Running out of time to purchase holiday gifts? The 2424 Penn Apartments Blog has a few last-minute gift ideas. Just because they are last minute, doesn’t make them any less cool or useful!
Pick Up a Gift Card
Get them a gift card to their favorite store. By getting them a gift card, you will ensure they get something they like because they will be the one picking it out. If you want to make your presentation of the gift more exciting, make one of these DIY gift card snow globes. Don’t worry, the water won’t mess up the card.
Cash is the perfect gift because they can use it anyway they want to. You are funding their dreams and aspirations. Again, if you want to be more creative about the presentation, get some ideas from The Dating Divas.
Make a Gift Basket
Build a personalized gift basket with things you know the recipient of your gift would like. Include a variety of things they might enjoy, like things to pamper themselves and things to eat! You can also make a theme out of it. We are pretty sure anyone would love this Movie Night Gift Basket.
This gift might require a little more effort, but the gift receiver will definitely appreciate it! Bake them some cookies, homemade bread, or their favorite holiday treat. Everyone loves baked goods, and it is the perfect way to show you care.
Use Your Skills
If you are great at making jewelry, make them a bracelet or necklace. Maybe you are great at painting? Paint them a beautiful landscape or a portrait of the recipient. These type of gifts will mean more because they were handcrafted by you and made from the heart.
What are your go-to last-minute gifts? Share them with us by leaving a comment. Thanks for reading our post. We hope you have a fantastic holiday season here in Washington D.C.!
Homemade is better than storebought in many cases. Why buy a generic holiday stocking from the store when you can make your own personalized one in your apartment? The 2424 Penn Apartments Blog is sharing some DIY holiday stocking ideas to help you create a one-of-a-kind holiday stocking.
Have an old pair of denim jeans lying around? Turn your worn out jeans into a fun and unique holiday stocking that looks both vintage and western. If you don’t have an old pair of jeans to use, find one at your favorite thrift store nearby.
Turn an old holiday or cable-knit sweater into a festive stocking to hang on your mantle by following this tutorial. If you don’t have an old sweater to use, visit your favorite local thrift store to find one to repurpose.
Express your love for nature by making one of these cozy wool stockings adorned with felt images of woodland creatures. Here is a list of all the materials and tools you will need: colored tailor’s chalk pencil, wool fabric, 2 mm wool felt, pinking shears, a cutting mat, screw punch, fabric glue, felt animals, and a sewing machine with sewing supplies.
Mix fabrics and textures with these adorable burlap stockings! Click on the link to view the list of materials and tools you will need, get the pattern template, and see the full step-by-step tutorial. You won’t be able to find a stocking like this in the stores.
Turn an old quilt into some charming stockings with the help of this tutorial. You will need a cutter quilt or spread, paper or cardboard for making the template, scissors, pins, all-purpose thread, and coordinating ribbon.
Thanks for reading this post. Feel free to share any of your own DIY Christmas stocking ideas with us in the comments. Enjoy crafting as you prepare for the holidays here in Washington D.C.!
The 2424 Penn Apartments is highlighting an exciting but lesser known holiday happening this month: French Toast Day! Celebrate French Toast Day on the 28th of this month with one of these creative and delicious french toast recipes!
Turn slices of angel food cake into light and fluffy french toast with this recipe. Here’s what you will need to make it: sliced angel food cake, eggs, milk, flour, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and butter. Top your french toast with berries, whipped cream, maple syrup, or any other desired toppings.
Use your favorite hot cocoa mix to make this rich and chocolatey version of french toast that any chocolate lover would rave over. For the french toast you’ll need: coconut milk, your favorite hot cocoa mix, eggs, vanilla extract, coconut extract (optional), salt, butter, and several thick slices of bread. For the hot cocoa ganache: coconut milk, semisweet chocolate, butter or coconut oil, and instant espresso powder. Top with whipped cream, marshmallows, toasted coconut, or any other desired toppings.
Strawberry rhubarb pie and french toast meet to form this delicious stuffed french toast recipe. Here are all the ingredients you will need: sliced strawberries, chopped rhubarb, vanilla extract, sliced french bread, butter, eggs, whole milk, and whipped cream.
Transform your favorite banana bread into a rich and filling breakfast! Here’s what you will need: a loaf of banana bread, butter, eggs, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar for dusting. Top with sliced bananas, whipped cream, maple syrup, or any other toppings you’d like.
This pumpkin french toast is perfect for fall and will satisfy your need for something pumpkin-y. Ingredients needed include eggs, vanilla almond milk, light brown sugar, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, ground nutmeg, butter, thick-sliced bread, and your favorite type of syrup.
You can’t get much more American than apple pie! This recipe layers pieces of bread with an apple pie-like filling. For the toast: large slices of bread, eggs, milk, vanilla extract, butter, apple butter, and cream cheese. For the filling: peeled and diced apples, water, sugar, cornstarch, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, lemon juice, and cream cheese.
Which one of these recipes are you most excited to try? Share your thoughts in the comments. Thanks for reading our post and have a fantastic French Toast Day and a great month!
Thanksgiving is a time for bringing people together and expressing thanks for all that we have. Enjoy some quality time with your friends and family this month by playing some of these Thanksgiving-themed games together in your apartment. Keep reading for some game suggestions from the 2424 Penn Blog.
Use ten water bottles decorated like turkeys as bowling pins and a ball to play a fun game of turkey bowling. Keep the water bottles from falling over too easily by filling them up halfway with water. Use googly eyes, card stock or colored construction paper, scissors, glue and colored craft feathers to decorate the water bottle pins.
Come up with a hilarious Thanksgiving-themed story with everyone’s suggestions to fill in the blanks. Be prepared for a completely ridiculous story or one that makes absolutely no sense at all. Make your own mad libs stories or use the pre-made and printable versions from My Sister’s Suitcase that you will find by clicking on the link above.
Put together an egg hunt just like you would for Easter, but call it a turkey egg hunt to make it sound more fitting for the holiday. Add a fun twist like you have to gobble like a turkey every time you find an egg! Make it a holiday tradition that everyone will enjoy.
Construct a teepee out of pencils, twigs, or chopsticks and a loop made from a paper cup or segment of a paper towel roll and take turns removing a stick without causing the whole teepee to come crashing down. This game is a good test of each player’s fine motor skills.
What are your favorite Thanksgiving games to play with your family and friends around Thanksgiving time here in Washington, D.C.? Share your ideas with us so we can try them out too! Thanks for reading our post and have a Thanksgiving full of great food and good memories.
Halloween is coming up fast and we’ve got some great suggestions for some fun, Halloween-themed treats to make for your next Halloween party. Here at the 2424 Penn Apartments, we know how to party. These great food ideas are sure to add some fun and flavor to your Halloween bash here in Washington, D.C.
This white chocolate covered popcorn featuring roasted peanuts, Reese’s pieces, and candy corn makes the perfect sweet that your guests will love to munch on.
These brownies are topped with a melted marshmallow icing that creates the illusion of cobwebs. Get your chocolate fix with these festive brownies.
Made to look like the witches’ living spellbook from the movie, these Hocus Pocus themed s’mores pops are both creepy and delicious.
You don’t need to be a pie making extraordinaire to make these adorable and satisfying mini pumpkin pies made to look like jack-o-lanterns.
These pumpkin patch cakes are not only incredibly adorable, but they are also amazingly moist and sweet. Use mini bundt pans, chocolate cake mix, and add orange food coloring to make the cakes look like pumpkins. Add pretzel sticks for stems and green candies to look like leaves.
Adorable and delectable, these cheesecake truffles require no baking and are incredibly easy to make. The white chocolate outer shell complements the soft pumpkin cheesecake filling splendidly for a sweet and creamy bite sized dessert.
Don’t worry, there is no actual dirt in this dessert. The pumpkin pudding is layered with crushed Oreo cookies to look like dirt and topped with a Milano cookie to look like a miniature gravestone.
This fun treat is made with chocolate chip cookies split in half, red colored frosting, mini marshmallows, and almond slivers. They look like a pair of dentures with vampire fangs, but taste like a delicious frosted cookie.
What are your favorite Halloween party treats to make? Share the recipe(s) with us in the comments so we can try them out! Thanks for reading our blog, and we hope you have a wonderful Halloween!
In our last 2424 Penn Apartments Blog post, we shared the locations of some of the best pumpkin patches in the Washington, D.C. area. In this post we are featuring some pumpkin decorating ideas that don’t require any carving, but look awesome! Keep reading for some fun and unique ideas.
Carving pumpkins is something of a Halloween tradition, but it can be a pain and create a huge mess that is no fun to clean up. Instead we found some great decorating options that avoid the hassle of carving all together! Enjoy all the fun of designing your own unique pumpkin without the messy cleanup. It’s a win win!
Make your pumpkins look like giant pieces of candy corn! Look for cone shaped pumpkins, and use white and yellow spray paint to add the block colored look of candy corn! This craft is super easy and looks delicious!
Decorate your pumpkin to look like a disco ball! Use silver paint to create a grid of varying sized squares (don’t worry about making it perfect). Glue on sheets of silver leaf or aluminum foil to give it that added shine and to look more like an actually disco ball.
Follow this tutorial from Studio DIY! To make these pumpkins that feature fun pastel colors and clever puns. These pumpkins add a fun splash of color and a light-hearted feel to any space!
With just a Sharpie, turn your ordinary white pumpkin into an adorable, intricately patterned owl. This craft can be done with real or faux pumpkins, whichever you prefer.
This marbled pumpkin idea and tutorial comes from Say Yes and makes use of a variety of different colors of nail polish to create this dazzling marbled effect. Put your rarely used collection of nail polish to good use.
Turn an ordinary pumpkin into a mummy! This adorable mummy-themed pumpkin is the perfect addition to your front porch. Use glow-in-the-dark gel paint to make your pumpkin visible and give it an eerie glow.
What are your favorite, low mess ways to decorate pumpkins? Share your methods with us so we can give them a try. Thanks for reading our blog, and happy pumpkin decorating this month!
Fall is almost here, which means it is almost pumpkin season! Our 2424 Penn Blog is giving you a head start by sharing some of the best pumpkin patches in the D.C. area that open at the end of this month. Keep reading to find out where you can get the best pumpkins near your apartment!
22200 Davis Mill Rd., Germantown, MD
Every year Butler’s Orchard has an Annual Pumpkin Festival to celebrate harvest time. The festival includes all kinds of traditional autumn activities in a country setting. Admission to the festival is $12 a person with free admission for children two-years-old and younger. Activities included in your admission to the festival are hayrides, corn hole game, twisted corn maze, giant slides, a playground, and more. Additional activities like pony rides, face painting, picking your own pumpkin, the pumpkin cannon, and the apple slingshot cost extra. Festival foods like hot dogs, hamburgers, soup, sandwiches, cider, caramel apples, various baked goods, and more will also be available for purchase. The festival begins September 30th and runs through October 29th.
15600 Sugarland Rd., Poolesville, MD
Homestead Farm also offers a harvest festival held every weekend in October. Come join the fun and pick your own pumpkins or apples, take a hayride, find your way through the hay maze, and so much more. Visit at different times of the year to take advantage of their pick your own options for seasonal fruits and berries.
40003 Jennings Chapel Rd, Brookeville, MD
Fall festival held each weekend from mid-September to mid-November. Activities include pumpkin picking, corn mazes, hayrides, campfires, feeding animals, and more.
5501 Detrick Rd, Mt. Airy, MD
Open late September through October, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Free hayrides are offered Fri-Sun. The fall festival features a challenging “Casey the Cow” themed corn maze, large farm animal area, straw mountain, pedal bike track, giant slides, pirate ship, bale mazes, toddler corn maze, and play areas.
Which fall activities are your favorite? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading our post, and we hope you have a great fall season!
September 11, 2001 went down in infamy as a tragic day of loss for the American people, but it also denotes a day when a nation came together. Our 2424 Penn Apartments Blog is featuring some ways that you can remember and honor those who died in the 9/11 tragedy this year on the 16th anniversary of the attack. Whether you’re spending the day inside or outside of your Washington, D.C. apartment, take some time to remember this important day.
Fly the American Flag
The American flag when flown is symbolic of the undiminished American spirit and victory, even in the face of great adversity. Show your patriotism and love for this country without needing to use any words by flying a flag.
Giving blood is a great way to help your community. Each time you donate blood you could be saving up to three lives of people who are injured or sick and in desperate need of blood. Use the American Red Cross website to find a blood drive near you.
Donate to a Charity
There are several 9/11 charities out there that help to provide support and help to families of 9/11 victims, help survivors of the tragedy, and prevent future terrorist attacks. Find a charity and donate either your time or money to their cause.
Visit a Memorial
The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial is one of three year-round memorials dedicated to those who lost their lives in 9/11. The memorial is located on the southwest side of the Pentagon, just yards away from where terrorists flew a jet into the building, resulting in the death of 184 people. By visiting the memorial you can learn more about the events and show your respect and honor for those who died on that day. You can also make a donation to go towards the preservation of the Memorial for future generations.
Observing Moments of Silence
Join with others around the country on September 11th to observe these moments of silence which mark key moments on that day.
8:46 am: The first plane crashed into the North Tower
9:03 am: The second plane crashed into the South Tower
9:37 am: Another plane crashes into the Pentagon near D.C.
9:59 am: The South Tower collapsed.
10:03 am: Another hijacked plane crashes into an empty field near Shanksville, PA after passengers, learning of the other attacks, attempted to seize control of the plane from their hijackers.
10:28 am: The North Tower collapses.
How do you plan on commemorating those who died in the 9/11 attack? Share your ideas with us in the comments. Thanks for reading our post.
The International Spy Museum is not your typical type of museum. Learn fascinating stories about espionage, unexplained events, and the dangerous, yet exhilarating life of an international spy in the 2424 Penn Apartments Blog. Visit the museum this month and learn about this secretive and mysterious profession.
About the Museum
“The International Spy Museum in Washington, DC dedicates its time and space to educating the general public on the techniques of one of the most intriguing trades to ever overthrow a leader, win a war, or go through the trash bags of the rich and famous. In an attempt to shed light on the veiled but pivotal roles played by spies throughout history, the museum strives to portray the art of espionage in an educational and non-biased format, at the same time showing the intricacies of the men and women driven to this lifestyle of lies and secrets.
Opened in 2002, this collection is the largest ever displayed in a public setting. Several items have been revealed to the general public for the very first time, ranging from James Bond kitsch to the very real and historically significant. When you tire of observing relics of missions past and Mission Impossible, there is an interactive program that takes you through an hour-long spy adventure with you playing the part of the undercover agent, walking in the footsteps of the sly masters of the spy craft.”
Feast your eyes on this collection of over 140 different artifacts and items held within the museum, as well as the fascinating and intriguing stories about them and their relation to the world of spies.
Wet your appetite for travel as you take a virtual tour around the world to see some of the world’s most unusual sites and discoveries.
We did a little spying of our own and found all sorts of rare books and collections of rare books around the world. Browse these odd and mysterious books.
Intrigued? We sure are! Satisfy your curiosity with an adventurous trip to the International Spy Museum this month! Thanks for reading our post!
The National Zoo in D.C. was founded in 1889 and is one of the oldest zoos in the United States. Admission to the zoo is free in connection with the zoo’s mission to “a lifelong commitment to conservation through engaging experiences with animals and the people working to save them.” With over 2 million visitors every year, the National Zoo is one of D.C.’s most popular attractions, bringing people from all over the world, and today the 2424 Penn Apartments Blog is highlighting some of the zoo’s offerings.
“The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) plays a leading role in the Smithsonian’s global efforts to save wildlife species from extinction and train future generations of conservationists. SCBI spearheads research programs at its headquarters in Front Royal, Virginia, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and at field research stations and training sites worldwide. SCBI scientists tackle some of today’s most complex conservation challenges by applying and sharing what they learn about animal behavior and reproduction, ecology, genetics, migration and conservation sustainability.”
The zoo includes twelve exhibits featuring live animals and one exhibit featuring photos of the zoo and its’ history. Visit the Asia Trails exhibit to see giant pandas and other wildlife native to Asia, or head over to the Amazonia exhibit that is teeming with life from the Amazon River and rainforest. With over 150 different types of animals to see, the National Zoo is the largest zoo in the world.
“Donating more than 90,000 hours of time each year, volunteers provide invaluable support to the Zoo’s two facilities: The Smithsonian’s National Zoo, located in Washington, D.C., and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, located in Front Royal, Virginia. Opportunities for volunteering include aiding animal keepers, interpreting animal behavior for visitors, maintaining Zoo grounds and gardens, and assisting with special events.”
“A Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) membership is the best way to support the outstanding wildlife conservation work of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute and ensure your family’s experience at the Zoo is always special and enriching. Join today and contribute to the Zoo’s commitment to providing leadership in animal care, science, education and sustainability.
As a valued FONZ member, you enjoy a full year of special benefits, such as free parking at certain levels, priority registration to camps and classes and exclusive access to plenty of Zoo events and activities.”
Start planning your visit to the Smithsonian National Zoo today! We would love to hear about your experience, so go ahead and leave us a comment. We hope you enjoyed this 2424 Penn Apartments Blog post!
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