Monday, February 9, 2015

Winter Weather Cocktails

Winter Weather Cocktails
Winter is upon us, and it’s time to start hibernating in your home. Well don’t worry, we’ve done some research and found a few beverages to help keep you warm. Many of these options can be made with or without alcohol. There’s something for everyone! Be sure to check out our website here for information on our developments and homes!

Mulled Wine
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Mulled Wine Recipe |

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle red wine1 orange, sliced
  • 1/4 cup brandy (optional)
  • 1/4 cup honey or sugar
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
Combine all ingredients in a non-aluminum saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and let simmer for at least 15 minutes. Strain, and serve warm. You can also place the oranges, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise in a cheesecloth. Then simply strain and pull out the bundle when ready.

*For an alcohol-free option, try using apple cider instead of wine and brandy! If you do this you can skip adding the honey or sugar. Another alternative would be to use mulling spice in the apple cider, instead of the individual spices
Kahlua Hot Chocolate
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Kahlua Hot Chocolate - So cozy, so boozy, and so perfect for these chilly nights!Ingredients:
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 ounce KahlĂșa coffee liqueur
  • Mini marshmallows, for serving
  • Salted caramel, for serving
  • Chocolate syrup, for serving
In a medium saucepan, combine milk, sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon and nutmeg over medium heat until heated through, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in KahlĂșa. 

Serve immediately, garnished with mini marshmallows, salted caramel and chocolate syrup, if desired.

*For an alcohol-free version, just skip the Kahlua!
Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria
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  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cognac
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 750ml bottle cava (or other dry sparkling wine), chilled
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

Add the apples to a large pitcher reserving about 1/2 cup for garnishing. Add the cognac, apple cider, and chilled cava. Stir.

Fill the pitcher with ice. Pour the sangria into glasses filled with ice and top with sliced apple and pomegranate seeds.

*For an alcohol-free version, just skip the cognac and use seltzer water or sparkling cider instead of the sparkling wine!

We hope these beverages help bring some warmth and fun into your home this winter. Please comment below with how these drinks turned out for you! We would love to hear your favorite winter refreshments and share them with the rest of our followers as well!

For more fun drinks, check out the full list here!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Focus on Spring Arbor: The Dalton

The Dalton model is part of McKee's Spring Arbor
Ranch collection. This beautiful two-story home is very customizable, with an optional finished basement, screened porch and sun-room, and a wet-bar in the great room. The Dalton model comes standard with a front porch, perfect for sunny summer days and watching storms roll in, cozy and dry from your front patio. The Dalton is energy star certified and has low maintenance exteriors. The Dalton starts at $333,900 at 2,267 square feet.

For more information, check out our website here, or give us a call at 302-376-5577.

Check out the full photo gallery on our website!

The Dalton comes with a beautiful, state-of-the-art kitchen, with standard Maytag appliances, as well as a beautiful island. The open concept first floor flows seamlessly from kitchen, to dining room, to great room.
The Dalton's great room has tall, vaulted ceilings and can be equipped with an optional wet bar. With lots of natural light, this large space is great for entertaining guests and anything else you can imagine.

The Dalton's beautiful master suite, located on the first floor, is a beautiful feature of this model. It comes with two walk-in closets and a linen closet, as well as a beautiful en-suite bathroom. The en-suite is its own private paradise, with a private commode area, ceramic tile floors, and walk-in shower with bench.

The Dalton's large bathrooms are styled with cultured marble tops, molded tub and shower, medicine cabinets, and bright lights.

A focal point of the Dalton is it's large front porch. Use this space for a beautiful porch swing or some comfy chairs. Add your own personal touch by adding some personal plants. This space is also great for decorating during the holidays.


Spring arbor is a 55+ active adult community located in Middletown, Delaware. Spring Arbor offers a clubhouse with a gym, billiards, cards, great room and kitchen, an outdoor pool and bocce courts, along with a putting green and dog park. Get active, get moving , get to Spring Arbor.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Focus on Spring Arbor: The Wyatt

Spring Arbor's beautiful Wyatt model is a popular option at the community. Offering a spacious kitchen and a second bedroom on the first floor, as well as an optional extended second floor. The Wyatt is customizable and low maintenance, starting at $326,900 for 1,936 square feet of space.

For more information, check out our website here, or give us a call at 302-376-5577.

Check out the full photo gallery on our website!

The Wyatt comes with a state of the art kitchen, equipped with Maytag appliances, a spacious and beautiful island, quality wood cabinets, easy-to-clean and-care-for counter-tops and wood floors, and an open-concept that flows together seamlessly with the dining area and the great room.

 The Wyatt's great room is a beautiful expanse, with vaulted ceiling and an optional fireplace. It's the perfect space to host parties, and relax with friends and family.

The Wyatt's master suite, located on the first floor, offers a spacious layout, a beautiful en suite bathroom, as well as a walk-in closet.

The Wyatt's large bathrooms are styled with cultured marble tops, molded tub and shower, medicine cabinets, and bright lights.

The Wyatt is highly customizable, with an optional expanded second floor. Use this extra space for bedrooms, office space, or extra storage. This extra floor can be finished with a loft or up to two extra rooms and a full bathroom.



Spring arbor is a 55+ active adult community located in Middletown, Delaware. Spring Arbor offers a clubhouse with a gym, billiards, cards, great room and kitchen, an outdoor pool and bocce courts, along with a putting green and dog park. Get active, Get moving, Get to Spring Arbor.

Monday, January 19, 2015

McKee Builders wins Best of Houzz!

 Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

McKee Builders of the greater Philadelphia metropolitan has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The builder of active adult communities was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.”  Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community. 

When McKee Builders opened its first 55+ Community 40 years ago, they became known as innovators in building active adult communities in the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area. They remain a leader in 55+ clubhouse communities today, garnering local, regional and national awards. Recognizing that today's active lifestyles make maintenance-free homes attractive to busy people of all ages, McKee Builders added luxury carriage homes with internal courtyards to the menu of lifestyle choices. McKee offers communities that receive national attention for innovative design and outstanding use of quality products at an affordable price.

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize McKee Builders among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

 Follow McKee Builders on Houzz here!

Thank You to all those who view, share, and save our photos to your ideabooks!

Remodeling and Home Design

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

McKee Builders Accolades



Delaware's New Castle County is brimming with new home communities which is why we're excited that an independent survey ranked McKee Builders among the top 3 builders in this very competitive market. The rankings were based on the number of homes sold, meaning that given the choices, more buyers choose the quality and value of a McKee home!

Top 20 in the Region

The Philadelphia Business Journal’s just-published builder rankings that include McKee among the top 20! McKee was ranked among national builders and is a testament to the quality homes they build.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Settling Into Your New Home

Nina's final post - enjoy!

If you have been following my posts, we have already covered the topics of selling and staging a home, as well as the actual move.  Coming into the ‘home stretch’ we will now deal with settling into your new McKee Builders home.  Most people would think that unpacking every box as fast as one could be ideal, but that is not necessarily true.  Let me explain.  In rushing to unpack, certain issues could be forgotten, such as organization.  For me, a great ‘rule of thumb’ is to focus on unpacking and setting up ones bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen.  You may be asking “Why only these three rooms?”  Well, I believe that if you can get a good nights sleep, take a shower and get dressed in the morning, and cook a meal, the rest will fall into place.

That being said, there is an art to unpacking in the sense that where you place each item is essential to getting organized, staying organized, and knowing where your belongings are when you need them.  Organization alleviates stress and saves time and money.  Below is my room-by-room guide on settling into your new home:
  Your kitchen should be set up according to zones such as preparing, cooking and serving.  An example of this would be to have all of your bakeware, pots, and cooking utensils near the cooktop or oven, and the items used to prepare meals should be grouped together and stored close to the area where you will prepare food, etc.  Also, keep items that are not used regularly in higher, ‘out of the way’ cabinets.
  When unpacking and setting up your bathroom, use shelf organizers to categorize and contain your toiletries, group your towels according to size and color, and place your sheets into the matching pillowcase to keep sheets sets together.  Labeling shelves, basket, and bins is also very useful.
  Keep in mind that your bedroom is your sanctuary, and in order to enjoy a good nights rest, it should be kept clutter free.  Only unpack and keep in your bedroom what belongs in this particular room.  Any extra items should be stored in an attic, storage room, or basement.  Utilize bins, baskets, and under bed storage to maximize the space.
  If you have a ‘guest room’ in your new house, keep guest towels and sheets stored in a dresser drawer.  Also, extra toiletries can be kept in this space as well.
  If you no longer have a ‘home office’, designate a corner in your family room, bedroom, or kitchen to act as a home office.  Creating this ‘little nook’ will be beneficial when it comes time to pay your monthly bills.  Invest in some desk accessories that are appealing and remember to purchase a file box to ‘house’ all of your monthly bills.  You can then transfer the paperwork to a file drawer which can be kept in an attic, basement, or storage room.
  Any items that you plan to store in an attic, basement, or storage room should be kept in an air-tight, lidded, rubber container which is also labeled.  This will help to ensure that items susceptible to fading will be protected.  Also, it is a good way to keep critters at bay!

My hope is that I have helped to alleviate any stress that is ‘par for the course’ when it comes to moving.  Also, getting organized and staying organized is a foolproof guarantee to living a peaceful life.  If you have enjoyed my blog posts, visit my website to read more.  

Written by Nina Bowdler, Professional Organizer, Divine Intervention. 

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