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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 …

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

On our last trip to the beach visiting my mother and father-in-law, she made this mac and cheese and we had to have the recipe. Today I am going to share with you an amazing, melt in your mouth mac and cheese full of calories but mmm, mmm, mmm good.

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
3 teaspoons seafood seasoning, divided
1/3 cup bread crumbs
8 ounces uncooked rotini (or other pasta)
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup sour cream
4 ounces smoked gouda cheese, grated
6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 1/2 teaspoons medium grind black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Fill a large pot with water and bring to boil. Melt one tablespoon butter.  In a small bowl, combine melted butter, 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning and bread crumbs. Set aside.

Add rotini to the boiling water and cook until al dente, according to package directions. Drain pasta and reserve.

In large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter and add flour. Cook over medium heat, whisking, three to four minutes, until golden. Gradually add milk to flour mixture, whisking. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly, then reduce heat to low.  Add the heavy cream, lemon juice, sour cream, gouda cheese, cheddar cheese and two teaspoons seafood seasoning, stirring until cheeses are melted and sauce is smooth.

Spray a 9-by-9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray and place cooked pasta and lobster in pan. Pour cheese sauce into pan and mix everything together.

Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture on top of mac and cheese and then bake for 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and the breadcrumbs are browned. Sprinkle with black pepper and serve.

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