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Welcome Susie Boudreaux Malloy!

by Kim Higgins

The Kim Higgins Team proudly welcomes our newest buyer's agent, Susie Boudreaux Malloy!

For over 15 years, Susie owned and operated Rapture, a home décor and gift shop in Mandeville.  During that time she helped thousands of people from all over the Deep South decorate and accessorize their homes.  Her level of customer service in this endeavor was only exceeded by her passion for offering truly unique items for the home.  Today, Susie takes her passion and her commitment to clients to another level as she joins The Kim Higgins Team, the #1 real estate team on the Northshore.  Passion, attention to detail, honesty and a commitment to serving clients are just a few of the qualities that make Susie a great choice when you’re looking for a Realtor to help you select your next home.

If you're thinking of buying or selling NOW is the time! What matters MOST: Our clients! Call today and see what Susie and The Kim Higgins Team can do for you!

You can reach Susie directly by phone, 504-250-1462 or by email, Susie@KimHiggins.com and please visit our website at www.SearchNorthshoreHomes.com.

About The Kim Higgins Realty Team:  Kim Higgins is a top-producing real estate agent who primarily works out of the Keller Williams Realty Services Mandeville office.  Kim services all of the following cities including Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville, Folsom, Abita Springs, and Slidell.  For more information on Kim and everything real estate related about the Northshore – log onto her website at www.KimHiggins.com.

 

 

The Ultimate Pampering Experience!

by Kim Higgins

The Ultimate Pampering Experience!

If you haven’t visited A Thomas Cousin’s Salon at The Market at Chenier in Mandeville then you are in for a real treat.  My experience started when I received a complimentary shampoo, scalp and neck massage card from Hair Designer Derek Behen.  Derek’s knowledge of hair color and bubbling personality encouraged me to make an appointment the next day.

When I arrived I was given a tour of the salon. Derek then took me to the Color Bistro, where he gave me a consultation on the desired color of my hair. I entered a secluded room, where I received a relaxing shampoo, scalp and neck massage.  Besides the great service and great results this was the favorite part of my visit and ultimately the main reason why I will be going back. 

We headed to the Rejuvenation Station where all the magic happened.  During the hair coloring and styling, many of the staff came over to help so it made the lengthy process go by quickly. You could tell that the staff at this salon worked together as a team.  It was a very upbeat and positive atmosphere.  I walked into the salon that day feeling drab and walked out feeling and looking fab!!

So the next time you are looking for someone to brighten your day or if you just haven’t found the right hair salon, try out A Thomas Cousins Salon.   You can reserve your “Me Time” by calling, 985-674-2221. Mention Kim Higgins Realty and receive a complimentary shampoo, scalp and neck massage. The hours are Tuesdays, 10am-5pm, Wednesday-Thursday, 10am-8pm and Friday-Saturday, 9am-6pm and they are located at 1901 Highway 190, Suite 16 next to the Wine Loft.

About The Kim Higgins Realty Team:  Kim Higgins is a top-producing real estate agent who primarily works out of the Keller Williams Realty Services Mandeville office.  Kim services all of the following cities including Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville, Folsom, Abita Springs, and Slidell.  For more information on Kim and everything real estate related about the Northshore – log onto her website at www.KimHiggins.com.

Windowsill Pies

by Kim Higgins

   Windowsill Pies

If you want to add something special to the table this holiday look no further.   Windowsill Pies of New Orleans offers gourmet pies that are Southern style and French inspired. The name, Windowsill Pies, was chosen because it was “evocative of a homey, old-fashioned afternoon.”  Marielle Dupre’ and Nicole Eiden teamed up in 2011 to create a unique pie experience which offers an aesthetic and nostalgic approach to conventional pies. Adorn your table with the beauty and deliciousness of Windowsill Pies and you won’t be disappointed.

Current Menu

Gingered Pumpkin Tart with Candied Pepitas

For all you traditionalists, the pumpkin pie you’ve been craving but with a nouveau spin. Begun with divine scratch-made caramel and finished with fresh ginger and orange zest, this is one perky pumpkin tart.  A wreath of sparkling candied pumpkin seeds adds the perfect crisp contrast. 

The Vanilla Bean Bourbon Pecan Pie

One bite and you know you’re tasting history. Madagascar vanilla beans, Louisiana pecans, local cane syrup, honey, Maker’s Mark and a secret ingredient.  This pie will take you back in time!

Amaretto Pear and Dried Cherry Pie

A pie of juicy pears and Lazzaroni amaretto-soaked dried cherries, peeking up through a golden latticework of crisp autumn leaves.  Highlighted with a pinch of fresh grated nutmeg and lemon zest, this is pie is redolent of fall days.

Apple Frangipane Tart with Grand Marnier Glaze

A modern tart of green apples set in a buttery almond filling traditionally know as frangipane.  Brushed with apricot and Grand Marnier glaze while it is still warm from the oven

You can find Windowsill pies at the Covington Farmer’s Market every Saturday.  Coming soon to Whole Foods Stores in 2014!

For Thanksgiving, place orders by Sunday, November 24. To order email thegals@windowsill-pies.com or call Marielle at 504-655-8773 or Nicole at 504-231-2789.

About The Kim Higgins Realty Team:  Kim Higgins is a top-producing real estate agent who primarily works out of the Keller Williams Realty Services Mandeville office.  Kim services all of the following cities including Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville, Folsom, Abita Springs, and Slidell.  For more information on Kim and everything real estate related about the Northshore – log onto her website at www.KimHiggins.com

 

Sipping Coffee Watching the Boats Pass

by Kim Higgins

Abita Roasting Company

There’s nothing like sipping a cup of coffee, watching the boats pass by on the water and just taking a moment to take in the scenery. Now you can enjoy this too if you happen to be near the Abita Roasting Company in Madisonville, LA.

The Abita Roasting Company opened their first location at 504 Water Street along the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, LA. The Abita Roasting Company is a craft coffee roasting company focused on prime and specialty grade single origin and blended coffees. They roast to order in small batches using a gas-fired infrared roasting drum. Their signature namesake blend is the Princess Abita which has a rich, uncommon and full flavor.

The hours of operation are 6am to 9pm and the menu includes delicious Homemade Pastries, Muffins, Breakfast Croissants, Bagels, Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, Panini’s, Fresh Coffees and Teas. They also sell Cold-Press Coffee and Whole Bean or Ground Reserve Blends.  In January 2014, there are plans for a second location in Covington, LA.

There are many ways to try this locally roasted brew. Visit their location in Madisonville or grab a cup of joe at the Abita Springs Café on 22132 Level Street in Abita Springs, LA.  You may also purchase Reserve Blends and Single Origin Coffees on their website www.abitaroasting.com.

About The Kim Higgins Realty Team:  Kim Higgins is a top-producing real estate agent who primarily works out of the Keller Williams Realty Services Mandeville office.  Kim services all of the following cities including Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville, Folsom, Abita Springs, and Slidell.  For more information on Kim and everything real estate related about the Northshore – log onto her website at www.KimHiggins.com.

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party!

by Kim Higgins

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party!

Are you looking for a fun event to go to with your pup?  Get your doggies’ favorite Christmas sweater ready and check out the Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at Corks N Canvas located at 2689 Florida Street in Mandeville on Wednesday, December 11th from 6:30 to 9pm.

Yappy Hour! 2013 Road Tour is a social hour for Dogs and their owners. The dog and kid friendly event will feature a 50/50 raffle, free pizza, Ugly Sweater Contest, adoptable Mutt Strut and custom pet portraits.

Corks N Canvas was started in 2007 by Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney in Mandeville, Louisiana. The concept pairs instructional art with friends, wine and a lively instructor to produce individual works of art. With four locations in the Greater New Orleans Area, the company began franchising the business as Painting with a Twist® in 2009. To date, 106 franchise locations are open all over the country.

 About The Kim Higgins Realty Team:  Kim Higgins is a top-producing real estate agent who primarily works out of the Keller Williams Realty Services Mandeville office.  Kim services all of the following cities including Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville, Folsom, Abita Springs, and Slidell.  For more information on Kim and everything real estate related about the Northshore – log onto her website at www.KimHiggins.com.

 

Fun Christmas Ornaments!

by Kim Higgins

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Wow! What a whirlwind the holidays are! Halloween, Thanksgiving now our focus has already shifted to Christmas! Are you ready?! For sure it is  a lot to tackle! But lets take it one thing at a time… starting with ornaments! Ever thought of making your own for your Christmas tree? Could be a fun activity to get the entire family involved!  Here’s some ideas to help you get the wheels spinning and the tree decorated.

   Frame Ornaments

Put your spare pieces of of wrapping paper to good use!  Glue them into a small frame, throw a bow on them, and voila!  You have a brand new ornament for your tree!!  Small frame ornaments keep your tree looking as pretty as a picture!  You can get small nickel frames from your local crafts store or online at places like amazon.com.

 Charming Tree 

Make your dinner guests feel special and right at home!  Create personalized name tags for each one of them to hang on your tree.

Upgrade a Plain Glass Ornament 

Stock up on glass ornaments and get creative! Fill them with small wooden chips or a single peacock feather.  There’s so much to do when you have a blank canvas. Put in fake snow, branches, a tiny cardinal, whatever you desire really, there is tons to do here.

  Candy Cones

Take ice cream cones and fill them with great red and green holiday treats! Put some sweet holiday cheer into the fun filled decorations and hang them on your tree! You can even add a white trim to the cones to add to the holiday atmosphere.

  Beaded Snow flakes

Make your own snowflakes with beads.  Grab some wire and beads and create a snowflake form.  Use a hot glue gun to affix the beads.

  Pinecones

This holiday classic always dresses up a tree nicely.  Spray-paint white, pinecones to add pop against evergreen boughs.  You can even spray them any color really to match the theme of your tree.  Do as you desire to make your tree special for you!

 

About The Kim Higgins Realty Team:  Kim Higgins is a top-producing real estate agent who primarily works out of the Keller Williams Realty Services Mandeville office.  Kim services all of the following cities including Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville, Folsom, Abita Springs, and Slidell.  For more information on Kim and everything real estate related about the Northshore – log onto her website at www.KimHiggins.com.

Homeless Pets Make Great Christmas Gifts

by Kim Higgins

Help The North Shore’s Homeless Pets This Holiday

The amount of homeless animals in the United States is truly an epidemic.  With the holidays here, at least one local business is working to do its part to help our shelters care for those less fortunate furry friends.

The Humane Society of Louisiana and First Bank and Trust have teamed up to help feed and care for orphaned and homeless animals during this time of year.  And you can chip in too!

All 13 Louisiana First Bank and Trust branches have boxes in their lobbies to collect dog and cat food, toys, treats, kitty litter, you name it, donate it to help the animals!  The drive for our four-legged pals runs through the first week of January.

It’s a really important effort and more than 200 animals currently cared for by the Humane Society of Louisiana will benefit from your donations.

First Bank and Trust is upping the ante to help the animals too!  It is selling raffle tickets to the December 29 Saints home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers! Raffle tickets are $5 each.

The Humane Society is a private 501 C 3 animal protection charity.  The organization works to prevent animal abuse and neglect.  It also operates an animal sanctuary and runs a wide variety of educational programs.

For more information, call 1.888.6.HUMANE or visit www.humanela.org.

About The Kim Higgins Realty Team:  Kim Higgins is a top-producing real estate agent who primarily works out of the Keller Williams Realty Services Mandeville office.  Kim services all of the following cities including Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville, Folsom, Abita Springs, and Slidell.  For more information on Kim and everything real estate related about the Northshore – log onto her website at www.KimHiggins.com.

Check Your Area for Community Blood Drives

by Kim Higgins

   Community Blood Drives

The holidays are all about giving back and what a better way to do so than helping save someone’s life.
Donating blood really should only take up about an hour and a half of your time and your donation could be the one someone has been waiting for.

Check out the facts to put it into perspective: Every two seconds, someone in the United States is in need of blood. According to the American Red Cross, more than 44,000 blood donations are needed each day. With just one donation of a pint of blood, up to three lives can be saved.

Nationally, less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood.  What’s more, the only source of blood is a generous volunteer donor. 

Individuals who are at least 17 years of age, who weigh at least 110 pounds and who are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Donors should bring a Red Cross blood donor card or other form of identification.

For more information, check out www.thebloodcenter.org or call 800.86.BLOOD.

About The Kim Higgins Realty Team:  Kim Higgins is a top-producing real estate agent who primarily works out of the Keller Williams Realty Services Mandeville office.  Kim services all of the following cities including Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville, Folsom, Abita Springs, and Slidell.  For more information on Kim and everything real estate related about the Northshore – log onto her website at www.KimHiggins.com.

 

Turkey Leftover Ideas

by Kim Higgins

  Turkey Leftover Ideas

We hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful! If you are like many households in America, you probably have your fair share of leftovers!  We did some checking online to find some yummy recipes to keep the feast going well after turkey day!  Here’s how to reinvent your turkey, thanks to foodnetwork.com:

Turkey Soup

Ingredients

  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 turkey carcass, all meat removed
  • 1 carrot, halved lengthwise, plus 1 carrot, minced
  • 1 whole stalk celery, plus 1 stalk, minced
  • 1 onion, halved, plus 1 onion, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cups dark turkey meat
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups leftover cooked Thanksgiving side vegetables (Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, green beans)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage

Directions

Put the chicken broth, turkey, carrot halves, celery stalk, onion halves and 1 bay leaf in a large stockpot. Bring to a boil and then simmer, about 1 1/2 hours.

Dice the turkey meat. Before straining the broth, remove the large bones and carcass with tongs. Strain the broth through a sieve covered with wet cheesecloth. Discard the solids. Transfer the broth to a bowl set in a bath of ice water, which will cool the broth quickly and help keep it fresher longer.

In a large soup pot, heat the garlic in the olive oil over medium heat. Allow to brown slightly, about 3 minutes. Add the minced carrots, celery and onions. Sweat over medium-low heat until softened, 7 or 8 minutes.

Dice the leftover Thanksgiving vegetables. Add the sage to the soup pot along with the turkey broth and the remaining bay leaf. Bring to a simmer. When simmering, add the Brussels sprouts, green beans and diced turkey meat to the soup. Bring it back up to a simmer. Finally, add the sweet potatoes to the center and gently push them down. Turn the heat off and cover. Allow to sit and steam, 5 to 7 minutes. Let simmer for 5 more minutes.

Turkey Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded leftover turkey meat
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1/2 cup celery leaves, coarsely chopped, plus more whole leaves for garnish
  • 1 crisp apple, such as Gala or Macintosh, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted, and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup non-fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more as needed
  • 1 small celery root, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

In a large bowl, gently toss the turkey, celery, celery leaves, apple, grapes, and pecans until combined. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, mayonnaise, honey, and 1/4 teaspoon salt until well combined. Put the celery root in a small bowl, add 2 tablespoons of the dressing, and toss to coat completely. Add the remaining dressing to the turkey mixture, season with salt and pepper, and toss gently to evenly dress the salad.

To serve, spread the celery root evenly onto a serving platter, top with the dressed salad, garnish with celery leaves and serve immediately.

Turkey Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 8 slices stone-milled rye artisan bread, about 1/2-inch thick
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup store-bought apple butter
  • 1 pound sliced fresh roasted deli turkey
  • 1/2 pound brie cheese, thickly sliced
  • 1 bunch arugula, stems trimmed

Directions

Spread each of 4 slices of bread with 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Now spread each with 1 tablespoon of the apple butter. Top each slice of bread with a couple of slices of turkey, cover that with 2 to 3 slices of brie (enough to cover the turkey), and finally, arrange 2 to 3 arugula leaves on top. Spread the remaining 4 bread slices with 1/2 tablespoon of butter and lay them, buttered sides down, over the cheese; press gently.

Heat a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and let it melt to evenly coat the bottom of the pan. Add as many sandwiches as will comfortably fit (either 2 or 4) and cook 2 to 3 minutes until the bread is golden brown and the cheese begins to melt. Flip and cook 2 to 3 more minutes to brown the bread. (Add another tablespoon of butter and cook the remaining sandwiches, if you need to.) Cut the sandwiches in half and serve hot.

 

About The Kim Higgins Realty Team:  Kim Higgins is a top-producing real estate agent who primarily works out of the Keller Williams Realty Services Mandeville office.  Kim services all of the following cities including Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville, Folsom, Abita Springs, and Slidell.  For more information on Kim and everything real estate related about the Northshore – log onto her website at www.KimHiggins.com.

 

Black Friday Shopping Tips!

by Kim Higgins

Black Friday Shopping Tips

It’s hard to believe Black Friday is already upon us!  The holidays really do come and go so fast! While stores are gearing up for the big crowds you, if you plan to brave them, should be gearing up for the big sales.  Here are some tips.

1. Use Black Friday Sites & Apps

Get a strategy together for your holiday bargains with Black Friday sites and mobile apps. TGIBlackFriday.com and RetailMeNot.com are good ones. You can search for a deal by category and retailer.

2. Shop Online

Apparently 70% of Black Friday door busters hit the store’s web sites for a short time last year.  This could mean you could stay in your pajamas and shop online instead if you do so early enough! DealNews.com alerts shoppers on big deals if you are looking for a heads up.

3. Electronics Buys

Black Friday typically has the best prices of the year when it comes to electronics. Amazon.com and Wal-Mart will get you the best possible buys.

4. Aim For 40% Off  On Clothing And Accessories

August, September and January are usually the best months to grab the best deals on clothing and accessories. But if you must stock up during Black Friday, the experts say do not settle for anything less than 40% off the full retail price.                                                     

5. Grab The Brands                                                                                            

If it is brand name, it is probably rarely on sale.  So if you see 30% or 35% off during Black Friday, get it.  Rarely discounted brands include Tod’s, Mountain Hardwear, Electric, Marmot, Prada, Ray-Ban, The Sak, Oakley, Christian Dior, Tumi, Vilbrequin, Ferragamo, Johnston & Murphy, Moncler, Patagonia, Reef, Fossil and Hurley.

About The Kim Higgins Realty Team:  Kim Higgins is a top-producing real estate agent who primarily works out of the Keller Williams Realty Services Mandeville office.  Kim services all of the following cities including Mandeville, Covington, Madisonville, Folsom, Abita Springs, and Slidell.  For more information on Kim and everything real estate related about the North shore – log onto her website at www.KimHiggins.com.

 

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Kim Higgins
Keller Williams Realty Services
1502 W. Causeway Approach, Suite D
Mandeville LA 70471
Direct: (985) 705-1910
Office: (985) 778-2663
Fax: (985) 727-7001

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