Favourite Recipe

I promised everyone my favourite healthy recipe this January!  I am a big supporter of Weight Watchers and this is a flavourful chicken dish from the Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook.  So here is the plan to yummy chicken:

 

Garlic Roasted Chicken with Gravy

Makes 4 Servings

One 3 1/2-pound chicken

1 lemon, halved

1 onion, halved

4 rosemary sprigs

4 thyme sprigs

6 garlic cloves, peeled

1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 tablespoons dry white wine

1 scallion, minced

1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

1/4 teaspoon crumble dried sage leaves

 

1. Prehead the over to 400°F; spray the rack of a roasting pan with nonstick cooking spray. Remove the chicken giblets and neck form the body cavity. Rinse the chicken under cold water inside and out; pat dry with paper towels.

2. Place the lemon, onion, rosemary, thyme and garlic in the body cavity. Place the chicken, breast-side up, on the rack in the roasting pan. Roast 30 minutes; pour the broth and lemon juice over the chicken. Reduce the over temperature to 325°F. Roast, basting frequently, until cooked through and the juice runs clear when the thigh is pierced in the thickest part with a fork, about 1 hour longer. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board; let stand 15 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, pour the pan juices into a medium saucepan, skimming off any fat and reserving 1 tablespoon of the juice in a small bowl. Dissolve the cornstarch in the reserved juices. Add the wine, scallion, soy sauce, sage and a 1/4 cup of water to the saucepan; bring to a boil and boil 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the dissolved cornstartch; cook, stirring constantly until the gravy thickens, about 1 minute.  Carve the chicken and serve with gravy. Remove the skin before eating 😉

Per serving: 293 Calories, 10 g Total Fat, 3g Saturated Fat, 114mg Cholesterol, 277mg Sodium, 9g Total Carbohydrate, 0g Dietary Fiber, 39g Protein, 71mg Calcium.

Enjoy #nomnom

Fitness on Fleek

Apparently using that term makes me an “uncultured idiot” as per urban dictionary but come on…. most people are using “on fleek” ironically rather than seriously (because it’s not a word), but still… it’s super trendy! Apparently it means perfect and there are some awesome fitness trends in Calgary and killer fitness studios.  So now you have no excuses not to keep up with those New Year’s Resolutions 🙂

1. Barre Body Studio – barrebodystudio.com

Their website says it will DEFINE, LIFT and SCULPT.  Barre is a fun way to design a tighter tush. Through isolated movements, it builds long, lean muscle while improving posture, grace, and flexibility. So yes, Barre Body Fit classes are effective – but because they are choreographed to great music and performed in a motivating group environment, the workout doesn’t feel like ‘work.’

2.  Fit Republic – fitrepublic.ca

Looking for variety this is the place!! They say Fit Republic empowers people through fitness. Founded by our fearless leader Jane Tallick, their mission is to bring high quality instruction, and a diverse mix of classes you can’t find anywhere else. From AntiGravity® to TRX® to rowing, kickboxing, cycling, HIIT, barre and yoga, our small classes offer something for everyone and are governed by one principle: have fun and the fitness will follow.

3. Heavens Elevated Fitness – heavensfitness.com

Calgary’s most respected boutique fitness and yoga studio. Their coaches are the best of the best!  Spin – Yoga – Fitness – Personal Training. Try out their “All-Inclusive 7 Day Pass” for New Members – unlimited access to the weight training floor, cardio equipment, fitness and yoga classes for only $25!

4.  CityFit – cityfit.ca

CityFit Professional Training has gathered under one roof the top independent fitness, nutrition, rehabilitation and strength and conditioning specialists to assist you in reaching your personal and specialized goals – and change your life. Calgary’s ground-breaking premiere personal training facility has been meticulously handcrafted to guide you to health, fitness and lifestyle enhancement.

5. Personal Trainer – Lindsay Bell

Want the personal attention with a fun and awesome chick – give my girl Lindsay Bell a call @ 403.585.1676 or email at lindsaybell2@gmail.com.  She is the one that got me into those bridesmaid dresses a couple years ago with her killer summer bootcamps.  She is motivational, creates inspired workouts and gives you the little push when you need it.  I know if you work out with her you will see results!!  #bodybybell

Keep at it my M2 peeps xoxo

AIR MILES® Reward Program

CENTURY 21 is the only real estate organization that can reward our clients with AIR MILES reward miles on their real estate transaction.

Extra Miles Event Overview

Buying or selling a residential property will get you a total of 2,500 Reward Miles, per transaction; Until February 29th, you will get not only the base offer of 2 Miles for every $1,000 property value bought or sold – but CENTURY 21 Corporate will top you up to a total of 2,500 Reward Miles (again, per transaction!).  That means that you could get 5,000 AIR MILES reward miles – enough to take you almost anywhere in Canada!!

About the AIR MILES Reward Program

The AIR MILES Reward Program is owned and operated by The LoyaltyOne Inc. The Program offers exciting opportunities to redeem for travel, merchandise, leisure, entertainment and other lifestyle rewards for simply buying everyday products and services from AIR MILES Sponsors like RONA, Safeway, BMO, Whirlpool Canada and of course CENTURY 21 Canada.

Call me today to see if you qualify!

Terms and Conditions Apply

AIR MILES Bonus Miles*** are awarded through a participating CENTURY 21 office with the potential to get a total of 5,000 MILES! Some conditions apply. Get 2 Reward Miles for every $1,000 property value bought or sold (to a maximum of 1,500 Reward Miles per transaction) through a participating CENTURY 21 office**.  Plus, during January 18 – February 29, 2016, you’ll get Bonus Miles to bring the total to 2,500 Miles per transaction. **When selling a property, your home must be listed with a participating CENTURY 21 office to be eligible to get Reward Miles. Agreements for Sale must be executed between January 18 – February 29, 2016 to qualify for Bonus Miles. Buyers must be represented by a participating CENTURY 21 office to be eligible to get Reward Miles. Offers to purchase must be executed between January 18 – February 29, 2016 to qualify for Bonus Miles.  ***This Bonus Miles offer applies only in conjunction with the Reward Miles issued by the participating CENTURY 21 Office. All Bonus Miles must be issued to the Collector by April 30, 2016. Conditions apply. See participating CENTURY 21 Office for details. Bonus Offer subject to change without notice.

MLS® System Community Changes

CREB® aligns its Calgary community names, boundaries and districts with the City of Calgary effective Jan. 5, 2016.
The majority of the community boundary, name and code changes will centre on the following:
– “Estate” areas will be removed from the MLS® System as they are not recognized by the City of Calgary (Click here to view the City’s community profiles);
– New community names will be added – e.g., Royal Vista;
– Existing names will be changed to match City naming – e.g. Saddleridge becomes Saddle Ridge;
– Commercial area names will be expanded to match City naming – e.g. Highfield becomes Highfield, Manchester Industrial, Alyth /Bonnybrook and Burns Industrial; and
– Zones A, B, C and D will become eight districts: North; Northeast; East; Southeast; South; West; Northwest; and City Centre

Housing Market Characterized by Slow Demand

CREB® monthly statistics packages came out today for the month of December.

M2’s thoughts:
Calgary’s residential market has really started to favour buyers! Increased listings and softer sales have pushed up our total inventory levels. Though they are still not as high as the recession in 2008! Price activity really varies depending on the segment of the market but overall we have seen a declined in price trends citywide. That means now is the time to buy!!
So, call me maybe 🙂
What do the experts say:
Elevated supply levels placed downward pressure on prices in December
Calgary, Jan. 4, 2016 – With the focus shifting toward the holiday season, December sales activity slowed to 878 units in the city, 18 per cent below last year at this time and well below the five and 10-year averages.
As a result, the unadjusted benchmark price dipped to $448,800, a 0.42 per cent decline over the previous month and 2.33 year over year.
CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie noted December followed a pattern established early on in 2015, which was characterized by slower housing demand.
“Economic uncertainty, followed by weak economic conditions and job losses, contributed to slowing housing demand throughout the year,” she said.
“That said, while aggregate prices trended down in 2015, it was not to the same extent as some had speculated. Supply levels were low moving into this cycle and thus provided some cushion to absorb the inventory gains.”

If you want to see the entire package – just let me know!