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It's Showtime! What To Do and What Not To Do

The sign is up and you are ready to show your home off! In any market, a hot one or not, you need to have your house prepared to show as soon as you are live! What should you do and not do for a showing?

Upgrades and Repairs:

If your home has undergone some major changes since you purchased your home, you may want to list these out. Many people will never even look at these but if they are interested they will. Upgrading your brass knobs on your kitchen is not a big deal to the buyer,but a new furnace, hot water heater or brand new roof is. Any transferable warranty should also be noted.

The list doesn't have to be long as I've stated, most people will not even notice it unless they do and if they do, they are not going to read a long list. A simple record is fine. If a professional was called in to do work, show receipts.

Neighborhood Info:

Not everyone looking at your home is familiar with the area. Show off your neighborhood with any information you have such as if there is …

Pizza Dip


I wanted to share with you a dip recipe that I cooked up over the weekend. It combines all your favorite Italian ingredients into a dip! I hope you enjoy and please tell me what you thought of it! I love your feedback. Thanks!



What you need: 


1 small yellow onion 
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
3/4 pound ground beef (ground sausage or turkey meat work well too)
1 16 oz. jar of pizza sauce
1 small bag of Italian cheese
Parmesan Cheese to taste

1 large round loaf bread.(I used sourdough.)
Olive Oil
Garlic Salt
Rectangular Pan
Pam
Oregano
Pepper/ Salt

What to Do:

Preheat your oven to 400. 

Heat a dutch oven on the stove top with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, peppered and salted. Chop your onion into small bits. When the oil is smoking, add onions. Lower the heat to medium. Let them sweat until tender. You will see some brown on the bottom of the pan. Scrape this in with your onion. This adds flavor. 

When your onions are tender, add your garlic. Cook for a minute but don't not burn them.  

Add your meat, crumbling it in, not dropping the rectangular log into the pan untouched. Sprinkle your meat with salt and pepper. I use Cavenders a lot so if you have this, I would suggest it instead. When your meat is browned, drain the fat. 

Add your pizza sauce. Cook, stirring consistently until heated through. When the sauce is hot enough turn the heat off and place the top on.

Cut out the center of the bread, leaving a one inch border. With your fingers, hollow out the bread to leave about an inch at the bottom. Spray your bread bowl with Pam. Rub the outside of the bowl with your garlic salt. Place the bread bowl onto the rack  toast for about 5 minutes. 

When your bread is toasted, ladle your sauce into the bowl. Top with your Italian Cheese, Parmesan and bake until bubbly: about 10 minutes. 

While your bowl is baking, use a bread knife, place the cut-out bread onto a cutting board. Cut the bread in rectangular pieces so you can dip these. Place in a rectangular pan and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle your garlic salt on the bread and shake. Repeat until the pieces are covered pretty well. Sprinkle with oregano and pop into the oven for about 7 minutes. 

Once you pull your bread bowl out, top with oregano. Place on a pretty platter and arrange the bread cut outs around the bowl. 

Viola! 

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