Google Project Sunroof Lets You Calculate Solar Savings

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Google Project Sunroof is a new tool that lets you calculate your home’s solar power potential. Now you can compare what you are paying currently with your utility versus installing solar panels on your home and you can compare the cost.

Project Sunroof, a tool that calculates your home’s solar power potential using the same high-resolution aerial photos Google Earth uses to map the planet. After creating a 3-D model of your roof, the service estimates how much sun will hit those solar panels during the year and how much money the panels could save you over the next two decades.

Project Sunroof also simulates the shadows that typically cover your home on any given day and it tracks local weather patterns.The service relies on public utility rates in your area.

Project Sunroof is currently helping people save with solar in the following cities:
San Francisco Bay Area, Fresno CA and Greater Boston MA.
More cities and areas to come. Hopefully Orange County and Los Angeles will have Project Sunroof tool soon.

Is Solar Power Right For Your Home

Home Solar PowerGoing solar is the most popular thing in home improvement these days. In every neighborhood you see neighbors install solar panels on their roof. As costs have come down and technology has improved installing solar panels to feed a home’s energy needs has become popular.

Solar panels will reduce or eliminate your electric bill by generating your own energy thus being able to do away with a monthly electric bill. Being energy self sufficient and taking control of your home’s energy costs with whole house fans, LED bulbs and smart thermostats will allow you to take control of your energy costs.

Most solar installations costs somewhere in the $20,000 range but varies depending on the type of home you have, size and normal energy consumption. Although you canSmart Thermostat either lease or pay for solar, it seems that buying solar is the better long term option. With a lease, it is just that, a lease. You do not own the equipment and pay an agreed monthly payment for 20-25 years. At the end you still do not own the equipment. You also miss out on all the tax incentives offered by the federal and state that add up to thousands of dollars. If you were to sell your home in those 20 years the new buyer would also need to separately qualify to take over your lease. If you do not have the money to pay the upfront costs, this may be your only option but beware of downfalls in the future.

The better option, in my opinion, is to purchase the solar equipment. Not only do you get to own your solar installation outright, you benefit from all the tax incentives the government currently offers. You also do not have an agreed payment you have to make to the solar company or their financiers.

If you use up to your maximum allotment, you eliminate your electric bill. If you use less your electric company buys the excess from you.

If you do not have enough to purchase take out a small loan. Better yet, take out a home equity loan or a home equity line of credit. Your monthly payments should be low and your interest paid is tax deductible (talk to your tax adviser).

Rooftop Solar PanelsHelioPower is a solar company with over 15 years of solar installation experience with over 4,000 residential homes. What HelioPower does is custom design a system for your specific needs. They connect you to the utility grid, turn on the system, and start you generating your own clean energy. Any excess electricity your system makes is sold back to the utility, and you get the credit on your bill. HelioPower has a good rating and is a reliable company.

Skip Slack is the Local Residential Energy Consultant. Call him for more info or to setup an appointment. Be sure to tell him you found him here through the Enjoy Fullerton website. 949.233.9720

Here are common questions homeowners have about installing solar panels in their home.

  • What are the major components of a solar electric system?

PV Modules: Photovoltaic modules to convert sunlight into DC electricity. Inverters: Converts DC electricity into household power.

  • My neighbor has tall trees that shade my roof. Can I make my neighbor remove or trim his trees if I go solar?

You can certainly ask him to trim his trees, but he is under no legal obligation to do so UNLESS your solar power system was installed prior to the trees shading your roof. In other words, if the trees grow to a height that shades an existing solar energy system, the neighbor would be legally obligated to trim or remove the trees, foliage, hedge, or other obstruction.

  • What happens to my solar system during a blackout?

During a blackout, your solar PV system powers down. This is to ensure the safety of any utility workers who may be making repairs in your area.

  • I see that the PV system increases my home’s value. Won’t that also increase my property taxes?

No. In order to promote the use of renewable energy, the State has exempted PV installations from increased property taxes.

  • I live in an HOA (Home Owner’s Association). Will I be able to install a PV system on my home?

Absolutely! California Civil Code 2473, otherwise known as the Solar Rights Act, restricts HOAs and local governments from interfering with solar installations except for health and safety issues.

  • What is Net Metering? Home with Solar Electricity

See Question / Answer above.

  • How does having a PV system affect my utility billing?

You enter into what is known as a “Net Metering” contract with your utility. The utility continues to read your meter monthly. However, instead of sending you a monthly bill, they send you a statement showing your credits and debits. Your bill is settled annually on your anniversary date.

  • Does the system use batteries?

No, the system does not store electricity. If you are producing more power than you are using, your meter spins backwards. If you are consuming more than you are producing, your meter spins forwards. In the summer, your meter will spin backwards more often than during the winter.

  • What kind of maintenance does the system need?

The PV modules should be cleaned when dirty. No other routine maintenance is required. If you suspect a problem, please call us and we will come out and perform a thorough inspection.

  • How much space does the system use?

A 400kWh/month system uses less than 300 sq ft.

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Tasty Thanksgiving Recipes

Most of these recipes are from Trader Joe’s and Margie’s Easy Meals. Comment below if you plan on making one of these dishes or you have made one.

Other recipes are always welcome!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Thanksgiving Recipes
Thanksgiving Recipes
Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving Bowl

Thanksgiving Recipes

 

1 box TJ’s Organic Chicken Broth (optional)
1 cup TJ’s Wild Rice
2 TJ’s Organic Sage leaves (optional)
1/2 tsp TJ’s French Thyme
1/2 tsp TJ’s 21 Seasoning Salute
TJ’s Salt & TJ’s Pepper (to taste)
3 Tbsp TJ’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tbsp TJ’s Butter
1 package TJ’s Sliced Mushrooms
1 Tbsp TJ’s Balsamic Vinegar
1 package TJ’s Butternut Squash
1/4 tsp TJ’s Nutmeg
2 cups TJ’s Fully Cooked Turkey Breast or TJ’s Whole Roasted Turkey, chopped
1 can TJ’s Canned Corn
1 container TJ’s Turkey Gravy
TJ’s Cranberry Sauce
TJ’s Fried Onion Pieces
Bring 4 cups of chicken broth or water to a boil. Add wild rice, sage, thyme, 21 seasoning salute, salt and pepper. Bring broth back to a boil and then decrease heat to simmer until rice is tender, about 45 minutes. Meanwhile heat olive oil and butter in a medium pan on medium-high heat, and sauté mushrooms until caramelized, about 5-7 minutes. Drizzle mushrooms with balsamic vinegar and set aside. Prepare butternut squash using microwave directions. Carefully remove from bag and place into a bowl and sprinkle with nutmeg. Cover and set aside. Warm 2 cups of turkey in the microwave, for about 2 minutes. Cover and set aside. Warm corn using preferred method. Cover and set aside. Once rice is done, add turkey gravy and stir. After all items are cooked or heated, you are ready to build your Thanksgiving bowls. Use the wild rice and turkey gravy as a foundation and layer cranberry sauce and all other ingredients in rows. Top with fried onion pieces and enjoy!

Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 60 Minutes

 

Hot Spiced Cider
Thanksgiving Celebration Cocktail

Thanksgiving Recipes

Hot Mulled Cider (8 servings)

2 quarts apple cider
1 orange
4-5 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
dash ground nutmeg

• Pour the apple cider into a large saucepan over medium heat.
• Push the pointed ends of each whole clove into the skin of the orange and place the whole orange in the cider.
• Place the cinnamon sticks in the cider.
• Add the ground spices to the cider.
• Bring the cider to a simmer, without boiling, and allow it to simmer for about 15 minutes.
• Serve warm in mugs or heat-proof glasses.

Thanksgiving Celebration Cocktail (1 serving)

• Cut a lime into wedges.
• Squeeze the juice of one wedge into a champagne glass.
• Add 1 ounce of chilled cranberry juice.
• Fill the glass up with chilled champagne or prosecco (Italian sparkling wine).
• Add a couple of fresh cranberries to the glass for garnish.

 

Mom’s Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving Recipes

Over the years, mashed potatoes have evolved into enough complicated recipes to please anyone’s palate. And while garlic mashed potatoes are certainly delightful and gold Yukon potatoes mashed with sour cream, cream cheese and buttermilk are heavenly, there are occasions that call for just simple, back-to-basics mashed potatoes that don’t compete with a savory pan gravy – just like mom used to make. And Thanksgiving Day is certainly one of those occasions. (Serves 8)

4 pounds baking potatoes (russet or brown potatoes)
1/4 cup (half a stick) butter, at room temperature
2 cups milk
salt and pepper to taste

• Using a vegetable peeler, peel the potatoes and wash under cold running water. Cut each potato into quarters. If your potatoes are the really big ones, cut the quarters in half.
• Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil over high heat.
• When boiling, add 1 teaspoon of salt and the potatoes.
• Cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes completely and place back in the same pot.
• Place 1/4 cup (half a stick) butter and 2 cups of milk in a microwavable measuring cup or dish and microwave until hot, about 2 minutes.
• Using a potato masher or electric beater, gradually blend the hot milk and butter mixture into the potatoes until smooth and creamy.
• Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

Cornbread Dressing

Thanksgiving Recipes
Because the turkey in this Thanksgiving menu is baked without traditional stuffing, this cornbread dressing recipe is designed to bake outside of the turkey. Made rich with whole corn kernels and cream, it adds the perfect touch to your Thanksgiving table. (Serves 8)

6 corn muffins or cornbread (you can buy corn muffins at the store already made or bake your own born muffins or bread at home the day before – you need a total of about 5 cups of crumbled corn muffins or cornbread)
2 cups frozen whole corn kernels, thawed
4 celery stalks
1 yellow onion
4 tablespoons butter
1 and 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 and 1/2 cups heavy cream
3 eggs
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
• Spray an oven-proof baking dish with cooking spray or lightly butter the bottom and sides.
• Crumble corn muffins or cornbread into a large mixing bowl.
• Wash 4 celery stalks under cold running water. Finely chop into small dice.
• Peel and finely chop 1 onion.
• Heat 4 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat in a large skillet.
• When hot, add chopped celery and onion. Sauté until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in thawed corn.
• Pour over crumbled cornbread in mixing bowl and toss to combine well.
• In another mixing bowl, whisk together 1 and 1/2 cups chicken broth, 1 and 1/2 cups heavy cream and 3 eggs.
• Whisk in 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
• Pour mixture over cornbread mixture. Toss well to combine everything.
• Put dressing into prepared baking dish and cover tightly with foil.
• Bake for 20 minutes.
• Remove foil and bake for another 25 minutes until golden-brown on top.

 

 

Glazed Carrots

Thanksgiving Recipes
1 16-oz bag baby peeled carrots
4 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter
salt
pepper

• Place the carrots in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 8 – 10 minutes until carrots are tender but not soft and falling apart. Drain completely.
• In the same saucepan, heat 4 tablespoons brown sugar and 4 tablespoons butter together. Cook and stir over medium heat under combined and sugar is completely melted.
• Add cooked carrots and toss together.
• Add salt and pepper to taste.
• Glazed carrots can be made a day ahead and quickly heated in the microwave just prior to serving.

 

 

Fresh Green Bean “Casserole”

Thanksgiving Recipes
This is a fresh version of the traditional holiday green bean casserole, typically made with cream of mushroom soup – same idea but with fresh ingredients instead of canned. The sauce for this recipe can be made up to 2 days ahead and stored in the refrigerator. The green beans should be quickly cooked right before serving to retain their freshness and crisp texture. (Serves 8)

Sauce

2 shallots
1 garlic clove
1 sprig fresh sage
8 ounces cleaned and sliced crimini (baby portabella) mushrooms
8 ounces cleaned and sliced white button mushrooms
2 sprigs fresh thyme
4 tablespoons butter, plus additional 2 tablespoons for green beans
3 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup sherry
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 pounds fresh green beans
2 shallots

• Peel and mince the shallots.
• Peel and mince the garlic clove.
• Remove the fresh sage leaves from the stem. Discard the stem and chop enough of the leaves to equal 1 tablespoon.
• Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
• Add the minced shallots and stir for 2 minutes.
• Add the minced garlic and stir for 1 minute.
• Add the chopped sage, sliced mushrooms and 2 thyme sprigs to the pan. Sauté about 10 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
• Stir in 3 tablespoons of flour. Continue to stir and cook for 3 minutes.
• Add 3/4 cup of sherry, cooking and stirring until it starts to thicken.
• Add 3/4 cup heavy cream, lower heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, until bubbly and thickened.
• Season with salt and pepper to taste.
• If you are making this a day or two ahead, refrigerate until ready to use.

Green Beans

• Peel and thinly slice 2 shallots.
• Heat 1/2 cup oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
• When hot, carefully add the sliced shallots in a single layer. the oil should sizzle when you add the shallots.
• Let them fry until they turn brown and crisp but not burned. This will only take a few minutes.
• Remove the fried shallot from the pan with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel.
• Discard the cooking oil.
• Wash green beans under cold running water. Trim off and discard the stem ends.
• Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
• Add the green beans, stir to coat with melted butter.
• Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
• Sauté about 7 minutes until beans are bright green. They should be crisp-tender.
• Place beans on a serving platter or vegetable bowl.
• If you made the mushroom sauce a day or two ahead, heat it in the microwave for a few minutes until hot and bubbly.
• Pour the mushroom sauce over the green beans.
• Scatter the fried shallots over the top.

 

 

Baked Yams

Thanksgiving Recipes

To make a savory baked yam side dish for 8 people:

6 medium to large yams (buy yams that are as close in size as possible for even cooking)
1 stick of cold butter
cinnamon
salt
pepper

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
• Butter the bottom and sides of an oven-proof, baking dish.
• Cut the stick of butter into small cubes. To do this easily, simply make three slices lengthwise through the stick of better. Then give it a quarter turn to the next side and make three more slices lengthwise through the stick. Then slice through the stick from one end, spacing your slices about 1/4-inch thick. This will make perfect little cubes of butter.
• With a vegetable peeler, scrape the peels from the yams. Wash the peeled yams under cold running water.
• With a large knife on a cutting board, slice the yams crosswise into 1/2-inch thick rounds.
• Place a layer of the yam slices on the bottom of the buttered baking dish. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and cinnamon.
• Place a small cube of butter on top of each yam slice.
• Place a second layer of yam slices on top of the first.
• Sprinkle with salt, pepper and cinnamon.
• Place a small cube of butter on top of each yam slice.
• Continue this layering process until all of the yam slices are layered in the baking dish, making sure you sprinkle each layer with salt, pepper and cinnamon and dot each yam slice with butter.
• Cover the dish tightly with foil and place in preheated oven. Bake for 50 – 60 minutes until yam slices are very tender. The cooking time will vary depending upon how many other items you have cooking in the oven at the same time, how evenly your oven heats, and where the baking dish of yams is placed in the oven. So be sure to test for doneness. When the yams are fully cooked, a fork or knife should slide very easily right through them.

Because oven space can be at scarce on Thanksgiving Day, this dish can be made ahead of time and warmed up in the microwave oven before serving. Just be sure to remove the foil first before putting it in the microwave!

 

 

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving Recipes
There are those who like the traditional jellied cranberry sauce from a can and for them, it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving dinner without it. For those guests, just open a can, slice it and place the slices on a serving plate. For those of us who celebrate fresh cranberries when available in the grocery stores this time of year, this easy Fresh Cranberry Sauce will delight the taste buds with the tartness of fresh cranberries sweetened with juicy oranges and the welcome addition of ripe pears. This should be made a day or two ahead and stored in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to blend and mellow. (Serves 8)

1 seedless (navel) orange
1 green pear (choose one that is not yet soft but still a little under-ripe)
1 and 1/2 12-oz bags fresh cranberries
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans

• Wash the orange under cold running water. Cut it into wedges and place these in the bowl of a food processor with the chopping blade. Pulse twice to coarsely chop.
• Wash the pear under cold running water. Cut it into quarters. Cut out and discard the core from each quarter. Place these in the food processor with the oranges.
• Add the fresh cranberries to the food processor.
• Add 1/2 cup brown sugar to the food processor.
• Add 1/8 teaspoon salt to the food processor.
• Pulse everything until coarsely chopped. Do not over-pulse as you want the texture of the coarsely chopped fruit.
• Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
• Right before serving, stir in the chopped pecans.

 

 

Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving Recipes
Thanksgiving Day simply would not be the same without pumpkin pie. There are almost as many recipes and versions of pumpkin pie as there are stars in the sky. And while they are all delicious, below is a simple, traditional recipe that will satisfy the traditional Thanksgiving dinner lovers in all of us.

1 frozen 9-inch pie shell
2 pounds dried beans or pie weights
1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 15-oz can pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie filling, just the plain canned pumpkin)
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup half-and-half
1/4 cup (half a stick) butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 and 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
• Take the pie shell from the freezer and line it (bottom and completely up the sides) with a piece of foil.
• Pour enough dried beans or pie weights onto the foil-lined pie shell to fill it up to the edges.
• Place it on a baking sheet and place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
• Lift out the foil and the beans or weights. (If using dried beans, discard them as they cannot be used for anything else after this.)
• Place the empty pie shell back in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes until it starts to dry out and begins to turn golden.
• Remove from oven.
• In a large mixing bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese and pumpkin until well-combined.
• Add 1 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and beat for 1 minute.
• Add 2 beaten eggs, 1 cup of half-and-half, and 1/4 cup melted butter. Beat together 1 minute.
• Add 2 teaspoon vanilla, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice, and 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Beat for 30 seconds until well-combined.
• Pour the filling into the warm prepared pie crust on baking sheet.
• Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes until the edges of the filling are set and the center of the pie is still just slightly loose when jiggled. If the edges of the crust began to brown too much during baking, cover them with foil.

Whipped Cream
• Pour 2 cups cold heavy whipping cream into a large mixing bowl.
• Add 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
• Beat on highest speed until soft peaks form when you lift the beaters out.

Place the whipped cream in a serving bowl with a spoon to allow guests to serve themselves with either the pumpkin pie or the chocolate pecan pie – or both!

 

 

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Thanksgiving Recipes
Pecan pie is a wonderful thing and when chocolate is added, it becomes miraculous! This Chocolate Pecan Pie will make everybody happy.

1 frozen 9-inch pie shell, thawed
1 and 1/2 cups pecans
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

• Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
• Place the thawed pie shell on a baking sheet lined with foil for easy clean-up.
• Scatter the pecans and chocolate chips evenly over the bottom of the unbaked pie shell.
• Beat together 4 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup corn syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/8 teaspoon salt.
• Pour the filling over the pecans and chocolate chips in the pie shell.
• Bake for 50-60 minutes until the filling is set.
• Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting into slices.
• Serve with homemade whipped cream. (See pumpkin pie article for whipped cream recipe.)

 

 

 

 

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Black Friday Ads and Sales Going on Now Around Orange County

Black Friday is about getting the best shopping deals the day after Thanksgiving. Or at least, that the way it use to be. Lately the trend has been for stores to open earlier and earlier Friday morning until they opened the earliest they could, midnight. Then some stores started opening Thanksgiving day. This year, more or most stores will be open Thanksgiving Day at some point.

Regardless of how you feel about these new store hours. It is what it is. For me, I’ll be enjoying my Thanksgiving with friends and family and will leave the shopping to other days.

Pro Tips:

  • If you plan on going out shopping do your homework. Look at the ads and make a priority list and where to go first, second and so on.
  • Waiting in line to be one of the first is not worth it. Show up 5-10 minutes after the store opens and walk right in.
  • If you’re serious about getting what you want. Scope out the store the day before late in the day. Chances are employees are already going to be placing certain merchandise in different locations. Ask how many there are in stock. Alt least you’ll know exactly where to head.
  • Avoid the store altogether. See if the store will be selling the same products online at the same price. A couple of years ago I needed a new computer and Best Buy has a fantastic deal but people had been camping out for a week already and the store was only going to have 3 in stock. Chances were slim I would get one. I researched and found out that the same computer would be for sale at the stroke of midnight. I logged on at 11:55pm, waited 5 minutes, bought the computer and went to bed.
  • Some stores, will match others prices. Call stores in advance.
  • Buy everything online. Go to Amazon.com, Google shopping and store websites. Most companies will ship for free.
  • Google search for (store) promo codes. There are many promotional codes / coupon codes websites out there. You can strike an additional discount.
  • Buy before Thanksgiving. I’m finding out more and more stores, especially clothing stores like Macy’s, Kohl’s, JC Penny’s, are having the biggest sales with the deepest discounts the days prior to Thanksgiving.
  • Costco and Sam’s Club have their best deals the days leading up to Thanksgiving. They usually have a 1 or 2 day event.
  • Buy early. As the days lead up to Christmas there seems to be less discounts.
  • DO NOT buy the last weekend or days before Christmas. Retailers learned that there’s no need to offer discounts at this time. Those that still have to buy will have to pay full price.
  • Think outside the box. There are many retailers and companies offering discounts from cars to tires, garden tools to flooring, baby diapers to theme attractions.

Here’s are Some of the More Popular Deals and Stores:

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Best BuyThey will open their doors for Black Friday 2013 at 6pm Thanksgiving Night and offer tickets good for the purchase of doorbuster items as early as 4pm to people waiting in line.

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WalmartWalmart opens at 6pm Thanksgiving Day and has several items to be guaranteed in stock.

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Target – Pre Black Friday deals & daily doorbusters. Come back every day 11/24—11/27 to save on gotta-have gifts. Target’s Black Friday 2013 sale starts at 8 pm Thanksgiving Night!

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Macy’sThey have announced you can Shop All Night, from 8pm Thanksgiving Day to 1PM Friday & 7am – 1pm Saturday November 30!

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Old Navy – Black Friday sales at Old Navy have included multiple rounds of doorbusters, $5 graphic tees, and holiday pajamas for $8! Last year’s Old Navy video game giveaway was a free copy of Super Mario Bros. U for Wii U with $40 purchases. Sale starts at 7pm on Thanksgiving.

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Toys r Us – Black Friday sales at Toys “R” Us are anxiously anticipated every year, with as much as 32-pages of deals and often half-filled with doorbusters at up to 50% – 60% off. Black Friday sales start at 5 pm Thursday with doorbusters from 5 pm to 9 pm only!

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SearsThey’ll be kicking off the Black Friday 2013 savings at 8 pm Thanksgiving night with doorbusters on sale until 1pm Friday.

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Lowes – Sale starts at 5am on Black Friday.

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ACE Hardware – Ace Hardware is “The Helpful Place” for Hot Deals! For Black Friday 2013 hurry in to Ace Hardware’s 3-day After Thanksgiving Event. In previous years, the start time has been 7am on Friday morning.

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Kohl’sThis year’s Black Friday 2013 sale hours begin on Thursday at 8 pm and the once-a-year offer of $15 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent will be in effect!

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JC Penny’sDoors open at 8pm Thanksgiving Day.

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Bath & Body Works – Black Friday deals from Bath & Body Works are exciting because in the past they have offered VIP bag giveaways (valued at $100) and exclusive Facebook promotions as well as their Black Friday sale prices.

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Starbucks – A sweet tasting treat. BUY 1 GET 1 FREE When you purchase any Frappuccino Blended Beverage of equal or lesser value. Ends November 24th. Offer code 358. One-time use only.

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Verizon – Verizon’s ad shows free offers on the Motorola Razr HD and the Verizon Ellipsis 7-inch slate. Both offers require a two-year contract and are available only on Black Friday, November 29, according to the ad. Several of the deals shown in the ad will be available for the entire Black Friday weekend.

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Sprint – The “My Way Student Promotion” provides students with a full year of free calls, text messages, and data from Sprint. To qualify for the offer, buyers must purchase a Sprint phone at the student activated price through Best Buy and activate a new line via Sprint’s Unlimited, My Way plan. The plan offers unlimited talking and texting and 1GB of data per month for smartphones and unlimited calls and texts for feature phones. The promotion starts Monday and runs through January 4.

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Sam’s Club – Holiday VIP Event. VIP Treatment: Early Holiday Savings for Sam’s Club Members Only. Early Black Friday Savings. Get the VIP treatment at Sam’s Club with these limited-time holiday savings. Save big and get ready for the best holiday yet! Black Friday sale starts at 7am on Friday.

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Costco Black Friday prices as Costco include online offers and three days of sales starting typically on Friday and running through Sunday.

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Farrell’s – On Friday, November 29, Farrell’s locations will open from 6 – 11am to offer super special Black Friday deals that will only be available that morning. Special deals on gift cards, discounts on Farrell’s merchandise, free Farrell’s ice cream, and a chance to win a grand prize at each location worth over $300. We’ll be e-mailing you all the details on November 27, so keep an eye out!

 

Call it whatever it is Black Friday, Black Thanksgiving, Black November, plan accordingly and you’ll do alright. If you have any other tips, tricks or thoughts on holiday shopping, leave your comments below.

Halloween Jello Shots

Halloween PumpkinsHalloween is a few weeks away and those great Halloween parties are coming. Maybe you are hosting a Halloween party. One thing that will set your Halloween party on fire is jello shots. Not just any jello shots, but Halloween jello shots.

There are many jello shots out there but these will not only have a great Halloween look but will taste great!!

DEVILS KISS 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 envelope of Knox Gelatin and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Goldschlager, and 1/4 cup of Bacardi-151. Stir well and wait until the liquid has cooled before pouring into jello shot cups. if you double up the Knox Gelatin in this one you can eliminate the cup serve these up as jigglers!!

BLACK CAT 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 package of Raspberry Jello (3 oz) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Black Vodka, and 1/4 cup of Chambord. Stir well and wait until the liquid is about room temperature before pouring into jello shot cups.

BLACK WIDOW 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 package of Grape Jello (3 oz) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 3/4 cup of Blackberry Vodka and 1/8 teaspoon of Ginger Powder. Stir well and cool slightly before pouring into jello shot cups. For a schnazzy garnish, drop a single blackberry in each cup before chilling.

HARVEY WALLBANGER 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 package of Orange Jello (3 oz) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Vodka and 1/4 cup of Galliano. Stir well until completely combined and wait until the liquid has cooled before pouring into jello shot cups.

JAGERMONSTER 1 cup of boiling water . Dissolve 1 package of Orange Jello and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water , 1/2 cup of Jagermeister, and 1/4 cup of Grenadine. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

LETHAL INJECTION 2 cups of boiling water. Dissolve 1 package of Orange Jello (3 oz) and 1 package of Pineapple Jello (3 oz) and stir at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Add 1 cup of cold water followed by 1/4 cup of Amaretto, 1/4 cup of Coconut Rum, 1/4 cup of Dark Rum and 1/4 cup of Spiced Rum. Stir well and wait until the liquid has cooled before pouring into jello shot cups.

PAIN KILLER 3/4 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Pineapple Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/3 cup of Dark Rum, 1/3 cup of Coconut Rum and 1/3 cup of Orange Liqueur. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

Halloween Jello Shots

RED SILK PANTIES 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Cranberry Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Vodka, and 1/4 cup of Peach Schnapps. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

BROKEN HEART 1 cup of boiling water . Dissolve 1 package of of Orange Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Vodka, and 1/4 cup of Chambord. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

(my personal favorite) RED HEADED SLUT boil 1 cup water, add cranberry jello, 1/2 cup peach schnapps, 1/2 cup jager.

If you want more recipes read our previous How to Make Delicious Jello Shots post.

Happy Halloween!!

 

 

 

How to Make Delicious Jello Shots!!

Jello Shots for Any Real Estate PartyI remember the 1st time I tried a jello shot. It was on Halloween about 15 years ago somewhere in Hollywood. I remember this night because we decided to drive from the west side of Los Angeles through Hollywood.
Only problem was that they shut down the streets for the yearly Hollywood Halloween festival or whatever they do there. It took us 2 hours to drive 3 miles or so.

When we finally arrived at the party I was over it and wanted to leave but my friends didn’t, so I sat at on a stool at the table FULL of Jello Shots. I had never seen or heard of them. Needless to say, we became good friends that night. Ever since then, I’m the 1st to raise my hand when someone offers some Jello Shots.

So hear it is. I searched throughout and found the best Jello Shot recipes around. Take a look, pick your favorite and enjoy. Jello Shots are a fun, I’ll call it beverage, to bring out when you have friends over for drinks, hosting a party or watching the game.

 Here’s What You’ll Need

  • Jello Shot Cups – either paper or plastic will do but plastic is easier to use. Shot cups are the disposable shot cups you can find at Smart and Final or any Supermarket.
  • Jello mix – Depending on the recipe and the flavor you like will be what type to use. Each batch will make around 20 Jello Shots.
  • Booze – the classic Jello Shot uses Vodka but depending on the recipe you’ll use other alcohol. You can use any quality of alcohol but the super cheap stuff will be noticeable in taste.
  • Water – optional

Let’s Make Some Jello (Ingredients)

Here’s the recipe for the Classic Jello Shot:

Classic Jello Shot

  • 1 Cup boiling water
  • ½ Cup vodka
  • ½ Cup Schnapps (you pick the flavor) or 1/2 cup more of Vodka if if you don’t have Schnapps laying around.
  • 1 Small box jello (3 oz.) – Choose whichever flavor you like. Most people like Cherry, Strawberry, Lime and Orange.
  • Place the shot cups on a tray and fill each shot cup.
  • Refrigerate about 2 hours.
  • Enjoy with friends!!

The following recipes follow the same recipe but you substitute the booze and jello flavor.

Jello Shot Recipies (What’s Your Favorite) Pick Your Jello Shot

 JAGER BOMB boil 1 cup red bull (in place of water), add black cherry or orange jello, 1 cups jager.

MARGARITA boil 1 cup water, add 3 oz pkg lime jello, 4 oz tequila, 4 oz sweet & sour margarita mix. sprinkle with salt just before firm.
(substitue watermelon jello for lime for a melon margarita.

RUM & COKE boil 1 cups coke, mix in dark cherry jello add 1 cups light rum.

MIMOSAS this one varies from the normal method Since champagne isn’t as strong as liquor, cut the water out of this one. boil one cup champagne, mix orange jello 2 min, add one more cup champagne and a splash of OJ.

SILK Boil one cup champagne, mix in jello for 2 minutes, add one cup champagne and splash of lychee juice from the can.

ORANGE TIC TAC Boil two cups red bull, mix jello two minutes, add two cups mandarin orange vodka.

LEMON DROP boil 1 cup water, add lemon jello, citrus vodka, top with sugar sprinkles just before its fully set up.

GRAPE CRUSH boil 1 cups water, add grape jello, 1/2 cup plain vodka, 1/2 cup chambord.

HAWAIIAN boil 1 cup water, add pineapple or blueberry jello, 1 cup coconut rum.

GIN & TONIC boil 1 cup tonic water, add lime jello, 1 cup gin.

LEMON LIME boil 2 cups sprite, add lemon and lime jellos, 2 cups citrus vodka.

BLUEBERRY boil 1 cup water, add blueberry jello, 1 cup blueberry vodka.

FRUIT PUNCH boil 1 cups water, add mixed fruit jello, 1/2 cup blueberry vodka, 1/2 cup raspberry vodka.

WATERMELON boil 1 cup water, add watermelon jello,1 cup watermelon vodka.

BEER boil 1 cups water, add strawberry jello, add 1 cup any malt liquor.

CARIBBEAN boil 1 cup water, add strawberry-banana jello, Cruzan banana rum.

CHERRY COLA boil 1 cup coke, add cherry jello, 1 cup cold cola, 1/2 cup amaretto, 1/2 cup spiced rum.

DREAMSICLE boil 1 1/3 cup water & 2/3 cup OJ, add orange jello, 1 cup vanilla vodka 1/2 cup raspberry or berry vodka, 1/2 cup KeKe Beach Key Lime Cream Liqueur.

LIME IN THE COCONUT boil 1 cup water, add watermelon jello, 1 cup Malibu Coconut Rum.

RED HOTS boil 2 cups water, add jello, 1/2 cup cold water, 2 cups Cinnamon Schnapps.

SEX ON THE BEACH boil 1 cup cranberry juice, add 3 oz pkg orange jello, 3 oz peach schnapps, 5 oz vodka.

SOUR APPLE In microwavable container, mix 1 small box sour apple jello, 1 pkg knox gelatin and 1 tbs sugar. Stir in 1 cup Mt. Dew and mix well. Microwave on high for 1 min. Stir until powder is dissolved. Mix 2 cups vodka & 3/4 cup Captain Morgan Coconut Rum. mix well and let sit 1 min. pour into cups and refrigerate.

SQUIRM boil 2 1/4 cup water, add 3 small pkgs any flavor jello, 2 cups vodka, 3/4 cup ice cold water. add 1 gummy worm to each shot before firm.

CARIBOU LOU 1/2 cup boiling water 1/2 cup pineapple juice boiled, add pineapple jello, 1/2 cup Malibu Rum, 1/2 cup Triplesec.

JOLLY RANCHER boil 1 cup water, add melon jello, 1/2 cup vodka, 1/2 cup apple pucker.

PURPLE PEOPLE EATER boil 1 cup water, add grape jello, 1/2 cup vodka, 1/2 cup watermelon pucker.

BAHAMA MAMA boil 1 cup water, add watermelon jello, 1/2 cup Malibu rum, 1/2 cup peach schnapps.

COSMOPOLITAN boil 1 cup water with a splash of lime juice, add cranberry jello, 1/2 cup vodka, 1/2 cup triple sec.

CHERRY BOMB boil 1 cup redbull, add cherry jello, 1 cup vodka and drop in one maraschino cherry, step up before firmed.

BLUE FIRECRACKER boil 1 cup water, add berry blue jello, 1/2 cup vodka, 1/2 cup peach schnapps.

WHITE LIGHTNING boil 1 cup water, add pina colada jello, 1/2 cup vodka, 1/2 cup triple sec.

FUZZY NAVEL boil 1 cup water, add 3 oz orange jello, 2 oz vodka, 6 oz peach schnapps.

RED HEADED SLUT boil 1 cup water, add cranberry jello, 1/2 cup peach schnapps, 1/2 cup jager.

MOJITO 1 cup boiling water, 3 oz box lime jello, 6 oz white rum, 2 oz cold water. top with mint leaves chopped and crushed. (or substitue mint leaves with a splash of mint extract in the the boiling water.

STRAWBERRY DAQUIRI Boil 1 cup water, add 3 oz package wild strawberry jello, 6 oz white rum, 1 oz sweet & sour or margarita mix. Take it Up a Notch

DEVILS KISS 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 envelope of Knox Gelatin and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Goldschlager, and 1/4 cup of Bacardi-151. Stir well and wait until the liquid has cooled before pouring into jello shot cups. if you double up the Knox Gelatin in this one you can eliminate the cup serve these up as jigglers!!

ANKLE BREAKER 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 envelope of Lime Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of 151 Rum, and 1/4 cup of Cherry Brandy. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

FIRECRACKER 3/4 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Orange Jello and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/3 cup of Sloe Gin , and 1/3 cup of Spiced Rum and 1/3 cup of 151 Rum. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cup

KOMANIWANALAYA 2 cups of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Pineapple Jello and 1 box of Cranberry Jello (both 3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Amaretto, and 1/2 cup of 151 Rum. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

RAIN MAIN 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Orange Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Bacardi 151, and 1/4 cup of Melon Liqueur. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups

ADAM AND EVE 3/4 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Lemon Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Brandy, and 1/4 cup of Pomogranate Liqueur and 1/4 cup of Gin. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

ALABAMA SLAMMER 3/4 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 package of Lemon Jello (3 oz) and stir until everything is completely dissolved and then add 1/3 cup of coldwater. Next, add 1/3 cup of Amaretto, 1/4 cup of Southern Comfort, and 1/3 cup of Sloe Gin. Mix throuroughly until everything is well combined and the carefully pour into jello shot cups. Chill for 3 to 4 hours and serve.

ALL NIGHTER 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Cherry Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water and 1/2 cup of Watermelon Vodka. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

APPLE PIE 1 1/2 cups ofboiling water. Dissolve 2 boxes of Lemon Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Light Rum, 1/2 cup of Sweet Vermouth, 1/4 cup of Apple Brandy and 1/4 cup ofGrenadine. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

BANANA BOAT 1 cup of water. Dissolve 1 box of Pineapple Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Coconut Rum , and 1/4 cup ofBanana Liqueur. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

BANANA SPLIT 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Strawberry Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Vodka, and 1/4 cup ofBanana Liqueur and 1/4 cup of Creme de Cacao. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

BAT OUT OF HELL 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 package of Orange Jello (3 oz) and stir for at least 2 minutes until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of Red Bull, 1/4 cup of Rumand 1/4 Blue Curacao. Stir until well combined and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

BERMUDA TRIANGLE 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Orange Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Spiced Rum and 1/4 cup of Peach Schnapps. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot

BLACK CAT 1 cup of boilingwater. Dissolve 1 package of Raspberry Jello (3 oz) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Black Vodka, and 1/4 cup of Chambord. Stir well and wait until the liquid is about room temperature before pouring into jello shot cups.

BLACK WIDOW 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 package of Grape Jello (3 oz) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 3/4 cup of Blackberry Vodka and 1/8 teaspoon of Ginger Powder. Stir well and cool slightly before pouring into jello shot cups. For a schnazzy garnish, drop a singleblackberry in each cup before chilling

COUGH DROP 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 3 oz package of Strawberry Jello and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Jagermeister. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

CRYPTINI 1 cup of HotCoffee. Dissolve 1 envelope of Knox Gelatin and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/3 cup of Iced Coffee, 1/3 cup of Vodka, and 1/3 cup of Kahlua. Stir well and wait until the liquid has cooled before pouring into jello shot cups.

FRENCH TICKLER 1 cup of boilingwater. Dissolve 1 package of Orange Jello (3 oz) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Cinnamon Schnappsand 1/2 cup of Vodka. Stir well and wait until the liquid has a chance to cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

HARVEY WALLBANGER 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 package of Orange Jello (3 oz) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Vodka and 1/4 cup ofGalliano. Stir well until completely combined and wait until the liquid has cooled before pouring into jello shot cups.

JUICY FRUIT 3/4 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Pineapple Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/3 cup of Vodka, and 1/3 cup ofMelon Liqueur and 1/3 cup of Peach Schnapps. Stir well and cool

JAGERMASTER 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Orange Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Jagermeister, and 1/4 cup of Amaretto, and a just a splash of Grenadine. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

JAGERMONSTER 1 cup of boiling water . Dissolve 1 package of Orange Jello and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water , 1/2 cup of Jagermeister, and 1/4 cup of Grenadine. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

LETHAL INJECTION 2 cups of boiling water. Dissolve 1 package of Orange Jello (3 oz) and 1 package ofPineapple Jello (3 oz) and stir at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Add 1 cup of cold water followed by 1/4 cup of Amaretto, 1/4 cup of Coconut Rum, 1/4 cup of Dark Rum and 1/4 cup of Spiced Rum. Stir well and wait until the liquid has cooled before pouring intojello shot cups.

LONG ISLAND ICED TEA and measure 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 2 packages of Lemon Jello (3 oz) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of Cola and 1/2 cup of cold water. Now get ready to add the alcohol – 1/2 cup of Gin, 1/2 cup of LightRum, 1/2 cup of Vodka and 1/2 cup of Tequila. Stir until everything is well combined and let it cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

NINJA TURTLE 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Orange Jello and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Gin, and 1/4 cup of Blue Curacao. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

PAIN KILLER 3/4 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Pineapple Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/3 cup of Dark Rum, 1/3 cup ofCoconut Rum and 1/3 cup of Orange Liqueur. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

PIXIE STIX 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Lemon Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Southern Comfort, and 1/4 cup of Blackberry Brandy. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

RED SILK PANTIES 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Cranberry Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Vodka, and 1/4 cup ofPeach Schnapps. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

KINKY MALIBU BARBIE Boil 1 cup water, add peach jello, 1/2 cup Kinky Liquer, 1/2 cup Malibu Coconut Rum.

KILLER KOOL AID 1 1/2 cups of boiling water. Dissolve 2 boxes of Cranberry Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 3/4 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Vodka, 1/2 cup of Gin, 1/4 cup of Rum, 1/4 cup of Chambord and 1/4 cup of Triple Sec. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

BROKEN HEART 1 cup of boiling water . Dissolve 1 package of of Orange Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Vodka, and 1/4 cup of Chambord. Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

SCOOBY SNACKS 1 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 1 box of Pineapple Jello (3 oz size) and stir until fully dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, 1/4 cup of Melon Liqueur, and 1/4 cup of Coconut Rum . Stir well and cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

TIJUANA TAXI 2 cup of boiling water. Dissolve 2 packages of Lemon Jello (3 oz size) and stir at least 2 minutes until fully dissolved.Next, add 1 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Tequila, 1/4 cup of Blue Caracao and 1/4 cup of Tropical Fruit Schnapps. Stir until completely combined and give it a chance to cool before pouring into jello shot cups.

RUMMY BEARS 1 cup boiling water, add any random flavor jello and 1 cup berry vodka, 1 gummy bear in the center of each shot.

WOOWOO 2 cups boiling water, add 3 pkgs grape jello, 3 pkgs cranberry/raspberry jello, 3 pkgs strawberry jello, 3 cups vodka, 3 cups peach schnapps, 1 can grape juice concentrate and 1 can cran-raspberry juice concentrate (both undiluted!)

I hope you enjoyed your Jello Shot!! Enjoy with friends!

Please consume responsibly.

Portion of this post courtesy of www.orangepower.com

Updates to Your Brea Home’s Kitchen That Will Pay You Back

Whether you’re looking to make renovations to your kitchen to get more enjoyment and functionality out of it, or you’re looking to catch a potential homebuyer’s eye, there are several updates you can make to your Brea home’s kitchen that can help your chances of selling and can drive up value. Here are a few tips:

  • A great way to add some more counter space in your kitchen without ripping everything out is to install an island. Kitchen islands can provide a great surface away from the counter to prepare meals, organize utensils and serve other organizational purposes with all of the extra cabinetry and space a kitchen island can provide, according to online home design and DIY platform Traditional House. Also, kitchen islands are a relatively inexpensive fix when compared to other home improvement projects or a complete kitchen remodel. There are also a wide variety of islands that can fit any style of decor, including rectangular, round, antique and modern.
  • Adding molding to your Brea home’s kitchen can give it a more elegant feel. Also, molding breaks up extra space on the wall, floor and ceiling to not only give your kitchen a classy atmosphere, but make it feel more cozy as well.
  • Another great idea to make your kitchen seem more cozy is to install a breakfast nook in the corner. Having a breakfast nook or any large space for seating in the corner not only utilizes the corner in a brilliant way, but creates a place where people can sit and relax or have a chat.
  • Updating your kitchen hardware is an incredibly simple and inexpensive fix for your home. Old hardware can give your home a dated look, while new hardware is simple to install and cheap to buy. For a more rustic look, go for a nice, aged bronze color; or, if you’re more geared toward the modern look, stainless or brushed steel can give a kitchen a great look.

If you have any questions pertaining to buying, selling or getting the most out of your Brea, California home, please get in contact with me. I am a local agent and would love to offer my expertise.

 

 

Reasons to Make Green Upgrades to Your Fullerton Home

According to NPR, going green has been a trend taking businesses, car manufacturers and the real estate market by storm in the past decade. People are getting more environmentally aware and trying to employ environmentally friendly substitutes for everyday items. Making your Fullerton, California home more eco-friendly may seem like more hassle than it’s worth, but going green pays off.

The first reason to make eco-friendly improvements to your Fullerton home is that it will increase its value and make it more attractive to potential home buyers. Sustainable materials are more durable, utility bills won’t be as high, and the bonus of overall environmental protection are big draws for potential home buyers.

If you’re thinking more in the short term, your month-to-month utility bills can be decreased by installing energy-efficient devices. Devices you should consider choosing the green option for are washers, dryers, dishwashers, lighting fixtures and your HVAC system. These lower utility bills will put some change in your pocket and be a buying key point if you decide to sell. With the water-use restrictions in California, it’s helpful to have more environmentally friendly devices that don’t use as much water as conventional alternatives.

Needless to say, the biggest motivator in going green is to preserve the environment. Eco-friendly and sustainable materials make less of an impact on the environment than more traditional materials. Paints, adhesives and other items you generally don’t think about can be doing damage to your lawn or garden. Also, environmentally friendly materials create less waste once the house is eventually torn down (an event that will be hopefully many years away). Recycling also plays a big part in going green; before you toss something out, think of how it could be reused. Some inspiring “upcycling” projects that look great are wood pallet coffee tables and wine-crate magazine racks.

If you have any questions about environmentally-friendly trends in the Fullerton, California area, or buying a home with green features, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would love to help you with any and all concerns you have related to real estate in the Fullerton area.

Protecting Your Pet During the Holidays

If you have four-legged members of the families at your Fullerton home, it’s important to keep your pets safe and healthy during the holidays. Whether they get into a chocolate treat or accidentally bite on a tree light, there are many things you can do to safeguard your pets this holiday season. Here are some ways to keep your fury friends safe!

  1. Don’t feed them table scraps and other “people food” that they normally don’t eat. This can lead to stomach upset. Also, be wary of bones in holiday meats if you are planning to give your pet a taste.
  2. Keep holiday plants like lilies, hollies, and mistletoe out of reach. Also, be sure your pets aren’t drinking the water from your Christmas tree.
  3. Make sure to keep an eye on pets when they’re around holiday decorations. Many dogs and cats will inadvertently eat decorations, ribbon, tinsel, and more. If they do ingest something, consult your veterinarian immediately. It can often be difficult for pets to pass these kinds of things.
  4. Make it a point to keep chocolate cookies, candies and other caffeinated products out of your pet’s reach. These can lead to chocolate toxicity. If you suspect that your pet has ingested chocolate, contact your veterinarian immediately.
According to Dr. McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for Veterinary Pet Insurance, “Our data shows that most pet holiday accidents or injuries are related to pets eating people food or other holiday objects, such as tinsel, holiday houseplants, ornaments and ribbon. Whether it’s holiday food or decorations, pets have a knack for ingesting foreign objects, and it’s important for pet owners to keep unsafe items out of reach.”
One of the last things you need during the holidays is an unexpected (and expensive) trip to the vet, so keep these tips in mind when you’re readying your Fullerton home for the holidays.
Looking for a Fullerton home? I’m a local real estate agent who would love to help you find the Fullerton home of your dreams! Please contact me today.

Top 10 Tools for the First-Time Home Owner

Buying an home for the first time is exciting and thrilling! You’re no longer paying your landlord’s mortgage and you can do whatever you want to the space. Home ownership is a fantastic thing, but if you’re a first-time home buyer, one of the things you will miss the most is the ability to call your landlord when something breaks. Here’s a list of the top 10 tools that any first-time home buyer should have at the ready!

  1. Ladder: You don’t need anything fancy, but you will need a ladder for interior and exterior projects.
  2. Circular Saw: The first big wood project you undertake will have you wishing you had a circular saw if a hand saw is the only thing available. There are a variety of sizes, and cost usually depends on how big of one you need. Start small and work your way up the circular saw ladder!
  3. Cordless Drill: You will get a ton of mileage from a cordless drill. Look for a battery-powered one.
  4. Hammer: Seems obvious, but you don’t want to be caught without a hammer when you’re trying to hang-up pictures or art work
  5. Garden Hose: That spigot outside will be a lot easier to use if you have a garden hose. Don’t forget a good nozzle too!
  6. Tape Measure: Tape measures are cheap and useful, so grab one or a couple to stash in your toolbox or around the house.
  7. Level: A level will come in handy with your hammer for hanging pictures or installing shelves.
  8. Screwdrivers: Since you’ll need both flathead and Phillips head screwdrivers, look for a set that has both.
  9. Pliers: Not all pliers are created equal, so like screwdrivers, grab a set if you can find one.
  10. Stud Finder: Since you’ll be hanging up a lot of stuff in your new Anaheim Hills home, spend the money on a stud finder.
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