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I’I’m A Souper Cook!By Angie Bridgesfirst soups I “mastered” ...chicken noodle. However, over the years I’ve tweaked it many times and have landed on this version. Lastly, I’d like to recommend that you purchase a stick blender. It’s a great tool for pureeing your creamy soups like potato, or the myriad of veggie ones (cream of broccoli). I love it because you don’t have to transfer your soup to a blender or processor, but instead, you use your immersion blender in the soup pot and voila! Creamy deliciousness. May your holiday and new year be filled with love, laughter, family, friends and SOUP! Until 2019, Ciao for Now, AngieVelvety Chicken Noodle SoupYou’ll Need: 1 Tbs butter and 1 Tbs olive oil, 1 Cup chopped yellow onion, 1 cup sliced carrots, 1 cup sliced celery, 3 garlic cloves, minced, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper,1 tsp fresh thyme, 1/2 tsp salt & pepper, 10 cups chicken broth, 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken, 1 cup half-and- half (or whole milk) 4 cups uncooked wide egg noodles, and sliced green onion forfreezing temperatures and the contracting nature of Flagstone in the same conditions. Daily, as temperatures fluctuate, the water and stone move against each other, causing friction and flaking. A great solution, especially if you have a salt water pool, is to seal the stone with Solexene sealer which will help keep the stone dry.I hope you find these tips useful. I’d be happy to service your deck and patio today! Just call Barry Hagendorf’s Deck and Patio Care at (210) 822-9147 for a free estimate or visit for more information.garnish.Directions: Heat the butter and olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Sauté for around 8 minutes until the veggies start to become soft. Add flour, oregano, salt & pepper, and thyme. Stir and cook for 3 minutes. Then, add the broth and stir, and increase the heat to medium-high. Bring the soup to a boil, without stirring, and allow to boil for 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, partially cover the pot, and simmer for 20 minutes. Taste for seasoning. (it may need a touch more s & p) Add the chicken, half- and-half, and noodles. Cook for 10 minutes until the noodles are tender and the soup has gotten a little thicker. Serve warm with green onions. Enjoy! One last tip: When reheating this soup, sometimes it gets thick because of the noodles, so you may need to add a little more broth or water to thin.m a soupoholic. I love soup year- round, even in the summer you can find me enjoying soup forlunch or dinner at least two to three times a week.I personally find it to be a quite satisfying and comforting meal. Plus, making soup is so easy. Also, most soups freeze beautifully, so it also makes a great freezer filler for those nights when you’re too worn-out to cook. Plus, the variety of recipes out there is staggering. You can stay safe with a classic chicken or beef vegetable soup or test the waters within a global cuisine that you may fancy.Like French food? Try out French onion soup which is rich and cheesy at the same time. Greek? Avgolemono soup hits the spot. Chinese? There’re countless offerings from classic wonton, and many ramen varieties. I could quite literally go on for hours about soup and the different variations there are. For today, I’m going to keep it to one of theABy Alissa Reinhards any homeowner can tell you, the harsh climate in South Texas can be detrimental to your outdoor space.And of course there are other circumstances that can take a toll including lack of proper care the presence of surrounding structures, like a pool. With over 20 years of experience, I hope I can provide you with some insight about how to properly care for and expand the life of your deck and patio – making it a beautiful place to entertain and spend time with loved ones.Does your wooden deck just look... bad? Age could be a factor. Unprotected wood only lasts for 9-14 years. I recommend that you clean the wood on your deck and seal it with an oil-based penetrating sealer to extend its life and beauty. After years of trial and research, I recommend Barry Premium Blend oil-based penetrating sealer designed to look for dry cell structure in the wood. It will penetrate first to the bottom of the cracks, nail holes and knots. Barrys Premium Blend will protect from the surface down, actually stabilizing the cell structure of the wood.Let’s move on to pebblestone. Proper care is important. Moisture can penetrate the stones and changing temperatures can expand that moisture, wedging the rocks loose – especially around a pool. On both new and older pebblestone, be sure to acid wash the film of concrete off the rocks. Then, oxidize the surface to kill mold and mildew. Finally, use a clear acrylic sealer to lock the stones to restore it’s natural, wet look.And finally, let’s talk about Flagstone. With winter approaching, Flagstone can flake and chip due to the combination of the expanding nature of moisture inAngie Bridges is owner of Copa Wine Bar inStone Oak along withher husband, Jeff Bridges. Angie is also the founder of the Taste of the Northside Fiesta event and is the original Queen of the Vine.Cost Effective Repairs Sellers Can Do To Get The Best Sales PriceYBy Gina M. Sohmerou would be surprised how just the smallest things can help you get a great price for your home!So, if everything in your home is important, where should you start when you only have so much time and money? Here are some cost effective repairs to start with:Paint: It’s the cheapest and easiest way to make your home look clean and fresh! Light and neutral colors appeal to most buyers, and make rooms look larger. The whole house doesn’t necessarily need painting! Only those areas with dark, dirty, or chipped paint would really need it. Bonus! You can do it yourself – but, if you don’t have a steady hand, hire someone who does!Lighting: Good light makes spaces look larger. Make sure that all of the light bulbs and light fixtures work properly. Replace those that need replacing.Bathrooms: Super Clean them! Make sure that everything works from the toilet to the faucets. Sometimes a new toilet seat can do wonders for a toilet. Bonus! You don’t need a plumber to replace one.Does it Work? Go through your home and make sure that everything functions the way it is supposed to. Doors, locks, garage door, windows...all of these items should be in good working order. If it is super hard to get that front door open, the buyer will take note of it right away, and wonder what else doesn’t work. Mechanical items such as HVAC and sprinkler systems should also be working correctly!Call me to help you figure out what You need to do to get Your Home ready for selling season and to get the best price possible.Gina M. Sohmer, is a veteran, a 2nd-Generation REALTOR®, a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute, a Seller’s Representative Specialist, an Accredited Buyer’s Representative, and a member of the Phyllis Browning Company. You can reach her at or(210) 608-0650.Gina M. Sohmer, is a vet- eran, a 2nd-Generation REALTOR®, a Graduate of the REALTOR® Institute,a Seller’s RepresentativeSpecialist, an AccreditedBuyer’s Representative,and a member of thePhyllis Browning Company. Reach her at or (210) 608-0650.22www.heloteshighlights.comDecember/January 18 -19

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