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Christmas Fireplace Mantels

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Time to deck the halls!  What's the plan for the fireplace mantel this year?  The mantel is such a great focal point and deserves to be dressed beautifully!  Here are some great mantels in their holiday finest to inspire you.  Enjoy!

Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Mashed Potato & Stuffing Patties

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 5 mins
Total time 15 mins
Serves: 12-14 patties

Festive Holiday Front Porches

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Thinking about decorating for the holidays?  Don't forget the front porch!  It makes for great curb appeal and is a wonderful first impression of your home and decor.  Create an inviting and festive front porch for the season.  Here are some great holiday front porches for inspiration:  

Plote Homes: Lakes at Boulder Ridge Home Tour

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Welcome to the Lakes of Boulder Ridge by Plote Homes!  Lakes of Boulder Ridge is located in Lake of the Hills, IL.  It consists of 194 lots that feature six dramatically different duplex floor plans ranging from 1,710 to 2,243 square feet.  This community boasts a unique country club environment and luxurious duplex homes.  Take a video tour.

Plote Homes: Cliffs at Fontana Home Tour

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Take a video tour of The Cliffs of Fontana located in Wisconsin.  The Cliffs is a wonderful lakeside community featuring 66 single family homes. Floor plans range from 1630 to 2584 square feet.  It located just minutes away from the pristine shores of Lake Geneva and downtown Fontana which offers unique shops and boutiques as well as year-round recreational activities and festivals.

Holiday Dessert Recipes

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It's never too soon to start thinking about Christmas desserts!   Whether you are hosting a sit down dinner or a casual holiday gathering of appetizers and desserts, here are three delicious recipes to add to your recipe box.  Enjoy!

Roast Turkey Recipes

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What recipe do you use to roast your Thanksgiving Turkey?  A tried and true family recipe?  Or are you adventurous and try something new every year?  If you are ready for something different this year, here are some delicious looking recipes to consider.  We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family!

Turkey Tips

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Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can seem daunting and overwhelming.  Everyone wants to have that picture perfect meal.  There is a lot to do and there are decisions to make before you even buy the bird.  Here are some general turkey tips to get you started:

Turkey Size
The general rule for turkey buying is one pound per person.  One and a half pounds or more if you want generous leftovers.  

Number of guestsSize of turkey

8 people                    12 to 14 pounds
10 people                  15 to 6 pounds
12 people                  18 to 20 pounds
14 people                  21 to 22 pounds

16 people                  24 pounds

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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Is your Thanksgiving menu planned?  The bird is the main attraction, but don't forget the amazing sides!  Here are three great dishes to consider for the big day - New England Cranberry Orange Compote, Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad and World's Greatest Crockpot Mashed Potatoes.  Yum!  Can't wait!

Pie Recipes for Thanksgiving

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The holidays are coming!  It's time to plan menus!  So, what's for dessert??  Here are some great pie recipes for the holidays or anytime.  Enjoy!

Fall and Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas

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Thanksgiving entertaining can be stressful.  The food and family are the main attractions, but you also want a warm and welcoming table with ambiance.  Here are some wonderful Thanksgiving and fall tablescape ideas to inspire you.  Enjoy!

Warm Appetizer Recipes

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It's that time of year!  Let the entertaining begin!  Between hosting football parties and the holidays, it's good to have an arsenal of appetizer recipes on hand.  Give these tasty and toasty warm appetizers a try!  

New Custom Home in Lake Bluff by US Shelter Homes

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This lovely home by US Shelter Homes has great curb appeal with a partial stone exterior and welcoming front porch.  This home features 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms and a full finished basement.  Go inside and take the tour!

Warm Fall Drink Recipes

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The leaves are falling, the air is getting crisp and the days are getting shorter. Do you know what that means?  It's time to spread some fall cheer and make some warm fall beverages to cozy things up!  Enjoy!