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Nov 24 2014

5 Thanksgiving Traditions to Start This Year

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Interested in starting some Thanksgiving traditions with your family and friends? Here's a list of five great ways to make memories this turkey day.

1. Have every person at your dinner table write down one positive thing about each person in the room. Throw all of the answers into a bowl and read your own compliments aloud. This game will be sure to make everyone smile.

2. Have an award ceremony! Make everyone vote and hand out ribbons to the winners. Ideas for achievements could include "the best pie," "the biggest eater," "best dish washer" etc.

3. Watch a certain movie after dinner. Gather the family and friends around the TV after dessert and start a tradition of watching a great classic movie. Promise that the only night each year you'll watch that flick is on Thanksgiving.

4. Make a thankful tree! Have all of your guests write what they are thankful for on a paper leaf and hang it on a tree used as your table centerpiece.

5. Are you a competitive bunch? Why not have some turkey trivia? After dinner let the games begin, break up into two teams and play some good old fashioned trivia!



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Nov 18 2014

How to Choose and Thaw Your Thanksgiving Turkey

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Thanksgiving is almost here and if you're hosting, you have a lot on your plate (literally!)
Choosing the right turkey is one of the most important parts of Thanksgiving prep along with thawing it. Don't worry, we have you covered! Here's how to tackle these tasks the best way possible.

1. Think about size. Count how many guests you are going to have and then allow for 1 to 1 1/2 lbs per guest. This will ensure you have plenty to eat and some leftovers too!

2. Choose fresh or frozen. If you are buying your turkey soon before Thanksgiving you can purchase a fresh one (although it will cost you more.) If you want to be prepared well-ahead of time, pick up a frozen bird.

3. Thaw in the refrigerator. You'll need to thaw your turkey one day for every five pounds. Have a ten pounder? It will take two days to thaw so keep this in mind.



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Nov 11 2014

5 Tips for Cooking in a Crock Pot

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The weather is cooling down and it's the perfect time of year to bust out the crock pot and make some comfort food! We've all used a crock pot for convenience-cooking, but here are some tips to bring your meals to the next level.

1. Make sure you are using the right size crock pot. Most recipes will tell you the size of the slow cooker you should be using when preparing a specific meal. Using the right size crock pot will ensure your food is cooked properly.

2. Try not to overfill. If a recipe says a meal will be ready in 4 hours in your slow cooker, try not to over fill or add too many extra ingredients so you can be sure your meal is done on time.

3. Use crock pot liners. These easy to use plastic inserts make cleaning up after a crock pot meal a breeze. No more soaking the pot and scrubbing it down when you're done.

4. Fight the urge to open up your lid and peek in at your meal. When you do this several times, a lot of the heat and moisture will escape and your meal won't be cooked properly.

5. Plan your meal the night before. If you're making a soup that needs to simmer all day, chop your veggies and thaw your meat or poultry the night before to ensure your meal has ample time to cook and settle before serving.



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Nov 05 2014

How to Clean Your Couch

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We wash our floors, our sinks and counter tops but we often forget about the couch! We sit on it every day and some of us let our pets lounge on it too. Here are 5 easy steps for cleaning your couch.

1. Use your vacuum hose/attachment to give the couch and pillows a once over. Don't forget to flip the cushions so you can remove dust, allergens and pet hair from all surfaces.

2. If your couch has wooden parts (legs, arm rests) dust them off and use a furniture polish to wipe them clean.

3. Read the papers/tags that came with your sofa. They will explain what sort of fabric it is made out of and what cleaners are safe to use.

4. Clean with the proper cleaner. Focus on spots that have noticeable stains and wear. Let the couch dry.

5. Rent a shampooer and deep clean your sofa. Use the attachments to get in all the crevices of the cushions to ensure a deep clean. Let your couch dry.



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Oct 21 2014

7 Must Haves For Your First Apartment

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There are obviously many things you have to purchase when you move into your first apartment, but we've compiled a list of 7 must-have items that you'll need right away!

1. Trash can- When you're moving into a new home you'll be surprised how much trash you can accumulate while you're getting settled!

2. Bedding- Whether or not you have a queen sized bed or you're sleeping on the couch, you'll certainly need a blanket and pillow when it's time to rest!

3. Bathroom necessities- Besides your normal toiletries, you'll need to make sure you have a shower curtain, soap, shampoo, towels and toilet tissue.

4. Plates & eating utensils- You might be ordering takeout while getting adjusted to your new home, but you'll need plates and forks to have on hand.

5. A coffee pot and coffee - If you are a caffeine lover, you'll need a way to get your fix while spending your days unpacking boxes.

6. Drinking glasses/ mugs - You'll need mugs for your early morning cup of joe and glasses for water so you can stay hydrated while you're hard at work!

7. Lamps- Let there be light! You'll need to be able to see while you're moving! Any rooms that don't have overhead lighting will need lamps.



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