Community

Darling Homes Makes a Difference for Local Charities

Each year, Darling Homes sets out to make a difference for local charities. From volunteering at events and contributing monetary donations to dedicating time and resources, the Darling Cares program strives to lend a helping hand to those in need, showing that the homebuilder’s mission of Building Dreams with Pride goes beyond homebuilding.

This year was no different. The Texas homebuilder proudly supported the meaningful work of Dallas-area charitable organizations, including Frisco Family Services, the Boys and Girls Club of Frisco, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas and ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship Center.

Frisco Family Services

For more than 20 years, Frisco Family Services has dedicated time and financial contributions to support struggling families and members of the community who face hunger, homelessness and other urgent needs in the Dallas area.

Toy and food donations, holiday stocking stuffing and participation at fundraising events are just a few of the ways volunteers aim to make a difference for children, teens and adults in the community.

As part of its 2016 Darling Cares initiative, Darling Homes supported the meaningful work of Frisco Family Services with monetary donations to support struggling families.

Through financial donations, families and individuals are provided with the care and everyday essentials they need, including food, child care, utilities, prescription medication, education and more.

For more information, visit www.friscofamilyservices.org.

Boys and Girls Club of Frisco

Created to improve and grow relationships, inspire positive thinking and personal happiness and build confidence in the lives of our youth, the Boys and Girls Club of Frisco has continued to be an important resource for children and teens in need, encouraging them to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible people.

Through after-school programs, summer camps and athletics, the non-profit organization provides countless opportunities for kids to thrive in their daily lives with customized programs that meet the needs of the community and the youth.

Each year Darling Homes supports the organization’s programs and activities. This year, the homebuilder was proud to be a part of the charity’s A Wonderland of Possibilities event at the 2016 Chrysalis Ball, where Darling Homes proudly sponsored a table for the evening. The exciting event brought fun, elegance and charity to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Collin-County.

Visit http://www.bgccc.org/ for more information.

Make-A-Wish of North Texas

Approximately every 37 minutes, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish to a child suffering from a medical condition or severe disease. These children are given the opportunity to be someone, experience something, travel somewhere or meet somebody to bring happiness, energy and strength to their daily battle.

In early 2000, Darling Homes learned about Roxanne Owens, Land Analyst at Darling Homes, and her family’s journey with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas. Roxanne’s daughter, Emmily Blackburn, was diagnosed at age 3 with Moyamoya, a rare and progressive cerebrovascular disorder.

“Emmily wished for a swimming pool,” Owens said. “The foundation granted that wish for her, which started our journey with Make-A-Wish.”

In 2006, Emmily was asked to perform at the annual Make-A-Wish of North Texas Wish Night Gala, so Darling Homes purchased tickets for Owens and her daughter to attend.

Darling Homes has continued to sponsor the family with two tickets to each Wish Night Gala.

The homebuilder’s support and encouragement of the Owens family displays its commitment to team members and their families, as well as its dedication to local charities throughout Dallas and Fort Worth.

Learn more about the family’s incredible journey here: http://bit.ly/2h2MDQE.

ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship Center

Capping a year of charitable efforts in 2016, Darling Homes supported the meaningful work of local, non-profit organization ManeGait during the Ninth Annual Gala at the ‘Gait, where nearly 800 guests, including Darling Homes employees, celebrated the organization’s commitment to the community.

Guests were greeted for the Western-themed event by ManeGait’s therapy riders and horses, as well as members of the Darling family. The gala featured live music, a culinary tasting tour (generously provided by 18 exclusive North Texas restaurants), and both live and silent auctions.

“The Gala is not only a celebration of ManeGait’s positive impact on the community, but it is also the largest fundraising event of the year for the organization. ManeGait could not serve the riders and their families without the generous support from the community,” said Zach Schneider, Land Manager for Darling Homes.

The therapeutic horsemanship center was founded by Darling Homes’ partners Bill and Priscilla Darling, which allows children and adults with disabilities to participate in equestrian exercises and therapeutic activities. With the support of volunteer hours and financial contributions, the organization is able to provide a calm and caring environment for local adults and kids.

“The Darling Homes team was honored to be part of such a wonderful evening,” Schneider said.

For more information, visit www.manegait.org.

For more than 25 years, the homebuilder has made it a mission to not only build one-of-a-kind, luxury homes, but also make a difference in the community because Darling Homes is proud to be a part of these communities and prides itself in being a good neighbor to you.

Community

Darling Homes’ Guide to Holiday Happenings in Dallas

Experience the charm of the season with Darling Homes’ guide to holiday happenings in Dallas!

Discover a winter wonderland, featuring five two-story tall ice slides, in Grapevine or witness Santa Claus himself parachute into Frisco’s Christmas in the Square event.

The team at Darling Homes has gathered five must-see activities to ensure an enchanting holiday season in Dallas.

Enjoy a Holiday Classic at Bass Performance Hall

Toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes, twinkling lights, awe-inspiring performances and a one-of-a-kind nutcracker come together to create the wildly popular holiday classic, The Nutcracker.

For years, the ballet has served as a Christmas tradition worldwide and continues to dazzle its audience every year. This year, enjoy the sights and sounds at Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall, now through December 24.

Presented by Texas Ballet Theater, the world-class production will captivate audiences with extraordinary dancing and acting for which The Nutcracker is known for displaying.

With more than a dozen shows scheduled over the next few weeks, Dallas-area residents have plenty of opportunities to see the unforgettable holiday classic.

For dates and tickets, visit http://bit.ly/2h6bYGI.

Experience a Winter Wonderland at ICE!

Adventure to a magical winter wonderland here in Dallas with ICE! featuring Santa Claus is Coming to Town at Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, now through January 1.

Children and adults will marvel at a celebration that’s alive with the sights and sounds of the season as the magic of Christmas comes to life in the Lone Star state.

Walk through the snow-dusted attraction and discover five, two-story tall ice slides illuminated with festive lights, two million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and learn the story of how Santa began giving toys to boys and girls across the world in the retelling of the classic television special “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.”

Although the event is held indoors, dress warm as it’s kept at a chilly nine degrees to ensure a true winter experience. Visit http://bit.ly/2hgVeiJ for ICE! tickets and schedule.

Gaylord Texan Resort is also offering vacation packages and festivities throughout December, including:

  • Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Breakfast
  • The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop®
  • Cookies and Milk with Mrs. Claus
  • Photos with Santa

Visit http://bit.ly/2hgUHxp to learn more.

Discover Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway

Share a special night of holiday revelry with loved ones and friends during Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

Available each night through December 30, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., enjoy a Texas-sized light park at the largest speedway in Texas. The one-and-a-half mile display features more than 500 dazzling and festive light displays sure to impress children, teens and adults.

Gift of Lights is an annual, drive thru event created to benefit local charities in North Texas. Tickets are available to purchase online or when you arrive at the gate for $25 per vehicle. Save $5 at the entrance with an unwrapped Toys for Tots donation.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/2h6seak.

Celebrate Christmas in Frisco Square

Delight in the most wonderful time of year in Frisco at Christmas in the Square!

This one-of-a-kind celebration has everything you’re looking to experience this season and more, from horse-drawn carriage rides and an ice skating rink to a special visit from Santa Claus.

Attracting more than 675,000 visitors each year, Christmas in the Square offers the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas, featuring more than 175,000 lights, snow machines that create snow flurries throughout The Square, family-fun activities galore and memories you won’t soon forget.

The Special Event Night will take place on Saturday, December 17, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., which includes all the holiday fun in one night:

  • Parachuting Santa
  • Carriage rides
  • Outdoor ice rink
  • Holiday treats
  • Light & music show
  • Snow flurries
  • Trackless train rides
  • Four-lane, inner-tubing snow slide
  • Santa & his workshop
  • Holiday vendors
  • Inflatables
  • Interactive snow play area & more

For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2hh9Sqi as event times, dates and ticket prices vary.

Ring in the New Year at Day 1 Dallas

Celebrating its second year of new year’s fun is Day 1 Dallas, a family fair on New Year’s Day filled with fireworks, food and fun for all ages, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the historic Fair Park.

Both children and adults can enjoy a full day of activity with zip lining, rock climbing, bounce houses, kid-friendly carnival rides, special visits from Star Wars and LEGO characters, circus arts, magic shows, live music, great food and much more.

Admission to the fair is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4-12 and free admission for children 3 years and younger. Tickets may be purchased online and includes access to all activities. Food and drinks are available for purchase with all proceeds benefiting homeless children and families served by Vogel Alcove.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://day1dallas.com/.

Live near the fun with Darling Homes! Find your dream home in time for the holidays with Darling Homes’ collection of move-in ready homes located in premier, DFW communities. Whether you’re searching for a charming, villa-style retreat or an expansive, luxury estate, Darling Homes offers a specialized style of living you won’t find just anywhere.

For more information about Darling Homes, contact our Internet Homes Sales Consultant, Melissa, at (469) 252-2255 or visit www.darlinghomes.com.

Community

Explore Final Opportunities in Prestigious Houston Communities

From Montgomery to Sugar Land and everywhere in between, Darling Homes offers final opportunities in prestigious Houston communities. Now’s your chance to explore a luxurious collection of to-be-built homes and homes ready for move-in designed for all stages of life, from young professionals and growing families to fun-loving retirees.

Whether you’re seeking access to great schools, popular business areas, top-notch eateries, entertainment or beautiful landscapes and streetscapes, Darling Homes delivers true one-of-a-kind living.

Let’s take a tour…

Take a Glimpse in North Houston

Searching for a new home in North Houston? Discover Harmony in Spring, Woodforest in Montgomery and Creekside in The Woodlands.

At Harmony in Spring, explore beautiful, one- and two-story homes designed for comfort, luxury and everyday living. Homes offer charming dining rooms that lead to spacious great rooms, gourmet kitchens, large master bedrooms and feature unique detailing and unmatched interior design. In addition, these homes bring luxurious livability outdoors with relaxing, front-covered porches and fun back patios.

Also in North Houston, discover the homebuilder’s patio and luxury patio homes at Woodforest and 50s single-family and patio designs at The Woodlands.

Darling Homes at Woodforest offers its signature Patio and Luxury Patio Series in a serene setting, providing the ultimate escape from the city’s hustle and bustle.

At The Woodlands, Darling Homes offers a unique collection of architecturally rich designs in the Creekside Park neighborhoods, a heavily wooded community centered around parks and water features for those who enjoy outdoor activities and adventure.

Secluded and surrounded by picturesque landscapes, Darling Homes’ designs in each neighborhood offer Houston homebuyers a peaceful blend of luxury and livability.

Tour Northeast Houston

In Northeast Houston, take a tour of Darling Homes surrounded by winding trails and the natural landscapes of Lake Houston at The Groves in Humble. Homes boast elegant and refined interior
details, open-concept living and covered porches, perfect for year-round living.

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Positioned in prestigious West Houston, discover Darling Homes’ patio collection at Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear, a hidden gem in Fort Bend County just minutes from the flourishing City of Houston.

 

The homebuilder’s architecturally pleasing designs add unique character to each floor plan in this community, and when coupled with details like patterned brickwork, stone accents and modern amenities, it’s a one-of-a-kind experience residents are sure to enjoy.

See Southwest Houston

House hunting in Southwest Houston? Darling Homes offers four, beautiful home collections positioned in exceptional neighborhoods ideal for both growing families and retirees. Visit Long Meadow Farms in Richmond, Sienna Plantation in Missouri City, and Imperial and Riverstone in Sugar Land.

For homebuyers looking for a small-town feel with an easy commute into Houston, Darling Homes at Long Meadow Farms is a perfect fit. Surrounded by pecan trees, native wildflowers, lakes, waterfalls and ponds, Darling Homes’ two-story designs offer more than 3,000 square feet of luxury living, featuring private master suites, gourmet kitchens, media rooms and covered patio areas.

Also in Southwest Houston conveniently located just minutes from Downtown Houston and the Galleria, Darling Homes offers its charming patio collection at Sienna Plantation. Flexible home designs range from approximately 2,400 square feet to 3,000 square feet with private master suites, large secondary bedrooms, gourmet kitchens, media rooms, front and back outdoor living areas and walk-up attic storage.

At Imperial, Darling Homes offerings include its distinctive, luxury patio homes in a lush, lakeside oasis. The unique, Mediterranean designs provide living spaces that range from approximately 2,800 square feet to more than 3,900 square feet and feature dramatically open concepts.

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Homebuyers can enjoy options such as game rooms, media rooms, outdoor living spaces with custom fireplaces, walk-up attic storage and private guest casitas.

Located in the award-winning, master-planned community of Riverstone, the luxury homebuilder also offers its signature patio collection in the community’s private, wooded enclave of Whisper Rock. Punctuated by expansive, covered porches and luxurious master suites, these distinctive designs offer living spaces ranging from approximately 2,700 square feet to 3,900 square feet.

Darling Homes offers new and existing residents the opportunity to explore final opportunities in prestigious Houston communities, from charming communities ideal for growing families and fun-loving retirees to amenity-rich communities and upscale, elegant homes.

Take the next step to finding your dream home! Contact our Internet Home Sales Team at (713) 401-2008 or visit www.darlinghomes.com.

Food

A Roundup of Holiday Recipes by Darling Homes DFW

Are you hosting the holidays this year? We’ve put together a roundup of holiday recipes shared by our own Darling Homes team members that are sure to make your next holiday gathering a hit.

Meet Anita Jantz

Food and family were key ingredients in Anita’s childhood. Growing up in South Louisiana, Anita spent much of her time with her 12 aunts and uncles, gaining some of her fondest memories in the kitchen. A highlight of her youth was the time she spent with her uncle, a retired cook who worked on a Navy submarine. He taught her recipes like sauce piquant, etouffee and jambalaya and lifelong lessons she holds dear.

“I’m thankful for the lessons I was taught, like to always put others first,” Anita said. “To this day I still love to cook and spend time with my family.”

Anita’s Favorite Thanksgiving Dish: Simply Irresistible Shrimp and Corn Chowder

Ingredients, 8-10 servings

  • 1 pound peeled shrimp
  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and diced (optional)
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 15-ounce can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 15-ounce can cream style corn
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

Directions

First, season shrimp with Creole seasoning and set aside. Next, boil potatoes in water until slightly tender, drain and set aside.

In a saucepan, sauté onions, celery, garlic and parsley flakes with butter until golden brown. Then, add shrimp and continue to sauté until the shrimp is light pink. Add flour and continue to sauté until mixture thickens.

In a 5-quart pot, combine milk, half and half, both cans of corn, salt and pepper and Creole seasoning to taste. Cook on low heat for 20 to 30 minutes, or until reaching desired consistency. If mixture is too thick, add water to thin out.

Finally, garnish with paprika and enjoy!

Meet Brenda DeRemer

Each year, Brenda celebrates Thanksgiving with family, food and football.

Growing up in Michigan, she and her family would begin the day watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and then gather for an amazing Thanksgiving feast at noon. After filling up on their favorite dishes, the family would gather in the living room to watch football for the rest of the afternoon. It’s a special day filled with treasured traditions and memories that Brenda looks forward to each year.

“We have a very large family and lots of cousins,” Brenda said. “All the cousins together spelled nothing but trouble and guaranteed fun.”

Now, as a Texas resident, Brenda continues to carry on the holiday traditions while reminiscing about Thanksgivings past.

Here is Brenda’s most frequently requested holiday recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients

  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes (not canned)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup melted butter

Topping Ingredients

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions

First, prepare a 1½- to 2-quart casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked, mashed sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, vanilla, milk and melted butter. Next, pour the mixture into the casserole dish.

For the topping, combine brown sugar, flour, melted butter and chopped pecans. Sprinkle over the top of the mixture.

Finally, bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes or until cooked throughout and the top is lightly brown. Enjoy!

Meet Fanny Almanza

As a busy mom of three, Fanny loves making her homemade hot chocolate recipe that’s as simple as it is delicious. Best served with French bread for dipping, this sweet treat is a recipe she enjoyed as a little girl and now makes for her children during the holidays.

“I remember my mom would make my siblings and me hot chocolate after playing in the snow during one of Texas’ very rare snow days,” Fanny said. “I now make it for my children whether there’s snow or not, and I love watching them enjoy it as much as I did.”

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  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 tablet Mexican Chocolate Abuelita
  • Sugar to taste

Directions

In a saucepan, add the milk and chocolate. Turn the stove on to medium heat and stir until milk is bubbling or approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Serve with a cinnamon stick and French bread for dipping.

Meet Henry Valenzuela

As a child, Henry learned to cook from his mother and while watching Julia Child on PBS during the 70s. Today, Henry and his significant other Teresa love to cook and even grow their own vegetables and herbs, plus raise backyard chickens.

Needless to say, Henry and his family are avid foodies and have created special traditions and memories while cooking in the kitchen.

Buñuelos have been in Henry’s family for generations, a delicious dessert they enjoy every year during the holidays.

“We’ve made this recipe every Christmas Eve since I was a young kid,” Henry said. “Some people have sugar cookies, but I always had Buñuelos.”

However, the roasted pecans recipe is a recent tradition that’s become a popular request in his family.

Those looking for a sweet treat to serve during the holidays, experiment with these delicious indulgences shared by Henry.

Ingredients for Buñuelos

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups All-Purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ cup lard or butter, melted
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • Shortening or Canola oil for frying

Directions

First, mix ¼ cup of sugar and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and remaining sugar and cinnamon together and set aside.

In a saucepan, heat milk and butter to a boil and let cool. Then, stir in beaten eggs. Add flour mixture and mix well.

Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth. Next, shape the dough into small balls (1-1½ inches). Cover dough balls and let rest for 5 minutes.

Then, roll each ball into a flat circle, making them as thin as possible without tearing. Then spread them on a clean and dry counter area.

Next, heat oil or shortening till hot (approximately 375 degrees) and fry the flattened dough balls on both sides. Be sure to keep an eye on them as they will fry quickly.

Remove them from the oil and drain on a paper towel. Immediately sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Ingredients for Sugar Roasted Pecans

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 pound pecans
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

First, preheat the oven to 225 degrees. In a large bowl, beat egg white and water until frothy. Then stir in pecans until well coated.

In a small bowl mix sugar, salt and cinnamon. Pour mixture over the pecans and toss to coat.

Next, bake the sugar-coated pecans on a greased baking sheet. Bake for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

Do you have a special recipe you prepare for the holidays? Share with us on Facebook or Twitter @DarlingHomesDFW!

Design

A New Houston Home Marks Special Savings on Luxury Design Options

A new Houston home marks special savings on luxury design options for Houston-area homebuyers. From rich, wooden beam accents to exotic shaped backsplashes, Darling Homes is dedicated to building your ideal retreat with custom finishes that fit the way you want to live.

Now through December 31, 2016, Darling Homes is offering new homebuyers the chance to receive up to 10 percent of base price at the Darling Homes Design Gallery. There homebuyers will benefit from the insight of the homebuilder’s skilled team of design consultants and receive access to a wide selection of beautiful finishes to help you create the ideal home that suits your personal taste and budget.

Interested in what the Design Gallery has in store for you?

Create Texture with Tile

Get creative with the placement and shape of tile used in showers, baths and kitchen backsplashes. Using alluring shapes and textures while remaining in a neutral color palette brings appeal and elegance to any room, according to the Darling design team.houston-parkway-terrace-backsplash

Darling Homes’ model home at Parkway Terrace stays true to the 2016 Color of the Year with whites and neutrals, adding a popular chevron design to the kitchen backsplash. In addition, the master bathroom shower includes blocks of texture with stone accents in an otherwise traditional design that makes this home truly stand out.

Add Personality with Lighting

Whether it’s a glamorous chandelier, ceiling fan or unique pendant, lighting can transform any room, adding a new level of luxury and elevated style. Darling Homes’ Design Gallery provides homebuyers with a Lighting Catalog to choose from a variety of both standard fixtures and exquisite pendants to place over kitchen islands, powder baths and master bedroom closets.

Darling Homes’ patio model home at Sienna Plantation boasts a gorgeous, gourmet kitchen with rich, dark wood cabinets and flooring illuminated by a set of three pendants with a rubbed bronze palette to compliment the home’s color scheme.

Incorporate the 2016 Color of the Year

houston-sienna-plantation-luxury-family-roomThis is the year of “White Done Right,” according to Darling Homes’ design experts. Whether you’re layering shades of white or using the color for decor, the homebuilder’s Color of the Year for 2016 is Shades of White that lends itself to a crisp and refreshing feel.

At Sienna Plantation, Darling Homes’ Luxury Series model home incorporates variations of cream and white beautifully throughout the home complemented by gray accents.

Showcase Your Unique Style

Whether it’s the breakfast nook, kitchen or both, homebuyers have the opportunity to personalize their home design, from adding a farm sink in the kitchen to including a vessel sink in glass, natural stone or copper in the guest bath.

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Darling Homes’ model home at Alden Woods in Cypress showcases a beautiful, open-concept living area designed to be the centerpiece of the home. Built with grace and style, this home is ideal for entertaining guests yet cozy and intimate enough for sharing quality time with loved ones.

Ready to take the next step? Darling Homes offers gorgeous new home opportunities at Parkway Terrace in West Memorial and Stillwater in Conroe, as well as a variety of floor plan options at Alden Woods, Bridgeland and Cypress Creek Lakes in Cypress, Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear, Harmony in Spring, Long Meadow Farms and Harvest Green in Richmond, Riverstone and Imperial in Sugar Land, Sienna Plantation in Missouri City, The Groves in Humble, Woodforest in Montgomery and five collections in the The Woodlands.

Recently, the homebuilder debuted its most prominent collection of 70-foot designs at Elyson in Katy and its signature patio collection at Grand Central Park in Conroe.

Learn more about the options available at the Design Gallery by visiting http://bit.ly/1UhlCG5.

For more information about Darling Homes, contact the Internet Home Sales Team at (713) 401-2008 or visit www.darlinghomes.com.