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IT’S FRIDAY! Congratulations you made it through another LONG work week. The last thing you want to do is go home and wonder “what’s for dinner?” So not to worry, I got you covered. Here are 3 EASY dinner recipes you can make tonight that will not only satisfy your hunger, but give you enough time to celebrate the weekend!

Strawberry Bacon Salad

strawberry

http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2016/05/31/favorite-strawberry-bacon-salad/

Creamy Sundried Tomato Pasta

pasta

http://www.budgetbytes.com/2015/11/one-pot-creamy-sun-dried-tomato-pasta/

Pizza Margherita Grilled Cheese

cheese

http://www.cookingforkeeps.com/2015/04/08/pizza-margherita-grilled-cheese/

Which one will you be making tonight? Happy Cooking, and Have a FUN, SAFE Weekend!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

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We all give into cravings when we’re hungry and grab the first thing off the shelf. In order to not give into temptation, next time make some of these healthy snacks in big batches to keep on hand.

Spiced Popcorn 3 Ways

popcorn

Popcorn is a satisfying and nutritious snack that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. For this recipe, you can either go with a curry paprika, garlic parm, or spicy oregano spice blend.

http://www.foodheavenmadeeasy.com/spiced-popcorn-3-ways/

Fresh Fruit Trail Mix

trail-mix

My go-to snack is a fresh fruit trail mix. You have to make it yourself with whatever mixed nuts you want, but replace the dried fruit with fresh grapes, blueberries, and/or cherries to make it lower in carbs and fresher. And I love the zing you get from the fresh fruit combined with the nuts.

Curry Granola Bars

granola

One of my favorite healthy snacks as of late is my homemade, no-bake, gluten-free savory curry granola bars! I’ve been really into savory bars lately as a way to mix it up from the usual sweeter options, and these bars come together really quickly and have a great texture and unexpected flavor.

http://www.fannetasticfood.com/2015/11/06/savory-curry-granola-bar-recipe-no-bake/

Chocolate Coconut Oat Bars

oat

These chocolate coconut oat balls are one of my favorite snacks. They are no-bake and easy to roll together using ingredients from the pantry. I love that they are portion controlled and easy to take with me on the go!

http://www.katheats.com/chocolate-coconut-oat-balls

BBQ-Flavored Roasted Chickpeas

chickpeas

Once I figured out how to make a spice blend that perfectly mimicked the flavor of BBQ chips — but is completely healthy — I knew these would be my favorite snack. They’re filled with fiber and protein to fill you up, and they’re so easy that even my takeout-loving friends can make them. I make a big batch on Monday and snack on ‘em throughout the week.

http://www.sproutedroutes.com/crispy-roasted-chickpeas-three-ways/

Now you don’t need to feel bad about snacking!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

It’s no secret Texas is the best out of all the states. Here’s just another reason why. You picked them, here are the 5 greatest burgers in Texas; each from one of the major metropolitan cities!

brisket

No. 1 Brisket Burger With Pork Belly
Folc, San Antonio
$18 (includes potatoes)
It’s hard not to salivate when this burger lands at your table. Known for New American fare that combines elegant plates and complex techniques, Folc delivers a brisket-and-pork-belly burger that offers a near-salacious experience. Cast aside any notions of neatness, because your linen napkin will definitely earn its keep. The tender patty has an over-the-top 70-to-30 meat-to-fat ratio, but what sends it over the moon is a slice of seared pork belly. The duo pairs well with a sunny-side-up egg—sop up any runaway yolk with Folc’s excellent blanched-and-fried fingerling potatoes. 226 E. Olmos Dr, 210-822-0100. Tue–Sat 11–2:30 & 5:30–10, Sun 11–3.

congress

No. 2 Congress Burger
Second Bar + Kitchen, Austin
$14
You may need a wet wipe before it’s over, because this burger is monumentally juicy. The sumptuous blend of brisket and chuck comes nicely seasoned between a thatch of Gruyère and shallot confit. Making it extremely easy to customize are sides of leaf lettuce, tomatoes, and sweet pickles, not to mention two ramekins with sharp mustard and homemade ketchup. If you feel the need to branch out, add seared foie gras or pork belly (but, dear God, not both). Afterward, indulge in prime downtown people-watching from the terrace or the cacophonous dining room. 200 Congress Ave, 512-827-2750. Sun–Thur 11–11:30, Fri & Sat 11–1:30 a.m.

lust

No. 3 L.U.S.T. Burger
The Bearded Lady, Fort Worth
$12
Where does lust begin? At the first glimpse of this lascivious creation, or upon sinking your teeth into it? Its half-pound hand-formed patty clocks in at 78-percent-lean Prime Angus chuck and comes studded with chopped roasted poblano and feta. Measuring three quarters of an inch thick, it’s topped with melted Gouda cheese, avocado, and caramelized onion tendrils. Extras come alongside: a fluffy green lettuce leaf; a sweet, firm tomato slice; and a spicy house-made sour pickle or two. L.U.S.T. is especially enjoyable if accompanied by a brew on tap—the twenties-era cottage and patio are home to the most popular craft beer bar in town. 1229 Seventh Ave, 817-349-9832. Tue–Sun 11–2 a.m.

philly

No. 4 Pimento Cheese Burger
Knife, Dallas
$14 (includes fries)
Chef John Tesar constructs this all-sirloin steakhouse burger with fanatical attention to detail. He sears a six-ounce patty of 44 Farms beef to a rosy medium-rare on a griddle, then pumps it up with a tangle of sautéed red onions and a huge scoop of house-made, Tabasco-spiked pimento cheese. He tucks the whole gooey mess into a lightly toasted bun lined with a single leaf of Bibb lettuce. “The lettuce is a bib,” says Tesar. “It keeps the juices and grilled onions and cheese from soaking through.” The result tastes like the Fourth of July, a family reunion, and a summer picnic all rolled into one. The Highland Dallas hotel, 5300 E. Mockingbird Ln; 214-443-9339. Mon–Thur 11:30–2 & 5–11, Fri & Sat 11:30–2 & 5–midnight, Sun 11:15–2 & 5–10.

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No. 5 Philly Cheese Steak Burger
Original Hubcap Grill, Houston
$8.49
There’s a special place in the hearts of burger fans for a juicy, char-y slab of ground beef topped with even more beef. Such is the case here, with owner Ricky Craig’s redoubtable hand-formed all-chuck patties smothered in a promiscuous pile of thin-sliced ribeye soaked in a savory mayo sauce with Swiss cheese, grilled onions, and bell peppers. Despite the high level of ooziness, the house-made buns form a sturdy platform for easy eating. 1111 Prairie, 713-223-5885. Mon–Sat 11–3. Multiple locations.

Next time you’re hankering for a burger, check out one of these in your area. They won’t disappoint!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~ Kathy De La Cruz

Working out can be a discouraging process sometimes. When you’re not seeing the results you want when you want them, it can be easy to just give up. But remember that it takes time and effort and to be patient. Here are 5 tips for you to read the next time you’re thinking about throwing in the towel.

  1. Your non-scale victories should be celebrated. I’ve found that the things that excite me the most are the little things — like an old pair of jeans fitting, or willingly choosing the healthy option instead of the more convenient one. Progress is progress, whether it’s losing those 30 pounds or feeling like your workout didn’t totally kick your ass that day!
  2. Work out for yourself- no one else. Do not worry about what you look like, or what other people are thinking of you while you work out. Just do you.
  3. Set your own standard for what being “fit” actually means. Fitness comes in a lot of shapes and sizes. Don’t judge yourself by the standards pop culture has set out there for you.
  4. Lower your chances of skipping a workout by getting it out of the way first thing in the morning. That way you won’t be able to talk yourself out of exercising throughout the day.
  5. Not every day will be a success. It’s okay to have a bad day. Just pat yourself on the back for making it to the gym at all. Tomorrow’s a new day.

And most importantly, just have FUN! You’re getting out there and moving and that’s all that matters. Happy working out!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

This versatile vegetable can be eaten as a side dish to your meal, and be enjoyed as the perfect ending to your meal. Packed full of nutrients and the good carbs you need, here are some delicious sweet potato recipes anyone is sure to love.

Spiced Sweet Potato Hummus

hummus

http://vegetarianventures.com/spiced-sweet-potato-hummus/#.Um3BmJSxM54

Rosemary Sweet Potato Stackers

rosemary

http://www.kimshealthyeats.com/rosemary-sweet-potato-stackers/

Salt & Vinegar Sweet Potato Chips

chips

http://lecremedelacrumb.com/2014/04/salt-vinegar-sweet-potato-chips.html

Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Meringue

pie

http://www.completelydelicious.com/2012/11/sweet-potato-pie-with-marshmallow-meringue.html

Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Fries with Vanilla Icing

fries

http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/06/05/cinnamon-sugar-sweet-potato-fries-with-vanilla-icing-dip/#_a5y_p=1779659

Sweet Potato Pie Oats

oats

http://minimalistbaker.com/sweet-potato-pie-oats/

When you combine your sweet with your savory, how could you ever go wrong?

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

Nothing brings me greater joy than turning a professional relationship into a personal one. I have helped DeAnne over 5 times now and each time has been more enjoyable than the last. I can’t thank her enough for the kind words she said about me in the video below.

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Thank you for choosing me to be your realtor all those years ago and thank you for being my friend for life!

 

~Kathy

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