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Indoor Barbecue!

Fourth of July this year is a Wednesday and therefore we’re celebrating two holiday weekends!

This weekend, we’re having an indoor barbecue because NJ is in the middle of another heat wave with spotty thunderstorms. On the menu: Barbecued Pulled Pork and Brownies.

For the barbecued pork:

    1. Put a few sliced onions in the bottom of the crock pot with some salt and pepper and put a pork roast on top.
    2. Another sliced onion or two on top of that.
    3. Pour a can of beer and about 2 cups of water over it all.
    4. This cooks for about 10 hours in the crock pot on low. File:Germantown Commissary, BBQ Pork Sandwich.jpg
    5. Remove the roast and set it on a cutting board to settle, discarding the remainder of the contents of the crock pot.
    6. When it’s cool enough to handle, I use my fingers (but I suppose you could use a fork if you’re not into sensory cooking) to pull the roast into shreds and return it to the empty crock pot.
    7. Add some more chopped onion and a bottle or two of barbecue sauce (I suppose there are purists who make their own sauce, and to them I say, “Share your recipe!).
    8. Another 2 hours on high and this delicious pulled pork is fantastic on crusty buns.

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For easy brownies:

  1. Mix 2-1/4 cups sugar with 2/3 cups cocoa, 1-1/4 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt in the bowl of your stand mixer.
  2. Add 3/4 cup margarine and 4 eggs.
  3. Mix just until blended.
  4. Add 1/2 cup nuts – pecans, walnuts, whatever (or more, or less – they’re your brownies! Make them the way you want them!) and stir to combine.
  5. Spread it into a greased 9×13 inch pan.
  6. Bake 350 degrees for about a half hour. Let the brownies cool in the pan before you slice them.
  7. For real decadence, serve these brownies with vanilla ice cream!! And chocolate syrup. And whipped cream ūüôā
Bon apetit!

Day Trip to NYC!

Those of us in Union County have access to some of the most diverse cultural experiences in the world by taking a bus ride into New York City.

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If you haven’t been to the American Museum of Natural History in a few years, it might be time to go again! We were there today – it was too hot to stay home – and had a fantastic time touring the 46 permanent exhibits.

Of course we made a trip to the Hayden Planetarium and to the Rose Center. I love the time line from the Big Bang to today and I love the size comparisons of everything from the known universe to the size of a proton.

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3.2 million year old Lucy

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1.7 million year old Turkana Boy

The meteorite hall is always a favorite, as is the Hall of Human Origins where you can visit casts of the skeletons of Lucy and Turkana Boy.

Everyone’s favorite is always the fourth floor where the dinosaurs are housed. AMNH ¬†has¬†Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, a Brontosaurus, several mammoths and ancient horses, a Triceratops, a Stegosaurs, and thousands others.

To see some more photos of our trip, check out Team Zuhl’s post today!

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Where in Union County is Team Zuhl?

Are you ready to play? All you have to do is guess where this photo was taken!Photo: OK - It's time for another round of "Where is Team Zuhl?" Who knows where in Union County this photo was taken?

Dear TZ – What’s a good price to offer on a house in Union County?

DEAR TZ – HOW MUCH SHOULD I OFFER ON THIS HOUSE IN UNION COUNTY?

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We’ve been looking all over Union County and finally found a house in Clark that we love! How much should we offer on it?

Bob and Bernice Buyer

Dear Bob and Bernice,

Congratulations and welcome to Clark! You’re going to love it here!

When you put an offer in on an house, your agent will show you some comps which are comparable homes that have sold in the area.

You’ll also want to look at the ratio of sale price to¬†list price¬†for similar homes. In Clark for example, the average home sells for 95% of list price.

So what do you offer? ¬†Well, you really need to make an offer that you can afford and one that you think is a fair offer to the homeowner. ¬†So if their list price is accurate, you may want to come in close or at list price. ¬†If they’re priced competitively you may even want to come in above list price.

Your REALTOR(R) can offer advice, but ultimately the decision is YOURS. ¬†Put yourself in the seller’s shoes and think how you would feel if someone offered what you’re going to offer on the house.

Lastly, you may want to take a few minutes time to pen a handwritten letter telling the sellers about you and your family and how you’re looking to forward to making their home yours. ¬† Make it personal, tell your story. ¬† It may make the difference if a similar offer comes in.

Best of luck!

– Wayne and Jean

55 Things to do in NJ this summer

We’ve lived in NJ our whole lives, and have spent many summers wandering the ins and outs of all the great things NJ has to offer. This summer, try something you’ve never done before. Here are 55 ideas – let us know which ones you pick!
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Clark Spa offers a wide variety of Experiences

Need to relax a bit?

Hand and Stone in Clark offers exactly what you need. Check out our interview with them at http://teamzuhl.com/post/3341553/hand-and-stone

What’s your Union County teen doing this summer?

Do you know about Union County College’s summer program for teenagers?

UCC offers great ways for your child to learn and grow this summer – please click here for more information!

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