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March
14

Home sweet home.

 

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March
14

GRILLED CALIFORNIA AVOCADO MANGO PANINI

GRILLED CALIFORNIA AVOCADO MANGO PANINI

Before I made these panini, it had probably been two years since I had bitten into a grilled cheese sandwich. Two years. After one bite of these grilled beauties, I began wondering what had kept me away for so long. Crusty bread, melted cheese – salty, crispy and gloriously delicious. And when you add a layer of mashed California Avocado, it's nearly impossible to resist these panini.

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As satisfying as a basic grilled cheese sandwich can be, I am a sucker for any dish that combines sweet and savory flavors. If you've ever had melted Brie with pepper jelly or salmon with a sweet peach salsa, you know what I mean. They light up every taste bud and satisfying every craving in one fell swoop.

With a bounty of California Avocados in my kitchen and some melt-worthy fresh mozzarella on hand, I put together a grilled panini, complete with sweet mango slices and chopped basil, that we'll be making over and over again. 

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Tips for making these Grilled Avocado Mango Panini:

  • Smash the avocado, squeeze in some lime juice, and season with salt and a drizzle of agave nectar or honey. The agave nectar offsets the tang of the lime juice. If the mango you're using isn't terribly sweet, add extra agave to the avocado. You're going for a good balance of sweet and savory.
  • Using a ripe mango is key! Ideally, you want tender pieces of fruit that have plenty of flavor.
  • If you have a panini maker, grilling these sandwiches couldn't be easier. No panini maker? No problem! Instead, you can use a grill pan or cast iron skillet.
  • To achieved that pressed panini look without a panini maker, place a heavy skillet on top of the sandwiches while cooking. Another option is to use a brick covered in foil.
     

GRILLED CALIFORNIA AVOCADO MANGO PANINI RECIPE

Serves 2

Prep time:     20 minutes
Cook time:    10 minutes
Total time:    30 minutes

Ingredients:
1 California Avocado, peeled and seeded 
2 tbsp. lime juice
½ tsp. agave nectar
1/8 tsp. salt
4 slices bread, toasted
½ mango, thinly sliced
4 oz. fresh mozzarella
4 basil leaves, thinly sliced
1 tbsp. olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat a panini maker or grill pan
  2. Scoop the avocado into a bowl. Mash with the back of a fork, then stir in the lime juice, agave nectar and salt.
  3. Divide the mashed avocado evenly between two pieces of the bread. Divide the mango, mozzarella and basil between the two sandwiches.
  4. Close the sandwiches with the remaining pieces of bread. Brush both sides of each sandwich with olive oil.
  5. Place the sandwiches on the panini maker and close the lid. Cook until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted. If using a grill pan, flip the sandwiches halfway through cooking and place a heavy skillet on top of the sandwiches to press down.
  6. Cut in half. Serve.
March
14

Renters lack financial knowledge to buy

March 7, 2019

        California renters qualify for homeownership but lack financial knowledge to purchase, C.A.R. reports

LOS ANGELES (March 7) – While low affordability is the biggest obstacle most renters face in becoming homeowners, 14 percent of California renters can afford to purchase a home but are foregoing homeownership partly because they don't have the financial knowledge to do so, according to research findings by the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.).  

Of the nearly 6 million California renters statewide*, 826,000 could qualify to purchase a median-priced home in the county in which they reside. Five in 10 who qualify to purchase a home are white (51.4 percent), 12 percent are Asian, more than one in four is Hispanic (26.9 percent), and 6 percent are black.

A lack of financial literacy is one of the biggest barriers preventing renters from becoming homeowners. Nearly three-fourths (73 percent) believe a down payment of at least 20 percent is required to purchase a home, and 72 percent are unaware of loan programs that require less than 20 percent down payment. Additionally, nearly seven in 10 (69 percent) would purchase a home if they could put down a lower down payment.

"While many renters earn the income and have the credit required to buy a home, they have misconceptions about what it takes to become a homeowner, which is holding them back from buying a home or causing them to give up on their American dream," said C.A.R. President Jared Martin. "Prospective first-time buyers should be aware that there are many down payment assistance programs offered by local housing agencies and low down payment programs from the Federal Housing Administration, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and the Veterans Administration."

Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego and Sacramento counties boast the largest number of qualified renters.

Leading the way…® in California real estate for more than 110 years, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®(www.car.org) is one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States with more than 200,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. C.A.R. is headquartered in Los Angeles.

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*2017 Census

March
6

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March
6

California REALTORS® applaud Gov. Newsom's commitment to address housing crisis

For release:
February 12, 2019

California REALTORS® applaud Gov. Newsom's commitment to address housing crisis

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 12) – The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) today issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom's State of the State address:

"We applaud Gov. Gavin Newsom's demonstration of his ongoing commitment and leadership toward building more affordable and available housing in California and couldn't agree more when he stated, 'If we want a California for all, we have to build housing for all,'" said C.A.R. President Jared Martin.

"We support the governor's position that local government needs to be held accountable for addressing housing supply. By addressing supply at the local level, we're addressing housing affordability for both ownership and rental housing.

"We also welcome the governor's comments regarding the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and we will be pursuing legislation to streamline housing construction.

"Last fall, California voters resoundingly rejected the expansion of rent control. Californians understand that the solution to high rents is not more rent control; it's building more supply. Moreover, rent stabilization is already addressed by the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.

"The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® looks forward to working with the governor, the legislature and key stakeholders to ensure that all Californians can realize the American dream of homeownership."

Leading the way... ® in California real estate for more than 110 years, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®(www.car.org) is one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States, with more than 190,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. C.A.R. is headquartered in Los Angeles. 

March
6

6 Creative Ways to Finally Conquer Your Clutter

6 Creative Ways to Finally Conquer Your Clutter

 

Is storage space a constant battle in your home? If so, your problem might be that you have too much stuff, rather than not enough storage. It's easy to overlook how much stuff is coming into your home, but if you're like most Americans, you have so much clutter that you spend 2.5 days every year looking for things you can't find. If that's not a sign of a clutter problem, we don't know what is! Today is the day that ends. Instead of letting clutter be a source of stress in your life, try these six easy strategies for finally getting your stuff under control.

1. Declutter One Room Each Weekend

Decluttering an entire house is overwhelming. But a single bedroom or linen closet? That's not so scary. Rather than taking on your entire decluttering project in one go, do it one room or storage area at a time. For really cluttered areas, such as attics, garages, and basements, give yourself a couple of weekends if you need to.

2. Declutter as You Clean

The next time you encounter something you don't really need while cleaning, don't just shove it back in a drawer. It might solve the mess, but it doesn't fix the clutter problem. Instead, get rid of it. Make a goal to identify at least one piece of clutter in each room during your weekly chores.

3. Keep a Clutter Box

Sometimes not knowing what to do with unwanted stuff stops us from doing anything at all. Rather than let indecision end in inaction, start a box where you put anything you deem to be clutter. When the box gets full, go through it and decide what to donate, sell, or throw away. This also saves you from making a million trips to the thrift store!

4. Get Creative with Storage

Just because you have a clutter problem doesn't mean you don't also have a storage problem. Bad storage solutions like junk drawers and plastic bins stuffed under the bed let you hide clutter so it's easy to ignore, but good storage makes your home more functional and discourages needless stuff. Add more functional storage with clever solutions such as rolling drawers under the bed for off-season clothing, a spice rack that fits between the refrigerator and kitchen counter, and floating shelves for books and media. Solutions like these keep your stuff accessible without turning into a dumping ground.

5. Declutter with the Seasons

If you declutter your whole house in a cleaning spree and drop everything off at the thrift store, they'll have to hold onto out-of-season items for months before finding a buyer. If you want to do the best with your decluttering (and break up the work!), schedule seasonal clean-ups. As spring and summer approach, declutter outdoor toys, recreational equipment, lawn furniture, and other warm-weather gear. When winter is on the horizon, take a hard look at your cold-weather clothing, linens, and decorations.

7. Challenge Yourself to a No-Buy Month

Impulse shoppers, this one's for you! Your house will never truly be clutter-free if you keep buying stuff you could live without. Stop the endless flow of stuff by challenging yourself to a no-buy month. Of course, essentials such as groceries and toiletries are exempt, but new clothes, décor, gadgets, and other luxuries are off-limits. After a month, you'll have a clearer view of what you really need and what's a fleeting desire.

 

When closets get full and drawers overflow, we tend to convince ourselves we need bigger homes or better storage solutions. In reality, most families' problem is that they have more stuff than they can handle. Before you invest in a professional organizer or upsize your house, give these decluttering strategies a try. You may realize you have plenty of space after all.

Suzie Wilson ⎸info@happierhome.net  ⎸Happier Home

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