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5 Cooking Secrets Every Home Cook Should Know

cutting board with herbs

Cooking at home is a great way to save money and eat healthier, too. There are lots of cooking hacks to improve anyone’s cooking game. Here are five of the best cooking secrets that every cook should know:

Use Ricotta Cheese for the Perfect Scrambled Eggs

Ricotta cheese makes scrambled eggs so creamy and delicious. Just use one cup of ricotta cheese for every six eggs. Cook the mixture in a little butter, add salt and pepper and serve with toast for the perfect breakfast.

Make Jar Pasta Sauce Taste Like Fresh

Your dinner guests will think that you made your pasta sauce homemade if you use this trick. Just put a small amount of olive oil in a pan, add garlic, mushrooms and onion. After the vegetables are brown, throw the jarred sauce in the pan. This lends a homemade taste to any store-bought pasta sauce.

Have the Creamiest Guacamole With This Trick

Rather than using a fork or spoon to make guacamole, just smash the avocados with the smooth side of a meat hammer. This makes the avocado smooth and creamy, which is perfect for guacamole.

Bring out the Richness of Your Brownies

Instead of adding water to your boxed brownie mix, substitute it with the same amount of coffee. This makes your brownies very delicious and enhances the chocolate flavor. If you don’t have any coffee, use water and add a tablespoon of molasses instead to get the same rich flavor.

Make Healthy Ice Cream With Just One Ingredient

All you need to make very creamy, healthy ice cream are bananas. Take two very ripe bananas, add them to the food processor and blend until they are smooth. After you finish mixing the bananas, put them into a bowl and freeze for one hour. You’ll have a delicious treat that you won’t feel guilty about eating.

Have Fresh Herbs for Your Foods

Instead of throwing away fresh herbs that you won’t use, put them in an ice cube tray, add olive oil on top of the herbs and freeze. Then, whenever you want fresh herbs, simply take them from the ice cube tray and throw them in your meal.

One of the most important things when it comes to cooking is having a kitchen that has plenty of storage and prep space. Derby Park Apartments in Grand Prairie, Texas feature large kitchens with new appliances. Contact us today for information on our available floor plans and get cooking!

How to Pack Like a Jet-Setter

suitcase in roomWhile we know you love living at Derby Park, many of our residents love spending time exploring the world. There’s nothing like the adventure of exploring a new city; we encourage it! Yet, when you are packing up at your apartment in Grande Prairie, take advantage of a few tips that can help you to pack less but have everything you need. That way, you don’t have to pay those expensive fees for taking an extra bag with you!

Tips for Packing Success

How you pack and what you bring with you when traveling really defines how affordable any trip can be. Try these tips for becoming a true jet-setter who doesn’t worry about lots of luggage.

  • Start with a packing list. Choose just what you need to have to travel, such as a toothbrush and passport. List personal items you need to have.
  • Roll and vacuum pack all of your clothing. That helps you avoid the wrinkles while also getting much more into smaller bags. This will make the best use of the amount of space you have.
  • Use every component of your suitcase wisely. For example, look for the empty space along the sides or even inside your shoes. Use that space wisely for items you need to take with you that you need to protect.
  • Place all of your liquid items into zipper-locked bags. This ensures nothing spills onto your clothing and leaves you with an expensive clean-up bill.
  • Bring the smallest items you can. Instead of packing two books, bring along a tablet to read the books on. Instead of bringing along a large bottle of shampoo, go for the travel size. This saves you a significant amount of room.

Make Living at Home a Success

While you may be touring the world, you always want to come home to a place you love to call home. Check out our available apartments in Grande Prairie!

Hosting a Fourth of July Event

summer hamburgersAre you thinking of skipping the crowded bustle and noise of the large-scale public fireworks displays this year? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. A big crowd is definitely not for everyone. Fortunately, a Fourth of July party doesn’t have to be a huge production to be successful. All you really need are friends, family and food to have a great time. Here are a few ideas for hosting a Fourth of July event that everyone will enjoy!

The Food

The Fourth of July is usually accompanied by casual but delicious food. For an outdoor event, it’s hard to go wrong with traditional favorites like burgers and hot dogs, fresh off a hot grill, with some grilled corn on the cob or veggie kabobs as sides. Don’t forget the watermelon to finish off the meal with a refreshing, sweet treat!

Drinks and Desserts

Since it will, after all, be a Texas July, consider making light and refreshing desserts, like a  Key Lime Pie or fruit sorbet. Set out big pitchers of sparkling lemonade or iced tea to drink to keep your guests hydrated and happy!

Be Considerate and Responsible

Please remember that shooting off any fireworks, even small ones, is not allowed. This is more than a request for courtesy within our Derby Park apartments in Grand Prairie, it applies to the entire city. We ask that our residents abide by these laws. If there will be children attending your party who might be disappointed by the lack of fireworks, consider trading sparklers for glow sticks, bracelets or necklaces to play with after it gets dark!

However you choose to spend your Fourth of July this year, please stay safe and have a great time. If you aren’t yet a member of our community, give our office a call! We are always happy to discuss floor plan availability with our potential new residents.

5 Ways to Go Green While Grocery Shopping

Vegetables at Grocery StoreIf visiting farmer’s markets and liquidating your paychecks at specialty grocery stores doesn’t sound like an appealing way to go green, don’t worry! You can shop at any supermarket near our Grand Prairie apartments and still be kind to the environment. Here are 5 tips to help you get started.

1. Walk the Perimeter

The inside aisles of most stores are where you will find refined, processed foods that take more energy and resources to create than the produce, dairy and meats found in the outer aisles.

2. Look for Local 

Whether you’re choosing locally produced food or finished items like bread and tortillas, choosing local not only means your food is probably fresher, but it also had a much shorter trip to your store.

3. Try Organics

Although organic foods can be a bit more expensive than their conventional counterparts, organic foods tend to skip chemical additives that can be dangerous to the earth (and you!). Foods that are 100% organic are best, but even foods that are simply made with organic ingredients are better than conventional ones.

4. Less Packaging

Have you ever opened a box or a bag of something only to find another sealed package inside? From cereal to cookies to bread, an excess of packaging is everywhere. Look for foods with minimal packaging, and try reusable produce bags to cut down even further.

5. Speaking of Bags

Packing up your purchases is another place to cut down on environmental waste, too. The best option is to choose sturdy, reusable bags that avoid waste altogether. If you forget your bags at home or don’t want the hassle, bring your used plastic bags back to the supermarket and drop them in the recycling bin to keep them out of the landfill.

Green Living Made Easy

Being close to many major grocers and retailers are only one of the ways we make green living easy in our Grand Prairie apartments. To schedule a tour, contact Derby Park Apartments today.

10 Major Factors in Relocating to a New City

Moving to a new neighborhood requires a lot of planning and thought. This will be a new place that you’ll call home and where you’ll spend all of your time. Time is of essence, and you should take your time seriously.

Whether you’re considering taking a new job, uniting with a loved one, seeking a new adventure, or just looking for a change of scenery, here are 10 of the main things to consider when deciding where to live.

  • Weather- This is a big one. Does it rain a lot? How cold does it get in the winter? How dry is the air? The weather plays a big role in the functions of our bodies and minds, especially when it comes to allergies, skin type, and proneness to illness.
  • Economy- How solid is the economy? Do a little research to find statistics on the job market, tax rate, and real estate costs to see what you’re up against as well as if it aligns with your goals.
  • Cost of Living- Sometimes, you can pay the same amount for 200 square feet that you’d pay for a 2 bedroom, single-family home depending on the location. Look at the average cost of living in different areas to decide if it works with your budget.
  • Traffic- Sitting in traffic may seem like a small factor, but it will play a significant role in your day-to-day commute. Make sure you’re prepared if the city you’re moving to has heavy traffic.
  • Landscape- Do you like the mountains or the plains? How close are you to the ocean? Aligning your hobbies to your landscape is important.
  • State Laws- Laws are a sneaky one; they can surprise you in a new state. For example, single men in Missouri need to pay $1.00 every year in taxes just for being single and male.
  • Safety- Feeling safe in your new home is part of feeling at home. Research the crime rate and if you’re comfortable with it.
  • Family- If your family doesn’t live in your destination, are they easily accessible? This is a good thing to consider, especially when it comes to holidays, kids, and travel.
  • Culture- The culture between Jackson, Tennessee and Las Vegas, Nevada are extremely different. One embodies serenity and quiet while the other offers constant action and excitement.
  • Population- Simply, how many people live there? In New York, New York it’s hard to find even a moment to yourself. However, in Gardner, Kansas you  may not see another human for a month at a time.