Wednesday, November 25, 2015

How to Make Your Very Own Succulent Wall Planter

If you love the look of succulent plants and want to incorporate them into your decor at The Verona at Silver Hill Apartments, there are a number of stylish and creative ways to do so. Instead of planting a succulent in the usual pot, try something a bit more unique by using this fun tutorial for a DIY wall planter.

  1. Start with a shallow wooden box. Think an old drawer, an antique crate, or even a picture frame with wood behind it for reinforcement.
  2. Cover the surface of the box with chicken wire or galvanized mesh. Use a staple gun to attach it to each side, and be sure to snip off the sharp edges.
  3. Add a strip of wire used for hanging photo frames to the back. Be sure to choose something that can handle heavy weight.
  4. Add soil specifically formulated for succulents. Fill it completely to the top of the chicken wire.
  5. Plant your succulents. Position them in between the squares in the wire.
  6. Water once, and then let the whole thing sit flat in the sun for four to six weeks. This will enable the succulents have time to root before hanging.
  7. Hang on a wall that can handle the weight of the plants. Choose a place with a stud behind it, or add a shelf underneath for added support.

Make a Living Succulent Picture [Better Homes & Gardens]
Make your own living succulent art [Sunset]
Let’s Craft: How to Make a Succulent Wall [Modern Mom]

Peregrine Espresso: A Coffee House near D.C.’s Eastern Market

Located near Washington, D.C.'s Eastern Market, Peregrine Espresso is a top District coffeehouse offering what many regulars regard as one of the area's best lattes. On Peregrine's well curated menu, you'll find handcrafted drinks perfectly suited to showcase the flavors of artisan beans. Think espresso, macchiato, cappucino, mocha, and Americano in addition to the well-loved lattes. Peregrine also offers drip coffee, in case your tastes veer toward the delightful simplicity of an unadulterated cup of joe. If you'd like a pastry or baked good to complement your cup, Peregrine's got a nice selection of food. There's an array of whole bean coffee available, too, so you can grab some to go and brew a great cup at home.

Peregrine Espresso
660 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 629-4381

Happy Veterans day!

Today is a day to honor the men and women who have bravely fought and continue to fight for our country. Thank you for your service!

Hunan Manor: Alexandria’s Authentic Chinese Cuisine

Alexandria locals looking for awesome Chinese food have been raving about Hunan Manor for years. This is a neighborhood favorite that doesn’t look like much from the outside, but generations have been getting take-out dishes there and the quality has remained high that whole time. The ambience here is nothing special, but it’s the food that keeps people coming back. Some of the most popular dishes include the crab Rangoon, fried to perfection and filled with gooey cheese, as well as the General Tso’s chicken which is crisp and sweet with just the right hint of heat. The shrimp with lobster sauce are also really good, with much larger seafood than most Chinese restaurants offer up. They also have a bunch of vegetarian options. Prices are reasonable and the kitchen gets your food ready quickly.

Hunan Manor
1305 Shenandoah Road
Alexandria, VA 22308
(703) 768-6888

Election Day

Today is Election Day. Be sure to get out and vote!

TGI Fridays: Eat Like It’s the Weekend

No matter if it’s actually the weekend or only the beginning of the work week, it’s always Friday at TGI Fridays! With a location in District Heights, this popular chain restaurant serves an ever-changing menu of creative takes on American cuisine and bar food fare. There is a spacious bar area with lots of flatscreen televisions perfect for watching the big game, and in the signature black and red dining room, you’ll find comfortable booths and tables big large for the whole family.

The menu at TGI Fridays includes favorites like the popular Jack Daniels chicken, handcrafted burgers, and pecan-crusted chicken salad, as well as exciting new items like the bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapeno appetizer. Order a colorful cocktail or a cold beer from the full bar and make Fridays a go-to eatery for fun dinners out.

TGI Fridays
5740 Silver Hill Road
Forestville, MD 20747
(301) 420-5520

Cooking Without Eggs? Bookmark These Two Websites

Food allergies sometimes make creativity a necessity when it comes to preparing meals on your own. Lucky for those afflicted with allergies, there are many great resources to help people cook delicious food without the ingredient that trigger reactions. If you need to prepare a dish without eggs, bookmark these two websites for help with substitutions.

  1. Cooking and Baking Without Egg Ingredients [Kids With Food Allergies]
    With this website, egg allergies won’t stop you from making your favorite foods like pizza, cake, and pie. Get those recipes, plus suggestions on how to substitute eggs when used in other baked goods.
  2. Egg Substitutions [Chef in You]
    Discover a list of foods that can be used as eggs substitutes in various recipes. They include unlikely items such as bananas, applesauce, and vegetable oil.

What’s Your Favorite Flavor at Baskin-Robbins in Suitland?

Baskin-Robbins has created and served more than 1,000 different flavors since its inception in 1945 — and they've included some pretty wild and out-there offerings. But according to the global dessert franchise's website, Baskin-Robbins's most popular flavors are pretty simple: vanilla, chocolate, mint chocolate chip, pralines 'n cream, and chocolate chip.

So when you arrive at the Baskin-Robbins location in Suitland, you can feel free to stick with the classics, or if you're craving adventure, opt for something a little more unexpected. For example, you could order a scoop of Rock 'N Pop sherbet on a sugar cone — and prepare yourself for a sensory experience of tangy green-grape sherbet studded with Pop Rocks candy! Those watching their waistlines can request a scoop of sugar-free, non-fat, or no-sugar-added ice cream.

The Baskin-Robbins location in Suitland is open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

4767 Allentown Road
Suitland, MD 20746
(301) 568-9872

Happy Fall!

With Autumn just arriving, we hope everyone enjoys all of the fun this season has to offer! Happy Fall!

It’s Always Tee Time at Henson Creek Golf Course

Renowned golf architect Edmund Ault designed the Henson Creek Golf Course, a nine-hole, par-33 public course in Fort Washington. It’s a gorgeous, rolling 53 acres of trees and fairways, playing 2,461 yards from the blue tees, 2,235 from the white tees, and 1,949 yards from the red tees. There’s a clubhouse, putting green, and an 18-station driving range. Clubs and carts are for rent, while the clubhouse snack bar seats 30 people and serves the usual snacks.

The course is open year-round on a first-come, first serve basis. Locals call Henson Creek Golf Course a picturesque and affordable alternative to the area’s many private courses, a perfect place for a relaxing game.

Henson Creek Golf Course
1641 Tucker Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744
(301) 567-4646

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