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You’re a new homeowner and now you’re stuck hosting the holidays. This is a great opportunity to show off your new home, but, you’re overwhelmed. Don’t worry, we’re here to help.
Step One: Get Organized.
Make a list, and check it twice! Write down any decorations, food, drinks, or other items you need to pick up before the big day. That way you won’t be running back and forth to the store four times that day (yes, that will really happen.)
Step Two: Decorate.
Show off your new home with holiday trim. Keep it modest, you don’t want to overshadow your beautiful new home with red and green streamers.
Step Three: Use Your New Kitchen.
Find EASY holiday recipes online. Don’t feel like you need to cook and bake everything, ask for help! Assign each of your guests a menu item to bring.
Step Four: Enjoy!
Enjoy spending time with your family and friends in your new home!
So you got the turkey… now what? We’ve lined up some “must-have” recipes to help you out. Whether this is your first time cooking a turkey or you’re a seasoned Thanksgiving host, these recipes need to be on your table this year.
- Classic Turkey Gravy:
What you need:
For the broth:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion or leek, or 2 shallots, sliced
Neck and giblets from your turkey (discard the liver)
8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 sprigs thyme, parsley, rosemary and/or sage
1 bay leaf
For the gravy:
Turkey drippings from your roasting pan
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
When your turkey goes into the oven, start the broth: Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and turkey neck and giblets; cook, stirring, until the giblets are browned, about 15 minutes. Add the chicken broth, herb sprigs and bay leaf; cover and simmer while the turkey roasts, about 2 hours. Strain the broth and keep warm; reserve the neck and giblets, if desired.
When your turkey is done, transfer it to a cutting board and pour all the pan drippings into a degreasing cup. Add 1/2 cup of the prepared broth to the roasting pan and scrape up the browned bits with a wooden spoon. (If the bits are stuck, put the pan over a low burner to loosen them.) Add the bits and liquid to the degreasing cup.
Let the fat rise to the top of the degreasing cup, then spoon off 1/2 cup fat and transfer to a large saucepan over medium heat. Make a roux: Sprinkle the flour into the pan and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the flour browns slightly, about 4 minutes.
Gradually add the hot broth to the roux, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low. Pour the dark roasting juices from the degreasing cup into the gravy, discarding any remaining fat. If desired, chop the giblets and shred the neck meat; add to the gravy. Simmer, whisking occasionally, until the gravy thickens, about 10 minutes. Add the Worcestershire sauce and season with salt and pepper.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Melt 1 stick butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 cups each diced onions and celery, 2 chopped apples and 1 tablespoon each minced sage and thyme; season with salt and pepper and cook 5 minutes. Add 3 cups chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Whisk 2 eggs with 1/4 cup chopped parsley in a large bowl; add 16 cups cubed stale country white bread, then pour in the vegetable-broth mixture and toss. Transfer to a buttered 3-quart baking dish and dot with more butter. Cover and bake 30 minutes, then uncover and bake until golden, 20 more minutes.
- Mashed Potatoes:
What you need:
2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup milk
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes; drain.
In a small saucepan heat butter and milk over low heat until butter is melted. Using a potato masher or electric beater, slowly blend milk mixture into potatoes until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Green Bean Casserole:
What you need:
For the topping:
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon kosher salt
For beans and sauce:
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 pound fresh green beans, rinsed, trimmed and halved
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
12 ounces mushrooms, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup half-and-half
Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.
Combine the onions, flour, panko and salt in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine. Coat a sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray and evenly spread the onions on the pan. Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake until golden brown, approximately 30 minutes. Toss the onions 2 to 3 times during cooking. Once done, remove from the oven and set aside until ready to use. Turn the oven down to 400 degrees F.
While the onions are cooking, prepare the beans. Bring a gallon of water and 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil in an 8-quart saucepan. Add the beans and blanch for 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately plunge the beans into a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside.
Melt the butter in a 12-inch cast iron skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms begin to give up some of their liquid, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and nutmeg and continue to cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute. Add the broth and simmer for 1 minute. Decrease the heat to medium-low and add the half-and-half. Cook until the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, approximately 6 to 8 minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in 1/4 of the onions and all of the green beans. Top with the remaining onions. Place into the oven and bake until bubbly, approximately 15 minutes. Remove and serve immediately.
- Cranberry Sauce:
Empty a 12-ounce bag of fresh or frozen cranberries into a saucepan and transfer 1/2 cup to a small bowl. Add 1 cup sugar, 1 strip orange or lemon zest and 2 tablespoons water to the pan and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the cranberries are soft, about 10 minutes. Increase the heat to medium and cook until the cranberries burst, about 12 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the reserved cranberries. Add sugar, salt and pepper to taste and cool to room temperature before serving.
- Finally, Pumpkin Pie
What you need:
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 large eggs
1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
Mix sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
Pour into pie shell.
Bake in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
We hope you enjoy these recipes and we wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving!
The summer of 2017 is ending and the smell of pumpkin spice is in the air! Although many will miss the sandy toes and ocean waves, here at PRMI we are ready for the crisp autumn season to start…all because of these easy steps that help us add a seasonal touch to home sweet home!
- Smells like Pumpkin Pie & Freshly Picked Apples!
There’s nothing like a freshly baked pumpkin or apple pie to get us feeling fallishly-festive – but who has the time for that every day? To set the mood in your home, pick up a few of your favorite autumn scented candles so that you and your guests are feeling warm & cozy with just the strike of a match! Check out some of our favorite affordable scents available at target.com
- “Leaf” the accessorizing to me
Updating an entire house for each season can be costly, so picking up a few neutral accent pieces to set the tone for the season is key in lasting you from the first day of fall until after Thanksgiving. Stay away from the holiday specific decorations like Jack-o-lantern patterns & Turkey statues and stick to basic fall prints such as variations of leaves, pumpkins (not just orange ones either! Check out our favorites here:) plaid prints, foliage, and gourds. Look for accent pillows, blankets & throws, plates, and vases for inspiration and an easy fall touch to your every day look at home.
- Fall Flowers
Spring isn’t the only time for flowers! Try adding a pot of mums to your front porch, and have some fun arranging gourds, pumpkins, hay stacks or corn stalks around them. Top it off with your favorite wreath (trying adding a touch of personalization – see how easy it can be done at home here🙂 The floral theme can continue inside your home, using fall-colored flowers to arrange a centerpiece for your dining room table. Try adding a mix of pine cones, acorns, and other small gourds to the arrangement for extra fall flair!
- Basics…that never go out of style!
Looking for some basic additions to add to your fall holiday collection that will never go out of style? Try incorporating plaid prints in your blankets, hand towels, tablecloths, or table runners. Another fall classic? Purchase a roll of burlap – a large bow on your favorite vase or wreath will add a touch of character to your fall staple.
- Don’t be scared of DIY
Yes, we’ve all been there …attempting that Pinterest craft that just doesn’t come out the way it looks on your board. But the beauty of fall offers so many colors, textures, and changes that offer a little leeway when it comes to craft imperfections. Use this season to add some vintage flair to that basic mum planter, or try spray painting that old orange pumpkin gold…you will be surprised at the end result and just how beautifully it ties your fall theme together! Try this fun mason jar update for a foolproof fall mason jar update!
Enjoy the season! – Your friends at Primary Residential Mortgage, RI & MA
Cranston, RI – April 5, 2017 – Kenneth O’Brien, a Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. (PRMI) loan officer has received the prestigious recognition as a Top Loan Officer in the country by Mortgage Executive Magazine, a major publication in the mortgage lending industry.
Mortgage Executive Magazine compiled the most comprehensive list of the nation’s top 1% of mortgage originators. The minimum eligibility criteria were a total personal production of at least $30 million in home loans for 2016.
CEO and President of PRMI, David Zitting said, “Kenneth has been an incredible asset to PRMI and our team. With his help we assisted nearly 29,000 families in the nation with their dreams of homeownership just last year.”
O’Brien has 17 years of experience in the mortgage industry and specializes mainly in refinance and purchase home loans. He has helped over 3,000 community members with their homeownership needs.
“Throughout my years of experience in the mortgage industry, I have worn many hats, from processing to management, helping me to overcome any obstacles in front of me. I enjoy this business because I like to help people achieve the dream of homeownership or save them money by refinancing their home. I attribute my achievements to my family; my three beautiful children and my wife motivate my continued success.”
To contact Kenneth O’Brien and learn more about PRMI or the mortgage industry, please visit www.primarylocal.com or call 401-741-9765.
Buying and funding a home is a big step. Before you begin the home buying process, it’s important to take a few minutes to understand how the process works. We’ve developed a list of the six key components to help you alleviate stress and stay on top of your home purchase.
- Get Pre-qualified!
It’s exciting to start shopping for a house, but before you start the hunt make sure you team up with your Loan Originator to know what you can afford.
- Find a Real Estate Agent
Shopping for a home can be a joyful experience, but with so many questions and obstacles that can arise throughout the process, it’s important to have a professional to rely on. If you are looking for a referral, your Loan Originator will happily introduce you to one of his or her trusted real estate partners!
- Start Shopping
When buying a home, it helps to know what you are looking for. Before you start, make a list of your key features, then review it with your Realtor. Be sure to consider home price, size, features, location and style.
- Make an Offer
While your Realtor is your key partner at this step, make sure you review your offer with your Loan Originator before submitting it and accepting an offer.
- Get Inspected
Hire a home inspector to complete a thorough review of the property before signing the purchase agreement. Make sure you send this to your Loan Originator before signing!
- Finally – Sign on the dotted line!
It’s time to sign the purchase and sales agreements. Congratulations and welcome to your new home! For more information about the mortgage and home buying process, check out our What To Expect page, or call to speak with one of our experienced loan officers today! 401-943-9200
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Agent Education & Workshops
The classes below are non-accredited hands-on workshops
This is the perfect workshop for anyone who does not yet have a Facebook profile or business page. In this workshop, you will build a personal Facebook profile and professional business page, learn how Facebook can help you as a agent & learn how navigate the site and utilize its tools.
Perfecting Facebook: Tips & Ads
This workshop is designed for those who understand the basics and need to build a business page or already have one and are not sure what to do next. We’ll show you how to create Real Estate specific tabs, what stories to share and what types of things to post on your page.
Twitter and LinkedIn
In our Twitter and LinkedIn workshop, you will create and set up an account, follow others, and learn about the benefits of using Twitter and LinkedIn as a Realtor. Think you don’t have time to have a Twitter or update LinkedIn? You’ll learn how to link your accounts together so you “look” like you’re everywhere online without the hassle of having to update each account.
Pinterest & Instagram for Agents
In this workshop you will create a Pinterest and Instagram account and learn how to use these social sites to engage while marketing yourself and your listings. You will learn how to “pin” listings, get ideas for content, gain followers, use hashtags and fully utilize all of the benefits of these social mediums
Blogging, Vlogging & Email Marketing
It has been said that if you’re not already blogging, you’re already a step behind your biggest competitor. This workshop will help you rise to the top and show you how to blog or utilize video to get your message out. It will also cover where to blog and what to blog about, and how to incorporate your content into your email marketing.
Rhode Island Real Estate
Continuing Education Courses
The courses below are each three credit courses
Social Media and the RE Professional
Mortgage Financing and the RE Professional
Landlord and Tenant Laws
Law of Contracts
Closing and Settlement
To request an accredited course or workshop for your office, email Sbagwell@primeres.com or call 401.490.7112
On Saturday, April 18, Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. hosted a comedy show fundraiser, bringing in $19,000 in donations for a local veteran organization.
More than 250 veterans and Real Estate professionals attended the Funny 4 Funds comedy show held at the West Warwick Elks Lodge on Saturday evening. The event provided the crowd with a night of laughs while raising money with raffle and auction prizes donated by 200 local and New England based businesses. Primary Residential Mortgage was joined by several additional event sponsors from Rhode Island and Massachusetts including Lepizzera & Laprocina Title and Escrow, DiPrete Law Offices, Federated RI Sportsmen’s Clubs Inc., Equity Title, RE/MAX, Cranston Fish and Game Association, Kelly Lewis Realty, Richard Palumbo Law, Linear Title, Sammartino & Berg Law.
“I don’t think anyone sponsored this event hoping to get business- I know I didn’t,” said sponsor Paul Laprocina who not only provided a financial sponsorship, but also donated two shark fishing charters that brought in $1,600 as an auction item. “The event is all about our veterans and what we can do to help them, because they’ve all done so much for us. That in mind, the auction winner will receive one shark fishing charter for himself and the second shark charter will be for the winner to go out fishing with a boat of veterans so they can see what a difference [Veteran Angler Charters] makes for our veterans.”
Veteran Angler Charters , a 501c3 non profit, was founded by Kathy Granfield in Connecticut in 2009 and has since expanded into Rhode Island (Captain Randell Bagwell, River Rebel Charters) and Massachusetts (Capt. Mark Pettit, Fire Escape Charters), serving nearly 200 Veterans per year. VA Charters was formed for the purpose of providing therapeutic and recreational fishing excursions to injured and recovering veterans of all branches of the armed forces. All fishing trips are conducted at no cost to the veterans.
“This is the most money that has ever been raised for us and we are absolutely thrilled,” said Granfield. “With just what was raised during this one event, we will be able to take hundreds of veterans fishing this season. Words cannot describe what this means.
According to Granfield, there are several organizations that offer opportunities for outdoor therapeutic recreation but there are none that regularly take veterans out in small groups on private charter boats. The small group experience provides a unique opportunity for the veterans to relax, reconnect with friends and family, fish, and meet other veterans who truly understand their service experience.
“Everyone had a great time and we were astonished to see how much was raised when the check was presented to Kathy at the end of the night,” said Cosmo Laurelli, Branch Manager for Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. “It is so rewarding to know that we could do our part in helping our veterans.”
The mortgage professional award, showcased in Rhode Island Monthly, is given to Loan Officers who have been nominated and selected for providing superior service and “professional excellence” in the industry. The designation of a “5 Star Professional” assists consumers in selecting a service professional that other consumers have indicated provides exceptional client satisfaction and service.
Kyle Travers, Sr. Loan Officer
Mary O’Donnell, Sr. Loan Officer
Ken Cesaro, Sr. Loan Officer