Jennifer Schrantz

What’s cookin tonight?

I love to cook so I will be posting on here all of the tasty recipes I try and get the stamp of approval from my husband. 🙂

Here is what we are having tonight; it’s one of my husband’s favorite dishes!

Seared Flat-Iron Steaks with Wine Sauce

From Martha Stewart: http://www.marthastewart.com/332901/seared-flat-iron-steaks-with-wine-sauce med104169_1108_steak_plate_vert

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 small flat-iron steaks (each about 6 ounces and 1 inch thick)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 cup dry red wine, such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces

 

DIRECTIONS

STEP 1

Heat a large cast-iron or other heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high until very hot. Season steaks with salt and pepper. Add to skillet; sear 4 to 8 minutes per side for medium-rare (if browning too quickly, reduce heat after turning steaks). Transfer steaks to a plate, and cover loosely with aluminum foil (reserve skillet).

STEP 2

Add wine to skillet; simmer over medium-high, stirring occasionally and scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon, until syrupy, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove skillet from heat. Stirring constantly, drop butter into sauce, one piece at a time, waiting for each piece to blend in before adding the next. Season with salt and pepper. Serve steaks drizzled with sauce.

 

Let me know if you try it and how you like it! Happy eating!

Jennifer

 

 

My First Love…Aviation

Most people that know me, also know that I am a pilot and that I have a passion for aviation. Before I got into real estate, my life was all about aviation. I have a bachelors and masters degree in aviation and I am also a Certificated Flight Instructor. I’m fortunate to fly a lot and let me tell you, Tucson, really all of Arizona, is so beautiful from the air. I’m not talking about 35,000 in an airliner either. On a scenic flight, or checking out property we may be just 1,000 feet above the ground. You can see for miles yet still be low enough to see individual cacti or canyons in a mountain ridge.

Cessna172
I have more flight time in a Cessna 172 than any other aircraft.

Lately when I’ve been up with students (at 6am before it gets hot!) I find myself eyeing backyards and checking out what some homeowners have done. I say to myself, “oh check out that patio brick work, I’ll have to remember that for my house.” Or, “it looks like they added a balcony on to the patio for use from the second floor, looks like they have a great view of the Catalina Mountains from there!”

Neighborhood
This could be your neighborhood!

After my momentary snooping I am back to teaching my student how to do stalls, steep turns, and unusual attitudes. I can’t help but feel really lucky that I’ve found two careers that I absolutely love. Have you been driving by a neighborhood that you are thinking about moving to? How about a flight to really make up your mind. Contact me and let’s make it happen!

The AMARG or 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group or  commonly referred to as "the Boneyard".
The AMARG or 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group or commonly referred to as “the Boneyard”.

Jennifer

Do you love your neighborhood?

I ask for two reasons: 1. If you don’t love your neighborhood, we need to fix that! Contact me ASAP so we can start looking for a new home in a neighborhood that you will be proud to say you live in. 2. I love my neighborhood! I want to tell you why I love it and maybe you’ll be inspired to come take a look.

Gladden Farms, in Marana, is a charming, vibrant community that has over 1,000 homes and is still growing but feels small and close knit. Whether you are looking to find a home that can accommodate your growing family or you want to downsize and settle down into retirement, there is something for everyone. Building started in 2004/2005 and continues today. There are two home builders currently building in the neighborhood, Richmond American Homes and KB Home. You may not be aware that you can have a REALTOR represent you when purchasing a new home. So ask me to join you if you head out there!

What I love most is the sense of community. There are tons of events from the Fall Festival and Spring Fling to community yard sales and food truck round ups, there is always something going that gives you a chance to catch up with your neighbors. It’s also quiet and out of the hustle and bustle of the city. There are many parks in the neighborhood, plus Ora Mae Harn park is close by with baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, and a swimming pool.

Part of the Marana Unified School District, there are many schools not more than a few minutes away. Wondering about medical care? The Marana Health Center is less than five minutes away!

You’ll find a real working farm in Gladden Farms. The Marana Farm at Marana River Heritage Park is a community farm raising organic vegetables, fruit and eggs. Operated by the Community Food Bank, Gladden Farms residents can purchase healthy, locally-grown food every Tuesday at the Marana Farm Stand. How many communities can say that?!

Although it might seem like the community is out a ways, all by itself, it really is in the heart of Marana, just a few minutes from the Marana Municipal Complex. It’s a short 25 minute drive to downtown Tucson and about ten minutes to shopping.  To me, the distance is worth it to live in this great community and with the amount of buyers I see coming to the area, I know they see it too.

I plan on staying here for years to come, raising a family here and being a part of the community. I’m excited to see it grow because the plans look amazing and the future is bright!

Check out the Community Map: Gladden Farms Map

What do you love about your neighborhood? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Jennifer

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