Hijinks with Howard the Shelter Cat

April 2021…
Homes that are staged can sell faster and for more money, according to a recent report. You can read about it here.

March 2021…

​With mortage rates creeping upward, home buyers may feel even more of a rush to lock in mortgage rates. You can read about here.

February 2021…

As the popular 60s song said,

"We gotta get out of this place
If it's the last thing we ever do…"

More and more Americans have decided just that in pursuit of that "better life for me and you" with mortgage applications for vacation homes jumping 84 percent in January from the previous year.  Read about it here. 

January 2021…

While projects such as installing a new roof or newhardwood floors bring the most ROI, there are other, simpler things you can do to get your home looking snazzy without spending too much time or money. Read about it here.

Dishing it out…

In the Diva's Kitchen

Ask the Home Diva

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Spicy Molasses Cookies with Cinnamon Chips

[This was a first place winner in The Dallas Morning News Holiday cookie contest a few years back. These cookies are really quite delicious and guaranteed to warm you up for the rest of the winter.]


3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
1/8 teaspoon white pepper  
1 (10-ounce) package cinnamon baking chips (see Note)
3/4  to 1 cup turbinado sugar for rolling
In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugars until fluffy. Beat in molasses, egg, vanilla and ginger. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves, cayenne, salt, nutmeg, coriander, cardamom and white pepper. Gradually add to the butter mixture and mix well. Mix in cinnamon chips. Cover and refrigerate about 1 1/2 hours or until easy to handle.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and roll in turbinado sugar. Place 3 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until just set. Cool 2 minutes on pans before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Store in airtight container. Makes 8 dozen.
Note: Cinnamon baking chips are a seasonal item, found in the baking aisle at major area supermarkets.
PER COOKIE: Calories 55 (37% fat), Fat 2 g (1 g sat), Cholesterol 6 mg, Sodium 23 mg, No fiber, Carbohydrates 8 g, Trace protein
SOURCE: Karen Barker, Garland