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Nov 29

Holiday Hosting 101

With the holiday season upon us, countless dinners and parties are no doubt on the calendar. And if you’re so lucky, the party comes to you. The opportunity to show off your hosting prowess and your A1 holiday decorating skills are only a couple incentives to planning the party in the comfort of your own home. Alas, party planning isn’t complete without a fair share of to-do’s.  Keep yourself worry-free and ace your holiday shindig with these streamlined tips.

Get Ahead of the Game

  • Surely, the last thing on your mind after Halloween is setting up for holiday soirées. Before you start bringing out the holly jolly décor or hunting down the perfect tree, start with cleaning your home. Even tacking down those least-trafficked zones will allow more time to clean the entertaining spaces (like the family room, dining room and the kitchen) closer to the festivities.
  • If home-cooked meals at your party are a must, it is a smart idea to restock your cabinets with kitchen essentials to avoid last-minute trips to the store closer to the date of the party.
  • This also goes without saying to start those DIY decorations, especially if you’re budgeting for gift lists and other travel expenses.

Something for Everyone

  • Food is a definite part of any holiday party. A menu can be tricky to create when you have several diets to consider. Instead of altering your favorite recipes to match individual preferences, send out the menu you’ve prepared to your guests and encourage them to bring a dish if it better fits their dietary needs.
  • Entertainment and activities for all ages is also something to consider. You might consider leaving Netflix up to the entertaining if a marathon of Christmas classics is a seasonal tradition. Or, you can check out these simple and silly games that are just right for the whole family.


Make it Memorable

  • Whether you’ve taken the time to craft DIY centerpieces or curate a seasonal menu, the personal details of your merrymaking will guarantee lasting memories for your guests.
  • If you supply the cameras, your guests can take care of capturing those special moments so you can be in the moment.
  • Still have some of your signature pie leftover? Avoid the temptation of keeping those extra treats around the house by sending them home with your guests. These to-go containers keep the mood festive without breaking the bank.
  • If you need a little help, don’t be afraid to ask. Enlisting the help of your friends and family or accepting those extra homemade dishes includes your guests in the fun. After all, ‘tis the season of giving!
Nov 29

Trumark Companies Named “Builder of the Year” by Professional Builder Magazine

Trumark Recognized by Prestigious Industry Publication for Innovative Approach to Business

Newport Beach, Calif. (November 29, 2018)Trumark Companiesannounced today the company was recently named “Builder of the Year” at the Housing Giants Leadership Conference presented by Professional Builder Magazine, one of the largest and most renowned home building publications in the country. The conference and awards were held at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California.

An annual award presented since 1966, the Builder of the Year program continues its objective of acknowledging home builders whose innovative ideas and business results represent the best in home building. The Builder of the Year is selected by Professional Builder’s editors, who determine the winning firm with input from a select group of industry consultants. Recognizing Trumark’s momentous success over the last three decades, the publication honored Trumark’s diversification strategy and adept ability to anticipate and adapt to the future of the home building industry needs.

“Receiving this award is truly an honor and we cannot think of a better way to close out our 30thyear in business than with this prominent recognition. We are so grateful to Professional Builder Magazinefor selecting us among the prestigious home builders across the country,” said Gregg Nelson, co-founder and principal at Trumark Companies. “Across all of our divisions, Trumark’s success is a by-product of each and every talented member on our team who continually strives to innovate and thoughtfully develop new communities that resonate with our buyers.”

Over the course of the past 30 years, Trumark has successfully entitled over 100 development sites and more than 8,000 residential lots. Trumark has been instrumental in the development of more than 2,200 homesites throughout California and built and sold more than 1,400 homes. Most recently, Trumark broke ground on its first TruLiving community, an age-qualified, wellness-centric master plan called The Collective in Manteca, California. The company currently is building new home communities spanning the state of California including: Fielding and Perch in Dublin, Glass Bay in Newark, SP78 in San Jose, Centerhouse in Ontario, Founders and Bristol in Chino Hills and Lewis+Mason in Anaheim. Trumark has received numerous local and national awards, including best attached, detached, multi-product and master planned community in the country and this past year was also named the third fastest growing private builder nationwide.

“We take pride in paving the way for the next generation of home builders and recognize our responsibility to enhance the lives of those who call our communities home and make a positive social impact on a global scale,” said Michael Maples, co-founder and principal at Trumark Companies. “As we forge ahead and introduce forward-thinking communities in both global gateway markets and attractive suburban markets, we look forward to expanding our portfolio and creating timeless communities across California.”

Trumark is featured as Builder of the Year in the December issue of Professional Builder along with additional coverage featured on ProBuilder.comfound here.

About Trumark Group of Companies

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018, The Trumark Group of Companies is a diversified real estate development and building firm that includes: Trumark Communities, a master planned community developer; Trumark Homes, a next generation homebuilder; Trumark Commercial, which builds, leases and sells commercial buildings; and Trumark Urban, a vertically integrated residential developer focused on core urban neighborhoods.


Nov 23

9 Unique and Delicious Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

The morning after Thanksgiving may be spent leisurely rolling out of bed while feeling as if you ate enough of last night’s feast to keep you full for the next three days. However, we all know that’s entirely unrealistic and most likely you’ll find yourself digging into the leftovers by midday. Likewise, instead of salvaging the leftovers to make a traditional turkey sandwich this year, experiment with these nine redeeming recipes.     

  1.    Sweet Potato Kale Frittata

Continue the festive feast through the early (or late) morning with this appetizing twist on a breakfast favorite. Whether devoured as a ‘breakfast in bed’ occasion or enjoyed at the kitchen table with a cup of Joe, the sweet potato kale frittata is sure to be a hit for all ages.

  1.   Turkey Nachos

Mexican flare with American tradition, this flavorful dish is an easy go-to for a quick mid-afternoon snack. This recipe is an obvious choice for when you’re exhausted from entertaining the night before, but have to cook for the relatives that are still lingering around the house.

  1.    Turkey Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans

This healthy version of traditional chili is an easy recipe for your crockpot and a warm comfort-style food for a chilly day – the perfect meal for staying inside and online shopping for those killer black Friday deals.

  1.    Thanksgiving Pizza

As traditional pizzas continue to evolve into more trendy, health-conscious alternatives, create a new Thanksgiving pizza recipe from the comfort of your kitchen. Whether kneading your own homemade dough or using a cauliflower crust, pizza making is not only leisurely but an easy activity that’s fun for the whole family!

  1.    Turkey Pesto Panini

A gourmet version of the classic American sandwich and a simple way to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers, this turkey pesto panini is a no-stress recipe that you likely already have all the ingredients for.

  1.    Sweet Potato Waffles

Although it may not be your first go-to ingredient for waffle batter, adding sweet potatoes to the mix offers a luscious flavor and creamy texture for a morning treat even adults can’t resist. Looks like your post-Thanksgiving cleanse will have to wait.

  1.    Turkey and Stuffing Stuffed Peppers

These stuffed peppers are an appetizing way to add more veggies to your diet and feel a little less guilty about eating yet another indulgent turkey dish.

  1.    Turkey Cranberry Brie Grilled Cheese

A melt-in-your-mouth recipe that’s easily prepared in ten short minutes and is just as quickly consumed by desirous mouths.

  1.    Cranberry Crumble Bars

These crumble bars are an easy way to use the remaining cranberry sauce and offer a delectable treat for the heads in the family with an undeniable sweet-tooth. It just might become the next Thanksgiving food tradition!


Nov 21

Trumark Communities Breaks Ground on First Wellness-Centric Age-Qualified Residential Community in Manteca, California

The Collective to Radically Transform the Paradigm for 55+ Communities by Rooting Every Element in Wellness including the First WELL Certified Clubhouse

San Ramon, Calif. (November 19, 2018) Trumark Communities, the national award-winning master planned development division of California development company Trumark Companies, has commenced construction on The Collective, the country’s first age-qualified community devoted to wellness. Located in Manteca, California, The Collective features 478 detached homes and a stunning 10,000-square-foot community clubhouse registered to achieve WELL Certification by the International WELL Building InstituteÔ. The gated community marks the first community within Trumark Communities’ recently launched TruLiving division, dedicated to redefining the age-qualified residential sector.

Committed to improving health and human environments through design, the WELL Building Standard® by the International WELL Building InstituteÔpartners with communities to benefit health and well-being by aligning with the seven concepts of the WELL Building Standard – air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

“We recognized an incredible opportunity to create a new, disruptive community that would break the mold for the age-qualified housing market,” said Mike Maples, co-founder and principal of Trumark. “Focusing on what we call the ‘unAQ’ and engaging our audience, The Collective will represent an innovative place where residents can live ageless, diverse, healthy lives. There is yet to be anything like this future TruLiving community in the surrounding market, and we anticipate strong interest from homebuyers once sales launch next year.”

Situated on over 120 acres, The Collective will include six distinct neighborhoods. Phase one, consisting of the first three neighborhoods, will be built by Trumark Homes, Taylor Morrison and Anthem United. The detached one- and two-story homes will range in size from 1,502 to 2,870 square feet. Each home will be designed with two-car garages and ground floor master bedrooms, providing convenience for the primary 55+ residents.

The community will feature a 10,000-square-foot WELL Certified clubhouse, called The Campus, featuring a pool, coffee and wine bar, demonstration kitchen, expansive fitness center, game room and more. The fitness center will feature a spin studio, weight room, fitness studio and yoga studio, and a spa room, offering a variety of health and wellness enrichment programs. Outdoors the community will boast amenities including:  fire pits and lounge areas, outdoor kitchen, an event lawn, dog park, bocce ball and pickleball courts,trails for walking and jogging, and an amphitheater for outdoor concerts.

Located about an hour and a half from the Sierra Nevada mountains, a two-hour drive from Yosemite National Park, and less than two hours from San Francisco, Manteca offers future residents of The Collective easy access to outdoor adventure destinations.

Sales are anticipated to launch in summer 2019 with model homes slated to debut in fall 2019.  The Collective is located between Louise Avenue and Southland Road off of Highway 99 in Manteca. For more information, visit

Trumark has a robust portfolio in Northern California comprised of four new home communities, including Glass Bay in Newark, Perch in Downtown Dublin, SP78 in San Jose, and Fielding at Wallis Ranch in Dublin, all of which are at various stages of development. Trumark has been recognized by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) at The Nationals Awards and Building Industry Association (BIA) for the Excellence in Home Building Awards.

About Trumark Group of Companies

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018, The Trumark Group of Companies is a diversified real estate development and building firm that includes: Trumark Communities, a master planned community developer; Trumark Homes, a next generation homebuilder; Trumark Commercial, which builds, leases and sells commercial buildings; and Trumark Urban, a vertically integrated residential developer focused on core urban

About Trumark Communities

Trumark Communities is a nationally award winning residential land development platform focused on acquiring, developing and selling improved lots in master planned communities; current pipeline includes 3,100 lots in prime core-accessible areas of California representing total projected revenue in excess of $500 million. Trumark Communities has realized lot sales to builders of over $300 million since

About The WELL Building Standard

The WELL Building Standard® is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. WELL is managed and administered by the International WELL Building InstituteÔ(IWBI), a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and well-being through the built environment. WELL is grounded in a body of medical research that explores the connection between the buildings where we spend more than 90 percent of our time and the health and wellness of its occupants. WELL Certified™ spaces and WELL Compliant™ core and shell developments can help create a built environment that improves the nutrition, fitness, mood and sleep

Nov 15

Warm and Cozy Beverages to Make at Home

Reasons we look forward to fall: leaves changing colors, a whole new wardrobe, and the fragrant spices and produce. And when the temperatures start to drop, you may find yourself venturing out less and less. In the midst of the chilly weather and riot of plans, you can easily find comfort in creating these delicious beverages in your own home and skipping the extra trip to your local coffee shop.


The secret to the perfect cider is quality spices and juice, apple juice that is. If you made a trip to the apple orchard this season, your kitchen should be beaming with the best of the best apples. Worth every ounce of effort, this Mulled Apple Cider recipe is guaranteed to warm your soul on a chilly day.

As the host of a get together, you’ll most likely be looking to streamline your party planning. This Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail takes out the hassle of homemade cider but still leaves you with a memorable drink for your guests.  

Want to skip the apples? You can achieve this similar spiced (and spiked!) drink by combining a bottle of red wine with some orange slices, cloves, cinnamon, honey and brandy for a festive twist.


Sure, a Pumpkin Spice Latte may be the quintessential drink of fall, but after four weeks of pumpkin overload you may be scrambling for other seasonal flavors. In fact, these are some drinks you can even ice and drink year round.

The Horchata Latte is filled with rich and creamy goodness and complete with Authentic Mexican flair. Even lactose-free diets can appreciate the creamy goodness of a Coconut Chai Latte.

Few things are as comforting and relaxing than the smell of cinnamon. A brighter pick-me-up than your standard cup of joe, the Honey Cinnamon Latte fuses plenty of espresso with the sweet drizzle of honey and the autumnal notes of cinnamon.


Something about the decadent aroma of hot cocoa and the gooey texture of melted marshmallow coming together couldn’t be more fitting for this time of year. Spanish Hot Chocolate, or “Chocolate Caliente” as they say in Spain, is a popular drink packed with antioxidants and rich flavor.

How about a more outside the box combination? The grand duo, peanut butter and hot chocolate, come together in this ultimate dessert beverage. Even without the Bailey’s the Spiked Vanilla Cinnamon Hot Chocolate still adds a tasty update to a classic drink. You can serve these at parties or brew them up for family time (sans alcohol); either way these yummy treats are guaranteed to win over hearts and bellies!