As The RED Team prepares for Thanksgiving lunch we want you to know we are truly grateful for YOU, your loyalty and your support! We are thankful for our assistants, lenders, mortgage brokers, inspectors, title companies, buyer, and sellers! We are also thankful for our friends that refer us to your friends and family when they are looking to buy or sell a home! We are honored when you send your friends and family our way! Our business would not be what it is today without clients like you! We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving! Eat lots of turkey, dressing, and pie for us! Gobble Gobble!
On crazy days when we’re running around from showings to closings and back to the office, The RED Team has some essentials that we are very thankful for…
Without a car, we can’t drive anywhere! Our schedules are hectic and can change at any second, with a car, it’s easy to go from place to place for our appointments and make last minute stops.
Obviously without gasoline we can’t drive anywhere, but sometimes we gripe and complain about having to take the time to stop and get gas. In reality, it is such a blessing to be able to buy affordable gas.
3. Car Phone Charger
With the amount of phone calls we make on a daily basis, a charged phone is a necessity! And on days where our schedules are booked up, we don’t even make it to the office and we have charge our phones in our cars. Without it, we’d have to stop by the office or by our houses and sit and wait for our phones to charge. That would be such a hassle and would cut out from time we need to take care of our clients!
4. Sun Glasses
On bright sunny days, even in the winter, sunglasses are crucial for being able to see the road ahead. Kiley can’t function on the road if she doesn’t have her sunglasses on. Like they say, our futures are so bright we need to wear sunglasses. 😉
5. Clean Public Restrooms
This may be a silly one, but when you’re going from house to house for appointments, sometimes you have to stop at an OnCue or other places to use the restroom. No one likes using a dirty restroom, so we are very thankful to those who keep their public restrooms clean!
What are you thankful for when you’re on the road? Please share with us!
Since Thanksgiving is THIS week, we came up with 5 things that we’re thankful for while we’re at the office!
Everyone can agree that slow wi-fi is one of the most stressful things in the world. Sometimes we don’t know how important it is until it stops working or slows WAAAAAAYYYYY down. When the wi-fi goes out, we can’t do our work!
With all the paperwork that we do, being able to print is so important! On crazy days where we have to run to different meetings and need specific documents with us and the printer is broken, its a nightmare. Luckily our printer here at our office is working smoothly. There isn’t a day that we don’t use it!
3. Paper Clips
We have so many papers in our files and on our desks. Without paper clips, it would be so hard to keep track of paperwork. In real estate, we do a lot of multi-tasking with multiple homes at one time. Paper clips save us from mixing up different files on different homes and keep our desks organized.
Everyone always has that one kind of pen that they use for everything. If I’m not using MY pen, something is off about that day. I am thankful to have a box of my favorite brand of pens in my desk. (Kiley)
5. Desk Chair
After running around from appointment to appointment, it is such a great feeling to sit in your comfy chair at your desk. Or if there’s a day where I am not running around, and I’m stuck at my desk with files and paperwork, sitting in an uncomfortable chair would not feel good.
Let us know what you’re thankful for when you’re at work!
With the cold weather outside, heaters are probably beginning to start up and the house is about to warm up. Which also means its time to get the house ready for winter before it’s too cold. The RED Team has looked up ways to help you winterize your home! There are multiple steps that include things such as checking for air leaks and proper insulation. Some of the steps may sound obvious, but it’s always nice to have a reminder. If a house isn’t insulated properly it could be a huge cost to keep your home warm and cozy. There are multiple steps worth following to keep your home cozy and cost efficient. The RED Team wants you to take advantage of your home and keep the warmth inside your house! Let us know if you want to move into a new, cozy home! Here are just a few tips we recommend to prepare your home for winter!
- change your air filters
- check to make sure your heater is working properly
- unhook your outside water houses
- check your weather stripping on your doors to make sure it is sealing correctly
- close your flue damper to keep the warm air inside unless you are lighting a fire
- make sure your chimney is clean an free of debris or nests (if it has been several years, you should have it cleaned by a professional chimney sweep)
- check your roof for missing or damaged shingles and have them replaced, if needed
- winterize your sprinkler system
- if your deck needs it, consider giving it a new coat of sealer and/or stain
- you can use insulated curtains or move big furniture to the outside walls to keep the heat inside your home
- run ceiling fans clockwise to keep heat inside
Don’t forget to call The RED Team when you are ready to buy or sell your home! 405-474-4242
Wondering what fun things there are to do in the Edmond/Oklahoma City Metro Area this month? Here are some events that The Red Team thought you might enjoy!
Downtown OKC in December – NOW until the end of January
Devon Outdoor Ice Rink in the Myriad Gardens
Snow Tubing at the Brick
Santa’s Adventure on the Oklahoma River
30th Annual Fall Peace Festival – Saturday, November 14th
Civic Center Music Hall “Hall of Mirrors” – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Oklahoma Community Orchestra Concert – Tuesday, November 17th
Hardeman Auditorium, OC – 7:30
The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Thursday, November 19th
Rose State College – Tickets $28-$175
Chill Your Cheeks5k Run – Saturday, November 21st
Chisholm Trail Park – 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze – Tuesday, November 24th
Civic Center Music Hall
Box Office: (405) 297-2264
Free Admission to the Oklahoma City Zoo – Wednesday, November 25th
Turkey Trot Classic Thanksgiving Race – Thursday, November 26th
Lake Hefner – 7 a.m.
Register Here – http://www.oklahomacityturkeytrot.org/race-registration.html
Holiday River Parade – Friday, November 27th
Boathouse District, Oklahoma River – 5:30 p.m.
Stockyard City’s Cowboy Christmas – Friday & Saturday, November 27th – 28th
Friday: Tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: Parade at 10 a.m.
We just wanted to say THANK YOU to all of the brave men and women that have dedicated their lives to keep us safe! We know it requires a ton of sacrifice not only from our Veterans, but from their loved ones, too! Today we celebrate you for defending us and keeping our country safe! We will never be able to repay you, for your service and sacrifice, but we want you to know that we appreciate you and extend our sincerest gratitude!
November is underway and Thanksgiving is getting so close! Although it may not be time to start preparing the turkey, it may be time to start perfecting the desserts. Possibly even adding new treats to the menu! Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to simply slow down and relax with family and friends. Why not take the time and make sure the best desserts are around the dinner table? The pies and tarts always add to enjoyable evenings! The RED Team wants to encourage family time and friendship, especially if it involves dessert! We are so thankful for our friends and family and we thought we could help a little with holiday a few holiday dessert ideas!
Chocolate-Pecan Mousse Tart
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 cup finely chopped toasted pecans
Vegetable cooking spray
1 (12-oz.) package semisweet chocolate morsels
2 1/2 cups heavy cream, divided
1 tablespoon bourbon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans
- Prepare Crust: Preheat oven to 400°. Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add flour and salt, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition. Add finely chopped pecans, and beat just until blended. Shape dough into a disk, and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill 1 hour.
- Place dough disk on a lightly floured surface, and roll into a 13- x 9-inch rectangle. Gently place dough in a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 12- x 8-inch rectangular tart pan with removable bottom. Press dough into pan and up sides; trim off excess dough along edges.
- Bake at 400° for 14 to 17 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove pan to a wire rack, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).
- Meanwhile, prepare Mousse: Microwave chocolate morsels and 1/2 cup cream in a medium-size microwave-safe glass bowl at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until melted, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir in bourbon and vanilla; let stand 5 minutes.
- Beat remaining 2 cups cream at medium-high speed with an electric mixer 2 to 3 minutes or until medium peaks form; fold cream into chocolate mixture. Spread in cooled tart shell. Top with coarsely chopped pecans. Chill 4 to 24 hours.
Pumpkin-Pecan Streusel Pie
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 (14.1-oz.) package refrigerated pie crusts
3 tablespoons finely chopped toasted pecans
Vegetable cooking spray
1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin
1 1/4 cups half-and-half
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon table salt
Garnish: toasted pecan halves
- Preheat oven to 350°. Sprinkle work surface with powdered sugar. Unroll piecrust, and place on prepared surface. Sprinkle piecrust with chopped pecans. Place wax paper over piecrust and pecans, and lightly roll pecans into crust. Fit piecrust, pecan side up, in a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 9-inch pie plate; fold edges under, and crimp.
- Whisk together pumpkin and next 6 ingredients in a large bowl until smooth and well incorporated; pour into prepared piecrust.
- Bake at 350° for 45 minutes, shielding edges with aluminum foil after 20 minutes, if needed, to prevent excessive browning. Carefully top pie with Pecan Streusel Topping. Reduce oven temperature to 325°, and bake 25 minutes, covering pie with aluminum foil after 5 to 10 minutes to prevent excessive browning. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 2 hours).
Pecan Piecrust How-to
- Unroll piecrust onto a surface dusted with powdered sugar; sprinkle with chopped pecans.
- Place a sheet of wax paper over piecrust and pecans, and gently roll, pressing pecans into crust.
- Fit piecrust, pecan side up, in a lightly greased pie plate. Fold the edges under, and crimp.
Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Streusel Muffins
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups sugar, divided
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
4 tablespoons chilled butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 375°. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with paper liners.
- Stir together cream cheese, vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup sugar in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl; cut in butter with a fork or pastry blender until large crumbs form. Set aside.
- Combine remaining 3 cups flour, remaining 1 3/4 cups sugar, remaining 2 teaspoons cinnamon, cloves, and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together eggs, pumpkin, oil, and milk in a medium bowl; stir egg mixture into flour mixture just until moist. (Do not overmix.)
- Spoon half of batter into prepared muffin pans. Dollop about 1 tablespoon reserved cream cheese mixture in center of batter, and top evenly with remaining batter. Sprinkle with reserved streusel mixture
- Bake 20 to 23 minutes. Remove from pans; cool on a wire rack.