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Food Network – 12 Days of Cookies – Alex’s Gingerbread Cookies

Mmmm!  Today is the start of Food Networks 12 Days of Cookies

Today we start with Alex’s Gingerbread Cookies!

                                                             pareeerica – Flickr.com

                           ~~~~~~~~~~ CLICK Here for the RECIPE ~~~~~~~~~~

                                                                   yumiang – Flickr.com

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November 30, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Christmas, Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 127

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 127:

Oh boy – the day after Thanksgiving – I am stuffed… and everyone is coming back since I made 2 turkey’s and we only ate one!

So, a little cleaning and a little more cooking – to have a few fresh dishes – and a quick stop over in Patterson, NY to a clients home.  D invited me over for a drink and to view the lovely things she’s done to the home in just a few months time.  Unfortunately, because my guests were arriving, I had to leave early – but first I enjoyed her homemade chicken soup (I had that instead of a drink!)

Our guests arrived and we enjoyed another wonderful evening… Remi too!

November 30, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Food Network – Giada’s Holiday Menu

Oh, I know – You still have Thanksgiving leftovers in your frig and here I am writing about our next Holiday – well, with gift shopping, decorating, Holiday parties, and everything else that makes us go bonkers during this time of the year, the sooner you start preparing…. the better!

                                                    pointnshoot – Flickr.com

So, on your mark – get set – go!  

Here is Food Network’s Giada’s Holiday Menu ~~ CLICK ~~

                                                  not a hipster – Flickr.com

November 29, 2009 Posted by | Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 126

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 126:

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

My side of the family and my husbands enjoyed this wonderful day with lots of food and drinks – a great day to give Thanks for all that we have.

November 29, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 125

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 125:

Oh my – Thanksgiving Eve! I can’t tell you how much I have to do!

Jonathan and I set out to go grocery shopping at Costco and Shaw’s – but before getting started, we made a quick stop at Dunkin Donuts

I was relieved that I had accomplished some of my work early this morning and would continue later in the evening since there was lots of prep work to do!

November 29, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw

This is the time of the year when many people become a bit more generous.  They forgive a little easier and enjoy spending time with their families.  The Holidays tend to bring out the best in everyone and even music sounds more meaningful.

Here is a new song that I downloaded to my I-Pod from I-Tunes“Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw

November 28, 2009 Posted by | Favorite Music & Songs, I-Pod, I-Tunes | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 124

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 124:

The countdown to Thanksgiving continues – as does work.

Today I had to meet with an appraiser to give him access to the home my client is looking to purchase in Patterson, NY.

                                      Views of Putnam Lake in Patterson, NY

November 28, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 123

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 123:

Busier than usual – trying to get ready for Thanksgiving.  Looking up recipes to add to the traditional dishes – cleaning and organizing – lots to do and I love it – and I always find time for my Remi – took this picture of him tearing up yet another thing!

November 28, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor | , , | Leave a comment

Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips

                                                         Muffet – Flickr.com

Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips with Good Morning America…

                                                   CLICK… CLICK… CLICK…

                                                       Muffet – Flickr.com

November 25, 2009 Posted by | Good Morning America, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thanksgiving with Food Network

Still need some ideas for your Thanksgiving Holiday?  Maybe your cooking – or going to a family or friends home and need a dish or two to take – or – you’ll be making some of these tasty dishes on another occasion!

                                                          psd – Flickr.com

www.FoodNetwork.com has a bazillion recipes to choose from – CLICK  HERE – for Thanksgiving 2009

                                                          rick – Flickr.com

November 24, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Thanksgiving, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 122

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 122:

Sunday – and Jonathan had his last soccer game – which ended in a tie – and I was so thankful it was a HOME GAME –  at the New Fairfield High School Rebel Turf Field.  And yes, once again – I sat in my car… actually it’s our rental from Enterprise

… and watched the game – keeping myself warm and multi-tasking at the same time.  I worked a bit, making calls, sending e-mails and I looked over my “To-Do” list for Thanksgiving Day.  

November 24, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, New Fairfield Schools | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Deviled Eggs

For Thanksgiving Day, one of my appetizers will be the traditional – Deviled Eggs – simple, inexpensive and easy to make! 

~ CLICK ~ here to view Food Network recipe

                                                             starmist1 – Flickr.com

November 24, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 121

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 121:

It’s Saturday – after making a few phone calls – following up with Feedback from agents that have shown some of my listings – comunicated with clients – accomplished some work on-line and finished a few chores – I set out to Stop n Shop for some grocery shopping – keeping my eye out for any specials for my Thanksgiving dinner

Then a quick stop at Staples to purchase some ink for my printer and back home to drop off the groceries.  As I started dinner, I realized I forgot a few things!  So, I left David tending to my half started dinner while I went to Shaws – which is just a few minutes away.  I decided while I was there to also rent a few movies from Redbox and purchase a few more pellets.  I must have said this a hundred times – I LOVE MY PELLET STOVE!  Do you wanna know why?  Because it’s close to the end of Novemeber and I haven’t turned on my furnace!!

November 24, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 120

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 120:

It’s Friday – and I have to go buy my Turkeys – notice Turkey is plural – I will be roasting 2 medium-sized Turkeys – carving one and leaving the other as my table decor  – at least until it’s needed.

Stop n Shop in Danbury has Butterball Turkeys – frozen for .89 cents per pound – and fresh for $1.39 per pound – that is where I will be purchasing them.

In the middle of work, I was talking to my youngest daughter, Sara.  How I got into “It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls started – I have no idea.  Sara didn’t recognize the song, especially since I was trying to sing it and being that she is only 16 and this song and video was from 1984 – 25 years ago – so to You Tube we went and boy did we have fun watching this music video!

Then it was back to workdinner and time to get ready for Bunco with the Bunco Babes!  Right after eating and getting ready to leave for our monthly game, our power went out – my entire block had a black out!  Only 3 kids were home and Hubby-Hub was working through the night.  So, we lit some candles, listened to some music and told some ghost stories!  Then I left for Bunco – my sister picked me up and we enjoyed our evening.

November 22, 2009 Posted by | Music, My Life as a Realtor, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Moist Caramel Apple Cake

Mmmm! From Kraft Foods – Moist Caramel Apple Cake

                                                              joyosity – Flickr.com

My sister has made this a few times and e-mailed me the recipe directly from www.KraftFoods.com – Thanks Lisa!

 

November 21, 2009 Posted by | Apples, Baking, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flickr Foto Fun Friday – Thanksgiving Day

For this Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post – I have chosen some fantastic photographs of Thanksgiving Day!

                                      Fall colors all around…  *Micky – Flickr.com

                   Veggie & Cheese Platter awaiting guests…  Plutor – Flickr.com

                             Lots of Cooking and Baking…  Jessicafm – Flickr.com

                           A Glass of Wine or 2…  Robert S. Donovan – Flickr.com

                   Table is all set and ready to give Thanks…  basykes – Flickr.com

                              Thanksgiving Feast!…  xybermatthew  – Flickr.com

                      Pumpkin & Pecan Pie…  Cameron Nordholm – Flickr.com

November 20, 2009 Posted by | Fall, Flickr Foto Fun Friday Post, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 119

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 119:

Thursday – working from home – a few new potential clients signing up for a FREE Listing Book Account.  In Connecticutwww.DianaSantosCT.ListingBook.com    and in New York…   www.DianaSantosNY.ListingBook.com  –  keeping in mind that the New York account shows home in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties – and the Connecticut account shows homes in Fairfield and parts of Litchfield Counties.

Made a delicious home-made soup with loads of sweet potatoes, carrots, home-made sausage, cabbage, rice and beans – YUMO!  I always make it in the largest pot I have so that we have leftovers – at least for one day since left overs never last for very long with 5 kids!

In the early evening, I flew to Enterprise Car Rental in Danbury, CT.  I switched out the Chevy Colbat for a Toyota Yaris.  This will save us on gas and rental fees.  Bill assisted me – who by the way, has been very patient with me.

November 20, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nestle Banana Mini-Chip Cake

Our Thanksgiving baking has begun.  Amanda baked 2 Banana Chocolate Chip Cakes. 

We found a recipe on www.VeryBestBaking.com with loads of Nestle Chocolate Chip recipes. 

This recipe is for Nestle Banana Mini Chip Muffins – CLICK – although, we’re making 2 cakes – one for today and we’ll freeze the 2nd for Thanksgiving Day.

November 19, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Recipes, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

My Life as a Relator – Day 118

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 118:

A good day today – contracts signed on both sides for one client and contracts soon to be signed for another client.

Remi was up to no good today. I went to make a quick run upstairs and while I passed the den, I looked over and saw…

                Tisha sitting in the middle of a chewed up dinosaur, branch from outside and a Best Buy bag

Well, I knew this was not Tisha’s doing, she just happened to be sitting in the middle of this mess because the sun was shinning through and she’s always working on her tan.  I look over and see…

                                             Remi – GUILTY! It’s written all over his adorable face

Back to work and many calls to agentsclients and mortgage brokers and attorney’s office’s.

November 19, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

Home Sweet Home – Carrie Underwood

Here is another I-Tune favorite of mine from my I-Pod ~ Carrie Underwood’s send off song on American Idol

November 18, 2009 Posted by | Favorite Music & Songs, I-Pod, I-Tunes, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 117

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 117:

Class day in Elmsford, NY again.  Faith graciously drove again…

We were greeted by Scott Einbinder before his 4 hour class for Century 21 agents – on making our services as Realtors better for our Buyers/Clients…

Since I have attended numerous seminars, most of what is gone over in class is repetitive, although – with Scott there are always a few “Ah, ha” moments.  Because of this, I will always do my best to attend as many classes, seminars, motivational speeches,… to be the best Realtor I could possibly be – As long as I have some caffeine…

After class, we stopped at the office – then home – and back out to the banksupermarket – picked up some wine and my daughter’s dry cleaning – back homedinnercleaning and ended the day with some of my favorite programs on television while working on my laptop.  Monday is over!

November 18, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thanksgiving Recipes with Campbell’s Kitchen

Thanksgiving Recipes with Campbell’s Kitchen…

Here are some great recipes from www.CampbellsKitchen.com

                                                             “““““CLICK Here to View“““““

Thanksgiving Turkey - xybermatthew                                                                xybermatthew – Flickr.com

November 18, 2009 Posted by | Recipes, Thanksgiving, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 116

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 116:

My daughter,  Amanda, shared a poem that she wrote:

Hope

In the desert I walk

One foot after the other I go

Trying to escape the heat, the hunger

But I know

That no matter how long I walk

How much I try

The pain will still gnaw at me

It will still drain me dry

Of all of my hope

Of all my strength

Until I can’t go on

No more can I take

I lay

And I wait

For my final sleep

That I shall take

The world darkens

And it seems to grumble with fury

But I still wait

In no type of hurry

But wait, where is the sun

Where is the raging blaze

I look to the sky

And all I can do is gaze

The first drop lands on my cheek

Like a single tear

Then the clouds plunge me

In to a shower of cheer

I jump up

And spin and I dance

 I have never felt so content

I feel in a trance

It washes away the hurt

And all of the pain

Until all that is left

Is me and the rain 

~ Amanda Santos ~

Amanda                                                                       Amanda

Working from home again today – went through my files and paperwork – only took me about 2 hours!  But boy am I so glad it is done – I feel… lighter.  I LOVE have everything organized – clean and neat. 

As a Realtor, that helps tremendously since I could be home, working and dealing with home life – kids, pets, chores, Blah, Blah, Blah – and within 5 minutes of getting a call from a client, I now have an appointment that will take about 4 hours from beginning to end.  So being organized is crucial.  Having all my ironing done so I could quickly run into the closet and throw something decent on – having all my necessary paperwork with me in case of there being no time to stop at the office – having my electronic key updated and on me at all times (in case the call comes in while I’m out and about) – having my cell phone charged, car gassed up, and always having a last minute-quick-dinner-plan – and I don’t mean ordering pizza! 

Now, keep in mind that things don’t always work out, no matter how organized I think I am, but things do go alot smoother than if I were not ready to rock and roll.  This keeps me happy and calm and makes me a better Realtor  😉

November 18, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Let’s Talk Turkey!

OK – Let’s Talk Turkey!

Wild Turkey - Alan.V                                                                      Alan.V – Flickr.com

Before you know it, Thanksgiving Day will be here – guests will be arriving and the more you have planned and organized, the more YOU and your family and friends will be able to enjoy the day.

From FoodNetwork

Turkey - Robert S. Donovan                                                            Robert S. Donovan – Flickr.com

November 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Mashed Potatoes for Thanksgiving

From www.FoodNetwork.com50 recipes for Mashed Potatoes!

                                ~~~~~~~~~~CLICK Here to view all 50 Recipes~~~~~~~~~~

Mashed Potatoes - ukanda                                                                   ukanda – Flickr.com

November 16, 2009 Posted by | Recipes, Thanksgiving, The Food Network | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 115

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 115:

Public Open House Day today on my listing in New Fairfield, CT

                                                2A Hudson Drive ~ New Fairfield, CT

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We recently had a price reduction to $299,999 – WOW!  Adorable,  Affordable AND…   Water Views!

HPIM2874                                                        Water Views from Front Entrance

After the Open House, I did some grocery shopping at Shaw’s – went homedinner – and back to work!

 

November 16, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, New Fairfield, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rocco Dispirito’s Comfort Food

Watch this video **CLICK** of Rocco Dispirito on Good Morning America as he shows us 3 different delicious recipes from his new Cookbook – Rocco Gets Real:

  1. Chicken and Chorizo Stew with Mustard Greens
  2. Tiny Meatballs and Tortellini with Broccoli Rabe
  3. New England Clam Chowder

Rocco

November 16, 2009 Posted by | Good Morning America, Recipes, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 114

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 114:

Saturday – a take-it-easy kind of day – and I am so thankful.

I dropped off my commission check and then came back home to clean – cook and I wrote 6 Blog posts! 

Fellow agent and good friend of mine, sent me a joke that I’d like to share with you…


I live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the DEER CROSSING sign on our road. The reason: ‘Too many deer are being hit by cars out here!  I don’t think this is a good place for  them to be crossing anymore.’
From Kingman , KS . 
 

Hope that made you smile 😉

Had a showing today on one of my listings – Hope it went well and I also hope the agent gets back to me with feedback – better yet, an offer!

                                                        2A Hudson Drive – New Fairfield, CT

HPIM2293                                                           Recent Price Change – $299,999

 

November 15, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, My Listing, New Fairfield, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 113

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 113:

Hey – Day 113 on Friday the 13th!  Whatever that means…

Met with my clients in Southbury, CT to do the walk-thru.  They are so excited to finally be homeowners.  We first met a few years back when I helped them with a rental.  And now they are purchasing a home.

SSPX1038                                                                       Southbury, CT

We arrived at the home at the same time, walking right up to the front door since that is where the lockbox was located – hanging from the front door knob which was behind a storm door – which was locked!  We checked every door, window – everything was locked!  We looked for a spare key under rocks, in bird feeders – everywhere and NO KEY!  In the meantime, I had contacted the listing agent but since this was an estate – the only key was in the lockbox!  Thankfully, the brother of the previous owner had a key – Whew!  An hour and a half later, we were able to do the walk-thru.

In the meantime, I had dropped off Melissa at New Fairfield Auto Body to FINALLY pick up her car.  She was so excited and the car looked great.  NF Auto Body always takes very good care of us and I would highly recommend anyone to use their service!

SSPX1033                                                                      Melissa’s Scion

Since the closing was scheduled for 5:30, I went home and did a few things both for work and home.  Then I was off to the closing – the main event – a special event in P & K’s lives. 

SSPX1045                                My Clients Closing Attorney’s Office – Joesph Saffi – Danbury, CT

    My clients are now official HOMEOWNERS and I wish them many wonderful years in their new home!

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November 15, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 112

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 112:

Finally – Closing for my clients is fully confirmed for tomorrow!  They are so relieved and I can’t wait to once again witness and know I was a part of the purchase of another First Time Home Buyer

Since I had David’s car during the morning – it was errands on the top of my list. Bank – and the Office in Brewster, NY – and back to New Fairfield, CT to the Liquor Store for Wine – and Shaw’s for some more groceries and pellets

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For dinner, I made homemade Pizza and Soup – Yum!  I worked until a little after midnight – big day tomorrow, so a decent amount of sleep is necessary – I’ll get a whole 6 hours!  Ha!  Then I wonder why I have bags under my eyes…

November 15, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment