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. https://www.facebook.com/capritemporaryhousing

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Three Tips to stay safe While You Visit the Mexican Border

Holiday travel can be exciting and fun. The Mexican border is a popular vacation site during any holiday. Use these three tips to stay safe while you spend your holidays here.    Border

#1. Exercise caution:

  • Stay aware of your surroundings. Put your smartphone away. Being distracted on your cellphone makes you an easy target for a watchful thief.
  • Dress nice, but not too nice. Don’t wear expensive looking jewelry. Criminals are looking for targets who appear to have more money to steal. Expensive  jewelry operates like a sign that says to a criminal, “Pick me! Pick me!”
  • Keep your camera in a bag or purse. Looking like a tourist makes you an easy mark for a would be thief.

#2 Ensure you have all your documents when you travel.

  • Documents. Make copies of your travel docs and give the copies to someone for safe keeping. While we all expect to return from our trips, not every trip goes as expected. If you lose your documents or become ill, a quick phone call to a trusted friend or relative can save untold misery if an emergency arises.
  • Money. Exchange money at your bank or a reputable exchange service. Shop around for good exchange services, if you plan to use cash. Even better, use a dummy wallet with a little bit of change that you can throw to a mugger. If you never have to use it, great. If you do, it may save your life!
  • At Customs: Have the docs ready when you cross back into the US. Without documents, you WILL be delayed returning to the US until someone in the US can prove your citizenship. Sitting in a customs waiting area can put a big damper on your holiday plans!

#3 Deny predators anonymity!

  • Travel in a group. Numbers provide safety when you are in an unfamiliar country. Predators look for people who are by themselves. It gives them anonymity. Staying with a group makes you a less attractive target.
  • Stay in well traveled, well-lit locations. Again, this denies a criminal a place to lurk.
  • Get home before dark. Enough said there!

While you stay with us, we want you to have the best holiday yet! If you have plans to be in Del Rio for 4th of July, check out our short term fully furnished apartments for the week you are here. Our locations are in safe neighborhoods and provide your own place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

Capri Temporary Housing. Let us be your home away from home.

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Holiday Tipping for Busy People

I love the holidays! Everyone is in a generous mood, and we focus on thanking the people who make our lives easier. Christmas time is the perfect time to let the people around you know how important they are to you. In the business of corporate housing and travel, holiday tipping gives us the perfect way to express our appreciation for those service providers who give us their best all year round.
In this blog, I share some ideas I found online to help you decide what is best for your when it comes to holiday tipping. There are a number of considerations, even this late in the season, to express your appreciation to someone.

Consider these things from the Emily Post Institute, as you finish your holiday gift giving:

  • Consider Your Budget: Tipping is a gift of appreciation, not an obligation. Stay within your budget so that your giving is from your heart!
  • If monetary gifts are out of the question, consider making a plate of cookies, or even giving a short thank you note. Handwritten notes are so rare, and they can be kept in a purse or briefcase for encouragement when you can give it in person.
  • Don’t buy into the thought that if you don’t tip, you won’t get good service the next year. Be guided by common sense and custom!
Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick of “The Etiquette School of New York”  shared a few best practices for holiday tipping, also:
  • Make a list of people you want to give to, then divide them into 2 lists–one list for cash and one for gifts, keeping your budget in mind.
  • If you have to give everyone on your list less this year, apply the same percentage to all. If it’s 10% less for the housekeeper, then everyone gets 10% less.
  • Don’t forget that gift cards make great gifts as well. Readers love to pick their own treasure from Barnes & Noble. Be creative on your list.

It may seem a bit late for some of these suggestions, or you may be a last minute person needing some new ideas.

Here is a quick guide for holiday tipping.

Here is a quick guide for holiday tipping.

Tips are a wonderful way of giving back to people. Let these ideas inspire you to brighten someone else’s life this Christmas.

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