Holiday Tips To Keep Calm & Cook On!

Whether you’re a seasoned cook and veteran at throwing parties, or new to the art of entertaining, hosting family and friends can provoke a condition known as “Kitchen Performance Anxiety” (KPA).  Here are a number of practical ways to keep calm and avoid KPA so you can fully enjoy the occasion and being with your guests.

  1. Start planning your menu as far in advance as possible of your gathering…whether it’s an intimate Sunday brunch, a big cocktail party or a traditional sit-down dinner.  Tweak your menu as you get closer to the day to make sure you’re comfortable with what you’ve set out to make.  Don’t be afraid to edit here and there based on how busy your schedule gets during the days leading up to the event.
  2. When selecting recipes, think like a chef and choose dishes with ingredients that focus on what’s in season and at peak freshness. This approach to devising your menu will ensure the best tasting results even if you’re a novice cook.  Fortunately, the holidays are all about celebrating what’s in season such as pumpkin and acorn squash, sweet potatoes and crisp apples, cranberries and more.
  3. Seriously turn down the dial on stress by choosing a menu that you can make either completely or partly one or several days in advance.  This is a huge time saver that relieves a good deal of pressure to perform on the day of your parties.
  4. Before you start cooking and baking, take inventory of kitchen equipment to ensure you have everything that’s called for in your recipes.  Are your pots, pans, cookie sheets, kitchen knives etc. in good working order?  If not, now’s the time to shop with all the sales going on.
  5. To save time on preparing drinks when guess arrive, consider making pitchers of a signature cocktail in advance, along with a non alcoholic version. You can set up a tray in the kitchen for guests to help themselves. For an easy-to-prepare crowd pleaser that perfect for the holidays, try mulling fresh apple cider with allspice, cinnamon sticks, lemon slices and a splash of bourbon or rum
  6. Make lists of EVERYTHING that needs to be done, from shopping for ingredients to planning when the cooking or baking gets done, to the look of your table setting and background music.  You’ll make your entertaining seriously simple for EVERY HOLIDAY when you have a “road map” of lists…a strategy that truly takes the stress out of pulling it all together.
  7. Give yourself permission to round out your menu with store bought foods.  Make what you create best and leave a few items to the other experts, like the fabulous bakery or the scrumptious gourmet deli in town.
  8. Embrace offers from guests to help out!  Think ahead about the kinds of tasks that can be easily delegated so guests can feel useful without working too hard.  Being open to guests lending a hand puts everyone at ease.
  9. Make like a professional chef and “clean as you go.”  KPA has no place in your kitchen when you’ve created calm in the midst of possible chaos. While you’re preparing dishes, be mindful of wiping down counters and washing utensils and bowls as quickly as possible.
  10. Make enough food for leftovers to enjoy the next day as you relive your party and take the day off from cooking!

 

(C) 2016 “Antoinette” Scognamiglio, Sales Associate with Coldwell Banker Realtors in Mountain Lakes. For more than a decade, “Antoinette” has specialized in the Morris County real estate market and brings market-leading innovation, creativity, experience, technology and analytics to help you buy or sell a home in Morris County. Contact her directly at 201-240-8699 for an appointment to discuss your housing needs, whether you are buying or selling a home.  Visit www.AntoinettesHomes.net to search ALL AVAILABLE LISTINGS.

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The yard is a park-like .93 acres that backs to a wooded buffer for complete privacy, and a fenced-in dog run for your fur family.

For more information on this special home, contact Antoinette Scognamiglio, Sales Associate, Coldwell Banker Realtors at 201-240-8699 or submit your information and questions below for a prompt response..

Sparta NJ Residential Sales Report ~ September 2016

Sparta NJ Residential Sales Report ~ September 2016

As of October 9, 2016:

Available Homes:  238

Number of homes listed at under $300,000:  80

Highest Priced Home:  $3,250,000

Homes Under Contract & Scheduled to Close Title:  78

Homes Sold ABOVE List Price:  5

Number of Homes Sold in September:  31

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KEY:
LP = ORIGINAL LIST PRICE.   STYLE = TYPE OF HOME.    RM = TOTAL NUMBER OF ROOMS.    BR = BEDROOMS.    TBT = TOTAL NUMBER OF BATHROOMS (A .1 VALUE MEANS NUMBER OF POWDER ROOMS; I.E., TBT: 2.3 MEANS 2 BATHROOMS WITH A SHOWER/TUB & 3 POWDER ROOMS, I.E., A TOILET/SINK WITH NO SHOWER OR TUB. GAR = GARAGE SIZE.  BSMT = BASEMENT.  DOM = DAYS ON THE MARKET.  SP = SELLING PRICE.

Contact Antoinette via email at AntoinetteSellsNJ@gmail.com or call directly on her cell line at 201-240-8699, for details on all inventory and an appointment to see any home currently listed for sale. You can search all available listings on her website, as well.

Are you considering purchasing or selling a home in Morris or Sussex Counties? Antoinette specializes in these areas, with expertise in Lakefront property. As a relocation specialist, she has the knowledge and takes exceptional care in assisting her clients in finding their new home and community. If you’re ready to sell your home, Antoinette Scognamiglio is certified as an Accredited Staging Professional and will counsel you to ensure your home offers the highest level of appeal to the buyer audience as well as price your home competitively. “Antoinette” Scognamiglio (licensed as Maria), Sales Associate, Coldwell Banker Realtors®.

 

This representation is based in whole or part on data supplied by the GSMLS, LLC, who do not guarantee or is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the GSMLS LLC may not reflect all real estate activity in the market

Rockaway Township NJ Residential Sales Report ~ September 2016

Rockaway Township NJ Residential Sales Report ~ September 2016

As of October 9, 2016:

Available Homes:  180

Number of homes listed at under $300,000:  73

Highest Priced Home:  $2,500,000

Homes Under Contract & Scheduled to Close Title:  57

Homes Sold ABOVE List Price:  7

Number of Homes Sold in September:  31

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KEY:

LP = ORIGINAL LIST PRICE.   STYLE = TYPE OF HOME.    RM = TOTAL NUMBER OF ROOMS.    BR = BEDROOMS.    TBT = TOTAL NUMBER OF BATHROOMS (A .1 VALUE MEANS NUMBER OF POWDER ROOMS; I.E., TBT: 2.3 MEANS 2 BATHROOMS WITH A SHOWER/TUB & 3 POWDER ROOMS, I.E., A TOILET/SINK WITH NO SHOWER OR TUB. GAR = GARAGE SIZE.  BSMT = BASEMENT.  DOM = DAYS ON THE MARKET.  SP = SELLING PRICE.

Contact Antoinette via email at AntoinetteSellsNJ@gmail.com or call directly on her cell line at 201-240-8699, for details on all inventory and an appointment to see any home currently listed for sale. You can search all available listings on her website, as well.

Are you considering purchasing or selling a home in Morris or Sussex Counties? Antoinette specializes in these areas, with expertise in Lakefront property. As a relocation specialist, she has the knowledge and takes exceptional care in assisting her clients in finding their new home and community. If you’re ready to sell your home, Antoinette Scognamiglio is certified as an Accredited Staging Professional and will counsel you to ensure your home offers the highest level of appeal to the buyer audience as well as price your home competitively. “Antoinette” Scognamiglio (licensed as Maria), Sales Associate, Coldwell Banker Realtors®.

This representation is based in whole or part on data supplied by the GSMLS, LLC, who do not guarantee or is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the GSMLS LLC may not reflect all real estate activity in the market

 

Rockaway Boro NJ Residential Sales Report ~ September 2016

Rockaway Boro NJ Residential Sales Report ~ September 2016

As of October 9, 2016:

Available Homes:  37

Number of homes listed at under $300,000:  17

Highest Priced Home:  $750,000

Homes Under Contract & Scheduled to Close Title:  12

Homes Sold ABOVE List Price:  2

Number of Homes Sold in September:  11

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KEY:
LP = ORIGINAL LIST PRICE.   STYLE = TYPE OF HOME.    RM = TOTAL NUMBER OF ROOMS.    BR = BEDROOMS.    TBT = TOTAL NUMBER OF BATHROOMS (A .1 VALUE MEANS NUMBER OF POWDER ROOMS; I.E., TBT: 2.3 MEANS 2 BATHROOMS WITH A SHOWER/TUB & 3 POWDER ROOMS, I.E., A TOILET/SINK WITH NO SHOWER OR TUB. GAR = GARAGE SIZE.  BSMT = BASEMENT.  DOM = DAYS ON THE MARKET.  SP = SELLING PRICE.

Contact Antoinette via email at AntoinetteSellsNJ@gmail.com or call directly on her cell line at 201-240-8699, for details on all inventory and an appointment to see any home currently listed for sale. You can search all available listings on her website, as well.

Are you considering purchasing or selling a home in Morris or Sussex Counties? Antoinette specializes in these areas, with expertise in Lakefront property. As a relocation specialist, she has the knowledge and takes exceptional care in assisting her clients in finding their new home and community. If you’re ready to sell your home, Antoinette Scognamiglio is certified as an Accredited Staging Professional and will counsel you to ensure your home offers the highest level of appeal to the buyer audience as well as price your home competitively. “Antoinette” Scognamiglio (licensed as Maria), Sales Associate, Coldwell Banker Realtors®.

This representation is based in whole or part on data supplied by the GSMLS, LLC, who do not guarantee or is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the GSMLS LLC may not reflect all real estate activity in the market

Randolph NJ Residential Sales Report ~ September 2016

Randolph NJ Residential Sales Report ~ September 2016

As of October 9, 2016:

Available Homes:   135

Number of homes listed at under $300,000:  14

Highest Priced Home:  $1,799,000

Homes Under Contract & Scheduled to Close Title:  57

Homes Sold ABOVE List Price:  6

Number of Homes Sold in September:  40

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KEY:

LP = ORIGINAL LIST PRICE.   STYLE = TYPE OF HOME.    RM = TOTAL NUMBER OF ROOMS.    BR = BEDROOMS.    TBT = TOTAL NUMBER OF BATHROOMS (A .1 VALUE MEANS NUMBER OF POWDER ROOMS; I.E., TBT: 2.3 MEANS 2 BATHROOMS WITH A SHOWER/TUB & 3 POWDER ROOMS, I.E., A TOILET/SINK WITH NO SHOWER OR TUB. GAR = GARAGE SIZE.  BSMT = BASEMENT.  DOM = DAYS ON THE MARKET.  SP = SELLING PRICE.

Contact Antoinette via email at AntoinetteSellsNJ@gmail.com or call directly on her cell line at 201-240-8699, for details on all inventory and an appointment to see any home currently listed for sale. You can search all available listings on her website, as well.

Are you considering purchasing or selling a home in Morris or Sussex Counties? Antoinette specializes in these areas, with expertise in Lakefront property. As a relocation specialist, she has the knowledge and takes exceptional care in assisting her clients in finding their new home and community. If you’re ready to sell your home, Antoinette Scognamiglio is certified as an Accredited Staging Professional and will counsel you to ensure your home offers the highest level of appeal to the buyer audience as well as price your home competitively. “Antoinette” Scognamiglio (licensed as Maria), Sales Associate, Coldwell Banker Realtors®.

This representation is based in whole or part on data supplied by the GSMLS, LLC, who do not guarantee or is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the GSMLS LLC may not reflect all real estate activity in the market

Mountain Lakes NJ Residential Sales Report ~ September 2016

Mountain Lakes NJ Residential Sales Report ~ September 2016

As of October 9, 2016:

Available Homes:  48

Number of homes listed at under $400,000:  1

Highest Priced Home:  $2,990,000

Homes Under Contract & Scheduled to Close Title:  8

Number of Homes Sold in September:  4

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KEY:
LP = ORIGINAL LIST PRICE.   STYLE = TYPE OF HOME.    RM = TOTAL NUMBER OF ROOMS.    BR = BEDROOMS.    TBT = TOTAL NUMBER OF BATHROOMS (A .1 VALUE MEANS NUMBER OF POWDER ROOMS; I.E., TBT: 2.3 MEANS 2 BATHROOMS WITH A SHOWER/TUB & 3 POWDER ROOMS, I.E., A TOILET/SINK WITH NO SHOWER OR TUB. GAR = GARAGE SIZE.  BSMT = BASEMENT.  DOM = DAYS ON THE MARKET.  SP = SELLING PRICE.

Contact Antoinette via email at AntoinetteSellsNJ@gmail.com or call directly on her cell line at 201-240-8699, for details on all inventory and an appointment to see any home currently listed for sale. You can search all available listings on her website, as well.

Are you considering purchasing or selling a home in Morris or Sussex Counties? Antoinette specializes in these areas, with expertise in Lakefront property. As a relocation specialist, she has the knowledge and takes exceptional care in assisting her clients in finding their new home and community. If you’re ready to sell your home, Antoinette Scognamiglio is certified as an Accredited Staging Professional and will counsel you to ensure your home offers the highest level of appeal to the buyer audience as well as price your home competitively. “Antoinette” Scognamiglio (licensed as Maria), Sales Associate, Coldwell Banker Realtors®.

This representation is based in whole or part on data supplied by the GSMLS, LLC, who do not guarantee or is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the GSMLS LLC may not reflect all real estate activity in the market

Jefferson Township NJ Residential Sales Report ~ September 2016

Jefferson Township NJ Residential Sales Report ~ September 2016

As of October 7, 2016:

Available Homes: 169

Number of homes listed at under $300,000:  100

Highest Priced Home:  $2,995,000

Homes Under Contract & Scheduled to Close Title:  76

Homes Sold ABOVE List Price:  4

Number of Homes Sold in September:  32

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KEY:
LP = ORIGINAL LIST PRICE.   STYLE = TYPE OF HOME.    RM = TOTAL NUMBER OF ROOMS.    BR = BEDROOMS.    TBT = TOTAL NUMBER OF BATHROOMS (A .1 VALUE MEANS NUMBER OF POWDER ROOMS; I.E., TBT: 2.3 MEANS 2 BATHROOMS WITH A SHOWER/TUB & 3 POWDER ROOMS, I.E., A TOILET/SINK WITH NO SHOWER OR TUB. GAR = GARAGE SIZE.  BSMT = BASEMENT.  DOM = DAYS ON THE MARKET.  SP = SELLING PRICE.

Contact Antoinette via email at AntoinetteSellsNJ@gmail.com or call directly on her cell line at 201-240-8699, for details on all inventory and an appointment to see any home currently listed for sale. You can search all available listings on her website, as well.

Are you considering purchasing or selling a home in Morris or Sussex Counties? Antoinette specializes in these areas, with expertise in Lakefront property. As a relocation specialist, she has the knowledge and takes exceptional care in assisting her clients in finding their new home and community. If you’re ready to sell your home, Antoinette Scognamiglio is certified as an Accredited Staging Professional and will counsel you to ensure your home offers the highest level of appeal to the buyer audience as well as price your home competitively. “Antoinette” Scognamiglio (licensed as Maria), Sales Associate, Coldwell Banker Realtors®.

 

This representation is based in whole or part on data supplied by the GSMLS, LLC, who do not guarantee or is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the GSMLS LLC may not reflect all real estate activity in the market

 

Montville NJ Residential Sales Report ~ September 2016

Montville NJ Residential Sales Report ~ September 2016

As of October 9, 2016:

Available Homes:  132

Number of homes listed at under $400,000:  20

Highest Priced Home:  $3,850,000

Homes Under Contract & Scheduled to Close Title:  57

Homes Sold ABOVE List Price:n 3

Number of Homes Sold in September:  19

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KEY:
LP = ORIGINAL LIST PRICE.   STYLE = TYPE OF HOME.    RM = TOTAL NUMBER OF ROOMS.    BR = BEDROOMS.    TBT = TOTAL NUMBER OF BATHROOMS (A .1 VALUE MEANS NUMBER OF POWDER ROOMS; I.E., TBT: 2.3 MEANS 2 BATHROOMS WITH A SHOWER/TUB & 3 POWDER ROOMS, I.E., A TOILET/SINK WITH NO SHOWER OR TUB. GAR = GARAGE SIZE.  BSMT = BASEMENT.  DOM = DAYS ON THE MARKET.  SP = SELLING PRICE.

Contact Antoinette via email at AntoinetteSellsNJ@gmail.com or call directly on her cell line at 201-240-8699, for details on all inventory and an appointment to see any home currently listed for sale. You can search all available listings on her website, as well.

Are you considering purchasing or selling a home in Morris or Sussex Counties? Antoinette specializes in these areas, with expertise in Lakefront property. As a relocation specialist, she has the knowledge and takes exceptional care in assisting her clients in finding their new home and community. If you’re ready to sell your home, Antoinette Scognamiglio is certified as an Accredited Staging Professional and will counsel you to ensure your home offers the highest level of appeal to the buyer audience as well as price your home competitively. “Antoinette” Scognamiglio (licensed as Maria), Sales Associate, Coldwell Banker Realtors®.

 

This representation is based in whole or part on data supplied by the GSMLS, LLC, who do not guarantee or is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the GSMLS LLC may not reflect all real estate activity in the market