It's National Barbecue Month, the time to celebrate flame-grilled foods and the great outdoors. Whether you enjoy backyard burgers with family and friends or you're a vegetarian with a penchant for travel, there are so many ways to celebrate this month that fit your unique culinary style and tastes.
Here's some grilling inspiration for your family meals, social gatherings and adventures with nature.
For the entertainer: Throw a backyard barbecue bash with friends and neighbors and prepare all the favorites: burgers, ribs, corn on the cob, watermelon and more. You can even ramp it up with a smoker or pizza grill. Just make sure you test your new tools out before the big day, and be sure to have enough charcoal or propane on hand.
For the vegetarian: Meat-free barbecues are more common than you might think. Aside from tofu dogs and black bean burgers, your guests can also enjoy portabella burgers, stuffed chilis rellenos, baked potatoes or veggie skewers from the grill. Peaches and pineapples also make for great grilled desserts.
For the family: Plan a nice home-cooked outing just for the family. Have everyone pick their favorite main course, and get all the kiddos involved in the prep work and cooking. You can even invest in some monogrammed branding irons to make family grilling even more special.
For the nature lover: Take your celebration on the road, and head to the beach or a campsite to enjoy your meals with nature. Bring along a portable grill, ingredients for s'mores, comfy chairs and your favorite sleeping bag to celebrate under the stars.
As long as you've got great food and great company, you can't go wrong celebrating May with meals prepared on a grill.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Houston, we are spoiled when it comes to parks! The lastest addtion to the green scene in the city is Midtown Park, which celebrated its grand opening April 28th. The park is full of amazing and unique features with something for everyone.
Visitors are greeted by Wild Wonderland, a larger than life mosaic of Houston flora and fauna by local artist Dixie Friend Gay. This impressive piece of artwork is made of over 800,000 hand-cut glass pieces, each adding incredible detail to the featured nature. Our family was especially fond of the cute ladybug, beautiful butterfly, and flashy lizard. Nature lovers will also love the "Bayou" landscape and waterway, which mimics the bayous and wetlands of the gulf coast and utilizes native plants and trees.
Budding athletes will love the state-of-the-art playground equipment, with its climbing sphere, interactive pipe section, and swings. Fido will love running the ramp at the dog park. If the family is still full of energy, play a game on the Great Lawn, before enjoying a cooldown in the "Rain" splash pad.
The Camden Pavilion is a beautiful outdoor stage that will host live music and performances. Be sure to follow along the Midtown District Instagram account for upcoming events, as well as fitness, dancing, and yoga classes.
Midtown (and all of Houston) is lucky to have such a wonderful addition to the neighborhood!
If you are interested in finding a new home near this amazing space, please give me a call!
Thursday, April 26, 2018
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INTRODUCING THE DIALOGUE: VOICES AGAINST EXTREMISM
(Houston, TX, April 23, 2018) - Fatih Ozcan of The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest, and Kathlyn Curtis of Why I Love Houston Properties, will present “The Dialogue: Voices Against Extremism” (VAE), on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM, at The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest in The Turquoise Center, located in SW Houston at 9301 W. Bellfort Avenue. They will introduce the plan and purpose of VAE to Houston, unveil “The Dialogue” an art installation depicting dozens of different modern and ancient religious leaders, prophets and symbols, and seek support from Houstonians. This event is open to the public and will include a key note speaker, breakfast and reception.
“The Dialogue” aims to align our thinking with that of great teachers and philosophers promoting peace on earth and the idea we are all connected. Created by Mary Jane Miller and Valentin Gomez, artists living in San Miguel de Allende, the installation includes seventeen paintings of Gods and Goddesses, ten paintings of master teachers and forty prayer wheels rotating in forty different languages, saying “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”. Lastly, seventy symbols flank three ascending steps to a doorway with a portrait of our beloved planet earth.
The goal of VAE is to become a unified voice against the use of violence or any form of persecution against any religious individual or group in the name of any other religion. Through VAE, an annual festival will be held with a visual arts exhibition, a performing arts component through music, song, and dance, and a mediated panel discussion bringing together religious leaders from diverse backgrounds to share their faith with others. The annual VAE festival will be presented to the public in a way that condemns terrorism and increases awareness of themes of Love, Mercy, and Tolerance in all faith backgrounds. To find out more about participating in the Festival of Faiths this fall, please contact Fatih Ozcan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathlyn Curtis at email@example.com.
An example of the VAE’s goal of artistically promoting Love, Mercy, and Tolerance is the Interfaith Peace Garden Project underway at the headquarters for the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest in Houston, Texas. The Interfaith Peace Garden will serve the Greater Houston community and Houston’s visitors as a multi-religious center and physical pilgrimage site for all people to meditate, worship, and learn about how their fellow Houstonians understand and worship the divine. The Interfaith Peace Garden currently includes three, steel-frame life-size structures of a synagogue, mosque and church.
About the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest
The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest (formerly known as the Institute of Interfaith Dialogue) was established in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) by Turkish-Americans and their friends. The Institute aims to promote mutual understanding, respect and cooperation among people of diverse faiths and cultures by creating opportunities for direct communication and meaningful shared experiences. For more information, please visit: thedialoginstitute.org.
About Kathlyn Curtis
Consistently a Top Producing Agent at Keller Williams Realty, Kathlyn is an authority on Houston’s most desirable neighborhoods and a trusted advisor to her clients. A driving force behind her success is her breadth of experience including being an attorney, her fiduciary duties to her clients and her love of Houston. Her passion for diversity and interfaith dialogue led her sponsor The Dialogue: Voices Against Extremism project.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
|Lighting is a simple but effective way to upgrade your home|
Tired of your home looking off-trend and out of touch? Or investing in an older home and want to update it? You don't need deep pockets to do either. In fact, upgrading your home can be quite affordable with the right projects.
Here are five ways to make a big impact without spending a lot:
Repaint. Paint trends come and go, so if your walls are still the same color or have the same wallpaper from 1950, they're likely out of date. Consider giving the walls a new look with a more modern tone.
Change light fixtures. It's time to kick out-of-style light fixtures to the curb. Pendant lighting, Edison bulbs and simple recessed lighting are what's hot with today's designers and buyers.
Update your hardware. You'd be surprised at how easily doorknobs, drawer pulls, locks and handles can start to look aged. Take a good look at your existing hardware, and consider upgrading to newer models. And don't forget the hinges.
Reface your appliances. Have an old, yellowing appliance but don't want to replace what's not broken? Just use peel-and-stick stainless steel or marble contact paper, and reface those appliances instantly.
Install a kickplate. If you want to upgrade your curb appeal but can't afford a new door, consider installing a kickplate. It's an instant, affordable way to add visual appeal to any existing entryway.
These upgrades may seem minor, but when done properly, they can have a serious impact on your home's aesthetic.
If you're considering more extensive updates, let's get together to discuss ways to increase your home's marketability and long-term value.
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