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3 Terrific Coconut Drink Recipes

Coconut DrinkCoconuts are versatile and delicious. These are some terrific coconut drink recipes we hope community members of NorthBridge at Millenia Lake in Orlando, Florida, will enjoy.

Essential Piña Colada

Like the chicken and the egg riddle, it’s hard to know whether the piña colada made the coconut famous or the coconut made the piña colada famous. Either way, the coconut life would not be the same without this essential beverage.

Gather These Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ ounces of white rum
  • 3 ounces of coconut cream mix
  • 6 ounces of pineapple juice
  • ½ cup of crushed ice
  • Pineapple wedge for garnish

How to Make:

Simply pour all of the ingredients—minus the garnish—into a blender and mix until smooth. Pour into a glass, garnish, top with an umbrella and sip through a straw.

Cold Coquito Nutmeg

In Spanish, “coquito” loosely translates to “little coconut.” This tropical coconut eggnog drink may help you get a little loose.

Gather These Ingredients:

  • 24 ounces of evaporated milk
  • 15 ounces of coconut milk
  • 15 ounces of coconut cream
  • ½ cup of sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup of spiced rum
  • ½ cup of dark rum
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon of ground ginger
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground nutmeg

How to Make:

With the exception of the cinnamon and nutmeg, pour all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until fully combined. Pour the blended ingredients into a large pitcher and refrigerate. Once it is chilled, stir thoroughly before serving. Some ingredients may settle. Pour into glasses and sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on top.

Tasty Coconut Konomi

In Japanese, “konomi” literally means “taste.” You’re likely to enjoy how this coconut-infused beverage tastes!

Gather These Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of coconut-flavored vodka
  • ½ ounce of pineapple syrup
  • ½ ounce of sesame-infused Cocchi Americano
  • Matcha powder
  • Pineapple wedge for garnish

How to Make:

Place ice into a drink shaker. Pour in all of the ingredients, except pineapple slice, and Matcha powder. Shake thoroughly. Strain over ice into a rocks glass. Dash matcha powder on top. Garnish with pineapple wedge.

We hope our NorthBridge at Millenia Lake Apartment Homes community members enjoy these recipes. If you or a friend would like more information about our Orlando apartments, call us today.

Greek Salad

Healthy Summer Recipes

Greek SaladAs spring leads to summer, residents of NorthBridge at Millenia Lake Apartment Homes have started to plan gatherings. The nicely appointed kitchens in our Orlando apartments offer the perfect place to create healthy dishes for picnics and other get-togethers.

Healthy and Delicious Summertime Recipe Ideas

Blend right in: Skip the powdered lemonade and juice mixes. Instead, blend fresh fruit slices with milk or yogurt and ice for a healthy smoothie. Bananas, strawberries, papaya, and mangos are great fruits to consider.

Chips, off the block: Nacho or potato chips with a variety of cheeses or other dips are a summertime favorite. Cheese cut from a block accompanied by sliced meats or veggies is an alternative. For those hosting vegans or vegetarians, replace meat and dairy-based products with hummus or tahini and read the label to make sure that the chips you select do not have animal byproducts. Salsa is a great option with its chopped tomatoes, onions, and seasonings.

A soup-er idea: Speaking of chopped tomatoes with a little onion, add some chopped cucumber and bell peppers along with olive oil for gazpacho, the popular Andalusian soup served cold to refresh during the summer. Consider serving it with croutons or slices of your favorite bread as an accompaniment.

Swim in the deep end: Those who enjoy seafood often prepare salads as lighter fare. Beyond tuna, consider shrimp or seafood salads with crackers, bread slices, or in a vegetable salad dish. Lightly breaded shrimp or fish also makes a great filling for a po’ boy with lots of lettuce, tomatoes and spices to taste on a roll or sliced French bread.

Salad with a Mediterranean flair: Greek salads with olives, feta cheese, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, and a lighter dressing are also popular. Do it the “Tarpon Springs” way by placing a little potato salad in the center of the bowl and cover with lettuce and veggies.

That’s a wrap: Flatbread sandwiches are always popular. As an alternative, use moistened rice wrappers, vermicelli, and your favorite fillings to make healthy spring rolls.

Whatever is on the menu, you will enjoy apartment living in NorthBridge at Millenia Lake Apartment Homes. Contact us or call (866) 788-2515 for more information about our community.

Summer Party Decor

Host the Perfect Summer Get-Together With These 4 Tips

Summer Party DecorThe summer season is an ideal time to enjoy hanging out with friends and loved ones and plan a get-together at your Orlando apartment. If you are planning a summer get-together check out the four tips listed below to host an event that your guests will never forget.

Consider a Food Bar

Create a relaxing atmosphere by utilizing food bars for guests to create their own culinary desires. You could consider a burger bar, baked potato bar, or even a macaroni station to add some unique options and let your guests choose what they want. This also gives you the benefit of preparing the bar contents early and only having to cook the main part when guests arrive.

Come up With the Perfect Theme

Themes can be a fantastic way to incorporate decor, enjoy donning some unique duds or just to create the perfect atmosphere for your guests. You can choose from specified themes such as “Hawaiian Night” or the “Roaring Twenties” or focus on more broadened themes like “a night at the beach” or choose your favorite celebrity.

Decide on a Signature Drink

A signature drink can be a great way to add some creativity to your menu and provide your guests with something unique. The good news is creating your signature drink can just be fun as well. If you are looking for something a little more low maintenance, consider creating a signature punch that you can leave out for self-service.

Come up With Ways to Encourage Mingling

The best part of any great party is the social interaction. When planning your party, think of ways to get your guests engaged to prevent your party from stagnating before it gets going. Consider putting on some great music, playing a simple game, or holding a contest.

Follow the hosting tips above to pull off the perfect summer get-together. If you are looking for a new apartment to plan your next summer event or are just looking for a new place to hang your hat in Orlando, Florida, stop in or contact NorthBridge at Millenia Lake today to check out our available floor plans.

Ingredients in Jars

5 Kitchen Storage Tips to Maximize Your Space

Ingredients in JarsKitchens can be a difficult place to stay organized. With so many tools and utensils in your cooking arsenal, keeping them organized is not only vital to your cooking process but also maximizing space. If you are looking for ways to organize your Orlando apartment, check out the simple and easy storage tips listed below.

Set Up a Pot Rack

Make your pots and pans part of your decor while keeping them within easy reach and freeing up some much-needed cupboard space. You can choose from racks that hang from either the ceiling or wall and have varying removable hooks to hold any size pots and pans.

Utilize Storage Jars

You can add some decor to your kitchen counter, keep commonly used items close at hand, and free up some of your storage space by utilizing storage jars for things like flour, sugar, and other staples. If counter space is an issue consider choosing containers that are stackable.

Put Up Mug Hooks

You can gain some extra cupboard space by hanging your mugs on removable mug hooks that can be put under a shelf or directly under the cupboards. Pull out your most unique or decorative ones so they can pull a double duty and work as part of your kitchen decor as well.

Use Shelf Dividers

Avoid the clamor and mess that tall and deep cabinets can create by finding shelving units that can be placed in your cupboards to create separation and help keep your items organized and more easily accessible.

Consider Bins for Bulky Items

If you have bulky items in your kitchen such as small choppers, shakers, or Tupperware, invest in a vertical storage shelving unit and put the items in bins on each of the shelves. When choosing your shelving, go as high as your ceiling will allow, making use of all available space.

Help stay organized, make cooking easier, and capitalize on all your available kitchen space by trying the storage above. If you are looking for a new Orlando, Florida, apartment to test out your kitchen organization skills, contact NorthBridge at Millenia Lake today to inquire about available floor plans and find the layout to best suit your needs.

Skydiving

Spring Bucket List Ideas

SkydivingWith the start of the new season, it is time to come up with a few unique ways to spend your time. Do you have a bucket list—a list of things you want to do this year or over the next few years? If so, make one just for this spring. In Orlando, our apartment residents love new adventures. What is on your list?

Visit New Parks

Instead of going to the same parks you normally frequent, try something new. You may wish to choose Lake Eola Park or drive to Bill Frederick Park. Or, if you are ready for a bit longer of a drive, explore the Everglades for the first time.

Have an Authentic Picnic

Complete with blanket and picnic basket, host a picnic for someone you have not seen in a while. Perhaps think about a high school friend or someone you haven’t spoken to in a few months. A picnic—whether at our apartments or at a nearby lake—can be a great way to create a fresh new start.

Go Skydiving

Are you looking for real adventure? Why not go skydiving with a group of friends? A few options exist in Orlando including iFly (for those looking for indoor fun). Or, visit the Orlando Skydiving Center and do a tandem jump with someone you love.

Host Your First Dinner Party

If you have not done so yet, now is the perfect time to host a dinner party. Your apartment offers plenty of room to bring together a few of your closest friends and loved ones. Dress it up a bit. Cook an authentic meal, perhaps one that is a bit more supplicated than you are used to. Enjoy a few glasses of wine and good conversation. Of course, if you do not want to invite friends, you can make this a cozy evening as well.

Is a New Home on Your Bucket List?

For those who are looking for a new place to call home, check out our available apartments at NorthBridge at Millenia Lake Apartment Homes. Our team is happy to show you our available floor plans. Give us a call now to see our Orlando apartments.

Picnic Outdoors

6 Essentials for the Perfect Spring Picnic

Picnic OutdoorsThe perfect spring picnic can either be the ideal romantic evening or a great day with loved ones. While a variety of finger foods, including fresh fruit, cheese, nuts, etc. are critical, there are other essentials you need to know about. These six essentials are the perfect touches to make your spring picnic a masterpiece.

1. Blanket

Any old blanket won’t do. The perfect picnic blanket is waterproof on one side and large enough to spread out and set up. Make sure your picnic blanket fills the bill.

 2. Basket

No picnic is complete without a picnic basket. It has become the iconic symbol of picnics everywhere. The basket needs to be large enough to carry all the items you bring along and light enough to carry from your vehicle to the picnic location.

3. Plates and Utensils

Picnics are more civilized than eating a bag of take-out on a park bench. The perfect picnic acknowledges the little details that make this a special outing. One of those details is eating on a plate and using actual utensils to dish out and eat (if not sticking to finger foods) the food you bring along.

4. Bottle of Wine and Wine Glasses

If wine isn’t your style, then bring along another drink and glasses from which to enjoy it. Additionally, if you bring wine, you need to include a wine opener in your basket. Otherwise, you might get a little thirsty while looking at your bottle of wine.

5. Small Bag for Garbage

No one wants to be a litter bug and you don’t want to mess up your beautiful basket by filling it with garbage from your spring picnic. Make sure to bring a spare bag for garbage and dispose it at your first opportunity once the picnic is over.

6. Moist Wipes and Hand Sanitizer

Depending on where you are taking your picnic, soap and water may be in short supply. Moist wipes are great for cleaning up and hand sanitizer ensures hands are clean enough for eating finger foods.

When you live in our Orlando apartments, you will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy spring picnics and more. Call us today to learn more about our available floor plans and amenities.

Person Outdoors

5 Reasons to Get Outside This Spring

Person OutdoorsSpring has sprung and it’s time to get outside! Your mom always told you to get outside and breathe some fresh air, and doctors agree. There’s no better time to experience the great outdoors than the spring—flowers are blooming, the air is cool, and nature is calling. Here are some wonderful reasons to head outdoors now!

5 Reasons to Get Outside this Spring

1. Soak in the beauty of nature: Every spring, nature puts on a show. Get outside and take in the blooming flowers, the new growth on the trees, and the gorgeous colors everywhere. Love taking pictures? There’s no better background than nature!

2. Produce the sunshine vitamin: Spending time in the sun helps your body produce Vitamin D, also called the “Sunshine Vitamin.” Vitamin D helps build strong bones, boosts your mood, improves your immune system, and even helps prevent a variety of cancers.

3. Breathe easier and lower your stress levels: Plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and this makes the air cleaner and fresher. Going outside allows you to really breathe in clean, fresh air. This is wonderful for those who spend most of their days indoors, breathing recirculated air. Go out, take some deep breaths, and feel your stress levels plummet.

4. Get active: Head outside to get fit! People who spend time outside are usually more active than those who spend most of their time inside. Take a walk in the fresh air, go for a jog, or head to an outdoor farmers market and peruse the wares!

5. Make it time with friends and loved ones: Get your loved ones or friends together, head outside and spend some time. Make memories! We all know it’s hard to get people away from screens, but if you can get everyone interested in a day outside, you’ll always remember it. Head to a park or wildlife sanctuary to check out the native animals and birds.

If you’re looking to make a move to apartments in Orlando, check out NorthBridge at Millenia Lake. Call our office today to see which of our one-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans are currently available.

Dog Outside

Spring Cleaning Tips for Dog Owners

Dog OutsideYou love your four-legged friend, but dog hair and muddy paws? Not so much. Believe it or not, it’s possible to keep your Orlando apartment clean even with a canine roommate. Get started with these simple tips:

5 Tips for Cleaning a Dog Lover’s Apartment

  • Choose the right dog bed. Does Fido’s bed include a removable cover? This simple step will save you a lot of hassle. Wash the cover regularly in cold water — ideally with a fragrance-free detergent. Dry with a pet-safe dryer sheet for twenty minutes. Finish the job with air drying to prevent the cover from shrinking.
  • Trim the hair near your dog’s paws. A little grooming now can prevent a lot of mud from being tracked into your apartment later. The shorter you keep the hair near your pup’s paws, the less mud will clump in that general vicinity.
  • Clean off paws with each entry. Keep a mat and some water easily accessible at your front door. Train your dog to sit and wait on this mat at your command. When you return from a walk, wipe down your dog’s paws before stepping off the mat.
  • Clean carpets and rugs. The more frequently you clear dog hair from your carpet or rugs, the fewer complaints you’ll receive from your allergy-prone friends. A variety of approaches can work wonders; one of the easiest involves baking soda. In addition to loosening embedded fur, baking soda acts as a deodorizer. Simply sprinkle a light coating on your rug or carpet and let sit for ten minutes. Vacuum in multiple directions. If this doesn’t remove all fur, use a rubber rake for the rest.
  • Clean upholstery and furniture. Use a hand vacuum or an attachment on your regular vacuum to remove dog hair from upholstery. Furniture polish and a soft cloth will help you remove hair from wooden furniture.

Preventative measures can make a huge difference as you seek to maintain a hygienic, yet pet-friendly apartment. Combine a proactive approach to cleaning with the occasional deep clean, and you can kiss embedded dog hair goodbye.

You’ll love life with your dog at NorthBridge at Millenia Lake Apartment Homes. Contact us today to learn more about our pet policy and our floor plans.

Coreopsis Flower

Make Your Own Spring Floral Arrangement

Coreopsis FlowerNorthBridge at Millenia Lake Apartment Homes in Orlando, Florida, is the perfect spot to welcome springtime. Central Florida is well-known for its beautiful flowers and foliage plants that are commonly used for landscaping and floral arrangements. If you love to decorate and have a passion for fresh greenery and fragrant blooms, spring is almost here! Visit local floral shops or buy fresh flowers from one of the many vendors in the area. Find a nice vase and get creative.

Use Fresh Local Flowers

If you love floral arrangements, nothing is better than having fresh flowers that are grown locally. A few of the most colorful varieties include:

  • The blanket flower
  • Verbena
  • Coreopsis
  • Zinnias
  • Shooting stars
  • Mexican petunias
  • Pentas

In addition to the many different types of flowers, you can also add rich greenery for a solid background. They include:

  • Sanchezia
  • Saw palmetto
  • Pink muhly

When you visit your local florist, ask what other plants are native to the area. They can provide you with a full list of flowering plants and greenery that you can use to make almost any type of floral arrangement.

Be Creative

Floral arrangements are unique works of art. Be creative when choosing a vase or pot. Buy a clay pot and paint it with different designs or colors that match those in your apartment. You can use conventional vases or look around for something new. Check local garage sales or thrift shops. You will be surprised at the treasures you find. Add unique accents like colorful ribbon or decorative additions that bring out the colors and textures of the flowers you’ve chosen. You can either keep it simple with just one or two flowers or create an explosion of color by using an entire bouquet.

If you’re looking for the ideal apartment in Orlando, Florida, our NorthBridge at Millenia Lake Apartment Homes are worth a look. Contact our office to schedule a short tour of the grounds or to go over the different floor plans we have to offer. During your visit make sure to ask about the amenities that are included with each apartment. We look forward to speaking with you!

Apple Pie

Ideas for Celebrating Pi Day on 3/14

Apple PieAre you ready for America’s nerdiest and most delicious holiday? Based off of a math joke, Pi Day celebrates that number you had to memorize in school (as well as Einstein’s birthday). Don’t worry, you don’t need to bust out your calculator to celebrate Pi Day at our Orlando apartments. All you need to do is turn on your oven and invite some friends and loved ones over.

Fun Group Activities for Your P(i)arty

Get your party started off on the right note with a round of Pi-ku. If regular Japanese Haikus weren’t tricky enough (5-7-5 syllables), Pi-ku takes it to another level. You’ll need to follow a 3-1-4 syllable pattern.

Finish off the party with a bang by hanging a pi-nata in a nearby local park. You may not be able to find one shaped like the symbol for pi, but you can probably uncover a pie-themed one.

You can also set up a pie creation station. Line up a row of pre-baked pie crusts and encourage your guests to use their creativity when filling and topping them. Hang onto these; you’ll need all of the pies for the next step.

Treat Yourself to a Slice of Pi(e)

What is Pi Day without pi(e)? Combine two of life’s greatest experiences: eating pie and competing with your friends, in a pie eating contest. The contest is quick and delicious: guests have 3 minutes and 14 seconds to eat all the pie they can. Include pie varieties that are easy to shovel down such as cream pies or ones with pureed fruit.

Next, level out your sugar buzz with some other pi-themed foods and beverages. These include:

  • Pi-tato chips
  • Pi-neapple slices
  • Pi-mento cheese sandwiches
  • Pi-ninis
  • Snack bowls that include pi-nuts (peanuts) and pi-stachios
  • Pi-ña coladas
  • Pi-ping hot tea and cider

Have Fun at Our Orlando Apartments

A fun, modern holiday like National Pi Day is best celebrated in our spacious and comfortable NorthBridge at Millenia Lake Apartment Homes. Our floor plans may not be pi 3.14-style circles, but you’ll find plenty of room for yourself, your selection of delicious pi(e)s, and any friends or loved ones that you host. Contact us today to learn more about our apartment community.

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