BvB Dallas Tackles Alzheimer’s


 

BvB Dallas Tackles Alzheimer’s

 

We’re proud to once again sponsor Blondes vs. Brunettes Dallas, a powder-puff football game and fundraiser benefitting Alzheimer’s Disease research and awareness.

 

This year’s game takes place Saturday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park. Each person who donates $25 receives admission to the game and the after-party.

 

Over the past nine years, BvB Dallas has raised over $3 million for Alzheimer’s research and care in North Texas. For more information and to purchase tickets/donate, visit bvbdallas.org.

Love This Listing: East Dallas Modern


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Situated in East Dallas off Lower Greenville, this modern townhome features abundant natural light, high-end appliances and designer finishes throughout. Enjoy the comfort of low-maintenance living combined with beautiful design and an unbeatable location. Another perk: entertainment, dining and nightlife are steps from your front door — neighborhood walkability, check. Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

2204 Chunk Court
• $620,000
• 3 bedrooms
• 3 baths, 1 half-bath
• 2,348 square feet

12 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re in the market for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy your weekend with Ebby Halliday Realtors and our amazing agents at these exceptional properties.

 

6206 ROYAL LANE 960

6206 Royal Lane | Dallas | $1,300,000

5230 BOCA RATON DRIVE

5230 Boca Raton Drive | Dallas | $1,150,000

1628 Gladewater Drive

1628 Gladewater Drive | Allen | $1,049,000

6111 Northaven Road

6111 Northaven Road | Dallas | $995,000

7005 MONET 2

7005 Monet | Colleyville | $899,000

5709 FREDRICK COURT

5709 Fredrick Court | Plano | $824,900

4120 Gilbert Avenue A

4120 Gilbert Avenue A | Dallas | $724,500

3900 ESTELLEINE DRIVE

3900 Estelleine Drive | Celina | $625,000

2710 THROCKMORTON STREET B

2710 Throckmorton Street B | Dallas | $539,000

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432 Shady Valley Drive | Allen | $385,000

10230 Eastwood Drive

10230 Eastwood Drive | Dallas | $315,000

2432 TRAILVIEW DRIVE

2432 Trailview Drive | Little Elm | $282,500

 

To view all the wonderful homes open this weekend and discover dates and times, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

Notable Celebrity Homes


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Celebrities and luxury real estate have long resided hand in hand. But living in the public eye makes it all the more important to have a home where one can relax and retreat from the world. The spring/summer 2018 edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living, North Texas’ premier luxury home magazine, highlights two of our favorite celeb-worthy homes that provide ultra-luxe living with the utmost privacy.

 

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Harry Connick Jr. | Connecticut

Situated on 4.61 acres atop a hill in New Canaan, Connecticut, stands singer/songwriter Harry Connick Jr.’s rustic estate. Once part of a dairy farm built in the 1890s, the 11,600-square-foot main house hosts seven spacious bedrooms, six baths and two half-baths. The property includes two additional barns.

 

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Kelly Clarkson | Tennessee

Singer Kelly Clarkson is parting ways with her lakefront mansion in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Clarkson bought the 4-acre property in 2012 and extensively remodeled the seven-bedroom home, which overlooks Old Hickory Lake. The grounds include a pool house, playground and English garden.

 

Celebrity listings, luxury market insight, design trends and spectacular homes in Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond — they’re all part of the spring/summer edition of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living. See it now at grandviemagazine.com.

Quick and Easy Homemade Dog Treats


 

Quick and Easy Homemade Dog Treats

 

Home is where the heart is, and for many of us, our hearts are also shared with our furry best friends.

 

Sometimes, we want to spoil our pets. Making dog treats at home is a great way to reward your dog and keep an eye on what he or she eats. Here are some quick and easy recipes that are safe for your pooch to snack on.

 

Quick and Easy Homemade Dog Treats

 

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 the ingredients
• Knead dough until it forms a ball
• Roll out dough until ½ inch thick
• Slice pieces with a bone-shaped cookie cutter (purchase one here!) and place on a lightly-greased cookie sheet
• Bake for 30 minutes


Recipe courtesy of Cesar’s Way.


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 smalls 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

Recipe courtesy of Cesar’s Way.


Frozen Yogurt Peanut Butter Cups

*32 ounces plain or vanilla yogurt
*1 cup peanut butter (preferably unsalted and unsweetened)

Note: Check your peanut butter’s 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)

Recipe courtesy of Cesar’s Way.


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’s 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)

Recipe courtesy of Pawsh Magazine.

 

Agents and Brokerages: Choose Wisely


Agents and Brokerages: Choose Wisely

Mary Frances Burleson, the president and CEO of Ebby Halliday Realtors, recently sent the below letter as part of her Friday email series.
 
If you are considering buying or selling a home, it is likely you may choose your real estate agent based upon a referral from a friend, a relative or a colleague. According to recent surveys by the National Association of Realtors, personal referrals are the primary way both first-time and repeat buyers and sellers select an agent.
 
However, once a specific agent has been referred and has been selected, the brokerage firm the agent is affiliated with should also be carefully considered. Sellers should ask whether the brokerage has a strong online marketing presence, so their listed home receives the most extensive presentation to the market.
 
Today’s buyers vigorously shop online, with approximately 90 percent beginning their home search on the Web; and many tech-savvy buyers use smart phone apps to search for homes for sale.
 
Ebby Halliday Realtors’ website, ebby.com, is among the country’s most powerful and successful real estate sites. The site plus additional features such as proximity search and map search are readily available using free Ebby apps for iPhone or Android.
 
With a 73-year track record of success and more than 1,850 real estate professionals in 35 strategically located North Texas offices, Ebby Halliday Realtors stands ready to assist you with all of your home-buying and selling needs.
 
Mary Frances Burleson

11 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re in the market for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy your weekend with Ebby Halliday Realtors and our amazing agents at these exceptional properties.

 

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6616 Pemberton Drive | Dallas | $2,275,000

6625 OVERLOOK COURt

6625 Overlook Court | Plano | $1,199,000

5710 W AMHERST AVENUE

5710 W. Amherst Avenue | Dallas | $1,099,000

4861 WILLOW LANE

4861 Willow Lane | Dallas | $1,075,000

418 VALENCIA STREET

418 Valencia Street | Dallas | $639,000

13590 MOSSVINE DRIVE

13590 Mossvine Drive | Frisco | $615,000

4572 HALLMARK DRIVE

4572 Hallmark Drive | Plano | $549,000

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12401 Deerbrook Drive | Frisco | $519,900

8013 STONEHILL DRIVE

8013 Stonehill Drive | Plano | $440,000

3502 WINDSOR PARKWAY

3502 Windsor Parkway | Corinth | $439,900

813 CORALBERRY DRIVE

813 Coralberry Drive | McKinney | $435,000

 

To view all the wonderful homes open this weekend and discover dates and times, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

Summer Sips & Bites


It can be tough to beat the Texas heat, but ice-cold beverages and tasty treats definitely help. Here are some easy and refreshing recipes perfect for relaxing on the patio or while enjoying summer by the pool.

 

Lemonade with lemon, mint and ice

Classic Lemonade

Ingredients:
*6 lemons, enough to make 1 cup of juice
*1 cup white sugar
*6 cups cold water

Directions:
1. Juice the lemons via your preferred method of juicing.
2. Stir together lemon juice, sugar and water.
3. Serve over ice.

 

Cold black tea with berries and ice

Blackberry Sweet Tea

Ingredients:
*1 pinch of baking soda
*4 cups boiling water
*4 tea bags
*2 1/2 cups cold water
*3 cups blackberries, fresh or frozen/thawed
*1 1/4 cups sugar
*1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped

Directions:
1. Crush blackberries and sugar together in a large container.
2. Add mint and baking soda; set aside.
3. Drape tea bags over the side of a pitcher; pour boiling water into the pitcher.
4. Steep for 3 minutes; remove and discard tea bags.
5. Combine tea and blackberry mixture; rest for 1 hour.
6. Strain through a mesh sieve.
7. Add cold water and stir.
8. Refrigerate before serving.

 

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Watermelon Green Tea

Ingredients:
*3 cups green tea
*8 cups watermelon, cubed
*1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
*1/2 cup seltzer
*Springs of mint, for garnish

Directions:
1. Combine green tea, watermelon and lemon juice in a blender; blend until smooth.
2. Strain through a mesh sieve.
3. Refrigerate until cool.
4. Add seltzer.

 

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Caprese Salad Pita Pockets

Ingredients:
*1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
*4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
*1 cup coarsely chopped cucumber
*3/4 cup mixed spring salad greens
*1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
*2 tablespoons chopped green onion
*1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or cider vinegar
*1 tablespoon olive oil
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
*4 large whole wheat pita bread rounds, halved crosswise
* Large soft lettuce leaves (such as butterhead, Boston or Bibb)

Directions:
1. In a medium bowl toss together tomatoes, cheese cubes, cucumber, salad greens, basil, green onion, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper.
2. Line insides of pita halves with lettuce leaves.
3. Spoon tomato mixture into pitas.

 

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No-Cook Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:
*3 green onions
*1/2 6-ounce package refrigerated cooked chicken breast strips
*1/2 of a medium green sweet pepper, seeded and cut up
*3 tablespoons rice vinegar
*1 teaspoon sesame oil or olive oil
*1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, as desired
*1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
*1 cup shredded cabbage
*2 tablespoons water
*2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
*8 leaves butterhead lettuce (Boston or Bibb), about 1 small head

Directions:
1. Trim and discard root ends of green onions. Cut off and slice green tops and set aside.
2. In a food processor combine white parts of the green onions, chicken breast, sweet pepper, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, oil, black pepper and, if desired, crushed red pepper. Cover and pulse until chicken mixture is finely chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl.
3. Add cabbage and toss to combine. Divide chicken mixture into four individual microwave safe containers; chill.
4. Spoon mixture into individual lettuce leaves and wrap.

For dipping sauce, in a small bowl combine sliced green onion tops, 2 tablespoons vinegar, water and soy sauce. Divide among 4 small containers.

 

Homemade natural yogurt with strawberries and mint.

Sweet Ricotta and Strawberry Parfaits

Ingredients:
* 1 pound fresh strawberries, trimmed and halved or quartered
*1 teaspoon sugar
*1 tablespoon snipped fresh mint
* 1 15-ounce carton part-skim ricotta cheese
*3 tablespoons light agave nectar
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
* 1/4 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
* Fresh mint

Directions:
1. In a medium bowl combine strawberries, sugar and the 1 tablespoon snipped mint; gently stir to combine. Let stand about 10 minutes or until berries soften and start to release their juices.
2. In another medium bowl combine ricotta, agave nectar, vanilla and lemon peel. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.
3. To assemble, scoop 1 tablespoon of the ricotta mixture into each of six parfait glasses. Top ricotta mixture in each glass with a large spoonful of the strawberry mixture. Repeat layers with the remaining ricotta mixture and strawberry mixture. Garnish with additional fresh mint.
4. Serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 4 hours.

DFW Cities Rank High on First-Time Homebuyers List


 

Three Dallas suburbs have been ranked among the best places in the country for first-time homebuyers, according to a new report by WalletHub.com.

 

The fast-growing cities of Frisco, McKinney and Allen ranked 7th, 8th and 16th among the top markets for first-time buyers, according to the study.

 

WalletHub scored 300 U.S. cities for entry-level home buying using factors including attractiveness, affordability and quality of life.

 

As is often the case with these types of lists, Ebby Halliday Realtors has an office in each of the North Texas cities on the list: Ebby McKinney, Ebby Frisco and Ebby Allen | Fairview | Lucas. If you’re considering buying or selling a home in North Texas – regardless of the town or city – you can find just the right agent for your residential real estate needs at the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

 

See NBC DFW’s report on the new WalletHub list of best places for first-time homebuyers.

 

PHOTO:  The five-bedroom home at 5606 Romantik Road in Frisco is listed by Ebby’s Kam Gill for $599,900.

Love This Listing: Contemporary Estate


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Situated on 4.4 acres in Southlake, this luxurious smart home is an interior designer’s dream with an open floor plan and attention to every detail. The backyard oasis features an infinity pool and spa, firepit, covered patio and an outdoor living center to enjoy with family and friends. This modern home includes a six-car garage and a fully functional four-stall horse barn. Impeccably maintained, this property is a must-see! Watch the video to learn more about why we love this listing.

Need-to-Know Numbers:

920 S. Peytonville Avenue
• $3,600,000
• 3 bedrooms
• 3 baths, 2 half-baths
• 5,175 square feet