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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!

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.

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.