As promised, here is a the link to our latest video blog, Living in Santa Fe With Ricky Allen.
I’m Ricky Allen ,a Santa Fe Realtor with Sotheby’s International Realty. I love sharing Santa Fe lifestyle experiences along with some home tips.
Sunday, November 4this approaching quickly. When you go to bed on the Saturday night, remember to fall behind by setting your clock back an hour. My wife & I have found the time change to be a good reminder to discuss home maintenance tasks that can be easily forgotten. Twice a year we try to:
Check your HVAC systems. Call your HVAC technician to schedule a maintenance and service appointment.
Give your pipes a good once-over, checking under sinks to make sure there are no signs of leaks.
Clean all of the debris off of your roof. Especially those of us with flat roofs and canales, keep them clear. If your canales can not drain correctly, water will pool and freeze.
Even if you do not regularly use the fireplace, the chimney still needs a regular checkup.
Check your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors.
Flip your mattress,
Finally, I’d like to share one of my favorite fall recipes with you. Carrot ginger soup is easy to make and keeps you feeling good in cool weather.
Ricky’s Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 pounds carrots, peeled and chopped
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ginger, freshly grated
1 bay leaf
4 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
We love better than bullion!
1/4 cup cream (coconut cream for less dairy)
coarse salt and cayenne pepper, to taste
In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring constantly for 2 more minutes.
Add the carrots, stock and bay leaf and simmer until the carrots are tender, about 25 minutes. Remove the bay leaf.
Using a stick blender or by placing the mixture into a blender in batches, puree until smooth. Return to the pot, add cream and bring to a low simmer. Season with salt and cayenne.