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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!

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!

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. 

3 Healthy Side Dish Recipes for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in your Raleigh apartment doesn’t have to mean putting on extra pounds or hitting the gym for extra hours. You can celebrate with your friends and family while still sticking to your healthy eating habits. These three recipes are a great beginning.

Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Skip the gluey marshmallows and give your sweet potatoes a harvest flavor. Peel sweet potatoes and cut them into pieces. Arrange them in a baking dish. Mix together 1/3 cup of real maple syrup, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, a pinch of salt and 2 tablespoons of butter. Pour it over the potatoes and put the pan in a 400 degree oven. Pull out the pan and stir every 15 minutes, cooking until the potatoes are done, about 45 minutes. Sprinkle chopped pecans on top right before serving for a delicious crunch.

Crunchy Pear and Celery Salad

Dice two ripe pears, four stalks of celery and one cup of white cheddar cheese and combine in a bowl. Whisk together two tablespoons each of fruit vinegar and honey, then add a small pinch of salt. Pour this dressing over the pear mixture, then add 1/2 cup of chopped pecans. Serve scoops of this salad on top of large butterhead or romaine salad leaves.

Orange-Glazed Carrots

Cut one pound of carrots into thin coins and put into a heavy pot. Add 1 cup of orange juice and enough water to cover the carrots. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring the contents to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the carrots are cooked through and the liquid thickens into a glaze. Serve hot, garnish with dill if you like.

With two swimming pools and a 24-hour fitness center, our community is ideal for anyone wanting to stay fit while celebrating the season. Call our office for a tour to see how much you’d love it here.

Tips for Creating a Better Grocery Budget in Raleigh

How much money do you spend on a typical grocery shop? The average U.S. household spends 13 percent of their income on edibles and household essentials every year. Based on research gathered by the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, a family of four will spend $786 per month on groceries!

grocery shopping
Woman wearing a green shirt is checking a tray of frozen meat in a supermarket Source: istockphoto

Despite this, it is possible to slash your monthly expenditure with some simple budget advice. Here are some apartment living tips to help you create an affordable grocery budget:

  1. Plan Each Week – Decide what you will eat ahead of the weekly grocery shop. Not only will this help you stick to a monthly budget but also, it will prevent unnecessary purchases and food waste.
  2. Prioritize Purchases – Sure, that blender might be on sale or that outfit is really in this season, but what do you need the most? Name your priorities and stick to them.
  3. Don’t Eat Out – Instead of dining at expensive restaurants, recreate the menus in an affordable way from the comfort of your own apartment!

You can try out our apartment living tips in a one, two or three-bedroom property at The Trestles community. To check availability for our rental spaces, contact us today to tour our Raleigh apartments.

Try Different Ice Cream at Raleigh’s Best Creameries and Parlors

We all have a guilty pleasure or two, and there is one that most of us share – ice cream. Tucking into frosty full-fat dairy products is an indulgence that could actually curb hunger cravings. A scoop of your favorite flavored treat will give your body a dose of nutrients and will even boost your sex drive!

ice cream
Young woman in yellow sweater and sunglasses eating ice creamSource: istockphoto

Now that we’ve made you feel a little better about eating this calcium-rich frozen dessert, why not check out some of the best ice cream parlors in Raleigh?

Cool off and get your sugar fix at the following local businesses:

  • Dairy DepotWake Forest Dairy Depot has been serving ice cream treats since 2012. Custom cakes are available in 60+ flavors, such as Amaretto, Key Lime and Cotton Candy.
  • Sunni Sky’sTuck into homemade ice cream flavors like Fudge, Strawberry Shortcake and Pineapple here.
  • Howling CowThis parlor sells ice cream by the cup and by the pint. Chocolate Chip, Cookies and Cream, Cherry Vanilla, Banana Pudding and Raspberry Sherbert are just a few of the delightful flavors on offer.

The above ice cream parlors in Raleigh are easily accessible from The Trestles Apartments. Contact our team to find out more about our location apartments in Raleigh.

Notable Events Happening in Raleigh This July

Now that summer’s in full swing every week there’s dozens of events happening in Raleigh. Here’s five noteworthy Raleigh events that’ll take place near our The Trestles Apartments this July.

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    People partaking in a food tourSource: Wikimedia Commons

    On July 17th, Boutique Blowout is happening at the City Market. At this event near our Raleigh apartments, local stores will sell extra inventory at a discount.

  • From July 8 through July 26 you can catch the musical “Dreamgirls” at the Kennedy Theatre. Tickets are $27, and production takes place Wednesdays through Sundays.
  • For a fine dining experience don’t miss the Heirloom Tomato Wine Dinner on July 8 at Irregardless Cafe and Catering. It’s $60 per person, and you’ll get a four course meal, plus a chance to hear author Craig LeHoullier speak.
  • One free event is the Band of Oz concert on July 30 at the Commons of North Hills. It takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • At Museum Park you can watch a movie under the stars. On July 18 it’s “Selma,” and on July 24 it’s “The Theory of Everything.”

If you’re looking for a new place to live near fun events, come see our Raleigh apartments. Please contact us to set up a tour.