Fun and Festive 4th of July Recipes

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Not sure what to serve guests on the 4th? Looking for some new dishes to delight your friends & family? Here are some great recipes from Good Housekeeping to perk up your holiday menu!

 

Thanksgiving Countdown Challenge: Wrap Up

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You worked hard all this month. Spend the week-end doing something for yourself. Relax & watch football (oh, that’s me!) Get a mani/pedi. Take a nap. Go shopping. There is plenty of food leftover. No need to cook.

You did a great job. You should be proud. And you should save your energy. After all, Christmas is 1 month away!

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Relax & Review

Take an evening off. Have some wine & chocolate. Review all your notes & lists. Highlight anything that you need to remember. Add items that you forgot before now. Talk to your family to be sure everyone is up to date on the tasks they need to handle. Make a few calls or send texts so you can update your guest list. You may find someone has made other plans & forgot to call you or someone had plans fall through & needs a place to spend the holiday.

However, more than anything, RELAX! Things are going to get very busy very soon.

Thanksgiving Countdown Challenge: T(hanksgiving) -11

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Clean Out the Fridge

Someone in your family is going to be doing major grocery shopping very soon. There needs to be room for all that food, especially the perishables. Time to clean out the fridge & cabinets but especially the fridge. This is not the time to beat yourself up for the science experiment in the back of the fridge. It happens. Get out a new garbage bag & clean it all out. Then wash out all the containers. Then go through the freezer & get rid of all those old freezer burnt items that are taking up room. You are going to need room in there too!

Go through cabinets & rearrange so there is room for other non-perishable food items. Make space on the counter & clean it off really well so you are able to put things on there. Your kitchen may be crowded for a few days but I like to be able to see what I have & what I still need to pick up.

1-Hour Fall Crafts

1-Hour Fall Crafts

Are you longing to add some Autumn & Thanksgiving decorations to your home but you just don’t have enough time to create anything? Or perhaps you are craft challenged, wanting to make your own decorations but all thumbs when it comes to the actual projects. BHG to the rescue with these easy & quick Autumn crafts for your home. You may find just what you want & impress yourself with your ability! Enjoy!

1-Hour Fall Crafts

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Test Your Recipes & Any Other New Item

I always advise against trying a new recipe when hosting an important event. Too much can go wrong. Stick with things you know.However, I understand the temptation of wanting to try something new, something special for your guests. If this is the case, I STRONGLY advise you test the recipe first. Your challenge today is to prepare any & all new recipes for your family dinner. You should also test any new equipment you may be using for Thanksgiving prep.

So, if you are using a apple peeler to peel potatoes, use now. In fact, use it to peel potatoes every time you fix potatoes for your family. If you bought new slow cookers, use them. Never wait until the big event to test anything. It greatly increase the odds that it either won’t work or will be more difficult to use than you expected.

On Thanksgiving, you should feel relaxed & comfortable, confident as you prepare your meal. Preparing new recipes a few times before Thanksgiving helps eliminate the stress caused by the unknown.