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Harvesting Home: A Thanksgiving Celebration with Geri Reilly Real Estate in Northern Vermont

As Thanksgiving approaches, it's the perfect time for reflection, gratitude, and, of course, a celebration of all things home. At Geri Reilly Real Estate, we're not just about finding houses; we're about creating homes and fostering a sense of community. Join us as we explore the essence of Thanksgiving in Northern Vermont, from delightful recipes to heartwarming community events.


Recipes to Warm the Heart:

Thanksgiving is synonymous with indulgent feasts, and we’re happy to provide some delightful recipes that embody the spirit of Northern Vermont's harvest season.

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Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Pecans


  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.
  2. Prep Brussels Sprouts: Trim the ends of the Brussels sprouts and cut them in half. Place them in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add Cranberries and Pecans: Toss fresh cranberries and chopped pecans into the bowl with the Brussels sprouts. The combination of tart cranberries and nutty pecans adds a burst of flavor and texture.
  4. Whisk the Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. This flavorful dressing will enhance the natural sweetness of the Brussels sprouts.
  5. Coat and Toss: Drizzle the dressing over the Brussels sprouts, cranberries, and pecans. Toss everything together until well coated, ensuring each piece is infused with the delicious maple-balsamic flavor.
  6. Spread on Baking Sheet: Spread the coated Brussels sprouts mixture evenly on the prepared baking sheet, arranging them in a single layer. This ensures that they roast evenly and develop a beautiful caramelization.
  7. Roast to Perfection: Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast for 20-25 minutes or until the Brussels sprouts are golden brown and crispy on the edges. Make sure to toss the mixture halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  8. Serve and Enjoy: Once roasted to perfection, transfer the Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Pecans to a serving dish. Garnish with additional chopped pecans if desired. Serve warm and watch this vibrant side dish become a Thanksgiving favorite!

This delightful side dish combines the earthy goodness of Brussels sprouts with the sweetness of cranberries and the crunch of pecans, creating a harmonious medley of flavors that will complement any Thanksgiving feast. Enjoy!


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Herb-Roasted Turkey with Cranberry-Orange Glaze



  • 1 whole turkey (12-14 pounds), thawed if frozen
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons fresh sage, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled

Cranberry-Orange Glaze:

  • 1 cup cranberry sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Zest of one orange


  • Pan drippings from the roasted turkey
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups turkey or chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat and Prep: Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C). Remove the giblets from the turkey cavity, rinse the turkey inside and out, and pat it dry with paper towels.
  2. Herb Butter Rub: In a small bowl, mix together the softened butter, chopped sage, rosemary, and thyme. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.
  3. Prepare the Turkey: Gently lift the skin of the turkey and rub half of the herb butter mixture directly onto the turkey breast. Rub the remaining mixture over the entire surface of the turkey. Sprinkle additional salt and pepper over the exterior.
  4. Stuff and Truss: Place quartered onion, lemon halves, and garlic cloves inside the turkey cavity. Truss the turkey using kitchen twine to secure the legs and keep the shape.
  5. Cranberry-Orange Glaze: In a small saucepan, combine cranberry sauce, orange juice, honey, Dijon mustard, and orange zest. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes until it thickens slightly. Set aside.
  6. Roast the Turkey: Place the prepared turkey on a rack in a roasting pan. Roast in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the turkey.
  7. Glaze the Turkey: During the last 30 minutes of roasting, baste the turkey with the cranberry-orange glaze every 10 minutes, creating a flavorful, glossy finish.
  8. Rest and Carve: Once the turkey is cooked, let it rest for at least 20 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring a moist and flavorful bird.
  9. Make Gravy: While the turkey rests, pour the pan drippings into a saucepan. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour and a cup of broth until smooth. Gradually whisk the flour mixture into the pan drippings, adding the remaining broth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the gravy thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve and Enjoy: Carve the turkey, drizzle with additional cranberry-orange glaze if desired, and serve with the savory herb-infused gravy.

This Herb-Roasted Turkey with Cranberry-Orange Glaze is a show-stopping centerpiece for your Thanksgiving feast, combining the classic flavors of herbs, citrus, and cranberries to create a memorable and delicious entree.


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Title: Harvest Spice Bourbon Mule


  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz apple cider
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz maple syrup
  • Ginger beer
  • Ice cubes
  • Cinnamon stick and apple slice for garnish


  1. Prepare the Glass: Fill a copper mug (or your preferred cocktail glass) with ice cubes.
  2. Build the Base: In a shaker, combine bourbon, apple cider, fresh lemon juice, and maple syrup. Shake well to ensure all the flavors are nicely blended.
  3. Strain into Glass: Strain the mixture over the ice in the prepared glass.
  4. Top with Ginger Beer: Pour ginger beer over the bourbon mixture, leaving enough room for the effervescence.
  5. Give It a Stir: Gently stir the ingredients in the glass to combine the flavors.
  6. Garnish: Garnish your Harvest Spice Bourbon Mule with a cinnamon stick and a thin slice of apple. The aromatic cinnamon and the crisp apple slice add a festive touch to the cocktail.
  7. Serve and Enjoy: Toast to gratitude and the flavors of the season with this delightful Harvest Spice Bourbon Mule.

This Thanksgiving cocktail is a perfect blend of the rich warmth of bourbon, the seasonal touch of apple cider, and the sweet notes of maple syrup, all complemented by the effervescence of ginger beer. Cheers to a festive and flavorful Thanksgiving celebration!


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Setting the Table in Style:

Elevate your Thanksgiving dinner with tablescape ideas that capture the essence of Vermont's rustic charm. Incorporate natural elements like pinecones, acorns, and seasonal flowers to create a centerpiece that celebrates the beauty of the outdoors. Consider using locally crafted ceramics or wooden serving dishes to add a touch of authenticity to your table setting. Let your creativity flow, and don't forget to share your stunning tablescape on social media using the hashtag #VermontThanksgiving!

Decorating Your Home for the Season:

As we approach the holiday season, there's no better time to infuse your home with warmth and festive cheer. Embrace the rustic elegance of Northern Vermont with cozy throw blankets, plaid accents, and soft lighting. Consider swapping out your regular decor for autumn-themed elements like pumpkins, gourds, and seasonal wreaths. We've curated a list of local artisans and shops where you can find unique decor items to add a touch of Vermont to your home.


Giving Back to the Community:

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and giving, and at Geri Reilly Real Estate, we believe in making a positive impact in our community. Join us in supporting local food drives to ensure that everyone in Northern Vermont can enjoy a hearty meal this Thanksgiving. See below for information on community events and how you can contribute to making this holiday season a little brighter for those in need.


Community Events and Gatherings:

Discover the array of events happening in Northern Vermont during the Thanksgiving season. From festive parades to craft fairs and tree-lighting ceremonies, there's no shortage of activities to bring the community together. Check out our event calendar to plan your Thanksgiving week and make the most of the vibrant and welcoming atmosphere in our corner of Vermont.


The BTV Winter Market at City Hall Park | 11/18 at 12pm | 11/19 at 4pm



Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot at Leddy Park | 11/23 at 10am



GMAA Turkey Trot 5K | UVM Gutterson Fieldhouse | 11/23 at 10am



Santa Parade | Church Street Marketplace | 11/24 at 12:30pm



Tree Lighting Ceremony | Church Street Marketplace | 11/24 at 5:30pm



Kids Train | Church Street Marketplace | 11/26 at 11am-3pm



As we gather around the Thanksgiving table, let's celebrate not only the bounty of the harvest but also the warmth of community and the joy of creating a home. At Geri Reilly Real Estate, we're grateful to be part of the Northern Vermont community, and we wish you and your loved ones a Thanksgiving filled with laughter, love, and the unmistakable charm of our beautiful region. Happy Thanksgiving!


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Preparing Your Vermont Home for Winter: Essential Maintenance Tips

As the vibrant colors of autumn fade into the crisp chill of winter, Vermonters know it's time to prepare their homes for the inevitable challenges that the cold season brings. With its picturesque landscapes and picturesque winters, Vermont's beauty often comes with a price—harsh weather conditions that can take a toll on even the most well-constructed homes. To ensure your abode remains warm, cozy, and in top shape throughout the winter months, it's crucial to undertake some essential maintenance tasks. Here, we'll discuss a comprehensive guide to prepping your Vermont home for the upcoming winter, equipping you with the knowledge you need to protect your haven from the elements.

Weatherproofing Your Home:

One of the most critical aspects of preparing your Vermont home for the winter season is weatherproofing. The bitter cold and heavy snowfalls can easily find their way through any vulnerable points in your home's exterior, leading to chilly drafts and potential damage. Start by inspecting your windows and doors for any gaps, cracks, or air leaks. Consider applying weatherstripping and caulking to seal off any openings, preventing heat loss and keeping your energy bills in check. Additionally, ensure that your attic and basement are adequately insulated to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature.

HVAC System Check:

Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system should be in top-notch condition before the winter sets in. Schedule a professional inspection to assess the functionality of your furnace, thermostat, and any other heating components. Clean or replace your furnace filters to improve efficiency and indoor air quality. If you use a fireplace or wood-burning stove, have the chimney cleaned and inspected to prevent potential fire hazards. Proper maintenance of your HVAC system not only keeps you warm but also ensures safety for you and your family during the colder months.

Roof and Gutters Maintenance:

Vermont winters often bring heavy snowfall, which can add significant weight to your roof. Inspect your roof for any signs of damage, such as missing or cracked shingles, and address them promptly. Clear your gutters and downspouts of any debris to prevent ice dams, which can lead to water damage and leaks. Consider installing heating cables along the edges of your roof to prevent the formation of ice dams, ensuring that melting snow and ice can properly drain off your roof.

Outdoor Preparations:

Protecting your outdoor elements is equally important. Store any outdoor furniture, garden tools, and hoses in a sheltered area to prevent damage from freezing temperatures and snow. Trim any overhanging tree branches that could potentially break under the weight of heavy snow, posing a threat to your home. Remember to stock up on winter supplies, such as snow shovels, ice melt, and firewood, to tackle any snowstorms or emergencies that may arise during the season.

Plumbing Precautions:

Frozen pipes are a common issue during Vermont winters, often leading to costly water damage. To prevent this, insulate any exposed pipes and consider installing a programmable thermostat to keep the indoor temperature consistent. Know where your main water shutoff valve is located in case of emergencies. Additionally, disconnect and drain any outdoor hoses and faucets to prevent them from freezing and bursting.


Preparing your Vermont home for the winter season requires a proactive approach to maintenance and care. By taking the necessary steps to weatherproof your home, inspect your HVAC system, maintain your roof and gutters, protect outdoor elements, and safeguard your plumbing, you can ensure that your haven remains a warm and secure refuge during the coldest months. Remember, early preparation can save you from costly repairs and ensure your peace of mind throughout the snowy Vermont winter. Stay warm, stay safe, and embrace the beauty of the season in the comfort of your well-prepared home.

Halloween 2023 Happenings in Burlington, Vermont

As the crisp air embraces the rustling leaves and the moon casts an eerie glow upon the earth, it's that time of year again when the barrier between the living and the dead blurs into an enchanting dance of spookiness and revelry. That's right, Halloween is just around the corner, and with it comes a plethora of chilling adventures and hair-raising escapades that are not for the faint of heart. From ghostly gatherings in ancient manors to pumpkin patches teeming with spectral delights, the spirit of the season beckons us to explore the most thrilling and macabre events that the world has to offer. So fasten your seatbelts, grab your flashlights, and join us on a spine-tingling journey through the most captivating Halloween happenings that will leave you bewitched and craving for more.

Halloween Howl Saturday | Sat, Oct 21, 1 – 4PM | Oakledge Park

It’s the 8th annual Halloween Howl! Kids of all ages are welcome to come celebrate Halloween in the park!

With an animatronic village of haunted Halloween characters, fun crafts, a bounce house, trick or treating at the Treehouse, airbrush tattoos by Little Artsy Faces, caricature art by Joe Ferris Art, Ben & Jerry’s and so much more, it’s sure to be a day to remember! It’s also a costume party, and who doesn’t want a reason to wear their costume twice?

Halloween Block Party W/ VT Construction | Sat, Oct 28, 1 - 4PM

Vermont Construction Co is teaming up with Local Maverick & Switchback to throw a big halloween block party on the lawn of Switchback!

Grab costumes for you and your pup and join us for live music, food trucks, local vendors, kid-friendly activities, a photo booth with a professional photographer, a costume contest for dogs and people & more!

Halloween Bike Ride | Sun, Oct 29, 1:30 - 3:30PM

Shared Streets, Not Scared Streets! Join the 14th Annual Halloween Bike Ride!

This fun ride starts in City Hall Park and makes its way through Burlington, ending in Roosevelt Park with a pizza party and other fun! All ages are welcome. No registration needed, so bring your friends and family and get some extra mileage out of that Halloween costume dressed in your holiday finest.

Wicked Wolverine Halloween Bar Crawl - Burlington, Vermont | Sat, Oct 28, 5 - 11PM

Pub Pioneers invites you to an unforgettable night of ghoulish revelry. Get ready for an eerie adventure as you embark on our Halloween Bar Crawl, where the spirits roam freely, and the fun never ceases. Join us on October 28th, from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM, for an otherworldly experience you won't soon forget.

Prepare to be spellbound by the extraordinary atmosphere of our participating venues. Immerse yourself in the macabre ambiance, where haunted histories intertwine with contemporary charm. Savor the spine-chilling experience as you explore a selection of the city's most iconic bars and pubs, each offering exclusive food and drink specials tailored to tantalize your taste buds.

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