Recipe: Life is better with fresh baked cookies!

Ingredients:
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Canola or Vegetable Oil
1 box Betty Crocker Dark Chocolate or Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
1 bag Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips

Instructions:
1. Combine cake mix, eggs, and oil in a large mixing bowl and beat well.
2. Stir in peppermint crunch baking chips.
3. Chill dough in refrigerator for 1 hour.
4. Form 1 inch balls and drop onto ungreased non-stick cookie sheet.
5. Bake for 7-9 minutes at 350 degrees.

Recipe from: http://thefrugalgirls.com/2013/12/peppermint-crunch-dark-chocolate-cake-mix-cookies.html

5 Helpful Tips for Hosting the Holidays in Your Apartment

1. Be Mindful of the Temperature. When you entertain a large group, we recommend you lower the thermostat 2 to 4 degrees a few hours before your guests arrive. Unless you put an extra dose into your apartment before your guests arrive, your HVAC system will lag behind the unexpected demand.

2. Designate a Spot for Your Guests’ Things. When having guests over, it is a good idea to have a place in mind for them to stash their coats, gloves, hats, purses and anything else they may have brought with them. This keeps the main entertainment
space open.

3. Limit the Amount of Utensils Needed for Food. When making food for a larger group of people, it is important to be aware of the amount of dishes and utensils you need. Finger foods are fun and leave you with less clean up! Be sure to have your sink and dishwasher cleared for any incoming dishes.

4. Spread Snacks Around Your Home. Once all of the delicious snacks are ready to serve, take a moment to find places around the room to set them up. That way all of your guests are not all clumped together in one spot and it makes better use of the space.

5. Guest Suites – If you have guests in from out of town, contact the leasing office about available guest suites in your community. The suites are definitely cheaper than a hotel and will feel like a home away from home!

Ask Richdale: What is the easiest way to clean my microwave?

Fear no more! Cleaning your microwave is probably the easiest chore to tackle in your apartment home. Eliminate stubborn grime with this simple method.

Materials:

  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Sponge

Instructions:

  1. Pour equal parts vinegar and water into the bowl. Measuring a half a cup of each liquid is good enough. For a deeper clean you can use one cup water and one cup vinegar.
  2. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat for five to ten minutes, depending on how dirty the microwave is. When the timer beeps, leave the bowl in the microwave for a few minutes to let the steam work its magic.
  3. The bowl will be hot! Take it out of the microwave with oven mitts. Dip a sponge into the bowl of water and vinegar, and wipe the inside of the microwave clean. You probably won’t even need the help of a sponge… the steam should make everything disappear with a quick swipe of a paper towel.

 

Richdale’s Spotlight Community of the Week- BelleMeade Apartments

Our latest West Des Moines area development, BelleMeade Apartments, is nearing the end of construction and will begin leasing soon! This boutique ultra-luxury condominium-quality community offers both midrise and townhome style living, and is expected to set the standard for the metropolitan area.

With only 180 residences, all with undercover parking and custom architectural features, BelleMeade boasts modern floorplans with exceptionally large living spaces, high ceilings, and elevators combined with our signature first-class amenity package. Experience top-notch living in Des Moines without the maintenance hassles of ownership! 

Contact Richdale Apartments at 888-391-APTS for leasing information. Your perfect home could be waiting at BelleMeade!

 

Date Night in Omaha: Restaurants Winning Richdale’s Seal of Approval

Pitch Pizzeria was recently recognized as a “Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurant in America”. They have everything from your classic onion rings and calamari to plates of cured meats, artisan cheeses and fancy Goat Cheese Peppadews. Gourmet pizza and pasta accompany burgers, duck, and salmon on their extensive menu.

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Salt 88 has won so many culinary awards it basically rules the restaurant scene in Omaha. The modern dining concept pulls inspiration from Old European dishes and adds a twist. Not only will the ambiance, excellent service, and unique wine list impress, but they also provide recipes and how-to videos to prepare their favorite dishes.

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Mantra is your new favorite brunch, lunch, and dinner go-to. Voted best new restaurant on UrbanSpoon and making the top 500 restaurants in America list, the two experienced owners of Mantra know how to attract a crowd. Brunch includes eggs benedict, Belgian waffles, and cucumber sandwiches. Crab cakes, enchiladas, and lamb burgers are served in the PM.

Richdale’s Omaha communities including The Biltmore, Bristol Square, Embassy Park, Kensington Woods, LionsHead, and The Vanderbilt are located 10 minutes or less from Mantra and Salt 88. Pitch Pizzeria is about a 15 minute drive from our apartment communities, but it is well worth the extra mile!

Weekend Events in Dallas, TX

There’s always something going on in Dallas. It’s a city that thrives on festivals, restaurant openings, concerts and sporting events. If you’re looking for something to do outside of your Dallas apartment community, here are some events happening this weekend that you should check out!

Fantasy in Sand- Hand carved, life-sized sand sculptures are being created in the largest indoor sandbox in Texas. Experience the magic of The Wizard of Oz in an air-conditioned tent located near Global Life Park.

2015 Fan Expo by Dallas Comic Con- The largest comic con in Texas presents 600 exhibits  at the Dallas Convention Center. Celebrity guests like Nathan Fillion, Lily James, and Scott Wilson will be attending the events and attractions.

Picasso at the Wheel Summer Tour 2015- Train, The Fray, and Matt Nathanson perform at Gexa Energy Pavilion on Friday, May 29th.

Uptown Farmer’s Market- All of the participating vendors grow or produce their own food within a 150-mile radius of Dallas, and will be selling seasonal fruits, vegetables and specialty food items straight from their homes and gardens to Uptown. Food trucks will also be parked along Lemon Ave.

AT&T Bryon Nelson Championship- The AT&T Byron Nelson defies the common definition of a golf tournament. It’s not just a stop on the PGA TOUR, a FedExCup event and the best opportunity for seeing the next generation of golf legends emerge.

Richdale apartment communities located in Dallas include The Dorchester, Kensington Square, Preston Bridge, Preston Village, The Saxony, and Villa Piana. Come see what you’re missing out on and tour one of our communities today! Click here for more leasing information or call  888-391-APTS.

Richdale’s Spotlight Community of the Week: LionsHead

Situated close to I-680 but tucked away near 108th street and Oakland Park, LionsHead’s location couldn’t be more ideal. Downtown, North Park and Old Mill are also a short drive away. The community includes a 24 hour fitness center, pool, sauna, and Wi-Fi equipped clubhouse lounge with coffee bar. For entertainment LionsHead has an on-site putting green and movie theatre with sponsored movie nights.

You’ll love the aesthetic of your high vaulted ceilings and fireplace, and enjoy the Washer/dryer connections and walk-in closets. It is a rarity to find a community with simple charm but also with modern updates and conveniences. If this is what you are looking for in your new apartment home look no further. Come see what LionsHead has waiting for you.

To learn more about Lionshead please visit richdale.com/omaha/lionshead-apartments

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