Simple, Sweet, and Spicy Pear Salsa

rachels black bean salsa

I am still a huge fan of my favorite Black Bean and Corn Salsa.  This year-round delicious pleaser continues to wow crowds whether at a backyard BBQ, sitting poolside, or snuggled onto the couch to watch the Super Bowl.  BUT, I now have another fresh tasting salsa recipe that a good friend introduced me to.   I could easily devour (and have devoured – sorry Jess!) an entire the bowl if left in front of me.

Weight Watchers Pear Chutney

I am now officially adding this Easy Pear Salsa to my list of favorite recipes.  The sweetness from the pears, the acid from the lime juice, along with the hot spiciness from the jalapenos is just perfect.  Awesome on a tortilla chip or something sweet and spicy to liven up blackened fish or chicken – I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

This recipe is definitely worth bringing to any picnic, cookout, or holiday gathering !!  (Jess mentioned that her recipe came from Weight Watchers – the photo from the Weight Watchers site to the left will link you to their “Pear Chutney”.  I’m thinking if I called it chutney, I  might not get as many people willing to try it 🙂 . )

Ingredients:

2 ripe Bosc or Anjou pears diced to fit on a chip (I leave the skins on)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 finely chopped jalapeno (no seeds)
1/4 cup dried cranberries (I dice them small again to fit on a chip. If you do chop them, don’t be surprised that your dip turns pink )
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (one lime)
approx 1/2 teaspoon salt (add a little at a time to taste)

Directions:
Chop pears, cilantro, jalapeno, red onion, and cranberries.
Add to bowl. Toss gently.
Add fresh lime juice. Add salt to taste. Gently toss.
Let sit 10-15 minutes.

Serve.

Awesome with tortilla chips, Triscuits with Brie cheese, fish, blackened chicken or just in a spoon!!

It is my true pleasure to  work hard for my clients and your real estate referrals throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Cape Cod.  Please let me know what questions you may have and how I can be of the best assistance to you.

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA, RI, and Cape Cod & Islands Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
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“I Have a Dream”

Jobs and Freedom – two words that ring out every single day.

Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr gave his speech on August 29, 1963 at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom?

We obviously can’t help but think of Martin Luther King Jr’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech today – his day of remembrance. But his words are even more appropriate after all that we lived through in 2020 battling a world wide pandemic and struggling with existing social injustices.

It’s been year of daily reports on jobs and freedoms as we contend with:

Balancing safety from the health consequences of Covid-19 for all while maintaining personal and business’s financial security.

Weighing the freedom to make personal choices without negatively impacting others’ well being.

Understanding racism exists and stepping outside our own comfort zones to acknowledge, to heal , and to ask “what can we do” to be better neighbors, friends, and citizens so that everyone may enjoy the same right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The year 2020 has placed incredible demands on us as a country, as neighbors, as families, and as individuals. The uncertainties have left us scared and being “remote” has left us feeling alone. But, we are not alone. We can come together with determination, collaboration, and HOPE. We can take care of each other. We can move forward. We can create the change that offers everyone the same opportunity to dream and live their fullest lives. WE can do it.

From The Martin Luther King Jr Institute for Research and Studies at Stanford University you can click here Listen to Audio for the speech as spoken by Martin Luther King Jr himself.

I HAVE A DREAM

I say to you today, my friends [applause], so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow (Uh-huh), I still have a dream. (Yes) It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. (Yes)

I have a dream (Mhm) that one day (Yes) this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed (Hah): “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” (Yeah, Uh-huh, Hear hear) [applause]

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia (Yes, Talk), the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream (Yes) [applause] that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice (Yeah), sweltering with the heat of oppression (Mhm), will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream (Yeah) [applause] that my four little children (Well) will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. (My Lord) I have a dream today. [enthusiastic applause]

I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists (Yes, Yeah), with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” (Yes), one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today. [applause] (God help him, Preach)

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted (Yes), every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain (Yes), and the crooked places will be made straight (Yes), and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed [cheering], and all flesh shall see it together. (Yes Lord)

This is our hope. (Yes, Yes) This is the faith that I go back to the South with. (Yes) With this faith (My Lord) we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. (Yes, All right) With this faith (Yes) we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation (Yes) into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. (Talk about it) With this faith (Yes, My Lord) we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together (Yes), to stand up for freedom together (Yeah), knowing that we will be free one day. [sustained applause]

This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God’s children (Yes, Yeah) will be able to sing with new meaning: “My country, ‘tis of thee (Yeah, Yes), sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. (Oh yes) Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride (Yeah), from every mountainside, let freedom ring!” (Yeah)

And if America is to be a great nation (Yes), this must become true. So let freedom ring (Yes, Amen) from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. (Uh-huh) Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. (Yes, all right) Let freedom ring (Yes) from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. (Well) Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. (Yes) But not only that: (No) Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. [cheering] (Yeah, Oh yes, Lord) Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. (Yes) Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. (Yes) From every mountainside (Yeah) [sustained applause], let freedom ring.

And when this happens [applause] (Let it ring, Let it ring), and when we allow freedom ring (Let it ring), when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city (Yes Lord), we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children (Yeah), black men (Yeah) and white men (Yeah), Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics (Yes), will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! (Yes) Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” [enthusiastic applause]Source: 

MLKEC-INP, Martin Luther King, Jr. Estate Collection, In Private Hands. From The Martin Luther King Jr Institute for Research and Studies at Stanford University. © Copyright Information

A Note to My Clients during this Incredible Time

To think I thought February dragged on forever this year…

March 2020 clearly has been the longest month on record during my time on this beautiful earth.  What began with a nice weekend in New York City where we enjoyed a gorgeous hotel with amazing views, a long awaited visit with my grad school best friend, a fun ferry ride on the river, the powerful 911 Museum and all it represented, and our friend’s XFL game at MetLife Stadium then all lead perfectly into a relaxing getaway with my daughter to visit my mom in Florida for her freshman year Spring Break.  We spent a week in the sun, hanging by the pool, eating out, and hearing just bits and pieces about the Corona Virus arriving to the United States.  By the end of the week, things clearly were quickly evolving as we bought the last two canisters of Lysol wipes at the local CVS for our flight home and cherished the last bits of a travel sized hand sanitizer that we found in my carry on.

Upon arrival back to Massachusetts, we packed our daughter up and dropped her back to college.  Those next few days then felt like weeks as news and fresh data started to be shared.  Every hour it seemed there was a new development and just five days after we had dropped her off, we were back up to Weston with two cars to pack up her dorm room for good.

I am sure you all have very similar and surreal stories of your own.  With companies transitioning work to home offices, schools closing and sending kids home, parents figuring out home schooling, and many many of you facing layoffs and business closings.  Working in real estate and new construction, I have faced these challenges with my clients and I face a lot of uncertainty myself.

So what I am thinking now?

First and foremost, your top priority must be taking care of yourself and your loved ones. I am still working, but know that real estate will be there for you on the other side of the Covid-19 crisis as well.

There are absolutely some buyers and sellers who need to buy and sell now and we are working with them to make that happen. If you feel more comfortable waiting, take assurance in the fact that we were in the middle of a strong economy and a strong housing market when the Covid-19 hit. I am confident there are going to be buyers and sellers anxiously awaiting you once this health crisis has resolved.

Please know I am available and I am happy to be a resource to you at anytime and for anything.  I have a solid network of other professionals who are eager to be helpful to you as well.  Mortgage officers, attorneys, contractors, plumbers, electricians, etc.  I am just a phone call or e-mail away (508-930-5259, jen.mcmorran@gmail.com)

We’ll get through this … we have before!

All of the best and stay well,

Jen

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
New Homes Team
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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Best Super Easy Banana Bread Recipe

 

If there was one skill that I had to identify,
something that I have completely mastered
(besides real estate of course 🙂 )

that I am absolutely 100% confident in,
it would have to be the careful nurturing
of the exquisitely slightly mushy dark brown banana.

Mimi and JenMy friends from far and wide are always  astonished at my skill when admiring our family’s fruit bowl.   I would not feel right going any further, however, if I didn’t acknowledge my Mom with a big “shout out” and “thank you” for consistently demonstrating her specialized technique throughout my childhood of buying more bananas than we could eat then patiently ignoring the few remaining fruits until they were almost unrecognizable.    So, “Thank You Mom!!”  because now I too am an expert which means I am almost always prepared to make this delicious and super easy one-bowl banana bread recipe…  hope you enjoy!

Super Easy Banana Bread

1 1/4 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar (can be reduced to 1/2 cup)

3/4 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas
(I like mine really brown :), 1-2 bananas)

1/2 cup buttermilk
(can be made with 2 tsp vinegar and 1/2 cup milk)

1/3 cup vegetable oil
(can replace all or half with applesauce)

1 egg

1/2 cup chocolate chips
(I guess those are optional but who wouldn’t add chocolate chips??)

Banana Bread BundtPreheat over to 350 degrees. Add dry ingredients to a bowl and give a quick mix to combine. Then add banana, buttermilk, oil, and egg and mix thoroughly. Add in chocolate chips and/or walnuts if desired. Pour into greased and floured bread pan. Bake for approximately 45 minutes. I typically double the recipe and bake in a bundt pan for approximately an hour (until springs back to touch and tooth pick comes out clean).

Let cool and enjoy!!!

It is my true pleasure to  work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Please let me know what questions you may have and how I can be of the best assistance to you.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
New Homes Team
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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Decide on Happiness

As I was clearing out files this morning, I came across this story I had saved to use as a blog years ago.  I am not sure who initially wrote it, but I wanted to share as it did give me a lift this morning as I planned out another busy day with buyers and hosting an Open House plus trying to get in some family-time, some me-time, and we definitely could use a solid trip to the grocery store 🙂

Enjoy…
Simple Steps to More HappinessThe 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

“Mrs. Jones, you haven’t been to the room yet …. just wait.”

“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.”

She went on to explain, “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories. Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing.”

And with a smile, she said: “Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less

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Flynn Terrace – Completed Units Ready for Touring!

Wow… what a difference just a week has made.  Units 17 and 20 were completed and closed… congratulations to the new homeowners!  Units 19 and 18 just need to be spiffed up but are complete and look amazing.  Unit 19 closes this week so if you’d like to tour that unit to check out the variety of finishes tomorrow is the day.

OPEN HOUSE, SUNDAY 12-2
1400 Commerce Way, Attleboro
Flynn Terrace
Units 11 ($314,900, November), Unit 13 ($324,900, February),
and Unit 15 ($319,900, February) are all that are left!

and I am willing to bet with the activity we have had they are going to go soon!

Give a call/text if you can’t make it… happy to get you in before it’s too late.
Jen 508-930-5259

IMG_5860Check out recent photos of Unit 19  below –  Gorgeous! 

This homeowner added so many of her own special touches to Unit 19.  Just looks amazing… and it will be even better once our cleaners come through!  I just couldn’t want any longer to post these 🙂

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Functional Magic with Pallets

Now that the sun is finally making a break through here in North Attleboro, I am definitely ready to get back outside and get working but I also wouldn’t mind working on a little functional art with the kids as well!   How super creative and simple are these ideas for re-purposing wooden pallets.  I have included my favorites below but definitely check out the whole article at Better Homes and Gardens for more DIY Pallet Projects.

Pallet compost binHow about tidying up your compost pile with three pallets braced together?

pallet outdoor coffee table Or what about this coffee table?
Just two pallets and some exterior paint!

pallet outdoor paintingNeed some art work to liven up an outdoor space?  How cute is this?

 
pallet rustic headboard
 
And just in case you are in search of a rustic style headboard…

 
Could it get any easier?

 

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Kensington Real Estate Brokerage * www.jenmcmorran.realtor

What if…

This morning when I opened my Facebook account, without noticing I hit the scroll bar and clicked to find the poem below that I posted back in the fall of 2011. If anyone is wondering why I smile a lot, keep working hard, and don’t look back… this kind of sums it up.

Avery and Zoe EasterIn 2011, my life was pretty typical until one night in August when an MRI determined that Zoe had a brain tumor. Three and half years later, Zoe is still in treatment for brain cancer with a daily chemotherapy regimen and she continues to work on regaining the strength and coordination she lost to a stroke. But, she is enjoying middle school, dance, and all of her friends, family, & supporters. Her twin sister Avery has dug in to her academics at school, immersed herself in dance classes, and is always there to help out Zoe. Those two girls are my inspiration every day despite the challenges I may face. We are blessed!

This poem was displayed on the wall at rehab gym when Zoe was at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital for three weeks during the fall of 2011.

 What if
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What if you could wake, eat, run, and play
All the normal things each and everyday
Throw, catch, and jump like you’re flying
All of this without even trying.

What if then you were sick and everything changed
Needles, doctors, it all seemed so strange
Wheelchairs, therapy, and medicine too
All of this, you had to do.

What if you felt better and appreciated it all
All the little things you could do that had left you before
Family, friends, visitors, and guests
Throughout it all, you know you were truly blessed.

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Kensington Real Estate Brokerage * www.jenmcmorran.realtor

Cute Twist on a Classic for Easter

Gotta love a deviled egg…

How cute are these? 

Upstate New Yorkers love their deviled eggs! How cute would these be for taste of home on the Easter table?  Turn deviled eggs into adorable hatching chicks
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Wishing all who celebrate a wonderful Easter celebrating with friends and family!

Jen McMorran, Realtor * 508-930-5259 * jen.mcmorran@verizon.net
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage * www.jenmcmorran.realtor