Happy (Oatmeal) Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Happy Chocolate Chip Cookie Day 2020!  With so much going on in the world right now, it’s kind of fun to get back to the basics when it comes to putting a smile on your face (and a warm gooey cookie in your belly).  Enjoy!!

Ariko’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

DSC01454I can not thank my good friend Ariko enough for this amazing cookie recipe!  Ariko and I met at San Jose State while both in Grad School way back in 1993 and I have been making these ever since.  (I often change it up too… white chocolate chips and Craisons or add raisons and a little cinnamon. These will always get rave reviews!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Blend-
1 egg                                       ¾ cup granulated sugar
2 sticks softened butter          ¾ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Add –
2 cups flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda    … and blend.

Add –
2 cups 1-minute quick quaker oats … and blend.

And finally add-
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-11 minutes (should look soft and “not quite done”, my oven takes 11 min). Then let cool for 12 minutes on cookie sheets. This gives you the perfect “still soft” cookie – yum!

This recipe never disappoints!  I have actually given these cookies to accompany my closing gifts for special clients and they are often better received than some of the best bottles of wine and gift cards I have given.   I think the trick is making sure your butter is softened before blending with the sugars and then only cooking them until the look “almost done”.  Letting the cookies  sit on the pan after removing them from oven absolutely does the trick to finish the cooking off and create a soft wonderful ooey gooey cookie! And, yes, it does make a difference using both semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips.  (Sometimes I even splurge and use Ghiradelli chips!)  Have fun and experiment… you are going to love them!
Jen McMorran Head Shot (2)Jennifer McMorran, Realtor
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
(and Antique lover & home owner!)
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

real people. real estate.

Kensington - Jen McMorranServing clients throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Boston to Attleboro to Providence and the communities in between.

Classic Buffalo Wing Recipe to Bring Home the Win!

I’m not just a Realtor who is good at finding houses 🙂  I also love finding the perfect recipes for the foods we love best.   If you are looking for the perfect chicken wing recipe, I assure you, this classic will bring home the win every time!

Best Homemade WingsWe pretty much will eat anything that has been “Buffalo-ized” in our house. Chicken, shrimp, mac & cheese, pizza, egg rolls, dips, calamari, French fries, baked potatoes  … we’ve done it all!   So thankful to have discovered this recipe as we now routinely come back to these classic wings  based on the original Anchor Bar recipe from Buffalo, NY. (It’s been a long time since I ate wings in Buffalo, NY , but we make these at least once a week and now prefer them to ordering out in our area!)

About 3 lbs of chicken wings (you can buy the wingettes already set to go, or buy whole wings cut them apart at the joint)
1 Tablespoon peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
1 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1 1/2 Tablespoons white vinegar
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (increase slightly for hotter wings)
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Tabasco sauce (increase slightly for hotter wings)
1/4 tsp salt
6 Tablespoons Frank’s hot sauce
6 Tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

1. Toss wings in a bowl with oil and salt. In large zip lock bag, add flour. Add wings to ziplock with flour and shake until evenly coated.

2. Line cookie sheet with foil and oil (I usually use about 1 Tablespoon of peanut oil for added flavor and evenly coat the foil by spreading it around with my fingers. Make sure it is all covered so wings don’t stick.)

3. Take wings out of bag, shake off extra flour, and place on cookie sheets. Do not crowd them so they bake evenly. Place on bottom rack of oven and bake for 20 minutes at 425. Then flip and bake for another 20 minutes, or until wings are cooked through.

4. Time to make your sauce… in sauce pan combine white vinegar, cayenne, garlic powder, Worcestershire, tabasco, salt, Frank’s hot sauce, and butter. Cook on low heat until blended then let turn off heat and let sit (Go low and slow with the heat when cooking the sauce.  If you cook on too high of a heat, the butter will separate from the sauce.)

5. Once wings are done cooking, place in large mixing bowl. (I try to stack them up on the edges of the bowl so when I pour the sauce in, it is a little easier to evenly coat the wings.) Gently toss with wooden spoon or spatula (don’t get too “rough” with them, you don’t want them to lose any of their crispy coating goodness).

6. Serve with blue cheese and celery. Enjoy!!

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
Senior Real Estate Specialist
First Time Home Buyer/Seller Specialist
New Construction Specialist
Licensed in MA & RI
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

Kensington - Jen McMorran

real estate for real people.

 

Serving clients throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Boston to Attleboro to Providence and all of the communities in between.

Crunchy Asian Coleslaw

This salad is a go-to favorite of ours all year long but as we finally start to string some  beautiful New England summer days together, I am starting to crave it even more!  Blue skies, warm sun, eating outside…. time to bring out some classic summer recipes and we  love our classic Asian coleslaw!!

Crunchy Asian Coleslaw

Crunchy Asian SlawOne of my favorite side dishes … great served with cod, haddock, salmon, chicken, pork, or my kids love it paired with pot stickers 🙂 For a main dish, just add chicken and serve. I always make a double batch of dressing, toast up half a bag of almonds, and cut up the whole bunch of scallions then store them in the refrigerator. I can then whip this recipe up in just minutes!

1 3-ounce packet of chicken flavor ramen noodles broken into ½ inch piece
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
¼ cup canola oil
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon ground pepper
1 ½ cups cubed cooked chicken (optional)
½ cup slivered almonds, toasted (can do in fry pan with some butter)
¼ cup chopped green onion
1 10-ounce bag of broccoli, confetti, or coleslaw (I use half broccoli slaw/half cole slaw)

In small bowl, mix rice wine vinegar, canola oil, sesame oil, sugar, pepper, and I just use half of the chicken seasoning packet from the ramen noodles. Mix ramen noodles, chicken, almonds, green onion, and coleslaw together. Add dressing. Chill 30 minutes turning occasionally. Then enjoy!!!

Jen McMorran, RealtorJennifer McMorran, Realtor
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
(and Antique lover & home owner!)
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

real estate for real people.

Kensington - Jen McMorranServing clients throughout Massachusetts.
Attleboro to Boston and the communities in between.

Please let me know if I can ever be of assistance to you. Or, if you know anyone who could use my assistance,  feel free to share my  contact information (Jen McMorran, Realtor ~ 508-930-5259 ~ jen.mcmorran@gmail.com)

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Mini Muffins – gluten free AND delicious!!!

banana peanutbutter chocolate chip mini muffinsBanana

Chocolate Chip

Peanut Butter

Mini Muffins!!

If you haven’t tried these, tonight is the perfect time to give them a try.

Warm gooey chocolately goodness on a cold snowy night… perfect!

Ingredients:
1 ripe banana, peeled
1 large egg
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (some will get mixed into batter, some to sprinkle on top)

Instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Spray  mini-muffin tin with non-stick spray (usually enough batter for almost 24 muffins)
2. Place banana, egg, peanut butter, honey, vanilla, baking soda and salt in blender (I LOVE my Vitamix for recipes like this!) Blend until smooth and uniform in color.  Pour batter into bowl or glass measuring cup (I use a large glass measuring cup as it is much easier to pour batter into muffin tins.)
3. Stir in the chocolate chips but save some of the mini chocolate chips for topping the muffins.
4. Pour tablespoonfuls of the batter into the mini-muffin tins.  Sprinkle a few chocolate chips onto each muffin.
5. Bake in the preheated oven for 7-9 minutes, or until the muffins are brown around the edges and if you stick the middle of a muffin with a toothpick, no crumbs cling to the toothpick.  My oven actually takes 10 minutes but most recipes on-line say 7-9 so just keep an eye on them.  Let them cool a bit, then pop them out of the tins and enjoy!!

Makes 24 mini-muffins

(Looking for a new kitchen to create these muffins in?  Let me know, we have some gorgeous custom single family homes and townhomes with amazing kitchens in Attleboro!!  I love to show them off and get ideas from new buyers!)

Jen McMorran, RealtorJennifer McMorran, Realtor
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
(and Antique lover & home owner!)
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

respect, reputation, & referrals.
real estate for real people.

Kensington - Jen McMorranServing clients throughout Massachusetts.
Attleboro to Boston and the communities in between

Warm things up with some classic Wings!

Best Homemade WingsWe pretty much will eat anything that has been “Buffalo-ized” in our house. Chicken, shrimp, mac & cheese, pizza, egg rolls, dips, calamari, French fries, baked potatoes  … we’ve done it all but routinely come back to these classic wings  based on the original Anchor Bar recipe from Buffalo, NY – so I am told!  (It’s been a long time since I ate wings in Buffalo, NY , but we make these at least once a week and honestly prefer them to ordering out in our area!)

About 3 lbs of chicken wings (you can buy the wingettes already set to go, or buy whole wings cut them apart at the joint)
1 Tablespoon peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
1 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1 1/2 Tablespoons white vinegar
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (increase slightly for hotter wings)
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Tabasco sauce (increase slightly for hotter wings)
1/4 tsp salt
6 Tablespoons Frank’s hot sauce
6 Tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

1. Toss wings in a bowl with oil and salt. In large zip lock bag, add flour. Add wings to ziplock with flour and shake until evenly coated.

2. Line cookie sheet with foil and oil (I usually use about 1 Tablespoon of peanut oil for added flavor and evenly coat the foil by spreading it around with my fingers. Make sure it is all covered so wings don’t stick.)

3. Take wings out of bag, shake off extra flour, and place on cookie sheets. Do not crowd them so they bake evenly. Place on bottom rack of oven and bake for 20 minutes at 425. Then flip and bake for another 20 minutes, or until wings are cooked through.

4. Time to make your sauce… in sauce pan combine white vinegar, cayenne, garlic powder, Worcestershire, tabasco, salt, Frank’s hot sauce, and butter. Cook on low heat until blended then let turn off heat and let sit (if you cook on too high, the butter separates so go “low and slow” with the sauce).

5. Once wings are done cooking, place in large mixing bowl. (I try to stack them up on the edges of the bowl so when I pour the sauce in, it is a little easier to evenly coat the wings.) Gently toss with wooden spoon or spatula (don’t get too “rough” with them, you don’t want them to lose any of their crispy coating).

6. Serve with blue cheese and celery. Enjoy!!

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

Fun Drink for the Big Game – Go Pats!

Patriots

This looked fun, easy, and delicious (and since we are supposed to get another foot of snow… maybe we will get to sleep in again so maybe we could have a couple?? How nice would it be if  we got the “no school” call tonight!!)

GO PATS!!!

Go Pats Shot!

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

New Homes for the New Year

Unit 24 KitchenOpen House Saturday 10am-12pm
Flynn Terrace, 1400 Commerce Way, Attleboro, MA 02703
(Commerce Way is located between Tiffany Street and County Street)

1158 Park StOpen House Sunday 12-2
1158 Park Street, Attleboro
(off of Park Street in private little neighborhood about a half mile from LaSallette)

Unit 24Thinking about a new home for the new year?  New Construction is on the rise again and I have some great projects and communities to choose from in Attleboro.  I have a beautifully built 1700sf, 3BR, 2.5BA Colonial at 1158 Park Street (though it is actually on a private way well off of Park Street) and in Brigham Hill Estates we have a variety of lots and custom home plans to choose from.  Or for a new upscale Townhouse community, you must check out Flynn Terrace!

Unit 24Set against a wooded backdrop Flynn Terrace at 1400 Commerce Way in Attleboro is an upscale townhouse community located about a mile from Rt 95 and just minutes to the train station – perfect for commuters to Boston and Providence who want peaceful carefree living yet convenience and easy access for major routes and transportation. Flynn Terrace has its first building is up and ready for delivery this month!  Second building is on track for March delivery.  Final touches in kitchens, bathrooms, and finishes are under way and looking amazing!

Check out Unit 23 (all standard features, $312,900)

Or, check out Unit 24 (buyers chose some great upgrades in their unit! $317,900 plus add-ons)

These units are such a pleasure to show! I am there most Saturdays 10am-12pm for Open Houses but happy to schedule private meetings and tours as well. Just give me a call, text, or e-mail (508-930-5259 or jen.mcmorran@verizon.net) to book something around your schedule.

Jen McMorran Jen McMorran, Realtor
jen.mcmorran@verizon.net
508-930-5259
First Time Home Buyers
Existing Home Sales
New Construction
Antique Homes

Kensington Real Estate Brokerage – Servicing clients from Boston to Providence! North Attleboro, Attleboro, Plainville, Wrentham, Mansfield, Norton, Foxboro, Sharon, Seekonk, Cumberland, North Smithfield, Providence, Lincoln

A Sliding Barn Door… Love it!

I definitely love décor that tells a story. And even more than décor, any of my buyers will tell you I love Homes that tell a story! It is so satisfying to see before and after pictures of houses I have sold to see how each buyer puts their own personal stamp on their interior and exterior spaces. A plain, forgettable, house soon becomes a memorable comfortable “Home”.

Photo: Ryan Benyi

This is one project I have always wanted to try in my house. A sliding barn door offers function and style plus does not take up space in your room. No need to rip open walls for pocket doors or framing openings for standard doors. And think of all of the possibilities for the door itself… casual, rustic, painted, metal. Or, heck you could do a chalkboard, huge dry erase board, calendar on one side and always have access to it since door won’t be opening and closing in standard fashion.

Check out this “how to” at ThisOldHouse.com to find out
how these could be created and installed in your home!

Jen McMorran Jen McMorran, Realtor
jen.mcmorran@verizon.net
508-930-5259
First Time Home Buyers
Existing Home Sales
New Construction
Antique Homes

Kensington Real Estate Brokerage – Servicing clients from Boston to Providence! North Attleboro, Attleboro, Plainville, Wrentham, Mansfield, Norton, Foxboro, Sharon, Seekonk, Cumberland, North Smithfield, Providence, Lincoln

The Kitchens of Flynn Terrace

Amazing the transformations that can occur in these Flynn Terrace units even during my two hour open house… Check out the kitchens in Units 24, 23, & 22.

Unit 24 – Buyers reserved their unit early and got to choose cabinets, flooring, granite, and appliances.  They did a great job!

 

Unit 23 – Builder put together this kitchen. Darker stained cabinets, silver gray tile floor, warm granite, and tile backsplash with glass accent.

Unit 21 – Buyer of this end unit selected an off white cabinet with caramel colored glaze and continued the wood floors into her kitchen. Granite templates were done yesterday so counter tops should be coming soon!!
Unit 21

No lights yet in Units 21 & 23 so photos don’t really highlight the true beauty of these kitchens. However, they are easy to show if you’d like to check them out in person!

Just give a little notice, I am usually not too far away. Best way to reach me is my cell 508-930-5259 (call or text, either is fine!). (And don’t worry, Unit 22 has not been forgotten. Floors are going in with cabinets to follow soon!)
 
If you happen to prefer a single family home, drop my Open House at 1158 Park Street in Attleboro Sunday (Dec 21)  from 11am-1pm.  Look for signs on Park Street about a half mile from LaSallette, home is then down the private way with three other homes.  Tucked away on a half acre lot, this quality built new home is Up & Ready and a pleasure to show!

Jen McMorran Jen McMorran, Realtor
jen.mcmorran@verizon.net
508-930-5259
First Time Home Buyers
Existing Home Sales
New Construction
Antique Homes

Kensington Real Estate Brokerage – Servicing clients from Boston to Providence! North Attleboro, Attleboro, Plainville, Wrentham, Mansfield, Norton, Foxboro, Sharon, Seekonk, Cumberland, North Smithfield, Providence, Lincoln

Warm Comfortable Kitchen

A sneak peak into Unit 24 over at Flynn Terrace. Wow, it is looking good! Hardwood and tile floors are all in. Walls and trim are painted.  Landscaping just keeps coming and really enhances the curb appeal and private patio settings.  Check back tomorrow for What a Difference Wednesday and more photos of progress!

Nice Cabinets!

And, Let me know if you’d like to take a run over and tour the units. I am usually just minutes away. Try my cell 508-930-5259 or send an e-mail jen.mcmorran@verizon.net These are a pleasure to show!

Jen McMorran Jen McMorran, Realtor
jen.mcmorran@verizon.net
508-930-5259
First Time Home Buyers
Existing Home Sales
New Construction
Antique Homes

Kensington Real Estate Brokerage – Servicing clients from Boston to Providence! North Attleboro, Attleboro, Plainville, Wrentham, Mansfield, Norton, Foxboro, Sharon, Seekonk, Cumberland, North Smithfield, Providence, Lincoln