Appetizing Side Dishes for Thanksgiving Dinner

Appetizing Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving is a dream come true to most people, and a welcomed holiday after the busy year. Make the most of your Thanksgiving this year with some appetizing side dishes that will go along great with the rest of your Thanksgiving dinner!

Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

There is no denying that cooking an entire Thanksgiving dinner takes hours of cooking. Make your life a little simpler with this slow cooker creamed corn recipe. You just put the ingredients in a slow cooker that will do all of the work for you. Add the garnishes and you’re done! View the full recipe here

Perfect Cranberry Sauce

Skip the canned cranberry sauce this year and go all out with this recipe. You will be glad that you did! This recipe uses frozen cranberries, sugar, lemon zest, one strip of orange, and just a pinch of salt and pepper. You’ll wonder why you’ve never opted to make cranberry sauce yourself before! Get your hands on the recipe here

Prepare Your Downey Apartment for Halloween

Prepare for Halloween

Halloween is quickly approaching so it makes sense that now is the time to prepare your Downey apartment for the occasion.


Glitter Pumpkins

If you’re interested in carving a pumpkin this year but still want to decorate one, try creating a glitter pumpkin. You can draw various Halloween characters such as a spider, ghost, or even write the words boo! Feel free to get creative.


Haunted Cookie Jar

This easy project will make it appear as though a small ghost is magically hovering inside a glass jar! This is a great DIY to try with kids or if you are looking to make your house guests take a second look. For instructions, click here.


Spooky Bottles

Here is something to do with empty wine bottles. Purchase some black matte spray paint or regular paint, and put at least 3 coats of paint to cover any signs of the wine bottle. Add a label on it and write anything that is Halloween related.

DIY: Chemical-Free Spring Cleaning

Calling all DIYers and folks who love natural products! These homemade cleaning supplies will not only save you money, but will leave your apartment looking shiny and new once you’re done with it.


  1. Tea: Black tea is great for removing dirt and adding a nice sheen to any surface. You can use it to wipe down just about anything in your home, from the floors, to the foggy bathroom mirrors.
  2. Vinegar: Mix the vinegar with salt and apply the mixture to your shower tiles to help remove mildew.
  3. Grapefruit: The acidic content in grapefruit will loosen up any dirt and grime. Cut a grapefruit in half, then sprinkle some salt on it to create a scrub.
  4. Lemon Juice: The high acidity in lemon helps to remove rust and fingerprints, to everything in between.

How to Decorate your Apartment for an Oscars Themed Event

The 88th annual Academy Awards is just a few days away. But fear not, there are still ways you can decorate your Downey apartment in no time. These DIY projects require little time, and just a few materials!

  • Cut black felt fabric sheets into rectangles about 2 ½ by 3 ½ inches, in addition to a single strip for each rectangle about ½ inch wide. Next, pinch each rectangle in the middle, wrap the strip around, and glue to keep in place. Then, superglue each bow to a glass of your choice.
  • Start by folding a square black napkin into thirds. Scrunch the middle section. Then, tie a small piece of black fabric around the middle of the napkin.
  • Create a Hollywood Walk of Fame in your living room by taping large silver stars to the floor.

How to Address the Construction Noise near your Apartment

Let’s face the facts… living next to a construction zone isn’t glamorous by any means, but there is work that needs to be done.

Whether than means you’re getting new roads or a new housing complex across the street, don’t let the noise drive you mad.

While living next to a construction zone isn’t ideal, there are ways to minimize the effects it has on you and your Downey apartment.

Whether it’s short term or long term, here are a few ways to reduce the amount of noise pollution in your apartment:

  1. Install acoustic curtains
  2. Add a thick window film to the glass
  3. Use white noise
  4. Use a white noise machine
  5. Invest in noise cancelling headphones
  6. Address the noise pollution with your municipal noise control officer