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Food Networks Top 50 Recipes of 2009

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                                                Food Networks Top Recipes of 2009

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December 31, 2009 Posted by | Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 162

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 162:

This time tomorrow, our home will be filled with family, coming over to celebrate New Years Eve for the 23 year!

 My mom and I were busy with cleaning and baking – a Ricotta Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Flan, and a Ham/Zucchini/Prosciutto Pie – YUM, YUM!  All while Tisha slept…

Tomorrow will be the real heavy cooking day.  For today, we did just a few things because we know that tomorrow will be crazy!  Remi is already feeling the house get a bit chaotic.  Today he decided to chew one of the chairs and then fell asleep on it – Amanda noticed and took this pic…

With work, I divided up my time – a little in the morning – afternoon – and evening. Ma and I did take a little break and watched “Four Christmases” with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn.

                                         I look forward to tooting our horns and Welcoming 2010!!

December 31, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

Top You Tube Video

I remember watching this video when it first hit You Tube.  I love the song – Chris Brown’s Forever – and the unique way this couple decided to celebrate their wedding.  It has made one of the top watched videos on You Tube in 2009….

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My Life as a Realtor – Day 161

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 161:

Busy – Busy – Busy…. Getting ready for New Years!  Today after working and doing a few things at home, Ma and I was off to do our grocery shopping.  We went into Danbury and first stopped at A & P – then Costco and our last stop was Stew Leonards.  We had fun trying the food samples and both Costco and Stew Leonards – our favorite was the Stew Leonards chicken salad!

When we came home, it must have taken us an hour to divide everything between both refrigerators and cabinets.  Tomorrow, we will start our baking.

Remi is still in love with his new toy from Christmas…

December 31, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s New Years – Get the Party Started!

It’s New Years – Get the Party Started with Food Network!

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December 29, 2009 Posted by | New Years Eve, Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 160

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 160:

It snowed today – bummer – just when almost all of it was melted!  Although, I must admit, the large-fluffy snowflakes were pretty…

After breakfast, my mom and I set out to Brewster, NY for errands – the liquor store, lunch and the bank

During this time, I received e-mails regarding appointments on 2 of my listings and a call from a client who has finally sold his home in FloridaCongrats Norm and Carol!

Then, off to Danbury, CT for grocery shopping at ShopRiteWahoo… New Years is in the air!

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

A Casual New Years Menu

A Casual New Years Menu – from Alex and Food Network

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December 29, 2009 Posted by | New Years Eve, Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Holiday Appetizers from Food Network

Holiday Appetizers from Food Network

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December 28, 2009 Posted by | The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 159

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 159:

Today was an easy day – I spent a little over 1-1/2 hours with another agent over one of my listings – good conversation.  Then  I contacted my client – did some work on-line – maybe a total of 4 hours – then a trip to Shaw’shome for dinner and voila! another day is over!

I swear, the older I get, the quicker time seems to be flying.

When I left for Shaw’s, I noticed how much snow had melted.  With all the rain we had yesterday, and warm temperatures today, even Moe was enjoying the day…

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

Surviving New Years – Recipes from GMA

Good Morning America has some great recipes and tips to help put together and survive the Holiday seasons.  With Thanksgiving and Christmas over with for another year – we are now left with New Years!

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Both New Years Eve and New Years Day will be held at my home – and boy do I love searching for new recipes!

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December 27, 2009 Posted by | Good Morning America, New Years Eve, Recipes, Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

My Life as a Realtor – Day 158

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 158:

It’s Saturday and Christmas is over – now time to get ready for New Years!  Both New Years Eve and New Years Day will be at our home – a tradition for the past 23 years since Joe and I got married.  Still not sure of the exact number of guests, but it will be a full house! 

Yesterday, we came home in ice rain, which caused me to slip and slide a bit.  This morning, we woke up to a slushy driveway.  Joe had fun cleaning it though – he never complains about using the plow.

I caught up on work since I hadn’t some much in the past 2 days – and got the house back in order.  All the new clothes got washed, gifts put away and boxes and wrapping paper thrown out.

Remi spent the day enjoying his new green toy…

and Tisha loved posing in her new pink sweater…

Now, time to start making my menu for New Years.

December 27, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 157

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 157:

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

The kids woke us up and made us a wonderful breakfast.  Then it was time to head into the livingroom where our tree is…

and open our gifts…

even Remi had a few treats…

  

 After opening gifts, we went into the Den, Joe made a fire and we looked in a stockings.  Afterwards, he spotted a buck far in the woods…

 

Then, we got ourselves ready and made our way to my brother-in-law & sister-in-law, Manny & Gina’s house in Mt. Vernon, NY.  While Joe drove, I text and e-mailed clients – past and present – to wish them a Very Merry Christmas!

From Left to Right… My nephews ~ Michael & Andrew, Sons ~ Jonathan and David, Daughters ~ Sara, Amanda & Melissa, Niece ~ Daniella and Nephews ~ Daniel & Pedro

We ate, and ate… and ate.  Then it was time to go upstairs by the Christmas Tree

and Baby Jesus…

We opened more gifts and then took a few more family photos.  Here is my hubby’s sister and brother…

Joe’s brother Manny, sister Isabel and Joe

And our kids…

From oldest to youngest ~ Melissa, David, Amanda, Sara and Jonathan

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 156

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 156:

Happy Christmas Eve!!!

We were all invited to go to my brother’s house in Brookfield, CT for our Christmas Eve dinner, opening some gifts and most especially, some family time together.  My mom has been with my brother and his family for a few days now to help them get ready. 

Work was quiet and that was alright since there was much to do.  The girls and I baked cookies, Melissa made a French Apple Tart and Amanda and I made a quick stop at Shaw’s and the liquor store.  We were finally ready to leave by 5:30 and arrived to wonderful Christmas Eve appetizers and a beautifully set table awaiting its guests.

Here are some moments of our Christmas Eve…

A Cozy Fire

A Beautiful Tree

Eating, eating… and more eating!

 Fun Opening Gifts

Watching the Little Ones Playing with New Toys

and a special Thanks to our Hosts…

My Brother Louie & Sister-in-Law Leia

Then it was back home, where we left our lights on while we slept and waited for Santa…

Ho! Ho! Ho!

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

All I Want for Christmas is You…

Here is another favorite Christmas song of mine – enjoy!

“All I Want for Christmas is You” ~ Mariah Carey~

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Favorite Music & Songs, Music, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 155

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 155:

Half a day at school for my younger 3 – my older 2 kids have been on winter break since last week.  Joe is also home and he’s building a wine cellar in the basement.  The garage is much too cold and the wine was not fermenting.  Hopefully, it will be ready to have a taste on New Years Eve.

Christmas excitement continues…

Jonathan and Remi – at it again!

Today, I have no plans to go anywhere!  Just going to stay home and work.

December 26, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, My Life as a Realtor | , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Christmas (War is Over) – John Lennon

Happy Christmas (War is Over) – John Lennon

Another favorite of mine…

December 26, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Music, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 153

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 153:

It’s Monday – and we are just days away from Christmas!  So today, after working for a few hours – it was time to go out for a bit more shopping – for gifts and groceries.

I do enjoy watching the gifts grow under our tree

Can’t wait for the big day – for now, back to work!

December 26, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 154

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 154:

Tuesday – kids last full day of school.  Tomorrow will be a half day full of Christmas celebration throughout the school.

I continue with work and being busy at homeExcitement is in the air – even Remi’s feeling it…

Here, Remi snatched an ornament – Melissa was able to retrieve it before he chewed it up like all the others!  That’s my Buba-Wuba.

December 26, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, My Life as a Realtor | , , , | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas Darling

Merry Christmas Darling ~ 1978 ~ The Carpenters

December 26, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Music, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Paula Deen – Red Velvet Cupcakes

Merry Christmas Eve!

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Red Velvet Cupcakes from Paula Deen on Food Network…

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December 24, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Oh how I love this song and how many wonderful memories I have of waiting for Santa!

Bruce Springsteen ~ “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”

December 24, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Favorite Music & Songs, Music, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holiday Appetizers from Pillsbury

Holiday Appetizers from Pillsbury….

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or try this Tree-Shaped Crescent Veggie Appetizer….  

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December 23, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Christmas, Pillsbury, Recipes | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 152

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 152:

It snowed!  Here in New Fairfield, CT we woke up to just a few inches of white, crisp, clean and fluffy snow!  Other states were hit hard – a part of Long Island had 25″ dropped on them – wow!  I’ll take the few inches we received gladly.

Joe had fun cleaning up our driveway….

while I made pancakes…

with Remi watching me eagerly waiting for his…

but then he decided it was more fun watching daddy clean the snow!

After breakfast, it was back to work for me and nap time for Remi.

December 23, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Food Network’s Ultimate Christmas Planner

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Food Network’s Ultimate Christmas Planner…

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Enjoy recipes and ideas for appetizers, the main course, side dishes and desserts!

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December 22, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Christmas, Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

This animated movie – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – is a family favorite.  As a child, I would watch this once a year at Christmas time.  My children were fortunate to watch it through out the Holidays thanks to video!

December 22, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Favorite Music & Songs, Movies, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 151

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 151:

It’s a cloudy – raw day out.  Snow storm was do to hit us sometime today and finally did in the evening.

Wrapped a few more gifts that my mother and I purchased after going to Macy’s where we enjoyed trying on some boots

We were glad to be home before the snow started.  For dinner, we made homemade chicken soup and pizza which kept me going while working until the wee hours.

December 22, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Baby it’s Cold Outside

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” – I totally agree!

Here is a music video with Jessica Simpson and Nich Lachey.  I know it’s yester-year, but they were cute together and both have great voices.  Enjoy!

December 21, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Music, Winter | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 150

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 150:

Friday and once again work-work-work… shop-shop-shop… wrap-wrap-wrap… and an appointment today.  It had been scheduled for Saturday, but do to the expected snow storm, we are going out today! 

It turned out to be an early evening appointment at Rivington in Danbury, CT.  There are some new and a few resale units up for sale.  All were beautiful and a pleasure to show!

Here are a few photos I took during a previous appointment…

                                       Entrance to Rivington Way has now since been finished

                                                            Clubhouse with in ground pool

                                                                   Townhouses at Rivington

December 21, 2009 Posted by | Danbury, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

50 Holiday Cookies from Food Network

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50 Holiday Cookie Recipes from Food Network…

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December 21, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Recipes, The Food Network | , , , , , | 1 Comment

150 Pocono Road – Brookfield CT – Price Reduction

Price Reduction on my Listing ~ 150 Pocono Road in Brookfield, Connecticut

A wonderful home…

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December 20, 2009 Posted by | Brookfield, Connecticut, My Listing, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment