Holiday "Classics"

04/02/2010

Easter Candy Peeps are Evicted


So like any holiday, food is always a topic of conversation and really a huge part of the celebration itself.  Easter is no different with the chocolate covered eggs, jellybeans in all flavors, marshallow peeps and huge chocolate bunnies that we can't help but eat the ears off first.  All this candy talk made me start wondering about the "peep", a marshallow with sugar coating that is a favorite of so many.  Have you heard the story of the woman who was evicted over this little marshallow friend?  It's a crazy story and you can check it out here.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31478636/ns/us_news-weird_news/



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These peeps sure mean serious business!  Happy Easter everyone!


-Tiffany, Marketing Specialist 



03/17/2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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So another holiday is on us again to celebrate - St. Patty's Day!  I had no clue exactly why we celebrate this day or why Americans think it is important.  So I did a little searching to find out why. (my first guess was we like to drink beer, but I really doubt that is the reason!)



There is a great article on history.com that fills you on the history of this annual celebration and also some facts including how America was actually the first country to hold a St. Patrick's Day parade not Ireland. Wether you are "green" or not, this is an event that many of us participate in andenjoy year after year.


To celebrate this event, Holiday Classics has a great FREE SHIPPING event going to celebrate this holiday.  So place any order now thru 3/23 with no minimum and receive some great business greeting cards to use for all the celebrations throughout the year.


Check out some of these cards to celebrate in green.

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-Tiffany, Marketing Specialist

12/18/2009

Top 10 Classic Holiday Foods


Every family has their traditions during the holidays and what is on the menu is definitely part of them.  My family has celebrated each Christmas Eve with a fondue including meats, cheeses, soups and many delicious cookies.  Even when my mother had to work late, we would do all the preparing for when she came home because it just was our tradition.  On Christmas Day, we have a formal meal with all the close family and enjoy ham, turkey, potatoes of many kinds, vegetables, salads, stuffing, relishes and breads.  It is a meal that can feed us all for many days. 


TLC has compiled a list of their Top 10 Classic Holiday Foods and I have to say I agree with them all. It contains dishes that make up our American holiday culture.  Take a look through and tell me if you agree or not.  Do you think their another item that she be right there up at the top?


http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/menus/10-classic-holiday-foods.htm


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-Tiffany, Marketing Specialist

12/11/2009

Favorite Christmas Movies


I have to say that I can never get enough of movies, especially at the holidays when I am stuck inside and the TV is on 24 hours.  Just the other night National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation was on and I swear my stomach still hurts from laughing so much!  The Griswalds are such the classic family dealing with the stresses of Christmas.  Can you imagine that family coming to your house for the holidays!?!


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My other favorite is the Christmas Story - EVERY year I watch this with my family and I can always hear "You are gonna shoot your eye out!"  And nothing tops the leg lamp with the words "Fragile" stamped on top of it.  This is a true classic.


What is your favorite movie?  Does it bring back memories?


Here is a listing of the top 25 holiday classic movies from inside.com 


http://insidemovies.moviefone.com/2009/11/04/best-christmas-movies/ -   Enjoy!


-Tiffany, Marketing Specialist

12/01/2009

It's Cookie Time!

The Christmas music is in every store and the houses are lit with every color imaginable, what better time then now to start baking cookies.  As a child I remember helping my mom every year making dozens upon dozens of cookies.  Since I come from a large family, every one of us has our favorites and we would make numerous kinds to fit the wants of all the members.  There were sugar cookies with sprinkles, peanut butter blossoms, almond bark, chocolate covered cherries and of course turtles (my favorite!). 

I have my own family now and I try very hard to continue this tradition of  cookie baking with my two children in tow.  I look for simple recipes now that a 3 year old can help out with.  Kraft has a terrific site with tons of recipes to help you decide how easy or complicated you want them to be.  Check it out and go ahead and comment on your favorite one.


http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/Entertaining/Desserts/Cookies.aspx


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-Tiffany, Marketing Specialist
 

11/20/2009

Classic Holiday Commercials

It wouldn't be the holidays without the tv commercials that are remembered for a lifetime.  I foundly remember watching the snowman melt away to a little boy sitting down at the table and eating his Campbells Chicken Noodle soup.  It just seems that the commercials during the holidays are warm and fuzzy, making you want to spend time with family and friends. Can't remember any? Well, check out this link to you tube and let me know if you remember any of these classics. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APGLt2wndUM

-Tiffany, Marketing Specialist

How to Cook a Classic Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving is almost here and what is the season of thanks without a turkey?  This is by far the most classic part of the thanksgiving feast - a part that most of us indulge in.  Here is a great recipe to help make the day with family and friends much easier so that you can sit down, relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Classic Roast Turkey

 

PREP AND COOK TIME: About 10 minutes to prep, 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours to roast, and at least 20 minutes to rest

MAKES: Allow 3/4 pound uncooked turkey per serving, or 1 pound if you want leftovers

 

NOTES: If using a frozen turkey, start thawing it in a pan in the refrigerator 3 to 4 days before roasting, depending on its size. During roasting, if turkey overlaps the pan rim, tuck a strip of heavy-duty foil along the sides of the pan to keep fat from dripping over.


 

1. Remove and discard leg truss from turkey. Pull off and discard any lumps of fat. Remove giblets and neck (they're often packed in the neck or body cavity) and save for gravy. Rinse turkey inside and out; pat dry. Rub turkey all over with butter.

 

2. Place turkey, breast up, on a V-shaped rack in a 12- by 17-inch roasting pan, or one that is at least 2 in. longer and wider than the bird. Insert a meat thermometer through thickest part of breast to the bone. (If using an instant-read thermometer, insert when checking temperature later.)

 

3. Roast in a 325[degrees] or 350[degrees] (depending on size of bird) oven until thermometer registers 160[degrees] (C).

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-Tiffany, Marketing Specialist

11/06/2009

Classic Pumpkin Pie

I like to cook and bake but easy is a "must" for me because my time is limited with 2 kids at tow.  Pumpkin pie is an american favorite that is geniuely a classic holiday tradition.  Luckily, it is one of the easiet pies to make especially when you buy a premade pie crust.  This is my simple recipe below.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 oz.) Pumpkin filling
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) evaporated milk
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Directions

MIX sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.

POUR into pie shell.

BAKE in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

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-Tiffany, Marketing Specialist

11/04/2009

Top 10 Classic Christmas Songs

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The sounds of Christmas are always something that I enjoy each year - from carolers to the ringing of church bells.  You truely know then that it is the holiday season once again. 

Do you have a favorite song or maybe even a song that you have heard so many times you put your ear muffs on?  Well if you feel like getting into the holiday spirit, check out

http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/story/christmas-top-10-songs

to see if your song makes the list!

-Tiffany, Marketing Specialist

10/28/2009

Classic Halloween Movies at HULUWEEN

I am a huge fan of anything scary - and Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year to watch classic scary movies and make me turn on every light in the house. There are so many to choose from that I can't begin to tell you which one is my favorite - but you can go and check out the most recent added flicks at hulu and watch them for free.  Some of them can actually be quite funny and maybe you will even get a great idea for a Halloween costume this year.

http://www.hulu.com/spotlight/huluween#huluween1

Happy Halloween!!