5 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes for Fall

It’s below 90 today (phew) and we’re ready to start thinking all things fall! If you’re like us and love to prepare dinner in a slow cooker when the weather get’s cooler you’re in luck! Here are five delicious and easy recipes you can throw in your crock pot this week.

 

1 – Potato Soup  (Recipe Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven)

 

2 – Nacho Soup (Recipe Courtesy of Baked by Rachel)

 

3 – Apple Pie Oatmeal (Recipe Courtesy of Five Heart Home)

 

4 – Tater Tot Casserole (Recipe Courtesy of Damn Delicious)

 

5 – Chicken and Apple Cider Chili (Recipe Courtesy of Foxes Love Lemons)

6 Ways to Get Back in the “Back to School” Routine

Summer vacation is officially winding down. Soon it will be time to start setting alarms, packing lunches and sticking to stricter bedtime routines. It can be tough getting back in the swing of a schedule after spending the summer at home. Help your kids get ready for the upcoming school year with these tips…

 

1 – Start heading to bed earlier as a family. No more week nights of staying up late! Get the kid’s body’s used to a different and stricter sleep pattern now instead of later.

 

2 – Establish a place in your home that will be your student’s study space. This will be where they store their books and backpack and this is where homework will be done.

 

3 – Shop for lunch box essentials now. Start filling the pantry with items that you can easily pack for school lunch so you aren’t scrambling the night before school starts.

 

4 – Shop for school supplies together with your kids. Let them feel involved and excited by picking out their own backpacks and notebooks.

 

5 – Check with your school registrar to make sure all forms for enrollment are complete. You may need additional paperwork that you can start collecting now.

 

6 – Go over the school bus route so you and your children are comfortable with where they will get on and off the bus for school.

Pheasant Run Apartments in Nashua, NH

There’s plenty to do this summer at Pheasant Run Apartments in Nashua, NH! These beautiful one and two bedroom apartment homes are right across the street from the Pheasant Lane Mall! Spend your weekends shopping, relaxing by our pool and heading to dinner at one of MANY local restaurants on the DW Highway!

 

Less than one half mile from the Massachusetts border, this location is perfect for commuters heading towards Lowell, Burlington and Boston. Pheasant Run is a beautifully landscaped community nestled on 15 wooded acres in one of the most desirable Nashua neighborhoods. Pets are welcome (breed restrictions do apply) and we also offer furnished options if needed!

 

Visit here to view floor plans and additionally photos. Contact us to setup a tour today!

 

 

10 Things To Do Before Summer is Over

If you’ve visited a department store recently you’ve probably noticed that school supplies and backpacks have taken the place of bathing suits and pool toys. July is almost over so now is the time to make sure you’ve crossed a few items off your summer bucket list before it’s too late. If you’re looking for some summer-themed activities to make the most of your last week’s of summer keep reading….

1 – Visit a beach at sunset

2 – Go to a water park or splash pad

3 – Go strawberry and blueberry picking

4 – Host a barbecue

5 – Go to an outdoor concert

6 – Take a boat ride

7 – Make homemade popsicles

8 – Drink lemonade

9 – Sit by an outdoor fire

10 – Dine al fresco at a restaurant

Now Pre-Leasing Holmes Beverly

Holmes Beverly has it all – rich color palettes, top of the line finishes, carefully thought out floor plans and water views too!

Your new apartment home comes with an unrivaled amenity package including a cozy library with fireplace, telecommuting office, pet spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, flexible club room and roof deck.

Experience the convenience, vibrancy and excitement of city living just outside your doorstep. The Holmes Beverly is walkable to shops, dining, beaches, music, art & theater.  It’s one of the most commute friendly locations on the North Shore – with 72 trains to Boston every weekday, just steps from your front door.

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7 Summer Salad Recipes

In a summer time dinner rut? When it’s hot outside the last thing we feel like doing is turning on the oven and cooking a large meal. Mix things up by trying one of these delicious and refreshing summer salads tonight!

 

1 – Honey Mustard Chicken Avocado Salad

2 – Mexican Chopped Salad

 

3 – Cucumber Tomato Salad

 

4 – Spicy Peach and Avocado Salad

 

5 – Creamy Dilled Cucumber Salad

 

6 – Honey Lime Rainbow Salad

 

7 – Avocado Strawberry Spinach Salad 

5 Garden Plants that Keep Mosquitoes Away

Summer brings longer days and evenings outdoors. There’s nothing that can ruin a summer cookout more than the itching and scratching of mosquito bites! If you’re planning to spend time outside after dusk, try putting these plants in your garden to keep the bugs away…

1 – Lavender – Not only does it look beautiful, it smells great too! Another thing that lavender does is hinder a mosquito’s ability to smell. The leaves of this plant have natural oils that will keep your garden smelling fresh and the pesky bugs away.

 

2 – Marigolds – These annuals add beautiful color to your garden and they also deter mosquitoes, aphids, white flies, and squash bugs.

 

3 – Citronella Grass – Most people have heard of citronella candles but did you know that you can plant citronella grass directly in your garden? This plant is known as the most effective at repelling pests and is low maintenance. A must-have for your outdoor space!

 

4 – Rosemary – Rosemary is an herb that many of us are very familiar with, especially with cooking. Rosemary’s woody scent is what keeps mosquitoes as well as some moths and flies away.

 

5 – Basil – Another herb we use in our cooking, basil is also great at keeping mosquitoes and other bugs away. The pungent smell of any type of basil is powerful to keep mosquitoes from entering your space. Try planting some in pots on your patio and you can also use some for preparing dinner!

10 Unique (and Last Minute) Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is this weekend! If you haven’t already found the perfect gift for your dad, try one of these ideas that you can pickup before the big day. Dad is sure to love anything on this list!

1 – A gift card to his favorite restaurant

2 – Tickets to a sporting event

3 – Gardening tools and plants for his garden

4 – Grill tools along with a gift card to the local butcher shop

5 – A bag of his favorite fresh-ground coffee with a unique mug

6 – Tickets to tour a local brewery

7 – Create a personalized itinerary for a “day out with dad”

8 – Slippers and pajamas so Dad can relax

9 – Tickets for a boat cruise

10 – A car wash kit with all of the essentials to wash his car.