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Catherine Trahan
Your Real Estate Resource

October e-Newsletter
 

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Greetings Laura!
Featured This Month:
  • Cleaning Corner-Blood Stains
  • 2012 Kitchen and Bath Trends
  • NEW! Mila Recipe- Paleo Granola
  • Referral of the Month
  • Green Tip of the Month
Cleaning Corner
The Best Stain Removing Tips
Blood

Apply a solution of cold water and dish soap. Remove soap residue with a damp towel; blot. If the stain persists, blot an ammonia solution with a damp towel. Then use a peroxide solution. Let stand for a few hours. Repeat if necessary. When the stain is gone, blot a vinegar solution. Follow with a damp towel.
2012 Kitchen and Bath Trends

What's hot in the kitchen. Though still popular, cherry wood is being used less often for kitchen remodels. People who choose natural wood kitchen cabinetry are leaning toward darker finishes while white is popular for painted finishes. Glass back splashes are increasingly popular, while use of ceramic tile has declined. LED lighting is used in 70 percent of home redesigns, illustrating the trend toward energy efficiency. Pull-out faucets are replacing the standard kitchen faucet with a detached side sprayer. Kitchen islands are getting downsized. NKBA recommends minimum surface area of three feet by four feet. Anything wider than five feet makes it difficult to reach across the surface for cleaning purposes. 
Common bathroom remodels. Medicine cabinets are making a comeback. Decorative wall mirrors had replaced medicine cabinets in bathroom remodels, but homeowners prefer the additional storage medicine cabinets provide. Gray and neutral tones are commonly used for decor. Green is popular for bathroom remodels, while bronze and terracotta are more common for kitchen. Polished chrome is used more often for bathroom and kitchen remodels, supplanting the brushed metal finishes of the past few years. 

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Glass back splash

Source: National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)

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Polished chrome fixtures

 

Mila

http://www.lifemax.net/ctrahan/
Paleo Granola
This chocolate nut granola is amazingly delicious and easy to make. This treat can be considered a dessert, with just the right amount of sweetness, salt and perfectly crunchy. You won't even notice that the oats are missing. Best of all your house will smell good for hours while it's baking. 
Ingredients

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup almonds
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp raw cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp Mila
​1. Preheat your oven to 200* F
2. Using a food processor, coarsely chop the walnuts and almonds. Nothing too fine, as you will have to put them through the food processor again. Leave the nuts in the processor and set aside for later use. 
3. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter with the honey and whisk occasionally. Once combined, add the cocoa powder, vanilla and a pinch of salt. Whisk together. 
4. Pour the chocolate mixture into the nuts in the food processor. Pulse briefly, just until the chocolate is consistently mixed in. Add the coconut and Mila, pulse one more time. 
5. Spread the mixture out over a baking sheet. Bake for 4 hours in the preheated oven. 
6. Once the granola has finished baking, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool completely. Break the granola apart into small chunks. 
Referral of the Month
Victoria Weiss
Croworks- Decorative Painting
Victoria cleverly painted my natural wood cabinets a darker color adding warmth and depth to my bathroom. She does a variety of painting work including faux finishes, murals, furniture and guilding. 

www.croworks.com
vrcroworks@yahoo.com
415-454-6809
Green Tip
Install motion detectors on lights. Kids are notorious for leaving lights on by accident. This easy trick can help you say goodbye to wasted electricity-and high bills. 

Forward this message to a friend | (415) 729.1045 |  DRE# 01230715

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Catherine Trahan
1701 Novato Blvd., Suite 100
Novato, California 94947
US

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