Feeding Birds In Winter

Do not forget about your feathered friends this holiday season.   Here are a few ways to feed our local wintering fowl in the area.

Types of Foods Backyard Birds Enjoy

1.) Black Oil Sunflower Seed

2.) Cracked Corn

3.) Thistle Seed

4.) Peanuts

5.) Fruit- Such as oranges, grapes, and apple slices

6.) Suet ( Animal Fat)

Make sure to also provide a clean an unfrozen water source for the birds as well.  Sit back and enjoy all of the colorful winter birds that will visit your feeding area.   The perfect thing to enjoy over a hot cup of coffee in the morning!

To learn more about feeding backyard birds… Check out this article

 

 

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Peppermint Friendship Fudge

There is something special about sharing a handcrafted treat with your friends and family.   This easy no-bake recipe comes together in 15 minutes!   Ready to eat in the time it takes to watch White Christmas!
What You Need
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25 Servings
pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
cups powdered sugar
pkg. (4 oz.) BAKER’S Unsweetened Chocolate, melted
pkg. (4 oz.) BAKER’S White Chocolate, melted
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
1/4 cup chopped hard peppermint candies

Create it! 

1 Spray 8-inch square pan with cooking spray. Line with parchment, extending ends of parchment over sides. Spray with additional cooking spray.
2 Beat cream cheese in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, mixing well after each addition.
3 Spoon half the cream cheese mixture into separate bowl. Add unsweetened chocolate; mix well. Press onto bottom of prepared pan, using moistened fingers.
4 Add white chocolate and peppermint extract to remaining cream cheese mixture; mix well. Press into even layer over chocolate layer in pan. Smooth top with a spatula. Sprinkle with candies.
5 Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm. Use parchment handles to remove fudge from pan before cutting to serve.

 

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 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.