3 Tips in 3 days for a stress free holiday-table decor and recipes.

I love getting ready for the holidays, and I seem to enjoy it more when I am well prepared.  Planning has always been my secret weapon.  With the proper plan in place I am more likely to execute my goals—dinner goals that is.  This year I wanted to share three of my homemade dishes, plus three helpful tips for getting your table décor ready. 

When we lived in Chicago, thanksgiving was my favorite holiday.  Now that we are back, living in Canada I still carry on the tradition of celebrating this American holiday. I remember that one of the challenges for me was finding a tablescape style that I could easily adjust into two looks—Thanksgiving and Christmas—.  Tip 1: Use a style that can be easily modified to carry over into Christmas.  In this style I used silver and mercury gold (vase and candle holders),  from Pottery barn https://www.potterybarn.com/products/chippy-gold-candle-holders/?pkey=e%7Cgold%2Bmercury%2Bglass%2Bvases%7C94%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C48%7C%7C17&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCHwith a few small changes you can turn this look into a Christmas style in no time.  I also used this blue/silver tablecloth from Williams Sonoma, but this white one would look stunning,

http://www.williams-sonoma.ca/alba-jacquard-tablecloth

Similarily, I also wanted to ‘perfect’ my homemade recipes.  Thanksgiving was a great time to introduce new recipes and see what my guests thought.  I would take their suggestions, improve the dish and make it even better for the my Christmas dinner party.  Here is my roasted garlic mashed potato recipe that I’m sure your guests will enjoy.

Roasted garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes
8 medium size potatoes
2-3 teaspoons of salt
1/2 cup of milk
2 tablespoons of garlic butter (see recipe below)

Ingredients-for garlic butter
6 garlic cloves unpeeled
1 stick of unsalted butter
¼ teaspoon fresher ground pepper
Pinch of sal1.    

Heat oven 0r toaster oven to 400 degrees.
2.    Place garlic cloves in a dish sprinkle with salt and pepper
3.    Cover dish with foil and back for approximately 30 minutes, until cloves are soft.  Set aside and allow to cool.
4.    Place the butter in a bowl and mash with fork or wooden spoon.  Gently squeeze out garlic from their peals and add to butter, mix into butter.

Mashed Potatoes
1.    Peal and cut potatoes into cubes, add to pot of water.  Boil the potatoes, until they are soft but not mushy.  Drain potatoes, add milk, and 2 tablespoons of your  garlic butter.  Mash with a potato masher, or electric mixer, add salt and pepper.  Enjoy.

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