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Every Thanksgiving hostess has his or her moments of anxiety. Hell, I've been making holiday dinners and hosting dinner parties for a decade, and I still get a little nervous when it come to roasting the perfect turkey. That combined with kids, houseguests, and having to make an endless supply of side dishes all timed in perfect harmony...it's a lot for one person. Hopefully by the time you've read this post, I will have answered any of your looming questions, but if there is still anything you are concerned about, please leave a comment at the end of the post, and I'll be sure to answer. Pictured above: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
1. What if I overcook the turkey, and the breast meat is dry? Slice it thin and soak it in warm chicken or turkey stock.
2. How do I get the skin beautiful golden brown? Lots of butter! Separate the skin and push butter directly over the meat then spread more butter over the outside of the skin. Also cover just the breast of th…

A Festive Fall Kitchen


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Fall is one of my favorite times of the year to add some decor to my kitchen. It’s so easy to incorporate a bit of that fall feeling into the busiest room in the house, so it not only smells good due to all that seasonal baking, but looks good too. Here are some great fall products to add a little spice to your kitchen.

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Harvest Candelabrum - This fall candleholder is a perfect addition to your eat-in kitchen table or any place in your kitchen that needs a lift. It has all the traditional fall colors displayed through berries, fruits, and foliage. Light the three hurricane candles to bring a bit of warmth to those cool autumn nights and enjoy a dinner by candlelight.  


Pumpkin Tureen - Leave it to Pier 1 Imports to come up with such a whimsical and unique creation. Why ladle soup from any old tureen when a pumpkin one seems like such a natural choice? Serve those hearty fall stews, chilis, and soups with panache. This tureen is impressive, it’s whimsical and it’s fun, and you can even get a matching set of pumpkin bowls (pictured above). When not using it at mealtime, display it on a kitchen shelf or even a bare spot on your counter. It makes for a great conversation piece.
 
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Embroidered Pillow Covers - If you’re lucky enough to have a banquette in your kitchen, put these embroidered pillow covers from Pottery Barn to work. Pillow covers are a quick and easy way to add a new look to any room and are perfect for that cozy corner in your kitchen. This one comes in two different colors, so you’re sure to find one that will tie into your décor.

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Pumpkin Dish Towel and Accessories - The quickest and easiest way to add fall color and style into your kitchen is with seasonal dish towels hung over your oven’s door handle. I found lots of adorable styles at Crate and Barrel. The great thing about this store is that you can find matching oven mitts and pot cloths, and even a matching apron. For not a lot of money, you can give your kitchen a whole new look.


Hedgehog Cutting Board - Hedgehogs have been so trendy for home decor. To go with that theme, I found this adorable cutting board and tea box on Etsy featuring a hedgehog and a pumpkin. Leave them out on your kitchen counter for a splash of color and character — these items are both fun and functional. Both pieces are made of rustic wood and are hand-painted and lightly distressed for a warm and welcoming touch.

Little touches like these can make a big difference in your kitchen and inject the perfect amount of autumn into your décor. How do you like to decorate for fall? Leave me a comment below!

About the Author: Ali Lawrence blogs over at Homey Improvements about DIY projects, home advice and healthy living.


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