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Posted by on Dec 5, 2015 in Holiday Blog, Homes for the Holidays | 0 comments

Holiday Goodie Bags and Treats for Family, Friends and Co-workers

Homemade candies, chocolate and cocoa mix are wonderful presents for the string of holiday parties lined up for you this December. We found some great ideas to help you prepare yummy treats to spread some holiday cheer! Click on any of the photos for more information. The Domestic Rebel provides a guaranteed people-pleaser with a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs. Every component of these tiny bites are classic favorites. Add this to your dessert table or in your treat bags. A budget-friendly idea comes from Taste of Home with a recipe for homemade cinnamon hot chocolate mix. Make it a holiday gift by putting the mix into a bag, topping it with miniature marshmallows, and tying the bag with a ribbon. If you have a little more in your budget you could include a holiday mug. Make individual bags of Betty Crocker’s Oven Caramel Corn to put a smile on someone’s face. There’s nothing like homemade caramel corn during the holidays. We found Alton Brown’s recipe...

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Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Holiday Blog, Homes for the Holidays | 0 comments

Black Friday: 2015 Best Technology Gifts

A GUIDE TO TECH GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS It seems like there are always too many choices for holiday tech gifts and every year the list of new gadgets grows even bigger! These products promise to help you with time-saving advantages that will make your life easier at home or in the office (after you’re done reading the manual). Long ago Tech used to mean mostly computers, but now Tech categories can include Audio, Video, Car Gadgets, Gaming, Home Theatre, Smartphones, plus more. Here are some Tech products you might find useful … WHAT’S On TV? WHAT IS TV? Apple TV (3rd Generation) ‑ 1080p ‑ Wi‑Fi ($149-$199) The 3rd gen Apple TV adds voice remote, a new operating system called tvOS, the ability to play games, and it has apps like HBO NOW, WatchESPN, Netflix, Hulu, and iTunes (of course). The previous generation Apple TV has been reduced from $99 to $69. Apple TV is a better choice than the Roku for those who have an iPhone, iPad...

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Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Holiday Blog, Homes for the Holidays | 0 comments

Creative Family Photo Ideas for the Holidays

Sure, everyone knows the traditional family Christmas card poses—the family by the Christmas tree, all wearing the same color, by the fireplace mantel with Christmas stockings, in a nice outdoor setting, maybe on vacation, and more, but how about something a little more creative this year?   Bulb Reflection This is a very creative idea from Camerasim. A little photo editing work was done on this picture to remove the camera from the reflection. Pictures in a Picture These pictures in pictures will require some big poster-sized prints (or very clever image editing). Visit your local office printing shop for printing your digital images on a large format inkjet printer. You can mount them on posterboard and take a sequence of pictures to create an effect like this one. Life’s A Beach at Christmas If you are going to do the more traditional family outdoors picture (and everyone wear the same color) you might go to the beach. Get your tripod and self timer going or hire a professional...

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Holiday Blog, Homes for the Holidays | 0 comments

Amazing Side Dish and Dessert Recipes for Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again when we make Thanksgiving dinner plans, and decide who will have the honor of making this year’s turkey. If you are the chosen one, you will most likely use your tried and true recipe. In fact, it’s what your family and friends have been waiting all year for since they enjoyed it the previous year. But what’s Thanksgiving without amazing sides and desserts? With sides and desserts, you get to showcase your creativity and try something new. To help you with ideas, we are sharing 5 recipes for sides and desserts. Best Ever Baked Mac ‘N CheeseFrom Do KainzIngredients1 box (8 oz.) macaroni  1 can Campbell’s cheddar cheese soup½ soup can of whole milk8 to 10 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese1 egg1 sleeve of Ritz crackers½ cup (1 stick) butter Preheat the oven to 350°. Boil macaroni as package directs until al dente. Rinse in colander with cold water. Drain. While macaroni drains, combine cheese soup and milk in a saucepan, and heat until...

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Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Holiday Blog, Homes for the Holidays | 0 comments

Ideas for Seasonal Wreaths and How to Make Your Own

Holiday wreaths are a great way to celebrate the season and they you can buy or make stunning decorations with (optional) fragrant scents. Fresh greenery wreaths not only look beautiful, but they scent the air around them. Pine boughs, ivy, and ferns are a few types of fresh greenery that you can use to make wreaths. Click on any of the pictures below for more information. Save On Crafts has good DYI information about basic wreath designs, floral wreaths, and instructions in their “How to Make a Wreath” section. They also sell wreath making supplies, frames and forms. Martha Stewart has 35 holiday wreath ideas. This fragrant wreath doubles as a source for dried herbs that you can use in cooking after the holidays. Cork wreaths are fun to make, especially collecting the corks! Corks make a durable and festive wreath that lasts year-round. This blog post on Taste N Trip shows how to make one with a straw wreath, floral picks, corks, and a bow. More wine cork...

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Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Holiday Blog, Homes for the Holidays | 0 comments

Spruce Up the Dinner Table with 6 Ideas for a Seasonal Centerpiece

It’s almost the end of October and pretty soon the fun decorations you made with your kids will need to come down. And as soon as the Halloween Asteroid passes Earth it’s time for Fall-themed dinner parties and Thanksgiving. Make sure you have what you need to decorate the dinner table that will make your friends and family “ooh” and “aah.” Fortunately, we found 6 ideas to help. Just click on any of the pictures for more information. Admirers of the long, traditional dinner table will fall in love with the clean, symmetrical look of a long box centerpiece. Dinner guests will enjoy discovering the creative combinations you include in your box. If you need something to start up your creative juices, Anita from Far Above Rubies provides some ideas. If you like to do a little bit of DIY, try My Country Blog’s idea and cover up a boring glass vase or mason jar with a paper bag to better match the Fall-colored flowers in your centerpiece. The...

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