2016….while there were lots of events that could have pulled me down totally (it was a year of extremes in terms of loss), my support network around me, my faith and my Pollyanna approach (for those too young to know this meaning read here Pollyanna approach ) made it a positive year.
In listening to those around me I realized that everyone has a story. Everyone has something stressful going on in their life…be it family…health…change. It is so important to recognize this in others and how it affects their daily lives. Thank you to all of those that we have done business with this year and that trusted us to help them…thank you! Thank you to all of you that have shared our name with others….Barbara and I really appreciate it…..it is the mainstay of our business.
We are so pleased to announce that we are the recipients of the Diamond Award by Royal LePage this year. This places us in the top 3% of Royal LePage agents throughout Canada in terms of productivity. Hurrah!!!
2017….Here we come!!!

Listing Spotlight: 501 MacCallum’s Lane, Van Kleek Hill

This home and property is a slice of heaven just an hour from Ottawa and an hour from Montreal…ideal for those looking for a bit of serenity from work and day to day life. With a renovated Century home, hay barn, stables, paddocks, trails, a dressage ring, a landing strip and airplane hanger…there is something for everyone here! Just minutes from the charming village of Van Kleek Hill this property could be the change you’re looking for. Live your dream!

The village has a commitment to community you can feel even as you drive in. There are lovely homes lining the tree-filled streets, beautiful boutiques, a small local pharmacist and hardware store, inviting restaurants with patios and stores that you just have to go in to see what is inside.

We ventured into one vintage home goods shop where we were met by the lovely owner who had decided to move to VanKleek Hill to raise her family in an “area with great education, a strong sense of community and really a higher quality of life”. What more could you ask for?

The village also hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the year celebrating local life and business.

One such festival is coming up on January 21, 2017. It is the Living Local Fair. Taking place from 9:30 to 4:00 on Saturday at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Russell, there will be over 130 local businesses setting up stalls to show you their various products and encouraging you to support local, a cause we at Evans Team wholeheartedly believe in. There is a hot lunch plus snacks and coffee and tea, lots of activities for the whole family and more. Admission is FREE but donations to the local food bank are appreciated. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to see what Van Kleek Hill has to offer along with the surrounding areas of Russell and Alexandria.

For more information on our listing at 501 MacCallum’s Lane click HERE or call Carole or Barbara at 613-592-6400.

Recipe of the Month: Orange Cranberry Biscotti

Okay…I am one of the lucky ones and NOT allergic to gluten! BUT….I do find that many of their dessert recipes are absolutely divine!!! I tried, over the Christmas holiday season, biscotti at one of my dear friend’s houses, Carol Beck, this orange cranberry biscotti recipe and fell instantly in love. I have her notations below the recipe. Enjoy!!
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 2 Tbsps orange liqueur
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsps ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup toasted and chopped almonds
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in egg. Stir in the orange zest and orange liqueur. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon, stir into the creamed mixture, then stir in the almonds and dried cranberries.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough in half. Roll each half into a log about 1 1/2 inches wide and 10 inches long. Set the rolls lengthwise on a baking sheet at least 3 inches apart, and flatten slightly.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm to the touch and slightly brown on the top.
  5. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes, then slice each log crosswise, at a diagonal, into 1/2 inch wide slices. Lay them cut side down on the baking sheet and return to the oven for ten minutes, turn them over and bake for 10 more minutes. Cool on wire racks, store in an airtight container. These keep for over a month.

NOTES: I used real fresh squeezed orange juice, only 1 tsp of cinnamon and substituted pumpkin seeds for the almonds. I also stood them upright for the second baking.

 New Find: Doggin’ It Cafe

Looking for a place to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee with your pooch? Doggin’ It Cafe is the place for you and your furry best friend. Located at 1071 Bank Street, close to Sunnyside, offering free parking this cafe is within the shop Wag. Wag is a posh spot to shop for your pets but don’t feel pressured to buy anything. Head in to enjoy any of their fair trade organic coffees including Joe the Dog (medium blend), Bad Dog (dark roast), Neutered Dog (decaf) or Best in Show (espresso and decaf espresso).

All coffees come from fellow Ottawa business, Francesco’s Coffee Company so you’re supporting two in one! Everyone wins…including your pup!

Visit their Site for more information. 

Upcoming Event: Tasting Ottawa with Canvas Resto-Bar

It’s here! Our first Tasting Ottawa event for 2017. On January 24 at 6:00 pm we will be visiting delicious Ottawa restaurant Canvas Resto-Bar in Hintonburg.Located at 65 Holland Avenue, this restaurant stands out in a mecca of restaurants. We have been dying to try it and now we finally can! With an award winning wine list, delicious menu that sources local ingredients along with a talented and creative team, this is going to be a good one.

Dinner will be $35 per person, not including beverages. If you would like to join us please RSVP to Carole@EvansTeamOttawa.com as soon as possible and we will reserve a spot for you and a friend/spouse.

Happy Eating!

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