Wow! Can you believe that this is the last week before Thanksgiving? And that this Friday (November 16th) I am announcing my BIG and very exciting news! In addition to my news I hope everyone has been enjoying the new features I added to my blog, and I added another feature last night! The much-anticipated music is finally up on my blog! If you are viewing it on a computer then you will see “music player” on the side, viewing on a i-phone this will be at the bottom of my blog. Right now I have Christmas songs up, Jewish songs for those who are Jewish, Holiday songs for those who do not celebrate Christmas and Country songs. I hope you all enjoy this and my new “about me” picture! It is Christmas themed!
I hope everyone’s weekend was wonderful, and snowy? It snowed here for the very first time this season and it was so magical and spectacular! Christmas is my favorite time of year so as you can imagine I was jumping around and smiling from ear to ear 🙂 Snow is hands down, my absolute favorite Nature creation. Where I live we experience very snowy Winters and where my house is located, on top of a mountain, the weather can be even more extreme here than down at the base of the mountain. Good thing we have 4 wheel drive 🙂
For today’s post I am going to be sharing with my readers………… “The guide to the perfect Thanksgiving”. Now for those who have been following my blog since the beginning might be thinking…. hmmmmm…. didn’t DIY Lifestyle blog about this last year? Yes, I did. This year I figured since it was one of my MOST popular posts, then why not blog about it again; of course I will be using different material in this post. But, if you want EVEN MORE recipes, hacks and decor, or you enjoyed this post so much then here is the link to last years so you can read it 🙂 The guide to the perfect Thanksgiving. And yes, last year I also posted The guide to a vegan + gluten-free thanksgiving (click on title to view post), so do not worry because this year I will be doing the same, and……. drum roll please……. adding “The guide to the perfect gluten-free Thanksgiving”, Diabetic friendly Thanksgiving recipes and so much more. I don’t want to spoil all the fun and exciting posts I have planned but I can assure you that they will be ALL going up this week and next, so make sure to keep up to date with my blog so you do not miss them!
Okay, sorry for the long intro, now onto today’s post 🙂 ENJOY 🙂
Today’s post will be in three parts,
- Part 1: DIY Thanksgiving decor
- Part 2: Thanksgiving party/hosting hacks
- Part 3: Thanksgiving recipes
DIY Thanksgiving decor
You can hang pieces of paper with writings of what you are grateful for from the tree. OR, You can also add party favors, i.e. lip balms, mini treats, small presents, then the guests can reach for a gift and SURPRISE!
Get the tutorial at The House That Lars Built.
I adapted this post to be my own. I found it on Country Living but changed their wording and added my own ideas.
Transform a regular pumpkin (fake or real) into a fancy ice bucket with just a few supplies!
Get the tutorial at Plaid.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Decorate your dinner table, dessert display, or kitchen island with these inexpensive arrangements fashioned from wildflowers and spice tins!
I found all of these DIY Thanksgiving decor ideas and pictures on Country Living.
Although I changed some of her descriptions I also kept parts of her writing.
Thanksgiving party/hosting hacks
Rely on Pre-Planned Thanksgiving menus
Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be very stress filled, especially when cooking for guests with dietary restrictions. But don’t worry because you can check out my blog posts and I will be sharing dinner menu recipes for ALL dietary restrictions! SO DO NOT stress!
Make a Giant Pumpkin Pan Pie
Prep Overnight Refrigerator Rolls
The best tip for creating a delicious Thanksgiving feast? Relying on make-ahead staples for the big day! Pies, mashed potatoes and other side dishes. If you’re used to homemade Thanksgiving rolls, try this make-ahead trick to save time during the holiday. You can just heat them up on the big day and not have to worry about cooking them from scratch! They were already prepped the night before 🙂
Embrace a Store-Bought Shortcut
My favorite store-bought shortcut? Store-bought pie crust. Simply unwrap and fill—no one has to know you didn’t make the base of the sweet potato pie yourself! And they taste just as good.
I found these hacks on BHG.com, continue reading for more from a different source.
Set the Table the Night Before
Who has time to worry about setting the table when you’re juggling a giant turkey and multiple side dishes (not to mention dessert!) Set the table the night before to save yourself the trouble and time on the big day!
Keep Sides Warm the Easy Way
There’s nothing worse than carving the turkey and realizing that none of your side dishes are still hot! The key to keeping sides warm until serving is to store them smartly wrap in foil and store in the microwave or an insulated cooler to help preserve heat.
I found these hacks on The happier homemaker
- Place carrots into a large saucepan, pour in enough water to reach depth of 1 inch, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer carrots until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a bowl.
- Melt butter in the same saucepan; stir brown sugar, salt, and white pepper into butter until brown sugar and salt have dissolved. Transfer carrots into brown sugar sauce; cook and stir until carrots are glazed with sauce, about 5 more minutes.
Tangy Honey Glazed Ham
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Place ham in a roasting pan.
- In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, pineapple juice, honey, orange juice, orange zest, Dijon mustard, and ground cloves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Set aside.
- Bake ham in preheated oven uncovered for 2 hours. Remove ham from oven, and brush with glaze. Bake for an additional 30 to 45 minutes, brushing ham with glaze every 10 minutes.
Spinach Pomegranate Salad
- 1/4 cup alfalfa sprouts (optional)
- Place spinach in a salad bowl. Top with red onion, walnuts, feta, and sprouts. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds over the top, and drizzle with vinaigrette.
Feta Cheese Foldovers
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- In a small bowl, blend feta cheese, green onions, and egg. Cut pastry into 12 (3 inch) squares. Place a mounded tablespoon of feta mixture in the center of each square. Moisten edges with water, and fold pastry over filling to form a triangle. Press edges together firmly with a fork to seal. Lightly brush pastries with the egg yolk mixture.
- Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.
I found all of these recipes on All recipes