Remembering the Meaning of Memorial Day


Remembering the Meaning of Memorial Day

 

Many people equate Memorial Day with backyard barbecues, trips to the lake or lounging around the pool, but if you ask a veteran what this day means, you will get a very different answer. They know the heart-wrenching realities behind this special day.

 

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving in America’s armed forces. Originally known as Decoration Day, it started after the Civil War to honor those who lost their lives. It wasn’t until after World War II that the holiday gained a strong following and national identity, and it wasn’t officially named Memorial Day until 1967.

 

On this Memorial Day, we encourage you to contemplate the cost of our freedoms – the freedom to vote, to live where we choose, to travel, to be ourselves, and to speak our mind – and to honor those who have given their all.

Taste the South with Central Market



 
Summer is around the corner, and we’re looking forward to backyard cookouts and bright, flavorful cuisine.
 
This season, Central Market is celebrating the South with its “Taste the South” event from May 17 to 30.
 
In stores, you’ll find a curated selection of artisan products from the Southern United States — from Carolina Blue Crab to Carolina Gold Rice Pudding.
 
In addition, the Chef’s Case will be transformed into a Southern showcase featuring Brunswick Stew, Hoppin’ John with Carolina Gold Rice, collard greens, Southern ham, pickled okra, boiled peanuts and Frogmore Stew just to name a few.
 
The event will also bring an incredible lineup of James Beard Award-winning chefs to the Central Market Cooking School. You can find a schedule of classes here.
 

To get in the spirit, we’re sharing with you a couple of Southern recipes that are perfect for your next summer potluck.

 

Sassy Slaw

 

Serving of coleslaw a healthy vibrant colourful salad made with shredded raw cabbage, carrots and onions

 
Ingredients:
*1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
*2 tablespoons sugar
*1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
*1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
*1/4 teaspoon celery seed
*2 tablespoons canola oil
*1/4 large green cabbage (about 1 lb) cored and finely shredded (about 3 cups)
*1/4 large red cabbage (about 1 lb) cored and finely shredded (about 3 cups)
*1 large carrot grated
*1 green onion trimmed and chopped
*1/2 jalapeño cored, seeded, and chopped
*2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
*Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Instructions:
1. In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, sugar, mustard, mustard powder, and celery seed. Heat over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool slightly. Add the oil and whisk to combine.

 

2. In a large bowl, combine the green and red cabbage, carrot, green onion, jalapeño, and parsley and toss to combine. Pour over the reserved slightly cooled dressing. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until chilled, about 15 minutes. Toss, taste and adjust for seasoning again, then serve immediately.

 


 

Pickled Okra

Two jars of pickled okra rest on a primitive country chair.

Ingredients:
*1 9-piece canning kit, including canner, jar lifter, and canning rack
*7 1-pint canning jars
*2 1/2 pounds fresh okra
*7 small green chile peppers
*7 cloves garlic
*2 tablespoons dill seed (plus 1 teaspoon)
*4 cups white vinegar
*1/2 cup salt
*1/4 cup sugar

 
Instructions:
1. Bring canner half-full with water to a boil; simmer. Meanwhile, place jars in a large stockpot with water to cover; bring to a boil, and simmer. Place bands and lids in a large saucepan with water to cover; bring to a boil, and simmer. Remove hot jars, 1 at a time, using jar lifter.

 
2. Pack okra into hot jars, filling to 1⁄2 inch from top. Place 1 pepper, 1 garlic clove, and 1 teaspoon dill seeds in each jar. Bring vinegar, salt, sugar, and 4 cups water to a boil over medium-high heat. Pour over okra, filling to 1⁄2 inch from top.
 
3. Wipe jar rims; cover at once with metal lids, and screw on bands (snug but not too tight). Place jars in canning rack, and place in simmering water in canner. Add additional boiling water as needed to cover by 1 to 2 inches.
 
4. Bring water to a rolling boil; boil 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Cool jars in canner 5 minutes. Transfer jars to a cutting board; cool 12 to 24 hours. Test seals of jars by pressing center of each lid. If lids do not pop, jars are properly sealed. Store in a cool, dry place at room temperature up to 1 year.
 

Recipes courtesy of Central Market.

Legacy West Grand Opening Celebration June 2-4


Legacy West Grand Opening Celebration June 2-4

 

Legacy West, the extraordinary new mixed-use destination in Plano, invites you to attend its grand-opening celebration the weekend of June 2-4. The celebration will feature live entertainment from national and local musical acts as well as food and drink tastings, special store discounts and a “sneak peek” first look inside Legacy Hall, the 55,000-square-foot food hall.

 

Developer Fehmi Karahan couldn’t be more excited. “The only thing better than watching this new magnificent project evolve from ground breaking to grand opening, is seeing fabulous new stores and restaurants open and watching people genuinely enjoy the experience we have worked so hard to create,” said Karahan. “I can’t wait to hear the music, feel the vibe, and savor the taste of it all.”

 

The concert line-up will include the Jordan Kahn Music Company performing Friday, June 2, starting at 7:30 p.m., followed by Emerald City Band on Saturday, June 3, at 2 p.m. and Party on the Moon Band at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, June 4, Taylor Pace Band will take the main stage at 2 p.m.

 

Many Legacy West restaurants will offer food and drink tastings throughout the weekend including Bistro 31, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Earls Kitchen + Bar, Fogo de Chao, Haywire, Mesero, Shake Shack, Starbucks Reserve, Taverna, True Food Kitchen, and Toulouse. Legacy Hall will offer tours to the public for the first time and will also have several of its food stall operators on site sampling their menu items. Sprinkles will serve an exclusive Legacy West Chocolate Caramel cupcake and True Food Kitchen will offer a special cocktail called the Plano Paloma, only available June 2-4.

 

Legacy West Grand Opening Celebration June 2-4

 

Legacy West retailers including Bonobos, Coach, Fabletics, Filson, Johnny Was, Peter Millar, Pockets Menswear, Suitsupply, Tesla, Tommy Bahama, TUMI, and West Elm will host special in-store events, parties and exclusive discounts and promotions. Also participating, The Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel and Visit Plano.

 

Grand Opening Weekend event times will be Friday, June 2, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, June 3, noon to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 4, noon to 5 p.m.

 

Located in one of America’s fastest-growing and most vibrant cities, the $3.2 billion-dollar, 255-acre Legacy West development in Plano features 415,000 square feet of open-air retail and restaurant space. Additionally, it will also be home to the North American headquarters of Toyota and FedEx Office as well as the regional headquarters for JPMorgan Chase and Liberty Mutual with more than 20,000 employees, making it one of the largest new job centers in the state. A 303-room Renaissance Legacy Hotel, two high-rise luxury living towers, more than 1,200 luxury apartments and 127 urban villas complete the project. For more information, visit legacywest.com.

 

PSO Presents Bugs, Flowers and Bees


PSO Presents Bugs, Flowers and Bees

 

At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to be the two-year title sponsor of the Plano Symphony Orchestra’s EncoreYouth program, which includes the all-new, fun-filled Family Symphony Sundays program.

 

On Sunday, May 21, at 3 p.m., you and your family are invited to enjoy “Bugs, Flowers and Bees,” featuring marionettes from Le Theatre de Marionette as they dance and perform to “Flight of the Bumblebee,” “Spring” from “The Four Seasons,” “Flower Duet” from “Madame Butterfly” and more. Meet the musicians and enjoy pre-concert activities beginning at 2:15 p.m.

 

The event, for children ages 3-12 and their families, takes place at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., in McKinney.  Tickets are available at planosymphony.org.

DSO on the GO Coming to Frisco May 13


DSO on the GO Coming to Frisco

 

For the third year in a row, Ebby Halliday Realtors is sponsoring the full season of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s DSO on the GO performance series, which brings the world-renowned orchestra to concert halls and churches across North Texas.

 

On Saturday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m., the DSO will perform a diverse classical program including Beethoven’s beloved “Egmont Overture” and Brahms’ charming “Academic Festival Overture” as well as Richard Strauss’ “First Horn Concerto” featuring Principal Horn David Cooper. The performance takes place at Stonebriar Community Church, 4801 Legendary Drive, in Frisco.

 

General admission tickets are $19 and student tickets are $9. For tickets and information, visit mydso.com or call 214-TIX-4DSO.

Wildflower! Guitar Auction Returns


Wildflower! Guitar Auction Returns

 

Ebby’s 190 – Richardson, Campbell-Coit, Preston Plano Parkway and Preston Keller offices are giving back to the community as hosts of the Wildflower! Art & Music Festival’s popular Art Guitar Auction.

 

The auction features guitars decorated by local artists, celebrities, and sports figures. The guitars are on display at the Eisemann Center and sold in a silent auction that runs the duration of the festival. Proceeds benefit the NETWORK of Community Ministries and the fine art programs of the Richardson Independent School District.

 

If you haven’t gotten your tickets to this year’s Wildflower! Festival, now is the time. The festival takes place May 19-21, and features a line-up that includes Lynyrd Skynyrd, The B-52s, Night Ranger, The Outlaws, Shooter Jennings, and Martha Davis and The Motels, among others.

 

The festival’s three-day pass ($65) and single-day tickets ($30) are on sale now. Single-day tickets are $40 at the gate.

Celebrate Mom at Swiss Avenue Home Tour


Celebrate Mom at Swiss Avenue Home Tour

 

It’s one of Dallas’ most time-honored springtime events. Mark your calendar now for the 44th-Annual Swiss Avenue Historic District Mother’s Day Tour, which takes place Saturday, May 13, and Sunday, May 14. Happening this year, just as it does every year, on Mother’s Day Weekend, the tour features seven of the city’s most fabulous early 20th-century homes, including 5500 Swiss, sponsored by Ebby’s Lakewood/Lake Highlands Office.

 

This fun-filled event also includes an art fair, a vintage auto display, a children’s play area, live entertainment, free horse-drawn carriage rides, complimentary air-conditioned mini-coaches, freshly prepared food, ice-cold beverages, and more.

 

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the weekend of the event. Children 12 and under are free. Purchase your tickets now at sahd.org.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Louis DeLuca/Dallas Morning News

Free Home Buyers Seminar Provides Answers


Home Buyers Seminar Provides Answers

 

Are you or someone you know interested in buying a home? You’re invited to come listen to local experts discuss the home-buying process in today’s market.

 

Questions that will be addressed:

*  Is now the right time to purchase a home?

*  Rent vs. Buy: What are the benefits of each?

*  How does the interest rate affect a house payment or size of home for the buyer?

*  What is the process of purchasing a home?

*  What are the qualifications for purchasing a home?

 

*  Obtain a free Pre-Approval Letter and then receive a free appraisal.

*  Drawings to win a free home inspection, free home warranty and other surprises

 

This free seminar takes place Thursday, April 27, 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, April 29, 10-noon at the Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. in Irving. Parking is free.

 

Seating is limited. Please reserve your seat by texting/calling:

 

Nancy Russell at 214-707-1356

Rob Russell at 972-835-6093

Renee Michon at 248-707-0260

 

Please provide your name, number of attendees and which date you would like to attend.

 

 

House of DIFFA Celebrates Fashion, Design, Philanthropy


House of DIFFA Celebrates Fashion, Design, Philanthropy

 

DIFFA/Dallas’ black-tie gala, House of DIFFA Arabesque, takes place Saturday, May 6, at the Omni Dallas. This extraordinary fashion experience includes the Ebby Halliday Silent and Live Auctions, a seated dinner, an exciting mix of philanthropy, theatrics and DIFFA/Dallas’ legendary runway production for close to 2,000 patrons enabling grants for HIV/AIDS service organizations in North Texas.

 

DIFFA/Dallas, formed in 1984, is the only HIV/AIDS organization in Texas that provides funding to local HIV/AIDS service organizations within our community. Highlighting the design community, the nonprofit hosts multiple events throughout the season including Burgers & Burgundy, DIFFA/Dallas Wreath Collection and House of DIFFA. Through your support and generosity, DIFFA/Dallas is able to make a significant impact in our community.

 

For more information and tickets, visit diffadallas.org.

 

Mark Your Calendar for the Hollywood Home Tour


Spring means many things to many people, but one thing it means to those of us who love homes is it’s time for home tours. At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 26th Annual Hollywood Home Tour, which takes place the weekend of April 28-30.

Mark Your Calendar for the 26th Annual Hollywood Home Tour

 

This year’s tour includes five historic homes, open Friday, April 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. for a special Candlelight Tour, and Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, from noon to 5 p.m. It also features Hollywood Art in the Park on Sunday, where you’ll experience an outdoor marketplace with local artisans and craftspeople, delicious food trucks and music – all set in this Old East Dallas neighborhood’s beautiful Lindsley Park.

 

 

Mark Your Calendar for the 26th Annual Hollywood Home Tour

6804 Vivian

The architecture-filled weekend also includes an auction party and art fair. Click here for details.

 

Mark Your Calendar for the 26th Annual Hollywood Home Tour

1014 Clermont

Hollywood/Santa Monica, with approximately 750 homes, was mostly built in the 1930s. It stands between the Santa Fe Trail to the west and north, East Grand Avenue to the east and Valencia Street to the south. The neighborhood is a conservation district and has one of the largest collections of stone-embellished Tudor homes in the nation. Hollywood/Santa Monica’s location makes it close to many things, including downtown Dallas, yet it offers an unusually peaceful setting of rolling hills and tree-lined streets – a sort of city within the city.

 

Mark Your Calendar for the 26th Annual Hollywood Home Tour

910 Monte Vista

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Home Tour will benefit the Lumin Lindsley Park Community School, J.L. Long Middle School, and Eduardo Mata Elementary School.

 

Mark Your Calendar for the 26th Annual Hollywood Home Tour

506 Newell

Tickets for the Hollywood Home Tour are available at hsmna.org, Curiosities at 2025 Abrams Road, and at tour homes on both days of the home tour.

 

Mark Your Calendar for the 26th Annual Hollywood Home Tour

 7003 San Mateo

Interested in learning more about the residential real estate market in Hollywood/Santa Monica? Contact an Associate at Ebby’s Lakewood/Lake Highlands Office today.