VIP In The House.

According to Merriam Webster, a VIP [vee-ahy-pee] is one who is accorded special privileges due to his or her status or importance. A person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events. A worthy dignitary. A high muckamuck. The big cheese or top banana.

To us at Miller & Smith, our VIPs look like this. It’s the young family looking to buy their first home with a backyard perfect for that new swing set. It’s the career-oriented couple looking for an urban oasis in Loudoun County to complement their need for the perfect work/life balance. The single woman who dreams of simplifying life by living only minutes from her commute and only steps from shops, restaurants and even the grocery store.

Miller and Smith 50th Anniversary

 

It’s you our homebuyers, our VIPs who we celebrate. So much so that for our 50th anniversary, we are honoring our esteemed homebuyers by offering Fabulous and Free incentives at each one of our communities just because we appreciate your distinction. Come see What’s Next for all you VIPs in our house.

new homes in New Market MD

When you visit The Orchard at New Market this weekend, you’ll find new homes in MD that boast farmhouse design with a contemporary twist. We like to consider it the cozier side of chic. What make these homes easy to love are details like their Top Chef kitchens and spacious great rooms.  Not to mention the peaceful lifestyle that living in New Market, MD gets you, coupled with the convenience of proximity to Frederick, Baltimore and the rest of Montgomery County. It’s the perfect paradox, the ying and yang. And starting this weekend, when you purchase a home at The Orchard, you’ll receive a fabulous and free finished rec room.

new homes ashburn va

For downtown urban style living in Ashburn, you’ll want to check out One Loudoun. These Chicago inspired designs, feature fabulous kitchens and great rooms, an available sleeping porch and even a studio above the garage. These award-winning homes have something unique for every VIP. Plus when you come visit this weekend, not only will you be impressed by touring two stunning models, but for being extra fabulous, you’ll receive a free finished rec room and full bath when you purchase.

clarksburg town center new home

Grapevine Ridge is bringing cutting edge design to Clarksburg Town Center where now style and value are equally stunning. These new homes in MD  have large living spaces, top chef kitchens with infinity islands, huge great rooms and a free finished rec room. Of course Clarksburg Town Center offers many conveniences with its established amenities. A swimming pool, fitness club, parks and playgrounds, natural areas, with easy access to shopping, entertainment, the MARC Train and Metro, complete this community. For even more swag, when you purchase, you get a finished rec room, fabulous and free, just for being our VIP.   

 

Sochi At Home.

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When you own a Miller & Smith home at Maple Lawn in Fulton, MD, you’ll use any excuse to host a house party. After all, these homes create the perfect backdrop with their oversized infinity islands and open floorplans that connect the kitchen and great room. 

Miller and Smith New Home at Maple Lawn

 

So why not make the most of this year’s winter Olympics at Sochi and host a Russian themed dinner party for your friends? Put the vodka on ice, have each guest bring one of the recipes below, watch the best athletes compete on the world’s stage and let your home do the rest. 

Blinis with Smoked Salmon

Blini with Smoked Salmon

Recipe Courtesy of Ina Garten

Ingredients

1/3 cup buckwheat flour

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk

1 extra-large egg

1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, clarified, divided

1/2 pound smoked salmon, thinly sliced

1/4 cup creme fraiche or sour cream

Fresh dill sprig, for garnish

Directions

Combine both flours, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, and 1 tablespoon of the clarified butter, then whisk into the flour mixture. Heat 1 tablespoon of the clarified butter in a medium saute pan and drop the batter into the hot skillet, 1 tablespoon at a time. Cook over medium-low heat until bubbles form on the top side of the blini, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook for 1 more minute, or until brown. Repeat with the remaining batter. (I clean the hot pan with a dry paper towel between batches.) Set aside.

To serve, top the blini with a piece of smoked salmon. Add a dollop of creme fraiche and a sprig of dill.

 

Radish & Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Radish Salad

Recipe Courtesy of Food 52 

Ingredients

12 ounces radishes, cut in half lengthwise and thinly sliced

2/3 English cucumber, peeled, cut in half lengthwise, and thinly sliced

2/3 cups sliced green onions

1 tablespoon minced fresh dill

½ cup sour cream

Couple pinches Kosher salt

Couple pinches freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Toss together the radishes, cucumber, green onions, dill and sour cream in a large bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve immediately

 

Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

Recipe Courtesy of Cooking Light 

Ingredients

1 pound boneless sirloin steak, trimmed

Cooking spray

3 cups sliced cremini mushrooms (about 8 ounces)

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup fat-free, less-sodium beef broth

1/4 cup dry sherry

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream

4 cups hot cooked egg noodles (8 ounces uncooked)

3 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

Fresh parsley sprigs (optional)

Directions

Cut beef diagonally across the grain into 1/4-inch-wide strips; cut the strips into 2-inch pieces.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add beef to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove beef from pan; place in a medium bowl, and keep warm. Add cremini mushrooms and onion to pan; sauté 4 minutes. Add cremini mushroom mixture to beef.

Melt butter in pan over medium heat. Add flour. Cook 1 minute, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add broth, stirring constantly. Cook 1 minute or until thickened and bubbly, stirring constantly.

Add beef mixture, sherry, salt, and pepper to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 30 seconds. Stir in sour cream.

Combine noodles and minced parsley. Serve beef mixture over noodles. Garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired

 

Apple Sharlotka

Apple Sharlotka

Recipe Courtesy of Smitten Kitchen 

Ingredients

Butter or nonstick spray, for greasing pan

6 large, tart apples, such as Granny Smiths

3 large eggs

1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour

Ground cinnamon, to finish

Powdered sugar, also to finish

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper. Butter the paper and the sides of the pan. Peel, halve and core your apples, then chop them into medium-sized chunks. Pile the cut apples directly in the prepared pan. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, using an electric mixer or whisk, beat eggs with sugar until thick and ribbons form on the surface of the beaten eggs. Beat in vanilla, then stir in flour with a spoon until just combined. The batter will be very thick.

Pour over apples in pan, using a spoon or spatula to spread the batter so that it covers all exposed apples. Bake in preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a tester comes out free of batter. Cool in pan for 10 minutes on rack, then flip out onto another rack, peel off the parchment paper, and flip it back onto a serving platter. Dust lightly with ground cinnamon.

Serve warm or cooled, dusted with powdered sugar, a dollop of barely sweetened whipped or sour cream.