1. Cool Weather = Hot Recipes!

    If you are like most of us, somewhere in your kitchen (buried beneath the pots and pans) you have a lonely crockpot stashed away that is patiently WAITING for the weather to get cooler so that it can be used again! Crockpots and slow cookers have been around a long time, but often are forgotten about in our never ending quest to prepare a ‘quick’ dinner for the family. However, the time you will save using a crockpot to make a satisfying meal is well worth the advanced preparation.

    So, dust off your crockpots and let the cooking commence! Your family will love the healthy, hearty and delicious recipes that you can conjure up in your crockpot! You will love the fact that you just need to mix a few ingredients, turn on the nob and let your slow cooker do ALL the work for you!

    Now that the weather is cooling down, it is time to heat up the crockpot. From fish and barbeque to burritos and beans, your crock pot will quickly become your favorite cooking accessory! Here’s a great recipe for a delicious shrimp Creole recipe!


    • 1 1/2 c diced celery
    • 1 cup chopped onion
    • 3/4 cup chopped bell pepper
    • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
    • 1 large can (28 oz) whole tomatoes
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 4 to 6 drops Tabasco sauce, or a dash or two of ground cayenne, to taste
    • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, deveined and shelled

    Combine all ingredients in slow cooker except shrimp. Cook 3 to 4 hours on high or 6 to 8 hours on low. Add shrimp last hour of cooking. Serve over hot boiled rice.

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  2. Color is all the rage for 2013!

    Are you tired of looking at your old white kitchen hutch day after day but don’t want to invest in a new one? Why not breathe new life into it by adding a couple of coats of ocean blue paint? It will not only change the look of your existing piece, it will brighten and improve the look of your entire room!

    From pumpkin and light blue to violet and lime, bright bold colors are making a strong comeback in home decor! If you aren’t ready to paint your entire room an electric shade of fuchsia, you may want to consider adding colorful accessories like throw pillows, glass sculptures or candles to spice up a room. Or you may consider painting just one wall in a room as an accent wall. The wonderful thing about painting a room is that you are not committed. If you decide you no longer like your pumpkin spice kitchen after a few months, just paint over it!

    A splash of color can change the entire look and feel of a room. Children’s rooms can be especially fun to create by using bold colors and accessories. To get your creative juices flowing why not spend an afternoon touring some of Neal Communities’ beautifully decorated model homes? When we design and decorate our models we use a variety of colors, styles and themes to appeal to a wide variety of personal tastes by adding our pureSTYLE touch. Charlene Neal: pureSTYLE is a complete interior design service in which we offer interior design service to homeowners looking to “freshen up” their existing home, or applying our interior design expertise to your new, fantastic Neal home!

    The color forecast from the pros at Pantone reveals new colors that soothe, renew, and even surprise.

  3. Enjoying the autumn season

    There is something about the fall season that brings out the kid in all of us! Who doesn’t have memories of jumping into a huge pile of leaves that your dad spent all afternoon raking? What about the wonderful aromas that would come from the kitchen while mom was baking a delicious pumpkin pie?

    Fall is a beautiful season to celebrate. The weather is getting cooler, the holidays are right around the corner, and everyone seems to be a little happier! (It could also be the fact that the kids are back in school and football season has started up again.)

    So, how do you plan to enjoy this magical fall season? Here are some of our favorite things to do during the autumn months.
    1. Go for a family bike ride. There is nothing better than getting a little exercise and breathing in the fresh fall air.
    2. Bake a homemade pumpkin pie with the kids.
    3. Visit a local farm or orchard and pick your own fruits and vegetables. There are plenty of places to do this activity. Your kids will have a new appreciation for the food they eat. http://www.pickyourown.org/FLwest.htm
    4. Attend a football game at your local high school and cheer your team on.
    5. Take a trip to your local farmer’s market. Then come home a break out your crock pot and make a hearty stew or soup for dinner.
    6. Plan a neighborhood block party – the weather is perfect for being outdoors.
    7. Have a picnic! Even if it is in your backyard, it is always fun to eat outside.
    8. Host a football ‘tailgate’ party! Make your own salsa using fresh tomatoes – yummy!
    9. Bake a batch of cookies or brownies and deliver it to your local fire station. Our fire fighters love homemade goodies
    10. Volunteer to walk the dogs at your local humane society. The dogs LOVE playing in the cooler weather
    The opportunities for fall-fun are endless!

  4. The wait is over. It’s time to make it a Grand Palm Day!!

    GRAND OPENING Celebration – Saturday, September 8th from 10AM-5:30 PM and Sunday, September 9th from Noon-5PM, 12386 Sagewood Drive, Venice, FL

    For months the anticipation has been mounting! There’s been a buzz in the air…something ‘BIG’ is coming to Venice, FL. On September 8th, the wait will finally be over! Neal Communities’ newest community Grand Palm will officially ‘open’ its doors and welcome the public inside to discover the difference!

    Close to everything – Far from Ordinary, Grand Palm will impress you the moment you enter the community. The moment you arrive, you will notice the difference. As you make your way through the spectacular entrance, and are greeted by our welcoming committee of enormous, preserved trees, you may wonder if you have been here before. A sense of belonging and community warmly embrace you. Grand Palm is more than a community; it is a way of life. Isn’t it time you discovered the difference?

    We invite you to discover the Grand Palm difference for yourself at our Official Grand Opening. Join us in as we celebrate this fabulous new Venice community. There will be plenty food, drinks and prize giveaways, including two $500 Target gift certifications.
    Grand Palms features four neighborhoods and a village center with retail shops and offices. Six fully decorated models will be open for your viewing pleasure! The community offers over 20 different floor plans, ranging from 1079 sq. ft. to over 2500 sq. ft. Pricing starts in the mid- $100’s.

    Everything about the Grand Palm community has been carefully planned and selected with the homeowner in mind. The resort style amenities at Grand Palm will make you think you are on vacation 365 days a year!

    Whether you enjoy fishing or biking, kayaking or tennis, you will find it all within the Grand Palm community. With two pools, a private island, a sprawling park, recreation center, and a 39-acre lake, you won’t have to travel far when looking for something fun to do!

    Isn’t it time you discovered the difference? Join us at our Grand Opening Celebration!