Are your current accommodations starting to feeling a little cramped? Use this time to make a wish list of amenities that would make your time at home a little more inviting.
Many of us have spent the last two or three months living inside; we’ve become well acquainted with our homes — in some cases, maybe too acquainted. If you were planning a move before COVID-19, and are still planning to do so when the curve starts to flatten, you could take this time to reflect on what you like and don’t like about your apartment community. For instance, the stairs that lead to your apartment you climb several times a day may keep you moving while you’ve stayed home, but maybe you’d like a more robust workout available in your next apartment. Or perhaps the concrete city-style community that lacks a yard you didn’t think you needed doesn’t accommodate the new isolation buddy you adopted for company.
Well, we’ve created a list of suggestions to help you identify what you like and don’t like about your current living arrangements so you can find more comfort and resources in your next one.
Make a list – what’s working and what’s not?
On a scale of 1-10, how much do you like your current apartment?
We hope this article has given you some food for thought when you are looking for apartments for rent in Lafayette Louisiana, and makes identifying the perfect apartment just a little easier.
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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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Even though the kids have headed back to school, families want to get the most out of the summer days left. The start of school doesn’t mean the end of summer. In fact, according to meteorologists, summer officially ends on August 31st.
Most Northern Hemisphere residents think of the end of summer being on Labor Day. That early September long weekend holiday will usher in plenty of fun, football, and festivals in the Lafayette, Louisiana area.
Until then, here are some suggestions for fun and low costs things to do with your family:
Retro Recreation: Spend an afternoon or evening at the bowling alley, roller rink, or miniature golf course. These activities that experienced suburban popularity in the 50s still make for great family outings. If you’ve never skated, bowled, or played golf; that’s okay. Fun can be had with any of these activities that are beginner friendly.
Aloha Movie Time: Say “hello” or “aloha” to a Hawaiian themed double feature. Invite friends and family to come over for a viewing of any film based in or about the 50th state. Two great choices are Moana and Blue Hawaii. Both movies are family friendly and will even get your toes tapping to the music.
Go all out and put beach towels on the furniture and floor, have sun lotion on hand for the tropical scent, and serve pineapple right alongside the popcorn. Leis purchased at the local dollar store (they probably are marked down now) add a great accessory that anyone can wear.
Moonlight Brown Bag Picnic: Escape the heat of late August by waiting to have a meal under the light of the moon one evening. Night time is already coming earlier and an evening under the moon and stars can be a refreshing alternative to gathering around the dining room table. Everyone can get in on packing the brown bags for an evening meal that is simple and enjoyable.
Take an assembly line approach and have different family members stationed along the kitchen counter to add a portion of the meal to the brown bag. Have a little-themed fun with dessert by putting a Moon Pie in each sack.
Don’t feel like prepping the brown bags yourself? Head to a local drive-in or drive-thru. Your meal will be placed in bags and you can head to a local picnic area or your yard or patio to enjoy dining under the glow of the moon. The next full moon is on August 26th.
Do A Good Deed: While packing your brown bags, consider filling a few extra and distributing them at a nursing home, hospital, or at a shelter for the homeless. Doing a good deed as a family will bring you closer together and make for a feeling of happiness that is hard to experience any other way.
Another good deed you can do as a family is clean out your closets, toy boxes, and storage areas and donate gently used items. You get fall cleaning done and there are many non-profit agencies that need clothing, toys, and household items to fill the needs of their clients.
Enjoy the last few days of summer with your family.
Is your family looking for a great place to live in Lafayette, Louisiana? Lafayette Garden Apartments offers a variety of floorplans in lovely, family-friendly surroundings that are great for any season. Stop by for a tour today and view move-in specials online now.
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Barbecue Basics Hot Off the Grill
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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You’ve just made a move and have lots of empty cardboard boxes now. The average move into a two-bedroom apartment requires 50 boxes. What can you do with all those leftover moving boxes?
Here are some suggestions on how you can reuse and/or recycle.
Storage: There might be some things that are seasonal or some things that you won’t be using all that often. Keep a few boxes to stow away things in the closet until you are ready to use them.
Emergency Supplies: In Louisiana, it is a great idea to have a Hurricane Season Emergency Supply box. Take one or two of your boxes and pack them with the things that you may need for any type of emergency. Keep one box in your home and the other in your vehicle.
Craft Projects: Boxes make great bases for frames, decorative containers, and surfaces to work on to protect furniture if you are the crafty type. Look online for ideas of how to transform potential trash into treasures. Craft and hobby shops are great resources for step-by-step instructions on converting boxes into projects.
Planters: Cardboard is decomposable, and most boxes can bring you through an entire growing season. Poke holes for drainage and fill with dirt and plants. You can spiff up a plain brown box by stenciling the name of the herbs or flowers it contains on the outside. Or, wrap a piece of raffia, rope, or ribbon and tie in a jaunty bow. At the end of the growing season, when your box is breaking down, use it as compost.
Kid Projects: Build forts inside or out with empty boxes. Lightweight but durable and hours of fun. Fort not your child’s style? Then, build their dream playhouse. Whether castle yellow submarine or hot air balloon, let their imagination (and yours) be the architect of a play dwelling they will remember. Colored chalk can be utilized to draw on open boxes for inside cardboard sidewalk art when it may be raining outside. Roads can easily be drawn on boxes to make tracks for play vehicles that get numerous smiles to the gallon. Have a staircase inside? Let the kids use boxes to turn those steps into a slide. Make sure you take a turn too.
Costumes: Halloween isn’t that far away. Hold onto boxes to make great costumes that don’t require wearing masks or make-up or much effort to construct. Be a pair of dice, turn yourself into a robot, a Rubik’s cube, or a Lego block. For a truly whimsical costume, be a piece of modern art.
Donate: Bring empty boxes to missions, food banks, and thrift stores where donations are a staple. These organizations can never have too many containers to use to distribute and to store.
Recycling Bins: Put three boxes in your laundry room, pantry, or closet and use them to sort plastics, glass, and newspapers. When full, haul to the nearest recycling center or to the curb if your community offers curbside recycling services pickups.
Moving Companies: National and local moving companies will many times purchase gently used packing containers.
Haven’t made a move but looking to soon? Visit Lafayette Gardens Apartments, our complex is located at 110 E. Martial Avenue, Lafayette, LA offers great one, two, and three-bedroom floor plans with economical move-in specials.
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Apartment shopping can be a brutal task during the dog days of summer if you don’t know where and what to look for in a pet and people-pleasing community.
The dog days of summer is that time when the temperatures soar. The Romans labeled this hot summer period after Sirius, the Dog Star, that is the brightest of stars in the Canis Major (Large Dog) constellation. Since Sirius was bright and located near the sun, it was believed to be responsible for causing hot weather.
In the 1800’s, temperatures could be so brutal in the summer that it was considered a time when dogs grew mad, other animals became weak, and humans would suffer from fevers and hysterics. The dog days of summer can still cause hysterics of sorts when looking for a new home for you and your pet.
A few things to consider when looking for a new pet-friendly apartment.
Lafayette Gardens Apartments offers many amenities when it comes to apartment living: a clubhouse, coffee bar, beachfront entry swimming pool, outdoor barbecue and relaxation areas, and a basketball court. If that isn’t enough there are numerous parks including separate parks for children and pets, car care center, a business center, garages, and storage units for your extra belongings or seasonal decor.
The ability to walk your dog in one of the pet parks or around the gated community is a stand out feature of this Lafayette property. A central location near shopping centers, theatres, and veterinarian and groomers office as well as community parks and recreation.
Lafayette Gardens Apartments was designed with your comfort in mind and include spacious floor plans whether you choose a one, two, or three-bedroom unit. Each apartment has walk-in closets, impressive 8” decorative crown molding, and bonus storage space. Equipped with air conditioning, intrusion alarms, ceiling fans, a dishwasher, disposal, microwave, and washer and dryer, these apartments were designed to impress.
The pet policy of Lafayette Gardens Apartments allows a maximum of two pets per apartment. Dogs, cats, birds, and fish are all acceptable pets in the community. Certain breeds of dogs are not allowed unless they are registered service pets or used in police work. Property Management is happy to answer your questions about which breeds are welcome and will even arrange to meet your pet for an interview.
Lafayette Gardens Apartments pet policy requires all feline companions be neutered or spayed. Your veterinary clinic can provide a letter or statement as proof that your feline friend is compliant with this pet policy.
All pets are photographed, and pictures are kept on file for easy identification. This and the other policies are written and administered to ensure the safety and security of your pet and others in our community.
Beat the heat and the dog days of summer by touring our Apartments in Lafayette, La. where you can have it all in the middle of it all.
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