Real Estate Ray's Blog: Always Making Lemonade

Always Making Lemonade

     I am always making lemonade.  Well, maybe not literally, but when things take an unexpected turn, I do look to change course and make the best of it.  You know that I like to cook so about three months ago I dedicated myself to cooking for the family more.  I cracked open a Middle Eastern Cookbook, Ottolenghi, by Yotan Ottolenghi and explored many new dishes.  My dad and I made homemade pasta for the first time.  To do it, we pulled out his circa 1999 pasta machine, STILL IN ITS ORIGINAL PACKING, and used it for the first time.  I also made my first grapefruit margaritas; a little tequila, a little Grand Marnier, fresh juice from grapefruits right off the tree, fresh lime juice, honey and cracked ice, all vigorously shaken.  Much better than lemonade!

                  Ottolenghi Dinner          Biba Caggianos Homeade Pasta

                   Kasheri, Cauliflower fritters, Chicken with Saffron                  Homemade Pasta

                               Grapefruit Margarita

 The Elixir of the Gods, Grapefruit Margaritas

     I have been making lemonade in the work world too,  figuratively speaking.  My wife and I completed a 1031 exchange right in the middle of all the chaos and we spent almost four weeks in Goodyear, AZ painting and furnishing the new property.  We also enjoyed a little hiking with Brian England.  It is now in the marketing phase and ready to rent.  PebbleCreek Living, Home Ready to Rent!

New PebbleCreek Rental

     There has been plenty of time to take online courses too.  I am about halfway through with my continuing education courses and have earned two new designations;  The Senior Real Estate Specialist and The Accredited Buyer's Representitive.  They help round out my other desigations; The Graduate Realtor's Institue, e-Pro and Certified Negotiating Expert. 

     Our eXp Realty of California, Inc. office was introduced to a home auction site that looks like a novel way to sell homes so I took their Homebids Certification class.  I planned to sell my listing using the Homebids process, but it sold too quickly.  Next time!

     Most importantly, Marquita Ward-White, approached me regarding the prospects of working at eXp Realty and joined forces with me.  She runs an excellent open house and has a listing coming on the market with more to follow.  She loved the prospect of joining in on all of our online training and engaging with our online office.  She was also intrigued by the opportunity to earn stock in the company.  I am helping her with three months of marketing to help her get off on the right foot.

     It looks like I need a different lemonade recipe now.  It was great while it lasted, but the clothes are getting a little too tight.  I am back to a healthy diet, going to the gym two times a week and running with my friends at Runnin for Rhett three times a week.  My lemonade making has to go sugar free for a while!

For those of you looking for some great cookbooks, one of these is a must:  Plenty, Ottolenghi, or Jerusalem, I understand, Plenty More, is excellent as well, but I do not own that one...YET!  My favorite of the three, Ottolenghi.  If you get it, try the Cauliflower Fritters. They are outstanding.

 

Thank you to Carol Williams and Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana! for creating this month's ActiveRain Challenge.  When I first read about it, I thought, "what have I done?"  It turns out that sometimes you have to take a look back to know.  It has been busy!  Also, I know this contest was about a certain event, but I am so tired of it, I did my best to allude to it, but not name it.

 

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Comment balloon 38 commentsRaymond Henson, SRES, GRI • June 22 2020 06:54PM

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Good afternoon Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI - I agree completely.  Those drinks are much better than lemonade.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 4 months ago

I bought Ottolenghni for my daughter in law as she is a big foodie. Lovely book. Love cooking Middle eastern food and reciptes and that cocktail sounds pretty good.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 4 months ago

wow Raymond- great entry and you have been busy!!!!  I love what you cooked and must admit, I've never had cauliflower fritters. But I might be persuaded to try them. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 4 months ago

Grant Schneider, we had to experiment a bit, but when we found the right combination, they were delicious.  The one ingredient that had to be in it, the lime juice.

You are a great father in law, Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543.  I love that cookbook.  I was so lucky.  I found Ottolenghi at the Goodwill store.  It was my best find so far.

 

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

My wife really had to push me to make those fritters, Kathy Streib.  There is a lime yogurt sauce that goes over them.  They are so good that I just can't stop eating them.

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Raymond,

Funny and I have that book also.  I have to admit I have not made a single item from it.  I did order some sumac for a recipe I was going to try...Thank you for the reminder.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 4 months ago

Who would have know, I love Sumac, Ron and Alexandra Seigel.  We put it on popcorn one evening and it was really good too.  We also love the Za'atar used in the cookbook.  That just went into my spice rub for ribs yesterday.  My cookbook gathered dust for quite some time...no more. 

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Hello Raymon - and, yes, the lemonade tastes delicious because I am sure you have the right ingredients.  Cheers!

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 4 months ago

Thank you, Michael Jacobs.  I do try to keep the pantry well stocked, that is, if I had a pantry.  Cheers to you!

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Raymond how fun learning to cook different kinds of food and drinks!  We've been doing the same as well.  Glad to hear you got your new rental close to your folks!  Totally looks like Pebble Creek.  And absolutely - you've created A LOT of good during the P Time! Bravo!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRS, Broker, Instructor, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) 4 months ago

Hi Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana! We have been very fortunate lately and have been able to do things we never thought possible only a few years ago.  I am happy to hear that you have been able to have some fun cooking too.  

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Raymond what an awesome post, now just to be clear we have a lemon tree in our backyard and in six years I spent more time giving away lemons than actually making lemonade:)Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 4 months ago

HI Raymond... aren't you lucky to be able to go to the gym! Mine is still not open and I suspect our governor will extend the closing of gyms. I'll have to keep making lemonade from these particular lemons! :)

As for the cooking... I'm all about the pasta. Middle Eastern cuisine... not so much... having spent 22 long months in the Middle East that felt like 22 years, I don't ever need to either eat that food again or travel back there! I said that when I left almost 30 years ago and haven't changed my mind!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 4 months ago

Hi Raymond,
I'm totally impressed with how productive you were during the shutdown. I did more cooking in the last 3 months than 3 years but I can't say I got anywhere near as creative as you. 

I love reading this kind of entry... that doesn't include any Netflix binges.  LOL  I still can't figure out how people watch that much TV.   

Carry on...

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 4 months ago

I have not tasted your lemonade, but I think it will be just fine without sugar.  I love the taste of sugar-free lemonade, I just squeeze some lemon juice into my water, add a drop or two of liquid stevia and it tastes way better to me than the other stuff.  I am definitely interested in the pasta making machine, Ernie will have to show me how to use it after he gives me the full tour of Pebblecreek that he has promised me.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) 4 months ago

Endre Barath, Jr., do you like margaritas?  If so, lemons make better margaritas than limes do.  And lemon bars, lots and lots of lemon bars.  My dad was just given a bunch of lemons.  He juiced them and put them in ice cube trays.  I'd say keep making your friends happy, maybe they will return your kindness with some lemon bars!

Nina Hollander, we are lucky.  They are trying to make us wear masks to work out.  I can hardly breath when I work out already.  If they persist, I will probably have to do something else.   I have wanted to visit the Middle East to see all the history, but I do not think I could stay their 22 months.  Sorry your experience was so rough.

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Carol Williams, I will admit down here in the comments, we did find one mesmerizing show, Luther.  We burned through 5 seasons way too fast.  It is a very good thing that there were not 10 seasons.  Ha!  How did we have time?  We turned off the news.

Brian England, we will be there in the middle of July for about a week.  We can take the PebbleCreek tour together.  After making pasta, we found out that it was not that difficult, just a little time consuming.  Next time, we want to try some kind of flavored pasta.

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Good luck with your diet. A real challenge with all of that good food.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 4 months ago

Roy Kelley   thank you, I do need all the luck I can get.  Have a great week!

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Hello Raymond,  Always good to make lemonade all the time when things call for it.  Good for you.

 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 4 months ago

You certainly have been busy Raymond! The home auction idea sounds intriguing. Let us know how it works out for your business.

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 4 months ago

Good for you Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI - you've been busy. I am still distracted by the lemonade - margarita style. It sounds so good.  :) 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 4 months ago

Raymond, sounds like you made the best of your time during the pandemic, and glad you got your home in Phoenix ready to rent.  I make homemade noodles too, by hand, no machine.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 4 months ago

Will Hamm, what else can we do?  ;o)

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400,  it is interesting.  A couple agents in our office are using it.  They generally run it for 9 days and start at a low price.  The bidding process is easy for buyers or buyer agents and, at the end, the listing agent can negotiate with the highest bids.  The seller is not obligated to accept any offer.  It sounds good in theory. 

 

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Joan Cox, I started a little slow, I have to admit, but am getting back in the swing of things.  I do need some tips on noodle making.  The recipe I used seemed to make the noodle dough tough.  I had to adjust some.  They did turn out tasty.

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, My first batch was not that good.  I omitted the limes (lemon works too), which was a mistake.  The second batch turned out much better.  I really do not mind experimenting and getting rid of the evidence.  Ha!

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI - How exciting!!! There's a lot going on with you and traveling to AZ, cooking new food and creating decious cocktails, getting educated and earning new designations! So, tell me the truth, what's giving you all that energy? Is it the lemons or is the secret in the sauce? 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 4 months ago

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, I think part of it is my wife.  She keeps me focused.  Also seeing how much agents on ActiveRain are doing all the time has helped.  It has been good inspiration.  And there maybe a little something in the sauce.

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI - You and your wife must be terrific partners and I'm guessing great at having parties. I love when agents feed off each other's energy in a positive way. It's like we are all good friends without ever meeting one another. Crazy! But crazy good!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 4 months ago

I have learned a lot about what it takes to be a good agent being a part of ActivRain.  And I do feel like I have new friends that I just have not met face to face yet, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

I love when I hear that people have tried new recipes/cuisines/etc - Kudos to you! I find that to be a lot of fun.

You had a very productive time during that-thing-we-won't-name. :-)

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) 4 months ago

Kat Palmiotti , my dad and I have been fortunate to spend a lot of time together lately and when we get to get together we cook new things.  That, and we play Pickleball!  Thank you for taking the time to drop by.

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Hi Raymond:

Wow, you certainly have been productive in recent months, personally and in your business! Congrats on the new rental property in Goodyear, AZ - what fun to have met and spent time with Brian England!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) 4 months ago

Jeff Dowler, CRS,  Brian and I have met a few times now and look I forward to the next time.  One day, I would like to get down South and spend some time with you in Carlsbad.  And thank you, the rental is something we did not think we could pull off ten years ago, but the real estate market has been good to us.  

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI Sounds like you have really done well- Hope to see you at our Zoom meeting on Tuesday  you can bring some food -- so glad Carol Williams featured this as I missed it   

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) 4 months ago

Hi Hannah Williams, I will be on the Zoom meeting tomorrow and am looking forward to it.  I will bring the snacks!   I feel fortunate that my blog was featured, thank you!

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

You have a positive outlook!  And you take action--self motivated. I also made home made pasta for the first time--wish I had a machine but winged it!

Posted by Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes) 4 months ago

Thank you, Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR.  And how did the pasta turn out?  I bet it was delicious.

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 4 months ago

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