Good Day London! Wasn’t it a nice treat to have some of that sunshine this week? I hope you all had a chance to get out and soak up some of those rays, as we won’t see weather like that for a while to come now I bet. I certainly got outside and am glad for it. Care to guess where I might have felt the warm sun’s kiss? That’s right, over on Charlotte St working away on my FOLLOW THE FLIP home. Did you notice that we got our insulation in last week? It will be toasty warm in there all winter now. Plus,  the new homeowner will have much lower heating bills than the last residents at our century bungalow. Do you know what else we started this week though? Check this out!

 

"Before"

 

Ugly looking back yard, with a poor house that had been previously covered in dirty, dented aluminum siding with a layer of insulbrick underneath (and nothing else! No insulation at all before. Brrr!)

 

"After"

How is that for a transformation! Once the insulation was put in, then siding was in order. We couldn’t have ordered better weather for it either! Once the house is done, you won’t be able to recognize it. That is the hope anyway. Fresh siding and new windows framing a view into a spacious back yard, will be a welcome luxury for one lucky new home owner by Christmas!

 

All work and no play makes for a dull real estate agent though. What else is there to do in London, Ontario this weekend? Here is something close to my heart;

Have you ever had need of using the Thames Valley Children’s Centre? I bet you have never wanted to, but for those that have had the reason to walk through their doors, I am sure you were glad they were there. The Thames Valley Children’s Centre “provides indispensable services for children and young people with physical disabilities, communication disorders, developmental challenges, and autism spectrum disorders”.  They offer support and hope for families that struggle with children that have a few more challenges than others, be it delayed speech, autism, mobility issues and/or other disabilities. Their services are available for children aged birth to 19 years old, but also incorporates programs for the family unit as a whole, as well as individual support groups for parents. Their services can truly be a lifeline for those in need.

This weekend, the Thames Valley Children’s Centre is getting a boost via their annual Holiday Home Tour. Now in their 22nd year, the Thames Valley Children’s Auxiliary will again be putting on this fabulous weekend event that has raised over $1 million dollars for the Thames Valley Children’s Centre to date. The tour starts Friday November 4th at 6PM and runs all weekend. Tickets are available for daytime tours on Saturday and Sunday, November 5th-6th from 10AM-4PM or Twilight Tours Friday, Saturday and Sunday (4th-6th) from 6Pm-9PM. With five homes participating this year and design from such notable companies as Kingsmills, Forest of Flowers, Green with Envy, as well as exterior designs featured by Outdoor Aesthetics, the Tour is sure to be a rousing success yet again. For such a worthwhile cause, it is a great way to spend the weekend, getting ideas of what you might want to do with your own home’s holiday decor this year. Visit their website for tickets and more info.

 

Before you head out the door to the Holiday Home Tour with a handful of Halloween candy to keep you going, I have a suggestion of what to do with all those tasty treats in Junior’s bags. You will all love this recipe that uses up some of the gazillion pounds of goodies that your little goblins collected earlier in the week. Not sure if they are any healthier, but they sure look tasty, don’t they?

 

MINI CANDY BAR COOKIES

Ingredients

60 mini chocolate-coated caramel-peanut nougat candy bars (such as Snickers®)
2 (18.25 ounce) packages French vanilla flavored cake mix
2 eggs
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Unwrap all the mini candy bars.
Empty the 2 cake mixes into a large bowl, and stir eggs, vegetable oil, and water into the mixes. The batter will be stiff. Roll heaping tablespoons of dough into 1-inch balls. Push a mini candy bar into the cookie ball, and carefully cover the entire candy piece with dough. If any chocolate is visible, the cookie will leak. Place the filled cookies onto the prepared baking sheets.
Bake in the preheated oven for 11 minutes. Cookies will not look brown on top. Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets before removing to finish cooling on racks.

 

Here’s hoping that November continues to shine all month long!

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