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Happy Thanksgiving

One our favorite parts of our family's Thanksgiving celebration is the Beattie Pecan Pie. Here is my recipe for the decadent dessert. Enjoy!

 

 

YIELD

Makes 8 servings

ACTIVE TIME

35 min

TOTAL TIME

5 hr (includes making pastry and cooling pie)

INGREDIENTS      

·         Pastry dough

·         3/4 stick unsalted butter

·         1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar

·         3/4 cup light corn syrup

·         2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

·         1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

·         1/4 teaspoon salt

·         3 large eggs

·         2 cups pecan halves (1/2 pound)    

·         Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (for serving; optional)

PREPARATION    

1.      Preheat oven to 350°F with a baking sheet on middle rack. 

2.      Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 12-inch round and fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim edge, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang. Fold overhang under and lightly press against rim of pie plate, then crimp decoratively. Lightly prick bottom all over with a fork. Chill until firm, at least 30 minutes (or freeze 10 minutes). 

3.      Meanwhile, melt butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar, whisking until smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in corn syrup, vanilla, zest, and salt. Lightly beat eggs in a medium bowl, then whisk in corn syrup mixture. 

4.      Put pecans in pie shell and pour corn syrup mixture evenly over them. Bake on hot baking sheet until filling is set, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool completely. 

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In addition, we strongly recommend that you not include any sensitive information in your email correspondence to the parties who are involved in your real estate transaction, including account numbers, routing numbers, social security numbers, etc.  Instead, provide any essential information required for the closing by your lender or attorney or other professional, by phone. As with any phone calls you might make relative to these matters, please make sure you have verified the phone number, and not taken one from a website or email.  

If you need to wire funds for your closing, please be sure to contact your Realtor or attorney or lender by phone to complete the transaction.

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Thanksgiving Pecan Pie

One of my favorite dishes at Thanksgiving is Pecan Pie. This is a fantastic recipe. If you want to add a tasty surprise, just add a few chocolate chips and watch everyone’s eyes light up!

Happy Thanksgiving. Jeff 

 
YIELD - 1 Pie - you decided how many servings ;-)
 

INGREDIENTS

Pastry dough - with enough other cooking going on, feel free to use good quality store bought.

3/4 stick unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar

3/4 cup light corn syrup

2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 large eggs

2 cups pecan halves (1/2 pound)

Accompaniment: whipped cream or vanilla ice cream


PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F with a baking sheet on middle rack.

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 12-inch round and fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim edge, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang. Fold overhang under and lightly press against rim of pie plate, then crimp decoratively. Lightly prick bottom all over with a fork. Chill until firm, at least 30 minutes (or freeze 10 minutes).

Meanwhile, melt butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar, whisking until smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in corn syrup, vanilla, zest, and salt. Lightly beat eggs in a medium bowl, then whisk in corn syrup mixture.

Put pecans in pie shell and pour corn syrup mixture evenly over them. Bake on hot baking sheet until filling is set, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool completely.

***To save time on Thanksgiving, pie can be baked 1 day ahead and chilled. Bring to room temperature before serving.
 
 

 

Stowe Area Residential Sales Are Up After Three Quarters

As summer transitioned into one of the most beautiful fall foliage seasons, reports of high visitor traffic, and increases in area business seem to coincide with the increase in real estate activity and sales that we have seen in the Stowe area.

Over the past 9 nine months, the number of recorded sales in our market continues to strengthen while at the same time inventory declined 18%, to a little more than 1 year's supply.  The 3rd quarter was highlighted by one of the largest increases in the number of residential sales that we've seen in years, representing a 21% increase compared to the 3rd quarter of 2012.  The 63 residential sales that have occurred over the past nine months, represents the highest number since 2007, which is an increase of almost 10%.  Condominium sales increased as well, up 32%, while land sales remained constant.  The median and average sales prices for residential and condominiums both rose, whereas for land sales, they dropped.

57% of residential sales were under $500,000, 32% between $500,000 and $1,000,000, 8% between $1,000,000 - $1,500,000, and 3% over $1,500,000.  The price range segment with the largest increase was that of the $500,000 to $1,000,000 category which nearly doubled.

Stowe 3rd Qtr 2013 Charts copy

Real estate sales in Lamoille County continued to strengthen during 2013. For the first nine months of the year residential sales increased 63% - 130 in 2013 compared to 80 in 2012. Sales prices increased modestly at 2%. Fewer homes on the market combined with increased number of sales has reduced the months of supply by 44%. Land sales remain steady with 34 sales in 2013 compared to 35 in 2013, with a 5% increase in sales price. As with residential properties, the months of supply is less, a 26% decrease compared to last year.

Lamoille 3rd Qtr 2013 Charts copy

Overall, Stowe continues to be a destination location of choice for a broad spectrum of people who want to make their home here, whether it is for vacation or for a primary residence.  The quality of life, the welcoming community, myriad natural resources, and the high quality of schools are just some of the reasons people choose to live here.

We at Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate continue to be very busy with listing and selling real estate, and have had a very successful year.  Low interest rates and national and economic news reports indicate that the housing market will continue to strengthen throughout the rest of the year and in to the next.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the information in this report.

 

 

 

Spring Is Here

Stowe Sugar House courtesy Stowe Area ImagesSpring is here in northern Vermont. We had a great winter which must be why it went by so fast. It seemed that we always got the storm we needed when the supply of snow was getting low so there was plenty of opportunity for making fresh tracks.

But now the sun is shining and melting the snow, the days are getting longer right before our eyes. The sap is running and the sugar houses are boiling away. Everyone is reporting  robin sightings and we have even seen a few geese loudly honking their way north.

So now we patiently wait for the snow to leave, the ice to melt and the ground to dry so we can begin the next season's activities. The mountain bikers are riding the roads to get in shape patiently waiting for the trails to dry. The kayakers are waiting for the ice to leave our lakes and reservoirs for the first put in of the season. The golfers are waiting for the grass to green and gardeners are waiting for the ground to warm.Sap Buckets Jeff Beattie photo taken at Trapp Family Lodge on 3/9/13

So patience is the key, we know warmer days and the related activities are ahead but we must wait. Someone once told me that we "earn" our springs and summers around here by surviving the long cold winters which is why we look forward to and enjoy the spring even more once it arrives. All I know is it is so close now you can almost taste it.

Vermont Is The Healthiest State In the US Once Again!

For the sixth straight year Vermont has been rated the healthiest state in the US by the United Health Foundation. Among the reasons given for ranking Vermont #1 are its high rate of high school graduation, low rate of violent crime, low incidence of infectious disease, a low rate of uninsured population and ready availability of primary care physicians. Vermont also ranks higher in clean air and water.

It has also been noted that as Vermont implements the first Single-Payer healthcare system in the nation, its health ranking could rise even higher over the next decade.

What may be less measurable but must certainly play into Vermont's "healthy state" (no pun intended) is the increasing number of health/active/outdoor minded people that are choosing to move to Vermont every year for the healthy lifestyle it has to offer.

The opportunities for outdoor activities here alone are endless such as golfing, nordic skiing, alpine skiing, snowshoeing, skating, hiking, mountain biking, cycling, hiking, kayaking, canoeing or swimming just to name a few!

The environment here is also healthier and cleaner we have excellent schools and best of all it is a great, safe place to raise a family!

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