Bring out the chocolate eggs, ornaments, and snacks because the time has come for another Easter egg hunt. Easter is a fun and exciting time for the whole family, and there’s no better way to celebrate it than with an all-out party. In this post, we will show you a few ideas that will help make this year’s Easter party one of the most memorable.
Apart from breathtaking landscapes and charming villages, Ireland also offers a unique gastronomic experience. A small island with big culinary ambitions, the Emerald Isle features bold flavor and some of the best raw ingredients this side of the globe. With its rising brood of artisan chefs who continue to up the ante in the world of Irish cuisine, Ireland is definitely an island to reckon with when it comes to innovative culinary art.
In this post, we salute the old and welcome the new as we present some of Ireland’s favorite dishes and how you can make them part of your home menu. Continue reading
In this post, we present a few easy-to-follow Feng Shui guidelines that show big changes are not always necessary to make a positive impact on your family’s lifestyle.
That time of year has come again, the perfect occasion to shower family, friends, and loved ones with thoughtful gifts and tender words of affection. With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, there is still time to come up with creative gifts; change the tradition of cheesy, unimaginative gifts by giving something more personal and from the heart.
In this post, Tree Classics features a few DIY Valentine’s cards that will show its recipient how much thought and care you put into creating the perfect Valentine’s gift.
With February finally setting in, we are only a few days away from Valentine’s Day. On this day of hearts, what better way to celebrate the joys of love than by taking care of the one organ that makes everything possible? Tree Classics presents eight of our favorite heart-friendly recipes you and your family can enjoy.
Begin your day by loading up on essential carbs, as well as a few vitamins and minerals with this scrumptious waffle recipe. These waffles are made from a rich combination of whole-wheat and regular flour added with canola oil and non-fat buttermilk. To make it even healthier, top them with fruits and berries and fat-free whip cream instead of the usual butter and maple syrup. This lets you enjoy a sweet and delicious treat while getting that much-needed nourishment to start your morning.
Gone are the days when one had to wait for the winter season, or until Thanksgiving, to purchase a Christmas tree. As more people start to see the advantages of having an artificial tree, stores are beginning to offer these prized products all year round.
The best time to shop for an artificial holiday tree is during the post-Christmas tree sale period, which runs from the day after Christmas until January. Aside from finding the best deals, this will get you ready for the next holiday. You may stock up on holiday ornaments and décor sold for a fraction of their regular price.
If this is your first time to buy an artificial Christmas tree, take note of these important reminders.
Measure the Space of Your Tree
Determine the space that your tree will fill in. Measure the distance from your ceiling to the floor and get the area’s square footage as well. Make sure to include some space allowance so your display doesn’t look stuffed.
If you want to place gifts underneath your tree, a full-shaped tree guarantees more room at its base. Online Christmas tree stores offer different types of spruce, fir, and pine in varying sizes. Determining the height and width of your tree will make the selection process less tedious.
This year’s color reflects every individual’s need for nurturing and empowerment, say color authority Pantone. People will get inspiration from Marsala, coined from the famous Sicilian wine, which is going to dominate this year’s fashion and clothing, accessories, cosmetics, and home design.
In the area of home design, Marsala’s underlying brown tones and sophisticated reds will serve as the focal point of many designers. This flexible shade can produce a lot of red and brown variations to suit every homeowner’s personality and lifestyle.
Tree Classics offers a range of palettes that you can combine with the color of the year to give your home an amazingly new look for 2015.
Bronze and Amber Blend
Anyone with a penchant for warm, earthy tones will love the combination of Marsala, bronze, and amber. Play up Marsala on the walls of your home and the brown tones on your furniture, while using accent pieces tinged with amber, to create a beautiful contrast.
From all of us here at Tree Classics, we wish you a very merry Christmas!
Christmas Eve does not mark the end of the holiday celebration. The actual fun begins on Christmas morning; it’s when a series of activities await the whole family. Some people maintain their family’s annual Christmas morning traditions, while there are others who experiment with new activities each year.
Tree Classics has prepared a list of activities with which you can start your Christmas Day. For you to have fun in all of these, encourage your family to wake up at the same time so that you can do them together. It is, after all, by sharing these activities with them that you can attain a perfect Christmas morning.
Hang the Stockings
On Christmas Eve, fill your children’s Christmas stockings with goodies, then hang the stockings on their assigned seats at the dining table while they’re fast asleep. The next day, watch them as they happily pull the goodies out of their stockings.
Enjoy a Pre-made Breakfast
Prepare your Christmas breakfast the night before so that you can laze around all morning. After working on a hefty Christmas Eve dinner, it’s time to relax with a cup of coffee and a delicious slice of cinnamon monkey bread. While having breakfast, enjoy a long conversation with your family, as this is something you seldom do on regular school days.
Open Gifts under the Tree
After breakfast, rush to the presents under the tree, then tear open your Christmas loot. On Christmas Day, adults are given the permission to feel and act like kids.
Watch Classic Christmas Films
Make a bowl of popcorn, then watch classic Christmas-themed movies, such as Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Story, to name a few. Never mind if you’ve seen these films countless times. What matters is that you get to watch them this time with your whole family.
Play a Board Game
Games on cell phones, computers, and other digital devices have succeeded in detaching one from his own family. This Christmas, forget the digital world and use board games to bond with your family. Reconnect with them though a checkers board game, domino set, and backgammon board game.
When shared with your loved ones, all these activities will lead to a perfect Christmas morning.
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Roasting meat over an open fire, or in a closed oven, creates an aroma that is unlike any other. Whether it is the smell of roast pork, duck, or chicken, it builds up one’s anticipation for a scrumptious meal.
Roasting is part of most holiday celebrations because it produces delicious dinner table entrees. Because it’s a slow-cooking method, roasting gives everyone time to catch up on each other’s lives, while waiting for their roasted dinner to be served.
Tree Classics gives a rundown of several delicious roast recipes that everyone will love. Prepare the Christmas wine glasses, start the fire, and prepare a sumptuous feast with the family!
Peruvian Roast Chicken
It used to be served exclusively to the aristocrats of Peru, but the Peruvian roast chicken eventually reached the plates of the country’s regular folks, too. To make your version of this dish as flavorful as the original, marinate your chicken in herbs and spices before roasting it over charcoal. Wait for the chicken’s skin to turn golden brown, then serve it with French fries and a side dish of vegetable salad. Click here to see the ingredients and recipe for Peruvian roast chicken.
Lechon is a delicacy that originated from Spain. In the English language, it means roast suckling pig; a piglet as young as two or six weeks old is used as main ingredient for this dish. It takes two days to prepare a crispy and juicy Lechon. The first day is allotted to the marinating process, while the second day is when the actual roasting takes place. In the old days, people would roast their pig over wood fire or charcoal. Nowadays, many households prefer to use their oven. Learn how to make Lechon here.
A traditional Christmas Eve dinner in Germany includes a roast goose with crispy, golden-brown skin. The secret to achieving the perfect roast goose is to measure its cooking time to accuracy. You also have to note that the goose’s stuffing is just as important as the length of its oven stay. It includes rice, sweet apples, and aromatic leaves, among others. German households serve their roast goose with potatoes and cabbage on the side. You can find the complete roast goose recipe here.
The legendary taste of the roast Peking duck is known throughout history to satiate even the appetite of kings and emperors.
In Beijing, where this delicious dish had originated, a Peking duck is forced-fed and slaughtered at six weeks old. It is then marinated with maltose syrup, a sweet seasoning, and hung in a cool place to dry. You can tell a duck that’s been roasted to perfection through its crispy, thin skin. To achieve this, separate the duck’s skin from its fat before roasting it. Now that you know, pour some white wine into your Christmas wine glasses, and serve your Peking Duck with Mandarin pancakes and scallions. Click here for a delicious Peking Duck recipe.
Whether you eat it on a platter or as sandwich, the roast beef is sure to get your tummy full and satisfied.
To make a platter of succulent roast beef, you need premium beef sirloin first and foremost. Next, coat the meat with a generous amount of mustard flour, which, when mixed with the beef’s fat will create a delectable, crusty outer layer. Set your oven to 375◦ F, put your beef inside, then lower the temperature after roasting the beef for 30 minutes; this will enable the meat to retain its natural juices throughout the remaining cooking time. You can see the full recipe here.
Thanksgiving has just passed, but you’ll probably agree that no one has had enough of turkey meat. If you’re planning to serve roast turkey for Christmas dinner, make it taste extra special. Nothing could be better than moist turkey meat, so keep its natural juice from being absorbed by its stuffing. You can do this by precooking the ingredients that you’re going to stuff your turkey with. Once you have placed the turkey in the oven, brush it every now and then with a butter and herbs mixture. Here is how you can make roast turkey with herbs.
Make your Christmas Eve dinner with your loved ones memorable with one or two of these roast recipes.
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