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:
4372 N. Loop 1604 West, Ste. 102
San Antonio, Texas 78249
Contact: Carey Morgan
24200 IH-10 West, Ste. 101
San Antonio, TX 78257
Contact: Greg Jones
210 E. Blanco Rd.
Boerne, TX 78006
Contact: Dwayne Rivers
San Antonio, TX 78209
Contact: Lisa Gove
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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!
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
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.
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
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.
- 12 tbsp Marzetti® Slaw Dressing
- 18 Hard cooked eggs
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Paprika or celery seed
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.
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!
**4th of July GIVEAWAY** & 4th of July Festivities!
Summer is definitely underway with June halfway done and July is quickly approaching! Summer vacations, family reunions, camping trips, backyard barbeques and the upcoming 4th of July festivities are starting to dot your calendars and the Jones Real Estate Group with the Phyllis Browning Company wants to help you CELEBRATE your summer with a fantastic 4th of July GIVEAWAY contest and great list of 4th of July events you can enjoy!
Enter our 4th of July GIVEAWAY!
The Jones Real Estate Group has created at fantastic gift basket that we are giving away to help you celebrate your 4th of July. This gift basket is worth over $150.00!! This gift includes: 1- $50 dollar HEB Gift Card for Burgers, Buns and Beer, 1 Coleman 32 qt wheeled cooler, 1 set of grilling mits, 1- 3 Piece Cuisinart Grill Tool Set, 1 Twin Pack of Off, 1 magnetic American Flag Auto Emblem, 1 Picnic Blanket, 1 set of Patriotic Paper Plates and Knapkins, 1 Thermal water bottle from the Leon Springs Business Association and 1- 177 Piece Kickin Party Fireworks Set.
This contest will start TODAY, June 16, 2017 and a winner will be chosen on June 30, 2017. All entries to win must be completed by 6AM on June 30, 2017. To enter our contest to win this fantastic prize you must do the following things:
#1- LIKE our Facebook page, The Jones Real Estate Group with the Phyllis Browning Company
#2- COMMENT about your favorite 4th of July activity.
For an extra entry you can SHARE our post on your Facebook page!
*Please note all entries will be verfied to select a winner.*
Planning ahead for the 4th of July is a great way to make sure you don’t miss out on any of our fantastic local events that celebrate that special day. Therefore, we put together a list of 10 great 4th of July Activities that you’ll want to put on your calendars NOW!
Local 4th of July Events
City of San Antonio 4th of July Celebration, 8:00 A.M.–9:30 P.M. at Woodlawn Lake Park—Families are invited to participate in a fun-filled day of games, food, and musical entertainment. Event begins with Zumbathon and races, followed by children’s parade at 11:00 A.M. Fireworks extravaganza begins at 9:30 P.M. Free.
Independence Day Celebration, 9:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at the Alamo—music, living history, readings of the Declaration of Independence, photo opps with reenacts, and more. Free.
Salute to America’s Heroes, 9:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. at Morgan’s Wonderland—Free food for guests will be offered from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. while supplies last. Hot dogs with all the trimmings and apple pie will be served, and sodas and bottled water will cost just a dollar. Military members, first responders, and their immediate families who present valid ID cards at the Welcome Center can obtain a special discounted admission of $9 per person. Individuals with special needs and children ages 2 and younger are always admitted free of charge.
Fourth of July Parade & Program, 9:15 A.M. at Main Plaza (New Braunfels)—Sponsored by the Sophienburg Museum in coordination with the City of New Braunfels and the Parks and Recreation Department. Patriotic program begins at 10:00 A.M. Free.
Stinson Commemorative Air Force & Freedom Flyers, 10:00 A.M.–2:00 P.M. at Stinson Airport—Flights and tours of vintage military aircraft. Vintage aircraft tour fee is $10 for adults; $5 for children under 12; $20 for a family of five. Event also includes free family fun fair with children’s activities and exhibits.
4th of July Festival & Fireworks Spectacular Celebration, 10:00 A.M. to dusk at Raymond Rimkus Park (Leon Valley)—Food, drinks, music, carnival, and pony rides all day. Parade starts at 10:00 A.M. Fireworks begin at dusk.
July 4th Fest at Six Flags Fiesta Texas–Present a can of any Coca-Cola® product along with a park admission or Season Pass, and you’ll receive exclusive early access to select rides one hour before the park opens, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. each day. Lights of Liberty is scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m. on all three days and can be best viewed in Lone Star Lil’s. Event is included with park admission.
Fireworks Spectacular at SeaWorld San Antonio–Witness a colorful fireworks display at Ski Lake. This stunning mix of pyrotechnics set to a triumphant musical score will begin at 9:45 p.m. all three days. Prior to the show, guests can enjoy live music and entertainment for all ages. Event is included with park admission.
4th of July Celebration, 10:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M. at Downtown and Comfort Park (Comfort)—Parade begins at 10 A.M followed by BBQ in the park and then live music, food trucks, and raffles starting at 2:00 P.M. Free.
Freedom Fest, 12:00–8:00 P.M. at Historic Market Square—Food, drinks, and fun for the whole family. Entertainment lineup featuring Whiskey 2 Step, the Palacios Brothers, Ruben V, and Augie Meyers. Free.
Most of all, of us here at the Jones Real Estate Group hope you will have a great 4th of July holiday, especially with these fantastic events and the chance to win our outstanding gift basket! Remember to enter TODAY!!
Fantastically Fun Water Activities in Texas
Summertime in Texas can get H-O-T! Thankfully, our good friends at Independence Title have put together an awesome guide for great water destinations throughout Central Texas, Greater San Antonio & The Gulf Coast areas of Texas to help you stay cool this Summer!! Take a minute and check out the guide from Independence Title and start plannins some Summer water fun TODAY!
Celebrate- Honor- Remember
From the desk of Greg Jones…
On this Memorial Day 2017 I remember friends, family, and complete strangers who have given their lives so that all of us can live in this wonderful country in peace and freedom. Additionally I am very grateful for all the men and women of our armed services who are serving in various theaters around the world on guard for us.
“All Gave Some, and Some Gave All”
DID YOU KNOW…
- Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May.
- This holiday honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.
- Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
- Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.
- It unofficially marks the beginning of summer.
For the Love of a Stranger
by Holly Rodriguez
I am a soldier, a mother, a daughter, a lover and wife,
Before I became a defender I had a full life.
I‘m a brother, a soldier, a father, an uncle and man,
I‘ve seen terrors of war that you can’t begin to comprehend.
Preserving freedom and the rights of people in our great land,
Against those who bring us destruction and can’t understand
A soldier’s deep love of our country and courage to fight,
For America’s people so they can sleep in peace at night.
Remember that the right for you and me to remain free
Comes from sacrifices of brave people you may never meet.
From all of us at Jones Real Estate Group, we hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and take time to reflect on the many wonderful blessings we enjoy in the great country.
2017 San Antonio Farmer’s Markets
Farmer’s Markets are becoming more and more popular. Additionally, they provide fantastic locally produced fruits, vegetables, homemade food and goods to our communities. Many of you may not be aware that San Antonio and the surrounding areas has a vibrant Farmer’s Market community. Our good friends at Independence Title have put together a fantastic Farmer’s Market Guide. This guide tells you dates, times and locations for over 10 Farmer’s Markets in our community. Check out this great guide TODAY and plan to visit one of these great events this weekend!
Farmer’s Market Schedule
Hats, Hot Browns & Horses- The Jones Real Estate Group’s Guide to The Kentucky Derby
Ahh….it’s that time again. The first Saturday in May is a ”holy day of obligation” for those born and bred in the bluegrass state commonly known as Kentucky. Yes, it’s The Kentucky Derby! The Jones Real Estate Group wants to hear from you! We want to know Which horse do you think will win & the number of lengths for the win. Monday, the lucky winner will receive a set of Derby glasses from Greg & Ann Jones.
As many of you may know, Greg and I are Louisville, Kentucky natives who grew up going to the Derby. But perhaps you didn’t know, that another member of our group, Mike Giddens, also spent time attending the Derby and shares our great love of the entire experience that is The Kentucky Derby. Together we have created a great guide to help you experience The Kentucky Derby at it’s finest and pick the prize winning pony this weekend.
The Kentucky Derby is NOT just horse racing…it’s the whole experience of being in Louisville, KY among thousands of people celebrating a sporting event that lasts only two minutes and has been consecutively run since it’s inception in 1875! Whether you are a racing fanatic, or looking to find a gorgeous Derby hat, or digging into the Derby fare at the buffet tables or tasting a Mint Julep for the first time- it is a treat to place on your bucket list! Don’t wait…bite the bullet and plan your adventure!!
The Derby Parties are back to back…very little time to rest in between and there is lots of eating, drinking and reading the Racing Form. For Greg & I, we love to go back and stay with the good friends we love and miss so much! These are friends we see on a regular basis, but we always seem to run into someone at the track from years gone by. That’s why this is so much fun for us.
There are lots of fun events and the partying can go on until the early hours of the morning, but you really need your sleep to be fresh and ready for a long day on the track at Churchill Downs!
Greg has been going to the track since he was a wee boy and would sneak under the fence where all of the horse stables are to get in. In those days, the security was not as sophisticated as it is now. I started going to the track in high school and was hooked! I actually started betting when I was 9 years old. Mike Giddens went to his first Kentucky Derby when he was 16 years old and loved it so much that in the late 80’s he helped host a radio show on horse racing in Baton Rouge, LA . Mike also had a 900 number that would give you a selection for the race at $10 dollars a clip! Today, Mike said this about his first experience there, “My first Kentucky Derby was in 1978, I was 16 and bet 2 across on Affirmed…..At the window after getting paid, I told the Teller, this is too easy. The gentleman in the plaid jacket behind me replied, ‘Have a nice life Kid.’ It took me several years to understand what that meant. Fast forward 41 years . . . I miss going to the Derby with my lifelong friends.” As you can see, Mike & I agree that the Derby is best spent with great friends!
Here are some of our BEST tips to help you enjoy your Kentucky Derby experience:
#1-Pack sunscreen – Men this applies to you too ! The sun can be brutal and if your seat is in the sun you need to be ready.
#2-Pace your alcohol consumption and drink lots of water– Plan ahead to visit the restrooms in plenty of time to see any of the races. The lines get long…especially in the cheap seats.
#3-Place your Derby bets early and often– Both Mike & I agree that the lines get long…especially in the cheap seats.
#4- Wear comfy shoes-Ladies, I know you want to dress the part but…remember to take a pair of comfortable shoes. The heels will not be comfortable by the time the Derby race starts at about 5:30 or so in the afternoon. There is concrete everywhere and lots of steps. Depending if you have a parking pass, you will have to walk!
#5- Derby Hats- Let’s just be honest hats do get in the way….I hate to say this but once the hat goes on, you’ll have hat hair and if it’s hot, the hair will be worse! By the end of the day, you will swear never to wear a hat again. But what the heck…It’s the Derby!
#6- Plan ahead where to stay & eat– Google places to stay, restaurants for eating (RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST IN ADVANCE) and there are lots of packages available for tickets. Overnight is usually a three day minimum and may include Derby tickets, dining and different parties around the city. If you fly, take a cab to your hotel and plan on taking the bus (reserved buses) that takes you to the front entrance of the track.
#7- Say Cheese!– Take lots of pictures and enjoy the people watching. It’s some of the best in the world!
#8- Know Your Budget– Expect to spend $3,000 per person for just the minimum stay (3 nights) this does not include air fare, food, or betting money. Some packages do include a bus to and from the track. (This is by far the best way to travel to and from Churchill Downs) Or, if you are lucky enough to have friends in Louisville, call them now for your trip next year.
And what would the Kentucky Derby be without the horses? If you don’t know much about the horses in this year’s race check out this great link: https://www.kentuckyderby.com/horses. Here you can check out the horse’s number, starting gate, owner, trainer, breeder and lots more!
Have you decided what horse you think is going to win this Saturday? Here are Greg’s, Mike’s and my own pics for who the winning horse could be.
Greg’s first pick is Gormley.
Greg’s long shot is Fast and Accurate. (If you know Greg, you’ll know why!)
Ann’s pick is Always Dreaming.
Mike’s picks even though he has no wager on Saturday are:
Girvin– Top choice coming off a foot injury. This horse is fresh and has tactical speed!
Gormley-Destroyed a weak field in the Santa Anita Derby.
MCracken—Loves the track and will be closing!
Enjoy your weekend and remember: Clink Clink Pour! Sip Sip Hooray, Happy Derby Day!
The Jones Real Estate Group’s Builder Spotlight with Burdick Custom Homes
The Jones Real Estate Group part of the Phyllis Browning Company, is committed to helping our clients achieve their real estate goals, including finding the right builder to work with when building their dream home. Recently, Ann Jones had the opportunity to visit with one of San Antonio’s most iconic builders, Art Burdick of Burdick Custom Homes and tour one of his beautiful, new, custom homes.
Art Burdick and Burdick Custom Homes are known for being “behind the renown, and ahead of the rest”. Burdick Custom homes has an established reputation of excellence throughout San Antonio. For almost four decades, they have recieved multiple honors in new home construction and design excellence. This reputation appealed to our own Ann & Greg Jones who built a Burdick Custom 18 years ago. Art’s reputation of being an innovator for setting new standards in building and exceptional personal service to clients resonated with Ann & Greg and they knew they had chosen the right builder for their home.
Burdick Custom Homes has received more awards from their peers and our industry than any Custom Builder in their category. Some of these awards include: Excellence in design, craftsmanship and service. When you build a Burdick Custom Home you are sure to realize these same attributes in your home.
Working with Burdick Custom Homes is team effort. Art Burdick has educated, highly trained and experienced professionals with over 100 years of combined home building experience. Their mission is to create a superior builder-client relationship and guide you through the custom home building journey. They work with you from the very beginning from conceptual design and planning, interior design and finish out, to after move-in and beyond. Burdick Custom Homes stands by their work and warranties. Because it’s not just a house – it’s your home.
Burdic custom homes are featured throughout communities in San Antonio and the Hill Country area. These communities include: The Dominion, Anaqua Springs, The Canyons at Scenic Loop, Cantera Hills, Iverness, Huntington and Smithson Ridge. You may also build your own Burdick Custom Home on your own lot.
If you are looking for a builder who has an unbeatable reputation and will meet your expectations as you build your dream home, Burdick Custom Homes is the builder for you.
Leon Springs Night
The Jones Real Estate Group part of the Phyllis Browning Company is excited to be a sponsor of Leon Springs Night 2017!
We would love to have you join us for this fun event. Leon Springs Night is an annual Fiesta celebration that benefits Leon Springs Business Association charities.
This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m at Mi Casa Tamales, located at 25930 Interstate 10 W, Boerne, TX 78006.
Leon Springs Night will have games for kids, food and drinks for kids of all ages, and a night of festivities. Come out and meet your Leon Springs and Hill Country neighbors, plus kick off Fiesta with friends, without the long commute!
The evenings events consist of fun children’s activities and games, live bands, refreshments and great food!
Children’s activities will start at 4:00PM and go to 7:30 PM. These activities will include a children’s activity area, with Rainbow Play Systems playground set with rock wall, a talented balloon artist, cake walk, , fishing with the SEAS Knights of Columbus, and an interactive mascot competition.
The live music for the night will come from the Bret Mullins Band! (4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) and LeFreak (7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.).
Tickets for the evening can be purchased at the event for advance ticket purchase at the following locations:
|Allstate|| 121 Lohmann Street
|Broadway Bank||24175 IH-10 W (@ Boerne Stage Rd), 78257|
|Phyllis Browning Company||at 24200 IH-10 W, Ste 101, 78257|
|Generations FCU||Inside H-E-B at Leon Springs|
- $10 – Adults (13 and up)
- $5 – Youth (6-12 years)
- Children (5 and under) are free; must be accompanied by a parent/adult
- Free entry for military with valid/current ID.
Leon Springs Night is a wonderful way to get and enjoy this upcoming weekend. We look forward to seeing y’all there!