Stacy and Nicole's Blog

05
Apr

Fun for the Family in Anaheim

Hello Orange County and welcome back to our blog!! Today Nicole and I want to share a few of our favorite spots to visit with family. Orange County, being as wonderful as it is, is filled with things to do. Trying to list them all would cramp our fingers and put you to sleep. So instead, today, we will focus on fun for the whole family in good old  Anaheim, CA.

First on our list, and for good reason, is Disneyland and Downtown Disney. People travel from around the world to visit such a magical place and we have it sitting in our backyard. How lucky are we? Disneyland is fun for the whole family including entertainment, thrill rides, childhood favorites and amazing food. If you find yourself thinking that you don’t have enough time for the full Disney experience… No worries, stop by Disney’s Downtown area! Full of amazing places to eat (Rainforest Cafe, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen , ESPN Zone and more) we promise you wont go hungry. Downtown Disney is also home to the House of Blues, the Lego Store, live music/entertainment and a movie theater. The park and staff truly never disappoint, so join in with the rest of the world and visit Americas’ favorite mouse house!!!

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Next on our list is the Edison International Field of Anaheim, or Angel Stadium for short. The beautiful home of our Anaheim Angels and America’s favorite past time!! Nothing beats a family day at the ballpark, I can’t tell you how many wonderful memories my family and I have made at the “Big A”. We want you to share the same, so if you haven’t been, its time!  Not only does this amazing place offer baseball games but also concerts,  high flying motocross and Monster Truck Madness, Harvest Crusade in August and a long list of other family oriented entertainment. We promise you and the family a wonderful time. Don’t forget Friday night fireworks and as you pass by on the 57 freeway look up and say “Light Up That Halo!”

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Up next…. and directly across the street from the “Big A” is the Honda Center. Home to our Anaheim Ducks, “Quack Quack.” All I want to say is if you have not been to a hockey game then you have not lived… How can you beat big toothless bearded men and fast paced excitement. It’s a clear cut winner for a family event, go once and I promise you’ll be back. Don’t forget to check for upcoming concerts! Artist like Brad Paisley, J. Cole and John Mayer will be there this summer. Don’t miss out!

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How many of you know about the Anaheim Packing District? I won’t lie, I just discovered this amazing place last year. I sure am glad I did because I feel like I was missing out. It’s a wonderful place to take the family. Set up like a mall, you walk end to end and are tempted with delicious food and desserts. Pair that with live music and adult beverages and you have fun for the whole family.

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And last but certainly not least is Anaheim’s Adventure City. Many of you may have never even heard of this place, but if you have young children it’s is a hidden gem. It’s a fantastic alternative to the other high priced amusement parks in the area and a great way to get the kids to burn up some of that relentless energy. The park is equipped with a dozen or so rides, a children’s theater, petting zoo and a fun filled arcade. The park only opened in 1994 and is looking to expand soon, if you have not been we suggest packing the family up and taking a trip.

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We are so blessed to have been born and raised in Orange County  and also to have the privilege of working everyday out and about… learning more and more about what makes are communities tick, keeps them cohesive and provides memories for so many of us throughout our life times…. Don’t forget, if you know someone who is dying to live in our amazing  area, please  have them reach out to us today! We promise to take great care of them and find them the home of their dreams!!

 

 

 

30
Mar

The Best of Brea

Lookout everybody! Today we are talkin’ food!!! By far one of our most treasured past times…. and if there is anything that Nicole and I know better than real estate it’s where to find the best food in town! Today, we are going to start in our home town and present to you not only our favorite eating spots, but also without a doubt, the best of Brea…..These are all restaurants that we have personally visited and enjoyed.  So, if you are ever out and about and happen to spot us at one of these very fine establishments, please don’t be shy! You know what they say…. Use Stacy and Nicole for all your Orange County real estate needs! Oh, wait…. that has nothing to do with this bog…….carry on!

 

— TAPS Fish House & Brewery

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This is always at the top of our list. Filled with mouth watering steaks and jaw dropping lobster tails you can’t go wrong. The staff and management are fantastic, Woody has always made us feel like part of the family.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/taps-fish-house-and-brewery-brea-2

— Yard House

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You can’t go wrong with a trip to the Yard House. We frequent their happy hour often. If you go make sure you try the vampire tacos, you wont regret it!

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— Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

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When you combine beautiful people, pups and patios you can’t lose. We know our furry friends love this place and we know you will too.

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— Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern

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If you are a burger person this place is a must visit. We didn’t know a cheeseburger could be so good. Get it with parmesan garlic fries…. yum

https://www.yelp.com/biz/jimmys-famous-american-tavern-brea?osq=Restaurants

— Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen

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Prime location in downtown Brea. Enjoy an amazing meal and a stroll through the promenade area before you catch a movie at the local Edward’s Theaters.

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–D’Vine

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Looking for some Mediterranean flavor? D’Vine is the answer. A great blend of flavors and wonderful presentation. This place is always a huge hit with my vegetarian friends.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/d-vine-brea-2

— Slapfish

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Slowly becoming one of my favorite places. If you go you must try the “clobster”,  the crab and lobster grilled cheese! If that doesn’t convince you, the lobster burrito will!

https://www.yelp.com/biz/slapfish-brea?osq=slapfish

— The Cheesecake Factory

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Enough said… I’ll leave you with that.

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Those are just a few of the many restaurants that Brea has to offer. If we happened to miss your favorite spot, comment and let us know your ‘Best of Brea.” Now I’m sure you are all good and hungry so we’ll let you get on to planning your dinner.  Remember, for any of your Orange County cravings call the Stacy and Nicole Real Estate Team, we always have what you looking for.

28
Mar

Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks (To Make Your Home Spotless)

With the recent downpour of rain in Orange County finally subsiding (fingers crossed), we’re ready to wipe away that layer of dust settling on our shelves, clean out those cluttered closets, and feel as light and breezy as the incoming California spring. Whether you’re preparing to sell your home, wondering what to do now that your little ones have flown the nest, or simply looking to improve your peace of mind, follow these 6 spring cleaning tips to make your home spotless.

Clean out those cluttered closets

We get it. The college sweatshirt you’ve had since the 90s might not have seen the light of day in decades, but it has sentimental value. The pair of jeans you wore every day pre-pregnancy could still come in handy, after a few more trips to the gym. For whatever reasons, we hold on to pieces of clothing for maybe a bit too long. Soon, our closets can become cluttered, and it becomes nearly impossible to find what we need.

This spring, say goodbye to the clutter and hello to a clean, organized closet. Empty out your closet onto your bed and ask yourself these 5 Questions about each item of clothing. If you answer no to any of the questions, maybe it’s time to reconsider its place in your wardrobe.

Once you’ve carefully chosen the clothes you know you love and will wear, color-code your closet. It will leave you feeling organized and relaxed any time you open your closet doors. making the effort to embrace spring cleaning is all worth it when you get that ahhh feeling.

Don’t let the bedbugs bite

If you’re anything like us, the bed is one of the most important places in the house. It’s where we spend one-third of our life, so why suffer through sleeping on dirty bedding? Show your bed – and yourself – some love this spring and deep-clean it, leaving it fresh and ready for a new season of deep, relaxing sleep.

Unless your mattress is pillow-top, begin by flipping it upside down to let the new side breathe. After removing the bedding, vacuum your mattress to get rid of any dust and mites that collected throughout winter. If you want to take it an extra step, leave your mattress and bedding outside for a day of fresh air.

To fluff up your pillows, put a clean sock around two tennis balls and stick them in the dryer with your recently washed pillows. This will help prevent the fibers from clumping and will leave your pillows soft and ready for a good night’s sleep. Spring cleaning means paying attention to detail and taking the time to clean out the most overlooked spots, like your bed!

Deep clean the kitchen

Our kitchen appliances treat us well, so this spring consider returning the favor. Take a little time to clean those hard-to-reach places that will leave your kitchen sparkling, whether it’s for a future open house or just for your own benefit.

We would hope that the machine used to clean our dishes would be just that—clean. After a number of uses, however, dishwashers can become as dirty as the dishes we put in them. Luckily, this simple recipe of white vinegar and baking soda should do the trick in one cycle.

For cleaning the inside of your refrigerator, all it takes is 3 easy ingredients: dish soap, baking soda, and warm water. Use this quick combination to help scrub the shelves until they shine. To clean the outside, a soft cloth and warm soapy water will leave the surface of your refrigerator as polished as the inside.

Wash the walls

Everyday use and past decorating attempts can cause walls to become scuffed and marked. If you’re looking to put your house on the market this spring, or just hoping to freshen up your home, don’t spend unnecessary money on paying someone to make your walls look brand new.

Save money by following this quick how-to by Better Homes and Gardens on spot-checking your walls based on the paint used – latex or oil-based. Avoid the unnecessary fees of rehiring someone to repaint your walls and spot-check those scuff marks yourself.

Make the floors move-in-ready

If you’re anything like us, our pets and kids rule the house. Unfortunately, that means they rule the floors, too. We’re always finding new fur balls hidden in the carpets and scratches on our hardwood floors. This spring, give a little care to the floor beneath your feet so the roof over your head feels clean and welcoming.

Before deep cleaning the carpet, vacuum to pick up any extra fur or crumbs dropped by the pets and kiddos. Then spot-check small stains hidden in the carpet by spraying the marks with one-part white vinegar and one-part water and wipe away the stain after 15 minutes. Finally, use a steam cleaner to pick up all of the dirt and debris hidden deep within your carpet’s fibers. It’s recommended to steam clean your carpets twice a year, so get it done during spring cleaning when you’re motivated to make your house spotless.

To fix surface scratches on the hardwood floors, we recommend using hardwood floor cleaner and protective coating to help remove any pet tracks and surface-level scrapes. Just a few minutes of your time will leave your floors shining and your home looking good as new.

Don’t forget about the laundry room

Oftentimes, the laundry room gets the short-end of the spring cleaning stick. While it might see less use than some of the other rooms in the house, dust and grime can still collect and become unsightly. Make doing laundry more enjoyable by deep cleaning your laundry room this spring.

Just as we want our dishwasher to be clean, we want our laundry room washing machine to be spotless, too. Disinfect your washing machine with a mixture of vinegar, baking soda, and water. We recommend doing this easy trick once a month to keep your laundry room smelling fresh.

 

If after you deep clean those floors and empty out those closets, and you realize you have more space than you thought, give us a call! We’d love to give you the information you need to make your home listing-ready and help you find a house that fits your budget and your stuff. Happy spring cleaning!

 

25
Mar

Home Staging Advice

Getting ready to sell your home? Spring is a great time to jump into the market, but before you do, make sure to ask yourself- “is my home ready?” It’s very easy to get used to the weird quirks and damages around your house, but to a potential buyer these little things can be turn-offs. Some people make the mistake of thinking they need to do major renovations to their home before putting it on the market, but that is not necessarily true. Take a look at this list of minor quick fixes to help ensure your home is in tip-top shape! Once it’s looking good, Stacy and Nicole can help put your home on the market!

1. Start With the Bathroom
The bathroom is always a good place to start, because usually that is the area where the most changes need to be made. Our bathrooms are typically private areas that not many people see, so we tend to overlook the grimy parts. But here are a few things to avoid when getting your home ready:
• Clean showers with no mold or dirt
• Wipe down the sinks and toilets with Clorox wipes
• Clean off the mirrors
• Avoid clutter

These quick fixes will get your bathroom looking great and desirable in no time.

2. Onto the Kitchen
The kitchen is the area that most people tend to renovate and remodel before putting their home on the market. Although some kitchens might need the extra work and money, it is not always necessary! Here are a few tips when it comes to updating your kitchen. Start with the big changes that will take more work then move on to the little additions.
• If your cabinets look a little old or worn-down try staining them
• Clean out your fridge and give it a good wipe-down (you never know where potential buyers will look)
• Put new knobs or handles on your cabinets and drawers if they are outdated
• Update your appliances (this could turn your kitchen around because buyers loved updated and fresh appliances)
• Fresh flowers and a fruit bowl are always a nice touch

3. Moving into the Bedrooms
It goes without saying that the bedrooms need to be tidied up when taking pictures of the house or getting ready for an open house, however there a few more changes you can make to take your bedrooms one step further.
• Make sure the bedrooms are not covered in personal items (it’s better if the buyers can envision themselves there, not you)
• Make sure the curtains are clean, up-to-date and open for the light to shine in.
• Dust off any dressers, blinds or fans in the room
• Create as many storage opportunities in the bedroom as possible. Clean out your closet and bookcases to show the potential.
• Don’t let the room sway too male or female. Try to keep things on a neutral track.
• Fix any paint-touch ups or holes in the wall
• Make sure all the lights/fixtures are in tact and shining bright.

4. Curb Appeal is Very Important!
Curb appeal is a big term amongst real estate agents and sellers. Curb appeal is the first impression potential buyers get from your home, and the most lasting usually! In order to get your curb appeal in check, you must make sure that these few items are ticked off your check list!
• Mow your lawn
• Power wash your windows and driveway
• Plant some flowers
• Fix any paint damages
• Clean the gutters

With these affordable and easy fixes your house will sell in no time! When you’re ready to move forward with the process contact Stacy and Nicole here!

16
Mar

Ready to Tip Off the Madness?

MARCH MADNESS IS HERE! While some have already filled out their brackets others wonder what all the “madness” is about. March madness if you’re not sure is the Superbowl of college basketball. The top teams from all over the country compete to be the last team standing. I personally, like many of you, have never made a bracket before nor did I know where to start. If you’re like me and you want to be part of the madness, but are not sure where to start, I’m here to help. I’ll share a couple tips about how I picked my winners and possibly even tell you who’s going to win the whole thing (shhhh).

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With very very little college basketball knowledge my pick style may be a little unorthodox but none the less I had a lot of fun and I encourage you to get involved!

So how did I pick my teams……

1. Home Teams or bust!!

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2. Better Mascot

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3. Best Outfits (duh)

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4. Best Student Section

5. and if all that fails… who do I think is more likely to purchase a home from us??

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Both look so eager to get on the Stacy and Nicole Team!

Well now that I’ve given you all the inside tips, its time to get to work!! I would hate for you to miss out on all the fun. Below I’v attached a link to the copy of the 2017 bracket, just click and print. Pick your winners and share your knowledge with us! By the way, I Picked U-C-L-A as my champions, GO BRUINS! Have fun and good luck…. And remember you’re always on the winning side when you play for the Stacy and Nicole Real Estate Team.

http://printableteamschedules.com/NCAA/marchmadnessbracket.php 

14
Mar

Get Lucky with the Help of the Irish

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Top of the mornin’ to ya! Hopefully your month of March is off to a fantastic start. I absolutely love this month for many reasons (my oldest sons birthday, March Madness, the smell of spring and of course green beer). While I’m sure my oldest (Kyle) would love for me to talk about his birthday, my focus is on the green beer, corn beef and cabbage. I have listed 10 Irish worthy pubs within the Orange County area, some I’v been to and others I’ll visit on Friday the 17th. So wear green or get pinched!  See you out and about!

  1. The Irishman

422 Olive Ave, Hunting Beach CA 92648

     2. The Harp Inn

130 E 17th St, Costa Mesa CA 92627

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       3. Muldoon’s Irish Pub

202 Newport Ctr Dr, Newport Beach CA 92660

      4. Silky Sulivans

10201 Slater Ave, Fountain Valley CA 92708

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      5. Malarky’s Irish Pub

3011 Newport Blvd, Newport Beach CA 92663

      6. Branagan’s Irish Pub

213 N Harbor Blvd, Fullerton CA 92832

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    7. O’Hara’s Pub

150 N Glassell St, Orange CA 92866

    8. The Auld Dubliner

71 S Pine Ave, Long Beach CA 90802

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      9. Durty Nelly’s

2915 Red Hill Ave, Costa Mesa CA 92626

       10. Killarney Pub & Grill

209 Main St, Huntington Beach CA 92648

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While every good Irish lad enjoys an ol’ fashion pub crawl, PLEASE REMEMBER TO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. Please designate your non-Irish (sober) friend as your driver or just phone one of the many available services. (Uber/Lift/Yellow cab). Everyone have a safe and wonderful holiday. And don’t forget, we don’t get lucky at the Stacy and Nicole Real Estate Team we’re just that good!

14
Oct

Halloween Activities in Orange County

Halloween happens to be one of our favorite days around here in the office and we are sure, like us y’all are looking for some fun Halloween activities in Orange County. We’ve put a list together of some of our favorites… From the thrill seeker to the faint of heart to the little bitty babies…. You’re sure to find something that will make your Halloween special!

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Knott’s Scary Farm

Buena Park, Ca.

Sept 22nd – Oct. 31 st

7:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Knott’s professional “scare-masters” transform the old Berry Farm into Knott’s Scary Farm for another year of the world’s first, biggest and most famous theme park Halloween event! Every year all 160-acres of Knott’s Berry Farm are transformed into your worst nightmare with themed mazes, live shows, and scare zones featuring hundreds of free-roaming monsters.

 

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Downtown Brea

October 31st

North Orange County’s Largest Free Halloween Alternative Event at Downtown Brea.

Presented by The Cause Community Church featuring face painting, pony rides, games, bounce house, petting zoo,rock climbing wall, raffles, prizes, entertainment and free candy.

 

 

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Motel 6 Feet Under

Business Expo Center
1960 S Anaheim Way
Anaheim, CA 92805

Are you ready for the SCARIEST haunted house in Orange County!? If you are, then step inside Motel 6 Feet Under – and get lost! This haunted maze is sure to frighten even the most seasoned of Halloween veterans, with state-of-the-art props and animatronics around every corner, a dedicated staff of haunting ghouls and just a touch of magic! What’s better than being scared silly? Supporting a good cause while doing so! Motel 6 Feet Under is a non-profit which benefits the local community, and is partnered with BOO! (Building Occupational Opportunities) which benefits local under-served adults by providing theatrical arts and construction training

 

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Haunted Fullerton Walking Towers

September 21 through November 10, 2016 (special tour on Oct 31)
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.

LOCATION:
Meet at Fullerton Museum

RESERVATIONS & INFORMATION:
(714) 738-6545 

Did you know Fullerton is one of the most haunted cities around? Ghosts are lurking at every corner. Take this tour and find out what businesses have pots and pans flying around after hours, what famous deceased Fullertonian makes an “appearance” now and then, enjoy some of Fullerton’s history. These tours are a celebration of local legend while sharing stories of another facet of Fullerton’s history, particularly that of the downtown.

“Ghost hunters” should be prepared to walk approximately 1.5 miles (lasting about 2 ½ hours), and the tours will include climbing stairs. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sense of humor with them. The tour is not recommended for children under 13. $15 for museum members and $18 for the general public. Halloween tour is $20 for museum members and $25 for the general public

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Children’s Museum Funny Frankensteins

Children’s Museum at La Habra
301 South Euclid Street
La Habra:
INFORMATION:
Please call 562-905-9793 for reservations

Free with paid admission.

Calling all silly ghouls and goblins to make a funny fFrankenstein craft on Halloween Day!

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Treats in the Streets Autumn Festival 

Thursday, October 27, 2016
4-7 p.m.

LOCATION:
Old Towne Orange Plaza Area
Chapman Ave. & Glassell

The streets surrounding the Old Towne Plaza are closed off to traffic and Old Towne merchants decorate their shops and local non-profit groups provide delicious food items and tasty treats for a nominal charge. There is tons of games, trick-or-treating, a costume parade and entertainment for all ages! (Please leave pets at home)

 

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The 17th Door

LOCATION:
The Market Place in Tustin
2856 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92782

Open September 23 – October 31, 2016

The 17th Door, Orange County’s most intense and most terrifying haunted house, returns to The Market Place for its second year! Over a dozen new rooms have been created, including a mini escape room, to take things to a whole new level. This year’s haunt will be larger and longer, featuring over 34 minutes filled with more monsters, more scares, more of what you love and more of what you hate! Behind its 17 doors is an interactive experience more innovative and shocking than anything that’s been tried before.

Tickets on sale now! Buy now before they sell out!

**The 17th Door is designed for mature audiences, preferably 16 years of age and older, and is not recommended for children under the age of 13, as there will be intense thematic material throughout the haunt.

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Boo at the Zoo

October 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 2016
5:30 – 8 pm

This family-friendly costumed extravaganza will bring FUN, SAFE, trick-or-treating in a “Merry not Scary” Zoo atmosphere, with educational animal presentations, storytelling, and entertainment throughout the evening, with a grand finale costume parade!

For the older kids, there’s also “Teen Scream,” a haunted house filled with thrills and chills. This ghoulish attraction has a separate entrance, but is included with the price of admission.

LOCATION:
Santa Ana Zoo
1801 E. Chestnut Ave

INFORMATION:
714-953-8555

Have a fun and safe Halloween everybody!!!!

*Information provided by Orangecounty.net

 

27
Sep

Are You Ready For Some Football?

The one thing that makes you successful in life, no matter what it is you choose to do, is balance. Working hard is important, but relaxing and enjoying time with the people that you love is even more important. Sundays in our house during the fall are saved for church, football, food, food and more food!! Here’s how we do it ladies and gentlemen…..

10:00am

Biscuits and Gravy Casserole

Recipe and photo provided by: Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast Casserole  Serves 8 (with the Grands Biscuits)

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces of buttermilk biscuit dough (we used Grands, which are slightly bigger)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 (2 3/4 ounce) package peppered gravy mix (makes 2 cups)
  • 1 lb sausage, any flavor
  • 1 cup cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 13×9 pan
  2. Brown the sausage in skillet and drain thoroughly.
  3. Cut biscuit dough into 1″ pieces, and line the bottom of the pan.
  4. Layer cooked sausage over the biscuit pieces,
  5. Layer shredded cheese over sausage.
  6. Whisk eggs and milk, add salt and pepper and pour over biscuit/layers.
  7. Make gravy according to instructions, and pour over everything.
  8. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until eggs and biscuits are cooked through.

Seriously, I don’t know a single person on the planet that doesn’t love biscuits and gravy and if they say they don’t, they’re lying!! lol

1:00 p.m.

Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Bread

Recipe and photo provided by: Carlsbad Cravings

Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Bread

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large loaf French bread or 2 smaller loafs
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup Frank’s Original Hot Sauce (1/2 for quite spicy)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons dry ranch dressing seasoning mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles (up to 1/2 cup if you LOVE blue cheese)
  • 1 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese, separated
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, separated
  • 3 packed cups (about 1 ½ pounds) shredded chicken*
  • Garnish (optional)
  • 6-8 pieces cooked and crumbled bacon
  • blue cheese (only if you love it)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Slice about 2 inches deep through the top of the bread, and continue to cut a large rectangle, being careful not to cut through the bottom of the bread. Remove top of bread and hollow out middle to create a rectangular bread bowl. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and hot sauce and all spices/seasonings until well combined.
  4. Stir in blue cheese, 3/4 cup cheddar and 3/4 cup mozzarella followed by chicken.
  5. Spoon Buffalo Chicken Dip into prepared French bread and top with remaining cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. Bake on a baking tray at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly golden.
  6. Let bread sit approximately 10 minutes to set and slightly cool then slice. Best served warm.
 This is an awesome and easy pull apart finger food, that my family loves! You’ve got to try it!!
5:30 p.m.
Missisippi Pot Roast
 Recipe and photo provided by: Belle of the Kitchen
Mississippi Pot Roast
Ingredients
  • 1 (3-4 pounds) chuck roast
  • 1 packet ranch dressing mix
  • 1 packet au jus gravy mix
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 4-5 pepperoncini peppers

Instructions

  1. Place roast in the slow cooker and sprinkle the top with the ranch dressing mix and the au jus mix. Place peppers on top of the mixes, and add the butter.
  2. Cook over low heat for 8 hours. Serve with noodles, rice or mashed potatoes. Enjoy!
NOTES
*Do not add any water or broth to this! It will make enough liquid as it cooks.
If your family loves meat and potatoes like mine, this is a MUST. You will never make a roast any other way again because your family won’t let you!! Serve it over mash potatoes or on sandwich rolls… it is AMAZING!!
Now…. I’ve got to go to lunch because I’m starving!! Oh, and if your kitchen is too small to cook all this stuff, give us a call, we’ll help you buy a new one!!! Enjoy my friends!!
26
Sep

The Best Way To Choose a Real Estate Agent

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Today I am taking off my realtor hat and I am just going to talk to you as a friend. I have learned so much over the last 10 years in this business. Yes, a lot of it has been by trial and error, fear and failure, but that is what has molded us into one of the strongest real estate teams in Orange County.  Everybody knows somebody that has a real estate license…. There are thousands of us that carry that a little piece of paper with an 8 digit number. That does not mean that every realtor knows how to sell a home. Follow this advice, and you will do just fine….

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DO NOT HIRE A PART TIME AGENT– Here’s the problem with a “part-time agent” Plain and simple, they can not possibly know the market as well as an agent who is out there everyday pounding the pavement. They also are not going to know the other agents in the community as well as someone who is networking with them everyday in every way. Lastly, when that hot buyer or newest property pops on the market for you, chances are that they aren’t going to be at your beck and call if they are busy napping or whatever is that they do during the other “part-time” of their lives.

realtors and social media

MARKETING, MARKETING, MARKETING- I have learned that marketing yourself and your clients home is essential to success. Simply taking a listing, adding it to the Multiple Listing Service and slapping together a flyer from pictures taken on your iPhone, is not marketing. If you are interviewing an agent, you must ask to see their marketing plan in detail! They must have a large sphere, a massive presence on social media, and utilize video. Ask to see what they are going to put in print and make them show you examples. Our marketing plan is so superior that we proudly display it at all of our listing appointments. You must know what you are getting for your money. Talk is cheap…. you want proof.

 

Group Of Friends Sitting Around Table Having Dinner Party

YES, YOU MUST LIKE THEM- Think of it this way, you are going to possibly spend the next 3-6 months with your agents. If you wouldn’t invite them over for dinner and a cocktail… Don’t hire them. Also, you are trusting your agents with one of the biggest transactions of your lifetime, you need to feel that you can trust them and that they genuinely have your best interests at heart. If you don’t, then they probably don’t…

writing a review

UMMM REVIEWS- No brainer… If a client received excellent service and genuinely felt that  they were very well taken care of, they will write about it! Likewise, if they receive bad service, they will write about it! Read them… all of them.

finding a realtor

DAMN VOICEMAIL-  There is a saying in our office and we use it daily, “Time Kills All Deals” Your agent needs to call, text you, or email you back within minutes, not days or even hours…. Hiring a team ensures that your needs are always met and that someone is always available when you need them. Test them before you sign with them!

Don’t believe me?  Try it…. Call us today if you are thinking of buying or selling your home!! (We answer our phones)

22
Sep

The 10 Commandments of Buying a Home

Today my home buying friends, we are going to keep it simple and straight to the point! With over 10 years in the business, I can honestly and most assuredly say, if you break these rules, you will not be buying a home! I know this because in my early years as an agent, I have lost deals by clients doing one or more of these in the middle of the loan process. So please allow me to share with you what not to do so that we make sure that your home buying process is smooth, enjoyable and as stress free as possible!

10 Commandments of home buying

1️⃣ Thou shall not change jobs, become self employed, or quit your job.

2️⃣ Thou shall not use credit cards for large purchases or fall behind on payments.

3️⃣ Thou shall not spend the money you have set aside for closing

4️⃣ Thou shall not buy a new car or truck (or you might end up living in it )

5️⃣ Thou shall not omit debts or liabilities to your lender.

6️⃣ Thou shall not buy furniture on credit

7️⃣ Thou shall not let anyone run your credit besides your lender.

8️⃣ Thou shall not change bank accounts.

9️⃣ Thou shall not make large deposits without first checking with your lender.

🔟 Thou shall not co-sign for a loan for anyone or apply for a line of equity during the loan process.

 

Buying a home and even thinking about starting the process comes with a certain amount of stress. You need to be educated by a team of patient and knowledgeable agents who will assume that burden for you. You need us, Stacy and Nicole…. because your success is our success!  Call us today and we’ will walk you through the entire process step by step.