Home Tip of the Day: Thanksgiving Leftovers

At a loss for what to do with the massive amounts of leftover turkey you have from Thanksgiving? Here are a few tasty ideas you might want to try out.

The following Home Tip of the Day was filmed at 41 Lafayette Dr Livingston Twp., NJ listed at $2.95 million with Dalia Shliechkorn at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

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Home Tip of the Day: Set the Stage for a Perfect Thanksgiving Meal

Before you get started making a single Thanksgiving dish, be sure to take care of this one important task first. The video below holds the key to setting the stage for the perfect Thanksgiving meal.

The following Home Tip of the Day was filmed at 41 Lafayette Dr Livingston Twp., NJ listed at $2.95 million with Dalia Shliechkorn at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

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Home Tip of the Day: Thanksgiving Entertaining

Cooking is a huge part of Thanksgiving, but so is spending time with loved ones. Here’s an easy way to make sure you spend less time in the kitchen, and more time with family and friends this Thanksgiving.

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Welcome Home, Ulrich Family!

The Ulrich family of Little Falls, NJ vaguely ressembles a small basketball team, with three brothers over 6-feet tall. Sharing a basement bedroom filled with safety hazards and eyesore “decor,” the Ulrich boys could not have been better candidates for George to the Rescue.

George Oliphant and his team of designers and contractors arrive to transform the Ulrich brothers basement bedroom into a hangout suite. The transformation extends to include sister Jenna’s pink princess bedroom as well. Giving each sibling a space of their own, George to the Rescue delivers yet again.

When we asked the Ulrichs what home means to them, Annie Ulrich puts it best when she says “This is home sweet home–a lot of good memories here and there are many more to come.”

A heartwarming story for a very deserving family, click here to view the complete segment of George to the Rescue.

Welcome home, Ulrich Family!

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Home Tip of the Day: Tricks for Kids at Thanksgiving

If the kids outnumber the adults at your Thanksgiving festivities, then this Home Tip is surely for you. Here are a few tricks for hosting a big kids table this holiday.

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The Best of Thanksgiving: Appetizer

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There is a feast waiting for you in the afternoon, but who doesn’t want some snacks to prime the pump for the big turkey dinner? I’m a sucker for appetizers. Dips, finger food, you name it. I want to eat it. Especially on Thanksgiving. But two years ago, I got introduced to the best Thanksgiving appetizer of all time. Yes, all time.

Picture this. It’s 12:30 in the afternoon. You’re sitting down to dinner probably around 3 or 4 pm so you’re not really wanting a full lunch, but you need (yes, need) a snack to help tide you over. You’re about to watch the Packers and Lions kickoff and it’s just irresponsible to watch football on Thanksgiving without some snackage. Yes, snackage.

Do you break out vegetables and dip? No. Do you reach for some crackers and cheese spread? Nuh uh. Instead you make some bacon wrapped jalapeño tater tots.

Now I’ve got your attention. Tots. Bacon. Jalapeño. Oh and there’s a ranch dipping sauce too. My mouth is watering as I type this.

How do you make such a heavenly treat? Simple. Take a tater tot and a little jalapeño and put them together. Then wrap them in bacon and skewer them with a toothpick so everything stays together. Just drop them into some oil in a pan and fry them up for a bit and you have the ultimate Thanksgiving appetizer. For those who like to dip, grab a little Hidden Valley Ranch dressing to put on the side and hurry over to your favorite seat on the couch to watch some football.

Happy snacking on a very happy Thanksgiving.

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Real Estate Headlines with Debra Messing, Gen Z and a Free Bentley

Let me be the first to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving, but don’t get too excited. You have a few work days left before it’s time loosen that belt to make room for more stuffing. While you dream of pumpkin and pecan pie, here is your weekly dose of real estate headlines to start your week.

Debra Messing has a new place for $5.45 million in NYC.

The Street has a list of the 12 absolutely cheapest places to live in America.

How do you know if you can afford an investment property?

Gen Y? Pfft. That’s so last decade. Gen Z is the one with ambitions for homeownership.

Can a big house lead to the poor house when it comes to retirement?

Boston.com has a handy breakdown of real estate jargon and what they really mean.

Want a free Bentley? All you gotta do is sell this house.

Should you renovate your home before selling?

And finally, from Pilgrim Point to Wishbone Way, we’re serving up 9 homes where the Thanksgiving spirit lives on year round.

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Setting the Holiday Table with Toddlers in Tow

Thanksgiving dinner with family

I am about to let you in on a big secret: Martha Stewart is not my middle name, and Pinterest is not my friend. When I was first married, I envisioned the perfect holiday table with linens, china, sparkling candles, and all the family exclaiming over my beautifully set table and food. Then, the kids came along and reality set in. FYI, toddlers and candles do not mix. So I have now created a much easier plan to keep the little ones and the grown-ups (including me) happy and entertained for the holiday dinner.

Step 1. If it can’t go in the dishwasher, don’t use it.

I found these white plates with gold trim at Walmart a few years back. They were around $50 for eight complete place settings, and they are dishwasher safe. Bed, Bath & Beyond carries these lovely white serving dishes that are microwaveable, oven-safe, and dishwasher-safe. White makes the perfect backdrop for any food. Also, the dollar store has gold chargers that you can use for everything (see Step 2).

white with gold trim

available at bed, bath, and beyond

Step 2. The dollar store is your best friend.

Not only do dollar stores sell gold chargers to go under your white and gold plates, they have everything else you need, too! To keep my kids entertained while prepping, I let them make the napkin rings — using materials from the dollar store. Your kids can draw, color, and cut out a fun holiday-themed paper shape. To transform it into a napkin ring, all you need to do is tape their creation to a shower curtain ring ($1.00 for 12), and that’s one holiday decorating to-do item checked off your list.

The dollar store is also great for centerpieces, as they carry lots of things like mini-pumpkins, pine cones, and flameless LED candles. For example, I put three LED candles of various heights on a gold charger and surround it with pine cones. If I’m feeling really ambitious, I might even sprinkle on some gold glitter!

turkeys and trees by my little cuties

Step 3. Make it simple

  • When in doubt, add butter. Butter makes everything better.
  • Use bag liners. Put your turkey in a basting bag. Use crock pot liners. I even line my baking pans with foil. It makes the clean up so much easier.

Step 4. The bird: The single most important item on the table.

Many a meal has been ruined because the turkey was thawed improperly — or gasp! — raw. If you’re cooking a turkey, here are a few things to remember:

  • Frozen turkeys take a long time to thaw. If yours is frozen, it will need 24 hours for every 4–5 pounds to thaw. So a 10-pound turkey needs two days in the refrigerator to thaw out.
  • Cooking time for a 10–12-pound bird is 4–4.5 hours. Make sure it’s done.
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Redding’s Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

This year on Thanksgiving morning, before many of us are out of bed, thousands of people will meet to carry out a decades-long tradition. Now in its 29th year, the annual Redding Turkey Trot, taking place on November 27 this year, has been a Thanksgiving highlight for many local people. They come from all over to join the ” race,” which is just a stroll for some and an all-out competition for others.

The crisp morning air and the effort to get to the finish line is just what the body needs before the day’s Thanksgiving feasting begins. In this race, it doesn’t matter how it’s done or how long it takes to do it, as long as you touch that finish line.

This event has something to appeal to everyone: Parents, grandparents, and children of all ages can participate in either the six-mile run or the the two-mile fun run/walk. In the two-miler, you’ll see babies in strollers or wagons pulled by older children, as well as older people in wheelchairs or with walkers. (There are many locals who don’t register for the event but still want to “trot” along anyway.) People come in silly hats and turkey costumes, or they wear their original Turkey Trot sweatshirt. Colors and dates on the shirts change each year — and at this event, wearing a very old Turkey Trot shirt gives a person status and is a conversation starter. When first arriving at the starting location, the fun is in the mingling. Some people only see each other once a year at the race, and it’s fun to see them again.

All participants meet at the historical Diestelhorst Landing. The morning begins with the opening ceremony at 7:45 a.m. Shortly after the official opening is the Diestelhorst Dash, a quarter-mile sprint just for kids 8 and under. Each child is given a treat for participating. After the Dash, the six-mile wheelchair race will begin, followed by the six-mile run. The entire event concludes with the two-mile fun run/walk. At 10 a.m., the awards ceremony is held. The prizes in past years were Marie Callender’s pies for those who finished in record time. Everyone who crosses the finish line, however, receives a participation ribbon.

So dig out your goofy warm hat, put the turkey in the oven (or wear it!), and head to the Turkey Trot. Take the challenge or meander along; either way, you’ll be glad you went. It really does feel good to start the day by participating in an activity with your family, friends, or someone you haven’t seen in a year, and you’ll feel better about eating all the turkey and trimmings later. Register at the organizers’ page (cost for registration varies). Happy trotting!

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Decorating Your Pad in Time for Thanksgiving in NYC

We really try not to boast, but it’s really hard not to gloat about the fabulousness that is Thanksgiving in NYC. From the Macy’s Day Parade to the frenetic and joyous electricity in the air at holiday time, New York City really knows how to throw a turkey — or Tofurky — party. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, you’ll want to make sure that your apartment is ready. Whether this is your first time hosting for the holidays in your NYC apartment or you’ve done it a million times, the info below will make sure that the turkey won’t be the only thing dressed for the holidays.

If you describe your decorating style as: “Absolutely no scarecrow centerpieces allowed!”

Do you tsk-tsk under your breath if someone uses the wrong type of egg cup? Would you cancel a dinner party if you ran low on salad forks? In other words, you like to keep your decorations tasteful. Here are some tips for making your Thanksgiving decor as elegant as possible.

  • Autumn Tones: Dress your public rooms in hues, colors, and tones that will remind anyone who walks into your home that fall is here, and it’s the season of bounty and harvest. Gorgeous, soft white drapes lined with linings boasting shimmery gold highlights, wine-colored table linens, russet-orange throw pillows, and warm throws draped over your sofa will help people feel cozy and excited about the season all at once.
  • Accessorize with Natural Textures: An aged wooded wine crate filled with fall produce would make a beautifully rustic and autumnal centerpiece. A wide glass vase filled with walnuts, colorful squashes, succulents, pine cones, or deep-red and rust-colored blooms will add a cozy pop to your home. Stores like Pier 1 Imports are filled with beautiful holiday decor.
  • Hang Seasonal Wall Art: Paintings or photographs of oak leaves tumbling from branches or the city at dusk are surefire fall scenes that will appeal to even the most curmudgeonly warm-weather lover.

If you describe your decorating style as: “Hey! Don’t forget the scarecrow centerpieces!”

Your holiday style ethos can be summed up in four words: The kitschier, the better. For you, it’s not Thanksgiving until there’s a turkey piñata hanging somewhere in the house. Fun is a must, and kids are welcome to join in creating the decor for the space. If this sounds like your style, here are some ideas for you:

  • Plaster Your Walls with Festive Art: Frame Thanksgiving-themed prints inside simple black frames or picture boxes. This way you get an effect that’s both fun and refined — you want a look that’s thanky, not janky.
  • Make a T-Day Tree: Who said holiday trees are only for Christmas? Make a Thanksgiving tree that will charm the pants off everyone who sees it. It doesn’t have to — and shouldn’t — look like a Christmas tree. One great idea is to get a tree (or create a tree-like centerpiece) with branches that have lost their leaves, which evokes a prepping-for-winter theme.
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