Early-Bird Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

 

Ideally, Thanksgiving is about spending time with loved ones and reflecting on all we’re grateful for. In reality, it’s often a time of major stress: did we bake enough dinner rolls? Does this side dish go well with turkey? Why is the gravy so lumpy?

While there’s not much to do for last-minute disasters besides take a long, deep breath, you can prepare yourself and your space in advance to ensure a successful holiday.

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Check your spices for expiration dates — fresh flavors make all the difference in holiday cooking! (Photo courtesy Chris Martino on Flickr)

 

Take Stock of Your Kitchen

Simple tasks like checking expiration dates on your spices or counting how many usable plates you have can save you from last-minute mad dashes to the store on the big day. Make an ongoing list that outlines what you need, then plan on a shopping trip where you can purchase everything all at once.

Remember to check in on other dining necessities: ample utensils, wine glasses, dish-washing liquid, and paper towels can all be the difference between a seamless evening and a stressful one.

Consider an Easygoing Menu

Try to plan a menu that doesn’t rely on being served hot or cold. Dishes like wild rice salad, pecan or pumpkin pies, and even the turkey itself can be served at room temperature, hot, or cold, so no matter where you need to store them, you’ll ensure they taste delicious.

But What About the Bird?

A huge turkey is often the star of a Thanksgiving menu — but it doesn’t have to be! You can forego the fowl in its whole form and try dishes like a satisfying turkey pot-pie, roasted turkey breasts, or turkey osso bucco. If you insist on a full turkey, here are a few space-saving tips:

  • Use it as an opportunity to clean the fridge and get rid of any odds and ends you simply won’t use
  • Defrost a frozen turkey in a refrigerator over the course of several days once your fridge is clean
  • Or, defrost and brine your turkey at the same time using a cooler on your balcony or patio

Gear Up for Guests

Even if your out-of-town visitors have plans to stay elsewhere, you may want to consider preparing a guest room – just in case. Purchase a few travel-size toiletries so guests don’t have to use yours. Place items like toothpaste, a razor, a new bar of soap, and shampoo on top of a clean, colorful towel so guests will know it’s theirs to use.

Put fresh sheets on the guest bed, and stack a couple of extra blankets nearby. Stocking up on toilet paper is a necessity; fresh flowers, magazines, and water bottles all placed in the room are bonus points for hosts looking to make a special impression. If you don’t have a guest room, create an alternate space for guests to sleep with an airbed or even a feather mattress topper placed on the floor.

Yesterday’s Halloween is Today’s Thanksgiving

Scope out remaining Halloween sales to find decorative items and candy to have on hand for the Thanksgiving holiday. Often, candies have fall themes that are deeply discounted after Halloween – arrange them in a crystal bowl, and your guests can help themselves to bite-size treats leading up to the meal.

Post-Halloween sales are also a good time to purchase several pumpkins. These hearty gourds should last well through Thanksgiving and are a beautiful addition on the table, mantel, or on the front door.

We hope these tips will help you enjoy a peaceful, fun holiday. Happy Thanksgiving to all of our current and future residents at 1st Lake Properties! We are thankful for you!

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This custom home resides within a gated community just minutes from downtown New Orleans and the Metairie CBD. Centrally located near shopping centers and entertainment venues, Gabriel Subdivision is the ideal place to live.

Our Kenner townhome spreads over 2,400 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a downstairs master, a double car garage, granite counter tops, a cozy fireplace, a beautiful sunroom, a tranquil courtyard and more.


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See Who’s Moving to the Suburbs in NOLA

In a recent survey on behalf of the National Association of Home Builders featured on nola.com, results showed that 66 percent of millennials wanted to live in the suburbs, compared with just 10 percent of millennials who preferred urban living. In New Orleans, this same trend has emerged, with more people (millennials in particular) opting for suburbs like Elmwood, Kenner, River Ridge, and Metairie over downtown.

We’ve already explored how renting is an enticing option when compared with home buying, so renting in the suburbs presents a doubly beneficial scenario for young professionals and anyone looking for a new space to call home.

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Ready to cozy up to a spacious, brand-new apartment just outside the city?

Apartments in the suburbs – and 1st Lake Apartments in particular — often give renters more bang for their buck with larger square footage and better amenities than buildings in downtown New Orleans. Let’s take a look at two new apartment buildings, for example. First up is an apartment located in downtown New Orleans. A 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment at this particular complex clocks in at just 904 square feet, and rent is $2,240 per month plus extra for parking.

Compare that with our Bella Ridge property – it’s brand-new, too, just like select downtown New Orleans buildings, and features added bonuses like an on-site dog park you simply won’t find at buildings in the New Orleans Central Business District. A 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment at Bella Ridge offers nearly 100 additional square feet for a total of 996 square feet. It also features better amenities, a covered parking garage (not to mention free parking) and easy access to the shops, restaurants, and convenience of Elmwood. So it must be more expensive, right? Wrong. A one-bedroom at Bella Ridge starts at $1,295 per month. That’s nearly $1,000 less per month – plus more space and better amenities – than a comparable apartment downtown.

Bella Ridge is just one example of so many beautiful, lushly appointed properties throughout our 1st Lake communities, which span throughout the suburbs. River Ridge apartments, with their convenient access to both downtown New Orleans and Metairie, truly offer the best of both worlds – and at a better price with more space. It’s easy to see why moving to the suburbs is a popular option for young professionals and anyone else interested in saving money while gaining convenience, space, and amenities. Are you ready to make the move?

 

 

Soak Up the Sun: Pools Close on Tuesday, Sept. 8

With Labor Day Weekend just around the corner, we’re excited to usher in a new season, filled with cooler days and football games. Labor Day is also when we close our pools for the season. But there’s still a tiny bit of time to relax poolside – take a look at our perfect pool menu. Whip up a batch of crisp, pineapple basil tea and stuffed piquillo peppers with goat cheese perfect for snacking. Get the recipes below (and remember to only use plastic cups at the pool! No glass, please!).

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Remember, pools close on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Until then, enjoy!

Pineapple-Basil Tea

Tropical flavors are a delicious complement to a day at the pool. This easy recipe, courtesy of Southern Living, requires just a few ingredients for an inspired result – a unique take on typical Southern-style sweet tea.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
  • Water
  • 8 regular-size black tea bags
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Recipe:

In a saucepan, bring pineapple, sugar, and 1 cup water to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring often. Cool slightly and process using an immersion blender or in a regular blender. Strain the mixture.

Next, bring 3 cups of water to a boil and add tea bags. Boil for one minute, remove from heat, and cover and steep for about 10 minutes. Discard tea bags and stir tea into pineapple mixture. Stir in the fresh basil and 6 cups cold water. Serve over ice. 

Stuffed Piquillo Peppers with Goat Cheese

Smaller and sweeter than roasted red bell peppers, piquillos make for an elegant, bite-sized snack when stuffed with goat cheese, scallions, and a touch of mint thanks to the recipe from Martha Stewart. Even better? No baking required.

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces goat cheese, room temperature
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 jar piquillo peppers (about 15 peppers) drained with liquid reserved
  • 2 lemons
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped mint

Recipe:

Place goat cheese, scallions, red pepper flakes, mint, and reserved piquillo liquid into a bowl. Zest and then juice the lemons into the bowl (take care to strain the seeds). Mix until combined.

Next, using a small spoon or piping bag, fill the drained piquillo peppers with about 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes for garnish. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

Back to School! New Orleans Resources for Moving, Start Dates, and School Supplies

Back to school is sort of the “spring cleaning” of the summer – a chance to get organized, regroup, and start the fall on a fresh note. For students, we’ve collected a list of pertinent school supplies and start dates for area schools below. We also know that the beginning of the school year is often a time when college students move into new apartments, which is why we’re including top tips from our Moving Checklist. Check out the full list here! Is it your first apartment? We have all the resources you need with our First Apartment Essentials Checklist.

And remember – tax-free shopping happens this Friday and Saturday, so stock up on back-to-school items all over town during this statewide tax holiday.

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Photo courtesy Tulane Public Relations on Flickr.

Top Moving Tips for One to Two Weeks Before Your Move

  • Focus on those nitty-gritty details to make your move seamless. Make sure to:
  • Stop or transfer all of your utility services like electric, cable, and water. Don’t forget to transfer your magazine subscriptions!
  • Change your address with creditors, banks, and the post office
  • Ask friends or family in advance to help on moving day
  • Back up all computers and electronics

 

New Orleans 2015 Back-to-School Start Dates and Supplies

JEFFERSON PARISH

John Q. Adams Middle
August 10

School supplies list online

Airline Park Academy for Advanced Studies
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Alexander, A. C. Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Audubon, John James Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Birney, Alice Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Bissonet Plaza Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Bonnabel, Alfred Magnet Academy High School
Aug. 10
No supplies list available

Boudreaux, Geraldine Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Bridgedale Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Butler, Joshua Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Chateau Estates Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Cherbonnier-Rillieux Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Clancy-Maggiore Elementary School for the Arts
Aug. 10

School supplies list online

Collins, Lionel Montessori School
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Cox, George A. Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Cox, Helen High
Aug. 10
No official list

Cuillier, Joseph A. Sr. Career Center
Aug. 10
No supplies list available

Dolhonde, Ella Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

East Jefferson High
Aug. 10
No official list

Ehret, John High
Aug. 10
No official supplies list

Ellender, Allen School
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Ellis, J.C. Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Estelle Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Fisher Middle-High
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Ford, Henry Middle
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Grand Isle School
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Green Park Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Greenlawn Terrace Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Gretna Middle
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Gretna No. 2 Academy for Advanced Studies
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Harahan Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Harris, Mildred S. Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Harris, T. H. Middle
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Hart, William Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Hazel Park/Hilda Knoff Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Hearst, Phoebe Elementary
Aug.10
School supplies list online

Higgins, L.W. High
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

International School of Louisiana
Aug. 17 (Grades 1st – 8th)
No supplies list online

Janet, Congetta Trippe Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Jefferson Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Jefferson, Thomas High
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Johnson, Shirley T.-Gretna Park Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Keller, Harold Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy
Aug. 12 (1st – 8th)
No supplies list online

Kerner, Leo Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

King, Grace High
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Livaudais Middle
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Live Oak Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Marrero Academy for Advanced Studies
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Marrero, L.H. Middle
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Martyn, John H. Alternative School
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Matas, Rudolph Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

McDonogh No. 26 Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Meisler, J.D. Middle
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Metairie Academy for Advanced Studies
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Pitre, Vic A. Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies  list online

Pittman, Ella C. Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Riverdale High
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Riverdale Middle
Aug. 10
No supplies list online.

Riviere, Marie Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Roosevelt, Theodore Middle
Aug. 10
No school supplies list online

Ruppel, L.W. Academy for Advanced Studies
Aug. 10
No school supplies list online

Schneckenburger, Walter Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Solis, Paul J. Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

St. Ville  Douglass Connections
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Strehle, Catherine Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Taylor, Patrick F. Science & Technology Academy
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Terrytown Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Thibodeaux, Myrtle C. Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Truman, Harry S. Middle
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Wall, Miller Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Washington Montessori School
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

West Jefferson High
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Westbank Community School
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Woodland West Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Woodmere Elementary
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Woods, Granville T. Elementary
Aug. 10
School supplies list online

Worley, Stella Middle
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

Young Audiences Charter School
Aug. 10
No supplies list online

ORLEANS PARISH

Audubon Charter School

Aug. 19 (K-8th)

School supplies list online

Benjamin Franklin High School
Aug. 11

School supplies online
Bricolage Academy
Aug. 11 – 1st Grade
Aug. 18 – Kindergarten
Supplies list online

Einstein Charter School
Aug. 18
Aug. 25 (Pre-K & K)
Supplies list will be handed out to students

Encore Academy
Aug. 12
No supplies list online

Alice M Harte Elementary
Aug. 5 – First Day of School
Aug. 12 – Kindergarten boys first day
Aug. 13– Kindergarten girls first day
School supplies list online

Edward Haynes Elementary Charter
Aug. 13(1 – 6th), Aug. 14 (7-8)
Aug. 20 (Pre-K, K)
School supplies list online

Edna Karr High School
Aug. 5
School supplies list online

Langston Hughes Charter School
Aug. 10
Supply list available online

Lake Forest Elementary Charter School
Aug. 10 (1st – 8th)
Aug. 17 (Pre-K & K)
No supplies list online

Lusher Charter School
Aug. 17
School supplies list online

Sophie B. Wright Charter School
Aug. 17 – 9th – 12th grades
Aug. 18 – 7th & 8th grades
School supplies list online

Benjamin Franklin Elementary Math & Science
Aug. 11
No supplies list online

Bethune Elementary
Aug. 11 (1st – 6th)
Aug. 17 (Pre-K, K)
Supplies list online

McDonough 35 High School
Aug. 18
No supplies list available online

McDonough 35 Middle School
Aug. 18
No supplies list available online

McMain Secondary School
Aug. 11
No supplies list online.

 

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