Daily Deal: Give Thanks for Birthdays with a Family Plaque

For Thanksgiving, we’re offering a special Black Friday discount on an item that celebrates family. With this Family Plaque, you’ll be able to keep track of those special days throughout the year. It has a stylish country look, a durable wooden construction, and includes 24 tags that you can personalize with a family member’s name and birthday. Hang tags on the loop under each month so you’ll never lose track of whose birthday is coming up. Keep reading for holiday birthday facts and ideas to preserve Thanksgiving during Black Friday.


Lakeside’s Deal of the Day (November 24th)

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DAY FOUR Holiday Fun Fact:

The traditional Christmas celebration might revolve around the birth of Jesus, but fewer babies are born on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day compared to the rest of the calendar. Christmas Day is the least common birthday in America, second only to Leap Day. Christmas Eve isn’t very far behind, ranking fourth on the list. With Thanksgiving falling on different dates, it’s likely that it takes the top spot regarding holiday birthdays.


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How to Avoid Losing Your Thanksgiving to Black Friday
Thanksgiving is a day for counting our blessings. Those fortunate enough to fund a feast will fill their chairs with family and their table with delicious food. It seems only natural that Black Friday is trying to devour it. In recent years, the start of the holiday shopping season has been nibbling at Thanksgiving’s crust. This year, retailers are demanding a full slice. Before you ditch family time for a half-priced flat screen or trade in your savory dinner for a halfhearted brunch, check out some of these easy tips for preserving your Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Deals Today! Black Friday Deals Tomorrow!

Turkey Day Countdown: Food, Family & Football

There’s only ten days until Thanksgiving. It might seem like a lot, but if you have a feast to finalize, guests to prepare for and a holiday checklist that seems to keep getting longer as the festivities draw closer, it’s better to get anything and everything you can done so you won’t be too stressed out when the holiday arrives. Get the facts about Thanksgiving, from menu ideas to some Turkey Day history with these Thanksgiving articles.

The Thanksgiving Menu

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Ideas for Thanksgiving Sides
Who you share Thanksgiving with probably won’t change, but you can change the food to spice things up a bit. Turkey is the main dish that everybody wants, but playing with the sides to change up your Thanksgiving spread is a great way to make your dinner unique! Here are some ideas for Thanksgiving sides you can try.

What Was Really on the Menu at the First Thanksgiving
Roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. It may surprise you to learn that such traditional foods, with the possible exception of the turkey, were not served at the very first Thanksgiving in 1621. If you are wondering what was served at the First Thanksgiving in America, read on to dig into a helping of history.

Get Cooking on Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Dinner Disasters and How to Avoid Them
When you’re cooking a holiday meal for family and guests, there are many hats you have to wear and many mistakes that can be made. But if you know what to do and what to watch out for, you can pull off the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. Here are a few tips to avoid some of the most common Thanksgiving dinner disasters.

4 Tips to Pull Off A Perfect Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving dinner is a huge production that requires strength, stamina and coordination. But even if you possess all of those characteristics, something is bound to go off the rails. It’s possible to reduce your risk of dinner disasters if you know what to look out for. Pull off the perfect Thanksgiving with these four useful tips.

The Facts About Thanksgiving Football

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Thanksgiving Football: An American Tradition
American football has been a Thanksgiving tradition since the 1800s. Even though football is a tradition, it looks a lot different now than it did long ago. If you’re wondering why the Lions and Cowboys always get to play on Turkey Day or where the tradition started, take a look at this brief history of Thanksgiving football.

How to Work Football Into Thanksgiving Without Ruining Family Time
Thanksgiving is a day for family. For many families, it’s also a day for football. While most NFL and college teams have the day off, there’s always a shortlist of squads who have to suit up, storm the field and keep the long-standing American tradition alive. Here are a few tips to balance football with family on Thanksgiving.

Tips for Making Holiday Road Trips Easy

winter-roadThe holiday planning just got interesting: it’s your turn to do the traveling! It’s the best time of year to see family, but it’s the worst time of year for driving. It doesn’t have to be all bad — you just need to bend a little to make it safe and simple. Here are 5 tips for making holiday road trips easy.

Auto Adjustments Have your car serviced before you set out on your road trip. Even if you just had your 3,000 mile oil change, taking your car in for a tune up is one measure of insurance to take to get you to your destination safely and with as few headaches as possible. On your end, make sure your car is equipped with a first aid kit and emergency supplies in case you get stranded in a snowstorm.

Ready & Rested Conventional wisdom suggests we hit the road early to beat traffic to get to our far off holiday destinations on time. When your car is packed, you think you’re ready to go, but are you rested? That’s a more important question to ask yourself than “Are all the presents packed?” lak-road-trip3According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy drivers caused about 72,000 accidents in 2013, resulting in 800 fatalities and tens of thousands of injuries. When you’re planning your trip, don’t try to convince your body to get up when you’re normally asleep; get up at your regular time to reduce the risk of drowsy driving. When you’re on the road, make sure to take advantage of rest stops to recharge for 15 minutes before you start driving again. Beating traffic is great, but arriving at your destination without injury is better.

Smartphone System Your smartphone is very smart. There are myriad apps to make driving from one destination to another easy, aside from GPS. GasBuddy leads you to the cheapest gas on your route, iExit lets you know what services are available as you approach exits and AAA has a mobile app to connect members to roadside assistance as well as trip planning. Just remember that, although smartphones make driving cross country easier, you should keep paper maps and emergency phone numbers written down in case something happens and you can’t access your phone.lak-road-trip

Forget Forgetting A great way to relax about traveling during the holidays is not to get worked up about forgetting things. Just remember that it’s not the end of the world if you forget your toothpaste or pajamas — you can borrow them or buy them when you get to your destination.

Relax There are a lot of bad drivers out there and they’re even worse during the holidays. Encountering a bad driver or an angry driver is almost inevitable. Do your best to focus on where you’re going and not other drivers’ bad behavior. Reacting can only make stressful situations more stressful.

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The Lakeside Collection wants you to have a happy and safe holiday season! Whether you need road trip supplies or you’re looking for perfect gifts for the whole family, shop Lakeside for dazzling deals and perfect presents.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Thanksgiving

You have just a few weeks to get everything together for Thanksgiving! Right now you have plenty of time before your family digs into a plateful of turkey, stuffing and pie, but you have to start planning. Gadgets and serveware can help you make it a perfect holiday meal so,  to make it easy for you, we put together a list of items you might need for dinner. Here is this week’s Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Thanksgiving. stoneware-bakeware

Keep It Covered This Glazed Stoneware Bakeware will have you cooking like a pro. The stoneware absorbs excess moisture while evenly heating food.The exterior features a deep red glaze, while the interior is unglazed, natural stone. The Covered Roaster (3.75 qt.) includes a lid to seal in flavor during cooking. The Baking Sheet (13-3/4″ x 9-3/8″ x 1-1/2″) is perfect for baking cookies, dinner rolls and more. The Pizza Pan (14-3/8″ dia. x 1″) gives every pizza a golden crust. Freezer, dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.1-second-slicer

Keep It Quick The 1 Second Slicer will quickly become your go-to appliance for every meal. From fruits and vegetables to meats and fish, now you can cut everything with one handy gadget. Get professional results in a flash and then serve, seal, stack and store all in one compact container. The chop function even features 1-button cleaning. Plastic and stainless steel. Dishwasher safe.

woven-kitchen towelsKeep It Colorful Add a character to your kitchen with this 14-Pc. Woven Kitchen Towel Set. Perfect for drying dishes, cleaning and more. Each towel is ultra absorbent with either a waffle weave or flat texture. The fun, bold colors add to your kitchen decor and show off your style. Cotton. Machine care. Imported.

buffet-organizersKeep It Compact Serving buffet-style becomes a snap when you use the Ultimate Buffet Organizer. It holds plates, napkins and utensils ready for your guests. It features a 3-tier construction with the bottom for 10-1/2″ dinner plates, the middle for 8-1/4″ salad or dessert plates and the top for napkins. It also has 4 utensil holders that hang off the sides. Can be used stacked, or taken apart and spread around the table. 19-3/4″W x 16″D x 15-1/2″H. Steel. Assembly required.ramekin-sets

Keep It Cute Make sure you always have the perfect bowl for serving and storing with this value-priced 12-Pc. Ramekin Set. Each bowl is equipped with a clear, snap-tight lid. They’re perfect for condiments, snacks, leftovers and more. You can even use them to bake single-serve muffins, cornbread and cakes. Bowls, 3-1/4″ dia. x 1-1/2″H. Hold 3 oz. Stoneware with plastic lids. Dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe. Bowls, oven safe.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Thanksgiving Dinner

mini-loaf-pansThe countdown to Thanksgiving isn’t quite as dramatic as the countdown to Christmas, but the holiday requires quite a bit of preparation. If you’re hosting this year, now is the time to start planning! A lot of tools go into making the meal perfect and we want you to be prepared so we came up with a list of items we think can help you with that. Here is this week’s Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Make It Personal Whip up some smaller portions of baked goods for yourself or to share as gifts with this Set of 3 Mini Loaf Pans. These affordable, pastel colored dishes feature an inspirational phrase on the side. Make a variety of small-portioned treats for holidays, birthdays or office parties. They can also be used as serving dishes. 6-1/8″W x 3-1/8″D x 2-1/4″H (14 oz.), each. Stoneware. Dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.pumpkin-side-dishes

Make It Cute Fill your dining room with the color of this decorative and functional Set of 4 Pumpkin Side Dishes. Great for individual servings of stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and more, these pumpkin-shaped dishes also have decorative handled lids. Leave more room on your plate when you add these adorable dishes to your table ensemble. 5″ x 4-1/2″ dia., each. Dolomite.buffet-caddy

Make It Simple Buffet Caddy keeps all your serveware in one compact space. The top section arranges your flatware in 4 circular baskets, the center section accommodates napkins and the bottom section keeps dinner plates within reach. Metal frame has a scrolled design and durable balled feet to keep the caddy in place on any surface. 18-1/8″ x 12-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.quilted-casserole-carrier

Make It Warm Carry your dish to the next potluck or family get-together in the stylish and convenient Quilted Casserole Carrier. It’s insulated and lined with foil to keep your food warm while on the way to its destination. The carrier has two inner flaps with a fabric-magic closure to secure the dish inside. Two wood handles make it easy to tote. 14-3/4″W x 10-1/2″D x 5-1/2″H. Polyester and foam. Imported.harvest-leaves

Make It Fall Add seasonal flair to your nightly dinners with the Harvest Leaves Table Decor. Each features colorful accents in shades of orange, red and green. The Set of 4 Tapestry Placemats (19″W x 13″L, each) and Table Runner (13″W x 72″L) feature a tree design. Organize your cutlery with the 4-Pc. Utensil Holder Set (approx. 3-7/8″W x 5″L, each). Polyester. Placemats and runner, cotton and polyester. Imported.

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Thanksgiving Decor

tea-light-crocksHalloween is almost here and not too far behind is Thanksgiving! We want you to be ready for the first of our big holidays — we’ve been looking over the catalog for our favorite Thanksgiving items to pass along to you. Here is this week’s Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Thanksgiving Decor.

Soft Glow Add the soft glow of candlelight to your holiday decor with a Set of 6 Holiday Tea Light Crocks. Each crock has a different seasonal icon on the front and a traditional “splatterware” pattern on the rim and handles. It holds your real tea light or LED candle. 2-3/4″W x 2-1/2″D x 2-1/4″H, each. Dolomite.harvest-wind-chime

Harvest Enhancements Add a colorful personality to your yard with this Harvest Wind Chime Garden Stake. Each stake has a bright, cheery animal on top, designed with a warm harvest theme and 2 wind chimes. Approx. 8-7/8″W x 1-1/2″D x 34-7/8″H, including the 3-3/4″ ground stake. Metal and glass.country-hearts-wreath

Warm Welcome Country Hearts Wreath or Garland is the perfect finishing touch for your country home. Both pieces are made of grapevine branches accented with gingham bows, red and cream polyfoam berries and wooden cutouts bearing words of love. Garland, approx. 60″. Wreath, 15″ x 14-1/2″.tapestry-pillows

Cozy Components Add rustic charm to any room in your home with this decorative Harvest Tapestry Pillow. Its detailed design, as well as a variety of rich fall colors, reflect the changing season and complement surrounding decor. Looks great on your couch or bed. The front has a tapestry pattern, and the back is a solid color. 18″ sq. Polyester and cotton. Imported.harvest-forest-friends

Whimsical Trim Add a whimsical touch to your home with this Harvest Forest Friends Plush Decor. It features mixed media construction, including detailed stitching that looks like wicker. Cute 3-D accents make it seem like a craft show find. The body is weighted with sand to hold it upright. Approx. 6-1/4″W x 7-1/2″H. Polyester.

Pinteresting Picks for November

As the holiday crush begins, the impulse to organize our homes and make extra room becomes a strong one. Our Pinterest followers have been spending a lot of time this month looking for new and decorative ways to make their spaces function better. After the organization is done, don’t forget to add some new decorative touches to renew your home before holiday guests arrive. Here are The Lakeside Collection’s Pinteresting Picks for November.

Carry just about anything in this Oversized Utility Tote!

Carry just about anything in this Oversized Utility Tote!

 

Shot Glass Display Shelf organizes your collection with ease.

Shot Glass Display Shelf organizes your collection with ease.

Organizing your bags in the Over-the-Door Purse Storage may help extend the life of their straps while utilizing space behind a door.

Organizing your bags in the Over-the-Door Purse Storage may help extend the life of their straps while utilizing space behind a door.

 

A Set of 2 Window Tie-Backs creates a different look for your existing curtains.

A Set of 2 Window Tie-Backs creates a different look for your existing curtains.

5 Ideas to Keep Kids Busy on Thanksgiving

girl-helping-thanksgivingYou will soon be welcoming friends and family to your home to share your Thanksgiving feast. Putting together a turkey dinner with all the trimmings is ten times as much work as your regular weeknight dinners and loads more people walking in and out of the kitchen eating, drinking and chatting. With all the kitchen chaos, keeping an eye on the kids and making sure they’re happy is tough as you juggle all the elements for the perfect holiday dinner. Here are 5 ideas to keep kids busy on Thanksgiving.

Reindeer Games Have a few games and puzzles pulled out for the kids to play. Don’t give them too many options — three or four games you know they like (not one you have to teach) is plenty to keep them distracted from their rumbling tummies as you put the finishing touches on the meal. If there are kids coming that your kids don’t know well, games are a good ice breaker and will get everyone interacting with each other. If you’re lucky, they’ll enjoy the games enough that they’ll return to them after dinner.

Thanksgiving-Table-topDuty Calls Give each child a job to do. For the younger children, assign them simple tasks like folding napkins or making sure the spoons are shiny. For older kids, give them the big duties that require critical thinking — put them in charge of the checklist of all the things that need to be done and have them make sure everyone is staying on task. For children of ages in between, have them set the table, greet friends and family at the door and take their coats. Giving kids a hand in the event makes them feel part of the production while giving them something to focus on rather than watching TV while you work.

Letters to Santa Thanksgiving is the perfect time for the kids to write their letters to Santa. Set aside plenty of paper and pens and catalogs (for inspiration) so they can put together their wish lists. For young guests, it will get them excited and distract them from the idea of being in an unfamiliar home. For the kids who no longer write letters to Santa, have them help the younger kids craft the perfect letter to old St. Nick.

Clever Crafts If there are a lot of kids coming over to share your holiday, set up a craft table with Thanksgiving themed projects to work on while the adults socialize and get the turkey on the dinner table. Have the older kids help the younger kids to make it a family activity. A craft table might seem like too much to take on, but giving kids something to pay attention to and work on will save you the headache of coming to the rescue when they get bored.

kids-craftingLast Resort The TV can be tricky when there are a lot of kids with different personalities — you don’t want any clashing over what to watch. Let them turn on the TV, but only give them a few, non-negotiable options for watching TV. Limit the programming to holiday movies or specials. If you have to turn it on, it should be something for everyone to enjoy.

Planning activities or crafts for kids during Thanksgiving is a big task to add to your Thanksgiving plate, but reducing the risk of boredom and tears makes the overtime worth it.  If it’s not doable, pass the job off to one of your guests a few days in advance. Anyone who’s hosted a big Thanksgiving will jump at the chance to help out.

Happy Thanksgiving planning!

7 Tips on Hosting the Holidays Around Food Allergies

TThanksgivinghe holidays are all about family and food — and when you’re cooking for a crowd, you’re working around as many diets as you are personalities. It’s one thing when someone doesn’t like a certain dish, but it’s quite another if someone has an intolerance or allergy to a particular food. Here are 7 tips on hosting the holidays around food allergies.

Invitations When you’re planning the guest list and sending out invitations, make sure to ask if there are any food allergies. You may not be able to make all the food allergy-free, but asking your friends and family for diet restrictions will help you plan an accommodating menu.

Make a Chart Map out all of the food you want to serve and all of the separate diet restrictions. Decide what dishes are naturally allergy-friendly, which ones can be adjusted to be allergy-friendly and which ones are off-limits for diet restrictions. Make sure there are items for everyone to have a delicious and balanced holiday dinner.

Allergy-freeLabel Everything If you have a lot of allergies, make sure to label your dishes with the ingredients — it doesn’t have to list every ingredient, but highlighting safe or unsafe foods is helpful for guests. For instance: “Contains Dairy” on a pumpkin pie or “Gluten-Free” on green bean casserole will steer diners in the right direction to suit their diets. The labels don’t have to be ominous — be creative with them! Craft something cheery for the holiday.

Cook from Scratch When you cook and bake everything from scratch, you have control over everything that goes into the meal — you’ll know if there’s meat, nuts, milk, or gluten in what you make. If you can’t make everything from scratch, make sure to keep the labels for the store-bought items for your guests to refer to. Quick tip: make the allergy-friendly foods before you make the bulk of the meal to avoid cross contaminating the food.

bakersSanitize Wash everything really well before making allergy-friendly foods. Treat every dish as if you just cut up raw chicken with it. For someone with a severe allergy, it’s not an unreasonable safeguard.

Ask for Help If there are major diet restrictions, ask your guests to bring an allergy-friendly food they can eat. Be sure to have them list ingredients they used or a bring the label with them to dinner.

Extra Precautions Have an EpiPen on hand. The holidays are hectic and when parents are managing more than one child an EpiPen may fall through the cracks of their plans to make it to your house for dinner on time. Even if you don’t have allergies in your household, having an EpiPen in case of emergency could save the holiday.

For severe allergies, you may want to eliminate some items from your menu altogether. It seems extreme, but it might be a precaution worth taking to give yourself a stress-free holiday.


Traditional holiday meals are far from allergy-free. It seems like a big project to work around food allergies, but that little bit of work is a small price to pay for a safe and happy holiday meal.

5 Items You Need to Pull Off a Perfect Thanksgiving

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is a challenge for even the most experienced host, but there are a few gadgets that can make things easier. Here are 5 items you need to pull off a perfect Thanksgiving.

countertop-protectorSave Your Counters! The 3-Pc. Countertop Protector Set won’t let a burn come between you and your favorite pots and pans. You’re going to need every inch of counter space to put your sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie — with the Countertop Protector set, you can put hot pots and pans on the counter without putting it through the wear and tear of a big holiday meal.

microwave-cooking-setMagical Microwaving There’s only one of you and thirty dishes to make — you’re bound to look to your microwave for a little help. Make sure you’re cooking with the right containers — the 6-Pc. Microwave Cooking Set has the right container for just about anything you need to heat quickly to get everything done and on the table when the guests arrive for Thanksgiving dinner!

Lid-holdersHelping “Hand” You have stock simmering on one burner, another is keeping the gravy warm and the two remaining burners are reserved for cranberries and the butter for your pecan pie — they all don’t have to be covered at once, but you don’t have the space for the lid when it’s not covering the pot. The set of 4 Lid Holders gives an extra spot for your dripping hot lids when you don’t have an extra hand.

3-tier-cooling-rackCookies, Casseroles, Pie, Oh My! The 3-Tier Cooling Rack allows you to make use of vertical space for all your baked goods while they cool off when you don’t have extra counter space. It provides a safe place for fresh-from-the-oven goodies to cool, while allowing air to flow freely around them. This rack is made for big jobs — like Thanksgiving dinner — when you have a lot of hot stuff coming out of the oven and more stuff going in.

frosty-serverService with a Smile The Lighted Holiday Serving Stand is a festive piece for the dining room where it gets crowded — but with the 2-tiers for dinner and dessert plates and the built-in utensil holder, you’ll have plenty of room at the buffet for the Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings.

The Lakeside Collection has a variety gadgets and cookware to choose from — check out our housewares and dining section for more products to help you put together a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner.