Posted by Kim Perry on Friday, December 4th, 2009 at 11:49am.

As a full time Real Estate Broker in the Ulster County area, I feel that sellers and buyers underestimate the power of smell.

458_800The smell/scent of a home can be just as positive as it can be negative.

Have you ever walked into your Moms House and say to yourself, "smells like home".
My family home in Saratoga always smells like baked goods, an apple pie, cookies or a ham baking with brown sugar. There is a cozy/homey feeling in many smells.
When selling homes in Kingston, Woodstock, Stone Ridge in Ulster County, I frequently suggest lighting a Country Candle, maybe a Cinnamon,  Vanilla, or Pumpkin are just a few of the more popular country scents. ONLY, if you don’t have time to bake the real deal!

Or, a clean crisp scent on a summers day ....could be just the thing to set your home apart from the rest!

Think about the last time you saw a beautiful home on the Hudson River, or overlooking spectacular mountain views... wind blowing and a clean fresh scent wafting through the house. Believe me, it makes a difference.
mm4-1_400The sense of smell is powerful, taking a walk the other day, I smelled some pine trees, instantly I was reminded of a walk I had taken15 years ago with my Grandpa.

Wonderful scents in Woodstock (especially Woodstock), Stone Ridge, Saugerties and all of Ulster County. Don't let your home be the STINKER! Smells matter!
In the meantime try some of these great Woodstock Bear Claw Cookies, smell great, and taste better!!!!!!!!!!!



Woodstock Bear Claws

¾ cup salted butter, softened
½ cup confectioner’s sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 tsp. pure vanilla
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 cup any fresh fruit jam

Preheat oven to 325° F.

In a medium bowl cream butter with an electric mixer set at medium speed. Add sugar and beat until smooth. Add egg yolks and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thoroughly combined.

Gather dough into a small bowl and flatten to a disk. Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap or place in plastic bag. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Using a floured rolling pan, roll dough on floured board to ¼ inch thickness. Cut circles with a 2 inch diameter cookie cutter or drinking glass, and place on ungreased cookie sheets, 1 inch apart. Continue using dough scraps, rerolling and cutting until all dough is used.

Drop ½ teaspoon of fruit jam in center of each cookie, then fold over. Using the tines of a fork, seal edges of cookies.

Bake for 15-17 minutes or until edges begin to brown.

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