Although every day in our home in Texas seems to be a great day to cook-up som...
Although every day in our home in Texas seems to be a great day to cook-up something delicious, the holidays bring in the best from the oven. One of our favorites here in Austin are Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting! They are as easy to make as they are to eat … so grab the kids and hit the kitchen this weekend for some holiday cooking fun!
Ingredients (for 24 to 36 cookies) Cookies
2 cups butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 15-ounce can pumpkin
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat the 2 cups of butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, the 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and the nutmeg. Beat until combined. Beat the eggs and 2 teaspoons of vanilla until combined. Beat in pumpkin. Beat in flour with mixer until you need to use a spoon.
Drop dough by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes and remove from oven. Before cookies cool, press gently with a spoon to ensure a nice flat surface on which to spread icing.
In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract. Spread on cooled cookies and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Alternatively, if your culinary skills aren’t quite up to par but you still enjoy the scents of fall, you can still fall...
Alternatively, if your culinary skills aren’t quite up to par but you still enjoy the scents of fall, you can still fall into the fall season with simple new scents and seasonal accents.
Here’s a home fragrance fixer-upper to fill up your apartment in Austin with a warm and cozy aroma. Bring a cup of apple cider and a cup of water to a simmer in a small saucepan on your stove. Toss in a tablespoon of ground cinnamon and a few cloves and before you know it, your home at LeMontreaux will be filled with a spicy, apple pie fragrance.
Citrusy candles and air fresheners span all seasons and provide an instant lift for your spirits. Invite the fall into your home with lemon- and fresh linen-scented candles and air fresheners with orange oil in them. You’ll feel invigorated in no time.
Now that the first of fall has come and gone, it brings to mind the scents of the season that are classically perfect fo...
Now that the first of fall has come and gone, it brings to mind the scents of the season that are classically perfect for the cooler weather. If you’re single and living by yourself in your apartment in Austin, it could be one of the best seasons for tackling the task of cooking for one.
It’s no secret that cool-season foods are some of the best reasons for spending time in the kitchen. Soups, stews and pies bring us the request smells of fall: warm, spicy and savory. We did some of our own research to help you get ready for the winter and came across this great website called SingleFare.com for quick and easy cooking for one in your home sweet home.
Check out the recipe for homemade Minestrone Soup on the Home page. And don’t miss all the great Tips about saving money and more on their Tips and Tricks page; I enjoyed the Blog about how the grocery stores are super sizing everything which included a great recipe for Easy Apple Crumble where you only need one apple. Perfect for those of us who chose to live alone … and have whatever we want for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
I couldn’t close this October blog without taking your eyes and interest to their Recipe section. With all of the yummy fall options I don’t have to think about what’s for dinner for quite some time. Bon appetite!
TIPS TO KEEP YOUR APARTMENT LIGHT AND BRIGHT THIS FALL
Posted On: 09/22/2014
With fall in the air it’s only na...
With fall in the air it’s only natural to notice that the light in your apartment needs some adjusting if you want to keep things light and bright throughout the fall and winter months. With that in mind, we thought we’d share some of our favorite decorating tips with you today to help you choose the best lighting for what’s to come. Step One:Check out your natural light. To figure out the existing sources of light from Mother Nature, turn off all the lights in your apartment and walk through it (in daylight, of course!). Pay close attention to which windows let the sunshine in and then be sure to clear out any obstacles that may be blocking the sun from shining in.
Step Two: Echo the sunlight. Supplementing the sunlight with the right lamp is a great way to extend what you get naturally. A torchiere floor lamp placed in the back part of a room that receives some daylight can seamlessly fill in where the natural light falls off. You might look for a lamp with a natural motif, one that reminds you of the sun outside. Any lamp with a floral motif incorporated will be a great device to brighten your room and your mood.
Step Three: Find the right lighting style. Is your apartment decor modern? Romantic? Coastal? Artistic? Whatever your favorite flair, your lighting can help reinforce it. Track lighting is a great addition to a loft or other urban space, as are metallic lamps. Fabric shades can be cozy, elegant or streamlined, depending on their color or shape. Choose the vibe you wish to create in your apartment home, and pick lamps to complement your style.
Le Montreaux Staff would like to extend a special thank you to all the residents that supported last weeks breakfast soc...
Le Montreaux Staff would like to extend a special thank you to all the residents that supported last weeks breakfast social. We had a great turn out, looking forward to seeing everyone at the Halloween Bash!
HAVE SOME PUNCH WITH A PURPOSE AT THE PUNCH BOWL SOCIAL
Posted On: 09/10/2014
Every month there are plenty of reasons to get out of your apartment in Austin to support those who need it most. And t...
Every month there are plenty of reasons to get out of your apartment in Austin to support those who need it most. And this is no exception. Make plans to join us for another Punch Bowl Social this September 23rd at the Grand Opening of THE DOMAIN - located just a few miles from our front door on at 11310 Domain Drive. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the DELL Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. It’s from 7:00 – 9:00 pm with live music, menu sampling and of course, punches of sorts to sip on while you enjoy live music from The TonTons … one of the city’s favorite local bands.
Having an outdoor music festival in Central Texas in August sounds like a totally nutty idea, however Float Fest...
Having an outdoor music festival in Central Texas in August sounds like a totally nutty idea, however Float Fest founder Marcus Federman took the insane and made it possible. This music festival on August 31st beats the heat by adding a three-hour float down the San Marcos River. After you’ve cooled down, head to the nearby festival grounds to see to performances by musical acts, including Bun B, Grouplove and Portugal. The Man. Federman, who says he’s been making annual summer excursions to float the river for 15 years, wanted to have a nature-meets-art experience that many find at the major Tennessee music festival Bonnaroo.
If you wanna beat the heat this summer, then you gotta eat the heat! This festival has become the world's largest --- dr...
If you wanna beat the heat this summer, then you gotta eat the heat! This festival has become the world's largest --- drawing as many as 15,000 spectators and more than 350 entries every year. This year The Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival will take place on Sunday, August 24 at Fiesta Gardens which is just a short drive from home and worth the trip!
No need to spend a lot of your hard earned dollars this summer to escape those
Steamy days of summer. Head to a local...
No need to spend a lot of your hard earned dollars this summer to escape those
Steamy days of summer. Head to a local swimming hole; Austin is overflowing with options that will turn back time and remind you of those lazy days of summers gone by. Some of our favorites include Barton Springs Pool; it’s situated at the grounds of Zilker Park. It is a must-go-to place in the summer to cool off, with a 68 degree temperature all year round. Hamilton Pool Preserve is the closest thing to an oasis you’ll likely ever see. This swimming hole sits in a natural grotto carved out of limestone, and is complete with a small beach area and a 50-foot waterfall! I almost don’t even want to share this with you, as it’s one of my favorite places on earth. But hey, welcome to Austin- I suppose you have just as much a right to enjoy this gem as I do. It’s Krause Springs and
this family-owned property in Spicewood Springs is what dreams are made of. I’ll keep its best reasons to get-a-way a secret and let you explore it yourself this summer! From your doorstep of Le Montreaux, it’s less than an hour’s drive yet worth every mile!
When we decided to create our “Stay-cation” theme for this summer, we knew that Austin has endless options for fun in t...
When we decided to create our “Stay-cation” theme for this summer, we knew that Austin has endless options for fun in the sun, yet when things heat up, we head out from our apartment in Northwest Austin … to some of the region’s best spots for dining IN! Both locals and visitors enjoy “Austin Eats Food Tour” which is a behind-the-scenes look at some of Austin’s best restaurants. One of our favorite tours is the Eastside option. It takes you to several awesome food trailers, some great brick and mortar restaurants, and a brewery! They offer walking, van, and even electronic bike tours. We highly recommend the electronic bike option, unless it’s triple digit heat, then the AC in the van is just too good to pass up. Prefer to stay in during the day then head out at night? The most famous, well know street in Austin. 6th street (formerly known as Pecan Street) serves as Austin’s heart of entertainment and nightlife scene. The old historical buildings are now used as bars, music venues, cafes, art galleries, etc. If you want to experience Austin’s crazy nightlife, 6th street is the place to go.