The Best Quick and Easy Carrot Cake

Seriously Simple and Crazy Good Carrot Cake

Our family loves this recipe!!   We always have the ingredients in the house, it tastes soooooo good, really impresses a crowd, and  is soooo easy  Seriously, we dump all of the cake ingredients into one bowl, turn the mixer on, and you’ve got the cake batter.  No sifting, no separating… just dump and let the mixer do the work.

easy carrot bundt cakeWe sometimes cheat with the frosting.  There are some pretty yummy tasting pre-made cream cheese frostings.  If you happen to have a can of vanilla frosting and cream cheese in your refrigerator, just blend the two together.  Get fancy by sprinkling walnuts and/or coconut on top or keep it simple.  This is even delicious without frosting!

Cake Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 1/3 cup oil (or can replace with applesauce)
2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp cinnamon
4 cups grated carrots
¾ cup chopped walnuts

Frosting Ingredients:
4 oz. stick of butter
8 oz package of cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

For cake: combine sugar, eggs, oil, flour, soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, grated carrots, and chopped nuts.  Pour into a 13×9 inch greased pan and bake for 40 minutes.  Or I love bundt cakes… pour batter into a floured and greased bundt cake pan and back for approximate 50-60 mintues (I find the bundt cake cooking times can vary drastically so check periodically.)

For frosting:  blend butter and cream cheese.  Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Frost. Serve. Eat.

This recipe is awesome for any brunch, birthday celebration, Easter Sunday, or just because you deserve a fabulous slice of carrot cake at the end of the day!

Check out all of our favorite recipes by clicking here.  I don’t post anything that isn’t easy or a crowd pleaser!!

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

www.BeHomeBeWell.com

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

Buyers ISO of Charm & Character

This will be a fun  home search that will take some patience
but a great couple so I know it will be worth it!!

This set of buyers is in search of a  home with tons of character and charm preferring pre-1960 and willing to go back all of the way to 1740s.

369-oldpost-rdThey definitely want a large lot – thinking 1+ acres – or even the illusion of a large lot if they found a home that abutted conservation/park/etc.  Currently they are living in a bungalow in a cute downtown neighborhood which was a nice place to start but now feeling too congested for them.   They are craving space, trees, and privacy.  Being close to a busy road won’t work for them. Antique lovers know homes built “back in the day” were purposefully located close to the road so quiet set-backs are not always easy to come by but, I found my antique colonial set back off the road so I know it’s possible.

Iantique-colonial-fireplacen terms of the home itself, they would like at least three bedrooms, minimum of two baths, a garage if possible, and charm, charm, charm (cookie cutter is just not going to do it for them.)  Some sort of “out” building or separate studio that could be used as a home office would be great – but even a separate space in the house could have potential.  She works from home and would like a feel of going to the office and then leaving it behind when done for the day.

60-short-st-tauntonFor location, they would like to be within 30-40 minutes of Providence.

Do you happen to know anyone in  Southeastern Massachusetts interested in selling a home like this?

We will be ready to get back to the house hunting in January so spread the word…

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

www.BeHomeBeWell.com

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

New listings:
Attleboro, 2 bedroom garden style condominium near town & train, $124,900
Easton, 2 bedroom end-unit townhouse in Easton Crossing, $214,900

Perfect Affordable Carefree Condo Options!

Do you know someone looking to own their own home that would  also love the simplicity of condo living?  How does it sound to be able to enjoy lush grounds and landscaping without having to mow a lawn or weed a garden?   Love to relax around a pool but don’t have the energy or know-how to maintain it? With winter approaching,  wouldn’t it be awesome to have someone else plowing and clearing the snow?

Well… I have two affordable and meticulously maintained options for you!

Open House, Saturday, December 2
12:30-2:00
2 Adam Street, Easton
$214,800
Easton Crossing!

dinig-area-to-living-room-2-adamWelcome to Easton Crossing… this sought after, well-established condominium complex is set just off of Washington Street in South Easton.  Easton Crossing boasts gorgeous grounds, a club house available for functions, an in-ground pool area,  tennis courts,  exercise room, spacious green areas, fenced in dog park, and an awesome location.  End units are far and few between so 2 Adam Street, Unit 9 is a rare offering.  This light and bright unit features extra windows in the living room, dining room, and both bedrooms.  Enjoy freshly painted walls, new flooring on the first floor,  great open floor plan, sliders to a private patio, security system, and air conditioning.  Pet friendly and FHA approved complex!!

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Or does the idea of being located a closer to Providence while still enjoying easy access to Boston by way of Rt 95 or the commuter rail entice you? Contact me to see:

IMG_1052.JPG14 Dailey Street, Unit F
Attleboro, MA
$124,900

 14 Dailey Street, Unit F is located in Woods Edge Condominiums just minutes to a thriving Attleboro center and newly renovated train station.  This garden style condo offers 960 square feet of living, two bedrooms,  awesome open floor plan, new flooring, stainless and granite kitchen, tons of closets (master bedroom offers two closets, guest bedroom features a walk-in), and a great complex with sprawling green grounds, plenty of parking, in-ground pool, laundry in the building, and electric bills that average under $50/month which include the electric heat.  Great affordable option for owning your own home!  Pet Friendly complex too!!

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As an added bonus, I am working for two sets of awesome sellers!

Feel free to contact me with any questions or to schedule a showing (Jen McMorran, 508-930-5259, jen.mcmorran@gmail.com).  I’d love to help you make yourself at home in either of these great condos…

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

www.BeHomeBeWell.com

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

New listings:
Attleboro, 2 bedroom garden style condominium near town & train, $124,900
Attleboro, 3 bedroom uptown Colonial with great backyard, low $200’s
Easton, 2 bedroom end-unit townhouse in Easton Crossing, $214,900

What it takes!

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SOLD!!  36 Pole Plain, Sharon   $348,000

As many of my clients have learned this fall, real estate can be hard work!  There can be so many variables involved in a deal that are tough to predict.  I love to pull up statistics and analyze data, but in the end, data can’t always predict buyer or seller behavior.  After all, it is people we are dealing with when buying and selling homes. And people vary immensely when it comes to their motivations, negotiating styles, and values.

I hear so often from other professionals in my field…
Open houses don’t sell houses.
Print media like newspaper ads and mailings don’t do anything.
Zillow is all that matters.
Social media is the key.
Search Engine Optimization should be an agent’s focus.

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FOR SALE ~ $214,900

The fact is, we don’t know exactly what will resonate with each specific buyer or seller out in the market place.  When listing your property, my job as a Realtor is to assist you with preparing your home to hit the market and then to expose your property to as many likely buyers as possible.  I need to have a good working knowledge of your property  and understand any objections buyers may have so I can address those with solutions whether immediately or with a follow up call or e-mail. When with potential buyers at your home, I am constantly trying to gauge what aspects of you property or location might be most important to highlight with each buyer through simple questions and careful listening.   Not everyone is able to make a decision right away, that is where my patience and persistence pay off.   And then it is making sure your property is constantly being exposed whether on-line, through print media, or networking with other agents.  My job is to sell your home and I will do what it takes to get it Sold!

I recently worked with Liz and Ed to list and sell their home at 36 Pole Plain Road in Sharon.  So wonderful to assist them as they begin a whole new journey with their family and the testimonial below from them was an added bonus – it truly sums up what I work towards in all of my client relationships.

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And, in case you were wondering, the buyers were a result of coming to two of my open houses!

If you’d like to talk about buying or selling a home, just let me know.  And always feel free to share my contact information (508-930-5259, jen.mcmorran@gmail.com) with anyone you may know in need of assistance.

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

www.BeHomeBeWell.com

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

New listings:
Attleboro, 2 bedroom garden style condominium near town & train, $124,900
Attleboro, 3 bedroom uptown Colonial with great backyard, low $200’s
Easton, 2 bedroom end-unit townhouse in Easton Crossing, $214,900

Ides Hill Commons – just one townhouse left!!

JUST ONE UNIT AVAILABLE!!
Who will be the lucky buyer for Unit 11?

IMG_0935.JPG14 units SOLD,
2 units to close at the end November,
and 4 units (5-8) under agreement to close in February,
4 units (13-16) under agreement to close end of April,
3 units (9,10, & 12) under agreement to close in June.

What an incredible fall!  We now have three buildings complete.  Unit 17 and Unit 20 just closed – congratulations to the new home owners.  And, Units 18 and 19 will be closing by the end of the month. Pretty incredible how each buyer has put together a beautiful home for themselves – all so different, but all so nice!

Check out completed photos of Unit 17.  It is another gorgeous home designed by two very satisfied buyers!

Our fourth building is well under way too.  In Units 5-8, rough plumbing and electrical have been completed and insulation is being finished up.  Dry wall will be coming soon followed by plasterers, finish carpenters, then we are off and running.  Paint, flooring, cabinets, lighting, counters… I love seeing the custom finishes come together in each unit!

Our fifth building is now up and framed with roofing almost complete.  Phase V consists of Units 13-16  which are our two car garage layouts.  These are all under contract and the last four of our two car garages!

AND yesterday, the framers started on our last building over at Ides Hill Commons. Absolutely amazing to think about!  Phase VI offers four one car garage units – three are under agreement so just ONE UNIT LEFT!!  Priced at $327,900 Unit 11 definitely won’t last long.  Give a call, text 508-930-5259, e-mail jen.mcmorran@gmail.com, or fill out the contact form below.  I’d love to show you all that Ides Hill Commons has to offer!

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

www.BeHomeBeWell.com

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

New listings:
Attleboro, 2 bedroom garden style condominium near town & train, $124,900
Attleboro, 3 bedroom uptown Colonial with great backyard, low $200’s
Easton, 2 bedroom end-unit townhouse in Easton Crossing, $214,900

Sharon Ranks #3 in Best Places to Live

OPEN HOUSE, SATURDAY, 12:00-2:00 ~ 36 Pole Plain Rd, Sharon, MA
Turn-key 3 bedroom ranch offered at $359,900

img_0713Did you know that Money Magazine ranked Sharon Massachusetts as #3 in their Best Places to Live last year.  Adam Bluestein did an absolutely wonderful job capturing the essence of the town in the article he wrote for Money Magazine (August 13, 2015).

Bluestein sites ethnic and religious diversity as newer influences adding to the richness of life in Sharon.  Sharon is “home to nine churches, seven synagogues, and one of New England’s largest mosques, the small-town melting pot has a burgeoning Chinese, Indian, and Pakistani population, as well as the state’s highest proportion of residents of Russian descent.”  He stressed that the people of Sharon truly embrace “community building”.   With Beth Hoke, President of the Sharon Pluralism Network, sharing the network’s beliefs on recognizing and appreciating  diversity along with learning how to “come together and engage each other”.

Another huge driving factor in the appeal of any town is of course the quality of the school system and once again Sharon does  not disappoint.  Consistently ranked among the top schools in the state, the Sharon school system provides children a top notch education while also strengthening property values.  Buyers will always appreciate strong schools when assessing the value of a property so purchasing in the town of Sharon is an investment that will definitely make sense.

boating-at-lake-massapoagThe charming town of Sharon is also the perfect location for commuters.  Whether traveling North to Boston, South to Providence, or out to the MetroWest areas,  you can get to Route 95/128/93 in just minutes or take the train from Sharon’s own train station uptown.  Plus enjoy a myriad of shopping, restaurant, and entertainment options.  Love to relax by enjoying the outdoors?  Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Lake Massapoag beaches, Borderland State Park are beautiful natural parks that offer miles of trails, swimming, or boating.  Home to Ward’s Berry Farm and Crescent Ridge Dairy Bar,  the local flavors are never far!

Thinking about making a move?  Think Sharon!

Open House, Saturday (9/24)
12:00-2:00
36 Pole Plain Road, Sharon

Wonderful-wooded-lotAnd of course as a Realtor I have to share that I have the perfect Sharon property for sale… located at 36 Pole Plain Rd in the Heights of Sharon, this pristine 3 bedroom home set on a pretty wooded lot and ready to go. New heating, new hot water, new windows new appliances… just move in and enjoy! living room to dining room and kitchenOffered at $359,900 is it an awesome opportunity to get in to Sharon at an affordable price point.

(And Pole Plain Rd is a neighborhood that will hold its value if thinking about expanding or upgrading.  A home listed across the street for $550,000 just went under agreement along with another around the corner that was listed at $389,900.)

Sellers are wonderful so call any time to set up a showing if you can’t make the open house.

 

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

www.BeHomeBeWell.com

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

Chicken Chili with Sweet Potatoes, Quinoa, and Black Beans

IMG_8223Sometimes in real estate you get the listing, sometimes you don’t. Last spring, I went on an a listing appointment and not only did I get the listing (and sell it in a day) but I also met am amazing family, was served an awesome lunch, and gained a go-to recipe that I know my family will be making for years to come.  Hope you will enjoy as well!!

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 sweet potato, diced into small cubes (I leave skins on but you can peel if you prefer)

1 large onion

4 cloves of garlic, minced

2 Tablespoons chili powder

1/2 teaspooon ground chipotle pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 cups of chicken broth

1 can diced tomatoes (I use Ro-Tel diced tomatoes with cilantro and lime)

1 15-ounce can of black beans, rinsed

2  boneless chicken breasts, uncooked

1/2 cup quinoa

I like to cook it all in my cast iron casserole “pot” on the stove top and then in the oven.  You could also definitely use your crockpot!

  1. Heat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Heat oil and saute the sweet potato and onion until for about 5 minutes until the onion is softened.  Then add the garlic and cook for about another minute.
  3. Stir in the chili powder, chipotle, cumin, and salt.  Add the chicken broth, black beans, tomatoes, and chicken.  (I slice my chicken breast so they are a little thinner and then push down into pot so that veggies and broth cover them.)
  4. Put lid on and cook for 2 1/2-3  hours at 250 degrees.  After three hours, add in the quinoa.  I let it cook for another hour or so.  I know it is ready when the chicken just shreds apart with a wooden spoon.  Gently “pull” chicken into shreds and chunks.
  5. Garnish with whatever you enjoy… avocado, lime, cheddar cheese, tortilla chips, rice… it will all taste great!

This recipe is definitely a keeper!  Everyone in the family loves it both as a stew and oddly enough as a hearty “dip” with tortilla chips.  Great recipe for your favorite gluten-free eaters!!

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

www.BeHomeBeWell.com

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

 

Sharon 3BR Charmer For Sale!

Stop by my Open House on Thursday evening to experience how easy your commute home could be if you purchased this awesome Sharon property located at 36 Pole Plain Road in the Heights area of town!

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Thursday, September 8
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36 Pole Plain Road
Sharon, Massachusetts
Proudly offered at $359,900

 Don’t miss this wonderful 3 bedroom Ranch set on a private wooded lot in The Heights of Sharon. Loaded with recent updates, this home features newer windows, refinished hardwood floors, exterior painting, interior painting, kitchen appliances, and BRAND NEW HEATING system.  Truly a must see!

living room with hardwoods and fireplace.jpgThis charming home boasts a living room with hardwood floors and fireplace.  The living room then opens to the dining room creating nice flow for living and entertaining.  The newly applianced kitchen  leads to a screened in porch perfect for relaxing during fall evenings.  screened-in-porchAll three bedrooms offer gleaming hardwood floors.   Enjoy a family room, office, or game room down in the partially finished lower level that also offers more space that could be converted to living area & tons of storage!

lake-massapaogAs the new homeowner you’ll be located just around the corner from Heights Elementary school, down the road from Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary and the very popular Wards Berry Farm, plus have access to gorgeous Lake Massapaog & Memorial Park beach.

Mid-way between Boston & Providence you can’t find a better location!  36 Pole Plain Road is minutes to both Rt 95 and the Sharon train station which makes it a prime location for commuters! Call, text, or e-mail now for more information or to schedule a showing.

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

www.BeHomeBeWell.com

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

Happy First Time Home Sellers!

Jen McMorran, a sign of good things to comeWe certainly spend a lot of time as Realtors focusing on the First Time Home Buyer and developing programs to help them succeed in the most uncertain world of real estate.   Many often forget that being on the home selling side of a transaction for the first time can be a whole new world of Real Estate as well.  I don’t make any assumptions about my clients’ real estate prowess.  I like to give an over view of the whole process when we first meet and then handle each deal step by step as it progresses.   When selling your first home, you have a different set of responsibilities and will be negotiating from a whole different perspective.   Having years of experience working on both sides of transactions, I understand how to guide sellers when making decisions throughout the process.  I assist in preparing a home to sell, pricing a property, marketing your home to prospective buyers and agents, guiding you through what can be a tedious negotiating  process, and  helping you find just the right next home.

Whether you are buying your first home, selling your first home, building your first home, haven’t experienced a real estate transaction in years, or feel like a seasoned real estate investor… laws and processes are always changing.  You can rely on me to communicate through the entire process, be available for consultations, and generally make sure we are constantly moving forward in a transaction.  My goal is always to produce Results that Move You!

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

www.BeHomeBeWell.com

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

Beautiful home, beautiful neighborhood

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41 Olde Tower Lane, North Attleboro
Offered at $564,900-$574,900


Contact Jen (508-930-5259, jen.mcmorran@gmail.com)  for a private showing.


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41 Olde Tower Lane in North Attleboro, Massachusetts is the type of neighborhood and luxury home that buyers wait for!  If you are relocating from another area or State, you can feel absolutely confident about your decision to settle in Olde Orchard Estates.

 

009-195299-41oldtower-23_4007477This spectacular luxury home sits on a spacious cul-de-sac lot with other high-end classic homes.  As soon as you step into the foyer with soaring ceilings, however, you will note that this gorgeous Contemporary Colonial is simply a step above the rest and  unlike any other homes on the market right now.  3100 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, Contemporary Colonial,   41 Olde Tower Lane in North Attleboro is just the right blend of contemporary style and desirable classic features to make it a real Home . Listed at $564,900-$574,900.  Contact me now for your private showing… you won’t be disappointed!

 

Located in Southeastern Massachusetts, the town of North Attleboro offers a wonderful community atmosphere, loads of restaurants and shopping opportunities, easy access to highways and commuter rail,  and great recreational areas like World War I Park & Zoo, Julia’s  Garden, Falls Pond Beach, the World War II Public Pool and more!   Whether needing to travel north to Boston, south to Providence, or west to Marlborough, North Attleboro provides a central location convenient to traveling through Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

And Olde Orchard Estates…  every home is designed differently offering its own beautiful unique style, spacious yards, and peaceful setting as it is just one street ending in a cul-de-sac.  Olde Tower Estates is the perfect alternative to the more sprawling subdivisions.

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 estate for real people.

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