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Step away from the coleslaw and try out one of these tasty and easy recipes for your next cookout.

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

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Jalapeno Peppers

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Blistered Tomato Pasta Salad

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Honey-Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad

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Roasted Potatoes

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White Queso

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What’s your favorite side dish at a BBQ? Comment below!

Have a Great Weekend. Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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When you think about beaches, Texas isn’t the first state to come to mind for the best place to find a warm, sandy beach. But don’t count this southern state out just yet. You can find some pretty awesome beaches right here in my backyard in Austin, TX!

Bob Wentz Park at Windy Point

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Located on Lake Travis, this park is part of the Travis County park system with a boat ramp, a pavilion, picnic facilities, a beach and swimming area, showers, and sand volleyball court. This park is so popular that it can be closed when it reaches capacity, so plan to go early to avoid disappointment. The location on the basin of the lake makes it a favorite for windsurfers and sailboat enthusiasts. Admission costs $10 per vehicle per day.

Emma Long Metropolitan Park

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Part of the Austin Park System and located on Lake Austin, Emma Long has a nice sandy beach and swimming area. Kids can also jump in the waves made by the wake of passing boats. Day passes are $5 per car Monday through Thursday, $10 weekends and holidays. You can also camp at Emma Long, with fees ranging from $10 to $25 per night. Online reservations for camping are highly recommended.

Pace Bend Park

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Another of the Travis County parks, Pace Bend Park is in Spicewood on the far western side of the lake and has more than 9 miles of shoreline. It is one of the best places for sunsets in Austin and has several designated swimming coves where no boats are allowed. The park has many campsites, two boat docks, picnic areas, barbecue grills, restrooms, and numerous hiking trails. The rocky beach areas in the coves are shallow, perfect for dogs and kids alike. Day use is $10 per car.

Volente Beach Waterpark

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If it is a sandy beach you are craving, Volente is the place. Volente is a water park on Lake Travis that offers not only a nice beach, but rides and amusements, picnic areas, two restaurants, volleyball, and plenty of other options to keep the entire family amused. Kids will love the pirate ship area. Admission is $21 for adults and kids over 42 inches; $16 for kids under 42 inches; and free for kids under the age of 2.

West Lake Beach

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In business since 1954, going to West Lake Beach is like stepping back in time. Family-owned and -run, it’s located in West Lake Hills on the western side of Lake Austin. There are tons of things for families to do, like picnic, boat, and play sand volleyball. The admission is reasonable — $8 for adults and $5 for children — and there are daily specials where children get in free with an adult. The entire place can be, and often is, rented out for parties and events, so call ahead to make certain the beach is open to the public.

What are you waiting for? Get out there and dive in!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Happy Tuesday everyone! If you’re in Austin, TX and you’ve stepped outside lately then you know summer is officially HERE! It’s the time of cool water, cool treats, and my favorite part, grilling. So dust off the BBQ pit and get to cooking some of these delicious recipes.

Pineapple Tofu Kabobs

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RECIPE HERE!

Veggie Burgers

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RECIPE HERE!

Grilled Tofu

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RECIPE HERE!

Grilled Fruit Salad

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RECIPE HERE!

Grilled Corn w/Sriracha Aoli

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RECIPE HERE!

Grilled Guacamole

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RECIPE HERE!

Grilled Pesto Potatoes

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RECIPE HERE!

I’m ready to get grilling! Are you?

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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On this cold rainy Wednesday, I want nothing more to be at home snuggled in bed with a huge bowl of clam chowder. That says comfort to me. We all have our own versions of comfort food but what if we can have our comfort and be healthy too? Here’s a look at some of our favorite comfort foods that are beneficial to our health as well.

Grilled Cheese

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http://kirbiecravings.com/2015/08/cauliflower-crusted-grilled-cheese-sandwiches.html

Mac and Cheese

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http://pinchofyum.com/healthy-mac-and-cheese#easyrecipe-16483-0

 Nachos

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http://realfoodbydad.com/texas-chicken-nachos/

Brownies

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http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/the-best-healthy-brownie-no-flour-refined-sugar-butter-or-eggs-video/

Chili

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http://www.healthy-liv.com/sweet-potato-black-bean-lentil-vegetarian-chili/

Peanut Butter Cookie

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http://www.wellplated.com/healthy-peanut-butter-cookie/

Who says you can’t have your comfort and eat it too?

Stay warm everyone!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

 

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Its officially 5 days before Christmas. Have you done all of your shopping? I for one still have a couple of more gifts to buy for those special people in my life and don’t want to waste a second of my shopping time on thinking about what to make for my meals this week. Lucky for you, I have some delicious crock pot recipes to make this holiday season for you to throw all of the ingredients in and leave it to work it’s magic while you finish working yours.

Classic Pot Roast

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http://pinchofyum.com/12-easy-recipes-you-can-make-in-a-slow-cooker

Cinnamon Rolls

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http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2015/12/21/easy-slow-cooker-cinnamon-rolls/

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

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http://www.jocooks.com/recipes/crockpot-cheesy-mashed-potatoes/

Hearty Hambone Soup

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http://damndelicious.net/2013/12/25/leftover-hambone-soup/

Slow Cooker Meatballs

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http://carlsbadcravings.com/sweet-spicy-cranberry-meatballs-slow-cooker/

Honey Garlic Chicken & Veggies

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http://damndelicious.net/2015/06/05/slow-cooker-honey-garlic-chicken-and-veggies/

Cranberry Apple Crisp

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http://www.ihearteating.com/slow-cooker-cranberry-apple-crisp/

Monkey Bread

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http://cookiedoughandovenmitt.com/crock-pot-monkey-bread/

Chai Hot Chocolates

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http://aprilgolightly.com/crockpot-chai-hot-chocolate/

Don’t these recipes just make you feel all warm and cozy. Pick one out to make tonight to make the house smell delicious while wrapping those gifts.

Happy Holidays!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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The week after Thanksgiving is always hard for 2 reasons:

  1. Returning to work after a long weekend
  2. Feeling a little extra heavy after all the food you happily indulged in

I like to take the next couple of weeks after Thanksgiving before Christmas comes to get my body back into shape. What better way to start then by breakfast! So here are some healthy breakfast recipes for you to give a try this week when you’re trying to shed that extra “turkey” weight

Kale, Feta, and Egg Toast

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http://www.wellplated.com/kale-feta-egg-toast/#_a5y_p=3422321

Flourless Banana Bread

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http://thebakermama.com/recipes/5-ingredient-flourless-banana-bread/

Egg & Sausage Muffins

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http://www.recipe-diaries.com/2015/08/10/4-ingredient-egg-and-sausage-muffins/

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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https://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/2016-clean-eating-day-2?utm_term=.xb5y271j8#.am4Bw1D6M

Whole Wheat Applesauce Waffles

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http://slimsanity.com/whole-wheat-applesauce-waffles/

Pumpkin Protein Bars

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http://www.foodfaithfitness.com/pumpkin-protein-bars/

I can feel my jeans loosening up as we speak. Happy Tuesday!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Good morning on this gloomy Monday here in Austin, TX. I know it’s hard for most people to get out of bed when the weather is telling us to stay in and watch movies all day. But to everyone that made it this morning, I commend you! And to reward you I’m showing you 4 delicious vegetable side dishes that are easy to make. Save it for your dinner this week, or find a way to jazz it up for Thanksgiving in a couple of weeks.

Cheesy Garlic Broccoli

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INGREDIENTS

Serves 6-8

3 broccoli crowns
1 ¾ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
3 cloves garlic, crushed
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 375ºF/190ºC.
2. Spread out broccoli in a medium rectangular casserole dish.
3. Stir the garlic and cheddar cheese together in a separate bowl.
4. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over broccoli and add salt and pepper to taste.
5. Bake for 25 minutes.
6. Enjoy!

Honey-Roasted Carrots

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INGREDIENTS

Serves 3-4

6 whole carrots, peeled with tips and ends cut off
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons honey
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 400ºF/200ºC.
2. In a medium casserole dish, evenly coat the carrots in butter, honey, salt, and pepper. (TIP! If you prefer bite-sized pieces, simply chop the carrots instead of leaving them whole.)
3. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
4. Enjoy!

Parmesan Corn

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INGREDIENTS

Serves 6

6 half ears corn, cleaned and husked
2 tablespoons butter, softened
½ cup grated parmesan
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 375ºF/190ºC.
2. Coat each ear of corn in a thin layer of butter and roll in the parmesan cheese to coat.
3. Place corn in a square baking dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
4. Bake for 25 minutes.
5. Enjoy!

Bacon & Onion Roasted Potatoes

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INGREDIENTS

Serves 6-8

½ pound bacon, chopped
6 medium red potatoes, chopped into ¾-inch pieces
1 2-ounce packet onion soup mix
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 425ºF/220ºC.
2. Cook bacon in a cast iron skillet until crisp.
3. Remove any excess grease, if preferred.
4. Add the potatoes and onion soup mix to the skillet and stir. Add salt and pepper to taste.
5. Bake in the skillet for 20-25 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through.
6. Enjoy!

Hopefully these delicious recipes help make your Monday a little more bearable. Not to worry, only 4 more days until Friday!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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