Dec 15

Angel Tree Project

We want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to each of our residents who participated in our annual angel tree. If you have not heard, each year, the Chappell Creek residents come together and adopt several children through the local foster system. Many kids in the foster system have had a tough year. We look forward letting them know people care and making their Christmas extra special. This year we adopted nine kids ranging in ages of 18 months to 16 years old.

Our Angel Tree with tags and a few gifts

Our Angel Tree with tags and a few gifts.

How we do it: Right after Thanksgiving, we set up a Christmas tree that has tags with gift information on it for each child. Residents stop by the office and pick up a tag to buy a gift for that child. By mid-December the wrapped gifts are being returned to our office to be picked up and delivered to the children.

This year we had nine kids including 1 young child, 3 in elementary and 5 between junior high and high school. This year our residents generously provided gift cards, clothing, remote control cars, jewelry, craft kits, a giant teddy bear and a tablet for these kids.

All the presents from this years Angel Tree Project

All the presents from this years Angel Tree Project. WOW!!!

We heard from one of the adults who works with the kids and they were so grateful to our residents for letting each of these children know that somebody cares about them and values them. Again we cannot say thank you enough to our wonderful residents and how they freely gave back to the community. If you are interested in participating next year, make sure we have your updated email address and watch your inbox for announcements.

Oct 15

Best Managed

Did you know that Chappell Creek Village was voted Best Managed Apartments by the Temple Daily Telegram Readers in 2015? We want to thank our residents for this great honor. Our residents at Chappell Creek are not just part of some corporate portfolio; they are part of our family and we appreciate their support.

Temple Daily Telegram 2015 Readers Choice

Temple Daily Telegram 2015 Readers Choice

In the last few years, our sister properties have been recognized in several areas also. The Temple Daily Telegram readers voted Chappell Hill Apartments the Best Managed Apartment Community in the area in 2014. In 2013 and 2014, our properties participated in the Apartment Association of Central Texas Food Drive and collected the most food and money for local food banks than any other participant (thanks to many generous residents who graciously gave back to the community). This summer, J Turner Research ranked Chappell Oaks as one of the top 100 apartment communities in the nation out of over 51,000 apartment communities. How cool is that?

Thank you for voting for us!

Thank you for voting for us!

As part of the Chappell Hill Properties, we get to tap into the 80+ years of leasing and management experience and the 100+ years of maintenance experience within our sister properties to the benefit of our residents. If you are new to the area, come experience the Chappell Creek difference. If you are a resident, don’t be a stranger. We look forward to seeing you at our holiday events or stop by the clubhouse to say hi and grab a fresh cookie.

Jul 15

Jennifer’s Best Chicken Salad

This salad is delicious and can be served hot or cold. When they were little, Jennifer would take her kids  and visit a home-bound elderly couple and they loved this salad. Her kids still talk about sitting on the floor in that mobile home trailer and sharing the salad cold with crackers and grapes with those wise and precious people.

Jennifer’s Best Chicken Salad

3 C Cooked diced chicken (or turkey)

1 ½ C Chopped celery

1 T grated onion

1 T lemon juice

½ tsp Salt

1/8 tsp Black pepper

Dash of Tabasco

½ C Mayo

½ of a 5 oz can of water chestnuts sliced and drained

¼ C grated cheddar cheese

¼ C slivered almonds toasted

To Serve Hot: Mix all ingredients together except the cheese. Put in greased basking dish, top with cheese and bake at 375 for about 20-25 minutes or until warm and the cheese bubbles.

To Serve Cold: Omit the cheese and almonds. Mix remaining ingredients together. Chill for 1-2 hours to let flavors blend and serve. Tastes like a great deli chicken salad.

Serving ideas: On sandwiches, as a main dish, or with salad and crackers.

Interesting fact: Three of Jennifer’s four kids have worked for us at some point.  Either as an Assistant Manager or as Maintenance Summer Helpers.


Jul 15

Our Favorite Vacation Spots in Texas

We were talking with one of the gals and found out she had never vacationed in Texas. We started listing off our favorite places to go and decided to share it with you as well. How many of these have you visited? What would you add?

San Antonio. Stroll the Riverwalk, take in a show at Sea World, ride a roller coaster at Fiesta Texas, immerse yourself in history at the Alamo and other Missions. Visit the Tower of Americas, La Villita, El Mercado, or take in a San Antonio Spurs game!

Corpus Christi Beach. Baby sea turtle releasings, and the beach of course! USS Lexington- take a tour of the longest serving aircraft carrier that was nicknamed the “Blue Ghost” during WWII and was decommissioned in 1991 or visit the Texas State Aquarium.

Marble Falls. Whether you are passing through or making it your destination, be sure to stop for pie at the Blue Bonnet Café.

Houston. Kemah boardwalk-so many fun rides to do with kids or great for a date night. Visit Johnson Space Center (NASA), one of the many museums or grab tickets to the Houston Symphony or one of several theaters. Enjoy strolling through the gardens at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, or watch the ships play chicken in the Houston Ship Channel.  Don’t forget you can catch an Astro, Texan or Rockets game!

Port Aransas. Beach and off shore fishing! Stroll the piers, enjoy some great night life, and meet fun new people.

Fredricksburg. Considered by many to be the ultimate Bed & Breakfast destination in Texas. Enjoy wine tours, the beautiful hill country & shopping.

Dallas and Fort Worth. Stroll through the gardens or catch an outdoor concert at the Dallas Arboretum. Enjoy Shakespeare in the park or kayaking on White Rock Lake. Check out the night life and history of Deep Ellum including the original Twisted Root (get there early for lunch). Don’t forget the Texas State Fair in the fall with great line ups, plenty of rides and exhibitions. If you love to shop, check out the design district, the Galleria and Northpark Mall. Be sure to visit the Fort Worth Stock Yards or dance the night away at Billy Bobs.

Arlington. Six flags over Texas, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers are just the start for those looking for some fun memories.

We know there are many other places to visit and we’d love to here your favorites!

Jun 15

Temple and Belton Summer Activities

Over the past week, we put our heads together to share some fun locations and activities that happen in the area during the summer.  Whether you like picnics, movies, concerts (live music) or a day at the lake, there is something for everyone.  So grab your sunscreen, bug spray and friends for some summer fun!


  • Throw on your swimsuit and enjoy a day or afternoon at Summer Fun Water Park with its slides and lazy river.
  • BLORA (Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area)-Includes mountain biking, swim beach and picnic areas, paintball course and camping to name a few activities you can participate in.  They also have a spectacular holiday light display in December that is a must see.
  • Waterside Sports provides paddle boarding, kayaking and other rentals on Lake Belton. It is a great chance to view the lake from a new perspective.
  • Ever wish you could fly around like Iron Man? This looks like it could be pretty close.  Hydrofly Texas – Flyboarding over Lake Belton.
  • Temple Lake Park has a great swim beach, basketball courts, volleyball, picnic areas and more.

Movies and Concert

  • Rodeo Belton is here from July 1st-4th plus a weekend loaded with other activities including the annual parade.
  • Grab some friends and head to Johnny’s in Salado for dinner and their Summer Concert Series.
  • Enjoy Movies in the Park for kids and the kids at heart in both Temple and Belton this summer.
  • Don’t forget you can catch summer movies our 3 local movie theaters: Cinemark, Premier and Grand Avenue.
  • Grab your boots and come out to Schoepf’s Summer Concert Series on Thursday nights where you will see all ages heating up the dance floor and enjoying some good music.
  • Free Concert Series.  That’s right FREE. It’s the S&W Healthplan Hot Summer Sounds Series on Fridays from 7:30-9:30 at Miller Park click here for the lineup.

After (or during) a day in the sun, be sure to stop by Frosti Cones who has the best snow cones in town for a refreshing treat.  What are some of your favorite summer activities in the area?

May 15

Summer Reading List

Summer is a great time to immerse yourself in a good book.  We asked several employees about their favorite books and what was on their summer reading list.  From classics to thrillers to best sellers to mysteries-our tastes span multiple decades and genres. We would love to hear about your favorite books and what you want to read this summer.

Favorite Books

Escape to other worlds, times and places with some our favorite novels
White Oleander by Janet Finch
The Thornbirds by Colleen McCullough
Harry Potter Books (all) by J. K. Rowling-Need we say more?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.-This showed up on several people’s list as their all time favorite.

Can you figure out the case in these mysteries and psychological thrillers?
The Lion, The Lamb, The Hunted by Andrew Kaufman
Devil in the Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
Lord Peter Wimsey Books by Dorothy L. Sayers Whose Body? is the very first book in this wonderful series about the British detective and his uncanny ability to solve mysteries.
The Priests Graveyard by Ted Dekker

One gal mentioned she used to dislike reading until she picked up a few non-fiction books and loved them.  Here are a few of her recent favorites with a few others thrown in.
Jack and Jackie: Portrait of an American Marriage by Christopher Anderson
Kate: The Future Queen by Katie Nicholl
The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents by Ronald Kessler
Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell

Books We Are Reading This Summer
Daddy’s Gone a Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Nero Wolfe Mysteries by Rex Stout beginning with the first book Fer-De-Lance
Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly
Malazan Book of the Fallen Series by Steven Erikson
Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels and Mariska van Aalst

Several people mentioned they love to browse the library and that is how they find their next book rather than go off a list. What are some of your favorite books?

May 15

Who do you know going through a life transition?

Graduations are in full swing and summer is when a lot of people choose to move and make a life transition.  Do you know someone making a transition now or in the next few months?  Maybe it’s a friend, son, daughter, or even a parent. Maybe it is you. We came across a few tips and ideas that helped some of us and people we know going through transitions.

Find a good mentor.  It could be a pastor, professor, boss, friend, colleague, or life coach.  A good mentor is someone who can help you in your career, or provide guidance or encouragement in an area you are pursuing and is willing to correct or point you in a different direction when needed.  There are many good resources like John Maxwell for leadership, Stephen Covey for time management or Dave Ramsey for finances if you do not currently have a mentor.  While talking with one of these individuals in person may not be possible, reading their books or looking up free online resources through their websites or social media can be helpful.  Don’t forget that finding a mentor or accountability partner can help you pursue goals in other areas like finance and fitness and not just your career.

Set realistic goals.  That includes specific steps to reach your goals and start at reasonable intervals.  You can’t go from coach potato to marathon runner overnight. It takes a plan, practice and training to accomplish any sizeable goal.  Outline a few goals you want for the next 6-12 months or even longer and break them down into individual steps with separate goals that you can work to accomplish.  Keep in mind that sometimes life events may delay a goals completion and it is ok to readjust.  One of our staff had a friend whose goal was to run a half marathon by a certain date.  As the race date approached she developed a stress fracture and she was forced to push that date farther out.  In the end she had grace with herself and accomplished her goal even though it was not in her initial time frame.

Find balance.  While chapters of our lives may need great emphasis on a particular area, many people burn out if balance is not pursued.  Balance is not just career vs personal life.  It also involves finances, friends, and a sense of belonging.  A great book especially if you are struggling to find balance in your life is Oola Find Balance in an Unbalanced World by David Braun and Troy Amdahl.  It is an easy read with helpful suggestions and anecdotal stories from the authors own lives.

Find a place to belong. This should be outside your workplace. Ideas include a place of worship, place to volunteer, professional organization, social clubs or intramural sports to name a few ideas. Attending resident events hosted at Chappell Creek Village is a great way to meet new friends, get to know your neighbors and learn more about the area.

Feel free to ask our staff about any resources you are seeking since they may be aware of resources in the Temple/Belton area.  Do you have any tips that have helped you when you are making a life transition? Share them in the comments.

Apr 15

Easy Peasy Baked Ziti

Looking for a twist on spaghetti that is delicious and easy? One of our Assistant Managers removed the guess work.  After looking at multiple recipes and reading a plethora of reviews, she combined several ideas, added a few variations and came up with this very good and easy variation. You can even throw together a salad and clean up the kitchen while it bakes.

Baked Ziti

1 lb Sweet Italian Sausage browned and crumbled
16 oz Ziti or Penne Pasta cooked al dente per package instructions (drained and rinsed)
24 oz Spaghetti Sauce
¼ tsp black pepper
½ tsp Italian Seasoning
8 oz ricotta cheese
2 C mozzarella or Italian cheese blend shredded (divided)

Preheat oven to 350. Brown the Italian sausage and drain. Mix in the spaghetti sauce, black pepper, Italian seasoning, ricotta and 1 cup of shredded cheese with the Italian sausage. Add prepared al dente pasta and stir until well coated. Pour into 9×13 baking pan or Pyrex dish. Bake for 30 minutes stirring once midway through cooking. Sprinkle with remaining cup of shredded cheese and bake until cheese is melted. Serve.

Leftovers are delicious. The recipe also doubles well if you are cooking for a large group or bringing someone a meal.

What is your favorite easy meal to make?

Apr 15

Don’t Miss Our Community Garage Sale


Residents, it’s time to clean out your closets!  It is time for our annual community wide garage sale in conjunction with our sister property Chappell Hill.  For those who are new, residents may reserve a table by April 15th through our office.  Tables are free of charge and need a reservation. Non-participating residents and the greater community are invited to come browse our selections on May 1st from 7:30am-1:30pm. Tables will be set up on the lawn inside the front entrance gates of Chappell Creek Village.

We do the advertising for you and it is always a fun time.  It is a great way to get rid of or find new clothing, books, décor, knickknacks, small appliances, jewelry, furniture and sporting equipment to name a few categories we see each year.  We will also be selling artwork and furniture from before we remodeled our club room for those interested.

For those in the Temple community who would like to come shop, our address is 310 Ira Young Dr. in Temple.  Because of construction, access to Ira Young Drive from the I-35 frontage road has been intermittently closed so be sure to take 57th street to find us!

Mar 15


While apartment living has many perks, one of the most popular is not worrying about doing maintenance or repairs yourself.  While we work to fix any issues as quickly as possible, we decided to ask several maintenance professionals about the most common maintenance issues they see and how they can be prevented with a little TLC.

The Garbage Disposal – Nobody likes a garbage disposal that is not working or working optimally.  Be sure to run your garbage disposal frequently especially when you put any food down it and be sure the water is running in your sink the entire time the garbage disposal is on.  Starchy foods like rice and potatoes and egg shells are some of the worst offender when it comes to clogging a garbage disposal.  A few ice cubes (not eggshells) put down your garbage disposal can sharpen the blades.  If your’s has a funky smell, a piece of lemon peel can freshen it up.

Dishwasher – Nobody wants a dishwasher that decides not to work especially after hosting a dinner in your home.  Using your dishwasher on a consistent basis helps keep it working smoothly.  Run your dishwasher monthly even if you don’t usually use your dishwasher to keep everything working well for future use.

Stopped up toilet – Another item most of us hate to face (especially if it is our own) is a stopped up toilet. Keeping a toilet plunger handy can be a lifesaver when it is after hours so you are not waiting on maintenance.  Also remember to not flush paper towels, feminine products or diapers.

Air Conditioner – To save money on your electric bill, make sure your thermostat is set to “AUTO” and not “ON”. When set to “Auto”, your unit will automatically come on and blow air to reach your desired temperature when needed.  If it is set to “ON”, it will blow air all the time because it recirculating the air in your apartment even when the temperature does not need adjusting.  Running your AC on “ON” is more expensive than turning on a ceiling fan to increase circulation.

Smoke Detector – Doesn’t it seem like the smoke detector always starts to beep after hours or on a weekend? Having an extra 9V battery around will mean you can shut it up after hours while keeping it in working condition so it can keep you safe.

We take pride in maintaining both the outside and the inside of our beautiful community.  As always, if you have a maintenance issue, please contact the office at 254-771-5973 or so we can make sure we take care of you.  Please remember, we cannot fix something we do not know about.

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