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Albuquerque Apartment Living: October 2018

Welcome to this month’s edition of Albuquerque Apartment Living, brought to you by Valley View Villas, our apartments for rent in Albuquerque, NM. This month we’re bringing our residents suggestions for celebrating National Peanut Butter Month and Games & Puzzles Week, topics surrounding upcoming dates you will want to note like Black Friday and Giving Tuesday, as well as new movies you might want to check out, plus a selection of short stories about Thanksgiving. Read on to learn more about these topics in today’s blog post.

November Celebrations

National Peanut Butter Lovers Montha bowl of peanut butter cookies, a bowl of peanuts, and a jar of peanut butter

November is the month for great food! You don’t even have to wait until Thanksgiving to treat yourself. November is also National Peanut Butter Lovers Month! In honor of this designation, we are sharing a couple of peanut-butter inspired recipes with members of our apartment community.


Scotcheroos from Tastes Better From Scratch

The scotcheroo is a favorite no-bake treat of anyone who loves the genius combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Gather up some rice crispy cereal, white sugar, corn syrup, peanut butter, butterscotch chips, and semisweet chocolate chips to make this delectable, chewy treat.

Healthy Peanut Butter Mousse from Desserts with Benefits

Need some weekend plans? Try this recipe for a healthy twist on this classic treat. Here’s what the author has to say about it: “It’s all-natural, refined sugar-free, low-carb, high protein and totally nutritious.  Don’t worry, though, it doesn’t taste like broccoli or anything. This super easy four-ingredient mousse is super rich, super creamy, perfectly sweet and packed with peanut butter flavor. After you get a little taste you won’t believe that this is actually good for you.”

Games & Puzzles Week an assortment of board game pieces

Did you know that the week of Thanksgiving is National Games and Puzzles Week? Thanksgiving weekend is all about gathering with family and friends, so what better time than now to pull out some games? Set up your old favorites or try something new!


Upcoming Holidays

Black Friday

A woman holding a shopping bag that says

Black Friday is coming up on Friday, November 24th. To help prepare you, we’re sharing a few local places that are perfect for shopping on this exciting day. For a more in-depth look at Black Friday shopping tips, we recommend taking some time to go through 25 Secret Black Friday Shopping Tips Revealed from Penny Pinchin Mom — she covers the whole gamut. This infographic from Val Pak is also helpful if you’re a visual person.


Giving Tuesday A graphic that says #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday started as an effort to help bring the focus of the holidays back on what they are really about — giving. This initiative is worldwide and seeks to reinstate the habit of giving in a world that has become so focused on receiving and being concerned only about oneself. The seemingly small act of giving has the power to unify and build lasting relationships all over the world.

Movie Suggestions

Take time out this month to head to your favorite movie theater and check out what is on the big screen. We’re sharing some movies you won’t want to miss! Get your movie tickets online now!  Don’t forget the popcorn and drinks!

Bohemian Rhapsody

“Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.”


“On the eve of D-Day, American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion's success. But as they approach their target, they begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. They find themselves fighting against supernatural forces, part of a Nazi experiment.”

Green Book

“A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.”

The Front Runner

“American Senator Gary Hart's presidential campaign in 1988 is derailed when he's caught in a scandalous love affair.”

Book Suggestions

This month we are sharing a selection of short stories about Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Bert’s Thanksgiving

This is a story about an old man and a young boy who run into each other on Thanksgiving. The story teaches (among other things) that money is not the source of true riches. What do you treasure most of all?

The Thanksgiving Goose

This story touches on the importance of being thankful. The central character, Guy, learns an important lesson that teaches him the true meaning of this holiday.

The Origin of Thanksgiving

While this story does not capture entirely what happened years ago, it does serve as and offer a good message. We often enjoy a holiday without actually thinking of where the holiday came from or why we celebrate it. This story is a good reminder of that.

Mr. Pancake Turkey

Mr. Pancake Turkey is a fun story about Farmer Francis. As he goes to feed his turkeys, he notices that one is as flat as a pancake. The next day, he finds that the same turkey is even flatter. What follows is a tale of money and greed as a result of the flat turkey and an important lesson for more than just Farmer Francis.

The First Thanksgiving by Margaret Pumphrey

Enjoy this 10-minute story, which is narrated by G. Barrett. If you love it so much you think you might want to make listening to it a tradition in your home, download it to your electronic device by clicking the download link on the right-hand side of the screen.