Thanksgiving Hacks To Keep You Sane

Everyone is going to get their fill of turkey, beer, and football this Thanksgiving. Make sure you have the essentials on hand! Don’t have a panic attack just yet… here are some Thanksgiving hacks to make sure you are prepared for anything! Gobble gobble!

1 – Clingks – “I’m Thankful for…”

Instead of trying to have your guests remember which glass or beer bottle is theirs, spice it up with some drink markers tailored for Thanksgiving. If you want to come up with your own labels go here to place a custom order with Clingks. Better hurry!!thankful-for-image-cropped-580x439

2 – Slow Cooker As A Mash Potato Warmer

You’re going to have a 8 casseroles in the oven, and 10 pots that need to be on the stove, transport some things to the trusty ole crock pot to keep essentials warm

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3 – Last-Minute Roasting Rack

Whatever you do.. DO NOT burn the turkey!

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4 – Keep Your Turkey Moist

Ice your turkey before cooking to keep it moist. And/or….

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…you can use broth to keep it moist after its been cut

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5 – Wash Your Potatoes In The Dishwasher

Sounds weird, but it’s a time saver

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What other ideas do you have so you can stay sane this Thanksgiving?

Stay Inspired!

nicole longendyke

10 Thanksgiving Desserts That Are Sure To Impress

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The time of year when you can overeat. It’s time to give thanks and eat dessert. Enjoy every last bite at Thanksgiving this year!

1 – Mini Pumpkin Pies

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2 – Pumpkin Rolls

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3 – Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler

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4 – Caramel Apple Cheesecake Crumble Bars

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5 – Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

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6 – Apple Pie Bites

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7 – Pumpkin Cannolis

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8 – Maple Caramel Bacon Crack

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9 – Sweet Potato Cupcakes

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10 – Butterscotch S’more Dip

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Stay Inspired!

nicole longendyke

8 Must-Haves for Friendsgiving

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Friendsgiving is all the trend. It’s super popular with the 20-30-somethings. It’s a great way to stay in touch with your friends around the holidays, but there’s also another reason it’s the best holiday. There’s food that wouldn’t be served at grandma’s (like, way better! Don’t tell grandma though…) There’s also no conversations about why you’re not married or when are you having babies!? There is just great, simple, awesome food, and awesome drinks. Lots of drinks. Here are some great must-haves that I find to be necessary to throw a kick-ass Friendsgiving!

 

1 – Turkey – Bacon Wrapped Turkey

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You are NOT going to find this at your family’s Thanksgiving feast. Only true friends know you must cover everything in bacon!

2 – Cocktails – Autumn Sangria

 

Autumn Sangria

A simple yet delicious cocktail that you can serve without putting too much effort into it. But remember to ask your friends to bring a bottle of wine to share (because you know you each can drink your own bottle… truth.)

3 – Clingks – Hilarious Drink Markers

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Get your complete set here! 4 for $20 special going on now! (enter coupon code 4FOR20 -valid till Dec. 31st)  It will be the talk of the party… who are you going to be on Friendsgiving?

4 – Dessert – Cupcake-in-a-Jar

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So there’s no fighting over portions… everyone gets their own and no one has to share. We are still kids when it comes to dessert. Here’s how you keep it fair.

5 – Game – It Might Get a Little Crazy

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If you have never played – this is a great game! And any game on thanksgiving usually turns into a drinking games anyways… so it doesn’t matter which your favorite is! But get out there and play some games on Friendsgiving!

6 – Tablescape – Keep it Casual

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It’s your friends.. plates don’t have to match! But coordinate the colors and stick with a theme. They’ll appreciate the unique table layout and decor.

7 – Sweet Potato – Slice it or Mash it

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Friends don’t let friends come to a Friendsgiving and not serve a Sweet Potato dish. That’s just inhumane. What are we animals? Make extra… because some people (without naming names… so we will call her Sister) could eat the whole casserole.

8 – Decoration – Welcome Your Friends

thanksgiving signThere’s a ton of cute and inspirational signs out there you can buy or create! Make up your own or get inspired with Thanksgiving themed phrases!

 

Last, but not least… if you are going to take on the task of being the host, make sure you have plenty of extra blankets and pillows, or taxi cab numbers readily available. You may be having a Friendsgiving sleepover later.

 

Stay Inspired!

nicole longendyke