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How To Move Into Your New Apartment in Three Days

Move? In just three days?! With the right amount of pre-planning, it is absolutely possible to move in just three short days. It will take a lot of thought and strategy, but you will feel much better having a plan of action over just tossing your belongings into garbage bags and hoping for the best. With these organizational ideas, moving will be stress-free. Here are our tips for a better packing and moving experience.

Lists, Lists, Lists!

Before you do anything, write down everything that needs to be done. If you’re planning on using movers, start with some research! Make a list of local and regional moving companies and use review sites to help determine if they’re a good fit for your needs. If you’re looking at a local moving company, Realtor.com suggests visiting their business in person, which allows you to get a true feel for their standards and capabilities.

Your next list? Packing items. It’s absolutely worth having more boxes, bubble wrap, and rolls of tape than you need. Even if you don’t use movers, they’re a great resource for moving supplies. You can get boxes from personal storage facilities, as well. It’s also worth asking your friends and family if they have boxes and bins they’d be willing to part ways with for your move. Take to Facebook and see who will lend you some goods. That will save you money and probably free up some space for them, too!

So, what goes where? You already know what the movers are going to take, but where are they going to put everything? It’s best to hash out what furniture goes where before they come to collect, otherwise you’ll spend a few more days moving a few things yourself. Mapping it out also helps you visualize where your smaller items might live as well.

Pack Smarter

Don’t empty those dresser drawers! You’ll just have to refill them again once you’re moved in. Take the items you will need during your unpacking days and fill in the empty spaces with items you can temporarily part with. If you’re looking to save on cushioned packing materials, we suggest using blankets, towels, scarves and other soft fabric materials to wrap fragile items. It’s a “two birds with one stone” way to pack a lot of your possessions at once.

Designate a room in your current space for packing. Bring all of your empty cardboard boxes, plastic bins, tape and markers into one room. It will help you stay organized and allow you to keep track of everything you have left to pack with. Instead of scrambling around your space in search of that marker you put somewhere, having them stored in one room will ease the packing process. Use that marker to clearly label your boxes and bins on each side and make sure you’re explicit about breakable materials. It’ll keep hired movers from carelessly destroying your fragile items.

Ask for Help

This might be the hardest part of your move. A lot of people dread asking their loved ones to help them move. It’s a lot of tough work, and it takes a long time. We suggest thanking them with a hearty post-move meal and a meaningful note of gratitude.

Nothing says “moving day” quite like delivery pizza and soda!

They’ll appreciate your immediate appreciation for their help. Plus, the move will be a lot easier for everyone if you follow the steps above!


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!

 


Eat Dat! Tailgating Recipes

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.

Tailgating Recipes

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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.

Ingredients: 

Recipe: 

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.

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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.

Ingredients:

Recipe: 

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.

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PB&J Chocolate Bars. (Photo via FoodNetwork.com)

PB&J Chocolate Bars

Finish on a salty-sweet note with these delectable dessert bars!

Ingredients: 

For the base

For the filling and glaze

Recipe: 

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.

All recipes via FoodNetwork.com

Check out more great recipes here! 


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!


Easy, Homemade Halloween Treats

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!

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Photo via Pinterest.

Quick and Easy Halloween Dessert Recipes

Poison Candy Apples

Channel your inner Snow White with this sweet recipe. 

Ingredients:

  • 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

Recipe: 

  • 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.

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    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. 

Ingredients:

  • 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

Recipe: 

  • 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.

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    Graveyard dip. (Photo via BuzzFeed.)

Graveyard Dip

Perfect for a crowd of hungry ghosts and goblins. 

Ingredients: 

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 —

  • Milano cookies
  • Black decorating icing
  • Candy corn pumpkins
  • Gummy worms

For serving —

  • Graham crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Apple slices

Recipe: 

  • 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.
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These “mummies” are made using frozen bananas. (Photo via Woman’s Day)

Banana Mummies

It’s fruit, so it’s healthy… right? 

Ingredients: 

  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1 pound plus 4 ounces white chocolate
  • M&M minis
  • 4 ounces milk chocolate chips (optional)
  • 8 lollipop sticks (available at craft stores)

Recipe: 

  • 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)

Haystack Creatures

Can’t decide if you prefer your treat salty or sweet? These haystacks feature both flavors!

Ingredients: 

  • 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

Recipe: 

  • 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.