1. Inside the Valor II

    Liz Reuth, Neal Communities E-Marketing Manager takes us for a tour inside Neal Communities’ Valor 2 Kitchens in Lakewood Ranch Florida. A smart design with a beautiful open concept kitchen, dining and living space give this space an open and airy touch. The space is great for entertaining guests and with a double sink facing the living room, Mr. and Ms. Homeowner can stay engaged with the guests while cleaning up! Large cabinets surround the Valor 2 kitchen making it perfect for the cook in the family to store pots and pans along with counter space to house all cooking gadgets. If you don’t believe us, just see for yourself!

     
     

    Valor II is a contemporary 1,162 Sq. Ft home perfect for a single family. Featuring two bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open concept kitchen, living and great room; this is a home full of modern charm. A family friendly community with budget friendly prices. Come experience it for yourself!

     

     

     


  2. 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!

    Ingredients:

    • 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

    Preparation:
    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.

    For more great crockpot/slow cooker recipes be sure to visit the following link!

    http://southernfood.about.com/library/crock/blcpidx.htm


  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!


  5. Color Your World – A Hues Flash

    Want to give your home a brand new look and NOT spend a lot of money doing so? Instead of going out and purchasing new furniture and furnishings, you may want to consider adding a splash of color to your rooms to create a dramatic flare.

    Paint is one of the easiest (and least expensive) ways to redecorate your home. And, the wonderful thing about painting is that you can change it up as often as you like.

    Before you make that trip to the paint store, here are a few tips to get you started:
    1. Think about how you use a room and what mood you want to create. Lively colors, like reds, oranges and yellows, turn up the volume, providing a friendly backdrop for a family space, kid’s room or dining area.
    2. Want a tranquil spot for reading and relaxing? Cool off with blues, greens or purples.
    3. Neutrals- grays, whites and browns- complement most rooms and size up your space.
    4. Pale shades work best in sun-filled rooms; white deep tones thrive in poor light
    5. To cozy up in a cavernous place, go dark.
    6. Feeling cramped? Light hues lend a sense of airiness and expansiveness.
    7. A rich color can make a tiny room look like a jewel box.

    Remember, rules are meant to be broken. Always go for a color that YOU truly like. After all, you will be the one spending time in the room.
    Have you ever wondered what different colors represent? According to Color Wheel Pro, http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-meaning.html, this is what our ‘rainbow’ of colors really signifies.

    Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.

    Yellow is the color of sunshine. It’s associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.

    Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement.

    Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money.

    Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.

    Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.

    White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection.

    Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery.