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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
El Arroyo stands as an iconic Austin gem, renowned for crafting the finest hand-squeezed margaritas and serving up delectable Black Angus beef tacos, among a plethora of other Tex-Mex delights, since 1975!Situated at the corner of West 5th and Campbell, this local favorite boasts a quirky marquee that captures attention. Daily, the billboard transforms with a fresh pun—spanning the spectrum of wit and humor—making it a delightful fixture at the heart of Austin's culinary scene. El Arroyo invites you to contribute your own puns on their website, with full permission to showcase them on their marquee. It's a quintessential "Keep Austin Weird" tradition that resonates with the spirit of our vibrant city!The laughter doesn't stop there—they share these puns on Instagram, drawing in admirers...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
El Arroyo stands as an iconic Austin gem, renowned for crafting the finest hand-squeezed margaritas and serving up delectable Black Angus beef tacos, among a plethora of other Tex-Mex delights, since 1975!Situated at the corner of West 5th and Campbell, this local favorite boasts a quirky marquee that captures attention. Daily, the billboard transforms with a fresh pun—spanning the spectrum of wit and humor—making it a delightful fixture at the heart of Austin's culinary scene. El Arroyo invites you to contribute your own puns on their website, with full permission to showcase them on their marquee. It's a quintessential "Keep Austin Weird" tradition that resonates with the spirit of our vibrant city!The laughter doesn't stop there—they share these puns on Instagram, drawing in admirers...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
I love the Active Rain June Contest and I’m really excited about the cookbook that will be complied from everyone’s recipes! Thank you Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! and Kathy Streib for spearheading this contest and AR Cook Book!Now that our temperatures are rising and summertime is knocking at our door, I like to eat lighter. My favorite thing is to create salads and I have some favorites, so like to keep some of the ingredients that go in them on hand. I found out about a dressing, from a friend, called Marston’s San Pasqual Salad Dressing and it’s made in San Gabriel CA. it has become my favorite! I can only find it in Central Market in Austin and when they are out I order it direct from them (it's been cheaper than at Amazon). I use it on my salads and to marinated chicken. It is ...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Latest news on the Canyon Creek Real Estate market in May 2024….What you need to know now…..What it means for you…..May 2024 is showing, even with increased inventory, home sale prices YoY are  stable. The list to sell ratio is 99.8%. We are seeing a lull in activity with interest rates bouncing around but there is still enthusiasm among buyers for fresh, well-presented, and reasonably priced homes. Inventory is up. The numbers of sales decreased by 44% YoY, but remember April was a big closing month. Presently, the market comprises eight active homes, averaging 30 days on the market, which appears to be the new norm as we head into summer. There are currently two homes pending.  The median sales price is 3 % higher YoY.Due to these favorable conditions, I urge sellers to seize the mome...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
June is Homeownership Month! Owning a home is more than just having a place to live; it's about building a future, creating stability, and investing in your dreams. Won’t you let me help you turn those dreams into a reality? I have legions of happy clients I've helped!  I'm a business manager guiding clients through the process and helping them make important decisions whether selling or buying. Decade’s worth of knowledge and real estate experience is what I bring to the table for my clients. It's a beautiful thing when your career and a passion come together. I love what I do! Reach out to me today and take the first step towards your purchasing or selling your home!
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
“I will not allow my life's light to be determined by the darkness around me.”   Sojourner Truth I read Kathy Streib's post this morning, Jump Start Your Day, which inspired me to write this post (I love it when that happens).I had come across the above quote and it really resonated with me. After I read Kathy's post I went back and re-read it. If we are not careful in today’s world with the current narratives being spewed, we can go down the rabbit hole of negativity. Kathy offered up 3 ways to jump start your day and it works! How do I know? I practice them every day!u Stay hydrated and drink a tall glass if water every morning (first thing I do)u Start the day with an open mind (I keep an open mind and listen to others points of view)u Start my day with a smile (I look in the mirror ...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
I have bought cupcakes and coffee from Cupprimo for years! It’s our local Cupcakery and Coffee House that makes the best cupcakes (and their coffee is awesome)!! The history of the business is special and a must read and their expansion has been a huge success! Congratulations Amy Closson for providing us all with such yummy baked goods for 16 years!Amy was recently honored to be one of the nominees of the Austin Business Journal’s WOMEN in BUSINESS awards! Brad Closson has a second book out now in the “Amy and the Cupcake Council,” series. It’s available in stores and on Amazon called “Icing, Icing Everywhere!” The 2nd book finds our heroes, the Cupcake Council having an exciting food fight in the Cupprimo kitchen. Come see how this group of cupcakes wins the day! South Austin is in fo...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Now that my two older granddaughters live and work in NYC I don’t get to spend as much time with them as I do with Hudson and Beckett. When they come into town it’s usually a whirlwind visit; trying to see friends, families and enjoying all that Austin has to offer (especially now on Lake Austin). Granddaughter Maggie flew in with several of her friends from college at San Diego State University. Several of them had never been to Austin so Maggie was the perfect one to show them the “Austin Vibe.” Picking her up from the airport and having dinner was a fun time to visit with Maggie before she ran off with her gaggle of friends for a week-end of fun in Austin! She made time to stop out on her way back to the airport...... that really made my day! “How do you spell Love? You don’t spell i...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Home Buyers and Sellers need their own representation. Real estate agents help consumers successfully navigate one of life’s most expensive and impactful transactions—providing invaluable advocacy, support, and expertise.Coldwell Banker Realty remains fully committed to supporting all agents as they expertly serve their clients. Here are 5 reasons you want to work with a professional buyer’s agent, when navigating the home buying process. The role of a real estate agent in the home buying process is multifaceted, offering guidance, expertise, and support throughout the process.They also act as a trusted advisor, skilled negotiator, and guide, helping to make the home buying process smoother, more efficient, successful, and providing the best “experience” possible. It doesn’t stop there;...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
I try and never miss the Platinum Top 50 Spring Thinkers and Doers Event. Chelsea Timmons, the lovely new Austin PT50 owner, opened this year's program! As usual this year’s event was so informative, with 4 speakers giving us an overview of some pretty amazing happenings in Austin. I love staying connected! Sam Gervase the Policy advisor for Mayor Pro Tem Leslie Pools office was first up going over the land development code changes in Austin. We’ve had no changes in 40 years so there have been some pretty controversial proposed changes for land development on what you can do and where you can do it. From reducing lot sizes, simplifying standards, and reducing some significant restrictions; all to create more housing options for middle income earners and increase housing supply. Questio...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
El Arroyo stands as an iconic Austin gem, renowned for crafting the finest hand-squeezed margaritas and serving up delectable Black Angus beef tacos, among a plethora of other Tex-Mex delights, since 1975!Situated at the corner of West 5th and Campbell, this local favorite boasts a quirky marquee that captures attention. Daily, the billboard transforms with a fresh pun—spanning the spectrum of wit and humor—making it a delightful fixture at the heart of Austin's culinary scene. El Arroyo invites you to contribute your own puns on their website, with full permission to showcase them on their marquee. It's a quintessential "Keep Austin Weird" tradition that resonates with the spirit of our vibrant city!The laughter doesn't stop there—they share these puns on Instagram, drawing in admirers...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
In Austin TX the school year has ended for 2023 -2024! It’s been a great year, full of fun, learning, many sports played, and activities with friends and family. I guess we can say it’s a wrap for the school year. I find it hard to believe Hudson is headed to middle school in the Fall and that sister Beckett is right behind him in the Fall of 2025. So proud of both these kiddos. “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” – Chinese Proverb
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
On May 23, 2024 our friend and Coldwell Banker colleague Vickie Tanner passed peacefully, surrounded by her loving family. Two weeks prior she had a second brain aneurysm and unfortunately never regained consciousness. When Vickie joined our office 8 years ago she shared her personal motto, which we adapted to our "Most Fabulous Office" and has hung in our office for all of us to see every day!“A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.” Maya Angelou
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
When I have people over for dinner I like to plan a menu that doesn’t entail me cooking while they are at my home! I want to enjoy my friends and family in the moment.Last night I had some neighbors /friends over and since it was Memorial Weekend I decided to have Texas BBQ. I love a BBQ place that is close to me called, InterStellar BBQ. They are only open 11 - 4pm Wednesday – Sunday. If you want to order on-line you need order 72 hours in advance, that way you are assured to get what you want, otherwise they could run out. They have a special door to pick up, thank goodness, allowing you to avoid that long line!They cook each day so it’s fresh and when it’s sold out they will close their restaurant early. There is always a line and some have been known to get there at 8:30 am, waiting...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Many of you have followed Handsome Hudson since he was born almost 12 years ago, when I started blogging about him. I sat at his 5th grade graduation and found it hard to believe he will be in middle school. I know Paw Paw would be proud of this young man and how he has matured since he passed 5 years ago. I’m glad he’s been able to attend their new Doss Elementary School after it was totally rebuilt and will be riding his bike a little further past it to his renovated middle school next year. Hudson, you bring boundless joy and happiness into our lives as we have the privilege of witnessing you grow into an extraordinary young person. We cherish and adore you more than words can express!Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero....Marc  BrownLittle boys are like s...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
El Arroyo stands as an iconic Austin gem, renowned for crafting the finest hand-squeezed margaritas and serving up delectable Black Angus beef tacos, among a plethora of other Tex-Mex delights, since 1975!Situated at the corner of West 5th and Campbell, this local favorite boasts a quirky marquee that captures attention. Daily, the billboard transforms with a fresh pun—spanning the spectrum of wit and humor—making it a delightful fixture at the heart of Austin's culinary scene. El Arroyo invites you to contribute your own puns on their website, with full permission to showcase them on their marquee. It's a quintessential "Keep Austin Weird" tradition that resonates with the spirit of our vibrant city!The laughter doesn't stop there—they share these puns on Instagram, drawing in admirers...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
This morning as I was driving out of the Canyon Creek Community I saw a deer running widely back and forth across Boulder Lane. Everyone who was walking their dogs stopped in amazement and all drivers slowed down to make sure they didn’t collide with this frighten creature. As I left the community I was so glad that that everyone stopped to make sure this poor deer wasn’t hurt and we can only hope that wherever it lands it finds peace and solitude. “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”John Muir  
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
It’s hard to believe that the RRISD schools in the Canyon Creek community will be celebrating the last day of classes and the end of second semester on this Friday, May 24th, 2024! The countdown begins!The Canyon Creek HOA Board is sponsoring our annual summer kick off pool and dive in movie event! It will be held Friday May 24th at the Canyon Creek Community Pool and Activity Center! The party begins at 5 pm and goes until 8 pm with the movie from 8-10pm.Families will love celebrating with friends and neighbors, dancing and playing fun pool games! Don’t forget this Friday is going to be lots of fun!Brought to you courtesy of; Dorie Dillard Coldwell Banker Realty, your trusted resource, and resident Canyon Creek Realtor®.
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Last Christmas a dear friend of mine gave me a very fun gift for my pool, solar floating balls that light up and continuously change colors!They float around in your pool all day charging up so once it is dark, Voilà they are sporting fun colors! I even have a remote control to use if I want.I couldn’t break them open until my pool cover was removed so once it came off and the pool cleaned, Hudson and Beckett blew them up and threw them in the pool! Now I’m enjoying a light show every night! One of my all-time favorite Christmas presents! Thank you Laurie!
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
I’ve been watching with interest the roping off an area at the front of Canyon Creek at the entrance across from our signage coming into Canyon Creek. I walk every morning so one of my routes its up to this entrance. Desi Chinese is coming to Canyon Creek...the question is when?A new food truck, Desi Chinese, has placed fencing and brought in tables and the food truck is in place. I tried googling Desi Chinese and am coming up empty handed. I stopped at the little grocery store, Food N More #2, with the gas station and, The Little Top Taco Restaurant to ask if they knew anything about this new Food Truck Park. I found out one of the owners of the grocery store has a cousin who is creating this little park! This morning there were workers and they are hoping to be open for Memorial week-...
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