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for the Season

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Happy Thanksgiving to our Neighbors!

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Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

Made with real pumpkin puree, spices and quality chocolate, this bizarre mix is tasty on a cool night in Fall.


  • ½ cup milk

  • ⅓ cup heavy Whipping cream

  • ¼ cup milk chocolate chips

  • 1 tsp cocoa powder 

  • 1 ½ tsp pumpkin puree

  • ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice 

  • ¼ cup whipped cream

  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg


  1. Whisk milk, cream, chocolate chips, and cocoa powder together in a saucepan over medium heat until chocolate chips are melted and hot chocolate is smooth, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice until fully incorporated.

  2. Pour hot chocolate into 2 mugs. Top with whipped cream; sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over whipped cream.


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Blackcurrant Gin

Perfect for fall, mix some blackcurrants with sugar and a gin to make your own fall-inspired gin flavor.


  • 1 cup gin

  • Juice of 4 lemons

  • 1 tbsp sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 sprigs thyme

  • 4 tbsp blackcurrant cordial

  • Frozen blackcurrants and extra thyme, for garnish

  • Ice 


  1. Place gin, lemon juice, sugar, water, and thyme in an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds, then strain into four coupe-style glasses.

  2. Top with crushed ice and drizzle over blackcurrant cordial. Garnish with frozen blackcurrants and a sprig thyme. 


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Fall Mulled Wine

Why wait till Christmas? Fall Mulled Wine will warm you, inside and out. Apples, cinnamon, oranges + wine!


  • 1,000-750ml bottle of red wine

  • 1 ½ cups good apple cider

  • 1 Pink Lady apple, cut into slices

  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cut into slices 

  • 2 Navel oranges, one orange cut in half, one orange peeled, cut orange peel into thin strips

  • 10 whole cloves 

  • Cinnamon sticks 


  1. Pour wine into a decanter 15 minutes before making mulling mixture.

  2. Into a medium-size stock pot add apple cider, Granny Smith apple slices, one orange cut in half, whole cloves, and two cinnamon sticks.

  3. When the mixture begins to steam add wine, then cover with a tight-fitting lid and allow mixture to steep for 15 minutes.

  4. Remove the mulled wine from heat.

  5. Ladle warm mulled wine into stemless wine glasses and garnish with slices of Pink lady apples, orange peel slice, and a cinnamon stick.

  6. Serve.


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Apple & Ginger Mojito

A twist on the traditional mojito - the apple flavors are paired with ginger beer, lime, mint and a dash of rum.


  • 50ml dark rum

  • 10 mint leaves

  • 15ml lime juice

  • 15ml sugar syrup

  • 3 dashes bitters

  • Ice cubes, a small handful

  • 20ml apple juice

  • Ginger beer, to top up

  • Mint sprig and apple fan, to serve


  1. Put all ingredients, except for the ginger beer and mint, in a highball glass. Gently stir the drink, then top up with ginger beer. Garnish with the mint sprig and apple slices to serve.





In the last couple of years, buyers have seen their budgets increase due to historically low interest rates, better savings during the pandemic, and positive gains in the stock market.

During shelter-in-place, many have reevaluated their living space. We have seen buyers requiring an additional room for a home office as well as more outdoor space.


All these factors caused home prices to soar and the Bay Area real estate market to boom in the second half of 2020. Demand for home buying has increased even in 2021 and the first half of 2022 while inventory has remained uncommonly low.

Interest rate increases during the second half of 2022 have caused buyers to lose much of their buying power. The monthly cost of a mortgage is now significantly higher. Some buyers have been waiting on the sidelines and others have been priced-out. This situation came about so rapidly that some sellers did not evaluate the market properly and did not adjust their strategy to these new circumstances. Many homes have been staying on the market for longer time due to this miscalculation.

If you are considering buying or selling right now - make yourself a drink and invite us over to chat. There are amazing opportunities if you utilize the right strategies.

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Mulled Apple Juice

This is a fabulous non-alcoholic version of mulled wine. The kids will love it (any time of year!).


  • 2 cups apple juice

  • 1 orange - cut into quarters

  • 12 cloves

  • 2 cardamom pods, crushed

  • 1 tbsp honey

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • Grated nutmeg


  1. Pour the apple juice into a pan and gently squeeze some of the juice from the orange quarters into the pan. Stud the orange quarters with the cloves and add to the pan with the rest of the ingredients (apart from the nutmeg).

  2.  Heat through until warm and serve in a mug with a little grated nutmeg on top.



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Pumpkin Spice Coffee

How could we forget the latte? It is, perhaps (for better or worse) the most famous Fall drink of all!


  • 2 shots espresso

  • 1 cup milk of choice

  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree

  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup, to sweeten

  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Whipped cream for topping


  1. Pour milk into a small pot and heat over medium-low heat until it is hot and almost simmering, but do not boil.

  2. Make the espresso and pour into a large mug or glass mason jar. Add pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla and stir until well combined.

  3. Feel free to top with whipped cream if you want to get a little fancy. Sprinkle with a little extra pumpkin spice or cinnamon.




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