Getting Your Country Kitchen Ready for Christmas Entertaining

Posted by Piper Classics on December 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Anyone who has ever hosted friends or family during the holiday season knows full well just how much work is often required before the Christmas fun can finally begin. There's the cleaning and decorating. There's the cooking, the baking and the shopping.

So it's understandable that so many of us tend to neglect preparing our kitchens for the holidays. But those who are truly experienced with home entertaining know that a kitchen often becomes a hotspot during the holidays. It's where we gather to catch up with family and friends we haven't seen for awhile. It's the most casual spot in the home for simply hanging out and having fun.

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Topics: Country Christmas

The History of American Thanksgiving Traditions

Posted by Piper Classics on November 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Thanksgiving is almost here, which means you’ll soon be sitting down to a meal that likely includes turkey, stuffing, yams, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

Just like the Pilgrims and Native Americans ate at their first Thanksgiving, right?

Well, not really. To recreate the first Thanksgiving at home, you’d need venison, shellfish, and – according to some historians – swan. It’s not clear whether they had turkey at Plymouth in 1621.

Our Thanksgiving traditions weren’t set in stone 394 years ago. They took centuries to develop. That’s why we’ve put together this short history lesson on Thanksgiving.

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How To Have A Stress Free Thanksgiving

Posted by Piper Classics on November 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day when you enjoy time with your favorite people and allow yourself to be grateful for all of the love and happiness you have managed to find. The problem that many people encounter is that they spend so much time running around on Thanksgiving Day, trying to get the meal and house prepared, that they find the holiday stressful rather than enjoyable.

This year, you should commit yourself to a stress free Thanksgiving Day. It really isn’t difficult. You just need to follow these simple instructions.

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Topics: country thanksgiving

How To Survive the Football Season

Posted by Piper Classics on November 12, 2015 at 1:30 PM

“Six months out of every year, I might as well be made of stone. Six months out of every year when I'm with him I'm alone.”

That’s the song “Six Months Out of Every Year” from Damn Yankees, a musical that deals– in part – with the perils of being married to a hardcore sports fan. The song is about baseball, but the sentiment works for any sport.

This time of year, that sport is football. From the first pre-season matches in August through Super Bowl Sunday at the start of February, pretty much every Sunday is game day. (And that’s not counting the Monday and Thursday games.)

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