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Hosting a Friendsgiving in Your Apartment

thanksgiving tableThanksgiving is the perfect time to come together with family, but it can be even more enjoyable to enjoy time with friends. Get together with pals in Raleigh, NC by hosting your very own Friendsgiving. It’s pretty much the same as a traditional Thanksgiving except that you won’t have to deal with Grandpa’s jokes!

The perfect Friendsgiving starts with good planning. Here are some ideas:

Food

Think about what types of food you want to serve. Many people stick with traditional favorites, but feel free to deviate from the norm. Ask your friends to bring a dish to pass so that you don’t have to worry about making enough food in your own kitchen. Slow cookers can keep food warm to save on oven space.

Turkey

If it’s your first time cooking a turkey, read up on how to do it. Most frozen turkeys need to thaw a few days before Thanksgiving. The Butterball helpline will walk you through solutions to common problems.

Drinks

Stock your fridge with the drinks your friends like. Wine, beer, and soda are almost always good choices. Drinks that come in individual servings are usually easier, but consider purchasing some plastic cups for faster clean-up if you’re making something like a punch.

Seating

You might not have the big dining room table that your parents have, but you can still find the space for your friends to enjoy their meal. A card table or two with some folding chairs can provide extra seating. Friends also may not mind eating while sitting on the floor or the sofa. Remember that sturdy plates are a necessity if you’re using non-traditional seating.

Serving and Clean-Up

Disposable plates, silverware, and napkins make for easy clean-up. Modern versions can even look close to real china and silverware. If you don’t have enough large spoons for serving, ask friends to bring some.

Your friends will love Friendsgiving in your new Raleigh apartment at the Trestles. Come take a look at our floor plans to see how great they are for entertaining!

 

3 Fun Homemade Halloween Treats

pumpkin stemThe best part of Halloween might not be the spooky costumes. That’s because the treats are awesome. Here are three homemade Halloween treat ideas we hope will inspire our Trestles residents in Raleigh, NC.

Halloween Rice Crisp Treats

It seems like any excuse is a good excuse to make rice crisp treats, especially Halloween. If you haven’t done these before, you’ll need 4 cups of mini marshmallows, 5 cups of rice crisp cereal and ¼ cup of butter, as well as orange and black food coloring. Over mild heat, melt the butter and marshmallows in a saucepan. Once liquid, mix in the crisp cereal until well blended. Butter a 13×9-inch pan and firmly and evenly press the mixture into the pan. Take your food coloring and create spooky designs. Keep in mind the size of each treat that you will slice out later. Serve cool.

Ghost Treats

It wouldn’t be Halloween without ghosts. Gather a 12-ounce package of white chocolate, two dozen peanut-shaped peanut butter sandwich cookies, wax paper and four dozen mini chocolate chips.

Microwave the white chocolate on low for 1 minute. Stir and heat for 30-second intervals, until it is warm and liquified. Remove, and dip cookies into white chocolate and place on wax paper. Position two chocolate chips for eyes while still warm. Let harden for about 20 minutes and serve.

Chocolate Monster Bites

If you are going to have ghosts in attendance, you will need monsters. These home-baked cookies are a frightening chocolate treat and take a little more than an hour to prepare, with a couple of hours of wait time. Gather together 1 ½ cups of 60 percent chopped chocolate, 1 cup of heavy cream, 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter (room temp) and six jumbo marshmallows. And, one bag of your favorite chocolate chip cookies.

Put the chocolate in a heat-safe bowl. Bring the heavy cream to a quick, brief boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Pour over the chocolate and stir until soft. Whisk in butter while still warm. Cover, and let stand until room temperature, but still soft enough to manipulate. Expect 2-4 hours.

Spoon chocolate mixture onto the flat side of a cookie. Top with another and repeat. Slice tiny marshmallow triangles for teeth and press into the chocolate. Take the remainder of your marshmallows and microwave 30 seconds at a time, with stirring breaks until soft. Dab on circular white marshmallow eye bases. Insert one chocolate chip into each eye socket. Let cool and serve.

We hope our Trestles community members enjoy these DIY Halloween treat ideas. If you or a friend would like more information about our Raleigh apartments, call us today!

N.C. Museum of History Exhibits

people in museum

The North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh offers an amazing glimpse into the past that teaches us so much about today’s culture. Fortunately for our Trestles residents, the facility is only about 7 miles away and has several important exhibits on display right now.

North Carolina and World War I

It’s been more than 100 years since the start of WWI and Tar Heel soldiers played a significant role in the “War to End All Wars.” The interactive exhibit helps visitors experience what trench warfare was like on the Western Front of France and Belgium. There are about 500 pieces of history on display including video battle re-enactments.

The Story of North Carolina

The United States has been around for less than 250 years. But this locally focused exhibit helps walk history buffs through 14,000 years of North Carolina history. The largest ever state exhibit showcases numerous artifacts, dioramas and a pair of full-sized houses. Although there are plenty of material items, the focus stays on the people who shaped the region.

Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that’s true, then Hugh Morton’s breathtaking images tell the story of eight decades of North Carolinians. Some of the popular pictures include recording artist Johnny Cash holding up an American Flag, Dr. Lynn Rogers with a black bear and Cherokee dancers. The wide range of landscapes, people, nature and sports photographs provide a rare perspective about 20th Century North Carolina.

1903 Wright Flyer and 1911 Wright Glider

In a nod that North Carolina was First in Flight, the museum temporarily houses the 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction from the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center. The aircraft has been elevated to 12 feet, the actual height of their first step into flight. The reproduction is expected to remain prominently displayed until the visitor center completes renovation in 2018.

The North Carolina Museum of History has a variety of other exhibits that include themes such as Miss North Carolina, American Red Cross, 1920’s Drugstore, Tar Heel Junior Historian Association and the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Admission is free and the museum is open every day except some major holidays. For more information, call (919) 807-7900.

We hope our Trestles community members take an opportunity to visit the nearby museum. If you or a friend would like more information about our Raleigh apartments, call us today.

The Best Food Trucks in Raleigh

outdoor grilling area

Raleigh offers some of the best restaurants in the south, including those that are always on the move! Living in Raleigh apartments provides a broad range of conveniences, including options when it comes to cuisines and food trucks. The trick is to track down a local favorite. Here are a few food trucks in Raleigh that you should visit:

Baozi Food Truck

This foodie paradise is a mobile kitchen whose specialty is Asian fusion food. It produces different steamed buns called Bao’s filled with a variety of fillings and sides. Indulge your taste buds in the bursting flavor of spiced fillings with an Asian twist.

Big Mikes BBQ

Keep an eye out for this mobile red barbecue barn that covers the whole Raleigh area. It specializes in delicacies such as NC barbecue, pulled pork, chopped smoked chicken and smoked brisket. It’s food associate, the brick-and-mortar restaurant in Cary, shares in the same variety. Do not miss out on all things smoked and barbecued with this gem!

Chick-N-Que

This ‘que on wheels offers some of the best eastern-style barbecues in the area. As the name suggests, it specializes a variety of chicken dishes and serves North Carolina-raised ostrich burgers. You can also stop by the Chick-N-Que’s permanent location in Rolesville.

Cousins Maine Lobster

This famous local favorite is a food truck that dishes out fresh Maine seafood. The Cousins Maine Lobster is perhaps best known for being a Shark Tank-affiliated company, who features a diverse lobster menu with everything from lobster rolls, lobster pies, lobster cakes and lobster tails!

D’Burritos

D’Burritos is a food truck that specializes in upscale fresh Mexican cuisine. It serves burritos, tacos, and salads just as the name suggests, and is always a great option for a tasty meal on the go!

Your mouth is probably watering right now at the delicious variety of cuisines at your disposal near our Raleigh apartments. Contact us today to find all that The Trestles has to offer our residents, and get ready to chow down!

Mouthwatering Watermelon Recipes

slice of watermelonNothing tastes better on a sunny, summer day than a cold slice of watermelon. Here are three of our favorite new watermelon recipes to try this summer.

Something to Sip: Watermelon Bellini

●      1 lime

●      2 or 3 tbsp. coarse sugar

●      3 cups frozen, seedless watermelon

●      1 cup chilled sparkling grape juice

●      2 tbsp. sugar

●      Pinch of salt

Half your lime. Use one half to rub the rims of cocktail glasses, dip rims in coarse sugar to coat. Blend frozen watermelon, 1 cup chilled sparkling grape juice, sugar, salt and juice squeezed from half of your lime. Blend until smooth, pour into prepared glasses and top with more sparkling grape juice.

A Fresh Summer Starter: Tomato and Watermelon Salad

●      5 cups watermelon cubes

●      1 ½ lbs. tomatoes (cut into small cubes)

●      3 tsp. sugar

●      ½ tsp. salt

●      1 small red onion, quartered, sliced thin

●      ½ cup red wine vinegar

●      ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Combine watermelon and tomatoes in a big bowl and sprinkle with salt and sugar. Toss and let stand for 15 minutes. Stir in vinegar, oil and onion, then cover and chill for 2 hours. Serve with fresh cracked black pepper.

Sweet and Savory Appetizer: Herbed Goat Cheese Melon Bites

●      1 small watermelon

●      1 4 oz. goat cheese log

●      2 tbsp. basil, chopped

●      ½ tsp. salt

●      ¼ tsp. fresh ground pepper

Cut half watermelon into inch thick slices, then cut into rounds. Mix goat cheese, basil, salt and pepper and spoon onto watermelon rounds. Chill 1-2 hours.

We hope everyone in our Raleigh apartments community enjoys this sweet summer season! If you’re in search of a welcoming new home in North Carolina this summer, we invite you to contact our office today to find out which floor plans we currently have available.

Refreshing Summer Drinks to Try

refreshing summer drinkThe summer heat is on, and with it comes a powerful thirst. Hot summer temperatures can creep into the 90’s, and it’s hard to escape that heat. Whether searching for apartments in Raleigh or just running errands about town, it’s always great to take a break from the heat to enjoy a cool, refreshing drink. Here are three we highly recommend!

3 Refreshing Summer Drinks

Coffee Slushie: If you’re looking for a quick morning pick-me-up on a scorching day, this is your drink. In a blender, add one tablespoon of instant coffee, one cup of ice cubes, 1/2 cup of milk and two tablespoons of sugar. Blend on high until the ice is crushed, and pour into two cups. Serve immediately.

Lemonade Mint Julep: Here’s a new twist on an old favorite. In a heat-proof pitcher, mix eight cups of boiling water with one packet of Crystal Light lemonade. Stir in one cup of mint leaves. Allow to stand at room temperature for one hour, then strain. Refrigerate for later, or serve immediately over crushed ice.

Sparkling Pineapple-Lime Punch: Need a quick specialty drink for a large group? Use this recipe! In a punch bowl, mix one bunch of fresh mint (no stems) with two packages of Kool-Aid Lemon-Lime Flavor Unsweetened Drink Mix. Add in eight cups of chilled pineapple juice, and stir until mixes are dissolved. Stir in one two-liter bottle of chilled carbonated lemon-lime soda. Toss in one sliced lemon and/or lime.

Of course, drinks are best when served amongst friends in a beautiful apartment like those available at The Trestles in Raleigh. These northeastern Raleigh apartments are conveniently located near shops, grocery stores and restaurants. Residents enjoy two swimming pools, a 24-hour fitness center and access to two clothing care centers. Our one- or two-bedroom apartments all feature bay windows and private patios or balconies, with some apartment homes featuring more amenities like fireplaces and walk-in closets. Contact our office today to see which floor plan is best for you!

Stop by Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

Performer in TheaterIf you’re looking for things to do this May and June, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts has plenty to offer. The center’s calendar is filled with amazing shows, concerts and more. These are just some of the upcoming events that are taking place.

Russian Nights – North Carolina Symphony Classical Series

This concert features 2016 Grammy-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich playing Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto” while Grant Llewellyn conducts. Other pieces by Rodion Shchedrin and Shostakovich will also be performed. Performances take place on May 19 and May 20 at 8:00 p.m. at Meymandi Concert Hall.

Matilda the Musical – Broadway Series South and North Carolina Theatre

This Tony Award-winning musical, which is based on Roald Dahl’s novel, has played to packed auditoriums on Broadway and the West End in London. Raleigh residents now have a chance to see this heartwarming show in person. The charming Matilda the Musical comes to Memorial Auditorium from May 23 through May 28 for evening and matinee performances.

The Music of Prince – North Carolina Symphony

Prince fans can head to Meymandi Concert Hall for an evening filled with the artist’s songs. The North Carolina Symphony will be paying tribute to Prince with a Music of Prince concert on June 7 at 7:30 p.m. Fans can expect to hear a number of Prince classics performed by this talented symphony orchestra.

Louie Anderson – Bob Nocek Presents

For a night of laughter, make plans to attend Louie Anderson’s show at Fletcher Opera Theater on June 15th at 8 p.m. The award-winning comedian and best-selling author will be entertaining the audience with his down-to-earth brand of comedy. Anderson has been a stand-up comedian for the past 30 years.

Our apartments in Raleigh, NC is close to everything the city has to offer, with convenient access to Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Contact us for more information about our community and available floor plans!

Fruits and Vegetables That are in Season for April

Avocado Cut in HalfAdding more fruits and veggies to your diet is always a good idea, and it’s definitely worth it to go for seasonal produce from time to time. Why? In-season fruit and veggies are usually less expensive, better-tasting and packed with a higher concentration of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Plus, buying local in-season produce is a great way to support your community farmers.

At The Trestles Apartments, our residents love living locally to establishments like the Raleigh Farmers Market, less than a 20-minute drive away. Hitting a farmers market is also a great family-friendly activity and the perfect way to spend a gorgeous spring day in North Carolina.

Five Fruits and Vegetables That are in Season This April

It’s April! Go ahead: Grab your tote bags and stock up on these in-season fruits and veggies:

1. Avocados

Can we say guacamole? Full of healthy fats, avocados are great for dips, soups, salads, or even as a spread on toast.

2. Asparagus

It doesn’t get more simple than asparagus roasted with olive oil, pepper, and salt, topped with a splash of fresh lemon juice.

3. Cauliflower

Try this white veggie roasted, steamed, mashed, or “riced” for a delicious side dish. Cauliflower’s cruciferous cousin, broccoli, is also in season this month—and is equally delicious roasted or steamed.

4. Oranges

Packed with Vitamin C and fiber, oranges are excellent on salads or even as a stand-alone snack.

5. Strawberries

This time of year, strawberries are definitely at their sweetest, juiciest and tastiest. Add to oatmeal or drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Want even more seasonal inspiration? Check out this list here. If you find yourself getting tired of plain produce, it’s easy to mix things up with some simple homemade recipes you can create right in your very own kitchen! To check out the kitchen floor plans we offer at our apartments in Raleigh, give us a call today. 

Ready to Step Out of Your Raleigh Apartments? 4 Affordable Travel Destinations for Spring

Myrtle Beach sunriseAs spring break season quickly approaches, you may be scrambling to find the perfect budget-friendly destination for your celebrations. Fortunately, with so many hidden gems nearby, you do not need to look far beyond your apartments in Raleigh to find your new favorite spring break spot. Here are four affordable travel destinations to consider while planning your trip.

Sanibel Island, Florida: Island Adventures Abound

If you are in the mood for a tropical oasis, Sanibel Island in Florida awaits your arrival. You can spend time on the beach, go snorkeling in the warm waters or take your plentiful hotel amenities on a test drive while visiting this amazing island.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Just a Hop Away from Your Apartments in Raleigh

Step away from your Raleigh apartments to enjoy the amazing dining, shopping and beachcombing venues across Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. This popular tourist destination will give you plenty of opportunities to try new activities, taste the best foods and meet awesome friends.

Nashville, Tennessee: An Exploration of Music and Culture

If music and culture sound more attractive than tropical beach adventures, Nashville, Tennessee is surely the place for you to be. You can visit museums, theaters and restaurants absolutely filled with music memorabilia, performances and much more.

New Orleans, Louisiana: Food and Nightlife at Its Best

New Orleans, Louisiana, offers the best in food and nightlife to propel your spring break celebrations to new heights. The festival season runs through spring, so you will always have an event to go to during your travels.

You really cannot go wrong in choosing one of the four spring break destinations listed above. If you are ready to renew your living space upon returning home from spring break, give the team at The Trestles Apartments a call at 984-221-0889 to inquire about the available floor plans.

5 Creative Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine's Day GiftsForget store-bought cards, boring chocolates and wilting flower– your Valentine deserves something as unique and special as they are. Make this Valentine’s Day memorable for your special someone with one of these five creative and unique ideas.

Five Unique and Memorable Valentine’s Day Ideas

Freeze flowers or pomegranate seeds in ice cubes. Making your significant other a special drink or cocktail is a perfect way to pamper them on Valentine’s Day. Ice cubes adorned with flower petals or red seeds will add the perfect romantic touch to your gesture.

Host a movie night featuring romantic movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Dim the lights, make some popcorn or hot cocoa and cuddle up with your favorite person under a cozy blanket to watch classic Hollywood love stories like Casablanca, Roman Holiday and An Affair to Remember.

Give your Valentine good luck in the form of a paper fortune cookie. Feeling a little crafty? This free printable template for colorful paper fortune cookies lets you give your special someone sweet Valentine’s Day wishes. All you need is a printer, some scissors and a little imagination.

Make flowers more thoughtful with a hand-crafted vase. If you’re feeling extra crafty, try popping your Valentine’s Day flower bouquet into a handmade thumbprint mason jar vase. This quick do-it-yourself project calls for nothing more than a mason jar and some paint. It makes a wonderful gift that will remain long after the flowers inside have wilted.

Bake a sweet dessert together. If you want to make your Valentine a dessert as sweet as they are, try baking an Oreo skillet cookie together. This yummy cookie cake has only two ingredients, minimizing clean-up and giving you and your sweetheart plenty of time to cuddle up and enjoy.

Residents of The Trestles looking to make this Valentine’s Day memorable for their special someone should be certain to try one of these five unique ideas.

If you’re looking for a new apartment in Raleigh to celebrate all your holidays in, give us a call today!