• For the Whoopie Pies:
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 tablespoons cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon ground ginger
• ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• 1 cup brown sugar
• 1 cup butter
• 1 can / 15 oz chilled pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin)
• 2 eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• For the Maple-Cream Cheese Filling:
• 3 cups powdered sugar
• 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
• 4 ounces (½ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 3 tablespoons maple syrup
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger and nutmeg. Set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk the granulated sugar, the brown sugar, and the butter. Add the pumpkin puree and whisk to combine thoroughly. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.
4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and mix until completely combined.
5. Use a small cookie scoop or a large spoon to drop a rounded, heaping tablespoon of the dough onto the baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.
6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, making sure that the cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cookie comes out clean. The cookies should be firm when touched. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool completely on a cooling rack.
7. To make the filling, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth with no visible lumps, about 3 minutes. Add the cream cheese and beat until smooth and combined, about 2 minutes. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time, then add the maple syrup and vanilla and beat until smooth.
8. To assemble the whoopie pies: Turn half of the cooled cookies upside down. Pipe or spoon the filling (about a tablespoon) onto that half. Place another cookie, flat side down, on top of the filling. Press down slightly so that the filling spread to the edges of the cookie. Repeat until all the cookies are used. Put the whoopie pies in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to firm before serving.
(modified from a recipe by brown eyed baker)
Cadence at Gateway
Looking for the coolest new neighborhood in the East Valley? Come check out Cadence at Gateway.
This new community just off the 24 interchange of the 202 (next to Eastmark) is amazing. It has great community amenities!!
* Flourish Community Center
* Moto Fitness Center 🏋️♂️🧘♀️
* Chute Resort Pools—Water Slides, Fountains, Lap Pool and Spa Pool🏊♂️
* Mix Event Center🎤
* STIR—Resident Cafe-style hangout☕️
*Game On—Meetings Center & Gaming Area🎮
* The Square Route—Visitors Center
* Botanica—Garden area🌸
* 3 Parks—featuring covered play areas & more
* Dog Park 🐶 * Basketball🏀, Tennis🎾Volleyball 🏐and Bocce Courts
* Shaded Play Areas
* Miles of Trails
* HOA around $125/mo
There are 12 model homes from 4 builders
David Weekly Homes
If you are considering buying a new home and can’t decide if you should buy an existing home or buy a new build here are a few things to consider.
Some benefits to an existing home is
If would like some advice on some of the best new communities and builders in the area give me a call.
Make sure if you decide to go look at model homes make sure you bring your realtor along. It doesn’t cost you anything to have your agent represent you and in a new build transaction and some builders won’t let you use your agent if you go to the models the first time without your agent.
Give me a call, let’s go look at some model homes!
1. Less is Worth More
Get rid of clutter and anything that takes up counter space. If you don’t need it
Banish the bright colors to throw pillows and accent pieces. Opt for white, light tan or light grey (or a nice greige gets me every time). Simply White remains one of the top selling paint colors for a reason.
Despite the name dust bunnies are not adorable! Everyone likes a clean house. Make sure those areas (baseboards, fan blades, ac filter covers) that collect dust and dirt are sparkling clean.
5. Take a whiff
Pet smells and other odors are an instant turn off. Open windows to air out the house if possible and light a scented candle to freshen up the room. If you are not sure if your home smells, ask a good friend to come over and do a quick sniff test for you.
6. Fix up fixtures
Get rid of old dated fixtures. Most home improvement stores have a wide variety of stylish fixtures to choose from. You can use an electrician or with some simple instructions do it yourself (just remember to turn off the breaker!!)
If your sofa is falling apart or your table is missing a leg consider replacing it. Most likely you want some new furniture for the new place anyway. Buy it just a little earlier and it may help sell your home.
8. Let your light shine
Or at least open up curtains, shutters and blinds to brighten up the room. Darker rooms tend to feel smaller and dirty.
9. Whatever you do . . . Look Down!
Dirty or worn carpets or tile need to be taken care of. Try professional cleaning first, and if that doesn’t cut it you may want to replace it.
10. Have fun
You may just find yourself falling in love again with your freshly staged house.
Some homeowners consider personally selling their home believing they can save money by doing it themselves.
However, it is crucial to evaluate if you have the skills to sell your home alone or if you should hire a professional.
By selling yourself a lack of negotiating skills, pricing errors and missed market exposure could cost more than a commission.
FSBO on average sell for significantly lower than realtor sold properties. Much lower prices than the average commission rate.
Agents know selling is an emotional process
What is the value of your home in today’s market?
A common mistake is to overprice leaving it to languish on the market.
Are you willing to work with a buyers agent?
Are you able to handle showings?
Do you know how to deal with items found on an inspection?
Are you able to handle the closing?
Before deciding to sell FSBO interview a few trusted agents in the area. Consider hiring someone who is experienced and knows the local area and market well. Your agent needs to be someone who is organized and easy to work with and who has your best interest.
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