Nifty Thanksgiving Tips

Family around the tableWhether you’re having Thanksgiving with family or friends, cooking the meal can be a real chore! Even with nine sets of hands like Anna’s family has, cooking, baking and cleanup can take hours upon hours the day of. For a quicker, easier, more relaxed Thanksgiving day with little to no hassle try some of these tips this year.

Tip 1: Baked Potatoes!

To make things easier the day-of, bake your potatoes in foil the night before and warm them up in the oven or just turn them straightaway into Mashed Potatoes. The foil keeps the skins from drying out and you can avoid using precious oven space by just keep them warm with the rest of the food!

Tip 2: Pies done?

Pie crusts can be frozen! Put the pie crust in your tin(Or buy pre-made pie tins!) and then freeze it until you’re ready to bake. Make the filling for your pies a few days early, then store them in your refrigerator and throw the pie together day of for a fresh tasting and little-hassle pie!

Tip 3: Get the Turkey going!The Perfect Turkey

If you’re having a hard time getting your turkey flavorful and moist all at the same time, start marinating your turkey the night before you cook it and pour a beer of your favorite brand in the roaster to keep it moist!

Tip 4: Cleaning!

Keep the kitchen as clean as you can throughout the entire day, washing as you go to make as little mess to clean up at the end as possible. And to avoid cleaning a thousand plates, stop at the store to pick up some Chinet plates. You can look like glass and classy while still being disposable!

Tip 5: The Cranberry Sauce!Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce has to chill anyway, so why not make it a few days in advance if you’re having homemade sauce? No mess day of and easily stored in the fridge!

Tip 6: A Perfect Gravy!

Getting a lump-free gravy can seem almost impossible during the holidays! However, if you’re cautious about how much liquid you add at a time to your recipe and keep a constant quick stirring hand on it(A fork or whisk works best here), stirring until all the liquid is absorbed into the flour(Or cornstarch) and butter mixture, you should find yourself with a pleasantly smooth gravy.

Tip 7: THANKSgiving!

Really take some time to stop whatever you’re doing, before the meal or after or any time during the day, and remember everything you have to be thankful for. While this may seem like a silly, or almost obvious tip, it’s every bit as important if not more so than the rest of the tips in this blog. Giving thanks helps us to take the focus off ourselves, to remember the blessings in our lives and to think on the reason that we’re having everyone come to our place for a big happy meal.

Just a few tips to make your Thanksgiving stress-free and easier, we hope that they help you this year! What are your nifty Thanksgiving tips for making things easier and more enjoyable? Share your tips in the comments below!

Susannah Scheller is the social media manager for Capri Temporary Housing. Passionate about music, anime and dogs, she keeps our social media hopping! Connect with her on our Facebook page.


Great Places to Stay in Ireland

Irish Hospitality.

I must say, I never felt so welcome as I did when I arrived in Ireland.


Here are some of the places I stayed as I made my way around the Emerald Isle


Samantha Kelly (the Tweetinggoddess) and Catherine at City North Hotel

City North Hotel
Our first three nights we stayed at the City North Hotel. Being accustomed to American hotel rooms, we were delighted to find a queen size bed and a twin bed for our stay. On the table were 3 bottles of water and a fruit basket which was replenished each day. Catherine, the sales director, went out of her way to make me feel at home. Breakfast served in the restaurant offered traditional Irish foods as well as cereals, juices, coffee and tea. What I liked best? The smile of each staff member as they helped me and my family get acclimated during our first few days in Ireland 
Killiane Castle
Our lovely hostess, Kathleen, at Killiane Castle

Our lovely hostess, Kathleen, at Killiane Castle

Probably the most interesting place we stayed during our visit to Ireland, Killiane Castle is located on a farm just outside Wexford. Breakfast at the castle was quite a treat. Freshly squeezed juices assorted bowls of stewed fruits and fruit salad as well as homemade granola and muesli needed us our first morning there as if that were not enough our host Paul brought out menus for a hot breakfast my favorite was the baked eggs but I don’t think you could go wrong with any of the choices. I learned that Kathleen cook everything herself who gets to stay at an Irish Castle we were also told of a Friendly Ghost that haunts the castle but we never saw it. Walking around the ground was like taking a step back in time. Check out the pictures at 

Friendly staff

Friendly staff

Wellington Park Hotel

After a long day of travel and a late arrival, we were greeted by friendly front desk staff. To my relief, they arranged our bus tour for the next day. Due to our brief stay, we couldn’t avail ourselves of the attractions within walking distance which included Ulster Museum, Queen’s University, and the Botanic Gardens. We’ll have to return and check them out during our next visit. The Wellington Park Hotel is a warm and inviting place for your stay in Belfast
Quiet retreat in Clontarf, Dublin, just minutes from public transport.

Quiet retreat in Clontarf, Dublin, just minutes from public transport.

Aishling House
 Our friendly host, Bob, will make you glad you chose to stay with them. Away from the beaten path and nestled in a residential area Aishling House offered a quiet respite from busy days of sightseeing and walking around Dublin. Being close to public transportation made it easy to get in and out of Dublin City Centre. Breakfast was a combination of cold entrees available on the buffet, and hot dishes prepared by the Bob and Fran. Victorian style decorations invited us to a step away to a simpler era, adding to the feeling of quiet and peace here .
Our trip to Ireland put us on the receiving end of hospitality. Here are some lessons learned:
  1. Make every guest feel particularly welcome. From bottles of water to arranging taxis, we appreciated every gesture that said, “We’re glad you chose to stay with us.”
  2.  Clean fresh accommodations help weary travelers feel comfortable and refreshed. Thirsty towels and crisp sheets invited us to feel at home.
  3. Little details make a difference. Offering to get buses and taxis took a load off my mind when we arrived in each City. What a relief for me as a traveler.

I want to thank Samantha Kelly and Ursula Brierty for helping us find accommodations. It was nice having someone else make arrangements for us. Thank you, Ladies.

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