Best realtor line of the day.

“Can you see yourself being quarantined in this house?”

Kristin Croak

I love my clients!

Cassie Bedome

“Our experience with Kristín has been the best! She has been so helpful in the purchase of our home. We bought in a market we knew little about and she educated us on property value as well as amenities in the area. She made the whole process seamless and easy and I will be using her again in the future!”

Austin P.

“Had a great experience with Kristin and Susan! Enjoyed working with them and was night a day improvement compared to another realtor I spoke with in the beginning. I recommend!”

Recipe to Try

Roasted Strawberry Trifles with Lemon Cream

Roasted Strawberry Trifles

with Lemon Cream


  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1¼ cups sugar, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • ? cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup gluten-free baking flour or regular all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into pieces
  • ¼ cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup granola
  • 2 pounds strawberries, hulled, halved if large
  • 1 teaspoon smoked sea salt or flaky sea salt
  • Torn mint and basil leaves (for serving)

How to Make It

  1. Bring cream, 1 cup sugar, and a pinch of kosher salt to a gentle simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar and salt. Cook 3 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in lemon juice. Let cool slightly, then transfer to a medium bowl and press a sheet of plastic wrap directly onto surface (this will help prevent a skin from forming). Chill lemon cream until it has set up to a puddinglike consistency, at least 12 hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 325°. Combine gluten-free flour, butter, brown sugar, basil, vanilla, and a pinch of kosher salt in a medium bowl. Using your fingers, work mixture until it comes together in small clumps. Scatter crumble on a large parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until golden brown and slightly firm, 30–35 minutes. Let cool and break into smaller pieces. Mix in granola.

  3. Increase oven temperature to 425°. Toss strawberries, smoked salt, and remaining ¼ cup sugar on a clean rimmed baking sheet to combine. Roast strawberries, tossing once, until they are juicy but still hold their shape, about 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.

  4. Just before serving, assemble trifles by spooning alternating layers of lemon cream, roasted strawberries, and granola crumble into 8–12-oz. glasses or jars, dividing evenly. Top off with some mint and basil leaves.

Silly Celebration Days of May

Gifts from the Garden Month

Date When Celebrated: Month of May

Gardens and gardening offer us a wealth of enjoyment and benefits. So much so , that C.L. Fornari, of Osterville, Ma. has declared the Month of May to be Gifts from the Garden Month.

While April is National Lawn and Garden Month, it is still cold and even snowy in many parts of the country. Fornari readily points out that May is a much nicer weather month, and most everyone in the country can participate in gardening in May. Fornari even provides 31 reasons you can gain from gardening,. That’s one reason to enjoy gardening for each day of the month.

Lumpy Rug Day

Date When Celebrated: This holiday is always on May 3

Lumpy Rug Day is intended to appreciate a good rug. A rug should be smooth, even, and definitely not lumpy. Many of us stretch out on a rug to watch TV, play games, and even catch 40 winks. If the rug is lumpy, you’ll know it.

There are a number of ways to enjoy Lumpy Rug Day:

  • If you have a lumpy rug, toss it out and get a nice, lump-less rug.
  • If you once had a lumpy rug, take a minute to remember the soft, comfortable feel of the new rug when it arrived.
  • If you never had a lumpy rug, count your blessings. You don’t know what you’re missing.

Lost Sock Memorial Day

Date When Celebrated : Always May 9 th

Lost Sock Memorial Day recognizes your drawer full of unmatched socks. Each unmatched sock represents a missing sock. We never throw away our unmatched socks. After all, it may show up someday.

On Lost Sock Memorial Day, we suggest you spend a little time (as little as possible) searching for those missing socks.  After a (very) brief search, and in good “Memorial” spirit, spend a minute reflecting upon how warm and comforting the missing socks were on your stinky toes. Then, by all means, get on with your life. We encourage you to use this special day, to toss out all of your unmatched socks. Let’s face it, you’re never gonna find the missing one.

Water a Flower Day

Date When Celebrated: This holiday is always held on May 30.

Don’t you just love May? The weather has turned ideal, and the month is filled with garden related holidays. Today is another great one. It’s Water a Flower Day. This special day exists to reminder you to water your flowers…all of them.

Sure, we know that this day reads Water “a” Flower (singular) Day. It clearly indicates that a flower should be watered. But, in today’s world of equal rights and non-discrimination regulations, how can you single out one particular flower to water? Even if you can decide upon a certain flower, wouldn’t the rest of your flowers get upset and file a class action lawsuit?

I am committed with results! I work with a great team of professionals including a photographer to capture your home to give maximum exposure in both our online and offline marketing. I am a top producer in the Rim Country and work with you from start to finish of the home buying/selling process. Even after the sale, I am always here to help!

I Start it, I Finish it. Committed with Results.

  Kristin Croak, PLLC

   ERA Young Realty & Investment
   424 S Beeline Highway, Payson, AZ 85541

   (928) 970-0634

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