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Celebrate + Give Back

Categories: Holidays | Posted: November 22, 2017

The smell of spices wafts through the air, silverware and glasses clang enthusiastically, voices chatter, faces smile and stomach no longer growl. Thanksgiving is here! How will you celebrate the holiday this year?

Be prepared. Decorate your home and set the tables ahead of time. Prepare as much of the food the day before as you can to help alleviate some of the stress. It’s supposed to be a joyful day!

The recipes. Whether you’re working from a list of passed down family recipes, your latest favorite cookbook or even some new Pinterest ideas, everyone knows the food makes the day. Mix it up with healthy options and guilty pleasures to keep everyone happy.

Activities. Bring out the games and/or crafts to entertain the kids (and adults!). After exhausting the table conversation, break out one of the latest group games to stir up the laughs and a little competition.

Many people want to give back while they’re celebrating giving thanks. Think about the gifts you take advantage of everyday: how can you share that gratitude? Some activities are great for kids and adults alike. Need a few ideas to get started?

  • The ever popular – volunteering at a kitchen to pass out food and warmth to those who need it most (check out the Hands On Nashville calendar, the Nashville Food Project, or other local organizations to see how you and your family can get involved). Oftentimes the organizations get overloaded with volunteers on Thanksgiving (not a bad problem to have!), so you may want to consider picking the day before or after.
  • Host a food drive for perishable items or a clothing/coat drive and drop it off at a local shelter or church
  • Create care packages for homeless families or adults in need. Consider filling bags with basic toiletries, warm socks, snacks, etc.
  • Sign up with Meals on Wheels to deliver prepared meals to elderly adults who cannot prepare food due to health or physical limitations.
  • Make care packages to send to the troops, who may not have a chance to be home with their families for the holidays. (hint: great opportunity for the kids to write some nice letters to go with the packages!)

If you don’t have time this holiday season to volunteer, host a food drive, or build your own care packages, you can always #GiveWithOleSouth. The next time you are at the grocery store pick up a couple of extra canned food items or you can even write a check to Second Harvest and drop them off at one of our model homes listed below.

  •  South Haven – Murfreesboro
  • Evergreen Farms – Murfreesboro
  • Puckett Station – Murfreesboro
  • Old Hickory Commons – Nashville
  • Vista at Whites Creek – Nashville
  • Western Woods – Fairview
  • Meadowbrook – Spring Hill

However you celebrate, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

12 Holiday Decorating Tips

Categories: Helpful Hints, Holidays | Posted: December 13, 2015

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With the holidays upon us and more and more of our neighbors and friends showing their perfect pictures of their perfect holiday decorations around their house, we know the pressure to raise to the occasion can be daunting. So we’ve decided to deliver a holiday miracle and give you 12 festive decorating tips for your home!

1: Put a twist on your traditional wreath. Instead of using a traditional evergreen wreath, try to make a homemade wreath with citrus fruits! Start with a circular piece of florist’s foam, use a wooden florist’s picks to secure large items (such as oranges), continue with smaller fruit (clementines, limes, etc.), and tie a thick velvet ribbon to it. You can still have traditional pieces in your house, but with a modern spin!

2. Bring the greenery inside – besides the tree! Having lush greenery draping around the house can bring the holiday feels! Drape it across the fireplace mantle, or wraps the stair rail with it. Having the draping greenery around your home creates an inviting atmosphere and brings a woodsy – cozy aroma.

3. Illuminate everything! Light up every room with twinkling topiaries! There are so many ways you can use the twinkle lights – and not just on the tree. Wrap them with the greenery from above, fill up a tall cylinder with a pile of them, line your fireplace with a strand, or add them to planters you have in and out of the house. Have the soft, warm glow of the twinkle lights will bring a cozy holiday feel to your home.

4. Make your place settings creative! Add a small ornament to the napkin holder to bring a little festiveness to your table. You can also buy clear glass orbs and fill them yourself with greenery, glittery garland, pine needles, or any special trinket you want. You can also make each on personal for the person sitting at that setting.

5. Wish-filled wreath! Another great wreath idea is to hang an unadorned twig wreath in a spot in your home where guests won’t miss it. Put out little plain cards and some red markers next to where you hang the wreath. Ask your visitors to write down a wish they have for you and your family and place it in the wreath between the twigs. On New Year’s Day, read all the wishes given to you by your loved ones.

6. Add a little pizazz to any table top or dinning table by making your own winter scene. Grab a glass bowl (kind of like a fish bowl) and add faux snow, spruce or fir spins, and props (little birds, nests, small ornaments, etc) and have a little winter on your tables.

7. Once those holiday cards start pouring in, you’re going to need to find a place to put them, so why not make an awesome card display! Use an old window pane, shutter, wooden latter, or empty picture frames and showcase them! Not only will you have a unique holiday decorative piece, but you will have bragging rights that go with it!

8. If you like to stick with a more traditional holiday look throughout your home – then plaid is your lad! Mix and match plaids of varying sizes and scales for a layered, old school look. You can use plaid ribbon to wrap around your tree, a plaid tree skirt, plaid ribbons mixed with your greenery / garland, and even wrap your gifts with plaid wrapping paper and / or ribbon.

9. Don’t forget about your mailbox! Drape your mailbox with greenery, garland, ribbons, or bows. You can even add plastic ornaments or berries to your greenery to give it a festive look.

10. If you are looking for something other than holiday lights to place outside, try putting our lanterns. Arrange a grouping of festive lanterns at your entryway for a quick-and-easy holiday style. You can use flameless candles as a worry-free alternative.

11. You can take your gift wrapping to the next level by adorning your gifts with little bells, ornaments, or berries.You can use the same color ribbon on all your packages to make a cohesive look with different patented wrapping paper.

12. Make your own snow globes. Use mason jars and pick out some small trees, pine cones, and ornaments from your local craft store. Buy some faux snow and glue your trees to the inside base of the mason jar lid. Add the snow, pine cones, and ornaments to the inside of the jar itself and screw on the lid. Your little DIY snow globes will be so sweet and cozy.

We hope these tips will help make your home feel more festive than ever and we hope your neighbors and friends get jealous too! We wish you and your families a happy, healthy holiday!

By: Sarah C. Spadavecchia – December 11, 2015

GIVE WITH OLE SOUTH

Categories: Holidays | Posted: November 26, 2015

Give with Ole South LogoWe would like to invite you to join Ole South Homes in giving back this year. At Ole South we are thankful, but we also like the other half of the word for the holiday – giving – and that’s exactly what we are doing with our partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Tennessee.

 

For every home we sell in the months of December and January, we will donate 400 meals to Second Harvest. Can you imagine if we are able to sell 50 homes in one month?! That would equal a total of 20,000 meals donated! And we aren’t stopping there either – expanding on our partnership with Second Harvest, we are also going to announce every Friday on our Facebook page an Ole South model home that will be a collection point for canned food donations to be given to Second Harvest! And as if that wasn’t enough giving, we’d like to give back – to you! For every item you donate, we will enter you to with a $1,000.00 New Year Shopping Spree!!! So obviously, the more you donate – the more chances you have to win! We just love this time of year!

Ole South Volunteering at Second Harvest

Members of Ole South’s Sales Team volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank to help package over 8000 lbs of food items in September.

 

If you aren’t familiar with Second Harvest, let us give you a bit of background on this incredible organization. Second Harvest opened in 1978 with the mission of providing food to the hungry people of Middle Tennessee through companies, groups, and individuals. Second Harvest is one of the largest food banks in the country with them distributing more than 29 millions pounds of food and 24 million meals within a 46-county service area in 2014 / 2015 alone! With hunger impacting the lives of 1 out of 6 Americans, it is extremely important and necessary work Second Harvest dedicates their time to and it is so meaningful and important to us at Ole South to help in their mission.

 

Now, all of this giving will kick-off on Friday, December 4, 2015, so keep an eye out on our Facebook page to find out which model home will be chosen for our first canned food donation point! And if you have any questions about “Give with Ole South” or about any of wonderful homes for sell, please give us a call at 615-219-5644 or visit our website at www.olesouth.com. Also, for more information about Second Harvest and their mission, please visit their website at https://secondharvestmidtn.org.

 

Unique Thanksgiving Recipes

Categories: Helpful Hints, Holidays | Posted: November 20, 2015

Thanksgiving

We know Thanksgiving wouldn’t be anything without it’s traditions and more importantly without it’s traditional foods! However, we thought we’d spice up those traditions a bit with some unique Thanksgiving recipes.

30-Minute Butternut Squash and Cider Soup

INGREDIENTS:
1 shallot, sliced, or 1/2 large white or yellow onion, minced
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
8 cups peeled, seeded, and cubed butternut squash
1 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 cups apple cider
1/2 – 2/3 cups sour cream
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 unpeeled Honeycrisp or Granny Smith apple, cored and finely diced
Cracked black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat a medium-sized saucepan over low heat. Add the shallot, garlic, and 1/2 cup water. Cook until the shallot and garlic are softened (5-7 minutes or until water is nearly evaporated).

2. Add the squash and chicken stock, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until squash is soft – about 20 minutes.

3. Puree or blend until roughly smooth. Add cider, 1/2 cup sour cream, and salt. Continue to blend until well combined. Season to taste.

4. Place in a saucepan over low heat until warm. Ladle into bowls and garnish with diced apples. Serve immediately.

Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole with Bacon and Pecans

INGREDIENTS

4 medium sweet potatoes
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons bourbon

SWEET ‘N’ SAVORY BACON PECANS

6 slices thick cut bacon, chopped
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups raw pecan, roughly chopped
1/3 cup salted butter, melted
1/2 – 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped
1-2 tespoons fresh rosemary, chopped

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Poke a few holes in sweet potatoes and bake for 1 hour or until soft. Slice sweet potatoes in half to allow to cool.

3. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat and cook bacon until crispy. Remove and set aside. In a bowl add brown sugar, flour, pecans, butter, cayenne, sage, and rosemary and mix to combine. Stir in bacon.

4. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.

5. Peel skins away from flesh of sweet potato and mash well in a bowl. Mix in brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, milk, butter, eggs, and bourbon until fully combined.

6. Pour sweet potatoes into greased casserole dish. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes or until golden. Remove and serve warm.

Chipotle Coca-Cola Sweet Potatoes

INGREDIENTS

6 large sweet potatoes
1 1/2 cups Coca-Cola
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
3 garlic cloves
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce + 2 tablespoons adobo sauce from same can
4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Scrub sweet potatoes and slice into 1-inch slices (no need to peel). Arrange in baking dish or roasting pan with at least 2 inch sides.

3. In a blender, combine Coca-Cola, garlic, chipotle peppers, and adobo sauce. Puree until smooth for 1 minute. Pour over sweet potatoes. Season generously with kosher salt and black pepper.

4. Top with pats of butter, then cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until tender. Serve.

Pretzel Bread and Quinoa Stuffing with Garlic Butter Mushrooms

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
6 cups pretzel bread cubes (about 1/2-inch cube size)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 shallot, diced
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
8 ounces shitake mushrooms, sliced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place bread cubes on baking sheet and bake for 8 – 10 minutes, until they are firm.

2. Heat large skillet over medium-low heat, add butter and olive oil. Add in shallots and mushrooms and stir to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms soften, about 6 – 8 minutes. Add 3/4 cup of stock and bring to a simmer. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds, season the mushrooms with salt and pepper.

3. In a baking dish toss the bread cubes, quinoa, and mushroom mixture together. Stir in sage, parsley, and thyme. Drizzle remaining stock over top evenly. Bake the stuffing for 35 – 45 minutes or until slightly golden.

We hope you find some inspiration in these recipes to maybe try something new this year for your Thanksgiving dinner. On behalf of all of us here at Ole South Homes, we wish you and your family a happy, healthy Thanksgiving!

Open Houses & Christmas Lights

Categories: Holidays | Posted: December 6, 2013

This year, get in the spirit of the holidays by visiting one of Ole South’s Holiday Open Houses, December 6-8 and December 13-15. Enjoy snacks and refreshments while touring our newest homes and neighborhoods!  Ole South is proud to be participating in the First Annual Holiday Showcase of Homes, sponsored by Regions Mortgage and HBAMT.

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In the spirit of helping those less fortunate, each location will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for area children.

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Open House LocationsAll of our Holiday Open Houses are open on dates and times below.

Benevento East
2009 Via Francesco Court
Spring Hill, TN 37174

Benevento East in Spring Hill

Port Royal Estates
2000 Bonner Place
Spring Hill, TN 37174

Puckett Station
4300 Puckett Creek Crossing
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Scottish Glen
521 Rucker Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Scottish Glen in Murfreesboro

Stratford Park Model Home
415 Stratford Park Blvd.
Gallatin, TN 37066

Stratford Park in Gallatin

Dates & Hours

•Friday, December 6th, 2013 (2-8PM)
•Saturday, December 7th, 2013 (2-8PM)
•Sunday, December 8th, 2013(2-5PM)
•Friday, December 13th, 2013 (2-8PM)
•Saturday, December 14th, 2013 (2-8PM)
•Sunday, December 15th, 2013 (2-5PM)

For more information on the Holiday Showcase of Homes, CLICK HERE

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The Ole South Blog: From All of Us to All of You

Categories: Holidays, Ole South Neighborhoods | Posted: December 22, 2012

We all are blessed to live in Middle Tennessee, and we at Ole South are honored to be able to continue providing the very best new home values to residents of Nashville, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Spring Hill, Gallatin, and Clarksville, Tennessee.

The houses we build are called “home” by people of many religions, cultures, and nationalities. As Middle Tennessee continues to prosper, our vibrant area continues to invite others to call Middle Tennessee home.

Within the diversity of our area, there are many different traditions, beliefs, and cultures.

Regardless of particular beliefs, nothing prevents this season from being one of kindness and respect toward each other. This is the season for “a kind word.”

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From all of us at Ole South Properties, to all of you, we wish the happiest of holiday seasons.

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And that also includes, “Merry Christmas!”

A Tribute to Veterans

Categories: Holidays | Posted: November 12, 2012

Monday, November 12th is the calendar day in 2012 for observance of this all-important day.  It is because of  each and every Veteran that we have the freedoms we continue to enjoy.

CLICK HERE for the history of Veterans Day.

 

 

To all Veterans, please accept our sincere gratitude for your service and sacrifice.  This goes for Active-Duty service men and women too!

 

 

 

 

 

The Ole South Blog – Fireworks in our Towns

Categories: Holidays, Murfreesboro Area Information, Nashville Area Information, Nashville New Homes, Ole South Neighborhoods, Smyrna Area Information, Spring Hill Area Information | Posted: June 29, 2012

Independence Day is upon us and there will be many spectacular celebrations held throughout Middle Tennessee.

 

And there is a fireworks celebration going on near you!

Murfreesboro, TN –

Celebration Under the Stars
Celebrate our nation’s birth with activities, music, food, and fireworks.

Date:  Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Time:   5:00 – 9:20 p.m.
Place:  McKnight Park
Sponsoring Organization:  Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department, Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, Daily News Journal
Contact: www.murfreesborotn.gov/parks
Marlane Sewell at 893-2141 or msewell@murfreesborotn.gov

Smyrna, TN –

http://www.hobnobsmyrna.com/local-information/item/798-town-getting-ready-for-4th-of-july-celebration

Hendersonville, TN – http://www.americantowns.com/tn/hendersonville/news/july-4th-fireworks-in-hendersonville-tn-events-schedules-and-parades-329637

Gallatin, TN –

http://www.gallatin-tn.gov/2012/06/

Nashville, TN –

http://www.nashvilledowntown.com/do/let-freedom-sing-music-city-july-4th-celebration1

Franklin, TN

http://www.franklin-gov.com/index.aspx?page=16&recordid=2465&returnURL=%2findex.aspx

 

With the extreme hot and dry conditions, please avoid using your own fireworks and visit local displays instead.  Fires aren’t fun for anyone!

 

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!


The Ole South Blog: Hello 2012!

Categories: Holidays | Posted: January 2, 2012

Believe it or not, 2012 is here! 

We at Ole South plan to celebrate all year long, too!   There’s a lot of great things happening in Middle Tennessee.  Home sales are rebounding and new jobs are being created.

Before we celebrate 2012, let’s give 2011 a last bit of attention:

 

 

In 2011, Ole South closed 291 new homes in Middle Tennessee.  We are proud that the new home buyers in Nashville, Murfreesboro, Spring Hill, Smyrna, and Clarksville chose an Ole South home and these 291 households are joining thousands of other Ole South home owners across Middle Tennessee.  Welcome! 

And Thank You!  

Now, let’s enjoy the 2012 Countdown from Downtown Nashville, courtesy of You-Tube!

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The Ole South Blog: “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”

Categories: Holidays | Posted: December 24, 2011

This year, almost three hundred more families are spending their first Christmas in their new Ole South home.  Several families were even moving today!  We wish them, and everyone else a very Merry Christmas.  We are thankful for the support of our loyal homeowners and area Realtors for allowing us the priviledge to continue providing new homes for Middle Tennessee residents.

During the month of December, you’ve helped us collect for some very worthy causes.  Thanks to you, many area children will receive new toys for Christmas through the Toys For Tots organization.   Many of you also contributed a large number of shoes, new and used.  These have been taken to the Soles 4 Souls, where they will take opn a new life on someone else’s feet.  Although our official collection drive has ended, please continue to support these organizations throughout the year.  We will always be available to make certain your donation gets to where it needs to go!

Yesterday, the winner of our $500 Christmas Shopping Spree was announced.  Here is Adam Hall, presenting the prize to Caitlin and Andrew Bullard, who will soon be moving into their new home in Smyrna!  Congratulations Caitlin and Andrew!

And now, we welcome Christmas Eve.   We hope that each of you enjoy this time of year to the fullest!  From all of us at Ole South, “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holidays.”