Fall is such a beautiful time of year!

 

Fall is a beautiful time of year, the colours that appear as if over night, the crisp air forcing you to don your cozy sweater and maybe light a fire and enjoy some hot apple cider! It is also a great time to buy a new home. It is a great idea to purchase that new home you love before the cold winter really sets in, besides, then you can be all settled for Christmas!

You also get more option when buying in the fall. Fall buyers and sellers are likely to be more motivated to move, so don’t forget to check regularly for new listings or changes in the favorites you had your eye on, and check in with me to see what I can do for you.

Given the time of year you may feel pressured to place a bid for a home that is out of your price range in fear of losing the house but remember to know what kind of home is you need and can really afford and stick to your budget! It is always best to prequalify for a loan so you will be ready to act when the right place comes along – and it will, there will always be new homes to look at and choose from.

For those of you selling in the fall remember curb appeal is important! Be sure to continue your lawn maintenance, rake up those leaves! Make sure your gutters are clear and change any burnt out light bulbs. Plant or place fall flowers in and around your garden and front entrance. No matter the time of year it is good to highlight your front door, think about hanging a simple foliage wreath. That with the flowers will add a nice pop of colour to any front entrance!

Most importantly enjoy this time of year. Spend time with the family, take lots of photos and make Magic!

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Melt in your mouth Pumpkin Cookies

2 cups butter, softened
2 cups 2 teaspoons 2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 15 ounce can pumpkin
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
Ground cinnamon (optional for topping)
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat 2 cups butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Add eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla; beat until combined. Beat in pumpkin. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.
Drop dough by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until tops are set. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool.
In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 cup butter and brown sugar until melted and smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in powdered sugar until smooth. Spread frosting on cookies. If desired, sprinkle with additional cinnamon. Makes about 60 cookies.
 
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