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Cheers to the Holidays! Holiday Cocktail Recipes for your Cornerstone home

Categories: Blog, Holiday, Uncategorized | Posted: December 13, 2018

cranberriesCranberry garnishes, white chocolate liqueur, and cinnamon sticks… sounds like a cozy holiday cocktail in the making!   Holiday parties are in full swing in our Cornerstone Homes communities!  The Clubhouses are decked out and the social calendar is booked!  Smaller gatherings of holiday cheer are happening in neighborhood homes.   And our spacious and inviting Cornerstone homes are perfect for entertaining.

Whether you’re hosting a big dinner party or a casual get-together with your favorite hors-d’oeuvres, holiday-themed cocktails are a great way to get everyone feeling as merry and bright as can be.   And you can always enjoy a holiday cocktail while sitting by the fireplace and doing your  Christmas shopping online!   Why not?   From holiday margaritas to photo-worthy martinis, here are some of our favorite tastiest treats of the season:

White Christmas Margaritas 

Who says margaritas can only be enjoyed on a beach in the summer? This season, ditch the salt and switch up a few ingredients for a holiday gift like no other!

Ingredients

  • 14-oz. can coconut milk,
  • 12 oz. silver tequila,
  • 8 oz. triple sec,
  • 1/2 c. lime juice,
  • 2 c. ice,
  • 1/2 c. mint, for garnish,
  • lime sliced into rounds for garnish,
  • lime wedge for rim,
  • sanding sugar for rim,
  • cranberries for garnish

Directions

In a blender, combine coconut milk, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and ice, and blend the mixture until it’s smooth. Rim each glass with a lime wedge before dipping into sanding sugar. Pour the drink into your glasses and finish off with your lime and cranberry garnishes.

Snowflake Martini  

It’s almost too beautiful to drink, but that just makes it even more delicious… This snowy and sweet drink will be a holiday hit for years to come.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. white chocolate liqueur,
  • 2 oz. vanilla vodka,
  • 2 tbsp. heavy cream,
  • 1/2 c. ice,
  • 1 lemon wedge for rim,
  • 1/3 c. white sanding sugar for rim

Directions

Wet the rim of each martini glass with a lemon wedge and dip into sanding sugar (the rim should sparkle like a snowflake!) Next, pour chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka, and heavy cream into a cocktail shaker, and top with ice until full. Shake well, strain the mixture, and pour into each glass.

 

 

 

 

 

moscow mule

Moscow Reindeer Cocktail

What’s more comforting around the holidays than a mint-flavored treat? A Christmas twist on a classic drink makes it all the more fun and delicious.

Ingredients

  • A handful of fresh mint (or fresh peppermint),
  • 2 oz. vodka,
  • juice of 1/2 a lime,
  • 6 oz. ginger beer,
  • a crushed candy cane for garnish,
  • whole candy cane for garnish,
  • crushed ice

Directions

Muddle crushed ice and a handful of mint in a copper mule mug, then stir in vodka and lime juice and top with ginger beer. Sprinkle the crushed candy cane as desired and finish with a whole one!

 

Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer 

If you’re feeling especially celebratory during the holidays, this sparkling drink is for you! Fun to look at and even more fun to drink, everyone will smile over this refreshing cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle prosecco,
  • 2 ounces peach schnapps,
  • 4 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice,
  • 4 ounces pom juice,
  • 1 small bottle mango flavored soda water,
  • 6-8 sprigs rosemary,
  • 1 fresh pomegranate,
  • .5 cup sugar, 1 cup water

Directions

In a small pan, bring 1 cup of water and 2-3 sprigs of rosemary to a boil. Add sugar to boiling water, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove the pan from heat, strain the rosemary leaves, and set them aside to cool. After cleaning and de-seeding the pomegranate set the seeds aside. Pour prosecco into 4 cocktail glasses and add .5 oz. of peach schnapps, .5 oz. of rosemary simple syrup, 1 tsp. of lemon juice, 1 oz. of pomegranate juice, and a splash of mango soda water, and stir! Finally, add 1 tbsp. of pomegranate seeds to each glass, allowing them time to float to the top of the glass. Finish with a sprig of rosemary.


No matter what you decide to sip on this holiday season, whether sweet and creamy or sparkling and fruity,
be sure to stop by a Cornerstone Clubhouse and feel the Holiday spirit in our close-knit communities.  It’s a magical place to live and you can feel the community spirit all year long.   Stay a while and you will want to join them I’m sure!!!    

Let us know what’s your favorite Holiday drink on our community Facebook pages.  Follow us on any and all our Facebook pages to keep in the know of what your life could be in a Cornerstone Home Community!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

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Celebrating Christmas in Richmond, Ashland, and Fredericksburg, VA

Categories: Blog, Holiday, Uncategorized | Posted: December 7, 2018

The fire’s crackling, the lights are twinkling, and Sinatra’s playing throughout your home — there’s no better place to be during the holidays than beautiful Virginia! At Cornerstone Homes, we believe in the spirit of the season, and you don’t have to travel far to find the magic of wintertime.

This holiday venture outside for family-friendly events and activities that’ll make this year the most memorable of all. From spectacular tree lightings to Santa visits with your grandchildren, there’s never a shortage of holiday happiness here. Check out our top picks for things to do before you head into 2019:

Ashland:

December 9: Santa Brunch at the Henry Clay Inn santa celebrating Christmas in Ashland


Take your grandchildren to the wonderfully charming Henry Clay Inn for a delicious brunch with Santa
in this beautiful historic building. Indulge in breakfast favorites and take photos with everyone’s favorite holiday saint.

 

December 12: Make Your Own Board Game


Your grandchildren will absolutely love designing and creating their very own board game! Tasty refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Ashland Library at this one-of-a-kind event at the Ashland Library.


December 15: Holiday Concert


From 4-5:30pm, festive carolers will grace Main Street with their melodic voices! Take part in the merriment and soak up the spirit of the holidays. This event is completely free and open to everyone.


December 16: Central VA Masterworks Chorale Winter Concert


Experience the magnificence! The 70-member Central VA Masterworks Chorale will perform Bach’s Magnificat and Whitbourn’s Missa Carolae from 3-4:30 pm at their annual winter concert.

new years eve
December 31: Hanover Arts & Activities Center NYE Gala


Head into 2019 by supporting the arts! This fun and festive NYE party will feature hors-d’oeuvres, light desserts, a silent auction, and a champagne toast at midnight. All proceeds go to the center.

 

Richmond:

 

December 16: Elf Holiday Screening

Your grandkids may have missed this beloved holiday classic the first time around, but now they have the opportunity to see it on the big screen! The hilarious and heartwarming Elf will play at The Byrd Theatre.

December 19: Illuminate Night Show


Experience the magic of central VA’s largest drive-through light show! In Caroline County, you’ll drive through a spectacular park filled with a million LED lights with music to match… it’s a stunner!


Recurring: Tacky Lights Tour

tacky light tour celebrate christmas Richmond Dispatch

Mark Gormus, Times-Dispatch

When it comes to Christmas decorations, we think “over-the-top” really just means “top-of-the-line.” Take a tour through the tackiest houses of the neighborhood! Homes must have at least 40,000 lights.

 celebrate christmas ballerina nut crackerRecurring: Richmond Ballet’s Nutcracker


If you’ve never seen this Christmas classic, this is your year! Perfect for the whole family, a night out at the theater is always one to remember. This show will run until December 23.

Recurring: Lewis Ginter GardenFest of Lights


This is truly a festival like no other… A beloved town tradition, this event features one million lights, botanical decorations, model trains, delicious dinners, a firepit to roast s’mores, and so much more.

 

Fredericksburg:


December 14: Crafts and Drafts Winter Marketcelebrate christmas richmond va present market


From 5-8pm, stroll through this festive market filled with local artisans and handmade gifts, live music, and of course, delicious beer. Find a special piece of decor for your Cornerstone home!


December 15: Frosty 5K and Reindeer Run


If you love to exercise (even in the cold!) this event is for you. Great for all ages, everyone finishes this fun 5K with a medal and a long-sleeve t-shirt. Afterward, enjoy the Stafford Christmas Parade!

The fun and festivities are just outside of our communities, but even more right in the neighborhood!  Our homeowners are busy preparing Holiday parties at each of our communities.  The clubhouses will be buzzing with activities, festive food and drinks, holiday music by the fire, and an abundance of holiday spirit will be flowing among neighbors and friends.   Stop by and check out the decorations and catch the spirit of living in a Cornerstone Home community.   There’s nothing like it anywhere else!!! 

From our family to yours, we hope you have the most wonderful holiday of all!

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Save Big This Holiday Season | The Villas at Ashlake

Categories: Blog, Holiday, Uncategorized | Posted: November 30, 2018

ashlake bright lights bigs savings quick move in homesBright Lights are shining in the Villas at Ashlake this Holiday Season! Cornerstone Homes is offering 5 quick move-in homes with savings up to $17,500, because we can’t wait to share the magic with you!

 

There is still time in 2018 to make the lifestyle change you deserve.  In the Villas at Ashlake, your days will be spent doing only what you love. Because we’re in charge of your home’s maintenance and repairs, you can finally sit back, relax, and enjoy every moment of your brand new vacation-inspired life. Whether you’re retired or on your way, every day feels like Christmas at the Villas at Ashlake.

 

No more stairs, no more having too much space to clean, and no more yard work. Say hello to a brand new shiny, energy-efficient home with all the bells & whistles you’ve been dreaming of! Finally, you’ll have time on your hands to meet new neighbors and enjoy fun social activities at your clubhouse, exercise in your fitness center, pick fresh veggies in your community garden, or walk the sidewalks when the weather starts to warm up. In other words…. Time to enjoy life!!!  

 

 

These award-winning, popular homes are waiting for you, so come see us today! The #1 phrase that we hear over and over from our homeowners is “Why did I wait so long?” When you visit our community, you can ask them yourself! They will be glad to tell you how great life is at the Villas at Ashlake.

 

There’s no greater gift to give yourself than the happiness of home… For more information on our holiday savings, please visit our website or contact Lori Melton at 804-234-8525 or lmelton@cornerstonehomes.net. From all of us at Cornerstone Homes, Happy Holidays to you! 

 

Quick Move-In Homes:

 

SOLD! The Colonnade**bright lights big savings quick move in homes villas at ashlake

2 BR, 2 BA, 1,547 sq. ft. | $320,442 (save $15,500)

 

SOLD! The Canterbury**

2 BR, 2 BA, 1,905 sq. ft. | $337,203 (save $17,500)

 

SOLD! The Canterbury w/ Bonus**

3 BR, 3 BA, 2,495 sq. ft. | $350,260 (save $16,500)

 

The Canterbury**

2 BR, 2 BA, 1,905 sq. ft. | $323,840 (save $14,500)

 

The Ducal**

2 BR, 2 BA, 1,806 sq. ft. | $332,779 (save $11,500)

 

*Savings based on price comparison of completed Quick Delivery homes that include upgrades and base price of To-Be-Built homes with no options/upgrades.

**Must close before year-end.

How to Host a Memorable Thanksgiving Feast in Your Cornerstone Home

Categories: Blog, Holiday, Uncategorized | Posted: November 21, 2018

It’s almost that time of year! 🍂

Before you know it, family and friends will gather to share laughs, recount stories, and of course, indulge in the deliciousness that is Thanksgiving. Can you smell those festive flavors floating through your kitchen yet?

If you’re like us, you can’t wait to throw a holiday dinner party in your spacious and comfortable Cornerstone home. Our homes are perfectly designed with seamless entertaining in mind.  The open great room encourages easier socializing. If you have a few more details to attend to when your guests arrive, no guest will be left alone with our open floor plans! All Cornerstone Homes’ kitchens blend seamlessly into the great room and dining room, allowing conversations to flow. We believe the kitchen is more than a place to cook. Its real function is to bring the family together and create lasting memories.   

Canterbury Ashlake Great Room

This Thanksgiving, whether you’re a “seasoned hoster,” or this is the first time you’re having the big meal at your new home, all you need is a little preparation and you’re on your way to your best (and tastiest) Thanksgiving yet!

 

Plan It Outthanksgiving cornerstone homes tablescape

 

We all know that organization is key, so a concrete plan will help you visualize your evening and ensure that everything goes smoothly. Grab your computer or a notebook and make notes about the following:

 

1. How many people will you be serving? 2. Are there any dietary restrictions? 3. Which recipes can you make ahead? (Our fall recipes make great sides!) 4. Which recipes should be prepared the day of? 5. Which dishes will a family member or friend prepare? 6. What do you want the decor to look like? 

 

Once you have a clear idea of what you want this year’s Thanksgiving to be like, you’ll rid yourself of stress and relish in the holiday fun. After all, Thanksgiving is about family, graciousness, and relaxing (and of course, gobbling up your favorite food…), so you should enjoy every minute of it!

 

 

 

Go Shopping

 

If you don’t already have the necessary cooking utensils (yes, a “turkey lifter” and “flavor injector” are real items), meal ingredients, or decor, you’re in luck — the areas in and around Richmond and Fredericksburg are filled with markets and shops that cater to every Thanksgiving need.

 

Make your list! From grocery chains like Kroger, The Fresh Market, and Aldi, to kitchen supply retailers like Sur La Table and Williams Sonoma, you’re sure to find an easy and efficient place to get everything you need. Pro tip: check out deals in supermarket flyers, coupons, online, etc. There’s nothing as satisfying as saving on your Thanksgiving goods!

 

Prepare Your Home

 

thanksgiving wreathBack in the day, “preparing your yard” was a  big chore, but at Cornerstone Homes, you can cross this off your list!  When you live in a maintenance-free community, the days of fall leaf pick up and mulching and weeding is long gone.  With your exterior maintenance already covered by us, your yard and curb appeal are always guest-ready.

 

Now you have the time to devote to decorating and planning your meal!  So, hang your Thanksgiving wreath on the front door and start your inside decorating and cooking! When your guests walk into your home and see the Thanksgiving table set with care and creativity, you’re sending a message of gratitude, peace and welcome.  

 

From seasonal table settings and a centerpiece on your dining room table, to flowers and hors d’oeuvres in the living room before the meal, there are so many ways to get creative. Your fireplace is the focus of your great room, so decorate the Mantel to make this popular gathering spot even cozier.

 

cranberry cocktail thanksgivingStart the Party

 

Set up the bar on your Courtyard or Patio!!

 

Of course, no Thanksgiving dinner is complete without a holiday cocktail! Head to your courtyard and gather around the fire pit to start the festivities. Give your guests something to smile about as soon as they walk in with a delectable drink of your choosing. Whether you love warm, cider-based drinks, something fruity and fizzy to sip on, or classic wine with a kick, there’s a delicious drink recipe out there to start the fun.

 

We recommend trying this Cranberry Champagne Cocktail because it’s easy to make, it’s fun to drink, and it’s absolutely beautiful! All you need is cranberry juice, lime wedges, frozen cranberries, and Champagne or sparkling wine. Chill your Champagne flutes, add a squeeze of lime and cranberry juice, fill the glasses with your desired amount of alcohol, and finish off with 3-4 cranberries.

Prepare these drinks ahead of time so everyone receives a “party favor” when they walk in!

 

Guests will love to gather in front of the fireplace in the Great Room or at the large kitchen island to enjoy hors d’oeuvres. Chat with all your party guests while you finish up some details!

 

dinner family thanksgivingBe Thankful 

 

From quality time spent with your loved ones, to new and exciting opportunities in your Cornerstone home and community, life is as bright as it’s ever been. We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and enjoy sharing the warmth of your cozy home with your family, friends, and neighbors!

Happy Thanksgiving From,

Cornerstone Insider

Labor Day Fun at Cornerstone Homes

Categories: Blog, Holiday, Richmond, VA, Uncategorized | Posted: August 30, 2018

Celebrated on the first Monday of September, Labor Day marks the end of the summer season by honoring the incredible American workforce. While Cornerstone Homes will be closed this Labor Day, we will still commemorate this seasonal holiday at our communities with food, friends, and tons of fun…

 

  

 

From pool parties to happy hour at the clubhouse, our Labor Day celebrations in a Cornerstone Homes community on Monday will remind you why living here is a blast. Relive the joy of summers past like never before! When you’re here, the festivities last all night long.

 

Pool Parties

 There’s no better time to lounge by the pool! Head on down to your community’s hot spot and relax beneath the sun with your favorite drink in hand. We guarantee that your neighbors will be there listening to music and celebrating the good vibes.

Barley Woods Pool   

 

Clubhouse HangoutsVillas at Magnolia Lakes Pool

The clubhouse is always a blast, but it will be especially fun this Labor Day! On this “day off,” do your best Ferris Bueller impression and live like there’s no tomorrow. Enjoy a delicious meal with your friends, play your favorite game, and watch the fireworks sparkle.

 

Happy Hour

There’s no need to wait until 5 o’clock to sip your favorite cocktail. Grab your friends and cheers to the end of summer this Labor Day! Whether you love spiked iced tea, a margarita, or a refreshing summer beer, now’s the time to sit back, relax, and savor the warmth (and taste) of summer.

 

Craft with Your Grandkids

If your grandkids are visiting this Labor Day, you can share the fun and get creative! Make patriotic snack cups, a flag banner, and more with these fun and easy DIY ideas.

 

Around Richmond 

There may not be a big festival or concert this year, but there are so many great things to do in the Richmond area on Labor Day. From lounging on the James River to exploring the children’s museum or park  with your grandkids, this vibrant city is buzzing with activity at the end of summer.

 

Labor Day Eats

Fried chicken, potato salad, and corn on the cob will always be Labor Day classics. This Monday, spice up your favorite dishes with recipes like Pina Colada Fruit Salad, Loaded Potato Salad, and Blueberry Upside Down Skillet Cake. Your tastebuds will thank you!

 

White Up the Night

We all know not to wear white after Labor Day, so when the holiday comes around, we’re going all out! Wear your best whites and match with your friends down by the clubhouse and pool. The photos will look amazing when everyone’s in the spirit!

 
Every holiday spent in a Cornerstone Homes community is one to remember, but Labor Day is especially fun! There’s nothing better than celebrating with like-minded people who love to spread good cheer. This summer, head outside and give your best send-off! Fall is just around the corner and one last hurrah is definitely in order…The Cornerstone Homes family would like to wish you and your family a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend!

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