5 Delicious Memorial Day Recipes

Patriotic Fruit Tart

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This festive dish is sure to impress this weekend. With red, white, and blue, it couldn’t be more appropriate for the occasion, and it tastes just as good as it looks. Some even like to arrange the strawberries and blueberries to look like stars and stripes on the American flag! With a total time of just over 30 minutes, this dish is quick to prepare, and will definitely make an impression.  Enjoy the compliments and satisfied faces that are sure to come after tasting this delicious dessert. Find the recipe here: http://bit.ly/2s3rYxg

Portobello Burger

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For vegetarians, Memorial Day weekend can seem less like a weekend of delicious food, and more like a weekend of telling people you can’t eat what they’ve made. These delicious Portobello burgers solve that problem because they are 100 percent vegetarian, and even look like an old fashioned burger! Find the recipe and more like it here: http://armagazine.com/2rmfOCO

Inside Out Cheeseburger

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While you’ll be seeing plenty of cheeseburgers this Memorial Day weekend, surprise your guests with this delicious and inventive way to make an awesome burger. Think about it, why put a slice of cheese on top of your burger, only to watch half of it melt off by the time you bite into it? By molding your burgers around whatever cheeses you want to include, you keep all of that flavor, and it’s sure to pleasantly surprise whoever bites into one! Find this recipe and others like it here: http://bit.ly/2qjuKSB

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog Bites

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These delicious bite-sized treats are sure to be a hit at your picnic. They bring together two barbecue favorites and American staples – hot dogs and bacon – in a wonderfully delectable way. With a wide array variations using brown sugar and different accents, you can easily make this recipe your own and have fun doing it! Try out these easy appetizers this weekend and enjoy! Find the recipe and others like it here: http://bit.ly/2roQ1ug

Bacon Caprese Salad

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This salad recipe will have even the pickiest of eaters chowing down. Using bacon in a salad like this is a great addition, it adds some much needed flavor, while also getting kids who aren’t very “vegetable-friendly” to eat their greens! Along with looking scrumptious, this dish takes a mere 20 minutes from preparation to serving. Enjoy seeing this dish disappear before your eyes at your cookout this weekend. Find the recipe and other sides like it here: http://bit.ly/2rp2xdr

5 Fun Things to do this Memorial Day Weekend

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Go Down the Shore!

Living in Philly around Memorial Day, you are nearly guaranteed to get the question, “You goin’ down the shore?” Which means, ‘Are you going to the New Jersey Shore for the holiday?’ It is a very common activity in the city, and for good reason! The Jersey Shore is filled with restaurants, bars, boardwalks with games and rides, and beautiful beaches with stunning firework displays for the holiday weekend. Most of the beaches are about an hour and a half away from the city and are well worth the trip. So this Memorial Day weekend, get the family together and go down the shore!

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Penn’s Landing Waterfront Day

Starting Memorial Day weekend Penn’s Landing will be unveiling a litany of exciting new attractions for the First Annual Penn’s Landing Waterfront Day. It takes place on Sunday 28th and will have deals on all sorts of attractions, a beer garden on a boat, a concert at 8 pm followed by a spectacular fireworks display at 9:30 pm. But don’t forget that just around the corner the Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest will begin on May 26th which will include a roller-skating rink along with a mini-golf course!

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Devon Horse Show and Country Fair

The Devon Horse Show attracts horse lovers from all over, but it’s a great time even for those who don’t know a thing about horses! Carnival rides, games with exciting prizes, delicious funnel-cake and other desserts, means the whole family is sure to have a blast. For the horse lovers out there this will be heaven! The family can play whatever games they like while you get to watch the variety of equestrian events displayed.

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Longwood Gardens’ Main Fountain Grand Opening

Bring your family this weekend to celebrate the holiday at Longwood Gardens and marvel in the unveiling of the main fountain! After two years of tireless restoration the largest and most extravagant fountain in North America premieres on Saturday, May 27th. More than 1,700 jets and streams will soar up to 175 feet in the air, all illuminated by brilliant colors.  If that isn’t enough to grab your attention, be sure to make it for the first Fireworks and Fountain show on the 28th, which attracts more than 5,000 people, and is sure to make for an unforgettable night.

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Bar-B-Que!

Celebrate Memorial Day this weekend the good old fashioned way with hot dogs, hamburgers, beans, beer, and the company of your friends and family! A Memorial Day weekend wouldn’t be complete without a delicious barbecue and some great conversation. Have fun decorating the barbecue (and food) in red white and blue, and if you need any ideas, here are some suggestions: http://bit.ly/2r0oGyn So this weekend, fire up the grill, gather the family, and enjoy the day!

Best Activities for Memorial Day Weekend

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With Memorial Day weekend almost here, you may be wondering what you can do to celebrate it with family and friends. Here are some of the best activities for Memorial Day Weekend in and around Philadelphia, from the Lehigh Valley area to the Oley Valley and Reading area.

If you live in Poet’s Walk and Meadow View Farms, you’re in close proximity to enjoy some fun Memorial Day activities nearby in the Oley Valley and Reading area. Live in Brookshire, Whispering Pines or Renaissance? You’re in luck, too, with activities throughout Lehigh Valley.

Living in these luxury communities gives you unbeatable access to attractions and activities in the major cities, as well as some of the smaller communities nearby. Here are a few things to do, whether you like parades, museums, live music or good eats:

Easton: On Monday, May 29 at 10:30 a.m., the annual parade will take place starting at Sixth and Walnut streets, ending at Scott Park for closing ceremonies. Honors will take place beforehand at 9 a.m. at the Brown and Lynch American Legion Post #9 by firing detail and bugler. Starts at the GAR plot in Easton cemetery.

Easton Farmers’ Market: Pick up some fresh produce at this Centre Square farmer’s market. It’s open every Saturday from May to November. Local vendors display their wares and live music plays near the fountain.

Lehigh Valley: The exhibit “History of the Lehigh Valley” is on display at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum located at 432 W Walnut Street in Allentown. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Walking Tour of the Vineyard and Wine Cellar: Check out Galen Glen Winery at 255 Winter Mountain Drive in Andreas for a tour and tasting. A fun way to spend a weekend day in Lehigh Valley! Go either May 27, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. or May 28, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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  • Great PA FlavorFest 11 a.m. in Manheim (Sat and Sun)
  • Adamstown Community Days 2 p.m. in Adamstown (Sat and Sun)
  • Berks Pepper Jam 12 p.m. Sinking Spring
  • Demolition Derby 7 p.m. in Hamburg (Sun)

Allentown: Take in a Minor League Baseball game at Coco-Cola Stadium in Allentown. All three days of the weekend, the Louisville Bats take on the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

America On Wheels: Located at 5 North Front Street in Allentown, this museum is a car lover’s paradise. Although closed on Memorial Day, it’s open Saturday and Sunday, with exhibits like Pony Cars: Then and Now.

If you don’t already live in one of our luxury communities, it’s time you took a look. Call us today or fill out our online form for more information. Meanwhile, check out our communities.

Why a Smaller Space May Be Better

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The kids are all moved out, the grandkids visit every once in a while and you have too much space to care for. Do you really need all that space still? Here are the benefits of downsizing your home and finding a place that is smaller and hassle-free.

Preservation of Time and Resources

The average U.S. house size has increased from 1800 square feet in the 1980s to nearly 2500 sq. ft. in the 2000s, according to The Huffington Post. More square footage translates to more spending on resources, a bigger carbon footprint, and a bigger impact on the environment. In addition to that, you waste more time doing chores such as cleaning rooms you don’t even use. Your time could be better spent elsewhere during your retirement, from traveling to relaxing to taking up a new hobby.

Better Mental Health

Living in a small space may improve your mental health, says The Alternative Daily. That’s because you are less stressed worrying about the details of maintaining a larger home, improving your ability to relax, de-stress, and connect with your spouse or whomever you’re living with as you get older.

Save Money on Frivolous Stuff

The more space you have in your home, the more you’re likely to fill it up with useless stuff. From TVs and appliances to furniture and collectibles, you’re wasting money on filling space rather than using your home as a functional entity. When you downsize to a smaller home, you’re making an effort to prioritize your life and cut back on what’s unimportant in the grand scheme of things, says Freshome.

This doesn’t mean you can’t have nice things. After all, the whole reason for buying a new home at this stage of your life is to live well. From state of the art appliances to comfortable furniture and beautiful amenities, it’s still possible to live smaller yet have the things you need to make life easy.

Save on Energy

With a large home, you may have noticed your energy bills were through the roof. And with so many people living in the home, you were using up a lot of energy for heating and cooling, electronics, appliances, and water. With the kids out of the house, there’s no need to have those large rooms and big bills. Downsize into a smaller home and watch your energy bills plummet too. The use of energy efficient appliances, green construction, and more natural light can all help you save on energy and thus save the environment.

Here at Judd Builders, we offer smaller homes for those who are looking to downsize yet maintain their sense of comfort and luxurious living. Check out our smaller communities like Meadow View and Renaissance – contact us today to learn more.

Mother’s Day Activities

Make Her Something

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While it might seem cliche to make your Mom a card on Mother’s Day, she’s sure to appreciate anything you give her, especially if you made it with your own two hands. A card from a store can be just as wonderful, but a small personal touch can make a big impression. Make the effort this year and I’m sure you and your Mom will have a lovely Mother’s Day.

Create a Getaway

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Creating a place for your mom to be alone can be essential to a great Mother’s Day for her. She loves you, and the whole family, but sometimes what Mom’s need most is a little alone time away from everything. Creating a space in the house, or making the backyard into her own personal sanctuary could be just the thing she needs on a day designed just for her.

Outing of Her Choice

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If it’s usually the kids who decide where the family outing will be, let Mom choose for once! A tip for the kids out there, when Mom chooses the activity for the day, NO COMPLAINING! Wherever it might be, a museum you find boring, a fair you don’t like, or anything else, keep the complaints to yourself and your Mom will appreciate it and enjoy a wonderful day.

Cook a Meal

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A classic Mother’s Day activity is to make your Mom breakfast in bed, and that might work! If you choose to do this one, make sure to let her sleep in later than usual before waking her up with breakfast. But don’t stop there, if your Mom is the one who does all the cooking in the household, don’t let her slave over the stove to make dinner, give her somewhere to relax and let everything be done for her. For once.

Mother’s Day Gifts

Still haven’t done your Mother’s Day shopping? Don’t worry! We’re here to help you craft, purchase, or design a Mother’s Day gift for the mom in your life that she’s sure to love.
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Mom Coupon

The mom coupon is an oldie but a goodie. This works especially well if the mom in your life is raising young children, or if you just need a great fallback. You can use any of the templates on the internet, or even the one pictured above! You can also write your own coupons and make the redeemable options something specific to your mom’s interests. Some of our favorites are coupons for, breakfast in bed, a certain amount of alone time, and cleaning or cooking so your mom doesn’t have to.

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Emergency Mom Kit

This year, try making up for all those times you gave your mom a headache with this creative gift idea. You can put anything you want inside the Emergency Mom Kit, but we suggest some Advil, for the inevitable next headache, chocolate, because who doesn’t like chocolate, and a face mask or moisturizer to help her relax on her day off. You can even put some of your Mom Coupons in there!

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Scavenger Hunt

A Mother’s Day scavenger hunt is a way to make this Mother’s Day memorable and certainly more fun. You can design the scavenger hunt however you want, but here are some of our ideas. You can buy, or make, several small gifts for her and hide them throughout the house, giving hints about where the others are, leading her to her big present. Or you can place hints around the house that lead your mom outside for a lovely picnic, or whatever activity you have planned for her!
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Reminders

Tiny reminders written on post-it notes, or whatever you see fit, and are an adorable way of showing the mother in your life why she’s so wonderful. These reminders can act as a perfect supplemental gift that can keep on giving long after Mother’s Day. Writing things like, “We love you!” or, “You’re the best mom ever!” on small post-it notes and hiding them around the house will brighten up your mom’s day whenever she stumbles across them. Be sure to hide them in places she uses a lot so she can find your kind words!

Mother’s Day Ideas

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Artwork

Some homemade artwork is a surefire way for your mom to love whatever you give her this Mother’s Day. This can be a drawing of her, or of the whole family together, anything you want! While homemade gifts are very popular among younger children, don’t be afraid to get crafty even if you’re older! A great idea for all sizes of families is to get everyone to contribute something artistic to one project. Having something beautiful that all of her favorite people worked on, is sure to bring a smile to her face anytime she sees it.

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Personal Touch

Whatever you decide to give your Mom this Mother’s Day, make sure it has a personal feel to it. Whether you buy her a present, make her something, or take her somewhere, be sure to add a personal touch that really shows how much she means to you. This can be, a heartfelt card, telling her something you want to thank her for, or just a long hug. Whatever it is, make sure your present isn’t the only gift this weekend. While chocolate and cards go a long way, feeling appreciated goes even further.

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Memories

Reminiscing about fond memories is a Mother’s Day past-time, so this year, don’t let Mom be the one to bring up the good memories. Writing down some fond memories and collecting them in a creative way is a great gift that only requires a pen and some colorful paper. Having everyone in the family write down a few of their favorite memories with Mom is a great way to start some fun conversation, and remind your Mom why she’s so special. These memories can go in a homemade scrapbook, scattered through the house for your Mom to find, and even as a “memory link” as pictured above.

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Give Her a Break!

A lot of times, the best thing for a busy Mom on Mother’s Day is some time off from mothering. So this Sunday, make sure to give her some time to rest. One of the best ways to do this is to take care of her usual daily tasks before she has a chance to start them. Make sure there are no dishes for her to do throughout the day, make sure someone besides her is cooking and cleaning up after everyone, and make sure someone else is dealing with the kid’s drama!

 

Why Choose The Reserve at Creekside?

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From its proximity to Blue Bell and Fort Washington business centers to its no-fuss design and landscape, Creekside is the place to be for maintenance-free living. Come and go as you please. No worries about yard work, plus you can travel all you want and get that taste of downtown Philly with your own space!

Why choose Creekside? Let’s count the ways…

Voted Community of the Year, The Reserve at Creekside features distinctive carriage homes in Flourtown, PA. Punctuated by traditional beauty and charming architecture, this neighborhood is a reflection of all-American values. Combining traditional elegance with 21st century amenities, Creekside has a lot to offer homeowners these days.

Choose from eight home designs featuring all the latest appliances, energy-efficient Andersen® windows, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 9’ ceilings on the first floor, gourmet kitchens, oversized closets, superior finish materials, and natural veneer stone on all exteriors. Upgrade your home with models that include sunrooms, elevators and first-floor owner’s suites.

The eight models available include:

  • The Ardleigh
  • The Benezet
  • The Cresheim
  • The Devon
  • The Fairmount
  • The Gowen
  • The Springfield
  • The Wissahickon

The Flourtown and Chestnut Hill areas make the perfect backdrop for this beautiful new neighborhood, nestled in a tree-lined community close to great area schools, restaurants, shops and more. If you’re looking for an easy, energy-efficient, and low-maintenance lifestyle, The Reserve at Creekside could be for you.

Are you tired of keeping up with lawn work in the summer or shoveling in the winter? Are you sick of painting your home every few years and keeping up with all the little chores that go into traditional homeownership? You don’t have to worry about all that with Creekside. Easy living: that’s what you get here.

Located close to shops, restaurants, businesses and cultural attractions in Chestnut Hill and Philadelphia, you have easy access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Blue Route/Northeast Extension, Route 309, and Schuylkill Expressway. This means all the malls, parks, and sporting events you could ever want are just a quick drive away. You’ll love the clubhouse featuring a fitness center, conference rooms, pool and lots of green spaces.

In a community boasting rich architecture, stately stone walls and tree-lined streets, The Reserve at Creekside does not disappoint.

All you have to do is come take a look. We look forward to showing you how The Reserve at Creekside can transform your life and make you re-think traditional homeownership! In the meantime, check out our photo gallery to see our spectacular new homes.

Siena Place featured on LockBox Philly

Check out the stunning model at Siena Place, recently featured on LockBox Philly. Join Christina Henck and LockBox Philly as they tour what could be your new home at Siena Place! LockBox Philly is known for highlighting the hottest houses and newest real estate in Philadelphia!

Discover a unique lifestyle in Packer Park, one of Philadelphia’s most desirable neighborhoods, with fusion of style, culture and personality. Sports and entertainment venues are nearby, and great restaurants and FDR Park are right around the corner! Check out the Brand New 3-Story Townhomes at Siena Place, priced from the Upper $400s, featuring 3-4 bedrooms, 2-3 baths & 1-2 powder rooms, private driveway & garage, dramatic 9’ ceilings, spacious closets, balconies with great views of the Philadelphia skyline and preserved community great space. Customize your home with jetted tubs, gourmet kitchens & so much more! Call Denise Homich at 215.339.5390 or visit us today at 3224 Pietro Way, Philadelphia, PA to learn more and tour our decorated models!

Creative DIY Ways to Light Up Your home

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These outdoor lanterns look chic and work extremely well! All you need to make this a reality in your home is some spare glassware, an old tuna can, hammer and nail, a pair or broom stick, some spray-paint in the color of your choice, and about 20 minutes! These lights work great for lining a walk way to an entrance, or just as added light in a backyard. Check out the step by step instructions here: http://bit.ly/1fuYImo

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Mason jars are being used for everything nowadays, so why not use them to light up your home? These “fairy light” jars have been a hit on the internet and can be used in any space you see fit. They work perfectly for a dimly lit living room or a romantic dinner, as well as being great night-lights for the kids, and an activity you can all have fun doing together! To make these functional and pretty, it takes a mere 15 minutes and barely costs anything at all. Find the step by step here: http://bit.ly/2qAbu2J

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This next creative way to light up your home is one of the least expensive options, and also one of the coolest looking. Any overhead light can quickly be turned into a conversation starter with just some plastic cups of your choosing, a hot glue gun, and glue sticks. This is certainly an attention-getter in any home. We recommend using fluorescent light bulbs, or a light not directly touching the bulb, so as to keep the heat away from the plastic cups. When done right this installment looks beautiful and can transform a room or foyer. Find the instructions here: http://bit.ly/2qAbsYD

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This next DIY way to light your home is a little more involved than the past few, but well worth the work. Mason jars will work beautifully with any hanging lights you have in your home. The rainbow mason jar chandeliers are available for purchase for as much as $240 dollars, but by this DIY tutorial costs about $30 dollars. This stunning chandelier would make a beautiful addition to a child’s bedroom or playroom. Find out how it’s done and more here: http://bit.ly/2pdIVDa

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Our final installment of these creative DIY lights is our personal favorite. All you need to make this project a reality is a LEGO set of your choosing, a lamp that needs revitalizing, and a little time! If you have kids this will be a perfect craft project for you and your family. Start by building a base, and then build your way up creating whatever design you choose. The best thing about this DIY is that the kids can participate and add their own personal flare to the project! Once you’re finished, turn on the light and watch the colorful light come pouring out from the lampshade you created. This project will change the atmosphere of any room it’s in and add a unique touch to a child’s bedroom! Find the instructions for this LEGO lamp here: http://bit.ly/1mjzJFt