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A Real Neighborhood: Petra Commons on Columbia Pike

Categories: Communities, New Homes, News, Uncategorized, Williamson Co. | Posted: April 13, 2018 | Comments Off on A Real Neighborhood: Petra Commons on Columbia Pike

Spring Hill’s best-kept, brand new secret

We know what people are wanting in a home today, and that’s why we built Petra Commons in Spring Hill on Columbia Pike. If you’re looking to buy, you just have to take a look at what we’ve built here:

• Choose between a townhome or single-family home in a small, close, walkable neighborhood of 79 homes (not too big, not too small!)

• High-end design and finishes

• Williamson County Schools

• Shopping and the services you routinely need right out the front door (walk to the nail salon, the bank or the dentist!)

• Excellent pricing—$240k to $280k on the townhomes. Single-family homes are $280k to $350k.

Plans for this unique neighborhood have been years in the making. As we all know, the whole Nashville-area region is booming. People are looking for a nice home for their busy lives, a choice that really works in a brand new way for what they need. Here at Regent Homes, we’re actively working to build these types of communities throughout the region, and again, once you see Petra Commons, we think you’ll agree that we’ve done our homework.

We honestly believe this neighborhood is something special that fits the bill for what single professionals, young families, and empty nesters are wanting today.

First, let’s talk about the homes. Our townhomes and single-family homes at Petra Commons range in size from about 1,468 square feet to 2,384 square feet, and you can choose from multiple floor plans. Every home is brick, with granite counters, a deep baseboard throughout and nine-foot ceilings on the first levels. You’ll have stainless steel appliances, a combination of hardwoods and carpet and energy-efficiency throughout the home.

Second, let’s talk about the neighborhood itself. It’s all walkable, with wider sidewalks that connect you home to shopping at the front of the development. Abundant landscaping, a neighborhood association, exterior tree-lined streets, a park area with a gazebo and outdoor space for relaxing, barbecuing and recreating. It’s got everything you need to create a close-knit neighborhood that’s going to work for your busy life.

Third, let’s talk about the schools. Your Williamson County schools, one of the top-performing public school districts in the nation, are Heritage Elementary, Heritage Middle, and Independence High School. Heritage Elementary is in nearby Thompson’s Station and provides a far-above-average education for its students, with a very active PTO and high standards. Heritage Middle School, for sixth through eighth graders, has an 8,000-volume school library, two 30-station technology labs and 13 wireless computer labs, just for starters. Independence High School on Columbia Highway provides excellent resources to its students, with three computer labs, eight science labs, a TV production facility, state-of-the-art media center plus a strong focus on academics and developing top scholars and well-rounded students.

Fourth, let’s talk about the shopping and services. We’ve put in two commercial spaces at the front of Petra Commons, so you have multiple choices for shopping and services within feet of your front door. Already in place are Franklin Synergy Bank, Mattress King, Kemp and Rice Orthodontics, Noire the Nail Bar, Absolute Wireless, ReMax Fine Home Sales office and a dentist with same-day services. Three restaurants are currently in play for additional spaces, plus an insurance company, a coffee shop, hair salon and a workout facility. You almost won’t have to go anywhere else to get what you need—a huge time and stress saver.

We know you’ll have more questions so please get in touch with us and if you’re out and about, just stop by and take a look. We are expert in building these types of communities; our experience includes Westhaven and Berry Farms. We can’t wait to show you Petra Commons!



10 Reasons Building a New Home Provides More Value

Categories: Home Buying Guide, New Homes, Uncategorized | Posted: March 16, 2018 | Comments Off on 10 Reasons Building a New Home Provides More Value

The clean slate of building a brand new home is certainly appealing. And, you might be surprised to learn that value is also on the side of the new home decision. Let’s unpack the specifics of new home value proposition as compared with existing home value proposition.

Single Family Home Photo• You did it your way. One of the best things about building is getting the finishes you want. Paint colors, appliance choices, countertops, flooring…when will it ever be exactly your choice in an existing home? Want a master bedroom on the first floor? Large his and hers walk-in closets? High ceilings and a luxurious master bath? Sitting room with a fireplace or French doors opening to the pool? Now is the time to decide what you want and include it in your new home build.

• Save your cash. When you’re building a new home, the extras are financed into your new mortgage. When you buy existing, you’re going to be coming up with another way—outside the mortgage—to finance upgrades, renovations and repairs.

• Energy savings. Investing in an energy-friendly home is likely to be a better long-term investment. New homes have a tighter-sealed building envelope that helps prevent conditioned air—cool air in the summer, warm air in the winter—from literally going out the window and through the cracks like in an existing home. This can be a huge cost savings for years and years of paying energy bills for the new homebuyer.

• Greater comfort and indoor air quality. Today’s new homes meet stringent energy standards and codes that weren’t required in the past. Your new home will have high-performance energy efficiency with state-of-the-art ventilation and air filtration. You’ll be more comfortable all year round and the air you breathe will be of much better quality compared with that of an existing home.

• Home warranty, no surprises. Many new homes come with a warranty which can save lots of money down the line. One new home owner put it this way: “I won’t have to replace a roof or air conditioner for at least a decade.” In a new home, warranties begin from the closing date. Appliances generally have a one-year builder’s warranty as well as a manufacturer’s warranty. The thought of getting a home where the major things are covered for anywhere from one year to 20 years gives most of us a lot of peace.

• Updated construction and safety codes. In an existing home, inspections often reveal structural, electrical, moisture and other significant issues. You want to be sure the home you move your family into is built to last to the latest construction and safety standards.

Open Concept Great Room, Dining Room and Kitchen• Environmentally up to date. Many new homes come with energy certifications covering everything from roofs to appliance packages, while often, existing homes were built to lower standards. As times change and technology advances, these innovations are folded into upgraded building and environmental codes.

• Fire safety. New homes often include fire safety features not present in homes built years ago. For example, today fire retardant is used in carpeting and in the home insulation.

• Financing. New home buyers may be able to take advantage of mortgage financing perks. Negotiating points, closing costs and buy-downs are factors to ask questions about to save money and get the best possible financing.

• A brand-new community. This may be one of the most overlooked benefits of buying new instead of existing. When families move in to a subdivision at the same time, lasting bonds of friendship and neighborliness can be formed right away. Everybody’s new and looking to make new friends. Plus, many new neighborhoods offer amenities like swimming pools, dog walking trails, neighborhood retail and restaurants that existing communities may not have.

When you’re ready to build, we’ll walk with you through every step of the process. Take a look at our home building process. We want you to have the home you’re dreaming of!

10 Reasons to Move to Middle Tennessee

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 24, 2017 | Comments Off on 10 Reasons to Move to Middle Tennessee

Summer is almost here and it’s moving season!

Did you know approximately 11.2% of Americans move each year? Seeking a change in your life? We are here to give you 10 reasons why you should make a move – to Middle Tennessee!

• Business-Friendly Environment
Middle Tennessee is known to foster a business-friendly environment. Middle Tennessee boasts a number of Fortune 500 companies, and many US headquarters locations including Caterpillar Financial Services Corporations, Cracker Barrel, Country Music Television, Dollar General, Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, Hobby Lobby International, Nissan North America, O’Charleys, Pinnacle Financial, and Tractor Supply Company to name a few.

•  Extra Money In Your Pocket
If you are looking for a place to make your dollar go a little farther, look no further! Tennessee residences enjoy no personal state income tax.

•  Commuter Friendly
Tired of wasting time on the morning commute? Middle Tennesseans enjoy an average commute of 26 minutes . Spend more time enjoying the city, and less time on the road.

•  Superb Schools
Middle Tennessee enjoys a number of top-rated school districts, ensuring families a quality education. In addition, Middle Tennessee offers top-tier universities including the highly ranked Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Belmont University.

•  Southern Charm
If you have never experienced Middle Tennessee’s southern charm first hand, you are missing out. Locals enjoy a friendly, family oriented atmosphere as well as a low crime rate.

•  Creative Culture
For those that enjoy culture, Middle Tennessee will be music to your ears. Nashville is known as Music City for a reason. Concerts are offered throughout the city. Catch a concert at Ryman Auditorium, or Bridgestone Arena, or the Ascend Amphitheater, or check out the infamous Country Music Awards.

•  Extra Entertainment
For the die-hard sports fans, unleash your inner sports fanatic at a Tennessee Titan game, or a Nashville Sounds game, or cool down at a Nashville Predator’s ice hockey game. For the college fans, enjoy a SEC sports experience at a Vanderbilt University match or a Middle Tennessee State University match.

•  Enjoyable Environment
Middle Tennessee enjoys a true “four seasons.” The average high is around 70, and the region is known to have a longer fall and spring season, making winter and summer more enjoyable!

•  Walkable Communities
Along with a great environment, Middle Tennessee offers wonderful walkable communities. Nashville boasts a Walk Score of 90 – a walker’s paradise.  Family-friendly and strategically located, families and singles have the opportunity to enjoy all that Middle Tennessee has to offer right at their doorstep.

•  Booming Real Estate Market
Middle Tennessee is the place to be! With a booming real estate market, now is the time to make your move. Find a walkable community complete with biking trails, nature preserves, and resort style pools, or make your move to the country and enjoy a piece of paradise.

Ready to make the change? Explore our Community Locator Map to find your perfect home. Regent Homes is here to welcome you to the neighborhood!

All About Planting in Your Zone

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: May 5, 2017 | Comments Off on All About Planting in Your Zone

Many factors affect a plant’s health and well-being – temperature being one of the most important. In order to sustain the life of your new plants, finding your zone is key. Planting for your zone will ensure that your plants thrive in your local region.

USDA Hardiness Zones
The USDA has developed a plant hardiness zone map, which designates when and where specific plants can survive. The US is broken down into 11 zones, 1 being the coldest, and 11 being the warmest.

For example, Regent Homes headquarters of Nashville, Tennessee is designated as Zone 7a, meaning our average annual extreme minimum temperature is 0 to 5 degrees.

We would then use this information to pick the proper plants that would have the best chance of survival in our winter weather.

Plant tags and seed packages designate hardiness zones, which help you determine if the plant is suitable to survive your winter.

Want to find your zone? Visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone website, enter your zip code, and learn more.

Knowing your zone is key, as the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone is the standard across the US.

AHS Plant Heat Zone Map
While winter weather is important in determining plant survival, heat plays a crucial role as well. The American Horticultural Society developed a Plant Heat Zone map, which establishes heat tolerance.

The map breaks the US down into 12 zones, based on heat days – temperatures over 86 degrees. This is the point that plants begin to suffer heat damage.

Similar to Hardiness Zones, many plant tags are also coded for heat zones. Heat zones can be used to establish heat tolerance, and the proper season for which a plant should be planted outdoors.

Finding the Right Plants
Now that you have a better understanding of hardiness and heat zones, how do you establish which plants are right for you?

Plant Tags
If you have questions on what plants are best for your zone, your local nursery is a great place to start. Plant tags often designate cold and heat hardiness zones. Experts can also assist in picking the best plants for your needs.

Plant Finders
Looking to start your search online? The Missouri Botanical Gardens provides a comprehensive search tool that allows you to input key information, such as: zone, sun, water, bloom time, and more. Enter your criteria, and find what plants work best for you. To find your plants, visit the Plant Finder  page on their website.

Planting for your zone may sound complicated, but choosing the best plants ensures health and longevity. Enjoy the spring, and see how planting for your zone can benefit your home garden!

City Profile: Franklin, Tennessee

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: March 13, 2017 | Comments Off on City Profile: Franklin, Tennessee

Franklin is a city where the history, music, and culture run deep. From traditional roots to cowboy boots, Franklin, Tennessee has it all.

Franklin is filled with charming culture and long-standing tradition. Named after founding father Benjamin Franklin, the city has increased its population more than fivefold since 1980. Now ranked as the 7th largest city in the state of Tennessee, Franklin continues to enjoy exceptional growth and prosperity.

Successful growth allows the city to support an array of thriving industries and businesses. Several health care companies, Provident Music Group, and Nissan’s North American headquarters call Franklin home.

The unemployment rate is currently at 3.5%, and future job growth is projected at 41.04%, creating a prime economy for residence.

Education is important in Franklin, as families are served by the Williamson County School District, and Franklin Special School District. Franklin also boasts a number of private schools, as well as top-rated colleges and universities, including Belmont University, Lipscomb University, and Williamson College.

Holding true to its roots, Franklin offers several traditional festivals and annual events.

Franklin has been included in many pop culture references. Nashville filmed many of their concert scenes in the Franklin Theater, and Bruno Mars and The Beatles shot notable music videos in the Historic District of Franklin.

There is plenty to see and do. Spend the day sipping local wine at Arrington Vineyards, or sample premium spirits at H Clark Distillery and Leiper’s Fork Distillery. Enjoy an afternoon shopping at CoolSprings Galleria or visit Lotz House, which is known as “ground zero” for the Battle of Franklin.

Looking to make your move to Franklin, Tennessee? Discover Regent Homes at Berry Farms and Westhaven. Both are traditional neighborhood developments that offer a modern, urban lifestyle, in a quiet suburban setting. Homeowners enjoy residential shopping, dining, and offices in a walkable, family-friendly community. Select from town center homes and townhomes at Berry Farms, and town center homes at Westhaven.

Whether it is for work or play, maybe a little in between, visit Franklin, Tennessee. Experience firsthand southern tradition and excellence in one of Tennessee’s favorite towns.


How to Beat the Winter Blues

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: January 30, 2017 | Comments Off on How to Beat the Winter Blues

Winter weather can be rather frightful at times, as it has the ability to affect our moods and level of happiness and lead to seasonal depression. Seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD, affects approximately 10 million people in the United States.

Today we are sharing five scientifically-backed tips to beat the winter blues and live a happy, healthier life this winter season.

 •  Brighten Your Environment
A brighter environment can make a world of a difference on a gloomy winter’s day. Remove the screens out of your windows if you aren’t planning on opening them and see the instant change the extra light can make. Sit close to the windows to experience additional sunlight in your home. Lighting candles will add an inviting element, and removing area rugs will allow natural light to shine off hardwood floors.

•  Stick to the Schedule
The winter blues often leave us feeling the need to stay at home. Sticking with your routine schedule will leave you feeling happier and healthier, and can help combat seasonal affective disorder.

•  Spend Time Socializing
A study (link to: conducted by University College Dublin tested whether or not socialization helps alleviate symptoms of depression. At the end of the study, all participants reported feeling better about themselves, having more confidence, and experiencing fewer symptoms of depression. Partaking in social activities outside of your home environment will leave you feeling more engaged in your community, as well as reduce the feeling of being isolated. Grab a cup of coffee with a friend, or join a book club at your local library.

Volunteering is also a great tool when trying to beat the winter blues. Are you wanting to get involved in your community but don’t know where to start? Check out Volunteer Match (link to: where you can enter your interests and be matched with a number of great opportunities in your community.

•  Listen to Motivating Music
A 2013 study (link to: found that participants who listened to cheery music improved their mood in the short term, and boosted their overall happiness in the long term.

•  Keep Moving
According to a recently updated study (link to:, regular exercise changes the brain by improving memory and thinking skills. Regular aerobic exercise can positively impact individuals, especially during the dreary winter months.

A half hour of moderate intensity exercise most days of the week is the standard recommendation. Try staying active during the winter months, and experience the incredible health benefits for yourself!

Don’t let the cold, gloomy days of winter get you down. Take the opportunity to try these five helpful tips, and see the positive changes they can make in your own life today.

Seasonal Affective Disorder Statistic

Resolved to Stay Fit This Year? Create a Home Gym

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: January 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Resolved to Stay Fit This Year? Create a Home Gym

The clock struck midnight, the ball dropped, and with loud cheers, we welcomed the New Year. With the arrival of 2017, we welcome New Year’s resolutions.

Resolving to stay fit this year? We have just the solution for you – three simple steps to create a home gym!

•  Your Home Is a Gym
The first step in creating an ideal home gym is establishing a designated room or area for your workouts and equipment. Many individuals choose to utilize a flex space or bonus room as a home gym. Several of Regent’s new construction homes incorporate bonus rooms and flex rooms that allow you to workout room from home.

A second great feature of utilizing a flex space or bonus room is the location, as the room is not the focal point of the home, leaving a blank canvas for you to work with. You may choose to give your space a gym feel with a mounted television and sound system or opt to take a more simplistic approach with a basic organization and flow of the space.

•  Set Personal Goals and Develop a Workout Routine
To develop a workout routine that is beneficial, you must first set goals – this is a New Year’s resolution after all.

Examples of Goals to Set
• To get in shape
•  To drop 2 dress sizes
•  To build muscle
•  To work out 4 times a week

Goals are essential, as they will help you develop and establish a home workout routine. Not sure where to start? Many websites have free, at-home workout guides that are a great place for inspiration.

•  Choosing Equipment and Organization
When selecting equipment, begin by establishing what tools you already have in your home, and what equipment you will need for your workouts. You may not realize that you already have some beneficial tools that will compliment your at home routine. After combining in-home items and a few purchases, you will have the perfect at-home gym.

Many homes include a staircase that serves a variety of functions. You can use stairs for lunges, incline and decline pushups, and calf raises. Home models such as our Belmont, Rutledge, and Mt. View at Sherwood Green Estates and the Eulas Glen community have the beneficial feature of a staircase that leads up to the bonus room – the perfect setup!

Swiss Ball
A Swiss ball will add a twist to abdominal exercises. In addition to a great workout tool, Swiss balls are great for kids to play with around the house. These helpful workout tools can be stored in the closet, or against the wall to keep your room looking organized at all times.

Pull-up Bar
Pull-up bars are an easy addition to your workout room. Simply choose a wall mount or door frame brace, and begin to develop your upper back muscles.

Dumbbells come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can range from a simple interchangeable set to a complete weight set on a tiered rack. Choose a set based on you, and your families’ needs, as this is one of the most highly customizable options for your space.

Cardio is a key factor in a well-balanced workout regiment. Utilize your home’s features to get your cardio in. Your backyard or community serves as the perfect place for shuttle runs, and you can take your jump rope outside to get your heart rate up.

Aerobic Exercises
Your at home gym is the perfect space to add in aerobic machine equipment. Depending on your personal preferences, invest in a stationary bike, treadmill, or elliptical machine. Be sure to choose a quality machine in this category, as it can make the difference in long-term performance and joint health.

Organizing Your Space
If using a flex, study, or bonus room, establishing an organizational system that works best for you is key. Workouts that require lots of small weights and items store well in plastic storage shelves found at your local home store. If utilizing a spare bedroom where the room is out of sight, some homeowners choose to install shelving and mirrors, to give the room a true gym feeling. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for finding a design that flows well with your lifestyle and floorplan.

You may choose to add mats throughout, as well. In addition, cabinets work great to store various equipment, towels, and odds and ends to keep your space free from obstacles and clutter.

Whether your goal is to lose 10 pounds or to become a marathon runner, the right tools and organization can take your workout to the next level. We believe your home should be designed to match your lifestyle. Take the opportunity the New Year presents to create your home gym – a new year means a new you!

Festive Treats & Holiday Eats

Categories: Recipes, Uncategorized | Posted: December 23, 2016 | Comments Off on Festive Treats & Holiday Eats

It is the most wonderful time of the year – holiday parties are in full swing, and the time has come to enjoy festive treats and holiday eats.

This week, we are sharing fun and festive recipes for all of your holiday parties. You are sure to be the talk of the town with these yummy treats!

Everyone knows that a good morning begins with a great breakfast. Whether you are cooking breakfast for the family on Christmas morning, or having a girl’s day with friends, creating a unique holiday-inspired breakfast is sure to please all!

Pecan Pie Overnight Oats
This healthy and light breakfast dish allows you to prepare everything ahead of time, leaving extra time for opening all of the present’s Santa left by the tree Christmas morning!

  • Ingredients:
    1 cup pecans, chopped
    2 tablespoons maple syrup
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Pinch of nutmeg
  • For the Overnight Oats:
    2 cups old fashioned oats
    2 cups milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Directions:
    •  In a medium skillet, combine pecans, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg until toasted and well combined, about 3-4 minutes; set aside.
    •  Combine oats, milk and vanilla in a large bowl. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 5 hours or overnight.
    •  Serve oats, topped with pecan mixture.

Recipe via: Damn Delicious (Link to:

Wanting to take your holiday appetizer to the next level? Create a tantalizing treat that is just as delicious as it is visually appealing. A centerpiece worthy appetizer is sure to be a party pleaser!

Baked Goat Cheese & Roasted Cranberry
Baking goat cheese will revolutionize your holiday appetizers. This is the perfect party dish for 10 or 100 of your closest friends!

  • Ingredients:
    1/3 cup unsalted almonds
    2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    1/2 cup honey
    2 cups fresh cranberries
    1 tablespoon thyme
    10 ounces goat cheese
  • Directions:
    •  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and bake for 6 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and pour the almonds into a small bowl. Set aside.
    •  In a medium bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar and honey. Add the cranberries and thyme to the bowl and stir until they are covered by the liquid. Set aside for 5 minutes.
    •  On a cutting board, chop up the almonds. Set aside 1/2 tablespoon chopped almonds and roll the goat cheese in the remaining almonds. Use your hands to mix the almonds into the goat cheese and form the goat cheese into a disc. Place the goat cheese in the center of a pie plate.
    •  Pour the cranberry mixture around the cheese. Sprinkle the set aside almonds on top of the goat cheese.
    •  Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Serve hot with crackers or bread.

Recipe via: Honey & Birch (Link to:

Choosing your holiday menu is key in hosting a great party. While everyone loves holiday staples, why not choose a unique holiday entrée that guests will love.

Blueberry & Brie Turkey Wellington
This show-stopping, seasonal entrée combines a number of fresh ingredients that melt together perfectly. This dish is the ultimate cold-weather holiday entrée treat!

  • Ingredients:
    2 teaspoons olive oil
    1 small shallot, sliced thinly
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
    1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    1 boneless, skinless turkey breast
    4-ounce wedge Brie cheese, rind removed
    1/4 cup diced and cooked bacon
    1/4 cup pickled beets, diced
    3/4 cup frozen blueberries
    1/2 cup cooked, crumbled bacon
    1 sheet frozen puff pastry
    1 egg beaten
  • Directions:
    •  In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil.  Add shallot and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes.
    •  Stir in thyme, rosemary, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper.  Remove from heat; set aside to cool.
    •  Place the turkey breast inside a large zip lock bag.  Pound until it’s nice and flat (about 3/4 – 1 inch thick).
    •  Sprinkle turkey with remaining salt and pepper.
    •  Place strips of cheese lengthwise down the center of the turkey.  Add the shallot and thyme mixture, blueberries and bacon.
    •  Roll up the turkey to enclose the filling as well as you can.  Heat oven to 400°F.
    •  On parchment lined baking sheet, roll puff pastry to a 15 x 10-inch rectangle.
    •  Place the stuffed turkey breast in the center of the puff pastry.  With a sharp knife, cut horizontal slits (about 1 inch apart) on the edge of each side of the pastry dough.
    •  Fold each piece over the turkey breast and continue until the turkey breast is completely covered.  Tuck the edges of the both sides in and pinch them well. Brush the puff pastry with the beaten egg.
    •  Place in the oven and cook for 70 minutes or until your meat thermometer reads 180 degrees.
    • Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Recipe via: (Link to:

The holidays are all about spending time with family and friends, with the accompaniment of delicious treats, of course! Whether you are baking with the children or hosting a holiday cookie exchange, desserts are always welcome at any holiday gathering.

Snowball Cookies
After preparing holiday dishes, a simple dessert is perfect for days you want to do a little holiday baking without spending the entire day in the kitchen. These simple four ingredient cookies are simple and delicious.

  • Ingredients:
    1 box white cake mix
    1/3 cup oil
    3 egg whites
    4 oz cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup powdered sugar (optional)
  • Directions:
    •  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    •  Mix all ingredients, except powdered sugar, on medium until well combined. Chill for thirty minutes. If the dough feels sticky, add 1/4 cup flour or powdered sugar.
    •  Take about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Roll dough in powdered sugar (optional) and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 9-11 minutes, or until the tops start to crack. (Don’t let them get brown – it will ruin the “snowball” effect.
    •  Let cool on the cookie for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Dust with sifted powdered sugar.

Recipe via: (Link to:

Set spirits high with a holiday drink for friends and family alike!

Pomegranate Ginger Paloma
This recipe uses a few additional ingredients to create an extra special holiday treat for the 21+ crowd. This recipe can also be easily modified to create a kid-friendly creation, too!

  • Ingredients:
    Minted Ginger Syrup
    1/2 cup honey
    1-inch fresh ginger, sliced
    8 fresh mint leaves
  • Paloma
    kosher salt, for rim
    1/4 cup grapefruit juice (about half a grapefruit)
    1 tablespoon lime juice
    2-4 tablespoons ginger syrup (or to taste)
    2 ounces silver tequila (or to your liking)
    1/2 cup pomegranate juice
    Ginger beer, for topping (or sparkling water)
    Pomegranate arils and candied mint, for garnish (optional)
  • Directions:
    Ginger Syrup
    •  Combine 1/2 cup water, the honey, ginger, and mint in a small saucepan and bring to a low boil, simmer 1 minute and remove from the heat.
    •  Cover and steep for 5-10 minutes.
    •  Strain and let the syrup cool. Store in the fridge.
  • Drink
    •  Rim your glass with a lime and dip in salt.
    •  Fill the glass halfway with ice.
    •  Add the grapefruit juice, lime juice, 2-4 tablespoons ginger syrup (to taste), tequila, and pomegranate juice and gently stir.
    •  Top with ginger beer.

Recipe via: (Link to:

We hope that you enjoy trying something new this holiday season and that your holiday is merry and bright!

Spooky Treats & Haunting Eats

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: October 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Spooky Treats & Haunting Eats

The mood is set – cool crisp air sends chills down your spine. Festive pumpkins greet visitors. Once inside, you will find scary spider webs, ghouling ghosts, and wicked witches.

What can this mean? Halloween is here! Kids and adults alike always anticipate this fun time of trick-or-treating and costume parties. Whether you want to create a few sweet treats for the neighbors, or are hosting the entire neighborhood, we have plenty of spooky treats and haunting eats that are sure to delight children and adults alike!

images-2Creative Caramel Apples
Caramel apples are sure sign of the arrival of Fall. While everyone loves the classic caramel apple, try adding a twist this year.

Triple Dipped S’mores

6 Granny Smith apples
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 bag large marshmallows
10 oz. milk chocolate chips
2 cups crushed graham crackers

•    Remove stems and skewer apples
•    In a saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Add marshmallows, and stir until melted.
•    Dip apples, one at a time, then transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.
•    In a double boiler over low heat, melt chocolate chips, stirring continuously. Dip an apple into the chocolate, stopping two-thirds of the way up. Immediately dip the lower third of the apple into a bowl of crushed graham crackers, rotating to coat evenly.
•    Transfer apple to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat for all apples and refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.

Recipe via

images-4Spooky Drinks
You don’t have to be a goblin or ghoul to concoct your own witch’s brew! This simple recipe is sure to leave guests flabbergasted at your potion-making abilities.

1 quart lime sherbet
1 2-liter lemon lime soda

Other Items Needed
Dry ice
1 large cauldron
1 smaller plastic bowl that will fit inside the large cauldron.
1 large spoon

•    Place the smaller bowl inside the large cauldron. Drop spoonfuls of sherbet into the smaller bowl until all of the sherbet has been transferred out of the original container. Pour the lemon-lime soda over the sherbet and stir.
•    Using tongs and gloves, carefully place chunks of dry ice in the large cauldron on the outside of the smaller bowl.
•    Add warm or hot water to the dry ice in the cauldron to increase the fog effect for a spooky Halloween punch. As the water cools, add more hot water to maintain the fog effect. As a rule of thumb, one pound of dry ice will create 2-3 minutes of fog effect. The hotter the water, the more fog, but the quicker dissipation of the dry ice.
•    Stir the Witches Brew right before servicing, as the sherbet will rise to the top.

CAUTION: DO NOT let the dry ice come in contact with the punch! If the dry ice comes into contact with the punch, tiny chips may flake off and burn the throats of those drinking the punch.

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Yummy Mummies
What’s better than a fun, sweet eat to serve during Halloween? If you’re looking for a friendly treat to serve, try baking up some Yummy Mummies!

We have the perfect recipe for you – this festive baked treat is sure to be the talk of the town!

½ tbsp. vegetable oil
2 frozen pie crusts
1 – 3 tbsp. flour
5 firm textured apples (Fuji, Braeburn, Suncrisp, or Cameo are best for this recipe)
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
1 egg, scrambled

•    Preheat oven to 375F. Place a baking or cooling rack on a rimmed sheet pan. Brush rack with vegetable oil.
•    Core and slice apples into 6 pieces per apple. In a medium bowl, combine sugars and cinnamon. Toss apple slices in sugar mixture to coat.
•    Thaw pie shells at room temperature for 20-30 minutes. Remove dough from pie pan. On a flour surface with a floured rolling pin, roll pie dough into a flat circle measuring approximately 12” in diameter. Cut dough in thin strips using a pizza cutter or knife.
•    Wrap dough strips around apple slices. Brush apple “mummies” with egg and place on rack.
•    Place pan with rack in oven. Bake 20-25 minutes or until well browned. Cool and serve.

Baker’s Note: If you want to add eyes to the mummies, melt some
chocolate and dot it on the mummies with a toothpick.

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images-5Ghouling Ghosts
Ghosts don’t have to be so scary anymore! Why not create some friendly ghosts out of chocolate and strawberries!?

1 (16 oz.) package Vanilla Candiquick coating
24 fresh strawberries
Mini chocolate chips

•    Melt Candiquik in tray according to directions on package.
•    Place a large piece of wax or parchment paper on a flat surface.
•    Dip strawberries in melted Candiquik Coating, remove and allow the excess coating to pour off onto the wax paper to form the “tail” of the ghost; slide the strawberry back and set on wax paper to dry.
•    Before coating has set, place two mini chocolate chips on as the eyes. For the mouth, cut off the tip of a mini chocolate chip and place on the strawberry with the bottom side facing up.
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images-6Daring Donuts
Vampire donuts are one of the easiest scary treats for you to create this Halloween!

Purchase one dozen glazed donuts, one dozen plastic vampire teeth, and 24 candy eyes. Place one set of vampire teeth in the hole of the donut, and pull teeth open. Place two candy eyes on the donuts (use a little frosting if needed), and serve. Easy as 1-2-3!

Sweet Treats
The end of October brings about all of the fall festivities – including the long awaited Halloween parties! Consider offering guests a sweet treat to take home.

Guests will love an up-cycled tin can decorated with your favorite Halloween designs – mummies, bats, ghosts, jack-o’-lanterns, Frankenstein – let your imagination run wild!

Find yourself running low on time? Try using a colored solo cup, stick on googly eyes, and add designs with a sharpie or paint marker! Fill with your favorite Halloween treats. These serve as a great party favor and decoration for guests to enjoy.

Happy Halloween from your neighbors at Regent Homes!


Preparing Your Home For Colder Weather

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: October 1, 2016 | Comments Off on Preparing Your Home For Colder Weather

streetscapeLet’s face it – autumn is here. There are Halloween decorations and candy in almost every store and the fall fashion is already out on display. With the magical change of the season comes the change in the weather. Temps start to drop and everything slowly starts to freeze over. Just as we prepare our cars and even ourselves for the colder weather, you also should be preparing your home. We have a great list of tips for you to make sure your home is running efficiently and effectively this winter.
1.) Start winterizing your home before winter comes. The best time to start preparing your home is now. If your home isn’t winterized, the cost of your heating bill can take a big bite out of your paycheck.
•    Add more insulation to your attic. Heat rises and making sure that you limit the amount of heat your home loses will help keep your home warm and your heating bill down from not having to work overtime.
images-2•    Caulk cracks around your windows and doors to eliminate drafts. Also you can add weather stripping to your doors and windows.
•    If you have a wood-burning fireplace, be sure to have your chimney professionally serviced. In case any critters have made nests or there is debris clogging your chimney.
2.) Clean out your rain gutters throughout the fall. This is probably one of the most annoying tasks, but it will pay off in the long run. Having clogged gutters could lead to an ice dam on your roof, which not only damages your gutter, but also can damage your roof and leave your home vulnerable to leaks.images-1
3.) Wrap pipes in unheated locations (i.e. crawl spaces, garage, etc.). Use foam insulation, pipe wrap, or heat tape to wrap your exposed pipes. This will protect the pipes from freezing and bursting – which can cost a pretty penny to repair.
4.) Install storm windows if you have them. Having a storm or double-paned window will help insulate your home and have an additional barrier between you and the outside cold.
5.) Disconnect and drain any garden hoses. imagesThis will prevent them from bursting or leaking during the winter. Also, shut off your sprinkler system if you have one, so it doesn’t get clogged with frozen water.
6.) If your ceiling fans have a reverse switch (where the blades will spin in the opposite direction) use it, so your fan blades are blowing downwards. As we all know, heat rises and by having the fan push down the hot air at the ceiling towards the rest of the room will help disperse the warmer air evenly throughout the room and keep your heating bill down.

There are so many ways you can help your home nestle in for the winter and be prepared for all the cold, snow, and ice. We hope these tips help and if you have any creative tips of your own – please share with us on our Facebook page and use the hashtag #preparedregenthomes!