We love the outdoors. Everything from lakes to the mountains. From Winter to Summer. At Classic Accessories we have teams of people who design for all seasons. Whether that means our customers who play host to Summer BBQs, to those that like to party in the fresh powder. We design for them, and for us.
Sometimes it’s the destination, and sometimes it’s just right outside your window. That’s why we work through all the products that will get you there, or simply give you peace of mind to protect them while you are enjoying the moments away from home.
Today we are reminded of a simple fact, something worth sharing with friends and family.
It’s the little things in life that bring us the most joy, and we are very thankful that we can be part of your great adventures in the great outdoors – at home or on the way! We are saying thanks for the rest of this LOVE week by taking 20% off site-wide on classicaccessories.com
Happy Groundhog’s Day!
If you haven’t heard by now, the most popular groundhog in the US has declared his forecast, on this second day of February …
My faithful followers I clearly see,
a perfect clear shadow of me,
6 more weeks of Winter it shall be.
That’s right – six more weeks of Winter if you believe the little guy. Although he’s been wrong before, and some folks are DONE with deep freeze this season. Some parts of the country are seeing the trees fill in with green leaves and daffodils popping up early. What do you think?
Here are some fun facts about the nation’s furry friend:
1. Yes, Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog. The others are just imposters.
2. There has been only one Punxsutawney Phil. Punxsutawney Phil gets his longevity from drinking “groundhog punch” (a secret recipe). One sip, which is administered every summer at the Groundhog Picnic, gives him seven more years of life.
3. On February 2nd, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob, in front of thousands of faithful followers from all over the world, to predict the weather for the rest of the winter.
4. According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.
5. No, Punxsutawney Phil’s forecasts are not made in advance by the Inner Circle. After Phil emerges from his burrow on February 2nd, he speaks to the Groundhog Club President in Groundhogese. His proclamation is then translated for the world.
6. The celebration of Groundhog Day began with the Germans, Pennsylvania’s earliest settlers. They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day, which states “For as the sun shines on Candlemas day, so far will the snow swirl in May…”. The settlers found that groundhogs were plentiful and were the most intelligent and sensible animal to carry on the legend of Candlemas Day.
7. Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800’s. The first official trek to Gobbler’s Knob made on February 2nd, 1887.
8. So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br’er Groundhog.
We are prepped and ready for 6 more weeks of Winter here at Classic. Even if that six weeks turns into two and Spring comes in like the Lion she claims to be, we’re ready. Like we always say, off season is our season, so bring it on. Guess what our forecast is for tomorrow? Freezing, with a chance of ice and snow. Thanks Phil.
Does simply looking at images of tangled lights stress you out?
What about mishandled keepsake ornaments …
Wrapping paper bins that you would rather hide in a closet, than really deal with …
or deflated lawn decorations whose boxes you tossed in the mass recycle day after the holidays …
Yeah, me too.
Luckily we have the storage solution that won’t get your tinsel in a tangle. Our Seasons Collection is designed for all of these mementos at the end of the season.
When tis the season to find the trimmings, these clever and beautiful organizers from the Seasons Collection will add comfort and joy. This complete holiday decoration storage line of protectively padded bags and totes keeps your ornaments organized, lights looped and trees tucked safely away. Each is carefully made with high quality materials, and you’ll find thoughtful touches like clear identification labels, windowed lids and a beautiful holiday inspired fabric. All the better to keep your treasures and your memories safe. Try them out this season at classicaccessories.com
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It’s the first week of January and it’s been FREEZING. Crystal clear 16 degree mornings have been the norm for awhile here in the South Seattle area. So when two of our designers got the chance to go outside today, they put on hats and gloves and ventured out to Issaquah to Kayak Academy to do some fittings.
The first thing you think of isn’t kayaking when there is left over snow on the ground? No rest for the weary, but more importantly driven, designers Jake Sornsin and Gail Foster. We were lucky to find a kayak shop open at this time of year. As we say, off season is our season and the kind folks at Kayak Adventure let us fit countless kayaks and some canoes with our new covers we have lined up this year. We always are looking to find the perfect fit and this is just one way we do it.
Although Jake’s dog Tiffany gets to stay warm while he maneuvers kayaks off their stacks onto frozen ground:
Above and beyond for these two today. I think an afternoon hot chocolate is in order.
Special thanks to Kayak Adventures for letting us visit you on this freezing winter day! Check them out for lessons and to shop all their gear at www.kayakacademy.com
2016 has been such a great year for us at Classic Accessories. A year full of growth with new programs and new customers with the BEST Loyalty Program to brag about.
It’s almost funny to call this a place of work when you get to spend your creative “working” hours filled with people who constantly push the needle. Always moving forward and learning from what can be improved on. We have spent this year listening to our customers and growing our products to meet and exceed expectations. 2017 will be another growing year for us. We have BIG plans ahead and we can’t wait to share them with you and your friends and families.
May 2017 hold many delights for you to uncover and we hope to be a part of spreading joyand peace of mindwith you.
Thankfully we are just wrapping up the ends of Winter Storm Caly that spread its way from the Northwest to the Northeast. The storm brought the first snow of the season for 6 days straight as it made its path across the US.
Could this mean a colder winter this La Nina year? Maybe so. We can at least say that we started out with a deep freeze and the hopes of a white Christmas and Hanukkah are on the rise.
Snow season is our season … and it can be yours too. We hope that this gift giving season you spread a little Joy and Peace of Mind from your patios to your autos. We are offering 20% off site-wide from now through the Holidays on classicaccessories.com
Here are the shipping dates to receive your order by December 23rd, 2016:
Ground Shipping = December 15th
3 Day Shipping = December 19th
2 Day Shipping = December 21st
Overnight Shipping = December 22nd
Taking a look at our retailer’s marketplaces is a great way for us to see trends, undertones and needs of our customers. Paul Demery, managing editor for B2B E-Commerce just released an article on our efforts with BuildDirect here.
BuildDirect is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is a leading online marketplace for home improvement products. They connect homeowners directly to the suppliers of home improvement products, which eliminates heavy retail markups and makes for a much simpler and trusted shopping experience. BuildDirect’s wish is to provide homeowners seeking to build or improve their homes with an online marketplace to access the products they wanted, at the prices they’d love, and deliver them on time and directly to their doorstep. And today, they do just that.
In our partnership with BuildDirect, our VP of Sales Erin Magee states, “Classic Accessoriess has compiled data on customer demand that has enabled us to better plan production and the product assortments distributed to hundreds of wholesalers and retailers.”
Our VP if business developement Shuyler Mowe also points out, “We get strong sales forecasting data, what’s working and what’s not working.”
It’s just another way we are actively listening to our customers’ needs and expectations throughout the year, from season to season.
If you are looking for any gift items this year for patio or a family or friends, check us out at BuildDirect where they aim to combine the comforts of indoors, with the freedom of outdoors. BuildDirect bridges that gap. Bring your living room comfortably and tastefully outside and into the 21st century with their veritable selection of stylish deck furniture and covers by Classic Accessories!
As good as a cooked turkey smell is on the best Thursday of the year, would you skip the delicious homemade smell and swap out a kitchen empty of dirty dishes? Why not think about grilling up your Tom Turkey this holiday? We found a great, and more importantly EASY recipe for getting the perfect bird on your table this year with at What’s Cooking America.
Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 20 mins. per lb. | Yield: serves many
1 (15 to 20 pound) turkey, fresh or thawed, with giblets and neck removed.
1/2 cup butter, room temperature or softened, divided
Turkey Stuffing or your favorite stuffing/dressing recipe
3 to 4 slices uncooked bacon
Basting Juice (see recipe below) or use the juices that drain off
Clean turkey well, removing any bits of pin feathers and cleaning the cavity of any remaining pieces of innards. Pat dry with paper towels. Secure legs with twine or a clip (optional).
Preheat barbecue grill. Instead of using a roasting pan, it is easier to use a homemade pan from extra heavy duty foil (using three layers of aluminum foil and making it just big enough to hold the bird – the sides need to be about 2 1/2-inches high).
Rub the inside cavity of the turkey with 1/4 cup of the softened butter.
Stuff the inside cavity with your favorite stuffing/dressing recipe. Also place a little stuffing in the neck cavity, tuck the neck skin under and skewer shut. With any remaining turkey stuffing, stuff a little of it between the skin and the breast meat.
With the remaining 1/4 cup butter, rub some over the skin of the turkey. Salt and pepper the turkey and place the slices of uncooked bacon on top of the prepared turkey.
Place the turkey crosswise on the gas or charcoal grill so that the pan is evenly distributed over the two sets of jets. Set the flame so that a temperature of 300 to 325 degrees F. is maintained (usually the lowest setting). Cover with heavy duty aluminum foil for the majority of the cooking time. Estimated cooking time is approximately 20 minutes per pound at 300 degrees F.
Remove the aluminum foil for the last hour of cooking. Every once in while, baste the turkey with the juices (or with the basting juice recipe below). If you have “hot spots” in the jets of the grill, twice during the cooking turn the turkey around (and the pan, of course) so that one side is not more cooked than another.
Toward the end of the cooking time, open the grill and insert the meat thermometer into the fleshy part of the thigh and cook until the internal temperature reaches 165° F. (remember that the turkey will continue to cook after it is removed from the heat of the fire). NOTE: The USDA has come up with a one-temperature-suits-all for poultry safety: 165° F. For safety and doneness, the internal temperature should be checked with a meat thermometer.
It is important to use a meat thermometer with a cable attached to the meat probe tip. This will allow for the meat probe tip to stay in the turkey during the entire cooking process while the barbecue lid is closed and give you a continuous temperature reading of the meat to ensure it does not overcook.
In the absence of a meat thermometer, pierce the turkey with a fork in several places; juices should be clear with no trace of pink. NOTE: The old-fashioned way of wiggling the leg to see if it’s loose will give you an indication that the turkey is ready, but unfortunately, by the time the leg is truly loose, the turkey is sadly overcooked. The only reliable test for doneness is to check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh, without touching the bone.
Allow the cooked turkey to sit for approximately 10 to 15 minutes before carving.
1/2 cup butter
1 medium onion, chopped
Neck and gizzard
2 teaspoons chopped dried rosemary
3 cups chicken stock or water
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup sweet Marsala wine or port wine*
1/2 cup dry vermouth or white wine*
Juice from two lemons
*Use any red wine that you have. You could also substitute the vermouth for additional red wine.
In a heavy pot over medium-high heat, melt butter; sauté onion until just translucent. Add the neck and gizzard; continue cooking for approximately 4 minutes. Add the rosemary and chicken stock or water; simmer until reduced by halve. Remove from heat and strain well.
Use the gizzard and neck in the stuffing or the gravy. For the basting juice, mix together the strained stock mixture, marsala or port wine, vermouth, and the juice of the lemons.
Now that it’s done … Check out how to carve it with Thomas Joseph @ Martha Stewart’s Kitchen Conundrums:
We hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving weekend!
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It’s Veterans Day, and some people don’t know how to celebrate outside of hitting sales at their favorite stores or flying a flag. Military.com offers some great tips on how easy it is to get into the celebration today, and every day of the year!
1. Show up!
Attend a Veterans Day parade. Our neighbors in Auburn, WA hold the biggest and longest running Verterans Day Parade on the west coast. This year marked the 51st annual parade. As Roy Roger’s once quoted, “We can’t all be heroes; someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.” A parade in our Veterans’ honor is a great opportunity to do just that.
There are so many ways to donate to a Veteran Program, the oppotunities are endless! Check some ideas out from military.com for easy and secure ways to donate.
3. Fly our nation’s flag
Did you know there is a proper way to fly our stars and stripes? Check out the official guidlines here.
4. Ask someone about their service
It gives the vet a chance to reflect on their time in the service and all of us a chance to learn about it. Many vets won’t go into too much detail so just simply be supportive without being intrusive. Sometimes you don’t have to say anything, just listen and give them your full attention.
A simple note of thanks and appreciation goes a long way. If you don’t know a veteran, look up the closest military installation and send one there. Small acts of recognizing someone’s service, even anonymously, are appreciated.
6. Don’t confuse today with Memorial Day
Veterans Day is a time to thank those who are serving or have served and are still with us. Memorial Day is to reflect and remember those who lost their lives in service to their country. Confusing the two or combining the two diminishes the importance of both.
7. Visit a VA Hospital
Many VA facilities have a day packed with events. Spending time with a veteran or even volunteering is a great way to give back.
8. Get outdoors with a Veteran!
Did you know that all of our National Parks offer FREE admission today? Being outside helps improve physical and mental health, boosts emotional well-being, and is a great way to celebrate the day with a veteran. National parks are America’s Best Idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite. Plan your visit and enjoy our country’s history and nature.
Thank you to all our Veterans and Active duty service members. Wishing you all a very happy Veterans Day.
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Laura Seitz, Deseret News
When we think of Halloween and outdoors, we think of all the fun trick-or-treaters running from house to house. Why let kids have all the fun?
Celebrating outdoors can be easier than you think. DigsDigs Party Ideas tells us that an outdoor Halloween party can be even more exciting than an indoor one!
Why is that? Because nature around, trees, bushes, ponds and earth become a part of your décor and you can play very well with it. Beautiful trees with yellow leaves
can be a perfect background, and faux ravens on the table and chairs look so real! A table with gloomy trees around looks so mysterious with candles and Jack-o-lanterns on it.
If you are looking for something less traditional, choose a green tablecloth, plants and chairs and combine them with black accessories. Check out some fun ways to decorate this weekend and get inspired …
One of the best ways to stretch your decorations for dual purpose is to use them as night falls to light pathways that will guide guests to tables or even little trick-or-treaters to your front door:
We love the outdoors – no matter what may be lurking out there. Have a safe and spooky weekend.
Lisa Hallet Taylor