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2nd Annual St. Mary's Food Donation Drive 
February 1st thru March 30th

It's that time of year again when our local food bank is low on food!


  • PROTEIN: Peanut butter, Canned light chicken, Canned ravioli
  • FRUITS: No sugar added or packed in 100% fruit juice
  • VEGETABLES: Low or no sodium, Low salt canned beans
  • GRAINS: Whole grain or 100% whole wheat boxed cereals    (low sugar)
Paying it Forward in 2019!

Petunias or Poinsettias?
Which Flowers for Which Occasion?
Roses are red. Violets are blue. Which kind of petal is best for you?

Like precious stones, flowers have symbolism. Different varieties have different meanings, as do their hues. There are flowers to represent friendship, romance, sympathy, well wishes, and more. Here's a quick guide to the best blooms for a variety of occasions.

For anniversaries and Valentine's Day: Red and pink roses are representative of love and passion, making them a timeless choice. For something less obvious, tulips also signify love. Stay away from yellow, as the color most commonly symbolizes friendship.

For sympathy: Lilies, daisies, and roses are suitable options for flowers you're sending or bringing to a grieving person's home. Funeral flowers are different; these are often large, specialized wreaths or baskets delivered to the funeral home by the florist. It's important to note that flowers aren't appropriate in the Jewish mourning tradition.

For those who are sick: Get-well flowers differ depending on whether the ill person is at home or in the hospital. If he or she is in the hospital, stay away from highly fragrant flowers, which might be irritating to patients. Tulips are your best bet. If the person is at home, a houseplant, which offers more permanence and whose greenery can signify life and well-being, is a nice idea.

For friends: Whether it's to say thank you or just because the best flowers for friends are their favorite variety. Not sure what they like? Opt for orchids, lilies, daisies, or carnations (just not yellow carnations, which represent disappointment).

February Calendar of Events

Feb 1 – 17: ASU Gammage presents, Disney’s Aladdin. It's an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. See why audiences and critics agree, Aladdin is "Exactly What You Wish For!" visit for tickets and show times.

Feb 1 – 28: Arizona Broadway Theater presents An American in Paris. A musical adaptation of the Academy Award-winning film featuring some of George and Ira Gershwin’s most beloved music, this is an enduring story of hope, romance, and love in a city rebuilding from the heartbreak of World War II. Visit for tickets prices and show times.

The 31st Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace begins on February 9th and is open on Saturdays, Sundays & Presidents’ Day. 10 am – 6 pm, rain or shine, no pets, FREE parking. Leave your cares behind and explore our 30-acre village filled with old world revelry; a most charming respite from modern times! Tickets; ages 13 and up=$27, children ages 5-12=$17, and under 5 FREE. (buy in advance at Fry’s Food Stores and save $1, buy the day of at box office and pay an add’l $1) Visit for other ticket options

Feb 9 & 10: Buckeye Air Fair, enjoy a Free Fun weekend for the entire family! Featuring a two-hour Air Show beginning at Noon each day!  See vintage and military aircraft, action-packed demonstrations, AZ SciTech exhibitions, live entertainment and much more! FREE admission or this year, you can upgrade your free admission and get front row seats, light refreshments and private restrooms with the purchase of VIP tickets, $80 for one day and $125 for two days. You can also purchase an all-access Kid's Zone ticket in advance for just $10.00. visit to purchase tickets.

Feb 9 & 10: Glendale Chocolate Affaire: The Valley’s sweetest event where you’ll also discover a celebration of arts, culture, and romance! You won’t know where to start first as you take in the amazing array of nearly 40 chocolate purveyors. Cerreta Factory Tour Shuttle pick up is at 57th & Glen Dr. The last shuttle departs the factory 30 minutes prior to festival end time. Festival times, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 12 noon – 5pm. For parking information and directions, visit

Feb 14: Theater Works in Peoria presents "Love and Marriage". This comedy show has become a Peoria Valentines tradition! Come out and celebrate and laugh with Tony Vicich as he brings you the second greatest gift after love, laughter! This fun, funny, positive show is perfect for that first date all the way to that fiftieth wedding anniversary. Every restaurant will be booked and all the flowers are gone. Do something unique, fun and the memories will last a lifetime. Showtime is at 7:30 pm., tickets are $13, visit for more information.

Feb 16: Desert Botanical Garden celebrates 80 years! To celebrate, the Garden will offer $8 admission and host a celebration for the community. Festivities will include cake for all, hands-on activities, geocaching activity and much more! The Garden welcomes nearly half a million visitors each year from around the world. 8am-2pm! Visit for more info.

Feb 16: Join us for a creative market shopping experience at the Surprise "Artisan Treasures Sweet Spring & Food Truck Festival" presented by Wood & Me on Saturday, February 16. The festival will feature over 100 local artists and vendors at Mark Coronado Park, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Parking and admission are free, 9am - 3pm.

Feb 23 Lowrider Arizona Super Show The event will feature premier custom and classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, pedal cars, and special interest exhibitors from across the western United States and beyond. The car show will highlight American classics and customs alike while showcasing dazzling paints, interiors, and customized modifications that embody American culture through vehicles. Tickets $33, visit for more info

Feb 23 & 24: Italian Festival in Scottsdale. This Festival celebrates the Italian culture with, authentic Italian food, live music and purchase Italian hand-crafted items from one of the many vendors.  Scottsdale Waterfront, 11 am–5pm.

Wondering How Much Your Home Is Worth?
How has the price of your home changed in today's market? How much are other homes in your neighborhood selling for?

If you're wondering what's happening to prices in your area, or you're thinking about selling your house, I'll be able to help.

I'll also give you the "inside scoop" on what's happening in the housing market near where you live!

Just give my office a call or visit 

Moving? Avoid These Major Mistakes
You might say that moving involves a lot of ... moving parts. It can be difficult to coordinate all the aspects of pulling up stakes and putting down roots in a new place. Considering these challenges, it's no surprise mistakes are made. From minor inconveniences to major disasters, moving blunders make the entire process even harder. Here are some of the most common missteps to avoid during your next move.

Making it a DIY project: Many moves can be handled by the homeowner, but not all. Be honest with yourself (and your friends). Do you really have the strength, time, and skill to pack, load, unload, and unpack all of your belongings? Consider any fragile or valuable items. Keep in mind any oversized belongings. Movers come with a cost, but so does trying to handle a project beyond your capabilities. Personal injury and property damage often end up costing more than movers would have.

Allotting the wrong amount of time: How long will it take you to pack? Many people under- or overestimate this time period. If you don't give yourself enough time, you will be rushed and stressed when moving day arrives and you're not ready. If you start too early, you may have to unpack and repack things that you need before moving day. A good rule of thumb is to count the number of bedrooms in your home, then add one. This is the number of days it should take you to pack. If you have a lot of items that will require careful wrapping and storage, add another day.

Skipping the purge: Moving is the ideal time to get rid of things you no longer need. As you pack, make three piles: trash, donate and keep. This requires a little effort and organization, but the process will make your move more efficient and will save you time, money, and hassles in the long run.

Forgetting to call a real estate agent: When it's time to move, a real estate agent is one of your most valuable resources. This professional can sell your current home, find your new dream home, and walk you through the entire process. Agents have been through all this before and can provide resources and advice as you transition from one home to another. Don't miss their input!


Phil & Katie Gensler, Sun City West
Lana Holt, Sun City
Benjamin & Bonnie Herlien, Tartesso
Nancy Lamoureaux, Trilogy at Vistancia
Nina Rosa, Sun City
Jennifer Johnson, Desert Oasis
Bradley Hendricks & Christine Sivertsen, Sun City Grand

Dennis & Stephanie Sloggett-O'Dell, SunCity Grand
Kevin & Anabelle McShane, Sun City West
Jim Bell, Sun City
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On Jan. 23rd, we celebrated our first co-agent partnership party at State 48. We invited agents that had helped us find our clients their dream home in 2018. It was a great time catching up with the various agents from the area.
A special thanks to our vendors; LendSmart Mortgage, Lawyers Title, Compass Mortgage Planners, 2-10 Home Warranty and Guild Mortgage, for their generous donations of baskets & gift cards. We raffled them off and raised $120 for the Phoenix Children's Hospital! 

We welcome Michelle Colina to our team! Michelle is our Buyer Transaction Coordinator, and she will be working with our buyer agents and clients to assist them with the contract/transaction process! We are so happy to have her joing DHP and know she's going to enjoy working here!

Because of great clients like you, business is good. We could always use your help, who do you know that needs our help buying or selling a home?

Chocolate Cream Pie with a Hazelnut-Cocoa Crust

Serves 10
Preheat oven to 350°

2 /2 cusp whole hazelnuts
1/4 cup sugar
1 TBLS unsweetened cocoa powder
2 TBLS unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/1 tsp salt
4 egg yolks
3 cups whole milk
7-ounce bittersweet chocolate, melted
2 TBLS unsalted butter, at room temp.
1 tsp vanilla extract
Whipped cream for topping
To make the Crust:
1) Heat the oven to 350°F. Have a 9-inch pie pan ready.
Place the hazelnuts on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast in the oven until the nuts are lightly browned and release a nutty fragrance, about 15 minutes. Remove the hazelnuts from the oven and set aside to cool. When nuts are completely cooled, use your hands to rub off as many of the skins as you can. Don't worry if you can't remove all of the skin; a little bit is OK.

2) In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, process the hazelnuts, sugar, and cocoa powder until fine. Place in a bowl and add the melted butter, stirring to combine. Press the mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan. Be gentle as you press, as it may be a bit delicate to work with.
Bake the crust until slightly crisp, about 25 minutes. Remove from, oven and cool on a wire rack.

To Make the Filling:
1) In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, salt, and egg yolks until well combined, then add the milk in a steady stream, whisking continuously. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking, then decrease the heat and simmer, whisking, for 1 minute more (the filling will be thick).

2) Force the filling through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, then whisk in the chocolate, butter, and vanilla. Cover the surface of the filling with a buttered round of waxed paper and cool completely about 2 hours.

3) Spoon the filling into the crust. Chill the pie, loosely covered with plastic wrap, for at least 6 hours. Top with a thick layer of whipped cream.

4) Use a serrated knife to cut the pie into slices and use a cake server to gently place the slices on plates to serve. Note: that the crust will be a little crumbly, so go easy.

Recipe by Epicurious

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