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Knitting With Yarn

How to DIY a Cozy Knitted Blanket

Knitting With YarnWith winter right around the corner, everyone is preparing their warm clothes and getting ready to hunker down for the short days and chilly temperatures. Fortunately, as long as you are prepared, winter can be a wonderful season for settling in and getting cozy—especially when you have a favorite blanket to curl up under. And what better blanket than the one you made yourself?

Tips for Making Your Own DIY Knitted Blanket

1. You Don’t Have to Know How to Knit to Make a Blanket

Your first thought might be, “I don’t know how to knit!”, but don’t worry. You can use the basics of knitting, learned from the video of your choice, to knit without having any knitting experience at all. Of course, if you do know how to knit, that just makes things easier!

Don’t be afraid to try your hand at knitting—it is not complicated and can be learned by just about anyone.

2. Use PVC Pipes to Knit a Chunky Blanket

Chunky yarn blankets are all the rage right now, which is a good thing if you are new to knitting. The large size of the yarn makes it much simpler to knit together than smaller, finer yarn.

One popular method of knitting thick yarn into a chunky blanket uses PVC pipes to substitute for knitting needles. Laura Birek shows you how to knit together a blanket in a surprisingly short amount of time using PVC. Try it out for yourself!

3. Use Your Arms to Make Your Own Blanket

Maybe you don’t want to use PVC pipes. Maybe you don’t even know what a PVC pipe is. Whatever your reasons, rest easy. You have other options—namely, your arms. Yes! You can knit a blanket with just your arms, used like you would use knitting needles.

SimplyMaggie shows you how to knit a chunky yarn blanket using your arms. Apparently, you can finish a blanket in 45 minutes if you get it down quickly. Even if it takes you longer, in one evening you can make your own blanket.

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Brussels Sprouts

Side Dishes to Make for Thanksgiving

Brussels SproutsThanksgiving is all about family, gratitude and food; make a big impression this year by whipping up one of these stunning side dishes for the table. Whether you are hosting dinner in our Garland apartments this Thanksgiving or need an easy but impressive go-to side dish for the big day, one of these recipes is sure to please.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts With Country Ham

Small and perfect Brussels sprouts are often overlooked by picky eaters—their distinctive shape makes them easy to spot as a healthy veggie. If you’re struggling to get healthy all-stars like Brussels sprouts onto your Thanksgiving table, then this recipe from Country Living is sure to please. The sprouts are shredded and tossed with savory ingredients, then baked in the oven, resulting in an unusual side dish your family will ask for again and again.

Individual Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Leave it to Martha Stewart to come up with a Thanksgiving recipe that uses a staple ingredient like sweet potatoes and elevates it to fine cuisine. Individually package your sweet potatoes in parchment, then bake in the oven for a fast, easy and mess-free way to serve them up for Thanksgiving. Easy, quick and delicious, these can cook alongside your turkey while you get ready for guests on the big day.

Fennel and Orange Salad

Whether you are hosting some vegetarian guests or simply want to offer some lighter fare, this prepare ahead salad from Good Housekeeping is sure to please. Combine seasonal greens with delightfully fresh oranges for an instant holiday classic and a lighter way to accompany your baked and roasted side dishes.

Whether you like the convenience of a prepared ahead salad, love the idea of cooking your potatoes right alongside the turkey or want a sneaky way to boost the veggie count on your Thanksgiving meal, these fast and easy side dishes are sure to please. Make the most of Thanksgiving this year by serving up a meal for friends and family right in your Garland, Texas apartment. With spacious kitchens and comfortable, elegant living spaces, our beautiful apartment homes are perfect for entertaining on holidays or any day you want a get-together. Call us to learn more!

Breakfast Sandwich

3 Easy Breakfast Recipes to Make Ahead of Time

Breakfast SandwichIf you aren’t a morning person, the last thing you want to do is spend time in the kitchen making breakfast. Luckily, there are some relatively easy recipes that allow you to make a tasty breakfast ahead of time so you have more time to sleep in. The following are three breakfast recipes that will soon become your favorites to make in our apartments in Garland.

Heat and Eat Breakfast Sandwiches

All it takes are some English muffins, eggs, sliced ham and cheese to make tasty breakfast sandwiches at home. Follow these easy instructions to make these tasty heat and eat breakfast sandwiches:

  • Make at least six eggs ahead of time. Eggs can be scrambled, folded up like an omelet or poached.
  • Cut the English muffins in half
  • Build a breakfast sandwich with your choice of egg, meat and cheese
  • Wrap the sandwich up and place in the freezer

Each morning grab a sandwich out of the freezer, wrap it in a paper towel and microwave it for one to two minutes. When the microwave buzzes, you have a tasty breakfast that took minutes to make.

Overnight Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal

Overnight oatmeal is the easiest thing to make and it is so filling. To make overnight peanut butter and banana oatmeal, follow these instructions:

  • Smash up a single large banana
  • Mix together 1 cup of rolled oats, 1 cup milk and ¼ cup of creamy peanut butter
  • Pour mixture into airtight containers
  • Refrigerate overnight

In the morning, sprinkle chopped nuts on top and enjoy.

Easy Vanilla Chia Pudding

Vanilla chia pudding is like eating dessert for breakfast. It is sweet, good for you and extremely filling. To make vanilla chia pudding, follow these instructions:

  • Mix ¾ cups almond milk, 3 teaspoons honey or maple syrup and 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • Pour mixture into an airtight container and refrigerate for at least six hours
  • Mix in optional toppings, such as fruits or nuts, in the morning and enjoy

The kitchens in our spacious apartments in Garland, Texas provide you with plenty of space to make all your breakfasts ahead of time. Call us today to schedule an appointment to tour our beautiful apartment community.

Pumpkin on Wood

Fall Accents to Add Into Your Decor

Pumpkin on WoodJust adding a few decorative items around your apartment can give it a warm, cozy feeling that is perfect for fall. The following are some easy, yet extremely creative, ways residents of our apartments in Garland can incorporate various fall accents into their home’s decor.

Swap the Glass Vase for a Real Pumpkin

Instead of storing flowers, real or artificial, in glass vases, consider using real pumpkins. Real pumpkins can be turned into vases. All you have to do is completely clean out the inside of the pumpkin then place the flowers inside.

If the orange color of the pumpkin doesn’t go with your decor, you can use a white pumpkin. White pumpkins go with almost anything or they can be painted to match your surrounding decor.

Toss a Throw Over the Back of Your Sofa

People often associate warm, cozy throw blankets with the fall season. Neatly folding up a throw blanket and draping it over the back of your sofa is a great fall accent. Not only does it give your apartment a fall feeling, but the blanket can come in handy on those chillier days.

Protect Your Tabletop With Rustic Tree Branch Coasters

Coasters are not only practical, but they are an extremely easy way to bring a fall vibe to your home’s decor. Instead of using your traditional cardboard coasters to protect the tabletop, consider using tree branch coasters.

Tree branch coasters have a very woodsy feel to them that make them perfect for use when you are hosting autumn gatherings with friends. You can make tree branch coasters on your own if you are crafty, or you can usually purchase them in home decor shops.

Find the Perfect Autumn Wreath

Hanging an autumn wreath in your home is a simple, quick way to bring the fall season indoors. Finding the perfect autumn wreath doesn’t have to be difficult. Local craft vendors often have numerous autumn wreaths that are available for sale or you could be adventurous and make your own.

Parkside at Firewheel has spacious apartments that are just waiting to be decorated for the fall season. Call our office today to schedule an appointment to tour our apartments in Garland.

Camping Tent

Garland’s Gone Camping

Camping TentThe fall is one of the best times of the year to go camping in Texas. But if you are like many people, it can be hard to find the time to go camping when you are busy with so many other things. Fortunately, the city of Garland’s Parks and Recreation Department has an event that makes going camping just a little easier – Garland’s Gone Camping. All you need to do is register and you can join your friends and neighbors for a camping event in Audubon Park!

A Camping Event Made for You

All you need to participate in the Garland’s Gone Camping event is a tent and a sleeping bag. Everything else is taken care of. Event coordinators have set up games, a campfire, a night hike, s’mores and entertainment. They are also taking care of dinner and breakfast. So you can get out of the house and into nature while enjoying yourself with minimal effort on your part. And, you get a chance to hang out with other area residents who like to camp.

The event happens at Audubon Park, beginning at 3 p.m. on October 7 and ending at 8 a.m. on the morning of October 8. You can register online at

What Should You Bring?

You will want to bring a tent that will accommodate you, and your group if you are bringing family or friends. You will also want a sleeping bag to stay warm at night. The sleeping bag does not need to be rated for super low temperatures, as Garland does not get too cold in early October. Just check the temperature forecast before you head out to make sure you have warm enough gear.

Extras that might make your camping trip a little more comfortable include:

  • Sleeping pad or cot – the ground is hard, so it is nice to have something soft to sleep on
  • Flashlight/headlamp/lantern – a light source is always useful when camping
  • Appropriate clothing – camping is always a little dirty, so it is a good idea to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty

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Autumn Wreath

4 DIYs That Will Cozy Up Your Apartment for Fall

Autumn WreathSwitching up your décor for fall is a fantastic way to embrace the festivity of the season. One of the easiest ways residents of our Garland apartments can cozy up their apartments for fall is by inviting spectacular autumn inspired colors into their homes. Here are four DIY projects to get you started.

Fall Flower Vases

Recycle glass Frappuccino or milk bottles into stunning vases to hold fall flowers. Simply spray paint the entire bottle with one or more fall inspired colors or opt for a candy corn affect with layers of orange, yellow and white. Fill your vases with brightly colored sunflowers, mums or other fall flowers for a festive centerpiece.

Mason Jar Candle Holders

Nothing cozies up an apartment like candles. Embrace the fall season with an appropriate motif. Place a large leaf or acorn stencil on the front of a mason jar, then spray paint the rest of it with a fall color like fiery red, burnt orange, mustard yellow or golden brown. Peel off the stencil when dry. Set a candle with a scent reminiscent of autumn inside, which provides a warm glow through the unpainted area. Make several in varying colors to scatter around your home.

Fall Wreath

Welcome visitors to your home by cozying up your front door with a wreath that promotes the season with actual fall foliage. Use a metal or foam wreath frame and attach items with floral wire. Intersperse fallen leaves, pine cones, flowers, mini pumpkins and other fall greenery for a stunning, festive effect.

Pumpkin Tablescape

Nothing gives your home a cozy fall feel like a big, orange pumpkin. Create a fall tablescape using a pumpkin as the centerpiece, then surround it with other autumn-inspired items like leaves, pine cones and acorns. Alternately, cut out the center of the pumpkin, like you would for carving, and turn it into a vase for holding fall flowers. Keep in mind that carved pumpkins deteriorate quickly, so you’ll have to replace your tablescape about every week to 10 days.

Parkside at Firewheel in Garland, Texas provides our apartment community residents with many outdoor areas to enjoy the changing of the seasons like our quaint courtyards with fountains. Call us at (844) 803-2292 to schedule a tour today!

Plate of Food

Scrumptious Treats Await at the Taste of Firewheel 2017

Plate of FoodFirewheel Town Center is known as a bustling, busy open-air shopping center but for one day only it will become the “hot spot” for locals and residents of our  Garland apartments who are looking to sample tasty treats.

Come Enjoy the Annual Taste of Firewheel

There are so many wonderful local restaurants throughout the city of Garland. Unfortunately, not everyone has had the opportunity to visit these local dining establishments. That is why the annual Taste of Firewheel is such a popular event.

The annual Taste of Firewheel is a one-day-only event where restaurants from all over the local area gather to offer the community the chance to sample mouth-watering treats. People who purchase tickets to this event will have the chance to sample everything from exotic flavored bubble tea and sweet bundt cakes to BBQ ribs, fish and hamburgers.

Some of the local restaurants that have already signed up to provide samples for this event include:

  • Modern Market
  • ViVi Bubble Tea
  • Bar Louie
  • Flying Fish
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe
  • Edible Arrangements
  • Chili’s Bar & Grill

These are just some of the many restaurants that will be providing samples. More restaurants will be added to the event all the way up until the day of the event.

Ticketing and Event Information for the Taste of Firewheel 2017

The Taste of Firewheel is scheduled for Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. In order to participant in this event, you will need to purchase a wristband. Wristbands can be purchased at the mall’s guest services or at the event.

The costs for event wristbands are as follows:

  • $20 for 10 samples
  • $35 for 20 samples
  • Additional $15 to upgrade a wristband to VIP status which includes drink tickets, exclusive lounge access and a swag bag
  • Purchase wristbands any time from September 1 to 29 and get discounted advance pricing which will save you $5

When you choose to make Parkside at Firewheel your new home, you will live within walking distance to amazing events like this that are held at Firewheel Town Center. Call us today to schedule a private tour of our one-, two- and three-bedroom Garland, Texas apartments.

Various Fruits

End of Summer Events in Garland

Various FruitsAre you looking for something fun to do in Garland before the summer officially comes to an end? If so, then check out these outdoor marketplaces, free concerts and movie nights that you can take advantage of while the weather’s still nice.

Stroll Through The Marketplace Garland

If you have not had the chance to check out The Marketplace Garland, now is definitely the time to do so. The Marketplace is a European-style farmer’s market that features local artisans, growers, merchants and craftsman. This outdoor market focuses on all things local. You’ll find culinary demonstrations on healthy eating, recipes and culinary methods. The Marketplace is open on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. It is located on Garland’s historic downtown square and runs until October 21 on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Catch a Free Concert at the Firewheel Town Center

The Firewheel Town Center is a Main Street-style shopping, entertainment and dining destination. Every Friday starting in September, Houlihan’s at the Firewheel Town Center features local bands on the patio. The acts include rock, blues and soul originals. Heidi Le will be kicking off the weekend on September 15 at 7 p.m.

Live Well | Go Green Expo

If you want to learn how to live healthily and care for the environment, check out this expo. It offers a wide variety of activities and exhibitions all centered on eco-friendly living. There will be 15-minute Stop and Learn sessions that will cover a variety of health topics that are presented by local health experts. The event takes place on September 23 starting at 9 a.m. and is located at the Curtis Culwell Center.

Take in a Free Movie

All throughout the year, the City of Garland offers free movies at the Plaza Theatre located in downtown Garland. On October 28 at 7 p.m., the epic movie Abbott & Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde will be shown. This is the perfect way to relax and unwind. All tickets are free and first-come, first-served. There will be popcorn, soda and candy available at the concession.

Are you looking for a place to call home in Garland, Texas? If so, check out our apartments in Garland. Our apartment community is centrally located in one of the best areas near prime shopping, entertainment and restaurants. Call us today to learn more!

American Flag

Don’t Miss Out on the Labor Day Parade!

American FlagWith the summer fun just heating up, it seems crazy that it’s already time to start planning how you’re going to spend Labor Day. If you haven’t started planning, now is the time to get everything in order before the big day on September 4, 2017. Whether you’re planning a big family cookout or you’re going to spend the day celebrating with your neighbors, first things first — make sure you don’t miss the annual Labor Day Parade in Garland.

Check Out the Labor Day Parade This September

This 72nd annual Labor Day Parade and festivities are being presented this year by the Noon Exchange Club of Garland and will take place on September 4, 2017, beginning at 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. A wonderful community event with plenty of fun for the whole family, this year you can expect to find local bands, sports groups and amazing floats as they travel through the parade route in historic downtown Garland.

Ready to map out your perfect viewing spot? This year the parade will begin at the intersection of Glenbrook Drive and Avenue D, heading north on Glenbrook towards Main Street. From there, the parade will continue east on Main Street. The festivities will continue north on Fifth Street and finally, come to an end near the Granville Arts Center.

Stick around after the parade and attend the 6th annual Exchange Club Labor Day Classic Car Show and Kid’s BBQ Competition in the Downtown Garland Square. The BBQ competition welcomes kids aged 10-18, with a $20 registration fee. All food, supplies and grills will be provided! Cash prizes will be awarded to the first ($100), second ($50) and third ($25) place winners in each age division.

Entries in the car show begin at 9 a.m. and the cost is $20 per car. The first 50 entries will receive a free t-shirt and dash plaque. For more information on entering either competition, be sure to visit Play Garland online.

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Dog in Pet Bed

4 Easy DIY Projects for Your Four-Legged Friend

Dog in Pet BedIf you enjoy making arts and crafts, consider creating something for your furry friend. There are several DIY projects that you can do for your dog or cat for practical or decorative purposes, including fashion accessories and pet beds. Consider making one or more of the following projects for your cat or dog.

Pet Bed

If you know how to sew, you can make a comfortable bed for your pet. Use a pattern that’s the right size for your dog or cat, then cut the pattern in two. Zig zag these pieces, then follow the sewing pattern to create each section of the bed. You’ll have a base pattern and a top pattern to follow, and you can use foam or batting to fill in your pet’s bed. You can add decorative touches to your pet’s bed, such as ribbons to dress it up a bit, but skip these decorations if your pet is likely to chew on them.

Cinnamon Bun Dog Biscuits

To make these tasty treats, combine flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl, then stir eggs, canola oil and water in a separate bowl. Add the flour mix to the egg mix, then stir to form dough. Separate the dough into strips, and roll them up jelly-style. Add honey, cinnamon and nuts, then bake for 15 minutes. Drizzle cream cheese on them.

Cat Bow Tie

For this cute project, you’ll need scissors, an iron and board, thread and needle, velcro, a pattern and a safety pin. Cut out your pattern pieces, then sew the main part of the bow together. Sew the other bow pieces, then attach them according to the instructions. Sew the bow onto your cat’s collar for an adorable look.

Handmade Catnip Mice

Print out a pattern for your mice, then choose fabric for them. Tie a knot in a piece of cord for the tail, then make the catnip core pouch. Follow the pattern instructions for making the mice using a needle and thread. Fill the pouch with catnip, attach the tail and you’ll have handmade toys for your cat.

Our pet-friendly community welcomes dogs and cats. Please contact us for more information on our available apartments in Garland, Texas.

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