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How to Breathe New Life Into Old Wooden Cutting Boards

Your pricey cutting board looked so rustic and professional when you first bought it, but after years of slicing, chopping, and quick wipe-downs, it’s looking a bit worse for the wear. Instead of investing in a newer model, use these smart tips for breathing new life into your current one.

  1. Wash with soap and water. While you likely don’t usually wash your cutting board with soap and water, you’ll want to do it now to remove any bacteria. Try to move quickly so that the water doesn’t soak in.
  2. Buff out scratches. Use a medium-grade sandpaper to buff out scratches from the surface of the cutting board. Go over it again with a very fine sandpaper to smooth the surface and take it back to its original texture.
  3. Create a mineral oil and beeswax mixture. Microwave one cup of USP-grade mineral oil with 1/2 teaspoon of beeswax. This should only take about 45 seconds.
  4. Oil the cutting board. Rub this mixture into your cutting board by hand. Rub with the grain, then let it sit for several minutes before wiping the excess with a clean cloth.
  5. Dry the cutting board. Allow your cutting board to dry overnight, then give it one last wipe-down with a dry cloth.
  6. Add a beeswax topcoat. Rub just beeswax into the surface of the now-oiled cutting board to create a glossy finish.

How to Refinish a Kitchen Cutting Board [Homeguides]
How to Revive Old Cutting Boards [The Shabby Creek Cottage]
How I Refinished My Grandma’s Old Dough Board [Brown Eyed Baker]

Warm Beignets and Buttermilk Biscuits Await at Bayou Bakery

Arlingtonians can take a trip to beignet country without having to buy a plane ticket. All they have to do is head to Bayou Bakery to get one of the fluffy fried pastries dusted with powdered sugar. Add a cup of strong coffee and you can practically hear the clang of the trolley cars rolling through the streets of New Orleans.

Beer and wine are on the menu, if you’d rather unwind than rev up with caffeine. Small bites are served as well. Options include Creole cream cheese and pepper jelly slathered on warm buttermilk biscuits, deviled eggs, pickled black-eyed pea spread on toast points, candied spiced pecans, and pimento cheese on crackers. Sandwiches are available as well. Stop by on weekends for brunch, when you can dine on shrimp and grits, jambalaya, or biscuits and gravy.

Bayou Bakery
1515 North Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 243-2410

Shirlala Music Festival

Shirlala Music Festival is tomorrow from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.. We look forward to seeing you there!

How to Corral Clutter and Organize Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is one of the most commonly used areas in your home, and between your morning coffee and the evening’s meal, it can also get messy. To avoid constantly navigating a cluttered kitchen, use these smart tips for keeping yours clean and well organized — even if you only have a few minutes to spare each day.

  1. Add a bin for loose items. If your kitchen countertops commonly collect things that are meant to go in other rooms, add a bin to corral those loose items. You can throw your keys, mail, and magazines in that bin to keep them from cluttering the counters.
  2. Install extra cabinet storage. If you notice that your cabinets just don’t work for the things inside of them, add extra shelves or temporary organizers. This will keep plastic containers from spilling out and enable you to make use of that extra space in tall cabinets.
  3. Hide the trash. Instead of leaving the recycling and trash cans in plain sight, tuck them away in a closet or cabinet to create a clean, tidy look.
  4. Store commonly used items on the counter. Add a large jar for everyday utensils, keep your most-used cookbooks handy, and even consider storing appliances like the coffeepot or toaster right on the counter.
  5. Purge the refrigerator. Once a week, go through your refrigerator and toss out any leftovers, check expiration dates, and give the whole thing a good cleaning.

How to Organize Your Kitchen [Real Simple]
24 Smart Organizing Ideas for Your Kitchen [Real Simple]
15 Minute Clutter Sweeps for Every Room in Your Home [About Home]
How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets [Better Homes & Gardens]

Catch a Musical Performance at the Spectrum Theatre in Arlington

The Rosslyn section of Arlington is one of the town’s cultural hubs, playing host to the Artisphere complex of galleries, performance spaces, and the Spectrum Theatre. Originally known as the Rosslyn Plaza Theatre when it first opened in the 1960s, the Spectrum was taken over by Arlington County and converted into a live theatre space, hosting popular musicals and other performances. It was incorporated into the larger Artisphere organization in 2010.

Programming at the Spectrum is quite diverse. The Spectrum is the home theatre for the National Chamber Ensemble, which performs classical and modern chamber music. World music is also well-represented here, with an ambitious slate of artists from all over the globe. The space seats 387 people comfortably, with clear sightlines and crisp acoustics.

Spectrum Theatre
1611 North Kent Street
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 276-6701

Happy Independence Day!

We hope everyone enjoys a fun and relaxing time with family and friends as we celebrate America's freedom.

July 4th Holiday

The Leasing Office will be closed July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

Earn Some Summer Spending Money- Refer a Friend!

Did you know that Io Piazza offers $500 if you refer a friend who moves into the community? If you love where you live, and know someone else you think will love it to, refer them! Make sure your friend mentions your name when they come to visit.

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.

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