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March
21

Celebrate Waffle Day Right With Tuscaloosa Breakfast

Waffles may be the ultimate comfort breakfast. Here's where you can start your morning right in Tuscaloosa.

Bet you didn't know that Friday, March 25, was International Waffle Day. Yeah, yeah, we know — as if we needed a designated day to enjoy waffles. These days, waffles have been front and center on the menu, not only at breakfast but for every meal, with everything from chocolate chips and peanut butter to crushed pineapple and bacon (!) being added to the mix. Not to mention, we're now topping them with not only whipped cream and syrup, blueberries and strawberries, but also chicken. Where will it end?

Whether you're whipping up your own favorite waffle recipe for the family in your new home from Tuscaloosa homes for sale, or dining out on the town, adding delicious waffles to the menu will be a hit with everyone. Who can blame the Swedes, Norwegians, and Danes for starting up International Waffle Day and also opting for the delicious waffle as a way to also celebrate the advent of spring?

If you're wondering how to celebrate International Waffle Day, our real estate agents have some suggestions:

  • Serve waffles for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with everyone's favorite toppings.
  • Try a new recipe for waffles, maybe with whole wheat flour; serve heart-shaped Swedish waffles with a dollop of cream; or find Belgian waffles in the frozen section. These are thicker than regular waffles and should be dusted with confectioner's sugar or given a coating of chocolate or cream.
  • Here's a potato waffle recipe that uses a minimal amount of flour, while calling for your leftover mashed potatoes.

Otherwise, try out some of these notable eateries and ask for the waffles.

  1. Heritage House Cofffee and Tea. 700 Towncenter Blvd., Tuscaloosa
    Heritage House
    is Tuscaloosa's first coffee house, having opened in 1993, and serving 40 international coffees, many types of tea, from-scratch baked goods, and even waffles. Visit any time of day for waffles, including dinner. Try the two Belgium-style waffles and top them with blueberries, strawberries, bananas, pecans, or whipped cream.

  2. Just Love Coffee Cake. 2531 University Blvd., Ste 100, Tuscaloosa
    There are lots of interesting food items on the menu for Just Love Coffee Cake, and most of them aren't about coffee cake. At any rate, go right to the Artisan Waffle section and scan for the Breakfast Slider with bacon or sausage, egg, cheese, and maple syrup; the Berry Berry Bo Berry, with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, whipped cream, and powdered sugar; the Flyin' Pig Waffle, with bacon, sausage, egg plus sausage gravy or maple syrup; or lots more waffle choices.

  3. Broken Egg Cafe1650 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa
    The Broken Egg Cafe has a variety of scrumptious and healthful offerings, but do try the Power Belgian Waffles (made of whole wheat), topped with bananas, pecans, and a coconut milk-peanut butter sauce on top. Beyond breakfast, sample Chicken and Waffles, with fried chicken tenders on a Belgian waffle, plus house-made chipotle honey.

  4. Metro Diner, 1800 McFarland Blvd., East, No. 404, Tuscaloosa
    At the Metro Diner, breakfast is served all day long, with special emphasis on "comfort food favorites, new twists on classics, and traditional homemade breakfast platters." You can't go wrong with the Fried Chicken and Waffle, featuring half a fried chicken and a Belgian waffle, topped with powdered sugar, sweet strawberry butter, and sweet and spicy sauce. Try the Belgian Waffle, if you crave lighter fare.

At home or dining out, there are plenty of options for celebrating International Waffle Day. Have questions about buying your home in Tuscaloosa? Contact us today.

March
7

How To Organize Major Home Improvement Projects

The key to successful renovations and home improvement projects is organization. Here's how you can stay on top of your home upgrades.

When you found your dream home among Tuscaloosa homes for sale, you may have bought it with a plan to launch some major home improvements. Maybe you're an old hand at home improvements, but if you're just starting out, you could probably use some advice from our real estate agents. Follow these suggestions, and we guarantee you will have fewer home improvement snafus, and what's more, you'll love how close your results are to the improvements of your imagination.

Project Manager — or Not?

Now, before you launch into your role as a project manager for your home, it might be wise to take a breath and do a fearless self-assessment. You may want to save money by doing it yourself, and you're excited about undertaking this thrilling project, but are you the type of person who can bring it off successfully? Are you calm under pressure? Do you think and act strategically and confidently? Do you have time to plan, coordinate, and oversee the work? If these questions make you a bit uneasy, you might consider hiring a project manager. There will be a fee, but a bungled (by you) project will cost time and money and you could be looking at major disappointment. A pro can bring off the results you want.

Apps and Plans

Still ready to tackle orchestrating your home improvements? Then let's get you started with apps and software programs. If you've got money to pay an architect, never mind. Otherwise, here goes. An app such as Fiverr can provide you with 3D renderings but they don't come cheap, and they only give 1-2 revisions before they start charging. Try Arcsite or Planner 5d to save money and make your own renderings, with an unlimited number of designs for free.

A Trick for Visualizing Space

Most of us are lacking in the ability to visualize how things will look. Painter's tape and flooring paper can help you figure out the scope of space. For instance, you may want to know how well your projected dimensions for cabinet width will look. Tape it out, and you'll have a good idea.

Buy Samples — Lots of Them! — and Try Them Out

It can be tough to know if you're going to love that tile or flooring once it's in place. It might cost a bit, but it's better to buy a significant sampling of those materials and actually put them in place before you buy a whole shipment of stuff and commission an entire floor or wall. Ditto with paint. Those measly two samples they give you at the store just don't cut it.

Buy Dupes

Sometimes you can find a dupe for a pricey item. Shop around at big box stores and see if there's something that approximates that expensive thing you just have to have. For instance, installing aluminum-clad windows with thicker grids instead of installing steel windows is one clever dupe. They look similar to steel. There are lots of dupes out there if you spend time looking.

Go Over Where You Want Electrical Outlets

Most contractors will install electrical outlets any old where. If you're particular (and you should be), then you'll be thinking this through thoroughly. You might want some outlets concealed under an overhang or under cabinets. Be sure your contractor knows what you want.

Factor in Contingency Dollars in Your Budget

Things will go wrong. It's wise to factor in at least 10 percent contingency in your budget for unexpected issues, especially if you're in an older home.

Our real estate staff has lots more advice about managing home improvements. Contact us today.

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