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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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Recipe Here!

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 week after Thanksgiving is always hard for 2 reasons:

  1. Returning to work after a long weekend
  2. Feeling a little extra heavy after all the food you happily indulged in

I like to take the next couple of weeks after Thanksgiving before Christmas comes to get my body back into shape. What better way to start then by breakfast! So here are some healthy breakfast recipes for you to give a try this week when you’re trying to shed that extra “turkey” weight

Kale, Feta, and Egg Toast

kale

http://www.wellplated.com/kale-feta-egg-toast/#_a5y_p=3422321

Flourless Banana Bread

banana

http://thebakermama.com/recipes/5-ingredient-flourless-banana-bread/

Egg & Sausage Muffins

egg

http://www.recipe-diaries.com/2015/08/10/4-ingredient-egg-and-sausage-muffins/

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

oatmeal

https://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/2016-clean-eating-day-2?utm_term=.xb5y271j8#.am4Bw1D6M

Whole Wheat Applesauce Waffles

waffle

http://slimsanity.com/whole-wheat-applesauce-waffles/

Pumpkin Protein Bars

protein

http://www.foodfaithfitness.com/pumpkin-protein-bars/

I can feel my jeans loosening up as we speak. Happy Tuesday!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Welcome back to my blog! In case you missed Monday’s blog, this week we are all about Pumpkin. With it being the week before Halloween and everything, it only seemed fitting. Even more fitting is today is National Pumpkin Day. So here are some more delicious pumpkin recipes that you can enjoy at dinner.

Pumpkin Coconut Curry Soup

coconut

http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a44147/coconut-curry-pumpkin-soup-recipe/

Pumpkin Pizza

pizza

http://lovelolablog.com/savory-pumpkin-pizza-aka-the-best-pizza-you-will-ever-eat-ever/

Pumpkin Chili

chili

http://juliasalbum.com/2013/11/pumpkin-chili-recipe/

Pumpkin Sage Biscuits

biscuit

http://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/2014/09/pumpkin-sage-biscuits.html

Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes

potato

http://reluctantentertainer.com/pumpkin-mashed-potatoes/

Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta

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http://domesticsuperhero.com/2015/10/26/one-pot-cheesy-pumpkin-pasta/

Pumpkin isn’t just for desserts anymore; it can be enjoyed in savory dishes as well! Come back Friday for my last blog post celebrating pumpkins. Trust me, you don’t want to miss it!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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It’s no secret Texas is the best out of all the states. Here’s just another reason why. You picked them, here are the 5 greatest burgers in Texas; each from one of the major metropolitan cities!

brisket

No. 1 Brisket Burger With Pork Belly
Folc, San Antonio
$18 (includes potatoes)
It’s hard not to salivate when this burger lands at your table. Known for New American fare that combines elegant plates and complex techniques, Folc delivers a brisket-and-pork-belly burger that offers a near-salacious experience. Cast aside any notions of neatness, because your linen napkin will definitely earn its keep. The tender patty has an over-the-top 70-to-30 meat-to-fat ratio, but what sends it over the moon is a slice of seared pork belly. The duo pairs well with a sunny-side-up egg—sop up any runaway yolk with Folc’s excellent blanched-and-fried fingerling potatoes. 226 E. Olmos Dr, 210-822-0100. Tue–Sat 11–2:30 & 5:30–10, Sun 11–3.

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No. 2 Congress Burger
Second Bar + Kitchen, Austin
$14
You may need a wet wipe before it’s over, because this burger is monumentally juicy. The sumptuous blend of brisket and chuck comes nicely seasoned between a thatch of Gruyère and shallot confit. Making it extremely easy to customize are sides of leaf lettuce, tomatoes, and sweet pickles, not to mention two ramekins with sharp mustard and homemade ketchup. If you feel the need to branch out, add seared foie gras or pork belly (but, dear God, not both). Afterward, indulge in prime downtown people-watching from the terrace or the cacophonous dining room. 200 Congress Ave, 512-827-2750. Sun–Thur 11–11:30, Fri & Sat 11–1:30 a.m.

lust

No. 3 L.U.S.T. Burger
The Bearded Lady, Fort Worth
$12
Where does lust begin? At the first glimpse of this lascivious creation, or upon sinking your teeth into it? Its half-pound hand-formed patty clocks in at 78-percent-lean Prime Angus chuck and comes studded with chopped roasted poblano and feta. Measuring three quarters of an inch thick, it’s topped with melted Gouda cheese, avocado, and caramelized onion tendrils. Extras come alongside: a fluffy green lettuce leaf; a sweet, firm tomato slice; and a spicy house-made sour pickle or two. L.U.S.T. is especially enjoyable if accompanied by a brew on tap—the twenties-era cottage and patio are home to the most popular craft beer bar in town. 1229 Seventh Ave, 817-349-9832. Tue–Sun 11–2 a.m.

philly

No. 4 Pimento Cheese Burger
Knife, Dallas
$14 (includes fries)
Chef John Tesar constructs this all-sirloin steakhouse burger with fanatical attention to detail. He sears a six-ounce patty of 44 Farms beef to a rosy medium-rare on a griddle, then pumps it up with a tangle of sautéed red onions and a huge scoop of house-made, Tabasco-spiked pimento cheese. He tucks the whole gooey mess into a lightly toasted bun lined with a single leaf of Bibb lettuce. “The lettuce is a bib,” says Tesar. “It keeps the juices and grilled onions and cheese from soaking through.” The result tastes like the Fourth of July, a family reunion, and a summer picnic all rolled into one. The Highland Dallas hotel, 5300 E. Mockingbird Ln; 214-443-9339. Mon–Thur 11:30–2 & 5–11, Fri & Sat 11:30–2 & 5–midnight, Sun 11:15–2 & 5–10.

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No. 5 Philly Cheese Steak Burger
Original Hubcap Grill, Houston
$8.49
There’s a special place in the hearts of burger fans for a juicy, char-y slab of ground beef topped with even more beef. Such is the case here, with owner Ricky Craig’s redoubtable hand-formed all-chuck patties smothered in a promiscuous pile of thin-sliced ribeye soaked in a savory mayo sauce with Swiss cheese, grilled onions, and bell peppers. Despite the high level of ooziness, the house-made buns form a sturdy platform for easy eating. 1111 Prairie, 713-223-5885. Mon–Sat 11–3. Multiple locations.

Next time you’re hankering for a burger, check out one of these in your area. They won’t disappoint!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~ Kathy De La Cruz

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4904 Alf Ave, Austin, TX 78721 $295,500 Contact: 512 470 4877

Amazing East Austin Bungalow 2 Bedroom 1 Bath Home Located in Highly Sought After Established Neighborhood ~ Open Floor Plan w/Abundance of Natural Light ~ Fully Remodeled by Architect and Sustainable Design Professional ~ Updated Electrical, Central HVAC, Appliances, Bathroom, Kitchen Cabinets & Fixtures ~ Healthy Building Materials Used Throughout (Zero-VOC Paints, Reclaimed Wood Walls, Natural Cleaning Products & Organic Garden) ~ Private Backyard Great for Entertaining ~ Minutes to Downtown & Airport

                                 

Don’t miss out on your chance to own your own piece of paradise right here in Austin, TX! Please feel free to contact me if your or someone you know may be interested.

~Kathy De La Cruz

kathydelacruz@remax.net

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Happy Texas Independence Day Ya’ll! Texans are extremely proud individuals and I am no exception. I love the Great Lone Star State almost as much as I love food trucks, which is exactly what my post is about today. Food trucks are a quintessential staple in Austin and once you try one you must try them all. But here is a list of the top 10 HOTTEST food trucks in Austin you must try TODAY

MickletheWait Craft Meats

East Side King

Little Lucy’s Mini Donuts

Veracruz All Natural

Chi’Lantro

Hey Cupcake

The Peached Tortilla

Hey! You Gonna Eat or What?

Gourdough’s

Torchy’s Tacos

Feel free to google these food trucks and get a feel for what kind of food they serve. I promise you they’re all AWESOME and I recommend you try each at least once to get the full Austin experience!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

 

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Everything is bigger and better in Texas! If you are a true Texan, you definitely will believe this saying to be true BUT have you really experienced all that Texas has to offer? Here are some of the most awe places you need to visit in Texas whether you’re visiting or you’ve lived here your whole life. Time to add to your bucket list!

  1. Hamilton Pool Preserve

Hamilton Pool Preserve

Located about 23 miles west of Austin, Hamilton Pool is an extraordinary natural pool that formed thousands of years ago when the dome of an underground river collapsed. During the hot summer months, it’s a popular swimming spot to many of the local residents.

2. Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

Known for its wide open landscapes and breathtaking views of the Chihuahuan Desert, the Big Bend National Park covers about801,163 acres of west Texas on the border of Mexico.

3. Caddo Lake

Caddo Lake

Located in the wetlands on the border of Louisiana and Texas, Caddo Lake is home to one the largest cypress forest in the world. The lake was named after the Caddo Nation, a people whose ancestors settled in the region around 900 A.D.

4. Monahans State Park

Monahans State Park

The Monahans Sandhills are a series of mesmerizing sand dunes located near the New Mexico border in West Texas. The park is comprised of 3,840 acres of sand that is constantly transforming due to wind patterns and rain.

5. Caverns of Sonora

Caverns of Sonora

Between 1.5 to 5 million years ago, the Caverns of Sonora began forming its enchanting array of calcite crystal formations approximately 155 feet below the surface of the Earth. Upon first visiting the cave, the founder of the National Speleological Society, Bill Stephenson, is quoted to have said: “This is the most indescribably beautiful cave in the world, its beauty cannot be exaggerated, not even by a Texan.

6. Willow City Loop

Willow City Loop

Just outside of Fredericksburg is this scenic 13-mile road that spans breathtaking fields of wildflowers, creeks, and rolling hills. Perfect for a Sunday drive!

7. Devils River and Dolan Falls

Devils River and Dolan Falls

This is the most unspoiled river in Texas and home to around 94 miles of some of the best kayaking and canoeing in the state. Its remote location keeps this river far from people and is perfect for escaping civilization for the weekend.

8. Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock

Fredericksburg is home to one of the most peculiar and extraordinary spots in the Lone Star State. The Enchanted Rock is a monumental pink granite rock that spans 640 acres and rises to over 1,825 feet above sea level. The view from the top is priceless.

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