Hosting Your Friends this Summer and During a Heatwave

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As the temperatures rise, so does the temptation to turn your 777 Broadway Apartment home into a personal oasis. However, before you crank up the AC and send your energy bill soaring, there are a few things to consider. First, will your guests be comfortable? And second, how can you keep everyone safe during a heatwave?

Here are a few renter-friendly hacks for Hosting Family & Friends During the Heatwave

Provide Plenty of Cool Drinks and Light snacks

Water is always a good choice, but if you want something more festive, try making a pitcher of iced tea or lemonade. As for food, try some cool summer recipes with fruit salad, cold cuts, and veggie platters are all great options.

Create Cool Areas

If possible, create different areas for relaxing and sleeping. Setting up an outdoor lounge area with chairs and umbrellas can provide an excellent escape from the heat, while upstairs bedrooms are cooler than downstairs rooms.

 Keep the Atmosphere Cool

Open up windows and have fans available for guests who need them. Portable fans can significantly affect how comfortable people feel in your home.

Keep Everyone Hydrated

Finally, ensure everyone stays hydrated and breaks from the heat. Frequent trips outside or to air-conditioned areas can help prevent heat exhaustion or other problems associated with extreme heat.

How to Make the Most Indoors this Summer

As the weather heats up, many of us start to feel the urge to spend more time outdoors. However, there are plenty of reasons to stay inside during summer. With a bit of creativity, your home can be the perfect place to beat the heat and a hub for summer fun. Why not try one of these indoor entertainment ideas?

Movie Marathon

Make a list of all the films you want to watch and spend a lazy afternoon on the couch with some popcorn. For an added twist, choose a theme (e.g., all Oscar-winning movies) or watch movies set in summertime.

Board Game Bonanza

Dust off those old board games and challenge your family or roommates to a friendly competition. From classics like Monopoly to newer indoor games like Settlers of Catan, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

DIY Day

Use those hot summer days as an excuse to finally tackle that home improvement project you’ve been putting off. Whether painting the apartment living room or reorganizing your closet, you’ll be glad you took care of it before the cooler weather sets in.

Apartment-Friendly Hacks for Staying Summer

The dog days of summer can be tough to get through, especially if you don’t know how to keep things running. But don’t despair; with the above tips, you and your guests can stay cool and entertained indoors.

Summer Cooking in Your Oakland Apartments

Looking for something fun to do this summer near your apartments in Oakland? A great idea would be to go to a local farmer’s market, whether it be alone or with friends and family, to stock up on some much-needed, fresh groceries. The great thing about the turn of the seasons is that there are so many new fruits and vegetables available for you to enjoy.

Here’s a list of some vegetables in season this summer:
• Radishes
• Arugula
• Cucumber
• Beets
• Bell Peppers
• Carrots
• Zucchini
• Garlic
• Corn
• Rhubarb

And here’s a list of fruits in season this summer:
• Apricots
• Plums
• Cherries
• Blackberries
• Nectarines
• Strawberries
• Peaches
• Tomatoes
• Passion Fruit
• Melon
• Lemon
• Limes

Here’s a delicious recipe for a Garden Chickpea Salad:
Ingredients
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 cup chopped tomato
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
SALAD:
3/4 cup canned garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 medium carrot, julienned
1 small zucchini, julienned
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup thinly sliced radishes
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
3 cups spring mix salad greens

Directions
For dressing, in a dry small skillet, toast cumin seeds over medium heat until aromatic, stirring frequently. Transfer to a small bowl. Stir in tomato, lemon juice, oil, garlic, salt and cayenne pepper.
In a bowl, combine chickpeas, carrot, zucchini, green onions, parsley, radishes, cheese and walnuts. Stir in 1/3 cup dressing.
To serve, divide greens between two plates; top with chickpea mixture. Drizzle with remaining dressing.

So this summer, make sure to go to your local farmer’s market so you can stock up on the freshest, healthiest produce there is. In addition, consider checking out this site if you need ideas for inspiration when it comes to coming up with recipes for your delicious produce. So now that’s TWO summer activities you can enjoy near your apartments in Oakland – you can visit a local farmer’s market and you can attempt a new healthy recipe from home. What will you do to kick summer 2019 off the best way possible?