Friday, February 15, 2013

BBQ at Jethro's Lakehouse

If you're on the hunt for mouthwatering barbecue, jot Jethro's Lakehouse down on your list of hot spots.  Located at 1425 S.W. Vintage Parkway in the Prairie Trail development, Jethro's is conviently within walking distance of the Ankeny DMACC campus.

Take a seat in a booth, table, or at the bar in this rustic BBQ meets sports bar meets rock-and-roll retreat.  Pick what you're craving off of the extensive menu of smoked meats, sandwiches, burgers, Cajun, Creole, and favorite appetizers.  

We highly recommend the pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches with a side of the addictive waffle fries!  Jethro's offers several varieties of BBQ sauce at each table: Jethros' BBQ, Carolina BBQ, Georgia BBQ, and even Alabama White BBQ.  

If you're feeling particularly hungry and adventurous, take the "Adam Emmenecker Challenge."  The challenge (featured on The Travel Channel's Man vs. Food in 2010) involves devouring a five-pound sandwich named after Drake University basketball star Emmenecker along with a side of waffle fries... in 15 minutes or less.  Besides soda, the bar offers daily specials on mason jar special drinks and 26 specialty and craft beers.  

If you can take your eyes off of your meal (and one of the many big screen televisions broadcasting the game) you'll notice a huge moose and elk that call Jethro's home high above in the ceiling rafters.

For more information about Jethro's locations, menus, and specials, check out the Jethro's BBQ website and like Jethro's on Facebook.  

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

This Saturday: Open House at Providence Pointe West!

This coming Saturday, we'll be hosting an open house for Providence Pointe West! Stop by our office at Providence Pointe located just east of Providence Pointe West for tours, information, and exclusive move-in specials.

Saturday, February 16 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Providence Pointe Apartments (Des Moines Area office) 10305 Providence Dr Johnston, IA

Feel free to call 515-263-9797 with any questions.

About Providence Pointe West: 
Providence Pointe West is Haverkamp Properties' newly constructed community in Johnston. The beautiful 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units include: spacious floor plans, electronic keyless entry deadbolts, central air, paid water/sewer, 24-hour emergency maintenance, window coverings, laminate wood flooring, dishwasher, gas fireplace, garbage disposal, decks, in-unit front load high efficiency washer and dryer, and ceiling fans. At this time, we are currently full on our one bedroom floor plans but we are accepting applications for our waiting list.

Be sure to "like" us on Facebook for updates and events!  Or check out our Providence Pointe West on the Des Moines Haverkamp Properties website for more information.  See you on Saturday!

Monday, February 11, 2013

14 for the 14th | Think Outside the Heart-Shaped Box of Assorted Chocolates with these Valentine's Day Goodies

The best part about Valentine's Day is undoubtedly the sweet, sugary treats.  Don't you agree?  But let's think outside the heart-shaped box of chocolates.  With the lovey-day just around the corner (Thursday!), what better way to spend a Monday than whipping up delicious treats and snacks for your loved ones?  We've rounded up fourteen flirty foods to fix... like the chocolate chip oreo mini heart pie (pictured above).  Tasty! 

Top Left:  Macaroon strawberries-and-cream sandwiches are a petite and pretty treat.  

Top Middle:  Serve up a sweet breakfast of red velvet waffles topped with whipped cream.  

Top Right:  Show your health some love with heart-shaped fruit kabobs.  

Bottom Left:  Shake things up with a strawberry kefir super-food smoothie.  

Bottom Middle:  Put a little heart (literally) into your baking with heart-filled cupcakes.

Bottom Right:  Roses are red, violets are blue... and so are the blueberries in these mini pie tarts.

Top Left:  Play it cool with an ice-cream sandwich on a stick covered in sprinkles.  

Top Middle:  We're absolutely smitten with these "heart beet" pink deviled eggs!

Top Right:  Rice-krispie bar on a stick, made with love?!  Had us at, "Hello."

Bottom Left:  These Valentine's Day Jello hearts are too cute for words.

Bottom Middle:  Do something a little decadent: like chocolate candy bark.

Bottom Right:  We're crushing on these lemon mousse parfaits with piped jam hearts.

Lastly, here's (above) a real treat for the adults.  Fall head-over-heels (not literally!) for these cherry fizz cocktails.  

What's your favorite Valentine's Day treat?  

Friday, February 8, 2013

14 for the 14th | DIY Valentine's Day Wreaths

Valentine's Day is right around the corner.  Wanting to bring a little of Cupid's lovey spirit into your decor?  Or looking for a fun craft to do with friends or kids this weekend?  Yarn wreaths are inexpensive, easy, and irresistibly adorable.  Round up your friends, gather the children, or set a date with your sweetheart. We've got 14 do-it-yourself wreaths just in time for Valentine's.  

What supplies will you need?  A styrofoam wreath (available at craft and hobby stores), yarn, ribbon, paper/foam/felt to cut into shapes, poms, faux flowers, candy, hot glue or pins (to attach decorations).  

Above: This festive February wreath is wrapped with red and pink polka-dotted ribbon and accessorized with poms, pipe cleaner, paper hearts, sparkly hearts, and a kitschy little deer.  Precious!


Top Left:  Pink and white daisies plus wooden hearts make this wreath floral, frilly, and pretty all over.

Top Middle:  Not crazy about the pink and red combo?  Take a cue from this wreath, which was first wrapped in a cool gray yarn then accented with multi-colored fabric flowers, a bow, straw, and a sweet "xoxo" banner that will last beyond February 14.

Top Right:  This sweet and sugary wreath will also make a fine treat!  Just don't let anyone steal one of the heart-shaped suckers until the 15th!

Bottom Left:  Sometimes less is more.  This colorful and adorable wreath was simply wrapped with rainbow-hued, heart-printed ribbon and accented with a big red bow.  

Bottom Middle:  Lots of pink-patterned ribbon wound in the curls makes this wreath ultra girly.  

Bottom Right:  Create a wreath using kids' Valentine cards for a fun, festive look.


Top Left:  Love a shabby chic look?  Wrap a wreath in rustic twine instead of yarn, then decorate with feminine accents like light pink flowers, lace, and pearl pins.

Top Middle:  This super easy Instagram wreath makes a great gift for a friend or significant other.  Print off your treasured photos and attach them to a heart-shaped wreath.  Top it off with a red ribbon and melt their heart!

Top Right:  Pink and red yarn, felt, and tiny hearts make up this simple and sweet Valentine's Day wreath.

Bottom Left:  Create an argyle wreath by criss-crossing yarn over felt heart cut-outs.  

Bottom Middle:  Get away from the cliche pink, red, and Cupid by opting for a wreath more crisp and modern.  This wreath was wrapped in bright white yarn, decorated with turquoise, and accented with a wooden arrow through the middle.  

Bottom Right:  You don't even need styofoam for this colorful wreath.  Tissue paper hearts attached to a flat, cardboard wreath is as easy, cheap, and (surprisingly!) colorful as it gets.  We love how the tissue paper colors overlap.  

Unsure about how to start?  Here's our final Valentine's Day wreath in the roundup, complete with a visual tutorial on how to do-it-yourself!  

Thursday, February 7, 2013

New Property Spotlight: Providence Pointe West

Today we're throwing the spotlight on a newly constructed property in Johnston: Providence Pointe West!  The beautiful 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units feature spacious floor plans, electronic keyless deadbolts, central air, water/sewer included, 24-hour emergency maintenance, window coverings, laminate wood flooring, dishwasher, fireplace, garbage disposal, decks, in-unit front load high efficiency washer and dryer, and ceiling fans.

There are exciting developments lined up for Providence Pointe West in the future, too.  Construction of an on-site office and lounge area will be opening up January 2014.  Plus, we're looking to add a gym and dog park next door to the property.

On Saturday, February 16 from 10 AM to 2 PM we'll be hosting an open house with tours and exclusive move-in specials.  'Til then, here's a sneak peek into our beautiful apartment homes:

Be sure to "like" Haverkamp Properties: Des Moines & Ankeny on Facebook for updates and events!  See you on the 16th!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

10 Ways to Brighten and Cozy Up Your Space During Winter

In the midst of winter, you may find yourself desiring two things in your apartment.  First, it's bitter cold and often bleak outside.  With gray skies, falling snow, and winter winds, you probably want a warm and cozy space to come home to after work or class.  Second, spring seems just around the corner yet so far away.  As we get antsy for the April showers and May flowers, it doesn't hurt to bring some of those springtime themes into a decor scheme.  Cozying up and brightening your space at the same isn't as difficult as it sounds.  We've rounded up ten ways to make your space comfy and vibrant.  Use all the steps or just a few.  Even a little change can make a bit difference in this last stretch of dreary winter!  (image via: above)

1. Bring out the blankets!

Blankets not only wrap warmth and comfort around your body, but also add texture, color, warmth, and coziness to a room.  Pile extra blankets on your bed to give your comforter a new look.  Mix and match patterns and textures for variety.  Have additional blankets folded neatly in a basket nearby the couch in the living room so that they're close at hands for guests.  (images via: left, center, right)

2. Rearrange furniture.

In case you didn't rearrange your furniture for a fresh perspective in the new year, now's the perfect time to switch it all around.  Try bringing chairs and sofas in closer to each other for a more intimate, cozier setting.  Experiment with angling chairs rather than pushing them flush up against the wall.  Bring in floor cushions and poofs for extra seating.  Swap out the coffee table for a few vintage suitcases stacked on top of each other. (images via: left, center, right)

3. Set the mood with music.

Love having noise versus silence?  Make it work for you.  Instead of having the tv constantly on, play some background music.  Turn on the radio, switch your tv channel to a music channel, try a new internet radio station, or dig out your old (or your parents' old) turntable for the pleasant crackle and warm sound of vinyl. (images via: left, center, right)

4. Switch out the artwork.

Artwork is one of the easiest, cheapest, and most fun ways to change the look of your space.  Pick something with warm colors (red, orange, gold) to make your room more cozy.  Opt for a big piece of art if you're looking to make a statement.  Like a variety?  Hang an eclectic collection of prints on your wall gallery-style.  Use hangers rather than frames if you like the flexibility of being able to switch up the look often. (images via: leftcenterright)

5. Pump up color with painted furniture.

Color makes a big difference in a space, but often in rentals painting is prohibited in the lease.  If you can't paint the walls, introduce a big dose of color with a piece of painted furniture.  An antique dresser painted bright yellow, a cupboard painted vibrant orange, or a vintage writing desk painted bold turquoise will add a splash of cheerful color in any room.  And if you ever want to change the color scheme, it is as easy as a little sanding, priming, and spray painting.  (images via: left, center, right)

6. Swap those curtains for these.

It's unpleasant to stare out your windows at a bleak winter's day, but the view isn't so bad when flanked by pretty curtains on either side.  Since springtime isn't quite here, shy away from sheers that may feel too light and airy.  Instead, spring for color and pattern.  Solid yellow drapes add instant cheer. Curtains featuring a graphic print add visual interest.  Try mixing solid draperies with patterned ones, such as a lovely floral.  (images via: left, center, right)

7. Lay it all down... with a rug!

Throwing down a rug is an easy step that makes a big impact!  Hardwood or carpet, a rug brings color and pattern to your floor when you're not allowed to paint or wallpaper the walls.  If you have hardwood or laminate, it also warms up the floor beneath your feet.  A rug with a great pattern and colors does all the hard decorating work for you.  You can keep everything else in the room simple and let the rug take center stage. Or you can play off the rug's qualities to introduce additional colors and patterns into a space.  (images via: left, center, right)

8. Change up the fragrance.

As with music, switching the fragrance in a room can alter the space's mood and atmosphere.  You probably outdid yourself with sugary, baked-goods fragrances reminiscent of the holidays.  And it may be too early (and icy) for the juicy scents of summer.  Pick floral and citrus scents that are warm and rich enough for winter with enough sweet notes of soon-to-come spring. Reed diffusers and candle warmers are ideal for apartment settings since they don't pose the fire hazard that open-flame candles do... or break your leasing terms.  (images via: left, center, right)

9. Bake some goodies.

Or just forget the reed diffusers and candle warmers altogether.  Sometimes the best smells are the ones that come right out of the oven.  Leave the pies and pumpkin bars back in November and December.  Whip up tasty desserts like mini donuts, raspberry cheesecake, and lemon cake.  These sweet treats will fill your apartment with delicious fragrance... and your belly with satisfaction.  (recipes here: left, center, right)

10. Turn on the fireplace.

Even though you may be longing for the day that you can leave the winter coat at home, these winter days are mighty cold.  If you have a fireplace, use it! No fireplace?  Check your television for an ambient fireplace station or your tablet/i-pad for a fireplace app.  Now grab a good book, turn up the flame, and get cozy.(images via: left, center, right)

Now tell us! What's your favorite way to brighten up or cozy up your apartment during wintertime?  And which of these ways will you be changing up your space as spring nears?