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Quick Cleaning To-Do List Before Guests Arrive

Single CandleThe holiday season is coming fast, which for many people means having guests over to their home. If you are going to have company, you want to put your best foot forward—and a clean home is definitely one way to present yourself in a positive light.

The following cleanup tips can help you look your best in record time!

Tips for Cleaning Your Home Quickly for Guests

1. Scrub and Wipe Down the Toilet and the Bathroom Sink

You can always pull the shower curtain closed to cover up your bathtub, but a dirty toilet and bathroom sink are much harder to hide. Quickly scrub the toilet and the sink, then wipe them down before you have visitors. It only takes a few minutes to do both, and you will feel much better when your visitors inevitably use the bathroom while they are over.

2. Throw Dirty Dishes in the Dishwasher

A sink full of dirty dishes is not something you want your visitors to see when they come inside. Ideally, you can do the dishes if you have time. But if you do not have time to do your dishes, you can always throw them in the dishwasher before your guests arrive.

3. Pick Up and Store Any Clutter

It is normal to have things lying around your home when you are there by yourself, but when you have company over you probably want to look a little more organized. Make a quick run through your home and grab anything that looks messy and put it somewhere out of sight. If you are low on time, you can always throw it in the closet and organize it later.

4. Light a Candle and/or Spray Some Deodorizer

If your guests surprise you right after cooking dinner, or you just want your home to smell good when they arrive, consider lighting a nice smelling candle and/or spraying some deodorizer.

Getting the Most Out of Your Apartment

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Cheese Platter

Guide for a Thanksgiving Cheese Platter

Cheese PlatterIf you’ll be hosting Thanksgiving in your apartment in Edgewater for the first time this year, you’re probably experiencing a combination of anticipation and anxiety. After all, you probably have people on your guest list who’ve got plenty of practice creating holiday feasts, and you understandably want yours to pass muster.

Starting a seasonal feast off with a cheese course sets the stage for a sophisticated experience. Here’s how to craft a cheese board worthy of the pros.

Shop at a Specialty Cheese Shop

Even though many modern upscale supermarkets carry gourmet-quality cheese selections, shopping for the contents of your seasonal cheese board also gets you the expertise of a knowledgeable, engaged staff. Let the staff know what your holiday menu is going to be so that they can assist you in making cheese choices that complement rather than clash.

Bring a Friend

A quality cheese shop will offer you tastings of any of the cheeses you’re considering purchasing for your pre-feast cheese board. This provides you with an excellent opportunity to taste each product before making a purchasing decision, but cheese has a rather strong flavor profile, which can cause palate fatigue during tastings. Bringing along a friend or two whose tastes you trust helps ensure that you make selections your guests will love.

Keep in mind that the best cheese platters contain more than just cheese. You should also include nuts, small, bite-sized sweet items, pâté and water crackers.

Pair it With the Right Wines

Fortunately, pairing wine and cheese is relatively easy. Simply serve wines that match the colors of the cheese as closely as possible. For instance, a farmhouse cheddar cheese is best when enjoyed with a glass of aged cabernet, while a white goat cheese goes best with a fruity pinot gris. Offering guests their choice of red or white wine will be enough and be sure to open some sparkling cider for the under-21 crowd.

Cheese should be served at room temperature, so set your cheese platter on the counter about an hour before you expect your first guests to arrive.

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Styled Bed in a Bedroom

3 Ways to Style Your Bed

Styled Bed in a BedroomGone are the days of having a boring bed. There are so many things that you can do to not only make your bed look great but also tie in your personality, as well as add some more style. You can really bring your entire bedroom together with the right styling. These are three different ways that you can style your bed and change up your bedroom.

3 Ways to Style Your Bed

Add a Pop of Color

Your bed likely already has a color scheme but if you want to make it a bit more lively, you can add a pop of color. You can do this by adding a throw pillow. As long as the color goes with the color scheme you already have going on, it will look great. The pop of color can really help bring the entire look together.

Use a Patterned or Solid Colored Throw

A throw on your bed, whether you have it set up across the bottom of your bed or only on the corner, can really add a different dimension to the design. If your current bedspread is a solid color, you should get a patterned throw but if it is a patterned bedspread, then consider getting a throw in a solid color.

Add Some Texture

The last thing you can do is add some texture. You can do this by adding a textured bed frame, throw, or even a pillow. You can even pair this idea with one of the other two. Texture is a great addition to any bed and it is something that you can easily do with an accent piece. You can also change up your bedspread and choose a more textured comforter by using a quilt.

As you can see, there are lots of things you can do to style your bed. All you really need to do is make it your own. Add your own personality into your design and it will look great. If you are looking for a new place to call home, be sure to check out our apartments in Edgewater. We have a lot of different floor plans for you to choose from. Stop by today to see what we have available and to take a tour.

Marimo Moss Ball

How to Take Care of Marimo Moss Balls

Marimo Moss BallTrendy, organic and alive, Marimo moss balls make an interesting conversation piece in your Edgewater apartment. These spherical green balls aren’t really a moss at all, but rather a ball of solid algae with nothing anchoring the center. Growing slowly, these aquatic plants are fun to care for, and because they need minimal sunlight, they make the ideal apartment plant. With the right care, your Marimo moss balls can easily thrive. Here are some tips to keep them green and healthy.

Get the Right Amount of Light

Because they grow underwater in cool lakes, Marimo needs light, but not direct sunlight. Direct sunlight will cause them to brown. Instead, use normal household light away from direct sun. If you have no window in the room where you are keeping the Marimo, use a full-spectrum bulb.

Change the Water

Every two weeks, change the water with regular tap water. To ensure it is the right temperature, allow it to sit at room temperature for 24 hours before changing. If you notice algae on the surface of the tank, clean it off when you change the water. Should you need to move your Marimo moss balls, you can take them out of the water for several days as long as you place them in a sealed container or bag so they don’t dry out completely.

Water Movement

Marimo moss balls naturally grow in a round shape. However, when you grow them at home, they may start to flatten. This is because they do not have the natural movement of the water that they would be subject to in nature. To keep the round shape, regularly agitate the water so that the Marimo balls move off of the bottom for a bit, then settle in a new location. This movement helps prevent unwanted flattening.

A container with water and Marimo moss balls will make your home distinctive. Whether you place them on your counter, an end table, your dresser or your desk, they are sure to draw attention, and they will mesmerize you at the same time. The sleek, trendy floor plans at Riello are the ideal setting for Marimo moss balls. Contact our office to see our available floor plans today.

Red Bike

3 Great Ways to Stay Active in Edgewater

Red BikeStudies have shown that staying active is not just good for your body. It is also important for your mind and for relieving stress. So, how much exercise do you need? According to the Department of Health and Human Services, you should strive for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. To help you achieve that goal, consider adding at least one of the following three ways into your lifestyle to stay active.

Go Biking

Do you love riding bikes? Then head over to the 33-acre Fort Lee Historic Park, which is part of the larger Palisades Interstate Park. Fort Lee Historic Park is located on the Hudson River and offers nice views of the George Washington Bridge. Two of the Palisades Interstate Park 30 miles of trails — the Long Path and the Shore Trail — start behind the Fort Lee Historic Park visitor center. Both of these trails have been designated National Recreation Trails and are also open to hikers.

Go for a Swim

Swimming is an excellent way to burn calories. For example, a 150-pound person will burn approximately 400 calories an hour while swimming at a moderate pace. In comparison, the same person walking at a moderate pace would only burn approximately 200 calories. Visit our outdoor heated pool and try to incorporate swimming into your exercise routine.

Get Moving With Your Dog

When you have a dog, you’ll have a built-in exercise partner that you can take on strolls along Edgewater’s River Walk or on the trails in Fort Lee Historic Park. In some ways, owning a dog is like having a professional trainer — your canine will insist that you take it on daily walks or runs even when you’re not in the mood.

Our beautiful apartments in Edgewater have a number of amenities that will help you stay active. For example, our pet-friendly community features a heated outdoor pool and also boasts a bike room. Plus, our apartments are located just a quick ferry ride away from New York, which means you can burn even more calories by exploring the streets of the “Big Apple.” Give us a call today to learn more about our apartment community!

Two People Drinking Wine

Events to Look Forward to This Coming Fall Season

Two People Drinking WineWith Edgewater being so close to New York, there is never a shortage of things to do in the area. But sometimes you don’t want to have to travel to the city. So what is going on this fall in Edgewater and nearby towns on the Jersey side? Here are a few ideas of things you can do as the leaves start falling!

Fall Events In and Around Edgewater

1. The Cure Festival

The 2017 Cure Festival, hosted by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in nearby Fairfield, brings together local eateries, games and music to raise money to fight cystic fibrosis. The event will take place at the Claremont Distillery – September 23 at 2:00 p.m. – and will include tastings for various spirits, beer and wine, both local and from abroad. There are both VIP tickets and pre-sale tickets, so don’t hesitate if you want to go. Buying tickets early is definitely the way to get the best deal!

2. Groth Wine Dinner

For a night – October 10 at 6:30 p.m. – The River Palm Terrace will be hosting the Groth Wine Dinner. Established in 1982 in the Napa Valley, Groth Vineyards & Winery has established a reputation for great wines. A representative of the winery and the Sommelier of The River Palm Terrace will be there to take you through a multi-course meal paired with select wines from Groth. Enjoy the best in wine and food at The River Palm Terrace!

3. 17th Annual Charity Motorcycle Run and Raffle

Head on down to the Ross Dock Recreation Boat Basin in nearby Fort Lee on October 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to participate in the yearly Motorcycle Run and Raffle, or just to check it out as a bystander. Either way, you will be helping to support the Emergency Mobile Services at Hackensack University Medical Center. Enjoy food, entertainment and big bikes, all in one place!

Helping You Enjoy the Edgewater Area

Living in Edgewater gives you access to the best of both New Jersey and New York. Our office is excited to help you, so please get in touch if you have any questions about our apartment community. Contact us for assistance or to learn more about any of our available Edgewater apartments.

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How to Decorate Your Apartment Like an Interior Designer

Gray Living Room DecorWhether you’re moving to a new apartment or just want to freshen things up for the new season, there are plenty of design options to choose from. If you’re determined to give your apartment a stylish makeover, consider the following tips. These tips can help you decorate your home like an interior designer.

Find a Style That Suits You

When you decide to decorate your apartment like a professional, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for styles you don’t really like. Instead, look through interior design magazines and websites for inspiration. When you find design elements that catch your eye, make note of them and you should notice an overall style or theme emerge.

Choose Three Tones

When you know what kind of style you’re aiming for, limit yourself to three different tones or colors for your apartment. The main color is usually the walls, which you might not be able to change, so look for second and third colors that go with it or create an interesting contrast. The second tone or color is usually for larger furniture and accent pieces, while the third tone is reserved for smaller items.

Experiment With Texture

Although color schemes and styles are important, they’re not the only design elements to consider for your apartment. Texture also plays a crucial role in the way your home looks. Play around with different textures in the same room or area to see what kinds of effects this creates. For example, try placing smooth, silky textures with plush or cotton ones to add visual appeal to a room. Depending on the textures you use, you can end up adding warmth or elegance to a room.

Add Decorative Pieces

Baskets, trays, vases and other decorative items can add personality to your home. Look for pieces that either complement the style of the room they’re in or ones that add a bit of contrast. These decorative pieces can range from rustic woven ones that give rooms a warmer feel to sleek, glamorous items that dress up their surroundings.

Our stylish apartments in Edgewater feature gourmet-style kitchens, granite countertops and hardwood floors. Please contact us to learn more about our available floor plans.

Cup of Coffee

4 Coffee Shop Recipes That You Can Make at Home

Cup of CoffeeThe morning cup of joe has evolved way beyond a quick pick-me-up. In fact, niche coffee recipes can turn the caffeinated drink into a mouthwatering experience. Here are a few enticing recipes we hope our Riello residents in Edgewater, NJ will enjoy.

Copycat Gingerbread Latte

Whether mixing the flavor of gingerbread directly into your morning brew saves calories or not, this recipe turns a latte into a fulfilling dessert.

Pour a ¼ cup of espresso into a tall glass mug and swirl in 2 tablespoons of gingerbread syrup. Test and add more if you like a higher gingerbread impact. Gently stir in 1 cup of steamed milk. If you don’t have a steamer, warm in a saucepan then place in a sealed container and shake to froth. Top the beverage with whipped cream and sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg.

Hot Ginger-Infused Cider

As a mulled cider beverage, this recipe requires time to simmer in a slow cooker. Expect it to fill your living space with an amazing aroma for a few hours.

Place 3 cloves, 2 strips of orange rind, 2 whole allspice, a 3-inch cinnamon stick and a ½-inch piece of ginger into a 5×5-inch double layer cheesecake. Tie the edges together securely. Pour 12 cups of apple cider, ½ cup of apple jelly and 1 teaspoon of nutmeg into a slow cooker. Drop in the cheesecloth and cook at a high temperature for 4 hours. Once cooked, remove the bag. If you don’t have a slow cooker handy, this recipe can also be completed in a pot on the stove.

Hot Peppermint Mocha

This minty copycat drink can be tailored to your sweetness levels by increasing or decreasing the peppermint syrup amount.

Pour ¼ cup of water and ¼ cup of granulated sugar in a saucepan and bring to a full boil. Add in ¼ teaspoon of peppermint extract and simmer for 20 minutes. Mix 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 3 tablespoons of warm water in a mug. Pour in 1-½ teaspoon of the saucepan mix, add 1-½ cup of steamed milk and ½ cup of your favorite coffee brew. Top with whipped cream and peppermint sprinkles.

Barcelona Hot Chocolate

Life would be virtually meaningless without chocolate. This infusion of bittersweet chocolate into espresso will turn your ideas about café mochas and café cocoas upside down. Stir 2/3 cup of boiling water and 2 ounces of finely chopped, high-quality bittersweet chocolate in a saucepan. The chocolate should run 70-80 percent.

For 5 minutes, simmer the flowing ingredients at a low or medium heat: 1 & 1/3 cups of 1-percent milk, 1 cup of espresso or strong dark roast coffee, ¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder and ¼ cup of brown sugar.

Pour into 4 mugs, top with whipped cream and sprinkle a pinch of cocoa powder over the whipped cream for effect.

We hope our Riello community members enjoy these tasty coffee-based recipes. If you or a friend would like more information about our  Edgewater apartments, call us today.

Red, White and Blue Decorations

How to Decorate Your Apartment for a Labor Day Get-Together

Red, White and Blue DecorationsLabor Day is quickly approaching and if you are looking for a great way to celebrate, you may want to consider decorating your apartment. It is a fantastic way to get in the spirit of the holiday and if you are thinking about inviting some friends over to celebrate during the long weekend, you can get a bit head and decorate now. Use these tips to create a festive look in your apartment for Labor Day.

How to Decorate Your Apartment for a Labor Day Get-Together

Find Decorations That are Red, White, and Blue

When you go shopping for the decorations for your get-together, you want to focus on the three key colors: red, white, and blue. Around this time of year, you should be able to find plenty of things that have this color scheme.

Work With the Layout of Your Apartment

Before you put anything up, you want to make sure that your apartment is set up in an ideal way. Think of how you want the get-together to flow and about the decorations that you have. With these two things in mind, you can build a game plan for the decorations and ensure that your space has the ideal layout. Additionally, you want to make sure that every room in your apartment where people will be is decorated with the theme.

Try to Find Some Labor Day Themed Cutlery

If you plan on having food to eat at your get-together, you can make your decorations go one step further by looking for themed paper plates, cups, and even cutlery. All of it can tie together if you take some time to search for these items. They do not need to have stars or flags on them but if you can find them in the main colors, everything will come together in a more seamless and organized manner.

Now that you have some ideas for decorating, it is time to start transforming your apartment. If you are looking for a new place to call home, be sure to check out our apartments in Edgewater that we have available. Call or stop by for a tour today.

Spaghetti Carbonara

4 Ridiculously Easy Pasta Recipes for a Weeknight Dinner

Spaghetti CarbonaraWhen you’re tired from a busy day, the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time making dinner. Use the following easy pasta recipes for simple dinners that don’t take much time or effort to make.

Penne With Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This is a simple yet delicious recipe that’s great for a quick dinner. Start by cooking penne pasta for about eight minutes, then drain it from the pot. Blend tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper, basil and garlic, then put this mixture in a bowl. Add parmesan and stir, then add the pasta. Season with salt and pepper, then serve for dinner.

Spaghetti Carbonara

This recipe provides you with a hearty dinner that’s easy to make. Cook eight slices of bacon on medium heat while boiling water for pasta. Cook spaghetti when the water is boiling, and whisk three eggs, parmesan cheese and half-and-half in a bowl. Drain pasta, then add it to the egg mixture. Cut up bacon and add it to the pasta and egg mixture, then season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

This version of mac and cheese adds some healthy cauliflower for a more nutritious yet still tasty dinner. Cook elbow macaroni in boiling water for about eight minutes, then drain. Cook cauliflower on the stove, then blend it up until smooth. Cook olive oil and flour in a saucepan with butter or nonstick cooking spray for two minutes, then add milk, stir and cook for a few minutes. Mix blended cauliflower, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper into the milk mixture, then stir. Add macaroni, then stir and serve.

Lemon Pasta With Chicken

Cook penne pasta in boiling water, then drain it. Cut chicken cutlets into strips, then season with salt and pepper. Grill chicken strips until they’re golden, then put them on a plate. Sauté red pepper flakes and garlic with olive oil, then add the pasta and mix. Put pasta in a bowl, then add chicken, lemon juice and parsley.

Our kitchens feature stylish granite countertops and stainless steel, General Electric appliances that are perfect for preparing pasta dinners and other recipes. Contact us for more information on our apartments in Edgewater, NJ.

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