Thanksgiving Menu-Planning Tips

According to Food and Wine the key to pulling off the biggest meal of the year (and actually enjoying it) is to start checking things off your to-do list now.

Their full check-list actually started in October. You can see the whole list here – but if you think if will just give you anxiety, just use my shortened list.

Thanksgiving Planning Tips

Thanksgiving Menu-Planning Tips

Sunday, November 19: Pick up your turkey and perishable items.

This is also a good time to make sure you’re ready for the day after Thanksgiving. Pick up all the fixings you’ll need for that epic leftover sandwich.

Thanksgiving Menu-Planning Tips

Monday, November 20: Ready your turkey and bakeware

Defrost your turkey (if frozen) and your frozen prepped items (stock, gravy, pie crust) in the refrigerator. Allow at least 24 hours for every 4 pounds of turkey.

Make your brine. Do this well in advance so that it has time to chill before you add your turkey.

Lay out your platters and baking dishes. Label each dish with which food will be going in or on it. If you can, do this where your buffet will be to make sure everything fits.

This is also a good time to dry out bread for your stuffing.

Thanksgiving Menu-Planning Tips


Tuesday, November 21: Prep and chill.

Pick up the items for your centerpiece (flowers, gourds, nuts, etc..).  Check out this terrific tutorial from Inspired by Charm for Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor. I love that it’s both decorative and functional.

Chill the wine and beer. If you have an extra refrigerator or cooler, load it up with your beverages.

Start prepping your side dishes and desserts. Wash and dry the lettuce for your salad, make your vinaigrette,  sauté the vegetables for your stuffing, stamp out your biscuits and store them in the freezer.

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Wednesday, November 22: Clean and do some final make-ahead prep.

Brine your Turkey. To minimize cleanup, line a 5-gallon container with a large brining or oven-roasting bag.

Finish your make-ahead sides and appetizers. Assemble your stuffing, make your soup, mix your cranberry sauce – you can even make your mashed potatoes.

Set your table and buffet. Make your arrangements and lay out table runners, napkins, silverware, candles and place cards.

Finish spot-cleaning the house – leave the kitchen for last.

Arte Italica Tavola Medium Rectangular Divided Dish

Thursday, November 23: THE BIG DAY

You’ve done the hard work, now follow your hour-to-hour cooking schedule.  Here’s a great example from Cook’s Illustrated.

Thanksgiving Menu-Planning Tips

Friday, November 24: 

Sleep in and take the day off.  Make yourself an epic Turkey sandwich or try this recipe from Real Food by Dad for a Waffled Stuffing Turkey Sandwich.

Waffled stuffing recipe you must try

I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Dunn-Edwards Color of the Year 2018

Dunn-Edwards 2018 Color of the Year, The Green Hour, draws inspiration from turn-of-the-century Paris, when 5 o’clock became known as “The Green Hour” due to the popularity of absinthe.

I couldn’t resist adding one more color to the COTY lineup. How can you blame me?  It’s fun to look at pretty pictures.

If you live in the Eastern United States, you might not know this next paint brand – but maybe you should. Dunn-Edwards has been manufacturing paint in the Southwestern U.S. since 1925.

Back in June Dunn-Edwards put together a Color Forecast and Trend report with 5 palettes. They recognize the continued pursuits toward individuality, living a creative and authentic life, and following dreams.

Dunn-Edwards 2018 Trend Report contains 5 palettes for the coming year

The detailed report is 147 pages long. You can check it out here. Choosing a rich color within the green  spectrum that echoed calls for adventure from faraway lands made sense  for Dunn-Edwards moving into the next year.

The Green Hour

The Green Hour is a vibrant green that embodies individual spirit and adventure.

Dunn-EdwardsColor of the Year for 2018 ‘The Green Hour’ is a darker shade of grayed blue-green. “This stunning color has dual personalities of being moody, dramatic and intense, while still grounding and tranquil, acting as a neutral,” explained Sara McLean, color expert and stylist for Dunn-Edwards.

Variations of this hue have been trending for the past couple of years and it’s influence can be seen other Color of the Year picks from Behr and Sherwin-Williams.

The name comes from the custom of drinking absinthe in Parisian bars, bistros and cafés beginning in the early 1800s and continuing through the turn of the century. The hour of 5 p.m. was called l’heure verte, or The Green Hour, signaling an increase in absinthe drinking into the late evening hours. Artists, writers and other creative types were regulars at The Green Hour.

Teal Color Trend

Green has been trendin for a while so it's no surprise to see this gray-ed blue green selected by Dunn-Edwards

Dark teal kitchen cabinets are becoming the new go-to for designers and homeowners. The deep and rich blue-green hue looks gorgeous when paired with a variety of hardware choices, color palettes and kitchen aesthetics from modern to country—no one wonder it’s a favorite.

Loving this concpetual bedroom from Behance with The Green Hour inspirational wall.

The Green Hour is very versatile, pairing well with other moody deep colors, like blackened red, peacock blue, brown, purple and black.

Consider using a custom grout color to add more ambiance to your bath.

“Art Deco and Craftsman styles, both rich in history and color, provide a relevant re-imagining of these noteworthy colors, evoking moods of luxury and refinement.” Mixing a custom grout color transforms a simple penny round tilled bath into an upscale environment.

Dunn-Edwards Color of the Year 2018

For an Art Deco inspiration, Sara McLean, color expert and stylist for Dunn-Edwards suggests pairing The Green Hour with rose, light cool gray, olive green, rose and red. Or for a Craftsman look, accent with chocolate brown, beige, mustard and rust.

The Green Hour is a stunning color to accent the outside of your home.

The Green Hour is stunning as an accent on a home’s exterior, especially if the house is a neutral gray or taupe

Dunn-Edwards Color of the Year 2018 wall inspiration

With so many terrific paper companies these days, you can work The Green Hour into your personal design aesthetic quite easily.

AkzoNobel Color of the Year 2018

AzkoNobel Color of the Year 2018

Every year AkzoNobel brings together a panel of international experts from various disciplines of design to develop ColourFutures, the brand’s industry-acclaimed trend analysis and forecast.

AkzoNobel‘s Global Aesthetic Center, and its panel of international experts found a strong overarching trend of consumers wanting to transform their homes into spaces of retreat from the outside world.

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Graham & Brown Color of the Year 2018

With pink being all the rage right now, the colour and wallpaper experts has identified the pink paint shade as 'one step ahead of the millennial pink phenomenon.

 Millennial Pink

I’ve been covering color trends and Color of the Year selections for years now and these posts are often my favorite. I’m pleased to announce I’m adding a new addition to the mix and this company is not primarily known for their paint. Graham & Brown is an international manufacturer know for their wallpaper and wall art. Real Fashionistas starved for color and design have long turned to Graham & Brown for decadent and grown up designs.

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