What To Do with Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

So, it’s the day after Thanksgiving and you have a fridge full of leftovers. Don’t throw it out! Luckily, a lot of cooking magazines and lifestyle websites have taken action against pitching Thanksgiving’s tastiest dishes. They’ve come up with a multitude of clever and delicious recipes for your leftovers, so you can finish off your whole feast, pocket some spending money, and save from wasting perfectly good food.

Here are some of our favorite ways to reuse your Thanksgiving meal leftovers.

Neighborhood Food’s Waffled Cranberry Cream Cheese Turkey Sandwiches

Even Neighbor Food’s photo has us drooling over this dish! (Photo via Neighbor Food)

It’s savory. It’s sweet. It uses everything from Thanksgiving and then some! Turkey sandwiches are a post-Thanksgiving given, but slapping a couple turkey slices onto a piece of sandwich bread can feel boring. Instead, slap those turkey slices on a waffled bed of cranberry sauce, cream cheese, and crispy greens. There is nothing boring about this turkey sandwich!

Bon Appetit’s Turkey and Mushroom Risotto

Reinvent your turkey with this rich risotto recipe from Bon Appetit. (Photo via Bon Appetit)

Do you still have a lot of turkey left even after making waffle sandwiches? Shred it and use it in Bon Appetit’s Turkey and Mushroom Risotto recipe. The dish’s gravy is filled with the delicious flavors of mushrooms, onions, parmesan cheese, and parsley. It’s a warming winner for a cold weather dinner.

Country Living’s Sweet Potato Spoon Breads

Leftover sweet potatoes? Turn them into spoon breads! (Photo via Country Living)

It might even be worth cooking more sweet potatoes than needed if it means making this sweet single-serve dish after the big day is over. Country Living’s Sweet Potato Spoon Bread with Caramel-Pecan Topping is our favorite way to treat yourself after hosting the holiday at your 1st Lake home. You deserve to celebrate a successful Thanksgiving Day with the help of cinnamon, sugar, caramel, and pecans. Trust us.

Food Network’s Turkey Waldorf Salad

A healthy option for those Thanksgiving leftovers. (Photo via Food Network)

We had to toss in one healthy option, and this one is nothing short of delicious! The Food Network’s Turkey Waldorf Salad is a flavorful and refreshing way to reinvite your Thanksgiving leftovers. We all know Thanksgiving meals can make you feel stuffed (literally), so instead of carb-heavy sandwiches, try making a chopped salad instead. Crispy and crunchy celery, grapes, and apples? Sweet and wholesome roasted pecans and honey? Savory shredded turkey? Sign us up!

Have your own favorite way of using Thanksgiving leftovers? Tell us on social! Share your favorite recipes and quick meal tips on our Facebook page. You might inspire another 1st Lake resident with your ideas!

 

See Clearwater Creek Premier’s New, Modern Apartments!

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!

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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.

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See for yourself why Clearwater Creek Premier’s contemporary living is so alluring!

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Clearwater Creek Premier features contemporary, upscale bathrooms.

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The kitchen at Clearwater Creek Premier.

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A close-up of the kitchen.

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Dogs will love the on-site Puppy Park!

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Relax by the resort-style pool.

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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!

Where to Shop for Furniture in the Greater New Orleans Area

Is your 1st Lake residence missing something? Are you looking to update your home decor? Luckily, a large portion of 1st Lake communities are in close proximity to the area’s best furniture stores. Kenner, Metairie, and River Ridge all have a great selection of furniture and home decor stores you can shop to find your new style. Unique, one-of-a-kind pieces? Antique or modern looks? Casual and traditional styles? The Greater New Orleans Area has your vision covered. Here are a few of our favorite furniture spots in the area:

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You can find rustic and refurbished farmhouse looks at Christian Street Furniture. Photo via Christian Street Furniture’s Facebook

Christian Street Furniture is a locally-owned, family-run furniture store with two locations, one in Baton Rouge and one in Metairie. They carry a large selection of unique, reclaimed looks for the artesian aesthetic. You can customize a multitude of pieces from Christian Street Furniture, which makes it a fun place to piece together your perfect look.

Hurwitz Mintz

Metairie’s Hurwitz Mintz houses an expansive selection of fine furniture. Photo via Hurwitz Mintz Facebook Page

You might get lost in Metairie’s furniture megastore, Hurwitz Mintz, but it’s totally worth it. They don’t call it the south’s largest furniture store for nothing! Their Airline Drive location is two stories, which means you have plenty of furniture options to choose from. Hurwitz Mintz is another locally-owned store, and it’s been serving this area for over 90 years. They carry a large portion of traditional and timeless styles, so if that’s what you’re interested in, check out Hurwitz Mintz!

Cost Plus World Market

World Market carries furniture and decor from across the globe. Photo via Cost Plus World Market’s Facebook Page

If you’re going for the Bohemian look, head to Elmwood Shopping Center! Cost Plus World Market is a bright and bold furniture store with styles curated from countries around the world. Eclectic decor? Check! Eccentric artwork? Check! Eco-conscious furniture? Check and check! If you want your 1st Lake apartment to look like a fabulous hippy hideaway, snag some furniture from World Market!

Rooms To Go

Rooms To Go takes the ease out of filling an entire room. Photo via Rooms To Go’s Facebook Page

Rooms To Go is designed to make furnishing a space easy. Rooms To Go introduced the concept of “displaying and packaging furniture in complete room settings” all the way down to the accent items, which allows the shopper to literally pick the room they want. Instead of piecemealing your room together one purchase at a time, why not knock out the whole thing? That’s where the Metairie store comes into play!

Do you have a favorite furniture store in the Greater New Orleans Area? Share your tips with us on Facebook or Instagram!

Artesia: Luxury Covington Apartment Homes

Artesia is a new luxury apartment community in Covington, Louisiana, offering a sophisticated lifestyle in a convenient location. Artesia offers upscale amenities and first-class resident services. 


Click here to view available floor plans and rent today! Prices starting under $1,200! 


Enjoy the perfect balance of convenience and serenity.  Nestled behind the Pinnacle Nord du Lac shopping center and bordering the Estates at Watercross neighborhood, Artesia is a one of a kind find. Savor a peaceful lifestyle with plenty of nearby shopping, entertainment, and dining spots while also just a short drive to St. Tammany Trace and the charming, downtown Covington historic and arts district. You’ll fall in love with your new apartment home and “Live the Good Life!”


Call us today: 1(844) 959-2759. Take a 360 virtual tour.


Finishes and Amenities

Artesia offers features and finishes you won’t find anywhere else. Our designers created residences that are both modern and sophisticated; our floor plans are open and inviting.

Here are just a few of the amenities Artesia residents enjoy (amenities and finishes may vary):

Inside Your Apartment

  • Stainless & Black Energy Saving Appliances* | USB Charging Plugs | Built-In Microwave* | High Efficiency Refrigerator with Ice-Maker | Self-Cleaning Oven | Black Pearl & Granite Countertop in Kitchen | Bianco Marble Countertops in Kitchen | Gourmet Island* | Dishwasher | Carpet & Wood Tone Floors | 9 Foot Ceilings | Acadian Crown Molding with Custom Woodwork | Central Air and Heat | Lexington Slate Cabinetry with Naples Pulls | Double Stainless Steel Sinks | Extra Large Closets with custom ClosetMaid organizers | Full Size Washer and Dryer | Laundry Room | Double sinks in bathrooms* | Soaking Tub accented with subway tile enclosure | Recessed  Lighting | Clear Ice Pendant Lighting | Plantation Style Blinds | Raised Paneled Doors with Satin Nickle Accents | Ceiling Fans | Intrusion Alert System | Balcony with pool & courtyard views* | Linen & Coat Closest* | ADA Apartments available*

Inside the Community

  • We Accept Visa & Mastercard | Package Acceptance Mail Center | On-Site Fitness Center | Flexible Lease Terms | FREE WiFi Access in Common Areas | Convenient Location | Automatic Rent Payments From Your Checking Account Available | 24/7 Emergency Maintenance | Resort Style Swimming Pool | 24 Hour Precor Fitness Center | Detached Garages for Parking and Additional Storage | On-Site Movie Rental (Complimentary) | Lifestyle Services; Onsite Car Detail, Housekeeping Services & much more | Poolside Cabana Reservations & Food Delivery | Bike Rentals (Complimentary) | Pet Friendly | Tanning Ledge | Gated Pet Park | Lifestyle Services through our Resident Portal | Smoke-Free Apartments Available Late Fall

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    Come hungry! The Artesia pool features poolside delivery.

Pool Perfection

  • Artesia’s pool is a stunning destination to relax and unwind. Catch some rays while staying cool with our partially submerged tanning ledges, or sit and read a book in one of several poolside cabanas overlooking sparkling water. Artesia residents can also take part in poolside food delivery when hunger strikes. Enjoy it in our spacious outdoor patio before heading back to the water.

The Good Life Bark Park

Training and grooming and trips to the vet, we’ve got the Good Life for you and your pet!

An exclusive dog park just for Artesia pups. Your dog can leap through hoops, jump rover overs and more.

The Good Life Concierge Services

Enjoy first-class services like pet care, package & parcel delivery, onsite car detailing, housekeeping services, food delivery, and much more!

The Neighborhood

The Artesia Apartment Homes are just a short drive to Historic Downtown Covington, Pinnacle Nord Du Lac Shopping Center, St. Tammany Trace, and more! Our community offers the perfect balance of outdoor activities and city-life accessibility. To learn about all of the exciting things to do in Covington, click here.

Shopping

  • Marshall’s | Kohl’s | Kirkland’s | Target | Petco | Hobby Lobby | Michael’s | Eyewear Society | Academy | All About Baby

Dining

  • Lola Restaurant | Buster’s Place Restaurant and Oyster Bar | Del Porto Ristorante | Southern Hotel | Oxlot 9 | Gallagher’s Grill | The Salad Station | Panera Bread | Popcorn Bistro

Coffee Houses

  • St. John’s Coffeehouse | Coffee Raini | Cafe Du Monde | Starbucks

Art Galleries

  • St. Tammany Art Association | Tripolo Gallery | Saladino Gallery

So what are you waiting for? Live the Good Life today!

Apply now!


Artesia

8382 Westshore Drive
Covington, LA 70433

Office Hours:
Monday – Saturday 8:30 – 5pm; Sunday 1-5pm

 

Cozy Up to Fall Decor for the Mantel and More

Your pumpkin is carved, and your seasonal wreath is on the door. But what about your mantel? Several of our 1st Lake Properties feature wood-burning fireplaces, like Sawmill Creek and Willow Creek. The fireplace mantel is a natural focal point of a room, drawing the eye upward and providing an opportunity to flex your decorating muscle. In fact, spruced-up mantels are one of the top fall decor trends.

If you don’t have a fireplace, don’t worry! These fall mantel décor items work just as well anywhere else in the home, whether at the front door or in the living room. (Plus, keep scrolling for even more fall trends.)

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Thumbtack pumpkins are as customizable as they are easy to make. (Photo courtesy Crafthubs.com)

Fall Decor: Mantel Trends

Thumbtack Gourds

Gourds and pumpkins are an obvious choice for the mantel, but the addition of metallic thumbtacks can transform a natural design-scape into a totally glamorous one. Add gold or silver thumbtacks to plain gourds, or paint the gourds to match your existing interior design before you add the thumbtacks. Let these awesome designs lead the way for pattern inspiration.

Elegant Upcycling

An easy, cost-effective way to decorate for fall is to use items you already have on hand. Cut paper bags into petal shapes, crease them, and use a bit of hot glue to hold them together. The result is a paper flower that pulls in fall colors and makes a major impact above the mantel, whether alone or in clusters.

An Everlasting Pumpkin

Cinderella’s coach turned into a pumpkin at midnight, but these cute fall decorations won’t turn into a rotten mess after Halloween. Leave these Mason jar pumpkins on the mantel through Thanksgiving, and save them for years to come. The addition of a cinnamon stick lends a fragrant, autumnal touch.

Borrow from Other Seasons

Another way to save on fall décor is to repurpose decorations from previous holidays. Fourth of July bandanas lend a harvest vibe when draped across the mantel, especially in shades of red, rust, and orange. Mardi Gras beads can create a quick garland, and winter holiday decorations like pinecones and acorns look just as appropriate in fall.

Even More Fall Decor Trends

Country Living is one of our favorite sources for interior inspiration, so it’s no wonder we’d look to them for all the latest on other fall trends. Here’s a rundown on what they’re seeing this season:

  • Go (dark) green. For fall, think about incorporating lush tones of emerald or a softer sage green into your decor.
  • All about that brass. Whereas copper was a big trend in recent years, trade rosy metals for true gold tones with brass hardware like hooks and doorknobs.
  • Va-va-voom velvet. This lush texture is perfect for fall and can carry your interior decor into winter as well. We’re loving deep shades of navy blue and slate gray rendered in rich velvet.

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