Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Surefire Christmas Brunch Recipe

Greetings!  We have another great recipe from Karen, Team-Przada's team manager. 

It’s that time of year when there just isn't enough time to do everything that needs to be done. Between working, shopping, baking and parties who has time to think about feeding your family! All I know is this time of year… I need recipes that are fast and easy AND taste great. My recipe this month is a fast and easy breakfast casserole that I have made for many years. It never fails to bring in the compliments. This dish is the star of my Christmas brunch. Last year I decided to change up my menu. Suffice it to say…I had one son who was not at all happy. So from now on I will make Green Chile Cheese Squares!

Green Chile Cheese Squares

Ingredients:
• 14 Large Eggs
• 1 Carton Bueno Frozen Green Chiles (Central Market)
• If you don’t like Green Chile you could put cooked Ground Sausage on the bottom
• 1 lb. Cheddar Cheese
• Paprika

Directions:
• Preheat oven to 350 degrees
• Thaw out Green Chiles (Drain out all the extra juice)
• Put eggs in bowl and beat
• Grate Cheese
• Take an 8 x 11 baking dish (spray with Pam) spread out all the green chilies evenly, take and cheese and spread out evenly over the chilies and then pour eggs over chile and cheese. Sprinkle with Paprika. Bake for 35 minutes uncovered.

I serve it with flour tortillas, bacon, fruit and pinto beans. My family likes to make their own breakfast burritos out of the egg casserole. It tastes great no matter how you eat it. Enjoy and many wishes to you for a great holiday season!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Fun Holiday Outing

If you are looking for an awe inspiring Holiday Adventure and you have a child or grandchild who loves trains and people, make a trip to the Gaylord Texan during this Holiday Season.  The Central Atrium is filled with hanging lights, Christmas Trees, trains, trolleys, Santa, reindeer statues and all things Christmas.  The mere size of this facility is mind boggling. Our grandson, “L” was in his element picking out his favorite of the many trains and trolleys while.  After many views and much consideration, he finally informed us that his favorite was a “G” gage diesel passenger train running overhead on a long elevated layout.  We debated whether the markings were black as he called it the “Black Train” or dark green, but that didn't really matter as he was convinced it was black and so dubbed it.  A close second in “L”s evaluation was a trolley that wound through a village scene underneath the overhead train layouts.  If trains are not your "wee one's" focus, then there is also a Shrek Ice Show and Ice Sculptures for loads of entertainment. 

If, however, trains are what the toy world centers around, in addition to the Gaylord, you should visit the Trains at North Park and the Interurban Museum in Plano.  The Plano museum is where you can learn about the history of the area’s first mass transit device.  This forerunner of Dart ran from Sherman to Waco and we understand that the sound of the current Dart Trains horn was copied from that of the original Interurban cars. The North Park layouts duplicate focal points of the Dallas Metroplex,  offering a tie to the area’s history, as well as other significant locations in the U.S.

All in all, it makes for a fun adventure and a great chance for additional bonding with your child or grandchild during the Holiday Season. Check out a few of the sights from our adventure to the Gaylord.

The Gaylord Atrium

The Gaylord Trains

Shrek at the Gaylord

The trains at North Park

The trains at North Park

Plano Interurban Rail Museum







Tuesday, December 6, 2011

5 Tips to GREEN Your Holiday!

Merry everything and happy always!  What a lovely time of year it is.  People are making plans, celebrating, entertaining and gift-giving.  With wishes for peace, and good will to others, why not show a little kindness to "mother earth," as well.  ;)  Here are five tips that will help you celebrate, entertain and give a little greener this year. 

  1. Green Your Clean- Skip the strong artificial colors and fragrances and harsh cleansers.  Many household cleansers are unnecessarily hazardous, and can "off-gas" and cause indoor air pollution.   Instead, use simple recipes, from the daily green,  with vinegar, baking soda and the like. It  will do just as good a job without any of the risks. 
  2. Consider Making a Charitable Donation in Lieu of Holiday Gifts-  If you believe it really is the thought that counts, then why not put your money where it makes a difference!  Instead of a manufactured gift, choose a charity close to your heart to make a donation in your loved one's honor. 
  3. Wrap It Up-  Take a look at your gift wrapping.  Can you REDUCE the amount of paper you use by displaying the gift or adding only a ribbon?  Can you REUSE a household item as gift wrap?  Check out the geniuses at the website brown paper packages for a great example of this!  Finally, if a gift bag or wrapping paper is a must, try to find gift wrap made from RECYCLED paper. 
  4. Recycle It!-  When the opening of gifts and packages is finally over, put a family member in charge of collecting all boxes, paper and cardboard inserts to place in your recycle bin.  What little one wouldn't LOVE the job of Recycle Captain???
  5. Serve Sustainably & Ethically-  This can sometimes be pricey, but makes you feel oh so great!  When menu planning for your celebration, consider shopping at local farmers markets for locally grown produce.  Whole Foods has a code of ethics, and promotes humane meat and poultry production, treatment.   

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Considering an Update to Your Home?

“I want to sell my house, what up-dates should I consider?”  Is a question we are asked over and over.  Well…..

·       In the Kitchen, new appliances, counter tops and cabinets are awesome!  Granite is gorgeous but some man-made materials like, Silestone, look nice and get the job done.  To change the look of an older kitchen, cabinets can often be painted with new hardware added.  It is a good idea for all appliances to be the same color.  A counter-depth fridge can open up a walk-way and make the room look and feel larger. 
·       Depending on the condition of the bathroom shower and bathtub, often a new tub or shower surround, repainted cabinets with new hardware and plumbing fixtures make a huge difference in the eye of the buyer.  New toilets are a plus but replacing them depends on the condition of existing toilet(s).
·       We've heard it said that paint and carpet sell houses; both are inexpensive compared to updating kitchens and bathrooms.  Choose colors that are neutral in both cases.  Also, an upgraded carpet pad does wonders for a lower grade carpet!
·       Tile can be tricky… several different tile colors and styles through-out the house can be a turn off for buyers but taking up tile and then replacing tile is expensive.
·       Ready for a suggestion that is free…..put your buyer’s hat on and walk through your house!  What do you see?  Do you need to declutter or “thin out” as we like to say?  When your home is listed, items can be organized in the garage or a storage unit.
·       Have you checked the closets?  In the Master closet especially, hangers should be 3/4 inch apart with floor space organized and decluttered.  All closets should be decluttered and organized, this makes them look larger.
·       Clean, clean, clean….the house should sparkle from day 1 of listing!
·       Don’t forget curb appeal, flower beds should be clean with fresh mulch, place colorful plants in several front beds or pots.  The backyard should be rid of animal waste with patios clean and inviting.  Cut shrubs and tree limbs away from the roof and lawn should be mowed and edged.

As a seller, what you do to prepare your home for the market is your choice. However, “thinning out” and “cleaning to a sparkle” is a must!  The preparation must be complete before pictures are taken and the first buyer allowed to walk through the door.  Through experience, we know that in today’s market, the home should be in the top 30% of condition and updates to sell quickly and for the best dollar.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

TEAMPRZADA's annual Food Drive


We are pleased to be able to support three different charities that do good things for people and animals in need.  For the fourth consecutive year we have organized a food drive in early November to support the Plano Food Pantry and Second Chance SPCA.  It is incredibly rewarding for us and to feel we are giving back to our community.

The Plano Food Pantry is in Plano just off Jupiter and 18th street.  This year they had specific needs:  canned veggies, crackers, pancake mix and dried milk...They are a well established pantry, helping meet food needs of people for several years.  Sharon is the director and is always appreciative of the contributions we bring.

Included in our food drive is Second Chance SPCA.  Their needs this year are Pedigree canned dog food, soft treats, bottled water and two pocket folders.  The thing I love about this shelter is they go get animals in other shelters whose time has run out!  It is a very small facility so they don’t have huge numbers but as soon as one of their animals is adopted into a “lifetime home” they rescue another.

We also support the SPCA of Texas.  The SPCA of Texas is a local, independent non-profit animal welfare organization serving North Texas.  This organization does such a great job healing, loving and finding loving families for dogs and cats but horses, donkeys and others.  James Bias is the president and we are happy to help out through donations. 

Currently, our drive is small.  We collect from our Sunday School Class, our street and Karen’s street and friends, but we through the kindness of our friends and clients, we manage to fill two SUVs for the Plano Food Pantry, and a third SUV for the animals of Second Chance SPCA.  We understand that the needs grow each year and so we want to expand and have big plans for our 2012 TEAM-PRZADA Food Drive. We have found it to be true that the hearts are big in North Texas so if you would like to help next November, give us a call.  We pick up!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Short Term Pain for Long Term Gain


Short term pain for long term gain…..yes, that is the way I feel today!  We recently made the decision to move forward to the final three major updates to our 1973 vintage home!  That would be removing the last of the wallpaper and "popcorn" off the ceiling of our Master area, repainting the paneling in the Family Room and finally, adding granite to the master bath!  Yea!  Here, eleven days before Thanksgiving, my house looks like a disaster!  Thank goodness for the next eleven days!

 The good news is, after two days of living in the kitchen and guest bedroom, we are beginning to see the beautiful job our painter and his crew have done for us.  It seems the stress of choosing the right colors and texture has melted into, WOW, I think we made some great choices. 

In the Family Room, on the previously painted paneling, we chose for the first coat to be oil base Kliz,  and second  Latex.   This dries a very creamy color with depth.   Finally, all our wood trim through-out the house is now painted Navajo White by Sherman Williams.  It is a soft color with slight golden hues, which really brings our home together.

In our master, we chose Ivory for the walls. It is in the same color pallet, just a shade darker.  The room looks pretty great with the lighter trim, way nice texture in the bath area with tea glaze, new light and plumbing fixtures.

The hinges on our cabinets can’t be found and are hard to replace because of how they were installed in 1973!  We were introduced to a product that you can spray on metal or wood to change the color.  In this case, we wanted to go from antique gold to oil rubbed bronze.  This magic product is RUST-OLEUM, UNIVERSAL Advanced Formula, Metallic, All Surface Paint which can be purchased at Home Depot.  We LOVE it!!!

I guess the moral to this story is, when time and $ permit;  go through the short term pain for the long term gain to make your home special.  You will be glad you did, after all, you can enjoy it daily for a long time and when it is time to sell, you have increased your home's value.





Monday, November 7, 2011

Time for Another Wonderful Recipe from Karen Secor!

TEAM-PRZADA's wonderful assistant, Karen Secor is a FANTASTIC cook.  Check out her guest blog to see why!!

The weather is finally getting cooler and it time to think about cooking foods that make you feel warm inside and give you comfort. Soup is one of my favorite foods to prepare. There are so many ways you can change it up and make the recipe your own. You can always add a different spice that you are fond of or change the vegetable to your liking.  The only rule:  just don’t be afraid to be creative when you’re cooking. That is what I have done with my potato soup recipe. I found a recipe that had the basics of potato soup, but it just sounded a little….well…bland.  I love spicy food so I added red pepper and green chile. Of course, it does not have to be that spicy. If heat is not your thing, then try something else.  However, I do recommend adding some spice to give it a great flavor. Want to make it a meal?  Add a sandwich or a salad and you are set!

Karen’s Potato Soup

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Half and Half or Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 3 to 4 Large Russet Potatoes (Pealed and chopped in bite size pieces and boil until tender)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 to 3 celery ribs (chopped)
  • 2 tsp. butter or margarine
  • 3 to 4 cans of chicken broth
  • ½ tsp.Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp.Red Pepper
  • Tsp. salt
  • 1 Carton Green Chile (optional) (Frozen Bueno Green Chile from Central Market)

Directions:
Take Chopped Celery and Onion and sauté in butter until tender. In a large pot add Celery and Onion, Chicken Broth, Spices and Green Chile

Take ½ Potatoes and put in food processor add cream or half and half and make it creamy. (Potatoes should not be runny just whipped and soft like mashed potatoes)
Add to soup mixture cook and cook for about 10 minutes. Add cooked pieces of potatoes just be for serving. Make sure it is warmed thru-out.

If you try this recipe please let us know how you liked it!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Technology and TEAMPRZADA

Let's face it...technology is a HUGE part of our daily lives.  You can find anything on the web.  Almost everything has a "hash-tag" to easily locate it on twitter, and, you can "LIKE" businesses, events or even products on FACEBOOK.  Buying, maintaining, or selling a home is no different.  That's why TEAMPRZADA uses a ton of great technology to help you make the most of your real estate experience.  Check it out! 

  • For information on hot and happening events in North Texas communities, visit                      North Texas Lifestyle on FACEBOOK.  Don't forget to "LIKE" it while you are browsing.
  • TEAMPRZADA created a fan page on FACEBOOK as well.  The TEAMPRZADA fan page is full of great tips to help you as a home owner.  You can also keep up with all the buzz about TEAMPRZADA, too! 
  • http://goo.gl/z4BhYhosts tons of buyer resources, seller resources, links to local communities, an up-to-the-minute list of foreclosures, and The Powerpage (a list of all homes in North Texas which have been listed within the past week).
  •  TEAMPRZADA's YouTube Channel hosts virtual tours of current listings, and a slew of other videos:  from tips and tricks to local charity information.
  • http://www.justlistedinplanotx.com/ is a great resource for searching homes in and around your area.   Seriously, TEAMPRZADA makes it possible for you to keep your finger on the pules of what is selling right in your neighborhood, and the neighborhood where you want to be.
With the combination of all of the technology options TEAMPRZADA provides its clients, top-notch customer service, and extensive real estate knowledge, you are sure to have the most complete home buying or selling experience.  Happy Real Estate surfing! 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Howdy!!

HOWDY FOLKS, WELCOME TO THE STATE FAIR OF TEXAS!  If you haven’t experienced the sights, sounds and smells of the state fair, you have missed a fall experience rich with culture and tradition!  http://goo.gl/lVLL4 

My first memories of  the State Fair of Texas involved my parents'  stories of riding the Interurban Railway from West (near Waco), Texas, north to Dallas.  This once-a-year fair experience, soon included me!  The journey took hours, bouncing along the old railroad tracks, but the excitement and memories of the midway, mouth watering food and rustic charm of Fairpark, lasted me and my family, through the cold winter months.

Last year we had our own family day at the fair with our major focus being a “first fair experience” for our 18 month-old grandson! It was a fabulous day with beautiful North Texas fall weather and unlike the creaky rail car, we rode on the streamlined DART Light Rail!  The ride took about an hour from Plano in total air conditioned comfort. Two of our favorite attractions, other than the “low cal” food court and Automobile Building, were the recently updated aquarium and petting zoo!  The nightly parade was a perfect ending to a long but terrific day.

We will be making the same trip before the fair closes on Sunday, October 23rd.  We  plan a full day of seeing the sights, eating our favorite treats, walking the Midway, visiting the animals and watching the nightly parade before we climb back on the DART for our trip back to Plano.  I know we will all be exhausted, but with happy hearts for the opportunity to share this fun experience, yet another year, as a family.

 If you are thinking of visiting the fair, here are a  couple of tips for you….DART is inexpensive and drops you at the main gate.  Most week days, there are coupons or other cost cutting measures to get into the grounds.  Kroger is the place for discounted tickets not found at the fair gate!  TEAMPRZADA wishes you a great day at the State Fair of Texas, AKA Fired Food Capital of Texas! HA!!

JUST IN CASE YOU are OBSESSED with the annual fried, sometimes bizarre food selection at The Fair.....http://goo.gl/oHoyG Enjoy!









Monday, October 10, 2011

Mmm, Mmm Good Ya'll

Mmm, mmm, Good Y’all!

Cooking and eating certain foods can bring back important memories about friends and family. This recipe for Hershey Cake reminds me of my mother’s good friend, our neighbor, for over 50 years. I called her Miss Gerry (she was from the south). Miss Gerry had the most beautiful natural nails, was a great cook, and loved to entertain. She gave this recipe to my mother years ago and it was always one of my favorites. I, in turn, have given it to many friends and it has always been a big hit any time I take serve it! So here’s to all you chocolate lovers: enjoy making and eating this delicious cake!

Hershey Cake Recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup margarine or butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 (8oz. Hershey bar, melted)
2 ½ cups flour
¼ tsp. baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
Powered Sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375. Mix l cup margarine or butter, (creamed) 4 eggs and 2 cups sugar. Beat l minute after each. Add alternately 1 (8 ounce) Hershey bar melted. 2 ½ cups flour, ¼ tsp. baking soda, 1 cup buttermilk and l tsp. vanilla.

Pour into a greased Bundt pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Let it Cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. For a more festive look, put whole strawberries around the outside of the cake and inside the hole of the Bundt cake. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Move On Over and Check Out Morgan Crossing!

Allen has become a popular place to call home!  I’m sure it is a combination of several things…sought after school district, great shopping and restaurants at Watter’s Crossing or Fairview Mall and of course, upscale and desirable neighborhoods! 
One such community I discovered a few weeks ago while touring homes with my buyer, is Morgan Crossing.   As you enter, you immediately notice the inviting “catch and release” pond and walking trail  that so defines the neighborhood.   The East Allen location provides a tranquil country setting yet is just minutes from freeways that take you south to Dallas or north to McKinney.
Morgan Crossing features patio homes that are LUXURY inside but LOW MAINTENANCE outside.  This equates to a happier, easier lifestyle for today’s homeowner.   They are designed with private side courtyards and small backyards.   These well-built homes by DR Horton, America’s Builder, have all of the amenities of much larger, more expensive home.  You will find stainless appliances, granite, extended baseboards, soaring ceilings,  spacious family room, open kitchens with 42 inch custom Ash cabinets, crown molding, rounded corners, tile in all wet areas, full-brick exteriors, sod, sprinklers and gutters!  Yes, all of the amenities without the expense and all perfect for relaxed living or future resale!
When you visit Morgan Crossing, you will be greeted by Tosha Freeman in DR Horton’s upscale model which looks out over the gorgeous pond!  Tosha would love the opportunity to show you her available homes or floor plans for build.  You will be glad you met Tosha and glad you visited her at Morgan Crossing, a great community in Allen! http://goo.gl/KhTZX




Sunday, September 25, 2011

Tips, Links, and MORE!

Have you checked out TEAM-PRZADA's website lately?  Well, if you have not, then you should.  It's not just for those who are searching for a house.  There is a ton of really useful information located just a few clicks away.  If you are regular readers of TEAM-PRZADA's newsletter, then you know that the ABOUT THE AREA link is YOUR resource to planning a great event.  There are also links that show you the most recent MLS listings, "hot off the presses," if you will, a list of foreclosures in the area, crime prevention tips, relocation information and preferred vendor information.  Whew!!  That's a LOT, all for you, dear readers.

This week at Housing "Cents", we would like to take a minute to spotlight TEAM-PRZADA's TIP OF THE MONTH.  This is great information for anyone who considers themselves less than a bit handy, or anyone who aspires to move many of those around-the-house projects to the D.I.Y. list from the "call a repair person list."  Many of these tips come from the mind of both an engineer AND a Realtor, so you know you are in good hands!  You can find TEAM-PRZADA'S TIP OF THE MONTH on the newsletter, located on the home page of http://www.teamprzada.com/, under TEAM-PRZADA MONTHLY NEWSLETTER.    Here's to happy and informative reading! 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tennis Anyone?

North Texas Lifestyle’s focus this week is on the Premier Tennis Club in North Texas, T Bar M Racquet Club.  This well known facility sits on 13 acres just north of LBJ, just east of Preston Road, an unlikely spot for 30 courts (8 indoor, 8 true clay, 14 hard surface), an Olympic size pool,  workout facility and restaurant.  T Bar M offers exciting training and play for all levels. However, it may be best known for the Academy of Tennis, for those aspiring young tennis stars!  Each February, T Bar M hosts the Challenger Tournament, which garners national attention.
http://www.tbarmtennis.com/pages/index.cfm?siteid=10042

We have been members of this club since the early 80’s.  Our family spent countless hours on these courts, playing TCD (Tennis Competitors of Dallas) matches, “fun” court time with friends or watching our daughter through private lessons, junior development or junior team tennis.  You might say that during the 80’s and early 90’s T Bar M was a huge part of our lives.
This brings me to the reason for this story….last Sunday we introduced our 2 year old grandson, “L,” to tennis and to T Bar M!  Our grand plan consisted of two of us hitting, while the other “played” tennis with L!  L had a hand-me–down racquet that matched his height perfectly, but clearly too big for him to handle!  After a quick stop by the pro shop, we returned with a more suitable racket option for our lil’ guy.  “L” was so proud of HIS bumble bee yellow and black racket, that when he was asked if he wanted a drink of water, his quick response was, “No, playing tennis”!  Our tennis afternoon consisted of one of us gently bouncing the ball in front of “L” while the other would help him hold and swing the racquet. 
While having the opportunity for this wonderful family time, I couldn’t help but think back on the last 30 years of our tennis friends and special moments.  I recalled hours on these same courts playing a sport we love.  I never dreamed that one day I would have my precious “little guy” by my side, wanting to chase the balls, run the lines with me, all the while, he beamed with pride because of his new 12” long tennis racquet that his Nana and Gramp bought for him that day!  This may be the most memorable moment of being a long time member of T Bar M for this beyond proud Nana!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I LOVE to Cook!

Welcome, guest blogger and TEAM-PRZADA foodie, Karen Secor. 

I LOVE to cook…..but I do get tired of the same old recipes. My son Mitchell was coming home from college for a few and days and I wanted to fix something special! You know college kids….. they always love a home cooked meal. I wanted to fix something different, so I went to my trusty source for a new recipe, my Southern Living Cookbook.  I get a new addition every year.  I found a wonderful and easy recipe for Shrimp Creole. Everyone in my family loved it because it was super-delicious. Try it and let us know what you think!

BASIC TOMATO SAUCE

  • 4 to 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp. dried crushed red pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • ½ tsp. salt
Directions:
Sauté garlic and crushed red pepper in hot oil in large saucepan over medium heat for l minute (do not brown garlic). Stir in tomatoes and salt. Bring sauce to a boil and reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes

SHRIMP CREOLE

  • 1 small onion
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ½ cup celery
  • 2 tsp. hot olive oil
Directions:
Sauté all these ingredients in olive oil for 4 to 5 minutes; Stir in Basic Tomato Sauce.  Add ¼ cup water and ½ of Creole seasoning, (You can add more if you like it spicy).  Stir in l lb. peeled, large, raw shrimp. Cover and simmer 5 to 6 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink.  Serve over hot rice or pasta.  Makes 6 Servings.

Domenica Catelli
Southern Living 2009 Annual Recipes

(SIMPLIFY:   I went to Market Street and bought the shrimp already peeled.  It really saved me time and it didn't cost that much.)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Plano's Balloon Festival

WHAT, you may ask is the oldest, successful human-carrying flight technology?  Why it's the hot air balloon, of course!  According to Wikipedia, which seems to have history on just about everything, the hot air balloon dates back to 1782 and the Montgolfier brothers in France.  Fast forward to the mid-1970's and that's when hot air balloons embraced kitsch!  You know, flying hot dogs, cows, a light bulb, the head of darth vader...it's just the sight to make little children squeal with delight and the rest of us scratch our heads and say "hmmmm." 

WHY, you may ask is TEAM-PRZADA blogging about hot air balloons?  Well, Plano's 2011 Balloon festival is upon us.  September 16th - September 18th the skies of Plano, Texas will be full of the colorful, floating and kitschy!  The festival is located at Oak Point Park in East Plano.  There will be a skydiving show, concerts, a kids' zone and tons of yummy food.  Check out the website for event details.  We hope to see you under the balloons!  http://www.planoballoonfest.org/


SERIOUSLY....I couldn't resist!


Monday, August 22, 2011

Say Hello to Maxwell Creek!

Have you ever been driving around, looking at houses on a Sunday afternoon and stumbled on a neighborhood you loved?  Pat and I feel that way about Maxwell Creek in Murphy!  The homes range in age from early 2000 to present, mostly with upscale amenities like granite, stainless, many with hardwood floors, stone and the list goes on….Driving through this neighborhood, you notice pride of ownership in curving, wide streets, well maintained homes, manicured lawns  as well as a walking/jogging trail and a water park for family fun.
Wylie ISD serves this area with Tibbals Elementary housing grades K-4.  It is truly a neighborhood school where students, in many cases, can walk to school with friends and maybe even their best four legged, furry friends.  Tibbals has an exemplary rating; more information about Wylie ISD can be found on the following website. http://www.wylieisd.net/
There are several new home builders in Maxwell Creek, we happen to be the most familiar with K Hovnanian, selling four of their homes last year.  Standard Pacific and First Texas Homes are two of the other builders you will find building in the community.

Maxwell Creek is located just east of Plano, north of Hwy 544 and East of Murphy Road.  It is convenient to Hwy 75 and the George Bush Turnpike (190).   To search this subdivision, visit our website, http://www.teamprzada.com/, click on featured properities, new search and select search by subdivision.  Happy searching! 



Monday, July 25, 2011

Two NO NON-"Cents" Tips to Beat the Heat

Is this ridiculous trend of triple digit heat starting to get to you?  We've noticed that everyone seems to be a bit on edge during this extreme heat.  If your aim is to find ways to keep your cool, READ ON!!

1.  Make Sure your Air Conditioning System is Well Maintained and Cools Properly.

NO one, and we repeat, NO one likes it when the AC suddenly stops working in the heat of the summer.  We, at TEAM-PRZADA, use John Schniederjan with Elect Air Services, Inc.  John is fair, provides customers with honest information and reputable service.  He's our go-to guy when things get too hot!   Call him at 972-867-8008. 

2.  Hire someone to Mow Your Lawn or Tend to Your Landscape.

Do you really want to tackle mowing your yard in this super-hot heat?  The answer is probably no, unless it is a part of your work out routine!  Ha!  We use Erwin Aju, Los Primos Lawn Care Service,  and his crew to keep our yard in tip-top shape.  They do a great job and are wonderfully dependable.  Call Erwin at 469-422-5532.

We hope you can keep your cool during this hot, hot summer!  For more information regarding our Vendors, please check out our Vendor List.  http://team-przada.yourkwagent.com/atj/user/VendorsGetAction.do

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Time....and the Cookin' Needs to Be EASY!!

Cooking in the summer can be a challenge, especially when it is so HOT outside. It is hard to think of something that tastes good but doesn't take a lot of time. Try Arroz Con Chile Verde for your next get together. The ingredient in this recipe that makes it so different is the New Mexico Green Chile. Most Tex-Mex restaurants in Texas don’t cook with it. But if you want a whole different flavor, this recipe is for you! 

First things first, in case you are not familiar with the green chile/chili, let me introduce you!   It is only grown in Hatch, New Mexico. Hatch enjoys the distinction of being the home of "The World's Best Chile Pepper", according to a report by the “BBC World News”. Hatch Chile is best prepared by roasting over an open flame. Each year during chile season, dozens of green chile vendors can be found lining the streets of Hatch roasting the local chile. Of course if you can’t go to The Hatch Chile Festival in September, you can always have it shipped to your home.  Another alternative here in Texas, is Central Market.  You can buy Bueno Frozen Green Chile that is already peeled and chopped. (Found in the Frozen Specialty Food Section).
There are four kinds of Green Chile that the farmers grow:
·       Mild (New Mexico #20)
·       Medium (They call it  Big Jim)
·       Hot (Sandia)
·       Extra Hot (Barker)
If you’re not a spicy food fan, have never tried Green Chile, but you are interested, Mild Chile would be a good place to start.  Medium or Big Jim varies in heat from chile to chile but has a great flavor. It is one of the most popular chilies. Hot Chile is for those who really like spicy food, and makes a great enchilada sauce. Extra-Hot packs a punch in the heat department. It makes great salsa, but you’d best be ready with a cold drink in hand. 
If you are interested in ordering Hatch Chile there are 2 links listed below.
www.hatchnmgreenchile.com
www.hatch-chile.com

Green Chilies can be added to just about any dish. If you ever travel to New Mexico you will find green chilies on just about anything.  The recipe below is a side dish made with rice. It goes great with Chicken, Sausage, Ribs or any other meat you love to fix.  Now with a little history on the green chile under your belt, here is the recipe. Enjoy!!!

Arroz Con Chile Verde
Temperature High, 350F degrees, Baking Time 30 Minutes
Ingredients:
·       2 Cups Water
·       2 Cups Instant Rice
·       1 & 1/2 Cup Sour Cream*
·       1 Cup Chopped Chile*(If you use Bueno frozen green chile, be sure to thaw and drain before you add the rice)
·       1 Cup Monterrey Jack Cheese, cubed
·       1 Teaspoon Salt
·       ¼ Teaspoon Garlic Powder

Cook rice according to directions on the box.  Add all remaining ingredients to rice and place in a 2 quart casserole dish.  Cover with foil, bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.

*Varied amounts may be used.

Recipe from the Cocinas De New Mexico Cook Book
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Downtown Plano-Check It Out!

Downtown Plano is a charming, unique, and fun place to visit.  Its brick streets lead to restaurants, a cozy theater, Georgia's....a long-time Farmers Market, and a lovely 5 and 1/2 acre park. 
Haggard Memorial Park was developed in 1928.  It was a dream the Plano Lions' Club.  The members wished to have a park between the Interurban Rail Line and the Christian Church.  The Lions' Club set aside $1,300 to fund the park, with additional donations of $1,300 by Mrs. C. Saigling and $2,000 by "Uncle Clint," Mr. C. S. Haggard.  It was named Haggard Park in honor of its largest donor. 

Haggard Park is a wonderful place to take children, as we have learned with our grandson.  It is the perfect spot to have a family picnic, attend a summer concert or visit the Interurban Museum for a view of Plano's history.  There is a pond, gazebo, playground and restrooms.  By the way, the gazebo is actually available for reservations.

We visited this great park while attending the birthday celebration for "CAR 360" this summer at the museum.  It is said that the seats are comfortable, even by today's standards.  The car is divided into two areas, serving both as a mail and passenger car.  Reservations can be made for tours of the early mode of North Texas transportation.  The tours last around 15 minutes.  In addition, the Interurban Railway Museum provides a fantastic weekly story time.  The program is geared toward young children, toddlers to preschool age.  Storytime is held each Friday at 10:30 AM. 

Visit downtown Plano for a wonderful family outing.  Take in dinner or an exciting peek into the history of this thriving, popular city.


Car 360


The Interurban Museum

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Vendor of the Month- See For Yourself!

Rafael Tree Service has taken care of our tree removal and trimming for the past six years.  Removing very large trees, near a home, is dangerous.  It certainly takes an experienced professional team to get the job done correctly and safely.  Everett Benitez and his crew are full time professionals with the latest equipment and knowledge.  They skillfully remove the largest trees, grind and remove stumps as well as trim and shape trees for future growth and beauty.  They understand that trees add to the beauty of a home and are a natural resource on our earth.  Their goal is to provide excellent service at a fair price.  
http://www.rafaeltreeservice.com/about.htm or call  214-770-5844 or 214-770-5876





     

Monday, April 11, 2011

A Lesson Learned

How to Ruin Your Expensive Appliances???  This title grabbed my attention as I was surfing the blogosphere.  “Wha??? I thought…. I must certainly read this article,” Was my exact thought.  I mean, who in their right mind has money to burn and the inclination to ruin a lovely high dollar appliance??  Clever author....you caught my attention!  The article appears courtesy of The Readers Digest, by way of Yahoo Shine, in the Financially Fit feature.  http://shine.yahoo.com/event/financiallyfit/how-to-ruin-your-expensive-appliances-2410974 It is a great summary of ways to prolong the life of your household appliances.  Lots of note-worthy tips, which I’ll be sure to mention after I share my first-hand account of my real life dryer drama! 
Once upon a time ago, the Mr. and I decided it was time to replace our washer and dryer.  We wanted to replace some of those big ticket items before we embarked on OPERATION “stay-at-home-mom, one income family.”  We did our research and chose a wonderful LG washer and dryer.  They were state-of-the-art, and energy efficient, not to mention a lacquered cherry red!  (Love that color)!  Anyway, we purchased them in 2008.  I can remember the first night we had them. We sat in front of the washer as it did its load sensing magic.  We were both mesmerized.  Since then laundry has been, dare I say…enjoyable?  Why yes, thanks to LG....that is, until this year.  I started noticing quite a while ago that our dryer was not drying well and it sure seemed to take forever.  I was beginning to think I was crazy.  I knew the washer was supposed to be super energy efficient to make up for the lack of energy efficiency in the dryer, but something was not adding up in this equation.    About the time I thought about calling an appliance repair person, I noticed a burning smell.  Well, I bet you can guess the rest.  Long story short, we had a mini-fire in our dryer.  Why you might ask????  As it turned out, our dryer was completely clogged with lint.  Oh sure, I cleaned the filter after each load.  I even used my vacuum cleaner attachment in the lint compartment.  What I didn’t know is that our dryer’s vent and hose traveled all the way up to our roof and the cap at the roof level was not adequate for air to circulate.  Our dryer had to work ridiculously hard on little air supply.  No wonder I found myself drying the same load of laundry multiple times.  Upon reflection, I am not sure what’s worse, the fact that the vent had not been cleaned in almost twenty years and three home owners, or the fact that we found burnt dryer lint in the dryer drum???  Fortunately, everything worked out just fine.  It took a professional cleaning of not only the dryer, but also the dryer vent and hose.  We also had the cap replaced on the roof.  In most cases, it is too difficult to clean the vent and hose without an apparatus. Now that everything is clean and in proper working order, I am amazed at how quickly clothes dry.  Dare I say it???   I LOVE doing laundry AGAIN!!!
Now, back to that clever article,   How to Ruin Your Expensive Appliances:  Here are a few tips to remember when using your washer and DRYER:
Washing Machines-
Make sure you check pockets on your clothing and remove any coins or metal objects as they could damage the inner drum or outer tub.  This could result in torn clothing or even leaks in your outer-tub.  Avoid washing anything with heavy metal fasteners and always check pockets.  Also, make sure you don’t overload your washer.  This could accelerate the wear and tear on your washing machine and its internal parts. 
Clothes Dryers-
Clean out the excess lint after each load.  Any build-up of lint reduces the air flow, thus making your dryer work harder.  Take it from me, it is worth the cost to have a once a year professional cleaning.  Even if you clean your dryer’s lint trap, it is super difficult to clean the vent and hose on your own.  We used a chimney sweep to clean ours.  Knowing what we do now, it was worth the money spent. 
There you have it, TEAM-PRZADA fans….with a little preventative maintenance; you can keep your appliances in good working condition.  This can protect your investment and in some cases, save you money in the long run.  Check back for more money and sanity saving appliance tips next month, and a preventative maintenance checklist for homeowners. 

Vendor of the Month-
Hales Chimney Cleaning and Repair
972-562-6851
Not only does Hale’s clean and repair chimneys, but they also specialize in dryer vent cleaning.  “Damp lint collects inside clothes dryer vents, causing extended drying time and extra wear and tear to your appliance. Birds also find these warm, cozy vents and nest, blocking the entire flow of exhausting air. In worse cases, the dryer motor or heating element can overheat and cause a fire. Keeping these vents clean and lint free will improve the performance of your dryer.”