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Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape & A Thanksgiving Favor

Target has provided some pictures in this blog post and I have been compensated for my review; as always thoughts, projects and ideas are my own.

You know how every year I like to give my family a parting favor on Thanksgiving. Last year I gave them some dry dip recipe…another year I gave some sugared almonds…and cinnamon butter (this post is starting to make me hungry…) Anywho, I love to give a little gift. This year….I thought up these little tic tac favors. So affordable…so easy…and always appreciated. They are easy to put together and you can gather most of your supplies at your local Target…you know you will be there this week anyhow…am I right??!?!

I found the printable here and resized them. I have a link for the dropbox printable in case you want to print some. (here is the link)

 

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They were easy to put together….just print out (link will take you to downloadable printable) and cut them into strips ( 2 3/4 x 5) and tape directly to the tictac container. They would look so cute on some of these fun tabletop items from Target….

Target wants to help you make your Thanksgiving table shine. They have put together some of the coolest color schemes…and what I love (and will always love) about Target is that they do it all on a mindful budget. Check out some of the cool hues for this years table….

 

Pops of white, orange and green….maybe not your traditional rust colors that you would think of for this time of year….but I think they are so fresh and exciting.

Loving the pairing of silver and gold together. Traditional but yet modern….and I am thinking a gray tablecloth is on my list now. I love this look…..sparkle=fun ;)

To be honest, I am sort of over all the ombre….except for these glasses. The look of the mercury glass is so elegant…and looks like a million bucks…but you know it’s not:)

Of course….you always start a party with a fun cocktail….kudos target….#mykindofholiday :)

Are you going to make some favors for your guests this year??

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

25 things to do now (Thanksgiving Prep List)

The holidays seem to fly up and hit us in the rear sometimes….for real. I like to get a jumpstart on as many things as I can to make the whole season a whole bunch more enjoyable. Here are a few things that you can do now….so that you can enjoy your Thanksgiving too. (this list is mainly for people who will be hosting the big meal…but hopefully you all can apply it to some function that you will be having too…)

To print this list, click on the image and then right click,  select print (or save it for later and print from the file)

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Here is a list I compiled last year to use for November to prepare for Christmas

Getter done friends:)

xo

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Easy make ahead turkey gravy recipe

Gravy…the crown jewel…the holy grail…the goodness. We always run out…never have enough…and it prompted me to solve this gravy problem once and for all. (all sounds so serious…huh…well it is…we are talking about GRAVY…:) easy make ahead gravy recipe @cleverlyinspired (1)

 

It is a favorite at our Thanksgiving meal…and I wanted to be able to make some extra…but not under the gun of serving the meal. There are a few steps….but they are easy and foolproof. This make ahead gravy can be made up to 3 days ahead of your meal. It heats up great-and when your bird is done cooking…you can pour the pan juices right in and it blends in perfect. More gravy=goodness ;)

I realize Thanksgiving is over….but I know many who serve turkey again for Christmas…so I thought you may like to try this for those occasions.

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Easy make ahead turkey gravy recipe
 
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds turkey drumsticks or wings (any dark meat poultry will do…I used chicken legs)
  • 2 ribs celery, cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 2 medium carrots cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 6 large cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Combine the turkey, celery, carrots, garlic and thyme in a large roasting pan. Toss with the olive oil and roast, stirring occasionally, until the meat is browned and the vegetables are caramelized, about 1 hour.
  2. Transfer the contents of the pan to a large soup pot. Add the bay leaf, onion, chicken broth and cold water; bring to a boil. Meanwhile, place the roasting pan over medium heat and add the wine. Bring to a simmer, scraping up the browned bits with a spatula; pour liquid into the pot. Reduce heat and simmer gently until the stock is reduced to 5 cups, about 1-1/2 hours.
  3. Strain the stock into a large bowl, pressing on the vegetables to extract as much liquid as possible. Refrigerate until the fat rises to the surface and congeals, about 2 hours. (The stock can be made up to two days in advance and kept refrigerated until ready to use. Or, make the stock, chill completely, and freeze for up to two months.)
  4. Skim the fat off the stock and transfer 6 tablespoons of the fat to a medium saucepan set over medium heat. When the fat is sizzling, add the flour and whisk constantly for 1-1/2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the turkey stock, a little at a time, letting the roux fully absorb the liquid before adding more (don't worry that the stock is cold and spoonable; it will instantly liquefy once it hits the hot pan). Bring gravy to a simmer and cook until thickened and bubbly, 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Cool completely, cover and refrigerate for up to two days or freeze for up to three months (let it thaw in the refrigerator for one day).
  5. On the big day: Reheat the gravy in a saucepan set over medium heat until simmering. You can add up to 1 cup of the pan drippings from your roasted turkey to the gravy. To do so, strain the pan drippings into a glass measuring cup, skim off the clear fat that rises to the surface, and discard. Whisk 1 cup of the drippings into the gravy and simmer until reduced slightly, about 10 minutes. (If you prefer thicker gravy, make a slurry by mixing a few tablespoons of flour with an equal amount of cold water. Add to the gravy and simmer until thickened, 20 minutes.)

 
Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Thanksgiving tablescape idea

“Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flowers?” (name that movie ;)

In case you want a last minute…throw-it-together…happy Thanksgiving table idea….

I’m here to help…

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3 packs of grocery store daisies…

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A few small bud vases (you could use shot glasses…just sayin…)

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A basket full of pinecones and candles….

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Let’s eat friends! :)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

5 easy homemade party favors

Tis the season of friends and family coming into our homes….and it is always fun to send them home with something homemade. I rounded up a short list of fun, crafty, homemade favors that come together super quick. Are you throwing any parttaaas this year? What will your favor be?

5 easy homemade party favors

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Cupcake Washcloth

diy wrapped pen

Decorated Pen

wine cork keychains

Wine Cork key Chains

hot coco ornament

Hot Coco Ornament

homemade cinnamon butter recipe

Cinnamon Butter

Do you have a favorite favor that a hostess had given you? Do tell!

I will be sharing another one later this week too.

Also, I am super excited to be teaming up with KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms and Kristen from The Hunted Interior for some fun Christmas Inspirations. Look for some really great ideas to deck the halls…the week following Thanksgiving.

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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