my latest obsession | cannelle et vanille

Last Fall, I stumbled upon a recipe for a roasted carrot soup on the Washington Post that sounded delicious. I love soup and this recipe sounded interesting. It was from Aran Goyoaga’s soon to be published cookbook Cannelle et Vanille and I was immediately intrigued. The soup was terrible. It was likely an error on my part. It was my first attempt at a dairy free soup where the dairy is replaced by cashews. Whatever it was, it was disgusting. But it didn’t deter my interest in Aran Goyoaga. I started following her on Instagram. Even though my first attempt at one of her recipes was a failure, her success with gluten free baked goods was interesting. I asked for her cookbook for Christmas and then poured over it. Yet I didn’t make one damn thing. (Hahahaha! This is very me.) Flash forward to quarantine and suddenly, I had some time to experiment with some recipes. As someone who wasn’t always gluten and dairy free, finding any sort of baked goods that taste delicious is hard. They’re almost always disappointing or they make me sick because I missed an ingredient that doesn’t work for me. Fun, right? This cookbook has been a revelation! It’s incredibly gratifying to find recipes that don’t make me sick AND taste good. If you have similar food allergies GO BUY THIS BOOK! Her pizza dough recipe is the closest I’ve found to my Dad’s dough. Her cakes have blown me away. I mean, look at this ridiculous loaf cake I made two weeks ago. It’s her take on a classic yogurt cake that her Mom made when she was growing up. Except her version has no yogurt or gluten. It was seriously amazing and even my *husband liked it. Enjoy! Citrus Olive Oil Cake 3 eggs1/2 cup maple syrup1/2 cup olive oil1/3 cup milk (I used coconut milk so it’d be dairy free)zest of 1 large lemon 1 cup super fine brown rice flour1 cup almond flour2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon salt Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Whisk all wet ingredients together in a bowl (eggs, maple syrup, olive oil, milk). Stir in lemon zest, brown rice and almond flours, baking powder and salt. Pour into a greased loaf pan. (I spray my pans with olive oil). Bake 35 minutes. Remove and cool on a rack. Take out of the loaf pan...
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tired of your current home?

I’m sure many of you are tired of your current space after weeks of shelter in place. If you’re thinking about making a move, let’s chat about Compass Concierge. What is it? An interest free loan for upgrades when you’re getting ready to sell. It works! We received 17 offers on 3206 5th St, SE and our final sale price was 49K over the list price. I’m sure my clients thought I was nuts when I proposed the upgrades we made to 3206 5th St., SE. We repainted the entire interior, retiled the kitchen, half bath and laundry area, updated the kitchen by painting the cabinets and replacing the dated back splash. We replaced the carpet upstairs, all the light fixtures on the first floor, and painted the exterior. All of these upgrades were paid for by Compass Concierge. It was a TON of work but the house looked amazing! If you’re thinking about making a change, reach out and let’s discuss what Compass Concierge can do for...
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sold!

I’m so pleased for my clients! We had 17 (!!) offers on the house they sold and ended up at 49K over the list price. On their purchase, I negotiated 10K off the list price and a home sale contingency. (I know!) They’re thrilled with their new home, screened in porch and...
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mother’s day gift guide

I can’t believe it’s the last day of April and Mother’s Day is in two weeks! Quarantine is a series of the same and I’m ready to get back to the (new) normal. Meanwhile, I’m happy to have something to celebrate even though I’ll be celebrating remotely. I’ve always focused on #shoppingsmall but it’s more important than ever. All of the gifts featured today are from Salt & Sundry and Furbish Studio. Enjoy! Tropez glasses-rainbow set $108Striped turkish hand towel $18Further hand soap + lotion $25All Day Cocktails...
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new listing in eckington!

29 Q St., NE #2 4 BD | 3 BA | 1,875 sf | $799,000 Fantastic, multi-level 3 bedroom + den condo with an incredible, private roof deck! Renovated in 2015, the condo has an open floor plan, hardwood floors, a renovated kitchen with LG appliances, quartz countertops and soft close cabinets. The master bedroom has floor to ceiling windows, a juliet balcony and a bathroom en-suite with a double sink vanity and rainfall shower. Bedroom 2 is situated at the front of the house and has a lovely bay window with a full bath adjacent to the bedroom. Bedroom 3 has floor to ceiling windows, a juliet balcony and the 3rd full bathroom adjacent. The den, located between the master bedroom and bedroom 2, is perfect for WFH scenarios. The private roof deck has amazing Monument views and is the perfect place to social distance and enjoy the outdoors. 10 minute walk to Union Station, Trader Joe’s and the NOMA Metro station. Minutes to the upcoming development Eckington Yards. 10 minute walk to Bloomingdale restaurants and retail. 93 walk score.For a virtual tour, click...
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who needs a distraction?

Hello from U St! Normally when things are crazy, I have no inclination to write. You know that saying: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.” I’ve been doubling down on that idea! Quarantine is strange. I miss so many things. Dumb stuff like my exercise classes, my friends, the cleaning ladies, getting my nails painted, grabbing a meal or a drink. I know! It’s completely shallow and yes, I know I’m lucky. But that’s how I feel. Mostly, I’m relieved my loved ones are healthy and safe. For me, my day to day hasn’t changed too much. I’ve worked from home for years. The real estate market is still booming so I’m still working a fair amount. (That’s a post for another day!) Anyway, let’s focus on some distractions. Everyone one knows I’m crazy reader. The volume of books read has remained the same but I can’t get into anything super complicated. I tried to read John Grisham’s latest (Well written as always but I couldn’t get excited about the characters. A priest/attorney who’s helping innocent people get off Death Row? Meh). Instead, give me a romance, anything sci-fi (but no dystopian, failed world novels) or a fast paced spy novel. Make me laugh. Give me a happy ending. DISTRACT ME! These have been thoroughly entertaining: American Spy  Lauren WilkinsonNothing to See Here  Kevin WilsonIf I Never Met You  Mhairi McFarlaneThe Giver of Stars  Jojo MoyesCrescent City   Sarah J. Maas Things You Save in a Fire  Katherine CenterThe Bookish Life of Nina Hill  Abbi WaxmanThe Dutch House  Ann PatchettEvvie Drake Starts Over  Linda Holmes  I’ve yet to watch a movie but if I do, one of these is happening: BooksmartGirls TripBridesmaidsWedding CrashersCocoUpIncredibles 2Pretty in PinkThe Breakfast ClubFerris Bueller’s Day OffThe Blues Brothers Stay...
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sold in mt. vernon triangle!

Congratulations to my sellers on the sale of their condo! We had multiple offers and sold for $616,000, 11K over list price....
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congratulations to my sellers!

This one of my favorite listings so far this year! Not only were the sellers lovely, they were open to all my ideas to help sell their unit. Using Compass Concierge, we updated their kitchen with new floor tile, a new backsplash, new counter tops, sink and faucet. It’s seriously adorable. All of these updates helped garner a full price offer within a day and a half on the...
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new listing in congress heights!

Photograph created on March 25,2020 by at 3206 5th St SE, Washington, DC by Scott Goodson Photography, L.L.C. 3206 5th St, SE 3 BD | 2.5 ba | 1,548 sf | $365,000 Sunny, semi-detached house with an octagonal turret in Congress Heights! On the main level: hardwood floors, 9′ ceilings, an open floor plan, an updated kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances, a half bath and full size washer & dryer. The back yard is perfect for getting outdoors whilemaintaining social distance. On the 2nd floor: 3 well proportioned bedrooms with brand new carpet and 2 full baths. Finished basement (currently full of stuff=no photos). Minutes to Bolling Air Force Base, Homeland Security and 295 for easy commuting. For the virtual tour, click...
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hook hall helps

As someone who grew up in the restaurant biz (#ripangotti’s), watching what the coronavirus is doing to the service industry is breaking my heart. Both Renee and I have have industry backgrounds (hello Diner peeps!). Lets help raise some money for the people who work in our favorite restaurants and bars. Hook Hall is distributing care kits and family meals from 6-8pm for industry workers. Educated Eats, the RAMW foundation, has a coronavirus relief fund. Donate! Pick up meals from the restaurants that are still serving. Help DC bars and restaurants...
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new listing in logan circle!

1239 Vermont Ave., NW #907 1 bd | 1 ba | 544 sf | $365,000 Adorable, one bedroom condo with an open floor plan, hardwood floors throughout, updated kitchen and bathroom, in-unit w/d, juliet balcony and a garage parking space. (not included in price. 35K if interested). Condo fee includes all utilities (electric, heat, ac, water) and building has a roof top pool! 98 walk score. Minutes to Logan Circle/14th St. Corridor restaurants, retail and the P St. Whole...
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before | after

I LOVE a before and after! It’s immensely satisfying to transform a room from “meh” to “fab”. This is from one of my upcoming listings. The sellers used Compass Concierge to paint the entire house (NO MORE YELLOWY BEIGE), update the floor in the kitchen, change out all the light fixtures on the first floor, replace the tile backsplash and paint the cabinets. It looks 1000 times...
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