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Fact or Fiction: Thanksgiving Food

Saturday, November 22, 2014

There are only a few more days until it’s Thanksgiving, which means you need to get your butt in gear. There are rolls to be buttered, turkeys to be cooked, pies to be baked and so much more. Before you begin your Thanksgiving dinner operation, we are here to tell you what is true and what is false when it comes to some of the most beloved holiday foods and how to prepare them. So grab an apron, and let’s get started!

Turkey makes you sleepy.


You’ve probably heard someone tell you how a certain hard-to-pronounce T-word is in turkey, and that it will make you sleepy. This T-word is an amino acid called tryptophan. Turkey does contain tryptophan (trip-toe-fan), but there isn’t a significant enough amount of it to cause you to pass out. Also, when turkey is eaten with other foods, the absorption of tryptophan is reduced.

The next time Uncle Steve is blaming the innocent turkey for his mid-day snoozefest, tell him about this little myth. Drowsiness is more likely due to alcohol consumption and large meals high in carbs than because of the poor (but delicious) turkey.

Fresh cranberry sauce is better than canned cranberry sauce.


Let us explain. You may prefer the taste of one to the other, but as far as health goes, fresh cranberry sauce is much better for you. Benefits of its antioxidant properties include protection against urinary tract infections, reduction of heartburn and the control of oxidative stress in the digestive tract. That’s a lot of good stuff!

The problem with canned cranberry sauce is that it’s a processed version, which means most of the health benefits mentioned above are significantly reduced. To get all of the antioxidant power from cranberries, eat them fresh and whole. Making cranberry sauce is actually easier than you might think. Here are 19 yummy and simple recipes!

Cooking stuffing in a turkey is perfectly safe.


Just because it’s called stuffing, it doesn’t mean you have to cook it stuffed in a turkey. While you may not always get sick from preparing stuffing this way, you are definitely increasing your risk for food poisoning.

That last thing you need is an infamous Thanksgiving dinner hosted by you, which caused everyone to get sick (your mother-in-law will never let you live that one down). For optimum safety and even cooking, cook your stuffing outside of the bird.

There is a way to decrease stress when grocery shopping for Thanksgiving dinner.


Do yourself (and your sanity) a favor by splitting your grocery shopping into two strategic trips. The first trip can be done a full week before Thanksgiving, which is before the supermarkets get holiday crowded. During this trip get nonperishables, such as canned things, flour and sugar, spices, paper goods, etc.

Then make a second, but smaller and easier, trip the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. This will make your desire to physically assault someone in the crowded aisles decrease significantly.

There isn’t a way to revive a dry turkey.


Don’t condemn a turkey that’s on the dry side just yet. One of the best things you can do while you’re cooking the day of Thanksgiving is have a pan of homemade turkey stock or store-bought chicken stock on the back burner. Along with reviving overcooked turkey, you can also use it to loosen up gravy and moisten side dishes.

There are ways to consume alcohol during the holidays besides punches and glasses of wine.


You don’t have to be a mixologist to impress your family this Thanksgiving. Instead, try this yummy recipe from one of our very own LC family members!

Now it’s time to put down the computer and to get cookin’! Hopefully with this list, you’ll be able to accomplish your Thanksgiving dinner operation without any difficulties!

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Deck Your Halls: Décor That Will Last the Entire Holiday Season

Friday, November 21, 2014

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When it comes to decorating, many people believe Thanksgiving and Christmas require completely different décor. But we are going to share some tips on how to make Thanksgiving decorations last until after Christmas.  Here at the LC, we don’t like to skip holidays. Instead, we are here to show you how to get more use out of your decorations!

Trendspotter: How to Sport the New Menswear Trend (And Still Look Like A Lady)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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Edgy and chic trends continue to make a big entrance this fall, including the arrival of the latest sensation: menswear for women. Women are beating the boys at their own game by effortlessly sporting trousers and pantsuits. Watch out guys because there’s a new boys’ club in town. Menswear isn’t meant to be literal, so there’s no need to raid a man’s closet. Here are some tips on how to give it your own charming spin.

Tanzanite Time

Friday, November 14, 2014

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Although tanzanite reserves are quickly diminishing, that won’t stop the LC from bringing back Tanzanite Time! All day on Saturday, Nov. 5, we will be featuring brand new designs of this rare stone. The best part is that you will be able to get these designs at amazing prices. This is the perfect opportunity to get ahead on your holiday shopping. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to a gorgeous tanzanite ring on Christmas?!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

We hope you enjoyed our LC@Home show last week because we’re back with more! Join us tomorrow from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. CT for our LC@Home: Fashion segment! In this show we’ll include even more hotel-inspired bedding and linens than last week. Continue reading to discover all of the luxurious goodies we have in store for you.

J Francis Hotel Collection All-Weather Duvet

It’s very important to find bedding that will survive the test of time. This ultra-sturdy preshrunk duvet features 13x13 baffle boxes to prevent the shifting of its superfine down alternative filling. But don’t just be baffled by what’s inside, the outside of this duvet is just as grand. With secure double stitching and classic gray piping, this bed covering is machine washable. This is especially great for pet lovers.

If you like your bedroom decor to be a little more colorful, don’t worry because the options are endless with duvet covers!

J Francis Euro Weave Duvet Covers: Ruffle and Satin Trim

Feel absolutely snug with our duvets, which feature 100% ultrafine microfiber fabric that compares to pricey 1000 thread count sheets. Both sets come with a fitted sheet, flat sheet and two standard pillowcases, which are all hypoallergenic and wrinkle resistant. We will have these in dusty pink, off white and burgundy. Select your favorite color and decorate away! Take a look at these easy-to-follow steps on how to change a duvet cover.

Still overwhelmed by the thought of changing a duvet cover? That’s okay because with throws, accent pillows and sheets, adding color is a breeze. Check out some of these photos for inspiration.

J Francis Euro Weave Ruffle Trim and Satin Trim Bed Linens

Whether you want to indulge with satin trims or add ruffles to your bedroom décor, the LC has you covered. The ruffle trim on these J Francis Hotel Collection bed linens will add a flirty design and beautiful texture to your home. If you prefer the softness of satin, let our satin trim set ease you into slumber. Both sets feature 100% ultrafine microfiber fabric. Hypoallergenic and wrinkle resistant, these 4-piece sets include a fitted sheet, a flat sheet and two standard pillowcases. Both are also available in dusty pink, off white and burgundy.
J Francis Euro Weave Bed Skirt

Just like your favorite outfit, you can also accessorize your bed. Upgrade your style at home with this inverted pleated bed skirt. It’s also made from 100% ultrafine microfiber fabric and covers most bed frames.

J Francis Hotel Collection Throws

Fall weather is the perfect time to cuddle up on the couch with a big cup of hot chocolate. You’ll be extra cozy when you snuggle up with one of our ultra-soft acrylic throws. This 60x50 feather light throw from the J Francis Hotel Collection will have you feeling warm and relaxed. It’s hand washable and available in dusty pink, taupe, burgundy, sage or off white.

J Francis Hotel Collection Mattress Topper

Every once in a while you may fall asleep on the couch, but in most cases, you sleep in your bed every night. Make sure it’s a restful sleep by investing in a mattress topper. The simple addition of a fluffy J Francis Hotel Collection mattress topper can transform your slumber into a grand experience. With double stitching and classic gray piping, the mattress topper features ultra-sturdy material filled with superfine down alternative. Don’t worry about it shifting out of place over time, because stay-fit elastic bands keep the topper in place.

J Francis Hotel Collection Pillows and Euro Weave Pillowcases

After a long day, all you want to do is rest your head on something soft. These pillows not only look sophisticated and refined, but they also feel great. With their 2x2 diamond stitch on an ultra-sturdy preshrunk fabric casing filled with superfine down alternative, it’s no wonder they feel so amazing.

Go ahead and push the snooze button one more time—we won’t judge. Get creative with your décor by dressing your pillows in one of our Euro Weave pillowcases. They are hypoallergenic, wrinkle resistant and come in a variety of coordinating colors.

J Francis Hotel Collection Men’s Waffle Robe and Lady Velour Robe

Don’t you just hate having to leave your luxury white robe at the end of your hotel stay? With the LC, you don’t have to! Make this snug amenity a permanent one in your own home with our waffle robe for the men and our velour robe for the ladies. He’ll appreciate the sturdy heavy weight waffle construction with classic satin piping. It includes an adjustable belt and two pockets. She’ll definitely enjoy her cozy velour robe that features classic satin cuffs, lapel and belt. These make great gifts for loved ones and for yourself!

J Francis Hotel Collection Towels

Stock up on luxurious bath linens from the J Francis Hotel Collection. The LC offers a 7-piece set that will complement any bathroom décor. The set includes two bath towels, two hand towels, two washcloths and a matching bath mat. If crisp white isn’t your style, no worries! You can also get this set in dusty pink, taupe, burgundy and white.

As you can see, you don’t need to stay in a $500 per night hotel to enjoy the finer things in life. Instead, bring luxury to your home with the LC@Home Fashion show. Join us Nov. 20 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. CT on the Liquidation Channel to see even more of the J Francis Hotel Collection!

Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Today, on November 11, 2014, the country celebrates Veterans Day. Millions of Americans who have not worn the country’s uniform will take a moment to honor and remember those who have. Many people know this date as a day of remembrance, but not everyone knows the history of it. Continue reading to discover the account of Veterans Day and three touching stories of our nation’s veterans.

Holiday Travel Guide: What to Wear

Sunday, November 9, 2014

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November means that the holidays are at our doorstep. If you’re like most people, this means there will be a lot of traveling in your near future. Planning a trip can be stressful, especially when you’re trying to remember a million other things during this hectic season. We have put together a guide to help you plan your outfits for your holiday travels.

DIY Picture Frame Jewelry Holder

Friday, November 7, 2014

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If you have a lot of jewelry, but don’t know where to put it, we have the perfect DIY project for you. It’s really simple, and you can find all of the supplies at one store. This DIY jewelry holder is especially neat because it holds more than just necklaces. The corkboard allows you to display your earrings, and the rack is the perfect spot for your bracelets. Here are the complete instructions on how to do this fun and easy project.