Dianne's Blog

"My Thoughts & passions to share with you"



BOUNTIFUL BLUEBERRIES!​​

July 20, 2020

We may not have had a warm start to our summer, here in Vancouver, BC but it sure produced plump, sweet Blueberries.  For a simple treat, I've been enjoying Vanilla Bean Ice Cream topped with these scrumptious berries

Today, I'm going to share Mom's decadently, delish Blueberry Pie with a Gingersnap Pie Crust - topped, of course, with Vanilla Ice Cream! 

 

MOM'S DECANDENT BLUEBERRY PIE


Gingersnap Pie Crust:

2    C of coarse Gingersnap Cooke Crumbs

1/2   C light brown sugar

1/2   C of melted butter

Combine and press into a 9" pie plate. Bake at 350 F (middle oven rack) for 3 or 4 minutes then cool.  Be careful not to overcook or the crust will harden too much.

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Blueberry Filling:

2 1/2  Tblsps cornstarch

2      Tblsps cold water

1/2    C granulated white sugar

4     C fresh Blueberries (or frozen Blueberries)*

1       Tblsp Lemon juice

In a medium saucepan, mix cornstarch with water*  Add sugar and 1 1/2 C of Blueberries; bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly.

Boil 1 to 2 minutes, stirring, until very thick and clear.

Remove from the heat; stir in remiaining Blueberries and Lemon juice.  Pour into the pie crust and refridgerate until set.

Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream.

*When using frozen berries, drain off the juice and use this in place of cold water.

Note:  You can double the cornstarch, liquid and sugar and use 6 C of Blueberries.

A PASSION FOR ASIAN DECOR/DESIGN

June 27, 2020

Our Mom, Nan Hartwick, was a great Real Estate Agent with a keen eye for design,  a winning personality and thus a highly successful career meeting her many Clients' wishes for their desired properties.  She used Asian style throughout our welcoming yet stunning decor in our West Vancouver family home.


A few decades ago, Mom happened to find, hidden in a West Van antique shop, a couple of hand carved, Teak Dragon chairs:  A Love Seat & the matching single chair; immediately falling in love with them. and bringing them home, adding to Mom's elegant, eye catching Asian interior decor.  They were so uniquely dramatic!

A few years later, when in Hawaii, we saw almost the exact chair in a store window - apparently having belonged to a Hawaiian King!


In 2000, Mom saw and saved a copy of Metropolitan Home Magazine with our single Asian chair featured on the front cover and in 2003 I spotted the same chair in a fashion magazine I was reading.  These amazing furniture pieces are rare and always appreciated for their workmanship and beauty.

They are now lovingly located in my home - always holding wonderful energy and memories.  



A HOUSE ISN'T RIGHT FOR YOU UNLESS .  .  .  .

June 27, 2020 

​A house isn't right for you, unless it feels safe and comfortable - trusting your instincts is a good start! Does your, or future living space, location and surroundings feel good/comfortable to you?  Are there simple things you can change to increase feelings of safety and happiness so you resonate with your future or present residence/property?  Is it time to move to a new home that IS right for you and your family?

  1. I'm a great believer in surrounding oneself with good energy for good health and living enjoyment.  I use it in my own home.  I'm intuitive by nature and by learning how to do healing Reiki, (please click for description) over 15 yrs ago, it has certainly increased that ability to discern energies.  It's helpful to be able to guide my Clients:  for Sellers to suggest making a few simple changes to their homes prior to listing or my Buyers when considering properties they want to purchase. 

You don't need to be a Feng Shui expert to follow some of the basic ideas.  This article in  The Spruce:  "How to Tell If a Home Has Good Feng Shui" (please click for link) has some great beginner ideas for you to consider in your present or future residence.  I will be posting more content on Feng Shui in the future - stay tuned!


Actually, once you get into testing Feng Shui in your present space, you'll find it fun; then watch how you feel with the changes and direct affect it has in your own life!  Think of it this way:  It can't hurt and it may help with reaching your property wishes and adding the flow of prosperity, happiness, better health and relationship fixes to your life!  Give it a whirl and I look forward to hearing your opinions/results using Feng Shui:   CONTACT DIANNE! 

A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME UNTIL .  .  .  .  .

JUNE 24, 2020


A house isn't a home until there are delicious aromas coming from the kitchen!  Of course, a great kitchen is one of the most key selling or buying features of a HOME.


Our Mom was an fabulous cook, always making sure her kids ate nourishing, tasty meals with delicious home made desserts!  Mom became famous for these treats & very popular with, our friends who gathered at our house. So, every so often I'm going to share Mom's original, delectable recipes so  you, too can enjoy them.  


To begin, today I was yearning for Mom's Lemon Fluff Pudding, so I just baked it!   Best served fresh out of the oven and guaranteed addicting!  Lemon Lovers delight!  


I'd love your comments or questions via my Contact page.


LEMON FLUFF PUDDING (Self Saucing)

Serves 4     

Preheat Oven to 350 F - Bake for Approx. 45 mins



    2 Tblsp of Butter

    1   C Sugar (fine Berry Sugar preferably)

    4  Eggs - yolks & whites, separated

    1  C Milk

    4  Tblsp Flour

    2  large Lemons - juiced 

    Pinch of Salt


    Cream together the butter and sugar.   

    Add the 4 separated egg yolks, milk, flour, lemon juice and salt - mixing well.

    Whip the 4 egg whites till they hold peaks and fold into the mixture.

    Bake in casserole dish placed in a pan of hot water, big enough to remove easily, 

    in a moderate oven (350  F).  

    

    The bottom of the dessert becomes the lemon sauce while the top becomes a fluffy lemon cake!

    Best served freshly baked and warm.  Don't feel ashamed if you have 2 Servings!   ENJOY!


    P.S.  If you need  a 'great kitchen in a beautiful, new home:  call me and I'll find you one!


IT'S A PLEASURE TO WORK BESIDE 

THE CO-OWNER OF ANGELL HASMAN & ASSOC RLTY LTD - ALLAN ANGELL

JUNE 9, 2020


Allan Angell, is a delight to work beside!  I am proud to offer my Client's, the combined benefit of his over 40 yrs., highly successful  Real Estate experience (#1 in Canada - 2 times) in addition to my professional skills honed in a Government Executive position & a solid business background working beside my Mom in her private, ski resort company.


The synergy of our personalities, skills & personal strengths, produces excellent results, offering Buyers & Sellers superb professional Real Estate Services.


YOUR Real Estate requirements come first, when we  combine our experience & effective professional abilities for YOUR best interests - we make it all work for YOU, with clear, honest communication and delivering YOUR property requests.


It's not an exaggeration to say that no other REALTOR® understands and has a current of the Market Stats, as Allan does & is a 'Deal Closer' par excellence! We both have substantial base networks from our life experiences.  I'm proficiently creative with marketing on social media and print; designing eye catching advertising. 


We both understand and love Vancouver's Real Estate Properties & all the various assets they offer. Our focus is specializing in West and North Vancouver properties, both for Condos & Detached Homes located in the various community 'pockets' from Waterfront to Mountainside Estates & cozy garden cottages.  

 

I would be pleased to set up a your consultation with Allan and myself, at your convenience.   No question: we are both 'People Persons' with ample humor & PET FRIENDLY!  

 

Please use the Contact Page on my Website, or Call/Text: 604.783.6433 



WATERFRONT: FALL IN LOVE WITH WEST VANCOUVER'S 'JEWEL' ASSET! 

June 9, 2020

I am delighted to introduce Buyers to variety of waterfront properties available!  The ocean surrounding West Vancouver offers incredible boating access to so many wonderful destinations and it's my property PASSION!


In the summertime, when we weren't boating, we enjoyed the waterfront at home.  Growing up across from the oceanfront, not only was our view spectacular, but we loved summer days when Mom would pack a picnic & we'd head down to 'The Rocks' as seen in this video.  Swimming was always fun, especially as the ocean came up over the hot rocks that flowed into the water.  I treasure those memories!  

There are many luxury residences built on the rocks that etch some of the shoreline, or those that enjoy beachfront access and low bank.  Perhaps, you'd like to dock your yacht right at your home . . . . I can show you where you can do that, too!  


My lifetime in West Vancouver, BC offers my Clients, both Sellers & Buyers, the added advantage of a deep understanding of the lifestyle is all about, how where in West Van, suits your needs the best - it's in my 'being'.


REPAIRING SCRATCHES ON HARDWOOD FLOORS

April 30, 2020   


Here's some great advice for taking care of scratches, perhaps from those playful pooches of yours, on hardwood flooring.  The Spruce, is a very helpful resource online, that I subscribe to, for natural cleaning ideas, Decor, Gardening etc.  Their over 45 writers with expertise in contracting, remodeling, cooking, crafts, landscaping etc, is a helpful, creatively practical  'go to' for Homeowners. 

 

If you are renovating and wish to upgrade your flooring but don't wish to do a full floor sanding job, try this easy to follow scratch repair procedure - even if you're a 'beginner'!

EARTH DAY REFLECTIONS

April 22, ​2020


Today, being a gorgeous sunny Spring Earth Day, I knew it was a perfect time to take a walk in my neighborhood, of Upper Caulfeild, West Vancouver armed with my camera.  As I sauntered down the mountainside, being serenaded by birdsong much louder than usual, I reflected on all the astounding beauty. It was quieter than normal, due to the Global Pandemic, but oh so rewarding!  


The flowers were flourishing, as if to give hope:  "There is a fresh beginning post this 'Stay-at-Home' period but enjoy the best out of everyday in the meantime!"  It was a gift to myself, that cost nothing. but re-energized my spirit - sparked my creativity!


All too often, in the midst of our hectic lives, we forget to appreciate the simple 'Gifts' that are right in front of us, if we only became more aware; outside of 'Selves'.

Perhaps a huge positive that has been born out of this challenging, Pandemic, is that we were forced to slow down and reflect on what is REALLY important in LIFE.


Another positive globally is that our environment is showing signs of cleaning up from the thoughtless damage we have done to our EARTH: waters globally are clearing:  e.g. the residents in Venice, Italy, miraculously see the bottom of their Canals, instead of the murky pollution; the air we breathe is clearing; the noise levels have decreased . . . . surely this is a message to mankind to treat Mother Earth more with more conscious kindness - A badly needed WAKE-UP CALL.



PERFECT PROPERTIES for PET LOVERS! 

November 14/19 ​

Having LOVED pups and kitties all my life, I think of them as members of our family, as I'm sure all 'Pet Lovers' do! 


With that in mind, when assisting you to search for your new home, I will always be sensitive to the needs of your Pets, too; whether you are  downsizing to a Condo or purchasing a new, detached home with requiring a protectively, fenced yard!  Both of our Condo listings under 'FEATURED RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES ARE 'PET FRIENDLY.


'Expect the Best' with focused caring about ALL of your family's needs.


ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RATINGS FOR PROSPECTIVE HOME BUYERS

November 18, 2019​


When showing Properties to families with young children, I often get asked which school catchment applies to the area they are interested in?  It's a key factor to know how the Elementary Schools are rated and their locations.


Growing up in Beautiful West Bay, West Vancouver, BC, we attended West Bay Elementary School - one of the top rated schools in British Columbia (pictured to the left).  The woods I used to pay house in and the play field are still the same - comforting!


There are beautiful residential homes in the West Bay/Westmount  community, including the listing shown under the sub heading: 'Spectacular Detached Homes'. 


I have two prospective Listings coming up very close to West Bay Elementary.  If you would like to have a tour of homes in this area, I'd be very pleased to show you one of my favourite communities!

Please click on Button below for the ratings of British Columbia Elementary and Secondary Schools

SCHOOL RATINGS

IN BRITISH COLUMBIA