Kurt’s Holiday Recipe

My husband loves to cook – and I love for him to do it! Kurt makes his favorite dishes and also likes to come up with new ones. He’s a pro at experimenting with recipes and altering a bit to make his own. Here’s one of our family favorites, a tried and true culinary creation to make for family and friends!

Grandpa Billett's Butterscotch Pie

Pie:                                                                     Meringue:
4 eggs separated (use whites for meringue)      4 egg whites

1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar                           1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/3 cup corn starch                                             1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt                                                          1 tsp vanilla
2 cups milk
3 Tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla

Pie: Separate 4 eggs, set aside whites for meringue, whisk yolks in medium bowl. Combine sugar, corn starch and salt in sauce pan, add 2 cups milk and heat over medium high heat, stirring constantly; when reaching bubble/foam stage, turn down slightly and keep stirring for 2 more min. Pour 1/2 pudding into yolks and whisk, then return that mixture to the heated pan. Add butter and vanilla, whisk then remove from heat and cover.
Meringue: Whip egg whites and cream of tartar with electric mixer 1 min. Then slowly add sugar and vanilla. Beat until moderately stiff. Pour pudding into crust. Use frozen premade crust or make your own. Spread meringue over entire top, bake 325 for 30 min. Cool on rack for 2 hours, then refrigerate.

Posted on December 15, 2012 at 8:33 am
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“It Can Wait” – Don’t Text and Drive Reminder

I opened my phone bill and a piece of paper fell out that caught my eye. “People who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash.”

What a good reminder this is in the middle of such a busy season. I never text and drive, but have to admit, it’s very tempting on a busy day. I was amazed to learn that one million people still text and chat while driving each day. After all the education we’ve had about the danger of taking your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel, people still do it.

Aside from it’s danger potential, texting while driving is illegal in Washington. It’s also illegal to use your cell phone without a hands-free device. The State Patrol says they see people trying to hide their texting, but it’s easy to spot texting drivers. The average text takes a driver’s eye off the road for nearly five seconds, and when traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to cover the length of a football field.

The “It Can Wait” campaign by AT&T talks about how we live in a world where multitasking is the norm, but this norm in no way justifies texting and driving at the same time. The campaign message boldly states that texting while driving isn’t multitasking, it’s essentially driving blind.

Here’s to safe driving for everyone!

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 7:14 am
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“Winter in Woodinville” Lights Up!

There will be lots of “oos” and “ahs” when the grand tree lights up this Friday, Nov. 30, to kick off the holidays and “St. Nick's Winter in Woodinville” presented by Woodinville Wine Country. The free, festive ceremony features the Rockefeller-style tree lighting that will take place from 5:30 to 6:30pm on the front lawn of Chateau St. Michelle. Complete with hot cider and popcorn, it’s a family event featuring live holiday music by the Woodinville High School choir.

After the tree lighting, the festivities will continue indoors for the 21 and older crowd. Forty Woodinville wineries will be pouring special releases and serving up holiday food for “St. Nick’s at Night,” a benefit for the YMCA. Tickets may be purchased at WoodinvilleWineCountry.com.

Woodinville Wine Country hosts fun events year-round to encourage visitors and locals to come every season – you can enjoy the wine experience and all that our community offers almost 365 days a year!

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 6:48 am
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Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving~

This is one of my favorite holidays. A day set aside to be grateful and concentrate on all that we have, rather than on all that we want. I love taking a day to sit down with family and friends to enjoy one another and a delicious meal. We’re very thankful to have the tradition of going to my brother’s home where my sister-in-law creates a veritable feast of  tried and true dishes combined with new ones. This year’s menu includes Calabaza and Corn and Coconut Soup with Corn Relish – can't wait!

The power of saying thank you is so big that I can never say it enough. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with an amazing team of associates to assist clients with their real estate needs. When I’ve helped a client find the home of their dreams, and see their excitement when they walk into their new home, it is just the best! I am so blessed to live and work in such a great community.

During this season and always, I am committed to being as knowledgeable and helpful as possible for my clients, to give the best real estate counsel possible. I am honored to receive client referrals, and have the spirit of gratitude every day for each one. I wish you all a joyful, relaxing, and delicious Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 6:47 am
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Gobble, gobble!

Yes, there’s a new restaurant in Woodinville called the “Gobble,” and its timing to open right before Thanksgiving couldn’t have been better. About a month ago, the dine-in and take-out full service restaurant opened its doors in the Woodgate Plaza just off 175th, from 11am to 9pm daily. It’s a moderately priced, casual place that specializes in turkey. Everything is prepared fresh and from scratch each day.

While Gobble is too new to provide the full Thanksgiving meal, you’re welcome to stop by and pick up a variety of frozen and refrigerated sides in small to banquet sizes that you can reheat for your holiday dinner. You can even tune to its website (GobbleRestaurant.com) to get turkey cooking advice. One of the videos, “How to Brine Turkey,” gives three simple brines to get the best flavor and maximum juiciness from your bird, and they’re all gluten free, diabetic friendly, and low carb too.

“Comfort food with a kick” is how the Gobble menu is described. Hot turkey dinners, meat loaf, lots of salads and sandwiches, even special Sunday lasagna are available on the dine-in menu, as well as the “to go” one. Turkey pot pie, turkey chili, turkey noodle soup, turkey clubs, the list goes on — turkey tastes good and is good for your health, which is why the Gobble encourages us to make every day a holiday and eat it. Let's welcome Gobble to Woodinville!

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 8:18 am
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Nate Billett Performs in Seattle Youth Symphony

Our son Nate is switching gears from playing tennis to playing an oboe solo in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. It is the largest youth symphony in the country and is celebrating its 70th season this year. Nate is in his 5th year with the symphony and is preparing for the season premiere concert this Sunday, Nov. 4, at 3pm at Benaroya Hall. His oboe solo is in Fountains of Rome by Respighi. For more info & tickets: http://www.syso.org/

Posted on November 2, 2012 at 7:55 am
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Frightful Halloween Statistics

Numbers are an important part of my business. That’s why it caught my eye when I read that a record amount of money will be spent on Halloween this year. Eight billion dollars, to be exact. That’s a lot of candy and costumes!

This is further evidence, according to U.S. News & World Report, that the economy is improving. People are feeling better about their finances, willing to spending more on Halloween and other retail treats, and also more comfortable borrowing again. Housing is feeling the same optimism as the wide-eyed trick-or-treater at your front door.

Another Halloween fun fact is about something else that will be at the front door in greater numbers this year — our furry friends. Family pets will show up when the doorbell rings decked out in costumes too – ones that we will spend a record total of $370 million dollars to buy! That’s $70 million more than last year. Expect to see dogs dressed as tacos, skunks, crayons, dinosaurs, chefs, princesses, leprechauns, flowers, and even as  Gumby. I better think about putting my little dog Wynn in a costume too!

Wishing you a Happy Halloween!

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 8:54 am
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Make a Difference Day

While I’d like to think that every day is Make a Difference Day, it’s great that tomorrow, Oct. 27, is set aside as a special day to volunteer in our community. My family and I have many special memories of reaching out to help others, through my kids' schools, our church, and just a few months ago on Windermere’s Community Service Day. We had so much fun sorting canned food, it was definitely a highlight for us to help out at Hopelink in our small way.

Making a difference is one of the best parts of my job as a Realtor. Since buying and selling a house is ranked as one of the most stressful life situations, my goal is to make the process run as smoothly as possible. While in a perfect world I would love to sell a home with a full-price offer the first day on the market, or find a dream home in a buyer’s choice neighborhood at an affordable price, it normally doesn’t happen that way. But by listening to my clients and understanding their situation and specific needs, I can use my knowledge and experience to navigate through the selling or buying process with less stress and great results.

Being accessible, reliable, and putting myself in their shoes as I handle the transaction does make a difference in how it turns out. There's joy from sorting canned food as well as helping a family through the house buying and selling process. I get just as excited as a family does with the purchase of a new home!

Posted on October 26, 2012 at 11:54 am
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5th Annual Woodinville Women’s Show

You’re bound to find something new and different at this community event that attracts shoppers from all over  — this Saturday, Oct. 20, the Woodinville Women’s Show is back! From 10am to 3pm at the Y at the Carol Edwards Center downtown, more than 60 local, women-owned and women-focused businesses will display products and services targeted specifically to women. On-site childcare will even be provided.

Exhibitors will show ongoing demonstrations and presentations on topics from healthcare to fitness and fashion. Evergreen Hospital’s mobile mammography bus will be there, fabulous door prizes from vendors including Molbaks and Willows Lodge will be given away, and the first 100 guests will receive swag bags. There will be food and product samples, free coffee and photos, and lots of holiday gift ideas.

This is a great opportunity to see and support our local women in business. Tickets ($5) are available online or at the door.  It promises to be a fun day!

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 9:51 am
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Seniors Honored at Last Home Match

Congratulations to Nate and his fellow senior teammates at Woodinville High School who were honored at their last home tennis match. It's been a great season, and continues on as the boys play in the KingCo tournament this week. Nate is seeded #3 in singles. Cheers to our seniors!



Posted on October 16, 2012 at 8:19 am
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