So much to be Thankful for… such as an open floor plan

The Holidays are great for spending time with your family. When it comes to Thanksgiving however, this can become quite the challenge. The family usually divides into two rooms; the football fans in the family room and the chefs in the kitchen. With Stanley Martin Homes there is no need to divide up. We offer a variety of homes with open floor plans, so that those in the kitchen are never far from the family room. Everyone can celebrate the Holidays together as a family. Here are some great tips for saving you time when cooking your Thanksgiving meal.

1. Prepare your vegetables a day or two before.
2. Ice your turkey before you roast it to keep it from drying out.
3. Use a wine glass to cut out biscuits.
4. Microwave the potatoes instead of boiling them to save time.
5. Print or write out recipes and tape them to your cabinets for easy access.

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Fun Football Recipes

One of the best things about football season is all of the fun appetizers you get to make on Sundays! While you are gathered around the television, whether it is in the loft, family room or basement, here are some great recipes you can make for your friends and family.

Super Quick Chili

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Ingredients
• 2 pounds lean ground beef
• 2 tablespoons chili powder
• 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 2 (16-oz.) cans diced tomatoes with green pepper and onion
• 2 (16-oz.) cans small red beans
• 2 (8-oz.) cans tomato sauce
• Toppings: shredded Cheddar cheese, sliced green onions, diced tomatoes

Preparation
1. 1. Brown beef in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring often, 6 to 8 minutes or until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain well. Return beef to Dutch oven; sprinkle with chili powder, Creole seasoning, and cumin, and sauté 1 minute.
2. 2. Stir in diced tomatoes and next 2 ingredients, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Serve with toppings.

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/super-quick-chili-10000001955329/

Queso Fundido

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Ingredients
• 2 pounds lean ground beef
• 1 Serrano chile, seeded, chopped
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
• Kosher salt
• 8 ounces coarsely grated mild yellow cheddar
• 8 ounces coarsely grated Monterey Jack Cheese
• 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
• 1 4-ounce link fresh chorizo or hot Italian sausage, casing removed
• ½ cup minced onion
• ½ cup lager
• Tortilla chips

Preparation
1. Mix tomato, chile, and oregano in a small bowl. Season with salt; let salsa stand for 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, toss both cheeses with flour in a medium bowl. Cook chorizo in a medium saucepan over medium heat, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until it begins to render, about 1 minute. Add onion and continue cooking until chorizo is cooked and onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.

3. Transfer chorizo mixture to a small bowl; return saucepan to heat. Add beer; simmer, stirring occasionally and scraping up any browned bits. Whisking constantly, add cheese mixture a 1/4-cupful at a time, allowing it to become blended and smooth between additions. Stir in chorizo mixture.

4. DO AHEAD Queso can be made 30 minutes ahead. Let stand at room temperature. To reheat, warm skillet with queso fundido over medium heat; stir until melted and bubbly. Using a slotted spoon, spoon salsa over queso. Serve in skillet with a basket of tortilla chips on the side.

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/queso-fundido

Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos

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Ingredients
• 2 center-cut bacon slices
• 4 ounces cream cheese, softened (about 1/2 cup)
• 4 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened (about 1/2 cup)
• 1 ounce extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1/4 cup)
• 1/4 cup minced green onions
• 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
• 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1 small garlic clove, minced
• 14 jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
• Cooking spray
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
• 2 tablespoons chopped seeded tomato
Preparation
1. 1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
2. 2. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon. Combine crumbled bacon, cheeses, and next 4 ingredients (through garlic) in a bowl, stirring well to combine. Divide cheese mixture evenly to fill the pepper halves. Place peppers, cheese sides up, on grill rack or grill grate coated with cooking spray. Cover and grill peppers 8 minutes or until bottoms of peppers are charred and cheese mixture is lightly browned. Place peppers on a serving platter. Sprinkle with cilantro and tomato.

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-stuffed-jalapenos-50400000113748/

Ham and Cheese Stromboli

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Ingredients
• 1 whole 16 Oz. Loaf Frozen Bread Dough, Thawed
• ¼ pounds Thinly Sliced Ham – Black Forrest
• ¼ pounds Reduced Fat Pepperoni, May Use Salami
• ½ teaspoons Dried Basil, Divided
• ½ teaspoons Oregano, Divided
• 3 ounces, weight Sliced Provolone Cheese
• 1 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
• 1 Tablespoon Butter, Melted
• 1 teaspoon Cornmeal (optional)

Preparation
1. Place bread dough on a lightly greased baking sheet. Pat into a 15 x 10” rectangle. Arrange ham slices lengthwise down center of the dough; place pepperoni on top. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon basil and ¼ teaspoon oregano. Arrange provolone cheese over herbs and top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with remaining herbs. Moisten all edges of dough with water; bring each long edge of dough to center. Press edges together securely to seal. Seal ends.

2. Brush dough with 1 Tablespoon butter; sprinkle with cornmeal and carefully invert so that the seam side is down. Brush top with remaining butter. Bake at 375 degrees (F) for 20-22 minutes or until browned.

3. Remove from oven and place on a cutting board. Cut horizontally into slices with a serrated (bread) knife. For smaller portions, first cut vertically down the center, then into horizontal slices.

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Stanley Martin Homes: Giving Back to the Community

Stanley Martin builds amazing homes in gorgeous neighborhoods – most people know that. What people don’t know is that through its affiliation with HomeAid Northern Virginia, Stanley Martin Homes also volunteers time and materials to build transitional housing facilities for local individuals and families who are not able to afford a place of their own.

Steve Alloy, President of Stanley Martin Homes, is a founding member of HomeAid Northern Virginia, and currently serves on the Board of Directors. With Steve’s close relationship to HomeAid, Stanley Martin Homes, with the members of its Trades Council, have served as Builder Captain on numerous local shelter construction and renovation projects.

In addition to the company’s support of HomeAid, Stanley Martin Homes also supports a local charity called Women Giving Back (WGB). Fiona Hughes, Marketing Director at Stanley Martin Homes, is one of the co-founders of Women Giving Back, and also serves on the Board of HomeAid.

Women Giving Back was established almost eight years ago and is committed to providing clothing, shoes, and accessories to women and children emerging from the transitionally homeless systems of Northern Virginia. They operate almost entirely because of the incredible manpower (and “women power”) of their volunteer base, as well as generous clothing and monetary donations to their cause from so many individuals and corporations in the local community.

Amazingly WGB helps an average of 200 women each month and have distributed over 300,000 items of clothing over the past 7 years. “It’s a phenomenal amount of work but the rewards never end! We have so many heartwarming stories of women who have regained their self-esteem, and put their lives back together, that we never tire of the work we do,” said co-founder Fiona Hughes.

WGB volunteers meet regularly to sort donations, and they encourage individuals and corporations to partner with their efforts. Whether it is to help at the store and warehouse for a few hours, or organize a corporate clothing drive, they welcome any and all participation from anyone who would like to get involved.

Click here to read an article written in the Washington Post about Women Giving Back.

The Women Giving Back (WGB) program has also been recently named a finalist in PANDORA Jewelry’s PANDORA Hearts of Today contest. The initiative celebrates women who are working to improve the lives of women and children in their communities and around the world. As a finalist, WGB will receive $25,000 from PANDORA.

Click here to learn more about Women Giving Back winning the Pandora Hearts of Today contest!

Stanley Martin Homes' employees donating their time at the WGB warehouse

Some of the employees of Stanley Martin Homes helping out at the WGB warehouse

Co-Founder, Fiona Hughes, checking women in at WGB on a Saturday afternoon

Co-Founder, Fiona Hughes, checking women in at WGB on a Saturday afternoon

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Short Pump’s Newest Community

Stanley Martin Homes has made a splash into the Richmond’s West End with our newest community, The Reserve at Pouncey.

Our unique community nestled off Pouncey Tract Road offers 2 new floor plans that are perfect for the active family and is just minutes to Short Pump mall. Stanley Martin Homes’ architects have taken time to develop and create two new open floor plans that give homeowners and their guests a welcoming feel. These exceptional floor plans offer large closet spaces, and have the laundry room located conveniently on the second level! Stanley Martin strives to build homes that fit people’s lifestyles. They continuously do research on home buyers’ wants and needs in order to produce homes that click well with today’s busy families. Stanley Martin Homes has proven they pay attention to the buyers and have created the Plymouth and Putney homes and floor plans based on the wants and needs of families looking to continue their lives in a home that is just right for them.

We offer an abundance of options at The Reserve at Pouncey which include hardwood flooring, granite countertops, 42” maple cabinets, a kitchen island, recessed lights, and aggregate driveways. Where else can you find 4 sided brick homes with awesome design options starting at $499,990 in the heart of Short Pump?

Not to mention, Stanley Martin Homes provides every homeowner their specific HERS rating so they know exactly how energy efficient their home really is. Our 3rd party inspections go in depth by inspecting all aspects of the home building process to make sure your home is as efficient as possible. With winter coming up you won’t have to worry about your heating bill being so high because of our amazing green living program and all of the features included. Check out the website below http://www.stanleymartin.com/SMCWEB/SMC_Content.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=4& to learn more.

Come view our brand new decorated model home The Plymouth today or call Spen Custis at 804-433-7948 for more information!

The Plymouth Dining Room

The Plymouth Dining Room

The Plymouth Foyer

The Plymouth Foyer

The Plymouth Family Room

The Plymouth Family Room

The Plymouth Kitchen

The Plymouth Kitchen

The Plymouth Fireplace

The Plymouth Fireplace

The Plymouth Breakfast Area

The Plymouth Breakfast Area

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Stanley Martin’s Commitment to Charlottesville is Evident…EVERYWHERE!

Our story begins roughly 18 months ago. Stanley Martin Homes merged with Piedmont Realty and Construction with a shared vision and commitment to the Charlottesville area. Today, that commitment couldn’t be more evident. It seems everywhere you go, Stanley Martin’s team is there with a smile. By committing to area showcasing events, Move-In-Ready homes, decorated model homes, and unmatched locations, it’s no wonder we’ve become Charlottesville’s Trusted Local Builder…we listen!

In two short weeks, from October 4th – 12th, the Blue Ridge Homebuilders Association hosts its annual Parade of Homes. Stanley Martin wouldn’t miss it and this year we are proud to showcase 8 different homes in 8 communities. You will enjoy Move-In-Ready homes in Spring Creek, Willow Glen, and Foothill Crossing as well as Decorated Model Homes in Avinity, Stonewater, Old Trail, Glenmore, and, our newest community, Whittington! Whether you are looking at decorating ideas, the freshest design trends or are in the market for a new home, you won’t want to miss this year’s event. It is sure to please! Be sure to visit each of our entries for a chance to win a 48” Smart TV.

Click here to learn more about the Parade of Homes in Charlottesville.

Parade of Homes Map

Parade of Homes Map

In addition to the Parade of Homes, we have made long term investments in some of the most desired areas to feature our newest communities and home plans. In Crozet, just minutes from Old Trail, you will find Foothill Crossing. While you absorb the mountain views touring our Move-In-Ready home, you will see that activity is well under way for our new lots and, soon to open, new model home, The Carey. The Carey is one of our most popular and versatile plans and comes ready for your personal touch through your customization.

Nestled in the Rio Road corridor, minutes from Downtown, Stonefield, and NGIC, you will find Stonewater which is the location of our fully decorated Westchester model home. Stonewater meets the needs of those looking to be close to everything through a variety of single family homes and newly released garage townhomes.

Click here to find out more about Stonewater.

The Westchester Kitchen

The Westchester Kitchen

Last and certainly not least, one of our proudest projects is the opening of Whittington, located just minutes south of Downtown Charlottesville, UVA Medical Center, Martha Jefferson Hospital and the highly anticipated 5th Street Station. As you drive down Old Lynchburg Road and pass Mosby Mountain you are surrounded by the trees, swallowed up by the mountains, and then you see the stately horse fence and trail. Then it hits you – “You have arrived!” Whittington is complete with 96 one acre wooded home sites with mountain views abound! There is no detail overlooked. Our public debut of our fully decorated Colton Model will be during the Parade of Homes Saturday October 4th.

Click here to get more information on Whittington.

**Prices, features, and incentives are subject to change without notice. *In order to win the smart TV, you must tour the model home and register with the Neighborhood Sales Manager. See Sales Manager for details.

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A Hidden Jewel in North Raleigh

Ansley, a quaint, wooded enclave of 35 single family home sites, is conveniently located in the “heartbeat” of North Raleigh. This community will have stylish craftsman inspired homes featuring a variety of designs in sizes ranging from 2,123 to over 4,000 square feet. Ansley offers 5 new floor plans to choose from, including 2 very desirable ranch homes for those who prefer one-level living. This community, simply put, is a unique combination of easy, yet gracious, living combined with the elegance we all strive for in a tranquil yet superbly convenient location.

Nestled just off Falls of Neuse Road, Ansley is within walking distance of the Raleigh Racquet and Swim Club and just a stone’s throw from WINSTON’S, The Fresh Market, and other North Raleigh favorites! It’s just three miles from North Hills/Midtown – one of Raleigh’s most vibrant areas for shopping, dining and entertainment. North Hills offers outdoor entertainment from spring into fall including concerts for beach music and Bluegrass fans, as well as Friday night “Tributes” and even “Kid Days” which offer learning, exercise and social fun for the whole family!

Click here to Visit the North Hills Website.

Living in Ansley offers unmatched combination of new home living within only a 15-minute drive to Downtown Raleigh. The other major commuting routes of I-540 and the I-440 Beltline make all points of the Triangle easily accessible.

Join us for the Grand Opening this Saturday, September 13th from 10am-3pm and be entered to win a $1,000 gift card to Arhaus.

For additional information on Ansley click here to visit our website.

**Prices, features, and incentives are subject to change without notice. *Arhaus is register trademark of Arhaus. This content is not provided or commissioned by Arhaus. In order to win the gift card, you must tour the model home and register with the neighborhood sales manager. See the sales manager for details.

The Lawrence Kitchen

The Lawrence Kitchen

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The Lawrence Dining Room

The Lawrence Dining Room

The Lawrence Foyer/Living Room

The Lawrence Foyer/Living Room

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A New and Unique Community in Chapel Hill

Winmore offers a quality of life unique to Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The village-style neighborhood features a pedestrian oriented design, interconnected streets, public green spaces, and unsurpassed amenities including a neighborhood pool, playground, orchard, and over 2 miles of walking trails. Winmore residents enjoy a commercial center boasting a salon, studio and wellness center as well as a preschool within the neighborhood.

Winmore is a GREEN neighborhood nestled in the woods, off Homestead Road. Over 30 acres of protected open space is part of its appeal and Winmore is within the walk zone of Chapel Hill High School and neighboring Smith and Sewell Elementary which boasts its own preschool, Legacy Academy. The UNC bus system also stops at Winmore – put your bike on the bus, go to work at UNC, the hospital or downtown and then ride your bike home!

A new and exciting addition to Winmore is The Charles House Association. The Charles House Association provides daytime Eldercare in a loving and nurturing environment. The addition of The Charles House Association home in Winmore is their 3rd home in Orange County.

Click here to learn about The Charles House Association.

Join us this weekend for the Grand Opening of Winmore. Visit our new decorated model home from 10am-3pm this Saturday, September 6th and be entered to win a $1,000 gift card to West Elm at The Streets of Southpoint!

Click here to learn more about this community!

The Ashland Exterior

The Ashland Exterior

The Ashland Kitchen

The Ashland Kitchen

The Ashland Living Room

The Ashland Living Room

The Ashland Foyer

The Ashland Foyer

The Ashland Family Room

The Ashland Family Room

The Ashland Master Suite

The Ashland Master Suite

The Ashland Master Bath

The Ashland Master Bath

*Prices, features, and incentives are subject to change without notice. *West Elm is register trademark of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. This content is not provided or commissioned by West Elm. In order to win the gift card, you must tour the model home and register with the neighborhood sales manager. See the sales manager for details.

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Photo Tour of the Newly Decorated Model at Huntleigh at Creighton Farms

We are excited to show off the newly decorated Winslow model at Huntleigh at Creighton Farms in Loudoun County! The Winslow ranges from rom 4722-8207 finished square feet. This gorgeous community in Aldie, Virginia features loads of amenities, including a world-class golf course, as well as 3+ acre lots. Come by to tour the new model and learn more about all that Huntleigh at Creighton Farms has to offer.

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Stanley Martin’s Standout Kitchens

Is your kitchen leaving something to be desired when it comes to cooking or entertaining? Stanley Martin Homes‘ kitchens are perfect for creating any recipe with smart floor plans and premium standard features.

The Colton at Waterford Estates

The Colton at Waterford Estates

Stanley Martin is proud to build Green Living homes that are leading the industry in energy efficiency. Many of our kitchens include Energy Star appliances that will help to reduce energy bills and environmental impact.

Our kitchens are stylish as well as sensible. One of Stanley Martin’s trademarks is the oversized islands that are offered in all of our models. All of our islands have at least a 12-inch overhang for ample seating and comfortable dining. Our large islands also offer plenty of space for preparing large meals when entertaining. Many of our islands have extra storage under the overhang to store seasonal items that you don’t use every day -most other builders leave this area as unusable dead space.

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The Carey at Summit Oaks

To enhance your kitchen in a unique way, we offer the option to choose contrasting cabinet colors for island and perimeter cabinets.

The Winslow at Huntleigh at Creighton Farms

The Winslow at Huntleigh at Creighton Farms

We offer smart storage options throughout our kitchens like built in trashcans and pullout pot and pan trays. Customers can learn more about these helpful options and ideas, as well as many more, at the Design Studio.

 

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Summer Recipes

Fish Tacos With Summer Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 pound halibut or other meaty white fish fillets
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 11 ounce can whole tomatillos, drained
  • 4 small zucchinipeeled, seeded and cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves and stems
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt, plus more to taste
  • 8 6 inches corn tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Hass avocado, peeled and thinly sliced

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Place the fish in a medium bowl and drizzle with half of the lime juice. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • Using your hands, squeeze the juice and flesh from the tomatillos, 1 at a time, into a medium bowl; discard the skins. Mash the tomatillos with a fork. Add the zucchini, the remaining lime juice, the cilantro and 2 teaspoons of the salt and toss.
  • Spread the tortillas on 2 baking sheets and warm in the oven for about 10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, cayenne pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Remove the fish from the lime juice, pat dry and cover with the spice rub. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook the fish, about 4 minutes on each side. Break the fish into bite-size pieces and season to taste with salt. Arrange the fish in the tortillas with some of the salsa and avocado slices.

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Grilled Shrimp with Bacon and Lemons

Ingredients

  • 16 large shrimp (about 1 1/2 pounds), shells split but not removed, deveined
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon (about 6 ounces)

Directions

  • Toss shrimp in a large nonreactive baking dish with zest and juice of 1 lemon, the Old Bay seasoning, and oil. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Heat grill to medium-high. Slice remaining lemon into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Grill lemon slices, shrimp, and bacon directly on grates until lemon slices are caramelized (2 to 3 minutes per side), shrimp are cooked through (about 3 minutes per side), and bacon is lightly charred and crisp (4 to 5 minutes per side). Transfer lemons and shrimp to a bowl, and the bacon to a plate. Let cool slightly.
  • Tear bacon into 2-inch pieces, and add to bowl with lemons and shrimp. Toss until well combined.

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Strawberry Chantilly

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  • Mix flour, sugar and butter until crumbly. Stir in chopped walnuts.
  • Press two-thirds of the mixture in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish; the remaining crumble will be used for the topping. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Cool crust completely.
  • In large deep bowl, stir together egg whites, sugar (see Cook’s Note), strawberries, and lemon juice. Whip with electric mixer at high speed for 10 minutes.
  • In another mixing bowl, whip whipping cream until stiff and fold into strawberry mixture. Spread over cooled crust. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Freeze for 6 hours or overnight before serving.

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Tom’s Mellow Melon Margarita

 Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 ounces Patron Silver tequila
  • 1 ounces fresh lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 ounces orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 5 watermelon cubes
  • 1 small watermelon wedge

Directions

  • Muddle the watermelon cubes in the bottom of a shaker glass.
  • Add ice, Patron, lime juice, orange juice and agave syrup.
  • Give it a good shake for approximately 10 seconds. Strain and pour into large rocks glass.
  • Garnish with a watermelon wedge.

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