“There is always something to be Thankful for”

Kristin Croak

It’s that time of year to be surrounded by family and friends.

It’s that time to enjoy lots of food and fellowship. Is it that time for you to talk about your options to list your home or buy a home? Do you need a bigger kitchen for the festivities, a bigger living room, or maybe a larger yard? Give me a call and let’s go over your options. Just a quick reminder…There is always something to be thankful for, and I am thankful for you and this wonderful community we live in!

Will you be Away for the Winter?

Here is how to winterize your mountain home!

Recipe to Try

Apple Pie à la Mode

Ice Cream Sandwiches


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/8 ounces)

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

  • Pinch of kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening (such as Crisco)

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and finely chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)

  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • Pinch of ground cloves

  • Pinch of kosher salt

  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream, softened

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 4 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt in a medium bowl. Combine shortening, butter, and 1 cup granulated sugar in bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low; beat in egg, egg yolk, and vanilla bean paste until incorporated. Gradually add flour mixture, beating just until dough comes together.

  2. Whisk together cinnamon and remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in a shallow bowl. Shape dough into 42 (1-inch) balls. Dredge balls in cinnamon mixture, and arrange 3 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake cookies in preheated oven in the upper and lower thirds of oven, until light golden around edges, 7 to 9 minutes. Transfer cookies on baking sheets to wire racks to cool completely, about 15 minutes.

  3. Melt butter with olive oil in a large skillet over medium. Add bay leaf, and cook 15 seconds. Stir in apples, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are very soft and begin to caramelize, about 25 minutes. Scrape apples onto a baking sheet or large plate to cool completely; discard bay leaf.

  4. Working quickly, fold cooled apple mixture into softened ice cream in a large bowl. (If ice cream becomes too soft, place in freezer until firm enough to scoop, about 30 minutes.) For each ice cream sandwich, scoop about 11/2 tablespoons ice cream mixture onto flat side of half of cookies; cover with remaining cookies. Wrap in plastic wrap, and freeze until ice cream mixture is just firm, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately. Assembled ice cream sandwiches can be wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen up to 3 days.

Fun Upcoming Events!

Veterans Day

Veterans Day occurs on November 11 every year in the United States in honor of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918 that signaled the end of World War I. On November 11, 1919, the first anniversary was celebrated.


November 21, 2020

Gather the family and come on down to Green Valley Park to enjoy a brisk morning with beautiful views, friendly neighbors, and tons of fun at the annual Turkey Trot 5k and 1 Mile Walk!

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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