Archive | November, 2018

2018 Thanksgiving Cooking Timeline Printable

It’s that time of year again!  Thanksgiving and ALLLLLLLL the cooking.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I love all the cooking and gathering people around the table to celebrate together.  That’s the main reason I love hosting so much.

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We typically host at our house, but haven’t the last couple of years because other friends’ have, so I’m excited to do it again this year.

Surprisingly, I haven’t put a ton of thought into the day yet, but I have my menu planned out.  I never do Thanksgiving without this sweet potato casserole and this stuffing.

Here’s the thing though with cooking so much all in one day.  Your oven is basically on all day.  Plus, it’s a delicate dance to figure out when you need to put certain things in the oven, at what temperature they need to be cooked, and how long they need to cook.

So every year, I come up with a fun and super handy Thanksgiving cooking timeline printable.   You can see all the past ones here, here, and here.

And here is this year’s cooking timeline!

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I don’t have two ovens, but the one I do have does some heavy lifting on Thanksgiving.  However, everything still has to be ready at the same time.  So, I have to write it all down and figure out what cooking order makes the most sense.

See, delicate dance!

Thanksgiving Oven Rotation Cooking Timeline Printable

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Here’s how I use my printable to make sure everything gets cooked and on the table at the same time.

First, I double check all of my recipes to see how long everything needs to be cooked and at what temperature.

I write that all down, then figure out in what order things should be cooked.  I use my tips below to help me figure that out.

Next, I start working backward from the time that I plan on eating and write in the time that each dish should go into the oven and come out of the oven.

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I typically do this a few days before Thanksgiving so that I’m prepared the day of.  More importantly it lets me figure out if there are any parts of the dishes that I can make ahead of time.

Thanksgiving Oven Rotation Tips

To make cooking everything and having it all done around the same time with just one oven easier try some of these tips below.

  • Cook the dish with the highest temperature first, so all day you’re just turning the oven down and not wasting time waiting for the oven to preheat.
  • Bake as much the day before and just reheat on Thanksgiving.
  • When the turkey is out and resting, use that time to warm everything back up that you cooked the day before or earlier in the day.
  • Reduce the number of times you’re opening and closing the oven so you don’t lose heat.  Just turn on the oven light and check things through the window.
  • Cook savory things together and sweet things separately so flavors and aromas don’t mix.

Thanksgiving Cooking Timeline Printable

Be sure to click here or on the picture below to download your own cooking timeline printable.

What I love about this is that if you have it out in your kitchen, it’s pretty enough for your guests to see.

Hosting such a big holiday focused on food can be stressful.  But with a little planning and this printable I hope it can help relieve some stress of the day.

 

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DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland with a Video Tutorial

I’m so excited to bring you this DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland today.  It’s been a long time in the making, and I’m not even sure why.

I wanted to feature it in this post about decorating your party chairs, but it just didn’t happen.   But, these would be adorable on the back of any chair at your next party.

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Do you ever put something off for a long time, then when you do it, it only takes you like 5 minutes to complete it?  Yep, that’s what happened with this ribbon garland.

Once I started doing it, it was so quick.  I’m not sure why I put it off for so long.  It was so quick I even had time to do a video tutorial, edit it, and figure out how to get it to post here.

There’s no excuse to not be sure how to do this because the video walks you through every quick step.

And there’s no excuse for me not to just get things done when I want to because they probably aren’t going to take as long as you think they will.  Maybe not procrastinating should be my New Year’s resolution?

DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland

So, these DIY ribbon hoops are super easy to make yourself and they make a huge impact.

I love the versatility of them.  You can hang them in a dessert backdrop, from the ceiling, or use them as a wreath for the entrance to your party.

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If you want, you don’t even have to use them for a party at all.  Try them as home decor.  How sweet would they be in a nursery or playroom?

I love the softness of the satin and grosgrain ribbon, the vibrant colors, but mostly how easy they are to do.

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Hoop decor is all the rage right now, especially for parties.  Decorating hoops with flowers, balloons, or fabric.

These would be so fun to incorporate into upcoming Thanksgiving or Christmas decor don’t you think?

DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland Supplies

You don’t need a whole lot to make this hoop garland.  You may even be able to find what you need from around your house.

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Supplies Needed:

  • Embroidery Hoops
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

diy ribbon garland, embroidery hoop diy, easy ribbon party decor, yellow party decor, ribbon hoop garland tutorialI found that satin ribbon worked best to get a tight knot over the hoop.  But adding the grosgrain ribbon added dimension to the garland.

I love that I don’t need any special tools for this DIY.  No glue gun or sewing involved.  Just your fingers and about 5 minutes of time!

DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland Tutorial

Here are the steps you’ll need to take to make this yourself.

  1. First, cut your ribbon into about 2-3 feet stripsdiy ribbon garland, embroidery hoop diy, easy ribbon party decor, yellow party decor, ribbon hoop garland tutorial
  2. To loop your ribbon over the hoop, first join the two free ends together and find the middle of the ribbon.
  3. Next, hold the middle of the ribbon into a loop over the hoop.diy ribbon garland, embroidery hoop diy, easy ribbon party decor, yellow party decor, ribbon hoop garland tutorial
  4. Then pull the free ends through the ribbon loop over the hoop.diy ribbon garland, embroidery hoop diy, easy ribbon party decor, yellow party decor, ribbon hoop garland tutorial
  5. Wiggle the hanging ends of the ribbon to tighten the knot that you created.
  6. Finally, add ribbons all around the hoop using the method above until you’ve reached your desired look.  More ribbons is a fuller look.diy ribbon garland, embroidery hoop diy, easy ribbon party decor, yellow party decor, ribbon hoop garland tutorial

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I hung my ribbon hoop garlands over my bar area.  They make a cute, and easy decoration for that area.

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These would be quick and inexpensive decor to incorporate into your party in areas that aren’t your main focal point.  Just use colors that coordinate with your party.

And clear 3M hooks would work perfectly to hang them temporarily where you’d like them.  I only had white ones on hand.

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All together I only spent about $11 on this DIY.  I already had the embroidery hoops so all I purchased was the ribbon.  I bought four rolls at about $2-3 each.

Video Tutorial of DIY Ribbon Hoop Garland

 

I highly recommend watching this quick video tutorial.  Not because I am great on camera, haha, but because the process makes a little more sense when you see it being done.

And now for me to try and remember how to speak 🙂

Is this a DIY you could see yourself tackling?  Where would you use it?  A party, home decor, or somewhere else?

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Thanks for stopping by!  We’re going full swing into Thanksgiving in the next week.  If you need Thanksgiving hosting help, this is the right place to be!

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Celebrating everyday!