Ice Cream, cake, pie — delicious desserts come in many forms, but we have yet to find a dessert that rivals fresh-out-the-oven chocolate chip cookies. There’s simply nothing like gooey, warm chocolate morsels melting in your mouth and soaking up some ice cold milk! So, we took our taste buds to the kitchen and crafted chocolate chip cookie perfection! On one of our apartment’s new granite counter tops, we might add!
Take a look at a few of our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes and get your bake on! Click on the cookie of your choice to be whisked away to its recipe! (Or just scroll down.)
Recipe found at PinchofYum.com
Recipe found at BettyCrocker.com
Recipe found at CookiesandCups.com
Recipe from CookiesandCups.com
Recipe from PinchofYum.com
Recipe from BettyCrocker.com
With the summer sun shining down, we’re making the most of our time outside with our monthly Farmers Market at Citrus Creek Apartments, one of many communities within our River Ridge apartments.
Whether or not you live at Citrus Creek (or maybe you’re interested in moving there), you’re welcome to stop by any time between 4 and 7 p.m. at our next Farmers Market on August 25. Browse or buy locally grown and made food and objects at this outdoor, River Ridge market centrally located in the middle of Elmwood at 5301 Citrus Blvd, Elmwood, LA 70123! We’re providing all the entertainment, too, with live music as you shop and mingle with your neighbors. Oh, and it’s dog-friendly!
Locally made cookies are among the many goodies you’ll find at our Citrus Creek Farmers Market on August 25. Hope to see you there!
So, what can you expect at this Farmers Market? Goods and wares from 15 different vendors, including items like homemade pepper jelly, desserts, arts and crafts, organic beauty products, soaps and so much more! Vendors accept cash and card.
In addition to the array of locally made products available at the Farmers Market, we will also have staff on hand to give tours of the property and answer any questions you may have about Citrus Creek or our other River Ridge apartments.
There are way more than three reasons it’s great to live in New Orleans (example: Mardi Gras, Saints season, the history, the architecture, the food!) – but we’re particularly excited about the recent news from Business Facilities’ latest “Annual Rankings Report.” In the report, NOLA scored near the very top of national rankings like the lowest cost of business and places for leaders in entrepreneurship. Check out these three incredible rankings and what they mean for Greater New Orleans below.
Business Facilities named New Orleans among the very top in mid-size cities offering economic, entrepreneurial, and logistical benefits.
Reasons Why It’s Great to Live in GNO: Business Facilities’ Annual Rankings
Lowest Cost of Business
New Orleans ranked second for having the lowest cost of business for mid-size regions in the entire country. This means that for cities with populations between 750,000 and 2 million people, New Orleans proved a competitive and affordable place to do business, beating out spots like Albuquerque, Nashville, and Memphis. What’s more, our overall region showed serious business prowess, with Baton Rouge taking the top spot.
Salt Lake City just barely edged out New Orleans, who came in second for mid-size regions absolutely thriving in entrepreneurship. With annual programming like the city’s annual Entrepreneur Week in mind, in addition to startups in biotech, mobile devices, software, education, and more, it’s easy to see why New Orleans clocked in toward the very top.
Business Facilities determined its logistics leaders by considering a number of factors related to transportation. Cities able to support a wide variety of transportation — including air travel, land, water, and rail — ended up in the top spots. Where did the Crescent City fall? Second place again! With massive airport expansions plus continued excellence in shipping and rail, New Orleans was a natural fit for a top logistics leader.
Making a Home in New Orleans
1st Lake Properties offers distinct, award-winning communities perfect for you to make your home in the Crescent City. Check out a few reasons why it’s great to be a 1st Lake resident, and contact us today for more information!
One of the greatest aspects of the technology revolution is the increased ability to work from home. But how do you stay as motivated at home as you do in the office? To produce at the same rate as you would at work, you need a space that is designated solely for your job. You need a home office.
1st Lake offers a lot of extra room in its indoor floor plans, especially with the new renovations at the River Ridge, Kenner and Metairie apartments.
These bonus rooms can easily be converted into offices, making it easy to work from home. Before you start furnishing a home office or workspace area in your apartment, use this checklist to make sure you have the best, most useful, office decor and supplies.
Our interior designers whipped up a gorgeous, clutter-free desk at one of our 1st Lake Properties to help inspire you!
A Dedicated Desk Area: What You’ll Need
Space Saving Desk & Chair
The desk and chair are the most essential pieces of furniture in your home office or workspace area. You will be spending the most time using these items, and they need to be both practical and comfortable.
When choosing a desk, consider one that maximizes space. The Container Store’s Java Linea Leaning Desk leans up against the wall, taking up minimal floor area while still allowing for plentiful work space.
Chair shopping should be centered around comfort, but you can still make room for style! This upholstered desk chair from Target has a cool, mid-century look at an affordable price.
Personalizing Your Desk
A closer look at our designer-approved desk.
For an at-home office space you’ll actually want to work at, consider blending form and function. Our 1st Lake Properties interior designer has a few great tips to personalize your desk in a way that looks beautiful and helps facilitate workflow:
Have a good lamp for task lighting — In addition to sufficient overhead or ambient light, select a desk lamp with a movable head to spotlight your work as needed. This is also a great opportunity to incorporate metallics or color for a personalized look.
Keep papers and pens in check — Rather than a bulky file system, our designer suggests a simple letter organizer to place on your desk to keep papers neat and easily accessible. For pens, use brightly colored multi-purpose holders (a favorite mug, for example) to hold them all in one place.
Consider a glass desk — If you can only dedicate a small corner of a room to your workspace, opt for a glass or translucent desk to help the room appear larger. Light (both natural and artificial) can also pass freely through this material, creating a brighter, cheerier ambience for your workspace.
Just add greenery — Orchids, succulents, and air plants are all great choices for a desk: they’re low-maintenance yet still offer a pop of life and color.
Keep it neat — Books and magazines are usually part of any desk space, but you can maintain a cohesive look by organizing them by color and size. The color and size rule works well for everything else on your desk, too — sticky notes, highlighters, pens, you name it!
A hands-on approach — If you’re right-handed, keep all of your pens, notebooks, etc. on the right side of your desk. Vice versa for lefties!
Remember, no home workspace is complete without the personal touches. Your office should reflect you as a person. Hang pictures and photographs that keep you positive and driven. Add a chalkboard for daily notes or inspirational quotes. Decorate in a way that will make you happy and excited to work.
Even More Home Office Tips
When developing the floor plan of your home office, you need to consider two types of storage: bookshelves and file cabinets.
Bookshelves are obvious storage options for work-related literature, workbooks and manuals. They also offer additional storage for decorative items. When choosing a bookshelf, remember to remain space-conscious. Consider a ladder bookshelf that is both practical and aesthetically pleasing.
One of the hardest parts about working from home is staying organized. Though bookshelves are great for bound documentation, any loose or private paperwork should be filed away. If your desk doesn’t have a built in file cabinet, try a portable rolling one that will fit right under your desk.
Most office work is done electronically, so a computer or laptop is a necessity. If you are looking for a cheaper option and don’t plan on moving around much, buy a desktop. If you want to be able to take your work with you, consider a laptop.
If you want both, you can hook up an extra monitor to your laptop giving you the feel of a desktop with the convenience of a portable computer.
Where to Buy Office Supplies & Furniture in New Orleans
Now that you’ve got some ideas about how to decorate your office, go out and start collecting supplies! Here are our favorite office furniture and supply stores in the city:
CORT Furniture allows you to rent chic, of-the-moment furniture for reasonable prices — they also have a great clearance section full of deals!
5035 Bloomfield Street
Jefferson, LA 70121
Doerr Furniture offers a classic approach to home decor with several wooden desk designs.
444 Port Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
Modern Market takes a modern, sleek and minimalist approach to its furniture.
3138 Magazine Street Unit C
New Orleans, LA 70115
Box Paper Scissor
Box Paper Scissor designs one-of-a-kind office supplies.
3638 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
How to Organize Your Home Office
If your home office is unorganized, and is more a source of stress than productivity, it’s time to tackle that space. Your work space should help you get work done, not hinder it! Read through this list of free ways to create a more organized desk and workspace:
- Cut back on clutter: As time passes, you inevitably accumulate clutter — way too many pens, pencils, highlighters, paper clips, and rubber bands. So, take a few minutes to edit your ever-growing collection down. Keep the few things that you like and use, and give the rest away!
- Build a digital file cabinet: If your drawers are overflowing with papers, consider moving some of those items into a “digital file”. Shred the items that you honestly don’t need, and scan and save on your computer any paperwork that you need, but don’t need a hard copy of. Also, be sure to back up this file to an external hard drive or to a cloud service like Google Drive or Dropbox for safe keeping.
- End all unsolicited mail: Junk mail can be annoying and a source of a lot of clutter. If you get way too much in the mail, the Federal Trade Commission has put together a list of ways you can stop most of the unsolicited mail that arrives in your mailbox. Also, you can call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688) or visit optoutprescreen.com, to stop all credit card and insurance offers for five years.
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Join us for Eats at the Creeks!
You’re invited to Eats at the Creeks from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Located in The Creeks of River Ridge at 2001 Oak Creek Rd., local food trucks will offer residents some of the city’s best grub: Diva Dawg, Fete au Fete Streatery, Theo’s Pizza, and Kona Ice will all join in on the local flavor!
Come on over and join us in supporting local businesses, while adding a dash of fun to the midweek work grind! Entrance to this event is free and open to the public — just remember to bring some spare change for Kona Ice since it’s cash-only.
For more information about the event, call Cypress Creek Apartments at (504) 733-6858 or visit our Facebook event page and follow us on social media. We can’t wait to see you there!
Eats at the Creeks: August 3 Event Details