The Other Big Question

Jun 24
Category | General

Congratulations! You popped the big question and everything went swimmingly! Now you get to spend your time, energy, and enthusiasm on planning your wedding and new life together. Of course, this means thinking about and asking the other big question: Should we purchase or rent our first home?

Most American couples aspire to someday own a home of their very own, and who can blame them? With economic advantages such as building your equity and receiving tax deductions, and social advantages including community and security for your family, it’s no wonder that owning a house has remained a central part of the American Dream for years. However, this doesn’t mean that running out and buying a home right after the wedding is the right choice for everyone. There are three questions you need to ask yourself before deciding to buy or rent your first home together:

  1. Are you staying local? If you plan on moving soon it might not make sense to own a long-term proposition.
  2. How are your finances? If you’re going into this new life with a lot of debt and a low credit score it may be best to wait to own till you’ve improved your finances.
  3. Do you have savings? Between down payment requirements and the occasional emergency, it’s important to have some kind of cash reserve to fall back on.

Of course, it has become quite common for couples to get married later in life and is thus more likely for one, if not both, of the newlyweds to already own a home. This then creates the alternate version of the big question: What if one (or both) of us already owns a home?

This pretty much eliminates the renting vs. owning question entirely and presents a new line of options to consider. Based on your lifestyle, location and finances you could choose one house to live in and then either rent or sell the other, or you could sell both houses and work together to buy a new one for your new life.

Again, there are many factors to consider when it comes to making your new housing choice, so it’s important that you look into meeting with a financial advisor and a mortgage originator on top of your meetings with your wedding advisor.


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oct 5
Category | General

EASY Three Ingredient Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1 can of pure pumpkin (small, 15 oz)
  • 1 box of spice cake mix
  • Chocolate Chips 1-2 cups (depending on taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix cake mix and pumpkin together.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Drop cookies onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-9 minutes.  Let cool slightly before serving.

Yes, that's it. Easiest recipe EVER



Zesty Pineapple Lemonade

Apr 19
Category | General

Zesty Pineapple Lemonade

This unique drink combines traditional lemonade with the juicy addition of sliced pineapple for a delicious spring beverage. Treat you and a group of friends to zesty pineapple lemonade that yields up to 6 servings.

What You Will Need:

  • 4 cups hot water
  • 4 lemons
  • 1 whole pineapple
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

How It’s Made:

  1. Start by cutting your pineapple in half. Slice the first half of the pineapple into slices. Take the other half and press the juice into a pitcher.
  2. Press the 4 lemons into the pitcher.
  3. Now pour 4 cups of hot water with the 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar and stir thoroughly.
  4. Put the pitcher of lemonade in the fridge to cool down.
  5. Serve the zesty pineapple lemonade chilled over ice with a slice of pineapple.




Hot Mulled Apple Cider

Sep 28
Category | General

Warm your spirit with this easy-to-make mulled apple cider. It’s the perfect fall drink! Whether you’ve just raked leaves from the yard or you’re having guests over for Thanksgiving, you can put together this beverage is just a few minutes. You can adjust the amount of each ingredient based on the number of people you’re serving.

  • 2 quarts (8 cups) fresh apple cider
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (use additional sticks for garnish)
  • 2 whole allspice berries
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 3 star anise pods
  • 1 apple, sliced thinly (for garnish)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then allow to simmer over medium-low heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Simmer longer for stronger flavor, if desired.
  2. Remove orange slices, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and anise. Pour into mugs and garnish with extra cinnamon sticks and apple slices. Serve hot.

Yield 8 servings.


Watermelon Sorbet

Jul 25
Category | General

A light and refreshing treat, watermelon sorbet is a great way to cool down without the calories of ice cream. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the crisp and tangy flavor of watermelon paired with lemon.


3 cups watermelon (chopped with seeds removed)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup lemon juice

Mint sprigs to garnish


Combine the sugar, water, and lemon juice in a medium sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Remove sugar mixture from heat and let cool.

Puree the watermelon in a blender or food processor, then pour into the cooled sugar mixture.Then pour the mix into a freezer-safe container and freeze until firm.

Scoop and serve in bowls and garnish with mint leaves.

Yield: Approximately 4 cups

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