Thanksgiving Trivia Fun

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

roast-turkeyWhat comes to your mind when you think of Thanksgiving?

The big fat golden-brown turkey? Grandma’s pumpkin pie? Or the oh-so-nice cranberries and corn-on-the-cob?

Well well, all these ARE a major part of the Thanksgiving holiday. But there’s even more to this wonderful occasion of Thanksgiving!

The holiday of Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the beauty and bounty around us, our marvelous friends and family, the gift of their love and many more such good things that we are thankful for !

thanksgiving-feastCelebrated every year on the last Thursday in November, the spirit of Thanksgiving Day sets the tone for a grand and joyous season.

Now to share some interesting trivia associated with the Thanksgiving holiday.

Like most trivia, the Thanksgiving trivia are just as much a fun read.

Check these out:

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Carpeting Can Add a Bright New Look

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

carpeting-carpet-samplesCarpets Brightens Up the Look of the Place

Carpets are mainly used for decorative purposes to give your house or your office at times a more sophisticated look. They instantly brighten up the surroundings and give the place a more polished look.

It is also a great way to keep the respective place clean compared to places that don’t have carpets at all. However there are a number of benefits that one can enjoy by carpeting a place of their choice that they think need it.

Here are some valuable benefits of doing so:

• BRIGHTENING UP THE APPEARANCE

Like I mentioned earlier, carpeting has mostly to do with enhancing the appearance of the place. It gives a certain touch to the décor with the various colors and designs it is available in. This carpeting can help you in some way to provide you with the kind of looking you have been looking for, for your home or office.

carpeting-new-carpet-flooring• BRINGING IN THE STYLE STREAK

Styling the look of a room is very important to create a kind of an impression on the people who would be visiting those places.

Over the years, with the hundreds and thousands of styles, patterns, cuts that have embraced the markets of such designing carpets are good enough for providing the premises with such a style statement.

• GETTING THAT COZY FEELING AND THE WARMTH

Ever tried curling up like a ball on a cold winter night right in front of that warm fireplace? When you have a soft and warm carpet laid in front of it, it gives you the most comforting feeling ever o lie on it and curl up with a blanket. Carpets are soft and extremely comfortable and it gives you a very pleasant feel.

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Easy Tips for the Best Thanksgiving Dinner Party

Monday, November 6th, 2017

best-thanksgiving-dinner-tips10 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Dinner Delicious and Easy

I love to cook. And I love to have a day off of work. But, despite the fact that preparing Thanksgiving dinner recipes is relatively easy, I’m ashamed to admit that sometimes, I dread the work involved. I just want to hang out with my family and friends, have time at some point during the meal to take a stroll on the beach boardwalk, and not have to work hard getting even a simple meal on the table. So, over the years, I’ve developed a handful of strategies that have made my Thanksgiving dinner preparation a bit easier. Hopefully, these will make your Thanksgiving dinner recipe preparation a little easier too!

1. DON’T STUFF YOUR TURKEY. While stuffing the turkey really makes the stuffing moist, there are ways to recreate the same result without stuffing it in the turkey. Who needs to worry about scooping out all of the stuffing? It just delays the meal.

So, when you trim the fat from the turkey neck and other areas, keep the fat and lay it over your stuffing and cook your stuffing in a separate casserole dish. You’ll get the benefit of the fat flavor and it will also keep the stuffing moist while it bakes.

turkey-gravy2. MAKE GRAVY AHEAD OF TIME USING THE TURKEY’S NECK AND EARLY DRIPPINGS FROM THE BIRD. There is no need to wait for the bird to finish cooking before you make your gravy. I learned how to make gravy from the Executive Chef at one of the restaurants I worked for and he made exceptional gravy. Brown chunks of carrots, onions and celery with the turkey neck in a large pot. Add stock (chicken stock is fine) bay leaves, peppercorns, sage and other spices you like. Make a roux in a separate pan using basted dripping from the bird or you can even make it ahead of time as early as you like (even the day before) by browning butter with flour (in our home, I use potato, rice and corn starch because my son must eat gluten -free). Add the roux to the broth, continue to reduce and strain completely right before serving.

3. USE OR CREATE A SECOND OVEN. If you don’t have a toaster oven, buy one now. You can find one for as little as $30 and it can work as a second oven for baking pies, side dishes etc… Along those lines, it’s fine to microwave vegetables (asparagus take about 8 minutes microwaved in water), and to make as many dishes as you can on your stovetop.

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3 Steps To Choosing Furniture

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

furniture-design-stylesDo you ever feel overwhelmed when you walk into a furniture store or are browsing a furniture store website?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. With all the different colors, styles, fabrics, names brands, prices, and materials, it can feel like you just got hit with a ton of bricks

But maybe choosing furniture isn’t really as hard as we think it is. There are 3 easy steps to take to know beforehand what to look for. That way when you’re surfing the web or visiting your local furniture store, you know exactly what you want and won’t end up walking around for hours trying to decide.

The steps are as follows:
1. Choose a style.
2. Choose the color(s).
3. Choose the shade of wood you want.

These steps seem pretty simple, right? Yet, online you will find (what feels like) too many different styles to choose from. But I will simplify it for you here for the moment.

bedroom-furniture-suiteBasically, many of the styles can be put into four categories: Modern, Contemporary, Rustic, and Chic.

So what are you looking for? Are you needing to add that contemporary twist into your home or maybe that rustic feel? First, we need to understand what these different styles really mean.

The Modern Style is what we would consider being from the 19th century till today. It comes about because of the art style, modernism. The furniture is more of a practical nature and is meant to not be excessive. Especially after World War II, when not many people had an excess of anything. It is usually compact and multifunctional, making it perfect for apartments and smaller homes.

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Autumn Decorating Made Easy

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

halloween-decorationsBeautiful and Easy Autumn Decorating

I admit it. This is my favorite time of year. While friends and family are unabashed lovers of the summer, with its long sunny days, barbecues, and vacations, I wait impatiently each summer for autumn to arrive.

This is decorating season. My season. When the days get shorter, and the nights chillier, our attention is brought back indoors. It is the ideal time for bringing the colors of the harvest season into your home, and onto your porch.

When we think of autumn, a small palette of colors springs to mind. Colors like pumpkin, deep gold, and rust. The colors we associate with this season come straight from the harvest.

fall-decorations-pumpkinsWhy not jazz up your traditional fall displays with something unexpected? A deep pumpkin color looks dramatic with an infusion of eggplant or a fresh apple green. Apple red along with the warm gold adds fun to your tabletop display, centerpiece, or porch vignette.

For the dining room table or sideboard, think outside the box. We tend to create and choose table decorations and vignettes that conform to a square or circle shape. Some of the most dramatic tabletop decorating travels down an imaginary center line of the table, and leads your eye to the other end.

Tabletop candle holders are popular right now in long horizontal shapes. A simple holder in a dark finish of wood or metal would look wonderful with assorted Autumn-hued silk foliage running casually alongside it. If you love the look of hurricane lamps, use three or four, instead of one, then add your autumn foliage at the bases, for a casual “I just carried this in from the outdoors” look.

Don’t stop yourself after simply decorating a dining room table for the season. Look around your house for other opportunities to celebrate the harvest season.

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Hardwood Flooring or Cabinets: Which to Install First?

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

kitchen-cabinetsHardwood Flooring First or Kitchen Cabinets: The Big Kitchen Renovation Dilemma

Are you considering a complete kitchen renovation? Are you thinking of changing the flooring as well as the cabinets and appliances?

If you are interested in a complete kitchen overhaul, one question will put you in dilemma: Should I install hardwood flooring first or kitchen cabinets?

Hardwood Flooring or Kitchen Cabinets: Is there a Solution?

The answer to the question depends on your situation. If you are undertaking a massive makeover in the kitchen, it is best to install hardwood flooring before fitting the kitchen cabinets.

Take a look at the list of compelling reasons that will help you to solve the dilemma of hardwood flooring vs. cabinets:

hardwood-flooring· The Benefit of Flexibility

Usually, hardwood flooring will last longer than the kitchen cabinets. Also, you may be tempted to change the layout of the kitchen and make changes to the cabinet footprint.

If you have such flooring across the kitchen floor, you will be able to change the placement of cabinets as well as appliances easily.

· The Height Issue

When you install kitchen cabinets and appliances on the sub-floor first, you can end up getting the height of cabinets wrong. You will then have to insert plywood risers below the cabinets to get the height right.

Instead of spending time and labor on plywood, why not install the hardwood flooring first?

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