Thawing a frozen bird requires patience. The safest method is to thaw it in the refrigerator, allowing ample time for it to slowly defrost. On average, it takes approximately 3 days for a 20-pound turkey to fully defrost. Tip: For a crispier skin, unwrap the bird the day before roasting and leave it uncovered in the refrigerator overnight.
If you want to bring kids anywhere, especially lunch or dinner, pack snacks to tide them over in case things takes longer than expected. “At a restaurant, we order and it might be five minutes, or it might be 25 minutes,” says John Kinnear of Ask Your Dad. “The kids do great with five minutes, but at about 15 we’re always glad we have some crackers to hand them.”
“I don't care what the naysayers have to offer, if I didn’t have fully charged iPads for a road trip or even sometimes while going out to eat, we'd never make it out alive,” says Adrian Kulp, creator of Dad or Alive. “Kids watching iPads while out to dinner not only offers us the ability to get through the meal, but everyone else around us as well.”
The author of Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, From Tabletops to Bookshelves, designer Emily Henderson worked with single-family home rental company Invitation Homes, to share some practical advice for making a rental home into a cozy, on-trend and functional space. Better still, you can take these tips with you each time you move to make every space beautifully suited to your unique style.
One of the things that make homes look so warm and welcoming is great lighting. To achieve this look, increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures for a total of 100 watts per 50 square feet. Don't depend on just one or two fixtures per room – make sure you have three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall).
Choosing flowers that are in season during your wedding month is a great way to save on your floral budget. Because in-season blooms are more readily available, the cost is more economical. Flying flowers in from other parts of the world in order to accommodate your tastes could be very expensive, so be sure to do the research on what types of flowers are available during your wedding season. You can also opt to go with inexpensive flowers like baby’s breath or carnations to save a bundle on floral costs.