Homes With Heart – Heather Coombs-Perez

“Home is where the heart is” is more than just a sentiment. I truly believe that the energy of a home can be felt by the people living in the house, as well as those visiting. It affects how we interact with others, our comfort level and our emotional state. A warm, inviting home is centered around the memories and experiences that reflect the pivotal role a house plays in our lives.

Just as we take time to prepare our hearts for the holiday season, it’s also important to prepare our homes. Take extra care to notice the unique things about your home, and if you think this may be your last holiday season in your current abode, remember to create a positive vibe to draw the right buyer. Fill the house with the energy you would like to live in. Buyers want to walk into warm and inviting rooms. But keep in mind, they want to imagine their décor and furniture in the house.

For me, the creation of positive energy starts with the sense of smell. Nothing says “fall” like cranberries and ginger, and in the spirit of giving I wanted to share a new recipe I’m trying out this Thanksgiving.

Cranberry Apricot Ginger Chutney by  Christine Cooks

• 3 cups fresh cranberries, some coarsely chopped (chopping is not necessary though)
• 1/2 cup regular light brown sugar
• 1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger
• 1/4 cup golden raisins, left whole
• 20 Turkish dried apricots, snipped into pieces with kitchen scissors
• 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1/8 teaspoon allspice
• 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or 1/4 teaspoon if you like it hotter but be careful, too much can ruin the taste
• 3 tablespoons cranberry juice, such as one sweetened with apple juice, not sugar
• tiny pinch kosher salt
• 1/3 cup toasted, roughly chopped pecans

• In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients except for the pecans, and place over medium heat.
• Stirring often, cook the mixture until the brown sugar has melted, the berries begin to pop and the ingredients begin to meld together and become juicy.
• Remove from the heat and stir in the pecans.
• Allow to cool in the saucepan, then remove to a lidded storage container and place in the fridge to chill.
• Remove from the fridge about 1/2 hour before serving to allow it to come to room temperature.

If this little side-dish catches your eye, drop me a note and let me know what you think. If I can help you with any of your real estate needs during the holidays or into the coming year, please contact me at  [email protected] or like us on Facebook at Heart Realtors. (

Have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.

The Actors' Gang

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