Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Drinks!

Summer is in full swing! Whether you are enjoying lazy days by the pool, family picnics, barbeques or trips to the beach, everyone enjoys a refreshing beverage especially during the dog days of summer!    Why not make a tantalizing cocktail for your next family and friend get- together!

I have a few recipes I would like to share that are easy to make and impressive!  So grab your favorite glass, some ice, pull up a chair and relax!  

All-American Lemonade
·       1.5 oz  vodka
·       Lemonade of your choice


Pour vodka over ice in a glass and just add lemonade.
Add mint sprig garnish if desired.
Garnish: Mint Sprig
Glass: Collins

The Poolside:
·       1 oz  vodka
·       1/2 oz peach schnapps
·       1/2 oz Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
·       2 oz cranberry juice
·       2 oz fresh orange juice
·       1 oz fresh sour mix
Combine all ingredients in mixing glass with ice.
Shake, strain and pour into cocktail glass filled with fresh ice.

Garnish: Orange slice
Glass: Hurricane
Mixologist: Darren West

Tito’s Tropical
·       1 oz vodka
·       1 oz coconut rum
·       2 oz Pineapple juice
·       1/4 oz triple sec
·       Splash of cranberry juice
Combine all ingredients in mixing glass with ice.
Shake, strain and pour over fresh ice into a Collins glass or pour straight up into a martini glass.
Garnish and serve. 

Garnish: Orange Wedge and Cherry
Glass: Collins or Martini
Mixologist: Cat Mitlenberger

Palm Beach Cocktail
·       1 1/2 oz vodka
·       1 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
·       1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
·       1/2 oz simple syrup
·       1/2 oz Marie Brizard Crème de Cassis
Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, strain and pour into cocktail glass and serve.

Garnish: Orange Zest
Glass: Martini

Fountain of Youth
·       1 1/2 oz vodka
·       3/4 oz St. Germain
·       3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
·       2 sprigs of fresh mint leaves
·       2 oz Mionetto Prosecco
In cocktail glass add vodka, St. Germain, lemon juice and the leaves from 1 mint sprig.
Add ice and shake vigorously.
Strain over crushed ice.
Top with Prosecco.

Garnish: Remaining mint sprig and orange wheel
Glass: Highball

Of course, all of the drinks listed can be made as non-alcoholic beverages as well! Don't forget to stay hydrated and enjoy responsibly :-)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

McKee Ranked #1 in escrow and title process versus national competition

Today we celebrated, with a surprise pizza party, being ranked #1 in escrow and title services as voted by our happy homeowners via the Eliant Company Survey.  Out of 96 builders across the nation our homeowners ranked us as the best.  This would not have been possible without our Settlement Coordinator Chrissy Sica. Chrissy’s job is to help reduce the stress and make sense of the copious amounts of paperwork and other tasks involved in purchasing a new home

When asked what her secret to success is Chrissy spoke like a true #1 professional and pointed out the other behind the scenes workers who make it possible for her to provide the smoothest settlement process possible.  In an ever changing regulatory environment she continues to juggle all the variables on behalf of our buyers who clearly appreciate her hardwork and commitment to their needs.

Thank You Chrissy for your hardwork, dedication to our buyers and an excellent excuse for pizza and cake for all! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Welcome Summer!

Hello Sunshine! You have no idea how excited we are to see you after this winter!

I want to start this blog entry with a big congrats to my sister Jennifer on the birth of her beautiful baby boy.  My name is Frank McKee Jr. and I will be taking over Jenni's blog while she is out on maternity leave.  

Let's kick things off with some insider info on the lifestyle opportunities that a McKee community offers. When you live in a McKee home, there is no shortage of activities available to keep you lively and entertained during these summer months. Don’t forget to check out the many recreational activities offered in our neighborhoods and in the surrounding areas.

Residents of The Courtyards at Brandywine can find themselves enjoying a great workout at the local YMCA, go for a stroll through the tranquil Brandywine Creek State Park, or tee up for a game of golf at the Brandywine Country Club. Don’t forget to take advantage of the many shopping and dining destinations in the surrounding area as well!

Spring Arbor residents can find themselves taking advantage of many activities offered at the community. They can enjoy the exercise classes at the fitness center, pool parties in the heated pool, partake in a game of bocce, or go for a stroll on one of the walking trails! Residents who wish to socialize with wonderful, active people can partake in book club, Ladies Lunch and Movie, billiards, day trips, and so much more!

Residents at Champions’ Club can take full advantage of the heated outdoor pool, tennis courts, walking trails, bocce courts, and Johnathan’s Landing Golf Course! Champions’ Club residents can also venture out into the local area and enjoy shopping, fine dining, First Heritage State Park, Dover’s Historic District and much more!

Cecil Wood’s Residents can utilize the exercise center and games at the clubhouse, fishing, crabbing, boating, and other aquatic activities on the Chesapeake Bay. Residents can also enjoy the local historic district and three golf courses located within 10 miles of Cecil Woods. Enthusiasts of the arts can find themselves enjoying the Millburn Stone Theater and the Cecil College Cultural Center.

Our newest community, The Preserve at Lamplighter, is patiently awaiting the completion of their clubhouse.  However, that doesn’t mean there is boredom to be found there!  Residents have already started the social committee and are planning great trips to ball games, local museums in Bucks County and even down to Nemours in Delaware.  Lamplighter also offers 4 golf courses and pretty much every store you would want to shop at within a 10 minute drive.

Enjoy this beautiful weather and don’t forget to stay hydrated!