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18
Dec 17

4 Seasonal Cocktail Recipes

Hot Tea With LemonNow that winter has begun in earnest, residents of our apartments in Dallas are enjoying classic comfort foods and beverages—and this includes cocktails designed to warm you from the inside out. Following are just four of the many options available for adults seeking something to sip on chilly evenings.

Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee is a quintessential seasonal cocktail that’s so easy to prepare that it serves as an ideal choice for spontaneous gatherings. Simply make a pot of your strongest coffee, stir in cream and sugar according to personal tastes and preferences, and finish it off with a shot of good Irish whiskey.

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum captures the classic flavors of the season—cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and vanilla—and delivers a delicious concoction perfect for sipping on a cold winter evening. This beverage is ideal for planned gatherings such as tree trimming or neighborhood caroling parties. The batter uses butter and the ingredients previously mentioned and can be made ahead of time for ultimate convenience. Many people experiment with other ingredients and wind up with their own personal recipe.

Combine a spoonful of batter and an ounce of spiced rum in a mug with a sugared rim before filling it with hot water.

Classic Hot Toddy

Famous as a cold remedy, hot toddies also make an excellent all-purpose sipping cocktail even when you’re perfectly well—in fact, the vitamin C supplied by the fresh lemon may even act as a preventative measure against seasonal maladies. This one is also conveniently easy to prepare — just combine lemon, honey, whiskey, and hot water. Some hot toddy recipes call for black tea — try it both ways and enjoy the one that hits your personal bullseye.

Mulled Cider

You’ve probably enjoyed hot apple cider as a kid, so you’ll undoubtedly love the adult version. Choose your favorite hard cider, place it in a saucepan on your stove, add cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and cloves, and slowly heat it without allowing it to come to a boil. It doesn’t have to be apple cider — you can use pear or plum as well.

Please reach out to us at your convenience for more information about our architecturally significant, modern apartment homes in the artsy, culturally diverse, historic Cedars neighborhood.

11
Dec 17

Unique Ways to Wrap Gifts

Gift Wrapped With RibbonNo matter the occasion, carefully wrapping gifts is always a nice touch that the recipient will appreciate. However, chances are there has been a time when you’ve run out of ribbon, wrapping paper, or boxes. Fortunately, it is still possible to wrap a gift beautifully without having these materials at your disposal. Here are a few unique ways to wrap gifts.

1. Use Fabric as a Ribbon

If you’ve run out of ribbon to make a bow for your presents, you should consider using any leftover fabric that you have lying around. Simply cut the fabric into pieces of thin, long strips. In fact, if you have plenty of pretty fabric, you should consider just using fabric as ribbons all the time rather than buying ribbons from the store. Recipients of your gifts will definitely view the fabric ribbon as a nice touch.

2. Dip the Gift in Confetti

Another unique way to wrap a gift is dipping it in confetti. If the wrapping paper you have on hand is very plain, you should consider livening it up by dipping it in confetti. All you need to do is apply double-sided tape to the wrapping paper. When you dip the gift, the confetti will stick right onto the double-sided tape.

3. Use Chalkboard Markers

If you have black wrapping paper or bags, you can use chalkboard markers to write on them. This will give the gift the appearance of a school chalkboard, making this a particularly great idea for teachers and students. You can also use a piece of yarn rather than store-bought ribbon to create a bow for the gift.

Another good idea for using chalkboard markers with gifts is creating chalkboard gift tabs. You can just paint thin slabs of wood black and then use chalkboard gift tabs to write the name of the recipient of the gift. Besides writing the name of the recipient, you can also use the chalkboard markers to draw designs.

Gift giving during the holiday season is a great way to connect with your community and form strong relationships with others. If you would like to learn more about the process of moving into one of our architecturally significant, modern apartment homes in the artsy, culturally diverse, historic Cedars neighborhood, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can also reach out to our office if you would like to see which of our Dallas apartments are still available.

4
Dec 17

How to Craft a Holiday Cheese Board

Cheese BoardCrafting a holiday cheese board will take a little more effort than just buying a platter from the store, but your guests will appreciate the extra attention to detail. Life isn’t about making everything perfect, but the festive season is the time to do a little more for the people you love. From crackers to salami to fruit, see how to make a board that’s as tantalizing as it looks.

Picking the Board

Cheese looks great on a heavy wooden cheese board, which is why it’s the most common choice for entertainers. The food can be artfully arranged, and the board will be sturdy enough to hold a substantial amount of appetizers. If you want to do something a little more unusual, try natural stone for a base. Quartz, granite, or marble can all add an extra touch of class to the party. You can also look for boards designed with designated places for the serving utensils for a better presentation.

Stacking it All Up

Start with several different types of cheese, including both soft and hard cheese. Brie, cheddar, gouda, and Parmigiano are all excellent choices because they give guests a variety of textures and flavors to choose from. Next, add meat, olives, and nuts to the board to spruce it up and add more color. You won’t go wrong with deli ham or prosciutto or thick hunks of salami. Cashews, almonds, and walnuts will also look great in the mix, and it will add another flavor dimension.

Final Touches

Fresh fruits in different sizes and shapes bring both texture and color to the cheeseboard. In particular, apples, grapes, and apricots will pair nicely with the salty meats and cheeses. Include water crackers or bread arranged in the middle as the perfect vessel for mixing and matching the choices. Finally, add some mustard, horseradish, or jam to the sides of the cheeseboard to brighten up the dish.

If you’re looking for architecturally significant, modern Dallas apartments in the artsy, culturally diverse, historic Cedars neighborhood that can keep up with all of your entertaining ideas, look no further than South Side Flats. Our apartments are designed to make it easy to keep the party going year after year! Give us a call today if you’re looking to see our modern kitchens and spacious living areas!

20
Nov 17

5 Ideas for Using Thanksgiving Leftovers

Macaroni With VeggiesLet’s face it—if you make Thanksgiving dinner, you are going to have leftovers. Probably a lot of leftovers. So what do you do with all of them? There are only so many times you can heat up another plate of turkey and stuffing, and too many turkey sandwiches are guaranteed to get old quickly. The following recipes will give you something fun and interesting to do with all those leftovers.

Ideas for Feasting on Thanksgiving Leftovers

1. Turkey Tortilla Soup

Most people don’t think of throwing a Southwest twist on turkey, but it works surprisingly well. This turkey tortilla soup recipe is a nice change from the traditional recipes using turkey, and it adds a lot of tasty veggies to make your meal healthier.

2. Turkey Pot Pie With Cheddar Biscuit Crust

If you think about it, turkey is an ideal addition to a pot pie recipe. A lot like chicken, but different, turkey works wonderfully in this turkey pot pie recipe—especially when combined with the cheddar biscuit crust. You may find you like this recipe more than the meal that gave you all the leftovers!

3. Sweet-Potato Cranberry Donuts

You probably never considered making donuts with your leftovers, but it works! These sweet-potato cranberry donuts use your leftover sweet potatoes, combined with dried cranberries, to create a sweet and delicious treat that bears almost no resemblance to your Thanksgiving meal.

4. Dinner Mac and Cheese

Many of the leftovers you have from Thanksgiving, including ham and various veggies, can go great in a dinner mac and cheese. And you can combine the mac and cheese meal you made with leftover turkey to create a different meal that lets you use up even more leftovers.

5. Chinese Turkey Salad

A salad with Thanksgiving leftovers? Really? Yes! The standard Chinese chicken salad recipe works just as well with turkey, and maybe even better. You also get some fresh vegetables with your Chinese turkey salad (just swap the chicken) and who doesn’t need those after Thanksgiving?

Enjoy Your Thanksgiving

The team here at South Side Flats is here to help you enjoy your Thanksgiving—before, during and after. Please contact us with any questions about our architecturally significant, modern Dallas apartments in the artsy, culturally diverse, historic Cedars neighborhood.

13
Nov 17

A Quick Guide to Holiday Shopping

Holiday GiftsWhether your list is long or short this year, holiday shopping is not always the most peaceful experience. In fact, some people get downright anxious when they start to see all the holiday decorations going up in the stores. Even shopping online can be frustrating simply due to the number of choices on the internet! For a smarter holiday experience, try these tips to get it all done in record time.

Types of Gifts

The first thing you need to do is figure out what type of gift you want to get everyone. In other words, don’t go to the mall hoping you’ll be inspired because it likely won’t be worth it. Pick one thing for each person (e.g., a camera for your mom, a pair of boots for your sister, etc.), and then stick with it. Once you know the items you want, it’s much easier to find out in advance how to get a discount on them.

Research Brands

Your next step is to start looking at review sites to get an idea of which models are worth having. Doing any type of research online is a good way to waste time if you’re not careful, so give yourself a time limit before you start (and then set the alarm). Give yourself plenty of time whether you’re buying online or buying in a store. There are plenty of pitfalls when it comes to shipping gifts, long lines, and parking nightmares.

Set a Strategy

Consider your personal shopping style, and develop a strategy for how to go about getting the things on your list. Don’t go to Black Friday sales if you’re not prepared to handle the crowds, and forget the biggest Cyber Monday deals if you don’t have fast fingers and the fastest internet connection possible. That being said, there are still plenty of deals if you know where to look. Plenty of online and physical retailers are going to be eager for your business this year.

If you’re looking for Dallas apartments that can hold all of the gifts you buy this year, give South Side Flats a call. It’s our privilege to show our amenities and floor plans to people who expect a lot from the place they call home. We look forward to speaking with you about our architecturally significant, modern apartment homes in the artsy, culturally diverse, historic Cedars neighborhood.

6
Nov 17

3 Ways to Make a Sweater for Your Canine Companion

KnittingSome dogs love to romp around in the snow while others visibly shiver when the temperatures start to drop. If you live in our apartments in Dallas, you may not see a lot of frost this year, but that doesn’t mean your pup won’t appreciate a little extra warmth. When the weather starts to cool down, give your dog more insulation by making them a sweater.

Refashioning

This is probably one of the best and easiest ways to reuse old sweaters that you have lying around the house or sweaters that you find in a thrift store. All you have to do is find a pattern that will look cute on your dog, get their measurements, and then start tailoring the fabric just for them. There are so many things out there that might not be right for you that will look adorable on your dog. Plus, it will give you a chance to work on your sewing skills.

Knitting

If you want to use your own fabric and material, then knitting is one of the easier ways to get your dog into some new threads. There are plenty of designs for small to medium-sized dogs, and you don’t have to be an expert knitter to make them. All you have to know is your basic stitching and cable techniques, and you’ll be well on your way. Knitting is definitely not just for your grandmother, it’s a good way to use your hands to be productive when you’re at home. It can even be relaxing!

Crocheting

Crocheting is a little more difficult than knitting when it comes to sweaters, but you may like the challenge. Plus, there are designs for crocheted dog sweaters that promise to be both cute and easy to make. If you have any special phrases or names for your dog, then you may even want to personalize the fabric before you get started!

South Side Flats wants to welcome you and your pet to our apartment community. With plenty of space for them to play both indoors and out, you won’t regret making our Dallas apartments your new home. Give us a call today to learn more about our amenities and architecturally significant, modern apartment homes in the artsy, culturally diverse, historic Cedars neighborhood—both for you and your canine companion.

16
Oct 17

How to Spend Halloween in Dallas

Jack-o'-lanternHalloween is right around the corner. Dallas is a great place to spend the holiday. If you love the fall and Halloween, you may even have the perfect costume already planned. Even if you don’t and you are looking for the best things to enjoy during the spookiest time of the year, you are in luck. These are a few of the best places to consider in Dallas.

How to Spend Halloween in Dallas

Dallas 2017 Halloween Bar Crawl

This event will take place on October 28, the weekend before Halloween since the actual holiday falls on a Tuesday. Tickets to the bar crawl are $15 and they come with two $5 gift cards for food or drinks, access to drink specials at all of the participating bars, and no covers. There will even be a $500 costume contest so be sure to put your best one on and join in on the fun.

Dark Hour Haunted House

If you like the thrill of Halloween, then you need to go to the Dark Hour Haunted House. Tickets start at $31 and it is the premier haunted house attraction in the Dallas area. It is located in Plano so it is just a quick drive to get some screams. The haunted house is open through Halloween so you can make this an outing to enjoy anytime through the season. 

Underwater Halloween Pumpkin Carve-Off 

This is a great Halloween choice for the entire family. It takes place at the Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium. As part of the event, you will see the aquatic life bob for pumpkins while the divers compete in an underwater pumpkin carving contest. You have never seen anything like this and it is sure to excite any of the younger members of your family. There are only five days during October where this event happens so get your tickets now for the whole family and friends.

If you love the Dallas area and are looking for a great place to call home, be sure to check out our available floor plans. Our apartments in Dallas are close to a lot of shopping and dining options and offer great amenities. Stop by to take a tour and see what we have available today.

9
Oct 17

3 Tea Drinks for Fall Weather

Hot Tea in a CupOn cloudy fall afternoons, being able to sit with a cup of tea is an ideal way to relax in the comfort of your own home. If you’re looking for something more than just a simple cup of tea, consider trying one or more of these tea drink recipes that are perfect for the cooler autumn weather.

Chai Tea Latte

This tasty and refreshing tea drink resembles the kind you can get at your local coffee shop, but it’s easy enough to make on your own. All you need is the right ingredients for the syrup and latte, which includes Chai tea bags, sugar, milk, filtered water and ground cinnamon. Boil water, then steep the tea in it for about ten minutes. Add sugar, then simmer on medium heat for about 20 minutes to form syrup. Pour the Chai syrup into a cup while boiling milk in a pan. Blend the milk slightly on low, then add it to the cup. Top it with ground cinnamon and enjoy.

Autumn Tea

This seasonal spin on tea makes a good beverage to have on a chilly autumn day thanks to its fall flavors. To make it, put tea bags in a bowl, then add hot water. Let the tea bags steep for about eight minutes, then remove them and throw them out. Add unsweetened apple juice, cranberry juice, sugar, lemon juice and pumpkin pie spice to the bowl, then stir. You can serve this autumn tea while it’s warm or serve an iced version on warmer fall days.

Blackberry Tea

Berries offer a sweet flavor that’s in season during the autumn months if you’re looking for an alternative to the usual apple, pumpkin or cinnamon flavors. To make this tea recipe, add tea bags to boiling water, then add crushed mint leaves. Add sugar to sweeten it up, then blend blackberries to create a puree. Add the blackberry puree to your tea, and add more sugar if needed. Serve this fall tea while it’s hot or over ice.

Our apartments have a breakfast bar that offers a great place for sipping tea drinks this fall. Contact us for more information on our available apartments in Dallas, Texas.

2
Oct 17

4 Tricks to Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

Cinnamon and Star AniseFall is upon us, but the temperature around our Dallas apartments may still feel like summer. When the outdoor temperatures don’t feel like fall, bring a little bit of the season indoors through welcoming fall scents. These ideas are simple, but effective at adding the scents of the season to your home.

Cook Up Some Fall Flavor

Your stove and oven can be a great source of fall flavor. Bake pumpkin or apple-flavored treats to bring the scent of fall into your apartment. If you don’t have the time or desire to bake, set a pot on the stove filled with water, fruit and whole spices, such as star anise, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks or vanilla extract. Bring it to a boil, then simmer it on low throughout the day, topping off the water as needed.

Add Natural Potpourri

Fall brings many opportunities to add natural potpourri to your home. Consider a buddle of dried autumn flowers combined with rosemary, star anise and eucalyptus. Whether you hang this from the wall or put it in a vase, the smells will waft through your apartment pleasingly. You can also add your own potpourri to a small fabric pouch to create a fragrance sachet you can place strategically in your apartment.

Light a Candle

Light a candle to bring even more freshness to your home. Choose a candle with a fall scent for this festive season. If you prefer not to burn candles in your apartment, you can achieve the same scent with a scented wax warming system.

Spice Up Your Cleaning

Consider adding some fall flair to your cleaning routine. Mix baking soda with dried herbs and spices to make a scrubbing paste that adds to the fall scents in your home. You can use essential oils mixed with vinegar to clean surfaces that require a wet cleaner.

Fall flavors make your home feel cozier throughout the fall season. An open floor plan with natural lighting can do the same thing, and that’s what you will find here at South Side Flats. If you’re in the market for a new Dallas apartment, give us a call to see which of our floor plans are currently available.

25
Sep 17

How to Create a Work/Life Balance

South Side Flats Swimming PoolIn today’s fast-paced world, it is more important than ever before to make sure that you are making time for yourself and getting in a little R&R every now and then. At South Side Flats, we understand that our residents want to get the most out of life and we believe that your home should be your sanctuary. That’s why we are proud to offer some of the best apartment community amenities in the greater Dallas area. In fact, it’s our pleasure to help take the guesswork out of striking a good work/life balance and ensure that you are happy and healthy for many years to come.

Our Top Tips for Striking a Good Work/Life Balance

1. Set Manageable Goals Each Day

Your daily goals don’t always have to include big lifetime goals like finishing a novel or mastering your golf swing. With smaller, more manageable goals, you can feel a sense of accomplishment each day as you make your way down your “to-do” list. And if you don’t check every small item off the list, it’s no big deal. You can always get things done tomorrow!

2. Make Time for Relaxation

With access to our luxurious swimming pool and gorgeous sundeck, taking a little “me” time just got a whole lot easier. After a long, hard day at work, sometimes all you need is the chance to lay out in the sun or get in a few laps in the pool to set your mind at ease.

3. Sweat It Out

Working out doesn’t have to be a chore when you have an awesome fitness center available in our apartment community. Regular exercise releases endorphins and other happy chemicals in the brain that are ideal for letting go of your problems and focusing your mind on only the things that you can control.

Find Your Perfect Balance at South Side Flats

When you make time for the little things in life, you may just find that you’ve got it pretty good. Interested in learning more about what makes life at South Side Flats great? Visit us online to take a look at all of the awesome amenities available to residents at our apartments in Dallas and schedule a tour today.

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