Celebrate This Christmas By Choosing to #LightTheWorld

December is here and everyone is excitedly getting ready for Christmas. With all the hustle & bustle of Christmas it is easy to lose focus on what Christmas is all about.  The Jones Real Estate Group would like to invite everyone to join us as we celebrate this Christmas by participating in the worldwide #LightTheWorld campaign from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

The #LightTheWorld Campaign runs from December 1 – December 25th.  This campaign is a service campaign.  Each day there is a new featured scripture and teaching from the Savior along with suggestions of service that you can do to follow the example of our Savior and brighten the world around us.


The Small Seed has created an amazing FREE downloadable packet to help you track your progress as you apply these 25 teachings over the 25 days of Christmas and create a new Christ centered family tradition.

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As you spend the next 25 days centering your Christmas on Christ we would love to hear about your experiences and how this amazing campaign has blessed your lives!  Please comment, share and help us spread the joy that comes as we serve others this Christmas season.

Merry Christmas from The Jones Real Estate Group!

Posted on December 1, 2017 at 4:58 pm
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Black Friday Deals and Where You Can Find Them!

Do love a good deal?  Are you an online shopper or an in store shopper?  Well, The Jones Real Estate Group has a great resource for your Black Friday Deals and where you can find them!

One Easy Site To Plan Your Black Friday Shopping

BestBlackFriday.com has gathered an entire collection of Black Friday 2017 ads for you.  You don’t  have to search store to store to find the flyers you want.  You can easily browse all the ads in one place. The ad scans are filled with discounted deals and sales that will lead to maximum savings!!

With this resource you can online shop the best Black Friday deals or plan your time in store at different retailers to get all those things you are buying for Christmas with ease!

Good luck and happy shopping this holiday season!

Posted on November 22, 2017 at 5:38 pm
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Gratitude For Our Veterans

The Jones Real Estate Group is incredibly appreciative of all the amazing blessings of freedom we enjoy as result of the brave men and women who have served selflessly in defense of our country.  We are thankful for Veterans Day and the time we have to show our appreciation those servicemen.

Join Us In Saying Thanks!

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This year we would like to invite each of you to join us at Veterans Plaza in Boerne on Saturday, Novmeber 11, 2017 at 11AM to participate in the Boerne City Veteran’s Day Progam and shake hands and say thank you to those amazing Veterans that live in our Hill Country Community.

Amazing Housing Programs Available for our Veterans

All the members of the Jones Real Estate Group are committed to giving back to our Veterans in any way that we can. One of the best ways we can do that is with the U.S. Military On The Move Program.  Joslyn Burrows is a certified specialist for this program!  This is a free real estate rebate and information program that allows all active duty, retired military and wounded warriors to earn cash back when you buy or sell a home.

For more information about this great program, give Joslyn a call at (210) 210-240-8166.

 

 

Posted on November 10, 2017 at 3:08 pm
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Help Us Reach Our Goal of 4000 Christmas Shoebox Gifts For Christmas From The Heart

The Jones Real Estate Group is back at it again this year working with J-Jireh Ministries and The Christmas From the Heart Program.  We would love to have your help to reach our goal of 4000 Christmas Shoebox Gifts this year!

These gifts are delivered to over 50 childrens’ shelters and organizations in and around the San Antonio Area.  The Christmas From the Heart program is only one of the many programs that J-Jireh Ministries participates in to give back to children in need in the area and around San Antonio.    J-Jireh Ministries also participates in The Local Hero School Program, Computers with a Purpose, Anti-Graffiti Murals, The Fountain of Life Clean Water Program and Coming Soon, The Open Arms Children’s Shelter!  All of these awesome programs work to give these less fortunate children a better life.

Ways You Can Help

As you donate to the Christmas From the Heart Program, you provide these children a personal Christmas gift and help share what the true meaning of Christmas is. There are multiple ways to contribute to this cause.  You can donate small Christmas gifts for either a boy or girl that will fit in a shoebox, empty shoeboxes or plastic shoeboxes to fill & wrap and supplies to wrap  the shoeboxes like Christmas wrapping paper, tape and scissors.   All of these donations are so valuable and important for us to reach our goal.

If you would like more information about other ways you can help with The Christmas From The Heart Program please contact Greg Jones at (210) 389-1282 or gjones@phyllisbrowning.com.

 

 

Posted on November 7, 2017 at 6:03 pm
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November Events in San Antonio

🍁 The weather might be cooler, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop!

One of the best things about living in San Antonio is the variety of activities available in every season! Looking for something fun to do this month? Check out these community events happening this month! 

November 3-12: Wurstfest
During this 10-day salute to sausage, you’ll find a variety of entertainment options including a polka contest, games, rides, food and drinks on the Wurstfest Grounds in Landa Park.

November 4: Diwali San Antonio- Festival of Lights
Diwali is a festive tradition of India that symbolizes the victory of good over evil. Experience this colorful event filled with Indian music, dance, food and more.

November 10-11:  Luminaria – Arts Come To Light
Luminaria is San Antonio’s annual celebration of art and artists. Overseen by San Antonio’s creative leaders, it is free of charge and showcases all art forms in an outdoor setting and inside various venues downtown.

 

November 18 – January 7: Six Flags Fiesta Texas – Holiday in the Park
It’s the most wonderful time of the year as Six Flags Fiesta Texas is transformed into a winter wonderland with thrilling rides, tasty treats and exciting family entertainment for the holiday season. Open select days, check website.

November 18 – Early January: Light the Way at the University of the Incarnate Word
A million twinkling lights illuminate the night sky at the University of the Incarnate Word to celebrate the holiday season in style. This free walking or driving experience is truly a San Antonio-style holiday event.

November 18 – December 31: SeaWorld San Antonio Christmas Celebration
Enjoy stunning live shows in this wintery, watery wonderland. Immerse your family in the spirit of the season, sip hot cocoa as you stroll through a sea of sparkling lights and share laughs with a jolly Santa. Open select days, check website.

November 24: Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony
The day after Thanksgiving, our river parade kicks off the holidays as 28 decorated floats wind through the river in one of the country’s only nighttime river parades. Enjoy the beauty of thousands of lights illuminating the River Walk trees and bridges throughout the holiday season.
November 26 – December 3: Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza
Experience the best of mariachi music during the holiday season with the world renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán.

Posted on November 3, 2017 at 5:29 pm
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Give With Us This Christmas Season With The Christmas From The Heart Program

Christmas is just around the corner and many people are already thinking of different ways they can help others this Christmas season.  The Jones Real Estate Group would like to invite each of you to give with us this Christmas Season with the Christmas From The Heart Program.

As many of you may be aware, Greg & Ann Jones have been involved with J-Jireh Ministries & the Christmas From The Heart Program for the last six years. This program works to gather, wrap, fill, and deliver shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts to abused, battered and neglected children living in shelters in and around Bexar County.  These children are products of broken homes in every fashion you can imagine.   Christmas From The Heart’s  goal is to give them hope and point them towards a more productive life.

Last year the Christmas From The Heart Program delivered nearly three thousand shoebox gifts to children in 39 shelters all across our area. This year our goal is 4000 shoebox gifts and 50 shelters or organizations.  This year J-Jireh and Christmas From the Heart has been contacted by several additional organizations to supply hundreds of more Christmas Gifts for children in need!  The challenge has grown and we need your help  this year!

Below is information on How to Fill a Shoebox and the Christmas Shoebox Label to insert for the shoeboxes.  There are lots of simple and easy things that can fill a shoebox for example:  shampoos or small hygiene items, small gifts- like silly putty, play dough, inexpensive jewelry, caps, T- shirts, headbands,  scarves, etc.    It is not how much you spend on the items in the box, but your thoughts in filling the shoebox for the individual child.

Another way to help is by donating empty shoeboxes that can  be used to wrap gifts in.  A great (and easier) alternative to empty shoeboxes that can be used instead of the shoeboxes is plastic shoeboxes with lids that can be lined with red or green tissue paper.  These boxes can be bought at The Dollar Store or…. $1.00!  You can also DONATE monitarily to J-Jireh Ministries and The Christmas From The Heart Program.

Filled Shoeboxes, empty shoeboxes or gifts for the shoeboxes can be dropped off at ANY Phyllis Browning Company Office.

LOCATIONS

ALAMO HEIGHTS REAL ESTATE OFFICE
6061 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
BOERNE REAL ESTATE OFFICE
210 E. Blanco Rd.
Boerne, TX 78006
HILL COUNTRY REAL ESTATE OFFICE
24200 IH-10 West, Ste. 101
San Antonio, TX 78257
NORTH CENTRAL REAL ESTATE OFFICE
4372 N. Loop 1604 West, Ste. 102
San Antonio, Texas 78249

Thank you in advance for your willingness to help  these children.  Participating in this program has truly been eye opening.  You see first hand how incredibly blessed we are and how a generous Christmas donation can make someone’s Christmas.  For more information about J-Jireh Ministries and this amazing Christmas program please visit: www.j-jirehministries.org.

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 4:05 pm
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It’s Fall in San Antonio Y’all!

 

 

October is here and that means it’s Fall in San Antonio Y’all!  There is lots of activities to see and do this month in and around San Antonio.  Let The Jones Real Estate Group and our friends at Reaching Neighbors and Independence Title help you experience all the fun things going on this month.  We have two great guides to help you plan your activities this month.  Take a look at these great events and get out and enjoy your October!

 

 

Posted on October 2, 2017 at 2:03 pm
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DONATE Relief Supplies for Hurricane Harvey Victims with The Phyllis Browning Company

As the nation sees the havoc being wreaked by Hurricane Harvey, the Phyllis Browning Company invites EVERYONE to HELP & DONATE Relief Supplies to aid those victims in this tragic natural disaster!

Each of our Phyllis Browning Offices will have donation bins for bottled water & canned goods.  These good will then be taken directly to the San Antonio Food Bank who will send and distribute them to those in need in Houston.   In addition to donations like water and canned goods, we would also like to encourage people to donate monetarily to the San Antonio Food Bank.  You can click the link here to DONATE and help the San Antonio Food Bank in all their efforts to provide the basic necessities to those impacted by Harvey.

The distruction and devastation from this storm is far reaching and as we go about trying to recover and rebuild please remember to PRAY FOR TEXAS!

Here is a list of our Phyllis Browning Company Offices locations where you can DONATE goods to:

 

 

NORTH CENTRAL

4372 N. Loop 1604 West, Ste. 102
San Antonio, Texas 78249

(210) 408-2500

Contact: Carey Morgan

 

 

 

 

 

 

HILL COUNTRY

24200 IH-10 West, Ste. 101
San Antonio, TX 78257

(210) 698-4700

Contact: Greg Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOERNE

210 E. Blanco Rd.
Boerne, TX 78006

(210) 698-4700

Contact: Dwayne Rivers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALAMO HEIGHTS

6061 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209

(210) 824-7878

Contact: Lisa Gove

Posted on August 28, 2017 at 4:30 pm
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Cherish Our Independence In This Land That We Love

Celebrating the 4th of July each year is a wonderful time to reflect and cherish our independence in this land that we love.  We have a rich and blessed heritage in this amazing free country.

We have a WINNER!

We want to congratulate our winner of the 4th of July GIVEAWAY from the Jones Real Estate Group!  Congratulations JOYCE ANDERSON!!!  We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating the 4th of July with this awesome gift!

Today we want to share with you the story of our beautiful national anthem and a few thoughts from members of the Jones Real Estate Group with the Phyllis Browning Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Star Spangled Banner

On September 13, 1814, British warships fired shells and rockets onto Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor and pounded the American fort for 25 hours. The bombardment, known as the Battle of Baltimore, came only weeks after the British had attacked Washington, D.C., burning the Capitol, the Treasury and the President’s house.

A week earlier, Francis Scott Key, a 35-year-old American lawyer, boarded the British flagship in the Chesapeake Bay in order to persuade the British to release a friend who had recently been arrested. Key’s tactics were successful.  However, because he had gained knowledge of the impending attack on Baltimore, the British did not let him and his companions go. The Americans were allowed to return to their own vessel but the Britsh continued to guard them. On September 13, Mr. Key watched as Fort McHenry began being bombarded, eight miles away.

Key said this about the event, “It seemed as though mother earth had opened and was vomiting shot and shell in a sheet of fire and brimstone.”  In the darkness of the night, Key saw red flares erupting in the night sky and he was certain the British would win. The hours passed slowly, but in the clearing smoke of “the dawn’s early light” on September 14, he saw the American flag—not the British Union Jack—flying over the fort, announcing an American victory!

After witnessing such a spectacular event, Key wrote his thoughts on paper while he was still on board the ship and set his words to the tune of a popular English song.  Later, his brother-in-law, a commander of a militia at Fort McHenry, read Key’s and had it distributed under the name “Defence of Fort M’Henry.” The Baltimore Patriot newspaper began to print it, and within weeks, Key’s poem, which had been named “The Star-Spangled Banner,” appeared in print across the country.  Keys’s words have become an immortalized anthem that we proudly sing in celebration of that great victory won on a September night in 1814 and of the precious liberties we enjoy in this blessed nation.

 

 

Our Patriotic Sentiments

The 4th of July humbles me when I think of the patriots who risked theirs and their family’s lives and fortunes to win this country’s independence from tyranny. The day also reminds me of our brave men and women serving in theaters all across the planet to keep us free!  With all the issues that we face, it is still the best place on earth to be!- Greg Jones

I have reflected a lot lately about what the state of our country must have been in 241 years ago.  I have thought about the families that had come to America to create a new life for themselves.  I have thought about the truly inspired men who gathered together and created the Declaration of Independence and I feel fortunate that they did this.  In this day, I am not sure a document like this could have been created and fought for the way that document was.  I am incredibly grateful for our founding fathers and for all those men and women who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice so much so I can enjoy my freedoms.- Gary Wolff

From all of us here at the Jones Real Estate Group Happy 4th of July and Thank You to those men and women who daily protect our freedom and liberities!

Posted on June 30, 2017 at 3:17 pm
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Celebrate with Fantastic 4th of July Eats & Treats

Celebrate with Fantastic 4th of July Eats & Treats

The 4th of July is a fantastic time to celebrate with family and friends with terrific eats and treats! Each of the agents with the Jones Real Estate Group with the Phyllis Browning Company want to share some of our favorite 4th of July recipes with you!

Greg Jones’ go to favorite 4th of July recipe are his Raspberry Chipolte glazed Ribs.

 

RECIPE

1 Pork back ribs (slab) rubbed with Canola oil

Fiesta Pork Seasoning

Raspberry Chipolte Sauce

Wrap ribs (shiny side in) with heavy duty foil. Bake in a 350 degree oven for two hours. Bring out of the oven, baste with raspberry chipotle sauce, and finish (glaze) on the grill approximately 5 minutes per side

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Wolff has fond memories of visiting Colorado during the 4th of July and watching the fireworks show over Dillon Lake.  Gary’s all time favorite 4th of July food is a Loaded Hot Dog.  Here is a great recipe from A Taste of Home for some Chili Coney Dogs that would be fantastic to try this year.

RECIPE

1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Dash cayenne pepper
8 hot dogs
8 hot dog buns, split
Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, relish and chopped onion

DIRECTIONS
In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Stir in tomato sauce, water, Worcestershire sauce, onion and seasonings.
Place hot dogs in a 3-qt. slow cooker; top with beef mixture. Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours or until heated through. Serve on buns with toppings as desired. Yield: 8 servings.

 

 

Frank Valadez loves to spend time with family and friends on the 4th of July.  His favorite things to eat on that day are a perfectly flamed grilled Hamburger, his wife Jackie’s Homemade Potato Salad and Cold Beer.  Food.com has a fantastic recipe for the “Perfect Burger“.  Check it out and let us know what you think!

RECIPE

BURGER

1 egg
1 teaspoon mustard (regular or Dijon)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 small onion, finely grated
1 clove garlic, minced
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
1 lb medium ground beef

DIRECTIONS
Lightly oil grill& heat BBQ to medium.
Whisk egg in a bowl& add next 6 ingredients.
Add any of the “stir-ins” that appeal to you.
Crumble in beef& using your hands or a fork, gently mix together.
Handle the meat as little as possible – the more you work it, the tougher it gets.
Gently shape (don’t firmly press) mixture into burgers about ¾ inch thick.
Using your thumb, make a shallow depression in the centre of each burger to prevent puffing up during cooking.
Place burgers on the grill, close lid& BBQ until NO LONGER PINK INSIDE, turning once, about 6 – 8 minutes per side.
An instant read thermometer should read 160F.
Don’t abuse your burgers by pressing with a spatula, pricking with a fork or turning frequently as precious juices will be lost!
Tuck into a warm crusty bun& add your favourite toppings.

 

Julia Arroyo spends time on the 4th of July watching fireworks from the parking lot at Champion High School  or the Boerne Fairgrounds.  During this time the she enjoys delicious margaritas and appetizers!  The Cooking Channel has  this great recipe for Frozen Mango Magaritas. It’s a great recipe to try this year for your get togethers!

RECIPE

One 10-ounce bag frozen diced mango
2/3 cup tequila (preferably silver, 80 proof)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
2 tablespoons superfine sugar
2 cups ice water

DIRECTIONS

Put the mango, tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, sugar and water in a blender and blend until smooth.

 

Joslyn Burrows spends her time on the 4th of July with her family at Higgins Lake, Michigan.  This has been a family tradition for several years and Joslyn loves roasting a Hot Dog over the campfire and making S’mores with her two lovely daughters.

TheKitchn.com has 12 creative idesas to dress up your S’mores.  Some of these great ideas include: The Classic. Graham cracker + dark chocolate + marshmallow.Triple Chocolate. Chocolate graham cracker + dark chocolate + chocolate marshmallow, Salty Caramel Bacon, Fluffernutter, Strawberry Banana, Lemon Meringue, The Elvis and The Grasshopper. To check out these ideas check out this link.

Mike Giddens is our native Lousianian enjoys the 4th of July with family and friends.  His favorite foods are Jambalaya, Coonass Potato Salad, Dixie Beer and Leon’s Famous Bloody Mary’s.   SpicySouthernKitchen.com has a great recipe for potato salad.

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
3 pounds red potatoes
1 tablespoon Zatarain’s liquid shrimp and crab boil, optional
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon Zatarain’s Creole seasoning
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup Zatarain’s Creole mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
3 green onions, sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
DIRECTIONS
Cut potatoes either in half or quarters, depending on their size.
Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Water level should be an inch above potatoes. Add Zatarain’s crab boil and a few large pinches of salt.
Bring water to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain potatoes.
Place potatoes in a large bowl and toss with vinegar and Zatarain’s seasoning.
If you want the potato chunks smaller, use a knife and chop them up a little more.
In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, and sugar.
Add mayonnaise mixture to potatoes and stir to combine.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Stir in celery, eggs, green onions, and parsley.
Sprinkle more Zatarain’s seasoning on top and chill until ready to serve.

 

Lastly, our team’s Ann Jones loves everything 4th of July.  She loves the parades, the picnics, the food and the fireworks.  Anyone that knows her, knows she is a fabulous cook.  Her favorite thing to bring to a 4th of July barbeque are her Deviled Eggs. Ann’s recipe is incredibly simple and delicious. Give it a try this holiday to wow your family and friends.

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 tbsp Marzetti® Slaw Dressing
  • 18 Hard cooked eggs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Paprika or celery seed

Preparation

Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks and mash them in a small bowl.

Fold in Marzetti® Slaw Dressing, salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon mixture into egg-white halves. Garnish with paprika or celery seed.

CELEBRATE

From all of us here at the Jones Real Estate Group we hope you will try some of these delicious recipes we have shared with you and remember to enter our fantastic 4th of July Giveaway, which includes a $50 HEB Gift Card.  To enter our giveaway contest, click HERE and have a wonderful weekend!

Posted on June 22, 2017 at 7:52 pm
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