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Virginia Peanut Pie

Virginia Peanut Pie

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, November 16, 2017

This pie is inspired by the version served at the Virginia Diner, a landmark restaurant in Wakefield, Virginia, that's renowned for this dessert. If you are hosting Thanksgiving in your apartment in Lynchburg, VA or headed to a loved one's home, this is the perfect dessert.

Pie Crust:

2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
7 to 8 tablespoons ice water


1. Pulse flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor until combined. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal with some pea-size pieces remaining. Drizzle 5 tablespoons water over mixture; pulse several times to combine. Add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse until mixture holds together when pinched.

2. For a 9-inch pie, shape dough into two disks and wrap each in plastic. For a slab pie, shape dough into a rectangle and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 1 day, or freeze up to 3 months; thaw overnight in refrigerator before using.



3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 disk of the pie crust (above)
3 large eggs, room temperature
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
3/4 cup golden syrup, such as Lyle's
2 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus more for serving (optional)
1 1/2 cups roasted unsalted Virginia peanuts
Vanilla ice cream, for serving


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to an 11-inch round. Transfer to a 9-inch pie dish; trim edges to a 1/2-inch overhang. Tuck overhang under and crimp edges with the tines of a fork; freeze until firm, about 15 minutes.

2. Line crust with parchment and fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake until bottom no longer looks wet, about 25 minutes. Carefully remove parchment and beans; continue baking until light golden, about 10 minutes more. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

3. Whisk eggs in a large bowl. Add butter, brown sugar, syrup, vinegar, flour, salt, vanilla, and cayenne; whisk until smooth. Coarsely chop 1 cup peanuts and stir into egg mixture, then pour into cooled crust. Scatter remaining 1/2 cup peanuts evenly over top.

4. Bake until crust is golden brown and filling is puffed slightly and set, 40 to 50 minutes (if crust is browning too quickly, tent with foil). Let cool completely on wire rack. Slice and serve, with scoops of ice cream lightly sprinkled with cayenne.

Image/Recipe - marthastewart.com

Honorably Discharged Veterans will Soon Shop Tax-Free

Honorably Discharged Veterans will Soon Shop Tax-Free

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Walden Pond Apartments, Lynchburg, VAHey veterans, you can soon shop tax free.

Starting later this year, all honorably discharged veterans, no matter their branch of service, will be eligible to shop tax-free online at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service with the same discounts they enjoyed on base while in the military. It’s the latest way in which the organization is trying to keep its customers as the armed forces shrink and airmen and soldiers buy more for delivery.

Adding 13 million potential new customers will give extra ammunition to the group that runs the stores on U.S. Army and Air Force bases worldwide as it fights Amazon and other retailers for veterans’ online shopping dollars.

Since hiring its first civilian CEO five years ago, the Exchange has upgraded the brands at base stores to include items like Disney toys, Michael Kors fashions and other top names. Like private stores, it’s also imposed tighter cost controls, reduced the number of employees and improved people’s experience on the website.

“The intent is to really beat Amazon at their game because we have locations literally on the installations,” said CEO Tom Shull. “We’re leaning toward not just ship-from-store but pick-up-from-store and eventually deliver-from-store.”

The Exchange is adding shipping centers within its stores to allow it to send products directly from those locations more cheaply and quickly. Twenty-six stores now ship orders, and that will expand to 55 by the end of the year.

Within the next three years, Shull said the goal is to deliver something on base within two hours of when it is ordered. That’s possible partly because the Exchanges are already on base, cleared by security.

The Exchange delivers most orders on the second day now. Shull said shipping from stores will make a big difference in regions around bases, which are often in more rural areas.

Expanding online shopping to all honorably discharged veterans is expected to add about $200 million annually within three years to the $8.3 billion in sales the Exchanges generated last year.

Adding those shoppers, what Shull called “the foundation of our growth,” is critical to help offset the 13 percent decline in the number of active-duty Army and Air Force soldiers since 2011 when the Exchange generated $10.3 billion revenue.

“It’s a modest benefit, but it can save you thousands of dollars a year,” said Shull, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy who served in the Army for a decade before starting a retail career at chains including Macy’s.

Former Marine Forrest Cornelius was among the first to sign up at the verification website when it launched in June, and got a chance to start shopping early to test it out. The 51-year-old was impressed by the site and a deal he found on Ray-Ban sunglasses.

“The biggest thing is price. They’re always going to be a little bit cheaper,” said Cornelius, who lives in Dallas.

But competing on price in today’s retail environment is increasingly difficult, said Edward Jones analyst Brian Yarbrough. Just look at how much trouble Walmart has competing with Amazon, he said, because Walmart has the fixed costs associated with its stores.

“To think you’re going to compete on price, you’re going to have a hard time there,” he said.

Under Shull’s leadership, the Exchange stores have traded their industrial feel and reliance on off-brand merchandise for a more modern look featuring well-known labels.

Two-thirds of the main Exchange store at Offutt Air Force Base resembles any department store, with prominent displays of name-brand makeup, Nike fitness gear and Carter’s clothes for kids. The rest is filled with the kind of electronics, appliances, housewares and toys found at Walmart or Sears, with major brands in every section.

The Exchanges don’t pay rent for their military base locations, and the government transports some of their supplies and goods to far-flung locations, but otherwise they operate mostly like an independent retailer. Roughly two-thirds of the employees are family members of soldiers or airmen.

The Exchange, which is part of the Defense Department, reported earnings of $384 million last year. That’s a sharp contrast from five years ago when Shull arrived to projections of $180 million in losses.

Of last year’s profit, $225 million was returned to the defense department to help pay for quality-of-life programs on bases like child development and fitness centers. Besides the main stores, the Exchanges also operate more than 70 movie theaters and bring in franchise restaurants and other vendors for the shopping malls it operates on bases.

Shull feels those are good reasons for the new online shopping privileges to draw veterans to do their shopping there.

“Veterans value the cost savings and what they can do to support the military,” he said.



Lynchburg, VA: A Great Place to Live for People of All Ages

Lynchburg, VA: A Great Place to Live for People of All Ages

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 30, 2017

Walden Pond Apartments, Lynchburg, VALynchburg is located amid rolling hills along the banks of the James River in central Virginia. It is an affordable small city that often lands on "Best Places to Live" lists.

Today, Lynchburg boasts traditional, working class values, a mellow pace and an unassuming Southern character. Thirty-seven percent of the population is age 45 or better, and 19% of residents have at least a four year college degree. The crime rate is below the national average, and the city is racially diverse. The cost of living is 13% below the national average. Politics lean to the right.

When it comes to taxes, Virginia is a mixed bag. Social Security is not taxed, and, depending on income, people age 65 and better may deduct up to an additional $12,000 in retirement income. All other income is taxed at rates between 2% and 5.75%. Long term care insurance premiums are deductible. The state sales tax is 4.3%, but another 1% is added at the local level. Prescription and non-prescription drugs are not taxed, but food for home consumption is taxed at 2.5%.

Lynchburg is home to five colleges, including Lynchburg College and Liberty University. Most of these institutions are small, but Liberty University has 14,000 students on campus, another 90,000 students online and is the largest Christian evangelical university in the world. It wields considerable social and political clout throughout the city and even buses its students to polling places so that they may vote in local, state-wide and national elections.

Today Lynchburg has many churches. The city, sometimes called "Hill City" for its hilly terrain, is in a pretty location with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. The downtown is small but attractive with shops, banks, bookstores and coffeehouses nestled along tree-lined streets. Old industrial buildings sport modern facades, and the inviting River Walk path meanders along the James River not far from downtown. The 56-acre Percival's Island Natural Area is a popular park right in the middle of the river. In 2006 the city even won a Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for its preservation efforts.

The downtown, however, is not just about shops and preservation. The most prominent feature is the distinctive Monument Terrace, stretching from Church Street up a hill to Court Street. It uses the landings of its 139 steps to commemorate the Lynchburg citizens who fought and died in the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, Vietnam War and current conflicts.

History is really the draw here, with reminders of the past all around. In fact, the city has 40 structures on the National Registry of Historic Places. Just outside of town, Appomattox Courthouse, where General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant in 1865, is a must for any history buff. The Old City Cemetery has an extensive section of Confederate graves and an interesting, if somewhat gruesome, medical museum. Booker T. Washington's birthplace, with a recreated farm and slave cabin, is worth a visit. The Natural Bridge, a 215-foot natural stone arch bought by Thomas Jefferson from King George in 1774, is a fun excursion. Jefferson's wonderful Poplar Forest is open for tours.

The surrounding mountains peek through the haze, and the drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway is always a treat. Also nestled in the mountains are numerous wineries and vineyards. Lynchburg College and Liberty University both have athletic teams, and the Lynchburg Hillcats are the Class High-A professional baseball team in the Carolina League. They are also the farm team for the Cleveland Indians.

Lynchburg has a few events as well. The James River Batteau Festival in June is a week-long event that celebrates the flat-bottom wooden craft that hauled tobacco downstream in John's Lynch's day. Garden Day is part of Historic Garden Week in Virginia, the largest house and garden tour in the country. The Bean to Bar Chocolate Tour and Tasting explores the wonderful world of chocolate.

The dining scene includes a number of very good restaurants, including Rivermont Pizza and the Shoemakers Grille, which has an open air courtyard overlooking the river. Lynchburg also boasts the Lynchburg Community Market, the third oldest farmers' market in the country. It is open year round from Tuesday through Saturday. For shoppers, there are strip malls, a small indoor mall with national retailers.

The Park and Recreation Department's Fifty Plus Program has a good selection of services and activities for people age 50+, and transportation to the programs, many located in neighborhood centers, is provided. The Commander Templeton Senior Center has been newly designated as the first city building just for adult programs and is ramping up its services. Meals on Wheels is also active.

The Lynchburg Public Library has public computers with Internet access, an interlibrary loan program, a book discussion group, a public law library and a genealogy department. It also has plenty of volunteer opportunities.

Lynchburg General Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission, is a Primary Stroke Center and is a Level II Adult Trauma Center. It is award winning for excellence in patient safety, overall patient experience, joint replacement, general surgery and more and has been named a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital by Thomson Reuters. For military veterans, Lynchburg has a VA outpatient clinic, but the closest VA hospital is in Richmond, 100 miles to the east.

The public bus system (GLTC) offers regular, fixed-route service as well as a para-transit service. People age 65 and better ride for $1.00. The Lynchburg Regional Airport is served by regional carrier American Eagle. Amtrak has trains to major points east (New York, Washington, D.C., etc.) and south (New Orleans).

Lynchburg has a humid, four-season climate with hot summers and cool winters. July temperatures are in the 70s, 80s and 90s, while winter temperatures are in the 20s, 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 40 inches of snow and 18 inches of rain per year. The sun shines 220 days of the year.

For more information on apartments in Lynchburg, VA contact Walden Pond.



Move to Virgnia: "Best States for Education"

Move to Virgnia: "Best States for Education"

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Walden Pond Apartments, Lynchburg, VAWhen it comes to educating students, state governments play a vital role - from the allocation of funding to passing laws on school choice and basic curriculum. Among the Best States For Education, the Eastern Seaboard stands out. This education ranking was determined by performance in Pre K-12 and higher education.

Metrics considered include the percentage of the population that is college educated - with an Associate's degree or higher - and average undergraduates tuition and fees for in-state students at public institutions.

#10 on the list: Virginia

College Educated: 45%
Average undergraduate tuition and fees: $11.057
Public High School Graduation Rate: 85.3%
Best Overall Rank: 11

For more information on apartments in Lynchburg, VA, contact Walden Pond Apartments.



Where to Enjoy Fall in Lynchburg, VA

Where to Enjoy Fall in Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 16, 2017

Walden Pond Apartments, Lynchburg, VAIf you live in our apartments in Lynchburg, VA fall may be one of your most favorite times of year. There may be no better fall weather in any state and Virginia also has some of the best vistas; fall foliage makes them even more spectacular. Here is a look at the top 5 places in Lynchburg parks and trails where you can enjoy the next few weekends.

1. Miller Park

Miller Park is a great place to spend a fall afternoon. Bring friends and play in the leaves or take the family’s fall photo with an elegant backdrop of the Aviary. Miller Park is full of red and orange this season.

2. Blackwater Creek Trail

Leaves are falling down all along the trail of Blackwater Creek. Come take a walk and hear the crisp sound under your feet. Don’t forget the parks and trails are dog friendly! Bring your furry friend with you on your next outing.

3. Hollins Mill Park

Hollins Mill is a real treat in the fall season–a beautiful mix of green, red, and orange backdrop against the Dam. Bring a blanket and pack a few sandwiches and relax in the grass for an old fashioned picnic. The weather can get cool so don’t forget a light jacket and some hot chocolate!

4. Ivy Creek Park

Tucked away in the west side of the city, Ivy Creek Park offers more than just a great view. Bring your fishing pole and enjoy catching trout and catfish at Clemmons Lake, or enjoy a stroll on the trail following the edge of the lake.

5. The Stone Overlook at Riverside Park

This is the ideal location to experience a few moments of serenity in one of our most popular parks. The site overlooks the James River from the south side. Whichever park or trail you end up on remember to capture the radiant scenery. Happy leaf-peeping.



Luxurious Apartments in Lynchburg, VA

Luxurious Apartments in Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 12, 2017

Walden Pond in Lynchburg, VAAs a place to live, work, and play, Lynchburg, VA is one of the best. It is a vibrant and historic area located in the eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This area offers scenery, things to do, mountains, lakes, nightlife, and a mild climate with four seasons. Lynchburg is an excellent place to find a job, a fun place to live after college, the perfect place to retire, and has a below average cost of living.

If you are relocating here, consider renting an apartment in Lynchburg, VA. With so much to offer, Walden Pond Apartments is a great place to live. Walden Pond Apartments lie in a quiet section of Lynchburg City close to retail, restaurants and less than a mile from Route 29, 501, and 460. Centrally located to Lynchburg College and Liberty University, Walden Pond Apartments offers a tranquil park-like setting with the conveniences of the city lifestyle.

We have spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Located right near downtown and in a gorgeous part of Virginia, you’ll have plenty to do with outdoor activities like biking, water sports, and hiking. There are plenty of cultural options too. Contact Walden Pond for more information.


October is Virginia Wine Month

October is Virginia Wine Month

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 02, 2017

Walden Pone, Lynchburg, VAOctober is Virginia Wine Month, and a great time to discover why Wine Enthusiast magazine named us one of the 10 best wine travel destinations in the world. Each turn of our scenic roads brings a new adventure. In one afternoon, you can go from rolling vineyards, to picturesque horse farms, to cozy country inns. A mouthwatering barbecue stand to a five-star restaurant. A stunning Viognier to a world-class Cabernet Franc. This is Virginia. It’s how we roll. The more time you take, the more you’ll discover ― every region, every vintage, every winery in Virginia is unique. The one constant is a warm welcome. Virginia wines are now recognized among the world’s best, and there are over 250 local wineries ready to show you why. There are exciting events and special promotions going on all month long. Be sure to visit VirginiaWine.org for a complete list of October Wine Month activities.

Drink Local October Challenge Be true to your roots, Virginia! In celebration of Wine Month, please choose a Virginia vintage when enjoying wine during the month of October. Whether at home or in a restaurant, be sure to support our local wineries. Tell us about your Virginia Wine crush at #VAWine and #OctVAWineMonth.

Here is a list of five local vineyards:

DeVault Family Vineyards – Concord, VA

Lazy Days Winery – Amherst, VA

Peaks of Otter Winery – Bedford, VA

Hickory Hill Vineyards – Moneta, VA

Rebec Vineyards – Amherst, VA

Always drink responsibly. VirginiaWine.org

Article/Image Source:Lynchburg Living Magazine

Apartment Living in Lynchburg, VA

Apartment Living in Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchburg, VAVirginia is a very popular area to visit and to live. We regularly receive accolades as a wonderful place to retire, one of the “Best States,”packed with wonderful small towns, a state where your money can go farther, and surrounded by beautiful scenery. In fact, Virginia has an excellent, mild, and four-season climate in addition to having so much to do. Lynchburg is a beautiful and classy area with universities, art, history, theater, and restaurants galore. Some of the best food at your fingertips and overflowing with charm, people from all over love their decision to move here.

If you are looking for an apartment in Lynchburg, VA look no further than Walden Pond. These apartment homes have a community environment and exclusive amenities. There are two different styles of one-, two-,and three- bedroom apartments with luxury community amenities as well. Walden Pond is in the heart of Lynchburg’s historic, retail, and business community. Get a taste of the small-town city living and comfort with a built in community too. This is a distinctive apartment community environment made for those seeking apartment amenities, spacious and inviting floor plans, and the dedication of a committed management team.

For more information on apartments in Lynchburg, VA, contact Walden Pond.


Things to Do in Lynchburg, VA

Things to Do in Lynchburg, VA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, September 18, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchburg, VAThe list below includes free or cheap things to do in or near Lynchburg, Virginia, including different types of inexpensive activities like Mini Golf, History Museums, Bowling and more.

From Old City Cemetery to Riverwalk Trail, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions for those who live in apartments in Lynchburg, VA.

Old City Cemetery

The oldest cemetery in the state of Virginia is the Old City Cemetery, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The cemetery is still in use today and also serves as a very unique public garden.

Riverwalk Trail

The Riverwalk Trail offers a hiking and biking area for visitors to enjoy. The trail provides wildlife views as trail users travel from the Greek Orthodox Church to the end of the trail at the James River.

Jones Memorial Library

The Jones Memorial Library specializes in genealogy, research and manuscripts centered on the surrounding community stretching back before the Civil War. The library and its records are open daily except Sundays and holidays.

Riverside Park

Lynchburg's Riverside Park offers a variety of attractions, including a 1900 square foot Sprayground area with water play activities. The park also features a playground for kids as well as picnic areas.

Point of Honor

The Federal-style house that was built by Dr. George Cabell in 1815 is called Point of Honor. The historic site is furnished with authentic period antiques, and there is a small gallery that introduces visitors to the individuals who used to call Point of Honor their home.

Sandusky Historic Site

At the Sandusky Historic Site, visitors are able to learn bout Civil War history through interactive displays and a short film. This museum is located in a private home that is currently being restored.

Tiny Town Miniature Golf

Featuring an 18-hole course, Tiny Town Miniature Golf offers visitors cosmic golf with glow-in-the dark obstacles and golf balls. The final hole features a large face where visitors can aim for the nose, eyes, or mouth to complete the course.

Putt-Putt Golf-Games & Go Karts

The Putt-Putt Golf-Games & Go Karts is an entertainment complex featuring a number of fun attractions for its guests to enjoy. In addition to putt-putt and go-karts, the center also offers bumper cars, batting cages, and laser tag.

Lynchburg Museum

Located in an 1850s Greek revival style courthouse, Lynchburg Museum offers a glimpse into the history of Lynchburg, VA. Visitors can look through years of exhibits and a view of the James River.

Maier Museum of Art

With family programs and art contests, the Maier Museum of Art has a very strong presence in its community. It also houses an impressive collection of American art from across the last century.

Pest House Medical Museum

An ugly part of history, Pest House Medical Museum is the site of the smallpox quarantine hospital. When touring the building, visitors can learn about the facility and its practices via audio guides.

Fort Hill Bowling Center

A classic style bowling alley, the Fort Hill Bowling Center hosts open bowling hours as well as a variety of bowling leagues. The alley also hosts periodic bowling tournaments, and has a bar.

Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum

As the home of a Civil Rights activist, Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum gives visitors an inside glimpse to the life of the woman. The garden is open year round and is maintained by volunteers.

Enjoy yourself in Lynchburg, we do!



Things To Consider When Renting an Apartment

Things To Consider When Renting an Apartment

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Walden Pond, Lynchburg, VAThe internet has made it very easy to search for rental properties. 

There are steps every renter should take to make sure looking for — and finding a new place to live — is safe and successful.

Location, location, location

You've heard it before — it's considered the first rule of real estate. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Does this location make sense in terms of my day-to-day life?
  • How far away is it from work or school?
  • Is there a grocery store nearby?

Location makes a difference mostly in regards to safety. The apartment should be in a part of town where you feel safe. It should be clean and close to school or work.

Do your research

Visit potential apartments in person when possible and go online to access customer reviews on management companies. If you're deciding between two apartments, a bad review of one management company could sway your decision.

Also, keep your eyes open while you tour. Are the hallways clean? Is there trash piling up in the parking lot? You can learn a lot about a management company that way.

Ask what's included

You might be ready to jump into a lease when you hear about a low rent, but find out what's included in that cost. Does it include heat, electricity, cable, internet, sewer or trash collection? Do the math to figure out if a slightly higher rent makes sense if more of those things are included.

Read your lease carefully

Ask any questions you have about the lease prior to signing it. Know what you're getting into before you sign on the dotted line.

You hear it a lot, especially from college students — renters get into an apartment, then four months later they want to leave when a friend asks them to move into another place. But they don't realize what their lease says (preventing them from moving to the new apartment).

Some leases auto-renew every year, others require a 30- or 60-day notice in writing to vacate.

Just make sure all your 'i's' are dotted and your 't's' are crossed.

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