• Four Tips to Host Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner

    Four Tips to Host Perfect Thanksgiving DinnerHolidays are for enjoying, eating and having fun with your family and friends. So is the Thanksgiving Day, but this particular holiday involves a bit more effort in order to be perfectly organized and to prepare a good dinner.

    Decorations

    Best way to show off your holiday spirit is to decorate your whole house with some Thanksgiving decorations. You can make turkeys out of paper and hang them on your drapes or walls. You may even put some baskets with dry leaves around your house and some small decorative pumpkins. This will give a nice fall feeling to your house. Also, you should incorporate fall colors like red, orange, deep purple and brown and arrange some flowers of those colors.

    Seating arrangements

    If you are planning on hosting a big dinner you can neatly arrange where your guests will sit. For example, you can seat together all the couples, family members can also sit together and put some good friends near each other so everyone would be comfortable. To make this easier, plan a few days ahead and you can make seating cards. These cards should also be decorated, and you can use yellow paper and write down the names in some beautiful letters.

    Organize the table

    To perfectly organize meals, dishes and everything else on your table, you should plan a few days ahead. Decide on which plates you want to use, which table cloth, glasses, drink and of course the menu. If you are stuck and do not know how to organize things try consulting Peters of Kensington. They have a tableware section where you can find everything you need, from plates and cutlery to diversity of bowls and glasses. Not only all the products are of a good quality, but they are also creative and well-designed and they will definitely make your table look charming. Besides the tableware, here you can find many interesting and useful ideas for any occasion.

    Play some games

    After this big perfect dinner you should rest your stomachs and have a few drinks with your guests while playing some fun games. You can always play usual card games, or you can get creative and try some new ones. A game called Top Turkey Artist involves drawing the best turkey but without looking. Both kids and adults can play this game; all you need is a pen, paper and a blindfold. Another game that is both for children and adults is Turkey Tag. This is an outdoor game and it is just a Thanksgiving version of flag tag. However, if you are hosting a party with no children, just adults you can try any of the interesting drinking games. Just turn on the TV, find an interesting show and establish the rules for drinking and you are done.

    So, to plan and organize the most perfect and the most fun Thanksgiving dinner just follow some of these tips and you will not make a mistake. You and your guests will enjoy and create some good memories.

    Thanks to Emma Lawson for this guest post.

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  • 15 Mouthwatering Thanksgiving Recipes to Try This Year

    15 Thanksgiving Recipes

    Thanksgiving is almost here! Do you have your menu set yet? I’m still working on mine.  There are so many yummy recipes out there that you definitely don’t have to make the same thing as last year. Be a hit this Thanksgiving with these mouthwatering recipes from around the web. We’ve found a little bit of everything, so you have lots of choices! Be sure to “pin” this so you can be a Thanksgiving rock star this year!

    15 Mouthwatering Thanksgiving Recipes

    1. Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce
    2. Soy Glazed Sweet Potatoes
    3. Crock Pot Applesauce
    4. Sourdough Stuffing with Mushrooms, Apples, & Sage
    5. Potato Rosemary Rolls
    6. Chef John’s Make Ahead Turkey Gravy
    7. Loaded Mashed Cauliflower
    8. Homemade Mac & Cheese
    9. Herbed Turkey and Dressing
    10. Gingered Green Beans
    11. Slow Cooker Country Style Garlic Mashed Potatoes
    12. Cranberry Stuffing Balls 
    13. Creamed Corn Cornbread
    14. Scalloped Onions & Peas
    15. Creamed Beans & Potatoes

    So many wonderful choices – it is hard to pick! What do you plan to have for Thanksgiving?

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  • Snickerdoodle Bites Recipe

    Snickerdoodle Bites PIN

    Snickerdoodle Bites Recipe

    I love baking around the holidays and these cookies are no exception! Warm cinnamon and sugar cookies that make your house smell divine. These are perfect for an afternoon treat for the kids, a dessert (add some ice cream for an extra treat) or for your holiday entertaining. I hope you enjoy these Snickerdoodle Bites as much as I do!

    Snickerdoodle Bites Recipe

    Snickerdoodle Bites
     
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    Ingredients
    • ½ cup butter
    • ½ cup shortening
    • 1 ½ cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 2 ¾ cup flour

    • For Rolling:
    • 2 teaspoon. cinnamon
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, shortening, and sugar with an electric mixer. Beat on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add eggs and stir until incorporated.
    3. On low speed, slowly add in salt, and baking soda, and flour. Mix until incorporated.
    4. In a separate small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar.
    5. Shape dough into tablespoon sized balls and roll into cinnamon-sugar mixture.
    6. Place balls 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes.

     

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  • Pumpkin Butter

    pumpkin butter

    I love pumpkin and I love this twist on the classic apple butter. If you like pumpkin, you don’t want to miss this Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter, which is simple to make and perfect on toast, biscuits, crackers, or fruit.

    Make this ahead a time and enjoy it all season or as a fun appetizer for a Fall party or Thanksgiving. Try this Pumpkin Butter and you won’t want to go back to plain apple butter anymore!

    Ingredients

    • 30 oz Pumpkin Puree
    • 2/3 cup Apple Juice
    • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
    • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
    • 1 tsp Nutmeg
    • 1 tsp Ginger
    • 1/2 tsp Cloves
    • 1/4 tsp Allspice
    • 1/2 cup Sugar
    • 1 cup Brown Sugar
    • pinch of Salt

    make pumpkin butterDirections

    1. Add all ingredients to slow cooker and stir.
    2. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours.
    3. Remove lid, stir and cook for 1-2 additional hours until mixture has darkened and thickened.
    4. Turn off slow cooker and allow to cool.
    5. Transfer to jars and refrigerate.

    Here are some more pumpkin recipes you may enjoy:

    Still not sure what to make with pumpkin, check out these 5 different ways to use pumpkin puree.

    Pumpkin Butter
     
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    • Ingredients
    • 30 oz Pumpkin Puree
    • ⅔ cup Apple Juice
    • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
    • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
    • 1 tsp Nutmeg
    • 1 tsp Ginger
    • ½ tsp Cloves
    • ¼ tsp Allspice
    • ½ cup Sugar
    • 1 cup Brown Sugar
    • pinch of Salt
    Instructions
    1. Add all ingredients to slow cooker and stir.
    2. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours.
    3. Remove lid, stir and cook for 1-2 additional hours until mixture has darkened and thickened.
    4. Turn off slow cooker and allow to cool.
    5. Transfer to jars and refrigerate.

     

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