October 3, 2018

October is finally here! As I mentioned in the last monthly blog, I'm not a pumpkin-spicer, but October and November are definitely my favorite months of the year! Take a look below at what's going on this month. There are some great events coming soon and I've included two recipes that I, for one, can't wait to try. Also, a DIY section for some pumpkin (but not so spicy) ideas to have your home ready for Halloween and Thanksgiving!



Parc Gardens, Lafayette’s First 55+ Luxury Apartments & Condos


Parc Gardens, formerly called Camellia Gardens, has made a ton of progress. Located at 1521 Camellia Blvd, Parc Gardens is Lafayette’s first 55+ luxury community with apartments & condos for rent or purchase.


Parc Gardens will serve as home for many of Lafayette’s savvy, active, and non-need-based folks looking to downsize.


      — The community’s amenities will include: a state-of-the-art fitness center, pet park, resort-style pool with plenty of social areas, luscious resident garden, elevators, outdoor living areas, planned activities, cocktail area, private dining room, clubhouse, library with computer area, manned security entrance, and much more! 


Looking to rent? It’ll cost you about $968 per month.

Want to purchase? Prices for condos are starting at $150k.


See their Facebook page at facebook.com/ParcGardens or visit their website at parc-gardens.com.


To see original story and more pics, visit Developing Lafayette

Feliciana Drive--Pineville LA


Click through the gallery below for a few photos of our 2 projects on Feliciana Drive located in Pineville, Louisiana. Located just off of Donahue Ferry Rd, these two homes will be across the highway from the Ward 9 Sportsplex as well as only 7-8 minutes away from the center of town of Kingsville.




 October 1st--International Coffee Day


 October 4th--World Animal Day


 October 8th--Columbus Day


 October 24th--United Nations Day


 October 31st--Halloween


 Breast Cancer Awareness Month


 Domestic Violence Awareness Month




Festivals Acadiens et Creoles

October 11th-14th, 2018

500 Girard Park Dr.

Lafayette, LA 70506




World Championship Gumbo Cook-off

October 13th-14th, 2018

102 W Main St,

New Iberia, LA 70560




Bayou Round Up

October 19th-20th, 2018

2330 Johnston St,

Lafayette, LA 70506




Greater Baton Rouge State Fair

October 25th, 2018 - November 4th, 2018

17200 Airline Highway Park/Fairgrounds,

Baton Rouge, LA 70816










-1 lb (450g) ground Italian sausage

-1 tablespoon butter

-1/3 cup diced red onion

-1/3 cup diced green pepper (or Jalapeño)

-3 garlic cloves, minced

-1 medium can diced tomatoes or 3 tomatoes, seeded and diced

-1 12 oz bag steamed riced cauliflower (or 1 head cauliflower, riced)

-2 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning or taco seasoning packet

-3/4 cup chicken broth

-1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese or mozzarella

-1/2 cup Monterrey jack cheese

-Chopped fresh cilantro, for topping




-In a cast iron skillet, melt butter; add the sausage and cook over medium-high heat until cooked through, breaking up the sausage with a wooden spoon. Stir the red onion, pepper, and garlic into the meat and sauté for one minute, until fragrant.


-Steam the riced cauliflower in the microwave according to package directions.



-Add homemade taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and cauliflower rice to the skillet. Stir well to combine then cook on medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes until extra liquid is absorbed. If the mixture gets too thick to your taste, add a little more chicken broth.


-Simmer on low covered for 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.



-Sprinkle shredded cheese on top, cover and simmer until cheese is melted. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and serve immediately. Enjoy!


Note: You can also garnish with jalapeños, lime slices etc…


Recipe Found HERE



Apple Cider Cupcakes & Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buttercream


Prep time:  30 mins

Cook time:  17 mins

Total time:  47 mins

Serves: 15-17






-2 eggs

-1⅔ cup all purpose flour

-1 cup apple cider

-⅔ cup sugar

-½ cup unsalted butter, softened

-2 tsp. baking powder

-1 tsp. ground cinnamon

-½ tsp. salt

-1 tsp. vanilla



-1 cup softened butter

-3 cup powdered sugar

-½ cup light brown sugar

-1 tsp cinnamon

-2 tbsp milk

-1 tsp vanilla





-Cream together butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer). Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until fully incorporated.


-Whisk together all of the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add the apple cider and the mixture of dry ingredients, alternating between the two, slowly incorporating them into the butter/sugar/egg mixture.

Line standard muffin/cupcake tin with paper or foil liners.


-Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full and bake at 350º for 17-19 minutes. Bake until toothpick or skewer inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.



-Whip butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla together with a mixer until light and fluffy.


-Gradually add powdered sugar and mix until incorporated.


-Add milk until you reach desired consistency (more for thinner frosting).


-Transfer to piping bag and frost each cupcake once they have cooled.


-Garnish with an apple slice, if desired.


Cupcakes stay fresh at room temperature in an airtight container for 5 days. Enjoy!


Recipe found HERE.


This month's DIY Corner is all about Pumpkin Spice!!!!! Just joking! (By the time we are done with this year, you should all be well aware on where I stand regarding pumpkin spice. Ha!)


These DIY ideas do, however, involve pumpkins. Below, you will find just a few ways to incorporate this traditional Fall decoration into your home and party decor. Enjoy!



Pumpkin Vase

Pumpkin Candle Holders

Thankful Pumpkin

Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe

Pumpkin Ice Bucket


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