Roasted Cauliflower & Pepitos!

Well now that we are settling into the routine of 2016…..
I’ve received a request from a friend for more recipes. So here you go…. knowing we are all still trying to eat relatively healthy I found one I just love. Now I know you might be saying how can a vegetable be a warm, fuzzy, comfort food. This one is. Cauliflower gets such a bad rap. It’s actually quite versatile and because it absorbs the flavors you roast or cook it with it it  chameleon “esque” in its taste. I found this one courtesy of BonAppetit but have home tested it frequently.



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup raw shelled pumpkin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus leaves with tender stems for serving
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


  • Preheat oven to 450°. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with 1 Tbsp. oil. Trim cauliflower stalk and place head stalk side down on a cutting board. Slice cauliflower lengthwise into ½” slices. Arrange cauliflower slices and any stray pieces in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp. oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast until underside is deeply browned, 20–25 minutes. Turn cauliflower over, season with salt and pepper, and continue to roast until other side is dark brown and crisp, 15–20 minutes longer.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a small skillet over medium. Add pumpkin seeds, bring to a simmer, and cook, swirling pan occasionally, until pumpkin seeds are toasted and butter is browned and smells nutty, 6–8 minutes. Remove from heat and add red pepper flakes; let cool 10 minutes. Add chopped cilantro and lime juice; season with salt and pepper.
  • Arrange cauliflower on a serving platter and drizzle with dressing. Serve topped with cilantro leaves. I use arugula instead of cilantro. But you could use parsley or any herb you like.

There you go Grayson!

Alain Pinel Realtors ~ Luxury Portfolio International


As part of the never ending quest to pay attention to all the details involving our clients real estate needs we have moved our business operations to Alain Pinel Realtors. With the influx of international investors we felt it important to work with a company that strongly supports that marketplace. Alain Pinel Realtors affiliation with Luxury Portfolio and Properties International provides our clients properties unparalleled exposure in over 50 countries globally.

Luxury Portfolio International® is the luxury face of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® the largest global network of premier locally branded companies dominated by many of the world’s most powerful independent luxury brokerages. Our award-winning website was launched in 2005 and in its first year featured more $1 million-plus residences than other luxury real estate organizations. The network continues to grow and now markets over 25,000 of the world’s most remarkable homes annually and attracts over 1.2 million high-net worth visitors a year. By presenting a gallery of the finest luxury properties and brokerage worldwide, our brand is recognized throughout the world as the luxury standard of excellence. In addition, we are unmatched in the global arena, with properties in over 45 states and 27 countries, website visitors from over 200 countries/territories every month, site translation in nine languages, conversion to multiple currencies and a total inventory of available properties totaling almost $40 billion. The 200 luxury affiliates represent the luxury component of an organization which encompasses nearly 500 companies, 4,600 office and 140,000 associates producing $225 billion in annual home sales in 30 countries. Based in the United States, Luxury Portfolio International® is backed by the experience of the most well respected and well known experts in markets worldwide. This group collectively has decades of experience in the high end luxury real estate market.

Whether you are selling here and want to reach a global market or buying internationally and want in-depth knowledge we know that our extensive services will provide you with up to date and exclusive representation, anywhere.


Bathroom Remodel Costs ~


I’m frequently asked by clients when previewing properties that definitely need updating or complete remodeling  …..  off the top of your head Susan, how much would it cost to remodel this bathroom? It’s not very large, do you have any idea.  Answering that question as honestly and accurately as possible is not that easy because of all the variables that are included in a remodel. However when you only have a short time to make a decision whether to buy and remodel or purchase a finished home in todays real estate market answers need to be quick!

I thought this was a terrific short and accurate cost analysis of a small bathroom remodel. Thank you Mitchell Parker.

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New Years Home Cleanse ~

Eclectic Living Room by ÁBATON arquitectura & promoción


After the overconsumption of the holidays comes the quiet reflection of January. A new year prompts many of us to adopt a healthier regime to wipe the slate clean and set us on the road to a fitter life. But how about extending the health kick to your home too?

From a deep cleanse to a weight-loss plan (decluttering), here’s how you can help your pad lose the Christmas bloat and get ready for spring. A healthy home environment will give back too, supporting you so you can achieve your January goals more easily.

Reprinted from one of my favorite sites: Houzz
Written by Joanna Simmons