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Happy National Stuffing Day! Some would say this is arguably the best part about Thanksgiving but if you aren’t a huge stuffing fan like myself, try out some of these other delicious Thanksgiving side dishes that’ll make everyone reaching for something other than the stuffing.

Green Bean Casserole

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Turkey Day Side Dish Recipe

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

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Turkey Day Side Dish Recipe

Tuna Casserole with Dill and Potato Chips

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Turkey Day Side Dish Recipe

Sweet Potato Casserole w/Brown Sugar Topping

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Turkey Day side Dish Recipe

Creamy Spinach and Potato Casserole

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Turkey Day Side Dish Recipe

Macaroni and Cheese

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Turkey Day Side Dish Recipe

Sorry stuffing, it’s time to share the spotlight with some of these amazing side dishes. I hope you all have a wonderful and amazing Thanksgiving holiday.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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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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Today is all about carbs, carbs, carbs!

Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Recipe Here!

Fettucine Alfredo

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Recipe Here!

Gnocchi w/Ham and Peas

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Recipe Here!

Easy Skillet Lasagna

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Recipe Here!

Kale Pesto Chicken Pasta

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Recipe Here!

Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta

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Recipe Here!

Mac and Cheese w/ Chicken and Broccoli

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Recipe Here!

Can’t decide on one recipe? Choose them all! Today is a national holiday.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life ~ Kathy

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Happy Friday the 13th! Don’t worry, these tried and true recipes aren’t superstitious.

Apple Custard Tart

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Lasagna Bolognese

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Butternut Squash Ricotta Pasta

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Instant Pot Parmesan Risotto

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Have a safe and fun weekend everyone!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Work is hard. Dinner doesn’t have to be.

Spicy White Bean and Sweet Corn Gazpacho

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Citrus Shrimp Avocado Salad

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Sweet Corn and Black Bean Tacos

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Vietnamese Noodle Salad

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Here’s to making your week easier. Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Summer is coming to a close. Here are the perfect recipes to wrap it up!

Cheesy Chipotle Adobe Chicken Quesadillas

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SUMMER RECIPE HERE!

Pineapple- Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

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SUMMER RECIPE HERE!

Blackened Shrimp Tacos

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SUMMER RECIPE HERE!

Lemon Pesto Penne

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SUMMER RECIPE HERE!

Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini

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SUMMER RECIPE HERE!

Enjoy these last days of summer! Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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July is almost over but that doesn’t mean these recipes need to be lost forever! Save these for next month.

Smashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich

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Raspberry Nutella Pop-Tart Cookies

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Garlic Parmesan Zoodles

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Brown Butter & Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Not to worry, these recipes are good any month out of the year. Have a great weekend everyone! Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

 

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