History, Holidays, and Helping Others

Come kick off the holidays by helping to support a wonderful cause in a unique historic setting.  Join us for a Holiday Open House  to support the Christmas is for Kids organization and as well to enjoy a historic house tour, refreshments, live music, and great people.  We will be hosting his event at one of our favorite listings, The Col. Willard Blackinton House & Knobby Krafters located at 200 North Main Street in Attleboro.

200 N Main StHoliday Open House
Saturday, December 5th
11:00-12:30
200 N Main Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
(just steps from our Kensington Office)
 
 
Donations will be collected for the Christmas is for Kids Organization.
For 32 years, Christmas is for Kids has helped local families in need by providing new toys and clothes. Each of the nearly 1000 children helped annually is given bags of gifts customized just for them based on their wishlist. 150 volunteers work together with hundreds of donors to bring the magic together so that the holidays are bright for the children and less stressful for parents who are not financially able to provide gifts for their children. The program is run entirely by volunteers and 100% of donations to the program are used for gifts for the children.

200 N Main Knobby KraftersTake this opportunity to tour one of Attleboro’s Historic Gems! The Col. Willard Blackinton property proudly takes its place in the company of some of the finest historical homes in New England listed in the Massachusetts Historical Commission as well as the National Register of Historic Places. The property is currently
offered for sale $889K which includes the 200 N Main dining roomhome, warehouse, shuttle shop all on approximately 3.81 acres abutting the Bungay river and parks.

Love to have you join us!!  Can’t make it but would still like to drop off a donation or take a tour?  Let me know, we will gladly schedule a time to meet up.

Jen McMorran, RealtorJennifer McMorran, Realtor
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
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Pretty (and simple) Tablescape

So I am a little late for Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year holidays… but just saw this tablescape and thought it was pretty neat. 

By the way, we did make the roses out of fall leaves, however I forgot to account for them drying out. Ours definitely get crunchy after about 24 hours. Putting stems in water would have been a good idea 🙂 (But, who has time for using their brains and common sense when we have the holidays to prepare for?? Oh well, there is always next year!)

Since the holidays are now over and our household only has science fair projects to think about this weekend – woo hoo! – I can fully access my brain and share the following common sense suggestions on the candle and wine glass décor:

-Drip some melted wax onto the base of the wine glass then place the candle on it which will help to affix the candle to the glass bottom.

-Remember:
The wider the wine glass, the steadier the base of the support.
Try different types of glasses as well.
The height and width of the candle, will affect it’s stability.

Get creative and try other variations under the dome of the glasses- candy hearts for Valentine’s Day, fortune cookies for Chinese New Year,  little shamrock plants for St Patrick’s day, jelly beans or colored eggs for Easter, colored Hershey kisses,  gum balls, figurines, rubber balls … have fun!

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508-930-5259
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Spectacular Spinach Salad

Spinach Salad

This recipe was so good my sister actually e-mailed it out to her favorite friends as their Christmas gift a few years ago 🙂 With the deep green spinach and dark red berries, it looks great on your holiday table.

3/4 cup toasted slivered almonds (can toast in a fry pan with a little butter)
1 pound baby spinach
1 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons minced onion
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

For the dressing:
Combine the white wine vinegar, cider vinegar, vegetable oil, sugar, minced onion, paprika, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds.  Whisk until well blended.

Salad bowl:
Toss baby spinach, almonds, and craisons.  Then add in dressing to taste.

The dressing is on the sweeter side so add a little at a time and taste as you go. I usually make up a batch and keep it in the refrigerator (makes about four full salads for our family of four). I also toast a bunch of slivered almonds and have them ready for both this recipe and my Asian coleslaw. So easy to just assemble for lunch or dinner. And like the Asian coleslaw, this spinach salad tastes great with chicken added.

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

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Stamping It Up with Potatoes!


potato stamp

With so much going on in my kids’ teenage lives these days, simple “throw back” but creative ideas just seem so right.  Click on the photos to get step by step directions on the HGTV website. (Coincidentally their Art Classes at M. Walker Studio are now focusing on print making. Love seeing how their brains work in selecting images and colors to layer together!)

Then…

 

…combine your artwork with a little technology for quick and easy printing to create sets of cards. I just take photos with my phone, upload them to Vistaprint (waiting for a sale of course!) then have cards printed. Order 10 cards for each design you have created then mix them up into sets and give as gifts. Or, have a calendar made using one print per month. Or have them printed on mugs. The possibilities are endless! And how nice to receive a handcrafted item that is also useful!

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