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Host a Progressive Holiday Dinner in Your New Neighborhood

2014 December 19
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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You’ve moved in just in time for the holidays-now what? In an earlier post, we covered some details about throwing a housewarming party. While a housewarming party offers a great opportunity to meet new people, there are different ways to branch out and solidify friendships with those who live just around the corner.

A progressive dinner party is one of those ways. Progressive dinners involve successive courses that are prepared and eaten at different residences throughout a specific neighborhood. While one host prepares hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, other hosts prepare one of the following:

  • Appetizer course
  • First course (salad or soup)
  • Main course
  • Fruits and nuts
  • Dessert

Neighbors move from house to house together and enjoy one another’s food and company. If you want to host a progressive holiday dinner party to meet new neighbors and make new friends, follow the steps below to pull it off without a sweat.

Plan

How do you want to split the courses? Who do you want to dine with? What do you want to serve? If you’re new to your neighborhood, it’s important to plan out everything in detail so you don’t overwhelm the other hosts-or yourself.

Travel around and meet your neighbors. Talk with them about the idea. Ask for input. After you’ve assessed your neighbors’ interest level, start planning. Usually, progressive dinner parties involve anywhere from five to six couples. Once you decide who to invite, contact everyone and ask them to meet with you to decide who will handle which course.

When you meet with your guests to plan, have a list nearby with options. Decide which things you will prepare and how long you’ll stay at each house. Help come up with ideas for entertainment during each round of the dinner party. Suggest easy-to-make recipes, and set a specific night that works for each couple.

Prepare

Once you’ve determined who is in charge of each meal, start preparing the meal you’ll host. The holidays afford plenty of seasoned flavors that make everyone want to gather around the hearth and enjoy the atmosphere of good cheer and great cuisine. Depending on your assigned course, here are some recipes you might want to try.

Hors d’oeuvres and Cocktailseggnog

Eggnog is one of the staples of the Christmas season. If you’ve been assigned hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, make a family-friendly eggnog with the following:

  • 8 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup refined white sugar
  • 2 quart whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 8 egg whites

In a mixer, beat the egg yolks and add the sugar. Once the sugar dissolves, add the milk, cream, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Next, beat the egg whites in another mixer and then add to the first mixture. Chill and serve. Makes 12 cups.

Appetizer

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Combine salt with savor and let your guests’ mouths water over easy-to-make bacon-arugula-apple bites. You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Apple slices (any variety)
  • Lemon juice
  • Spreadable cheese
  • Garlic and other herbs
  • Cooked bacon pieces
  • Arugula sprigs
  • Cracked pepper and salt

Cover the apples in lemon juice so they don’t brown. Next, mix the garlic and other herbs into the spreadable cheese (or buy a cheese that already has mixed-in herbs). Spread the cheese onto each apple slice and then top with bacon, arugula, pepper and salt.

Main Course

The queen of hearty cuisine and celebrations, Martha Stewart, lists dozens of main dish recipes for the holidays. She combines unique flavors with rare vegetables and mouthwatering meats. Each of her concoctions will amaze your guests and may even persuade a few of them to set up future dinner appointments at your home. Making and keeping new friends just got a whole lot easier with Martha’s help.

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You can win your guests over with one of the most surprising and satisfying desserts of the season: candy cane cheesecake. Not only will this delicious dessert surprise your guests’ taste buds, it will help them remember how sweet the holidays are supposed to be.

Dine

Food? Check. Decorations? Check. Party time? Check. Once you’ve prepared for the evening, sit back, relax, and enjoy your progressive holiday dinner party. Meet with your fellow hosts and travel to each house together. Sing carols along the way. Do whatever you can to solidify friendships and have a good time.

If any of you have children, pool money together and hire a babysitter for the night. Invite the babysitter to play holiday games with your children. Help make it a night for them to remember as well.

Whatever you do, make sure you have the entire evening free to socialize and enjoy the wonderful feeling of Christmas. Progressive dinners are one of the best ways to get to know different people and feel right at home in the presence of your neighbors. Start planning your progressive dinner with your new neighbors today.

A Story of Staging: How to Stage Your Home to Sell

2014 December 16
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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Carl needed to sell his house. He listed it in the newspaper classifieds, hired a real estate agent, and pitched a “for sale” sign into his front lawn. Despite his best efforts, Carl still had no buyers.

What’s poor Carl to do?

The answer is simple: stage his house.

The majority of sellers and real estate agents forget to stage a home before they attempt to sell it. Proper staging is one of the key elements of finding the right buyer willing to purchase a home at the right price. Potential buyers want to walk through a home that feels like home. They don’t want to look around and see clutter, worn furniture, dirtied carpets, and burnt-out light bulbs.

Potential buyers want to see a clean space with dust-free furniture, stain-free floor coverings, and brightly lit lamps. They want to click their heels together, soak in their surroundings, and chant “there’s no place like home.” You must create a space that makes them do just that.

De-Clutter

Order-ChaosNo one wants to walk into a messy home. In an earlier post, we encouraged readers to de-clutter their space so they could appreciate the benefits of feng shui. The same goes for staging. De-clutter your space so your potential buyers can appreciate it for what it is. They will see the value and may want to make an offer.

To de-clutter, divide all of your items into four piles (to sell, to donate, to throw away, and to keep). Once you’ve separated your belongings into piles, hold a garage sale, donate the items to a local shelter, rent a disposal bin or dumpster, and then place any leftover “to keep” items in their proper place. De-cluttering your space will help you-and your buyer-feel more comfortable.

Check out this room-by-room approach to de-clutter your home.

Scrub and Paint Walls

Grimy, dented, worn walls won’t impress any buyer. Before you invite any buyers inside, scrub your walls clean. Most bathroom walls collect surface mold. To get rid of surface mold, try the following:

  • Fill a spray bottle with 2 cups water and 2 cups bleach.
  • Spray the concoction on the wall.
  • Wipe the wall with a wet cloth.

If other walls in your home have dents, holes, or marks, fill or cover the damage with plaster and then paint over it with a primer. After you prime the wall, pick a light-colored neutral paint (like grey, cream, or off-white) and paint over the primer.

Replace Doors, Knobs, and Blinds

Old doors, knobs, and blinds date a home. You can freshen up your space with new doors in dark, rich woods or painted a clean white. Since most new homeowners have specific preferences (and may want to choose their own knobs and blinds), make a special mention in your listing that informs potential buyers of your willingness to grant an allowance for new knobs and blinds.

Clean the Carpetscarpet cleaning

Whether your carpets have food stains, pet hair, or mud marks, dirty carpets look gross. Use a vacuum, carpet cleaning solution, and plenty of rags to clean your carpets and ready them for future showings. If you have a large stain, consider buying a rug to place over the stain. But be sure to be transparent about the stain (don’t ever lie to a potential buyer and pretend the stain isn’t there) so the buyer will trust you with their business.

Embrace White Space

White space is bright space. White space opens up a room and expands spaces visually. Dark walls generally make a room look and feel smaller, so focus on lighter neutral tones (wall colors, floor rugs, lamp shades, pillow coverings, and flowers) when you stage your home.

Let There Be Light

Natural light will enhance the features of your home and make it stand out as a clean, bright, organized space. First, wash the windows to let more light in. Clean windows will help the light in your home feel cleaner and brighter. Next, layer the lighting in your home so that potential buyers will get an idea of what the house looks like during all hours of the day and night. To layer lighting, choose the following:

  • Overhead lights
  • Task lighting
  • Floor lamps

While some buyers stop by for showings in the daytime, the majority of buyers prefer to walk through a home after work. Use the proper lighting to ensure each potential buyer experiences your house in the best light possible.

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Bake Bread

The smell of fresh bread is one of the most important aspects of staging. If potential buyers can walk into your home and be doused with the sweet smell of freshly baked bread, they’ll feel at home and will be more willing to consider the property as a permanent one.

If you want to surprise potential buyers, stage your home. Make it feel familiar to them. Make it look familiar to them. Make it smell familiar to them. Once you do, you won’t have to worry about a plateau of uninterested buyers. Instead, you’ll be able sell your home without breaking a sweat.

Wheaton World Wide Moving delivers cheer to Ronald McDonald House of Indiana

2014 December 12
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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Employees of Wheaton World Wide Moving delivered donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana on Thursday for Santa’s Workshop. Santa’s Workshop will allow parents and siblings staying at the Ronald McDonald House to shop for gifts at no cost during the Holiday season.

Wheaton  collected more than 430 items from employees in drop boxes at its corporate office from early November through mid-December. Items included everything from pajamas, slippers and personal care items to toys, books and puzzles. From cash donations, Wheaton also donated a selection of gift cards.

While delivering the donations, Wheaton representatives were treated to a tour of the Ronald McDonald House. The pictures from the tour are below.

Learn more about the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana

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Wheaton World Wide Moving Celebrates the Careers of Four Dedicated Employees

2014 December 11
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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Wheaton World Wide Moving celebrated the careers of Diane Schueller, Sam Napier, Dave Rhodes and Gary Reynolds during a luncheon at the corporate office today.

All four of the soon-to-be retirees brought had a different impact on Wheaton and will be missed greatly throughout the organization.

Diane Schueller, Staff Accountant – Diane has worked with the company since 1991 when she moved from Dallas, Texas. She is known as the number cruncher extraordinaire and is precise and detail-oriented with a wealth of industry knowledge.

Famous Quote “It’s six of one, half a dozen of another.”

Sam Napier, Warehouseman –  Sam has been a warehouseman for Crown Moving & Storage for 32 years. He is known for always smiling and his calm demeanor. Sam is dependable and always a go-to for advice.

Famous Quote “You trying to kill me?”

Dave Rhodes, Equipment coordinator – Has been with the company since 2000. He has had varied background in the moving industry that stems for over 50 years. He watches over the fleet and the needs of drivers with great precision and detail. When you see a Wheaton trailer on the road, Dave is the reason it looks so good.

Famous Quote “It is what it is!”

Gary Reynolds, VP of Operations and Safety – Gary has been with the company for 13 years. The operations department has “hummed along like a well-oiled machine” under his leadership. He is known for his wicked sense of humor. He has worn many hats in the industry, but we are grateful his last one was with Wheaton.

Famous Quote “No good deed goes unpunished.”

Diane, Sam, Dave and Gary will all be greatly missed. Thank you for many years of service, loyalty and dedication.

 

 

What Should You Do if You Arrive Long Before or After Your Belongings Do?

2014 December 9
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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Most of the time, your belongings will arrive right on schedule when you entrust them to a moving company. However, sometimes extenuating circumstances happen, and either you or the moving van ends up behind schedule.

When that happens, you may find yourself in a bit of a conundrum. You’ll either have to spend some time without your furniture, or you’ll have to find a way to store your furniture until you arrive. Below, we’ve given you tips and instructions so that in the unlikely event that something like this happens, you’ll know exactly what to do.

What to Do If You Arrive Before Your Belongings

When you relocate your belongings with a moving company, the movers will give you a window of time when your household belongings will arrive. Ideally, you arrive at that location a day or so before the movers do, and you meet the movers at your new house so they can immediately unload your property.

However, if something happens where you arrive very early or the movers suffer significant delays, you may end up at your new home for days without any furniture or cooking utensils. Here’s what you should do in the meantime:

1. Find a hotel.
If you have to wait a few days or even a couple weeks for your belongings, you’ll still want to sleep in a bed. Even if you brought pillows and blankets on your drive or flight to your new home, sleeping on the ground probably isn’t ideal. Find a hotel that fits your budget and stay there instead. You’ll also have access to towels, soap, shampoo, television, and other comforts.

2. Buy essentials for your home.
Even though you can’t use this time to unpack, you should still do some preparation-you’ll feel better about the delay if you do a little nesting in the meantime. Go out and buy necessary items for your home, including:

  • Nonperishable foods: Stock your pantry. You will use it soon, and if you stock it beforehand, you won’t have to worry about it after the stress of unpacking your belongings.
  • Perishable foods: If your new home came with a fridge or cooler, you can also stock that with necessary food items.
  • Hand soap: Place hand soap dispensers by every sink and put a stock of them in your preferred storage area. You’ll want the soap around when you start to unpack boxes and move furniture.
  • Dish and laundry detergent: You probably won’t start washing anything for a few days. However, if you buy detergent beforehand, you won’t have to go through the stress of buying it in the middle of unpacking.
  • Cleaners: The same principles apply here. If you have some time to kill, buy these items beforehand so you don’t have to stress about them after unpacking your household goods.

Once you purchase all these items, you’ll have all the essentials so you can relax when your belongings do arrive.

3. Clean your home.

StoveUnloading will make a mess. But you can take care of many cleaning opportunities while you have an empty house. You could call an exterminator to set off a bug bomb so you’ll have a pest-free house. You could also have the windows cleaned inside and out, or you could call the carpet cleaner. You could even take this opportunity to repaint walls or replace certain features-you won’t have any furniture to get in your way.

What to Do If You Arrive After Your Belongings

No matter what, if something goes wrong with the timing of your move, you should call your moving company and work out all the issues. If you know that a crash, a natural disaster, an illness, or any other catastrophe will push back your arrival time, call your moving company. They may be able to make arrangements to arrive later as well.

However, if you can’t make arrangements for a delayed delivery, you’ll have to find other options:

1. Arrange for your belongings to go to a storage facility.
Can you negotiate to have your belongings go into a storage facility instead of to your doorstep? Ask your moving company about storage options. If you have advanced warning about the delay, you could ask the moving company to store your property in their own facility.

2. Call family or friends in the area to come get your belongings.
Do you know and trust anyone in the area? They could come and start moving your property into your new home if they have a key. They could also store your belongings at their homes or in a storage facility if they don’t have a key. However, this is not recommended because an inventory assessment is needed when your belongings arrive and who better to know your household goods, other than you.

These circumstances rarely happen. And if they do happen, Wheaton World Wide Moving will accommodate the extenuating circumstances. If you are planning a move between now and May, Wheaton World Wide Moving is offering a special discount program which includes a time-span delivery guarantee. If your belongings do not arrive in the agreed upon window, then we will pay you $250 a day!  Talk to your local agent to learn more about this special discount program. So don’t stress about your belongings arriving before or after you do. Use the tips above to keep yourself prepared for the worst.

 

Ways to Get to Know Your Neighbors Without Throwing a Party

2014 December 4
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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You’ve visited various moving blogs looking for ways to introduce yourself to your neighbors, but you haven’t found quite the right approach yet. After all, you are a more private person, and that’s okay. But this means that the typical housewarming party might not work for you.

Luckily, you don’t have to fill your home with strangers or spend a lot of money when you get to know the locals. To introduce yourself in a quieter, more intimate fashion, use the tips we’ve provided below.

1. Just Go Say Hello

People think that they need a special excuse to introduce themselves to their new neighbors. However, remember that you just went through a dramatic upheaval. You uprooted your entire life and moved it somewhere else-that counts as a “special excuse.”

If you feel comfortable, you can simply walk up to your neighbor’s door, introduce yourself, and have a quick conversation. There’s no need to prepare a speech (although you can if you want), and you don’t have to bring anything with you.

But before you rush out the door, make sure you take the following into consideration:

  • Don’t take it personally if your neighbors don’t want to talk to you. They may have had a bad day, or they may be in the middle of doing something stressful. Even if they normally behave rudely, you shouldn’t take it personally. You didn’t do anything wrong.
  • Don’t visit at strange times. Visit in the middle of the day instead of late at night or early in the morning. You should also have some knowledge of your neighbors’ schedules so you don’t interrupt them while they run errands.
    Make sure you give your neighbors time to talk as well. You’ve visited them to introduce yourself, but they’ll like you better if they get to talk about themselves too.
    If this strategy seems too awkward or forward for you, don’t worry. The rest of the tips in this list give you a “special excuse” so you can visit your neighbors without leaving your comfort zone.

2. “Borrow” Something

Need a ladder? An extra cup of sugar? You just moved in, and nobody will mind if you ask for help. Even if you only pretend to need something, you can use the opportunity to get to know your neighbors. You can introduce yourself informally while you wait for your neighbors to find the requested items.

However, you shouldn’t use this strategy on all of your neighbors, and you should try to make the request legitimate. Ask only one or two of your neighbors if you can borrow simple items-if you keep asking everyone for help, they’ll think that you are up to something.

Not sure what you can ask for? Most neighbors won’t mind if you ask for any of the following:

  • Hand tools
  • Gardening tools
  • Extension cords
  • Ladders/step stools
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Food ingredients

Remember to return anything you’ve borrowed once you’ve finished using it.

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Getty Images/Diane Macdonald

3. Give Them Treats

Everyone loves food, and if you introduce yourself over a plate of cookies, they’ll also love you. Make some sort of baked goods and give some to every person on your street. Popular baked goods include:

  • Simple chocolate chip cookies (leave the raisins, nuts, and oatmeal for later)
  • Sugar cookies
  • Brownies
  • Cupcakes
  • Banana bread/zucchini bread
  • Carrot cake
  • Pie (usually fruit pie)
  • Homemade artisan bread

If you bring treats with you, it doesn’t matter if you run out of things to say. Your food will do the talking for you.

4. Spend Time in Your Front Yard

Your neighbors might come and introduce themselves if you garden or play with your family in the front yard. If they also come out to garden, they’ll see you, and they might come say hello.

5. Go for a Walk

If your neighbors won’t come to you, you can also go for a walk and say hi to them while they garden or check their mail. Don’t worry about meeting all your neighbors at once-if you take a walk every day, you’ll probably run into all of them eventually.

6. Join a Book Club/Exercise Group

You can combine your hobbies with socializing if you join a local book club or yoga group. You might not get to know your closest neighbors, but you will make friends with people in the area.

7. Join the Neighborhood Watch

Many neighborhoods have a volunteer watch group that keeps the area safe. If you join your neighborhood watch, you’ll get to know your community better while you build new relationships.

If gigantic party plans aren’t your style, skip that route and get to know your neighbors another way. Any of the tips we listed above will work, and you won’t have to spend money or entertain a large group of people.

You can introduce yourself to your neighbors at your own pace. Use these tips to get to know your neighbors your way today.

Change Never Felt So Good With Wheaton World Wide Moving

2014 November 27
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Not only can you save on Black Friday, but you can also save on your upcoming move! From now until May, you can take advantage Wheaton World Wide Moving’s “Change Never Felt So Good” promotion for an interstate move and save money while moving your household goods with a peace of mind.

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$150 discount off your salesperson’s best price
15 percent discount off Replacement Value Protection (RVP)
$250 per day delay guaranteed delivery dates, we will give you $250 a day
$25 per day claims guarantee if the claims resolution letter is not received within 30 days
Free, one-year subscription to Good Housekeeping magazine

To qualify, your move:
• Must be an interstate move in the contiguous United States weighing 5,000 lbs. or greater
• Commence between now and May 1, 2015
• To receive 15% off of Replacement Value Protection, you must purchase Replacement Value Protection
• Dates must be consistent with Wheaton’s Transit Time Guide

Learn more about this special promotion by talking to your local agent.

How to Plan a Pet-Friendly Move: Before, During, and After

2014 November 25
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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Your pets are part of the family. So when you move, you want to make sure that your new location becomes a home to both you and your animal.

Work your pets into the details of your big day so they don’t feel uncomfortable or get left behind. We’ve already provided some tips on how to move with your pets, but now we have a checklist for every stage of your move.

Before the Move

Consider your pet from the start to ensure an easier move.

Keep your pet in mind when choosing a location.

Wherever you go, remember that your pet needs space and security. Is the location close to somewhere where it could exercise?

Are there other animals in the neighborhood that could intimidate your dog or cat?

If you will move into an apartment or condo instead of a house, make sure that the landlord allows animals. And if you move into a house, research the neighborhood to make sure your pets will be safe there. If the neighborhood sits next to an industrial park or major highway, your pets have a higher risk of injury if they leave the house.

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Purchase a roomy crate or carrier, with enough room for food and water, and get your pet accustomed to the crate. You can use the carrier as a bed or a spot for eating for a few days before the move.

Find a veterinarian.

An emergency could happen at any time, so find the location of the nearest vet before you arrive at your new home.

During the Move

Moving day might be stressful for you, but it’s equally stressful for a pet has never traveled before. Try not to transport your pet by air. If you travel across or out of the country, contact the airline and make arrangements. Otherwise, use these suggestions for a pleasant car trip.

Plan pit stops along the way and keep treats on hand.

If you plan to keep your pet in a carrier for the trip, stop on occasion to let your animal walk around and do its business. Assign one person to keep track of your pets and their needs. A treat now and then or a fun chew toy can reassure your pet through the long drive.

Find a pet-friendly hotel or kennel if you are staying overnight.

Ideally, you will be able to keep your pet with you in the hotel, but you might need to arrange other boarding for your pet overnight. Remember that you shouldn’t leave your dog alone in the car due to theft or uncomfortable weather conditions.

What about my fish?

Fish present fewer issues than furry companions when it comes to planning your move. You don’t have let them out or keep them entertained during the drive. If you keep the same tank, you don’t need to acclimate fish to a new home. You only have to worry about transporting them.

To keep your fish safe, you should:

  • Stop feeding your fish a day or two before traveling so they do not produce as much waste and use up oxygen too fast.
  • Buy an insulated cooler, durable foam container, or fish bag. You can even set up your filter system if you have a solid container. Whatever you choose, your container needs a tight lid to keep water from spilling.
  • Line the container to further prevent spills, but smooth out the lining so your fish do not get trapped.
  • Keep your bag or container with a ratio of 1/3 water and 2/3 air.
  • Bring bags of hot or cold water to keep the temperature steady.

After the MoDog Movingve

You’ve finally made it to your new location, and your pet wants to roam around. Not so fast. Before you let your furry friend settle in, follow these tips.

Make your new home or apartment safe and comfortable for your pet.

As you move in, you’re going to have boxes and objects everywhere. Clear out a spot for your pet, in the backyard or in a spot inside blocked off from your other items. Put out food, bedding, and favorite toys so the surroundings become friendly and familiar.

Check that area for:

  • Choking hazards
  • Strong cleaners or pesticides
  • Plugged-in appliances or worn electrical cords
  • Access to trash cans or elevated areas
  • Loose screens or fences

If you will allow your pets in, out of, and around the house, let your animals roam around as soon as it’s safe. You can also try introducing them to one spot at a time.

Give your pet some attention.

Moving is a long process, and you’ve likely neglected this loved member of your family. Take your dog on a walk around your new surroundings. Buy your cat a new toy. They deserve it.

Try these suggestions and make a personalized plan of your own so moving day goes off without a hitch.

Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes of Wheaton World Wide Moving Employees

2014 November 20
by Wheaton World Wide Moving
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Last week, Wheaton World Wide Moving hosted its annual Thanksgiving lunch for its corporate staff in Indianapolis, Ind. MCL Restaurant and Bakery provided the turkey, ham and mashed potatoes, while the employees all brought a side dish and/or dessert to share. Below are some of the favorite recipes to incorporate into your Thanksgiving dinner next week.

Appetizers

Whitney’s World Famous Taco Dip

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1 16 oz can refried beans
1 16 oz container sour cream
Shredded lettuce
Shredded cheese (your choice)
1 6 oz can of sliced black olives
Chopped tomato
Bag of chips for dipping

Layer starting with refried beans, then mix the taco seasoning into the sour cream and layer on top refried beans. Top it off with lettuce, cheese, tomato, black olives, and you are done!

Sides

Olivia’s Sweet Potato Casserole

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Sweet Potato Casserole

8-10 peeled and boiled sweet potatoes
1 cup of brown sugar
1 stick of salted butter
Bag of mini marshmallows
Chopped pecans

1) Preheat oven 350 degrees
2) Mix sweet potatoes, brown sugar and salted butter with a mixer until it is whipped and smooth
3) Top with mini marshmallows and chopped pecans
4) Bake for 30 minutes or until the marshmallows are slightly browned and melted

Karen’s Mac & Cheese

2 cups uncooked macaroni
1/2 stick butter
5 cups half and half
Small amount chopped onion
Salt and pepper to taste.
Lots of shredded cheese of your choice
Five slices of cooked bacon (optional)

1. Preheat oven at 325 degrees
2. Melt butter in cake style pan
3. Layer the following: 2 cups uncooked macaroni, 5 cups half and half, cheese, onion, salt and pepper
4. The cold milk will make the dry macaroni stick to the bottom of the pan once you add the milk. Stir to loosen the macaroni from the bottom of the pan.
5. Cook for 45 min to 1 hour. Stir 2 or 3 times as it cooks. This allows the steam to escape as the cheese melts and seals the top of the dish.
6. Cut bacon into small pieces and spread across the top of the macaroni and cheese.

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3 boxes of Stove Top dressing
1 bag of microwave rice with seasoning

1) Preheat oven at 325 degrees
2) Prepare Stove Top dressing and Rice according to directions on the box3) Place stuffing into a 9×12 pan
4) Fold cooked rice into dressing
5) Back until brown, if desired

Dessert:

Barb’s Pistachio Cake

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 3/4 tubes Ritz Crackers (reduced fat)
1/2 gallons vanilla bean ice cream (sugar added)
9 oz Cool Whip
2 packages instant pistachio pudding mix

Crust:  Melt butter.  Grind up Ritz crackers in a food processor.  Combine and press in the bottom of a 9×13 pan.

Filling:  Combine softened ice cream, cool whip, and dry pudding mix together.  Spread on top of crust.

Freeze for at least 8 hours

 

Luann’s Pumpkin Rolls

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Powdered sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup Pure Pumpkin
1 cup chopped walnuts, if desired

Filling
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla

1) Heat oven to 375°F.
2) Grease 15x10x1-inch jelly-roll pan; line with parchment or waxed paper. Grease and flour paper; set aside.
3) Use clean thin, cotton kitchen towel on counter; sprinkle with powdered sugar.
4) Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl.
3) In a  large bowl, combine eggs and sugar; beat until thickened. Add pumpkin; beat until well mixed. Stir in flour mixture.
4) Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with walnuts, if desired.
5) Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until center springs back when lightly touched. Immediately loosen cake from edges of pan; invert onto prepared towel. Remove pan; carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake in towel while hot,  Cool completely on wire rack.
6) Beat cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, softened butter and vanilla in small bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake; remove towel. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake.
7) Wrap in plastic food wrap; refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.

Stephanie’s Pumpkin Bars

1 (18 oz) box of yellow cake mix
1/2 cup of butter, melted
13 ounces pumpkin butter (specifically 1 13-oz jar of pumpkin pecan butter from Williams & Sonoma)
3 eggs
1 tablespoon of flour
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of butter, softened
3 tablespoons of milk
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1) Preheat oven to 350
2) Reserve 1 cup of cake mix and set aside
3) Mix remaining cake with a 1/2 cup of melted butter and 1 egg. Press mixture lightly into the bottom of a 13×9 baking dish
4) Mix one jar of pumpkin pecan butter with remaining two eggs and milk and pour over cake mixture in pan
5) Mix remaining 1 cup cake mix with flour, sugar, remaining 1/4 cup butter, and cinnamon, and crumble of the top of the pumpkin layer
6) Bake 35-40 minutes, or until golden
7) Cool to room temp and serve.

Some more photos from the Thanksgiving Pitch In:

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes? Post them below!

60th Annual Partnership Conference Pictures

2014 November 19
by Wheaton World Wide Moving

This year’s 60th Annual Wheaton World Wide Moving | Bekins Van Lines Partnership Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. was a great success by all accounts. Thank you to the attendees, sponsors and exhibitors.  Please enjoy some pictures from the conference below.

To view all photos from the conference, please visit: http://DougPritchardPhotography.instaproofs.com/Wheaton-Bekins-60th