Recipe: Layered Strawberry Shortcake

Layered Strawberry Cake

 

 

For the cake:

2 ¼ cups all purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon sea salt

8 oz. butter softened

1 ¾ cups sugar

1 vanilla bean split, seeds scraped

3 eggs

1 ¾ cups milk

 

Directions for Cake:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl mix together flour, sea salt, and baking powder
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together butter, sugar and vanilla bean seeds and eggs
  4. Combine the two bowls of ingredients, slowly mixing in the milk (be sure not to overmix or the cake will be dense)
  5. Pour into two, buttered 8 inch round pans and bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

 

For the cream cheese frosting:

8 oz. package of cream cheese

1 cup of powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

16 oz. carton of heavy whipping cream

 

Directions for Frosting:

 

  1. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl
  2. Whip until fluffy

 

Needed for assembly:

 

2 cartons of fresh strawberries, washed and sliced

Cooled vanilla bean cake, crumbled

Cream Cheese Frosting

Trifle bowl

 

Directions for Assembly:

 

  1. Place half of the crumbled cake along the bottom of the dish
  2. Place half of the strawberries on top of the cake layer
  3. Dollop half of the frosting into the center of the strawberry layer and smooth outward
  4. Repeat with remaining ingredients and decorate the top with strawberries

Recipe: Pumpkin Bread Pudding Brulee

Pumpkin Bread Pudding Brulee

 

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What You Need:

 

1 ¾ c. half and half

¾ c. sugar

2 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature

6 slices cinnamon raisin bread

¾ c. canned pure pumpkin

4 lg. egg yolks

1 tbsp. amaretto or Frangelico liqueur

1 tsp. vanilla extract

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

Pinch of salt

6 tbsp. whipping cream

6 tbsp. packed golden brown sugar.

 

Directions:

 

  1. Stir half and half and ¾ c. sugar in medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Spread butter over 1 side of each bread slide. Cut bread into ¾ in. cubes. Place in large baking dish.
  3. Whisk pumpkin, yolk, egg, liqueur, vanilla, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl until blended.
  4. Add half and half mixture. Whisk until smooth.
  5. Pour pumpkin custard over bread in the dish. Let stand 30 minutes, occasionally pressing on bread to submerge.

Design Trends: Marble and Stone Floors

Marble and stone floors are among the most luxurious of flooring materials. Often found in bathrooms, they can make a statement elsewhere in the home, in kitchens, hallways, entry ways, staircases, and more. It can even be mixed with hardwood flooring to create a spectacular effect. Marble and stone floors are also among some of the most expensive choices for flooring, depending on quality.

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Pinteresting Five: Fall Recipes

The kids are back at school and our thought have turned to fall baking! Whether you love pumpkin, apple, caramel, or another fall flavor, there’s sure to be something that tickles your fancy. Click through each image to get the recipe!

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Apple Butter Snickerdoodles via Crazy for Crust

Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorns via Six in the Suburbs

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars via Life’s Ambrosia

Apple Cider Maple Spice Cupcakes via Lady Behind the Curtain

Mini Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Mufins via Sally’s Baking Addiction

 

Recipe: Cream Cheese Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Cream Cheese

 

What you need:

1-8oz. package of cream cheese

24 dates, pitted and stems removed

Trader Joes black forest bacon (or other bacon of choice), strips cut in half

Toothpicks

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Cut the dates long ways and use a butter knife to stuff with cream cheese
  3. Take the ½ bacon strips and wrap them around the date
  4. Use a toothpick to secure the bacon onto the date
  5. Repeat for remaining dates
  6. Once all the dates are wrapped, place them on a flat baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Let cool slightly and enjoy!

Recently Sold: August 2014

This is just a selection of some of the fabulous properties we’ve sold and/or helped our clients buy at Coastal Premier Properties this month! If there is anything we can do to help you please let us know!

 

Ivory Place

 

 

(La Costa)

 

 

SOLD

 

 

“Look no further! Spectacular home in LaCostas exclusive gated community of Baleras! This second to none showplace features over $350000 in upgrades on raised elevation lot with panoramic views of golf course rolling hills ocean breezes and stunning sunsets! Amazing floor plan with large office and guest suite on first floor. Italian walnut hardwood flooring Chefs kitchen custom woodwork. Backyard is entertainers dream with outdoor kitchen dining area and exquisite landscaping. SOLD for $1,455,800

3

 

Rancho Arroba

 

 

(Carlsbad)

 

 

SOLD

 

 

*Represented Buyer

 

 

“Charming home with pride of ownership will immediately attract you! Home has wood and tile flooring throughout with plush carpeting in the upper hall and bedrooms. Soaring open ceilings add sunlight. The smart kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and oversized island will delight the chef in your household. Step out into the private and simply amazing back yard! SOLD for $650,000

 

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Filoli Circle

 

 

(Carlsbad)

 

 

SOLD

 

 

“Simply put, this home is immaculate! Built in 2012, the four bedroom + loft home has been meticulously maintained and shows better than new. The property is situated on a private, single loaded cul de sac and offers an expansive backyard with views and custom landscaping. You’ll enjoy granite/travertine on all counters, espresso cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, crown molding, designer paint, gorgeous tile floors, a built-in home theater system and high-end finishes! SOLD for $725,000

 

2

 

 

Durango Drive

 

 

(Del Mar)

 

 

SOLD

 

*Represented Buyer

 

“Completely remodeled in 2001, this highly upgraded Del Mar home is convenient to everything! A short distance to the village and beach of Del Mar plus enjoys the award winning Del Mar and Torrey Pines Schools. The gourmet kitchen flows through a spacious great room out to a quiet, private backyard for seamless indoor/outdoor living and entertaining. Four bedrooms each with full baths en suite, along with multiple family rooms with powder baths, this home is great for family/guests, plus 3 car garage! SOLD for $1,685,000

 

4

 

Caminito Lorren

 

 

(Del Mar)

 

 

SOLD

 

 

“Top of the world ocean views from this custom built home located on one of the best view lots in the gated community of Rancho Del Mar Estates. Built in 2000 this home boasts a superior floor plan with 5 generously sized BR’s, 3 1/2 BA’s including an en-suite BR/BA downstairs. Formal entry, elegant living room and dining room with soaring ceilings, arched windows and French doors. Gourmet kitchen with center island, granite counter tops and adjoins the gorgeous family room with views to the East and West. SOLD for $1,945,000

 

5

 

 

La Jolla Blvd

 

 

(La Jolla)

 

 

SOLD

 

 

*Represented Buyer

 

 

“Stunning La Jolla/Bird Rock condo in the Seahaus complex, built in 2005! This ground floor unit provides the ultimate San Diego Lifestyle w/ close proximity to restaurants, shopping and the ocean! The unit features hardwood flooring, plantation shutters, a private patio, master suite with walk in closet & built-ins, and full laundry room. A beautiful kitchen offers granite counters and stainless steel appliances. A terrific complex to call home with its BBQ area, pool, spa, gym and conference room! SOLD for $675,000

 

6

 

 

Via Lago Azul

 

 

(Fairbanks Ranch)

 

 

SOLD

 

 

*Represented Buyer

 

 

“A charming home on a picturesque lot bordering open space in the exclusive guard gated community of Fairbanks Ranch. Views of a stream and pond, birds singing, wind whispering through majestic trees and starlit skies. Only a short stroll to the walking trails, playground, tennis courts, the lake, clubhouse and 17 acre equestrian center. Highly respected builder Michael Cobrda constructed this 4 bedroom 3.5 bath home with soft arches, large windows, handsome beam , French doors opening to balconies/patios. SOLD for $1,850,000

7

 

 

Sierra Avenue

 

 

(Solana Beach)

 

 

SOLD

 

 

“Walk to the beach from your fabulous remodeled condo! This home is absolutely gorgeous-so light & bright! Features new kitchen w/raised panel cabinetry & granite counter tops, all new bathrms, new carpet, new paint, new windows,! All nestled in the open floorplan with Cozy fireplace in living rm w/custom mantel, vaulted ceilings in both bedrms, crown molding, & much more. Perfect for someone looking for their own beach retreat or an investor who would like to make this a Vacation rental! Don’t miss out! SOLD for $735,000

 

8

 

 

Sapphire

 

 

(Pacific Beach)

 

 

SOLD

 

 

*Represented buyer

 

 

“PENTHOUSE with ocean views South and West! North Pacific Beach on La Jolla border. Across from Tourmaline Beach Park. First time in 30 years this prime corner unit has been on market! This 2 BR and 2 BR unit has 3 balconies to enjoy views from! Remodeled in 2000 with laminate flooring, popcorn removed, archways added to create interest, kitchen and baths updated – see attached amenity sheet! Complex features pool, clubhouse, cable, hot water & security! Parking space in underground garage! SOLD for $650,000

 

 

9

 

 

Saintsbury

 

 

(Rancho Bernardo)

 

 

SOLD

 

 

*Represented Buyer

 

 

“Located in the desirable La Vina community. This open floor plan home is model perfect and move in ready. Light and bright, with plenty of daylight throughout the day. Features include – formal living area, highly upgraded kitchen cabinets with premium granite, new sink & faucet, stainless steel appliances, laminate and tile flooring throughout, marble flooring in the bathrooms, custom paint, new blinds and baseboard, upgraded electrical fixtures include chandelier, pendants, & recessed cans. SOLD for $604,000

 

10

 

 

Via Cristal

 

 

(Torrey Highlands)

 

 

SOLD

 

 

“One of a kind highly upgraded gorgeous 3 bedroom condo nestled on the largest south-facing corner lot w/ large yard & backing to greenbelt! Features custom paint, upgraded carpet ,high end laminate floors, wonderful kitchen/family rm w/built-ins + fireplace, laundry room upstairs, ceiling fans, A/C & more! . Beautiful landscaping in private large south facing yard w/stamped concrete patio and fully fenced. This is the best unit in complex- Walk to everything! Poway schools! Don’t miss out! SOLD for $510,000

 

11

 

 

Donaker

 

 

(Torrey Highlands)

 

 

SOLD

 

 

“Elegant former model home. Over $120K in gorgeous upgrades include travertine flooring, custom built-ins, open beams in family room, gourmet kitchen and much more. Luxurious master suite with new Trex balcony, soaking tub, dual-headed shower. Back yard is entertainer’s delight with built in BBQ, sparkling pool, waterfall feature and new retaining wall extending yard. Dual zone A/C, 3 car garage. Family friendly neighborhood; walk to Adobe Bluffs school. Minutes to shopping, restaurants, 56 freeway. SOLD for $945,000

 

12

 

Caminito Bautizo

 

(Carmel Valley)

 

SOLD

 

*Represented Buyer

 

“Beautiful upgrades throughout makes this property the best buy in Carmel Valley! Meticulously well maintained by the owner, this home includes stunning countertops, gorgeous flooring, upgraded cabinets and light fixtures! Home also has an attached 2 car garage! The community of Canyon Ridge has a pool and is close to all; award winning schools, parks, shopping, dining and is only 3 miles to the beach! Do not let this one get away! SOLD for $755,000

 

13

 

Corte Morera

 

(La Costa)

 

PENDING

 

“La Costa Valley Cul-de-sac Dream! White picket fence, surrounded by white roses & beautiful landscape! This fantastic home features upgraded wood floors, maple cabinets, granite slab kitchen counters & 2 fireplaces. 1 bd/ba down for guests, nanny or office! Mature, private backyard, features built in BBQ, fire pit, large patio & lawn! Side yard includes a courtyard with mediterranean fountain, back fence is grape arbor! Walk to award winning elementary, vacation-like community pool, gym, tennis & more! Offered at $999,000-$1,049,000

 

14

 

Calle Diegueno

 

(Rancho Santa Fe)

 

PENDING

 

“Live Above It All With Views Of Ocean, Mountains And Golf Course!! Situated At The End Of A Cul-de-sac On An Elevated Site With Privacy, Sun And Endless Views! Large Lot Approx. 2.5 Flat Acres On Spectacular 7.69 Acres. Tons Of Potential And Future Expansion Possibilities. Live In A Custom Mediterranean Overlooking Del Mar Country Club While Planning Your Dream Home! Rare One In A Million Estate! GREAT OPPORTUNITY! Offered at $3,250,000-$3,390,000

15

Corbel Way

 

(San Marcos)

 

PENDING

 

“Great Location near Award Winning Schools! 5 Bedroom Cul-de-sac Home with an Extra Office. Located on The Border ff San Elijo Hills and La Costa in Old Creek Ranch. A Big Family Room Perfect For Casual Gatherings With Built-in Speakers, Fireplace And Plantation Shutters. Gourmet Kitchen with Granite Countertops, Large Island And Modern Appliances. Each Bedroom Has Its Own Walk-in Closet With Built-in Organizers. Plan To Spend Plenty of Time in The Lovely Backyard With Water Feature! Offered at $698,000

16

Emerald

 

(Pacific Beach)

 

PENDING

 

“Story Book cottage only 3 blocks from beach! Featuring 2 brms plus office & 2 full baths, beautifully remodeled kitchen as well as one of the bathrooms, wood floors, 2 fireplaces, bay windows, spacious room sizes, pull down stairs to attic, lots of natural light, 2 car tandem parking space & much more. Ideal for those looking for detached living but don’t want exterior maintenance. Its the PB gem you have been waiting for with fantastic location just a short stroll to shopping, restaurants and the beach. Offered for $675,000

 

17

 

Concord Ridge Terrace

 

(Del Sur)

 

PENDING

 

“Charming 3 bedroom + office, 2 ½ bath Del Sur home, situated across from one of 9 neighborhood parks. Neutral tile, carpet, paint. Gourmet kitchen with perfect entertainment patio, complete with BBQ island and fire pit. Very private back yard. Upgrades include plantation shutters, surround sound, custom tile detailing and closet built-ins. Finished, alley-loaded garage. Del Sur offers 5 solar heated pools and 18 miles of hiking trails. Highly rated schools. Easy freeway access to 56 and 15. Offered at $699,000-$749,000

 

18

 

Torrey Bella

 

(Torrey Highlands)

 

PENDING

 

“This gorgeous 7 bedroom 5/12 bath executive home features beautiful architectural details and designer touches. 3 full en-suite bedrooms. One wing can easily be transformed to a separate apartment. Large gourmet kitchen. 3 gas fireplaces. Lushly landscaped backyard with outdoor kitchen and charming raised eating area. Within walking distance to acclaimed Westview High school Close to shopping, restaurants. Easy freeway access to 56, 15 and 5. Offered at $950,000-$1,079,000

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Design Trends: Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are one of the most classic home flooring types and rightly so: they’re beautiful. But hardwood flooring is a bit more expensive to install and requires more upkeep. They can get scratched or dented and need to be refinished regularly. Still, the day-to-day maintenance is easy, just sweeping and mopping to keep them looking their best. Hardwood floors come in a range of woods, colors, and finishes.

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Design Trends: Carpet

Another classic home flooring choice is carpet. Carpet comes in a variety of styles, colors, patterns, and weaves. It feels nice underfoot and is ideal for lounging. But it requires more upkeep in the form of vacuuming and stain removal. If you have pets or children, it’s best to choose a darker color that doesn’t show the stains as well. Carpet can be used as a neutral, an accent, or as a statement by using a bold pattern.

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Recipe: Grilled Chicken Tostadas

Grilled Chicken Tostadas

 

 

Ingredients:

Marinade:

 

½ c. fresh lime juice

¼ c. soy sauce

¼ c. vegetable oil plus more for bushing the tortillas

1 tbsp. honey

2 tsp. minced garlic

1 ½ tsp. chili powder

 

Tostadas:

 

6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

8 small corn tortillas

1 ½ cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, or more if desired

1 ½ cups shredded lettuce

Optional toppings:

 

Salsa, guacamole, sour cream, cilantro, green onions

 

Directions:

 

  1. Place the chicken thighs in a gallon-sized ziplock bag and add all the marinade ingredients. Press the air out of the bag and seal. Turn the bag to thoroughly coat the chicken. Place in a bowl and refrigerate at least four hours (preferably overnight).
  2. Remove chicken 20 minutes before you start grilling.
  3. Make a charcoal fire or set a gas grill to medium-high heat, close lid, and heat until hot, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove thighs from bag and discard marinade. Grill the chicken until it’s no longer pink inside, about 4-5 minutes per side.
  5. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let it rest for 5 minutes before cutting into ½ in. strips.
  6. Lightly brush both sides of the tortillas with vegetable oil. Grill each side until slightly brown, about one minute on gas grill. Before removing tortillas from grill, sprinkle each with 1 tbsp. cheese.
  7. Top with chicken and other ingredients.