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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: April 19th, 2014
Cadbury

Part of what was in the Easter care package I sent my son in Virginia. Can you tell what he likes for Easter? Kind of looks like a house, doesn’t it?

Cadbury egg cookies

Cadbury mini-egg cookies

I know you’re thinking what do Cadbury eggs and houses have in common? Well at our house, they go together quite well, and apparently in Canada also. Here’s a link to a Huffington Post story that discusses Cadbury eggs are among the top 15 things we want to eat on Easter Sunday. If you don’t  want the candy — you can make cookies — with mini Cadbury Eggs – here’s the recipe. 

Last year,  I introduced a lot of folks to Cadbury eggs and the fact that my kids have loved these gooey morsels ever since they were tots. Click here for last year’s blog.

Happy Saturday, and Saturdays in this blogger’s world mean houses. I have been to countless open houses in past weeks, and I discovered a lot of condos for sale in one block of homes. Read my column in today’s House to Home. It’s Georgian Court condos abound.

Also in this week’s House to Home:

»  Easter cactus blooms – Easter cactus delivers vibrant color
» Control weeds naturally – How to use natural substances on your lawn
» Add edibles to your garden – fruit and veggies not that hard to grow
» Container gardens grow color - Popular container gardens are easy to grow anywhere
» Spring clean with easy-to-use websites – How to sell your junk with apps and websites
» Rock around the basement – a basement redo to love
» What homes will look like and include in the future.
It is Easter weekend, and we don’t have open houses, but we do have a lot of new listings and new prices. And, here’s the flipbook — you can page through House to Home on your tablet while you’re cooking — I am boiling eggs right now. Or if you are eating Cadbury eggs.
Have a wonderful Easter!

Pam Parker has written about real estate and home decor in the tri-state region for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.  

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Posted: March 18th, 2013

1303508245-cadbury-eggsWe baby boomers grew up on homegrown chocolate eggs, jelly beans and bunnies from local chocolatiers in our Easter baskets. Then came the Reese’s eggs.

None of that impressed my kids. They know eggsactly what they want. They love Cadbury Creme Eggs – those chocolate eggs that appear to have a real yolk inside (which has always made me a little sick).

The commercials have had the Cadbury bunny clucking as the advertising icon for decades. According to Wikipedia, the Hershey Company markets the creme eggs in the U.S. market, but the eggs hail from Cadbury UK and Cadbury Adams in Canada. The Cadbury brothers started their candy company in 1923. The delightful creme egg came along as kind of a hybrid of Fry’s creme eggs, a recipe Cadbury used when it merged the companies together.

 

I have to hunt these eggs down every year, and they do disappear. At Walmart, you can find a five-pack for under $3.50. They also have the miniature eggs. Here’s a link to make your own. Cluck cluck.
Pam Parker has been writing about homes, home improvement and home décor for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

 

 

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Posted: March 16th, 2013

Woodbriar LaneIn 20 years of writing for House to Home, I don’t think I’ve seen so many nice condos and patio homes on the market at one time until now.

The picture is of one of my favorites behind Erie Day School, but there are some for every price range and plenty are open tomorrow for viewing. Read my full story here. One thing to keep in mind about condos is some developments do not permit For Sale signs, so if you, like me, ride through neighborhoods and figure nothing is for sale — check with a Realtor because right now nearly every condo development in the region has a few for sale.

A shout out to all the folks who sent me their favorites. We couldn’t accommodate everyone, but I will be doing this again. You can create your open house tour here. If the condos you want aren’t on the tour, call a listing agent, get an appointment and check out some great places to live — in all price ranges.

Check out all of this week’s House to Home right here:

Shamrocks bring Irish home – Sue Scholz gives us the dirt on shamrock plants and the schedule for this weekend’s Home & Garden Expo.
Fun and feasts abound on urban farm – a toddler and her family truly live off the land … and love it.
The Whole Gang’s Here – multiple generations are living under one roof — a growing trend that affects home design.
Fabrics for the Future – jute and other natural fibers aren’t just for rope anymore — they are in rugs and more — and they look great
Patterns refresh furnishings – a little print brightens any room in a hurry.
Implement 5 must-have decorating tools – five quick and easy tools to update your home decor.
Liven up laundry rooms – not just cellar dwellers anymore, laundry rooms become part of the main living space — and look good.
Pam Parker has been writing about homes, home improvement and home décor for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.
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Posted: March 9th, 2013

HTH_030913parker (23)It’s always nice to find a surprise in a house for sale. This week in House to Home, we visit  Pebble Creek, where the  home at 5471 Granite Lane has two full floors of living and separate entry points — perfect for a multi-generational Millcreek family. Read the full story here. The house is open next Sunday, and it lists for $249,900.

Check out all of House to Home right here:

Expo offers garden fun for kids and parents – Sue Scholz gives us the schedule for next weekend’s Home & Garden Expo.
Tips for attic storage ideas – I’ve ruined things in the attic. Protect your stuff.
Red is hot color that complements stainless – go bold — stainless can take it
Choose right pillow for better night’s rest – pillows do make a difference
Hidden kitchen conceals clutter – a small kitchen can provide everything you’d want
Pam Parker has been writing about homes, home improvement and home décor for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

 

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Posted: March 2nd, 2013
515 Gordon LaneIf you venture out to open houses tomorrow, don’t miss the cute home at 515 Gordon Lane. Read my story on it wit this link – A lot to love at 515 Gordon Lane.
It’s a cute older home with some great new features — granite in the kitchen and more. Outside, it offers a .5 acre lot that has access to a stream.
It’s not far from the mall, close to everything and just a real charmer.  This one won’t last.

Check out some of our other articles in this week’s House to Home.

Fairy gardens fairly easy to fashion – Our super gardener from Erie — Sue Scholz — shows off some of the best gardens — even I could do some of these.  
Find safe bets at Las Vegas furniture mart – the latest and greatest furnishings hit the runway — cool stuff — wait till you see it
Plate features famous German church – this wooden plate is a beauty.
Find value for ‘Wedgwood’ – I remember when everyone had a little Wedgwood — some of it isn’t as valuable as we think.
Easy binding dresses up DIY photo albums – stir sticks — who knew?
Sink into food preparation – cool sinks — add an extra in the kitchen.
Find your style in magazines – sometimes it’s not easy to choose if you want contemporary or traditional — here are tips on how to find it.
Pam Parker has written about real estate and home decor in the tri-state region for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.  

 

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Posted: February 24th, 2013
Fairy gardenFairy gardens are clever miniature garden ideas — and we have some magically creative gardeners, too. Check out the story by Sue Scholz about the cute dish garden Bonney Daubensock created in the picture at left. It’s all in Saturday’s House to Home. Or check out the link here.
We have some terrific decorating ideas this week — here’s a sampling:

Don’t let budget limit good design ideas
You can transform your home into a sanctuary that makes your heart skip a beat even if you have a limited budget. The secret? Knowing where to splurge and where to cheat to get the most from every dollar.
Thanks to this article, I am rearranging my living room and moving a Hoosier in to add height.
Turrets round out clever spaces – old homes offer cool architecture, but it’s not always easy to make it living space.
Food Network chef shares home kitchen design tips  — read this BEFORE you redesign your kitchen.
Storms generate interest in standby generators – tips to consider before you think about buying a generator.
Tips can prevent clothes-dryer fire hazards – easy ways to make sure your dryer is safe. Energy-efficiency brings in light – a homeowner converted his home into an eco house, and wait till you see it.

Pam Parker has written about real estate and home decor in the tri-state region for more than 20 years. She is the editor oLake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.  

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Posted: February 16th, 2013

HTH_020213parker2In this week’s House to Home, check out my article about how a grandma and grandpa converted media centers into kid kitchens. I was so impressed when Erie Times-News photographer Andy Colwell told me about this — I called these Oklahoma City folks up — terrific idea. Read it here. See the cool green kitchen she created at the bottom of this blog.

TAB_HtoH_02162013_H01Other features include:

Big-screen TVs become stars of home viewing – not just in the family room anymore.
Time for flowers – cool clocks become part of flower arrangements.
Speaker shares success – Sue Scholz tells us the Buffalo Garden Walk president will present photos in Erie from the 2012 walk — one of the largest garden tours in the country.
Enjoy urban oasis – couple turns postage stamp yards into garden-magazine-worthy landscapes.

Tips to go green inexpensively – easy and free.
Light up your home with ambience – little things made a difference.

Get energy-efficiency rebates now – home improvement time can save some $$.

Pam Parker has written about real estate and home decor in the tri-state region for more than 20 years. She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.  

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