Dallas Fun! Have The Best Christmas Ever!

December 16th, 2014

Rod Holland Real Estate Team at the Rockwall Holiday on the Park

The Rod Holland Real Estate Team wants you to have the best Christmas ever …  here are some of our favorite fun Christmas things to do for 2014 in the Dallas Metroplex!!!  We hope you will love them too!

*Jackie loves taking the family ice skating around the dazzling 95 foot Christmas tree in the Galleria of Dallas. Then enjoying hot cocoa while  shoping & having a jolly good time!

*Blake’s fav is Sparkle! Christmas at the Anatole :  2201 N. Stemmons Fwy , Dallas, TX 75207 Features ice skating,Santa’s Hilltop Slide, Velcro Stocking Jump Wall, Bounce House Village, Live entertainment, impressive light shows, food trucks, arts and crafts & more. Open now until Jan 4, 2015. Mon. – Fri. 6-9 pm, Sat. 10am-9pm, Sun 12pm-9pm. Extended hours week of Christmas- New Year. Prices are; Ages 3 & under Free, 4-12 $15.95, Seniors 65+ $15.95, Ages 13-64 $19.95. (214)748-1200

*Ashlea’s kids dig the trains at North Park: 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, Tx 75225. Mon-Sat. 10am-9pm, Sun. 12-6pm.$3 Children & Seniors 65+, $6 Adults. (214)631-7354 rmhdallas.org

*Janna says it’s not Christmas until you’ve seen the Christmas lights in Highland Park; Dallas, Tx All FREE! Drive up & down the most beautifully decorated streets. From Beverly, Princeton, Stafford,to Southern & Euclid. Enjoy!!!

*Jodi’s wild about The 12 Days of Christmas; at the Arboretum 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas, Tx 75218. A dozen 25 foot gazebos are illuminated to show off the figures, accompanied by holiday music & movement at night. Evenings 6-10 through Jan. 4,2015. Admission is $20, $15 for seniors, $10 kids 3-12. Tickets must be purchased in advance for “The 12 Days at Night”. (214)515-6500

*Jennifer claims the best is Ice! ; Gaylord Texan. 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76501. A winter wonderland carved out of 2 million pounds of ice. Two story tall ice slides, Frosty the Snowman, a sledding hill, the frostbite factory and a life size nativity of ice. Open now through Jan. 3, 2015. Mon.- Thurs. 10am-10pm, Sun. 11am-8pm. $11.99-$29.99.

*Staci wants to spend every weekend at Holiday Lights in Grand Prairie, TX. 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75052 Most Fridays & Saturdays 6-10pm, Sun-Thurs. 6-9 pm. $20-$30 per. car. (972)237-4569 prairielights.org. Drive through and experience the magic & beauty of Christmas in this spectacular display!

*Adela adores Gift of Lights and Snow; Fort Worth, TX. Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76177. Drive through 600 holiday displays. Snow village, tubing hill, snow castles, a snowball gallery, a play area & visit with Santa. Now through Jan. 5, 2015. Lights only admission $15-$20 per. car. Admission to only the evening snow village is $12 per person. Combo packages are available. giftoflighttms.com. (817)215-8500.

We love this Christmas season & hope you “Love Where You Live”, if not, give Rod a call!  Have a blessed & beautiful Christmas! And a happy 2015!

Rod, Melissa, Staci, Blake, Janna,Jennifer, Adela, Jackie, Ashlea & Jodi

It’s Almost Turkey Time in Rockwall & Heath, TX!

November 14th, 2014

Turkey Day is less than two weeks away and here in Rockwall & Heath, TX we are ready to celebrate!  Families will be gathered around the table to reflect on what they are truly thankful for and to also dig into the delicious food!  Here at the Rod Holland Team, we would like to assist in making this Thanksgiving a little less stressful.  We have come together to collaborate on how we can make this Thanksgiving the best one yet!

Are you hosting for the first time this year?  Or were you asked to bring a dish at this year’s Thanksgiving Feast?  Don’t get overwhelmed!  If you are trying to decide on what to cook or what to bring let the staff of Rod Holland Real Estate help you out!  We have pulled together some decadent delicacies to aid with your Thanksgiving preparations.



Holland Family Egg Nog – by Rod & Melissa Holland

Egg Nog

Homemade Egg Nog

















  • 6 Eggs
  • 2c sugar
  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 1 pint half & half
  • 1/4 – 1/2 gallon whole milk
  • 1 TBSP vanilla
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • cinnamon spice
  • nutmeg


  1. Separate egg whites/yolk into different bowls. Beat egg whites until thick and frothy (8-10 minutes).
  2. Add 1 c sugar to whites and mix.
  3. Combine whites with yolks and mix well.  Add rest of ingredients while mixing.
  4. Add spices
  5. Sprinkle nutmeg on top

***Optional: Flavor with a pint of rum or you can add 2 large TBS of cool whip to egg whites while mixing for extra thickness.***



Honey Apple Cider - from Natasha’s Kitchen


Delicious Honey Apple Cider















  • 4 lbs apples, assorted variety (about 8 medium apples)
  • 1 medium orange
  • 4 small/ 3 medium cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp whole cloves
  • ½ cup honey, plus more to taste (we used ¾ cup total).
  • 10 to 11 cups water
  1. Roughly chop your apples. We used our awesome apple slicer which cored and sliced them easily. No need to peel apples. Place them in a large soup pot. Slice your orange and add it to the pot, again, no need to peel the skin.
  2. Add spices: 3-4 cinnamon sticks, 1 whole nutmeg, 1 Tbsp whole cloves.
  3. Drizzle the top with honey, then pour in 11 cups water to cover your fruit.
  4. Note: If your pot doesn’t fit 11 cups water, you can add remaining water in later. Your mixture will just be more concentrated and you can dilute it down with more boiling hot water after it’s finished.
  5. Bring the pot to a boil over high heat (now lean over and savor this amazing aroma; it’ll make your head spin), then reduce heat to medium and lightly boil uncovered for 1 hour. Reduce heat to medium/low, cover and simmer another 2 hours. The juice should begin to turn amber in color when it’s finished. Add more honey and hot water to taste. The flavor should be sweet and spicy.
  6. Strain your cider through a fine mesh colander or through a cheese cloth placed over a regular colander. Squeeze out as much juice as you can and discard the fruit pulp and spices. Serve hot. This apple cider refrigerates well and is really easy to re-heat on the stove top or in the microwave.





Reindeer Chow – from Jodi Vinson

Reindeer Chow

Yummy Reindeer Chow














  1. 14 Cups Chex cereal
  2. 18 oz holiday m&ms
  3. 12 oz semi sweet chocolate, bar or chips
  4. 1/2 Cup unsalted butter
  5. 1 Cup peanut butter
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 4-5 Cups powdered sugar


  1. Melt the peanut butter and butter in a microwave safe dish. Microwave in 30 second intervals until butter is melted. Add the chocolate a little at a time until all is melted into the mix. You might need to microwave one last time to make sure everything is melted and add the vanilla. Stir together.
  2. In a large bowl add half of the cereal.
  3. Drizzle half of the chocolate peanut butter mixture into the cereal in the bowl. Mix with a spoon.
  4. Place one large paper bag into another one. Add 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar and half of the mixed cereal into the bag. Close this tightly and shake vigorously. Add more powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time if needed until all the cereal is coated. Add 1/4 of the m&ms into the bag and toss. Place in an air tight container.
  5. Continue these step with the remaining ingredients.
  6. Keep stored in an air tight container. I personally love to keep it in the freezer, YUM!
  7. Enjoy!


Ham & Cheese Party Sandwiches

Party Sandwiches

Hot Party Sandwiches












  • 30 Hawaiian-style rolls or other 2-inch bakery-style rolls
  • 2 lbs shaved deli ham
  • 1 lb Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 c (2 sticks) butter
  • 2 TBSP mustard
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce


  1. Slice the rolls in half.  Place the ham and cheese on the rolls to make sandwiches.
  2. Arrange the sandwiches in a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  3. Melt the butter in a saucepan.
  4. Stir in the mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
  5. Pour evenly over the sandwiches. Cover and chill overnight.
  6. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until the cheese melts.




Main Course

Beef Tenderloin with Cabernet-Cherry Sauce – from Jodi Vinson

Beef Tenderloin

Beef Tenderloin with Cabernet Cherry Sauce















  • Trimmed & Tied Center Cut Beef Tenderloin (about 5 lbs)
  • 3 c beef broth
  • 1.5 c Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1.5c Dried Tart Cherries (such as Montmorency)
  • 2.5 TBSP red currant jelly
  • 2 TBSP cornstarch mixed with 1/4 c water
  • Thin Orange Slices (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Rub spice mixture over beef. Set beef in a 10×15 inch roasting pan.  Roast in a 450 degree oven until a thermometer inserted in the center of the thickest part of the meat registers 135 degrees for rare to medium-rare, 35-40 minutes, or 140 degrees for medium, about 50 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a 3-4 quart pan, combine 2 cups broth, wine, cherries, and jelly; bring to a boil over high heat.  Cover and simmer over low heat until cherries soften, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. When done, transfer roast to a warm platter.  Snip strings free; remove.  Let roast stand in a warm place for about 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, add remaining 1 cup broth to roasting pan; stir over medium heat to scrape browned bits free.  Pour broth mixture into cherry mixture; bring to a boil.  Add cornstarch mixture, and stir until sauce boils.  Pour into a bowl.
  5. Garnish beef with orange slices.  Cut roast into thick or thin slices as desired; serve with sauce.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Makes 10 to 12 servings.


Greenberg Turkey – Compliments of Jen Hatfield


Let Greenberg Turkeys cook up the main course this year!
















Of course, last minute things do happen.  If you are in a panic about cooking the main dish this year, let Greenberg Turkeys do the work for you!  They come highly recommended by our Buyer’s Specialist, Jennifer Hatfield.




Side Dishes

Roasted Asparagus with Garlic and Parmesan – submitted by Jackie Galeas


Delectable Asparagus















  • 1 lb asparagus
  • 4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil (I like to use the light)
  • salt 
  • pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese 


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Break off ends of asparagus. In a bowl add the oil, garlic, salt, pepper and asparagus.
  3. Spread asparagus on large baking sheet, sprinkle with cheese, and bake for 15 to 2o minutes. Turn over at the half way mark.



Adela’s Favorite Green Bean Bundles – submitted by Adela Craddock

green bean

Mouth Watering Green Bean Bundles














  • 3 Cans Whole Green Beans
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • Bacon, halved lengthwise


  1. Wrap 7 to 9 beans per bundle in bacon, placing them seam side down.
  2. Microwave butter, brown sugar, and garlic powder and pour over bundles.
  3. Bake 30 minutes covered (you can bake for a minute or so to crisp bacon).





Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake – submitted by Jackie Galeas

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Melt in Your Mouth Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake















  • 4 oz fat free cream cheese
  • 4 oz reg cream cheese
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup cool whip 
  • ready to use graham cracker crust


  1. Mix, cream cheeses, canned pumpkin, brown sugar and pumpkin spice.
  2. Gently stir in cup of cool whip.
  3. Spoon mixture into graham cracker crust and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  4. Serve with a dollap of cool whip!


Pecan Pie – submitted by Ashlea Longenecker (compliments of Bakerella)

Pecan Pie

Can’t have Thanksgiving without Pecan Pie!














  • 16 oz. pecans (Stone Mountain Pecan Company)
  • 2 sticks margarine (Parkay)
  • 16 oz. package light brown sugar (Domino or Dixie Crystals)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon (serving tablespoon, not measuring spoon) self-rising flour (White Lily)
  • 16 oz. bottle light corn syrup (Karo)
  • 1 tablespoon (serving tablespoon, not measuring spoon) imitation vanilla
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 regular size (not deep dish) frozen pie crusts (Pet-Ritz)



  • Melt margarine in the microwave for about 2 minutes or until melted and set aside.
  • Prepare your pecans. Remove any unwanted brown pieces from the pecan crevices and shake out pecan crumbs in a colander.
  • Place brown sugar in a large bowl. Work out any lumps with the back of a spoon. If the brown sugar is too hard, you can loosen it up in the microwave. Heat it for a few seconds and it will be fine.
  • Add a heaping serving tablespoon of self-rising flour and stir until the flour disappears into the brown sugar.
  • Add a bottle of light corn syrup. Then add 1 serving tablespoon of vanilla and stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Add melted margarine. Fold carefully into the mixture so it doesn’t splatter. Fold until the margarine is thoroughly worked in and disappears.
  • In a separate bowl, crack open six eggs. Remove the “roosters” and loosely beat the eggs with your spoon.
  • Fold the eggs into the pie mixture until they disappear.
  • Add pecans and stir until completely coated.
  • Remove three pie shells from the freezer at this point and check for cracks. If you do have a crack, thaw and knead the crack together and refreeze.
  • Pour the mixture evenly into the three shells. You’ll probably have a little bit leftover in the bowl. Tap tops with a spoon to check consistency and make sure there is the same amount in each pie. Redistribute pecans if necessary to make equal.
  • Bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 350. Cook pies until they swell and then fall. At that point they are done.
  • Remove and cool for about three hours. Store on the counter or in the refrigerator depending on how you like your pie.


Thanksgiving Traditions

To help get everyone in the spirit of being grateful, here are some ideas of traditions that you can incorporate into your holiday festivities.



88th Annual Macy’s Day Parade – We love having this on while the preparations in the kitchen are in full swing.  The kids love the many floats and entertainment that participate in this annual event.  It will be on NBC and starts at 9:00 am.


Cowboys Game – How can there be Thanksgiving without the Dallas Cowboys?  Watch them take down the Philadelphia Eagles at 3:30 p.m.



Thankful Rolls

Putting the “Thanks” in Thanksgiving.

Gratitude Rolls – by Disney - As your guests come in, have them write what they’re thankful for on small strips of parchment paper. Then lay each strip on top of store-bought crescent dough before rolling it up and baking. When dinner’s ready, family members can read out loud the messages of gratitude, in a creative twist on the “what are you thankful for” question that traditionally loops around the table. Tip: Leave them anonymous for a “guess who’s grateful for this” game.





Spreading the blessings!




Thankful Tablecloth – Turn a drop cloth into a Thankful Tablecloth.  Bring out each year during the holiday and have your guest sign what they are thankful for.  Bring it out each year to see the memories.



Displaying the many reasons to be thankful this year.




Thankful Leaf Garland – Have everyone write what they are thankful for on a leaf and string it like a garland for everyone to see.  You can spray with glitter to make it extra special.  Click here for the leaf template.


Gratitude Glases

Cheers to health, family, & friends to celebrate with this year!








Gratitude Glasses – from Country Living – This one is especially fun for the adults.  Find inspiration quotes or verses on gratitude.  Write it on strips of paper and place them around the rim of wine glasses with double sided tape.  Have each adult read their quote to set the tone for the day.







Here at Rod Holland Real Estate, we want to just say that we are extremely thankful for you, our clients!  As we gather around the turkey with friends and family we pray that each of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and may your blessings continue to grow into 2015!


Keep Calm and Get Ready for the Holidays!

November 4th, 2014

The holidays are now in full swing with store shelves lined with Christmas decor, commercials bombarding you with the latest gadgets, and families are making plans!  Hold on a minute ….before you start to panic, read some helpful tips from our Staging Director, Jodi. 

 Service Your Home:

  • Service your HVAC
  • Have your chimney cleaned before starting those holiday fires
  • Clean gutters of all leaves and debris
  • Seal or winterize all drafty doors and windows
  • Stock up on faucet covers

Outside Home

 Preparing Your Home:

  • Clean, dust, and reverse all ceiling fans
  • Clean out the fridge for holiday preparations and leftovers
  • Clean Baseboards



Yay! It’s almost time for your guests to arrive!

  • Swap out summer throws and pillows for more festive holiday decor
  • Make sure the guest rooms and bathrooms have fresh, clean linens
  • Grab and set out toiletries for guests who might have left something at home
  • Light those holiday candles to welcome guests as they arrive
  • Put on inviting holiday music for all to enjoy and keep the spirit of the holidays alive



The holidays are meant to enjoy and to be thankful for friends and family.  Always keep that in mind and don’t let the stress that can come with celebrating the holidays overshadow or steal your joy! 

*Hoppy* Halloween!

October 31st, 2014

It’s that time of year again where kids get to dress up like superheros, goblins, and princesses!  Here at Rod Holland Real Estate we want to make sure that everyone has a great time Trick-Or-Treating while staying safe!  Watch and learn how you, too, can have a great (but safe) Halloween!


Welcome to Paradise

October 30th, 2014

You, too, can have your own private oasis with this fabulous home on 116 Mallard Crossing in Heath.  This property is boasting of  luxury with its 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and 3 car garage nestled on almost half an acre.  Serenity awaits you immediately as you step out onto the covered back patio.  Entertain with ease with the swimming pool and media room.  We could go on and on about this property, however, why spoil all the fun?  Have a look for yourself!


Take a look at this Beautiful Custom Home in Rockwall

October 28th, 2014

Rod Holland Real Estate has done it again with another fabulous custom listing in Rockwall, TX!  This home not only offers amenities galore but also spectacular views!  Come by and take a sneak peak for yourself at our Open House happening this Saturday, November 1st from 12:00 pm to 3:0o pm.  We look forward to seeing you there!


Rod Holland Voted Best Realtor in Rockwall, Heath, and Rowlett

October 3rd, 2014


Rod Holland Real Estate Keller Williams

Rod Holland being voted Best Realtor in Rockwall, Heath and Rowlett makes us extra happy! Why, you ask? Because our goal is to be the best in the real estate business and to represent our clients at the highest level possible.

The Rod Holland Real Estate team loves living in this great community and we want to share this great place with you! That’s why our slogan is:

Rod Holland Keller Williams


It’s about much more that real estate. It’s about our clients finding that special place to call home.    It’s about families, friends, neighborhoods, communities, schools, churches, local businesses, values and lifestyles.

We are proud to say we are rooted in this community. This is where our family and friends live. This is where we call home. Contact Rod Holland Real Estate and let’s talk. You can Love Where You Live too.

Rockwall Chamber of Commerce Networking Event

April 25th, 2014

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Rockwall Chamber Event

Wow! The Rod Holland Real Estate team had a great time at the Rockwall Chamber of Commerce Networking Event last week!  This beach-themed networking event, named “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” was geared towards new Chamber members and it looked like everyone was having fun! Last year, the Rod Holland team helped with the Rockwall Chamber Membership Drive so we were asked to participate in this networking event, too!  The Rockwall Chamber event was held at The Oasis Beach & Tennis Club in Rockwall.  Have you been there, yet?  It’s so impressive! Check it out!

And it was such a good time!  There are so many great people in Rockwall and Heath!  We saw lots of old friends and enjoyed meeting the new Chamber members!  It’s just unbelievable how our community is growing by leaps and bounds!  More and more businesses are coming to the Rockwall area and the Rockwall Chamber is a great resource for plugging into the community.

Our evening consisted of fun, food, and friends!  The Rod Holland Real Estate team gave away prizes, real estate information and lots of fun, free stuff!  We want our everyone in our community to know that Rod Holland Real Estate is ready, willing and able when it comes to buying and selling property!

We want everyone to know about Rod Holland Real Estate!!  Rod was the Top Agent in Rockwall County for 2013, voted  the 2013 Best Realtor for Rockwall, Heath, and Rowlett  (Living Magazine Best Of) and was the Top Agent for Keller Williams in our Region!  No, no, no, we don’t share that because we want to brag … we share it because we know you want to work with the best Rockwall Real Estate Agent around!  It’s true that Rod Holland knows the real estate market, he knows the trends, he’s an expert negotiator and he will always work for the best outcome for his clients!  Also, being an active part of our great community is important to Rod.  At Rod Holland Real Estate, we are ambassadors for Rockwall, Heath and the Lake Ray Hubbard area …. we love our community!  We want to share our love for the Rockwall area and we want you to love where you live, too!  So ….we give a big thumbs up to the Rockwall Chamber Of Commerce Networking event … we can’t wait for the next one!



City Of Heath Hosts Heart Of Heath 5K Race

April 20th, 2014

Rod Holland at the Heath of Heath 5K

We hope you didn’t miss all the fun at the Heart of Heath 5K Race, hosted by the City of Heath!  If you missed it this year, be sure and come out to participate in 2015!

It’s always a great community event … It was held at 8:30 a.m. on Easter weekend,  on April 19, 2014. It’s really an extra fun way to start your Easter weekend.  Make a plan and get all of those family members out there and walk/run together!  The weather is usually beautiful and it’s just nice to be outside as the Spring season arrives. All ages can participate by running or walking. Everyone just sticks to their own pace with no worries! You wlil see all kinds of athletes participating … from the serious runner to moms & dads pushing strollers.

Since it’s held on Easter weekend, the City of Heath has added an Easter Egg Hunt.  We are sure the Easter Bunny was very happy to hear this news!!  It was lots of fun to watch all those sweet boys and girls hunting for eggs!  Hopefully, the Easter Egg Hunt will turn into a new tradition for the City of Heath and will continue to grow as the city grows.  As a side note, the City of Heath is really a wonderful community!  We just love it!  If you would like more information about this community, give Rod Holland Real Estate a call at 972-772-7070. We will be happy to answer any questions for you and will point you in the right direction.

If you are wanting to check out the race results to see if any of your neighbors happen to be fast runners, here are the results from the race !  And, yes, we did find out that one of our neighbors is pretty fast when it comes to running!  (It’s good to know these things!)

The Taste of Rockwall and Business Expo

April 12th, 2014



The Rod Holland Real Estate team was out in full force at the 2014 Taste of Rockwall and Business Expo! It’s always a great event! There is no other event where so many Rockwall restaurants come together in one place!  The food is amazing!!  Rod was one of the lucky ones this year … he got to be a food judge!

The Business Expo area is where the Rod Holland Real Estate booth could be found! (That’s because we are great at real estate … not so great at food!)  : )  Rod, Jackie, Janna, Jodi and Melissa …we all got to be there! Even Jackie’s daughter came and helped us at our booth! It’s always fun to talk to friends, family & clients that come by to say hi. There are lots of real estate questions asked and everyone always asks, “Well, Rod, how’s the real estate market?” Glad you asked!  The real estate market in the Rockwall, Heath, and surrounding areas is good! Rod’s listings are selling and we are finding great homes for our buyers!  Exciting things are happening in our market!

Okay. Now, back to the expo, we also gave away Official Rod Holland Real Estate Mystery Bags! Each bag contained different gift certificates and gifts  … the winners were pretty excited!

The weather kinda got a little weird on us.  Well, we are in Texas and you never know what Texas weather is going to do!  Anyway, the fire marshall sent everyone home a little early just to be on the safe side.  We packed up and we’re out of there! The good news is the weather was fine!

So… if you missed the Taste of Rockwall & Business Expo this year, make sure you add it to your calander for 2015.  We are planning on being there and we would love to see you!




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