10 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 at these exceptional properties.

 

1 PEMBERTON

6515 Pemberton Drive | Dallas | $1,875,000

 

2 WALNUT

5953 Walnut Hill Lane | Dallas | $1,695,000

 

3 CORNET

1840 Cornet Court | Prosper | $1,489,000

 

4 SILVER L

9191 Silver Leaf Court | Little Elm | $1,080,000

 

5 THISTLEDOWN

1616 Thistledown Drive | Plano | $1,050,000

 

6 SAVANNAH

1 Savannah Court | Frisco | $769,900

 

7 COLLEGE

703 N. College Street | McKinney | $710,000

 

8 MAPLE_960

550 Maple Lane | Colleyville | $699,999

 

9 STEINBECK

5021 Steinbeck Street | Carrollton | $699,900

 

10 MITCHELL

3012 Mitchell Way | The Colony | $475,000

 

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

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 at these exceptional properties.

 

1_Braewood

39 Braewood Place | Far North Dallas – Glen Abbey | $3,797,000

 

2_6034 PARK

6034 Park Lane | Preston Hollow | $2,295,000

 

3_6614 BROOKSHIRE

6614 Brookshire Drive | North Dallas | $2,199,000

 

4_4128 BRYN MAWR

4128 Bryn Mawr Drive | University Park | $1,725,000

 

5_7010 STONE MEADOW

7010 Stone Meadow Drive | North Dallas | $1,298,000

 

6_9191 SILVER LEAF

9191 Silver Leaf Court | Little Elm | $1,080,000

 

7_1628 GLADEWATER

1628 Gladewater Drive | Allen | $975,000

 

8_220 HIGHLAND

220 Highland Oaks Circle | Southlake | $715,000

 

9_1686 SANDIA

1686 Sandia Lane | Frisco | $524,900

 

10_4609 FERN GLEN

4609 Fern Glen Drive | Plano | $395,000

 

11_704 CLIFFSIDE

704 Cliffside Drive | Richardson | $383,000

 

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

Delightful Dog Treats to Make at Home


A patient dog with a dog treat balancing on his nose

 

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 and keep an eye on what he or she eats. Here are some quick and easy recipes that make safe snacks for your pooch.

 

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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.

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 at these exceptional properties.

 

1_6243 FOREST

6243 Forest Lane | North Dallas | $2,245,000

 

2_3120 PURDUE

3120 Purdue Avenue | University Park | $1,729,000

 

3_5128 HORSESHOE

5128 Horseshoe Trail | Dallas | $1,525,000

 

4_6114 NORWAY

6114 Norway Road | Preston Hollow | $1,399,000

 

5_2905 MOONGOLD

2905 Moongold Court | McKinney | $975,000

 

6_2007 SLEEPY HOLLOW

2007 Sleepy Hollow Lane | Heath | $779,000

 

7_7413 SUGARBUSH

7413 Sugarbush Drive | Garland | $715,000

 

8_4354 WESTSIDE

4354 Westside Drive | Highland Park | $710,000

 

9_1100 BRAZOS

1100 Brazos Drive | Southlake | $645,900

 

11_4661 MIRA VISTA

4661 Mira Vista Drive | Frisco | $550,000

 

12_3625 WAGON

3625 Wagon Wheel Way | Celina | $399,900

 

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3201 Blair Oak Drive | Rowlett | $395,000

 

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

7 Smart Homes Worth Studying


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.

 

1_2104 WILLOW BEND

2104 Willow Bend Drive | Plano | $5,999,000

 

2_2021 GRANADA

2021 Granada Trail | Westlake | $2,799,950

 

3_4818 IRVIN SIMMONS

4818 Irvin Simmons Drive | North Dallas | $2,750,000

 

4_1271 SHELBY

1271 Shelby Lane | Celina | $2,100,000

 

5_6301 THERESA

6301 Theresa Lane | Colleyville | $1,899,000

 

6_455 TOSCANA

455 Toscana Circle | Gordonville | $1,100,000

 

7_3663 BRIAR TREE

3663 Briar Tree Lane | Frisco | $790,000

 

To view all the incredible smart homes available across North Texas, visit the mobile-friendly Ebby.com.

Earth-Friendly Ways to Minimize Waste


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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.

 

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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.

8 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 at these exceptional properties.

 

1_Castlebridge

8124 Castlebridge | The Colony | $1,230,000

 

2_coventry

2013 Coventry Place | Keller | $870,000

 

3_MIDCREST

6858 Midcrest Drive | Dallas | $810,000

 

4_ST ANDREWS

222 Saint Andrews Drive | Mabank | $779,000

 

5_WIDGEON

5689 Widgeon Way | Frisco | $719,000

 

6_WESTSIDE

4354 Westside Drive | Highland Park | $710,000

 

7_BENWICK

404 Benwick Way | Lewisville | $550,000

 

8_Tearose

6521 Tearose Drive | Plano | $374,900

 

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

10 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 at these exceptional properties.

 

1_Versailles

5880 Versailles Avenue | Frisco | $1,500,000

 

2_3156 BRIARWOOD

3156 Briarwood Lane | Frisco | $1,299,900

 

3_reserveg

5003 Reserve Court | Parker | $1,199,000

 

4_6936 KENWOOD

6936 Kenwood Avenue | Lakewood | $1,150,000

 

5_1136 KING MARK

1136 King Mark Drive | Lewisville | $919,900

 

6_4116 EDITH

4116 Edith Court | Midway Hollow | $849,000

 

7_5 WATERS

5 Waters Edge Court | Heath | $649,000

 

8_6216 PINON

6216 Pinon Trail | Royse City | $557,000

 

9_1318 PALM CANYON

1318 Palm Canyon Drive | Bryan Place | $414,900

 

10_Garden_Ridge

2615 Garden Ridge Lane | Arlington | $329,900

 

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

 

8 Outstanding Outdoor Spaces


With more sunny days and warm evenings ahead, the opportunities for outdoor entertaining are endless. Especially when your paradise is worthy of sharing.

Whether you’re hosting a backyard soiree or dining alfresco with family, these eight listings are sure to cause outdoor-space envy.

1 palm

4370 Palm Drive | Caney City | $7,580,000

2 indian creek

6312 Indian Creek Drive | Fort Worth | $5,200,000

3 brookshire

6614 Brookshire Drive | North Dallas | $2,199,000

4 spanish oaks

5300 Spanish Oaks | Frisco | $1,966,000

5 bison

1739 Bison Meadow Lane | Heath | $1,675,000

6 province

1212 Province Lane | Southlake | $1,150,000

7 san juan

1112 San Juan Court | Arlington | $899,000

8 leblanc

6201 Leblanc Drive | Plano | $798,000

To view all the stunning outdoor spaces available across North Texas, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly Ebby.com.

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 at these exceptional properties.

 

1_5813 BOSTON

5813 Boston Lane | McKinney | $2,299,000

 

2_6539 WAGGONER

6539 Waggoner Drive | Preston Hollow | $1,499,000

 

3_4515 BRIAR OAKS

4515 Briar Oaks Circle | Far North Dallas | $950,000

 

4_Vista-View

4101 Vistaview Court | Arlington | $950,000

 

6_newgate

5916 Newgate Lane | Plano | $924,976

 

5_FALCON POINT

109 Falcon Point Drive | Heath | $899,000

 

7_palmflower

857 Palmflower Avenue | Frisco | $799,000

 

8_briar-tree

3663 Briar Tree Lane | Frisco | $790,000

 

9_3726 WYCLIFF

3726 Wycliff Avenue | Oak Lawn | $580,000

 

10_nighthawk

732 Nighthawk Drive | Murphy | $485,000

 

11_s-clark

307 S. Clark Street | Rockwall | $399,750

 

12_SPRINGWATER

9519 Springwater Drive | Linwood Park | $350,000

 

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