Skip the Reservations and Make Dinner for Two at The Residences at Palmer Square With These Romantic Recipes

Instead of struggling to get a reservation at a popular restaurant this Valentine’s Day, make a romantic dinner for two right at The Residences at Palmer Square! There’s no reason why you can’t turn up the heat and create an elegant atmosphere in your own kitchen, and these three recipes are perfect for a Valentine’s-worthy meal at home.

Spinach and Mushroom Ravioli [Food Network]
If you and your sweetheart are fans of Italian fare, you’ll both love this modern take on classic ravioli. There’s no better way to create a cozy feeling than with some Italian comfort food, and this one tastes even better when you pop open your favorite wine to go along with it.

Crispy Rack of Lamb with Honey and Mascarpone [Food Network]
For the foodie couple with more advanced culinary skills than most, this impressive recipe will rival anything served at your favorite upscale eatery. You'll get to share in your love of cooking while creating a delicious meal to enjoy together.

Chicken with Lemon and Potatoes [Country Living]
Season a whole chicken with lots of herbs and spices and fill your kitchen with a delicious scent that’s sure to set the mood. Because this one takes some time to roast in the oven, it will give you time to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

Snow Is Headed Our Way, The Residences at Palmer Square! Stay Warm With These Recipes for Homemade Hot Cocoa!

With snow in the forecast for this weekend, why not treat yourself to a comforting mug of hot cocoa—but not the storebought variety! Instead, try out any of these recipes for homemade hot cocoa, which are guaranteed to keep you warm and cozy, even if the weather outside is frightful!

1) How to Make Hot Chocolate Mix [The Pioneer Woman]
Only three ingredients are needed for this quick and easy recipe from The Pioneer Woman: unsweetened cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and powdered milk. Whisk the three ingredients together, then combine the mixture with hot water. Bonus: This mix is great for gift-giving, or just keep a jar stashed in your cabinet at The Residences at Palmer Square!

2) Homemade Hot Chocolate [Martha Stewart]
Everyone's favorite domestic diva keeps things simple with her recipe for homemade hot chocolate. Stewart's recipe calls for sugar, cocoa, and salt, all of which are stirred into heated whole milk. Add a dollop of whipped cream or a handful of mini marshmallows for a real wintertime treat!

3) Holiday Hot Chocolate [Food Network]
Don't let the name fool you: This hot cocoa recipe is delicious year-round. Provided by Food Network star Ina Garten, the recipe swaps standard cocoa powder in favor of white chocolate—one whole pound of it! The white chocolate is chopped into small pieces, then melted in a saucepan with heated milk and half-and-half. Orange liqueur and fresh vanilla provide depth of flavor.

Three Easy Holiday Cookie Recipes to Make This Season in Your Kitchen at The Residences at Palmer Square

'Tis the season to be—eating cookies! Do you agree, The Residences at Palmer Square? If so, we've listed three super-simple cookie recipes below, all of which are sure to please the palates of you and yours this holiday season. If you give them a try, be sure to tell us which recipe you liked best!

Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies [Food.com]
Only five ingredients—sugar, butter, flour, vanilla, and chocolate chips—are required for this user-submitted recipe from Food.com. After the ingredients are combined, the dough is rolled into balls, then flattened with a fork. After a short stint in the oven, the cookies are dipped into the melted chocolate chips. We think these would look great sprinkled with red and green sugars.

Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bark [Betty Crocker]
Short on time this holiday season? This simple and swift recipe takes a shortcut by using premade sugar cookie mix. The dough is shaped on a cookie sheet to form one giant cookie, then topped with melted white chocolate and crushed candy canes. Last is the fun part: breaking apart the cookie to make the cookie "bark"!

Dark Chocolate Walnut Fudge [Real Simple]
No holiday season is complete without a nibble of chocolate fudge, and this recipe from Real Simple delivers. Chopped semisweet chocolate, condensed milk, and butter are slowly melted over a double broiler before walnuts are thrown into the mix. Then, the mixture is poured into a glass pan and, when cooled, cut into squares. It's a perfect recipe for gift giving!

Heading Out of Town This Holiday Season, The Residences at Palmer Square? Here’s How to Take the Stress Out of Holiday Travel!

Whether you have to travel across the country or just across the state, departing The Residences at Palmer Square during the holiday season is never an easy feat. Avoid the crowds, stick to your budget, and keep things lighthearted from Point A all the way to Point B with these smart tips for stress-free holiday travel.

  • Book early. Way early. No matter which way you slice it, there’s just no better way to take the stress out of travel plans than by booking early. Decide if it’s better to fly or to drive by considering how much you’ll be packing and who you’ll be traveling with, and then start scouring airline comparison sites ASAP.
  • Cut down on bulk. Keep your travel plans in mind when shopping for holiday gifts (i.e. opt for the MP3 player instead of that new refrigerator for Mom).
  • Keep kids (and pets) entertained. If you’re traveling with kids or animals (or both), download iPad games, pack snacks, and be sure to plan for potty breaks ahead of time.
  • Don’t cut it too close. No matter if you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, be sure to leave at least a day of buffer time before the festivities begin. You never know what can happen to derail your plans, especially during the hectic holiday season.

Holiday Travel: Tips to Make It Less Stressful [Medicine.net]
Travel Health Slideshow: 25 Ways to Stay Well Abroad [WebMD]

Calling All Vegetarians at The Residences at Palmer Square: Try These Meatless Mains This Thanksgiving!

Who says Thanksgiving has to be all about the bird? Chock full of satisfying, savory ingredients (think mushrooms, squash, and protein-rich quinoa) these vegetarian dishes will give that turkey a little competition on Nov. 26. Which one would you consider making, The Residences at Palmer Square?

Roasted Delicata Squash with Quinoa Salad [Food & Wine]
A filling medley of quinoa, golden raisins, apples, mint, and garlic is stuffed into the cavity of halved, baked squash in this chef-supplied recipe. You can make these up to a day ahead of time; simply reheat and dress with arugula before serving.

Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna [Martha Stewart]
For a meatless main that really wows, try this lasagna recipe from Martha Stewart. The domestic diva layers butternut squash puree and a creamy bechamel between sheets of thin noodles, then adds a secret ingredient: amaretti cookies, which deliver a little sweetness to the cheesy, savory casserole.

Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Frittata [Eating Well]
Eggs at Thanksgiving dinner? Why not! This recipe, which is best baked in a cast iron pan, dresses a rich, hearty frittata with creamy goat cheese crumbles and diced red pepper. You can throw it together right before dinnertime, or cook it a day ahead and serve it chilled.

Warm Up With These Recipes for Spiced Apple Cider Mixes at The Residences at Palmer Square

There are more recipes for apple cider than you can even count, but adding spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to the classic fall beverage adds an extra kick that can’t be beat. If you want to experiment with a few new and improved cider recipes this autumn at The Residences at Palmer Square, here are three mix recipes that you might enjoy — and they even make great DIY gifts for the upcoming holiday season!

Spiced Hot Drink Mix Recipe [theyummylife.com]
This multipurpose mixture can be used in everything from cider to cocoa and even mulled wine, as its blend of spices and sweeteners taste great in just about anything. Simply combine all of the dry ingredients and store them in an air-tight container so that you can easily use them any time you want to make a warm beverage.

Spiced Orange Cider Mix [allrecipes.com]
By adding the zesty taste of orange to your cider recipe, you can make all of the other flavors taste a bit more intense. This unique mixture combines the usual fall spices with an orange drink mix to create a truly delicious taste.

Hot Apple Cider Cinnamon Spice Mix [savorynothings.com]
With only four common ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen at The Residences at Palmer Square, this mixture is ideal for last-minute house guests or when you forget to get a gift for a holiday gathering. Best of all, the recipe is accompanied by a free printable that will make the storage jar look a bit more professional.

Reaching for the Aloe Vera Gel, The Residences at Palmer Square? Next Time, Heed These Sunburn Prevention Tips!

As the saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." That's certainly true when it comes to one summer affliction in particular: sunburn. Instead of spending your days reapplying aloe vera gel, heed the advice of these sunburn prevention tips!

1) Take cover. Avoid exposure between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is at its strongest. If you must be outdoors during those hours, try to seek out the shade whenever possible. Wear brimmed hats and sunglasses that provide UV protection, and consider wearing sun-shielding clothing with a high UPF (ultraviolet protection factor).

2) Reach for the sunscreen. Opt for sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Your sunscreen should offer an SPF of at least 15, although 30 or higher is preferred by dermatologists. Use a golf ball-sized amount of sunscreen in every application, and reapply at least every two hours — more often if swimming or perspiring. (Only use sunscreen on children 6 months of age or older; infants should be shielded by shade and protective clothing or headwear, or, preferably, kept out of the sun altogether.)

3) Timing is everything. Apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before heading out the door at The Residences at Palmer Square. Be sure to perform self-examinations of your skin every month and note any changes. And see your dermatologist regularly!

Sunburn Prevention and Treatment [UHS]
Sunburn Prevention [MayoClinic]
Sunburn [Skincancer.org]

Three Berry Delicious Recipes to Try Out in Your Kitchen at The Residences at Palmer Square

There are few things sweeter about summer than ripe, just-picked berries, but you may get bored with eating them as-is. To keep strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries exciting all season long, try making one (or all) of these summer-ready recipes in your kitchen at The Residences at Palmer Square!

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcakes [myrecipes.com]
If you’re looking for a quick and simple dessert for an upcoming barbecue or dinner party, you can’t go wrong with strawberry shortcake. The cake is light and fluffy, and once you top it with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, it takes it to an even more delicious level.

Sunshine Fruit Pizza [driscolls.com]
Make pizza a little bit lighter by topping it with fresh berries and tart lemon curd. With an equally delicious lemon shortbread crust, this fun pizza is perfect for a dessert or a sweet snack any time of the day.

Raspberry Cobbler [marthastewart.com]
Whether you’re planning a brunch or you just love a sweet breakfast, this raspberry cobbler is a unique option for your morning meal. Instead of the usual crumbly cobbler crust, a thick, fluffy biscuit makes this cobbler a bit more substantial.

How Do You Celebrate Daylight Saving Time, The Residences at Palmer Square? Here’s a Suggestion!

The countdown to spring is on, The Residences at Palmer Square! And now that Daylight Saving Time is here (finally!), why not fete the occasion with a bright bouquet of daffodils and tulips? Here are some tips for caring for these delicate spring blooms.

  1. Prepare the vase. Before handling the flowers, get your vase ready. Thoroughly clean the vase or jar, but make sure that there is no soap or detergent left behind. Next, fill it halfway full with lukewarm water.
  2. Add the flower food. Most bouquets come with a small packet of flower food to keep them healthy, so sprinkle it into the water and mix thoroughly.
  3. Trim the stems. Hold the flowers up to the vase to see how much of the stem you should trim off. Submerge the stems in water and then use clean, sharp shears to cut off just that much, making sure to cut at a 45-degree angle so that the stems can drink in more water.
  4. Sort and separate. Daffodils emit a sap that can shorten the lifespan of other flowers. That said, it's best to keep daffodils in their own vase. Another tip: Tulips are phototrophic; that is, they'll lean toward a light source, even after being cut.
  5. Rinse and repeat. Change the water in your vase every other day. To prolong water absorption, trim the bottom of your tulips or daffodils every few days.

Daffodil Flower Care [Martha Stewart]
How to Care for Cut Daffodils [First Come Flowers]
Arranging Tulips [Martha Stewart]
Tulips as Cut Flowers [About Home]

Confined to Your Couch at The Residences at Palmer Square? Here’s How to Get Over Colds and the Flu Faster

If your usual cold or flu experience involves one week (or more) of aching muscles, congestion, and sleepless nights at The Residences at Palmer Square, you’re likely hoping to find a solution. These smart tips don’t claim to eliminate your winter sickness forever, but they certainly will make your symptoms fade faster! (Remember to consult your physician first!)

  1. Increase your liquids, both inside and out. Drinking water is always beneficial, but it’s especially important when you have a cold or flu. Aim for at least eight cups per day. In addition to drinking water, you can boil water and deeply inhale the steam to help clear a stuffy nose.
  2. Make your own nasal irrigation solution. Mix ¼ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of baking soda into eight ounces of warm water, then use a bulb syringe to squirt the solution into your nostrils to clear your nasal passages.
  3. Take cough syrup. Good old-fashioned over-the-counter cough syrup is one of the best ways to find relief from a chest-rattling cough due to the flu.
  4. Eat chicken noodle soup. If you thought that this one was an old wives’ tale, think again. Hot soups filled with garlic and other seasonings act as mucous stimulant and help to clear your throat and nose with every bowl.

Cold, Flu, & Cough Health Center [WebMD]
Bounce Back From A Cold Or Flu—Fast [Prevention]
Cold and Flu Remedies: 10 Ways to Feel Better Fast [iVillage]