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Happy-Halloween

We all know we’re going to go out and either get candy ourselves or help our kids, friends, and younger siblings eat all of theirs. While this is a fun holiday for everyone, always remember to be safe. Here are some Halloween safety tips:

  1. Go During Safe Trick Or Treat Times
    You don’t have to wait until it is pitch-black outside to go trick-or-treating. A good trick or treat time is right after an early dinner and just before dusk when you can keep better track of your children and you are able to see the others that you encounter on the street. Besides, if you are the first person there, you will have the best selection of candy!
  2. Steer Clear Of Masks
    While masks are a fun part of many costumes, do your best to recreate the mask with face paint. Having a mask on can sometimes impair the vision of the child wearing it. With face paint, it is easier for your child to see where they are going and they won’t have to lift their mask to have a conversation with a fellow trick or treater. If your child absolutely must wear a Halloween mask, make sure it’s a snug fit, is ventilated and has large enough eyeholes so they can see all around them.
  3. Be Visible
    If your kids will comply, choose costumes that are brightly colored so that they are easier to see in the dark. If they really want a dark costume, apply some reflective strips to their costume. You could also have them wear glow necklaces or carry glow sticks and flashlights.
  4. Never Go Alone
    It is important that your children have an adult chaperon at all times while trick or treating. You should also discreetly add some emergency identification information such as the child’s name, address & phone number to their costume or on a bracelet in case your child happens to get separated from the group.
  5. Walking Tips
    Be sure that your children understand simple traffic rules, such as stopping and looking both ways before crossing the street, and staying in a crosswalk if one is available. If you have to cross at a light, make sure you have the proper “walk” signal before you proceed. Inform your children that they should never assume that they have the right away when crossing the street, especially at night on Halloween.
  6. Knock On Doors That You Know
    Encourage your children to only trick-or-treat at homes where they know the inhabitants. If they know everyone on the street, except for one house, they could ask the neighbors about that one house. If a home is dark or has no Halloween decorations, that is typically a good sign that they are not up for trick-or-treaters.
  7. Don’t Go Inside
    Trick-or-treaters always seem to run across a house or two where someone invites them to “come in”. Remind your little ones that they should never go inside anybody’s home while trick-or-treating. They can easily get the candy they seek from the porch or if the homeowner is persistent, inform them to simply turn and walk away.
  8. Stay On Track
    It might be tempting to take a short cut through an alley or cut through someone’s yard, but that can sometimes pose a danger. Stay on streets and in neighborhoods that are well lit and where there are plenty of people around.
  9. Say No!
    If you’re children are old enough to trick or treat in a group without you, be sure and designate a time for their return. Teach your children that if a stranger offers to give them a ride or take them to a Halloween Party, they should say “no”. Stranger danger is important to remember no matter how old your kids are, even while trick-or-treating.
  10. Taste-Testing Patience
    Make sure your little goblins know that trick or treating is for gathering candy, not eating it as they receive it. You know they’re going to be tempted to take a taste before you’ve had a chance to inspect it, so pack a goody bag with some of your own Halloween candy so they have something to snack on if they just can’t wait until they get home.

 

And the most important rule of all, HAVE FUN! I hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween. Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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It’s Halloween weekend. Are you throwing a ghoulish bash? Scare the guests with these spooky treats that’ll sure to leave them frightened and delighted!

Jack O’ Lantern Chips & Dip

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BOO! Recipe Here!

Chicken Dip

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BOO! Recipe Here!

Peanut Butter Crunch Bites

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BOO! Recipe Here!

Pumpkin Deviled Eggs

pumpkin

BOO! Recipe Here!

Have fun scaring your guest this weekend!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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If you don’t believe the title check out the recipes below for more proof!

Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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5 INGREDIENTS OR LESS!

Chipotle Chicken Taquitos

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5 INGREDIENTS OR LESS!

Bacon Asparagus Pasta

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5 INGREDIENTS OR LESS!

Shrimp and Grits

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5 INGREDIENTS OR LESS!

With only 5 ingredients, who says you can’t make them all at one time!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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And all you need is a sheet pan and a few ingredients!

Mashup Macaroni Potato Salad

macaroni

GET THE RECIPE HERE!!

Lemon Pepper Chicken w/Orzo

chicken

GET THE RECIPE HERE!!

Vegetable Enchilada Casserole

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GET THE RECIPE HERE!!

Sheet Pan Nachos

nachos

GET THE RECIPE HERE!!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

 

 

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I know Spring is here and hot, summer days are quickly approaching but there’s still some time to get some use out of your trusty slow cooker before you store it away for the winter months. Here are some delicious recipes you can try before the heat wave strikes!

Honey Garlic Chicken

chicken

INGREDIENTS
8 chicken thighs
1 pound baby red potatoes
1 pound baby carrots
1 pound green beans
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
4 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

PREPARATION
1. In a large bowl, mix honey, soy sauce, garlic, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes and pepper.
2. Place 4 chicken thighs in the bottom of a 6-qt slow cooker. Pour half of the soy mixture over the chicken. Throw in the baby red potatoes, carrots, then the other 4 chicken thighs. Season the top layer of chicken to taste, then pour the rest of the soy mixture over the chicken.
3. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Feel free to baste midway.
4. Add green beans during the last 30 minutes of cooking time.
5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Optional: Broil the cooked chicken thighs, skin side up to brown and crisp the skins, about 3-4 minutes.

Beef Stew

beef

INGREDIENTS
3 pounds beef chuck roast
⅓ cup flour
1 tablespoon salt
½ tablespoon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup red onion, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 carrot, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
28 ounces plum tomatoes, canned
2 cups red wine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
1 bay leaf
½ tablespoon salt

PREPARATION
In a small bowl, combine flour, salt, and pepper.
Rub the flour mixture on the beef, making sure it is covered entirely.
Heat oil in large skillet. Sear the meat on every side until golden brown.
Transfer meat into slow cooker.
Add onion, celery, carrot, garlic, tomatoes, wine, herbs, bay leaf, and salt.
Cook on low for 8 hours.
Serve it with your favorite side dish and sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley.
Enjoy!

Ribs

ribs

INGREDIENTS
2 cups bbq sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon chili powder
3 pounds baby back ribs
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

PREPARATION
Combine bbq sauce, brown sugar, cider vinegar, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper and chili powder in a small bowl.
Salt and pepper the ribs. Place ribs in slow cooker, cover in sauce. Cook low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.
After the ribs are done, spoon the bbq sauce in the slow cooker over the ribs before removing. Cut the ribs, serve with bbq sauce. Enjoy!

Enjoy this nice weather before it gets too hot!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

 

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Taking a break from your regularly scheduled food posts to wish all of those who serve and continue to serve a Happy Veteran’s Day! Because of them, we are able to live peacefully in this great country we call America. I am forever grateful for their service and sacrifice. Today, I salute YOU!

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Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

 

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Happy Monday everyone! And what a happy Monday it is considering it is National Pasta Day. If that little tidbit doesn’t brighten your day, then maybe these delicious pasta recipes will.

Chicken Parmesan Pasta

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http://www.unicornsinthekitchen.com/one-pan-chicken-parmesan-pasta/

Chicken Pot Pie Fettucine

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http://wholeandheavenlyoven.com/2016/01/19/one-pot-chicken-pot-pie-fettuccine/

Taco Spaghetti

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http://damndelicious.net/2016/01/23/one-pot-taco-spaghetti/

Cheeseburger Macaroni

burger

http://www.oliviascuisine.com/one-pot-cheeseburger-macaroni/

Shrimp Pasta

shrimp

http://cookiesandcups.com/one-pot-shrimp-pasta/

Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta

pumpkin

http://domesticsuperhero.com/2015/10/26/one-pot-cheesy-pumpkin-pasta/

I had to throw a pumpkin one in there for October and all. Don’t worry, it’s okay to eat all the carbs today. It is National Pasta Day after all!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

Keywords: “Austin homes for sale, Austin real estate luxury homes for sale, houses, properties, luxury, Austin real estates condos, town homes, townhomes, mansions, luxury fine houses estates, search listings, Austin MLS, executive, custom, new homes builders, residential, commercial, single family, buyers, agents, listing agents, relocation, relocating, Austin MLS, REIA, neighborhoods, subdivisions, FSBO, Travis County, homes for sale, housing, real estate, realty, realtor, rental, houses, apartments, condos, lofts, commercial, property, residential, renovated, remodeled, historic, homes by owner, buy, owner, for sale by owners, Remax, Remax of Texas”

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