Home is where the heart is, and for many of us, our hearts are also shared with our furry best friends. Making dog treats at home is a great way to reward your dog andkeep an eye on what he or she eats. Here are some quick and easy recipes that make safe snacks for your pooch. Dog Biscuits *2½ cups whole wheat flour (substitute regular flour or oats if your dog is sensitive to wheat) *1 teaspoon salt (or less) *1 egg *1 teaspoon beef or chicken bouillon granules (can substitute beef or chicken broth/stock) *½ cup hot water *Optional: Bacon bits, eggs, oats, liver powder, wheat germ, shredded cheese Directions: • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit • Dissolve bouillon in hot water, add the rest of ingredients • Knead dough until it forms a ball • Roll out dough until ½ inch thick • Slice pieces with a bone-shaped cookie cutter and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet • Bake for 30 minutes Pumpkin Balls *½ cup canned pumpkin *4 tablespoons molasses *4 tablespoons water *2 tablespoons vegetable oil *2 cups whole wheat flour *¼ teaspoon baking soda *¼ teaspoon baking powder *1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional) Directions: • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit • Mix pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil and water in a bowl • Add whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon to the mixture, stir until dough softens • Roll small scoops of dough into balls • Set the balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, flatten with a fork • Bake for 25 minutes, until dough is firm Frozen Yogurt Peanut Butter Cups *32 ounces plain or vanilla yogurt *1 cup peanut butter (preferably unsalted and unsweetened) Note: Check your peanut butter label to make certain it doesn’t contain xylitol, an ingredient which is toxic to dogs. Directions: • Melt peanut butter, combine with yogurt • Pour mixture into ice cube trays • Freeze mixture until firm (about a few hours) Frozen PB&J Ice Cubes *About 12 strawberries, washed and rinsed *3 tablespoons peanut butter (preferably unsalted and unsweetened) *¼ cup cold water Note: Check your peanut butter label to make certain it doesn’t contain xylitol, an ingredient which is toxic to dogs. Directions: • Mix ingredients together, scoop into balls • Freeze mixture until firm (about a few hours) Recipes courtesy of Cesar’s Way and Pawsh Magazine. The post Delightful Dog Treats to Make at Home appeared first on Texas Real Estate Blog.
We live in a digital age, and many new homes now include different forms of automation. From thermostats and light switches to vacuums and speakers, enjoy a new level of comfortable living with simple devices and the tap of your smart phone. Here are some of our favorite smart homes on the market. 2104 Willow Bend Drive | Plano | $5,999,000 2021 Granada Trail | Westlake | $2,799,950 4818 Irvin Simmons Drive | North Dallas | $2,750,000 1271 Shelby Lane | Celina | $2,100,000 6301 Theresa Lane | Colleyville | $1,899,000 455 Toscana Circle | Gordonville | $1,100,000 3663 Briar Tree Lane | Frisco | $790,000 To view all the incredible smart homes available across North Texas, visit the mobile-friendly Ebby.com. The post 7 Smart Homes Worth Studying appeared first on Texas Real Estate Blog.
With spring cleaning underway and Earth Day inspiring us to develop greener habits, now is a great time to think about how the two intersect. You’ll find that a little planning can help reduce the amount of waste you bring into your home, and with a few simple changes, you won’t have as much to take out. Americans can generate more than 254 million tons of trash in a single year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If that number is too big to fathom, consider this: that amount of trash weighs more than the combined weight of 1 million blue whales (the largest mammal on Earth). Doing your part to make less trash can be as easy as remembering your reusable grocery bags. Read on to see our 10 suggestions of how to reduce waste in your home. 1. Swap disposable water bottles for a water filter and reusable bottles. We all know we need to drink more H2O to stay healthy. Carrying a steel or glass water bottle will remind you to hydrate throughout the day and prevent you from buying a plastic water bottle out of convenience. Investing in a water filtration system — even as basic as a pitcher filter — will elevate the way your tap water tastes. 2. If on-the-go coffee is a must, bring a reusable mug. If you can’t kick your addiction to a daily cup of coffee, bring your travel tumbler or mug with you and ask the barista to fill it instead of a disposable cup. Starbucks and many other cafes offer discounts for helping them reduce their cup waste. 3. Get to know your farmers markets and bulk bin section. Frequenting farmers markets will not only keep you in line with your healthy-eating goals, it also supports local businesses. When you purchase whole foods there, you’re opting to reduce the amount of packaging brought into your home through processed and frozen foods. Likewise, shopping in the bulk-bin section eliminates extraneous packaging. 4. Keep your reusable bags at hand. Have you ever entered the grocery store only to remember your stash of reusable bags is sitting untouched in your cabinets? If so, eliminate the need to remember by storing your reusable bags in more convenient places: a more noticeable area at home or in your car, handbag or backpack. That way you’ll always have a bag at hand, even for those quick, impromptu trips to get groceries after work. Use your reusable bags for other occasions as well. Ask the waiter to place your to-go order in your bag instead of using their plastic or brown bags. Going on a shopping spree? Let the sales associates know you have your own bags for your new purchases. When shopping for groceries, bring smaller cloth or netted bags to store produce, bulk-bin items and fresh flowers to avoid the thin plastic bags provided by stores. 5. Use glass containers to store food. Display your farmers market and bulk goods in glass containers to keep them from going stale. Repurpose old glass containers from pasta sauce, jams and condiments for future storage. 6. Grow a garden. Grow your own herb or vegetable garden, so you’ll always have the perfect amount of ingredients for your recipes. Doing so reduces food waste, which comprises nearly one-third of annual solid waste generated in the U.S., according to the EPA. 7. Dine at home. Cooking and eating at home allows you to have more control — you can eat whole foods and add significantly less sugar and sodium than would typically be used in packaged and processed foods. Eating fast food creates a plethora of waste, from the plastic straws and cutlery to the extraneous napkins and packaging. 8. Cut down on paper towels. Instead of using paper towels, keep a stash of kitchen cloths and rags made from old T-shirts to do your chores. Eco-friendly towels made of bamboo and cotton can absorb big messes and dry dishes quickly. 9. Use Swedish dishcloths instead of kitchen sponges. Your kitchen sponge can harbor as much (if not more) bacteria than a toilet. Experts suggest tossing sponges after a month of use, but that merely adds to landfills. Instead, use Swedish dishcloths, which are made of cotton and cellulose and are super absorbent when wet. The malleable form allows you to get into the nooks and crannies of dishes and silverware. Invented in 1949, Swedish dishcloths come in a variety of designs to coordinate with your kitchen. Throw them in the laundry when they get dirty and reuse them again. 10. Use dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. Dryer sheets may make your clothes smell nice and keep your sheets soft, but they’re a one-time use product. Wool dryer balls can make your clothes just as soft, but can be used over and over again. Throw three of them into the dryer, and reduce the drying time of heavy fabrics, such as towels or jeans. Use three to four drops of your favorite essential oil to each dryer ball to keep your fabrics fragrant. The post Earth-Friendly Ways to Minimize Waste appeared first on Texas Real Estate Blog.
Carolyn Rosson, regional vice president of the Ebby Halliday Companies, was the keynote speaker at Executive Women International’s “Moonlight Masquerade: Inspiring to Lead and Succeed.” The event, which took place April 4 at Fair Park, benefitted EWI of Dallas and EWI Scholarship Programs. Rosson, who began her real estate career with Ebby Halliday in 1980, has created winning and top-producing offices for 25 years by focusing on building a dynamic culture. In addition to her role as regional vice president of the Ebby Halliday Companies, she is the sales manager of Ebby’s highly successful Southlake office. An industry leader on the local, state and national levels, Carolyn is passionate about coaching, mentoring and training both new and experienced agents, and assisting them in taking their careers to the next level. Ebby Halliday Realtors has been a member of EWI for 50 years. Company founder Ebby Halliday was the organization’s first female executive. Ebby received the first EWI Executive Excellence Award in 2000. At that time, the organization’s Dallas chapter decided to name the award for Ebby in recognition of her support and her tireless contributions to the community. Ebby Halliday Companies Director of Human Resources Sherry Adams is currently an executive representative of Executive Women’s International and Ebby 190-Richardson Associate Dawn Redmond is the Ebby Halliday representative to EWI. Executive Women International brings together key individuals from diverse businessesfor the purpose of promoting member firms, enhancing personal and professional development, and encouraging community involvement. To learn more, visit ewidallas.com. TOP PHOTO: Ebby Halliday Companies Regional Vice President Carolyn Rosson BOTTOM PHOTO: Carolyn Rosson, EWI Dallas Chapter President Deborah Tough and Ebby Halliday Companies Human Resources Director Sherry Adams The post Rosson Keynotes Executive Women International Event appeared first on Texas Real Estate Blog.
The 27th edition of Grand Vie features some of D-FW’s premier luxury properties for sale and offers a plethora of inspiring editorial content, including “At Home with Cary Deuber,” a Q&A with Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Dallas star; “Weekend Getaways: Austin,” offering tips for a visit to Texas’ most-Instagram-able city; “Houses of Art,” highlighting some of the top cultural events of the season; and special sections for lake, farm, ranch and recreation properties. Also in the spring/summer edition: Partner and designer at IBB Design Fine Furnishings, Shay Geyer, shares advice for revitalizing your kids’ room this summer. The luxe publication is direct-mailed to approximately 50,000 high-net-worth households in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Charity and event placement is also a significant part of the Grand Vie distribution strategy – placing luxury homes listed by Ebby Halliday and Williams Trew in front of North Texas’ luxury home-buying audience. To view the digital version of Grand Vie, visit grandviemagazine.com. To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and all of the homes available for purchase in North Texas, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com. The post Now Arriving: Grand Vie Luxury in Living appeared first on Texas Real Estate Blog.
We caught up with Dallasite (and beloved cast member of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Dallas) Cary Deuber to get the details about her favorite room at home: her closet. That’s right, Ms. Bradshaw isn’t the only famous Carrie with a swoon-worthy closet. The stunning, impeccably lit space is both roomy and intimate, filled with gorgeous gowns, fabulous frocks, shelves of Birkins and, of course, walls of designer shoes. She gave us the scoop on her favorite features and a peek into her routine in this extraordinary spot of her home on Strait Lane. Grand Vie: What was your previous closet space like in comparison? Cary Deuber: Tiny! The closet was really the only space in our home that was just not adequate. We added about 800 square feet to the closet itself. GV: We know from Instagram that you love your shoe shelves. Is that your favorite feature of the closet? What else can you not live without? CD: I love my shoe shelves! They make my life easier because I can actually see all of my shoes, which is half the battle. Out of sight, out of mind! Also, the clear top drawers on the akume island let me see all my accessories. GV: Describe your daily routine in the space. CD: I typically hang what I am going to wear the next day on the valet pulls in my closet. I am not a morning person and prefer to pick out my outfits the night before, especially if it is going to be an early morning! Read the full story in our spring/summer issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living. The post At Home With Cary Deuber appeared first on Texas Real Estate Blog.
If you’re looking for a fun twist on classic egg decorating, these design-inspired Easter eggs are the perfect DIY weekend project — and if you’re lucky, delicious egg salad come Monday. Gold Leaf — Paint boiled eggs evenly and let dry (try two coats of craft paint or spray paint for a smoother finish). Using a gold leaf kit, apply random strokes of glue for an abstract look, wrap egg in a sheet of gold leaf, rub away any excess and voila! Contemporary — Boil cleaned avocado pits and skins to create your desired pink hue and mix black ink with 1/4 cup of water for the grey shade. Carefully dip boiled egg into one color and let dry before dipping into the second dye, overlapping for a graphic pattern effect. Ombré — Mix one color of dye and create different shades by leaving boiled eggs in colored water for different amounts of time. Start by dropping the first egg in for 30 seconds, try one minute for the next one, then a minute and a half for the third and so on until you achieve the variety of shades desired. Pantone — Stand boiled eggs vertically in small cups of dye, type up and print labels on temporary tattoo paper (remember, text backwards) and apply to the white area. If perfectionism is your thing, match the color numbers using a chip book. Marbled — Mix food coloring for desired palette of dyes, color boiled eggs and let dry. Blot egg with rubber cement and dip it into the dye for a second coat. Once it dries, gently wipe away rubber cement and repeat until you’ve reached your desired aesthetic. Wax-and-Dye — The traditional Ukranian pysanky technique calls for hollowed-out eggs, a kistka (styling tool for drawing with melted wax), dyes and beeswax. Use the kistka to draw a design with the heated wax and allow it to fully harden before dipping into dye for five to 10 minutes. After the egg has fully dried, carefully remove the wax, wipe clean and seal with shellac. Keep in mind that despite their beauty, some designs require non-food safe materials and should not be consumed. The post Design-Inspired Easter Eggs appeared first on Texas Real Estate Blog.