With football season underway and the weather cooling down, fall is truly the perfect time to tailgate in New Orleans. If you’re in need of some football tailgate recipe inspo, take a look at these fun and easy recipes perfect for a crowd.
Charleston Cheese Dip. (Photo via FoodNetwork.com)
Charleston Cheese Dip
Sure, we live in New Orleans, but we can enjoy a little love from the Low Country with this creamy, cheesy dip recipe from Food Network. Serve it with tortilla chips and crudité like carrots or celery.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, mix the mayonnaise, cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, green onions and cayenne pepper. Transfer the mixture to a shallow baking dish, such as a 9-inch pie pan. Top the mixture with the cracker crumbs and bake until heated through, about 15 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven and top with the bacon.
Roasted jalapeno poppers. (Photo via FoodNetwork.com)
Roasted Jalapeno Poppers
These aren’t exactly healthy, but roasting is a better alternative than typical breaded, fried poppers while adding deep, complex flavor.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Cut 1/3 of each pepper off lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place on a baking sheet. If peppers do not sit flat on the baking sheet, slice a thin piece off the bottom of the pepper so it will not roll around.
Mash the feta, cream cheese, shredded cheese, cilantro, and onion together and stuff the peppers with the mixture. Roast for 15 to 18 minutes, or until the peppers are tender and the cheese is brown at the edges and bubbly.
PB&J Chocolate Bars. (Photo via FoodNetwork.com)
PB&J Chocolate Bars
Finish on a salty-sweet note with these delectable dessert bars!
For the base
For the filling and glaze
Make the base: Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil, extending it over the sides. Put the butter in a medium heatproof bowl; position the bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water (the bowl should not touch the water). Once the butter melts, stir in the sugar and cocoa. Whisk in the egg; cook, whisking, until the mixture is warm and the consistency of hot fudge, 6 minutes. Remove from the heat; mix in the saltine crumbs and peanuts. Press the crust into the pan. Set aside the saucepan of water.
Make the filling: Spread the jelly over the crust in the pan; place in the freezer for a few minutes. Beat 5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon butter, the peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar with a mixer until light. Spread over the jelly layer; return to the freezer while you make the glaze.
Place the chocolate and the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a heatproof bowl; set over the pan of simmering water and stir until the chocolate is melted. Remove from the heat; stir until smooth. When cool but still runny, spread the glaze over the chilled peanut butter layer. Freeze for another 30 minutes.
Use the foil flaps to remove the bars from the pan; cut into squares while still cold. Serve cold and keep leftovers refrigerated.
One of the most exciting things for us here at 1st Lake Properties is expanding our apartment communities to include new, state-of-the-art spaces. We recently finished adding new, modern apartments at our Clearwater Creek community in Elmwood featuring contemporary details and plenty of sought-after amenities. Keep reading to learn more about these sleek, spacious apartments, and contact us today if you’re interested in calling this community your home!
Clearwater Creek Premier is an energy-efficient property.
Premier Perks at Clearwater Creek Premier
The name says it all. Clearwater Creek Premier offers unparalleled perks for residents. Here are just a few you’ll enjoy!
Fitness Center — Stay healthy from the convenience of home at our on-site fitness center, a clean, sleek facility to burn calories and rev up your heart rate.
Pool and BBQ Pit — Clearwater features a resort-style swimming pool with semi-private cabanas and an outdoor kitchen and BBQ pit. Elegant, poolside parties right this way!
Puppy Park — Your furry friends are family. That’s why we’ve included a spacious, secure dog park on the premises.
Energy-Efficient Units — In addition to efficient appliances and equipment, Clearwater’s contemporary approach features best practices in construction for the most energy-efficient units possible. This translates to a more positive impact on the earth — and lower utility bills for you!
Chef-Inspired Kitchens — Two words: double ovens. Whip up dishes like a pro with our chef-inspired kitchens, featuring shaker panel cabinets, granite countertops, hidden control panel dishwashers, and those double convection ovens.
Elegant Bathrooms — Free-standing showers and garden tubs add a contemporary vibe that keeps classic design in mind.
See for yourself why Clearwater Creek Premier’s contemporary living is so alluring!
Clearwater Creek Premier features contemporary, upscale bathrooms.
The kitchen at Clearwater Creek Premier.
A close-up of the kitchen.
Dogs will love the on-site Puppy Park!
Relax by the resort-style pool.
The fitness center features high ceilings and plenty of natural light.
Clearwater Creek FAQs
How many units are in this new community?
The Clearwater Creek Premier Apartments feature 108 units, offering a smaller, more intimate community than Bella Ridge. Currently, Clearwater Creek has 192 units, meaning the combined total will be 300 distinct units.
What are some of this community’s amenities?
Clearwater Creek Premier boasts brand-new units and plenty of perks for residents, including a fitness center, a pet park, a resort-style swimming pool with three semi-private cabanas, and an outdoor kitchen. Units feature shaker panel cabinets, wood style flooring, granite counter tops, freestanding showers and garden tubs, and crown molding. The kitchens feature hidden control panel dishwashers and double convection ovens.
Tell me more about that pool!
Grills with granite countertops, Wi-Fi hot spots, cabanas with timed fans, and stylish lounge chairs: you’ll find them all at our resort-style pool. Come see for yourself — it’s already open!
Why should I choose Elmwood as my home?
Elmwood is a vibrant, growing community conveniently located within the larger New Orleans metro area. Proximity to downtown New Orleans and Metairie make Elmwood a perfect location to live, work, and play—not to mention the top-notch shopping and dining spots continually moving into the neighborhood!
When asked the age-old question “trick or treat?” we definitely stand with team treat. Check out five easy, last-minute recipes to help you get in the spooky spirit, from “poison” candy apples to a crowd-pleasing dessert dip. Bone appetit!
Photo via Pinterest.
Quick and Easy Halloween Dessert Recipes
Poison Candy Apples
Channel your inner Snow White with this sweet recipe.
12 small Granny Smith apples
12 dowels or wooden candy apple sticks (available at craft stores)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp. black gel paste food coloring
Note: you’ll also need a candy thermometer
Wash and dry the apples thoroughly. Place them on a baking sheet and insert the dowels. Using a second baking sheet, line with buttered parchment paper and set aside.
Place a candy thermometer in a saucepan. Add sugar, 3/4 cup water, and corn syrup, and place over medium heat. Whisk sugar until it’s dissolved.
Let the temperature rise without stirring until the mixture reaches 310 degrees. Remove pan from heat, and carefully remove the thermometer.
Add the food coloring and swirl to mix the color completely.
Swirl each apple through the candy, allowing any excess to drip off. Place on buttered baking sheet.
Repeat with remaining apples.
Owl sugar cookies. (Photo via CountryLiving.com.)
Owl Sugar Cookies
Simple and sweet! You can make basic sugar cookies using this recipe, or go the easy route and purchase a pre-made slice-and-bake option.
One package slice-and-bake sugar cookie dough (such as Pillsbury or Nestle)
Small package of sliced almonds
1/4 cup chocolate chips
2 tbsp. shelled sunflower seeds
1/4 cup whole almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (or whatever temperature is stated on the back of your packaged dough)
Set all but one cookie round onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Use the remaining unbaked cookie to make small balls that will become each owl’s eyes. Lightly press two balls onto the top of each cookie, then place a whole almond on its side in between the two eyes for the beak. Add a chocolate chip on top of each dough ball to create the pupil. Use six sunflower seeds (three on each side) to make the owl’s feet. Finally, overlap three sliced almonds on each side to create wings.
Bake for about 20 minutes until the edge of the cookies are lightly golden. Let cool for 5 minutes on the sheet, then transfer onto a wire rack to continue cooling.
Graveyard dip. (Photo via BuzzFeed.)
Perfect for a crowd of hungry ghosts and goblins.
For the dip —
Shallow, wide dish
1 package room temperature cream cheese (8 ounces)
1/4 cup room temperature unsalted butter
5 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons milk
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons sifted powdered sugar
Crushed Oreo cookies (enough to cover the top of the dish)
For decorating —
Black decorating icing
Candy corn pumpkins
For serving —
Beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the cocoa powder, brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and milk. Beat on low speed until incorporated, then increase to high speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.
Transfer to desired serving dish and smooth with a spatula.
Spread the crushed Oreos over the top of the dip to form “dirt.” Use decorating icing to write tombstone messages on the Milano cookies, then stand them upright to create the tombstones. Scatter with candy corn pumpkins and gummy worms to decorate.
Serve with graham crackers, pretzels, and sliced apples.
These “mummies” are made using frozen bananas. (Photo via Woman’s Day)
It’s fruit, so it’s healthy… right?
4 ripe bananas
1 pound plus 4 ounces white chocolate
4 ounces milk chocolate chips (optional)
8 lollipop sticks (available at craft stores)
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Skewer each banana half with a lollipop stick and freeze until firm, at least 2 hours and preferably overnight.
In a large, microwave-safe measuring cup, melt 1 pound white chocolate in the microwave according to package directions. One at a time, dip the bananas into the chocolate to coat, allowing excess to drip. Return to the baking sheet and immediately place two M&M candies near the top for eyes.
Melt the remaining white chocolate in the microwave according to package directions and fill a small piping bag fitted with a small, round nozzle tip (a Ziploc plastic bag with the corner cut off will also work!). Pipe zigzags over the banana to form bandages. Repeat this step with the milk chocolate, if using. Chill or freeze until ready to serve.
Salty-sweet haystack creatures. (Photo via Woman’s Day)
Can’t decide if you prefer your treat salty or sweet? These haystacks feature both flavors!
One 5-ounce can thin chow mein noodles (such as La Choy)
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 cup vanilla frosting, tinted desired colors
Candy eyes or jelly beans
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Meanwhile, melt chocolate in microwave according to package directions.
Place chow mein noodles in a large bowl, pour melted chocolate over top and gently toss until noodles are evenly coated
Drop 10 heaping spoonful’s (about 1/4 cup each) onto prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm, 20 to 30 minutes.
Transfer frosting to a resealable plastic bag(s). Snip off a tiny corner and use as glue to stick the eyes on creatures, then pipe on an additional pupil.
There’s no better place to be than New Orleans for Halloween. It’s such an exciting time with so much to do and see. If you’re a resident of 1st Lake Properties or thinking of becoming one, then you’re in a great position to have the best time possible for the fall holiday.
(And if you still need a pumpkin, check out this post!)
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is a Halloween tradition in New Orleans. (Photo via Flickr user Dan Merino)
New Orleans Area Halloween Happenings
Frenchmen Street – Each year in New Orleans, the local hotspot that is Frenchmen Street hosts a block party Halloween night and usually continues the party a day or two after (or for 2017, the weekend before). Some of the best costumes in New Orleans can be seen on Frenchmen Street during Halloween.
Haunted Houses – If you’re into the whole fear factor of Halloween, there are two pretty terrifying haunted houses in New Orleans to get in the scary Halloween spirit. The Mortuary is located in a haunted building on historic Canal Street and delivers a heavy dose of frights each year. House of Shockis considered by some to be the scariest haunted house in Greater New Orleans, located on Butterworth Street in Jefferson.
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience – To keep the party going into the weekend, the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience from October 27-29 will bring a three-day music festival with incredible headliners like Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, the Foo Fighters, and The Killers along with local acts, plus interactive art installations, an art market, food and more all in New OrleansCity Park.
Boo at the Zoo – If you’re looking for fun for the whole family, this is the place. Audubon Zoo hosts Boo at the Zoo October 27 and 28 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., rain or shine. Dress up in costumes and bring the kids for trick or treat houses, a Ghost Train, a scary and not-so-scary haunted house, games, entertainment and more. Tickets are $17 and are free for children 12 months and younger.
Halloween Photos + Goblin Express — The Lakeside Mall in Metairie has all the makings of a ghoulish good time. Get your shop on, then hop on the Goblin Express for $1.50 per ticket. The mall also offers photos with the Great Pumpkin. While both these events are designed for kids, kids at heart can join in the fun, too.
Pumpkins are having a moment. They’re in lattes, muffins, pancakes, hummus (seriously!), brownies, pies, smoothies, and just about any seasonal treat you can think of— but pumpkins are just as important a design element as a recipe ingredient this time of year. What front step (or living room mantel) is complete without a jack-o-lantern?
Take a look at these pumpkin patches throughout the Greater New Orleans area. Whether you go to pick up a pumpkin or just snap a fun fall selfie, they’re a great way to spend a few hours.
Find pumpkins galore at these patches around the New Orleans metro area. (Photo via Pexels)
Pumpkin Patches in New Orleans Metro
City Park Pumpkin Patch
Where: Wheel Fun Rentals in City Park along the Big Lake Trail
When: September 30-October 22
More info: Ticket prices are $5-$9; enjoy pumpkin patch, hay ride, unlimited bounce house and inflatables, games, and picture stations. Other items, such as Surrey rides, pedal boats, snacks, and pumpkins are available for purchase.
St. Paul’s Episcopal School
Where: 6249 Canal Boulevard in New Orleans
When: October 7-31
More info: Pumpkins at this patch weigh up to 40 pounds! There’s also a designated photo area for pictures
Aurora United Methodist Pumpkin Patch
Where: 3300 Eaton Street in Algiers
When: October 16-31
More info: This patch hosts a family day on October 21 with food, games, and pumpkins for all
Plum Street Snoball Pumpkin Patch
Where: Lafreniere Park near the Splash Pad and carousel
When: October 6-31
More info: Pumpkins range in cost from $1 to $20; the patch can host birthday parties and field trips
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
Where: 2216 Metairie Road in Metairie
When: September 25 through October 31
More info: This location is collecting nonperishable goods to donate to Second Harvest
St. Augustine’s Pumpkin Patch
Where: 3412 Haring Road in Metairie
When: October 5-31
More info: This patch will also sell jewelry, crafts, baked goods, and different types of gourds
Where: Corner of Highway 59 and Florida in Mandeville
When: October 8-31
More info: The Knights of Columbus also sponsors this patch
St. Peter Parish
Where: 125 E 19th Avenue in Covington
When: October 15-31
More info: The Knights of Columbus sponsors this patch
Stella Plantation Pumpkin Patch
Where: Stella Plantation in Braithwaite
When: October 22
More info: Tickets available here Make a to-do out of your pumpkin hunt at this event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., which features hayrides, bounce houses, photo opps, and more.