Mashed Potatoes

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How to make mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes are often served with roast turkey and gravy for Thanksgiving dinner. The dish is actually really easy to make and because of that it can also be made part of dinner on any day of the week. The ingredients which you require to make mashed potatoes are as follows: ten Yukon gold potatoes, 1tsp of salt, 5tsp of butter, 1tsp of white pepper and half a cup of milk.

At first, boil some water in a cooking pot. Place the potatoes in the water and boil them until they have turned soft; you can check that this has happened by inserting a fork inside a potato. Following this, drain the potatoes and mash them with a potato masher. Mix the mash with white pepper, butter and salt. Then, heat milk in another cooking pot and add the potatoes to it to make the mixture creamy; stir the mixture well. Serve the mashed potatoes hot.


The Thanksgiving Dinner Table

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How to decorate your table for Thanksgiving dinner with your family

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States and during it you gather around with members of your family and eat a good meal. This year, on Thanksgiving Day, opt to both decorate your dinner table with items and serve dinner to your family in serveware which celebrates the holiday.

Park Avenue Puppies Harvest Dinnerware at Pier1
This dinnerware set includes a plate and a mug; both are illustrated with images of cute dogs and pumpkins during harvest season. Serve your family their Thanksgiving meal comprising portions of roast turkey, mashed potatoes and other items of food on the plate and a hot drink in the mug.

Plymouth Turkey Salad Plates at Williams-Sonoma
This salad plate is made of porcelain and it features a very nice painting of a turkey. The plate earns its inspiration from English pottery from the 18th Century and it is just perfect to serve any salad to your family during dinner that you have made yourself.

Botanical Pumpkin Tablecloth at Williams-Sonoma
This tablecloth is made of cotton and it features illustrations of pumpkins, vines, leaves and acorns; decorate your dinner table with it for Thanksgiving dinner.

Rustic Table Turkey Decoration at Hallmark
This very nice table turkey is over one foot tall and is made of artificial grass, pine cones and other materials. Place it on the dinner table and next to the main dish of the meal – roast turkey.

Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy and the Enduring Power of Peanuts

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'I thought my ordinary appearance was a perfect disguise' – Charles M. Schulz. #CharlieBrown, the lead protagonist of #PEANUTS, embodied many character traits of his creator Charles M. Schulz and indeed took his name from the cartoonist. Born on 26 November 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Schulz grew up in a small town in the American midwest to a German father and Norwegian mother. His parents did not encourage him to stand out from the crowd or aspire to success, yet instilled a strong work ethic that can be seen his lifelong commitment to the daily Peanuts strips. Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy and the Enduring Power of Peanuts is open now until 3 March 2019 #goodgrief

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The exhibition on Peanuts runs at Somerset House until March 3, 2019

An exhibition, titled Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy and the Enduring Power of Peanuts is currently being held at Somerset House. It explores the world of Peanuts – a daily comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz in 1950, with the help of some its strips and more. Peanuts feature many interesting characters, such as Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Woodstock and Peppermint Patty.

In my outlook, Peanuts is more than just a daily comic strip which can make you laugh because it is a comic strip where characters remark on social, cultural and political subjects of its time; that is why Peanuts has an enduring appeal – its strips include good stories and also puts the spotlight on serious topics such as feminism, religion and war which the exhibition explores. I think Peanuts is not just a comic strip which can make you feel good when you read it because of its comic nature, it is also a comic strip which can make you aware of what life can be like and also make you look on the bright side.

Plates for Children

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The best plates to get for children

The best plates in the market, this season, are plates which include some type of illustration. These illustrations include amazing characters from books so serving your children their meals in these plates can also make them feel interested to know more about them or their worlds.

Captain America Melamine Dinner Plate at Target
This melamine dinner plate features a very nice artwork of the Marvel superhero Captain America, plus an artwork of his shield in the background.

DC Comics Melamine Divided Plate (from Bumkins) at The Sleep Store
This melamine Plate has four compartments which make it easy to separate different items of food; two compartments feature an illustration of Wonder Woman and the surface of the plate also has a design of white stars on a blue background.

Dr Seuss Melamine Divided Plate – Cindy Lou (from Bumkins) at The Sleep Store
This melamine plate has four compartments and each compartment includes a very nice illustration of Cindy Lou (a character which appeared in a book by Dr. Seuss); the surface of the plate also has a design of pink and white polka dots.

Batman Melamine Dinner Plate at Target
This melamine dinner plate features the symbol of the superhero Batman in black and yellow, plus an illustration of a city skyline in the background.

Butter Bean Burgers

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How to make butter bean burgers

Butter bean burgers are good vegetarian and healthy alternatives to hamburgers. They can be eaten for lunch as well as dinner, and can also be served to guests during parties if they do not mind eating something entirely vegetarian for the evening. The ingredients which you require to make the burgers are as follows: four burger buns, butter beans, breadcrumbs, one egg, one potato, olive oil, chili powder, cilantro leaves, lettuce leaves, two red onions, two tomatoes, mayonnaise and five spring onions.

Firstly, boil the butter beans in a pot of hot water; when the beans have grown soft, drain the water and transfer the beans to a food processor and mash them. Secondly, dice the spring onions and cilantro leaves, and mix them in with the mashed butter beans, egg, potato, breadcrumbs and 3 tsp. chili powder. Thirdly, make four round patties out of the mix.

Following that, heat some olive oil in a pan and place the patties in the pan to fry them until they have turned golden in color. Whilst the patties are frying, spread mayonnaise over the bottom of each burger bun. Finally, slice the tomatoes and red onions in circular shapes and place them inside the burger buns along with lettuce leaves. Also place the patties inside the burger buns; the patties must be sandwiched between the tomato and onion slices, and the lettuce leaves. Serve the dish hot.

American Music Awards (2018) Forecasts

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The songs and (the stars) that should win this year

The winners of the American Music Awards (AMAs) this year are set to be revealed later on today. The AMAs is more than forty years old with previous winners including Shania Twain, Rihanna and Katy Perry.

Drake is one of the music artists who has earned the most number of nominations this year. I think the Canadian star securing so many nominations demonstrates the kind of music plus music artists which will probably win at the AMAs this year and that means songs which can’t really be deemed too melodious in spite of the fact that they are famous plus music artists who, more often than not, exhibit songs of that type as part of their latest album release or body of work.

In my outlook, the wins at the AMAs should reflect the total opposite – music artists who regularly sing songs which have a good dose of melody, for example as artists like Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift do, plus songs of that type should win instead because those deserve to be applauded more. My picks:

Artist of the year: Ed Sheeran
New Artist of the year presented by Capital One: Dua Lipa
Collaboration of the year: Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line – Meant To Be
Tour of the year: Taylor Swift
Video of the year: Camila Cabello (Feat. Young Thug) – Havana
Favorite Social Artist: BTS

Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock: Ed Sheeran
Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock: Taylor Swift
Favorite Duo/Group – Pop/Rock: Maroon 5
Favorite Album – Pop/Rock: Ed Sheeran – Divide

Favorite Male Arist – Soul/R&B: Bruno Mars
Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B: Rihanna
Favorite Album – Soul/R&B: Khalid – American Teen
Favorite Song – Soul/R&B: Ella Mai – Boo’d Up

Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock: Imagine Dragons
Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary: Shawn Mendes
Favorite Artist – Latin: Daddy Yankee
Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (EDM): The Chainsmokers

A Young Girl’s Reading Room

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How to decorate a reading room for a young girl

The perfect reading room for a young girl is that space inside a house where she can read all that she wants to in solitude. The space does not necessarily have to be big but it must be decorated with really pretty essentials.

Dollhouse Bookcase at Pottery Barn Kids
This white bookcase is in the shape of a dollhouse and has eight cubes acting as shelf space and two drawers to further hold items as well; each cube can be used to organize reading materials by genre (for example: historical fiction and fantasy) for a child.

Emily & Meritt Sequin Garland at Pottery Barn Kids
This beautiful garland has triangular shapes made out of sequined material in colors such as bronze and silver; it can be hung on the wall to pretty the reading room up.

Disney Princess Kids Upholstered Chair with Sculpted Frame by Delta Children at Walmart
This pink and purple chair features prints of the following Disney princesses: Belle, Ariel and Rapunzel; the chair can be used for a child to sit on and read a book in total peace and quiet.

Wildkin Olive Kids Mermaid Blue Area Rug at Wayfair
This is a colorful rug featuring illustrations of three lovely mermaids and different types of marine life; it can be placed in front of the bookcase to provide a means for a child to browse through the books in the bookcase before selecting one to read on the chair.