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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 1/25/2018

Buying a new television can be a daunting task. With technologies changing so rapidly, it can seem like you need to take a new crash course in the latest tech trends every time you buy a new product.

 However, a TV is an investment that you’ll get a lot of use out of if you and your family spend a lot of time in the living room. And, since most new televisions come equipped with apps like Netflix and Hulu, it’s worth taking time to learn which one is suitable for your family and that fits within your budget.

 In this article, we’ll give a brief breakdown of the latest trends to help you choose the right TV for your living room.

Screen size

At one time, the size of your television was the best indicator of price. But these days you’ll find TVs that are the same size but vastly different prices. That’s because TVs now contain a number of features related to audio and video quality, and smart TV capabilities like apps and games.

However, screen size still does matter when it comes to video quality, fitting the layout of your living room and your personal preferences. If you aren’t sure what size you’ll need, try visiting an electronics store and standing as far back from the tv as your couch or sofa. You can also try this at a friend’s house who has a similar setup to you.

Remember that having a huge TV isn’t always the best option if you’re in a small room. For most living room setups, the ideal size is somewhere between 55 and 65 inches.

Video quality

Many of us have a collection of DVDs somewhere in our house that we save for a rainy weekend. It might surprise you to know that the quality of a DVD is lower than most streaming videos on the internet these days.

Video quality is based on a few factors and one of them is resolution. Screen resolution has improved exponentially in the recent years. What resolutions are available?

  • 4K or Ultra HD - The current gold standard of screen resolutions is 4K, which contains a whopping 8 million pixels.

  • 1080p or HD - Still one of the most common resolutions, 1080p can be found in many recent models and can look at sharp as 4K televisions.

  • 720p - Only the smallest and most inexpensive televisions are still using 720p resolution sizes. However, if you only use your television for watching cable channels, it should be noted that many major networks broadcast in 720p.

To effectively “future-proof” your TV, 4K is your best option. It is slowly becoming the standard for video and will last the longest without looking antiquated.

There are other aspects of picture quality than resolution. The way the TV is lit os one consideration. Most TVs on the market today are LED-based. In LED TVs, a backlight produces the light for each pixel. One exception is OLED TVs in which each pixel is producing its own light.

The jury is still out on which is better, but OLED seems to have a leg up on LED.

Other features

The other things you’ll want to consider are a curved screen, Smart TV capabilities, BlueTooth, and the number of HDMI ports. These are all dependent on your preferences, but it should be noted that as TVs evolve, you might not have access to some newer apps.




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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 1/18/2018

Pizza is, objectively, the greatest food ever invented. It's portable, filling, easy to make in large portions, and (arguably) has some nutritional value as well. The patron saint of children's parties and companion to college students everywhere, pizza is beloved at all times of day. You can eat it hot, cold or--in the case of microwave pizza--as molten lava applied directly to the tongue. Perhaps the greatest part about pizza is the variety and ingenuity that have been applied to it over the years. There are twelve main styles of pizza in the United States, according to the pizza Wiki, and there's a lot of overlap within those styles. Today, we're going to teach you how to make three main types of pizza: New York, Chicago, and Neapolitan. Between these three, there's enough variety to ensure you'll never get sick of eating pizza pies (as if that were even remotely possible).

New York Style

People don't sit down in New York. They're either too busy or too afraid of the benches and seats on the subway. It's much safer to just stay standing. But even those who don't sit still have to eat from time to time. New York style pizza is designed for just a person. They come in huge slices that are thin enough to be folded in half and eaten like a sandwich; one hand holding your slice, the other hailing a cab or waving obscenities at the tourists. Now for making the pizza: Stretch the dough thin and circular, with the outside of the circle just a bit thicker to form your crust. Go light on the sauce. Ideally, just crush some tomatoes and season. For the cheese, go with a medium moisture mozzarella and sprinkle on some oregano and parmesan. Bake at 500ºF for around 9 minutes until your crust is golden brown and crispy.

Chicago Style Deep Dish

Where other pizza makers hide the sauce inside the pizza, Chicagoans put it right on top showing off the quality of the deep red tomatoes. This isn't a pizza to eat on the run. In fact, proper etiquette says you eat this one sitting down with a fork and knife. Here's how it's made: First you need to butter your crust. Sounds weird, but that's what makes it so flaky and delicious. Once both sides are buttered, load it into the deep dish. Then put a liberal layer of your cheese down, then pile the sauce on top of that. This one needs a bit of time in the oven to cook. 25 minutes at 425ºF and it should start to look done.

Neapolitan Style

The closest we have to the original flatbreads that came out of Naples is the neapolitan pizza. You can make it Marinara style (no cheese) or Margherita style (light cheese). To make these babies, you're going to want a nice thin crust (Remember, these were originally just baked, crisp flatbreads). Instead of sauce, this one will have olive oil and tomato chunks or no tomatoes at all. The highlight here are all the herbs and spices you can add; basil, oregano and garlic all tossed in extra virgin olive oil are what give it it's signature flavor.  




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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 1/17/2018


23 Kalmia Way , Barnstable, MA 02632

Centerville

Single-Family

$599,900
Price

6
Total Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Walk to village and bike to beach from this Bayside built contemporary Cape on quiet cul de sac. A dramatic floor to ceiling window array and open floor plan in great room (DR+LR) bring the outside in year round. Eat in kitchen with banquette window seat-looks to yard where morning sun greets you over your coffee and croissant! Braz.Cherry flooring strikes a stunning chord in main living areas on first floor. Whimsical rose hued walls in kitchen, rich green accent wall in fireplaced Family room strikes contrast with crisp custom builtins for the avid reader or collector of fine treasures. Plantation shutters in many rooms are functional but lend a gracious style to windows. 1st floor MBR suite with walkin closet. Upstair 2 BR, bonus space to finish.Preview 24/7 with walkthru video w/photos
Open House
Saturday
January 20 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
In village location. Walk to Country Store , library, and playground. Bike to Craigville Beach!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 23 Kalmia Way , Barnstable, MA 02632    Get Directions

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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 1/12/2018


23 Kalmia Way , Barnstable, MA 02632

Centerville

Single-Family

$599,900
Price

6
Total Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Walk to village and bike to beach from this Bayside built contemporary Cape on quiet cul de sac. A dramatic floor to ceiling window array and open floor plan in great room (DR+LR) bring the outside in year round. Eat in kitchen with banquette window seat-looks to yard where morning sun greets you over your coffee and croissant! Braz.Cherry flooring strikes a stunning chord in main living areas on first floor. Whimsical rose hued walls in kitchen, rich green accent wall in fireplaced Family room strikes contrast with crisp custom builtins for the avid reader or collector of fine treasures. Plantation shutters in many rooms are functional but lend a gracious style to windows. 1st floor MBR suite with walkin closet. Upstair 2 BR, bonus space to finish.Preview 24/7 with walkthru video w/photos
Open House
Sunday
January 14 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
In village setting-walk to village, bike to beach!
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 23 Kalmia Way , Barnstable, MA 02632    Get Directions

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Posted by Deborah Schilling on 1/11/2018


23 Kalmia Way , Barnstable, MA 02632

Centerville

Single-Family

$599,900
Price

6
Total Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Walk to village and bike to beach from this Bayside built contemporary Cape on quiet cul de sac. A dramatic floor to ceiling window array and open floor plan in great room (DR+LR) bring the outside in year round. Eat in kitchen with banquette window seat-looks to yard where morning sun greets you over your coffee and croissant! Braz.Cherry flooring strikes a stunning chord in main living areas on first floor. Whimsical rose hued walls in kitchen, rich green accent wall in fireplaced Family room strikes contrast with crisp custom builtins for the avid reader or collector of fine treasures. Plantation shutters in many rooms are functional but lend a gracious style to windows. 1st floor MBR suite with walkin closet. Upstair 2 BR, bonus space to finish.Preview 24/7 with walkthru video w/photos
Open House
No scheduled Open Houses

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