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Tuesday, November 23

Easy Turkey Gravy Recipe

easy turkey gravy recipe



Dazzle your Thanksgiving guests with turkey gravy alongside your golden turkey and mashed potatoes!  

Ingredients: 

  • 2 1/2 cups of turkey pan drippings or stock 
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted butter 
  • 1/4 cup of flour

Recipe

  • Strain turkey pan drippings. 
  • Then melt butter in a small pot on the stove.
  • Next, add flour to make a roux. Cook the roux for about a minute or two, until it starts to smell like browned butter.
  • Then slowly pour in your turkey drippings. If you don’t have enough, you can use chicken stock. 

A few notes to remember: 

  •  Keep in mind that thick gravy can be fixed and thinned out, but it's harder to thicken a watery gravy, so if you add more liquid after the flour do it slowly! 
  • The gravy will thicken a bit after it rests for a few minutes. 
  • As long as your turkey is seasoned well you shouldn't have to add seasoning to your gravy, but taste just to check! 


I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving! 


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Friday, October 22

10 Best Toy Advent Calendars for Kids to Make Their Christmas Countdown Memorable


2021 Advent Calendars

The Christmas season is the most incredible time of the year as a family.  There are so many family traditions like volunteering, watching holiday movies, baking cookies, and so much more! 


Advent calendars are another great tradition to start with your kids. Opening the windows of an advent calendar is exciting each morning or evening leading up to Christmas Day! 


There are so many calendars to choose from for your kids, but many of the neat ones sell out quickly! 


1. Fidget Advent Calendar

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Sunday, September 26

October Family Movie Nights (Free download)

Your loved ones will love this October Family Movie Nights idea. With the free printable below, you can host a weekend October-themed movie marathon, or you could watch an October-themed movie each night of October. There are 31 movie ideas for October-themed movies in the download! The options are totally up to you and your family. 

Free family activities





To make it extra secretive about the movie choice, put each movie in an orange envelope and then mix up the envelopes in a basket. Then a different family picks from the basket for the movie to watch that evening. 

October Family Movie Nights (Free download)

Then all you need is some movie snacks and blankets for a family-fun evening. Be even extra with matching PJs! 

If you try this out, please tag me with any pictures you take. I can't wait to see all the cute family and couple pictures!  You can find me on Instagram and Facebook as Life with Meagan Lynn. 

Click here to download! 

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Sunday, September 19

Top Five Kitchen Gadgets to Save Time!

Amazon must haves 2021


 I have a weak spot in my heart for kitchen gadgets. I absolutely love them! I am always on the hunt for anything that can make baking, cooking, or clean up quicker. I've shared my latest kitchen gadget loves! 



1. OXO Tot Grape Cutter

quick dinners
This gadget cuts grapes into quarters quickly, easily, and safely. You can cut prep time for lunches and recipes in half with this one! 



Top Five Kitchen Gadgets to Save Time!
All you need to do is add vinegar and water, then microwave for 3-7 minutes. Steam will come out of its head softening and releasing dirt. It will save you time scrubbing the microwave! 



The meat chopper makes meals quicker and easier. I use it when mixing ingredients into ground meat or when I am frying ground meat. Works so well!  


4. Roll-up Dish Drying Rack:

I've never wanted a dish drain that stayed out on the counter, and I didn't have storage room for one either. Then I found this roll-up dish mat, and I fell in love! Easy to put out and put up! 


5. Kitchen Extendable Strainer:


This colander makes cleaning veggies and fruits quick and easy. As well as draining noodles! I bought it in pink but they have other colors! 

Do you have any of the items on this list? Is there a kitchen gadget I should try? Leave a comment below to let me know! 


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Friday, August 20

Best Apple Pie Recipe on the Web

So, I have never shared a recipe on the site, but I was inspired to do so because every time I search for a recipe online, you have to dig and dig for the actual recipe. So, I will be sharing recipes, and you don't have to search and dig! I'll be getting right to the point. 



  • Total prep time: 80-85 minutes 
    • Prep time: 20 minutes
    • Bake Time: 60-65 minutes 
  • Serves: 8
  • Ingredients: 
    • 6 to 7 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • Dough (double-crust pie)
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 large egg white
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • Extra sugar for sprinkling over pie
  • Directions:
    • Preheat oven to 375°. 
    • On a lightly floured surface, roll one half of the dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Roll remaining dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle and set to the side. Trim even with rim.
    • In a small bowl, combine sugars, flour, and spices; 
    • In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice. Add sugar mixture and make sure it coats all the apples. 
    • Add filling to the pie pan; dot with butter. Place prepped dough over the pie filling. 
    • Trim, seal, and flute edge and then cut slits in top. 
    • Beat egg white until foamy; brush over crust. Sprinkle with sugar. Cover edge loosely with foil.
    • Bake 35 minutes. 
    • Remove foil and then bake until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly, 25-30 minutes longer. 
    • Cool on a wire rack for at least two hours before cutting. 

Let me know in the comments what recipe you'd like to see next! 

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Friday, July 9

The Only Men’s Packing List for Travel You'll Need (Free Downloads)

What should I pack for a guy?


Whether you’re preparing for an overnight trip or a week-long vacation, these printable lists will help you pack for your next journey or pack for your loved one! 

MEN’S TRAVEL PACKING LIST
Click here to download the packing lists for 1 to 7 days of trave! 




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Wednesday, July 7

Sales Tax Holidays for Back to School

2021 Sales Tax Holidays for Back to School 



Back-to-school shopping is almost here for many. And, as every parent knows, the bill for new clothes, shoes, backpacks, and other schools supplies can get very high, very quickly.

Some states host a sales tax holiday before school starts. Most of these back-to-school sales tax holidays are in August and run through the weekend.  Look for your state below for dates and additional information. 

  • Alabama's Back to School Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on July 16 and ends at 12:00 a.m. on July 18th, 2021. Click here for more information on what items are tax-exempt during this holiday. 
  • Connecticut's tax-free holiday takes place from Aug. 15 to Aug. 21, 2021. Click here for more information.  
  • Florida's tax-free weekend is now 10 days long! The School Sales Tax holiday runs from Saturday, July 31, 2021, to Monday, August 9, 2021. Click here for more information. 
  • Iowa's tax-free weekend is August 6th-7th. You can learn more about Iowa's sales tax holiday program by clicking here.

  • Kentucky will not be having a sales tax holiday or tax-free weekend in 2021.
  • Maryland's sales tax holiday lasts nearly an entire week – Aug. 8 to 14 in 2021 – the second Sunday in August through the following Saturday. You can find more information here

  • Massachusetts' Sales Tax Holiday for 2021 will occur on August 14 and 15. Retail items of up to $2,500, purchased in Massachusetts for personal use on these two days, will be exempt from sales tax. You can find more information by clicking here

  • Mississippi's 2021 Sales Tax Holiday takes place between 12:01 A.M. Friday, July 30, 2021, and 12:00 Midnight Saturday, July 31, 2021. You can find more information by clicking here

  • Missouri's Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 6, and runs through Sunday, August 8. You can find more information by clicking here 
  • New Mexico's Sales Tax Holiday is August 6th-8th. During the New Mexico tax-free weekend, you won’t pay sales tax on the following: 
    • Clothing or shoes must be priced at less than $100 per unit
    • The price limit for desktop, laptop, tablets, or notebook computers is $1,000
    • The price limit for related computer hardware is $500
    • School supplies for use in standard, general-education classrooms must be priced under $30 per unit

  • Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday is August 6th-8th. You can find more information by clicking here
  • Oklahoma's Sales Tax Holiday is August 6th-8th. You can find more information by clicking here
  • Tennessee's traditional sales tax holiday on clothing, school supplies, and computers begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 30, 2021, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 1, 2021. Click here for more information on what items are tax-exempt during this holiday.
  • Texas' Sales Tax Holiday is August 6th-8th. You can find more information by clicking here
  • Virginia's Sales Tax Holiday is August 6th-8th. You can find more information by clicking here
  • West Virginia's Sales Tax Holiday is July 30th -Aug. 2nd. You can find more information by clicking here.

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