Thanksgiving http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10074/all en-US 20 Surprisingly Delicious Squash Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/20-surprisingly-delicious-squash-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-surprisingly-delicious-squash-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/squash_appetizers_000021285884.jpg" alt="Making surprisingly delicious squash recipes for dinner" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was a kid, squash came around once a year at Thanksgiving &mdash; baked, drizzled with maple syrup, and topped with butter. I have no complaints with that treatment, however, squashes are so healthy, versatile, and delicious that creative people keep coming up with new and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot">very unique recipes</a>. Here are 20 to try throughout the holiday season, and beyond.</p> <h2>Let's Give It a Nationality</h2> <p>First, let's chat about spaghetti squash. These are really fun to cook, but the trick is getting them cooked all the way through. My method: Split the squash in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon and discard. Put a tablespoon of water in each squash &quot;boat,&quot; cover with wax paper, and microwave on high for 18&ndash;20 minutes. Test with a fork and see if the strands lift easily. If not, microwave another five minutes or so. When it's done, &quot;fluff&quot; the strands with a fork. Then, try these toppings:</p> <h3>1. Mexican</h3> <p>Top with shredded chicken, Monterey Jack cheese, chiles, salsa, black beans, cilantro, and sour cream.</p> <h3>2. Italian</h3> <p>Top with cooked pork sausage, marinara, mozzarella cheese, sliced olives, and chopped parsley.</p> <h3>3. Mediterranean</h3> <p>Top with chopped artichoke hearts, feta cheese, chopped tomatoes, greek yogurt, and sliced green onions.</p> <h2>Let's Fry It</h2> <p>Everything taste better fried, even squash.</p> <h3>4. Squash Pancakes</h3> <p>The trick to these <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/crispy-summer-squash-pancakes">crispy squash pancakes </a>is to really squeeze the moisture out of the yellow squash. I have an old tea towel I use for just this purpose &mdash; bundle up the grated squash in the towel, and wring it out. As a variation, toss in some pepperjack cheese (half a cup) for extra spiciness and creamy texture.</p> <h3>5. Fried Zucchini</h3> <p>Got any obnoxiously large zucchini? Perfect. Here is what my mother-in-law did with those: Wash, pat dry, and slice into &frac14; inch pieces. Dip in egg wash, then dip in crushed cracker crumbs. Fry in butter.</p> <h3>6. Squash and Chickpea Patties</h3> <p>I think these <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/chickpea-pancakes-with-leeks-squash-and-yogurt">chickpea pancakes</a> with leeks, squash, and yogurt make an absolutely great breakfast. I make them in batches and refrigerate. When I get to the office, I just zap in the microwave. Chickpea flour is high in folate and protein (higher than whole wheat, even).</p> <h2>Let's Puree It</h2> <p>Butternut or kabocha squash puree very easily. I prefer the microwave method, but if you'd rather oven-bake, heat your oven to 400 F. Halve the squash and place cut-side down on oiled aluminum foil, then bake for about 30 minutes. Check for tenderness &mdash; it should be &quot;scoopable.&quot; If not, keep baking. When it is tender, remove from the oven, cool until you can handle it, and then scoop out the cooked squash into a large bowl and mash. Once cool, refrigerate or freeze for future use.</p> <h3>7. Butternut Squash Dinner Rolls</h3> <p>If you are a fellow carb-lover, your must try these <a href="http://ourlifetastesgood.blogspot.com/2014/09/butternut-squash-dinner-rolls.html#_a5y_p=2475692">butternut squash dinner rolls</a>. The squash puree keeps the rolls very moist (think of potato rolls or potato bread). As the author mentions, you get the added benefit of a little vitamin C. If you prefer to use wheat flour, I'd recommend wheat <em>pastry</em> flour.</p> <h3>8. Butternut Squash Pizza</h3> <p>This <a href="http://naturallyella.com/butternut-squash-puree-and-blue-cheese-pizza/">butternut squash pizza</a> is very autumnal, and I am thinking that sliced into very thin pieces, it would be a great appetizer for a holiday feast. I think I will add some chopped pecans on top.</p> <h3>9. Squash Muffins</h3> <p>Butternut as breakfast? Sure! Check out these <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/33093/spiced-butternut-squash-muffins/">spiced butternut squash muffins</a>. Bake on a Sunday, and reheat for breakfast. A handful or raisins or (naughtier) chocolate chips in the batter are a nice variation. They also freeze very well, if you want to make a double batch.</p> <h3>10. Squash Cookies</h3> <p>If you like your sweets with hidden benefits, check out these soft <a href="http://www.recipetips.com/recipe-cards/t--1959/squash-cookies.asp">squash cookies.</a> If you aren't a fan of raisins and nuts, you might prefer <a href="http://makethebestofeverything.com/2014/03/squash-and-dark-chocolate-chip-cookies.html">squash and dark chocolate chip cookies</a>. (This does use baby food instead of homemade puree, which is another option.)</p> <h2>Let's Put it in a Casserole</h2> <p>One dish dinners are so easy, and so warming when it's chilly out.</p> <h3>11. Squash Casserole</h3> <p>I'll tell you right now: This classic Southern <a href="http://addapinch.com/cooking/squash-casserole-recipe/#.UjMUgZxsBBx">squash casserole</a> is the best of the bunch, because the topping is made with Ritz crackers. Magical things happen when recipes combine Ritz crackers, butter, and cheese. Please don't stop at the topping, though, because the squash below is also absolutely delicious. The cayenne pepper gives it a little &quot;zip,&quot; so don't even consider leaving it out.</p> <h3>12. Black Bean and Squash Enchilada Casserole</h3> <p>Running close behind the Ritz cracker squash casserole is this black bean and butternut squash <a href="http://juliasalbum.com/2014/11/black-bean-and-butternut-squash-enchilada-casserole-recipe/">enchilada casserole</a>. If you like Mexican food, this one is for you. If you don't, it might convert you. Yes, it's vegetarian, but you can easily toss in a cup or two of cooked, shredded chicken breast.</p> <h3>13. Vegetable Tian</h3> <p>By far the prettiest, most appetizing use of yellow and zucchini squashes is this <a href="http://www.budgetbytes.com/2011/08/summer-vegetable-tian/">vegetable tian</a>. (&quot;Tian&quot; refers to vegetables that are chopped, cooked in olive oil, and then baked with cheeses on top.) Leftovers, if you have any, are really nice with scrambled eggs the next morning.</p> <h2>Let's Stuff It</h2> <p>Once you scoop the seeds out of the middle, you're left with a void that needs filling. Delicious filling.</p> <h3>14. Patty Pans With Bacon and Eggs</h3> <p>Patty pan squashes can be hard to find, and cooking them can be a little intimidating. (It's the weird shape.) While you can easily slice and cook patty pans just like zucchini or yellow squash, it's more fun to stuff them (especially with <a href="http://ketodietapp.com/Blog/post/2015/09/15/bacon-and-egg-stuffed-pattypan-squash">bacon and eggs</a>). These are also low-carb..</p> <h3>15. Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/italian-sausage-stuffed-zucchini">Italian sausage-stuffed zucchini</a> is easy and versatile. You can switch up the meats (hamburger, pork sausage, etc.). I like that it serves six; that guarantees lunch leftovers or a night of no cooking!</p> <h3>16. Acorn Squash With Mushrooms and Rice</h3> <p>One of my cousins, who is a vegetarian, makes these stuffed <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/946769/acorn-squash-stuffed-mushrooms-and-rice">acorn squashes with mushrooms and rice</a> each year at Thanksgiving. As the recipe notes, they also make a great &quot;Meatless Monday&quot; entree. She uses wild rice instead of long-grain white rice; I think that gives them a very nutty flavor, which is even better.</p> <h2>Let's Roast It</h2> <p>Roasting, like frying, makes everything delicious, especially vegetables. (How about roasted, then fried?)</p> <h3>17. Roasted Butternut Squash</h3> <p>Even people who are picky about vegetables, I have found, tend to like them roasted. <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/229733/simple-roasted-butternut-squash/">Roasted butternut squash</a> makes a sweet and simple side dish. You can also toss it with pasta, tuck it into wraps, or add it to rice.</p> <h3>18. Roasted Zucchini, Squash, and Tomatoes</h3> <p>This recipe for roasted garlic-Parmesan <a href="http://www.cookingclassy.com/2015/07/roasted-garlic-parmesan-zucchini-squash-and-tomatoes/">zucchini, squash, and tomatoes</a> is a keeper. Again, great on its own, but pair it with some whole wheat pasta... wow.</p> <h3>19. Roasted Delicata Salad</h3> <p>Lest you think squash dishes are always heavy, have a look at this beautiful <a href="http://cookieandkate.com/2013/roasted-delicata-squash-pomegranate-arugula-salad/">delicata, pomegranate, and arugula salad</a>. It honestly gave me pause about making a turkey for Thanksgiving. Can we just have this and some nice rolls?</p> <h3>20. Warm Butternut and Chickpea Salad</h3> <p>Another beautiful salad &mdash; this time a warm <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/01/warm-butternut-squash-and-chickpea-salad/">butternut squash and chickpea</a> version. Kabocha also works well in place of the butternut.</p> <p><em>Have any unique squash recipes to share?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-surprisingly-delicious-squash-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Here are 10 delicious solutions.</p> <h2>1.The Cran-Turkey Sammich</h2> <p>Quite possibly in my Top Five Sandwiches list is this delicious cranberry-turkey sandwich. It's very simple. For each sandwich, spread bread with softened cream cheese. Add red onion or chopped shallot, leftover turkey, a couple slices of canned cranberry, and a lettuce leaf. We used whole wheat sourdough for a recent lunch, but I think they'd be extra-yummy on sliced brioche.</p> <h2>2. Better Bagels</h2> <p>The above sandwich can be turned into a fast breakfast with bagels, cream cheese, lunch-meat turkey, and cranberry sauce.</p> <h2>3. Cranberry Meatballs</h2> <p>Only requiring three ingredients, cranberry meatballs meet the &quot;fast and easy&quot; criteria. Simply combine a bag of frozen turkey meatballs, a can of cranberry sauce (not the whole berry type), and bottle of chili sauce <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot">in your Crock-Pot</a>. People <em>love</em> them. You can assemble them at the office for a potluck around 10 a.m. and drive them crazy with the aroma. They're also great for a quick meal at home, over rice or egg noodles.</p> <h2>4. Cranberry Meatloaf</h2> <p>Not a fan of meatloaf, you say? Guess again. Here is something I whipped up:</p> <h3>Meatloaf Mixture</h3> <ul> <li>1 pound ground turkey</li> <li>&frac12; cup panko crumbs</li> <li>2 eggs, beaten</li> <li>2 T shallots, finely minced</li> <li>&frac14; cup ketchup</li> <li>⅛ cup half-and-half</li> <li>1 t salt</li> <li>&frac12; t pepper</li> <li>&frac14; cup bacon bits</li> <li>&frac12; cup bleu cheese</li> <li>Nonstick spray</li> </ul> <h3>Sauce</h3> <ul> <li>&frac14; can cranberry, mashed up with a fork</li> <li>&frac12; cup ketchup</li> <li>1 T Sriracha sauce (or to taste)</li> </ul> <h3>Method</h3> <p>Combine sauce ingredients well and set aside.</p> <p>Spray loaf pan with nonstick spray. Combine turkey burger, panko crumbs, eggs, &frac14; cup ketchup, shallots, half-and-half, salt, and pepper. Place one-half of that mixture in bottom of loaf pan. Then, sprinkle bacon bits and bleu cheese over the mixture. Top with remaining turkey mixture and bake at 375 F for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and spread sauce over top. Bake for another 20 minutes or until sauce is bubbly. Remove from oven and let it &quot;rest&quot; for 10 minutes. Slice and serve with garlic mashed potatoes and spinach-pear salad. Leftovers make awesome sandwiches.</p> <h2>5. Fancier Chicken</h2> <p>Oven-baked chicken breasts for dinner? Those can be pretty boring. A sauce makes all the difference, though. Smash up some of that canned cranberry with a little brown sugar, a pat of butter, a spritz of lime, and a dash of bourbon. Heat until melted and pour over that formerly boring chicken.</p> <h2>6. Zip Up Some Pork Chops</h2> <p>Try a chunky berry sauce with your grilled pork chops. To a can of whole-berry sauce, add a teaspoon each of finely-minced jalapeno and freshly grated ginger, and a small can of crushed pineapple. Heat until bubbly and then serve with pork chops.</p> <h2>7. Fast Appetizers</h2> <p>If you like the contrast of creamy Brie and tart cranberries, experiment with making easy appetizers. Try pre-made tart shells filled with cheese, caramelized onions or shallots, and a teaspoon of cranberries. Even easier? Slather onto crostini. Pick up puff pastry in the freezer section, fill with the cheese and cranberry combo, and bake.</p> <h2>8. Make a Smoothie</h2> <p>Toss chunky cranberry sauce into the blender and make a really delicious smoothie with almond milk and a banana.</p> <h2>9. Easy Syrup</h2> <p>Cranberry syrup is delicious on pancakes, waffles, or crepes. Heat a can of the whole-berry sauce. To thicken, stir &frac12; teaspoon of cornstarch into &frac14; cup of cold water. Stir well. Add to heated cranberry sauce and stir on low heat until thickened. Chill leftover syrup and and spoon over a plain cheesecake, angel-food cake, or into vanilla Greek yogurt.</p> <h2>10. Healthy Lunch</h2> <p>Leftover quinoa? Try mixing it with feta, a couple of spoonfuls of canned whole cranberry, and some leftover turkey or chicken. Top with toasted pecans.</p> <p>See? Canned cranberry isn't just for Thanksgiving. Stock up and enjoy the goodness anytime!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite canned cranberry recipe?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-delicious-canned-cranberry-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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It's my favorite holiday. So, of course, I always cook way too much food. Fortunately, if there's one thing I love more than <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot">Thanksgiving dinner</a>, it's all the leftovers. Here's a list of some of my favorite Thanksgiving leftover hacks.</p> <h2>1. Like a Turkey and Stuffing Sandwich, But Not</h2> <p>Turkey tacos are super delicious and super easy to make. Just put everything into a tortilla and zap it hot in the microwave.</p> <h2>2. Cook Enchiladas With the Turkey</h2> <p>Jason Vincent, the executive chef of Chicago's Nightwood restaurant, makes <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Turkey-Enchiladas-51197020">turkey enchiladas</a> <em>while </em>he prepares his Thanksgiving dinner, cooking the enchilada sauce right in the bottom of the turkey roasting pan! Genius.</p> <h2>3. Jook</h2> <p>Another cook-it-while-you-eat Thanksgiving leftovers dinner is jook, also known as congee. Jook is a super easy and frugal Chinese comfort food. To make <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/turkey-jook-350588">turkey jook</a>, put the turkey carcass into a large Crock-Pot or soup pot. Then add one cup of rice to 10 cups of water. Cook until the rice breaks down to a porridge-like consistency. I like to add a thumb-sized chunk of ginger and some garlic cloves while it's cooking for additional flavor. Season the finished jook with soy sauce, pepper, hot chili oil, or green onions. My husband likes to add leftover French fried onions (from the green bean casserole).</p> <h2>4. Cranberry Meatballs</h2> <p>The classic <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/15206/cocktail-meatballs/">cocktail meatball</a> recipe calls for grape jelly, but this one uses cranberry. A great way to use up any leftover cranberry sauce.</p> <h2>5. Green Gravy and Biscuits</h2> <p>Puree leftover green bean casserole in a food processor. Reheat (adding additional gravy or turkey broth as needed). Pour green gravy over warm biscuits and top with more French fried onions.</p> <h2>6. Pasta alla Genovese</h2> <p>Most Americans recognize this dish as pasta with pesto, but the original Ligurian <a href="http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/pasta-alla-genovese-5162">pasta alla genovese</a> recipe includes green beans and potatoes.</p> <h2>7. Creamy Turkey in Puff Pastry</h2> <p>Turn biscuits and gravy into a <a href="http://southernfood.about.com/od/turkeyrecipes/r/bl61122d.htm">dainty dinner appetizer</a> with puff pastry and the addition of a can of drained artichokes.</p> <h2>8. Salad Niçoise</h2> <p>Green beans? Check. Cooked potatoes? Check. If you've got these two leftovers you can whip up <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/recipe/julia-childs-salade-nicoise-8255829">salad niçoise</a>, one of Julia Childs' favorite recipes, with the addition of a few kitchen staples like canned tuna and hard-boiled eggs.</p> <h2>9. Turkey Waldorf Salad</h2> <p>One of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes is Waldorf salad. It's a dish that I make year-round because it pairs well with a variety of cuisines. So, it's pretty much a no-brainer to add leftover turkey to make, well, <a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017004-turkey-waldorf-salad">turkey Waldorf salad</a>. Use it in sandwiches or toss with mixed greens to stretch the recipe into a lunch entrée.</p> <h2>10. Curry in a Hurry</h2> <p>Add leftover turkey, carrots, green beans, or potatoes to your favorite curry sauce recipe or make a <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/curried-turkey-and-mango-salad-105783">curried turkey salad</a>.</p> <h2>11. Vegetable Samosas</h2> <p><a href="http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/samosa-recipe-punjabi-samosa/">Samosas</a> are the Punjabi version of hand pies. This Indian chef gives step-by-step instructions on how to make fried, twice fried, and baked versions of this classic snack. Samosas are my very favorite way to use up leftover mashed potatoes and peas.</p> <h2>12. Shepherd's Pie With Two-Potato Topping</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/turkey-shepherds-pie-with-two-potato-topping">shepherd's pie recipe</a> from New York's Red Cat restaurant calls for turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Make one giant pie for Sunday night (after Thanksgiving) dinner for the family, or prepare individual pies in ramekins.</p> <h2>13. Mashed Potato Pancakes</h2> <p>With just a five-minute prep time, these <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/leftover-mashed-potato-pancakes-9054">potato pancakes</a> make a quickie meal from leftover mashed potatoes.</p> <h2>14. Sweet Potato Latkes</h2> <p>Full disclosure: very few recipes churn my stomach more than the sweet potato and marshmallow-topped casserole that grace so many Thanksgiving tables. Blargh. However, this recipe for <a href="http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2013/10/sweet-potato-latkes-brown-sugar-syrup/">sweet potato latkes with candied pecans</a> is making me rethink my entire stance on sweetened sweet potatoes. Is it a side dish or a dessert? You decide.</p> <h2>15. Cheesy Mashed Potato Muffins</h2> <p>Feeling fancy? Then forget about frying potato pancakes and bake up some savory leftover <a href="http://www.justataste.com/cheesy-leftover-mashed-potato-muffins-recipe/">mashed potato muffins</a> instead.</p> <h2>16. Cranberry Crisp</h2> <p>Use up leftover apples and/or cranberry sauce by turning them into a super simple <a href="http://southernfood.about.com/od/applecrisps/r/bl11014d.htm">fruit cobbler</a>.</p> <h2>17. Peanut Butter and Cranberry Sauce Sandwiches</h2> <p>Cranberry sauce is basically firm jam. Use it as a jam substitute in any of these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-ways-to-use-up-a-jar-of-preserves">recipes for preserves</a>.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipe?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-meals-you-can-make-with-thanksgiving-leftovers">4 Meals You Can Make With Thanksgiving Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-delicious-canned-cranberry-recipes">10 Easy, Delicious Canned Cranberry Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant Mashed Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-actually-enjoy-leftover-pizza">9 Ways to Actually Enjoy Leftover Pizza</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kick-ass-alternatives-to-canned-cranberry-sauce">Kick-Ass Alternatives to Canned Cranberry Sauce</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink green beans leftovers mashed potatoes recipes Thanksgiving turkey Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:00:05 +0000 Max Wong 1616591 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Major Retailers That Give Employees Time Off for Thanksgiving http://www.wisebread.com/25-major-retailers-that-give-employees-time-off-for-thanksgiving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-major-retailers-that-give-employees-time-off-for-thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000026543194_Small.jpg" alt="retailers that are closed on Thanksgiving" title="retailers that are closed on Thanksgiving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thanksgiving is almost here, and with it comes a very busy shopping season. Stores are opening earlier and earlier in a desperate bid to grab hungry bargain-hunters, many on Thanksgiving Day itself. Through it all, the employees of these stores have to be there with a smile and a helping hand, when most would much rather be at home with friends and family.</p> <p>But, some major retailers are starting to fight back, preferring to give their employees time off over the holiday. Here are 25 stores that will not be open this Thanksgiving.</p> <h2>1. REI</h2> <p>Apart from being closed on Thanksgiving, the chain devoted to the outdoors is literally walking the walk this year by paying its employees to take Black Friday off, too. It&rsquo;s all part of the company&rsquo;s mission to help people enjoy the outdoors, and wants both its staff, and customers, to get out and enjoy nature. In an email sent to its members in over 140 stores around the country, REI stated: &ldquo;Instead of reporting to work, we&rsquo;re paying our employees to do what we love most &mdash; be outside.&rdquo;</p> <h2>2. Patagonia</h2> <p>In typical Patagonia style, a spokesperson said, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a holiday &mdash; we&rsquo;re closed!&rdquo; when asked about Thanksgiving Day hours. The company is famous for treating employees well, offering some <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/a-company-that-profits-as-it-pampers-workers/2014/10/22/d3321b34-4818-11e4-b72e-d60a9229cc10_story.html">exceptional benefits</a>.</p> <h2>3. DSW</h2> <p>Need shoes, or big winter boots? Get them before or after Thanksgiving Day, because one of the biggest shoe retailers is staying closed. A spokesperson said, &quot;While many retail stores will be opening for business on Thanksgiving Day, this year we continue the DSW tradition of keeping ours closed. Family time is extremely important to us, and we want our associates to enjoy the holiday with their loved ones.&rdquo;</p> <h2>4. Nordstrom</h2> <p>&ldquo;We won&rsquo;t be decking our halls until Friday, November 27,&rdquo; says the notice in Nordstrom windows everywhere. &ldquo;Why? Well, we just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.&rdquo; Well said.</p> <h2>5. H&amp;M</h2> <p>The clothing retailer known for giving people incredible bargains is closing all 400 of its stores this Thanksgiving. The decision was made by H&amp;M president Daniel Kulle, saying, &ldquo;In the tradition of Thanksgiving, H&amp;M will close our U.S. stores on Thanksgiving Day, allowing our store teams to enjoy this time with their families and friends.&rdquo;</p> <h2>6. GameStop</h2> <p>If you want new video games to play over the Thanksgiving break, make sure you get them before the big day. GameStop is closing on Thanksgiving, saying that it, too, recognizes the importance of family time. What&rsquo;s more, the chain has put together this handy guide on helping with the &ldquo;<a href="http://news.gamestop.com/press-release/consumer/gamestop-offers-tips-help-avoid-holiday-shopping-blues">Holiday Shopping Blues</a>.&rdquo;</p> <h2>7. Ace Hardware, Home Depot, True Value, and Lowes</h2> <p>Don&rsquo;t wait until the last minute for those essential DIY tools and fixtures, because the four big hardware stores are all remaining closed on Thanksgiving Day. Ace Hardware has been doing this for several years, and Home Depot, True Value, and Lowes are following suit. All four will be open on Black Friday though, with plenty of doorbuster deals.</p> <h2>8. Barnes &amp; Noble</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re planning to settle down with a good book or movie after the Thanksgiving feast, get your shopping done ahead of time. Once again, Barnes &amp; Noble is closed for Thanksgiving.</p> <h2>9. Costco and Sam&rsquo;s Club</h2> <p>Both of the big warehouse stores will be giving their employees the day off on Thanksgiving. This means you can expect them both to be extra busy in the run up to the big day. So, get what you need well ahead of time, and leave the last minute shopping to the smaller grocery stores.</p> <h2>10. Jo-Ann Fabric Stores</h2> <p>Thanksgiving is usually a day when people start to put up holiday decorations. So, if you&rsquo;re looking for those extras from Jo-Ann&rsquo;s, get them beforehand.</p> <h2>11. Staples</h2> <p>Hopefully, you won&rsquo;t be in need of any office supplies on Thanksgiving. If you do need printer paper, ink, pens, or anything else, get them from Staples early on in the week. The stores will all be closed on Thursday.</p> <h2>12. Petco and PetSmart</h2> <p>Remember, your pets need to eat on Thanksgiving day as well, so don&rsquo;t forget them! The two biggest pet chains are closed however, so stock up on food, treats, and toys.</p> <h2>13. American Girl</h2> <p>My daughters both love American Girl, so I know for sure that they will be closed on Thanksgiving, but open again on Black Friday. However, don&rsquo;t expect to see big discounts. AG is a little like Apple; they rarely have any kind of noteworthy sales.</p> <h2>14. Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Homegoods</h2> <p>All three discount retailers are owned by TJX, and as such, all of them share the same Thanksgiving policy &mdash; they will remain closed for the holiday. Black Friday, they are open for business.</p> <h2>15. Pier 1 Imports</h2> <p>One of the earlier stores to adopt this trend, Pier 1 Imports has been closed on Thanksgiving Day since 2011. And this year will be no exception. If you need something, get it now.</p> <h2>16. Burlington Coat Factory</h2> <p>Looking for a big winter coat? Don&rsquo;t wait until Thanksgiving Day to go shopping at Burlington Coat Factory. All stores will be closed that day, but plan to open on Black Friday with some huge discounts.</p> <h2>17. Dillard&rsquo;s</h2> <p>The big department store is once again closed on Thanksgiving, and has been doing so for 77 years. It will, of course, be open again on Black Friday.</p> <h2>18. Harbor Freight Tools</h2> <p>The DIY-lovers everywhere will not be happy. I know my father-in-law loves a stroll around HFT, especially to get out of the house and chaos for a few hours. But this year, it&rsquo;s closed.</p> <h2>19. Babies R Us</h2> <p>Although it&rsquo;s sister company, Toys R Us, will be open on Thanksgiving Day, the baby retailer has decided to stay closed. Stock up on diapers and formula!</p> <p>And if you&rsquo;re curious, the following stores WILL OPEN on Thanksgiving. While this may not be very good news for their respective employees, it could be very good for you if you forget something important.</p> <p>Walgreens: Open 9 a.m. &ndash; 6 p.m.</p> <p>Walmart: Open 6 p.m.</p> <p>Rite Aid: Open at 8 a.m.</p> <p>J.C.Penney: Open 3 p.m. &ndash; 10 p.m.</p> <p>Kohl&rsquo;s: Open at 6 p.m.</p> <p>Best Buy: Open 5 p.m. &ndash; 1 a.m.</p> <p>Target: Open 6 p.m.</p> <p>Toys R Us: Open 5 p.m.</p> <p>Macy&rsquo;s: Open 6 p.m.</p> <p>Sports Authority: Open 6 p.m.</p> <p>Sears: Open 6 p.m. &ndash; 2 a.m.</p> <p>Old Navy: Open 4 p.m.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-major-retailers-that-give-employees-time-off-for-thanksgiving">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-black-friday-craziness-is-worth-it">5 Reasons Black Friday Craziness Is Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-a-black-friday-deal-without-leaving-home">6 Ways to Score a Black Friday Deal Without Leaving Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-online-retailers-who-let-you-stack-coupons">9 Online Retailers Who Let You Stack Coupons</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/use-these-stores-gift-cards-asap">Use These Stores&#039; Gift Cards ASAP</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-convince-a-store-clerk-to-give-you-a-deal">6 Ways to Convince a Store Clerk to Give You a Deal</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping black friday discounts Holidays retail store closings Thanksgiving Thu, 26 Nov 2015 00:00:15 +0000 Paul Michael 1616808 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Festive and Easy DIY Holiday Decorations http://www.wisebread.com/14-festive-and-easy-diy-holiday-decorations <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-festive-and-easy-diy-holiday-decorations" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_holiday_decorations_000053976300.jpg" alt="Woman making easy and festive diy holiday decorations" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to jazz up your place for the winter season ahead? Making your home feel festive is as easy as grabbing a glue gun. Here are a bunch of simple and inexpensive projects that will warm your heart throughout the holiday season and beyond. (Related: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-frugal-fall-decoration-tips?ref=seealso">7 Frugal Fall Decorating Tips</a>)</p> <h2>1. Thankful Pumpkins</h2> <p>These <a href="http://eclecticallyvintage.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-traditions-thankful-pumpkins/">thankful pumpkins</a> give everyone in the family a chance to showcase what they're thankful for this year. Coat the pumpkin in a light paint color and then use a Sharpie marker to write anything you wish. They'd make a wonderful centerpiece at your Thanksgiving dinner.</p> <h2>2. Photo Board</h2> <p>With this <a href="http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2013/09/thankful-photo-board.html">thankful board</a>, everyone will know whom you love and cherish this season. You'll need a 1&quot; by 8&quot; pine board to sand and stain. Then, use the free template to print out the word &quot;thankful&quot; on card stock. Stick the letters to the board with bronze nail heads and use super glue to attach a few clips to hold the photos. If you change up the lettering, this project would also make a cool holiday card holder.</p> <h2>3. Dollar Centerpieces</h2> <p>If you're hosting the big dinner this year, try wowing your guests with a <a href="http://www.blesserhouse.com/2014/11/dollar-store-thanksgiving-tablescape.html">Dollar Store tablescape</a>. The author found orange candles, fake pumpkins (that she painted), and poster board for placemats. Accent everything with pine cones and other free nature finds from your backyard.</p> <h2>4. Thrifty Finds</h2> <p>Take a stroll around your local thrift shops to see what holiday decorations are on the shelves. I recently found a deal on a ceramic holiday village &mdash; 10 houses for $5! I've seen anything from limited edition snow globes to porcelain ornaments to vintage tree toppers. Most everything is gently used and offered at a fraction of its original price.</p> <h2>5. Moving Makeover</h2> <p>If you do come across something you like, remember that you can personalize it with paint. That holiday village I bought? I'd love to give it this <a href="http://www.the36thavenue.com/loving-the-dollar-store-christmas-village/">chic makeover</a> using some ivory shades. Make sure your village is clean, then spritz the paint just enough to get a light coating. Do some detail work with watered down acrylics before letting everything dry.</p> <h2>6. Tricky Sticks</h2> <p>Make <a href="http://www.momendeavors.com/2013/12/diy-giant-popsicle-stick-snowflakes.html">gigantic snowflakes</a> to adorn on your walls with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00380E7RQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00380E7RQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5WSJ4HEM47HW5IEH">popsicle sticks</a>. Grab a big pack of sticks, then attach them together in different patterns using a hot glue gun. Let set a while before hanging. You can also give them a coat of colorful or sparkly spray paint for extra flair.</p> <h2>7. Sweater Trees</h2> <p>Make a set of cozy <a href="http://finditmakeitloveit.com/2013/12/sweater-trees-easy-cheap-free.html">sweater Christmas trees</a>. You'll cut out a sturdy tree template from an empty cardboard box. Then, cut a few pieces of knit fabric out of old sweaters and hot glue them around the tree. Slap a square of burlap on the trunk and you're done!</p> <h2>8. Pinecone Garland</h2> <p>Bring the outdoors in with this <a href="http://blog.freepeople.com/2013/10/diy-fall-garland/">pinecone garland</a>. Collect pinecones of all assorted shapes and sizes. You can paint them different colors or add accent flower, berries, and other items. Just hot glue everything to a piece of twine. You can even use some fine wire for extra support.</p> <h2>9. Woodland Sign</h2> <p>Get a little rustic charm going with this <a href="http://livelaughrowe.com/diy-woodland-sign/">woodland sign</a>. Attach a few boards together (or use a single piece of wood) and then stain and distress. Then use a stencil to paint on whatever saying you like. You may also try free-handing, if you're talented like that. Seal your board and hang with jute.</p> <h2>10. Sparkle Branches</h2> <p>Bring some bling to your living room with these <a href="http://www.momtastic.com/diy/170919-holiday-decorating-making-sparkly-branches/">sparkle branches</a>. Scour your backyard for the best woody specimens. Once you've found them, spray with paint and then adhesive. Sprinkle glitter onto the branch and admire your crafting powers.</p> <h2>11. Snowball Garland</h2> <p>All you need is fishing line and cotton balls to make this classy <a href="http://www.jamiedphoto.com/diy-snow-and-white-trees/">snowball garland</a>. Hot glue the cotton balls to the line and then use it for whatever you think needs some winter spirit. I love the idea to use the garland as a festive backdrop for photos.</p> <h2>12. Sweet Aroma</h2> <p>Not into decorating? You can make your house smell like the holidays with these amazing <a href="http://tipnut.com/fragrant-home-13-simmering-pot-recipes/">simmering potpourri</a> recipes. My favorite combines cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice. Fill a pot with water and simmer the ingredients on low all day long.</p> <h2>13. Frosty Candles</h2> <p>Leave it to Martha Stewart to show us how to make these gorgeous <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/264490/frosty-salted-pillar-candles">salted pillar candles</a>. Fill a rimmed tray with <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010813796/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B010813796&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GR3JS45QJUQFOH7X">epsom salts</a>. Coat the outside of your candle with some Mod Podge, and then roll in the salts. Let dry before lighting.</p> <h2>14. Spiffy Lights</h2> <p>Want to keep your Christmas lights up all year? Try <a href="http://www.landeeseelandeedo.com/2014/12/gold-christmas-decor-mantel-details.html">spray painting them</a> to spiff them up. Simply take the bulbs out of the sockets, coat the cord in gold spray paint, and let everything dry before you plug it back in. While you're at it, use the rest of your can of gold paint to make matching accents that will last the whole season.</p> <p><em>What are your clever holiday decoration tricks?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-festive-and-easy-diy-holiday-decorations">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-holiday-lighting-hacks">10 Easy Holiday Lighting Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-frugal-christmas-decorating-hacks">14 Frugal Christmas Decorating Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-diy-halloween-costumes-for-your-pets">13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Your Pets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties">15 Cheap and Delicious Punch Recipes for Holiday Parties</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Christmas crafts decorations Holidays Homemade lights Thanksgiving Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:00:08 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1615577 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Score a Black Friday Deal Without Leaving Home http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-a-black-friday-deal-without-leaving-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-score-a-black-friday-deal-without-leaving-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_shopping_tablet_000071622233.jpg" alt="Woman scoring Black Friday deals without leaving home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Black Friday &mdash; either you love it, or you hate it. As retailers continue to offer a very limited quantity of doorbuster deals each year, many shoppers are wising up and looking for other ways to save. Here are a few unique ways to save money on Black Friday without ever having to leave the comfort of your pajamas.</p> <h2>1. Check eBay Right After Black Friday</h2> <p>If you're a Black Friday veteran, you know about the &quot;doorbuster&quot; deals that are available at stores like Best Buy, Target, and Kohl's. But the problem is, unless you're willing to camp out for hours (even days), you simply aren't going to get your hands on these very limited-supply deals.</p> <p>Well&hellip; until now! A great way to find close to doorbuster prices is to check out eBay the weekend <em>after </em>Black Friday. Many shoppers who are willing to stand in line are wannabe entrepreneurs looking to turn a quick profit. They get into the store first, snatch up as many of the doorbusters as they can find, and go home and put them on eBay.</p> <p>Because eBay gets inundated with Black Friday products, supply and demand takes over and you stand a great chance of scoring a deal close to the doorbuster price. I did this last year with an external hard drive that was regularly $79.99. It had a $39.99 Black Friday price, and I snatched it up on eBay for only $49. Still a great deal, and I didn't have to fight the crowds.</p> <h2>2. Most Black Friday Deals Are Now Online</h2> <p>When looking through the Black Friday ads this year, note that almost all of the sale prices will also be available on the retailer's website. You can find most of them starting at 12:01 a.m. on Black Friday morning, and some stores like Walmart and Target will have deals available online all day on Thanksgiving as well. By staying home and shopping online, you can also take advantage of quick price comparison websites and shop with coupon codes.</p> <p>If you can't find a coupon code to your favorite online retailer, simply start a live chat session on their website and politely ask the operator if they can help you out. In many cases, they're given coupon codes to hand out on Black Friday, like free shipping or 15% off your order..</p> <h2>3. Shop Early and Still Save&hellip; Maybe More</h2> <p>Over the years, Black Friday has morphed from a one-day event to a week-long savings fest. But what many shoppers don't realize is that many of these early deals have proven to provide similar savings to what you'll find on Black Friday.</p> <p>For example, Amazon is terming their current sale &quot;Countdown to Black Friday,&quot; while Home Depot has coined their sale &quot;Black Friday Prices Starts Now.&quot; Home Depot is selling major appliances for up to 40% off the retail price until Thanksgiving, a discount that will be matched on Black Friday. So why not shop early, avoid the crowd, and get the same deal? This also makes sense at Costco, Kmart, Macy's, Sears, and other big-box stores.</p> <h2>4. Amazon Will Be Price-Matching Like Crazy</h2> <p>The last two years we saw Amazon lowering prices throughout the day on Black Friday in response to what the competition was offering. Look for more of the same this year from the online retail giant.</p> <p>The two retailers they were carefully watching were Best Buy and Walmart. So as a consumer, if you're considering a significant purchase from Best Buy or Walmart, know that Amazon may very well have a lower price by the evening of Black Friday. It may be worth your while to wait and try to nab the lowest price possible. You may even score free shipping.</p> <h2>5. Automate Your Online Coupons for Black Friday</h2> <p>If you're planning on skipping the Black Friday chaos to shop online, be sure you do it with a coupon in-hand. Sign up for coupon alerts at a website like RetailMeNot or SlickDeals, then simply pick the online retailers you know you'll be searching. They'll email you a coupon or deal when they add one to their website, which guarantees you'll maximize your savings.</p> <h2>6. Opt-Out Completely and Save More in December</h2> <p>If the idea of doing any shopping over Thanksgiving weekend makes you cringe, don't worry too much about missing any possible money-saving opportunities. In actuality, according to coupon research at Rather-Be-Shopping.com, many items are <a href="http://www.rather-be-shopping.com/blog/2015/10/27/9-ways-to-hack-your-black-friday-this-year/">cheaper in December</a> than they are on Black Friday.</p> <p><em>Are you planning on shopping on Black Friday? What's your best tip to save money?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-score-a-black-friday-deal-without-leaving-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-back-to-school-sales">How to Find the Best Back to School Sales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-major-retailers-that-give-employees-time-off-for-thanksgiving">25 Major Retailers That Give Employees Time Off for Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-more-apps-that-pay-you-to-shop">6 More Apps That Pay You to Shop</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-best-deals-coupons-sites">50 Best Deals and Coupon Sites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-online-retailers-who-let-you-stack-coupons">9 Online Retailers Who Let You Stack Coupons</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping black friday coupons deals doorbusters retail Thanksgiving Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:00:17 +0000 Kyle James 1615572 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Friendsgiving Hacks That'll Make Everyone Feel at Home http://www.wisebread.com/8-friendsgiving-hacks-thatll-make-everyone-feel-at-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-friendsgiving-hacks-thatll-make-everyone-feel-at-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friendsgiving_dinner_000073402371.jpg" alt="Host learning friendsgiving hacks to make guests feel at home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thanksgiving can be a lonely and depressing holiday. For others who can go home, Thanksgiving can be a stressful onslaught of family dysfunction, terrible commutes, and questionable side dishes.</p> <p>Luckily for my bummed-out friends, I love Thanksgiving. It is, by far, my favorite American holiday and I am sooooooo happy to share my celebration with them. I am one of those insane Turkey Day evangelists who actually makes a grocery shopping spreadsheet (and schedule) to plan out what ingredients I need to buy at each grocery store chain to receive my free, &quot;one per household&quot; turkey (my record is six free turkeys!). Boom.</p> <p>Every year, instead of a traditional sit-down dinner, I host a Strays Party for my friends who cannot or will not go home for the holidays. I am very proud that this annual party has become THE Thanksgiving tradition for many of my friends, some of whom have attended every year for the past 12 years.</p> <p>Here's how I ensure that my Friendsgiving feast stays super fun every year.</p> <h2>1. Keep a Flexible Schedule</h2> <p>Thanksgiving is often a logistical nightmare. Airfare is expensive. Traffic is terrible. The turkey takes two hours longer to roast than the recipe suggests. Instead of trying to schedule and cook for 50+ people, I start cooking at 10 in the morning and don't stop cooking until 10 p.m., and let my guests show up, eat, and leave whenever they want.</p> <p>Some people stay all day, while others come for just a late night snack. I never know who is going to show up when, so every hour the party changes up with a different mix of guests. Just removing the time constraint from the party helps people to relax and enjoy themselves.</p> <p>I know that my 12-hour Thanksgiving Day schedule is daunting to many just from the endurance cooking standpoint, but I like the ever-changing cast of characters. It's like a progressive dinner party that never leaves my dining room.</p> <p>If I ever decide to tighten my party schedule down to just a few hours, I am going to borrow a slick scheduling trick from my friend Giselle. Every year, Giselle manages to get all the members of her enormous family to the dinner table at the same time, without hassle, by serving Thanksgiving dinner on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Do her relatives care that they eat cranberry sauce a day late? No. Do they like the fact that it's cheaper to fly on Thanksgiving, than the day before Thanksgiving? Yes.</p> <h2>2. Create a Non-Traditional Menu</h2> <p>I am just going to say it: a lot of traditional Thanksgiving sides look like vomit in a casserole dish. I mean, really. How anyone can screw up a recipe that involves cream of mushroom soup is beyond me. I know I am not alone with this criticism because every year I pick up more friends who come to my Strays Party as a means of subsidizing the terrible meal that awaits them at Grandma's house.</p> <p>I used to really throw down in the kitchen for the Strays Party. I made a stuffed goose. I made Turducken. I made my Cajun family's recipe for WTF-en (ahem, What The Ducken), which is a Turducken but with game meat. Although I loved impressing my friends with my <em>Iron Chef</em> skills, I hated spending the rest of the holiday weekend washing every single pan and dish in my kitchen.</p> <p>A few years ago, I realized that the dish that everyone craves, without exception, is not some elaborate entree, but my very simple Swedish pancakes. Instead of cooking Thanksgiving dinner each year for my friends, I now serve Thanksgiving breakfast &mdash; which consists of Swedish pancakes and a variety of toppings and fillings &mdash; all day long. My friends look forward to eating special crepes for Thanksgiving and my kitchen stays much cleaner.</p> <h2>3. Plan for Dietary Restrictions</h2> <p>Back in the days when I was cooking a full Thanksgiving spread, I used to include a menu with my invitation. Now, I ask every guest to bring a dish to share. This allows people to have a &quot;safe&quot; dish that they know they can enjoy. Self-described terrible cooks are allowed to bring wood for the fireplace, ice, or store bought goodies.</p> <p>At every potluck, I provide pens and little place cards to my guests. This allows people to label the dish that they bring, so everyone knows what is vegan, kosher, gluten-free, etc&hellip;</p> <h2>4. Don't Give Dietary Advice</h2> <p>Often, Thanksgiving dinner is one of the only meals that people with severe food restrictions allow themselves to enjoy <em>each year</em>. One of my best friends is on an extremely limited, medically supervised, gluten-free diet to help keep his Multiple Sclerosis in check. Thanksgiving and his birthday are the only two days each year that he allows himself to eat &quot;normally.&quot; According to him, the worst thing about eating Thanksgiving dinner is not his resulting, pie-crust induced joint pain, or the week-long bout of depression that he risks by eating cornbread stuffing, but having his bread pudding bliss interrupted by that busy-body who feels compelled to lecture him on nutrition.</p> <p>More importantly, Thanksgiving is extremely stressful for people suffering from eating disorders and for their friends and families. Although it is extremely hard for me to sit by and watch my binge-eating relative engage in self-harm at the dinner table, Thanksgiving is the day to enjoy good food and give him some extra love. Thanksgiving is not the day to discuss my own body image issues, joke about calorie counts, or ask if he's gotten therapy yet.</p> <h2>5. Say No to Drunk Driving</h2> <p>Sadly, this needs to be said. I let all my guests know in advance that I expect them to take Uber or public transit home if they plan on drinking. Drunk driving is dangerous and unacceptable.</p> <h2>6. Let People Contribute in Their Own Way</h2> <p>Many people have a favorite family dish that they are nostalgic to eat. So, even if I don't need any extra food, I let my guests share their favorite Thanksgiving treat.</p> <p>Coming alone to a holiday party can be <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-everyday-situations-that-introverts-ace">nerve-wracking for introverts</a>, so I recruit my shy guests to help me in the kitchen. Just like there's that friend who volunteers to grill the burgers at every barbecue as a shield for his social phobia, there's that friend who always offers to help me wash the dishes.</p> <h2>7. Allow All Naps</h2> <p>My brother-in-law always shows up hours early to help me prep for parties, eats voraciously, talks to everyone, and then falls into a dead sleep on my bed while the party is still going. Thanksgiving after-dinner napping is a great American tradition. I never see napping guests as a host failure, as I am giving my friends exactly what they want and need: more sleep.</p> <h2>8. Plan Activities</h2> <p>Obviously, I like my Thanksgiving dinner to be a slightly chaotic, choose your own foodie adventure. But some of my friends like a little more structure. For those friends, I organize pre-dinner ping pong tournaments, mid-dinner parlor games, and post-dinner walks by the river. Planned activities often make socializing with strangers a little easier.</p> <p><em>Are you a host with the most? What's your secret to throwing the best Friendsgiving party?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-friendsgiving-hacks-thatll-make-everyone-feel-at-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-living-lessons-from-the-first-thanksgiving">Frugal Living Lessons From The First Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-common-weekend-money-traps-and-how-to-avoid-them">8 Common Weekend Money Traps (And How to Avoid Them)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-72-brilliant-ways-to-stretch-20">Flashback Friday: 72 Brilliant Ways to Stretch $20</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-one-vacation-day-and-save-thousands">How to Take One Vacation Day and Save Thousands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-uber-saving-or-costing-you-money">Is Uber Saving or Costing You Money?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living friendsgiving holiday party Thanksgiving thanksgiving dinner Fri, 20 Nov 2015 22:00:04 +0000 Max Wong 1615504 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make in Your Crock Pot http://www.wisebread.com/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/thanksgiving_dinner_000072009501.jpg" alt="Finding Thanksgiving recipes you can make in your crock pot" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you hosting the big Thanksgiving dinner this year? If you want to serve a classic menu but only have so much kitchen space, try using <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-slow-cookers">your Crock-Pot</a> to do some of the heavy lifting. Here are some essential holiday recipes &mdash; all adapted for your slow cooker.</p> <h2>1. Mashed Potatoes</h2> <p>Making <a href="http://lecremedelacrumb.com/2014/10/slow-cooker-mashed-potatoes.html">mashed potatoes</a> is easy with this genius Crock-Pot method. You'll need two pounds of red potatoes, sour cream, milk, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Spritz the inside of your pot with cooking spray. Then cube potatoes and put them into the pot. Cook for two to three hours on high. Add the rest of your ingredients and blend using a hand mixer.</p> <h2>2. Green Bean Casserole</h2> <p>My mother-in-law always has a <a href="http://www.themagicalslowcooker.com/2013/12/02/slow-cooker-green-bean-casserole/">green bean casserole</a> on the Thanksgiving table. To make it in the slow cooker, you'll need three cans of cream of mushroom soup, milk, black pepper, onion powder, green beans, and French fried onions. Fold together all the ingredients (save some of the fried onions for topping) and cook for two to three hours on high. Add the rest of your fried onions before transferring to the oven to brown.</p> <h2>3. Sweet Potato Casserole</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/slow-cooker-sweet-potato-casserole/f7a859d6-c5e9-4f86-891c-dcea461a1104">sweet potato casserole</a> takes just 20 minutes of preparation and serves 14 people. You'll start by microwaving brown sugar, butter, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract together. Then add this sauce to your pot with cubed sweet potatoes and mix well. Cook for three to four hours before adding mini marshmallows to finish off the dish.</p> <h2>4. Glazed Carrots</h2> <p>Don't forget the <a href="http://www.thereciperebel.com/slow-cooker-honey-orange-glazed-carrots/">glazed carrots</a>. This Crock-Pot variety is made with honey and orange flavors. You'll need two to three pounds of baby carrots, orange juice, honey, butter, and salt. Put everything into your pot and cook for six to eight hours on low. Add orange zest for extra zing.</p> <h2>5. Cranberry Sauce</h2> <p>Skip the can this year and simmer together some homemade <a href="http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/slow-cooker-cranberry-sauce-recipe/">cranberry sauce</a> in your slow cooker. You'll combine fresh cranberries with orange juice, water, sugar, and maybe a splash of bourbon. Cook on high for three to four hours. The sauce thickens as it cools.</p> <h2>6. Cornbread</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.tammileetips.com/2013/03/crock-pot-cornbread/">Crock-Pot cornbread</a> makes a great, hearty side dish. Dump some cornbread mix, eggs, butter, sour cream, and creamed corn into your pot. Mix well and cook for three or more hours on high. You should smell when the bread is done. Check the center to make sure a toothpick comes out clean.</p> <h2>7. Vegan Stuffing</h2> <p>Free up space in the oven with this <a href="http://fatfreevegan.com/blog/2010/11/01/crockpot-vegan-stuffing/">vegan stuffing</a> in your slow cooker. Mushrooms give this recipe some earthy flavor and a mix of sage, thyme, and marjoram add even more savory notes. Toss all the ingredients to you pot, then add enough vegetable broth to moisten. Cook for 45 minutes on high, and another three to four until done.</p> <h2>8. Classic Stuffing</h2> <p>Create the <a href="http://www.julieseatsandtreats.com/crock-pot-stuffing/2/">classic stuffing</a> of your dreams with this tasty Crock-Pot recipe. You'll quickly sauté celery, onions, and mushrooms with parsley on your stove before putting it in the pot. Then combine with bread cubes, chicken stock, eggs, and different seasonings. Cook for 45 minutes on high before switching heat to low for another four hours.</p> <h2>9. Turkey</h2> <p>Yes! You can even cook the <a href="http://practical-stewardship.com/2011/11/19/slow-cooker-saturdays-easy-crock-pot-turkey/">Thanksgiving turkey</a> in your slow cooker! Of course, you'll first need to find a turkey that will fit. Let it thaw and put a bit of water into the bottom of the pot. Let it cook for seven to eight hours on low before seasoning however you like. Turkey is done when the internal temperature of the breast or thigh reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.</p> <h2>10. Apple Brown Betty</h2> <p>I don't know if anyone else eats an <a href="http://momswithcrockpots.com/2011/08/crockpot-apple-brown-betty/">apple Brown Betty</a> for the holiday &mdash; but we do, and it's delicious. Toss six cups of sliced apples into a large bowl with sugar, flour, cinnamon, and lemon zest. In another bowl, combine melted butter and bread cubes. Then layer the apple and bread mixtures in your Crock-Pot a few times and cook for four hours on high.</p> <h2>11. Pumpkin Pie</h2> <p>No time to make dessert this year? Try making <a href="http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2013/11/crockpot-pumpkin-pie.html">pumpkin pie</a> right in your slow cooker! You'll need a can of pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, cream soda, vanilla extract, brown sugar, eggs, butter, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix it all together with some Bisquick. You'll top with even more Bisquick before cooking for six to seven hours on low until crust is golden brown.</p> <p><em>What are your plans for your slow cooker this year?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-international-crock-pot-recipes-that-are-out-of-this-world">13 International Crock-Pot Recipes That Are Out of This World</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-crock-pot-dishes-to-serve-at-your-next-party">14 Crock-Pot Dishes to Serve at Your Next Party</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-meals-you-can-make-with-thanksgiving-leftovers">4 Meals You Can Make With Thanksgiving Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kick-ass-alternatives-to-canned-cranberry-sauce">Kick-Ass Alternatives to Canned Cranberry Sauce</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink crock-pot easy meals recipes slow cooker Thanksgiving Fri, 20 Nov 2015 10:00:27 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1614976 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Thanksgiving Traditions That Can Break the Bank http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-thanksgiving-traditions-that-can-break-the-bank <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-thanksgiving-traditions-that-can-break-the-bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_turkey_dinner_000021571007.jpg" alt="Family learning which Thanksgiving traditions can break the bank" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found ways to avoid blowing your budget on Thanksgiving traditions, must-haves for along car ride, and ways to earn free gift cards.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://smartasset.com/personal-finance/thanksgiving-traditions-that-can-break-the-bank">5 Thanksgiving Traditions That Can Break the Bank (and How to Avoid Them)</a> &ndash; Making dinner? Check with your guests ahead of time to get an official head count. This way, you'll have a better idea of how much food you need to make. [SmartAsset]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/What-Bring-Road-Trip-24646529#photo-24646529">16 Essentials For a Long Car Ride</a> &mdash; Baby wipes aren't just for babies! When you need to wash your hands but you don't want to (or can't) get out of the car, the wipes will get the job done. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2015/11/18/5-ways-to-earn-free-gift-cards.html">5 Ways to Earn Free Gift Cards</a> &mdash; At CashCrate, you can get free gift cards by doing surveys and taking part in special offers. [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <p><a href="http://adebtfreestressfreelife.com/23-must-haves-in-your-winter-weather-emergency-car-kit/">23 Must Haves In Your Winter Weather Emergency Car Kit</a> &mdash; Keep these items in waterproof containers, organized and easily accessible. [A Debt Free Stress Free Life]</p> <p><a href="https://www.listenmoneymatters.com/legitimate-work-from-home-jobs/">Legitimate Work From Home Jobs</a> &mdash; Get paid to wield the ban hammer! Companies like ICUC and LiveWorld hire moderators to monitor social media sites and forums for their clients. [Listen Money Matters]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/education/thinking-about-graduate-school-avoid-these-4-common-financial-mistakes/">Thinking About Graduate School? Avoid These 4 Common Financial Mistakes</a> &mdash; Don't go into graduate school without plan for what to do with the degree afterwards. Research the types of careers it will qualify you for and what the salary range is. [Money Ning]</p> <p><a href="http://patverettosfrugalliving.blogspot.com/2015/11/6-of-best-free-things-you-can-find.html">6 of the Best Free Things You Can Find Online</a> &mdash; You'll find many printable games, puzzles, and other activities for you and your kids with just a quick search! [Pat Veretto's Frugal Living Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/personal-finance/budgeting/10-common-holiday-budgeting-pitfalls-avoid-year/64228">10 Common Holiday Budgeting Pitfalls to Avoid This Year</a> &mdash; Just because your family tends to travel during the holidays, it doesn't mean you HAVE to travel. Plan a staycation instead and allow yourself to splurge a little on fancy restaurants or activities. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="https://getoutofdebt.org/96379/5-things-to-consider-before-you-collect-your-social-security-benefits?">5 Things to Consider Before You Collect Your Social Security Benefits</a> &mdash; Knowing your retirement budget will help you understand how an increase or reduction in benefits will affect your finances in retirement. [Get Out of Debt Guy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stackthechips.com/5-effective-ways-to-defeat-procrastination/">5 Effective Ways To Defeat Procrastination</a> &mdash; Make a list of tasks that need to be done. If you're going to procrastinate, do something from that list. [Stack The Chips]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-thanksgiving-traditions-that-can-break-the-bank">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-friendsgiving-hacks-thatll-make-everyone-feel-at-home">8 Friendsgiving Hacks That&#039;ll Make Everyone Feel at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-living-lessons-from-the-first-thanksgiving">Frugal Living Lessons From The First Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-common-weekend-money-traps-and-how-to-avoid-them">8 Common Weekend Money Traps (And How to Avoid Them)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-72-brilliant-ways-to-stretch-20">Flashback Friday: 72 Brilliant Ways to Stretch $20</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-one-vacation-day-and-save-thousands">How to Take One Vacation Day and Save Thousands</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips Thanksgiving Thu, 19 Nov 2015 20:01:11 +0000 Amy Lu 1615338 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Cheap and Delicious Punch Recipes for Holiday Parties http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/holiday_punch_000076603497.jpg" alt="Finding delicious and cheap punch recipes for winter occasions" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's almost time to get started on the holiday festivities! Not only are these delicious drinks crowd-pleasers, but the majority of them require very easy-to-acquire and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-5-common-holiday-budget-pitfalls">affordable ingredients</a>. Check out these 15 super-tasty and cheap punch recipes for every winter occasion.</p> <h2>Non-Alcoholic Punches</h2> <p>While these mixes lack a boozy punch, they still deliver welcome holiday flavors.</p> <h3>1. Ginger Hibiscus Tea</h3> <p>This delicious <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Iced-Ginger-Hibiscus-Tea">ginger hibiscus tea</a> is perfect for daytime parties (winter brunch, anyone?). It may be too early for booze, but a slight caffeine boost is always welcome.</p> <h3>2. Sparkling Ginger Apple Cider Punch</h3> <p>A sparkling <a href="http://www.snixykitchen.com/2013/10/21/sparkling-ginger-apple-punch-with-muddled-cranberries/">ginger apple cider punch</a> is perfect for multi-generational gatherings like Thanksgiving. Kids will love this as-is, and adults can spike their own cups to make a <em>really</em> great drink.</p> <h3>3. Slow-Cooker Peppermint Hot Cocoa</h3> <p>Who doesn't love a <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/slow-cooker-peppermint-hot-chocolate.html">hot cocoa</a> during the holidays? This slow-cooker version makes for simple set-up and serving. You probably already have most of the ingredients!</p> <h3>4. Low-Cal Eggnog</h3> <p>Eggnog is delicious, but admittedly, it's not the healthiest drink. This <a href="http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a28582/healthy-makeover-eggnog-ghk1207/">low-calorie version</a> cuts down on the cholesterol but not the taste.</p> <h3>5. Sparkling Apple Tea</h3> <p>This delicious <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/10/brunch-drinks-sparkling-apple-tea-nonalcoholic-recipe.html">tea-infused punch</a> brings the apple flavor to the forefront and would be a great transition drink after all the Christmas morning cocoa and coffee.</p> <h2>Boozy Punches</h2> <p>Alright, for the adults in the room: punches that do feature a dose of winter cheer.</p> <h3>6. Sparkling Bourbon Pear Cider</h3> <p>Everyone likes this mildly sweet and wintery <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/11/sparkling-bourbon-pear-cocktail-easy-big-batch-drink-recipe-for-a-party.html">bourbon pear cider</a>. Pour your bourbon as light or heavy as you'd like.</p> <h3>7. Mulled Wine</h3> <p><a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/mulled-wine-recipe.html">Mulled wine</a> will not only make any wine-lover happy, but its wonderful Christmas-y smell will linger throughout the home. Use the cheaper wines at Trader Joe's ($5 or under) for this.</p> <h3>8. Blood Orange Punch</h3> <p>Blood oranges are coming into season, so get ready to find bags of them at reasonable prices. This tart, refreshing <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/10/blood-orange-punch-halloween-brunch-cocktail-recipe.html">blood orange punch</a> will make you wish they were available year-round.</p> <h3>9. Tequila Horchata Punch</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/desert-snow-tequila-punch">Southwestern punch</a> is perfect for folks who love the sweet, velvety taste and texture of horchata and the smoothness of good Tequila. Surprise your guests with this one.</p> <h3>10. Christmas Sangria</h3> <p><a href="http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a31566/classic-sangria-recipe/?click=recipe_sr">Classic sangria</a> is great year-round, but this one adds a few cheap ingredients for a more Christmas-y flavor. Remember to use your less expensive Spanish red blends.</p> <h3>11. Poor Girl's Champagne Punch</h3> <p>Want a sparkly, fun punch that impresses a crowd enough for them to ask what's in it? This punch featuring <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/party-on-a-budget-poor-girl-champagne-punch-187988">cheap beer and frozen raspberries</a> comes together deliciously.</p> <h3>12. Sparkling Pomegranate Punch</h3> <p>This playful and <a href="http://www.recipe.com/sparkling-pomegranate-punch/">flavorful pomegranate punch</a> uses both still and sparkling wine, and winter favorite fruit, pomegranates. Head to a local bodega for your pomegranates instead of the big chains who will charge you more for the convenience.</p> <h3>13. Virgin Island Punch</h3> <p>Can't &quot;winter&quot; in the Caribbean this season? Fake it with this <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/11/slightly-oliver-aloe-strawberry-virgin-island-punch.html">sweet and simple punch</a> using a very cheap ingredient; aloe juice. Sub in more affordable frozen berries if you are not in an area with fresh available.</p> <h3>14. Cranberry Christmas Punch</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/316360/christmas-punch">cranberry and pomegranate punch</a> is full of lip-smackingly tart holiday flavor. It's also very easy to mix &mdash; make the simple syrup at home in a few minutes.</p> <h3>15. Charles Dickens Punch</h3> <p>What's more Christmas-y than a punch named for the author we talk about most during the holidays? The simple to mix ingredients are <a href="http://punchdrink.com/recipes/charles-dickenss-punch/">set on fire</a> before serving!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite holiday punch recipe? Share a ladleful in comments?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-festive-and-easy-diy-holiday-decorations">14 Festive and Easy DIY Holiday Decorations</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-creative-simple-frugal-recipes-for-leftover-turkey">5 Creative, Simple, and Frugal Recipes for Leftover Turkey</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/to-life-to-life-la-kayim-the-joy-of-home-enhanced-booze">To life, to life, la kayim! The joy of home-enhanced booze.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-stocks-to-invest-in-during-the-holidays">10 Stocks to Invest in During the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-thanksgiving-traditions-you-should-skip">5 Thanksgiving Traditions You Should Skip</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Christmas cocktails Holidays parties Punch Thanksgiving winter Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:12:04 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1614974 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Are Your Alternative Thanksgiving Traditions? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-alternative-thanksgiving-traditions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-alternative-thanksgiving-traditions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother_daughter_thanksgiving_000074518931.jpg" alt="Mother and daughter doing alternative thanksgiving traditions" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-alternative-thanksgiving-traditions#comment-785804">Stephanie G</a>, Chong, and Mattia for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Thanksgiving is one of those holidays with many traditional aspects like sharing a big meal with friends and family, carving into a whole turkey, and watching the Macy's Thanksgiving parade. But sometimes, tradition can get expensive and stressful, so we come up with easier, cheaper ways to celebrate Thanksgiving &mdash; maybe offering different dishes on the menu, or substituting the big sit-down dinner for an outdoor activity.</p> <p><strong>What are your alternative Thanksgiving traditions?</strong> How did these non-traditional traditions come about? What Thanksgiving traditions would you never consider letting go?</p> <p>Tell us about your alternative Thanksgiving traditions and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rcwidget_3jtpjioc" data-template="" data-theme="classic" data-raflid="79857dfa218" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa218/" class="rcptr">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <p>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, November 23rd at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after November 23rd on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about your alternative Thanksgiving traditions and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-are-your-alternative-thanksgiving-traditions">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-meals-you-can-make-with-thanksgiving-leftovers">4 Meals You Can Make With Thanksgiving Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-use-leftover-mashed-potatoes">10 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Mashed Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-surprisingly-delicious-squash-recipes">20 Surprisingly Delicious Squash Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties">15 Cheap and Delicious Punch Recipes for Holiday Parties</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot">11 Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make in Your Crock Pot</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Giveaways best money tips Thanksgiving Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:15:24 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1612094 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Turkey Alternatives That Won't Break Your Holiday Budget http://www.wisebread.com/5-turkey-alternatives-that-wont-break-your-holiday-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-turkey-alternatives-that-wont-break-your-holiday-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/roasted_ham_000016380536.jpg" alt="Finding turkey alternatives that won&#039;t break your budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thanksgiving is awesome, but all those ingredients equals one time-intensive meal &mdash; especially the turkey. If you're not the biggest fan of brining, spatchcocking, or roasting one in an exhaustive two-day process, then try these five turkey alternatives that won't break your budget.</p> <h2>1. Roast Ham</h2> <p>If you don't have diet restrictions against pork, <a href="http://www.chowhound.com/recipes/honey-mustard-glazed-ham-13715">honey-roasted ham</a> makes for a great low-maintenance turkey alternative. Simply buy a frozen or fresh bone-in ham, and enjoy days of delicious sandwiches after Thanksgiving.</p> <p>Want a lower calorie, albeit slightly pricier alternative? Try a <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/925877/pork-persimmons-and-mustard-greens#Beyond%20Turkey%3A%20Thanksgiving%20Main%20Dishes%7C/275157/beyond-turkey-thanksgiving-main-dishes/@center/1009014/thanksgiving-turkey-main-dishes%7C925877">pork tenderloin</a>. This is a lean, succulent cut that is perfect for oven-roasting or even pan-roasting. It's great with sweet garnishes like apples, pears, or cranberries, plus it cooks very fast in comparison to birds.</p> <h2>2. Brisket</h2> <p>Brisket is so delicious that we eat it all year round in sandwiches and in barbeque. This leads to us not thinking of it as anything special &mdash; but oh, it is. Roasted brisket is an affordable, deliciously well-marbled cut of beef that is easy to prepare and can feed a lot of people.</p> <p>It can be prepared in many different ways, but your best bet for Thanksgiving is a <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/braised-beef-brisket-355532">braised brisket</a> with slow-roasting root vegetables like parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes, and celery.</p> <h2>3. Roasted Vegetables</h2> <p>Fall and winter boast lots of great seasonal veggies that make for tasty main dishes. Some ideal options for big whole vegetable roasts include these <a href="http://guiltykitchen.com/2010/02/03/stuffed-portobello-mushrooms/">meaty stuffed mushrooms</a>, this <a href="http://letthebakingbeginblog.com/2012/10/acorn-squash-with-walnuts-cranberry/">cranberry acorn squash</a>, and these <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-chipotle-lime-grilled-cauliflower-steaks-recipes-from-the-kitchn-204490">hearty cauliflower steaks</a>.</p> <p>If you're looking for a more complex dish, a vegetarian casserole can also make a crowd-pleasing main entree. Try this <a href="http://go.redirectingat.com/?id=74679X1524629&amp;site=buzzfeed.com&amp;xs=1&amp;isjs=1&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Ffood52.com%2Frecipes%2F31216-autumn-root-vegetable-gratin-with-herbs-and-cheese&amp;xguid=4244823a9358b2898714b5fb8208c3b6&amp;xuuid=5461eedfb5083b274690c226e3bdbe9f&amp;xsessid=2cc44d1a848de471996d1ba1f8fa2b69&amp;xcreo=0&amp;xed=0&amp;sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fdeenashanker%2Fwho-needs-turkey%23.rlnq0Vkee&amp;pref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&amp;xtz=480">root vegetable gratin</a>, this <a href="http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/2012/11/02/quinoa-stuffing-recipe/">quinoa stuffing</a>, or this <a href="http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2008/10/pumpkin-and-black-bean-casserole.html">pumpkin and bean casserole</a>.</p> <p>Those who like a prettier baked centerpiece might want a savory pie. You might like this <a href="http://thefloursack.blogspot.com/2012/03/swiss-chard-sweet-potato-feta-tart-with.html">tart filled with squash</a>, greens, and feta. Or, for extra umami, this <a href="http://www.thefirstmess.com/2013/01/30/mushroom-stout-vegan-pot-pies-with-sweet-potato-crusts-recipe/">mushroom and stout pot pie</a> with sweet potato crust.</p> <h2>4. Rotisserie Chickens</h2> <p>If you're still jonesing for poultry, but can't stand the fuss of roasting a turkey, it's okay. Just pick-up two or three whole chickens, which will be easier to cook because they are much smaller. A <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/perfect-roast-chicken-recipe.html">perfect roast chicken</a> is so easy to make.</p> <p>Also great? The fresh rotisserie chickens at your local grocery store deli! For only $7 to $9 a pop, you can feed everyone (no fighting for the last bits of light or dark meat) without spending the time to cook. If you buy a few hours ahead, keep them warm in a roast pan with chicken broth to prevent them from drying out.</p> <h2>5. Trader Joe's &quot;Turkey-Less Stuffed Roast&quot;</h2> <p>Vegans have a hard time at Thanksgiving, especially while visiting their omnivore families. If you are near a Trader Joe's, it is very much worth trying this <a href="http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/849">Turkey-less Stuffed Roast</a>. It's a meaty, well-flavored blend of soy, ancient grains, and vegetables with a vegan stuffing inside. If it's your only main dish, be sure to get a few &mdash; it will go fast!</p> <p><em>Do you skip the turkey on turkey-day? What's your favorite alternative?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-turkey-alternatives-that-wont-break-your-holiday-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list">25 Frugal Items for Your Organic Vegan Grocery List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-mouth-watering-lentil-recipes">35 Mouth Watering Lentil Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-meals-you-can-make-with-thanksgiving-leftovers">4 Meals You Can Make With Thanksgiving Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties">15 Cheap and Delicious Punch Recipes for Holiday Parties</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kick-ass-alternatives-to-canned-cranberry-sauce">Kick-Ass Alternatives to Canned Cranberry Sauce</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink beef pork poultry Thanksgiving turkey alternatives vegan Mon, 16 Nov 2015 15:15:29 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1612506 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Festive Ways to Dress Up Your Property for the Holidays http://www.wisebread.com/13-festive-ways-to-dress-up-your-property-for-the-holidays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-festive-ways-to-dress-up-your-property-for-the-holidays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_halloween_decorations_000074847411.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to add festive curb appeal to her home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to give your home a seasonal touch this fall and winter? Take a look at these festive ways to enhance your home's curb appeal for the late-year holidays.</p> <h2>1. Adorn the Front Door With Holiday Wreaths</h2> <p>Wreaths are an easy way to dress up your front door in an inviting way. You can buy wreaths for nearly every holiday these days &mdash;I've personally seen examples for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MIE8KYY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MIE8KYY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=Z65ORNXHMDVATKC5">Halloween</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013JGO1WY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B013JGO1WY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=LNIUALIXMJKTWFLY">Thanksgiving</a>, <em>and </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009A9P3HC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009A9P3HC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=K7JMHGECMHNPHNEH">Christmas</a> this week alone (yep, Christmas starts in September now) &mdash; or you can try your hand at making your own by visiting your local craft store for supplies. Often, the same craft stores host wreath-making classes this time of year, or you can search for them in your area on your local event boards, Craigslist, Meetup, or the NextDoor app.</p> <h2>2. Swap in a Seasons Greetings Doormat</h2> <p>Along with changing my door wreaths for the fall and winter holidays, I also swap out my door mats. I don't buy new ones every year, but rather use the same one from year to year by cleaning it before packing it away <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-january-is-the-right-time-to-start-planning-for-christmas">after the holiday has passed</a>. You can find cool mats with fun greetings at store like Target for around $10 &mdash; totally a steal &mdash; but there are plenty of other places that will have different selections at different prices. Or you can do what I do and wait until after the holidays to snag your mats when they're, like, 75% off.</p> <h2>3. Power Wash Porches, Sidewalks, Windows, and Siding</h2> <p>You can instantly give your house a facelift with a little soap and water by power washing your porches, sidewalks, windows, and siding.</p> <p>&quot;Sometimes a home just needs a good exterior dusting, and the cheapest way to do that is by renting and using a power washer,&quot; says Alexander Ruggie, PR director for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.911restoration.com/">911 Restoration</a>, which specializes in water damage restoration.</p> <p>I recently power-washed my home, and the difference is pretty astonishing. You don't really think about the accumulated dirt until you get all up in there, but I promise you'll be happy with the result once you've blasted away all that dirt, dust, and muck.</p> <p>In addition to renting a power washer, you also can buy one. I found a great deal on Groupon a couple years ago, and I've definitely gotten my money's worth. Something to look into, at least.</p> <h2>4. Dress Up the Front Yard With Tasteful Decorations</h2> <p>The key word here is tasteful &mdash; because it's not really curb <em>appeal</em> if your home is surrounded by a bunch of tired, tacky decorations. That's not to say you shouldn't have fun decorating for the season, but, ya know, use your common sense when deciding what's appropriate for your yard and what isn't.</p> <p>Zakiyya Rosebelle, lifestyle and interior decorator behind <a href="http://sweetlittleluxuries.com/">Sweet Little Luxuries</a>, suggests keeping it classic. &quot;Accent the front yard with outdoor art or a sculpture made from a natural material such as metal owls, a galvanized pumpkin, or a wooden reindeer,&quot; she says.</p> <h2>5. Tie Large Bows Around Gates, Posts, and Mailboxes</h2> <p>Another simple fix to give you property added flair is to tie large bows &mdash; which come premade or you can make them yourself &mdash; around fixtures in your yard, like gates, posts, mailboxes, and more. Personally, I think bows give homes and yard a tidy-but-festive touch that adds that little something extra.</p> <h2>6. Line Walkways With Seasonal Flowers and Plants</h2> <p>There are several varieties of plants and flowers that are popular in the fall, like mums, turtlehead, sunflowers, and stonecrop. You can find a great selection of these plants at your local farmers markets, flower shops, and big-box hardware stores, the latter of which probably offers the best deal, but not always guaranteed. Line your walkway with these perennials to add autumn color to your yard, or hang a few on your porch to dress up the immediate exterior of your home. After the season, plant them in your garden before the ground freezes and you'll have a new batch of your own every year.</p> <h2>7. Clean the Gutters</h2> <p>While you're up on the roof hanging lights and other decorations, take time to clean out your gutters, too. Not only will you keep the gutters from clogging &mdash; which could lead to a costly incident if left unattended for too long &mdash; but you'll ensure that there's no gunk or trash spilling out that will take away from the seasonal prettiness that you're trying to accomplish.</p> <h2>8. Brighten Porches, Trees, and Paths With Decorative Lights</h2> <p>I love holiday lights &mdash; and they're not just for Christmas anymore. You can decorate with lights any time of year, including Valentine's Day or even the Fourth of July, to give your home a certain twinkle. During the fall and winter holidays, however, you can go all out, hanging lights from trees, wrapping them around your porches and patio, draping them from awning, affixing them to windows, and more. There's an increased expense in electricity, of course, but we can't be misers about everything, right? Let yourself enjoy life a little more this time of year.</p> <h2>9. Hang Ornaments and Decorations on Trees</h2> <p>If you're hanging up lights, why not add a few decorations? These aren't the same decorations that you'd put on your indoor trees (nobody would be able to see those), but rather larger variations, like figures or shiny balls, that will give your vegetation a look of completeness and ultimately add to your curb appeal.</p> <h2>10. Design a Fall/Winter Garden for the Cooler Weather</h2> <p>If you want to be more creative than just lining your walkways and porches with seasonal flowers, perhaps you can create an entire fall or winter garden using the appropriate flora. My grandmother used to change her garden out seasonally &mdash; which was a lot of work (I know, because she made me help several times), but the end result will be something you can be proud of and the neighbors can admire.</p> <p>&quot;Create fall or winter gardens with flowers that bloom beautifully in these seasons such as sweet autumn clematis, sedum, helenium, snowdrop, or winterberry,&quot; Rosebelle says.</p> <h2>11. Paint the Front Doors</h2> <p>I recently had my front porch and door repainted to an upbeat lavender color, and it gave my home a whole new look. It's really incredible what paint can do for a stale palate. You can give your doors a once-over that will last for years, or, if you're adventurous, you can paint your door to reflect each holiday.</p> <h2>12. Trim Trees and Shrubs</h2> <p>If you have the skills a la Edward Scissorhands, try trimming your trees and shrubs into festive shapes. This activity obviously isn't for everyone &mdash; you probably shouldn't work on your <em>front</em> yard if it's your first time &mdash; but if you think you have what it takes, try a bush in the back yard. Plus, whatever mistakes you make will grow back, and if you discover you have a knack for it, your curb appeal can only benefit from your shear genius.</p> <h2>13. Camouflage Unsightly Exterior Hardware</h2> <p>Every home has less-than-appealing hardware on its exterior. To maximize your home beauty and hide its flaws, disguise these items, which can usually be accomplished with paint.</p> <p>&quot;Camouflage your home's electrical boxes, piping, and wires by painting them the color of the rest of your house,&quot; says Natalie Wilhelm, a luxury real estate agent in Southern California. &quot;They are an eyesore when they are different colors and they stand out. By painting them the same colors, it makes them blend into the rest of your house.&quot;</p> <p><em>How do you plan to add seasonal curb appeal to your home this fall? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-festive-ways-to-dress-up-your-property-for-the-holidays">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-festive-and-easy-diy-holiday-decorations">14 Festive and Easy DIY Holiday Decorations</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-frugal-christmas-decorating-hacks">14 Frugal Christmas Decorating Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-frugal-fall-decoration-tips">7 Frugal Fall Decoration Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-decorative-plants-you-can-eat-too">6 Decorative Plants You Can Eat, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-stuff-at-homegoods">How to Find the Best Stuff at HomeGoods</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Christmas curb appeal decorations festive Halloween home decor Thanksgiving Fri, 16 Oct 2015 15:02:03 +0000 Mikey Rox 1589844 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Quick and Delicious Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers http://www.wisebread.com/15-quick-and-delicious-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-quick-and-delicious-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/turkey-sandwich-490559677-small.jpg" alt="turkey sandwich" title="turkey sandwich" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After an enormous Thanksgiving feast, you may think you'll never be hungry again. But eventually, you will be.</p> <p>So here are 15 quick and easy ways to turn your holiday leftovers into another couple of delicious meals.</p> <h2>1. Sandwiches</h2> <p>This Thanksgiving remake is popular for a reason &mdash; it's easy, fast, and delicious. A <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/article/15-best-ever-leftover-turkey-sandwiches">turkey sandwich</a> is always a good choice, and you can even pile on practically all of your leftovers to make a big post-holiday lunch. For a twist, fry up <a href="http://www.pauladeen.com/thanksgiving-monte-cristo">Monte Cristos</a> using extra turkey and cranberry sauce.</p> <h2>2. Potato Pancakes</h2> <p>Is your fridge full of leftover mashed potatoes? Not that anyone is complaining, but try making a <a href="http://www.justataste.com/2013/11/cheesy-leftover-mashed-potato-pancakes-recipe/">whole new dish</a> by adding scallions, egg, and a little cheese before pan frying as patties. Serve with sour cream or leftover gravy.</p> <h2>3. Turkey Pot Pie</h2> <p>Re-invent all of that extra turkey and chicken broth into delicious <a href="http://damndelicious.net/2013/11/22/leftover-thanksgiving-turkey-pot-pie/">pot pies</a>. They're easy to make and will fool everyone into thinking you slaved over a whole new meal.</p> <h2>4. Stuffed Mushrooms</h2> <p>Make a little too much stuffing? Transform it into this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/stuffing-stuffed-mushrooms-recipe.html">easy and impressive appetizer</a> and you'll be happy that you did! Ideal for a party or small gathering.</p> <h2>5. Cranberry Cocktail</h2> <p>Use leftover cranberry sauce in a whole new way by mixing up <a href="http://www.oregonlive.com/mix/index.ssf/cocktails/post_5.html">some cocktails</a>. The sweetness and acidity add a fun element to a mixed drink and turn it a nice shade of pink.</p> <h2>6. Sweet Potato Bread</h2> <p>A great way to totally rework leftover sweet potatoes is by <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-potato-bread-i/">making bread</a>. The lightly sweet and spiced bread is great for breakfast or a snack. If you're using already sweetened mashed sweet potatoes, be sure to decrease the sugar called for in the bread recipe.</p> <h2>7. Turkey Salad</h2> <p>Instead of making chicken salad, make <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Curried-Turkey-Salad-with-Cashews-103768">turkey salad</a>! It's quick and just as tasty, and makes a great light lunch in the days following your big meal. Pack it up with some bread or a salad and take it to work.</p> <h2>8. Pie Shakes</h2> <p>Leftover pie isn't usually a big problem, but if you're ready to move on to a different sweet treat, try turning your pie into <a href="http://stepable.com/recipes/299/bourbon-pecan-pie-milkshake">milkshakes</a>. You can have your pie and drink it, too!</p> <h2>9. Baked Eggs in Stuffing Cups</h2> <p>For a fun post-Thanksgiving brunch or lunch, try <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/30891-baked-eggs-in-stuffing-cups">these eggs</a> nestled on top of stuffing and baked. Eggy, bready goodness that's easy to make and pairs great with a side salad.</p> <h2>10. Cranberry Muffins</h2> <p>Put your extra cranberry sauce to good use and make <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/cranberry-sauce-muffins/676c8a8d-b500-4506-99ee-e93287d82d99">cranberry muffins</a>. They make a perfect breakfast treat for any guests that might be sticking around. Pack them in an airtight container and they can be frozen for later.</p> <h2>11. Bubble and Squeak</h2> <p>A British staple, <a href="http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/164622/bubble-and-squeak">bubble and squeak</a> is a tasty way to use leftover mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Add some bacon, serve with a salad, and you've got a brand new meal.</p> <h2>12. Soup</h2> <p>A great way to use excess turkey and veggies is to make a <a href="http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/next-day-turkey-soup.html">hearty soup</a>. Serve with crusty bread and this quick meal will feel brand new.</p> <h2>13. Stuffing Waffles</h2> <p>Try something new and give your leftover stuffing and gravy new life by turning them into unexpectedly delicious <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/11/stuffing-waffles-recipe.html">waffles</a>. These will be the talk of the dinner table for days!</p> <h2>14. Sweet Potato Pancakes</h2> <p>No one will be complaining about eating leftovers after you serve these yummy <a href="http://shewearsmanyhats.com/sweet-potato-pancake-recipe/">sweet potato pancakes</a>. Be sure to reduce the sugar if you are using already sweetened potatoes. These would taste great with leftover cranberry sauce.</p> <h2>15. Shepherd's Pie</h2> <p>Looking to serve up a lot of leftovers without repeating your holiday meal? Practically every Thanksgiving staple can be used in this <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/319449/thanksgiving-leftovers-shepherds-pie">shepherd's pie</a>.</p> <p><em>How do you re-mix your Thanksgiving leftovers? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-quick-and-delicious-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-meals-you-can-make-with-thanksgiving-leftovers">4 Meals You Can Make With Thanksgiving Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-use-leftover-mashed-potatoes">10 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Mashed Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers">17 Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving">Simple Recipes for a Frugal Vegetarian Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-thanksgiving-traditions-you-should-skip">5 Thanksgiving Traditions You Should Skip</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment feasts leftovers Thanksgiving Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:06 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1260446 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Host Thanksgiving in a Tiny Apartment http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-thanksgiving-in-a-tiny-apartment <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-host-thanksgiving-in-a-tiny-apartment" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/apartment-dinner-party-187088713-small.jpg" alt="apartment dinner party" title="apartment dinner party" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've decided to accept the challenge of being the host with the most this Thanksgiving, but there's just one tiny problem &mdash; your smaller-than-small apartment. Time to panic? Nah. Before you cancel the fete, feast on these ways to work with what you've got &mdash; and still deliver an incredible dinner. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving?ref=seealso" style="text-decoration:none;">Simple Recipes for a Frugal Vegetarian Thanksgiving</a>)</p> <h2>Clear the Clutter as Soon as You Decide to Host</h2> <p>All right, hoarders, it's time to get busy; you've let that junk pile up long enough. Take this opportunity to clear out all your clutter so you can have a beautiful, <em>clean</em> apartment with plenty of space for your guests to sit back and relax on the holiday. Do this far enough in advance &mdash; and use your money-saving savvy to make a few bucks on items you don't want anymore &mdash; and you could possibly pay for the entire dinner with the cash you earned and have a few dollars to spare.</p> <h2>Keep the Guest List Manageable Given Your Space Constraints</h2> <p>You know how many people your home can handle, so don't overdo it. Only invite enough people for whom you have proper seats at a table or wherever you decide to eat. I live in a condo that has a breakfast bar that seats four, and I have a sturdy coffee table that guests can use to eat while sitting on the couch. That setup works for my friends and me, but it may not make everyone in your life comfortable. Let your guests know in advance how the dining situation will be arranged so they can make their own decision on whether or not they want to attend.</p> <h2>Ensure That You Have Enough Diningware to Accommodate Everybody</h2> <p>If you live in a small apartment, you probably have limited cabinet space &mdash; which means that you probably have limited diningware. Do a count once the guest list is set to ensure that you have all the plates, utensils, glasses, napkins, serving dishes, and so on that you'll need to host this dinner without a hitch. If you've come up short, you can either choose to buy more legit diningware, or you can opt to go plastic (the high-end stuff for this special occasion, of course), one of the only times I will recommend these otherwise money traps.</p> <h2>Plan a Menu That's Appetizing But Not Overly Complicated</h2> <p>If you like to cook like I do, you'll want to show off your kitchen skills by making fancy dishes to impress your guests at Thanksgiving. <em>Bad</em>. <em>Idea</em>.</p> <p>I've gone this route before and I've spent hours upon hours standing in the kitchen preparing a meal that has a million-and-one ingredients that turns out amazing but that I'm usually too exhausted to enjoy by the time it's ready to serve. And chances are, your guests would have been just as happy with Stovetop as they are with your from-scratch apple-sausage-sage cornbread stuffing. Trust me.</p> <p>What this also means in a small apartment is piles and piles of dishes claiming valuable dining real estate. Are you gonna wash all of them before serving dinner? I didn't think so. Thus, today is a day to enjoy your friends and celebrate the things for which you're thankful; embark on a mission of culinary excess and you'll curse the day you ever heard of Bobby Flay.</p> <h2>Prepare What You Can Ahead of Time &mdash; Like Earlier in the Week</h2> <p>Some dishes can be prepared ahead of time &mdash; like stuffings and mashed potatoes, for instance, and especially desserts &mdash; take advantage of the extra time to keep the dirty dishes to a minimum and enjoy more of your company when the big day arrives instead of slaving over a hot stove.</p> <h2>Assign Certain Aspects of the Meal to Your Guests</h2> <p>Another good way to save time, money, and space this Thanksgiving is to host a potluck Thanksgiving. If you plan to make the turkey, you can farm out the sides to a couple guests and ask others to bring bread, dessert, or a bottle of wine. A collaborative effort can definitely be fun, mind you, but it should be planned as the purpose of your Thanksgiving. What I mean by that is when you extend the initial invitation inform your guests that this will be a potluck meal. It's terrible form to spring this on somebody after the fact.</p> <h2>Rearrange Furniture for Optimal and Maximum Seating Potential</h2> <p>You should, without a doubt, have enough seating for your guests at dinner, but they'll also want to sit down in other areas around your apartment before and perhaps after the meal. In my apartment I arrange the four breakfast bar seats to face outward into the living room, I roll in my two office chairs, and put our metal coffee table against a wall, which creates a circle of seating that allows everyone to converse conveniently while also having a good view of the TV. This particular situation probably won't work for you, but with a little creativity you can create your own game plan to optimize your own relaxation station.</p> <h2>Consider a Buffet Table to Free Up the Dining Table</h2> <p>When I serve dinner for more than four in my apartment, I set up a buffet-style table in the foyer. This keeps the actual dining space clear of serving dishes so everyone can spread out and enjoy their meal with a little breathing room. This table has turned out to be a great investment as I've used it as a buffet table for multiple gatherings, but also to display items at a yard sale, an extra dining table in some cases, and a game-night table with the boys.</p> <h2>Designate an Out-of-the-Way Space for Outerwear</h2> <p>Where, oh where, will all those coats go? You don't want to put them on the furniture because that's taking up much-needed seating, and you really shouldn't put them on your bed for sanitary reasons (you can judge me for this, but I don't want people's clothes on the bedding I sleep on; it's just&hellip; eww).</p> <p>If you have a coat rack or hooks around your apartment, utilize those as well as extra closet space if you have it. Another practical solution is to put the outerwear on hangers and place them on your shower curtain if it's a very sturdy one. Your guests will use the restroom while they're there, but nobody should be showering unless y'all are really tight like that. Save time by pulling the hangers in advance of your guests' arrival so you can take their coats and hang them efficiently. It goes without saying that you should clean your bathroom beforehand so your guests will be comfortable with their coats in there &mdash; and so they don't call the health department on you after they leave.</p> <h2>Make Do and Have Fun</h2> <p>Don't sweat the small stuff. Literally. Just don't do it. Make the best of what you have using these tips and other suggestions in the comments section and around the Internet and you're good to go. Thanksgiving is special, and it only comes once a year. Enjoy it, my friends. Enjoy it hard because the evil that is January is on its way.</p> <p><em>Do you have other tips on how to host Thanksgiving in a tiny apartment? 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