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Happy Monday everyone! And what a happy Monday it is, because who doesn’t like pie. What better way to start off the week than with National Cherry Pie Day. Here are some facts you may not have known about this pie that doesn’t get nearly as much recognition.

  1. The word ‘cherry’ comes from the Turkish town of Cerasus.
  2. Cherries belong to the rose family.
  3. Canada holds the record for baking the biggest cherry pie in the world. A pie weighing 39,683 pounds was baked in Oliver, British Columbia which broke the record that was earlier held by Traverse City         mitrapie01_0957
  4. Once upon a time, serving ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas was prohibited.
  5. Cherry pie is the fifth popular pie in the US – beaten only by Apple, Pumpkin, Pecan and Banana Cream.


Of course I couldn’t leave you without a recipe, so here is a tried and true recipe for cherry pie. Enjoy!

Cherry Pie



  • 4 cups fresh or frozen tart cherries
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 tablespoon almond extract (optional)
  • Your favorite pie crust or pie dough recipe for 2 crust pie
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, to dot
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, to sprinkle


Place cherries in medium saucepan and place over heat. Cover. After the cherries lose considerable juice, which may take a few minutes, remove from heat. In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cornstarch together. Pour this mixture into the hot cherries and mix well. Add the almond extract, if desired, and mix. Return the mixture to the stove and cook over low heat until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and let cool. If the filling is too thick, add a little water, too thin, add a little more cornstarch.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Use your favorite pie dough recipe. Prepare your crust. Divide in half. Roll out each piece large enough to fit into an 8 to 9-inch pan. Pour cooled cherry mixture into the crust. Dot with butter. Moisten edge of bottom crust. Place top crust on and flute the edge of the pie. Make a slit in the middle of the crust for steam to escape. Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for about 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool.

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



Serves 6-8

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


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



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


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



Serves 6

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


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



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


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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We all give into cravings when we’re hungry and grab the first thing off the shelf. In order to not give into temptation, next time make some of these healthy snacks in big batches to keep on hand.

Spiced Popcorn 3 Ways


Popcorn is a satisfying and nutritious snack that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. For this recipe, you can either go with a curry paprika, garlic parm, or spicy oregano spice blend.


Fresh Fruit Trail Mix


My go-to snack is a fresh fruit trail mix. You have to make it yourself with whatever mixed nuts you want, but replace the dried fruit with fresh grapes, blueberries, and/or cherries to make it lower in carbs and fresher. And I love the zing you get from the fresh fruit combined with the nuts.

Curry Granola Bars


One of my favorite healthy snacks as of late is my homemade, no-bake, gluten-free savory curry granola bars! I’ve been really into savory bars lately as a way to mix it up from the usual sweeter options, and these bars come together really quickly and have a great texture and unexpected flavor.


Chocolate Coconut Oat Bars


These chocolate coconut oat balls are one of my favorite snacks. They are no-bake and easy to roll together using ingredients from the pantry. I love that they are portion controlled and easy to take with me on the go!


BBQ-Flavored Roasted Chickpeas


Once I figured out how to make a spice blend that perfectly mimicked the flavor of BBQ chips — but is completely healthy — I knew these would be my favorite snack. They’re filled with fiber and protein to fill you up, and they’re so easy that even my takeout-loving friends can make them. I make a big batch on Monday and snack on ‘em throughout the week.


Now you don’t need to feel bad about snacking!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!


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Even though traditional pasta is just carbs and more carbs, there’s no reason to cut it out entirely. Carbohydrates are still part of a well-rounded, nutritious diet and they’re a good source of energy. Plus, there are ways to incorporate more vegetables, lean protein, and other unprocessed ingredients so that your pasta is more nourishing. That way, you don’t have to turn all your vegetables into “zoodles” (AKA a sad, floppy excuse for spaghetti and linguine).

And, OK, sure, you might want to try whole-wheat or brown rice pasta instead of refined white flour pasta depending on your dietary needs and body composition goals (more info on that here) but if you’re really just looking to make your favorite pastas healthier, these recipes are a good place to start.

Creamy Vegan Lemon and Asparagus Pasta

Creamy Vegan Lemon and Asparagus Pasta


Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta

Healthy Garlic Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta


Avocado and Spinach Pasta

Creamy Avocado and Spinach Pasta


Chicken Sausage and Kale Penne

Chicken Sausage and Kale Penne


Fettuccine with Cauliflower Alfredo

Fettuccine with Cauliflower Alfredo


Spinach and Artichoke Lasagna


Linguine with White Clam Sauce

Healthy Linguine with White Clam Sauce


Carbohydrates get a bad rap but they are not all bad! In fact, you need them for daily energy and to help aid in weight loss. So next time you’re craving pasta, try one of these healthier recipes. Same great taste with half the guilt!

Your Realtor and friend for Life!





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Not all snacking was created equally. A bag of chips after a workout probably isn’t a good idea say like snacking on peanut butter and apples after a workout. Protein and carbohydrates are essential after a workout to replenish your body and build those muscles. Here are some high powered protein snacks to enjoy after a workout or just in general. The great thing about these snacks is that they will also keep you full and satisfied until your next meal.

Tuna Salad on Crackers

Tuna Salad on Crackers

Fruit Dip and Apples

High Protein Fruit Dip with Sliced Apples

Hard Boiled Eggs and Avocado

Hard-boiled Egg and Avocado Bowl

Hummus Dip and Vegetables

Black Bean Hummus Dip and Sliced Vegetables

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Before you go for that bag of chips, try one of these snacks instead. I guarantee it’ll keep you feeling full and feeling great!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!


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It’s another rainy Monday here in Austin, TX and that usually means a lazy Monday. Finding motivation to get up and workout in this weather is very hard to do but not to worry! Here I have attached a #noexcuses rainy day workout for those days when you just can’t make it to the gym. You can do all of these exercises right in your living room, no equipment or gym membership needed! So put those excuses away and break out the gym clothes.

Full Body Workout


















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