Easy Summer Recipes

With longer daylight hours and the kids out of school, Summer is the best time for entertaining your friends and family! But… who enjoys slaving over a hot stove in 90 degree weather? Click the link below to check out some of our favorite easy Summer recipes that allow you to keep the kitchen cool… Bon Appetit!

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Apartment Safety

In an apartment, fire safety is paramount. You should always use your kitchen responsibly, as household fires typically start there. Luckily, it’s not difficult to keep your apartment safe from kitchen fires as long as you cook responsibly, practice wise cleaning habits, and stay vigilant while cooking. To help, we’ve put together this list of common causes of apartment fires, so you know what to look out for next time you are in the kitchen.

In order to practice good apartment fire safety habits, you must know the common ways that kitchen fires start. That way, you’ll be able to prevent unsafe conditions before they arise:

  • Oil/Grease – Oil and grease are common kitchen fire culprits. Grease can build up on your stove or in your oven if you are not cleaning diligently, and this can cause fires. Additionally, oil that is heated to a high temperature must be handled with care; if it is thrown into a trashcan haphazardly, the entire can might go up in flames.
  • Unattended cooking – This one’s a no-brainer, right? However, according to the National Fire Prevention Association, unattended cooking is the number one cause of kitchen fires. Always stay in the kitchen while you are cooking and always keep a timer running.
  • Clothing/Cloth – While clothing fires are not especially common, they present a high risk of bodily harm. Avoid loose-fitting clothing while cooking, and keep towels and oven mitts well away from burners or open flames.

If you practice these safety habits, you and your family will be at a much lower risk from kitchen fires. Practicing wise apartment fire safety habits is important – not just for you and your family, but for your neighbors as well.

Three Easy Breakfast Meals

When you have a full-time job, a whole family to feed, or all of the above, you don’t always have the time – or energy – to cook an elaborate weekend breakfast. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t eat well in the morning: there are plenty of quick and easy breakfast recipes that will leave everyone happy and satisfied. A couple of these dishes can be even be prepared in part or in full the night before, which means that you can have the meal fully prepared before your coffee is even finished brewing.

Here a just a few of our favorite easy and quick weekend breakfasts:

  • French Toast Casserole – French toast is a breakfast favorite, but it takes quite a bit of time to cook up a family-sized batch. This French toast casserole takes a fraction of the time but packs even more flavor. Prepare the batter the night before, so you can just mix the ingredients and load it into the oven in the morning.
  • Breakfast Egg Casserole – This dish can be completely prepared, then stored and reheated for breakfast. It’s a full meal – eggs, ham, and cheese – prepared in one dish, and it only requires about fifteen minutes of prep time.
  • Breakfast Burritos – Although the recipe featured here is quite tasty, you can experiment with any number of fillings for your breakfast burritos. The great thing about breakfast burritos is that they aren’t only quick to cook, but also quite quick to eat, making them the perfect breakfast for when you are on the go.

We know that our residents have jam-packed schedules. Make sure you start off your weekends right with a breakfast that is as nutritious as it is delicious.

What’s your favorite special breakfast to make on the weekend? Do you have a brunch staple that always wows your house guests?

Why it is best to renew your lease as opposed to moving

If you’re uncertain whether you want to renew your lease, it’s important to carefully consider the many variables involved. There are many important reasons to move to a new home, like a new job or family obligations. But moving is costly – in terms of both money and stress. A seemingly inexpensive rental might become pricey once you factor in deposits, applications, moving fees, and other expenses. Be sure to consider all of these factors before making a final decision.

Here are the primary factors to think about when deciding whether to renew your current lease:

  • The moving process – Ask anyone who has gone through a move recently: it’s not very much fun. Whether you’re shelling out for the help of a moving company, or handling it all yourself, it’s stressful and time-consuming to uproot your life – especially if you don’t have an important reason to do so.
  • Expenses – Even if your prospective home has lower rent than your current one, there are other financial considerations to make. There is the money associated with the moving process, first off. But you must also consider the fees that are associated with signing a new lease: application fees, security deposits, pet fees, etc.
  • Your relationship to your community – Once you’ve lived somewhere for a significant period of time, you’ve likely developed relationships with your neighbors and building supervisors. Your landlord’s offer for a lease renewal is evidence of that. It will take time to develop those relationships elsewhere.

You might consider all of these factors and decide that moving is still the right choice for you, but you may instead realize that renewing your lease is a better choice for your situation.  Regardless, it is valuable to consider all of these factors and their impact on you and your family. No matter what you choose to do, however, you’ll always be welcome with us.