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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 )
This month Kath Streib and Wanda Kubat-Nerdin are hosting the June ActiveRain Challenge titled "Fork It Over: June ActiveRain Recipe Challenge".  Even though it is a cooking challenge, and I am not much of a good cook, I can grill, so even I am able to participate in this challenge.My wife and I love the way food cooked on an outdoor grill tastes, so during the Summer months we cook on our Weber gas grill as much as possible.  One of the simple  dishes we cook on the grill (by we, I mean me) is chicken shish kebabs.  We will do various chicken shish kebabs throughout the Summer, but our favorite is chicken shish kebabs we marinate in Italian salad dressing.  Even though this is a simple receipt, it does take a little planning, because you need to allow time for the chicken to marinate i...
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By Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker, Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700
(Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska)
The sun is setting on our Patio and also on this Blog Series. I would predict that this string of 30+ days with a Blog will come to an end in the next week!..........................................................................................................But for now it is Blog 29 of 30:It is no secret to my family and friends...I like to take Saturday and Sunday off whenever possible. And over the last 10 years or so...that has been possible a lot!SO this Saturday Blog 29 and Sundays Blog 30 NEED to be completed early if possible so that I am not sitting in front of the computer screen over the weekend. Or at least not for hours!  Oh sure...if I need to work...I will...but usually I can schedule around functions and events. This photo is from a month or two ago...but I have the s...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Rent
(RE/MAX DFW Associates)
Here’s my potato salad recipe for a crowd.This is a real simple potato salad, we don't care for potato salads with unecessary ingredients here in the south! And PLEASE do not show up at our party with store bought potato salad...Big NO NO!  I made this for my grandsons second birthday party. It was my mom’s recipe! She said the SECRET TO YUMMY POTATO SALAD is putting it together while ALL ingredients are HOT !! Then refrigerate overnight. Medium bag russet potatoes 1 small white onion Dill pickle relishSmall jar real mayonaise Yellow mustard6-8 hard boiled eggsSalt & pepper Boil potatoes with skins on until tender & skins are cracking, then drain off the hot water Peel off skins as soon as they are cooled enough to handle. Put all the potatoes in a large bowl  Boil eggs at the same time...
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By Ed Silva, 203-206-0754, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Friday Flags in Hotchkiss Field Prospect CTThe largest park in Prospect CT is Hotchkiss Field. It has athletic fields, basketball courts, volleyball courts and track runs,There is always a lot of activity there and at the back of the field is a flagpole.Being a flag whisperer, it only takes a thought, and the winds provide a full billowing flag.I got a beautiful banner to share.Friday Flags in Hotchkiss Field Prospect CT 
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By Doug Jones, Mortgage Broker - NMLS 286668
(Mortgage Magic)
 Good Morning.  It is raining in San Jose, and it is wonderful.  “The difference in power between a loving thought and a fearful thought is so enormous as to be beyond the capacity of the human imagination to easily comprehend… a few loving thoughts during the course of the day more than counterbalance all of our negative thoughts… “Power Vs Force page 283 I greet this day with enthusiasm.Today I encourage everyone I meet or think of.Every part of my body smiles a big smile.I give thanks for everything; a warm shower, my car; opportunities.I like myself… I am wonderful and happy.I overflow with love and joy and goodwill toward everyone.I can see everyone as good.I give of my time, money, and talents; these are gifts God gave me.I am a gentle person.  I love to say please and thank you.G...
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By Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
As we are about to learn, all centers (cores) being whether microcosmic or macrocosmic, personal or otherwise, seen & unseen, known or unknown literally without exception must be in a state of holding themselves together less combined contrary forces kick-in & dissolve & destroy their existence. Everything MUST have a center of being an HQ or command that does not fold thus does the center hold?NOTE: to get to YOU we must travel here first & then there stay with meCENTER OPERATIONALLY DEFINEDWhere everything is either in or out of control. Performing or not its function. Order or chaosIN CONTROL: Purpose, function & result follow in an orderly, readable way, not perfect but existing in the state it is. Perhaps developing or holding, it is part of what is allowed & necessary for what is ...
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By Doug Jones, Mortgage Broker - NMLS 286668
(Mortgage Magic)
The first human relations rule in the Dale Carnegie Book How to Win Friends and Influence People is; Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.  The person we criticize the most is usually ourselves.  That we make mistakes is obvious, but we need to also be our best cheerleader.I like myself and I am a winner………today is a great day.I am a success a work and home……I am success.Today I will put on a big smile three times for no reasonToday I am friendly to everyone I meet, and I listen…I have a problem to face, but I can do it and I will win…I am cheerful…..I am cheerful……and happyI have the courage to ask for help…others want to help me.I have the potential for success…I have the potential for greatnessI handle problems relaxed and take one step at a timeI laugh and help others to laugh…I am ...
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By Doug Jones, Mortgage Broker - NMLS 286668
(Mortgage Magic)
 This morning, I am writing from the beautiful mountain near Yosemite.  The viewis majestic; tall straight trees, patches of snow and deer beginning the day.Everything in the world is successful and I can be too…… Today I choose to be happy and calmI associate myself with positive peopleI watch movies and listen to music that make me happyI can, I can, I can… I am filled with confidence and joyI take the time to build my positive attitude and to visualize my dreamsI attract the right people and conditions in my life…I am perfectI greet each day with love… I like people and I am blessedEvery day in every way I am happier and happierI laugh…I smile…my eyes twinkle…I am happy…I am joyEvery day in every way I am richer and richer… All good comes to meI push the Easy Button to life…and I fee...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Ready to make a move? Don't miss this opportunity to own a piece of paradise. A FOUR-bedroom, TWO-bath property near Clintonville, and OSU. This property offers opportunity, having undergone renovation from the ground up. You'll be greeted by an abundance of natural light, creating an inviting atmosphere. The interior features red oak hardwood floors and custom granite countertops and vanities. Join us this weekend for an exclusive open house event and explore this beautiful property in Columbus.  Don't miss your chance to make it yours! Contact us Now!   Send us a message or give us a call: ☎ 614 - 431 - 1220 | 📧 rjoe@kw.com Click the LINK to know more about the property!View the property HERE Wanna know your home value? Click this LINK 
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, The best agent in Southern Utah!
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Silotastic Fiesta Corn Salad Fellow ActiveRainer’s, this recipe continues to be a spicy hit every time we serve this dish at our Silobrations. Simple to make, this one sings to the tastebuds in a most delightful way! It is often served with BBQ ribs and homemade macaroni salad. Many of the ingredients are taken from Nerdin Gardens and it takes approximately 30 minutes to make this recipe and it displays the colors of summer! Silotastic Fiesta Corn SaladIngredients:* 2 tablespoon olive oil* 6 ears fresh, shucked corn* 3 jalapenoes chopped fine* 4 green onions, sliced thin* 3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped* 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper* 4 tablespoons mayonnaise* 3/4 cup sour cream* 1/2 cup Cotija cheese or more* 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika* 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper* 2 juiced limes Direc...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
 Thrilled to announce the sale of this three-bedroom ranch in Columbus. Congratulations to the new owners and Thank you to our amazing clients for trusting us with the sale of their property. Ready to sell? Let's make it happen!☎ 614 - 431 - 1220 | 📧 rjoe@kw.com Wanna know your home value? Click the LINK. 
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By Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker, Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700
(Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska)
The above photo is a rural acreage that is located outside of Harvard.   Harvard, NE that is!  So yes, when we say we even sell Harvard properties...we really do!...............................................................................I will admit it...doing 30 blogs in 30 days is testing my skills at staying committed.Granted...yesterday was 2 blogs...but I only used one for the 30/30. And a few weeks ago I had 2 blogs...but again did not use the 2nd one for the 30/30.   I mean...wouldn't that be skirting the the edge of fairness if I did?Going to get todays Blog# 28 done early and hopefully start on Saturdays Blog 29 later today!By the way, If you have not checked out my recipe addition, last evening, to the June contest...you really should. See it here:     https://activerain.c...
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By Doug Jones, Mortgage Broker - NMLS 286668
(Mortgage Magic)
This area of Pleasanton is one of the quietest areas in the Bay Area. This 2 BR, 1 BA condo offers a comfortable layout, ideal for first-time buyers or downsizers looking for a low-maintenance lifestyle. Located on the west side of Pleasanton and only a 30 minute commute to Silicon Valley. The Condo is within walking distance to the community pool. HOA includes water, garbage, outside maintenance of the condo and common areas. Sellers says in past 4 years that the downstairs floor has been replaced with Tile, new windows for the entire unit, a new kitchen sink, new dishwasher, and a new gas stove.I have never posted an open house on Active Rain and hope I am OK with this but I guess if I am wrong I hope I will be forgiven. Click the link for information. https://www.tourfactory.com/3157905
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By Rodney Mason, VP of Mtg Lending, AL,AR,AZ,CA,CO,FL,GA,IN,MI,MS,NC,NV,SC,TN,TX,VA,WA
(Guaranteed Rate NMLS# 2611)
 While striving for personal betterment is natural and beneficial, it should not come at the expense of self-compassion and acceptance of your current state. Mindfulness allows you to acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses without harsh criticism or unrealistic expectations. It also encourages a nurturing attitude towards yourself, recognizing that you are worthy of love and respect regardless of your imperfections.​​By staying present and attentive to your goals, you can cultivate a proactive approach to personal development. Mindfulness can help you navigate challenges with resilience, learn from setbacks, and adjust your strategies in pursuit of your aspirations.​​For more tips on mindfulness, download the RATE APP and start living your best life today!   #FeelGoodFriday #DailyPos...
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By Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA
(Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.)
"Sometimes you deserve a second chance, not because you weren't fabulous the first time but because the timing and circumstances weren't quite right. You just got overlooked."   -Carol Williams  Second Chance Saturday is all about giving deserving posts more exposure. If you see a deserving post that didn't get Featured, be sure to tag me in the comment section of any post and watch for it in the next edition of Second Chance Saturday.* * * * * * * * * *Let's Welcome This Week's First Time Bloggers: Nelson Huggins   Justin Brave   Lionel Pinkhard   Patricia Koczara   Stephanie LeFew   * * * * *  Surround Yourself With Positive People    By: Lou Ludwig "As I see it..."  You Know What To Do And Not To Do - Trust Your Gut    By: Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ  "Last week, I had the privilege ...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Ready to make a move? Don't miss this opportunity to own a piece of paradise. A FOUR-bedroom, TWO-bath property near Clintonville, and OSU. This property offers opportunity, having undergone renovation from the ground up. You'll be greeted by an abundance of natural light, creating an inviting atmosphere. The interior features red oak hardwood floors and custom granite countertops and vanities. Join us this weekend for an exclusive open house event and explore this beautiful property in Columbus.  Don't miss your chance to make it yours! Contact us Now!   Send us a message or give us a call: ☎ 614 - 431 - 1220 | 📧 rjoe@kw.com Click the LINK to know more about the property!View the property HERE Wanna know your home value? Click this LINK 
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By Doug Rogers, Your Real Estate Resource!
(RE/MAX Coastal Properties)
Another Destin Florida Luxury Condo SOLD-280 Gulf Shore DriveThanks to our aggressive marketing and a seller who priced right, RE/MAX Coastal Properties has sold another Destin Florida luxury condo. Let's see what made this Emerald Coast property stand out to the buying public.  3 Bedroom Luxury Condo In Destn Fl OverviewMapsPhotos $1,725,000 Condominium Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Full BathroomsInterior: 2,660 sqftYear Built: 1996MLS #: 940347 Location 280 Gulf Shore341Destin, FL 32541USA Doug Rogers RE/MAX Coastal Properties(318) 613-1994dougsoldit@gmail.comhttp://www.FloridaCondoHunter.com   Listed by: RE/MAX Coastal Properties Our recent listings 3 Bedroom Home For Sale Near Alexandria LA | $162,000 | Boyce, LA3 Bedroom Luxury Condo In Destn Fl | $1,725,000 | Destin, FL3 Bedroom Condo...
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By Ralph Magin, Miami Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
SUNNY ISLES MIAMI DADE FLORIDA REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES * As of June 28, 2024 WE HAVE THE KEY TO YOUR DREAM HOME. CHECK OUT REAL ESTATE PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN SUNNY ISLES.Call now for real estate inquiries! 305-741-2142 or visit www.ralphmagin.com#RealEstateMiami #SouthFloridaRealEstate #RealEstateSunnyIsles #SunnyIslesRealEstate #SunnyIslesEstate  #RealEstateSouthFlorida #MiamiRealEstate #RealEstate #Realtor #houseexpert #househunting #home #RealEstateAgent #RealEstateBroker #RealEstateExpert #RealEstateForSale #Realty #Broker #HomeForSale #HouseForSale #PropertyForSale #HomeForSaleMiami #HomeForSaleSouthFlorida  Focus on Time in the Market, Not Timing the Market in Miami - Dade FloridaShould you buy a home now or should you wait? That’s a big question on many people’s minds today. An...
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By Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker, Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700
(Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska)
Here it is folks!!  In response to the Active Rain June 2024 Recipe Contest!  Here is my entry!   my world famous BUBBA BEANS!You wanted a recipe and if you are having a get together on the patio...this is the one they will rave about!This recipe was invented and perfected by Mike McCann in the late 1970's and has been made dozens upon dozens of times since!I hope you enjoy!   Mike......................................................................................................................................Mike McCann’s  WORLD FAMOUS  BUBBA BEANSNOTE: This is NOT Low Calorie. But dang...is it good!Large Crock Pot is best to use cook on low or medium. Or two crock pots and split in half.As everything cooks…it will lose some of the volume so the crockpot can be heaping if needed.3# ...
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By Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker, Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700
(Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska)
Above Soybean field photo was taken on 6-27-24 East of Kearney about 1/4 mile west of the Airport on 56th Street. Hi All,  Here we are only 3 blogs from the end of my personal challenge after I post this!I hope you all are having a great Thursday evening. (or had a great one)  Just got home from a walk around the neighborhood and the wind blew us home the last half mile...although it slowed us down the first half mile of the walk.To walk our route is about 2 miles on some paved "trail" and mostly through residential. You can see the trail at end of the culdesac in center of photo.This photo taken on April 21, 2024...those fields in the distance now have green corn and soybeans growing up fast! (See above photo...that is the field that is brown in the neighborhood photo.)  Yes...the buil...
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