Wonderful Philly Events Coming to Town this Holiday!

All located in South Philly or Downtown Philly, all these amazing events are guaranteed to entertain and spread holiday cheer! Perfect for any Siena place residents, the events below range from classic holiday celebrations to interesting exhibits and fantastic plays. There’s something for everyone! Even Judd’s other communities can get in on the fun! If you live near The Reserve at Creekside or Lehigh Valley take a day or weekend trip to enjoy the wonderful festivities that Philadelphia has to offer.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival featuring the Electrical Spectacle Light Show
November 9 – December 31, 2017
Great for the family, The Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show exhibits 50,000 flickering lights set to music every thirty minutes between 4-8pm on weeknights and 4-9pm Friday and Saturday. Other festivities going on during the show are: Saturday with Santa, holiday train rides, food and drink, and mini-golf.

Christmas Village in Philadelphia
November 18,19; November 23 – December 24, 2017
For the 10th year the German-style Christmas Village returns to JFK Plaza with 80 booths that offer some of the best finds ever. Enjoy edible and drinkable treats and entertainment while you browse booths for a handful of trinkets you’ll fall in love with.

Macy’s Christmas Light Show
November 24 – December 31, 2017
Taking place every two hours, experience the whimsical light show during store hours. You could also take a walkthrough tour of the second floor’s Dickens Village that ends with a chance to meet Santa and get a picture, making it the perfect family holiday outing!

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
November 24 – March 4, 2018
This popular attraction returns for the fifth year guaranteeing a wonderful time for anyone who goes. Dust off those skates and get ready to have some fun! Enjoy the amazing view of the Ben Franklin Bridge and cozy up beside the fire pits! Or grab a bite at Lodge Restaurant and Bar, Franklin Fountain Confectionery Cabin, Chickie’s & Pete’s, and more!

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute
Now through March 4, 2018
Explore the story, craft, and science behind the Terracotta Army at The Franklin Institute. With Philadelphia being one of the only two cities hosting this exhibition you’ll want to visit the thousands of life-sized warrior sculptures that guarded a tomb of China’s first emperor while it’s in town. Also don’t forget to check out the 170 related artifacts like weapons, ceremonial vessels, and gold ornaments that will also be on display until March 4th.

Coffee and Tea Festival
December 2-3, 2017
Get on that coffee grind and enjoy the Coffee and Tea Festival December 2-3! This annual festival is held in the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center and there is a lot to check out. With more than 50 exhibitors, tastings, gift bags and more, you don’t want to miss out on this festival!

Pennsylvania Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
December 8-31, 2017 (Select Dates)
Enjoy one of the most iconic scores and dance tradition this holiday and purchase tickets to see The Nutcracker performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet. This unforgettable holiday experience is elegant and enchanting and there is a sensory-friendly performance on December 27th, perfect for the kids!

The Color Purple at The Forrest Theatre
December 12-17, 2017
The Color Purple hits The Forrest Theatre for a six-day stint from December 12-17th. As a part of the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia series, this novel turned musical is a must see!

Decorating Your Home for the Holidays

With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how you will decorate your home. From the outside to the inside, there are many ways to get your home festive for the holidays! Here are some ideas.

The Living Room
Making your living room feel warm and cozy can be achieved by mimicking a backyard retreat. Place a sparkling Christmas tree in front of a mantle that is adorned with fresh greenery and place a wreath above the fireplace, says Southern Living. Or you could hang hand-knit stockings on traditional nails for a rustic look, highlighted by a mantel with a stack of gifts in the fireplace, suggests Better Homes and Gardens.

Hallways
If your hallway has a small table, try adding a bowl of seasonal fruits and plants. A vase with long berry twigs next to a linear display of faux red or green pears will add plenty of winter drama to your home.

Dining Room
Spruce up the centerpiece of your holiday dinners with snowflake ornaments hanging at varying lengths from the chandelier. Drape some greenery dotted with red berries and pine cones to complete the look. Spruce up the look with miniature trees placed along the table.

Kitchen
You understandably need to make the most of your space. Keep the décor simple and out of the way. A simple reindeer sculpture or silhouette made out of lightweight metal or twigs can really make a statement. Hang green wreaths in your kitchen windows with stems of red berry for a traditional look.

Yard
In order to welcome your guests this holiday season, your outdoor display should be just as inviting as your indoor one. Line the path to your front door with paper luminaries, but use battery-operated tea lights or LEDs within the luminaries for safety.

Porch
If you’re lucky enough to have a large porch or even a farmer’s porch, you simply must decorate for the holidays. Add some rustic aluminum containers on the corner of the steps and fill them with seasonal greens, herbs, holly berries, greens, pine cones, and red amaryllis blooms. Small faux pine trees decorated for the season can be detailed with baskets, satin ribbon, handmade ornaments.. Balance the look of your front door by placing one on each side.

It’s easier than you think to impress your guests this holiday season with simple yet beautiful home décor. Looking for a new place to call home? Contact Judd Builders about our many communities available in Pennsylvania. We invite you to come browse each one to see which best suits your style and budget.

Fun Flourtown Festivities for the Holidays!

It’s that time of year again! Get ready to spread the holiday cheer even further by checking out some of these awesome festivities for the whole family to enjoy. All the events below are located in Ambler or Chestnut Hill, which is a stone throw away from spectacular community The Reserve at Creekside. Make sure to get in on the fun and enjoy the all the amazing events, which are guaranteed to take holiday cheer to the next level.

Friday Night Lights at Morris Arboretum
December 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2017
Get your tickets now and enjoy the Holiday Garden Rail decorated for the season. This event is perfect for the family and definitely creates the perfect holiday atmosphere! For more information, click here.

Chestnut Hill Parade & Sugar Plum Saturday
December 9, 2017
From 9AM – 3PM enjoy Chestnut Hill’s holiday parade that features live entertainment, floats, and an appearance from Santa himself! Get to 8426 Germantown Avenue early to get the best view. The festivities don’t end after the parade either. Enjoy Sugar Plum Saturday where you can get amazing sweets, enjoy activities, and get some holiday shopping in.

Breakfast with Santa
December 10, 2017
For the first time ever you and your family can have Breakfast with Santa at Nest Chestnut Hill, but you better hurry! You must register prior to the actual event! Enjoy a delicious meal and make sure your kids have their Christmas lists ready. This is the perfect event to get everyone in the holiday spirit! For more information, click here.

Bad Dates
December 12-17, 20-24, 27-31, 2017
Bad Dates is a wonderful play that is sure to entertain! Following a successful businesswoman and single mom, this play examines the dating world and is the perfect outing for a girl’s night out or date night. The New York Times even said, “[This play] Manages to provide that rarest of good dates, a swell night at the theater.” Catch this play at Act II Playhouse in Ambler!

Ambler’s Holiday Shopping Village
November 24 – December 24, 2017 (Various Times)
Are you looking to buy all your gifts early this year? Check out Ambler’s Holiday Shopping Village that will feature pop up artisans, gift purveyors, and Ambler’s already fantastic shops! This event goes on from November 24th – December 24th at various times, so for more information click here.

Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting
December 2nd @ 1:00pm
Gather on Main Street with a wonderful community and enjoy the Ambler Main Street’s Annual Holiday Parade. Make sure to get there early to get the best spot to enjoy the bands, floats, Mummers, and Santa! For updates on the Holiday Parade check out Ambler’s Main Street Facebook Page.

Santa Arrives by Train in Ambler
December 7th @ 7:00pm
What’s better than Santa coming to town by train? Take a stroll to the new Borough Hall and snack on some milk and cookies with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and listen to Santa read a story to the kids. He might even bring some special treats! No matter what, this is a great event that your family will absolutely love. For more information, click here.

Holiday Shopping Weekend Specials
December 8 – December 10, 2017
On top of Ambler’s Holiday Shopping Village there is also an amazing Holiday Shopping Weekend with a bunch of specials that you’ll absolutely love. There will be an abundance of holiday cheer, shopping specials, and special store hours. This is an event you don’t want to miss!

What To Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers

Sometimes using up leftovers can be a challenge, especially when a ton of food is involved. Not only do you have a ton of turkey, but you also have to consider what to do with all the sides and desserts as well. However, dealing with leftovers doesn’t have to be a struggle. Here are three simple tips and tricks to help pack and use up leftovers easily and safely.

Pack Leftovers Accordingly
Believe it or not, you should start packing up your leftovers right after Thanksgiving dinner. You might want to spend time with your guests, but you don’t want the food you worked so hard to make to go bad. You’ll want to cut the turkey off the bone two hours after it is taken out of the oven. Pack it in containers and put it in the refrigerator or freezer as soon as possible. When you put turkey leftovers in the refrigerator, you only have four days until it goes bad. So if you don’t plan on using them in the next four days, put them in the freezer. Make sure to use frozen leftovers within four months. It tends to lose flavor or dry out. However, if you’re looking for convenience when it comes to packing up leftovers you can try packing it in meal-sized portions. This is practical and will make using leftovers easier for you in the coming days.

Dish Them Out
Keep the Thanksgiving spirit going by sharing leftovers with your guests. That’s right! You don’t have to keep everything. If you have a ton of leftovers from dinner, you can easily dish them out to your guests. Send them home with an extra meal. It’ll be sure to put a smile on their face and its a great way to give thanks to the people you care most about.

Try Different Recipes With Leftovers
One of the easiest ways to use up leftovers is to try out different recipes. Take all your leftovers and find deliciously amazing recipes to try out. Have leftover turkey? Make a big potpie for the family. There is a recipe for every Thanksgiving leftover. So get cooking and use up those Thanksgiving leftovers in the most delicious way ever! Looking for recipes? Check out these recipes from Country Living!

Perks of Living in One of Our Wonderful 55+ Communities

With the winter weather nearly upon us, there are many perks of living in one of our 55+ communities. From virtually maintenance-free living to energy-saving appliances, you can sit back, relax and enjoy life! Check out the benefits of choosing a Judd Builders community:

Trusted Reputation: You may already know that Judd Builders is a trendsetter when it comes to building active adult communities in the Delaware Valley. We’ve been building this reputation for many years now by developing 55+ communities that are virtually maintenance-free and promise care-free living in some of the most picturesque areas Pennsylvania has to offer.

Virtually Maintenance Free: Included in your monthly dues are snow removal, trash removal and grass cutting, so you don’t have to worry about general maintenance and outdoor upkeep all throughout the year.

Energy-Saving Appliances: Save time, energy, and money with our eco-friendly appliances. They use less heat, less water – less everything! Take a look at Meadow View Farms where we install gourmet kitchens with stainless steel GE® appliances. It’s not just the appliances that are energy efficient. We offer the highest quality materials and workmanship as part of our energy-efficient construction practices, so you can be rest assured your whole home is designed to work with the environment.

Access to Area Attractions: From museums and shops to restaurants and grocery stores, our communities offer close access to a convenient lifestyle. At Renaissance at Morgan Creek for instance, you’re located close to Allentown and Bethlehem, PA. You’re never very far from major malls, shopping centers, and cute boutiques.

Community Centers: Why dirty your own home with a birthday party or worry about having enough space to host your family and friends? That’s why we have our community center, a great space to gather for parties or social events with your family or even your neighbors! Take Meadow View Farms, for example. This spacious area is a great place to host a birthday party, have lunch with the grandchildren, or play some cards with your buddies. In addition to the community center at Meadow View Farms, you even have access to a business center that boasts Wi-Fi access, as well as an on premise fitness center.

Access to Everything: Many perks are included in your fee. For instance, at Renaissance at Morgan Creek, you pay a monthly fee that includes access to the club house, pool, shuffle board, and putting green, plus snow removal, trash removal, and grass cuttings. There is no need to go off-premises to enjoy a gym – we have a great fitness center within our community to help keep our residents healthy and active without having to go too far!

Call Judd Builders today to learn which community is best for you and your 55+ needs!

7 Ways to Lower Your Heating Bill

With fall in full effect and the impending winter close behind its smart to start thinking about your heating bill. Heating your house in essential for these colder months, but it can get rather costly. Here are seven ways to lower your heating bill, yet still keep your home warm and cozy.

1. Use a Programmable Thermostat
One of the easiest ways to lower your heating bill is to use a programmable thermostat. Or if you don’t have a programmable thermostat, at least use the one you already have properly. Turn down the thermostat 10 degrees when you go to work and bed or leave the house for an extended period of time. The U.S. Department of Energy says for every eight hours you turn your thermostat down, you can possibly save up to 15 percent on your heating bill.

2. Bundle Up
Lower your thermostat by bundling up. That’s right, layer on warm clothing when your home and you won’t feel the difference when you lower your thermostat. Don’t forget about socks! If your feet are cold, the rest of your body will also feel cold.

3. Check For Drafts
Windows and door are the biggest culprits for creating drafts in your house. In order to check for them use a candle or incense and hold it by the windows and doors. If there is a draft you will see the candle light flicker or the incense smoke will escape where the air is being let in.

4. Change Your Filters
Most people forget to change their filters and it is a costly mistake when it comes to your heating bill. A dirty filter can make costs skyrocket. The type of heater you have will affect when and how many times you should change your filter. If you have a gas heater, check the filter every other year. If you have electric or oil, check it once a year.

5. Close Your Fireplace Flue
If you have a fireplace in your house make sure to close the fireplace flue. This seems straightforward, but many people forget about it. If you don’t close the flue, it’s like having a huge hole in your roof letting the cool air in.

6. Use a Space Heater
Some people avoid using a space heater because they think it will make their electric bill higher. However, if you use the space heater properly you can still save on your heating bill without increasing you electric bill drastically. Keep the space heater where your family gathers and turn down the thermostat. Every degree below 70 can save you three percent on your heating bill. An electrical space heater that uses 1500 watts costs approximately 14 cents per hour to use. So your electric bill will go up, but the costs you save from heating will offset the cost of using a space heater. Check out these space heaters and find the perfect one for you!

7. Keep Heating Registers Clear
Don’t block your heating vents with furniture and rugs; make the most of the heat by moving any furniture and rugs away from vents. Also, if you aren’t using a room in your house close the door. There’s no sense in heating a room that isn’t used. So keep the heat where it’s absolutely necessary and stay warm all fall and winter long.

Best New Restaurants in the Lehigh Valley Area

From local favorites to great date night spots, we have you covered. Whether you love seafood or prefer burgers, there are plenty of eateries to pick from around the region. Here are some of the best new restaurants in the Lehigh Valley area!

Oak Steakhouse: Located at 323 Northampton St. in Easton, Oak Steakhouse just opened this past summer and is known for its mouth-watering steaks, including prime filet mignon, ribeye, and T-bone steak. The wine list is vast and the inviting décor is comfortable yet modern over four floors. It can be your next go-to date spot for a night out on the town.

Pizza D’Oro: Located at 1492 Main St. in North Catasauqua, Pizza D’Oro opened in July with signature dishes including cheesesteak stromboli, lasagna, New York-style and Sicilian pizza, garlic knots, and tasty cannoli’s for dessert. When you’re in the mood for some classic Italian, look no further that Pizza D’Oro.

Mr. Crab Seafood: Located in the Village West Shopping Center, 3174 Tilghman St in Allentown, Mr. Crab Seafood opened in mid-July with great reviews. Its claim to fame includes red lobster roll, crab roll, California roll, and pad Thai. If you’re in the mood for fresh Asian food, this is the place thanks to its made-to-order fresh dishes.

Luca’s Italian Bistro: Located at 3502 Greenway St. in Palmer Township, this restaurant was a newcomer in August. Luca’s Italian Bistro serves up crab cakes, filet mignon, eggplant rollatini, and much more. Best part about this place is it is BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer). With a healthy dose of both Italian and American dishes, you can’t go wrong with Luca’s.

The Cask Taphouse and Grill: Located at 80 Kunkle Drive in Palmer Township, The Cask Taphouse and Grill is another summer opener. This restaurant serves up delicious hand-rolled pretzels, bone-in pork chop, New Orleans style BBQ shrimp, grass-fed burgers, and French onion stout soup. Wash it all down with a craft beer, or glass of whiskey, bourbon or wine. You may even recognize the site of this restaurant — it sits on the former location of The Tilted Kilt.

Alfie’s Kitchen: This restaurant is located at Park Plaza at 1800 Sullivan Trail in Forks Township. The specialty at Alfie’s Kitchen is the cannoli-stuffed French toast. You can’t miss it. It’s not fancy, but it’s the best new breakfast and lunch destination in the Lehigh Valley. Try the pancakes, omelets, sandwiches and wraps too. Our mouths are watering already!

Foundation Tavern: Located at Shepherd Hills Gold Club, 1160 S. Krocks Rd. in Lower Macungie Township, Foundation Tavern is the place for a great burger, steak, or some fries and wings. Good food at reasonable prices makes the Foundation Tavern the perfect place for a casual night out.

Chopsticks II: Located at 1433 West Allen St. in Allentown, try this eatery is known for its three-dish combos. This means you can choose from a variety of items including black pepper chicken, coconut shrimp, beef with broccoli, and many more. When you crave Chinese and Thai cuisine, check out Chopsticks II.

If you’ve always wanted to live in Lehigh Valley, now’s your chance. Contact Judd Builders now to see the many communities we have in this area, such as Whispering Pines in Coopersburg, Lower Saucon Township.

What to Do With an Extra Space

Many people struggle when it comes to figuring out what to do with an extra space in their home. Instead of defaulting to a guest room, get creative and think about what would be beneficial to your lifestyle. Most likely an idea will come to mind, but if you’re still having trouble deciding what to do with your extra room here are eight ideas to help you fill in that extra space.

Fun Zone
A fun zone is a room where kids can escape to play with all their toys. This option is perfect for families and creates a separate space for play. Any parent would fall in love with a fun zone because the mess of toys is contained to one room. However, the best part of having a fun zone is that it’s temporary. Once the kids are grown you can reclaim the space and redecorate to your needs.

Reading Room/Library
If you’re a big reader and are always looking for a quiet place to escape and read, creating your own library or reading room is the perfect option. The best part about this option is that it is adaptable. If the extra space you have isn’t huge you can still pull off having your own little library or reading nook.

Studio
This option is perfect for the artsy type. With your extra room, create a posh art studio where you can create beautiful paintings. Or if you are more of a crafter, feel free to make the studio into a craft, sewing, or scrapbooking space.

Sleeping Room
Why would you need another sleeping room if you already have a bedroom? Well believe it or not, a sleeping room is different from a bedroom. A sleeping room is a room with no electronics. Its sole purpose is to provide a space where you can take a quick nap with no interruptions. However, it could also be used as a guest room if need be.

Home Theater
If you a big movie buff, taking your extra space and creating a home theater is the way to go. Entertain yourself and your guests for hours and get as close to the real movie theater experience in the comfort of your home. Add reclining lounge chairs, theater lighting, popcorn machine, and a projector to create the perfect atmosphere for your home theater.

Game Room
Perfect for kids and adults, a game room offers endless possibilities and is great for entertaining! Buy a card table or even a pool table and decorate the room accordingly. Also, if you have a family, feel free to add gaming consoles to the room. This provides the older kids with a space to escape to and hang out with their friends.

Home Gym
Work out in privacy and create a home gym with your extra space. Convert the room into a space that will keep you motivated so that working out isn’t a drag. Add a mirror wall, yoga mats, weight benches, treadmill, and more to create your ideal home gym.

Office
Having a home office has many perks for the whole household. Not only do you have your own personal space to do tedious work like paying the bills, but if you work from home you also have your own designated space!

Amazing Recipes to Try Out This Thanksgiving

Are you tired of your usual Thanksgiving recipes or looking for a great new recipe to try? Forget your usual sides, dishes, and desserts! Try out these ten amazing recipes this Thanksgiving and watch your guests savor the flavor of these tasty Thanksgiving recipes!

Fresh Green Bean Casserole
Tired of classic green beans? Try out this delicious recipe that will be a huge hit with guests. This recipe uses fresh ingredients, which makes this dish so tasty. Also, don’t worry about using canned or bagged frozen green beans if you can’t find fresh veggies. Interested in trying out fresh green bean casserole? Get the recipe here!

Sweet Potato Cornbread
What’s better than two Thanksgiving classics being combined together? Try out the Sweet Potato Cornbread recipe. It’ll easily become a Thanksgiving favorite among you and your guests and a new tradition!

Cranberry Sauce
Forget about canned cranberry and try this Cranberry Sauce recipe! It’s loaded with fresh cranberries and sweetened with a little honey. Serve it on a decorative dish and this twist on the cranberry classic will look scrumptious!

Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs
Mozzarella on mashed potatoes? This recipe takes a twist on the traditional staple of all Thanksgiving dinners by adding Mozzarella, which adds a rich and creamy texture to the potatoes. Want to try out this recipe? Get it here!

Neely’s Holiday Cornbread Stuffing
Want to switch up your usual stuffing recipe? Look no further. Try Neely’s Holiday Cornbread Stuffing for a change and enjoy this delicious side.

Pumpkin Mousse
Do you love pumpkin pie? Try out this recipe for Pumpkin Mousse! Not only is this dessert delectable, but it is decorative as well, when you present it in a nice crystal glass bowl for everyone to see!

Buttermilk Biscuits
Tired of the normal rolls that you serve during Thanksgiving? Try out these mouth-watering Buttermilk Biscuits. They’ll go great with all of your dishes and sides. Want to try out this recipe? Get it here!

Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
Pie is great, but if you want another dessert option that isn’t pie, then try out Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Icing! This recipe still captures all the flavors of fall just like pumpkin pie, but it’s different from the usual desserts made for Thanksgiving.

Spiced Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies
Get creative and have fun with this recipe! Take a day to make and decorate these amazing cookies and don’t forget to get the kids involved if you have a family. This is the perfect activity for them and they’ll feel accomplished because of the help they provided! Interesting in trying out spiced Thanksgiving sugar cookies? Get the recipe here.

Apple Cider Donuts
Who doesn’t like donuts? Capture the many flavors of fall with Apple Cider Donuts. They are absolutely delicious and will have your guests going back for seconds!

Don’t be afraid to try out some of these savory new recipes this Thanksgiving. Your guests will definitely like them! However, don’t get to caught up in the Thanksgiving prep. Make sure to have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends by spending quality time with them in you new Judd Builders home!

Reasons To Build a New Home with Judd Builders

If you’re ready to move out of your existing home or perhaps buy your very first home, you may be wondering if now is the right time. Have you considered new construction? There are many benefits to this choice, plus everything is brand new! Here are some reasons why it’s smart to buy a new construction home from Judd Builders, as well as timing considerations to think about:

  • Build a home with a brand new design that you can add your personal style to!
  • No surprises because you can preview models and check floor plans before you move in.
  • You can customize different aspects of your home including kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, flooring, paint colors & more!
  • Updated appliances for convenience and efficiency.
  • You can choose a floor plan and layout that meets your family’s needs
  • All new materials, featuring the latest building technologies and modern designs to provide years of enjoyment before you need to replace anything. Move into an older, pre-owned home and you never know what’s going to break down next.
  • Energy-saving components, such as windows, HVAC, and appliances.
  • Take advantage of our planned communities, which often feature swimming pools, club houses, and more. One example of this is the clubhouse at The Reserve at Creekside.
  • The latest in safety features, such as circuit breakers, wiring, electric garage door openers with infrared safety detection beams, eco-friendly coolants, and carpeting and paints that have fewer VOCs.

Perhaps the best reason to build your own a new home is that YOU are the one making memories there! You’re not intruding on someone else’s memories or fixing their problems. That new home feel just can’t be achieved with a pre-owned home.

Timing

Sometimes the timing just feels right. Perhaps your finances are finally in order, you’re ready for an upgrade, your family is growing and you’re running out of space…there are many timing considerations that come into play. Timing is definitely important. If you have kids, you’ll want to consider their schooling – so moving during the summer, will help them start the new school year in the new home. The real estate market is cyclical – so when you find a good home, for the right price – then it’s your time to buy! Springtime is often the busiest time of the year to buy a home, but, with Judd Builders, we have homes for sale in a variety of communities throughout the year.

If you need help to find your new brand new home, or need even more reasons to build new, contact Judd Builders today!