It’s not too early to start prepping for Thanksgiving!

You look forward to Thanksgiving each November. Whoever hosts always seems to pull it off
without a hitch. Now, you are all settled in your brand new Schaeffer home, and you’ve volunteered
to host this year. And the magnitude of the task has hit you. Don’t sweat it. You can do it – and make
it look effortless – thanks to your state-of-the-art kitchen and party-friendly open floor plan!
Invite early. The key to a stress-free Thanksgiving is to plan early. Once you commit to hosting, the
first thing you need to do is invite every single person you want to come. Even the last minute types
are likely to make Thanksgiving plans early in November, so start putting feelers out there ASAP. In
the meantime, start thinking about where you’re going to put everybody. (Flexible, open floorplans
make this part soooo much easier!)

Be organized. Planning and organizing is imperative. It’s the only way to make sure you don’t find
yourself with missing ingredients, a house that’s a mess, and hours of cooking still to be done when
your guests arrive. Start by making lists of everything you need to do, a schedule for the weeks
leading up to dinner, and shopping lists before you head to the store for ingredients and supplies.
Bonus! Lists let you see everything you need, and let you check things off. (Checking things off is a
really good feeling!)

Plan your menu. Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, and you need a game plan. The first
step? Figure out what’s on the menu. Chances are your guests will want to bring things… you just
have to tell them what you need. Once you have the menu set, start shopping for non-perishables
(e.g. baking ingredients, bread cubes, herbs & spices), and make a corner of your pantry
“Thanksgiving Central”. Having everything in one place will help you keep track.
Cook in advance. Don’t stress out by trying to cook everything on Thanksgiving Day. Create a
timeline, and figure out what can be made ahead of time. Casseroles can be premade. Vegetables
can be chopped and ready to steam. Some things can’t be cooked early, like the turkey, but almost
everything else in the meal can be prepped and ready to just pop on the stove top or into the oven.
Let’s put that brand new kitchen to work!

Set up in advance. Establish your dining space (formal dining room, flex space, even the family room). Figure out if you’re having a sit-down meal or a buffet-style repast. Then, as long as you don’t have to worry about pets or small children upsetting things, set everything up days before the event. That way you won’t be scrambling to find the serving dishes that are somewhere in the basement; cleaning the dust off the extra wine glasses that are on that high shelf in the kitchen, and counting the flatware only to discover
you don’t have enough right before the first
guest rings the bell.

Offer snacks before dinner. Tasty appetizers benefit the cook as much as the guests. Bowls of nuts, some crackers and cheese, and trays of crudité or hot apps scattered throughout the family room, living room or basement rec room will keep them busy munching while you finish up! Keep the kids entertained. For children, it seems like Thanksgiving dinner takes foreveeeer to
land on the table. Keep ‘em occupied with games out in the yard, movies up in the loft or craft projects in the rec room.

Above all, relax and enjoy. Let your guests marvel at the spaciousness of your new Schaeffer home,
while you perform culinary magic in your new kitchen! Learn more about our holiday-friendly
homes at Schaeffer Homes.

New Year’s Resolution: Cooking healthier in your new Schaeffer home!

Jaxon Kitchen

We’re serious about promoting a healthy, active lifestyle at our Four Seasons in Cumberland community. From pickleball and tennis to weight-training and swimming, we know our 55-plus homeowners are happier and healthier when they are moving. Cooking for yourself is another way to create a healthier lifestyle. You can control the ingredients, portions and preparation methods when you make your meals at home.

Here are 10 ways you can be a healthier and happier cook in your Schaeffer kitchen:

  1. Be mindful. Make conscious food choices. Pay attention to what – and how – you’re eating. Prepare your food. Taste it. Savor it. Enjoy it.

 

  1. Become an educated eater. Make an effort to learn how to cook and eat healthy. Brush up on healthy foods and recipes. Learn how to plan and create your own healthy meals.

 

  1. Eat more fruits and veggies.Aim for 4 to 13 servings a day, in a range of colors. Add them to soups, stews, omelets, pasta, rice, sauces, etc.

 

  1. Eat less meat. And when you do eat meat, make sure it’s lean. Eat small servings, and make sure the majority of your plate is veggies and whole grains.

 

  1. Keep it simple. Delicious, healthy meals don’t require you to be a world-class chef. Choose good quality ingredients and keep your cooking techniques simple.

 

  1. Learn various cooking techniques. Experiment with stir-fry. Roast vegetables on a sheet pan. Try packets made from parchment or aluminum foil. Even if you’re having salmon every day, you can prepare it differently each time!

 

  1. Make it easier whenever you can.Buy bagged and shredded cabbage and carrots, and pre-chopped greens. Use frozen bags of vegetables (peas, corn, pearl onions) in soups and stews. Keep canned beans on hand to throw into dishes.

 

  1. Make your kitchen fun and functional.Organize your pantry and cabinets so you can find things easily. Keep fresh fruits and veggies on the counter where they’re accessible. Play music when you’re cooking. Clean up when you’re done.

 

  1. Plan meals ahead of time.Wash, cut and peel fruits and veggies for snacks and meals. Batch cook grains, like rice and quinoa. Portion out snacks like nuts and berries. These shortcuts help make sure you eat healthier.

 

  1. Focus on flavor. It’s easier to eat healthy if food tastes good. Flavor your foods with fresh herbs, unique spices or even citrus. Add vegetable or chicken stock to grain dishes. Make your own vinaigrettes for salads, grains or veggie dishes.

 

With tips like these, you’re sure to master healthier living in your home at Four Seasons in Cumberland!

The Schaeffer Family is dedicated to the mission of providing families in New Jersey with quality built, affordably priced new homes for over 60 years. Visit SchaefferFamilyHomes.com or cal 856-208-5118 for more information.

Community Spotlight: Four Seasons in Cumberland

Schaeffer Family Homes is thrilled to throw the spotlight on one of our unique 55-plus communities, Four Seasons in Cumberland, in Millville, NJ! From the private, peaceful and serene setting to the gorgeous clubhouse and fun-loving residents, it will be love at first sight when you come to visit.

One of Four Seasons’ biggest attractions might just be the 5-year tax abatement. Available only at Four Seasons, the abatement means that the property taxes owners pay over 5 years will be significantly lower. Like 50% lower! Combined with a price range that starts under $200,000, Four Seasons is one of the best buys in South Jersey!

The first thing you’ll notice is that Four Seasons is an established community, so everything is up and running. The 7,500 sq. ft. clubhouse includes a fitness center with the latest cardiovascular and weight-training equipment. You’ll catch our residents having a ball, whether they’re playing cards or billiards, or baking in the catering kitchen. Don’t forget to check out the pool, tennis, pickleball and bocce ball courts.

We offer low-maintenance, free standing single-family homes designed specifically for the active adult. You can choose from three floorplans starting at 1,380 square feet. Our homes feature 9-foot first floor ceilings, Frigidaire® appliances, crown molding, and low maintenance vinyl siding. Plus, our homes are NJ Energy Star Certified, with energy-efficient insulation, furnace, windows, and a tankless hot water heater.

Make sure you stop by the Design Studio in West Berlin, New Jersey. It has everything, from lighting fixtures to roofing samples, faucets to counter top selections. Truly a “one stop shop”, it is designed to make the selection process as enjoyable and easy as possible.

Four Seasons in Cumberland is located at 62 Cottage Street in Millville, NJ.

The Schaeffer Family has been building homes in New Jersey for over 70 years, and we’d love to have you experience this unique community for yourself. Contact Christie at 856-208-5118 for more information.

 

               

We are proud to offer new homes that have earned the ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR qualified new homes are substantially more energy-efficient than homes built to the minimum code requirements. Our ENERGY STAR qualified new homes are independently verified by a third-party Home Energy Rater to ensure they meet ENERGY STAR energy efficiency guidelines. These homes are better for the environment and better for you. Learn more about ENERGY STAR qualified new homes at http://www.energystar.gov/