Archive for June, 2013

Oven Eggs

I found this idea on Pinterest and then closed the app before I pinned it and couldn’t find it again. SO, I can’t take credit for it, but my kids and I both loved it so I wanted it somewhere permanent where I could share it and come back to it if needed.

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I have two growing teenagers and a five month old baby, so I need to make filling meals – quickly.

Here’s what I did:
•Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
•Spray muffin pan with cooking spray.
•Add whatever fillings you would like, if any. We used fresh spinach ripped up in pieces. We will be trying bacon pieces and cheese in the future.
•Crack egg into each cup.
•Season with salt, pepper, whatever you like (I love cayenne on my eggs!)
•Bake time is going to depend on how you like your eggs. I like mine WELL done so they were in for about 22 minutes.

We ate ours with toast (and salsa for my son) but they’d be even better with an English muffin.

Cucumber Cantaloupe Salsa

Living with oral allergy syndrome can stink. I don’t get to eat a lot of the fresh fruits and veggies that I love and the ones I can eat fresh aren’t always my favorite. In fact, even though I loved cantaloupe as a kid, I can hardly stand it now. So while it’s in season and on sale I’m trying to find new ways to eat it. My daughter and I already tried cantaloupe blueberry smoothies, which were great. Tonight we tried this salsa with OJ marinated pork chops for dinner. I thought it was awesome and got good reviews from the family. Husband thought it was missing something when it wasn’t eaten with the meat. I thought it was definitely worth sharing! Fresh, healthy and not cantaloupe-y. We also didn’t find it to be very spicy with 1 1/2 jalapeños. Serve with pork or fish.

Adapted from Good Housekeeping’s Line-Fighting Salsa recipe.

Finely Dice:
1/2 cantaloupe
1 cucumber
1-2 jalapeños
1 red onion

Add to large bowl & mix with juice of one lime & 1/4 t salt.

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Home Values are Increasing

Anyone involved in real estate (even those buying homes) has seen this going on and now with the numbers from MNAR, I can show you.

In 2008 we all noticed the dramatic drop in the market value of real estate. Month-by-month, our values steadily decreased until we plateaued mid-2009 through the beginning of 2011. Instead of starting upward, the numbers got lower than we imagined the could have. But in early 2012, we finally saw some improvement and values have steadily increased since. This is wonderful news for many homeowners, particularly those who bought in 2011. They are seeing quick equity in their investment.

Did this upswing in market values get you right side up again? Don’t go by your county tax estimated value – that does not reflect our current market at all! The only way to know for sure is to call for a free market analysis (or pay for an appraisal). 651-674-2639

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