Many of us are spending an abundance of time inside right now, but that time need not go to waste. Who doesn’t love a freshly cleaned home, and what better time to do a little spring cleaning. Once the weather gets more beautiful, we are not going to want to be stuck inside with rubber gloves and a duster. This month is considered a sweet spot when the weather is still up in the air – pardon the pun, when dedicating a day indoors can still be justified.
Below is a list of the best spring-cleaning tips we found. We suggest going room to room, taking your time if you can.
Things you will need to complete an effective spring-cleaning checklist.
Check your local dollar store, it's where many of these items can be found.
Looking for a new home to hang your hat?
If you are searching for apartments in Lafayette Louisiana be sure to stop by Lafayette Gardens Apartments. Located in the heart of Lafayette, it’s only minutes for shopping and dining in the famed River Ranch area. Call to schedule your tour of this community.
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“Soup’s On!”, means dinner is served. It is a way to call those with an appetite to the table. When soup is truly on, a meal of liquid food will be ladled into bowls and served for nourishment and enjoyment to friends and family in Lafayette Louisiana Apartment.
Soup, by definition is ingredients, usually meat and vegetables, floating or cooked in broth. Soups can be hearty or light. Soups can be served hot or cold. Soups can be the main course, or only course for that matter, or part of a meal.
When part of a meal, soup can be the starter, in-between course palate cleanser, or the finish. Whether appetizer, broth between courses, or dessert, a knowledge of the variety or types of soups is good to have.
Some common types of soups are bisque, chowder, and vichyssoise. Bisque is rich and creamy and usually made with lobster, shrimp, or crawfish. Bayou Bisque is served at Lafayette’s Blue Dog Café to rave reviews. Chowder is rich and typically made with fish, clams, and potatoes. While clam chowder is a staple in the eastern United States, in the Acadiana area shrimp and corn chowder is hard to beat and a popular choice when nights are cold. Vichyssoise is a potato, onion, and cream soup commonly served cold. It is a hearty and simple, economical soup to feed a crowd.
Gazpacho is a cold vegetable soup that utilizes seasonal produce to great success. Broth is a soup or stock usually made from meat and vegetable chunks or bones. Consommé is a concentrated stock and somewhat thicker than broth.
Different nationalities are known by their traditional soups. Italians are known for making minestrone. Cajuns are known for their gumbos including seafood gumbo, okra and sausage gumbo, and chicken gumbo. Catfish Court Bouillon is another Southern dish that is considered a delicacy. Both of these soups are served over rice. Posole is a Mexican chunky style comfort liquid food that dates back to Aztec times.
Cowboys from various nationalities are known for making chili using beef, pork, vegetables, and even shrimp. And, stews are also common campfire meals served to rejuvenate at the end of a long day. Stoup is a combination of stew and soup with a medium consistency rather than thick (like stew) or thin (like soup).
Soups are wonderful additions to any meal, or a complete meal in itself, regardless of the occasion or season. As winter time wraps up, consider serving your favorite soup before warm weather returns.
Preparing soup in your corporate apartment is a delight when you have a totally furnished and equipped space like the corporate offerings at Lafayette Garden Apartments. Whether living in the area for weeks or month at a time, the friendly staff can get you set up in a 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, or 3-bedroom floor plan.
Need a place for yourself or your family where you can say, “Soup’s On!”, permanently. A Lafayette Garden Apartment is a wonderful home. Gated, lighted sidewalks and paths, and extra amenities make this Acadiana apartment community highly desired. Tour today.
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There is nothing like gathering friends and family together to enjoy a barbecue. Summertime begs for you to join in this outdoor cooking delight. Here are some basic things you need to grill like a pro:
Food for the Grill
What do you want to cook? Meat eater and vegetarian can find some great choices this time of year. Corn, cauliflower, eggplant, beef, fish, chicken…it’s all great on the grill. Concentrate on preparing one thing and making it great rather than dealing with an assortment that will need different temperatures and times on the pit. Especially being a beginner, keep your barbecue choices to a few select food items.
You will need fixings and side dishes to make your meal complete. Baked beans, potato salad, and garlic bread are traditional favorites that you can make yourself or purchase at a local deli or grocery store. Many guests love to help. Enlist them to bring a side dish and don’t forget dessert.
Battles rage among family and friends about the best barbecue sauce to use for the perfect flavor. Choices range from sweet to spicy, tangy to fruity, and tomato or veggie free…whatever your palate desires, you can find a sauce to suit its demands. Check out local farmers and craft markets to find delicious homemade sauces. Cannot decide on one for the whole group? That’s okay. Get a variety of sauces and hold an impromptu tasting.
Cooking Surface / Techniques
Are you using an electric grill, charcoal pit, or gas grill? Consider your surface and make certain you have the correct type of tools and surface accessories you will need as you cook. Aluminum foil, a few shallow pans, and cooking spray are three things that just about any outside cook find handy to have available to them.
Make certain that you have water for extinguishing any stray flames and hot pads for handling things right off of the grill. Prior planning will help keep you incident free.
Make sure you have trash bags, grill brushes, and mild cleansing detergent to get your grill back in good shape. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can wait to clean up the mess the next time you grill by burning off any residue left behind. Experts agree it’s best to let the grill surface cool and wipe down before the next use.
Friends and Family
Make sure you’ve invited a variety of people that will make your cookout fun and interesting. Bonding can occur over the grill as you share cooking techniques and preferences on the type of food you prepare. If you are like most people in the South, before you’ve finished the meal being shared that day, you are already planning what you will be barbecuing in weeks to come.
If you are looking for a place to live that has grill ready areas and space that allows for versatile outdoor living, check out The Garden Apartments in Lafayette, LA. One, two, and three-bedroom units are available and move-in summer specials can help you relocate with ease.
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Mardi Gras is almost here!
We’ve listed the parades below for your scheduling pleasure.
Laissez les bons temps rouler…
LAFAYETTE MARDI GRAS PARADES
Friday, January 13, 2018
Sunday, February 4, 2018
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Sunday, February 11, 2018
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Have it all in the middle of it all!
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