Simple Healthy Snack Recipes


Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites

 

Snacks are known for having a bad reputation but they are equally as important to keeping our energy up, decreasing hunger levels, and preventing us from overeating during mealtime. In fact, healthier options can even aid in weight management.

 

Here are five healthy and easy snack recipes to satisfy your cravings.

 

 

banana bites

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites

  • 3 bananas
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil

 

Slice the bananas into thin pieces. Then put peanut butter on a banana slice and top it off with another banana slice. Place the slices in the freezer for one hour. Add coconut oil into a bowl with chocolate chips and microwave for one minute. Once the chocolate is melted, dip each frozen bite halfway into the chocolate and place the chocolate covered banana bites in the freezer for 15 minutes. Take the banana bites out of the freezer and enjoy!

apple chips

Baked Cinnamon Apples Chips

  • One apple
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt

 

Preheat oven to 250 F. Slice the apple into thin pieces and place slices on a baking sheet. Sprinkle cinnamon and salt on the sliced apple and then bake for 40 minutes or until slightly brown. Let it cool completely before serving.

 

cranberry

 

Pecan Cranberry Bites

  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 1 pinch salt

 

Start by stirring the cranberries, almond butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a bowl. Then mix in the oats, pecans and salt. Place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Form the mixtures into a ball. Now, you have the perfect pecan cranberry bites.

chickpeas

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Chickpeas

  • 1 can or 15 ounces chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herb
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

 

Preheat oven to 400 F. Spread out the chickpeas on layers of paper towels and pat dry. Place the dried chickpeas, olive oil, minced garlic, Italian herb and Parmesan into a bowl and toss. Lay the chickpeas on a baking sheet and roast for 30 to 40 minutes or until it looks golden. Before serving, let the roasted chickpeas cool for 5 to 10 minutes.

fries

Sweet Potato Fries

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

 

Preheat the oven to 425 F. Slice off the ends of the sweet potato and then slice it in half. Then slice the one-half potato horizontally four times and vertically four times – do the same with the other half. Mix the sliced potatoes, olive oil, rosemary, salt and black pepper in a bowl. Place the fries on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Let the fries cool for 5 to 10 minutes before snacking.

The Weekly Wrap-up


Are you in the market for a new home in North Texas? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

 

1 E Hickory

520 E. Hickory Hill Road | Argyle | $2,900,000

 

2 Westview

2561 Westview Court | Prosper | $1,850,000

 

3 Mimosa

6822 Mimosa Lane | Preston Hollow | $1,800,000

 

4 Round Hollow

565 Round Hollow Lane | Southlake | $1,425,000

 

5 Strait Lane

4749 Strait Lane | Carrollton | $899,000

 

6 Leg Iron

1511 Leg Iron Drive | Frisco | $750,000

 

7 Pecan Park

3405 Pecan Park Drive | Flower Mound | $670,000

 

8 Rolling Acres

7647 Rolling Acres Drive | Far North Dallas | $599,500

 

9 Avondale

3037 Avondale Court | The Colony | $489,950

 

10 Turtle Creek

3225 Turtle Creek Blvd., No. 548 | Oak Lawn | $375,000

 

To view more exceptional properties, visit ebby.com.

Elevating Real Estate and Putting People First


Elevating Real Estate and Putting People First

 

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way homes are bought and sold and the Ebby Halliday Companies are at the forefront of combining agents’ hard-earned expertise and the latest technology to ensure easy, efficient and safe transactions for clients.

 

“At the Ebby Halliday Companies, we believe some of the new ways of doing business are here to stay,” says President & CEO Chris Kelly. “Simply put, they are safe, streamlined and very efficient.” The Ebby Halliday Companies’ real estate brands include Ebby Halliday Realtors, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate and Williams Trew. Its Core Services companies include Prosperity Mortgage, Home Team Insurance and Texas Premier Title.

 

“Every day our agents and employees are helping individuals and families move to, from and within North Texas,” Kelly says. “How? We’ve created an elevated online experience that takes you inside a home without leaving the comfort of your couch, all while benefitting from our agents’ extensive local market knowledge and expert advice.”

 

While residential real estate was, and always will be a “relationship” business, there are safe, innovative “solutions” that are enabling today’s buyers and sellers to take advantage of a multitude of technologies across the entirety of the home buying and selling journey.

 

Too often, consumers are being asked to choose between a technology or a traditional company to fulfill their real estate needs. No more. From home showings, to mortgages, to insurance, to closings, when you choose the Ebby Halliday Companies everything can be completed efficiently and, if needed, virtually – and when combined with the personal touch of a local expert associated with North Texas’ leading residential real estate brokerage, it simply is an unmatched experience.

 

For home buyers, the Ebby Halliday Companies offer virtual consultations in which your needs and desires will be discussed in detail and a game plan then devised and implemented to achieve them, including the entirety of your mortgage and insurance needs. When you receive information about a home that you’d like to explore further, it’s easy and convenient to take a virtual tour and then secure a physical tour. And, from your initial offer through closing, you can choose to sign all documents electronically from the comfort of your home, including virtual notary services and curbside closings with the Ebby Halliday Companies’ title company.

 

For home sellers, Ebby Halliday Companies agents are making it easy to connect via phone or video call to discuss your unique situation and goals – and to learn in-depth how your home will be prepared for sale and ultimately sold in the shortest amount of time and for the highest price possible. From photographs, virtual tours, inspections and showings, all can be done with minimal physical contact for the safety and security of you and your home. Your home will also receive the advantage of the Ebby Halliday Companies’ proven networking – locally, nationally and internationally – through its affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and, in the case of luxury listings, Luxury Portfolio International.

 

“Simply put, we offer one ‘door’ to everything you need to buy or sell a home in North Texas,” says Kelly.“Purchasing or selling in any other way would be like going back in time. More than any other real estate company in our region, our complete offering of brokerage, mortgage, title and insurance homeownership services ensures you have the easiest and most secure real estate experience. In good times and most importantly, in challenging times, we have stood by North Texas and North Texans for over 75 years. It would be our honor to put our experience and strength to work for you. To learn more and to get started, please contact an Ebby Halliday Companies agent today. People First. Lasting Relationships. Elevating Real Estate.

 

For more information about the Ebby Halliday Companies brokerage, mortgage, insurance and title services, visit ebby.com, daveperrymiller.com and williamstrew.com.

 

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12 Lovely Living Rooms


The living room is the energy hub of a home. It’s a place to gather with loved ones for board game night, catch up on your favorite streaming shows or relax with a book by the cozy fire. With all of us spending more time at home, this space is becoming more important (and utilized) than ever.

 

These 12 living rooms could be a delightful backdrop for quality time, new memories and future gatherings.

 

1 Amaretto

6805 Amaretto Court | Plano | $2,179,000

 

2 Lake Point

297 Lake Point Circle | Tioga | $2,100,000

 

3 Shelby

1271 Shelby Lane | Celina | $1,990,000

 

4 Victory

2200 Victory Ave., No. 2107 | Downtown Dallas | $1,495,000

 

5 Palmetto

2301 Palmetto Way | Southlake | $1,349,000

 

6 Coffeepot Creek

6688 Coffeepot Creek Road | Frisco | $845,000

 

7 Willowview

410 Willowview Drive | Prosper | $589,900

 

8 Waters Edge

500 Waters Edge Drive, No. 334 | Lake Dallas | $492,000

 

9 Turnberry

104 Turnberry Circle | McKinney | $475,000

 

10 Darrow

7613 Darrow Drive | McKinney | $467,000

 

11 Cottonwood

1319 Cottonwood Drive | Celina | $449,900

 

12 Fencerow

13277 Fencerow Road | Fort Worth | $305,000

 

To see more fabulous living rooms, visit ebby.com.

DIY Home Decor For Spring


DIY home decor

There’s no better time than now to revamp your home. Replace old decor with updated and more lively designs. Instead of shopping for a new item, you can make your own.

 

Enhance your home decor with these easy DIYs.

 

Painted Pine Cone Flowers

Painted Pine Cone Flowers

You will need clean and dry pine cones, spray paint, acrylic paint, paintbrushes, scissors and a large bowl. Start by removing the pieces from the top of the pine cones using scissors until you’re halfway down. Spray paint the pine cones with your choice of color and use acrylic paint for extra details. Once the paint is dry, place the painted pine cones in a large bowl and make it your new centerpiece.

 

Rustic Wooden Flower Box

Rustic Wooden Flower Box

Materials needed are silk flowers, paint, paintbrush, box cutter, scissors, pliers, OASIS foam block and a wooden box. First, paint any word you like on the wooden box. Then place the foam block inside the box – you may need to cut the foam into pieces to fit perfectly inside the box. Grab your silk flowers and place them into the foam.

Painted Mason Jars Containers

Painted Mason Jar Containers

You’ll need mason jars, chalk paint, paintbrush, fine sandpaper and jute twine. Be sure the mason jars are clean before you start. Paint the mason jars with one coat of the chalk paint. Once the jars dry completely, use the sandpaper to lightly sand over the paint. Now you have a rustic-style mason jar. Complete the look by wrapping the jute twine around the mason jars and placing whatever you choose inside.

 

Wooden Wall Sign

Wooden Wall Sign

Grab a wood canvas panel, pencil and a paint pen to create the perfect wall sign. Before using a paint pen, start with a pencil to create an outline of the word you’re going to use. Then, work the paint pen over the outlined word. Once you are done, hang the sign on your wall.

Living Local: Supporting North Texas Small Businesses


Living Local: Supporting Small Business

 

Over the past few weeks, we’ve experienced a major shift in how we approach our daily lives.

 

With Shelter-in-Place orders in effect in North Texas, we’re limited to essential trips only and social distancing is a must. That’s left many of us wondering how we can rally together to support the locally owned businesses we love, while abiding by CDC guidelines and Shelter-in-Place orders.

 

Below are a few ways you can show support while protecting the health and safety of yourself and others:

 

Say Something Nice

How great is it that we live in a digital age that makes it so easy to spread a little positivity? Leaving a positive review can go a long way for a business at times like this, and you can do it all from the comfort of your own home.

 

Spread Word of Mouth (digitally, of course)

If you’ve picked up a takeout order or just placed an online order, take a moment to share it on social media. Not only does this let others in our community know a business has pivoted their services at this time, but studies have also shown the impact word of mouth continues to have on a business’ success.

 

Don’t Cancel, Reschedule

Rescheduling an appointment can do wonders for boosting morale. This shows that no matter how long it takes for this situation to clear up, you’re a loyal customer who’s excited to see them later.

 

Purchase Gift Cards

If a business offers digital gift cards, consider buying one for a friend (and, maybe one for you while you’re at it). It’s a great way to practice social distancing while supporting businesses you love.

 

#TakeOutTuesday

Take a break from the leftovers and order takeout. Most bars and restaurants are still open for orders to-go, many with curbside service.

 

And there you have it – five easy ways to show locally owned North Texas businesses some love.

 

Please remember to practice social distancing, only make trips out for the essentials and stay home if you’re not feeling well. We’re in this together.

 

For additional information regarding COVID-19 and food safety, please refer to the CDC and FDA.

The Weekly Wrap-up


Are you in the market for a new home in North Texas? Take a look at some of this week’s fabulous featured properties.

 

1 Trace Bella

1750 Trace Bella Court | Westlake | $4,995,000

 

2 David Fort

9121 David Fort Road | Argyle | $3,975,000

 

3 Shadow

2906 W. Shadow Drive | Arlington | $2,950,000

 

4 Willow Bend

5609 Willow Bend Court | Plano | $2,749,900

 

5 Winnwood

14800 Winnwood Road | Addison | $1,899,000

 

6 Sorrento

6400 Sorrento Lane | Flower Mound | $949,900

 

7 Brae Loch

13 Brae Loch | Garland | $799,000

 

8 Parkford

9952 Parkford Drive | Lake Highlands | $619,000

 

9 Greenhigh

2612 Greenhigh Lane | McKinney | $550,000

 

10 Creekspan

12315 Creekspan Drive | Woodbridge | $475,000

 

To view more exceptional properties, visit ebby.com.

D-FW Market Likely to Emerge Healthy From COVID-19


 D-FW Market Likely to Emerge Healthy From COVID-19

 

Texas’ largest markets, including Dallas-Fort Worth, are among the U.S. metros least likely to experience a major housing shakeout from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research reported here by Dallas Morning News real estate reporter Steve Brown.

 

The research, by analysts at Attom Data Solutions, found housing markets that will be most negatively affected by COVID-19 and the resulting economic challenges are mostly in the Northeast and Florida.

 

Researchers looked at almost 500 home markets around the country and rated them based on foreclosures, homeowner equity, wages and other factors.

 

“It’s too early to tell how much effect the coronavirus fallout will have on different housing markets around the country,” said Attom Data’s Todd Teta. “But the impact is likely to be significant from region to region and county to county. What we’ve done is spotlight areas that appear to be more or less at risk based on several important factors.

 

“From that analysis, it looks like the Northeast is more at risk than other areas,” Teta said. “As we head into the spring homebuying season, the next few months will reveal how severe the impact will be.”

 

Attom Data estimates the major housing markets most at risk from the virus include four in New Jersey and the New York area, three in Connecticut and 10 from Florida. Only one was in California, and none were located in other West Coast states.

 

“Texas has 10 of the 50 least vulnerable counties from among the 483 included in the report, followed by Wisconsin with seven and Colorado with five,” according to Attom Data. “The 10 counties in Texas include three in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro (Dallas, Collin and Tarrant counties).

 

Click here to read the full article by Steve Brown of The Dallas Morning News.

 

How Housing Markets Fare with COVID-19

Major U.S. Counties Ranked from Worst to Best out of 483 Metros

Worst

8. Ocean, N.J.

9. Essex, N.J.

10. Prince George, Md.

11. Broward, Fla.

12. Bergen, N.J.

13. Cook, Ill.

14. New Haven, Conn.

15. Polk, Fla.

 

Best

479. Harris, Texas

477. Dallas, Texas

468. Denver, Co.

463. King, Wash.

457. Travis, Texas

449. Tarrant, Texas

441. Santa Clara, Calif.

439. Collin, Texas

Source: Attom Data Solutions

 

 

Last-Minute Easter Meals To-Go


Stylish Easter brunch

 

While others are in search of Easter eggs, you may be on the hunt for dinner ideas.

 

Save the feast prep and let some of your local favorites save the day, as many restaurants are offering holiday meals for carryout. Browse these five to-go options and remember to order ahead.

 

Dakota’s

It’s never too early to enjoy a meal. Dakota’s is serving a three-course menu, starting with a fruit plate, salad or smoked salmon mini bagels. Their second course offers cinnamon apple French toast, corn beef hash and more. End brunch with some chocolate mousse, coconut cream pie or key lime pie.

 

Dragonfly

Dragonfly is offering delicious starters like blue crab deviled eggs and entrée options from smoked salmon avocado toast to roasted halibut. Don’t forget to save some room for the cinnamon roll bread pudding.

 

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

Enjoy a four-course meal from the comfort of your home. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood created a special Easter menu consisting of shrimp cocktail, salad, herb-roasted tenderloin and dessert towards the end.

 

Fearing’s Restaurant

Searching for just the right Easter brunch to-go? Fearing’s offers a variety of options. Get started with Alaskan king crab and roasted Nova Scotia halibut for your main dish. Top it off with either carrot cake or warm chocolate fondue.

 

Parigi

Celebrate the holiday with a delightful and fulfilling meal. Through Parigi, you can start out with your choice of a salad. The three-course meal is followed by the main dish and two sides, including short ribs or roasted chicken, and dessert.

Statewide Essential Services Notice to Our Clients


 Statewide Essential Service Notice to Clients

 

The safety and well-being of our clients, employees and agents is always our top priority. Per the Executive Order issued by Governor Abbott on March 31, 2020 with an effective period of April 2nd through April 30, we are providing the below information with respect to our businesses and services. Our goal is to meet the needs of our clients while doing our part to take proactive measures to help keep all of you safe.

 

Can the Ebby Halliday Companies perform their services at this time?

 

* Yes, per the Governor’s Executive Order, real estate services have been deemed an essential service within the State of Texas.

* For the health and safety of our workforce, we have executed our remote-work plan.

* In addition, our Core Services partners Prosperity Mortgage, Texas Premier Title, HSTX Title and Home Team Insurance also remain fully operational. These companies are classified as Essential Businesses as Financial Services.

 

What does this mean for my current listing?

 

* Your listing will continue to display 24/7 across all our websites (ebby.com/daveperrymiller.com/williamstrew.com). Prospective buyers can still view all information about your property and connect with your listing agent directly through the website and over the phone to request additional information.

* Per the Executive Order, if you permit, showings may still take place with adherence to the CDC and local health officials’ hygienic and social distancing guidelines, including the wearing of masks by all agents and prospective buyers. However, this is a decision all sellers will make based on their individual circumstances.

* We are advising against Open Houses at this time due to the difficulty in enforcing CDC social distancing at such events.

* Together, with our Core Services departments, we have streamlined the process for you, allowing:

– All contracts to be executed electronically;

– Complete online and over the phone loan application and approval process;

– Online insurance review and coverage; and

– Enhanced closing process between our mortgage and title partners, allow more documents to be signed online, and the rest can be signed in our title offices or via a mobile notary closer from your home or place of convenience.

* Your agent will continue to promote your home through our websites, social media channels and via video.

 

What does this mean for my current home search?            

 

* All listings across North Texas will continue to appear on the websites of the Ebby Halliday Companies.

* Showings may be conducted, if allowed by the seller and if handled under the standards set by the CDC and local health officials for hygienic practices and social distancing, including the wearing of masks by all parties.

* In the event you choose to write an offer on a property, you can:

– Sign all contracts and forms electronically;

– Complete online and over the phone loan application and approval process;

– Complete your insurance review and obtain coverage; and

– Shorten the closing process by partnering with our mortgage and title partners, allowing more documents to be signed online, and the rest can be signed in our title offices or via a mobile notary closer from your home or place of convenience.

 

What if I have a pending contract?

 

* The Executive Order allows us to continue to service your contract all the way through closing.

* Our Core Services partners remain open and operating. Your lending, title and insurance needs will be fully met and your agent can continue to guide you through the process.

* Mobile Closings offer you the opportunity to sign necessary documents from your home or other convenient location. In addition, you will still be able to close in our title offices.

* In the event a party cannot close due to the circumstances presented by the COVID-19 crisis, your agents have access to the appropriate forms to extend the closing if agreed to by all parties.

 

Stay healthy and be well!