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Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Holiday Blog, Homes for the Holidays | 0 comments

Amazing Side Dish and Dessert Recipes for Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again when we make Thanksgiving dinner plans, and decide who will have the honor of making this year’s turkey. If you are the chosen one, you will most likely use your tried and true recipe. In fact, it’s what your family and friends have been waiting all year for since they enjoyed it the previous year. But what’s Thanksgiving without amazing sides and desserts? With sides and desserts, you get to showcase your creativity and try something new. To help you with ideas, we are sharing 5 recipes for sides and desserts. Best Ever Baked Mac ‘N CheeseFrom Do KainzIngredients1 box (8 oz.) macaroni  1 can Campbell’s cheddar cheese soup½ soup can of whole milk8 to 10 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese1 egg1 sleeve of Ritz crackers½ cup (1 stick) butter Preheat the oven to 350°. Boil macaroni as package directs until al dente. Rinse in colander with cold water. Drain. While macaroni drains, combine cheese soup and milk in a saucepan, and heat until...

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Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Holiday Blog, Homes for the Holidays | 0 comments

Ideas for Seasonal Wreaths and How to Make Your Own

Holiday wreaths are a great way to celebrate the season and they you can buy or make stunning decorations with (optional) fragrant scents. Fresh greenery wreaths not only look beautiful, but they scent the air around them. Pine boughs, ivy, and ferns are a few types of fresh greenery that you can use to make wreaths. Click on any of the pictures below for more information. Save On Crafts has good DYI information about basic wreath designs, floral wreaths, and instructions in their “How to Make a Wreath” section. They also sell wreath making supplies, frames and forms. Martha Stewart has 35 holiday wreath ideas. This fragrant wreath doubles as a source for dried herbs that you can use in cooking after the holidays. Cork wreaths are fun to make, especially collecting the corks! Corks make a durable and festive wreath that lasts year-round. This blog post on Taste N Trip shows how to make one with a straw wreath, floral picks, corks, and a bow. More wine cork...

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Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Holiday Blog, Homes for the Holidays | 0 comments

Spruce Up the Dinner Table with 6 Ideas for a Seasonal Centerpiece

It’s almost the end of October and pretty soon the fun decorations you made with your kids will need to come down. And as soon as the Halloween Asteroid passes Earth it’s time for Fall-themed dinner parties and Thanksgiving. Make sure you have what you need to decorate the dinner table that will make your friends and family “ooh” and “aah.” Fortunately, we found 6 ideas to help. Just click on any of the pictures for more information. Admirers of the long, traditional dinner table will fall in love with the clean, symmetrical look of a long box centerpiece. Dinner guests will enjoy discovering the creative combinations you include in your box. If you need something to start up your creative juices, Anita from Far Above Rubies provides some ideas. If you like to do a little bit of DIY, try My Country Blog’s idea and cover up a boring glass vase or mason jar with a paper bag to better match the Fall-colored flowers in your centerpiece. The...

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Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Holiday Blog, Homes for the Holidays | 0 comments

8 Creative Costume Ideas for Halloween

When it comes to Halloween costumes this year, don’t be a Grumpy Cat, or maybe you want to be. Whether you’re looking for costumes for kids, adults, pets, or groups here are a few creative ideas to get you started for Halloween this year. Just click on any of the pictures for more information. It’s amazing how Solo cups will transform you into a Lego, what you can to with paper towel rolls, or even trash bags. Although a black trash bag with styrofoam “peanuts” glued to the outside to look like an inside-out California Roll is not recommended (the peanuts come off all over the place no matter what type of glue you use). This Biker Baby looks authentic. Whatever the costume, the beard and mustache are bound to make people do a double-take! This costume from Creatively Christy’s blog takes the cake! This costume is made of cardboard and posterboard plus an outer layer of felt and fleece. Visit her blog for more details. The patriotic look...

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Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Holiday Blog, Homes for the Holidays | 0 comments

Love Pumpkin? Here Are 6 Unique Uses for Pumpkin

Though the weather is still warm, it is definitely Fall. A number of pumpkin patches have popped up overnight, and we are glad to see them! Maybe it’s too early for pumpkin pie but that doesn’t mean that that we’re not already enjoying them in our pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin pancakes. We simply cannot deny our love for pumpkin! We did some research and found 6 unique uses for pumpkin. From DIY beauty products to holiday ornaments, there are many things for pumpkin-lovers to enjoy. Keep reading to see what we found. 1.  Pumpkin-Honey Baking Soda Scrub (via Brit + Co): After plenty of sun exposure this Summer it’s time to take care of our skin. Try this pumpkin scrub to help exfoliate and brighten your skin. And yes, it works for sensitive skin! Figure 1: Courtesy of 2.  Pumpkin Seed Necklaces (via Activity Village): Carving pumpkins? Roast some pumpkin seeds for snacks and save the rest to have fun craft time with the kids!

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