Try These Rustic Apple Tart Recipes This Weekend

Instead of making your tried-and-true apple pie recipe for your next fall gathering, you may want to get a bit creative and experiment with an elegant apple tart instead. Although this dessert looks fancy, there are a number of different ways to cater it to all different levels of baking expertise. Here are three tasty tarts to try this weekend.

French Apple Tart []
Nothing compares to the art of French baking, and this gorgeous apple tart is proof of just that. Ina Garten tops her usual light, fluffy pastry crust with a layer of Granny Smith apples and bakes it to perfection to create a simple tart with a truly unique flavor.

Rustic Apple Tart []
If you want to create a tasty tart but don’t have much patience when it comes to baking, this is the tart for you. The crust is perfectly flaky and doesn’t require hours of chilling like many pie crusts do, and the layer of apricot preserves creates an unexpected flavor to complement the apples.

Apple Tart with Caramel Sauce []
Although many tarts are light and simple, this recipe uses warm caramel and a sturdy pie crust to create a more dense, filling dessert. Browning the apples in the oven also gives it a caramelized flavor that is ideal for fall.

Meatless Monday – Vegan Mac n’ Cheese!?

We know what you might be thinking: How can you take mac n' cheese, make it vegan, and still have that same creamy mac n' cheese experience? Well, the fine folks over at Buzzfeed have done just that, and even have a handy video with all the instructions you will need to make a full batch!

If you are skeptical, we certainly don't blame you, but having tried this recipe ourselves, we can definitely attest to how delicious it is. If you find that it is still missing a little of that cheese taste your used to, you can always shred a little on top, and have it as a healthier alternative to the real thing!

You can find the recipe itself here: and if you end up trying the recipe yourself, we would love to hear your thoughts, or any suggestions on how you think it could be improved!

Any suggestions or vegetarian/vegan recipes you'd like us to share in our next Meatless Monday blog? Let us know at the office, and until next week: Stay Hungry Tera!!

Must-Know Tips When Shopping for Furniture on a Budget

With sofas costing upwards of $1,000 and many discount furniture stores sacrificing quality for a lower price tag, it may seem impossible to furnish your home on a budget. If you know what to look for, however, you can afford to invest in some new furnishings without breaking the bank. Here are some smart tips for budget-savvy furniture shopping.

  • Consider the time of year. Most furniture stores release their new collections in February and August, so they’ll likely try to clear out their old inventory in January and July. As long as you don’t mind having last season’s styles, you can usually find a great price around this time.
  • Check online. You can often find better deals on furniture by shopping clearance websites like and Amazon. You also might get free shipping by spending more than a certain amount.
  • Buy secondhand. Another person’s mistake might be your gain when it comes to furniture. Check sites like Craigslist to find brand new sofas, beds, and other items that didn’t work in someone else’s home.
  • Check consignment stores. If you don’t mind gently used furniture, thrift shops and consignment stores often have great deals on fairly modern styles. Check back often, as you never know what they’ll have from day to day.

How to Choose Furniture on a Budget [Overstock]
4 Tips for Finding Budget-Friendly Furniture [U.S. News]
Best Places to Find Budget Furniture [About Home]


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Hello September

Grey skies parted and the sun shined down over Tera yesterday. It was like a sign from Mother Nature telling us to enjoy the seasons changing and have a great remainder of the week! #HelloSeptember #teraapartments #fallishere .

Keep or Toss? Decluttering Rules to Live By

You’re not exactly a pack rat, but you definitely have more than a few items in the back of your closet that you haven’t looked at in a few years. Most people would say that their homes could benefit from a bit of de-cluttering, and these helpful tips will show you just how to do it.

  • Keep papers within reach. By keeping papers within eyesight, you’ll be more likely to deal with your paper mess before it accumulates into something much more difficult to manage.
  • Ask a few questions. When you’re going through the items in your home, ask yourself questions like: Have I used this in the past year? Does this benefit my life? Is it broken? If, so can I fix it? If you say no to most of these questions, put it in the donation pile.
  • Create a donation pile. Speaking of that donation pile, start one! You’ll feel a lot less guilty about getting rid of your unused items if you know they’re going to someone who will really appreciate them.
  • Clear off surfaces. After you clean out hidden spaces like closets and under the bed, make a rule that you’ll always keep surfaces like counters and desks free of clutter. Not only will your home feel more organized, this will ensure that it looks more organized, as well.

18 Five-Minute Decluttering Tips to Start Conquering Your Mess [Zen Habits]
25 Ways to Clean Out the Clutter [Good Housekeeping]
Keep or Toss: Questions & Tips to Help You Declutter [Apartment Therapy]

How to Squeeze Every Last Inch Out of Your Closet Space

No matter how large your closet may be, if you're a clothes horse, it can still be difficult to store everything neatly and efficiently. If you can relate, use these design-savvy tips to make your closets more organized than ever before.

  • Add drawers. You might think that dressers are meant for the outside of your closet, but adding another dresser inside the closet is a great way to create more storage space for folded items. Best of all, you can choose a cheap, non-decorative option since it will be tucked away behind closed doors.
  • Add more tension rods. If you have unused space between two closet rods, add another one using a temporary tension rod.
  • Stick adhesive hooks to the wall. The walls inside of your closet are often underutilized, so stick temporary hooks to them to create more storage space. These hooks can be used to hang jewelry, scarves, ties, or hats.
  • Organize by season. If you’re still short on storage space, switch out your closet depending on the season. Use flat boxes to store out-of-season clothes under the bed when they’re not in use.

How to Make the Most of Your Closet: 8 Easy Tips That'll Change Your Life [Teen Vogue]
Tips to Organize and Get the Most Space Out of Your Closet [Quick and Dirty Tips]
20 Ways to Organize Your Bedroom Closet [Apartment Therapy]
40 Brilliant Closet and Drawer Organizing Projects [DIY & Crafts]

Keep Your Home Office Squeaky-Clean (and Germ-Free) With These Handy Tips

Is your home office one of the messiest spaces in your rental home? Here are some easy ways to clean your gadgets and electronics — and keep your office tidy and germ-free.

  1. Start by organizing your pesky wires and cords. This will help prevent fire hazards and eliminate the unattractive mess.Invest in some sturdy clips from office supply stores to keep them neatly wound.
  2. Clean your keyboard. You can’t exactly spray your keyboard with disinfectant, but you can clean it by unplugging it and shaking out the loose dirt. Use canned, compressed air to remove the rest of the dust from between the keys, then give it a wipe-down with a cloth dampened with cleaner.
  3. Wipe off your computer screen. Use a bit of water and a lint-free cloth. Don’t use cleaner, as it may damage the screen.
  4. Disinfect your cell phone or landline phone. Do this regularly, as the germs from your mouth spread very easily. Use a disinfectant wipe all over the phone, being careful that no drips get inside of the phone itself.
  5. Dust. If you have allergies, be sure to dust shelves, floors, and your desk regularly to prevent dust particles from infiltrating your home office.

How to Keep Home Office Equipment Clean [HGTV]
Step-By-Step: Keep a Clean Keyboard [PCWorld]
How To Clean Your Filthy Gadgets [Gizmodo]

Clever Storage Solutions for Jewelry and Accessories

Storing jewelry and other accessories can be quite difficult, especially if you don’t have a lot of space to spare. Luckily, there are a number of creative ways to store all of those bits and baubles and keep them neatly tucked away.

Shadow Box Jewelry Holder []
This unique DIY project turns your favorite necklaces into a work of art. Simply line a shadow box frame with a piece of pretty wallpaper, add a few hooks and hang your necklaces inside. By removing the glass on the front of the frame, you’ll have easy access to your favorite jewelry pieces.

Dress Form Jewelry Holder []
If you love all things vintage, you’ll especially love the look of this retro jewelry display. Simply drape all of your necklaces around the neck of an antique dress form, and even place a hat on its head for good measure.

Jelly Jar Hair Accessory Holder []
If you have trouble keeping track of your hair ties and bobby pins, you can use this simple tutorial to keep them neatly corralled. Just slid elastic hair ties around the outside of an old jelly jar, then place the bobby pins and hair clips inside of the jar to store them together.

Cool Off With These Rich and Creamy Ice Cream Recipes

Summer brings with it heat and humidity—but also an excuse to indulge in some cool, frosty ice cream! If you'd like to recreate the experience of your favorite ice cream parlor at home, this trio of homemade ice cream recipes will have you off to a sweet start.

Five-Minute Ice Cream [AllRecipes]
Yep, you read that right: This recipe only takes five minutes to make, start to finish! Simply combine white sugar, heavy cream, and frozen strawberries in a blender or food processor, then blend it all together until the strawberries are roughly chopped. Reviewers note that other kinds of frozen berries can be used in place of the strawberries, and some recommend substituting low-fat yogurt and sugar substitutes to cut down on the fat and calories.

The Master Ice Cream Recipe [New York Times]
Incorporating egg yolks into the mixture produces ice cream with a supremely smooth, creamy, and custard-like consistency. Better still, it's said that this vanilla ice cream can provide the foundation for any other ice cream flavor. Add the fruit, candies, nuts, and aromatics of your choice to transform the vanilla ice cream into whatever flavor your heart desires.

My Favorite: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream [Real Simple]
Refreshingly indulgent, there's a reason why mint chocolate chip ice cream is a tried-and-true favorite. This recipe for the crowd pleasing ice cream steeps fresh mint leaves in a cream and milk mixture for an herbal flavor that can't be recreated by extracts. The addition of three tablespoons of cream cheese results in a texture that's extra rich and decadent.

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