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Jan 31

Football Game Day Recipes


The Big Game is right around the corner. No football viewing party would be complete without Buffalo wings, nachos, and an assortment of dips! We’ve got your indoor tailgating food spread covered with our touchdown-worthy eats:

Slow-Cooker Buffalo Ranch Chicken Wings

Buffalo wings are the ultimate game day staple. Spend less time in the kitchen and more time watching the game with this low maintenance recipe:

Ingredients: 2 lb. chicken wings, 1 cup buffalo wing sauce, 1 packet ranch seasoning, salt, black pepper, fresh chives (for serving), ranch dressing (for serving).

Directions: Place chicken wings in a large slow-cooker. In a large mixing bowl, combine buffalo sauce, ranch seasoning, salt to taste, and pepper. Pour mixture over chicken wings and stir to coat. Cover and cook on high until cooked through, approx. 2.5 to 3 hours. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and pour wings onto them. Heat the broiler and broil wings for 5 minutes until crispy. Garnish with chives for extra flavor and serve with ranch dressing.

Game Day Loaded Nachos

Score big with these fan favorite nachos loaded with chorizo, jalapeños, and crispy tortilla chips.

Ingredients: 2 tsp. olive oil, ¾ lb. fresh chorizo (casings removed), 1 small red onion (chopped), 2 cloves garlic (chopped), 15-oz can Black Beans (rinsed), 8 oz. tortilla chips, 2.5 cups pepper jack cheese (grated), ½ small head iceberg lettuce (shredded), ¾ cup fresh salsa, 1 avocado (chopped), fresh cilantro, pickled jalapeños, sour cream.

Directions: Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add chorizo, onion, and garlic. Break chorizo into pieces using a wooden spoon and stir until browned. Stir in beans and cook until warm, 2 to 4 minutes. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spread chips on pan. Spoon chorizo mixture over clips and sprinkle cheese generously. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the cheese is melted and chips are toasted. Top nachos with lettuce, salsa, avocado, cilantro, jalapeños, and sour cream.

Cheesy Monkey Bread Recipe

This garlicky, cheesy monkey bread is the definition of a crowd-pleaser.

Ingredients: 2 (1 lb.) balls pizza dough, 1 clove garlic (crushed), 4 tbsp. butter, 2 tbsp. dried onion flakes, 1 tbsp. sesame seeds, 2 green onions (finely chopped), 1 cup coarsely grated Gruyere cheese, 1 tbsp. melted butter, 2 tbsp. parsley (finely chopped), marinara (for serving).

Directions: On a lightly floured surface, shape pizza dough into 8-inch squares. Microwave garlic and butter 1 minute; brush generously onto dough. Sprinkle 1 square with dried onion flakes and sesame seeds. Sprinkle the other square with green onions. Cut each square into 1-inch pieces. Layer 1/3 of each flavored dough, buttered side down, onto bottom of greased and floured 10-to12-cup Bundt pan. Top with 1/2 cup Gruyere; repeat to make second layer. Top with remaining dough pieces, brush with 1 tablespoon melted butter and sprinkle with parsley. Cover pan with kitchen towel and let rise 20 minutes. Bake at 400°F until top is golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pan 5 minutes, then serve with marinara for dipping.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Kick-off your watch party right with this creamy-crispy appetizer.

Ingredients: ½ cup fat-free sour cream, ¼ tsp black pepper, 3 garlic cloves (minced), 14 oz. can artichoke hearts (drained and chopped), 10 oz. spinach (chopped and squeezed dry), 16 oz. cream cheese (softened), 6 oz. part-skim mozzarella cheese (shredded and divided into 3/2 cups), 1 oz. fresh parmesan cheese (grated and divided into ¼ cup).

Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until well-blended. Add 1 cup mozzarella and 2 tablespoons Parmesan; stir well. Spoon mixture into a broiler-safe 1 1/2-quart glass or ceramic baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Preheat broiler to high (leave dish in oven). Broil dip for 3 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.

Korean Sliders

Switch up your burger game this year with Korean sliders topped with kimchi and seasoned with ginger.

Ingredients: 1 lb. skirt steak, ½ cup soy sauce, 2 tbsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. grated ginger, 1 tsp. mirin, 1 tsp. sesame oil, 4 garlic cloves (chopped), ¼ cup of scallions (chopped), mayonnaise, kimchi.

Directions: Marinate skirt steak with soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, mirin, sesame oil, garlic, and scallions for 2 hours. Sear marinated steak in a hot buttered skillet and then thinly slice. Serve on 12 mini buns with mayonnaise and kimchi.

Rather watch the game out of the house? Grab a couple friends on game day and head over to a local, one-of-a-kind sports bar! Check out our list of local bars in your Trumark neighborhood.

Jan 26
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2018 Interior Design Trends


The new year has begun which means it’s out with the old and in with the new! Whether you’re looking to redo your whole home or just freshen up your kitchen, these 2018 interior design trends are sure to inspire you.

Ultra Violet: Pantone Color of the Year

Ultra violet is an intense blue-based purple shade that will take over interior design world this year. It will be featured in many different shades, namely lavender and soft violet. Incorporate this color into your decor to create a sense of depth and sophistication in the room. Utilize deeper, richer colors such as olive green as accents to the softer shades of purple.


Although succulents and indoor plants have been around for a while now, we expect to see a wider use of greenery this year. These living décor plants are an inexpensive way to add color and a functional design element to a room. There are many ways to incorporate more greenery to your décor: hanging plants from the ceiling, large potted plants, living green walls, and growing microgreens in edible indoor gardens. Save yourself some trouble and choose plants that require low maintenance.

Patterned Floors and Ceilings

This year, we’re moving away from simple wood floors and moving towards tile in patterns such as herringbone, parquet, and chevron. With their ability to transform a room from top to bottom, statement ceilings are the new game changers in interior design. Ceiling designs are limitless and can range from trendy gingham patterns to industrial-style exposed beams.

Mixed metal finishes

Metals such as copper, satin brass, black nickel, bronze and gold are on the rise. Mixed metal décor can be used in all around the home. The trick to planning your mixed metal decor is to choose one dominant metal and choose other metals to accent it. For more detailed instructions on how to pull off mixed metals in your interior, check out this article.

Colorful Kitchens

Even though white kitchens aren’t going anywhere, we will see a rise in vibrantly colored kitchens this year. Give your kitchen a pop of color starting with the cabinets. Bold new colors such as petrol green, orange, and dark plum will add drama and sophistication to your kitchen. Another way to incorporate diverse bold colors to your kitchen is showcasing your colorful kitchen appliances, such as Kitchen Aid stand mixers.

Jan 19

A Mindful New Year

The New Year is the perfect time to push yourself to try new things and develop healthier habits. Start by making mindfulness your number one goal amongst your other New Year resolutions. By taking a mindful approach to the New Year, you’ll be in much better position to achieve your other resolutions. This includes being open minded to change, being patient when mistakes are made, and knowing when to refocus.

As the New Year hustle and bustle picks up, it will inevitably become more difficult to set aside time for yourself and practice mindfulness. One way to incorporate mindfulness into your busy schedule is to take yoga classes. Yoga brings you into a meditative state by relaxing your body and mind. Don’t know where to start? Here’s a roundup of beginner-friendly yoga studios in Trumark neighborhoods:

Santa Ana/Chino Hills

Korra Yoga

13751 Roswell Ave F, Chino, CA 91710 // (909) 590-1189

Korra Yoga is known for their friendly instructors who cater to their students’ needs. Their wide selection of courses makes their studio perfect for yogis of all levels.

Promotional offers:

1 day weekly – $50 per month

Unlimited yoga – $125 per month

Check out their full pricing here. View their full class schedule and class descriptions here.

Bikram Yoga

15370 Fairfield Ranch Rd, Chino Hills, CA 91709 // (909) 256-0598

Located just off the 71 freeway at the Central Ave./ Soquel Canyon exit, Bikram Yoga Chino Hills is a 3,000 large studio with a roomy 1,500 square foot practice room. Their staff is composed largely of veteran Bikram teachers, many of whom have been teaching for ten years or longer.

Promotional offers:

1st month of unlimited yoga and pilates – $49

Unlimited yoga – $99 per month

Check out their full pricing here and their full class schedule here.

Jan 16

Trumark Honored at 2018 National Association of Home Builders Sales and Marketing Awards

Trumark’s Tribella Community Recognized with Gold Award for “Best Architectural Design of a Single-Family Home Under 2,000 Square Feet” at Prestigious Awards Gala

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (January 16, 2018) – Trumark announced today that the company received several honors at the 2018 National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Annual Sales and Marketing Awards. Most notably, Trumark’s Tribella community in Santa Ana was awarded gold for “Best Architectural Design of a Single-Family Home Under 2,000 Square Feet”.

Honoring the best in new home sales, marketing and design, “The Nationals℠” awards are one of the highlights for the NAHB’s annual International Builders’ Show, the premier event for home building industry professionals in North America. The awards gala, held on Tuesday, January 9 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, drew more than 1,000 esteemed industry professionals. Trumark was honored with 10 total awards in the following categories:

Gold Awards

  • Best Architectural Design of a Single-Family Home Under 2,000 Square Feet – Tribella (Santa Ana)

Silver Awards

  • Marketing Professional of the Year – Tabatha Petersen
  • Sales Manager of the Year – Rochelle Vandermerwe
  • Best Landscape Design – Knox (San Francisco)
  • Best Computer-Generated Sales Tool – Rowan (San Francisco)
  • Best Email Marketing/Web Banners – Rowan (San Francisco)
  • Best Digital Home Tour – The Pacific (San Francisco)
  • Best Lifestyle Program for a Community – The Pacific (San Francisco)
  • Best Digital Home Tour – Founders (Chino Hills)
  • Best Digital Home Tour – Bristol (Chino Hills)

“We are pleased to receive recognition from such a prestigious industry organization,” said Michael Maples, Co-founder of Trumark Companies.  “Following an exciting expansion of our portfolio across California coupled with a number of recent sellouts for both Trumark Homes and Trumark Urban communities, we look forward to introducing innovative and thoughtful new home designs to more key growing target markets.”

Now in its 37th year, The Nationals℠—National Sales and Marketing Awards pay tribute to superior new home sales and marketing achievements by individual sales and marketing professionals, homebuilders and associates, and sales and marketing councils. The nation’s largest competition for new home sales and marketing professionals and communities, The Nationals℠ showcases winners in distinguished national, regional, and local publications.


About The Trumark Group of Companies

Trumark Urban develops high-density condominiums and commercial projects in global gateway markets with a focus on core urban neighborhoods close to jobs, transit and local businesses. With offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the firm has a portfolio of more than 1,000 condominiums and over one million square feet representing more than $1 billion of revenue.

The Trumark Group of Companies is a diversified real estate developer and builder with expertise in land acquisition, homebuilding, community design, entitlements and office, R&D and retail development. Trumark has raised more than $460 million of equity and funded 25 projects since the depth of the recession in 2009.

Trumark Homes is a visionary, next generation homebuilder with a robust portfolio of new home neighborhoods spanning the state of California. Emphasizing distinction and innovation in every home, Trumark Homes focuses on core infill developments in locations that exhibit strong job growth and provide access to major job centers. www.trumarkhomes.comTruBlu BlogFacebookTwitterLinkedIn

Trumark Communities is a residential land development platform focused on acquiring, developing and selling improved lots in master planned communities. Its current pipeline includes 1,500+ lots representing total projected revenue in excess of $300 million. Trumark Communities realized lot sales to builders of over $200 million in 2015.

Trumark Commercial, which builds, leases and sells commercial buildings, has entitled or developed approximately two million square feet of office, R&D, retail and hotel properties in the northern portion of the Golden State.

Jan 11
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Kids’ Activities in Santa Ana

Planning your next family outing? Treat your kids out to a day of fun with these kids’ activities in Santa Ana!

Bowers Kidseum

1802 N Main St, Santa Ana, CA 92706 (Hours: 10am-4pm, Tuesday-Sunday)

Satisfy your kids’ curiosity by bringing them to the Kidseum, where they will learn about fascinating cultures from all over the world. Bowers Kidseum is perfect for pre-school to early elementary school children. They will get to learn about world art in a fun, interactive environment. The Kidseum offers all-day face painting and live story telling. After being transported through time in the Green Screen Time Machine, your kids will get the chance to dig up ancient artifacts in an Egyptian tomb and create glow-in-the-dark art in the Glow Cave. Founded in 1994, the Kidseum is the only cultural art-based children’s center in Orange County. The Kidseum offers free admission for Santa Ana residents every Sunday. Admission for children ages 2+ is $10 and children under 2 are free.

Santa Ana Zoo

1801 E Chestnut Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92701 (Hours: 10am-4pm, everyday)

The Santa Ana Zoo features over 120 different species and 350 animals within a 20-acre lot. Visit the anteaters, guanacos, and rheas at the zoo’s Tierra de las Pampas exhibit that celebrates the Pampas Grasslands of South America. Rest your feet and hop onto the Zoofari Express for a train ride that travels throughout the Crean Family Farm and the northern part of the zoo. At the Crean Family Farm, kids can feed goats and milk a replica cow while learning about daily life on an Orange County farm. Take a ride on the Conservation Carrousel where each rider receives an educational collector’s card describing an endangered animal and why it is endangered. For more attractions, check out the Santa Ana Zoo website. Admission for seniors and children ages 3+ is $7 on weekdays and $9 on weekends. Adult admission is $10 on weekdays and $12 on weekends. The Santa Ana Zoo also offers free admission to Santa Ana residents on the third Sunday of each month.

Discovery Cube Orange County

2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA  92705 (Hours: 10am-5pm, everyday)

Take a break from the craziness of crowded theme parks and head over to the Discovery Cube, located right off of the I-5 freeway. One popular exhibit in the Discovery Cube is Mission Control, where kids will get the chance to land a rover on Mars, send a satellite up to space, or dock at the International Space Station. At the Boeing Rocket Lab, your little rocket scientists can experience a simulated rocket launch in the Blast-Off Zone. In the Discovery Market, your small green superheroes will take on the Green Challenge to shop for sustainable foods. The Discovery Cube provides a variety of interactive learning activities that will keep your little scientists busy all day. Admission is free for children 2 and under. Admission for children ages 3-14 is $13, and adult admission is $18.

Funtopia at Sender One Climbing

1441 S. Village Way, Santa Ana, CA 92705 (Hours:  10:30am-8pm, M-F; 9am-8pm, Saturdays; 9am-7pm, Sundays)

This interactive climbing center is perfect for your little thrill-seekers who can’t seem to stay still. The entire center’s climbing walls use an auto-belay rope system which automatically retracts the cable attached to climbers during ascent and controls speed of descent in the event of a fall. Admission includes access to the giant slide where climbers can hold onto a handle bar that gradually pulls them up a slide and climbers can let go to slide down whenever they’re ready. What’s great about Funtopia is that parents can watch and help their children, or even join in on the fun! Admission is $25 for climbers ages 5-13 (includes rental helmet, harness, and one hour of climbing). Per Funtopia’s safety requirements, children must be at least 40lbs and wear closed toed shoes. Make sure to fill out an online waiver and make reservations ahead of time.