Snow Shoveling Tips to Save your Back

The little snow flurry we had this morning got me to thinking how much I hate shoveling, and how it hurts my back.  So I decided to research some tips for shoveling that might be easier on the back.  I found this article in the Huff Post Healthy Living and thought it was great: 1. Avoid holding your breath Optimize the function of your respiratory system and utilize the more efficient aerobic mechanism for supplying your muscles with energy. In addition, you may get lightheaded or feel a headache coming on if you hold your breath. 2. Bend from your hips…

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A Healthy Meal: Baked Tilapia

When the news broke that Paula Deen has Type 2 Diabetes, her son Bobby had already begun filming his “Not My Mama’s Recipes”  shows.   Bobby is on a quest to duplicate Paula’s tasty recipes,  but with far less fat and calories.  Here’s his 5 star recipe for Baked Tilapia: Bobby’s Baked Tilapia Recipe courtesy The Deen Brothers Prep Time:  10 min Cook Time:  12 min Level:  Easy Serves:  4 servings Ingredients Butter cooking spray 4 (6 to 8-ounce) tilapia fillets Salt and freshly cracked black pepper 1 lime, finely grated zest and juice 2 tablespoons butter Directions Preheat oven to…

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Kitchen Design Company Gives Back to the Community

Tim Holick,  owner of Wood Palace Kitchens in Middleboro,  MA,  believes in giving back to the community.  Even in tough economic times,  he has done as much as he can to give his support,  financial and otherwise. One of Tim’s favorite charities is the Make a Wish Foundation.  Recently, Tim was informed about the wish of a five year old girl.  Here’s the story: A New Playhouse As an inquisitive and observant five-year-old girl, this wish child immerses herself in books,  puzzles, and dance. She seems to find joy in life’s simple pleasures like playing outside,  watching Disney movies, and…

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Need your land surveyed?

Today,  I’d like to make a recommendation to homeowners.  Once in awhile,  all home owners need their land surveyed for one reason or another.  It might be for a new fence,  a new addition,  or selling the house.  Whatever the reason, if you’re in the Wood Palace Kitchens geographic area,  roughly south shore,  southeastern Massachusetts,  I highly recommend that you use Webby Engineering.  They actually have a special going on right now for mortgage plot plans. A mortgage plot plan is used by mortage lenders and title insurance companies to answer the following questions: Is the house on the correct…

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Kitchens Built to Last!

I recently visited a couple whose kitchen I built 21 years ago in New Jersey.  They had been telling me that the kitchen still looked like new,  and I couldn’t believe it.  I had to see it for myself.  And guess what?  They were right! The husband has called us every year to confirm that everything still looked great,  and to let us know again how happy they are with the look and durability of the furniture and built-ins. Back in those days,  we were building furniture ourselves.  So everything in the pictures below was built by us except for…

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Designing a Kitchen Suitable for a Superbowl Party!

If the Patriots hadn’t made it to the Superbowl,  this was going to be about a “Winter Blues” party.  As luck would have it,  they came through for the fans,  giving us an even better reason to celebrate this weekend. I would imagine that most of the gatherings on Sunday night will be at the homes of those with big screen TVs!  In any case,  having a kitchen that’s set up for entertaining would be a big plus. At Wood Palace Kitchens,  we design kitchens for our clients that make entertaining an enjoyable experience.  Often that starts with an open concept,…

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Guacamole is a healthy and yummy snack

I like Mexican food, but on the mild side.  I started making guacamole regularly when I realized that avocadoes are really good for you.  I make a quick,  easy and mild version. First I mash up one whole avocado.  Then I add a heaping tablespoon of my favorite salsa,  some lime juice – maybe a teaspoon,  a few shakes of garlic powder,  onion powder and sea salt.  Mix them all together,  and that’s it! I enjoy this guacamole with blue corn tortilla chips,  but I’ve also used other healthier crackers that are higher in fiber and lower in fat.  It makes…

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Things you should know before buying a dishwasher

When designing a client’s kitchen, we make sure that every inch of space is measured properly for the homeowner’s appliances.  When measuring for a dishwasher, there are several design aspects that must be taken into consideration. The first is the size of the opening.  Sometimes the measurements are taken before the flooring is installed.  Then the dishwasher doesn’t fit!  So if the dishwasher size is 24″ x 34″ and an opening this size is created, then a floor is added – oops, the dishwasher isn’t going to fit now!  Some people forget that.  To measure the opening properly,  measure from…

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Non-stick cookware – health danger?

For years,  I’ve been concerned about reports that Teflon and other non-stick cookware contained carcinogens.  So I started doing some research on the Internet.  I found this recent article on a website called ChasingGreen.org.  According to the author, Nonstick coatings, such as Teflon,  on cookware products release likely carcinogenic fumes when they are overheated. These likely carcinogens kill pet birds,  cause health problems for plant workers,  are linked to female infertility,  and are persistent in the environment and in the blood of the general US population. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has called on companies to reduce facility emissions and…

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Kitchen Remodel with Modern Style

We have a client in Natick,  Massachusetts who wanted a contemporary metro look to replace their old,  outdated kitchen.  To create more space,  Custom Fit Remodeling took down the wall between the kitchen and dining room,  and created a cathedral ceiling. Click here to view the photo gallery for this new kitchen.