Happy Fall
A Season to Give Thanks....
Fall Edition 2019

Michelle Miller
Realtor / Interior Decorator

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Hello Everyone,

If you live in Arizona you have started to do the happy dance as our season of fabulous weather is upon us. 

If you don't live here and are thinking about visiting...book your tickets!  You will not be disappointed.  Warm days and cool nights.  If you are wondering where to go or where to stay just drop me a note as I'm happy to help. 

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All the best to you,

Design Trends for 2020

According to New Decor Trends here's what we'll be seeing in 2020. Unfortunately, it doesn't include the farmhouse design, sorry HGTV Fixer Upper fans.
1. Removal of walls  This trend has been happening for a while but I see it more as open sight lines.  Like the kitchens above, the removal of the upper cabinets gives more of a straight view into the kitchen.
2. Mixing of textures Think leather mixed with wool and cotton items.  You could accomplish this with a variety of pillow textures or chunky throws and leather pillows. 
3. Gold is sticking around  It's easy to incorporate a little bit to keep your interior relevant - think vases, cabinet pulls, mirrors or accent lights.  I'm not sure I would be swapping out all of my faucets or door hinges just yet.
4. Tub Time The love of a good sculptural tub is still all the rage.  The trend of the spa bathroom with a great soaking tub is still popular.

5. A touch of freshness Adding green plants is a nice way to make a room feel fresh plus they clean your air.  This is definitely popular, especially in model homes.  I toured one last week and counted the number of plants they had in one room -  they used 15!  While that seems like a ridiculous amount somehow they made it work.  I doubt anyone is going to do that in their own homes however, the next time you visit a model home notice how many green plants are used in large rooms.
6. Black cabinets - This trend is growing popular in kitchen design. Some are even doing appliances in the same color so the whole kitchen is monochromatic.  Did you ever think you'd be going back to a black refrigerator? You definitely need a kitchen that gets a lot of natural light to pull this one off.  It will be interesting to see if this trend really has a big impact. 
7. Geometric design - Tile designs are loaded with tons of geometric patterns as well as carpets and throws and removable wallpaper.  It's a good way to add movement to a room. If the tile is a single color then I see people laying them in a geometric pattern, like herringbone, for an extra splash of interest. 

Content by newdecortrends.com

heart-drawing-girl.jpgAbout the Blood

With the advancements in science we now know quite a bit about this liquid that courses through our bodies.  We know there are various blood types, we know what it's composed of and it's essential functions.

Blood is composed of plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.

Did you know that plasma makes up half of your blood? It is the liquid part that keeps it moving.  How many of you thought it was just something you could donate in college to help make extra money? The red blood cells carry oxygen and white blood cells provide an internal defense.  Lastly, the platelets cause the clotting factor in blood.  When you have an insufficient amount of platelets is why people with illnesses, like leukemia, often need transfusions

Did you know that prior to the 20th century transfusions were often deadly?  It wasn't until 1900 that an immunologist named Karl Landsteiner discovered that there were different blood types.  This discovery explained why some transfusions were fatal.  If blood types are mixed the immune system attacks and breaks down the new foreign blood cells.  If you are a blood type O you are considered a universal donor.  This means your blood type can be given to anyone.  In the book "Eating Right for your Blood Type" it is believed that the O blood type was the original blood type and the others developed as we became a more agricultural society.  Maybe this is why it is accepted by all other blood types.

Consider donating - each blood donation has the potential to save up to three lives....who knew? 

Content by: - Starthealthy.com 
Featured Fall Cocktail:  
Pumpkin Spiked Martini 
I don't know what it is about a martini glass but they seem to make every drink more fun.  With the fall season, we definitely need a fall cocktail to ring in the upcoming holidays right?  This one comes from Samantha Sommelier, she not only knows wine but great cocktails too! 
I ngredients:
2 oz. Vodka
2 oz. Baileys (I used vanilla and cinnamon)
2 Tablespoons 100% Pumpkin Purée
1/8 Teaspoon Pumpkin Spice
1/8 Teaspoon Nutmeg
3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
Fill a martini shaker with ice and put all ingredients inside and shake for 30 seconds. Pour into glasses and garnish with cinnamon sticks and a sprinkle of cinnamon!   
Holiday Leftover Guide 


There are a few things that are for certain during Thanksgiving:
1) You'll eat too much 2) You'll swear that you won't eat for days.  3) There will be leftovers that you will likely eat later that night or the next day, despite what you just said.
How long will your leftovers last - safely? 
In the refrigerator:
  • Turkey - 3 to 4 days
  • Gravy - up to 2 days
  • Stuffing - up to 3 days
  • Mashed potatoes - 3 to 4 days
  • Sweet potatoes - 3 days
  • Cranberry sauce - 2 weeks (yet nothing to put it on)
In the freezer:
  • Turkey - 3 months
  • Gravy - 2 months
  • Stuffing - 3 months
  • Mashed potatoes - 2 months
  • Sweet potatoes - won't keep
  • Cranberry sauce - 2 months

  • Room temp pies will keep up to 2 days / refrigerated pies will also keep up to 2 days.
Content from: Real Simple
Pumpkin Cheesecake


In addition to traditional pumpkin pie maybe offer your Thanksgiving guests an alternative. This yummy recipe come from my friend Linda - thanks for sharing.
1/2 c pecans 
2T brown sugar 
1 c gingersnap crumbs 
5 T unsalted butter, melted 
2 8-oz cream cheese, softened 
2/3 c brown sugar 
1/2 c sour cream, room temperature  
1 c canned pumpkin 
3 eggs, room temperature  
1.5 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Preheat oven to 325.  Place pecans and brown sugar in a food processor until finely chopped.  Pour into a bowl and add gingersnap crumbs, butter and mix well.

Press into 10" spring form pan.  Bake 10 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

Beat cream cheese and brown sugar until light.  Stir in sour cream and pumpkin.  Add eggs one at a time beating well.  Add pumpkin pie spice.  Pour onto crust.

Bake 45 minutes or until filling is set.  Let cool on rack.  Trim with pecan halves and serve with whipped cream.

Refrigerate covered.

Better made a day ahead - bonus you can get this done early! 

Tips & Products

I always enjoy a good tip or shortcut now and then so I've gathered a few to pass along hopefully, you'll find one or two useful.

The pro's secret to a crispy good pie crust
Most pie filling is gooey thus creating a mushy bottom pie crust.  To keep the bottom crust nice and flaky, like the sides, sprinkle 3 Tbs of graham cracker crumbs over the bottom of the pie shell before filling and baking.  The crumbs will absorb the extra juice.
first magazine

Erasing water or salt stains from suede boots
For water stains gently rub a suede brush in circular motions across the affected area when it's dry.  To reverse salt stains, rub the spot in a circular motion alternating between using a barely damp sponge and a suede brush.  Stuff boots with newspaper while they dry.

New Products

Smarty Pits - this product was designed by a woman whose mother suffered from breast cancer.  It's a deodorant that doesn't contain aluminum, which some link to breast cancer.  A portion of each sale goes to breast cancer research.   smartypits.com/

Beauty Stack - This is a space-saving idea from Subtl Beauty.  If you've ever seen my travel makeup bag you know how much I need this product.  Instead of lugging all of your makeup, you can create a travel stack of concealer, blush, highlighter, etc.. and they all fit together in the palm of your hand - genius! subtlbeauty.com

Web Master Harness - If you have a large, older dog that can't get around as well anymore then this product is for you.  You slip the heavy lifter harness on the dog and it has a handle on it for you to grab to assist your dog up and down stairs.  ruffwear.com
Love Beauty and Planet Shampoo Bar - This product is for the traveler who hates to arrive at their destination only to find their shampoo exploded in their makeup bag.  I swear this happens to me every time I travel even though I pack it in a ziplock bag.  This cute heart-shaped bar looks like it's for your body but it's really a vegan based shampoo bar made with organic coconut oil and Amazonian murumuru butter.  It's safe for color treated hair and is moisturizing.  LoveBeautyandPlanet

Content from: First Magazine & Woman's World

Thanks again for reading and note I'm always looking for good recipes and tips so if you have something to share please email me at mimiller0515@gmail.com. Look for my winter edition in the next month or so.  Thanks.