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Special Reserve Spaghetti recipeThis is a series that I love to come back to. Cooking for a small army is something I do every day, but in order to save time and make future mealtimes so much easier, I love to make, like, 20 meals at a time and freeze them. This one is a Baisi (my Italian maiden name) family secret, and here I am posting it on the internet for the public. I expect to be chased out of town very soon by burly, black-haired women, brandishing a rolling pin.

Spaghetti Sauce is something everyone does, but when Clint and I do, what we call, a spaghetti cook-off, we make something so special, that it can only be called a special reserve. When all is said and done, we have at least 24 meals (1 bag feeds 4 adults or 2 adults and 4 kids) worth of sauce to freeze in Ziploc

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Autumn events in Calgary lake communitiesWondering what to do as fall hits and your kids are far away and at school? Well, once you’ve put down your bottle of celebratory breakfast wine, here is a list of activities for you mommies in Auburn Bay, Cranston, Mahogany, McKenzie Towne, New Brighton, and Copperfield to enjoy. Most activities are free for residents and charge a nominal fee for non residents.

McKenzie Towne Book Club

2nd Wednesday of every month 7-9. Starting The Constant Gardener September 10th, 2014. McKenzie Towne Hall. More Info

McKenzie Towne Drop In Play Group

Tuesday between 12-2:30 and Wednesdays 9:30-11:30 McKenzie Towne Hall More Info

Auburn Bay Kreative Kids Playgroup

Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10:30-12:30 at the Auburn House More Info

Auburn Bay

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How to throw a block partyThis year, our street had an amazing block party. Every year that we have one, it’s always an event that is remembered and it certainly contributed to the cohesiveness of the block. Perhaps I have a bias, but I think Auburn Glen Circle is one of the tightest-knit blocks in Auburn Bay.

I think one of the ways that we got as close as we are, is because every year, some generous soul has taken time out of their day to plan a great block party in the summer. This year, that generous soul was Amanda Harrison. I asked Amanda to give me some pointers on how she pulled off the great par-tay that she did this year and with her help,

I have produced the following blog which should help more blocks around town pull off the same shindig, whether you’re in

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...And I'll Fix all Your Problems with Your Mother-in-Law When I'm Done!

Get your Calgary dream homeI have an awesome surprise for many of you Calgarians. Are you ready? Here it is: you probably have enough equity in your house to move to where you want to be by now. I mean, I’m not making any promises but chances are excellent!

Many of you (especially people who have owned for 2 or more years) are sitting on a pile of money in your home, and don’t realize that your tiny kitchen, can be a big kitchen, and your yard that backs onto a road, can back onto a greenspace.

So how do you find out if you can finally move to your dream house?

1)      Call me. (Or email me)

2)      Tell me stuff about your house and mortgage.

3)      I’ll call you back and give you

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...Or, How to Stage a House Like a Unicorn

Stage your home in 6 easy stepsLet me tell you something: Trying to sell your house for top dollar is a horrible, grueling, and torturous process. I haven’t had to do it since 2008, and just like the pain of childbirth, somehow my mind blocked it out. Because if I had remembered how stinking difficult and trying this process was, I would not have signed a purchase contract.

But alas the lure of more space to store more junk roped us in once again. As I stare angrily at the storage container on my driveway, I feel paralyzed by the amount of work still ahead of me. The entire upstairs is now done, and the kids aren’t allowed to touch any of it. We taped the doors closed like police do with a crime scene so that we’ll know if any of them

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Clint and I are so excited to introduce you all to our new website with a new look and new functionality! We've been busy little beavers working away on this site and planning for the new look! We have believed for a while now that the internet is the way of the future for real estate, and so we have designed this site to give you, the customer, all the info you want, right when you want it, and when you’re ready to get the experts involved, just click “Book a Showing,” or “Inquire.”

Our new site is adaptive to your smart phone or tablet, making everything much easier to see. Properties are easy to find on your own, and once you think you know the area you love, you can save your search and have your favourite listings emailed to you as soon as they

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Non-Disclosure of Conditional Sales in Calgary


With the market moving at the quick pace that it’s moving, I get a lot of my buyers asking me the same question:

“Why does the property I like still show as active on the MLS, but you (Rachel) told me it’s sold?”

Well, the Calgary Real Estate Board recently introduced a rule which allows sellers to keep marketing their property even past the point of being conditionally sold. Which means that they can keep it appearing active and for sale on the MLS, even though it’s already under contract with another buyer. There are different levels of non-disclosure.

1)      The seller could choose to keep it active on the MLS and disclose in the private agent’s comments that it’s conditionally sold.

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1)      Size does matter, if you have a choice between an extra 100 square feet or Italian Slate throughout, take the space. Call your buddy Ted to fix the floor later. Always look for ways to gain cheap square footage.

2)      If you are doing a kitchen backsplash and have a decorative, wall-mounted, hood fan, please raise the tile all the way to the ceiling. Do not stop it at vent level. It hurts me.

3)      If you have cabinets, please raise them to the ceiling. I don’t care what else you have to do to make that work, just drop something else so that cabinets can go to the ceiling.

4)      You have to have 9 foot ceilings. If your builder doesn’t offer this standard, find a new builder.

5)      Get Vacuflo rough-in and then buy your canister at

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Conditions continue to favour seller

New listings remain below expectation in the single family sector       

The monthly statistics package is available here.

Calgary, April 1, 2014 – Residential sales activity improved across all sectors in March. However, declining new listings in the single family sector combined with further gains in sales activity decreased single family inventory to the lowest March level since 2006. 

“There are several factors contributing to the growth in housing demand, including the inflow of people to our province over the past two years, strong gains in employment and tight rental conditions,” says CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “However, supply conditions vary amongst the different property segments,

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