Heart-Shaped French Toast

This is a tasty seasonal recipe perfect for Valentine’s Day. It requires little prep work and few ingredients. Can be prepared in 20 minutes or less.

What You Will Need:

Slices of Bread (any type will do) depending on how many people you are serving. Estimate an average 2 pieces per person.

Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter

Eggs, Estimate one egg for each piece.

Whole milk, ¼ cup for every two eggs used.

Syrup of choice

Strawberries, for garnish

Powdered Sugar, to lightly dust each piece.

Directions:

Use the heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out each heart shaped slice of bread. You will want to get a large heart shaped cookie cutter for this.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together the eggs and milk. Keep egg mixture in mixing bowl. Dunk the bread slice and let it soak up the mixture for a few seconds. When both sides are well coated, place in greased frying pan, on medium heat. When both sides are brown place on plate.

Lightly dust the French toast with powdered sugar. Next add your syrup to the toast and lastly garnish with a few strawberry slices and serve!

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Staging Tips

New construction is such a viable option for families looking for a new home. Older homes have a harder time selling, especially if they are in a less-than-desirable location. Find out ways to make your property more appealing to the masses.

Keep the space open and neutral. Excess furniture and accessories tend to repel buyers. Place excess furniture and accessories in storage. Place these extra items out of sight, not in the garage or extra storage space that is on the property. Potential buyers want to envision the space with their belongings. Make the space a blank canvas that is not completely devoid of interior furnishings. Minimal furnishings and accessories, allow the space to show off it’s potential.

Disconnect yourself from the space. The ultimate goal is to appeal to the masses so that you can sell your home fast and for the highest price! If you can, move out of the home. This will ensure that the home will stay tidy and looking it’s best. If you must continue to reside there as you are showing the home; make sure you keep it in showing condition at all times. You never know when a potential buyer is going to want to see the home. Buyers like instant gratification and do not like to wait. Allow the home to be seen quickly upon request.

Make low cost upgrades that will appeal to buyers. Master bathrooms are a must have. Buyers are looking for upgraded suites and kitchens. If your tile is dated in either of these rooms, consider replacing these before showing the home. Make sure your bathrooms are squeaky clean. Lighting is definitely noticed. If you have outdated lighting in the bathrooms and kitchen, upgrade them.

A great idea is to have a professional cleaning company come in after you have done a thorough cleaning and have them polish the entire house. They can clean windows inside and out, dust fans and other areas that you may not be able to reach. The details are always noticed when selling a home. Make sure you take note and make an effort to showcase the details!

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Do You Have a Preference?

Which bathroom would you choose?

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Happy New Year!

See you later 2015! Here’s to 2016 and all the new exciting things this new year has to bring!

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Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours, we wish you a very merry Christmas!  

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Indoor Winter Activities

It may be winter but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still plan a fun night with friends where you all get to stay indoors and enjoy each other’s company with a nice warm drink to go along with everything. Perhaps you add a little cinnamon stick to your cider or add some extra marshmallows to your hot chocolate. Anyway you choose to enjoy your evening the following activities are ideas for you and your friends to enjoy while you stay warm.

 

You could set up a night of crafting with your friends where everyone gets to do something creative and you just might find your inner child while connecting with an activity that many haven’t indulged since childhood. Decorate wooden picture frames or mod-podge onto mason jars. Whatever you do, at the end of the night everyone will have something that they can take home and use but everyone will also have enjoyed a night of fun while getting creative.

 

Another idea is to enjoy a night of board games or cards. For those that are more competitive, a game of Monopoly or poker is always a fun way to pass the time. Perhaps your friends are more collaborative and want to play a game that lends itself to teamwork. If that is the case a board game like Pandemic might be more your speed, a game where everyone gets to work together to strategize for a win. Whatever your preference, there is a game out there to make any winter night a winner.

 

Finally, if none of the previous suggestions sound like something you would consider, you might enjoy a good old fashioned movie night. You could pick a classic like The Princess Bride or Gone With the Wind. Or you could go with a sillier selection like that funny rom-com you have been meaning to watch and never got around to. You could even go for something hilarious like the Big Lebowski, which is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Everybody loves a movie night as long as you add popcorn and blankets and good company to the mix.

  

Whatever way you choose to spend indoors during the winter, as long as you are in good company you are sure to enjoy your time spent with those around you. Sound off below! Tell us what things you like to do while keeping warm indoors with your family and friends.

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Him

Men can be difficult to shop for. Buying items for their stocking doesn’t have to be hard. There are many small gifts that any man will appreciate. Find out how to give the best stocking stuffers to the man in your life!

Gift cards are great for stocking stuffers. They offer a wide variety and no one ever complains about a gift card. Buy a couple gift cards to his favorite places to eat. This gives him something to look forward to during his stressful work days. You could also give him an iTunes gift card so he can buy games, apps and music for any of his devices! He may enjoy a Microsoft points card each year, so that he can splurge and buy the latest video game for Xbox.

Lottery tickets are perfect for any man’s stocking. They are fun to play and are the perfect size. Get several $1 tickets, two $5 tickets and a large $20 ticket. With all of these tickets there is almost always a few winners in the bunch.

Mini bottles of liquor are a great way to treat your man to his favorite top shelf cocktails, without buying the whole pricey bottle. They are also great for camping and fishing trips. Throw a lemon and his favorite mixer into the stocking so he can enjoy one of his favorite cocktails during the holiday celebration.

A man’s favorite cologne is a great stocking stuffer. During the holiday season, gift sets are available, that are not available any other time of the year. Purchase a favorite cologne with one or two added bonuses that also fit inside the stocking!

Buy him a year’s subscription of his favorite magazine and stuff a current issue in the stocking for him. When he pulls out the mag, tell him you got him a year’s subscription.

Sometimes the best presents are not the biggest presents. They are the thoughtful gifts that can be enjoyed throughout the year!

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Prepare Your Home for Guests

The holiday season is the busiest time of year for your home. Your interior will need to be ready to host friends and family during this festive time. There are some key areas that one should focus on, when entertaining. Find out what guest notice immediately!

Keep your entry way clear, clean and functional. This is the first part of the home the guest will see. It needs to make a good first impression. Function is also necessary here. Make sure this area is equipped to hold coats, umbrellas and handbags. Keep paths clear and free of obstruction.

Tidiness makes guest feel comfortable immediately. Keep main rooms clean and organized. The rooms that guest will be in, need to feel inviting. Keep kitchen countertops clean and clutter free. Make sure there is a clean hand towel in the bathroom; as well as plenty of toilet paper and hand soap. Being tidy means being clutter free. Clutter tends to accumulate dust and ends up being harder to clean. Keep clutter at bay, by using decorative storage boxes and utilizing all storage space.

Smell makes an immediate impression on a person; whether they realize it or not. Guest are positively influenced by pleasant smelling spaces. Decide if you want a fresh/clean scent or a warm scent. Then either light a scented candle or use a room air freshener. If you decide to use an air freshener, make sure the scent isn’t too over powering. Candles can offer a more subtle pleasing aroma to any space.

If you find after your guests have left that you want to prepare for future guests, make sure to note what was successful last time.  Stock up on supplies, ready the guest room again and make sure each space looks ready for guests to arrive any time.  This will give you extra time to relax before friends drop by rather than rushing to prepare!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope that all of you have a great day with your friends and family celebrating all the things that you have to be thankful for!

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Things to Know About Cooking a Turkey

Cooking a turkey for the holidays can be tricky. There are some basics you should familiarize yourself with. Find out what you are doing wrong and how to correct these things!

Don’t wait until the last minute to buy your turkey. If you plan on buying a frozen turkey, purchase it 1-2 weeks before the holiday and freeze it until the week of the meal. Remember that a frozen turkey can take up to four days to thaw in the refrigerator. If you plan on buying a fresh bird, call your grocer and reserve one 2-3 weeks ahead of the holiday.

Before cooking your turkey, rinse the bird and be sure to pat it dry. Use paper towels to pat the interior and exterior. If it is not dry enough the exterior skin won’t be crispy and the interior will be soggy.

Many frozen turkeys come already pre-brined. Do not brine again if it has already been done. If you plan to brine, make sure to check the label for an “all natural” turkey.

Make sure your roasting pan has a roasting rack. If you do not have a rack, line the bottom of the pan with large carrots. If the bird is cooked directly on the pan, the bottom will burn.

Stop basting! Every time you open the oven, it loses heat and causes the turkey to dry out. Basically the opposite of what is supposed to happen will take place. This will increase the cooking time dramatically. Since the juices on the bottom are not all fat, the liquid in the solution will cause the skin of the turkey to become soggy. The objective to cooking a turkey is to have a perfectly crisped skin and juicy meat.

Let your turkey sit for at least 15 minutes before you carve it. If you carve it too early, the juice will not be absorbed into the meat and the turkey will be dry.

Make sure your Thanksgiving is a wonderful day by using these tips.  Don’t forget to enjoy the meal with your loved ones!  Happy cooking!

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