6 Tips to Keep You and Your Apartment Warm during Indiana Winters

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how to keep apartment warm in winter

Baby, it’s cold outside! Winter is still officially a month away but the frigid cold temps have already arrived. How are you planning on keeping yourself and your apartment warm this winter?  Learn how to stay warm and cozy in your apartment this winter without cranking up the heat.

1. Reverse Your Ceiling Fan

Did you know that reversing the motion of our ceiling fan can help keep you warm? Running your ceiling fan counterclockwise in the summer creates cooler air. We all know that warm air rises, so in the winter, running your ceiling fans clockwise will force the warm air downward and circulate it throughout your apartment.

2. Blockout the Cold

Thermal blackout curtains are a great way to help darken rooms but did you know that they’re also a great way to keep the cold out? Thermal curtains help insulate your windows blocking drafts and keeping the warm air from escaping.

Bonus: they can also help reduce noise!

3. Get Moving

While winter is the perfect time to Netflix and chill, staying active will boost your circulation and help keep you warm in the winter. Instead of running to the thermostat to crank up the heat when you get cold, get up and get moving! Clean up around your apartment, throw a load of laundry in, do some light exercise or yoga, and prep dinner. Before you know it, you’re feeling warmer, your apartment is clean, dinner is ready, and you’ve gotten in your exercise for the day!

4. Let in Some Light

We mentioned using blackout curtains to insulate your windows, but be sure to open them on a sunny day to let the sun in and warm up your apartment. While letting sunlight in can make an apartment hot and stuffy during the summer, it’s one of the best ways to keep it comfortable during the winter.

Natural light is also great for making your apartment look larger, so you’ll be enhancing your interior design while you heat your apartment up!

5. Use Your Oven

While you shouldn’t overuse your oven or keep it on when you’re not cooking, using it more often will keep your apartment warmer.

Winter is the perfect time for casseroles, roasts, and baked goods. Make more oven-baked meals and stay cozy in your apartment.

6. Throw on More Blankets

Blankets are a cozy way to snuggle up in the winter. Add thicker blankets to your bed (don’t forget the flannel sheets too!) and add some heavy throws on your sofa and chairs. They’ll add warmth and style to your apartment!

Keep Warm During Indiana Winters With These Tips

These tips will help you stay warm and cozy during the harsh Indiana winters. Turn your heater down and take advantage of some new ways to keep yourself and your apartment comfortable.

Are you looking for a new apartment? Why not try renting an apartment at Willow Creek Crossing? Contact us for more information or check out our apartments for rent today.

8 Fall Cleaning Tasks to Prepare Your Apartments for the Season

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fall apartment cleaning checklist

When was the last time you cleaned out your fridge or inside your microwave? If you don’t know the answer, it’s time for a little fall cleaning. To help you prepare, we’ve rounded up eight apartment-keeping tips to help make fall cleaning a breeze and get your apartment fresh for fall.

1. Create a Fall Cleaning Checklist

The first thing you should do before you start cleaning your apartment is to make a checklist. Write down everything you’d like to accomplish so you can check it off when you’re done. Anything you think of along the way can be added as you go.

Now is the time to write down all those cleaning projects you’ve been putting off. It’s extra gratifying when you can mark something as done.

2. Do a Fall Cleanse

Fall is a great time to cleanse and purge! Go through all your closets and drawers and donate or toss anything you’re not using anymore. You’ll be amazed at how much extra space you find.

3. Seasonal Cleaning Clothes Rotation

Things are about to get chilly in Indiana. If space is tight, put away and store all your summer clothing. You can put bathing suits, tank tops, and shorts in vacuum bags under your bed.

Bring out your warm bedding and give your winter coats and accessories a wash. Create space by your front door to store hats, gloves, and mittens. Consider adding a coat rack or hall tree if you don’t have one.

4. Take Stock of Your Cleaning Supplies

With everything going on in the world, you may be using more cleaning supplies than usual. Take stock and see what you’re missing. Re-group and stock up for winter.

5. Clean Out Your Fridge and Appliances

It’s a good idea to clean out your refrigerator at least every season. Go through and check expiration dates. Take everything out and wash your shelves and drawers.

Give your microwave and oven a good cleaning as well. Don’t forget your burners and stovetop.

6. Wash Those Windows

Sunlight gets dimmer in the fall and winter. Give your windows a fresh clean so you can maximize sunny days.

Use plenty of window cleaner, microfiber cloth, or paper towels, and get washing. Do the same on your mirrors as well.

7. Dust Your Vents

In the fall and winter, you’ll be using your heat again. Fall is the perfect time to clean your vents.

You can use a duster or a damp cloth. Don’t forget your returns as well.

8. Clean Under Your Furniture

It’s easy to skip vacuuming or sweeping under your furniture on a daily basis. When it’s time for a fall deep clean, move your furniture and rugs so you can clean underneath.

The Best Fall Cleaning Tips

We’ve all been spending a little more time at home these days. With autumn in full swing, it’s time for a good fall cleaning. Follow these cleaning tips and your apartment will be ready for the season.

Are you looking for a new apartment in Fort Wayne? You’ve come to the right place. Fill out the contact form here to get in touch with a leasing professional.

What Does a Landlord Do? 3 Ways They Help You as a Renter

what does a landlord do

what does a landlord do

About 36% of the nation rents apartments instead of owning. Renting an apartment is a great option for anyone who doesn’t want the permanence, responsibility, or costs of homeownership.

When you rent, you’re living in a community run by a property manager or landlord. But what does a landlord do anyway?

Read on to learn a few landlord tasks that benefit residents.

1. They Take Care of Common Areas

When you live in an apartment community, there are common areas that all residents share. At Willow Creek, this also includes several outdoor amenities such as parking lots, swimming pools, lawns, parks, sidewalks, trees, and more.

If you were to own your own property, you’d be responsible for maintaining all of the parts of your home, indoors and out. Some people enjoy this work, but it does take up a lot of time and money that could be better spent doing other things.

For example, how much time do you really have to spare in order to maintain a well-manicured lawn? If you owned a pool, would you even have the time to clean and maintain it?

Your property management team will take care of that for you. They’ll have professionals keep the common areas looking nice and tidy so you and the other residents can enjoy them.

2. They Handle Maintenance Issues and Requests

Everyone knows that apartment residents are entitled to a safe, clean, and habitable living space in the state of Indiana. That means that your landlord will keep your apartment home well-maintained (though you are responsible for keeping it clean and tidy once you’ve moved in).

When you have a problem in a home that you own, what do you do? Either you fix it yourself (if you’re lucky enough to be handy), or you have to call a professional to come to handle it for you and take care of the cost yourself.

When you rent an apartment, the property owner will take care of it! Contact your property management team when you experience a leak, an appliance breaking, or any other item of rental maintenance need and they’ll send someone out right away to take care of it — at no cost to you!

They also take care of larger maintenance issues and upkeep for the entire community, like the HVAC system and roof repairs. All of this is included in your rent!

3. They Help With Resident Disputes

When you struggle with a neighbor in a standalone home, you’re responsible for self-mediation. Everyone knows that a terrible neighbor can ruin your experience in your home.

Landlords do their best to prevent potential resident disputes. They try to screen for problematic residents before they even move in. If a dispute does happen, and it’s about something serious (such as someone threatening another resident or making a mess in common areas), they’ll handle it.

You deserve to live in peace amongst a community of friendly people!

So What Does a Landlord Do? More Than You Think

So what does a landlord do? They can handle tenant disputes, keep your apartment safe and well-maintained, and make sure that common areas look great. You don’t have to take care of any of it.

Are you ready to move to an apartment community with an attentive landlord? Willow Creek is ready to welcome you. Apply online today.

Home Office Hacks: Tips for Home Offices in Small Spaces

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home office hacks

If the long and arduous morning commute is now but a memory, you’re not alone. The pandemic has seen a massive upsurge in working from home, with a recent study from pew research showing that only 20% of those currently using a virtual office did so before.

While the transition for many has been positive, for those with a small apartment, the main challenge has been where and how to set up shop. Need help setting up the perfect spot to work in your apartment? Our home office hacks will set you on the right path to be productive in your smaller space.

Don’t Leave It to Chance

When starting to work remotely it’s easy to fall into the trap of choosing your most comfortable chair and getting on with it. The problem is that not having a designated place to work isn’t good for your mind or your effectiveness.

Although you may have a small apartment, you still have options. Give your home the once over and isolate areas where you can take advantage of unused space. Good options are extra bedrooms, dining room areas, and empty corners where not much is happening.

Areas with natural sunlight should be your primary consideration though, especially as you will be stuck indoors more than usual. Sunlight helps regulate your circadian rhythm, meaning better sleep at night which in turn will help you be more productive the following morning!

Once isolated, mark out your space with either a small rug, lamp, and desk, or table to let everyone know (including yourself) that you mean business!

Look to the Stars for Storage

You now have your laptop, headphones, stationery, and additional paperwork at home, all prime ingredients for creating clutter in a small apartment. To save your humble abode from looking like you have started hoarding, one of the best home office hacks is to make use of vertical space.

A wall-mounted desk is a great addition to any small apartment home office and a ladder desk takes it to another level. Also, make good use of existing shelving for storage instead of allowing things to accumulate on your desk.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Cables surround us in the office, but due to measures taken, we never seem to notice them. At home, however, it’s easy to find yourself getting tangled up as you work which is an unwelcome distraction as well as loose cables not being the most pleasing to the eye. Are there any home office hacks that can help?

Give your home office a more professional feel by getting your cables in order. Zip ties are inexpensive and can help keep your cables tidy. This is one hack that you should not ignore.

Avoid Sitting All Day

When working at the office or home, it’s easy to sit for long periods of time which can be harmful to your health and productivity. For this reason, one of the most important tips for apartment home offices is related to breaking this cycle. Fort Wayne Office Furniture store, Workspace Solutions, suggests adding stretching into your workday to help fit the effects of sitting disease.

A sit-to-stand desk is also a great way to keep from sitting all day.

Home Office Hacks That Work

Having a great work-from-home set up in your apartment can make all the difference in how effective and efficient you are at work. Applying our home office hacks today and you will begin to see the difference!

If increased time at home has led you to start considering upgrading to a new apartment, then contact Willow Creek Crossing Apartments. With many great amenities and stellar apartments, be sure to check out the best that Fort Wayne has to offer.

Contact us today to arrange a tour.

5 Wonderfully Adventurous Things to Do While Still Practicing Social Distancing

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adventurous things to do

Social distancing doesn’t mean you have to give up on having fun. You can take up a new hobby, travel to your local parks, or give winter sports a try. You’ll be able to find something fun and safe for every season!

Read on to learn about 5 adventurous things to do while practicing social distancing.

1. Grab Your Bike and Go Riding

Take up biking! You can keep your distance from other people when you’re cruising down the road. Tour the countryside or tackle the nearest rocky terrain.

Mountain bikes feature rugged tires and strong brakes. They’re sturdy bikes built for off-roading at your local parks. Strap one to the back of your car the next time you’re hitting the road.

If coasting down long stretches of country roads is your preference, go for a road bike. You can cover a lot of miles and enjoy the scenery. The skinny tires on these bikes keep their weight light!

2. Hiking is One of the Most Adventurous Things to Do

Ready to take on an adventurous trail? Go for a hike at your nearest county or state park to experience nature at close range.

Wander through Turkey Run State Park to take on rugged terrain. From streams to canyons, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to an otherworldly space when you’re hiking. You’ll also tone your legs, burn calories, and lower your blood pressure.

3. Learn Yoga

Not all adventures need to be fast and intense. Learning to do yoga is a good way to enhance flexibility, manage arthritis, and ease back pain. You’ll also reduce your stress levels and look more toned.

Best of all, you can do yoga anywhere — and alone. Learn a new pose from the comfort of your home or venture outside to do a downward dog. Yoga builds mindfulness that will help you in anything you do!

4. Climb a Dune

Nothing gets the adrenaline going like running up — or down — a beachside dune. When you’re at the top, you get a panoramic view that’s worthy of a selfie.

Visit Indiana Dunes National Park to dash up Mount Tom, the highest dune. You’ll be out of breath by the time you scale 192 feet of sand. But the view of Lake Michigan at the top will be breathtaking!

5. Go on a Toboggan Run

Sledding down a hill is a great way to experience some fun outdoors during the winter months. But what if you kick that sledding experience up a notch?

Visit Pokagon State Park’s famed toboggan run for an electrifying experience. While the ride lasts less than a minute, you’ll experience drops and dips that make the ride a thrill. It’s the perfect winter activity to add to your bucket list!

Keep the Fun in Your Life

Even when you’re keeping your distance from people, there are plenty of adventurous things to do. Whether you take up mountain biking or hit the slopes, you can keep the fun alive. Look to your local park systems to find inspiration or learn a new skill.

And when you need a comfortable home for relaxing after your adventures, check with us!

4 Tips to Get Your Apartment Ready for Winter

getting ready for winter

getting ready for winter

Fort Wayne is an awesome place to live all year round! When the frosty winter months set in, you want to enjoy the great outdoors! What you don’t want to do is spend your time fixing problems in your apartment.

There are several steps a savvy tenant can take in the fall to prepare for an excellent winter.

Let’s take a closer look at 4 tips for getting ready for winter in your apartment.

1. Talk to the Leasing Office

The leasing team wants you to stay warm and safe in your apartment home. But sometimes, we might be unsure about what responsibilities we have as a tenant to get the apartment ready for winter.

Your leasing team will be happy to talk you through what you need to do, and what they will do as well. Some states and areas have laws regarding snow clearing. Ask about these so that you can fulfill your obligations.

2. Avoid Frozen Pipes

Temperatures in Fort Wayne can drop to below freezing, especially at night. The apartment community may already have taken the preventative step of insulating exposed pipes. But take care when the temperature drops really low – below 20°. It’s a good idea to keep a couple of faucets dripping at all times, to keep the water moving in the pipes.

It’s also a good idea to keep cabinet doors open under your bathroom and kitchen sinks to allow warm are to circulate around pipes. If you have kids or pets, be sure to remove any hazardous items that they could get into.

3. Care for Your Air Conditioner

Some window or wall A/C units could need a little extra help in the Winter. Since you can’t remove it, you may want to insulate and cover it, if needed.

Talk to your leasing office if you feel any drafts coming from it. It may need to be recaulked.

4. Test Your Heating System

By law, it’s your apartment communities responsibility to ensure that your heating system is fully functional. However, it is sensible to test it out before the winter sets in.

Run it for several hours in early fall, before you are relying on it. This will give you a good idea of how well it is running. If you notice any issues, follow them up with your leasing office now.

This will help to avoid you from being stuck in a freezing apartment in the middle of winter!

Getting Ready for Winter: Preparation Pays Off

Getting ready for winter needn’t take a lot of time or expense. Just a few simple jobs can make a difference. You’ll be able to avoid frozen pipes, or a freezing apartment, and get on with enjoying winter’s delights.

If you’re looking for your next Fort Wayne home, you’ve come to the right place!

At Willow Creek Crossing Apartments, we have a range of apartments on offer. From studio apartments to townhome apartments, there’s something for everyone.

Contact us today to discuss finding your next home.

7 Amazing Tips to Live a Minimalist Lifestyle

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minimalist

Studies show that clutter can stress you out and can cause feelings of anxiety and guilt. Are you looking to simplify your life and remove this clutter?

If so, have you considered a minimalist lifestyle that will prevent clutter from taking over once again?

Living in an apartment is a great step to leading a minimalistic life. Apartments cut down on unneeded space and helps you simplify. For other ways to get started, take a look at these tips for minimalist living that will help you feel free from unwanted stress, and put you in control.

1. Get Rid of Unnecessary Items

The first thing you should do to have a minimalist home is to get rid of items you don’t need. Go through the small areas first, so you don’t feel overwhelmed.

For example, go through your bathroom cabinet and then move to drawers. If you haven’t used something recently, it’s time to get rid of it. You will be surprised at how many unnecessary things you have in your home.

2. Buy Higher Quality

Instead of buying quantity, try for quality. While higher quality items do tend to cost more, you’ll save money because they’ll last longer, meaning you won’t have to buy them again when they break down the road.

Don’t buy extra clothing items just because they are a good deal. A study found that people wear 20 percent of their clothing 80 percent of the time, so think about all that space you can regain in your closet by getting rid of clothes you don’t wear.

3. Give Every Item a Home

As you go through your stuff, everything should have a home. If you can’t find a home for it, put it in a box. In 30 days, donate items in that box that you have not used.

Make sure everything goes “home” each day. Talk to your family about putting everything away when they are done with it.

4. Think Before You Buy

Before you buy anything, ask yourself if you really need it. People buy things out of habit, which can lead to unnecessary stuff.

Think about your buying habits, and be aware to help prevent you from buying unnecessary items. Write down your purchases so you can see what you are buying and where you can cut back.

5. Purge Regularly

Becoming a minimalist doesn’t happen after one purge. You need to go through your stuff regularly because tastes and needs change.

Add purging to your cleaning list. You can do it once a month or once a season, whichever works for you. Just don’t stop!

When you buy something new, get rid of something. For example, when you buy a new shirt, donate one of your old shirts.

6. Choose a Smaller Living Space

Imagine renting a smaller place and how much money you could save, especially without places to stash stuff.

Don’t choose your living space based on other people. Don’t base your space on the occasional overnight guest; if you don’t need an extra bedroom regularly, don’t get a bigger space. Instead, purchase a sofa that doubles as a bed so the occasional overnight guest still has a place to sleep, and you don’t have the extra unneeded space.

7. Material Things Are Just Material

In order to cut the ties, you need to remember that material things are not the meaning of you. Everything you own can be replaced.

It’s okay to hold on to some items with sentimental value, like photos or videos, just make sure to give them a “home” in your space.

Ready to Be a Minimalist

If you are ready to cut ties with personal possessions, you can do it. To be a minimalist, downsize and get rid of things you don’t need first. Make a plan to get items you truly need and nothing more.

Looking for a more minimalist place? Contact us today to find the right place for your minimalist lifestyle.

How to Keep Your Apartment Cool While Keeping Cooling Bills Low

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energy bill

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, we spend about 11% of our income on utilities. A majority of that percentage goes toward energy.

Making small changes to our energy consumption can drastically reduce these costs. However, in the summer, costs often rise due to unbearably high temperatures and our need for AC.

If you the hot summer in Fort Wayne is upping your AC and your electric bill, here are some tips to help keep your apartment’s energy bill affordable during the summer without sacrificing cooling.

Raising Temperatures

When you leave for the day, to run errands or go to work, try to set a reminder for yourself to raise the temperature a few degrees. A huge mistake is keeping the AC running when we aren’t home.

Don’t raise the temperature too much, you don’t want to come home to a hot apartment. A change of a few degrees each day, however, can have a big effect on your monthly bill. 

This strategy can be used at night, too. When the sun goes down, the temperature outside will lower, as will the temperatures inside.

Blackout Blinds and Curtains

Picking out decor for apartment living can help you conserve energy, such as accessorizing your windows with blinds or curtains.

Blackout blinds block the sun and reduce the amount of heat that enters your home. Contrary to their name, they come in a variety of colors to match your apartment’s interior design.

An alternative to blackout blinds are thermal curtains. These curtains cover the windows and improve insulation. They act as a barrier to heat in the summer, yet retain the heat in the winter.

Unplug the Appliances

You may assume that your appliances won’t utilize energy so long as they aren’t turned on. However, when appliances are plugged in but not being used, they consume “phantom” energy. Depending on the number of appliances you have, this can end up as a costly addition to your energy bill.

Additionally, some appliances have features that run all day. A DVD player, for example, might use energy to display the time. Unplugging appliances that aren’t essential help reduce energy costs.

Maintaining Air Flow

It’s super helpful to clean the filters on your air conditioning unit. With dirty filters, air won’t circulate as effectively, and your unit will have to work much harder to keep your apartment cool.

An air conditioner that is constantly running can be a huge hit to your energy bill.

Rely on Ceiling Fans

Apartment living is beneficial, but smaller spaces can be harder to cool.

Utilize ceiling fans, which don’t have the same effect as your air conditioning unit. It doesn’t work to make the air cooler. Instead, it circulates the air in the room and creates a breeze which allows you to feel cooler.

A ceiling fan requires a very minimal amount of energy. Using it instead of, or in combination with, your AC can help lower energy bill costs. 

Alternative Light Bulbs

Using energy-efficient light bulbs not only work toward lowering energy bill costs, but help keep your apartment cool. LED and CFL bulbs use less power and generate less heat than standard bulbs without compromising your desired lighting.

Consume Consciously

These are just a few potential tips for cooling without the cost. It may take attempting each strategy to discover which one works and best fits your lifestyle. Even utilizing one of the above tips is sure to save you money on your next energy bill.

If you’re interested in other tips on apartment community living, check out the rest of our blog! If you’re located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, contact us for information on available units!

Smaller Living Is Better Living: Top 5 Benefits of Downsizing to an Apartment

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benefits of downsizing

It’s easy to get caught up in the material world. Americans work hard so they can buy big homes, nice cars, and brand name clothing. However, few people ever take a step back to look at the bigger picture of life. Does happiness really come from stuff? What about the 40 to 60 hours a week you have to work to afford all of that stuff?

People have begun asking themselves these important questions and exploring the benefits of downsizing their lives. And it all starts with our homes.

If you’re thinking about downsizing to an apartment, take a minute to check out all of these amazing benefits.

1. Smaller Bills

First, and most obviously, when you downsize from a house to an apartment, you’re going to have fewer and smaller bills. For example, if the last of your children have moved out and it’s just you and your spouse in a five-bedroom home, you could save a ton of money by renting a one or two-bedroom apartment.

Additionally, many apartment communities pay some, if not all of the utilities. And even if they don’t you’ll be paying to heat, cool, and power a much smaller space. Finally, you’ll no longer have property taxes and will be able to downgrade to renter’s insurance, rather than homeowner’s insurance.

2. Fewer Responsibilities

One of the major benefits of downsizing is the ability to shunt a vast amount of chores and maintenance obligations. Most homeowners spend roughly $9,000 a year on home maintenance and improvements. You could easily spend that money on two or three all-out vacations.

Plus, when downsizing to an apartment, you can forget about tedious and back-breaking chores such as:

  • Mowing the lawn
  • Weed eating
  • Pulling weeds
  • Shoveling snow
  • Cleaning gutters

3. No Mortgage

While it’s technically covered the section of fewer bills, having no mortgage is one of the best benefits of downsizing for more reasons than one.

Aside from an expensive monthly mortgage payment, a home loan also ties you down. A home loan is a massive chunk of debt in your name that keeps you committed to one location. Do you really want a debt hanging over your head for 30 years?

4. Freedom

If you want the freedom to travel around from country to country or state to state, you can’t afford to be worrying about your home the entire time. Owning a home means getting a house-sitter every time you leave. Plus, why pay for a house you’re never at?

Renting an apartment is a short-term commitment that allows you the freedom to live your life however you want, including saving space for change.

5. Less Space to Clean

Finally, one of the most appreciated benefits of downsizing to an apartment is a significant reduction in how much cleaning is required. If you live in a three-plus bedroom home, you know how tedious cleaning it can be.

Now imagine taking care of a small apartment. You could clean the whole thing in under an hour, leaving you plenty of time to do the things you actually enjoy.

Want to Enjoy the Benefits of Downsizing to an Apartment?

Are you in the market for an apartment and looking to take advantage of all the benefits of downsizing? Take a look at our available apartments to see if anything catches your eye. Otherwise, feel free to contact us with any questions!

Grilling up Delicious Memorial Day Meals That Your Taste Buds Crave

memorial day meals

memorial day meals

Summer’s coming. It’s time to fire up the grill!

Due to the fire code, we can’t have gas or charcoal grills on our patios and decks, but you can have an electric grill. Or, head over to our park to grill up some of these wonderful recipes on our charcoal grills.

Worcestershire Glazed Burgers

Hamburgers are to summer like hot dogs are to baseball games. Of course, there are many fun and creative ways to spice up your burgers for a new experience.

Take these Worcestershire Glazed Burgers, for instance. Grill up your hamburger patties, basting them with Worcestershire sauce every so often. Assemble them with your favorite buns and toppings such as lettuce, tomato, cheese, and pickles.

Marinated Chicken and Onion Kebabs

How about trying something unique this summer? This Indian-inspired Chicken and Onion Kebab recipe will give you something fun to try.

It’s pretty simple. Just mix up the sauce made from yogurt and Indian spices and let your chicken marinate in it for 15 minutes. Skewer the chicken bits alternately with big slices of onion and pop it on the grill.

Eat it with naan (traditional Indian flatbread) for the most authentic flavor!

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs

Anything tastes better when it’s wrapped in bacon, right? We think you’ll agree once you try bacon-wrapped hot dogs. What’s more, you don’t have to be a grill master to whip these babies up. Simply wrap your hot dogs in bacon and toss them on the grill.

Add any number of creative toppings to create a variety of flavors. Try pineapple and scallions, avocado and hot sauce, Jalapeños and cream cheese, or simply smother it in cheddar cheese. Regardless of what you choose, your taste buds will thank you.

Grilled Tempeh Salad

Just because it’s a grill doesn’t mean you have to grill meat on it. There are plenty of scrumptious vegan dishes that can be made on a grill. Check out this Grilled Tempeh Salad with peaches and pistachios, for example.

Simply marinate and grill the tempeh and the peaches. Lay them on a bed of greens with the homemade dressing, tofu feta, and a sprinkle of pistachios and voila! A gourmet, grilled, vegan meal that anyone would love!

Grilling Up Your Summer Meals

Here at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments, residents are welcome to use the grills in our park for their summer meal creations. You can get outside and enjoy a little fresh air and sunshine. If you prefer to stay closer to your kitchen, you are also welcome to set up an electric grill (please no gas or charcoal grills) on your patio.

For those of you looking for an apartment community that allows grilling, give us a call. We’ll be happy to show you around!