Prepare your Apartment for Easter Brunch with Make-Ahead Recipes

Easter is just one week away! With these delicious spring recipes, you’ll have Easter brunch ready before the guests arrive.

This tasty egg casserole and refreshing peach orange cocktails will have everyone asking for seconds this Easter.

Make-Ahead Brunch Bake


  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 8 ounces of fresh asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 5 cups of southern-style hash brown potatoes, frozen
  • ½ cup of roasted bell pepper strips
  • 2 medium-size leeks, quartered, sliced, using bulb and light green parts
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of dill weed, dried
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups of milk or half-&-half
  • 1 cup of fresh Parmesan cheese, finely shredded


  1. Coat a 13×9 glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium-size skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add leeks and asparagus. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until crisp and tender stirring frequently.
  3. Add potatoes, bell pepper strips, salt, and dill. Mix together carefully and spoon into the sprayed baking dish.
  4. Beat the eggs in a medium bowl. Add the milk or half-&-half and beat well. Add in half the amount of cheese and mix well. Pour over the vegetables in the baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and cover with foil. Refrigerate the dish for 8 hours or overnight.
  5. Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake, covered, for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until the center of the dish is set. Let stand for 10 minutes and cut into squares. Garnish with red bell peppers if you’d like.


Peachy Orange Cream Cocktail


Vanilla Simple Syrup

  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 slices of fresh orange

Orange Cream Cocktail

  • 2 slices of fresh peach
  • 1 slice of fresh orange
  • ¼ ounce of Vanilla Simple Syrup
  • 1 ounce of vodka
  • 4 ounces of lemon-lime soda (about ½ cup)


  1. Split a vanilla bean down the middle and scoop out the seeds with a sharp knife. Set to the side.
  2. To make the Vanilla Simple syrup, mix sugar, water, vanilla seeds and bean in a saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium to high heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside for one hour to cool. Take out the vanilla bean and pour the syrup into a glass jar. Cover and store into the refrigerator until used.
  3. To make a peach orange cream cocktail, mash up peach and orange slices and spoon into the bottom of the glass. Top with 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla simple syrup and vodka. Add ice and soda. Top with mint and fresh fruit slices if you want.

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Travel to Manhattan Beach for Spring Break in Southern California

Are looking for a great vacation destination nearby? For a Spring Break you’ll always remember, visit Manhattan Beach’s upscale surfing community. The absolutely stunning beachfront town is just 30 minutes away from Los Angeles and is considered to be the place to live amongst the young, rich, and famous.

Manhattan Beach is notorious for its pristine sand that has been used at multiple Hawaiian resorts. The town’s motto is Sun, Sand, Sea and Manhattan Beach fits it to a T! Popular activities in Manhattan Beach are surfing and beach volleyball, although there are many other things to see and do.

Here are just a few recommendations when traveling to Manhattan Beach during your week of spring vacation!

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach is a beautiful West Coast beach that’s popular for surfing, beach volleyball, dining, and people watching. Tourists flock to Manhattan Beach for the chance to catch a glimpse of Hollywood celebrities and to enjoy this resort-style beach scene.

Manhattan Beach Pier

The Manhattan Beach Pier is an attraction all on its own. The fun and energetic pier always has something going on. Stroll down the 928-foot pier after dinner and explore the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab & Aquarium at the end of the pier. A vacation to Manhattan Beach wouldn’t be complete without walking on this pier!

Live Oak Park

Spanning a total of nine acres in Manhattan Beach is Live Oak Park, a great place for outdoors activities with plenty of things for kids to do. The park also has a big train for children to ride. If you’re looking for a picnic spot, romantic destination, or family outing, Live Oak Park provides the perfect backdrop.

El Porto State Beach

Located between Manhattan Beach and Dockweiler Beach is the intimate setting of El Porto State Beach. El Porto State Beach is the beginning of “The Strand” that connects El Porto State Beach and Manhattan Beach. With a natural look and a whole bunch of surfers, El Porto State Beach is known for its relaxed atmosphere and great views of the beach and the extravagant houses. For a day to unwind at the beach, there’s no place that compares with El Porto.

Enjoy a coastal spring break vacation at Manhattan Beach. Just a few hours from San Diego, travelling to Manhattan Beach will be a breeze. Travel easy in spring to this beachy L.A. hot spot!

9 Useful Mobile Apps Dedicated to Apartment Living

Looking for some assistance to make your apartment lifestyle a little easier? These helpful apps for your mobile phone are great for apartment living, especially when roommates are involved and green living is a must!

Check out these great mobile apps that will ensure an easier lifestyle no matter where you’re living:

Split Bills Equally

Avoid splitting hairs over splitting the bills. If you have roommates that love to leave the lights on all day or use too many electronics, the smart mobile app called Green Envy will make splitting up the bills a breeze. Divide your energy bill based on rooms so that all your expenses are evenly distributed. No more bickering over a high electric bill with the roomies!

Share your Calendars & Schedules

Sync up with the roommates to ensure you are all on the same page! With the convenient app called Cozi Calendar, you’ll be able to share valuable information with your roommates like trash pick-up day, work schedules, birthdays, bill payment dates, and group outings. This personal coordinator will allow you and your roommates to make plans and think alike when it comes to your living situation.

Celebrate Green Living!

There is nothing more rewarding than buying products that will protect the world we live in. Whether you want to buy products that reduce animal cruelty or your carbon footprint, there are mobile apps that can guide you to a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Are you worried about the safety of the products you use? Shop smartly with this new app called GoodGuide. GoodGuide allows you to find healthy, sustainable products while you’re at the supermarket. Simply scan a product’s barcode and you’ll find detailed scores about their contribution to the world’s waste. Over 70,000 products and companies are available on GoodGuide.

Created by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics, the mobile app known as Cruelty-Free helps you choose cosmetics, personal items, and household staples that aren’t tested on animals. Keep our animals safe by using Cruelty-Free when you shop!

Want to reduce your carbon footprint? With this helpful app called FindGreen, you will be able to trace down green businesses in your community from the local cafe to bicycle shops and health stores. FindGreen lists over 56,000 green companies to help you live a greener lifestyle!

Find the Best Restaurants in your Area

It can be difficult to decipher which restaurants are highly recommended and others that should be avoided. With these two convenient restaurant apps, you’ll be able to search your area for the best locally owned restaurants in town! Dine with confidence with the help of the customer recommendations offered on Yelp and the randomized, “Spin the Wheel” rendition of Urbanspoon. These free apps will lead you to the top dining picks in your area! Try them this weekend to find your future favorite restaurant.

Watch your Home from Anywhere in the World

Whether you’re visiting the parents out of town or you’re becoming a world traveller, this intelligent app is perfect for watching over your home while you’re away. Home Watch, an inexpensive app for Mac users, is the perfect way to add a surveillance system to your home. Set up your system to take photos when motion is detected or program Home Watch to take photos every 30 minutes.

These images are then saved to your computer or uploaded to a cloud so they can be viewed from any computer, even your phone! This easy remote surveillance system is one you shouldn’t leave home without!

Who is Looking at your Computer?

Have you been curious to find out who has been trying to break into your computer? If you have sneaking suspicions, download this Security Camera app that catches the intruder in action! The app is very easy to use and here’s how it works: whenever your computer is turned on, it silently snaps a photo and saves it to a specific area in your computer.

You can have the photos uploaded to a Dropbox account so the photos are accessible from anywhere! This password-protected app makes sure no one can delete the pictures but you. And, the best part is, if someone steals your computer, you’ll probably be able to catch a photo of what the stealer looks like! Great app for homeowners, roommates, parents, and more!

Night Life in San Diego

The beast in you awakens as the sun goes down on Friday evenings, making you restless to leave the numbing calm of your temporary housing in San Diego in search of some reverberating nightlife. There are plenty of places around to fill your appetite for action. Slick and upscale, San Diego nightlife joints remind you of Las Vegas, but the San Diego ones are much less worn down by visitors. Take a look at some excellent bars, clubs, dance-floors, and lounges that can feed even the most ravenous beasts, only in great style.

1. Noble Experiment

The mystical bar is the favorite haunt of the cocktail crazy. Mixing and shaking cross all limits and so does the rhythm on the dance floor. Hidden away behind an inconspicuous keg-wall doorway, the classy place requires you to dress decently and has a tasteful ambience. The drinks are prepared using premium spirits and fresh, natural additives. Sip a Mojito or savor “the Manhattan” as you feel peace take over you. Unwind on the dance floor, have a good time, and head back to your temporary housing in San Diego while you can still drive, unless you are taking a cab.

2. 207

A classy den of glamour decorated with black and white crocodile leather, 207 can be overwhelming on a Friday night. Big crystal chandeliers and expansive flat-screens give the place a premium look. A sprawling outdoor terrace comes alive with clubbers and party crowds on weekends. High-profile DJs spin CDs as the spirits flow and the party rolls. Located off the lobby of The Hard Rock Hotel in the heart of downtown San Diego, 207 is easily accessible on foot if you’re staying somewhere close by.

3. Altitude Sky Lounge

The hip and stylish Altitude is perched up 22 floors above the San Diego streets, on the rooftop of the Marriot Gaslamp Quarter, one of the trendiest downtown hotels in San Diego. With tall glasses and lofty views of the surrounding areas, particularly the exquisite Petco Park, make the Altitude the only bar of its stature at this altitude. As the sun sinks into the harbor, things start lighting up at Altitude. The multi-award-winning Lounge is certainly the place to be seen in. Exclusive bottle services and a delectable menu complete the perfect after-dark experience.

4. Fluxx

The super-club has become a magnet for upscale partygoers because of its ever-transforming, hip interiors and dizzying lights, not to mention the staggering variety of drinks and a scrumptious menu. The entertainment runs frantic on weekend nights as DJs spin tracks on the massive sound system to make the whirling crowds go crazy. The place is sophisticated and premium despite all its raunchy fun, so dress properly to avoid being turned back to your temporary housing in San Diego.

5. West Coast Tavern

Hate hipsters? Then West Coast Tavern might just be perfect for you. Nestled inside an antique North park building, the Tavern was founded in 1929. It is warm and friendly place featuring delectable dishes and drinks in a non-glitzy atmosphere. While the place is worth dining at on regular days, weekends uncover a whole new aspect of this docile eatery. You can make your own Bloody Mary or allow the bartender to stir you one of his signature cocktails. A convivial and classical place to hit on a weekend night.

6. Ivy

Ivy would grow on you with its multi-level partying and dancing that extends deep into the night. A roof-top bar and pool is the favorite sanctuary of celebrities hiding away from pestering fans. Down below, The Ivy Wine Bar boasts more than 100 varieties of wines from around the globe. Give in to a world of temptation and glamour and dance the night away. Things can go out of control at Ivy, so make sure you have an arrangement for getting back to the comfort of your temporary housing in San Diego.

7. Pussycat Dolls Dollhouse

Modeled after the Pussycat Dolls (as in the music group), the San Diego Pussycat Dolls Dollhouse is a franchise of the Pussycat Dolls’ Lounge in Vegas, and is an enticing up-market place that lures in celebrities and hipsters alike. True to its name, the club is notorious for its scantily clad dancers and head-spinning ambience.  Certainly not the place for the faint-hearted, or for those on a tight budget.

8.  On Broadway

Remodeled from an old bank building on 5th and Broadway, the upscale club still has the steel door leading to the vault where millions of dollars were once stored. Today, it’s a slick dance floor where young and energetic partygoers dance their hearts out to the music played by famous DJs. You can savor sushi early in the evening at the Café Zen upstairs, which is turned into a dance floor after 9 p.m. In addition to the vault room downstairs, there are two more rooms with bars and dance floors. Everything is sleek and stylish, other than probably the burly bouncers guarding the VIP Room.

9. The Bitter End

Located on 5th Avenues, The Bitter End is a laid back place with a cheerful, long bar and an underground air-conditioned dance floor. It’s a decent place for those looking for a simple and relaxing environment that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to drink at. Warm and convivial, it’s an excellent venue to hang out for drinks and then descend to the basement for some much-needed action.

10. Sunshine Company

Most of the temporary or vacation housing and apartments are located far from the city center, so the Gaslamp Quarters may be a little inconvenient to get to and get back from. Moreover, the downtown bars and clubs are mostly overcrowded on weekends. If you are staying in Chula Vista, the Sunshine Company on the lip of Mission Beach is more easily accessible. If you get here before sunset, you can watch the beautiful ball of fire sink into the ocean over a glass of martini or scotch. As the darkness falls, the spirits rise and bring the two-level club to life. The open courtyard is a blessing for smokers, who don’t have to leave the company of their friends to go out to puff. The prices are moderate and an adjacent shop supplies freshly rolled tacos to go with your drinks.

Have you recently been to one or more of these or other nightlife joints in San Diego? Tell us about your experience in your comments.

Choose Foxwood Corporate Apartments as your Military Home in San Diego

San Diego military housingMilitary housing just doesn’t get any better than this! If you’ve been looking for the perfect place to live in San Diego during your military stay, try Foxwood Corporate Apartments; we have the best location for the greatest value!

Our beautifully furnished off base military apartments are great for a temporary assignment or military training in San Diego, with a convenient location near the major freeways and San Diego’s bus and trolley system next door, you’ll never have to worry about being late to your military base. The 32nd Street Naval base and Coronado Island are just minutes away from your temporary apartment here at Foxwood.

Not only will you enjoy the wonderful location, our apartments are luxurious, spacious, and equipped with great views of San Diego. Our fully furnished apartments have been designer-decorated with upscale furniture, new appliances, and many amenities to ensure you fully enjoy your stay here in America’s Finest City. The full-size kitchen comes with all the kitchenware, cookware, dishware, and appliances that you will need to cook homemade meals comfortably. More housing essentials that are available during your military stay with Foxwood are the cable-ready TV and DVD player, quality bed linens, matching bedroom sets, fluffy bath towels, and weekly maid service.

But we saved the best for last! The best part about staying at Foxwood Corporate Apartments is the special military discount rate that we give to our serving military servicemen as a sincere thank you for serving our country. Other money-saving perks included are that utilities are paid and no deposit or lease agreement is necessary. I think it’s safe to say that your military home will save you money while you’re staying in San Diego!

At Foxwood Corporate Apartments, we want to make sure you love your military stay in San Diego. Contact us if you have any questions regarding amenities, special military rates, or our fast and easy application process. Choose Foxwood Corporate Apartments as your home away from home when you need a military home in America’s Finest City.