Archive for November, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!


Turkey soup

Happy Thanksgiving!  We are thankful for all your business, advice and friendship.  Hoping your day tomorrow is full of fun and food.  Cooking is something I very much enjoy, so you know where I’ll be.  One of my favorite dishes to make with the leftover turkey is soup.  I’d like to share my recipe with you.

 Turkey Vegetable Soup


One turkey picked clean of meat

One large onion, cut in half

3 stalks of celery, chopped in ½ inch pieces.  Save the tips for the stock

6 carrots, peeled and cut into ½ inch pieces

3 potatoes, peeled and cubed

large handful of trimmed fresh green beans

One tomato

Salt and pepper to taste

Small bunch of chopped fresh parsley

 Add about 2 quarts of water and gently simmer turkey carcass in a large covered stock pot for an hour.  Add celery tips, and one sliced onion to the pot while simmering.  Remove the turkey and strain the stock into another stock pot.  Taste the stock, then add salt and pepper to taste. 

 Remove the skin from the tomato (boil 1-2 minutes), then remove the seeds and chop the tomato into small pieces.

 To the stock, add chopped carrots, celery, beans, potatoes, and the diced tomato.  Gently simmer for 15 minutes then add chopped fresh parsley to taste.  Add as much of the leftover turkey meat as you like. Simmer for about 10 more minutes then sample a carrot and potato to test for doneness.  Serve with rice or egg noodles. Enjoy!


Just Sold in Seattle!

We just sold this Brick Tudor in the Loyal Heights neighborhood…

Just Sold - Bennett BLOG

Christmas Light Extravaganza


As the Holiday season nears, lights are going up.  Starting in mid December, the Seattle area always has many opportunities for taking the family out to see the displays.  Here are three of the best!

Olympic Manor – Enter at 23rd Ave NW and NW 85th St.  Continues the tradition with their newly refurbished lighted rotating vintage Santa at the entry.  Walk or drive the neighborhood and you will see Santa handing out candy canes and collecting for the Ballard Food Bank. A neighborhood with a magical holiday atmosphere, sure to be a hit with kids, but also beautiful and impressive enough to delight adults.

Candy Cane Lane – In Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood, NE Park Road off Ravenna Boulevard in Seattle . Candy Cane Lane is a series of homes on NE Park Road. Houses are adorned with strings of lights, dancing reindeer, candy cane-striped poles, tinsel snowmen. Signs that say “peace” in different languages — paz, paix, shalom — greet visitors from front lawns.

Woodland Park Zoo WildLights – Features wild animals and wild places recreated in thousands of sparkling LED lights inspired by exotic destinations from across the globe, including “Northern Lights,” “The Water Hole” and “Jungle Lights.” Kicks off  November 29 and continue through January 4, 5:30-8:30 nightly. Closed December 24 and 25. Visit the Zoo’s website for information on tickets at:

Ballard Meeting on Microhousing November 14th, 2013

We received a lot of feedback on our recent microhousing email topic, so we thought we would let you know about an upcoming meeting….

Geoffrey Wentlandt, a planner from the Seattle Department of Transportation, will speak about an area he is very familiar with — microhousing. This is your chance to learn about this complex zoning subject that is the subject of much debate including what new design rules are being proposed for this type of housing. Bring your questions!

This is the monthly general meeting of the Central Ballard Residents Association (CBRA.) All interested persons are invited to attend.

When: Thursday November 14, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Where: 5350 Tallman Ave. Swedish Hospital Conference room A on the main floor around the corner from the cafeteria.

To learn more about CBRA, please visit:



Just Listed in Ballard!

We just listed this Classic Brick Tudor in the Loyal Heights community…

Just Listed - Bennett BLOG