 – December 1, 2018
It's almost opening night! Don't forget to purchase your tickets to Aladdin, Jr! Aladdin Jr. is a one-act, eleven-scene theatre musical adapted from the 1992 Walt Disney Animation Studios film Aladdin which is an adaptation of the folk tale Aladdin.
Wicked Local has published a great writeup with photos recognizing all the hard work of the 100+ student cast, 20+ student-staffed stage crew, drama teachers, choreographers, music directors, costume designers, lighting, sound and set crew. Whew!! It truly takes a village (and a small army of dedicated volunteers) to bring this fabulous production to fruition.
Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 30 at 2 and 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.
Wellesley Middle School Auditorium
50 Kingsbury Street (rear of building)
General admission tickets are available online and will be sold at the door. $14 Adults, $8 Students/Seniors, $5 WPS Teachers.
To purchase tickets online, please click HERE. We'll see you there!
Everywhere you turn, it seems like a new food item has been infused with the flavor of the season: Pumpkin. As our thoughts turn to the Thanksgiving holiday, you might want to consider a pumpkin pie alternative (or addition!) to satisfy your pumpkin-loving family and friends.
Some of you may know Elaine Bannigan, owner of Pinnacle in Wellesley Massachusetts, is not only a leading real estate professional but also an extremely knowledgeable, creative and talented cook and baker. Thus, any recommendation from her is sure to be a real treat.
With Elaine’s permission, The Teri Adler group is pleased to share this recipe with you now…
Elaine Bannigan’s Pumpkin Bread Pudding
2 cups whole milk
1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, dash cloves and dash allspice
1.5 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 loaf stale challah bread (about 10 oz.), cut into 1″ cubes
1/2 cup golden raisins
Whisk together all but the bread and the raisins and blend well. Then fold in the bread and the raisins. Transfer to an 11″x 7″ buttered baking dish and let stand an hour. Bake in bain marie for about 40 minutes at 350.
1 stick butter
1 – 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
1/2 cup milk or cream
Melt butter and sugar over medium heat. Whisk in milk and stir until sugar dissolves and sauce is smooth – about 3 minutes.
Sift powdered sugar over pudding, nap with sauce and then garnish with whipped cream.
This recipe can be made a day ahead. Simple! Enjoy!
It’s been a while since I posted on the special needs programs in our town. There is so much going to write about and I’ll spread it out among posts.
Let’s talk about the public preschool in Wellesley to begin with. This charming school is called PAWS- Preschool at Wellesley Schools.
This is an integrated preschool where about half of the Wellesley preschoolers get services and half are typically developed. It’s a wonderful, warm and inclusive place in its own building set on the edge of the Fiske Elementary School property. The demand is so high for the school, some classes are now housed at one of the seven elementary schools in town. PAWS serves children from Wellesley Massachusetts with all forms of a disability. In fact, it was a safe place for us where our daughter wasn’t judged. It was the first time in our journey where we met other parents going down the same path with a special needs child. To this day those families are our friends. Allie received the services she needed and was integrated part of the day and in a non- integrated class the rest of the day for intense therapies. It was a great fit. The teacher to student ratio was excellent.
I also sent my two typically developed daughters to PAWS and saw the school through that angle as well. Once again, we were thrilled with the education they received at this Wellesley school. They were well trained for kindergarten. The teachers at PAWS have their masters in teaching or special education and are really preparing the kids with a similar curriculum to elementary school.
It can be scary moving on from PAWS to elementary school and I’ll write about those programs in my next blog but I will say, the transition was a smooth one.
Teri Adler is a mom of a special needs daughter and top realtor in the Weston and Wellesley, Massachusetts area. Contact Teri for more information or if you are moving to this area. Tadler@pinnaclehouses.com 617-306-3642
Spelling Bee Results
Once again, the Spelling Bee, organized by the Wellesley Education Foundation, was a fundraising success and equally important, a fun night. More than 50 teams competing for bragging rights (accompanied by their cheering squads) added up to a full house.
I was thrilled to be a part of such a great event and while Pinnacle representatives did not take home the trophy, we nearly made it to the final round before we were stumped by the word “repertoire”. Could you spell it? Or define it? Webster explains it in the following way: the complete list or supply of skills, devices, or ingredients used in a particular field, occupation, or practice. If I were to use it in a sentence, this is what I would say. “The Teri Adler group is adept at using all the skills in their repertoire to provide outstanding service to their clients.”
There you have it.