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Cooking with George on a Cold Winter Day!

So what to do on a cold, winter day?  We couldn’t agree on any movie we wanted to see,  just ate out the night before…BUT we both like to try new recipes and Eat Good Food.

LONE STAR BEEF CHILI    Five Stars   A rich, smokey taste…bacon and beef…

Pumpkin Sage Scones   One Star    Just ok.  Not the best choice to compliment the chili.






The kitchen is usually the center of any home.  The kitchen is the site of most gatherings, is the most expensive to update and/or build, and it seems most home buyers today are looking for a kitchen that opens to living areas.  Home buyers that love to cook prefer cooking with gas.  It is an easy fix to have a plumber run the gas line to the kitchen to convert electric to gas if the home already has gas heat.


Still looking for listings!  In this last Sunday’s Columbus Dispatch, there was an article that listed all the reasons why now is the worst time to put your home on the market.  Most of my colleagues will agree with me.  This is the best time to put your house on the market.  Inventory of homes in Central Ohio is at an all time low.  There are very few new builds.  Sellers have no competition.  Sellers are getting several offers and have the opportunity to ask for the best and final offer.   The final offer must agree with the appraised value and appraisals are going up too.  Not a bad time at all.

Keep warm..try the chili!



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EASY DINNER FUN……Thank you Melissa and Tyler for the Hostess Gift

A REUNION with O.S.U. Roommates last Fall was so much fun.  Melissa and Tyler sent us a wonderful Hostess Gift in November …and because …who knows why, George and I finally decided to put our Pronto Pizza Oven together in July.

We decided to have  Make YOUR Own Pizza Party on July 4 but of course we had to test out the oven.


First Attempt...we may have to practice on this dough...

First Attempt…we may have to practice on this dough…




So after 3 nights of Pizza, we decided we were ready to share our Pizza Oven with others…Turned out great.  Each couple made their own pizza and we all sampled.  Pizzas take about 5-8 minutes.  Pepperoni, Chicken, Peppers, Basil, Feta Cheese, Moz. Cheese, Sausage, Vegies, Marinated Tomatoes, and the list could go on.

Sur La Table not only sells the Oven but also provides classes.  The oven is extremely portable…propane tank.   Tailgating could be easy!




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Out and About! Simple DECO…Shopping for Wedding Attire…Foodies We ARE!

So Simple
Always looking for simple ideas for my home or staging a listing. Glass vase, sand, moss, artificial plant, 2 coffee cups full of coffee beans…looks good and also smells good!

Gold, Brass is Back!  I actually prefer mixing metals.

Gold, Brass is Back! I actually prefer mixing metals.

Music on fabric that is hanging on wall

Music on fabric that is hanging on wall

Saw this in our only Arhaus in Central Ohio…Polaris Parkway. I walk through when I am in the area…so many ideas with things you already have or can find for less $$$.
So Andi shared that our new grandson has several weddings to attend this summer. I have never shopped for little boys…not as much to see for sure but I found a couple of styles for a 3 month old.
  Casual and Comfy

Casual and Comfy

A Little MORE Trendy?

A Little MORE Trendy?

Accessories for MEN???

Accessories for MEN???

Yes, we are FOODIES. Cooking, a new restaurant, shopping for food…and evaluating/eating our new dishes.

Chef at Medallion has been offering great classes!

Chef at Medallion has been offering great classes!

Chicken Stock!

Chicken Stock!

Such a Happy Man...Kitchen or Golf Course..2 best places!

Such a Happy Man…Kitchen or Golf Course..2 best places!

Still Looking for new Listings…Here today and gone tomorrow!

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Out and About…Some Shopping…Signs of Spring…Moving to NEW OFFICE

Loved visiting these two and chaperoning them on a date in Philly…and I did stay awake. I had a fantastic weekend.
Terrain is an amazing place to visit…one of my favorite stops when I am visiting Emily. Created by the same folks that own Anthropology so you can only imagine. So many wonderful ideas and their candles last forever with amazing scents! Yoga, cooking classes, restaurants and the list could go on.

Love this Place.

Love this Place.

What we all NEED!

What we all NEED!

This is on my list!

This is on my list!

Saw this at Iron and Elm…Clintonville location which I prefer. So many uses, wine, jewelry, scarves…I am still justifying my need for this. I do have a friend that has access to mailboxes torn out of old buildings…just stashed in a warehouse. Hoping one will soon be mine…and not for the crazy price on this item.
Iron and Elm Clintonville

Iron and Elm Clintonville

Iron and Elm in Clintonville

Iron and Elm in Clintonville

Stop by Edwin Loy Home in Westerville More than Annie Sloan paint!

Stop by Edwin Loy Home in Westerville More than Annie Sloan paint!

Edwin Loy Home…now starting upholstery classes too.
Moving in to my husband's home careful not to destroy the only space that belongs to George

Moving in to my husband’s home office…so careful not to destroy the only space that belongs to George

I have to slowly and carefully change the environment. I just shared that a few live plants will help increase my productivity along with filet and lobster.
Great advantages in my home office that are not included in my REMAX Affiliates Office
Putting practice!

Putting practice!

The cafeteria and chef are amazing!
This is the special in the cafeteria.

This is the special in the cafeteria.


RECORD FOR ME LISTING had an accepted offer in less than 4 hours! Enjoy your week!

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Chintz Room Opens Again and a NEW Recipe for Breakfast Souffle…Central Ohio Realtor

The Chintz Room Open Again in Former Lazarus Building

The Chintz Room Open Again in Former Lazarus Building

Generations remember Breakfast with Santa in the Chintz Room on the fifth floor of Lazarus in Columbus, Ohio. Usually followed by a shopping trip to the Secret Santa Shop. The Chintz Room has recently reopened in the former Lazarus Building, 121 S. High Street.
Still have some of the favorites on the menu. I am going to check this out next week…excited to go back in time.

EASY Christmas morning…We have always had the eggs, cheese, bread, and sausage souffle for Christmas morning breakfast. Prepare the day before, refrigerate overnight and in the oven while opening gifts.

This may be taking over…French Toast Strata!
8 eggs
1 1/2 c low fat buttermilk
1/4 c. maple syrup
1 t. vanilla extract
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 French baguette loaf, cut into 1/2 cubes
1/4 c. brown sugar

Cut baguette into 1/2 inch cubes and spread along the bottom of a prepared 9×13 inch casserole dish.
In a large bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well and pour over bread.
Cover with plastic wrap and press down lightly, so the bread absorbs the egg mixture. Refrigerate over night.
Bake for 45 minutes or until eggs are set.
When removed from oven, sprinkle with brown sugar and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
Tastes similar to Coast Toast…San Diego style.


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Pumpkin CAKE…A Yanok Favorite…and now a new version I learned via Distance Learning!

blog14 Distance Learning…Loving it with this Teacher!

Pumpkin Cake…One of our favorite and has been Emiy’s Birthday Cake for Years…9×13 pan..350 for 25-30 minutes
Add ingredients in the order they are listed:
4 eggs
2c. sugar
1c. oil
2 c. flour
2 t. baking soda
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
2 c. pumpkin
2 t. vanilla Prepare pan and bake for 25-30 minutes at 350

Frosting: 8 oz.of Cream Cheese, 4 T. Butter, 3 c. powdered sugar, 1 t. vanilla…whip together and frost.
Chatting and cooking with Emily via Face Time…She added butterscotch cookie crumbs and frosting between 2 layer cake. Used 2 eight inch pans. So much fun baking long distance…all the clean up was too far for me to help.
Very entertaining…a cooking show I enjoyed…cooking, a little comedy, and lots of fun.

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Eat Breakfast like a King or the Real Estate teacher in Columbus, Ohio

25578086[1]Trying to be healthy…even when busy.  So eat Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dine like a pauper…or something like that.  I know Steel Cut Oats are very good and tasty when I order them in a restaurant…but they take a little too long for me.  Crock-Pot Oatmeal…ready the night before, lasts a few days, and the house smells like a bakery when you wake up…and still not too disappointing when you see Oatmeal instead of Cinnamon Rolls.

Before you go to bed, grease your crock pot….this is critical!  Add 2 cups of steel-cut oats, 6 cups of water…it will look very soupy…no fear.  Peel and dice an apple…I used two Gala…and add a dash of cinnamon.  Stir, cover, and set your crock pot on LOW.  In the morning, spoon out one serving, and enjoy.  I sprinkle 1 teaspoon of brown sugar on top of my serving…and good morning to me.  This makes enough oatmeal for a week so store the left overs in a glass container in the refrigerator.  The Steel Cut Oats will stick together after chilled.  Stir them a little before reheating in the microwave.  And as my mother would say, “This will stick to your ribs”, I am not hungary until lunch.

As most of my followers know, my first career was teaching….loved students as much as my real estate clients.   Just spent time this morning checking out FACEBOOK.  I love seeing my past students and clients and their children, grandchildren, vacations and family celebrations.  Since the time I am working in my office on the computer is my least favorite part of being a Realtor, I take breaks looking at these photos … love the photos.

Speaking of sitting at a computer and/or being healthy…I love getting massages and I have found a great person to promote:  Jennifer Pazderski, Zen Massage Studio, New Albany, Ohio.  She is just starting her business, does an excellent job, plenty of parking, in a relaxing setting, and most of all, you will know that she loves what she is doing!

One more newcomer that I would like to suggest you call if you need an insurance agent in town:  Kim Roe, State Farm Insurance.  Kim has worked with State Farm for many years in corporate office and in the field…helping many agents get started, trouble shooting, and providing education.  Yes, she is knowledgable, has strong work ethics, and loves people, need I say more.

Thankful for new listings…always happens when I am leaving town…Yanok/Linley Wedding, 9/28. MOB leaving early to complete her MOB (mother of the bride) duties.  I will be 3 hours behind but checking email and cell.  Oh dear, I will soon be a mother-in-law!   Getting so much advice…esp. from mothers of sons.  We are very lucky…getting a wonderful new son!

Empty spaces and sparkling clean...

Empty spaces and sparkling clean…

Speaking of listings…now is the time.  Spent time this week meeting with 3 longtime homeowners…”What do I need to do to get ready to list my property?”  We looked at each room, yard, and set goals.  I must share that 90% of the time, number one on the list is “GET RID of STUFF”.  I also suggested they look at model new homes in their price range and try to “copy” staging without spending any money!   I also set them up on automated searches so they can watch their neighborhood…actually view video tours of competition and get reliable information about list and sale prices.   Let me know if you need my services…good to start thinking ahead.  Who knows you might even to get rid of some “stuff” that is packed and ready for kids to take when they are home for the holidays.


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