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Recipe: Creole Peas

Creole Peas

Way down yonder in New Orleans the food is as exciting as the music. Here is one you are sure to enjoy.

1 cup tomato juice
3 ribs celery, cut fine
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 stick butter
2-3 bay leaves
1/2 bell pepper, cut fine
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon flour
1 medium can English peas
1 can sliced mushrooms

Combine all incredients except flour, peas, mushrooms. Cook in large saucepan until celery is tender. Thicken with flour, Add peas and mushrooms. Cook until bubbly. Serves 6. You can substitute shrimp for peas.

Throw a calm, happy Halloween party

Throw a calm, happy Halloween party
Not every Halloween party has to be scary, crazy, and make you question your sanity. This article has some really good tips for throwing a great kid-friendly Halloween party that will be fun for everybody. Click here to read more.

Fall DIY project: Pumpkin shaped arrangement

Fall DIY project: Pumpkin shaped arrangement
Check out this cool pumpkin-shaped eucalyptus arrangement. It's the perfect not-so-scary greeting to October visitors, and on top of looking great, it smells awesome. Click here for the step-by-step instructions to make your own.

How to Restore Your Carpet

Kids home all day, barbeque parties, and family get-togethers have probably taken a toll on your carpet this past summer. But you can get that just-installed look back (which helps if you're selling soon).

Of course, the best way to keep your carpet fresh is preventative maintenance. Regular vacuuming and placing of entry floor mats directly in front of and outside your doors will dramatically cut down on the wear of household carpets. If you own pets, bathe and brush them regularly.

When one of those household accidents occurs, and you spill something on your carpet. Try to blot out as much of the liquid as soon as possible. To avoid stains, you'll need a gadget that can pull excess moisture out of the carpet. Carpet stains are best removed by dilution—lessen the intensity of the stain with the appropriate liquid and dry it up quickly. Only use your vacuum cleaner if it's made to handle moisture.

If red wine has been spilled on the carpet, apply a mixture of 1 part baking soda to 2 parts water on the affected area. Scrub it into the carpet; blot out the excess moisture, then vacuum up the stain. If the stain remains, repeat the steps until the wine is gone.

For coffee spills, add cold water to the spot to dilute the stain, and then blot up the excess moisture. Next pour a little white vinegar on the stain, and blot. This should return the spot to its original color.

To clean regular traffic stains, apply a pre-treatment made for high traffic areas to your carpet. Then, steam the areas and let dry.

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eSignatures for Real Estate Explained

eSignatures for Real Estate Explained

Things are going digital at a fast pace, and eSignatures in real estate are proof of that. Depending on your agent, she or he may have you sign some of your contracts and disclosures through a secure webpage online. If you’ve ever signed on a pad for a card purchase at a retail store or supermarket, you’ve applied an eSignature.

eSignatures are a digital take on traditional pen-and-ink signatures. When you sign something digitally, it usually involves you typing your name and/or the last four digits of your Social Security Number from your computer (or, on a tablet like an iPad) into a signature field. 

When your agent sends over a document, you’ll get a link in your e-mail that sends you to a secure webpage. You’ll log in, review the contract, and then apply your signature. It’s a pretty simple process.

In every state, eSignatures are legally binding in the same ways as a traditional signing. Just like ‘regular’ signatures, eSignatures whether typed or “written” on an iPad (or even at the supermarket) protect both parties involved with the transaction or agreement.

Now that you know a little bit more about eSignatures, you’ll know what to expect if your real estate agent or REALTOR® sends one to you.

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