Thursday, August 21, 2014

Weekend happening: Festival of Nations 2014

The International Festival of Nations is this weekend and the forecast is looking ideal to enjoy it!  This super family-friendly event in Tower Grove Park is St. Louis’ best attended annual multicultural celebration. The festival offers amazing multi-cultural entertainment /activities, an international bazaar with unique gifts from around the world, and over 40 ethnic food booths to delight the palate. 


Saturday (10am-7pm) and Sunday (10am-6pm) - August 23 and 24

Tower Grove Park on the City’s Southside.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Closed: #320 Alverston Court in Ballwin (Marquette)

Meticulous West County property
An amazing couple with a wonderfully supportive family
A super grateful Realtor!

A warm congratulations and THANK YOU to D and L on your successful closing today! I appreciate your confidence and am fortunate to have you both as friends.  So excited for you! =)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Just For Fun: Au revoir Summer 2014... it was swell.

 Well, it is official...

...the boys are back in school, preempting the formal farewell to Summer 2014.  What can I say?  Bittersweet, as Summer 2014 was lovely.  The weather was incredibly mild, my business was swift, and the time spent with my family was priceless.

Here is a teeny tiny peek at Summer 2014 in Casa de Nenonen, as we head into my favorite season in St. Louis... 

The middle of August is traditionally super busy for parents.  In the meantime,emotion has been high here in St. Louis over the last week as the world watches.  As we round the corner into Autumn and as the "normal" school year schedules resume, I wish each of you a touch of calm and peace.

Thanks for the fun, Summer 2014!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New client recommendation on LinkedIn...

I am not going to fib, this new recommendation that I received on my LinkedIn brought a little tear to my eye.  There is not doubt that some transactions are more challenging than others, particularly when the obstacles are out of your control.

Some complicated situations were thrown our way towards the tail-end of this closing.  Blythe and family were total troopers and working with them was a dream.  Thank you SO much for not only the business Blythe, but for your words.  It means so much to me!!

Connect with me on LinkedIn HERE.  Read more of my client testimonials HERE.

Monday, August 11, 2014

THIS is the Ferguson, Missouri that I know and love.

I originally wrote this blog post about Ferguson back in October of 2009.  I figured if there was ever an appropriate time to update and resurrect it, it is today. Ferguson, and St. Louis as a whole, has received extensive worldwide press over the last week in regards to riots and looting in response to the untimely death of local boy,  Mike Brown.   
Resurrecting this post serves as a gentle reminder from this Native St. Louisan, who suffers from a heavy heart this AM:  Ferguson, MO is not a war zone.  It is a beautiful community with caring residents, a rich history, and stunning historic architecture.  North County- I and your city rally around you and pray for peace and real conversation. 

When most St Louisans dream of sipping lemonade on the porch swing of a stunning 100+ year old century home like this...... 

...Webster Groves often comes to mind.

While Webster is indeed the home to a number of GORGEOUS century old properties, this particular home is in fact in Ferguson, MO- a suburb just NW of Downtown. For locals who are not familiar with Ferguson, their first visit to the area is often a surprising one!  Those of us in the real estate industry are well aware of the area's rich history, awesome hidden gems, and lovely historical properties. I felt compelled to share!

In the late 19th century, overcrowding, congestion, and unhealthy conditions in the City of St. Louis prompted urban residents to seek more quiet surroundings to raise their families. Both Webster Groves and Ferguson were developed around the same  time,  on opposite sides of the region, as a result of that congestion Downtown.

St Louis developers were initially drawn to both areas, due to their location directly on railroad lines, allowing a simple commute to the city. Webster sat on the Pacific railroad line to the southwest of the city, while Ferguson sat on the Wabash railroad line to the northwest of the city. Both areas offered residents superb housing options in a country-like atmosphere, as well as a swift commute to downtown St. Louis jobs.

As both cities were developed at the same time for virtually the same purpose and demographic... the architectural styles and finishes are almost identical.  Many of the homes originally built in Downtown Historic Ferguson are still there today, including the one at the top of this blog post.

Here is a peek at some of the other historic architectural goodies in Ferguson, via photos that I copied this AM directly from the St. Louis MLS system.  This, locals/nationwide/worldwide audience, is also Ferguson, Missouri...

Friday, August 8, 2014

CLOSED: #6310 Oakland Avenue in Dogtown

One of the most fun and interesting aspects of my job is connecting with clients in a variety of places.   I initially connected with this Buyer's daughter on Twitter and the rest is history. Social Media is incredibly powerful and it is always fun to meet the face behind the handle.   =) 

Exciting changes are happening for this family and I feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to help them in their next big step!  Their new adorable Dogtown bungalow,  just steps from Forest Park, Turtle Park, and the Zoo,  is a wonderful fit! 

Huge congratulations and THANK YOU to the B Family!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The historic architectural eye candy of the Village of Elsah...

In the Midwest, we have been incredibly blessed with gorgeous, mild temperatures- a rarity during the hind end of summer. My girlfriend and I took advantage last week by playing hooky, dropping the top...

...and heading over to the scenic River Road for an afternoon of fun in the sun.
Note:  If you have never enjoyed The Loading Dock in Grafton, please visit before the weather cools!  This fun outdoor eatery boasts amazing river views, live music, and a tropical vacation vibe!

Being the historic house lover that I am, a day trip to Alton/Grafton is never complete without a quick drive through the Village of Elsah.  Elsah is located on the East Bluff of the Mississippi River, just 11 miles West of Alton on the way to Grafton.  This 19th century river village, population of less than 700, was founded in 1853 by a prominent Illinois politician by the name of James Semple.  Mr. Semple owned a rock quarry and offered a free building lot to anyone who agreed to utilize remnant stone from his quarry.  The result was a cluster of various 19th century architectural styles and influence, utilizing the stone.

150 years later, not much has changed there.  A true time capsule- phenomenal.  A drive through the Village of Elsah is an interesting journey back in time and a glorious glimpse at pre-Civil War life on the Mighty Mississippi. 

Here is my teeny peek of what you can expect to encounter should you decide to venture there...

Note: the video above of the properties of Elsah does not display on the mobile version of my blog. It must be enjoyed on a computer or tablet. 

Simply, the beauty of Elsah paired with the sunset over the Mississippi...

... A winning combination if seeking a change of scenery, less than 20 minutes from St. Louis!  Consider it. 

HERE are some of my past adventures in the Alton/Grafton area.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

In the kitchen: Summer Lemon Pudding Cake recipe

When life hands you lemons...

... make this! 

Repeat after me "Summer Lemon Pudding Cake".  This sponge cake-topped curd pudding is easy, light, refreshing, and IDEAL for your summer soirees.  My family can attest, this sweet treat is the perfect blend of tart and sweet!

I felt compelled to share this recipe- a total winner.

Summer Lemon Pudding Cake


1 tbsp butter or coconut oil for buttering the baking dish or non-stick spray
6 large eggs, separated
2 cups milk
2.5 Tbsp grated lemon zest
1/2 cup lemon juice (approx. 1.5 large lemons)
1.5 cups sugar (I used a stevia blend)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt


This recipe makes 10-12 6 oz ramekins, or a 9′x13″ baking dish.  You may also cut it in half and use an 8″x8″ baking dish. The portions in the ramekins are perfect for individual desserts.

NOTE: Whatever you bake in, the recipe requires it to be placed in a roasting pan large with water.

  • Pre heat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Butter the baking dish or ramekins.
  • Zest and juice the lemons.  Set aside in separate bowls.
  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, and salt. Set aside.
  • Separate the eggs. 
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine the yolks, milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice. 
  • Add the yolk mixture (yolks, zest and juice) to the dry mixture and stir until blended.
  • Using an electric mixer in a separate bowl, whip the egg whites until soft peaks form.
  • Fold the whipped egg whites, about 2 cups at a time, into the bowl with the lemon batter until it is all combined. Be careful not to over mix or it will go flat.
  • NOTE: if the batter seems too watery, you have done it correctly, I promise.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pans. For the 6 oz ramekins, I filled them up half way.
  • Set the baking dish or ramekins inside the larger roasting pan and add hot water until it reaches about half way up the sides of the baking dish.
  • Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until set. The top will puff up and become golden but the bottom will remain very soft.
  • Remove from the oven/roasting pan and place on a wire rack to cool for 30 minutes. Best served slightly warm or ideally at room temperature. 
  • Just before serving, top with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, a dollop of Whipped cream, and a small berry or mint leaf. 

When the cake cook, it separate into two layers.  
1) The bottom has a soft texture, almost like lemon curd.   
2) The top is like a fluffy soufflĂ©-esque sponge cake. Unlike a souffle, however, the top does not sink out of the oven.

This dish works warm out of the oven, but also hold up if made in advance and refrigerated. The cake shrinks a tad when chilled and looks better when still warm or at room temperature. If serving for a dinner party, I would recommend making it a few hours in advance and not refrigerating.

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