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It’s Hump Day! Almost to the end of the week. Why not celebrate by trying out today’s superfood of the week

Beets

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Now I will be the first to admit, I am not the biggest fan of this dark red vegetable but that doesn’t mean it isn’t packed full of nutrients that our body needs. That dark red-purple color is nature’s way of letting the world know this vegetable is packed with antioxidants. Beets are also excellent sources of fiber, folate, magnesium, and calcium.

Like my mom always said, “if you don’t like it, fry it!” So if you’re like me and need to convince yourself to try it out, try turning this vegetable into a beet chip. Still getting those nutrients with a GREAT taste. Check out the recipe below!

Baked Beet Chips with Salt & Pepper

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INGREDIENTS

    • 2 pounds large beets, peeled
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • Sea salt
    • Freshly cracked black pepper

PREPARATION

    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. Using a mandoline, thinly slice beets to a thickness of 1/16″. In a large bowl, toss beet slices with oil to coat evenly.
    3. On prepared baking sheets, in a single layer, arrange as many slices as will fit without crowding. Bake until crisp, 25-30 minutes, rotating pans once halfway through baking. Cool chips and blot with paper towels to remove any excess oil. Repeat, using a cool prepared baking sheet for each batch, until all beet slices are baked.
    4. Toss chips with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste.
 Enjoy!
Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy
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Yes you read the title right! Easy? 3 ingredients? Dinner? When you put all of these things in the same sentence, it’s bound to be a recipe for success. So without further or due, here are 2 recipes that I’m sure you will be making TONIGHT.

Chili-Glazed Salmon

salmon

Servings: 3

INGREDIENTS
3 4-ounce salmon fillets
½ cup sweet chili sauce
¼ cup chopped scallions

PREPARATION
1. Preheat oven to 400°F/200˚C.
2. In a bowl, mix together the salmon, chili sauce, and the scallions.
3. Place the fillets on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Spoon any leftover sauce on top of the salmon.
4. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the salmon is cooked but still tender.
5. Enjoy!

Teriyaki Chicken

chicken

Servings: 2-3

INGREDIENTS
2 pounds chicken thighs, sliced into chunks
1 cup soy sauce
½ cup brown sugar

PREPARATION
1. Sear the chicken thighs evenly in a pan, then flip.
2. Add the soy sauce and brown sugar, stirring and bringing to a boil.
3. Stir until the sauce has reduced and evenly glazes the chicken.
4. Serve with rice, if desired!
5. Enjoy!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

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There’s something about cold, rainy weather that makes me want to cuddle up in a blanket with a nice, hot bowl of soup. I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels this way so here are some delicious soups that will make any rainy day better in an instant.

Italian Chicken Soup

Brodo Di Pollo - Italian Chicken Soup

Recipe: http://chewtown.com/2014/07/brodo-di-pollo/

Leek and Potato Soup

Creamy Leek and Potato Soup

Recipe: http://www.dishingdelish.com/creamy-potato-leek-soup/

Lasagna Soup

Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup

Recipe: http://www.culinaryhill.com/slow-cooker-lasagna-soup/

French Onion Soup

The Perfect French Onion Soup

Recipe: http://www.thegarlicdiaries.com/the-perfect-french-onion-soup/

Beer Cheddar Soup

Beer Cheddar Soup

Recipe: http://thespicetrain.com/2014/08/11/beer-cheddar-soup/

Turkey Meatball Soup

Feel Good Turkey Meatball Soup

Recipe: http://www.vodkaandbiscuits.com/2015/11/03/feel-good-turkey-meatball-soup/

AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE…

New England Clam Chowder (YUMMMM)

New England Clam Chowder

Recipe: http://www.whattheforkfoodblog.com/2015/07/28/new-england-clam-chowder/

 

I must confess I already made a BIG batch of soup yesterday in preparation of today and I cannot wait to get home to have a nice, big bowl. Go home and make some today and enjoy this rainy weather!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

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Happy Texas Independence Day Ya’ll! Texans are extremely proud individuals and I am no exception. I love the Great Lone Star State almost as much as I love food trucks, which is exactly what my post is about today. Food trucks are a quintessential staple in Austin and once you try one you must try them all. But here is a list of the top 10 HOTTEST food trucks in Austin you must try TODAY

MickletheWait Craft Meats

East Side King

Little Lucy’s Mini Donuts

Veracruz All Natural

Chi’Lantro

Hey Cupcake

The Peached Tortilla

Hey! You Gonna Eat or What?

Gourdough’s

Torchy’s Tacos

Feel free to google these food trucks and get a feel for what kind of food they serve. I promise you they’re all AWESOME and I recommend you try each at least once to get the full Austin experience!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

 

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We all want to be extra creative on Valentine’s Day to show the ones we love how much we appreciate them. But chocolate covered strawberries and roses are so boring! It’s time to amp it up with these cool, unique treats to give to that special person this valentine’s Day.

Chocolate Covered Cherries

Chocolate Covered Cherries

Recipe: http://hoosierhomemade.com/easy-chocolate-covered-cherries-recipe/

Double Chocolate Raspberries

Double Chocolate Raspberries

Recipe: http://www.sugarhero.com/chocolate-covered-raspberries/

Strawberry Confetti Pancakes

Strawberry Confetti Pancakes

Recipe:  http://www.averiecooks.com/2013/03/strawberry-and-sprinkles-buttermilk-pancakes.html

Strawberry and Brownie Kabobs

Strawberry and Brownie Kabobs

Recipe: http://www.iheartnaptime.net/dessert-kabobs/

Oreo Pops

Oreo Pops

Recipe: http://lilluna.com/valentines-day-oreo-pops/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+lilluna/isXQ+(Lil%27+Luna+-+All+Things+Good)

Rice Krispie Hearts

Rice Krispie Hearts

Recipe: http://www.intimateweddings.com/blog/diy-wedding-favors-rice-krispies-treat-hearts/

S’mores Popcorn

S'more Popcorn

Recipe: http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2015/01/valentines-day-smores-popcorn.html

Red Velvet Trifle

Red Velvet Trifle

Recipe: http://www.tasteandtellblog.com/red-velvet-week-red-velvet-and-strawberry-trifle/#_a5y_p=2819708

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful, chocolate filled Valentine’s Day!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

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Everything is bigger and better in Texas! If you are a true Texan, you definitely will believe this saying to be true BUT have you really experienced all that Texas has to offer? Here are some of the most awe places you need to visit in Texas whether you’re visiting or you’ve lived here your whole life. Time to add to your bucket list!

  1. Hamilton Pool Preserve

Hamilton Pool Preserve

Located about 23 miles west of Austin, Hamilton Pool is an extraordinary natural pool that formed thousands of years ago when the dome of an underground river collapsed. During the hot summer months, it’s a popular swimming spot to many of the local residents.

2. Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

Known for its wide open landscapes and breathtaking views of the Chihuahuan Desert, the Big Bend National Park covers about801,163 acres of west Texas on the border of Mexico.

3. Caddo Lake

Caddo Lake

Located in the wetlands on the border of Louisiana and Texas, Caddo Lake is home to one the largest cypress forest in the world. The lake was named after the Caddo Nation, a people whose ancestors settled in the region around 900 A.D.

4. Monahans State Park

Monahans State Park

The Monahans Sandhills are a series of mesmerizing sand dunes located near the New Mexico border in West Texas. The park is comprised of 3,840 acres of sand that is constantly transforming due to wind patterns and rain.

5. Caverns of Sonora

Caverns of Sonora

Between 1.5 to 5 million years ago, the Caverns of Sonora began forming its enchanting array of calcite crystal formations approximately 155 feet below the surface of the Earth. Upon first visiting the cave, the founder of the National Speleological Society, Bill Stephenson, is quoted to have said: “This is the most indescribably beautiful cave in the world, its beauty cannot be exaggerated, not even by a Texan.

6. Willow City Loop

Willow City Loop

Just outside of Fredericksburg is this scenic 13-mile road that spans breathtaking fields of wildflowers, creeks, and rolling hills. Perfect for a Sunday drive!

7. Devils River and Dolan Falls

Devils River and Dolan Falls

This is the most unspoiled river in Texas and home to around 94 miles of some of the best kayaking and canoeing in the state. Its remote location keeps this river far from people and is perfect for escaping civilization for the weekend.

8. Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock

Fredericksburg is home to one of the most peculiar and extraordinary spots in the Lone Star State. The Enchanted Rock is a monumental pink granite rock that spans 640 acres and rises to over 1,825 feet above sea level. The view from the top is priceless.

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Happy Friday!! I’m going to let you all in on a little secret today. I am going to share with you some of the most sought after Superbowl recipes ever created. Get ready to dazzle your guests with these mouthwatering finger foods!

Buffalo Wings

Recipe:http://www.recipetineats.com/truly-crispy-oven-baked-buffalo-wings-my-wings-cookbook/

Meat Lovers Pizza

Recipe: http://www.howsweeteats.com/2014/12/meat-lovers-pizza/

Jalapeno Poppers


Recipe: http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/buffalo-chicken-jalapeno-poppers/

Football Cake

Recipe: http://spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com/blog/2015/01/cool-cakes/easy-football-cake-for-super-bowl

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Recipe: http://damndelicious.net/2014/02/12/slow-cooker-spinach-artichoke-dip/

Loaded Potato Skins

Recipe: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/potato_skins/

 

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Happy Friday! Get your weekend started early, dinner is on me tonight.

Here’s what you will need:

  • 3 Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Tbsp. Taco Seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Onion, sliced
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, sliced
  • 3 Bell Peppers, sliced
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 8 Tortillas
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • 2 Cups Mexican Cheese Blend

Directions:

1. Slice the chicken breasts into strips, about an inch apart, and coat with taco seasoning. In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil and cook chicken until no longer pink and slightly charred. Remove cooked chicken from the skillet.

2. Heat another Tbsp. oil, add onion and garlic and cook for a couple minutes until it’s slightly translucent. Add the peppers, and cook slightly, then mix in the cooked chicken. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. In a clean pan, melt a bit of butter. Add a tortilla and move it around until it’s buttery. Add cheese, then fajita mixture, then more cheese, then top with another tortilla and pat it down.

4. Flip the quesadilla over and cook the other side until it’s golden. Remove from pan and cut into quarters. Repeat these steps with the remaining tortillas.

*Optional – Serve with sour cream, guacamole, and salsa. Enjoy!

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Cake and chocolate, need I say more. I think this day needs to be recognized more than once but for the time being here is one of my favorite, decadent chocolate cake recipes. And it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day just around the corner! BEWARE: This cake has many steps but trust me when I say it’s worth it. And I’m sure your significant other will agree as well!

Red Wine Chocolate Cake

Red Wine Chocolate Cake - with red wine in the cake and chocolate ganache! The raspberry filling is the perfect compliment! Such a moist cake! LOVE!

Ingredients

Red Wine Chocolate Cake
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sweet red wine
Raspberry Buttercream
1/2 cup salted butter
1/2 cup shortening*
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup raspberry puree (from about 1/2 cup of raspberries pureed in a food processor)
Chocolate Buttercream
1 cup butter
1 cup shortening
3/4 cup dark cocoa powder
6 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4-5 tbsp milk or water
Chocolate Ganache
6 oz (about 1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup sweet red wine

 

Instructions

1. Prepare three 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper circles in the bottom, and grease the sides. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and combine.
3. Add eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil and vanilla to the dry ingredients and mix well.
4. Slowly add wine. Mix well.
5. Divide batter evenly between cakes pans and bake for about 30-33 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.
6. Remove cakes from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, then remove to cooling racks to cool completely.
7. While cakes cool, make icings. To make the raspberry buttercream, beat the butter and shortening together until smooth.
8. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
9. Add raspberry puree and beat until smooth.
10. Add remaining powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Set buttercream aside while you make the chocolate buttercream.
11. To make the chocolate buttercream, beat the butter and shortening together until smooth.
12. Add the cocoa and 2 cups of powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
13. Add vanilla extract and 3-4 tbsp of water or milk and beat until smooth.
14. Add remaining powdered sugar and beat until smooth, adding remaining water or milk as needed to thin out the icing.
15. When the cakes are cool, put the cake together. Remove the tops of the cakes with a large serrated knife so they are flat.
16. Place the first layer of cake on cake stand. Top with half of the raspberry buttercream and spread into an even layer.
17. Add second layer of cake and remaining raspberry buttercream and smooth into a smooth layer.
18. Top cake with remaining cake layer.
19. Ice the outside of the cake with the chocolate buttercream. Here’s a tutorial for getting a smooth finish.
20. To make the chocolate ganache, place chocolate chips in a medium sized bowl.
21. Combine heavy cream and wine and microwave just until it begins to boil.
22. Pour heated cream/wine over the chocolate chips and cover the bowl with clear wrap. Allow to site for 5-7 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Allow ganache to sit for 10-20 minutes to thicken. You could also set in the fridge to cool more quickly. You want the ganache to be pourable and spreadable, but not too thin.
23. Pipe ganache around the top outside of the cake, then use an offset spatula to spread it out and over the edges of cake.
24. Place raspberries around the back of the back, near the edge of the ganache.
25. Place “hello” chocolate wording onto cake. For instructions, please refer to blog post above. You’ll use the chocolate Wilton candy melts for this.

 

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College was the best 4 years of my life. I made long lasting friendships, partied until 3 am, and who could forget the drunk munchies. I thought those days and snacks were behind me but you can never fully forget about your college days. Here are some recipes featuring some of you favorite college snacks! I’m sure they will bring back wonderful nostalgic memories.

Cheetos Meatballs

meatballs

Ice Cream Bread

ice cream

Queso Mac n’ Cheese

queso

Ramen Burger

ramen

Potato Chip Cookie Bars

potato

Tater Tot Grilled Cheese

tater tot

Peanut Butter Bacon Sandwiches

peanut

Waffle Pizza

pizza

Did these pictures bring back memories? Follow the link to get your hands on these mouthwatering recipes!

 

 

 

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