Thanksgiving Dinner from A to T

Some tips and tricks to help you seamlessly pull off a festive Thanksgiving soiree.  Over at Real Simple Magazine you can find: Ten Leftover Turkey Recipes.  These super easy recipes will help you to creatively use up your leftovers.  Eeverything from soup to samosas ( as pictured in the photo above).  Be sure to check out the salads for a light meal option like Turkey Waldorf salad,

Next some lifesaving cooking tips from  Rachel Ray.  Rachel has some terrific ideas for side dishes, gravy and what to do if your stuffing gets dried out.  Her tips will allow you to keep your cool if something doesn’t go as planned.

Martha Stewart shows us how to properly carve the turkey.  A simple four step guide that shows how easily it can be done!  Also there are tips for making pies and gravy.

Once you have your turkey in the oven you can set a gorgeous table.   I love simplistic and nature inspired tablescapes.  Love the idea of writing on a fallen leaf for a place card.  Or a natural kraft paper place mat that allows you to write/draw what you are thankful for, a great idea for kids and for kids at heart.

I love setting a unique table for your guest to enjoy.  Leaf pic via Etsy and Kraft Paper via Sunset Magazine

And last but not least the A for A to T.   Make sure you save some room for dessert,  Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake! From Life, love and Sugar.

Happy Thanksgiving and hope you have a great weekend!

Cheers,

Kathy

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Prepping for the Holidays

Holiday Sweater by Teaka Marie

It’s is sort of like the calm before the storm right now.  With each passing day the holiday season creeps closer.  Time for shopping, card writing, baking and decorating.  Parties, skating, sledding and other holiday festivities.   Even though we enjoy the holidays sometimes all the extra “things” can put a lot of pressure on you.   If you haven’t started preparing yet, don’t worry, you still have lots of time.  To get you started with your planning and shopping check out these holiday ideas:

One of my favourite blogs is Jones Design Company and last year she shared one of her traditions for the holidays.  When her kids make up their wish list they include the following: Something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read.  I really liked this idea.  You can view Emily’s post here

You have to get on top of sending cards early, the first week of December is ideal.  Here are some great card ideas: Merry Christmas from Crafted by Lindy and Believe from Dean Penn, Stationary Specialty Shop.

Decorating is next on the list of prepping for the holidays.  Love these French script stockings from The Cottage Workroom:

Stayed tuned for more holiday decorating ideas and recipes for Christmas.  Happy planning!

Cheers,

Kathy

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DIY Moss Terrarium

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Glass terrariums are a great way to bring some of the outdoors to your coffee table or desk.   Last time we went for a walk in the woodlands I gathered a few bits and pieces of nature in my pocket to build my own Moss Woodland Terrarium.

What you will need:

Glass container ( you can use any glass jar:  jam, mason, or I have used an old hurricane lantern jar)

Moss of various varieties.  I just plucked some different types of moss and bits of bark when we went for a walk.  You don’t need a lot.   You can check your local garden or hardware store for different varieties of plants and mosses.

Any other adornments you would like to add: twigs, acorns, pine cones, small Christmas ornaments or balls.

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As you can see I tried to gather  a variety of colours and textures.  Light grey green, earthy  brown tones and bright moss green.   To maintain your terrarium you can mist lightly with water every few days.  My terrarium doesn’t have a lid so I have to keep it moist.  It should last for a few weeks.  Check to make sure your plant specimens are not going mouldy.  If they are then compost or discard  you collection.

Cheers,

Kathy

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Halloween Party Planner

Are you a last minute party planner?  I know I am always leaving things to the last minute.  I have been at the grocery store buying food for guests that are going to arrive within the hour!  LOL, you think that I would learn by now.   Today the kids could wear their costumes to school and of course  last night we were at the costume store getting the finishing touches for their costumes.  So we are now ready for Halloween! … well, we still have to carve pumpkins…

Here are some quick and easy Halloween Party ideas for all you last minute planners…

Free Party Printables 

Fun Halloween Treats

Brew Ha Ha Punch 

No time for carving?? Just glue on some buttons and tie a bow to the stem!

Happy Halloween!

Cheers,

Kathy

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Sunday Edition

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Sunday edition can be followed here at All the Things,Etc and Let it be Beautiful.

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Fox Collection

Trend Spotting this Fall: Foxes!  Foxes are turning up everywhere and they are not your usual red tail variety.

 

White Fox from Jonathon Adler at Nordstroms,  Fabric Fox Brooch from MosMea, Fox Water Colour from River Luna, Fox Canister Jars from Pousse Pousse Citron, Fox Coasters from Caleigh Ill.

Enjoy your weekend!

Cheers, Kathy

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Flowers for Friday

Flowers for Friday!  A fresh look from Design Seeds

 

 

Have a terrific weekend!

Love, Laugh, Celebrate!

~Kathy

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Sunday Edition

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Sunday edition is only an image that summarizes for mental state or thoughts on the week.

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Sunday Edition

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Sunday edition is a post with no words, only an image to sum up the mood for the week.

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Flowers for Friday

Natural Beauty to Brighten your Day…

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