Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Skinny Kung Pao Chicken

Anyone who knows me knows that I always have to get Kung Pao chicken whenever I eat at a Chinese restaurant.
I had discovered the most delicious version I have ever had at Nomad Asian Bistro in Long Beach, when visiting my sister-in-law. Recently, I had a chance to try it again, and I realized what is so delightfully perfect about it. The restaurant chef does not add any additional vegetables to his version, so the chicken is perfectly crispy, as it should be. Adding vegetables to this dish adds moisture that, in my opinion, really shouldn't be there.
I wanted to eat the whole plate.

This recipe is a mixed version of Nomad's and a skinny Kung Pao sauce that I made up. I hope you like it!


2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1/2 Cup Peanuts
1/2 Cup Green Onions, diced

For the sauce:

2 Tbsp Siracha
2 Tbsp Chili Paste
2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp Honey

Mix all sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Then place the cubed chicken in a larger bowl and cover with all of the sauce and stir so that the chicken is covered thoroughly. Place the sauce covered chicken in a non-stick frying pan on the stove on medium heat until chicken is almost cooked through. Then add peanuts and green onions. Finish sauteing all ingredients until chicken is cooked all the way through.

For an even less calorie meal, substitute peanuts with water chestnuts.

I like to serve this dish with a side of brown rice. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Lovely Land Lots for Sale in El Dorado County

Now that the El Dorado County real estate market has such an extremely low inventory these days, more and more buyers are looking to purchase a gorgeous piece of land on which to build their dream house. 
The Discover Joy in Real Estate Team has already sold 3 such properties this year to date, and has many more parcels listed for sale at this moment! Some of them are absolutely breathtaking!

If you or someone you know is looking for the absolutely perfect spot on which to build their dream home, take a look at the inventory below and call Joy at 530-391-1574 for details!!

3100 Vista Lefonti, El Dorado Hills

Offered at $234,900 

.85 Acres in the gated community of Villadoro, BREATHTAKING VIEWS of the Sacramento Valley. 

An extraordinary lifestyle can be yours with exceptional sunset and city light VIEWS of the Sacramento Valley and Folsom Lake. Exclusive Villadoro lot available to build your dream home in a distinctive gated community of million dollar homes. Enjoy relaxing or entertaining with an ever changing canvas. Just minutes to HWY 50 and an easy commute downtown.

For more information about this property, please visit: Vista Lefonti

Brandon Road, Shingle Springs

Offered at $399,900

32 Acre Parcel, 360 degree views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains!

Once in a lifetime opportunity to OWN YOUR OWN MOUNTAIN! Sugarloaf Mountain is a truly unique property with stunning 360 views of the Sierras, city lights and the inter-coastal range. Adjacent to the El Dorado Trail with miles of horseback riding, mtn biking & hiking. With varying terrain, (including flat pastures) this almost 32 acre parcel would make a perfect estate property, vineyard, horse property or ranch. Only 10 minutes to HWY 50!

For more information about this property, please visit: Brandon Road

3199 & 3205 Oxford Road, Cameron Park

Offered at $82,99 Each (2 Separate Adjacent Lots)

.32 Acres Each, Located in the Prestigious Cameron Air Park Estates 

Level, buildable lot in Airpark Estates has nearby electric, water and sewer. Close to Cameron Park Airport, HWY 50, schools, shopping and dining. 

For more information about these properties, please visit: Oxford Road

Puerta Del Sol, Camino

Offered at $197,650

9.35 Acre Parcel in the Gated Community of Rancho Del Sol in Camino!

Motivated Seller! Lot 32 in Exclusive Gated Rancho Del Sol with beautiful views of Weber Creek and surrounding foothills. Property has a private woodsy feel with a mix of oak and pine trees. Possible Owner Financing!!! Fire Hydrant at property! Only 10 minutes to HWY 50.

For more information about this property, please visit: Puerta Del Sol

Solitude Way, Shingle Springs

Offered at $225,000

11.6 Gorgeous Green Acres on a quiet, serene street!

Paved road all the way to this gorgeous 11.6 acre parcel in a quiet area of Shingle Springs. Land has lots of trees and a gentle slope. Seasonal creek on the back side of parcel. Minutes to HWY 50. Possible Owner Carry.

For more information about this property, please visit: Solitude Way

Thursday, April 14, 2016

New Listing in Folsom

We have an absolutely gorgeous new listing at 1288 Hartley Way in Folsom. It is very close to the Sports Complex and Kemp Park. It is a single story, 3 bed, 2 bath, with a 2 car garage.

The seller has all white and silver accents in her home and it looks beautiful! I will have a lot more pictures coming soon! Here is a picture of her living room. Isn't it pretty!

She has done a lot of upgrades to the house including plantation shutters, hand scraped hardwood floors, faux brick in many of the rooms, and a lot of new tile work, plus new paint on the front door and in a lot of rooms! The house is immaculate! 

The backyard isn't bad either.

For more details about this property, stay tuned to later posts, or contact me for details!! 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Boost Your Home's Spring Curb Appeal!

We all get into that slump of running into the house when it's raining, lighting a fire, closing the blinds and pretty much ignoring what is going on outside during those long, cold winter months. 
Well it's time to perk up and open those curtains because the sun is shining and it's SPRING! I have made a list for you of ways you can boost your home's spring curb appeal (and backyard too!) with just a few easy steps. 

We will be doing a lot of these at our house in the coming weeks, so watch for upcoming blog posts!

1. Add some color! Color (as in flowers) are a great way to freshen up the look of your yard after all that dreary rain. You can get flowers that are already blossoming for fairly cheap at your local nursery or, if you have a green thumb, plant them as seeds and watch them grow (not me!). 
Here are my favorite examples:

A sprinkle of flowers between pave stones can make a colorful difference to the way your yard looks!
These adorable little purple flowers  look great in this yard. 

Or just a row of fresh blooms along your fence line can do the trick!

I just love the look of a huge pot of flowers like the one below. Maybe at the end of your driveway, or next to the front door?

Or a window box! You can't go wrong. 

2. A fresh coat of paint! Whether you paint your whole house or just the front door or your fence, a fresh coat or new color can make all the difference in the world! We are going to be painting our house in the next few weeks and I cannot wait for our house to get the face lift it deserves! I chose Olive Green for my front door, but you can choose whatever color you want and it's an easy project you can do yourself!

Here are some pretty Olive Green doors for inspiration:

Here is a link to everything you need to know about how to paint your front door yourself by Lowes:

3. Look around your yard for dead/dying trees and plants. Are there plants that you have been trying to save or bring back to life but just aren't making it? Does your lawn have dead spots? These are easy items you can fix with a trip to your local nursery that will make your yard and home look that much better. For example, we have a tree in the front yard that is constantly dropping leaves and branches onto our lawn, and it's roots are growing into the lawn and killing the lawn. So we are going to have the tree ripped out this week. In the backyard, a lot of the bushes that were planted when the house was built have gotten bigger and are growing into each other. It is time to go through and rip some of those bushes out so that the other plants have room to breathe and grow. 

You want your yard to look maintained and spacious, not crowded and full of dead/dying plants. 

4. Pressure - Wash your driveway and sidewalk. During the winter months, dirt and debris can build up on your driveway, causing unsightly black marks and other stains that can easily be washed away with a pressure washer. Take the time to rent a pressure washer from your local hardware store (or invest in one for future use) and use it to wash your driveway, sidewalk, garage floor, front and back patios, even your house! 

For more pressure washing examples, here is a link to Oddly Pleasurable Before and After Power Washing Pictures!

5. Update your patio furniture and/or cushions! And take a look around your yard to de-clutter! A lot of people (me included!) have junk in the yard that they no longer need. This year, I am going to buy bright colored new patio cushions for our chairs, clean out the clutter that has built up on our back porch, and get a great new gas burning fire pit with some cute chairs! 

I can't decide between this one from Target or this one that I found at Costco!  
I also found these adorable sea foam green cushions at Target that I absolutely love:

And of course you can get all sorts of cute matching pillows too! Here is where you can find affordable & adorable outdoor pillows at Target!


There are all sorts of cute things you can find for the backyard, and front yard too! I was thinking of getting some cute pillows for my little set on the front patio too, since I can't decide between all these adorable pillows! 

Stay tuned to later blog posts for how we will be "boosting" our curb appeal in the coming weeks!!