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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!

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.

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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.