Reflecting on Relationships.
The Christmas & Holiday sea-son is always a time that I reflect on my relationships with friends and clients who make my business and per-sonal life something I am truly thankful for. It’s because of you that I am able to live a good life, enjoy my family, and contribute to this wonderful community.
 
Moving into 2011.
Every year has it’s ups & downs. From the “worst economic crises since the Great Depression” according to some, to the im-pending energy boom we keep hearing about. We rely on the people we know and trust with the things that matter in life. In 2011, I want you to know that I value the relationship we have built over the last year. After all, we are all in this together. Please lean on me when you need it most! Whether you need to buy or sell a home, or want some advice on a re-model, I want you to know I’m here to help. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
 
What’s going on at the new High Plains Road Inter-change?
Cheyenne Logistics Hub at SWAN Ranch. The Industrial com-ponent is the first phase of develop-ment at SWAN Ranch and will total 1,300 acres. A pipe manufacturing and coating company has committed to purchasing 55 acres in the Chey-enne Logistics Hub mainly because of the rail access. The Union Pacific Railroad borders the hub to the west and BNSF Railway borders the hub to the south and east. Several other companies have expressed interest in this area due to the access to two Class I railroads and two major interstate high-ways, I-25 and I-80. The proximity to the Front Range and I-70 is also a bonus. Logistically this lo-cation makes sense for manufacturing and distribu-tion companies. With the help of Laramie County and Cheyenne LEADS, an economic development organization, a $3 million Business Committed grant has been approved. Visit www.granitepeakdev.com/ind-swan-ranch.html for more maps and details.
 
Tips to $ave on Heating Costs
Caulk and weather strip. Keep the warm air in your house and cold air out by caulking your windows and weather stripping your doors.
 
Insulate your attic. Yes, this will cost you now but it will help you save hundreds of dollars on your heating bill EACH YEAR. Plus, you can claim a tax credit for 30% of the cost of the in-sulation, up to $1,500 through December 31, 2010.
 
Change your air filter. A dirty filter makes your heating and cooling system work harder. By keeping it clean, you can lower your energy bills by 5% or more, according to Atmos Energy.
 
Have your heating system inspected to make sure it's in good condition and running effi-ciently.
 
Install a programmable thermostat. Then in the cold months program it so the temperature in your home will be 10% to 15% lower while you're at work, asleep or on vacation.
 
Set your thermostat at 70 degrees or lower. Your heating costs will rise 4% to 6% for every degree you set your thermostat above 70 in the winter, according to Atmos Energy. Rely on a pair of slippers and a sweater to keep you warm.
 
Let the sun heat your house. Keep curtains, shades and blinds open during the day so the sun can heat your rooms.
 
Sign up for budget billing. Some gas companies let you spread out your payments more evenly over the year. You'll pay more in the warmer months but you won't be hit with bills that bust your budget in the cold months.
 
Fun Painted Sugar Cookie and Hot-Chocolate Gift Jar Recipes!!
 
Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar
Directions:
1. In a large bowl, combine powdered milk, chocolate pudding, chocolate drink mix, powdered creamer confectioners sugar and cocoa powder.
2. Divide the mixture between two 1 quart jars.
3. Seal and decorate using holiday theme.
4. Attach a tag with the following message: Hot Co-coa: Dissolve 1/3 cup cocoa mix in 1 cup boiling water.
Ingredients:
 6 1/2 Cups Powdered Milk
 1 (5 oz. Package Non-Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
 1 Cup Powdered Chocolate Drink Mix
 1/2 Cup Non-Dairy Powdered Creamer
 1/2 Cup Confectioners Sugar
 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
 
Holiday Painted Sugar Cookies
Directions
In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat to-gether the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mix-ing thoroughly between each. Add the almond and orange extracts. Mix in the flour, baking powder and salt. Divide the dough in half, wrap each piece in plastic and refrigerate for 2 hours, or overnight. When ready to bake, heat the oven to 350 F. Working on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough until about 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut cookies from the dough. Transfer the cookies to a baking sheet, then bake for 8 to 12 minutes, or until just golden around the edges. Cool on a wire rack completely before painting. To make the glaze, in a small bowl stir together the powdered sugar, corn syrup and water. Divide the mixture into several cups (depending on how many colors you want) and add food coloring as desired. Use paint brushes to apply the glaze. When painting, stir regularly to avoid a mottled appear-ance when dry. You also can sprinkle with decorating sugars while the glaze is still wet. Allow to dry thoroughly before storing in an airtight container with parchment between layers.
 
For the cookies:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter,sof-tened
1/2 cup (4 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon orange extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
For the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
2 tablespoons water
Food coloring
Makes 20 cookies(using a 4-inch cookie cutter)


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