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Thanksgiving Survival Brief

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

This thanksgiving will be different you tell yourself!  You’ve decided on the menu ahead of time, you have your guest list and what everyone is bringing, but no matter how well you plan, something always goes wrong.  So here are ten extra tips to help your Thanksgiving go smoothly.   


Coolers aren’t just for tailgating!

 Everyone knows that refrigerator real estate is precious closer and closer to the feast, and the day of…forget about it!  So, bring out the cooler support.  You can clear your fridge of all of those large jars of pickles and condiments!  You can basically but anything you will not be needing for thanksgiving in your cooler and forget about it until after the big day.  If you live in colder climates you can store the cooler outside, away from all the ruckus of relatives.  The cooler isn’t just for storing space hogging jars of pickles though.  For instance, you could use it to brine your Turkey over night (just make sure there is plenty of ice!)  Or you could use it as a warming drawer…I mean it is insulated right?!  Line it with aluminum foil, add some folded towels and fill it with hot dishes as they come out of the oven.  

*NOTE* Use a little common sense…Don’t melt your cooler!


Pennies…Not just a useless form of currency!

 Pennies make great pie weights!…what’s a pie weight you ask?  Well, let me tell you.  Pie weights prevent your pie crust from rising, leaving you with an awkward bottom to your pie…just put a layer of tinfoil over your crust first, then fill it with pennies, then bake!  Boom, perfectly flat crust!


Aluminum foil!  One of Thanksgiving's MVPs

You can also use it as a Roasting Rack.  The point of a rack is to hold the bird above the pan so heat can circulate evenly, but who says it has to be made of wire?  If you don’t already have a store-bought rack you can make you’re own.  1. Crumple some sheets of foil into thick ropes and wrap them in coils on the bottom of the pan, that’s it.  Or you could go the green route and roast atop a bed of halved carrots, celery and onions.  


Ah the slow cooker.

 The only thing worst than lumpy mashed potatoes on thanksgiving is cold, gluey ones.  Keeping your spuds toasty while using the burners for other dishes is a piece of pie.  Butter your slow cooker, add some heavy cream to the potatoes, set the temp to low and then stir every hour or so.  Your potatoes will stay warm and silky s smooth!


Fat Separator…no not your belt.

The secret to great gravy is skimmed (not greasy) pan droppings.  If you don’t have a fat separator, simply pour your drippings into a large heatproof measuring cup and pop it in the freezer.  The drippings will cool and the fat will rise to the top and solidify, making it super easy to skim off with a spoon!


That thermos isn’t just for coffee.  

Put your gravy into a thermos… let sit until you’re ready to eat!  It’s that easy!


Local Salad Bar as Sous Chef

Ok this tip is going to be controversial, but it can literally save hours off of your prep time.  Go to your local market and pick up ingredients from the salad  bar that are already cleaned and ready to eat; chopped onions, trimmed beans, sliced bell peppers, hardboiled eggs, crumbled bacon…  It will save you a lot of work!…and you don’t have to tell anyone why you look less frantic this year, simply pour yourself a glass of wine and wait for the turkey.


Use your cabinets as cook book stands!

 If your recipes look anything like mine, they are covered in splashes and spills, the letters are barely visible at this point.  It’s a pain to keep flipping back and forth as well. Solution:  Print copies and tape them to your cabinets.  Keep them at eye level around your kitchen.  You’ve just minimized your kitchen clutter and can now  follow directions hands free, take notes on the fly; you could even arrange them in order of your cooking prep!  This is my favorite tip!


Bring that Turkey back from the dead!

Oops, did you over cook the Turkey?  Before glumly handing out the dried out bird  your guests, drizzle a little warm chicken broth over the meat.  It’ll moisten and add flavor.  This also helps for slices that have gone from room temp to cold!  


Deflect your guests

…in a nice way.  A busy kitchen is the worst when your trying to cook 8 things at once in order to eat on time, as to not disappoint your mother in-law.  So, give your guests jobs…outside of the kitchen.  Have a wine table with wine glasses and bottles as well as carafes of water.  Ask them to open the wine, pour the glasses, set the table, hang the coats, heard the kids.  Anything really, as long as they stay out of the kitchen!

 *Special Thanks to the Food Network 




Congratulations Brad Ausmus

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Cheshire's Brad Ausmus For MLB Hall Of Fame

Congratulations to Cheshire’s own Brad Ausmus, who is currently on the Ballot for the 2016 Baseball Hall Of Fame.  His success began early with a successful Highschool career at Cheshire High; one of the key players of Cheshire High’s Best Basketball Teams of all time.  He excelled at both Basketball and Baseball, and it was clear to his peers and coaches he was destined for greatness.  He was drafted by the Yankees just before graduating from Cheshire in 1987 and played 5 seasons while taking classes at Dartmouth College.  He was chosen by the Rockies in 1992 and then traded to San Diego, with whom he made his Big League debut, where he dominated the MLB for 18 years; winning three Golden Gloves as a catcher and trips to the World Series and All-Star Game.  He couldn’t leave the game behind, and now thrives as manager for the Detroit Tigers and pitches batting practice.  Not too shabby Brad.  Cheshire is proud!  Good luck on the upcoming elections!

Official MLB Hall Of Fame Ballot 2016

Selling Your Cheshire CT Home During The Holidays

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

The holiday season is upon us! November through January is often misconstrued at the worst time to Sell a Home. Sure, the thought of Selling your Home during the Holidays doesn’t sound like the most wonderful thing on your list, but we're here to tell you that Selling your Home during the holidays DOES HAVE QUITE A FEW ADVANTAGES! Holiday Home Buyers are usually more serious about buying - and buying now, and there is a lot Less Competition...obviously a HUGE plus! So before you make any definitive decisions, decide if you need to sell now, and if the answer is YES...then COMMIT 100%! Jump into some holiday apparel, deck the halls and follow these Tips For Selling Your Home During The Holidays!

Deck the halls…but don’t get all ‘Elf’ on us, more like Ron Burgundy, “STAY CLASSY…” 

Homes often look their best during the holidays, but make sure you don’t overdo it. Decorations too large or simply too many can distract Home Buyers. Keep decorations simple, elegant and free of personal and religious affiliations. You want your potential Home Buyers to picture themselves living in the home. If you have YOUR personal items, photos, or affiliations filling the home, it's tough for a buyer to picture their things filling that spot.  

Hire a Reliable Real Estate Team.
This is one of the Most Important aspects of your Home Sale....so don't take it lightly! You need a Real Estate Team that will work hard for you and won't vanish during the Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years holidays. Friends and family are good resources for this because chances are pretty good that they know someone who has recently moved, or know a great realtor in town. Get a recommendation of someone who will go above and beyond to get your HOME SOLD. After all...isn't that what it's really all about? This will ease your stress and ensure you enjoy the Holidays just as much as last year, when you weren't selling a home. Even with a recommendation, make sure you check the referral out. Your Home is your Greatest Investment and you want to put that investment in the hands of Experts...like the SALLY BOWMAN REAL ESTATE TEAM; Local Experts who are experienced in all aspects of the Cheshire Housing Market and go above and beyond for their clients! Take a look at what are clients are saying about us: Client Reviews

Seek Motivated Buyers.

Anyone house hunting during the holidays most likely has a good reason for doing so. Work with your Real Estate Team to target buyers on a deadline, including people relocating for jobs in your area, investors on tax deadlines, college students and staff, and military personnel.


Price to Sell. I know you’ve heard this before…but seriously, Price to Sell!

This is one of the most important elements....at any time of the year, and another reason why you need an experienced Real Estate Team on your side. A home needs to be priced for the local market, in addition to the Homes Value, time of year and an experienced, knowledgable team of professionals know exactly where & how to price your home to get Top Dollar....while still selling your home in the shortest amount of time! An experienced agent also knows that during the holidays that cheerful & loving emotions add to a positive sales process...also resulting in a higher sales price when a home buyer finds the perfect home for them.

Curb Appeal.
Autumn rolls around and the trees start to lose their leaves, so maintaining the exterior of your home becomes even more important. You need to maintain the exterior of your home and keep your yard tidy. Also remember that bare trees equal a more exposed home, so touch up the paint, make necessary repairs, clean the gutters and make sure your windows sparkle! This is also another time where elegant decorations can make your home even more inviting. Keep safety in mind as well; make sure stairs and walkways are free of snow, ice and leaves.

High Quality Real Estate Photos.
It’s well known that most people start their home search online.....over 88%! This is even more the case when the weather starts to get colder. No one wants to drive or walk around in the cold, they’d rather sip some hot cocoa and search from the comforts of their home....in a Snuggie on the couch! So making a good first impression on the internet is critical and that means using lots of beautiful high-quality photos of your home. Another reason to find an experienced Real Estate Team. These teams will have a REAL ESTATE PHOTOGRAPHER,. Why is this important? Because a RE Photographer KNOWS HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH HOMES! They know the perfect angles, lighting, natural lighting, walk-ways, showcasing the best & largest angles of the rooms, and more. NOTHING is worse than BAD Real Estate Photos. THEY CAN & WILL lose you home buyers. Finding the right Real Estate Team, who is using the best RE Photographer, is truly so important. The Sally Bowman Real Estate Team uses ONLY REAL ESTATE PHOTOGRAPHERS & VIDEOGRAPHERS. We know the importance of the best photos and will always go above and beyond to showcase our clients homes the BEST way possible.        

Give a Video Tour.

There will be less foot traffic during the holidays, so presenting a Beautiful Video Tour is not only exciting for the viewer....it is key to your Home Sale success!

Keep your Home Cozy!

Your home needs to be comfy, cozy and inviting during any Open House or Showing. Turn up that heat (not too high), or put a fire in the fireplace or wood-burning stove, play some soft music and have a plate of homemade holiday treats on the table! Encourage Home Buyers to spend more time in your home, giving them even more time to admire and imagine themselves living there!

Don’t be a Scrooge…be the "holiday angel" in disguise!

Some Mortgage Lenders are the scrooges these days, however, if you've got the means, consider offering a home loan to a serious buyer. You could get a great return on your investment!

Lastly, Relax — the New Year is around the corner.

Holidays are stressful enough; gifts to buy, dinners to prepare, relatives, and the ultimate Christmas party… just take a deep breath, and a moment to remind yourself that if you decide not to sell this winter…there's always next year, which by now, will only be a few days away!

For more helpful Home Selling Tips check back on our Blog, and Facebook Page. If you're considering a move to Cheshire, CT please give one of our experienced Team Members a call or visit our website at www.sallybowmanrealestate.com.

*Thanks HGTV for offering some helpful tips.

Veterans Day in Cheshire CT

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

On this Veterans Day, let us remember the tremendous service and sacrifice of our Veterans; and let us never forget our promise to fulfill the sacred obligation to our veterans and their families. And though there is only two day's a year solely dedicated to honoring our veterans, let not a single day pass that we forget the sacrifice these courageous men and women have made, to protect and defend our freedom and country.  

Cheshire High School will once again be hosting a special ceremony to Honor those who served in the U.S. military. The event is being sponsored by BRAVE, the student-run organization formed solely for the purpose of HONORING VETERANS. A breakfast will be held in the Commons at CHESHIRE HIGH SCHOOL beginning at 9:30 a.m.  A Ceremony will follow at Maclary Athletic Complex at 11:00 am.

From the bottom of our hearts and with eternal gratitude; Thank You to all who have served this great nation!  

 Veteran's Memorials In Cheshire:

Veterans Memorial Plaza: Located in front of Cheshire Town Hall (84 South Main Street). Created in 1990 to commemorate the men and women of Cheshire who served in the U.S. military from the Revolutionary War until the present. There are also several names listed of men who fought in the French and Indian War. A newer plaque honoring men and women who served since then or whose service had been overlooked was added in 2008. There is also teardrop shaped granite sculpture, entitled “Paradox,” which was designed by Cheshire artist Jerry Lodynsky and two plaques dedicated to Revolutionary War veterans and World War I veterans.

The Civil War Memorial: A granite obelisk, 20 feet high, and is most likely the first monument dedicated to the veterans of the Civil War erected anywhere in the United States. It was dedicated in July 1866. The name FOOTE refers to Andrew Hull Foote, a Civil War admiral and native of Cheshire. The name LINCOLN on the other side of the monument’s base honors President Abraham Lincoln. The names of Cheshire residents who gave their lives or who fought in the Civil War are included on plaques attached to the obelisk. It is located on the Church Green in front of the First Congregational Church and the Cheshire Historical Society on Route 10.

Medal of Honor Plaza: Located in Bartlem Park, across from Cheshire High School (525 South Main Street) is a star-shaped plaza, 50 feet wide and is constructed from bricks inscribed with the names of veterans from Cheshire or who were connected with Cheshire. In the center of the plaza is a black granite monument commemorating the two Cheshire residents awarded the Medal of Honor: Sgt. Eri Woodbury (Civil War, 1864) and 1st Lt. Harvey Barnum, USMC (Viet Nam, 1965.) It was designed by Jerry Lodynsky, an artist from Cheshire who also designed “Paradox”, the tear-drop shaped sculpture located at the Veterans Memorial Plaza. Planted around the plaza are seedlings from authenticated historic trees at places such as Gettysburg, Washington’s Delaware crossing and Connecticut’s Constitution Oak. 

Daughters of the American Revolution Memorial: A large bronze plaque located on the back of the entrance gate to Hillside Cemetery on Wallingford Road, just east of the Town Hall. It lists all of the Revolutionary Soldiers who are buried there. It was erected by the Lady Fenwick Chapter, DAR, July 4, 1976. Another Daughters of the American Revolution Memorial honoring Cheshire’s Revolutionary War soldiers is located in a large rock at the base of the Cheshire Street Cemetery flag pole in north Cheshire, near the Ives farm. It names the Revolutionary War soldiers buried there as well. 

Cheshire High School Memorial: Is a group of plaques honoring Cheshire residents who died serving our country. It is located at the base of the flag pole in front of Cheshire High school (525 South Main Street).  Most of the smaller plaques had been placed at the bases of memorial trees planted in honor of the person named on that plaque. Over the years, the plaques became overgrown and a few were damaged. They were “discovered” by Cheshire residents Frank Papandrea and Ron Gagliardi who were walking away from the reviewing stand of the town’s Memorial Day parade. All of the plaques were located, gathered and installed in cement at the base of the flag pole. The larger plaque is dated May 30, 1955, honoring World War I, World War II and the Korean War. The Viet Nam War plaques were added later. 

The Grave of Sgt.Eri Woodbury: Located in the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church cemetery behind the church (59 Main Street). He was awarded the Medal of Honor before he became a Cheshire resident, (he enlisted in his home state of Vermont). During his many years in Cheshire, he was a teacher at and the principal of the first Cheshire High School and was the headmaster of the Episcopal Academy (now named Cheshire Academy).  His Medal of Honor is on display at the Cheshire Historical Society. 


Veterans Day Free Services & Food Specials!

There are many local businesses offering free services and reduced prices this Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11.  Thanks to Patch.com we have a list of these places, though we can't promise it's complete, there are lots of great deals for our Veterans! Remember some may require a military ID so bring your's along with you.  

Great Clips: Veterans who visit the shops get a free haircut, or a redemption card for a free cut to be used by Dec. 31.

Applebee’s: The restaurant chain offers a special free menu for vets and active military members.

Chili’s: The restaurant chain offers a special free menu for vets and active military members.

Hooters: With any drink purchase, vets can get a free meal worth $10.99 on Veterans Day.

Starbucks: Tall brewed coffees are free to veterans and active-duty service members and their spouses on Veterans Day.

IHOP: Red, White and Blue pancakes are free to vets and active military members from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Golden Corral: The restaurant chain observes Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 17, with free dinner buffets from 5-9 p.m.

24-Hour Fitness: Veterans and active military can use the health club through Nov. 11.

Red Lobster: The appetizers are free to veterans and active-duty military members Monday, Nov. 10, through Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Chuck E. Cheese: U.S. military vets and active-duty military get 20 free tokens through Saturday, Nov. 15.

Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage to all active and retired military personnel on Veterans Day.

Baskin Robbins: First Class Camouflage Ice Cream – a concoction of chocolate, salty caramel and cake-flavored ice creams – is the flavor of the month in honor of Veterans Day. In addition, the chain will donate 10 cents from ice cream scoops sold at all U.S. locations on Veterans Day to the United Service Organizations (USO).

Friendly’s: Free breakfast, lunch or dinner to veterans and active military on Veterans Day.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store: On Tuesday, veterans get a free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert. The restaurant will offer 10 percent of proceeds on the sales of the dessert to non-veterans.

Denny’s: Active, inactive and retired military personnel can build their own free Grand Slam breakfast from 5 a.m. until noon Tuesday at participating restaurants.

Ikea: Many Ikea locations are offering a free meal to veterans Nov. 9 – 11, 2014. Search for your local Ikea store, go to the store home page and select the “special offers” tab for details.

Lone Star Steakhouse: A free entrée on Veterans Day to active duty and reserves.

Longhorn Steakhouse: Service members receive a complimentary Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcohol beverage on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Includes veterans and current service members.

Olive Garden: All veterans and military active duty will receive a free meal from a special menu on Veterans Day.

On The Border: All veterans and active duty military get a free meal from the chain’s “Create Your Own Combo menu,” on Tuesday.


Annual Katherine Toce Memorial Blood Drive

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

"Everyone Has It…Everyone Needs It"

Saturday December 5th - Katherine Toce Memorial Blood Drive

8:00 am to 12:45 pm

Highland Elementary School

490 Highland Ave

Cheshire, CT. 06410

The goal is simplecollect at least 100 productive units.

Double Red donation is also available, note this when making your appointment.

For those who haven't yet made an appointment, on-line sign-up is available. If you already have an appointment, then awesome.

Go to the American Red Cross website: www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment.


Cheshire CT It's ELECTION DAY!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate


It's Election Day in Cheshire, CT. 

It's part of our Democratic process and our right, to vote for the candidates who best represent our views, so make sure you let YOUR voice be heard and make it to the polls today. Cheshire, CT has candidates running in each of the categories, from each of the parties of our political system. If you haven't had a chance to make it to a town hall meeting to meet the candidates or hear them speak about their beliefs and what they would like to change, if they were to be elected to their respective positions, just follow this link:  Meet the Republican Candidates   Meet the Democratic Candidates

Cheshire has polling places set-up in each of our 7 districts and are open from 6:00 am - 8:00 pm, they are as follows:

District 1:      

Cheshire High School  

525 South Main Street  

District 2:

Chapman School Gym

38 Country Club Road

District 3:    


1220 Waterbury Road

District 4:

Norton School Gym

414 North Brooksvale Road

District 5:

Doolittle School Gym

735 Cornwall Avenue

District 6:

Highland School Gym

490 Highland Avenue

District 7:

Dodd Middle School Gym

100 Park Place

If you're new to Voting and a little intimidated at what you may find in the Voting Booth...here's a sample of the Ballot to look over before you proceed to the polling location.  SAMPLE BALLOT

If you have any other questions, Cheshire has great individuals who have volunteered their time working the poll locations, and they are always happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Have a great day!  HAPPY VOTING!

Cheshire's 10th Annual Lights of Hope!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

This year marks the 10th Annual Cheshire Light's of Hope event! Looking back it's hard to believe that this amazing event started out in one small neighborhood, as a fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis, and has turned into a community-wide festival of light that has raised over $675,000 for local charities since it's inception. Light's of Hope is all about "Neighbor's helping Neighbor's" with a the simple act of lighting a single candle in a bag and illuminating our wonderful town of Cheshire, CT


Luminaries purchased: Over 600,000

Scholarships awarded: $18,000 to 8 deserving high school graduates

Number of volunteers: thousands

Number of sponsors: over 200 businesses, individuals and families

Miles lit up: over 250 miles

In 2014, Cheshire's Lights of Hope raised $55,000 to support:


  • The Cheshire Community Food Pantry
  • Cheshire Youth and Social Services
  • The Petit Family Foundation
  • The Cheshire's Lights of Hope Scholarship Fund

It is humbling to see the incredible amount of volunteers, donations and community involvement that is given year in and year out in participation of this event. 

Each year a scholarship is given out to two high school seniors who exemplify the mission & visioin of Cheshire's Lights of Hope through their volunteer & community service. To spread the message of Hope and Encouragement among their neighbors and.."Be the Light and Change you want to see in the World". These individuals must also maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, have exceptional service records to the community, recommendations and a strong essay.

The 2015 Cheshire Lights of Hope Scholarship Winners are... Cheshire High School graduates Alyssa Romano and Sharon Bian, awarding each $2,000 in recognition of extraordinary community service.

This year's Lights of Hope event is coming up soon! Here are the important dates you need on your calendar:



TIME: 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM

WHERE: PAWS PET RESORT & SPA, 312 East Johnson St, Cheshire



WHERE: Congregational Church Green, Cheshire, CT

TIME:  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

If you have not yet purchased your luminaries, there's still time! Sales will continue up through November 14th and can be purchased at RW Hines Ace Hardware for $12 per kit. 

Cheshire's Lights of Hope event would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of hundreds of volunteers. YOU CAN HELP and there's still time to volunteer! For more information about volunteer opportunities, visit Cheshire's Lights of Hope website.

The Cheshire's Lights of Hope foundation always welcome new sponsors at all levels.  This year's Media Sponsor is the Cheshire Herald!  Any donations to Cheshire's Lights of Hope are always very much appreciated! Businesses, families and individuals can become a sponsor of the event. Recognition levels begin at $250 and go up to $1,000. 100% of the proceeds go to charities in Cheshire! 2015 Diamond Level sponsors included Paws Pet Resort & Spa. Thank you to everyone in Cheshire who participates in the incredible Lights of Hope event!  If you'd like more information on sponsorship or donations, follow this link: Cheshire Lights of Hope Sponsors & Donations.

Cheshire offers an excellent quality of life and tremendous community spirit. I'm proud to be a resident of Cheshire, as well as a business owner! When you have questions about buying or selling a home in Cheshire, CT, I'll be happy to help you. If you are new to Cheshire, I will be happy to be your guide for our wonderful community! When you're looking for a home, my team and I have the local market experience to help you succeed - contact us today!

It's Time to FALL BACK Cheshire!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate


If you live near the equator, day and night are approximately the same length (12 hours), but elsewhere on Earth, there is much more daylight in the summer than in the winter. The closer you live to the North or South Pole, the longer the period of daylight in the summer.  Of course people like to enjoy longer light in the summer evenings, and with less of it in the winter, it makes sense to want just little more.   

The Idea of Daylight Saving Time

The idea of daylight saving is owed to Benjamin Franklin.

The idea was first advocated seriously by London builder William Willett in the pamphlet, "Waste of Daylight" (1907), that proposed advancing clocks 20 minutes on each of four Sundays in April, and retarding them by the same amount on four Sundays in September. As he was taking an early morning ride through Petts Wood, near Croydon, Willett observed closed blinds of nearby houses, even though the sun was fully risen.  

 In his pamphlet "The Waste of Daylight" he wrote:

"Everyone appreciates the long, light evenings. Everyone laments their shortage as Autumn approaches; and everyone has given utterance to regret that the clear, bright light of an early morning during Spring and Summer months is so seldom seen or used."

So, we rationalized, but even more; according to some sources, DST saves energy. Studies done by the U.S. Department of Transportation in 1975 showed that Daylight Saving Time trims the entire country's electricity usage by a small but very significant amount, around one percent each day.  This is because less electricity is used for lighting and appliances. In New Zealand, power companies have found that power usage decreases 3.5 percent when daylight saving starts. In the first week, peak evening consumption commonly drops around five percent.  Pretty incredible.  

However, many people dislike Daylight Saving Time. Complaining of the inconvenience of changing so many clocks and adjusting to a new sleep schedule. A slight inconveninance, but a part of our culture none the less.  So, no matter how you feel about DLS, don’t forget to set your clocks back 1 hour at Midnight on Saturday the 31st....you don't want to be late for any important upcoming engagements!

While you're setting your clocks, it's also a good habit to also check your Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

What should you check? The following list was compiled by the CT Department of Fire Services as the requirements for every home. Twice a year when you change your clocks (Fall Back & Spring Forward) use this list as a guideline for checking your home for it's safety compliance. Remember, it's ALWAYS better to be safe now...than sorry later.

Smoke alarms should be installed in the following areas of every home; Every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and onevery level of the home,including the basement.


  • Interconnect smoke alarms throughout your home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Test alarms at least once a month by pushing the test button.
  • Unless smoke alarms have a long life sealed battery, replace batteries twice a year when we change our clocks.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or if they do not sound when tested.
  • Have a practiced home escape plan and make sure everyone knows where the meeting place is (this is a great time of year to practice your plan!)
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.
  • When the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place (practice this twice a year...like NOW)
Whatever you plan to do with YOUR extra hour; sleep, catch up on some work, chores around the house, don't forget to do these important tasks. Our clock changes only happen twice a year, so take the necessary time and do these few things that not only keep you "on time" for all your important commitments, but keep you safe in your home as well!



by Sally Bowman Real Estate

There's a cool chill in the air, the night sky is black with just a splattering of sparkling stars and we're off to share the incredible ghostly stories we've heard from our great friends at the Cheshire Historical Society's SPIRIT'S ALIVE 2015 TOUR and enjoy a delectable Pumpkintini from one of Cheshire's great establishments!  Yes, this is an exciting week in Cheshire as Halloween is quickly approaching and the anticipation is building for the gastly, chilling parties that await ....


Have you purchased your Halloween Costume Yet?

Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, so many are planning for celebrations lasting the entire weekend.  People are buying multiple costumes to wear on Thursday, Friday and Saturday! Which can be hard on the wallet. In fact,  Americans will spend close to $6.9 billion on Halloween costumes in 2015, averaging $74.34 per person, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). If you haven' bought your costume yet, we're here to share the most popular costumes, so you don't end up 1 of 4 Cinderella's at the Ball, as well as inspire your inner creative, for a one of a kind Stellar Costume Contest Winner.  

This year the top sellers for adults are various Superheroes, Disney Princesses, Star Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. For kids;  the hottest seller is The Descendants, followed by the Disney villains from the hit 2015 movie.  So, think outside the box, and remember you don't have to spend a bunch of money, get creative; here are some of our favorites:

             French Kiss                      Most Philosphical PlayDoh!


Ginger Bread Man               &        The Spelling Bee

Formal Apology                         From the film Gravity!


Google Maps!                      Dunkin Donuts!!!


If you need a little more inspiration and some "Punny Costumes" follow the link below:

20 Very Punny Costumes To Rock This Halloween


Top 5 Places To Get A Pumpkintini In Cheshire

Yes, it's the season for pumpkin spiced everything, but few of these things are as satisfying as a Pumpkintini!  

Here are the 5 best places to imbibe your orange gourd...with an extra kick of course, and we recommend giving all these fine Cheshire establishments a fair shot at your taste buds!



Planning on having your own Halloween Party? Then let's tap into your own inner Martha Stewart or Rachel Ray and "Get the Party Started" with some FABULOUS Halloween Appetizers that are GUARANTEED to blow your guest's minds!


If you're brave enough to host a Halloween party this year, don't skimp on the details.  Cleverly themed appetizers and drinks are a must.  Here are some appetizer ideas, sure to impress your guests for many Halloween moons to come! Click the names and get the recipe                                               

                 MUMMY DOGS             Witches Broomsticks


BRAINS                        CHEESY BATS        


SPIDERS                   WORMS IN DIRT




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Cheshire CT's New Funky Monkey Lounge!

by Sally Bowman Real Estate

Have you heard the whispers? Maybe you stopped by the old Funky Monkey Cafe and much to your dismay it was closed...under renovation! Gasp! Well gasp no more...the FUNKY MONKEY LOUNGE is open and better than ever and ready to serve you in their brand new atmosphere that is FABULOSO! But a few things have changed:

The Hours of Operation- Tues, Wednesday, Thursday- 5:00 pm- Midnight;  Friday - Saturday 5:00 pm- 2:00 am (music nights) Sunday 3:00- 8:00 pm

The Incredible Menu- They're now serving night bites (small plates) such as Chipotle BBQ Chicken sliders, Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Waffles w/ sriracha maple dip, Black Bean Nacho Veggie Burgers, Harissa Tacos, and succulent Beef Short Rib Sliders on pretzel buns. We also have a couple of delicious salads, gourmet Mac n Cheese, and an awesome grilled cheese.

They Still have Amazing Art!  They have artists seasonally now, rather than once a month. Fall's artist is Cheshire's own A.L. Morse, whose graphic art is amazing.

Comedy Nights are definitely On!  Once a month we have Comedy Night, the last Friday of the month (excluding holidays.) But they've changed the way they sell tickets. You now buy them online, through their website, www.thefunkymonkey.org with a credit card or PayPal. Online tix are $15. At the door, they'll be $20. They are no longer reserving seating, so to avoid the losses incurred when folks reserved a table of 10, but only 4 showed up. There is a 2-drink minimum, common in most comedy clubs. Non-alcoholic drinks count toward that minimum, too. Doors open at 5 pm, so if you want to stake out the best seats, you can come in early. No furniture will be moved, so if you have a large group, you can be in the same area, but not all at one table.

Music will still be part of the Scene. Thursdays they'll have ambient musicians and a monthly open mic night. Friday, Saturdays and Sundays they'll have early music for people who like to be in bed by 11 from 6/7-9 pm, then more lively bands for the late night crowd after 10 pm will rock into the wee hours.

Will they have a Full Bar?  No, They will be serving a limited menu of most delicious creative cocktails with a nod to the classics. You'll find bourbon, tequila, rum and gin-based concoctions sure to delight, once their Liquor Permit is approved- which is anticipated in December.  Until then they will have an Improved Beer & Wine Menu to include some of the best craft beers in our area... but they'll also have PBR and Bud of course! Their upgraded wine list includes delicious Malbec, Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and others. Wines ranging from $7- $14 a glass.

Happy Hours will Continue!  Yes the all popular Happy Hour's will continue every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:00- 7:00 pm. They'll have $3 bites, $4/beers and $5/wine.

Calendar of Events- You can always find their Calendar of Events on their Facebook page, 'The Funky Monkey Lounge' or on Twitter @funkymonkeybeer.

If your business has recently changed locations, gone through a makeover or has an event you'd like us to promote...send us an email or post to our Facebook Page! We love supporting our local businesses and friends!


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Contact Information

Sally A. Bowman Broker, Licensed in CT
Sally Bowman Real Estate, LLC
220 Old Towne Rd
Cheshire CT 06410
Phone: 203.272.2828
Cell 203.687.8026
Fax: 203.272.2702