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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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Everyone has their own tricks and tips for cooking pasta perfectly. I’m sure you’ve been guilty of doing these things once or twice ( I know I have ) but I’m here to disspell the myths and stop you from throwing pasta at your wall.

1. Myth: Throw a piece of pasta against the wall. If it sticks, it’s perfectly cooked.

Truth: Both undercooked and overcooked pasta can stick to the wall, and stickiness has nothing to do with tenderness. Pasta is naturally starchy and is coated in a thin layer that acts like glue. Instead, taste your pasta periodically during the cooking process to make sure your pasta is perfectly al dente.

2. Myth: Adding salt to water makes it boil faster.

Truth: Adding salt to water will actually do the opposite and increase the boiling point. Salt is used to season the pasta, not speed things up.

3. Myth: Rinsing pasta under cold water after cooking will prevent it from getting mushy.

Truth: Unless you want to quickly cool pasta for a salad, rinsing should be avoided. Rinsing removes all of the pasta’s starchy goodness and changes its silky texture.

4. Myth: Adding olive oil to the water will prevent your pasta from sticking to itself.

Truth: Adding oil to your water is a waste and will not prevent sticking. He recommends simply giving it a good stir instead.

5. Myth: Drain your pasta until it’s completely dry to prevent watering down your sauce.

Truth: A bit of cooking water won’t water down the sauce. The starchy liquid actually binds sauces and creates a smoother texture.

6. Myth: Pasta should only be cooked in salted water.

Truth: While cooking pasta in salted water is the most common method, pasta can be cooked in a variety of liquids to change its flavor and color.

So now that we’ve uncovered some of the answers about pasta, LET’S EAT!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Because it’s too hot to turn on the stove.

Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad w/Chicken

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YOUR SUMMER SALAD AWAITS

Cucumber, Watermelon, & Feta Salad 

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YOUR SUMMER SALAD AWAITS

Strawberry Mango Salad

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YOUR SUMMER SALAD AWAITS

Chopped Summer Salad with Spicy Ranch

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YOUR SUMMER SALAD AWAITS

Have a great weekend everyone, stay cool!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Step away from the coleslaw and try out one of these tasty and easy recipes for your next cookout.

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

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Jalapeno Peppers

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Blistered Tomato Pasta Salad

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Honey-Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad

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Roasted Potatoes

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White Queso

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What’s your favorite side dish at a BBQ? Comment below!

Have a Great Weekend. Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Hello fellow bloggers and readers! Sorry for my absence. The last couple of weeks have been hectic with the holiday and long weekend that I can’t believe we’re already in double digits for July! So without further or due, here’s what you should be cooking this hot, summer month to stay cool!

 

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Avocado Egg Salad

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FIND THE RECIPE HERE

Grilled Honey Garlic Shrimp Bowls

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FIND THE RECIPE HERE

Mason Jar Fruit Crisps

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FIND THE RECIPE HERE

Grilled Steak Tacos

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FIND THE RECIPE HERE

Greek Turkey & Rice Skillet

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FIND THE RECIPE HERE

Potato Salad

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FIND THE RECIPE HERE

S’mores Bars

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FIND THE RECIPE HERE

Sour Cherry Crumb Pie

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FIND THE RECIPE HERE

So many delicious things are in season. What are you most excited to try? Leave a comment below!

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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Happy Tuesday everyone! If you’re in Austin, TX and you’ve stepped outside lately then you know summer is officially HERE! It’s the time of cool water, cool treats, and my favorite part, grilling. So dust off the BBQ pit and get to cooking some of these delicious recipes.

Pineapple Tofu Kabobs

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RECIPE HERE!

Veggie Burgers

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RECIPE HERE!

Grilled Tofu

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RECIPE HERE!

Grilled Fruit Salad

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RECIPE HERE!

Grilled Corn w/Sriracha Aoli

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RECIPE HERE!

Grilled Guacamole

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RECIPE HERE!

Grilled Pesto Potatoes

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RECIPE HERE!

I’m ready to get grilling! Are you?

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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