Outdoor Entertaining for Summer

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Memorial Day is this weekend, which means it’s time to start thinking about cookouts and outdoor entertaining for your home. Once you mow and clean your yard, get out the tiki torches and citronella candles to keep away bugs, and set up umbrellas or awnings with lawn chairs underneath to give guests a shaded area to sit and relax.

Make it fun! Set up a volleyball net, croquet, or Frisbee game for kids and parents to enjoy. Just make sure to keep it clear of the grill!

Cookouts are all about food and keeping your guests happy, so make sure you stock up on food and beverages that keep them satisfied. You can also try your hand at these recipes below for some homemade options.

Jack’s Guacamole
3 ripe avocados
2 tomatoes
1/2 cup red onion
2 limes, juiced
a few sprigs of fresh cilantro (coriander), chopped finely
dash or two of sea salt

Mash avocados with a fork. Mix all the ingredients together with a mortar and pestle, or in a large bowl, and serve with tortilla chips, or fresh veggies. Makes 4 servings.

Aunt Martha’s Potato Salad
1 bag of red potatoes
2 carrots (peeled)
2 celery stalks
1/2 cup red or white onion
1/2 cup of mayonaise
2 tbsp. mustard
2 tsp. salt
dash of freshly ground pepper
fresh dill (optional)

Boil potatoes for 25 minutes, or until soft. Chop up mirepoix (carrots, celery, and onions). Cut up potatoes when warm, leave skin on, and combine with mirepoix in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients, and refrigerate for 1 – 2 hours before serving. Makes 4 – 6 servings.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend, everyone!

Spring Savings! Get $15K in Builder Options at Meadow View Farms

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Builder options at Meadow View Farms include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, sunrooms, fireplaces, and upgraded kitchen cabinets.

Get the upgrades you’ve always wanted in your brand new home!

Spring flowers have bloomed, and so have the savings at Meadow View Farms! For a limited time, take advantage of upgrades to your brand new home. Builder options include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, sunrooms, fireplaces, and upgraded kitchen cabinets. For buyers looking to move in soon, there are three quick delivery homes now available. Contact Karen Snyder, community sales manager at 610-987-0422 to learn more about this special $15K value!

Homebuyers looking for exceptionally well-designed homes, a low-maintenance lifestyle and a trusted builder will certainly find it at Meadow View Farms. The community offers six low-maintenance single-family home floor plans with convenient one floor living and prices starting in the low $200,000s. The floor plans range from 1,674 to 2,350 sq. ft. of living space, and offer generously-sized rooms, an open floor plan, 2 or 3 bedrooms including a first floor owner’s retreat with walk-in closets and a bath, up to 2 and 1 half baths, large kitchen with center island and breakfast nook, 9-foot first floor ceilings, 2-car garage, spacious Grand Rooms and rich exteriors of stone, siding and brick. More information can be found at the sales office, or by viewing the floorplans and elevations on our website.

Meadow View Farms’ community center is the perfect place to relax and meet up with friends of fellow neighbors. Residents can enjoy the well-appointed fitness center, play cards in the great room or activities room, or meet up with family and friends in the great room.

Homeowners will be pleased to know that the Homeowners Association takes care of the lawn care, trash removal, and snow removal from driveway, walkway, and streets. Also, since this is a 55+ community, homeowners will be with like-minded neighbors who share their same interests, attitudes and commitment to an active lifestyle.

To visit Meadow View Farms and tour their two designer-decorated models from Pottstown, take Route 422 West to 662 North, then turn left onto Route 73 West. Go approximately 1 mile, and then turn left on Friedensburg Road. Meadow View Farms is on the left. The sales office and decorated models are open Monday through Saturday from 11 – 5 p.m; and Sunday from 12 – 5 p.m. For more information contact Karen Snyder, community sales manager, at 610-987-0422 or visit the community page.

Two New Floorplans at Poet’s Walk

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Pictured is the Greenbriar model offered at Poet’s Walk and Brookshire communities.

Take a tour this weekend of the spectacular Greenbriar and Fredricksburg floorplans at Judd Builders’ Poet’s Walk community located in Ivyland, Bucks County. Each home at Poet’s Walk has a distinct personality and soul, and the Greenbriar and Fredricksburg models are no exception. Starting from the high $600s, these homes feature a 1st floor owner’s suite, gourmet kitchen, grand foyer, and more. Best of all, there are great lots remaining and you will pay no lot premium! To learn more or take a tour, call 215-682-7700.

The Greenbriar floorplan boasts 2,838 square feet with 4 bedrooms, 2 full and 1 half bathroom, and a 2-car side (or optional 3-car) entry garage. This home has a large study, and a gourmet kitchen with an island, and a sunny morning room area. The luxurious owner’s suite is connected to a sitting room that can be expanded. The owner’s bathroom is complete with two walk-in closets, double sink vanities, jetted tub, separate commode room, and a shower stall with seat.

The Fredricksburg floorplan starts at $640,000, and features 4 bedrooms, 2 full and 1 half bathroom, and a 3-car garage all in 3,120 square feet of living space. This home has a large study, an expanded kitchen with center island, and an optional sunroom. The luxurious owner’s suite is connected to a sitting room, which has an optional 2-sided fireplace. The sitting room leads into the owner’s bathroom and features two walk-in closets, double sink vanities, jetted tub, separate commode room, and a shower stall with seat.

Located in desirable Bucks County in the highly-ranked Council Rock school district, Poet’s Walk offers estate-style homes with outstanding craftsmanship, quality and value. It is the attention to detail and standard features that make these homes stand out. The homes feature 9 foot first floor ceilings (the basement has 9 foot ceilings as well), 2- and 3-car side-entry garages, and Trex® decks. The kitchens feature 42-inch furniture-grade cabinets, granite countertops, stainless appliances, center islands, butler’s pantries, and hardwood flooring. There’s also hardwood floors throughout the foyer, hall, dining room, powder rooms and breakfast area.

Poet’s Walk is situated adjacent to the private, 18-hole championship Spring Mill Golf Course with its beautifully manicured grounds. The community offers quiet and seclusion with no home backing up to one another. Poet’s Walk is also close to shopping, restaurants, parks and recreation areas; the historic towns of Lahaska and New Hope; and offers easy access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the train station.

To visit the community from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, take exit 343/Willow Grove (north). At the first light, make a right onto Mill Road, which turns into Warminster Road. Follow this until it ends. Take a left onto County Line Road and follow to the first light, then turn right onto Jacksonville Road. Follow approximately two miles and make a right onto Bristol Road. Poet’s Walk is on the left.

The Wordsworth model and sales office is open Monday through Saturday from 11 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call (215) 682-7700.

Things to do in May

Customers buy fresh produce at the Italian Market.

Check out these amazing events for the month of May in Philly:

Spring Festivals & Events Galore
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May 3
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Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
May 3, 2014 | 12-6 p.m.
Of all the major festivals happening this weekend, the Rittenhouse Row Spring Fest is the big kahuna. More than 40 of the city’s best restaurants take over Walnut Street. Click here for our complete festival guide. READ MORE…

Italian Market Festival
May 17-18, 2014
The annual Italian Market Festival takes over 9th Street in South Philadelphia for two days every May and it’s a foodie paradise — don’t miss it. READ MORE…

3.2-Day Itinerary in Philadelphia
According to the U.S. Travel Association, the average American worker loses 3.2 vacation days each year. Take back your vacation with our new 3.2-Day Itinerary in Philadelphia. READ MORE…

Best Brunch Spots in Philadelphia
Mother’s Day is almost here. Treat the mom in your life to a mimosa and a spectacular meal at one of the best brunch spots in the city. READ MORE…