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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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Chicken Dip

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Peanut Butter Crunch Bites


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Pumpkin Deviled Eggs


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Have fun scaring your guest this weekend!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Happy Friday Everyone and Happy Halloween! If you’ve been following my blog this week, then you know we have been talking about pumpkins all week long. From pumpkin appetizers, to savory pumpkin dinner recipes; we have FINALLY reached my favorite way to utilize pumpkin of all: in desserts! From pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin scones even; the possibilities are endless. While you’re out celebrating Halloween all weekend long, think about making one of these delicious pumpkin recipes for that Halloween party or for the whole family to enjoy!

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches



Pumpkin Cheesecake



Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies



Pumpkin Pie Cookies



Pumpkin Coffee Cake



Pumpkin Donuts



Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls



And that completes our pumpkin week! I hope you had as much fun reading (and hopefully eating) some of these posts as I did making them. Have a fun and SAFE Halloween everyone and I’ll see you back here bright and early on Monday morning.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Happy Halloweek! It’s the weekend before Halloween and we are going to celebrate this spooky holiday all week long; with food of course! So let’s begin with the best part to any meal. Some ghouly appetizers for you and your guests to enjoy.

Finger Hot Dogs

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8 hot dogs
8 hot dog buns

In a skillet, cook hot dogs until golden brown.
With a knife, carefully make 3 slits in the middle of the hot dog, 3 towards the end of the hot dog, and cut the casing off of the tip of the hot dog to make it look like a finger.
Spread ketchup in the hot dog buns, and place the hot dogs.

Pumpkin Deviled Eggs


6 hard-boiled eggs
3 tablespoons dijon mustard
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon paprika plus additional for garnish
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Chives for garnish, finely chopped

Peel and slice hard boiled eggs lengthwise. Separate yolks into a separate bowl.
Add mustard, mayonnaise, paprika, salt, and pepper to the yolks, and mix thoroughly.
Fill a piping bag with the yolk mixture, and pipe into the empty egg whites.
Sprinkle with paprika, and place a piece of chive to make it look like a pumpkin.

Buffalo Chicken Skillet Dip



2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
½ cup monterey jack cheese
⅔ cup cheddar cheese
½ cup buffalo sauce
½ cup ranch dressing
2 tubes refrigerated pizza dough
4 ounce block cheddar cheese, cubed
2 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C.
In a bowl, combine chicken, cream cheese, monterey jack, cheddar, buffalo sauce, and ranch.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out one can of pizza dough. Cut out triangles for eyes, and a mouth.
Bake for 12 minutes, or until the pieces are golden brown, slightly risen and cooked through.
Cut the remaining dough into 16 squares, place a cube of cheese on each one, and roll into balls. Place in a ring around the edges of a greased oven-safe skillet or dish.
Fill the middle of the dish with the dip filling. Bake for 35 minutes.
Place the dough face pieces on the dip.

Layered Dip


1 16-ounce can refried beans
½ cup salsa
½ cup sour cream
1 cup guacamole

Black olives

In a bowl, mix the beans and salsa. Spread onto a plate.
Spread guacamole over the beans.
Put the sour cream in a plastic bag. Cut off the end of one corner of the bag, and pipe out a bullseye pattern of sour cream over the guacamole.
Run a toothpick through the sour cream from the center outward, until it looks like a spiderweb.
Garnish with lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and black olives. Serve with tortilla chips.

Start off your night with these devilish appetizers and join me Wednesday to see what other spooky recipes I have up my sleeve.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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I can’t believe October is already halfway over. I’m not ready to say goodbye to pumpkin flavored everything. If you’re like me once October comes, I think of every possible dessert I can make with pumpkin in it. These desserts aren’t always healthy but I’m here to share with you some healthy pumpkin sweets you can make this month that won’t leave you with a toothache!

Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Bread

The BEST Healthy Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Bread

Recipe: http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/the-best-healthy-greek-yogurt-pumpkin-bread/

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

Recipe: http://leelalicious.com/pumpkin-breakfast-cookies/

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Recipe: http://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2014/11/03/pumpkin-cinnamon-rolls/

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Waffles

Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Waffles

Recipe: http://www.layersofhappiness.com/healthy-pumpkin-chocolate-chip-waffles/

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Scones

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Scones

Recipe: http://reciperunner.com/cinnamon-sugar-pumpkin-scones/

Pumpkin Fudge

Healthy 3-Ingredient Pumpkin Fudge

Recipe: http://thebigmansworld.com/2015/09/04/healthy-3-ingredient-pumpkin-fudge/

Pumpkin French Toast

Healthier Pumpkin French Toast

Recipe: http://www.yummyhealthyeasy.com/2014/10/healthier-pumpkin-french-toast.html

Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Recipe: http://dessertswithbenefits.com/healthy-pumpkin-pie-pudding/

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