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October
25

Comfort Food: Soup Recipes to Make This Fall

Soup

When we're not busy helping buyers explore the best Rockingham County homes for sale, many of the agents at Old Dominion Realty enjoy spending their time trying new recipes. As the colder weather starts to creep in, we particularly enjoy making homemade soup. Not only is it easy to make and comforting to eat, but when you cook a batch of soup, your home will smell amazing all day long. 

If you don't have a favorite soup recipe yet, you're in luck! Next time you're in the mood for comfort food, plan to try one of these delicious recipes. 

    Soup

    • Creamy Pumpkin Soup
      Nothing says fall quite like a bowl of creamy pumpkin soup. This recipe has just the right amount of sweetness and is super easy to make. Best of all, you can serve it in a hollowed-out pumpkin. This is the perfect way to excite the kids or make a real impression at your next dinner party. Before you serve it, top it with a drizzle of heavy cream and some toasted pumpkin seeds. 

    • Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup
      We love making soup in the slow cooker! This delicious baked potato soup gets its texture from added sour cream and is topped with cheese, crispy bacon, and chopped chives. It's the perfect hearty meal to enjoy on a cold afternoon. 

    • Healthy Miso Ramen with Chicken
      This recipe for miso ramen with chicken is much tastier (and healthier!) than the instant Ramen noodles you used to eat in college. It's topped with scallions, seaweed nori, carrots, sweet corn, and boiled eggs. Once you try this, you'll want to cook your own ramen at home all the time. Feel free to experiment with the toppings so you can enjoy a different meal each time. 

    Soup

    • Creamy Tortellini Soup with Sausage
      When you're looking for comfort food, you can't go wrong with this tortellini soup. It includes Italian sausage, spinach, and kale, making it a tasty and wholesome one-pot meal. Best of all, you can get it on the table in less than 30 minutes and freeze any leftovers so you can enjoy it again on a day when you just don't have the energy to cook something new. 
    • Split Pea Soup
      This classic recipe for split pea soup is both filling and flavorful. It's loaded with nutrients thanks to the carrots, celery, and onions and has plenty of protein from the peas and ham. Top your soup off with crunchy, toasted homemade croutons for a delicious and memorable meal your family is sure to love. 

    • Beef and Bean Chili
      Whether you're looking for something to enjoy while you're watching the big game or you want a quick and filling dinner, you can't go wrong with beef and bean chili. This recipe has just the right amount of heat, but you can use more or less cayenne and chili pepper, depending on your taste. To make your chili even more delicious, top each bowl off with shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, and sliced jalapenos.
       
      Tomato Soup
    • Classic Tomato Soup
      A healthy twist on a classic comfort food! This tomato soup recipe is perfect for a chilly fall day and is sure to be a hit among all your family members. Enjoy it on its own, or make a grilled cheese to pair with your soup. 
       
    • Creamy Turkey Orzo Soup
      This creamy turkey orzo soup is the perfect solution for leftover turkey. You can make it all in one pot in less than 30 minutes. After you make it once, you'll be craving it all the time. It's similar to a chicken noodle soup but has a creamier texture. While it's a great way to use leftovers, you don't have to wait for the holidays to make this tasty soup. Just whip up a batch of slow cooker turkey breast and shred it up instead. 
    • Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
      This white chicken chili is easy to make in the slow cooker and has a ton of delicious flavor. It only takes about 20 minutes of prep time and will soon be one of your family's favorites. This soup is made with white beans, frozen corn, heavy cream, and an array of spices and seasonings. It's particularly delicious when topped with shredded Monterey Jack cheese and chopped avocado. Serve it with a lime wedge to bring out even more flavor. 
    • Cheesy Cauliflower Soup
      Cauliflower soup is both tasty and comforting. This recipe features plenty of cheese, crispy bacon, and just the right amount of Cajun spice. The butter, flour, whole milk, half-and-half, and sour cream give it a thick, decadent texture, making this amazing dish is practically the definition of "comfort food." 

    If you're looking for your dream home, the agents at Old Dominion Realty are here to help! We have the inside scoop on all the best Shenandoah County homes for sale and we'll help you explore your options until you find the perfect one for your needs. Contact us today.

      October
      18

      How to Warm Up Your Home's Entryway

      Entryway tips

      So many of the beautiful Rockingham County homes for sale have impressive entryways. Often, this is one of the features that captivates potential buyers. However, if your entryway is cold and sterile, it can have the opposite effect - detracting from your home's overall appeal. 

      Luckily, it's easy to make your entryway warm and welcoming. Whether it's drafty and freezing or just needs some TLC, the following tips will help turn your entryway into one of the best features of your home. 

      Entryway Lighting

      1. Keep the Cold Air Out
        If your entryway is physically cold, you'll want to take care of that first. You may need to add some additional insulation and put weatherstripping around your windows and under the door. This will help stop cold drafts, keeping the heat indoors and the chilly weather out. In extreme cases, you may even consider adding a small space heater to your entryway. Just make sure you pay attention to safety concerns and only use it when someone is home to keep an eye on it.

      Home Entryway

      1. Add a Rug
        Placing a rug in your entryway will add some softness and bring a splash of color and texture to the space. It can also help define the space, giving the area its own unique sense of style. While the look and feel of a rug is certainly important, you'll also need to make sure the carpet you choose is durable enough to stand up to this high-traffic area. If it's close to the door, also make sure the rug is low enough so it won't interfere with your ability to open and close it. When adding a rug to your entryway, it's also important to make sure you have a doormat on the outside. This will help keep guests from ruining your rug by tracking in dirt and moisture from the outdoors.  

      Entryway

      1. Layer the Lighting
        The right lighting can go a long way towards making a space feel welcoming. Most entryways have an overhead light, but this usually isn't enough. If you want to warm up the space, you'll need to layer in some lighting. Try adding a table lamp, some wall sconces, or even some lanterns to help give your space a warm glow. You can also make a statement by choosing an attention-grabbing chandelier or pendant light. Just make sure the combination you choose sufficiently lights up the entire space. 

      2. Keep it Clutter-Free
        Your entryway is the first impression of your home, so make sure it's not a mess. The best way to do this is to add a chest of drawers, a storage bench, or a console table to the space. This will give you a place to stash mail, keys, and other essentials so they're handy when you need them but still neatly out of sight.

        Entryway Style
      3. Give it a Sense of Style
        Our real estate agents love showing homes that have entryways with a big, bold style. Whether you chose a piece of statement art, a large mirror, or some plush stools, adding interesting decor to your entryway is the perfect way to set the tone and give guests an idea of what they can expect from the rest of your home. Don't be afraid to add bright colors to the walls, paint the inside of your front door, or experiment with wallpaper. All of these things can add style and make the space more inviting. You can also use your entryway decor to ease the transition between the outdoors and the inside of your home. Adding elements like large plants, rich wood, and stone accents can help turn the space into a transitional area.  
      1. Pay Attention to Scale
        Whether you have a large, grand entryway or one that's small and quaint, it's important to choose pieces that match. A tiny table will look strange in a huge foyer, and pieces that are too large will make a small entryway feel claustrophobic. Make sure you get the scale right, then add some accent pieces to pull it all together. 

      Entryway Tips

      1. Add a Personal Touch
        To give your entryway even more warmth, be sure to incorporate your unique personality. Consider adding a vase of your favorite flowers, a piece of art you truly love, or a framed photo of people who mean a lot to you. This will make the area feel homey and give you a warm, fuzzy feeling every time you walk in the front door. 

      Are you looking for your dream home? There are many beautiful Rockingham and Shenandoah County homes for sale, and the experts at Old Dominion Realty are here to help! Contact us today to discuss your goals and learn how to get started. 

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