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Because living in Texas, sometimes it’s too darn hot to turn on the stove!

Avocado Caprese Wrap

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Recipe Here!

Chickpea Avocado Tacos

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Recipe Here!

Classic Gazpacho

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Recipe Here!

Tuna Sandwich

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls

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Recipe Here!

I feel cooler already! Happy cooking.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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The first hot day in Austin, TX came and went! Who’s ready for 8 more months of this? These slow cooker recipes should help soften the blow and still make you feel like fall never left!

Crab and Artichoke Dip

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Recipe Here!

Jambalya

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Recipe Here!

Shrimp and Crab Bisque

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Recipe Here!

Sticky Chicken Wings

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Recipe Here!

Honey Buffalo Meatballs

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Recipe Here!

Taco Queso Dip

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Recipe Here!

Strawberry Bread Pudding

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Recipe Here!

Please fall… stay a little longer! Enjoy the hot weather coming1

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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BRRRR… Happy Friday everyone. If you’re in Austin, TX today then you’re probably freezing your butt off like I am. I can’t wait to go home after this long work day and snuggle up by the fire. The only thing that would make that better is if I had some hot dinner to go along with it. Here are 3 slow cooker recipes sure to warm the soul and your hands this cold and chilly weekend.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

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INGREDIENTS
3 pounds chuck roast
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1 ounce dried onion soup mix
1 onion, diced
3 gold potatoes, diced
3 large carrots, chopped
½ cup water

PREPARATION
1. Place the chuck roast in a 7-quart slow cooker.
2. Sprinkle on salt, pepper, and onion soup pack. Top with vegetables and water.
3. Cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4-5 hours.
4. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Chicken & Biscuits

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INGREDIENTS
3 chicken breasts, diced
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
2 cups broccoli florets
2 cups baby carrots, diced
21.5 ounces condensed cream of chicken soup
1 can refrigerated biscuits

PREPARATION
1. Place the chicken in a 7-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle on salt and pepper.
2. Add the veggies and condensed soup and mix thoroughly.
3. Cook on high for 3 hours.
4. Rip biscuit dough into small pieces and drop evenly over chicken. Cook an additional hour.
5. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Cornbread Chili

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INGREDIENTS
2 pounds pork shoulder, diced
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
1 tablespoon cumin
1 can kidney beans, drained
½ cup tomato, diced
½ onion, diced
½ cup red enchilada sauce
1 box cornbread mix, prepared according to instructions
Cheddar cheese to top, optional

PREPARATION
1. Place the pork shoulder, seasoned salt, cumin, kidney beans, tomato, onion, and enchilada sauce in a 7-quart slow cooker. Mix thoroughly.
2. Cook on high for 3 hours.
3. Dollop prepared cornbread evenly over mixture. Cook an additional hour.
4. Top with cheddar cheese if desired.
5. Enjoy!

Go start that crock pot and crank up the fire. It’s going to be a warm and cozy weekend with these recipes in your hand.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

 

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