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Thanksgiving Tips From Barefoot Contessa

November 20, 2018

By Tab Byrum

10 Barefoot Tips For Thanksgiving

 

One of my favorite people to watch on TV and read her cookbooks is Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. A few years ago she shared her 10 tips for making the preparation of Thanksgiving Dinner a lot easier on you the cook and host. Here’s a link to the article in Elle Magazine and it all still holds true today. 48 hours until operation Turkey Time is a go, I hope you have all your ducks in a row and a game plan, check out this great article for awesome last-minute hints. Enjoy!!!

Thanksgiving Cocktails 2018

November 19, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Hello Friends, Happy Thanksgiving Week!!!! It’s three days until the all you can eat holiday, I hope you have your menu planned and your groceries bought and at this point maybe your table is set and decorated. Today we are going to keep on with a tradition of looking at Holiday Cocktails and looking at some yummy and fun concoctions for you and your guests to enjoy before, during, and after the big meal, a couple of them could even be dessert. I hope you’re NOT stressing too bad and remember to breathe and make those lists so you don’t forget anything. Have a great day and I’ll see you back here tomorrow. Enjoy!!!

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Crate & Barrel Thanksgiving Tabletop

November 14, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Today we are going to look at great stuff from Crate & Barrel for your Thanksgiving table and Buffet. Crate & Barrel always has great products with a contemporary feel to the design. Whether it’s dishes with writing on them or pumpkins and turkeys with an artistic edge, you can find it at Crate & Barrel. Let’s have a look at their dishes, napkins, tablecloths and so much more for Turkey Day. Enjoy!!!

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Pottery Barn Tabletop For Thanksgiving

November 13, 2018

By Tab Byrum

It’s Day 2 of our Thanksgiving Tablescape EXTRAVAGANZA and we are heading over to Pottery Barn. PB is a great place to find almost anything you’re looking for when it comes to home and holiday decor, their designers are always on top of trends as well as creating some unique merchandise. This Fall season they have gorgeous Turkey designs on plates of all sizes and platters as well as bowls. There are gorgeous German Glittered Pumpkins for decorating your table as well as glassware. Let’s take a peek over at Pottery Barn and see what Tablescape Treasures we can find. Enjoy!!!

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Fall Signs From ShanTabulous STudios

November 5, 2018

By Tab Byrum

We have a few signs worked up for Fall at ShanTabulous STudios on Etsy that I want to share with you today. We have a couple that are traditional in color and design and a few others that are more non-traditional, especially in color. I’ll go into more detail below with the photos of the signs. These will all look great sitting on an easel in your entryway to greet your guests, or maybe on your Thanksgiving Buffet table amongst all the goodies or added to the Fall Decorations on your fireplace mantel. They will also make great gifts, especially for those people hosting Thanksgiving and remember, any of our designs can be personalized. Take a peek and Enjoy!!!

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20 Halloween Cocktails 2018 ~ Part 2

October 23, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Alright Goblins and Gals it’s time for day two of our Halloween Cocktail Extravaganza, yesterday it was all punches and shots and today we are looking at drinks that can be mixed up by the pitcher or the glass. So pull up a broomstick and let’s see what’s on the drinks menu for parties this coming weekend and next Wednesday the 31st. Check back tomorrow as we check out fun Halloween barware we can use to serve our cocktails. Enjoy!!!

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20 Halloween Cocktails 2018 ~ Part 1

October 22, 2018

By Tab Byrum

With Halloween nine days away and the weekend just five days away, it’s time to start thinking about stocking your bar with all kinds of spooky ingredients to whip up some horrifying brews. Halloween is one of those holidays that just screams for fun and unusual cocktails and drinks, whether you’re trying to impress people or scare the socks off of them we have some awesome ideas and recipes for Halloween Cocktails. We’ve gathered up 20 recipes and we’ll share ten today and the other ten tomorrow, so warm up that printer to print off recipes and prepare to be thrilled by what cocktail adventures lie before you and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for the second half of Halloween Cocktails 2018. Today we’re starting off with Punches and Shots, Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Perfect For Halloween From Out Of Print

October 17, 2018

By Tab Byrum

There’s perhaps no way better to get into the Fall and Halloween state of mind than to read a good book, a good Horror book that is. But, if you don’t have the time to sit down and read maybe you can wear your favorite horror novel, poem, or short story, especially with the amazing collections of t-shirts, scarves, tote bags, and so much more at Out Of Print. Out Of Print has lots of great merchandise with different themes, today we are going to look at what’s available in the “Spooky” category as we charge on towards Halloween. Whether you’re a fan of Dracula, Edgar Alan Poe or Mary Shelly’s monster there’s something here for you and any of these would be great gifts for October birthday people with a sense of wonder and macabre. Join me today for a little frightful shopping spree and check out all the awesome merchandise from Out Of Print here at their website. Have a great day and Enjoy!!! 

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The Haunting of Hill House from Netflix

October 16, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Last Friday the 12th I was very excited to watch the premiere of The Haunting of Hill House that was premiering on Netflix and it did not disappoint at all. The mini-series is based on author Shirley Jackson’s 1959 gothic horror novel of the same name. The book has been turned into two previous movies with the 1963 version being my personal favorite. In the original book and film, Hill House is a 90-year-old mansion built by a man named Hugh Crain who lived and died there. Hugh originally built the mansion for his young wife and daughter but his wife was killed in a carriage accident on the way to the house and never saw their home. His young daughter Abigail lives in Hill House with her father until he dies and she continues living there until her own death as an old woman. Many years later Dr. John Montague gathers a group of people who have experienced psychic phenomenon in their lives along with Luke the young man who is supposed to inherit Hill House, two “psychics” also show up, young ladies named Eleanor and Theodora. Together the group experiences sightings, loud noises and all kinds of evidence of ghosts and are scared to death. In the new version, the characters from the original novel are now a family with the Father being Hugh Crain, his wife Olivia and their five children taking on the names of some of the characters from the original book and film. The Netflix series is VERY well done with lots of thought given to paying homage to the book and original film. The special effects are wonderfully creepy with several scenes played out in complete silence for extended periods of time to build suspense, there’s also one “jump scare” that made me jump, clap my hands and laugh at myself. My favorite episode was episode 6, “Two Storms”, that was filmed with a single camera and done with only one break in the filming. The entire episode is like watching a play and was mesmerizing. If you enjoy spooky or horror then be sure and check out Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House and enjoy a wonderful 20th Century novel brought to life for 21st Century streaming and binging. Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Alphabet Legend Books

October 9, 2018

By Tab Byrum

I recently began seeing ads on Facebook for the Alphabet Legends books and was very intrigued. I went to the website for the books and am so happy I did, the story of the creation is simple and timeless and I love the art and message the books convey. Alphabet Legends was started by Australian author and illustrator Beck Feiner when she was trying to teach her oldest child, Levi, the alphabet and there wasn’t anything fun or unusual for a parent to use at home. In her words, “it’s hard to bond over B is for Banana.” This led to Beck creating an A to Z that she could use to teach her son and she centered it on things about Australia. Immediately Beck’s Instagram followers wanted a copy of the list and that led to books and posters and now today there are several books available on a wide range of people with amazing artwork that lets you teach your child, not only the alphabet but also about certain people associated with places and occupations known as the Alphabet Legends, there’s even a book for the Manchester United Soccer Team in the UK. Today we are going to look at five of the Alphabet Legend books, ranging from Alphabet Legend Americans to Legends in Fashion and Little Legends. These books will make awesome gifts for kids and grandkids, shower presents, baptism gifts, Christmas, you name it and these will be perfect. I love something that’s not only fun and artistic but is also educational…but not in a way that you feel like you’ve just attended a college lecture on a topic. Join me for a peek at Alphabet Legend Books and to see more of the selection visit the ALB website here. Enjoy!!! 

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