Tuesday, April 15, 2014

JUST SOLD! 1523 East Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC

Proudly Offered By: 
Andrew Turczyn 

Small Girl, Big Appetite

Small Girl, Big Appetite Recipe of the Week:  Maple Blueberry Muffins

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Maple Blueberry Muffins

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Cooking is an art, while baking is a science. I've never been good at science, and while a lot of the draw of science is the ability to experiment to come up with your desired outcome, you have to be prepared for disastrous results.

I'm happy to report that even though I had to experiment a bit with this recipe (namely because I didn't quite have enough of two of the ingredients) my improvisational skills worked out ok. Perhaps the texture of these muffins would be a bit different if I had the exact amounts of Greek yogurt and maple syrup, but I was pleased with the results. And I hope my coworkers who will get to try these tomorrow feel the same way.

I'm posting the recipe as it should be made, courtesy of my friend Nick Evans' blog,
www.macheesmo.com. And did I mention that Nick wrote a cookbook? I've received my copy and will be writing about it in the coming weeks, once I've had a chance to cook from it. You should totally check it out.

Maple Blueberry Muffins (makes 12 muffins)

  • 1 large egg 
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 4 TB unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6-8 ounces blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl whisk together egg, sugar, syrup, yogurt, melted (and cooled) butter, and milk. Set aside.

In a larger bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Wash blueberries and toss in with dry ingredients.

Add wet mixture to the dry mixture and fold the batter together. If it's very thick add a bit more milk.

Divide muffin batter between 12 muffin tins that have been lightly buttered or oiled.

Bake muffins for 25-28 minutes at 350 degrees F. Rotate the muffin pan once halfway through cooking.

Remove muffins when they are golden brown on top and around edges. Let cool in pan for a few minutes and then remove and eat while warm or let cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Union Market Drive-in Movie Season Starts Friday

Courtesy of Union Market 
Union Market fans will be glad to hear that the 2014 Friday Night Drive-in Movie series begins on Friday April 18th. The season opener will be the classic, National Lampoon's Vacation. Gates to the venue open at 6PM and the film starts at 8PM. Those in a car pay $10 for the full "drive-in experience" while walkers and bikers are free. 

The next few weeks will feature: 

April 25 - Frozen 
May 2 - Diner 
May 9 - James Bond Film 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Real Estate of the "Mad Men" Era

Realtor.com published a report to coincide with the final season premier of the AMC hit show, Mad Men.  The website looked at statistical data from the era of the show and prepared some fascinating insights fans of the show will enjoy. 
Photo Courtesy AMC Online 
From realtor.com: 

AMC’s “Mad Men” has come to reflect styles and trends not only in fashion, but also in our home and office lives. Our infatuation with the award-winning television show has propelled us to delve deeper into the history of that era, particularly how the affordability of housing and the cost of living have changed over the course of the last half-century.
With the final season of Mad Men fast approaching, and a number of characters potentially moving to start a West Coast office for SC&P, we explored housing costs from the 1960s and how the costs of that era compare to today. We looked at labor statistics and historical census and housing data to find out just how much the cost of living differed between California and New York in that era, and how much things have changed over the decades.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Just Listed - 1407 W Street, NW #201 - OPEN SUNDAY 2-4PM

Proudly Offered By: 
Michael Dillon 

1407 W Street, NW #201 Washington, DC 

Welcome to the heart of exciting 14th & U Streets NW! Condo features hardwood throughout & dramatic cathedral ceilings with over sized windows that flood the condo with light. Modern kitchen opens to dining/living area with cute balcony perfect for morning coffee. Master bedroom with en-suite bath & the largest closet you will see in a DC condo. Reserved parking space included. W/D in unit. Just 3 blocks to U St METRO!  OPEN SUNDAY 2-4PM 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

2014 DC Design House

Get ready to be jealous!  This year's DC Design House will open this Sunday, April 13th and will be open until Sunday May 11th.  The house is located at 4600 Linnean Ave. NW.  The designs and finishes they come up with each year are always amazing and we can't wait to see what the designers have brought to the house this year.  Better yet, it's one of Children's National Health System's leading fundraisers.  Who doesn't want to help a great cause and get house envy at the same time?

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here

The Washington, DC Design House, a 501(c)3 nonprofit entity, began in 2008 as a unique design show house event for the DC Metro area in which top area designers showcased their talents into a “flowing design home” to raise funds for a local charity. What began as a single event goal to raise funds for Children’s National Health System has developed into the region’s foremost annual residential design attraction and as a leading annual fundraiser event for Children’s National Health System.

Mortgage Rates Ease Downward - Average 4.34 Percent

Freddie Mac reported this morning that average mortgage rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages eased a bit down to 4.34 percent. (Down from 4.41 percent the week prior).  According to the Frank Nothaft of Freddie Mac, "Mortgage rates eased a bit following the decline in 10-year Treasury yields. The economy added 192,000 jobs in March, which was below the market consensus forecast but followed an upward revision of 22,000 jobs in February."