New Year’s Revolution!

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Start looking at the beginning of the new year in a new way. Set achievable goals for yourself and be kind to yourself as you set a more mindful and compassionate tone to your life. Happy New Year from the Lux Team!

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Take care of your body. No need to aim to complete a marathon or swim 20 laps every day for 2017, just make an effort to treat your body with more love and kindness this year. Think about the food you are putting in and the care you take in maintaining yourself. Take the stairs more often, choose active hobbies, limit your TV time and cook your own food more often so you know what you are eating!

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Waste less.Be more aware of the amount of trash that your home produces. Do a google search for the amount of trash that humans produce annually and then try to recycle more. Maybe even start your own compost bin and try to garden a bit. Make 2017 a year of little waste.

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Get involved. Find a cause or a non-profit that speaks to your heart. Find someone doing something that you think is making the world a better place and join them. Write a check if you want, but more importantly, show up. Give your time and let your life be changed for the better.

No Stress New Year’s Bash!

 

Everyone wants to ring in the new year in a happy and festive atmosphere, surrounded by friends or family and toasting to the hope of a fresh new year! There’s  no need to add stress to your holiday plate by trying to plan a massive and labor-intensive party. Stick to the basics and enjoy your countdown to midnight!

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Start the party late so your guests are awake and lively at midnight, Set the start time at 9:30 or 10.

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Don’t fuss with a full meal! Provide finger food to keep your party well-fed without the hassle of table settings or long drawn-out kitchen time! Bring out the  cheese, bread, olives, nuts, hummus, pita, carrot/cucumber slices, popcorn, mini-pizzas or mini-quiches!

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Provide Prosecco or Champagne for toasting when the clock strikes twelve but consider also providing a few EANABs (Equally Attractive Non-Alcoholic Beverages), not all guests want to imbibe, but they still want to feel included and festive!

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Have a pile of strips of paper, a bowl and some markers out on a table. Each guest can jot down a funny or thoughtful prediction for the new year! You can read these out loud after midnight and guess who wrote which one!

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Music! Don’t worry about planning the music too much, let Pandora help you out by choosing a “New Year’s Eve” station!

Happy New Year! Have a wonderful 2017!

-The LUX Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makeover your Leftovers!

There is nothing quite like opening the fridge and chowing down on a plate of leftovers in the days after the largest meal of the year! Try out these fun ideas to give your leftovers a new life this year!

LEFTOVER THANKSGIVING PANINI Ree Drummond The Pioneer Woman/Turkey Day Leftovers Food Network Dijon Mustard, Sourdough Sandwich Bread, Swiss Cheese, Leftover Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, Leftover Dressing, Leftover Giblet Gravy, Butter

The Perfect Turkey sandwich! Go ahead and add a thin layer of mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce for your turkey sandwich this year, recreating the flavorful experience of Thanksgiving!

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Peppers Stuffed with Stuffing! Grab a few bell peppers and fill them with leftover stuffing. Throw the in the broiler to give the top a nice crispy layer and enjoy your madeover leftover meal!

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Beer-batter your leftover turkey and serve it up with waffles and a side of cranberry sauce for a Turkey-Day take on the simple pleasure of chicken waffles!

Swap Holidays in Style!

If your home still looks like it is celebrating Halloween or Thanksgiving, it is time to put a bit of thought into a quick update to give your decor a winter holiday makeover!

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Too many pumpkins that were being used as decor in your entryway or as centerpieces for your dinner parties? Go ahead and cut them open to throw together some soothing winter pumpkin soup or a hearty loaf of pumpkin bread!

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Using red, orange, and yellow for your decor? No problem! Just remove the orange and yellow components and add in something glittery or sparkly for a shiny, red holiday look!

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Acorns, branches and pinecones in your autumn and thanksgiving decor? Just add a bit of golden paint to the tips of the branches or leaves to let your holiday centerpiece sparkle and shine!

Three Ways to Color your Treats!

Nothing says holidays like colorful snacks! Check out these fun ways to add some festive flair to your feasts this winter season!

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Red and Green Rice Krispie Treats! Throw some food coloring into a standard batch of treats for an easy splash of spirit to your holiday snack table!

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Blue and White Waffles! Celebrate Hanukkah in style by dropping blue food coloring into your waffle mix and then covering with a generous dusting of powdered sugar!

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Holiday Shortcake! Add some red food coloring to your angel-food cake mix and some green food coloring to your whipped cream. The strawberries will bring bright red and you can add green M&Ms for a colorful winter tribute to strawberry shortcake!

Easy as Pie Recipes!

No need to sweat it in the kitchen this year, take the pressure off with these two easy and fun pie recipes that will satisfy your dinner guests without exhausting the chef!

Food Network Kitchen's Vegan Pumpkin Pie For Vegan and Vegetarian Thanksgiving as seen on Food Network

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Pie

Place one frozen pie crust into a pie pan.  Mix together ¾ cups of sugar, 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice, ½ teaspoons of salt, 1 can of pumpkin, 1 ¼ cups of evaporated milk, 2 eggs beaten! Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 45 more minutes. Be sure to cool the pie for about 2 hours before serving!

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Awesome Apple Pie!

Mix together 6 cups of thinly sliced, peeled apples, ¾ cups of sugar, 2 tablespoon of flour, ¾ tablespoons of cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon of salt, 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Place 1 frozen pie into a pie pan. Spoon the filling into the pie crust. Then, place the second pie crust on top and press . the edges together. Bake for 45 minutes at 425 degrees. To prevent the edges of the crust from getting burnt you can cover the edges with foil after the first 20 minutes of baking. Cool for 2 hours before serving. Enjoy!

 

DIY last-minute name cards!

Nothing is quite as welcoming as finding your own name carefully and lovingly written by your hostess, letting you know that your spot has been saved, your place secured at the table, your presence desired.

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Autumn Leaves. Why not grab actual leaves from your yard and win the ultimate prize for reusing and recycling? Be sure to pick out particularly bright and beautiful leaves! Use a white out pen to write each guest’s on each leaf and place one leaf on each plate.

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Scrabble Table. Take a swing through your local thrift shop and pick up an old game of scrabble or bananagrams. Use the letters to spell out each guest’s name on their plate! Extra points if you play board games or cards as part of the dinner fun!

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Gobble Gobble.  Gather twice as many corks as you have dinner guests. Cut each cork lengthwise (hot dog, not hamburger style). Stick one toothpick into each cork half and use a hot glue gun to attach 6 or 7 red, orange and yellow feather shaped pieces of cardstock to the back!