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Place Setting Etiquette

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, we know you’re busy reviewing your guest list, making centerpieces, and digging deep into your cabinets to pull out Grandma’s very good china.  Whether you’re planning a formal affair, or gathering friends and family together for a casual day of comfort food and football, we thought it would be helpful to share this handy infographic of varying place settings to help you set a festive Thanksgiving table with the “proper” flair.

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eCard of the Week: Life’s Gifts…


eCard of the Week: Lifes Gifts...

There is so much to be thankful for at this special time of year…family, friends, love and freedom and all are depicted beautifully in this elegant ecard, “Life’s Gifts.” It’s a sentimental look at the important things that enrich our lives and make us happy and grateful every day.

Blue Mountain has a variety of Thanksgiving and other seasonal ecards and Print at Home cards that are perfect for this special time of year. They’re a wonderful way to help you stay connected with those who mean so much.

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Thanksgiving Recipes!

Thanksgiving Recipes!Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most loved meals of the year – and that can put a lot of pressure on the cook! Everyone knows what to look for on Thanksgiving, and everyone has a favorite, but sometimes it’s good to change it up a bit – nothing too crazy, but a new take on an old classic can be a welcome treat.

One great idea is to have one or two new additions to the menu each year. That way,  favorite traditional fare will stay in place, but a few new options will be on the table. Here are a few suggestions…

Side Dishes –

Side dishes are a great place to mix it up and try something new. Although mashed potatoes are somewhat sacred on Thanksgiving, Butternut Squash Risotto is a great option too, plus it’s very festive and seasonal for the occasion.

Many households have some take on a sweet potato recipe – usually a sweet dish topped with pecans, brown sugar and marshmallows, but why not turn them into a savory side dish and feature Sweet Potatoes with Lime and Ginger.

Turkey Talk –

Now, you might not want to mess around with the main course too much, but these suggestions are pretty tame, and,  if you’re cooking for a very large number of people, you you  might be cooking two bird anyway so try one traditional recipe and one that’s a little different.

If you haven’t tried a deep-fried turkey yet, maybe this is the year – try this yummy  Cajun Deep-Fried Turkey recipe. If frying the turkey is just not your thing try this delicious recipe for a Honey Brined Smoked Turkey - it’s sure the please!

Sweets –

It can be fun coming up with interesting recipes while sticking with seasonal ingredients for dessert. Try this Apple Crostata with Cheddar Crust, or how about Pumpkin Fudge? Of course, you can’t go wrong with a perfect Pumpkin Pie Recipe – and it’s always a good idea to have one on hand.

Have fun with these Thanksgiving Recipes and don’t forget that sending a quick Thanksgiving Ecard is a great way to connect during the holiday season – let your friends and loved ones know you’re thinking about them today!

 

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The Legend of the Wishbone

The wishbone legend began with the ancient belief that chickens were fortune tellers.  The tradition of wishing on their clavicle, or “wishbone” was passed down through generations and brought to America by the Pilgrims.

You can read the full story in our Wishbone Thanksgiving eCard.

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Interview with BlueMountain.com Artist, David Sommers!

This month’s featured artist is David Sommers! David was able to share some of his busy day to answer a few questions in an interview here at Bluemountain.com:

Interview with BlueMountain.com Artist, David Sommers!

When did you first realize you are an artist?

In grade school I did a bad drawing of an eagle but when I looked at the drawings the other kids were doing, I thought “wow, I guess mine isn’t too bad”!

What is your position at Blue Mountain and what is your background as an artist?

I’m a Senior Creative Developer. Growing up in Montana I used to paint landscapes and wildlife paintings, I also painted murals on the walls of businesses.  At one point I even had a job painting decorative duck decoys at a log cabin in a very scenic mountain stream setting.  A few years later, even though I knew nothing about computers, I landed a job creating electronic greeting cards while still going to art school.  Nearly everything I’ve learned about electronic art has been on-the-job.  I still love to paint with traditional tools as well as create art with the computer in my spare time.

What inspires you to create your designs and how do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio?

Natural designs are amazing, I love to be in nature learning from masterful designs everywhere.  The layers and movement of a landscape with plants, animals and people are inspiring.  Recently I took a trip to the art museum with my family and realized all over again how the works of master artists across many cultures inspire me. I’m also inspired by the work of the artists and animators here at BMA.  When things get tough in the studio I sit under my desk and cry.  No, just kidding, I love a good challenge, it keeps things interesting and I’m thankful for the learning and growth that comes from trying to solve a difficult task.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

It would be great to still be creating art and animation with this excellent team.  I keep hoping I won’t wake up from this dream job!  I enjoy the work, the people and the atmosphere here at Blue Mountain.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?

Figure out what your passions are and then follow them.  I didn’t realize that I could make a living as an artist so I just floundered for a while until the day I got encouragement from a wonderful family that saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself and they guided me to follow my passion.  Intelligently directed passion is the key ingredient for success.  Two more important pieces of advice:  Work hard and pray for guidance.

After the interview, we saw some of David’s favorite eCard creations, including ones he created for Thanksgiving.  David was one of the creative masterminds behind’s this year’s Thanksgiving eCard headliners, “Magical Wishbone” and “Dueling Banjos.” He’s also animated such BlueMountain.com eCard favorites as “A Woman’s Heart” and “Heard it was Cake Time!”  To read more about David, and see more of his beautiful animation work, visit his page in the BlueMountain.com artist gallery.

Thanks for a great interview, David!

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