Dying Easter Eggs

Published by in Other on April 14th, 2014

 

 

There are many family traditions for Easter but there’s no need to buy special kits for dyeing Easter eggs—all the ingredients you need are probably already in your cupboards. This recipe uses liquid food coloring, but you can also use paste. Experiment with combining different colors to produce new shades—for instance, 17 drops of yellow and 3 of red will produce a brilliant orange.

 

For the ingredients, instructions and some other ideas see the full article on my website.

Ingredients

For each color

  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • About 20 drops liquid food coloring
  • White-shelled hard-boiled eggs

Preparation

To make 1 color
Line large baking sheet with paper towels and top with wire cooling rack.

In small bowl or cup, stir together 1/2 cup boiling water, vinegar, and food coloring. Immerse eggs in dye, turning occasionally to ensure even coating, until desired color, about 5 minutes. Using slotted spoon or tongs, remove eggs from dye and transfer to rack to drain. Refrigerate when dry.

Test-Kitchen Tips Here are some ways to create designs on your eggs:

  • Wrap a portion of the egg with a rubber band before dying. Once the egg is dry, remove the rubber band to reveal the white, undyed strip underneath.
  • Another way to block off portions of the egg: Affix stickers or tape in shapes such as daisies or dots before dyeing. Remove once the egg is dry.
  • A third way to block off portions: Before dying, draw on the egg with a light-colored crayon or wax. If desired, once the egg is dry, the wax can be softened by holding the egg over a candle flame and then wiped off.
  • All three of these methods can also be used to create two-toned eggs: Dye the whole egg a light color, such as pink, and let it dry. Then wrap the egg with a rubber band, affix stickers, or draw a design in crayon. Dye the egg a second color, such as blue. Once dry, remove the rubber band, stickers, or crayon. The areas blocked off will remain the first color (in this case, pink), while the rest of the egg will turn a combination of the 2 colors (in this case, purple).
  • Dip a portion of the egg in one color and another portion in another color. If the two sections overlap, that area will turn a combination of the two colors.

Meet Tabitha

Michael and I are excited to have Tabitha Gomez joining our MagnumOne Realty Family. She brings over 25 years of real estate and mortgage financing experience with her and grew up locally so knows the Sacramento area well. She and her husband, Michael, live in Rocklin, enjoy boating, water skiing, good wine, and love Hawaii. Now you know why they will fit in with our team so well. Tabitha is client orientated Realtor and strives to match her clients with the right property and close each transaction efficiently and smoothly.

Home Prices

The rain has passed and we are enjoying the first real warm days of the year. As ready as I am for spring and being outdoors more often, I hope we still have some cooler days before we move into the hot days of summer. With the lack of rain and low water levels in our lakes and reservoirs this could be a long hot and dusty summer.

What is going well are home values and prices in the Sacramento area. If you want to learn move, check out my weekly real estate column, “Sacramento Area Home Prices,” over at Rocklin & Roseville Today and Sacramento Today.

WANTED: EMPLOYED 25- TO 34-YEAR-OLDS TO BUY HOUSES

Published by in News on April 4th, 2014

According to statistics from the Bureau of Labor, the number of employed people aged 25 to 34 is lower now than it was in the 1980s, which spells trouble for the housing market since this demographic group will struggle to become prime candidates for buying houses. The economic impact of a lack of first-time buyer sales has caused some experts to describe the market as looking a bit soft.

New Rocklin Listing

2609 A.Fnt_002Zephyr Cove – Rocklin (95677): Spacious ground floor condo in the very desirable gated community a Pacific Sunset in Rocklin.  This condo features two large bedrooms, two full bathrooms in 1,087 square feet of living space.  The unit includes wood burning fireplace, private patio, all kitchen appliances, washer & dryer and is immaculately maintained.  More Information -  Virtual Tour -   Photos

Offered at $184,900

Distressed Housing Market

 

In years past I specialized in helping clients avoid foreclosure by doing a short sale.  At one time I recall working on 25 short sales at the same time.  Today we do not have a single short sale listing.  I know there are still a few out there so looked up some numbers.  If you are interested in finding out how much a part of total sales were distressed during the recession,  how they have declined over the past five years, how home prices have increased and where they are expected to go this year, check out my weekly real estate column, “Distressed Housing Market Shrinking,” over at Rocklin & Roseville Today.

Flood Insurance and Selling Tips

Earlier this week, President Obama signed the “Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act” into law. This law repeals FEMA’s authority to increase premium rates at time of sale or new flood map, and refunds the excessive premium to those who bought a property before FEMA warned them of the rate increase. The bill limits premium increases to 18 percent annually on newer properties and 25 percent for some older ones. Additionally, the bill adds a small assessment on policies until everyone is paying full cost for flood insurance.

With the spring home selling season starting, my weekly real estate column has some tips for homeowners considering listing their homes. Check out “Four Tips for the Spring Home Selling Season” over at Rocklin & Roseville Today and Sacramento Today.

New Roseville Listing – Doyle Ranch

4635 Farrier Way – Roseville (Doyle Ranch): Just west of Roseville, along the beautiful Dry Creek Woodlands sits Doyle Ranch and this wonderful large family home which features 4 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms in over 3,800 square feet of living space. In addition to the four bedrooms there are two large game/bonus rooms which could be bedrooms. This home has it all and then some. InformationVirtual TourPhotos

Offered at $619,650

Wind, wind, go away!

Published by in Other on March 20th, 2014

After the breezy days earlier this week I am not sure I want it come back another day! Too much pollen and with the days getting longer I want to spend more time outside. I just read a recent article about a recent Zillow survey where they reported 10 percent of all renters want to buy a home. The article indicated these renters eager to buy were first time buyers which seemed strange to me as the number of first time buyers has been declining. I am sure many of the renters are not first time buyers but former homeowners who lost their homes to foreclosure or short sales and are now ready to get back into a home of their own. If you want more details, check out my weekly real estate column, “Renters Eager to be Homeowners,” over at Rocklin & Roseville Today and their sister online newspaper, Sacramento Today.

Housing Recovery

The national and local housing market continues to have positive momentum even if consumer attitudes appear to be in flux on a month-to-month basis. A February housing survey released by Fannie Mae is the basis for my opening sentence. If you are interested in the details and how consumers views have been changing, check out my weekly column, “Housing Recovery Still Moving Forward,” over at Rocklin & Roseville Today and Sacramento Today.

From my perspective, the local housing market has shown some positive momentum over the past few months. It would be nice to see more listings come on the market but there is clearly more balance between buyers and sellers than this time last year. I would estimate at least 50 percent or more of our offers have competition but at the same time, we are experiencing more negotiations to get homes in contract. The best news is we are seeing a greater number of clients who want to trade up, sell the home they own now and buy a different one. Some of these are size related moves while others are moving from one community in the area to another.

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