bubbles and sweets

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Tonight, I'm going to a bubbles and sweets party.  That happens to be one of my favorite combos because there's nothing better than champagne and desserts.  My contribution: these delectable chocolate chip pretzel bars.  While they aren't as addicting as the salted honey and chocolate bark, they're pretty tasty.  What are you doing tonight?  Happy New Year!

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holiday recap

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Last week was fantastic and exhausting. I had a blast visiting my parents and indulged in waaaayyy too many cocktails and delicious treats.  I decorated the house for my Mom, I watched my Dad and Uncle prepare endless pepperoni rolls and frittae (yea..they were as good as they look), and I visited with a lot of friends at our annual Christmas Eve party.  It was a great time.  Now, it's back to reality: early morning work outs, healthy eating, less booze and work.  BOOOO!  What are you up to this week?  Still on vacation and looking forward to New Year's Eve?  

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When I asked my husband if he liked this years mantel, he said "Yea…I guess. It looks like the holiday olympics" which is accurate and hilarious.  

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finally…friday!

RibbonsI am so relieved it's finally friday.  My new listing is under contract (wahoo!).  I had a closing with a client that had been searching for a home for SIX YEARS. (double wahoo!) I worked with some buyers in Penn Quarter. I attended multiple holiday parties and made three batches of the salted honey and chocolate bark.  

If I wasn't so obsessed with my salted honey and chocolate bark, I'd make these strawberry cheesecake bites.  YUM.

I wonder if I can convince my parents that a holiday punch is a good idea for our Christmas Eve party?

Would you DIY your own Christmas wrap?  I am always enthusiastic about this sort of idea. Until I start the project.  Then I want to throw everything across the room.  

See you next week!

 

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Tulum-mexicoWhen work is stressful and the weather is freezing, I automatically start day dreaming about warm locals.  My latest is Tulum, Mexico.  How gorgeous does it look?  It's off the beaten path and has retained it's sleepy, beach town charm unlike other parts of the Mayan Riviera.  I want to stay at the Cocqui Cocqui Hotel and completely unplug.  Fingers crossed I will make this happen in the next couple of months!

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Every year, I make a new dessert for my "dirty santa" party.  Last year, I baked salted caramel brownies.  This year, I made salted honey and chocolate bark after a reader request (thanks for reading, Val).  I almost didn't make it.  For some reason, it had terrible reviews on epicurious.  Clearly those people were cranky because this stuff is amazing.  So good, I *might* have made two additional batches to give as gifts.  In other words, TRY THIS RECIPE and prepare to be obsessed.  

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‘hood happenings

Hood-happenings-12.13links and photos top to bottom: WBJ, WCP, POP, Urban Turf

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Simple-white-mantelToday is the last edition of riveting room before my big reveal next week.  How will I decorate my parent's mantel?(duh dun doo..that's supposed to be dramatic music) This mantel appeals to me because it has a sense of humor.  Antlers, an owl and reindeers??  Adorable and quirky.  

photo via bright bazaar 

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weekly wrap up

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It's been a heck of a week.  It's snowed and DC freaked out.  Meanwhile, I was getting my new listing ready to hit the market.  That's always fun in the middle of a snow storm.  Plus holiday parties and the regular minutia of every day life.  I'm tired.  Hopefully there will be some rest and relaxation this weekend before my Open House on Sunday.  Fingers crossed.

Meanwhile, a couple of things that caught my eye this week:

I'm going to bake for my Dirty Santa party next week.  Chocolate Dipped Lemon Cookies?  Or Salted Honey and Chocolate Bark?

This made me laugh so hard and made me miss my cat.  

For all of you getting ready to have a house full of family and friends, read the ultimate survival guide to for hosting guests.

What are you doing this weekend?

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2004-11th-Street-#3252004 11th St, NW #325

Washington, DC 20001

1 bedroom | 1 bath

657 sf | $299 monthly condo fee

list price: $395,000

My latest listing hit the market today.  It's a one bedroom, one bath condo with an open floor plan, 9' ceilings, new floors, new porcelain tiles in the foyer and bathroom, new carpet in the bedroom, stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, stackable washer/dryer, and a garage parking spot. Building amenities include roof deck, court yard, exercise and party rooms. It's located steps to U St. Metro, retail and restaurants. It's also pet friendly and has a 98 walk score.  I'm having an Open House on Sunday, 12/15 from 1-4pm.  

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real estate round up

Real-estate-round-up-dec13links and photos top to bottom: Urban Turf, ABC News, Washington Post, Urban Turf

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dirty santa

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Attending any dirty santa parties this year and need an affordable gift?  Here's a few that fit the bill.  

1. pinch provisions minimergency kit $25

2. dog butt magnets $12

3. bar necklace $24

4. marc jacobs nail polish $18

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