3-Ingredient Party Perfect Summer Dishes

One of the best things about summertime is getting to enjoy all that the warm weather has to offer, such as lazy days by the Arcadia Run pool and cookouts in the evenings with friends. Yummy dishes such as hamburgers and corn on the cob are summertime staples, but the last thing anyone wants to do is spend hours in the kitchen when you could be outside enjoying the summer sun! We’ve searched high and low for some party-perfect dishes that only require 3 ingredients, meaning you spend less time inside and more time chowing down. Check out some of our favorites below!

 

Sweet and Smoky Brussel Sprouts

Didn’t your grandmother tell you to eat your brussel sprouts? Gone are the days of bland brussel sprouts; this recipe will have you eating them more often. All you need are brussel sprouts, dates, and everyone’s favorite ingredient: bacon! All of these combined make the perfect side dish for the dinner party you’re having next weekend.

 

Shells and Cheese

Mac and cheese isn’t just for the kids anymore! Stir up some pasta shells in milk and add in cheese and you’ll have a delicious, cheesy bowl of shells to take to a cookout at the neighbors or by the pool. Tip: while this recipe only calls for shells, milk, and cheese, you can add in any of your other favorite ingredients to spice it up!

 

Pesto

One of the most versatile sauces for the summer, pesto can be put on almost everything! Spread it on crackers with cheese, use on a caprese salad, or mix it in with pasta salad. Instead of pine nuts, this recipe only calls for basil (abundant during the summer months), EVOO, and salt and pepper. A perfectly refreshing topping like this will have everyone coming back to seconds.

 

Jalapeno Poppers

The only thing hotter than the summer sun will be these poppers on the picnic table! All you need are fresh jalapenos, cream cheese, and bacon to whip up a snack or app that everyone will devour.

 

Mint Chocolate Chip Pie

Finally, the best part of any cookout: dessert! Cool everything off with this delicious ice cream pie that you just have to assemble, stick in the freezer, and pull out when you’re ready to serve. This pie calls for a premade Oreo crust, whipped cream, and mint chocolate chip ice cream, but you can substitute in any ice cream flavor you want.

 

Nutella Brownies

Nutella: proof that happiness can come in a jar. Grab some eggs, flour, and Nutella to make these easy brownies, perfect to keep around all summer long. If you’re bringing them to a party, hide a few for yourself because they will go fast.

 

Summer is the perfect time to find your brand new apartment home at Arcadia Run for a gorgeous kitchen to cook these delicious dishes this summer! Visit us online to learn more.

 

Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelysanders/genius-three-ingredient-recipes?utm_term=.uoN0E3Y50#.tg8AxoR0A

 

Hacks for a Better Moving Experience

 

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At Arcadia Run, we are experts in helping our residents have the best moving experience possible! There is only so much we can help with, but below we have put together some great hacks for moving without spending too much money or time getting everything together. Take a look below for some of the moving hacks you didn’t know until now.

Use what you have

If you know you will be moving in the near future, keep an eye out for resources, such as cardboard boxes that others are getting rid of, so you don’t have to purchase boxes. Forget the bubble wrap; soft items like towels and area rugs will protect your things that you also need to pack up.

Leave the hangers full

Why take everything off the hangers to put them back on again? Use a rubber band to group together sections of hangers (with clothes still on) and put them in a garbage bag with the hooks sticking out of the top. This way, when you get to your new apartment home, just remove the clothes from the bag, cut the rubber band, and hang! Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy.

Roll it around
Not everyone has a dolly laying around for moving heavy items. Utilize rolling suitcases for heavy things that will fit inside, like your collection of trophies or stacks of books. If you are in need of more wheels to get your stuff from one place to another, use a skateboard or a wagon! It won’t completely eliminate carrying boxes, but will work if you don’t want to rent some wheels.

Use household items efficiently

Use tape to label boxes and hold drawers shut when you are moving furniture. If you don’t have tape, saran wrap will do! You can also utilize scissors or box cutters to cut handles in the side of boxes so that you don’t accidentally drop the glassware.

Make your essentials accessible

To make sure your essentials are accessible as soon as you arrive at your new place, load them into the van/car last. A toothbrush and a change of clothes will be nice to have when you don’t feel like unpacking and all you want to do is dig into some pizza.

These hacks are definitely essential for having a smooth move into your new apartment home, but maybe the best tip you should remember is to utilize your phone! Today, there are all sorts of apps to help you get organized like taking photos of what is in each box, or ordering a moving service. Visit arcadiarun.com today to see how you can begin the process of finding and moving into your new apartment home!

Sources: http://www.mymovingreviews.com, https://www.thrillist.com/

 

The Essential Supplies Your Apartment Home Needs

Moving is the perfect time to purge your home of all the unnecessary items that have been accumulating over the years. However, there are a few things that we think are necessary for you to keep and bring with you during the move, or buy if you don’t already own them. Below, we’ve listed some essentials that every resident should have in their new Arcadia Run apartment!

Cleaning Supplies

When life gets busy, having a clean home can become an afterthought. Have cleaning supplies readily available for those busy weeks when the last thing you want to do is go to the store to buy a duster or a mop. Make sure to stock up on supplies that are easy to grab, such as cleaning wipes or paper towels.

Area Rug

Putting a statement rug in your home is a way to show your personality while bringing together the atmosphere of a room. Not only will this rug accentuate the ambiance of a room, but it will also create a more comfortable space!

A Good Vacuum

Having a good vacuum can save you time and energy when cleaning your apartment. Vacuuming for only a few quick minutes once a week can dramatically decrease the dust and allergen build-up in your home.

Toolbox 

A toolbox should include all of your essential tools and accessories, such as a hammer, nails, screwdrivers, duct tape, a box cutter, and more. You can easily purchase a toolbox at any local home improvement store!

Emergency Medical Kit

Cuts and scrapes are normal occurrences for any person, so having an emergency medical kit in the home is necessary! Stock up on Band-Aids, pain relievers, and a thermometer, especially if you have kids and live in a busy household, you never know when you might need it.

These are just a few of the many important items that you should keep handy in your new apartment home. Whether its making a statement with a new rug, or being able to fix a broken shelf with your tools, you will have everything covered. For more information on our wonderful apartment homes at Arcadia Run, check out our website and schedule a visit today!

Sources: bedbathandbeyond.com, homefloorexperts.com

6 Local Vendors to Check Out at the Manassas Farmer’s Market

The Historic Manassas Farmer’s Market, located in Downtown Manassas behind the Harris Pavilion in parking lot B, is held every Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. We are so proud of our local farmer’s market, which Prince William Living Magazine recently named as one of the best in the area!

From the fresh produce and signature sweets, to the one-of-a-kind products and organic goods, the Historic Manassas Farmer’s Market can’t be beat. Read on to learn about a few of the many fabulous vendors featured in Historic Manassas’ Farmer’s Market this year:

 

A Sign for the Times

Manassas, VA

A Sign For The Times by Ashley is home to a number of handmade, graphic design signs in a wide variety of styles, for all ages.

Calico Jack’s

Bristow, VA

Calico Jack’s is well-known in the Manassas-Bristow area for their hand crafted, natural and organic products for the body and home. From soy candles, lip balm, deodorant and lotions, to goat’s milk soaps, organic face oils and powders, these are some of the best organic products in the area. Calico Jack’s products are never made with harmful chemicals and are always free of sulfates, parabens and phthalates. Visit Calico Jack’s website for more on their unique selection of natural and organic products.

Crosby’s Crab Company

Manassas, VA

Crosby’s Crab Company offers the best seafood in Prince William County with a wide array of both raw and cooked shrimp, blue crabs, oysters and lobsters. This market-fresh seafood company has become so popular, in fact, that it was recently named one of the best places to find the freshest seafood in Washington by the Washingtonian! For more on Crosby’s Crab Company, check out their website.

Del Sur Baked Goods

Springfield, VA

Del Sur Baked Goods offers a long list of specialty cookies, Peruvian-style cakes, authentic, custom-filled empanadas and even custom butcher blocks! For more on Del Sure Baked Goods, visit their website.

Loopy Scoops

Manassas, VA

Loopy Scoops offers a delicious selection of local, homemade ice cream scoops, ice cream sandwiches, gelato, sorbets, sherbets, and popsicles. Check out Loopy Scoops on Facebook for more on this local legend!

Taste of Old Country

Gainesville, VA

Taste of Old Country offers a wide range of balsamic vinegars, extra virgin olive oils, seasonings, spices and more, all of which are created right here in Manassas, VA! While the olives in Taste of Old Country’s oils are sourced from their family olive groves in Greece, all of the final product is made right here in Manassas. For more on Taste of Old Country, check out their website.

As of this year, the Historic Manassas Farmer’s Market is officially a year-round market so you can enjoy the many benefits of shopping local all year long!

For a complete list of vendors, directions and additional information on the Winter Farmer’s Market, visit the Historic Manassas website. *Vendors may change by season.

Sourcesvisitmanassas.orgcalicojacksnaturals.comcrosbycrabco.comwashingtonian.comdelsurbakedgoods.comsquareup.com/market/taste-of-old-country

Declutter Your Apartment This November

Sometimes we find that our apartments are organized, but there is just so much stuff to keep track of! Although new apartment homes at Arcadia Run each come with multiple closets for ample storage space, and 42” designer kitchen cabinets for all of your kitchen needs, everyone experiences clutter at some point. Check out these 7 tips below for decluttering your space this November!

1. Utilize Wall Space

Not only do shelves help maximize space for knick knacks, mail, and supplies, but you can use them for decorations and even attach hooks to hang your coats and bags.

2. An Everyday Tub For Essentials

By the front door, place a tub or basket for things that you somehow lose right before you are about to leave the apartment. It’s a great place to put your umbrella, boots, bags, scarves, and hats.

3. Keep Your Shower Simple

If you know what products work for you, stick to a few bottles and keep them in one spot in the shower so it is easier to find what you’re looking for. When you find them getting low, replenish your stock before they run out, this way you wont get stuck washing your body with shampoo!

4. Spend 15 Minutes A Day Staying Organized

It is very important if you want to stay organized to keep up the everyday maintenance of your home. Take at least 15 minutes out of your day to organize your space and catch up with any mess you created that day or have been putting off.

5. Create Systems

When your space is decluttered, the rest will follow. Keep organized by creating systems for yourself like making Monday “vacuum day” or Thursday “trash day”. It is also important to organize your digital space such as emails and important online documents by creating folders. Another obvious but often forgotten about system is to keep your remotes all in one container close to the TV so you don’t miss that important football game that is coming on in 5 minutes.

6. Respond To Mail As You Receive It

Mail seems to be one of those things that we let pile up and then forget about. Often times it is not ideal, but if you respond to mail when you get it, there wont be late bills and forgotten coupons. If you don’t think you will use the mail or it is junk, throw it away!

7. Good Enough is Enough

There are few rare occasions that someone’s space will be 100% organized and decluttered. When you find a system and level of organization that you can live with, that is good enough!

Source: bustle.com

Events in Prince William County this Weekend

At Arcadia Run, we love our location in Manassas, VA and being part of the great Prince William County! There are always great events going on throughout the community and it’s fun to get involved. If you are looking for some family fun, or just something to do this weekend, The Washington Post shared a list of all things happening in the area:

FRIDAY, AUG. 28

· American Legion dinner – The public is invited to dinner with a different special each week. Proceeds support local veterans and the community. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Woodbridge American Legion, 3640 Friendly Post Lane, Woodbridge. 703-494-4304. www.vapost364.org. $5-$15.

· “Monsters University” movie – Bring a blanket or a lawn chair for a screening of the animated movie. 8:30 p.m. Loy E. Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center St., Manassas. 703-361-9800. Free.

SATURDAY, AUG. 29

· Shape Up Yoga – Taught by Bedrock Yoga as part of its Karma series. 9 a.m. Loy E. Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center St., Manassas. 703-895-3176. $20.

· Yoga on the Lawn – Vinyasa yoga taught by Hamuri Allen. 9 a.m. Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Rd., Woodbridge. 703-499-9812. www.pwcgov.org/ripponlodge. $5.

· VFW barbecue – Kansas City-style barbecue to raise funds to buy personal care items for hospitalized veterans. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. VFW Post 1503, 14631 Minnieville Rd., Dale City. 703-670-4124. www.vfwpost1503.com. $15.

· Beer and Bacon Fest – With music on the main stage, more than two tons of bacon will be cooked at the event. 2-5 p.m. Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, 14900 Potomac Town Pl., Woodbridge. 800-830-3976. www.stonebridgeptc.com. $25-$69.

SUNDAY, AUG. 30

· Bird walk – The guided tour will include a variety of habitats. Bring binoculars and cameras. 8 a.m. Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area, North Parking Lot, 15020 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville. 703-499-4954. alliance@pwconserve.org. Free.

MONDAY, AUG. 31

· Job search network group – Plus discussion of various topics related to the search process. Mondays 1-3 p.m. House of Mercy, 8170 Flannery Ct., Manassas. 703-659-1636. Free.

· Bingo – Proceeds support Dale City Knights of Columbus activities and charities. Doors open at 6 p.m., games begin at 7:30 p.m. VFW Post 1503, 14631 Minnieville Rd., Dale City. 703-491-2378. $9 minimum.

Source: washingtonpost.com

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Stay Social with Arcadia Run

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Are you addicted to everything social media and want to stay connected to Arcadia Run? Perfect! We’ve got just the fix for you.

Here at Arcadia Run, we want to keep our residents, as well as our future renters, informed on all of the neat things going on in our community. Feel free to friend us, follow us, tweet at us, or even re-pin us through any of these social sites!

Facebook: Of course, Facebook is a must! With so many people on the site, this is how we can share photos, events, and other information directly with our residents and followers.

Flickr: Flickr is a great way to view pictures of our new apartment buildings and rooms. You can also take a look at past events we’ve attended, like the Manassas Mall fashion show and the taste of Prince William Block Party!

GooglePlus: Want to follow us on Google+? No problem! Join our circle to stay up-to-date with the latest Arcadia Run news and blog posts. You can also use Google+ as means to connect with your new neighbors.

Pinterest: Want ideas on how to decorate your new bedroom? Click through our pins to find a little inspiration. Hosting a dinner party? We’ve got the tastiest recipe pinned for that. Actually, we have almost everything you could imagine pinned to our boards – health, fashion, community… the list goes on!

Tumblr: Bloggers will love our Arcadia Run tumblr. If you want everything combined into one feed, you must check out our tumblr! You’ll be able to see our latest blogs, photos, and videos – all from one site.

Twitter: Want tidbits of information phrased in 180 characters or less? Then you will love following Arcadia Run on Twitter! We give you the most important details regarding regional information, events, openings, or local happenings in one sentence. Feel free to favorite, tweet, or retweet and share with your own followers!

YouTube: YouTube is ideal for showing more of an apartment or event that a picture simply cannot express. We don’t have any videos posted yet, but stayed tuned!