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4 Recipes for a Relaxing Stay-At-Home Brunch – 1st Lake Properties

Brunch isn’t an everyday occasion, which might make it the best meal you can have. It usually signifies that you have some time to relax, or that it’s the weekend. 

If you have time off and want to spend it at home, you don’t have to miss out on brunch. There are plenty of easy recipes you can make in your pajamas, or with friends during the weekend. 

Read on for 4 easy stay-at-home brunch recipes!

Photo by Danielle Occhiogrosso via Pinterest

Bacon Gruyere Breakfast Pie

This recipe from Good Housekeeping is a great idea for weekend brunch. It looks very much like a pizza, except it has all of your favorite breakfast ingredients.


  • 1 sheet (half of 17.3 oz. package) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/3 c. sour cream
  • 3/4 c. shredded Gruyère cheese
  • 4 slices cooked bacon
  • 3 large eggs
  • Fresh thyme leaves, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. On large sheet parchment, roll pastry to 12″ by 10″ rectangle. Fold 1/2 inch of edices to form rim; using a fork, seal rim and poke holes all over pastry. Place pastry on cookie sheet; bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.

  3. In small bowl, combine sour cream and Gruyére. Spread onto tart, creating 3 wells for eggs. Arrange bacon strips over topping. Crack eggs into wells; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  4. Bake until egg whites are set but yolks are still runny, about 12 minutes. Garnish with thyme.

Photo by Ethan Calabrese via Pinterest

Caprese Stuffed Avocados

This Delish recipe is like a “portable garden,” and super simple as well.


  • 2 avocados, pitted
  • 1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 c. chopped fresh mozzarella
  • Italian seasoning
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Basil, for garnish


  1. Scoop out avocados, leaving a small border. Dice avocado and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, toss diced avocado with tomatoes, mozzarella, Italian seasoning, balsamic, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Divide salad among 4 avocado halves and garnish with basil.

Easy Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce

Now it’s time for a classic. Use this recipe from Dine & Dish to make your stay-at-home brunch complete.


  • 1 poached egg  
  • 1/2 English Muffin toasted (try making homemade)
  • 1 slice thinly sliced deli ham
  • 3 Tablespoons Hollandaise Sauce
  • For the Hollandaise Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Directions for Hollandaise Sauce

  1. In a small saucepan, heat butter, salt and lemon juice until bubbly (do not boil)

  2. Remove from heat.

  3. Place egg yolks in a medium bowl and slowly pour in butter mixture, stirring continuously. Whisk together until smooth and creamy. Stir in heavy whipping cream.

Directions for Eggs Benedict

  1. For each serving, top 1/2 toasted English Muffin with a folded slice of deli ham, 1 poached egg and 3-4 Tablespoons of Hollandaise Sauce. Serve warm.

Classic Mimosa

It’s hard to call it brunch if there aren’t mimosas available. That’s why we’re including this classic mimosa recipe from Inspired Taste.


  • 1 (750 ml) bottle chilled dry sparkling wine
  • 3 cups (750 ml) chilled orange juice (freshly squeezed is best)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) Grand Marnier or triple sec, optional


  1. Fill 8 champagne flutes 1/2 full with chilled sparkling wine.

  2. Top with orange juice.

  3. If you are using, top mimosa with 1 tablespoon of Grand Marnier or triple sec.

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Interior Design: 7 Instagram Accounts to Follow Now

Genius doesn’t have to be 99% perspiration, as the old adage famously says. Go for 99% inspiration instead with these seven awesome Instagram accounts focused on fun, attainable interior design. Your thumb will do a lot of scrolling, but that’ll hardly make you work up a sweat.

7 Interior Design Accounts to Follow


This account is a favorite of ours because it’s based right here in New Orleans! Los Angeles transplant Dab shows off his eye for fun colors and funky accents with a subtle mid-century aesthetic. He’s big on gallery walls and indoor plants, two easy ways to incorporate interior design into your space.


Designer Grant Gibon proves that minimalism and eclecticism aren’t mutually exclusive. Use his Instagram account as a visual guide for how you can incorporate knick-knacks into your decor tastefully. 


With a subtle Scandinavian vibe, Kirsten Grove focuses on the essentials: clean lines, fresh colors, and plenty of natural light. Keep an eye out for quirky accents like hints of metallic or playful figurines that enhance her design style.

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Look mom!! I have family pictures on the wall! Personalizing your home doesn't necessarily mean filling your mantel with hundreds of family photos. There's a variety of ways to add personalized touches that celebrate your family and friends without being obnoxious. I love treating family pictures like pieces of art. Printing them on canvas takes them from normal to beautiful pieces of art. Another touch that I love and I love giving as gifts is ceramic coasters with personalized pictures printed on them. This is the perfect way to display your favorite travel moments or other memorable moments. One site that can make all of this happen for you is @shutterfly. @Shutterfly customizable Home Decor and Gifts collection presents something for everyone. I've linked them on my profile. Happy Shopping! #shutterfly #ad • • • • • • • #modernhome #interior2you #sodomino #interior2you #simplystyleyourspace #plantsofinstagram #housetour #finditstyleit #homerenovation #interior123 #smallspacesquad #interiorlovers #houseenvy #myhomevibe #sodomino #midcenturymodern #pocketofmyhome #ekkbhome #jungalowstyle #interior444 #newbohemian #decorinspo #sodomino #bedroomdecor #howivintage #ourtruehaven #fixerupperstyle #midcenturymodern #midcenturystyle #midcenturyfurniture

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Chances are, you love her show “Fixer Upper.” But HGTV star Joanna Gaines’ pictures are just as fun to browse. Gaines blends rustic elements with feminine details for a country-chic look.


Follow this account for the fun name and the awesome recipes, sprinkled in with design photos that capture designer Melissa Coleman’s clean style.


Pet lovers will enjoy this account from a designer based in upstate New York. Her two pups are a big part of her cozy design style — and they’re definitely allowed on the furniture.


Another NOLA-based account to finish off the list! This fun stationery store in downtown New Orleans has a great Instagram account full of polished pictures sure to inspire. Like @theyellownote, the ladies behind @thegrovestreetpress love their pets, too.

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5 New Orleans Stores for Decorating on a Budget

Are you in the process of redecorating your apartment? Moving to a new place? If so, you don’t need to break the bank while creating your new home environment. 

We’ve made a list of 5 great second-hand stores in New Orleans that are worth checking out for their reduced-cost, quality inventory.

Even if you’ve got a great master plan, we suggest you look into these great spots. They might save you a bunch of dough!

House Stuff: House Stuff is a boutique consignment store full of used furnishings, from living area furniture to accent pieces. Located at 3939 Toulouse St., House Stuff is a store owned by Flora Shaughnessy that pays homage to “well-designed, solid wood craftsmanship.” If you’re looking for used mid-century modern furniture, this is the place to start.

Pelican Furniture & Thrift Store: Just two blocks from the Carrollton Avenue streetcar stop, at 341 N. Hennessey St., is Pelican Furniture. A large variety of furnishings and appliances await you here. 

Additionally, you can take advantage of an ongoing special: Any purchase of $500 or more will be delivered to your home for free!

Bridge House Thrift Store: Bridge House is a remarkable New Orleans institution that primarily offers individuals seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addiction the time and structure needed to begin a new life. They also happen to have two thrift stores featuring a wonderful rotation of home furnishings for a bargain. 

You’ll find their locations at 4243 Earheart Blvd. and 7901 Airline Drive.

Canal Furniture Liquidators: Canal Furniture’s first location recently burned down in a very unfortunate accident, but that gives you a second reason to visit and support this great store. They’re currently holding an online auction and fundraiser that will culminate in a live auction at Mid-City cocktail bar Treo on September 7.

Their new location is at 400 Jefferson Hwy, and in their own words, they “buy and sell pre-loved furniture.” 

Seasoned: Seasoned’s inventory is a bit more specific than the rest of our list, as it only sells second-hand kitchen items. They’re on the pricier side, but this store is just too cool for us to pass up. 

Seasoned sells vintage cookware, both online and at their brick & mortar location at 3824 Dryades Street. If you’re looking for the coolest cookware in the city, Seasoned is your spot to shop.

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1st Lake Properties Apartment Community Highlight: Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana. It’s centrally located in the southern half of the state, just an hour away from both New Orleans and Lafayette. It’s nicknamed the “Red Stick,” and has 300+ years of history.

If you’re in the process of moving to Baton Rouge, you should know that there are three 1st Lake Properties in the Red Stick. In this article, we’ll take a better look at our Baton Rouge properties so that you can spend more time learning about the unique culture and history of Baton Rouge to prepare for your big move!

Read on to learn more about 1st Lake’s Baton Rouge properties.

Spring Brook

If you are looking for an apartment for rent in Baton Rouge, experience the difference with Spring Brook. This gated apartment community, located between Jones Creek Road and O’Neal Lane, is minutes from Siegen Lane and Highland Road with easy access to I-12 and walking distance to fine dining and local grocery stores.

At Spring Brook, a Baton Rouge, LA, apartment community, we offer you:

  • five spacious floor plans
  • 9 ft. ceilings
  • patios or balconies with additional storage
  • chef-style kitchens
  • frost-free refrigerators with ice makers
  • ceiling fans
  • plush carpet
  • double vanities
  • full-size washer and dryer

There’s also a 24-hour fitness center, soothing hot tub, and a private pool!

Lake Towers

Located within the historic Spanish Town community, this gated, lakefront property offers wood-tone flooring, open living spaces, chic lighting, and expansive picture windows. Updated kitchens and appliances with the convenience of a washer and dryer in every apartment make Lake Towers Apartments the smart Downtown Baton Rouge choice.

Lake Towers Apartments in Baton Rouge offers a variety of stylish “extras,” with free, off-street covered parking, access gates, elevators and urban high-rise style architecture. Also, enjoy lavish landscaping, on-site fitness center, and a private pool and courtyard area with a gazebo overlooking Capital Lakes.

In addition to the wonderful amenities you’ll have access to while you’re at home, you’ll also have easy access to the Downtown Baton Rouge Lifestyle. You’ll be able to bike or walk to festivals, farmer’s markets, and special events. 

Regency Club

Moments from shopping, dining and entertainment, Regency Club apartments is a quick drive from I-12, The Mall of Louisiana, LSU and Southern University. But, it’s far enough away to give you a picture perfect escape.

Regency Club offers spacious one and two bedroom apartment homes, allowing you to choose the best home suited for you. It also features wood-burning fireplaces, private patios or balconies, and beautiful accent walls to create the perfect ambiance for entertaining guests year-round. Fully equipped kitchens and washer/dryers within your home make living at Regency Club simple and stress-free.

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5 Dog Friendly Places to Eat in New Orleans

People get attached to their dogs. And why shouldn’t they? If your dog is your best friend, it’s understandable if you want to bring them everywhere you go.  

However, sometimes it can be difficult to find a place to eat that’s welcoming to your four-legged friend. But 1st Lake appreciates the companionship of those cute, loyal animals as much as you do. 

So, to make it easier on you, we’ve put together a short list of places in New Orleans that will let your dog hang out while you dine!

The Bulldog Uptown

The name of this bar and grill highlights how they feel about dogs — they love ’em! The Bulldog is a popular Uptown hangout, located at 3236 Magazine Street. You’ll often find groups of friends taking it easy and having a cold one in its lovely gated courtyard.

But, in their own words, The Bulldog serves  “much more than bar food.” If you want a hearty meal, try one of their half-pound Angus burgers. Or, if you’re into lighter fare, grilled seafood and salads are on the menu.

Dat Dog

All three locations of this local staple are dog-friendly. They’re located at 3336 Magazine, 5030 Freret, and 601 Frenchmen.

Dat Dog serves delicious, affordable hot dogs with a large selection of meats and an incredible list of toppings. It’s been called “jazz improvisation in a bun.”

The Creole Creamery

One of the best ways to beat the NOLA summer heat is to have a tasty, cool treat. The Creole Creamery at 4924 Prytania offers a diverse list of ice cream flavors, from classics to eclectic local flavors.

Buffa’s Bar and Restaurant

Buffa’s has been on the edge of the French Quarter, at 1001 Esplanade since 1939. It’s a classic New Orleans style neighborhood bar that serves hearty, delicious food 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Check out their back room for live music and performances. 

If you and your pup have had a late night out and need a bite before heading home, Buffa’s is the place to go.

Cafe du Monde

Cafe du Monde is the perfect place to hang out after a stroll in the French Quarter. There’s a huge outdoor seating area that is dog-friendly, so you can relax and take in the lovely atmosphere of the Vieux Carre while enjoying its most famous treat.

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant

Located at 701 Tchoupitoulas, Lucy’s may be the most dog-friendly spot on this list. 

At Lucy’s, you can treat your dog to a meal from their Surf Dog Canine Cuisine Menu, created just for dogs! It’s quite affordable too, offer all options for your dog at $2 and under.  

Find a Home for You and Your Pet at 1st Lake

Check out our website to find a 1st Lake residential community near you! Many of our properties include pet-friendly amenities, so you and your furry friends will both feel at home.