Holiday Punch

If you are planning a special holiday get together consider creating a festive holiday punch for your guests to enjoy.  This punch can be dressed up or down with your favorite holiday flavors!

Braddock Street Jingle Punch

1 Large Bottle of Cran-Apple Juice

12- 12oz cans of Ginger Beer of your choice

Bourbon, or 1 bottle of sweet dry wine (To your personal preference or omit for a family-friendly take)

Two cups cranberries

Zest of ginger root

Zest of half a lemon

Slice three oranges

* If the punch is too tart add a simple sugar syrup to improve the flavor.

 

Chill, and offer ice for guests- This works great in a large drink dispenser. 

For garnish-  Cinnamon Sticks, Star anise, lemon slices, fresh mint, and extra cranberries.

 

What are your favorite ways to entertain holiday guests?   Share below we would love to hear from you!

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

 

Holiday Wreath Care

Looking to optimize your wreath for the entire holiday season?   Here are our best tips to keep your wreath green and merry all month long!

 

1.) Choose your location wisely.   If you are keeping your wreath indoors it may dry out more quickly than if it was kept outside for exterior decor.  Also, think about if the location could receive direct sunlight.

2.) Choose the wreath with care.  Check for signs of flexibility, softer needles, and no fall out when purchasing your wreath.

3.) Misting and Soaking-  Remove any decorations on the wreath that could be ruined by watering your wreath.   If your wreath is in a warm location it may need a soak in a tub, over a gentle mist.  Watch for dryness, yellowing, and needle fallout.

4.) Consider spring water- Tap or well water in our area has many minerals and mild amounts of chlorine that may not be ideal for your plant.   Consider filling your mister with clean spring water for best results!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

 

 

Holiday Feast Wine Pairings

Whether you are hosting or you want to be a superstar guest, knowing which wines will complement your holiday feast will enhance the meal for everyone involved.

TIP: Always remember to have some sparkling ciders and juices on hand for those who do not wish to participate.  Add some plastic flutes at the kid’s table and let them enjoy some Alpenglow

These recommendations are courtesy of our friends at THE SPRUCE EATS

The Whites

Riesling: A white wine that can either be bone dry or fairly sweet; excellent with any dishes that are spicy, salty or sweet. Whether from Alsace, Germany or Washington – Riesling wines are a top pick for a white wine for pairing with Thanksgiving dinner. Riesling’s innate flavors of apple, apricot and honey, and its clarifying acidity give it a significant pairing edge with the likes of sweet potatoes, turkey meat, and spice-laden or herb-filled stuffing.

Gewurztraminer: This white wine tends to have aromatic gusto and spicy palate appeal that give it a solid standing with turkey and gravy, bringing out the best in both. Gewurztraminer offers a delicious white wine option for Thanksgiving Day.

Sauvignon Blanc: This crisp white wine is known for its citrus-based flavors that can be surrounded by herb or mineral undertones, making it a prime pairing candidate for turkey and mashed potatoes.

Pinot Grigio: Capable of handling garlic and onions, herbs and rich, flavorful, high-fat dishes, this white wine is a natural for the demands of Thanksgiving Day.

 

The Reds

Pinot Noir: This red wine is a traditional favorite for Thanksgiving. Pinot Noir’s subtle earthy undertones and often mushroom-inspired flavors surround the fruit features of the wine and tend to show well with the traditional flavors of turkey and stuffing.

Zinfandel: A fuller bodied red wine that ups the intensity from a pinot noir but still maintain a balancing effect on many traditional Thanksgiving side dishes. This would be a great wine pick for those looking for a heartier red wine with the capacity to accommodate spice, bitter and sweet flavor profiles.

Syrah/Shiraz: The Syrah grape can bring a spicy edge or a meaty character to the table, often increasing the complexity while graciously handling the cornucopia of flavors in a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The prevalent peppery notes of Syrah partner well with the herb-infused stuffing and both the white and dark turkey meat.

Beaujolais Nouveau: A light, fruity red wine from the Gamay grape that goes quite well with turkey and all the fixings. This wine is released from France on the third Thursday of November, just in time to highlight your Thanksgiving feast.

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

 

Smells Wonderful! Simple Holiday POTPOURRI

One of the best parts about this time of year is spending a little extra time to make your home more welcoming for guests.   An easy way to do this is to shimmer a little seasonal magic right on your stove to make your home smell amazing!

 Holiday Potpourri Mix

  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks broken in half
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2-3 cups water

 

Feel free to add additional citrus and herbs that you love for your own unique blend. Simmer gently on the stove, add water as needed and enjoy!

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

How To Create A Cozy Reading Nook

Are you a bookworm?   Then it may be time to seek out a special space in your home to create for optional reading enjoyment.   This is an excellent way to stage a home for sale and make an empty nook more inviting for potential buyers.

Easy Tips

Chair- The chair should be comfortable with supporting arms.  Adding a stylish ottoman is not only functional but can be a fun way to incorporate additional color into space.

Side Table- You will need a narrow table to rest a mug of tea or coffee. Bonus if the table has storage or shelves for book displays.

Location- Find a spot that is quiet, but not too far away from regular foot traffic in the home.  Finding an area near a window is an added bonus!

Lighting- Essential for keeping reading going at any time of the day.  Look for lamps that are adjustable, and select lightbulbs specifically for reading.

Accessories- Adding a throw blanket or a little plant can make all the difference in your reading nook.

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

Peak Colors in the Valley

Sipping hot cider and jumping in your car to check out many of our beautiful local vistas might just be the best part of celebrating autumn in our area!

Here are a few links to help you determine your best route in the area to enjoy fall’s splendor this year!

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Virginia Department of Forestry 

Skyline Drive Hiking Information

Buzzard Rock Hike

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

How to store your fresh picked apples

One of the best and simple pleasures of living in the Shenandoah Valley is apple picking season!  We are lucky that we have so many choices for our apple picking adventures!

Check out the link below to find the best locations in the area.

https://www.virginia.org/fall/apples

 

Now that you have your peck of apples…What is the best way to preserve them?   Our friends at Gardners.com recommends the following tips.

1.) Carefully pick and avoid bruised apples.   The old saying is true that one bad apple will ruin others next to it.

2.) Temperature is key. Make sure that the apples are stored in a cool area.

3.) Wrapping the apple in kraft paper helps extend the life of the apple

4.) Do not need apples near other produce

Make sure to read the full article from the link above for more information!

Enjoy your crunchy apples!!

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.