Let’s Talk Turkey and Prep that Bird

Time for Turkey

Pre- Holiday Appliance Check

  • How to check oven temperatures: If you are worried about your oven not properly heating, you can quickly check it yourself. Buy an oven thermometer and place it in the oven. Set the oven thermostat to 350 degrees F. The oven should heat to between 325 degrees and 375 degrees. In most cases it is considered acceptable if the actual temperature is within 26 degrees of the set temperature. It is often possible to adjust the thermostat knob or to recalibrate the electronic range control if the oven is not reaching the right temperature.
  • Clean filters make for a more efficient Dishwasher: Filters protect the pump and motor seals. Many dishwashers have a filter located under the spray arm, near the bottom of the appliance. The filter can get clogged with sediment from hard water, food residue, or even detergent build-up. It is important to check the condition of the filter to make sure it is intact, has no holes in the screen and if free of debris. If the filter has been damaged you can purchase an inexpensive replacement.
  • Say goodbye to a smelly garbage disposal: If your kitchen doesn’t smell its best, check your garbage disposal. Food particles easily collect inside the disposal blades. The fact that you frequently run water through your disposal isn’t enough to prevent this collection of food debris. Freshen up a disposal by grinding half a lemon or lime.

Quick Fixes for Cooking Calamities

  • Don’t have buttermilk? Use plain yogurt or thinned sour cream or creme fraiche instead. Or add 1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar to 1 cup mild and let stand 5 minutes.
  • No dry bread crumbs? Just get some bread, tear it up into small chunks, saute in a skillet with a little butter until browned.
  • No eggs? If its for baking, substitute 1/4 cup applesauce for 1 egg.
  • No sweet potatoes for a casserole, soup or gratin-type dish? Use butternut squash or pumpkin
  • No granulated sugar? For every 1 cup needed, use 3/4 cup confectiners’ sugar or 3/4 cup honey.
  • No parchment paper? Use brown paper or waxed paper (not over high heat), or just grease and flour the pan.
  • No kitchen twine to truss the turkey? Use unwaxed, unflavored dental floss.

Avoid the Plummer! Did you know the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day for plumbers? You can avoid an emergency call to the plumber by following these DONT’S

  • DON’T overload the garbage disposal with large amounts of starchy foods.
  • DON’T place heavy foods like pasta, potatoes, rice or coffee grounds in the disposal.
  • DON’T place stringy foods such as celery or rhubarb in the disposal; the strings are hard on the disposal blades. Use the garbage can instead! Better yet put them in the compost bin.
  • DON’T dump grease directly down drain- it solidifies in the drain! That included poultry skins.



Lets Talk Turkey!

Instead of the usual Tuesday Tips or showcasing Homes for Sale….

 It’s Turkey Week!!  




Did you know Americans consume more than 353 million pounds of turkey during National Turkey Lovers’ month in JUNE? By comparison, more that 675 million pounds of turkey will be consumed at Thanksgiving. I didn’t even know there was a National Turkey lovers day I just assumed that was Thanksgiving. Silly me!

Here is some more Turkey Trivia

  • The average person in the United States will eat 15 pounds of turkey this year.
  • A male turkey is called a tom, a female is a hen, and a youngster is a poult.
  • Only male turkeys, or toms, can gobble, and they mostly do it in the spring and fall. It is a mating call and attracts the hens.
  • At maturity, the average turkey shows off 3500 feathers.

History of Thanksgiving Holiday in the U.S

In a 1789 proclamation, President George Washington called on the people of the United States to acknowledge God for affording them “an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness “by observing a day of thanksgiving. Devoting a day to “public thanksgiving and prayer, ” as Washington called it, became a yearly tradition in many communities.

Thanksgiving became a National Holiday in 1863

In that year, during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln made his Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. He asked his fellow citizens to “set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise…”

It was not until 1941 that Congress designated the fourth Thursday in the November as Thanksgiving Day, thus creating a federal holiday.

No Song for Thanksgiving.

The song “Jingle Bells” was actually written for Thanksgiving. The song was composed in 1857, by James Pierpont, and was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh”

Funny for Thanksgiving summed up in the words of Johnny Carson

“Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people thy only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often.”

Stay tuned tomorrow for you Pre-Holiday Appliance check, avoiding the plumber and Quick fixes for cooking!



Get Outside This Fall and Winter!

The other day as I was driving my sons to school, my middle son was complaining that he hated this time of year and the cold and rain. He said he wished we could move from our home in Snohomish County to Arizona where Grandpa and Grandma are now and where it’s always sunny and warm (when he was younger he use to say Arizona was “shiny”) My youngest piped in and said “Oh no you better think about this! You know how mom is always saying get outside and blow some stink off? If we lived in Arizona we would never get to play XBox!

As I smiled in the front seat and tried to contain my laughter I thought yes, Arizona is nice and I do love the sunshine but, I think in the Pacific Northwest we appreciate the sun more. We search for outside activities for when it is nice outside, regardless of the time of year, so we can run out and enjoy the beauty this great state of Washington has to offer.


So I say to all of you- Go outside and blow some stink off!

And here is a great list of ideas and links from parks to hikes and everything in between.

Want more? How about the Best of Western Washington winners? For ideas on where to eat, shop and play? Check these locals out and it will be sure to be a wonderous fall!



What the inspectors have to say….Tuesday’s Tips

ratI seriously hang out with inspectors too much. I personally have been a homeowner for 15 years and before I became a Realtor I had no idea the extent of maintenance you should do or, what you should watch out for. I have seen rat infestations in crawl spaces so bad that the entire crawl space is a bio hazard and the home owners never even knew.  When I am attending an inspection for one of my buyers I always hold my breath as they go in the attic, up on the roof or in the crawl space. These are the biggest areas of concern I see as “deal killers” if not maintained. Home owners don’t realize just a small hole, trees, branches or any kinds of greenery to close to the house and there could be something either in your crawl space or scaling up to your attic for a big party.

Gross huh? Not just rats but raccoons, opossums, mice, squirrels or one inspector told me the worst he has seen is a house down in the Edmonds waterfront area. A seal had her pups in the crawl space and was bringing fish to them making herself quite a home down there. Thankfully I was not at that one but could just imagine his face going down there with that smell and then seeing a mom with her babies. No wonder he said he practically flew out of there.

I am not trying to make this Tuesday’s Tips about crawl spaces but maintenance in general.  So, like I said, I hang with inspectors a lot and I love following them around and learning on what to look for and what is required. It helps me to be a better Realtor to my buyers and sellers who are depending on me to give them good advice. I have attached a link to one of the great inspectors I have used that enjoy providing me, and, anyone else with good solid information on home maintenance. Take a look  from water problems, to energy savings, LP siding, links to a huge library of home maintenance tips and teaching videos. I trust the inspectors I use. They specialize in the Northwest area and they know what affects our homes in our climate.  If you own a home, are a new home owner or looking to own your first home its always great to educate yourself and keep everything running in the home smoothly!

And remember…

Just say “no” to rats!! rat



Veteran’s Day Appreciation

Black Angus

Black Angus Veteran Day

Veterans Day Red Robin

Red Robin! Veterans get your burger on.

Salty's on Alki or Redondo Beach. Free decadent cake and a $20 gift card

Salty’s on Alki or Redondo Beach. Free decadent cake and a $20 gift card

There are so many to thank in my own family this day and show my appreciation and I am blessed I can do so. I also I want to thank all the men and women who have sacrificed their time, family and their own safety for the rest of us. You are heroes and should know that every day!

I found a few local establishments are showing a bit of appreciation and wanted to pass on to you. I am sure there are many local events going on but here is one I found that I will be taking my boys to today.

This Veterans Day, Everett Mall hosts World War II artifacts from the Flying Heritage Collection (www.flyingheritage.com). Visit Center Court Tuesday, November 11 during mall hours to see the artifacts and speak with Flying Heritage Collection staff. Thank you to all who have served.

Bless you all.