2016 Parade of Homes

2016 Parade of Homes Ad

One of my favorite weekends of the year is coming up! The Birmingham 2016 Parade of Homes opens today and runs through this weekend and next, and it is always a fun weekend of design inspiration and beautiful interiors. If you’ve been needing to make a few updates to your home or are in the market to build, you can see some terrific ideas at the 2016 Parade of Homes.

2016 Parade of Homes

I was invited by B-Metro Magazine to take you on a tour of one of the Parade homes. As I toured the Highland Lakes home by Murphy Home Builders, I noticed that there are several design features that aren’t slowing down anytime soon. People still demand an open floor plan, and rightly so. An open plan is family friendly and visually appealing.

2016 Parade of Homes

Kitchen are still the heartbeat of the home, and homeowners want to see great appliances, countertops, and fixtures.

2016 Parade of Homes

2016 Parade of Homes

Comfortable living spaces with lots of natural light are also a must!

2016 Parade of Homes

Outdoor living spaces provide extra square footage of gathering space. This great area has room for lounging in front of the outdoor fireplace, as well as a full-size dining table.

2016 Parade of Homes

But while most new homes today have all of these features, it’s the details that really set a home apart. This home has terrific details that make it stand out from the rest. Why have a plain tray ceiling when you can add barn wood!

2016 Parade of Homes

And don’t forget to switch out boring interior doors for something more, like these five panel beauties.

2016 Parade of Homes

Laundry will be so much more fun for this homeowner in this beautiful laundry room. Additional details like wainscotting make a huge difference in how luxurious a room feels.

2016 Parade of Home

Murphy Home Builders called in Shannon Appling at Urban Market to add fabulous interiors. She did not disappoint, and these furnishings add to the charm and comfort of this lovely home.

2016 Parade of Homes

2016 Parade of Homes

2016 Parade of Homes

If you like what you see at the Murphy Home in Highland Lakes, you can check out the following for more home design candy:

  • Byrom Building at The Preserve in Hoover
  • Embassy Homes at Nottingham in Calera and Black Creek Station in Fultondale
  • Harris Doyle Homes at Trussville Springs in Trussville, Keeneland Valley in Pelham, and Fieldstown Crossing in Gardendale
  • Donovan Builders at Grey Oaks in Chelsea
  • Thoroughbred Homes at Ballantrae in Pelham
  • Taylor Burton Company in the Ross Bridge area
  • Newcastle Homes at Hillsboro in Helena and Carrington Lakes in Trussville
  • Lifescape Builders at Liberty Park in Vestavia

If you’re the uber-organized type (like me!!) you can plan out your Parade route here. The Parade will be open 10:00-6:00 on both weekends, April 22-24 and April 29-May 1.

*This is a sponsored post for which I received compensation. As always, all opinions are entirely my own.

Creamed Kale

Creamed Kale from TheHillHangout.com

When I first started hearing all of the interwebs about kale, I was more than a little hesitant. I hate greens. In fact, the first time I tried kale as a salad, it was a definite no go. However, kale has been labeled a superfood that will do everything from fight asthma, cancer, and auto-immune diseases to promote world peace and harmony among nations. Okay, maybe that last part is taking it a bit far. But the benefits of kale are so touted that I decided to try again. We love creamed spinach (especially with a hot, juicy steak), so I thought I might be able to make a thing of creamed kale. It did not disappoint. This stuff is terrific, and we can’t wait to have it again.

While anything with whole cream in it might not be labeled “healthy,” my creamed kale recipe is about as healthy as a creamed vegetable can be. Listen, we are trying our best to take care of the temple God has given us. Baby steps. Try the kale. Hope you love it as much as we do.

16 oz bag of frozen chopped kale
4 Tablespoons of butter
Salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder to taste (I use about 1/2 teaspoon of each)
A dash of cayenne pepper
A dash of ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon of Stevia
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese

Melt the butter in skillet over medium heat. Add the frozen kale, Stevia, and spices.

Creamed Kale from TheHillHangout.com

Let saute until kale is heated through and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 5-10 minutes. Add the cream and Parmesan and stir to mix thoroughly. Leave cooking for about 1-2 minutes to let cream thicken. Serve immediately.

Creamed Kale from TheHillHangout.com

Creamed Kale
Think you don't like kale? Think again! This delicious dish is loaded with vitamins and minerals, but the taste is what will keep you coming back for more.
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Ingredients
  1. 16 oz bag of frozen chopped kale
  2. 4 Tablespoons of butter
  3. Salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder to taste (I use about 1/2 teaspoon of each)
  4. A dash of cayenne pepper
  5. A dash of ground nutmeg
  6. 1/4 teaspoon of Stevia
  7. 1/3 cup heavy cream
  8. 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in skillet over medium heat. Add the frozen kale, Stevia, and spices. Let saute until kale is heated through and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 5-10 minutes. Add the cream and Parmesan and stir to mix thoroughly. Leave cooking for about 1-2 minutes to let cream thicken. Serve immediately.
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