It smells so so good.. homemade, gluten-free and with a hint of Fall

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

Any house is just a building with walls, windows, flooring, electrical, plumbing ... but add a few layers of personality, colors, sounds and smells, preferably the delicious and mouth-watering kind that rises up from a stove top or oven, lingers for a bit, swirls around and then makes its way to the next room and the next and the next ... that is what turns a house into a home. 

I was thinking about this when I was trying out a recipe for homemade, gluten-free, no sugar added donuts with a hint of Fall yesterday and the flavors combined to a remarkable aroma that lured my kids into the kitchen, it smells delicious mommy. And they ended up tasting delicious, too. We couldn't wait to take a bite, never mind letting them cool off. Gone in 5 minutes. 

The aroma hung around much longer than that and it made me smile for a while. It was raining cats and dogs outside, ushering in the first signs and thoughts of Fall and it reminded me, how much I love this season to come and how I can't wait for my home to smell of pumpkin, cinnamon, and baked apples. 

homemade and gluten-free donuts

Don't underestimate the power of smell when you are selling your Silver Spring and beyond home! It can turn home buyers off and make them run to the next one or it can turn your house into a home for them, by bringing up pleasant memories or visions of the future. Don't go overboard or too personal with smell, however (and don't try to mask a problem with it), stick with the season and imagine that swirl of cinnamon gently lingering in the air. 

If you would like the recipe for the homemade donuts or if you are thinking about selling your Silver Spring & beyond home and want to know how to make it the best-looking and best-smelling one for the Fall market, give me a call at 240-593-2860 or send an email to

Happy almost Fall! 

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Thompson Company, REALTORS
16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
o: (301) 384-9177 c: (240)593-2860

Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD. She has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers since 2004 and focuses on residential Real Estate in  Montgomery and Howard County, MD. Andrea is a proud mom and hobby decorator with a vintage soul. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running and treasure hunting and is addicted to coffee.


 All photographs are my own and I'd like to keep it that way. All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.




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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Andrea, think you should have shared this yummy recipe with us, and can almost smell that wonderful aroma!

Sep 10, 2018 06:26 AM #1
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Like the post and the call to action as well rather than just giving the recipe.

Sep 10, 2018 09:32 AM #2
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Those are great pictures, Andrea, and it really captures the spirit of your blog. Then I realized that's your daughter and you shot that photo, and it was ten times more enjoyable.

Sep 10, 2018 11:54 AM #3
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Andrea Bedard, fall is my favorite season as well, too bad we don't have fall in FL. I bet your home smelled great!   

Sep 10, 2018 12:39 PM #4
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome


Andrea Bedard What a sweet post. Love how you shared your baking, your girls, your call to action, and related it all to real estate. This would be a good choice for  Carol Williams  SCS/ 

And I loved having lunch with you. Thank you for the birthday treat and... you look fabulous!.

Sep 12, 2018 10:28 PM #5
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

I am so glad sista Carol featured this post I love it and I also emailed you for the recipe - I hope you send it to me

Sep 15, 2018 08:01 AM #6
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Andrea

Now THAT was a real feel good...or smell! You are certainly right about the role that smell, especially bad, can play in the sale of a house.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Sep 15, 2018 01:29 PM #7
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh my gosh, those look divine, Andrea! You'll have to share the recipe!

And, you're so right, homes do sell based on our senses and smell is a big one!

Sep 15, 2018 09:51 PM #8
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Thank you so much, Andrea! I will definitely give them a try - Ray will enjoy them, I'm sure of it!

Sep 16, 2018 08:13 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Andrea Bedard - it is best for anyone who loves cooking to put it on hold if selling a house.

Sep 16, 2018 01:23 PM #10
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

You are a terrific writer, love your style. I would love to have your recipe. Just tell me they are easy to make as I don't spend a lot of time in the kitchen. 

Your point is well made. Don't use aromatherapy to mask odors. Eliminate unpleasant odors if that's the case, but smell-good aromas like freshly baked bread.... yummy!

Sep 16, 2018 01:45 PM #11
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Andrea - I don't know how I missed this post when you first posted it, but I did.  I have a granddaughter that requires gluten free products.  I can imagine she'd love your donuts.

Sep 18, 2018 06:41 PM #12
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