Top Holiday Favorites

by Darrell G. Hamilton 11/18/2019

Photo by silviarita via Pixabay

 

With the changing of the seasons comes the knowledge that the holidays are right around the corner. This means warm get-togethers with loved ones and holiday foods that will need to be prepared. Let’s take a look at 5 delicious dishes that you will want to make sure are a part of one or more of your holiday celebrations.

Pumpkin Pie

Can you even imagine what a fall get-together would be like without this spicy, creamy concoction known as pumpkin pie? A symbol of harvest time, the pumpkin becomes the perfect selection for practically everything as soon as the month of October rolls around. When it comes to the best pumpkin pie recipe, that is a matter of opinion. It depends on whether you like to keep it simple or prefer to make everything from scratch. Let’s take a look at a few different recipes.

If you like to keep things quick and easy, here is the perfect pumpkin pie recipe for you from All Recipes.com. It uses a pre-made pie crust, pumpkin purée and pre-mixed, pumpkin pie spice for a no-muss, no-fuss approach.

If you'd prefer a gourmet recipe, you may prefer to follow this Ultimate Pumpkin Pie Recipe from Epicurious.com. It features a homemade crust and secret ingredients that include brown sugar, sour cream and apricot preserves.

Holiday Ham

Nothing says holiday dinner quite like the appearance of a holiday ham. No need to fork out big bucks to buy a pre-made one. Save yourself a little extra this holiday season, and make your own.

If you love a sweet, baked ham, you may want to try this DIY "Honey Baked Ham ®" Recipe from Food & Wine.

In addition to a bone-in spiral cut ham, its delicious ingredients include: apple juice, honey, light brown sugar, honey mustard, black pepper and cayenne pepper.

Eggnog

Nothing says “Winter Wonderland” quite like a cup of fresh eggnog. Sure, you could just buy some that comes pre-made in a milk carton, but what fun would that be? Why not make this Amazingly Good Eggnog from All Recipies.com instead? It features fresh cloves, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg, with rum being optional of course. If you'd prefer to keep the flavor and lose the alcohol, try adding rum flavoring instead! Remember, a little goes a long way.

Green Bean Casserole

The dish that everyone is expecting, green bean casserole, is a favorite at every family get-together during the holiday season. This creamy, smooth-tasting dish has been served in kitchens since 1955. The great thing about it is that it only takes 10 minutes to whip up. If by chance you don’t already have this recipe, here is a copy of it, straight from its creator, Campbell’s Soup Company.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Are you a fan of sweet potatoes? If so, then around the holidays you probably look forward to being able to enjoy sweet potato casserole at the dinner table. There are many recipes out there, but we like this one from My Recipes.com because the casserole is topped with marshmallows and toasted pecans (yum)!

Whether you choose to whip up something simple or complicated, your guests are sure to appreciate the efforts put into creating a dish for them that nourishes their body and warms their heart.  

About the Author
Author

Darrell G. Hamilton

Darrell G Hamilton Denver Real Estate

For nearly three decades, Darrell has achieved success through hard work and an optimistic attitude. He is a consistent top producer, ranking in the top 5% of the Denver Metro Association of Realtors. His ability to seamlessly sell a modest one bedroom condo, a world-class penthouse or a multi-million dollar estate exemplifies his knowledge of properties in metropolitan Denver. And he is a true people person. Some of Darrell’s clients are buying or selling their home through him for the third or fourth time; their confidence in him is appreciated. Other clients are well-known personalities in business, real estate development, oil and gas, biotechnology, banking, medical, hospitality,communication/entertainment, society, philanthropists, and professional sports. He respects their privacy and safeguards their confidential information …he does the same for all his clients.

Darrell began his real estate career in Portland, Oregon. He has been a licensed Broker in the state of Colorado since 1990. He has two Bachelor of Science degrees, Sociology & Social Work, from Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. He was asked to join Rae & Company, Denver’s most prestigious boutique real estate firm; known for its pioneering efforts in saving historic buildings and residences from the wrecking ball in the 1970′s and 80′s. Consistently atop producer, Darrell was part of the original marketing team for the luxury condo conversion on Cheesman Park, Cheesman Gardens… among many others.

While with Rae & Company, Darrell was selected as the principle Marketing Broker for several residential developments. During this time, Darrell became known for his “hands-on” approach to the prospective Buyer and the needs of his developers.

When Rae & Company closed its doors in 1998; Darrell was sought after by all the top-producing firms in the city. He accepted an offer from the newly opened Moore Premier Properties in Cherry Creek. Ten months later NPR bought Moore &Company. The Principals of Premier Properties were asked to help create the expansion of The Kentwood Company into the inner city. Now, the brokerage house of The Kentwood Company has over 150 of the most successful Agents in the entire United States. After the first year of having its doors open in Cherry Creek –Darrell was given the recognition of being the top sales producer for five years!

During his years of living in Hawaii, Darrell managed the real estate portfolio of exclusive clientele of who’s who in the entertainment industry. He has traveled throughout Europe, The South China Sea, Africa and South America where he gained great knowledge of architecture and culture. During the last two decades, Darrell has maintained involvement in many community and charitable organizations which includes:

Mount Saint Vincent’s Home for Children
(One of the original charter members)
Project Angel Heart
Cancer Awareness drives, etc.
Denver Art Museum benefactor
Denver Art Museum Asian Art Association
Denver Board of Realtors
National Association of Realtors

Letter from Darrell:

My company has catered to Denver’s “carriage trade” real estate market since we opened our doors.  Through the years, the Kentwood principles Bill Moore & Peter Niederman have insisted that their associates cultivate the camaraderie and cooperation of other top brokerage firms in the Denver area, as well as other key cities across the country to draw prospects from a broader target market. Thus my marketing is always result-oriented, unique, quality and attention grabbing. Through my promotion expenses and methods, it invites, welcomes and even applauds other brokers who bring Buyers to the table. A good portion of my promotional efforts is directed at other brokerages and agents. In this context, I do not allocate a specific sum to be spent on marketing a particular property. I will spend whatever it takes to generate a sale in the form of media promotion, printed materials and select, exclusive, invitation-only receptions for my colleagues… and many other tailored techniques. This extra “service,” persisting beyond the fixed expense budget of other real estate brokers, has earned me the reputation for results and success I now enjoy.

What I bring to the company and the reason I was asked to join the firm, is my dedication to refined service. I always go above and beyond my obligations as a Realtor, to make the entire selling experience and process as effortless and as lucrative as possible for my clients.

I am known for not only how I set the stage before each showing, but for the fact that I even fold the toilet paper – seriously! I make sure that lighting is just right, the right background music is selected, etc., for each showing and open house that I can attend. All of which, I firmly believe, is so crucial to ensure that each Prospect’s first impression of the property is a positive impression.

One of the most important marketing advantages I can offer you is my sphere of past clients, colleagues and friends throughout the state and across the country. These people may be interested in your property or may know of someone who is. This is of utmost importance when marketing exclusive or unique properties, to have a sphere of influence as I do.

I firmly believe my strength is knowing the inner city real estate market. Not only the history of the buildings, homes and neighborhoods, but the residents, their families and the special characteristics of each residence or condominium and neighborhood block. After all, I have lived in the inner city for over 35 years! I also pride myself on knowing the “players” in the inner city real estate market, who is looking, who is selling, who the developers and investors are and what they are looking for. This is an attribute that no other Broker in the city can offer.

Please feel free to contact me about any real estate questions you may have or transactions you may be considering.

Darrell G Hamilton
Associate Broker