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New England Seafood Chowder

New England Seafood Chowder

Welcome to August in New England.  You can never tell what kind of weather is around the corner.  Well, actually you can by listening to the forecast, but what I am trying to say is one day it will be 80 and the next in the 50’s.  About a week ago, we had our annual family day at Tricky Pond.  What a great day, everyone in the family looks forward to it.  We have steamers and lobsters, corn on…

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Easy to do square cuts on lumber

Easy to do square cuts on lumber

There are times when doing carpentry that you don’t want to bring out the miter saw but still need to make square cuts so here’s an easy solution. By using a carpenter’s square you can make clean square cuts on your lumber without drawing a full line and trying to cut smoothly and accurately along that line.

Below is the type of carpenter’s square that you might already have and it can be also…

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North Conway changes in my lifetime

North Conway changes in my lifetime

I grew up in New England and a recent trip to North Conway, New Hampshire reminded me of the changes that can happen over even a short lifetime. I remember back in the late 60’s we had come up here and then the road was merely two lanes and woods everywhere. Most of the street or actually Route 16 had some houses but not much each really. North Conway was a rural northern New England town much…

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Grilled Swordfish

My favorite food in all of this world is swordfish, always has been. My Grandmother would treat us once a year with a swordfish and corn on the cob dinner, when I was a kid.  And yes, I know, this is one of those foods that you should not eat anymore,  but once or twice over the summer, to me it is just heaven, and brings up all kinds of fond memories.   I found this recipe on Pinterest, making…

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On the road in Maine

On the road in Maine

We used to live in Maine for many years and traveling around the back roads is something that we’ve always enjoyed doing. New England is filled with surprises around almost every corner with scenic views and mostly deserted roads. It’s an experience that everyone should take part of and is a totally different trip than traveling down the coast of Maine as there are two Maine’s- the coastal one…

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How to replace a door knob lockset

How to replace a door knob lockset

If you have ever wondered how easy is it to replace a door knob lockset, I can tell you that it is very easy and here are the steps below. Really the only tool that you should need is a standard phillips head screw driver and the first thing is to take out the 2 screws that hold in the latch assembly.

Taking the unit apart

Taking the unit apart

Next take out the two screws from the back of the door knob.

Screws out

Screws out

On…

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Not sure what Facebook is doing these days

Not sure what Facebook is doing these days

I’m really not sure what Facebook is doing these days as they post many of my articles like this and it really bothers me. Now maybe it’s just me and it’s their fun way of telling me that if I want better I need to pay for it or maybe it’s just that they still don’t have their act together. Either way it makes me wonder if I should cease the HomeCentrl page as this happens all too often. Does…

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McKenzie’s Farm- local food

McKenzie’s Farm- local food

As you know we’re back in New England for a bit and we always to to shop locally whenever we can and visiting McKenzie’s Farm in New Hampshire is a must. Part of the fun of traveling is being able to do and see different things that you don’t always get to experience and shopping for your produce at farm stands and helping support local small farmers helps everyone out.

McKenzies Farm

McKenzies Farm

You get to…

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The effects of a salt environment

The effects of a salt environment

If you don’t live right by the ocean you may not be aware of the effects of living in salt filled environment have on items and metals tend to be the worst. Where we live in the Bahamas is a little cay or island and the ocean is about 200′ from the house. Sometimes in even bad weather, not even storms, the ocean slaps against the rock of the island and creates a fine salt spray that coats…

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