Resident Feature: Michael and Sue Menof

Proud residents of The Saxony in Dallas, TX, Michael and Sue Menof have no plans to move anywhere else. After 22 years, the couple has come to know the property as their forever home. “We would certainly not be able to find a better apartment community in all of Dallas, or should I say Texas.” Originally from South Africa, the couple came to the United States 32 years ago and are now proud citizens, saying it was, “the best decision we ever made!”

Both Michael and Sue have had successful careers. Sue was a prominent journalist and worked for the Sunday Times and Michael worked as a CPA and ran the second largest travel group in South Africa. After working in travel for 45 years, Michael was ready to set off with Sue to start their own travel company, Golden World Tours.

The two now spend their days helping others plan their dream vacations around the world at a lower cost. They often travel with groups of people acting as tour guides with their shared experience and knowledge. They are dedicated to creating fun, well-organized trips at an affordable price. Over the years, Michael and Sue have visited many countries, but still have some they have yet to visit. Some of the tours they offer include places like Spain, Australia, Dubai, Africa, India and China, just to name a few. They also handle cruises in Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe, the Mediterranean and many more.

When asked what their favorite destination has been thus far, their answer was surprisingly, “here in the U.S. – Mt. Rushmore with the four presidents sculpted into the mountainside. It is the only place that you can stop and smell the roses. (And) Hawaii isn’t far behind!” After traveling the world for so many years, Michael points out a couple of tips that every traveler should keep in mind, “Travel light, stay safe and always have fun!”

If you’d like to learn more about the tours they offer or would like them to help you plan your next getaway, visit their website www.GoldenWorldTours.com!

Take the Pressure Off of Cooking with an Instant Pot!

The Instant Pot is revolutionizing the way that people cook by taking all of the hard work out of the process. By combining multiple appliances into one, the possibilities are endless!

The most advanced Instant Pot has the functions of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, cake maker, yogurt maker, sauté pan, steamer, warmer and sterilizer. This smart, safe and dependable electric pressure cooker is putting dinner on the table two to six times faster than conventional cooking. This makes the Instant Pot ideal for busy households in today’s fast-paced world.

Almost anything you can think of can me prepared using this one easy-to-use device, which in return saves you time and energy. Dishes like stews, pot roasts and chilis that originally took an entire day to prepare can be done in as little as an hour! Other foods like fresh or frozen vegetables can be soft and ready-to-eat in just two to three minutes.

You can even bake your favorite cake without using your oven. If you are on the fence and need more convincing, go online and research all of the different delicious dishes you can whip up in fraction of the time. Now that summer is here, there will be many parties and events that require you to bring a side dish. Try out the recipe below for an easy Instat Pot potato salad recipe that you can bring to your next outdoor barbecue!

 

Quick Potato Salad in the Pressure Cooker:

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium russet potatoes, peeled & cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp dill pickle juice
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Put the steamer basket in the pressure cooker pot. Add the water, potatoes, and the eggs. Lock lid in place, select High Pressure, 4 minutes cook time and press start.
  2. When timer beeps, turn off pressure cooker and do a quick pressure release. When the pressure is released, carefully remove the lid. Remove the steamer basket from the pressure cooking pot. Put eggs into ice cold water to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the onion, mayo, parsley, pickle juice, and mustard. Add cooled potatoes and gently mix the mayonnaise mixture into the potatoes. Peel and dice three of the cooled eggs and stir into potato salad. Add salt and pepper to taste. If needed, add more mayo to achieve desired consistency.
  4. Chill at least one hour before serving. Top with slices of remaining egg.

Visit https://recipes.instantpot.com/ for more delicious recipes!

Pets of the Month

My name is Winston! I am a one-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi that and I reside with my mom at Alpine Village Apartments in Omaha, NE! I am full of energy and love people and all other animals. I love to play ball, fetch and to chew up anything and everything I can (including mom’s shoes!). I am known throughout the apartment complex and have many friends – four legged AND two legged. I would rather be outside 24/7 no matter the weather – rain or shine I’m outside! You can often catch me walking my mom a couple times a day or on my personal Instagram page: @sirwinston_thecorg. I love to cuddle just as much as I love zooming around the apartment. I’m not just cute, I am also smart! I can shake and give a high fives and you will rarely catch me without a giant smile on my face!

My name is Evy. I am 11 months old and full of life. I live with my mom at The Biltmore Apartments in Omaha, NE. My hobbies include playing fetch with my favorite red toy, sitting on the deck watching the people on the trail, sitting on the bathtub ledge or in the empty bath tub.

Think you have the world’s cutest pet and want everyone to know it? There’s nothing wrong with being a show off! Enter your pet in Richdale’s Pet of the Month contest for a chance to win a BarkBox or KitNipBox for your furry friend. Tell us about your furry friend and if he or she is featured, YOU win! Send pictures and a brief description to: TheLeaf@richdale.com!

4th of July Game – Glow in the Dark Bowling

What you’ll need:

  • 10 water bottles
  • 10 glow sticks in a variety of colors
  • Soccer ball

Directions:

  • Remove any labels from your water bottles. If water bottles are new and still contain water, pour out a little off the top to allow for the glow sticks you’ll be adding.
  • Crack the glow sticks to activate them (according to the package directions) and drop one glow stick in each bottle. Replace the lid on the bottle securely.
  • Line bottles up like bowling pins.
  • To keep the game fair, especially if you have a range of ages playing, set a distance for each age group.
  • Have FUN!

4th of July Craft – Clothespin Wreath

What you’ll need:

  • 12″ wire wreath frame
  • 2 packs of clothespins (this project requires 60 clothespins)
  • Glitter stars foam stickers
  • Red, white and blue paint (acrylic or spray)
  • Hot glue (optional)
  • Paint brush

Directions:

  1. Start by dividing out you 60 clothespins into the following piles: 15, 22, 23
  2. Paint 15 blue, 22 white and 23 red and let dry
  3. Once dry, stagger the clothespins on the wreath frame, placing all the blue clothespins together, then 4 reds followed by 4 whites until you have used all of your clothespins
  4. Add the foam stars to the blue clothespins (if not sticky enough, use hot glue)
  5. Hang your wreath and enjoy!

Spring Spritzer

Ice Cube Ingredients:

  • Red or green seedless grapes
  • Water

Spritzer Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle (24 oz) white grape juice (3 cups), chilled
  • 1 can (12 oz) frozen apple-grape-cherry juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bottle club soda (1 liter or 4 cups), chilled

Directions:

  1. Place 2 to 3 grapes in each section of 2 ice cube trays.
  2. Fill trays with water; freeze.
  3. In 4-quart non-metal container or punch bowl, mix juice, juice concentrate and 1 cup water. Just before serving, add club soda; stir gently to blend. Add fruit-filled ice cubes.

http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/spring-spritzer/3a31f39e-56dc-42ba-a1cf-5f1571b09775

How to Build the Perfect Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie is a French term that loosely translates to “pork butcher’s shop and delicatessan (deli).” the name was originally used to designate shops in the fifteenth-century France that sold pork products. Today, Charcuterie has become somewhat of an artform and is highly regarded in the culinary world.

There are many ways to build a Charcuterie board, but most commonly they consist of different types of meats, cheeses, olives, fruit, bread and crackers, nuts and a spread or two. With growing popularity, it is now becoming a common item on restaurant menus and is the perfect solution for feeding a group of people. Here are some tips for making the perfect Charcuterie board!

First, find a large wooden cutting board or serving platter to use for your arrangement. Then begin thinking about the different colors and textures you’d like to incorporate to create a great sensory experience. Don’t be afraid to stack – the board should look full!

Meats: When deciding the amount you will need, estimate about three to four slices per person. Be sure to include a variety of flavors and textures. (Suggestions: Salami, Prosciutto, Ham or Summer Sausage)

Cheese: You should estimate about one to two ounces of cheese per person and be sure to offer a variety of both hard and soft cheeses with varying sharpness. (suggestions: Sharp Cheddar, Brie, Muenster, Swiss or Gouda)

Bread and Crackers: It’s important to have a good variety of bread and crackers to pair with the salty meats. (Suggestions: Light & Buttery Crackers, Grain Crackers, Sliced French Baguette or Sliced Dark Rye Bread)

Fruit and Nuts: Have a selection of both fresh and dried fruits for a variety of textures and colors. Choose any variety of nuts, but they should be salted and shelled. (Suggestions: Fresh Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries or even Grape Tomatoes, Dried Apricots and Apples, Cashews, Almonds and Pistachios)

Pickles, Olives and Spreads: A great way to add more variety to your board is to fill small bowls with various dips/spreads, pickles or olives. (Suggestions: Black Olives, Kalamata Olives, Dill or Sweet Pickles, Spinach Dip, Aioli or Mustard)

http://www.spendwithpennies.com/how-to-make-a-charcuterie-board/

Get Your Outdoor Space Ready for Summer!

Are you looking to make a statement this year with a beautiful patio or balcony full of flowers? Here are some of the best potted flowers that not only look great, but are easy to maintain.


Coral Bells have a whole lot of foliage with small flowers that sprout out over the leaves. It comes in a large variety of colors, ranging from a light peach to a deep red. It is best to keep Coral Bells in partial sunlight.

Angelonia is a tall growing plant that does well in the summer, because it needs full sun to thrive. It comes in pinks, mauves, deep purple, dark blues and white. Angelonia is very low maintenance as it continues to bloom all season without any attention.

Coleus is a warm climate plant. In tropical places, it can thrive year-round, but in most places, it is grown as a perennial. There are different varieties that come in countless colors and it’s important to “pinch” the old flowers to allow new ones to grow.

Hydrangea is a popular, timeless plant that is actually a type of shrub. The smaller varieties do really well in pots and get no taller than two or three feet. These flowers are great because they don’t require much sun and they come in many different bright colors!

Roses are often used in landscape planting, but many varieties do great in pots as well. Most modern roses don’t require a ton maintenance and are a great focal point for your patio or balcony. They should be kept in full sun if possible.

Begonias are sturdy flowers that do well in a pot or hanging planter. These flowers have a variety of leaf shapes and colors to choose from. They should be kept in partial sun with damp soil. Indoors, they will continue to bloom all year.

Euphorbia is a very tough plant, despite its soft, white appearance. It should be kept in a partly sunny to sunny location and can survive high heats or drought. It is a great low maintenance flower to add to a mixed pot.

Ornamental Peppers are a taller, fuller plant that maintains its color and has small peppers that ripen from black to red. They are great if you want to add some texture to your potted flowers. Be aware that although the peppers are edible, they are HOT and should be kept away from children and pets.

Nemesia can grow anywhere from six inches to three feet tall. They should be kept in partial to full sun and are generally a low maintenance plant that require an even amount of moisture to thrive. They come in a variety of colors like blue, orange, pink, purple, red, white and yellow!

Pansies come in a variety of colors and bloom mainly in the spring and fall. They grow to be about six to nine inches tall and come in many colors. They tend to do really well in places with more mild climates.

*Depending on your region, pots must be brought inside before the first frost to survive the winter.

Perfect Gifts For Mom on Mother’s Day

Surprise your mother this year with a unique gift that is sure to warm her heart! If you’re looking for the perfect gift that is unlike any other, check out sites like Uncommon Goods. This site provides a wide range of gift options for any occasion that range in prices to meet any budget. Below we have listed a few of our top picks for moms on Mother’s Day.

Is your mom a tea drinker? Well then, she will LOVE this gift. These handmade dissolvable tea drops are made from finely-sourced tea, sugar and spices. With a cup of hot water, your mom can enjoy a nice cup of tea in flavors like citrus ginger, blueberry, acai, rose earl grey, sweet peppermint and matcha green tea. The cute tea drops come in a wooden keepsake box.

Your mom can use this beautifully crafted board for all of her social gatherings with friends and family get togethers. It’s the perfect serving board for delicious snacks and is a great conversation piece. Each board is made by a family owned company in Dorset, VT.

This cute, custom necklace is perfect for all moms and is a fun way to display their affection for and always carry their “sweet peas” with them. Each necklace is handmade by an artist in the United States using Sterling Silver and Malaysian Jade.

This unique vase comes in a large size and a small size. Each “bubble” can hold a single stem or a small bunch of blossoms to make for a lovely centerpiece that your mom is sure to love.

For those moms with a green thumb, this is a perfect and thoughtful gift. This kit comes with everything needed to grow a forest of tiny Redwood and Moss trees. These little trees are ancestors of the giant California Redwoods and make a beautiful accessory to a kitchen window or desk.

Pets of the Month

Some people say that you don’t choose a pet, they choose you. Taco, our 5-year-old Maine Coon mix did just that. While at our local animal shelter we entered a small room full of free roaming cats. Taco, who was about 6 months old at the time, immediately ran to us and laid on our feet. When visiting the other cats in the room he followed closely and kept laying on our feet. We left the room and he jumped in the window to watch us walk around the rest of the shelter. He waited there until we circled back around soon after. We got near the door and he ran to greet us again. It was clear to us that he had chosen us to be his guardians. Nowadays he spends his time doing typical cat things… sleeping and eating in our home at The Dorchester in Dallas, TX. He waits for us to get home and demands attention and cuddles constantly. The terms needy and clingy would be understatements to his temperament.

Max is 13 years old and lives at Alpine Village in LaVista, NE. He greets everyone he meets and likes to take walks in the park. He loves to cuddle and loves massages. Max went through a lot the last few years with his ailments, but he is a fighter. He means the world to me.

Think you have the world’s cutest pet and want everyone to know it? There’s nothing wrong with being a show off! Enter your pet in Richdale’s Pet of the Month contest for a chance to win a BarkBox or KitNipBox for your furry friend. Tell us about your furry friend and if he or she is featured, YOU win! Send pictures and a brief description to: TheLeaf@richdale.com!