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Volume 2, Issue 4, April 2010
In This Issue
My Listings
Giggles & Bows
Recipe of the Month
Gardening Tip
Real Estate News
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Waterton Parke 12205 Waterton Parke Circle

Nueces Place

2206 Nueces St.

Guadalupe 31

3016 Guadalupe St. #319
 Giggles & Bows

of the month


bublebee bow
Because its fun being girly!

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Looking for a Preschool?
Rising Stars Preschool Check out Rising Stars Preschool serving communities along FM 620.

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The Bartlett Real Estate Groups
Care Campaign

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Habitat For Humanity this month. Please join us this Saturday, April 10th as we work on one of the many project.
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Spring has arrived! I'm thankful for the renewal in our yard, the flowers and even for the bunnies that eat the new flowers.

New Give-Away Alert  New Give-Away Alert


I am excited to re-announce the new Give-Away! On Sunday, April 18th at 1:30 I will host a cooking demo and draw the name of one lucky person who will win a Cuisinart 6.5 qt. Slow Cooker! All this will take place at Faraday's Kitchen Store in Lakeway and will feature my Beer and Beef Stew which was the Recipe of the Month for March. I want to thank Tony Curtis-Wellings, owner of Faraday's, for letting me use the Faraday's kitchen and for contributing to the Give-Away. If you have not stopped by Faraday's, you MUST do so soon! They have everything that you could ever possible need or want for your kitchen!

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Happy Spring, Stacey

Recipe of the Month
BBQ Sauce With warmer weather we are starting to fire up those grills. I love having BBQ's and you can make it special by creating your own BBQ Sauce. If you like, make some extra, keep it in small mason jars and give away to your friends.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

1 C. packed brown sugar * 1/2 C. ketchup * 1/2 C. molasses * 1/4 C. cider vinegar * 1/4 chopped yellow onion * 3T olive oil * 3T grainy mustard * 3 cloves garlic, minced * 1T Worcestershire sauce * 1 T lemon juice * 1 t liquid smoke * 1 t cayenne * salt and pepper to taste.


Place all the ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a sauce pan and simmer over medium heat until reduced and at the desired thickness, about an hour.
Grass  Gardening Tip 
Our yards were hit hard   during the unusually cold winter we had. If your yard is experiencing the same, here are some tips from Scotts that can help bring it back to life.  

Apply Scotts Bonus S to St. Augustine. It kills dollarweed and 24 other common lawn weeds while it feeds and strengthens your grass against heat and drought.

Wet, cooler conditions bring out the fire ants. These nasty, menacing pests are very aggressive, and you don't want them in your yard at all.

There are all sorts of problems and pests that can creep up on you in the spring. Fortunately, at Scotts, they know how to control lots of them. Take a look around their site for ideas and solutions. Use their Problem Solver to identify weeds and creepy-crawlies you're unfamiliar with. You'll also find out how to control them.
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Real Estate Information                     
Whether or not you are putting your home on the market this spring, everyone wants to save on electricity. Here are six tips that can help reduce your monthly bill as we go into the hot summer months!

Save power, save money: 6 easy tips to reduce your electricity usage and bills

by Emily Hsieh, Shine staff, Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:00am PDT

There are a bunch of little tricks you can employ to cut back on power consumption at home-which not only has environmental benefits but keeps you from wasting cash too-and it's highly unlikely you'll even notice a difference. Between the National Resources Defense Council's site and I found some really good tips. Here's a re-cap of six simple, painless ways to cut back:

1. Check this: refrigerators suck up a whopping 20% of your household electricity use. Time to turn them down! Aim for somewhere between 38-42 degrees in the fridge, and 0-5 degrees in the freezer. If you've got an energy saver switch, make sure it's flipped on. Doors should be sealed tight: to test, stick a dollar bill between the gaskets and close the fridge door; if the bill is hard to pull out you're in good shape. If not, it's time to replace the gaskets.

2. Wash only full loads in your dishwasher (yet another reason to learn to pack them efficiently!), and if you have time, let them air dry by turning off the drying cycle manually-this can save 20% of your dishwasher's total electricity usage.

3. Don't use hot water when doing the laundry. If you must, try warm water, though in most cases cold is probably just fine. Make sure that the amount of water you're using corresponds with the size of your laundry load.

4. Lower the temperature of your water thermostat to 120-130 degrees (any lower than that might backfire on you, since you might end up running out of hot water).

5. Clean your air filters regularly. Air conditioners have to work a lot harder to circulate air through filthy filters, which is a totally unnecessary electricity drain.

6. And while you're sitting in front of the computer, turn on the sleep mode, so it's less of a power drain when you're not using it. Windows users can do this via the control panel, while Mac users can find energy saving settings under system preferences in the apple menu.

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