Easy Summer Recipes

With longer daylight hours and the kids out of school, Summer is the best time for entertaining your friends and family! But… who enjoys slaving over a hot stove in 90 degree weather? Click the link below to check out some of our favorite easy Summer recipes that allow you to keep the kitchen cool… Bon Appetit!

http://www.the36thavenue.com/2013/06/easy-recipes.html

Three Easy Breakfast Meals

When you have a full-time job, a whole family to feed, or all of the above, you don’t always have the time – or energy – to cook an elaborate weekend breakfast. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t eat well in the morning: there are plenty of quick and easy breakfast recipes that will leave everyone happy and satisfied. A couple of these dishes can be even be prepared in part or in full the night before, which means that you can have the meal fully prepared before your coffee is even finished brewing.

Here a just a few of our favorite easy and quick weekend breakfasts:

  • French Toast Casserole – French toast is a breakfast favorite, but it takes quite a bit of time to cook up a family-sized batch. This French toast casserole takes a fraction of the time but packs even more flavor. Prepare the batter the night before, so you can just mix the ingredients and load it into the oven in the morning.
  • Breakfast Egg Casserole – This dish can be completely prepared, then stored and reheated for breakfast. It’s a full meal – eggs, ham, and cheese – prepared in one dish, and it only requires about fifteen minutes of prep time.
  • Breakfast Burritos – Although the recipe featured here is quite tasty, you can experiment with any number of fillings for your breakfast burritos. The great thing about breakfast burritos is that they aren’t only quick to cook, but also quite quick to eat, making them the perfect breakfast for when you are on the go.

We know that our residents have jam-packed schedules. Make sure you start off your weekends right with a breakfast that is as nutritious as it is delicious.

What’s your favorite special breakfast to make on the weekend? Do you have a brunch staple that always wows your house guests?

Arts and Crafts: Fall Decorations for Thanksgiving and Halloween

You can feel it in the air: fall is here. Everybody is ready for the color change and cool autumn breeze. It’s the perfect time to start decorating your apartment and get into the Thanksgiving spirit. There are plenty of fun and easy crafts you can make to bring some extra holiday flair to your apartment home. 

Much of what you need can be found on the grounds of our community. Take a stroll down a nature trail and pick up some fallen leaves, pine cones, and anything else that has an earthy autumn feel. Other items perfect for fall decorations are pumpkins and dried multi-color corn.

From these simple beginnings, you can make a nearly limitless variety of fall decorations. You could buy a thatched basket and create a stunning autumn centerpiece. You could take the pine cones and make a fall wreath to hang on your front door. In fact, pine cones are one of the most versatile items for fall decorations and crafts: Sherri Osborn from About.com has a long list of clever crafts you can make out them.

Of course, we haven’t even mentioned the other fall holiday: Halloween. Jack o’Lanterns are still the most fun Halloween decorations to make, and kids jump at the opportunity to carve pumpkins. If you want to go the extra mile, but don’t want to resort to store-bought decorations, there are plenty of Halloween crafts to choose from. Head over to Country Living and HGTV to see some fun Halloween crafts to make with the whole family.

Making homemade fall decorations this year is a great way to celebrate autumn’s arrival while having a great time with family and friends. Whether you’re decorating your home for Halloween or Thanksgiving – or both – a little bit of DIY ingenuity will go a long way.

Why it is best to renew your lease as opposed to moving

If you’re uncertain whether you want to renew your lease, it’s important to carefully consider the many variables involved. There are many important reasons to move to a new home, like a new job or family obligations. But moving is costly – in terms of both money and stress. A seemingly inexpensive rental might become pricey once you factor in deposits, applications, moving fees, and other expenses. Be sure to consider all of these factors before making a final decision.

Here are the primary factors to think about when deciding whether to renew your current lease:

  • The moving process – Ask anyone who has gone through a move recently: it’s not very much fun. Whether you’re shelling out for the help of a moving company, or handling it all yourself, it’s stressful and time-consuming to uproot your life – especially if you don’t have an important reason to do so.
  • Expenses – Even if your prospective home has lower rent than your current one, there are other financial considerations to make. There is the money associated with the moving process, first off. But you must also consider the fees that are associated with signing a new lease: application fees, security deposits, pet fees, etc.
  • Your relationship to your community – Once you’ve lived somewhere for a significant period of time, you’ve likely developed relationships with your neighbors and building supervisors. Your landlord’s offer for a lease renewal is evidence of that. It will take time to develop those relationships elsewhere.

You might consider all of these factors and decide that moving is still the right choice for you, but you may instead realize that renewing your lease is a better choice for your situation.  Regardless, it is valuable to consider all of these factors and their impact on you and your family. No matter what you choose to do, however, you’ll always be welcome with us.