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Thanksgiving Tips

Thanksgiving is upon us and we look forward to meeting and greeting our dear ones. Here are some tips in making this great day a fantastic one:

Don’t come to the table starving. Drink a few cups of water and eat something light before the meal as well as not to overeat, overstuff, and feel bad later. Try to fill up on salads and protein so that when dessert comes around you’ll have room for just a bit!

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If you’re bringing kids, make sure the place is kid-friendly. Bring some crayons, coloring papers, and a toy or two for the little ones so they will be entertained and happy. A happy child makes a happy Mom!

If you’re making the meal make sure to have a variety of foods to please everyones taste. Fresh herbs add a tremendous amount of flavor to make the dish an outstanding one.

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If someone has allergies make sure the host knows before hand. It may be a good idea to bring along a dish so that you’re sure you have something to eat.

Cover the table with a tablecloth that’s easy to wipe clean such as a vinyl tablecloth. If you would like to use a pretty cloth, you may want to cover it with a clear vinyl tablecloth. With a large crowd,  spills can happen. After working so hard in the kitchen and preparing all that food you deserve to get a break in the cleanup!

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Lastly, enjoy the day and enjoy your company. After working so hard you’ll want to look back on this special day and be happy that you created beautiful memories that will be cherished forever.

 

A beautiful wooden table stands majestically in the middle of the room. You love the way it looks, the way it compliments your décor. Its beautiful color and design are what made you bring it home.

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It’s Autumn and the weather is getting chilly. You would love to grab a cup of coffee or relax with a warm tea. If you set the cup on the table, it might create a ring. A splash of beverage might end up on the table, creating a stain that might not come off.

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The Elegant Fern autumn placemats are a great solution. Its green and brown fern leaves remind you of the woods, of the crisp leaves that crunch under your feet as you take a stroll and relax in the cool breeze. These Fall leaf placemats are vinyl and are thickly padded to protect your tables from heat and water damage when setting something down that it too hot or an item that may spill. Its so easy to maintain: all you have to do it wipe it down with a clean cloth.

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You still get to see your table in all its beauty yet protecting it at the same time. Autumn is a time for accomplishments. By protecting our table and preventing scratches, spills, and table damage, this leaves us with more time and opportunity to accomplish all we would like to accomplish. Enjoy the day!

Vintage School Desk

I was taking a stroll with my family and noticed an old school desk sitting nicely at the curb. Wow! I thought. I can probably put it up for sale and get some cash for it. I ran back home to get my van so I can lug it back home.

When I brought home the school desk my girls immediately fell in love with it and asked me a bunch of questions. They wanted to know how old the desk was and if I used such a desk when I went to school. They told me not to sell it but to restore it to its former glory. They even promised that they would do their homework on it every day.

We decided to make a family project out of the desk. We went shopping for supplies at LOWES and got to work sanding, cutting, priming and painting. We replaced some of the wood and repainted the surface. The finished project came out amazing! Everyone loved it. Below are the pictures in its stages:

Stage # 1

Since the wood was split and weathered, it needed to be glued and clamped.The seat had a lot of splinters and loose wood that we removed. Wood filler was applied to all the cracks. When it was dry, the wood was sanded to a smooth finish.

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Stage # 2

Since the desktop was decayed and beyond repair, we had to fabricate one out of solid pine. It was cut, sanded, primed, and painted. I removed the desk pole/bracket from the old desktop and primed and painted it a metallic silver by RUST-OLEUM. The desktop itself was primed with a RUST-OLEUM primer and painted a gloss purple with Painters Touch RUST-OLEUM paint. My daughters decided on the color purple since it matched her bedroom decor.

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Stage # 3

The rust was sanded off and the chair was primed with RUST-OLEUM primer. The wood portion of the chair was covered and taped so that I can paint the metal part.Once the paint was dry I used # 7  polishing compound to have that extra gloss. I then did the reverse, covering the metal and painting the wood purple.

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Here are the pictures of the before and after. My children loved it. Let’s hope they make good on their promise and do their homework diligently like they promised!

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Lots of quality time is spent around the table. We eat our daily meals of breakfast, lunch and dinner at the table. We have weekend get-togethers and gatherings for holidays, parties, and special occasions around tables. We even have picnics and enjoy the outside weather.

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It’s a good idea to cover the tables. We cover our tables for practical reasons to protect our fine tables from scratches and spills. We can also cover our tables to brighten up the decor of the room or to enhance the occasion. There are so many styles and colors to choose from.

Now the question is what is preferable? Placemats or Tablecloths?

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Placemats can be used for every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some feel that it’s easier to clear off a small area than to wipe off and put away an entire tablecloth. In larger settings such as weddings and parties, placemats are used more as a decoration to liven up the event. In restaurants, they can be used to advertise menu items, specials, local businesses and/or games for children.

Tablecloths are an easier choice when you have lots of company. Food and drinks tend to spill especially when there is a lot of food being passed around and a tablecloth will protect the table.  If you prefer you can do both: use a tablecloth for practical reasons and placemats as a decorative option at the same time.

Let us know what you prefer: tablecloth, placemats, or both!

 

 

 

Spring is in the air! Let’s rejoice by throwing a party together. Which are your favorite colors of spring? Is it bright pinks, a strong yellow, orange, and green? Or is it the pale pastels such as mint, peach, and pale pink?

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There are so many tablecloth colors to choose from. Basic Poly cloth tablecloths are available in over seventy colors and Miranda damask tablecloths have beautiful spring colors with a pretty white floral design. The Galaxy Vinyl Tablecloth has over thirty colors and perfect for indoor or outside use. It definitely adds to the decor and cheers up the whole surroundings.

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There are an abundance of gorgeous spring flowers that can be placed in the middle of the table as a centerpiece, as a place setting, or even to enhance your napkin rings. Place a napkin ring, greenery, or a thin string around a cloth napkin and then slide a flower through. It brightens up the table in a fresh and inexpensive way.

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Celebrate with making your fruit and veggies into spring treats. Kitchen Fun with my Three Sons made a flower pot cupcake and used fresh fruit to make flowers. Carrots and hummus in a small terra planter is an adorable idea as well. Have fun with these ideas and let us know what you come up with. Enjoy the weather and enjoy celebrating!

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Valentines day is a special day to show our love to those that mean so much to us. Here are some great ways to celebrate this special day.

Giving gifts are nice, but when you take the time to present something in a nice, thoughtful way it means so much more.

A special lunch or dinner is a sure way to show appreciation. Food is a magic mood enhancer especially if its plated in an attractive and pleasing way. The setting too makes a difference. Brighten up the table with a bright red or white tablecloth to display food more attractively and to liven up your surroundings. Red vinyl placemats are also a nice option of adding color to your table.

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Your silverware can be your display as well. Set a separate dessert table and display all those goodies you have for dessert.

DIY Valentines Napkin Rings

Dress up your table with DIY Valentine Napkin rings. It’s a great way to change the decor up a bit in a fun and inexpensive way. Add a bright red cloth napkin and step back and admire your hard work.

Valentines Tic Toc Toe

The most precious gift you can give is time. Spend some quality time with your spouse, child, friend, loved one. This cute tic toc toe game is fun activity that is easy to make with some felt and stuffing. Fun for everyone, enjoy the laughter and the fond memories it creates!

 

 

Mouthwatering and Satisfying Recipe

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Here is a great recipe which I thought would be a great addition to a new year’s dinner. With all the little appetizers and salads that we would like to make, here is an easy and hearty holiday treat that you’ll be sure to love!

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Overnight Potato Pudding

5lbs potatoes peeled

1 large onion

8 large eggs

1 cup oil

½ cup boiling water

1 ½ TBSP salt

1/8 tsp pepper

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Grate potatoes and onion in food processor. Mix in eggs, oil, and boiling water. Season with salt and pepper
  3. Transfer to a 9 x 13 pan. Bake for 2 hrs uncovered. After 2 hrs cover tightly with 3 layers of aluminum foil. Place another pan halfway filled with cold water on lower rack directly underneath potato pudding pan. Lower oven temperature to 220F and bake 8hrs or overnight. Serves 8-10.

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