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Cider Rum Punch


Cider Rum Punch


  • 8 ounces dark rum
  • 3 ounces lemon juice
  • 4 ounces thyme simple syrup
  • 12 ounces apple cider
  • 4 ounces water
  • 4 ounces club soda
  • 8 dashed of Angostura Bitters
  • sprigs of thyme, garnish
  • apple wheels, garnish


  1. To make thyme simple syrup, combine 2 cups sugar, 1 1/2 cups of water and 6 thyme sprigs in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring up to a boil and reduce to simmer, until the sugar has fully dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and place the syrup in the fridge to cool.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a large picture or carafe with ice and stir.
  3. Fill your glasses with crushed ice and fill. Place a sprig of thyme inside and put an apple wheel on the rim.
  4. Serves 6.

Revamp your dishes!



It’s normal – if you use silverware on ceramic dishes you will see little gray marks and scratches appear over time on your dishware.  If you have small scratches, you can try water, dish soap and a little baking soda.  If you meet a little resistance, I recommend Bon Ami or Bar Keeper’s Friend.  Both cleansers are safe/meant for cookware – so feel free to scrub away.

Image.Wet the dish and a cloth and apply the powder or cream – rub in a circular motion.  You’ll need to use a little elbow grease, but the marks will come up easily in a minute or so.


Wash the cleanser off the plates and run them through your dishwasher.  Look at the ‘brand new’ dishes!

Have you tried to remove the gray marks on your dishes?  What has/hasn’t worked for you?

Create Your Own Glow Path


Line a pathway with rocks painted in glow in the dark paint. During the day they “charge” in the sun and in the evening they reflect the stored light. Rust-Oleum Glow in the Dark Brush-on Paint.

How to Hide Your Spare Key in Style!


Here’s a good idea to hide your extra house key – put it in a medicine bottle, glue a pine cone or rock on top, stick the bottle in the yard or planter. 

You can find these items at:

  • Michael’s
  • Joanne Fabrics
  • Hobby Lobby
Jeffrey pine cone

Jeffrey pine cone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


8 Travel App’s You Gotta Have!


We know how stressful travel can be: Flight delays, lodging mishaps, language barriers can easily turn what was meant to be a relaxing trip into one big headache. But of course, there’s an app for every travel annoyance, and equipping your smartphone before a big trip can make each step of your travels a whole lot less stressful.

From the Cadillac of pocket translators to a last-minute hotel finder to the ultimate airport guide, click through the slideshow below for eight must-have apps for stress-free travel.

Tell us: What’s your must-have travel app? Share your thoughts in the comments or tweet @down_home_llc.


  • Trip Advisor
    Choose your hotels, restaurants and activities wisely with insight from Trip Advisor’s thousands of reviewers. Using the free Trip Advisor Offline City Guide app, you can browse reviews that have been stores in the app, with no data roaming charges.
  • iFly Pro
    Keep track of flight delays and navigate around hundreds of airports with the help of iFly Pro.
  • Hotel Tonight
    If you’re looking for a last-minute hotel deal, the free Hotel Tonight app may be your best bet. Find discounted hotels in your area available that night, with bookings available until 2 a.m. According to TechCrunch, “The service worked like a dream.”
  • TripIt
    Keep your full itinerary organized and in one place on your phone with TripIt, a free app that puts all your trip details together and syncs with your calendar. Fast Company raves, “This is the best travel app I can imagine.”
  • FREE Wi-Fi Finder
    Stay connected without racking up roaming charges with the Free Wi-Fi Finder app, which locates Internet hotspots in your vicinity. The app works around the world, and also provides direction to the hot spot of your choice.
  • Google Translate
    Avoid language barriers and make sure you’re able to communicate easily no matter where you are with the best translation app out there,Google Translate. The app features more than 60 languages, and for 17 of those languages, you can translate by speaking the text rather than typing it.
  • Kayak
    If you just found out that your flight was cancelled, open up Kayak’s free app instead of fighting for a spot in the inevitably-long customer service lines. Set up price alerts and book hotels, flights, car services and more at low prices, on the go.
  • WhatsApp Messenger
    Text with friends around the globe without fear of racking up exorbitant overseas charges using the $0.99 lifesaver, WhatsApp. The messaging system is a great way to share videos and photos of your trip — with no international charges.

Is your home missing something? … Perhaps a gazebo is all it needs!

Is your home missing something? ... Perhaps a gazebo is all it needs!

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Home & Garden Show April 5th – April 7th

We at Down Home Construction are showing off what could be your next home improvement project this weekend April 5th-7th at the Suburban Collection Showplace of Novi. Anything and everything you need for your home and garden can be found under one roof, so come on out and visit us this weekend we would love to see you!


Putt-Putt for Alzheimer’s                                                               
What a great way to spend your weekend, shopping for the perfect accent to your home or garden and doing a bit of chairty work at the same time!
Down Home Construction will be holding a mini charity event called Putt-Putt for Alzheimers at the Home & Garden Show, you can show off your golf skills and contribute to the cause. All those who donate will be eligible for a chance to win!
Win a $50.00 IKEA Gift Card
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Margarita Chicken

This fresh and light dish, flavored with limes, chile and a splash of tequila, is perfect for summer entertaining. The chicken is wonderful served hot off the grill, but it also tastes great cold or at room temperature, sliced and tossed into a salad of mixed baby lettuces.




  •  zest from one lime
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice, from about 4 limes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tequila, optional
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, 6-8


  1. Place all ingredients, except for the chicken, in a gallon-sized zip top plastic bag. Squish to combine. Add chicken, seal bag, and turn to coat. Refrigerate for one hour or overnight.
  2. Coat grill pan (or grill) with cooking spray. Heat pan (or grill) to medium-high. Cook chicken for 4-5 minutes on each side, turning breast a quarter turn after two minutes if cross hatch marks are desired. Serve immediately.