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  BGy Angie Bridges
oing nuts seemed a perfect topic
for these “nutty” days we’ve all
been going through. However, today I’m not speaking of emotions, I’m actually talking about the nutritionally dense power packed perfect “on the go” snack. While nuts can be high in fat, they are low in carbs, and a super great source of many nutrients, and high in antioxidants that neutralize free radicals that may cause cell damage and increase disease risk.
Today, I want to give a shout out to my personal favorite nut, my husband Jeff! Just kidding honey. My favorite is the pecan. (Pronounce pea-khan, NOT pea-can for the record). The United States grows and supplies about 80% of the world’s pecans, and are native to south central North America along fertile rivers like the Mississippi. It is also the Texas State Tree. A pecan tree reaches maturity in about twelve years and can live as long as 300!
This month I’d like to share with you two of my favorite recipes using pecans, and both have become gift staples for my friends
Chit Chat- continued from page 13
What are some misconceptions that people have regarding what will happen to their property once they pass away?
I find in my practice that married couples often think that because they’re husband and wife, when one of them passes away, their property will automatically transfer to their spouse. Unfortunately, that’s totally incorrect. Even if both of their names are on the deed, the property still needs to be legally transferred into solely the spouse’s name. The reason why this must be done because if it is not, if and when the second spouse passes away, it can become problematic when passing that property down to their children.
What is a Transfer on Death Deed?
A few years ago, the Texas legislature back passed a law that married couples and even single individuals could execute a Transfer on Death Deed, a simple way to automatically transfer real estate to someone after you pass away. It’s a way to avoid probate, the legal process that takes place after someone dies, which can be timely and costly. It’s also an option if you don’t have a will. However, there are issues that can still arise and things you should definitely consider before using a Transfer on Death Deed, so be sure to talk to an attorney first!
Why is it important to think about preparing a will now?
By taking the steps necessary to prepare you will now, you will be saving your family and loved ones so much hardship. I like to say that by spending a little money now, you’re saving a lot of money later. In the event you don’t have a will, depending on
Going nuts! Who’s with me?
 who keep asking for more. One, a great recipe for those “fancy” (read: expensive) sweet pecans that are perfectly suited for any gathering, or a house warming gift, and the second, a butter that I’ve also gifted and have served at countless brunches and catering events. You can’t go wrong with either. Enjoy!
Ciao for Now, Angie
Sweet & Spicy Pecans
You’ll Need: 4 cups shelled pecans, 1 egg white, 1⁄2 cup white sugar, 2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1⁄2 tsp cayenne pepper (totally omit able if you don’t do spice),1/2 tsp. fine salt.
Directions: Preheat oven to 325° degrees. In a bowl, combine, sugar, salt, cinnamon and cayenne (if using), and set aside. In another bowl, with an electric hand held mixer beat the egg white until light and frothy, and add pecans. Stir until well combined. Then toss with sugar mixture until coated and spread on cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake until fragrant and crispy. About 25 minutes or so. Let cool completely and serve.
Kathleen Cassidy Goodman.
various circumstances, it can become very problematic – for instance, if stepchildren are involved. In those situations, where someone does not have a will, you must find two witnesses (who are not related to you) who are willing to swear under the penalty of perjury about your family history. Oftentimes, finding two people who can commit the time and energy needed to complete this process is very difficult. So, by taking the time to prepare the legal documents now, you really are helping your spouse, your children, your relatives when you do pass on by ensuring that everything is in order.
To learn more about Kathleen Cassidy Goodman, you can contact her at 210-949-1000, visit or email Kathleen offers new client’s a Free Legal Strategy Session. Virtual consultations are also available! Video is available on You Tube.
Maple Pecan Butter
You’ll Need: 1 cup chopped toasted pecans (toast first in a 350° degree oven, dry for about 8-10 minutes-but watch closely so they don’t burn!), 1 Cup room temperature butter, and 3 tablespoons real maple syrup. Directions: Once pecans are cooled and chopped mix together the butter, maple syrup, and chopped pecans. Transfer to a dish or beautiful jar (if giving as a gift) and refrigerate. So delicious!
Angie Bridges is the owner of Copa Wine Bar
in Stone Oak along with her husband, Jeff Bridges. Angie is also the founder of the Taste of the Northside Fiesta event and is the original Queen of the Vine.
Tough Enough To Last
TBy Alissa Reinhard
here aren’t many things around your home that have a shelf life of nearly 40 years. But look outside.
Your deck can have that extensive lifespan. All it takes is proper cleaning and sealing techniques. The experts at Deck & Patio Care by Barry Hagendorf can get the job done.
All jobs start with proper cleaning procedures. Deck & Patio Care technicians will remove all items from your deck including patio furniture, potted plants, benches, etc. Because most older decks have been sealed before at one time or another, a stripping agent must be applied to the wood. Deck & Patio Care uses an environmentally-safe,biodegradable stripping agent on wood to remove that layer of old sealer, dirt, mildew and mold located directly below the sealer.
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neutralizes tannic acid in the wood.
Once the deck is dry, the sealing process can begin. The deck is sprayed with Ready Seal, an oil-based penetrating sealer. Normally, the first application will penetrate 1/8-1/4 inch into the wood. As the deck continues to age, the sealer will slowly be
pulled down into the wood.
To maintain the beauty of your deck
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