Margaret’s Famous Cheesecake

From our family to yours wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you enjoy gathering with your nearest and dearest and indulging in your family’s favorite dishes!

Here is our families favorite cheesecake recipe courtesy from our Aunt Margaret Krempl who lives in Texas and those Texans know how to make everything good, every year for every holiday someone in our family requests her famous cheesecake.



1 1/2 cup of graham cracker cumbs

1/2 cup sugar

1 stick of butter

*special ingredient Cinnamon 1 T sprinkled in

mix these ingredients together with a fork and then press into the bottom and up the sides of your spring form pan





2 packages of cream cheese

1 cup of sugar

1 tsp of vanilla extract

3 eggs *added in 1 at a time    (pour the filling over the crust and bake for 60 minutes at 350 degrees

This last step is what really makes it different !

Topping which is going to be put on after your cheesecake is finished baking for 60 minutes

1 pint of sour cream (16 ounces)

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp of vanilla extract

1/2 tsp of cinnamon ( mix all together for a creamy top to your cheesecake, spread evenly and bake for an additional 15 minutes at 350 degrees)

  our family also adds fresh strawberries and whip cream you could add any fruit our topping of your choice!


Back to School Supply Sales!

Staples has a huge back to school sale offering Crayons and Markers for 50 cents when you spend 30.00 and 20% your total purchase when you purchase a backpack! Most all of their supplies are discounted to be 42% off


Target now available with drive up and go you don’t even need to go in! Select supplies starting at just 50 cents and 20% off promo and 55% off backpacks target

Amazon save up to 56% on all school supplies amazon

Office Depot 20% off plus notebooks starting at just 10 cents each Office Depot

Walmart has roll back on glue sticks pack of 3 for $2.97 and pens, markers, pencils and notebooks also on sale  backpacks as low as $9.00 walmart

Supply Lists 





Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet will host its 27th Annual Back to School Fair event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Joliet Catholic Academy, 1200 N. Larkin Avenue, Joliet.
The Catholic Charities Back to School Fair is a FREE “one-stop event” designed to help low income Will County families with children ages newborn to 18 years receive vital information and assistance all in one place.
Nearly 50 agencies work together to provide families with children (newborn to 18 years-old) with school and sports physicals; dentistry; vision, speech, and hearing screenings; asthma and lead screenings and; haircuts.
And of course, K-12 students can get new backpacks and school supplies; Preschool-12th graders can get new and gently used books.
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1717 Seward Road, Joliet IL 60431 For Sale

Newly listed in sought after Theodore’s Ridge Subdivision located off Ridge road and Theodore in Kendall County. 

Theodores Ridge is a community with 145 homes newly completed built by AP Homes.


This small Subdivision with low HOA dues $350 a year feeds into Plainfield School District 202 which are located in between the subdivision and Greywall Club next door. http://tjes.psd202.org/   http://asms.psd202.org/

Both Elementary and Middle School are located within walking distance from this home about .5 mile away.

Under 5 years old, better than new construction!  Listed at $267,000

Beautifully updated 4 bedroom 2.5 bath On a large corner lot this 2300 square foot home with gracious open floor plan basks in natural light. Endless upgrades include fresh paint, luxury vinyl plank flooring, new trim and lighting.

Kitchen with cabinets galore, Classique Calcutta Quartz counters, herringbone backsplash, new stainless fridge and stove. Spacious laundry/mudroom off the 2 car garage. Upstairs 4 generous sized bedrooms await.

Master Suite with custom lighting and spa like bath equipped with double bowl vanity, tiled shower and soaking tub. Full basement with bathroom rough in. New A/C 2019

Similar style homes are currently being built new for upwards of 290,000 within a few miles, why wait and build? This home still falls under the 10 year builder structural warranty,https://www.aphomes.net/


Celebrate Spring in Plainfield with Events in April

Plainfield Park District has a whole array of spring events for families in the community! The arrival of Spring is always anticipated washing away those winter blues! Come out for some fun filled events with the kids.

April 12th- Flashlight Egg Hunt, Kids ages 7-12 located at 16650 S Lily Cache Rd. Plainfield IL  Starts at 8 PM-9PM and is $6.00 for Park District residents/$7.50 for non residents “Colorful eggs will be placed in a dark field that you will have to find with your flashlight.” Register here 

Flashlight Egg Hunt

April 13th- Egg-citing Activities 11-12PM come out and see the Easter Bunny and collect the eggs he has left behind! Treat Bag included

Register Here

EGG-citing Activities

April 14th- Spring Pony Rides 2-4PM ages 3 and up located at the Norman Town Equestrian center.

Spring Pony Rides

April 20th Bunny-Licious Breakfast Meet and greet with the Bunny and enjoy a professional photo 8:30 Am-11AM Located at the Plainfield Township Community Center

Bunny-Licious Breakfast



Get your home ready to sell without spending $$$

8 Tips to getting your home ready to sell without spending a lot of money. 

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Spring is typically when the housing market gets flooded with homes! We always suggest beating your neighbors to the punch and listing your home a little earlier than most. Less for buyers to choose from can mean more money in your pocket. Often times the task of listing your home can be daunting and many do not know where to begin, let our experience work for you! Below find a list of items that are rather inexpensive and will not only make your home look great, but will also help to sell faster and for more money.

  1. Paint-for 30 dollars you can buy a gallon of paint. Change the whole look of your home. So long are browns and beiges and hello to grey and white pallets. Our favorite colors that go with everything are from Sherwin Williams we like them so much we use them in ourown homes!
    1. Repose Gray, and Eider White are stunning on the wall and really do a wonderful job of toning down oak tones you may already have in your home. They brighten up dark spaces and give a clean neutral look to your home.
      1. Pussywillow gray SW 7643 it is a touch darker than repose gray and looks beautiful in any home. If this seems to dark for you, you can have it cut by 50% and it will give you the same tone just lighter. See below the great room from our newest listing 7216 Yorkshire, Joliet IL 60431 painted in Pussywillow Gray.

2. Declutter-Staging your home will help to highlight your homes strengths, hide its weaknesses and helps it to appeal to buyers. Depersonalizing your home and removing clutter and small décor items will give your home a fresh appearance. Start by packing away or donating items that you will no longer need or wont use for the next 3-4 months. Removing clutter will give the feeling of having more space. You want home buyers to imagine living in your home and making their own memories there rather than taking a tour down your family’s memory lane. Pictures should be removed off the fridge, above the cabinets should be clear and your countertops should be sparse.

3. Fresh towels and bath mats- You don’t need to spend a lot of money. Run to Homegoods, Target, Walmart or even The Dollar Store. Make your bathrooms fresh and spa like. Roll up some bright white hand towels next to the bath tub, add a bench with some bath salts, and fresh bar of soap. You don’t need a whole bathroom remodel to appeal to buyers. Small details will help greatly. Maybe your bathroom doesn’t have double bowl sinks but does have a large bath tub. Play up what you do have by enhancing the features that stand out, sprinkle some rose petals, add a plush rug and accentuate your assets.  See below how some inexpensive towels, a vase with some flowers and bench transformed this bathroom into a spa, cant you envision yourself there now!

4. Deep Clean-This is a huge deal. To the buyer your home  is ‘brand new to them’ New home buyers will see everything you don’t. We suggest taking a few days yourself or spending a few hundred dollars and hiring a company to come in and DEEP clean your home. Doing this just before your first showing is best so its fresh. After its clean its easy to maintain and the buyers know they are getting a home that was well cared for.

Have your windows professionally cleaned to give your home a lighter feel inside and out. Don’t forget to have the curtains, blinds and shelves around the home dusted and cleaned as well. Opening vents and washing the covers and vacuuming inside is another great idea. Light fixtures and lamps should be wiped down and don’t forget those pesky cobwebs in vaulted entryways.

5. Lighting – Light fixtures go in and out of style, never thought we would see gold coming back around but it is here! Lights can often be purchased and installed easily and inexpensively adding a pendants to builder grade kitchen or a chandelier over the dining room table can change the whole look of a house. Amazon usually has some knock off Pottery Barn Lights for a steal and are delivered next day with PRIME. See how these glass gloves and table area chandelier transformed this kitchen!

6. Bedspreads– replace busy or loud looking bedspreads with a neutral white or gray, especially in the master suite you want a tranquil place to land your head. Target and also Homegoods have very inexpensive plain bedding that you can purchase for the purpose of showing the home they even come in sets.  If your not in love with it swap it out for showings. This can be a great way to give your room an updated feel without spending a lot of money.

7. Landscaping– Its still winter so no ones yard looks inviting right now. A quick clean up, removing dead leaves, flags and lawn ornaments can really spruce up the yard. Old furniture that’s not looking so hot anymore can be stored in your garage and out of sight.

8. Call your Favorite Realtors for your complimentary home evaluation. We can get you a true picture of what your home can sell for. Let us walk through with you for pointers. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can help point out things you may not notice. Spring is right around the corner now is the perfect time to get ready.


Michele Morris – Managing Broker/Owner 630-669-4469

Amanda Albrecht- Broker 815-715-5904


The greatest 2017 Christmas Light Displays

The greatest Christmas Light displays you do not want to miss!

If your kids are anything like ours they have a countdown to Christmas going on and wont let you forget that Christmas is only 3 weeks away, time flies and one of our favorite holiday festivities is driving around looking at all the Light displays. Luckily some of the best displays are right in the area.

Jump in the car and take a cruise to the areas best Christmas light displays, we have rounded up all the best holiday lights for you and you don’t want to miss these.  We have done our best to put these in order so you can go down the list.

If we missed a home that has spectacular lights displayed shoot us the address we would love to have all the best homes on our list.


  • 12941 Greenfield Drive, Plainfield IL 60585
  • 12733 Hawks Bill Lane Plainfield IL
  • 25206 Knoll Road, Plainfield IL 60544 Tune to 95.1 FM to hear the music from the comfort of your own vehicle.
  • 25236 Knoll Road, Plainfield IL 60544
  • 13905 Trillium Plainfield IL 60544
  • 16232 Vintage Drive Plainfield IL
  • 23337 W. Grinton Drive Plainfield IL
  • 4706 Swan Ct Plainfield IL


Take a Naperville Trolley Tour and see them all! They have a Northern an Southern Tour or both for 2.5 hours of christmas light bliss https://napervilletrolley.com/december


  • 4710 Ashford Lane Joliet IL 60431
  • 3111 Evergreen Drive, Joliet IL 60435
  • 1402 Tiger Lily Lane Joliet IL 60435


  • 1101 Conrad Lane Shorewood IL 60404



  • 47 Coy Park Drive Newark IL 60541


  • 42W891 Beith Road Elburn IL
  • 60119 http://www.larsenslightshow.com/location/

Spring Valley

  • 3 Hidden Grove Lane Spring Valley IL https://www.facebook.com/quesselights/videos/771897016345402/

Saint Charles

  • 6N020 Old Homestead Road Saint Charles, 

Park Ridge

* Homes added to our list come from public websites, You Tube videos, Facebook pages, and owner suggestions. A big thank you to everyone who is sharing the joy of the holiday season with their community. *



Buying a Home in a Sellers Market

Home Buying Guide

As many of you know we did not have a fall slow down in Plainfield and surrounding area, in fact we saw many buyers rushing to purchase in November, December and January in hopes of beating the rate hike and rush of buyers for Spring market. A normal year we get a small break between fall and spring making it key time for us to jet away for a short vacation or revamp some of our marketing ideas and meet with our preferred partners, this year is different.

If you have been searching for a home you now know, not a lot is for sale and when something does pop up it goes very quickly. This is making it a great time for sellers to sell and quickly. Buying a home can be stressful in the most favorable markets but when your faced with buying a home in a sellers market it can be daunting.

If your thinking of buying start here:

  1. Be prepared and ready to go! Your first step before looking at homes is Talking to a lender.You need to get Pre-Approved first. There is a difference between be Pre Qualified and Pre Approved. Pre Qualified means you have spoken to a lender and they think they can get you approved based off what you have said to them.  Pre Approved means you have provided the documentation to back up what you have told the lender and they have ran your credit.  This is crucial because it means you are a stronger buyer when going up against multiple offers. This is a great time to go over what you can afford and what your monthly payments would be at different price points.

  2.  Find a Realtor- In a fast paced market, a good Realtor can make or break the deal for you. If a home pops up in the Morning and you cant reach your agent until 3 you could have potentially missed out on the house. Make sure to let your agent understand your time frame, exactly what your looking for in a home and the price your willing to go up to. You need a Realtor who is responsive and ready to go whenever you are.

  3. Make your best offer first- Dont expect the seller to counter your offer if they have received 2,3 or 4 offers in the first day (which is what is happening a lot right now) you will not get another shot to make an offer. Go in with


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