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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!

 

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. 

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!

3 Ideas for Winter Centerpieces

CandleIf you enjoy beautiful housing in a scenic yet easily accessible area then the Trestles Apartments in Raleigh is sure to suit your tastes. Both one and two bedroom apartments are available and aesthetic amenities include fireplaces, balconies and vaulted ceilings.

At the same time, no place is really home until you’ve decorated it for the season. Here are three ideas for winter centerpieces that may suit your fancy.

Candles

Candles make excellent centerpieces and they can be used in a variety of ways. A candle in a metallic lantern is great if you want a centerpiece with a traditional feel. Other alternatives include having several tea candles floating in a bowl of water or placing a large candle in a glass tray and decorating the tray with pine sprigs, pine cones and/or holly.

Baubles

Baubles can convey a large variety of sentiments. Gold and silver are elegant and classy while orange and red have a warm, autumnal feeling. Hot pink and blue give a room a lively flair while green and red are traditional December colors. Place the baubles in a glass container and watch them transform your living or dining room area.

Flowers

Floral arrangements make lovely centerpieces. You can use either real or fake flowers; however, fake flowers are the best option if you suffer from allergies and/or want a long-lasting centerpiece. Choose flowers that match with room’s overall style of decor and the holiday sentiments you want to convey. At the same time, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and choose an original arrangement that reflects your unique personality.

The Trestles has much to offer anyone who is looking for a new home. The community is near local schools and shopping centers, has flexible lease terms and offers a playground, swimming pools, on-site clothing care centers and other amenities. Give us a call to find out more or take a tour of the grounds.

4 Ways to Decorate Your Apartment for Fall

One of the best ways to freshen up apartments in Raleigh, NC is to change their decor on a seasonal basis. This can be done on any scale, so there’s no need to invest a large amount of money to get the right effect. Here are some ideas for fall that range from minor accents all the way to full-scale makeovers:

Add Table Accents

Give fall centerpieces a fresh take by exchanging typical orange pumpkins for white ones and using fresh fall flowers instead of dried summer varieties. If you would rather use dried flowers for their longevity, choose a less-common type like hydrangeas.

To bring the look to your entire apartment, use smaller versions of the same display on your accent tables. A votive candleholder surrounded by bits of fall flowers will spread the theme well.

Put a Fall Wreath on the Door

Colorful leaves and pinecones are the most common elements for these, but there’s no need for them to be so traditional. Try wood slices, dried flowers and other elements for a fresher look.

Buy a Rug with Fall Colors

If you want a bigger effect than accents can bring, try a large rug in subdued oranges and browns. This will certainly change the look of your apartment and make it far more seasonal. The only caveat is to make sure you have a place to store it once the season ends.

Change Every Room

A full fall makeover doesn’t stop with the living room floor. In the bedroom, change your blankets, comforters and decorative pillow covers for ones with fall colors and themes. Add some fall-colored leaves around the bathroom mirror. If you use throws on the living room furniture, change them to fall colors too.

To see our available apartments and envision how you can decorate them for fall, just stop by our office. We’ll be glad to give you a tour.