Raspberry Oat Bars- From the Kitchen of Fawn Morgan

From Our Recipe Box To Yours

Raspberry Oat Bars from the kitchen of Fawn Morgan

“Raspberries are a local favorite and what ever way to enjoy them then in a sweet raspberry bar! These are one of our favorites around the Morgan house.” Fawn Morgan

Ingredients

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup butter softened
3/4 fresh berries mashed

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 8 inch square pan, and line with greased foil.

Combine brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and rolled oats. Rub in the butter using your hands or a pastry blender to form a crumbly mixture. Press 2 cups of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the jam to within 1/4 inch of the edge. Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture over the top, and lightly press it into the jam.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Blue Heron

Around Thanksgiving we all take a moment to think about all we have to be thankful for. In looking back on our lives, Lylene & I certainly have a lot to be thankful for. One of which is the place that our Family has called home for the past 100+ years – namely Whatcom County.

One of my favorite spots is Lake Padden. I try to fit in a walk around the lake as often as I can & the other day was able to snap this photo of a resident Blue Heron fishing on the dock. It once again, enforced the idea of what a very special place it is that we call “Home” & made me thankful that the Blue Heron was sitting at the edge of Lake Padden fishing & not at the edge of our pond eyeing out goldfish or koi.

As we approach this Thanksgiving Day, Lylene & I give thanks for all the people who contribute to our lives. We are grateful for our friends, family, and clients who not only support us, but bring me laughter, joy, mental stimulation, challenges, and triumphs. And of course, we’re thankful for all who give us the opportunity to earn an income and do our part in the world.
Since you are one of those people – we give thanks for you.

From our house to your house – Happy Thanksgiving!

The Holiday Season is here! It’s Wassail time!

WassailThanksgiving is next week and with that comes the food and beverages of the holiday season.

No matter what holiday you embrace and choose to celebrate there always is some sort of tradition that symbolizes the holiday season to you. For The Johnson Team the holiday tradition Lylene making her famous “wassail”.” Those that do not know what Wassail is, it is a wonderful holiday drink that is a combination of fruit juices and spiced that will keep you home smelling like the holidays and provide a cup of cheer for all ages.

If you would like to try making Wassail for yourself or your next holiday party follow the recipe below:

  • 1 can frozen apple juice concentrate
  • 1/2 can orange/pineapple juice concentrate
  • 3 1/2 cans water
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 10-12 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg

Make in a pot on the stove, a crock pot or a coffee maker used solely for wassail. Enjoy!

Totem Pole Added to Rich & Lylene’s Backyard

Totem poleHope you and your family had a great Halloween!

 

Over the past couple of months, Lylene has resurrected a totem pole that her parents purchased about 40 years ago.  At the time it was purchased, the totem was brightly painted & stood as a silent sentinel overlooking her parents back yard in Eastern Washington.  It now stands tall & proud albeit a bit weather worn overlooking our backyard & pond.  I don’t know if it’s circumstantial or not but the blue heron that normally hangs out around our pond has disappeared.  Maybe it has a thing about the totem, but whatever reason he’s off fishing out of someone else’s pond rather than ours. Unfortunately, over the years, any documentation as to where the totem came from or who the carver was has vanished.  If you know of someone that might shed some light on the totem’s history, please let us know.

By the way, we have added an interesting section to our web site that, if you access, you can become the Instant Neighborhood Real Estate Expert.  Try clicking on “Neighborhood Real Estate Expert” here you can type in an address & you’ll immediately receive an online neighborhood report of the latest sales on your block.

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Using an Agent When Selling Your Home

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Using an Agent When Selling Your Home | MyKCM

When a homeowner decides to sell their house, they obviously want the best possible price with the least amount of hassles. However, for the vast majority of sellers, the most important result is to actually get the home sold.

In order to accomplish all three goals, a seller should realize the importance of using a real estate professionals such as Johnson Team Real Estate. We realize that technology has changed the purchaser’s behavior during the home buying process. For the past three years, 92% of all buyers have used the internet in their home search according to the National Association of Realtors’ most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers.

However, the report also revealed that 95% percent of buyers that used the internet when searching for a home purchased their home through either a real estate agent/broker or from a builder or builder’s agent. Only 2% purchased their home directly from a seller whom the buyer didn’t know.

Buyers search for a home online, but then depend on an agent to find the actual home they will buy (53%), to negotiate the terms of the sale & price (48%), or to help understand the process (60%).

The plethora of information now available has resulted in an increase in the percentage of buyers that reach out to real estate professionals to “connect the dots.” This is obvious, as the percentage of overall buyers who used an agent to buy their home has steadily increased from 69% in 2001.

Bottom Line

If you are thinking of selling your home, don’t underestimate the role a real estate professional can play in the process. Johnson Team Real Estate would love to help you with all your real estate related needs! Call us today at (360) 303-2734 or email us at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com today!

Source: Keeping Current Matters

Put Our Marketing to Work For You and Your Real Estate

Johnson Team Real Estate is dedicated to top-notch, cutting edge marketing for  your real estate. We are proud to utilize web, print and traditional word of mouth marketing for selling your home or property.

We know it can often take  much more than a sign in the yard and fliers in the box to sell your property. You deserve a team of agents who will go above and beyond to get you property sold.

Below are sampling of extra  marketing happening at Johnson Team Real Estate throughout the week:

  • Broker’s Caravans/Broker’s Opens: We compile a list of other properties for sale in your area and partner with other real estate agents in the area in creating a Broker’s Caravan to showcase your home to other agents. This puts your home and property in front of other real estate professionals who may have a buyer for your home.  Broker’s Opens are advertised via an email sent to all real estate agents within Whatcom County.
  • Open House Ads: Johnson Team Real Estate used both web and print based media to advertise your home’s open house. Whether it’s an ad in the Bellingham Herald paper or listing the open house on Zillow.com, your open house is sure to get found. If our agents are already hosting open houses on Sunday don’t fret, we will team with other trusted agents in our office to assure you home is held open when needed.
  • Art Exhibits: Depending on your home’s layout and location we can team up with the local Allied Arts to showcase your home in conjunction with an art exhibit featuring local artists in our area. This can be a fun, innovated way to get your home in front of a larger crowd.
  • Web Presence: The Johnson Team take the presence of our listings on the internet as a top priority! You can find the Johnson Team’s listings on Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, Tour Factory, Real Estate Book, You Tube, Google, Slide Share, Pinterest and Craigslist just to name a few.The Johnson Team can also be found on various social media. With over 46% of consumers relying on social media when making a purchasing decision, social media is more important than ever. ( According to the Neilsen Newswir)

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If you would like to learn more about how Johnson Team Real Estate can help you sell or buy your home or property visit our website at www.JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com or call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056

Team Talk

The past two months have been busy for Rich & Lylene. Rich practiced intensely for his appearances in the Dance Studio recitals June 26th & 27th, and it paid off. He did a great job (as usual) and had a lot of fun as well. Son Graham showed up to cheer him on, which really made it a special time.

Lylene & Graham also had a special time when they went to the Yakima Valley to help their family with cherry harvest in mid June. Harvest is a great time to be on a farm; it’s intense, hard work, but it is also the culmination of a year’s labor and everyone is excited. In some ways, it is like the closing of a complex property sale – there is a feeling of completion and work well done. Speaking of property closings, the second quarter was also a very busy time in our real estate business, in large part thanks to many of you.

Graham is now off on a road trip including lots of mountains and 3 – 100 mile races. He is slated to land in Bozeman, Montana in August to start working toward his MS & PhD in mechanical engineering.

The dry weather and summer activities have made plans for the Mike, Kim and Lauren’s garden go to the back burner. We are sure Lauren will have it all designed come next spring.  Looks like 2016 will be a better year. The 4th of July activities were still incredible at Sandy Point despite the dry conditions, so that was fun for all the kids. Huge shows continued well past midnight. Kim is busy making plans for “Elvis at the Point” – this event is free & family friendly. It happens August 8th at the end of Sucia Dr.  If you are in the area, it’s a great place to stop in– the performers are incredible.

Fawn , Casey and McKenna have been having a fantastic summer!  McKenna wrapped up preschool and is now heading into Kindergarten next year. Wow, does time ever fly by! They got a new 5th Wheel Toy Hauler for camping and to be able to haul McKenna’s racing kart.  They have been getting in some fun camping trips to Baker Lake and other local spots and are really enjoying having more space while camping. The family is looking forward to a trip to Sun Lakes at the end of August and is really enjoying being outside in all this amazing weather we have been having.

We also enjoy hearing about special times in your life, so drop us a line now and then to bring us up to date!

Comfort Quiche- From Our Kitchen to Yours

Nothing is better than a warm comfort food on a cold winter day. Here’s a great recipe for comfort quiche from the kitchen of Fawn Morgan.

Ingredients

  • 1 single pie crust, you can use your favorite recipe or pre-made crust from the store
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup cooked ham or sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese,   cheddar, sharp or monterey jack
  • 1 Tablespoon floor
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Additional veggies of your choice such a mushrooms or tomatoes

Directions

Bake pie crust in over at 450 degrees for  7-10 minutes or until golden brown

Add foil around the edges of your crust to prevent over browning. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.

In large bowl combine beaten eggs, milk, onions, salt, pepper, meat and veggies. Toss together shredded cheese and flour and stir into egg mixture.  Pour into your hot pastry shell. Bake at 325 degrees for 45-60 minutes depending on how many additional veggies you add.

“Reel” Estate Fishing Report for the San Juan Islands

Fishing in the San Juan Islands has been nothing short of phenomenal. And it is really nice having to go only a short distance. The bite has been consistent at Point Thompson and at Sucia. The fish haven’t been real big, but they are good fighters. In a 2 hour tide change you can expect between 3-8 fish. Native stock needs to go back but the hatchery fish can be retained, and it’s a 2 fish limit.

The hot bait has been this orange, green and white glow spoon in 3 inch. If there is a fish in the area, they will eat it. John Lootens (pictured) couldn’t believe the quality of the fishing, and he had this 16-18# er to show for it.  Things change and cut-bait really starts to get the big fish in February…stay tuned. If you need a current report for the San Juan Islands – just give the fishing hotline a call. 360-303-2734

Team Talk

The last quarter of 2014 kept the Johnson Team very busy, and we welcome those of you new to our real estate “family”.

Rich & Lylene stayed close to home last quarter and focused on staying healthy.  Rich’s approach is to get out and walk (see http://goo.gl/8KSl6P) using his Fitbit to track everything from calories burned in a day to calories eaten to sleeping patterns.  It’s working…he’s lighter by 20 +/- pounds and wearing clothes which have been in the back of the closet for some time.

Lylene isn’t quite as disciplined, so she has been working out regularly with a trainer to keep her on track.  Muscles are showing up that she didn’t know she had, but most importantly, daily tasks (especially in the garden) are easier. The rainy weather makes a good book very enticing, and a recent great read was Midnight in Siberia by David Greene .  Published in 2014, it is well written, very current and a great window into the point of view of ordinary Russians.

Mike, Kim and Lauren had a great holiday season. Kim’s sister came in from Las Vegas so Lauren had a great time with her aunt. Mike is starting the process to remove the water catchment system, as the Sandy Point water has been connected. Fishing has been really good, so he’s been able to get a few hours in on the water as well.

Lauren is up to her ears in basketball: practice 2 times a week and a game on weekends. The team is doing great and they are all enjoying the excitement of putting their plays to use. She is 11 now and has a huge responsibility –a cell phone. Baby steps!

Kim loves the holidays! The boxes of decorations have been put away and the countdown is on for next year.  Kim & Lauren are planning their trip to Disneyland in February while Mike is fishing in the Largest Blackmouth Derby in the world. They both love that place; this will be Lauren’s 7th trip to the park.

Fawn, Casey and McKenna had a wonderful holiday season with lots of exciting things happening! McKenna is officially a “racer” at the young age of 4. She is racing a go kart in a flat track racing series at Evergreen Fairgrounds in Monroe. She’s having an absolute blast and of course making her parents more nervous than ever! They also took a couple of days and got away to Leavenworth for a snowy adventure including a horse drawn sleigh ride and winter hike!