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November 19, 2015

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

Thanksgiving is one of my absolute favorite holidays. It’s full of good food, family, and of course, football and naps! I love feasting on my favorite Thanksgiving dishes during the holiday but sometimes the fridge stays full of leftover Thanksgiving food for days and days. While I love the meal on Thanksgiving day, sometimes I want to find a new way to use up all those Thanksgiving leftovers. My go-to is this Thanksgiving Turkey Salad!

What I love about this salad is that you get to enjoy all your favorite Thanksgiving flavors yet it’s light and refreshing so you’re not extra-stuffed for some Black Friday shopping. Truly though, I love eating this [...]

 
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November 18, 2015

Holiday Movie Specials: What to Watch This Season

The Holidays Are Officially Here!

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, it’s true: the holiday season is now officially upon us. And that means it’s time to break out the holiday movies! With that in mind, we’ve put together an excellent selection of the perfect movies for you and your family during the holidays.

Thanksgiving Movies

Thanksgiving might not have as rich a cinematic tradition as Halloween or Christmas, but we’ve rounded up a few choice flicks.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Enough said. This 1987 film features the comedic genius of Steve Martin and the late, great John Candy, both of whom were in their prime. The unlikely travel companions overcome [...]

 
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November 16, 2015

Thanksgiving Food Traditions and How They Vary Across the US

One Special Day, So Many Ways to Celebrate

Attend a Thanksgiving feast just about anywhere in the U.S., and you’re bound to encounter turkey. Yes, the big grumpy bird that has become synonymous with Thanksgiving is a Turkey Day mainstay across the United States, though the preparation method of choice may be slightly different.

But venture beyond the main course, and you’ll find that Thanksgiving fare varies pretty dramatically from one place to the next. Let’s sample Thanksgiving cuisine from across the nation.

Thanksgiving, West Coast Edition

Californians love the sunshine, and the state’s year-round pleasant weather has given rise to a new tradition in turkey [...]

 
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November 12, 2015

5 Tips to Avoid Thanksgiving Disasters

Turkey time will be here before you know it, which means Thanksgiving Day preparation is among us. Although traditions and plans vary amongst families, many would agree that a lot of planning goes into this memory filled feast from the turkey and meal preparation to the entertainment for the guest. When certain precautions are not taken, Thanksgiving has the potential to be the most horrifying holiday of them all. To help take a load off, we are giving you five tips to keep in mind this Thanksgiving season in order to avoid having a Turkey Day disaster!

Tip Number One: Plan ahead!

Whether you are the host or hostess who does all of the food preparation or the turkey day chief [...]

 
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November 10, 2015

Kids Games for Thanksgiving

How to Keep Your Youngest Thanksgiving Guests Amused

Ah, Thanksgiving. For most of us, it’s a time to gather together with those we care about the most, to celebrate the good things in life, and to take time to be grateful for the advantages and blessings that life has given us.

But for kids, Thanksgiving can be super boring. Yes, there’s the meal, which is a much-anticipated event for all parties involved. I mean, who doesn’t love pumpkin pie or putting olives on their fingers? But what about the rest of the day?

All the grown-ups are busy, some legitimately, and others, less so. Those with culinary chops are busily preparing the feast, and those without are typically [...]

 
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November 6, 2015

Prep List and Timeline for Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks Can Be Very Hard Work

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to get together with the people who matter most, and to take a moment to appreciate life’s bounty. However, if you’re in charge of preparing the Turkey Day feast, it can also be a stressful event.

To make your Thanksgiving dinner go off without a hitch, you need to plan ahead, and as with many things in life, the better prepared you are, the better off you’ll be. Need a little help? No problem! Homes.com is happy to assist. Read our prep list and timeline for Thanksgiving, and you’ll be the host or hostess with the mostest come November 24th.

One Month to Go Until Thanksgiving

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November 5, 2015

Unique Place Settings for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving season is right around the corner so it’s time to set up the perfect tablescape. I have four looks to share with you to help you tap into your inner hostess. Whether you want to go with an unusual color scheme or a more rustic vibe, you’ll find lots of inspiration for setting the table in style for Thanksgiving.

Unique Color Schemes

Looking to spice things up this Thanksgiving? Set the table in a unique color scheme like black and white with lots of pattern play. Add in a pop of color like orange or teal. Colorful and bold table settings are always fun for kids in the family too! You could always set a traditional Thanksgiving for the adults and a unique color [...]

 
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November 20, 2014

How to Make Perfect Gravy Every Time

When it comes to the holidays, what is your favorite part of the festivities? For most of us, the highlight of our day is time spent with loved ones while savoring a lovingly prepared feast – topped with the perfect gravy!

There’s just something about gravy that inspires luminaries like Erma Bombeck to proclaim:

I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage!

Since I was raised on the best gravy one could make out of a package, I never understood people’s obsession with gravy until I met my husband – a master gravy maker. The first time I tasted his homemade gravy – during our first Thanksgiving together – I found myself fighting the urge [...]

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