Here’s to …

Happy New Year from Classic Accessories

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 joy and peace of mind with you.

From all of us at Classic Accessories – Cheers!

Here’s to …

Cold start to Winter

 

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

 

Cold start to Winter

Another Marketplace

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.

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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.”

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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!

 

Another Marketplace

A grilled Thanksgiving

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

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.

Basting Juice:

  • 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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Photo Credits:
Classic Accessories
Con Poulos/Food & Wine
beccajulia @ All Recipes
The Foodiciary

 

A grilled Thanksgiving

8 ways to celebrate!

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!
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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.

2. Donate

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.

5. Write

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
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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.

 

Photo Credits:
northwestmilitary.com
military.com
artcphotos/Shutterstock
LORRIE CECIL/THISWEEKNEWS
Operation Gratitude Blog
Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Forrestbro/Getty Images

8 ways to celebrate!

Halloween on the Patio

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 …

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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.

Image Sources:
Lisa Hallet Taylor
Homeiswheretheboatis.com
outdoorhomescapes.com
blog.brightsettings.com
yournestdesign.blogspot.com
hometalk.com
DigsDigs.com

 

Halloween on the Patio

Crazy start to Fall

What a crazy start to Fall we’ve had. Some of us are recovering from storms and some of us are prepping for them.

Watching the weather.com for the mass of rain and wind our region is going to be getting this weekend isn’t the most enjoyable way to spend a few minutes, but it does set your mind to prep mode. Luckily, here at Classic Accessories, we are made for Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer and all their variations:

It’s kinda our gig, and it’s what we do well. When the weather man starts with their warnings, you take it with a grain of salt most times. Wind-Rain-Mageddon 2016! Until you really DO look at your window and are dreading even getting into your car. We prep as we can for power outages, cold temps and what comes of Mother Nature at home. One thing we all know here, you can bet we go home and secure our covers. They are designed and tested for this. Here’s to an interesting weekend, don’t blow away.

Crazy start to Fall

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Grill your way into October … and BEYOND!

Long gone are the lazy days of Summer with warm nights that lead into fireside s’mores. Wait, that was just a few days ago. Some of us are still enjoying HOT days and warm nights. September’s late days are moving right along into October and it doesn’t mean anything you grill needs to be tailgating dogs and burgers. In my house, we keep the grill going all year long not just between seasons. Living in the Seattle area, it’s more like between showers.
PureWow brings us 11 ways to fire up the grill that doesn’t have to base around what time the team is playing this weekend. It can be an easy weekday dinner or even having friends and family over for a Friday night BBQ. Check these 11 dishes out that show your grill some love this season:


#1. Brie, Fig and Apple Grilled Cheese
The perfect grilled cheese sandwich for fall! Enjoy with a bowl of warm soup!
Recipe by Two Peas and Their Pod


#2. Grilled Eggplant Roll-Ups
A perfect mix of textures and flavours, this recipe could easily be multiplied to feed a crowd
Recipe by Great British Chefs


#3. Grilled Steak and Radishes with Black Pepper Butter
The black pepper butter for this grilled steak melts into a rich sauce—and pairs well with the radishes, too.
Recipe by Hirsheimer & Hamilton/Bon Appétit


#4. Grilled Baby Portobello Flatbread
Mushrooms are the ultimate compromise when it comes to satisfying both meat and veggie eaters
Recipe by Aggie’s Kitchen

#5.  Grilled Endive with Cranberries and Feta
When cooked, endive’s distinctive taste mellows and lends itself to a variety of flavors
Recipe by Cookin Canuck


#6. Grilled Squash Tacos
The beauty of tacos is you can make them with anything. ANYTHING!
Recipe by Mountain Mama Cooks


#7. Grilled Apple Galette
It’s so, so easy. It would be the perfect no fail dessert to make for a BBQ or family gathering
Recipe by Eclectic Recipes


#8. Grilled Sweet Potato Nachos
These are veggie-LOADED, so say hello to roasted corn, black beans, and the kicker: grilled sweet potatoes
Recipe by Pinch of Yum


#9. Grilled Kale Salad with Beets, Figs and Ricotta
With a turn on the grill, the kale softens slightly and develops delightfully crispy charred patches.
Recipe by Five and Spice


#10. Grilled Eggplant over Couscous
Can’t ignore the fact that summer is history and autumn is upon us, grilled veggie salads is what we are craving.
Recipe by Kiran Tarun 


#11. Chicken Garlic and Broccoli Kebabs
I love this recipe. It remind me of a chicken stir fry but on a stick.
Recipe by Kiss my Smoke

Grill your way into October … and BEYOND!

VanDusen Gardens with Jake

Jake Sornsin is one of our Product Development Merchandisers at Classic Accessories.  He takes great responsibility in proposing and researching new product ideas to take into development.  Ultimately, it is a lot of research into category trends and popular items in the market that need to be protected. Jake has an eye for detail when defining the scope of  projects before kicking it over to the Design team to create the idea and move it forward in our development process. Hefollows the project through the development cycle with the Design Team, our Packaging Art Team, and the Quality Control Team. And ensure that our objectives for the item are coming at the correct price for the consumer. Jake took his love of the outdoors to beautiful Vancouver, BC and shares a fun “walk through the park” with us at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens last weekend.

While not as famous as the Butchart Gardens we found the trip equally as beautiful and much easier to access because there is no need for a ferry.

VanDusen is a former golf course converted into a botanical garden in 1970. The 55 acres was converted into one of the most diverse collections of plant life in the world. The highlights of the trip were as follows:

This is my girlfriend, Georgina, and I at a lily pond at the start of our day. This section of the park features plants from the Eastern United States. We are big fans of the lily pads. We waited around but didn’t see any frogs, maybe next time.

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I love totem poles because it’s such a creative, beautiful way to tell a story. The Gitksan people carved these totem poles. The one on the left tells the origin of the mosquitoes. The top is the chief of the blood-sucking mosquito people. Below him is the young woman who killed the Chief and saved her baby and husband (bottom). The pole on the right describes the origin of the Black Bear Crest of the Orca Clan. A man was transformed into a bear and lived among the bears (bottom, bear holding human face). When he returned to his people, a kind old healer helped him become human again (top, man holding the healer). The black bears remained friends with the man and would help him if he was in trouble, so he and his descendants took the bear as their crest. (I got this info from a plaque at the gardens).

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The Butchart Gardens may be more traditional and feature more of a cohesive story but at VanDusen it is all about putting as much variety into the space as possible. This section of the park was like walking in a dreamlike prairie. It feels like a visual overload but I loved it. We tried to take Christmas card pictures here but it started to rain and it distorted the pictures and not in a good way.

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This was my favorite tree at the park. It is a type of conifer found in Argentina and Chile called the Monkey Puzzle tree. These are its leaves, which are scale-like. The tree is incredible; it is considered a living fossil because they can live to be over 1300 years old! It got its name from one of the first Englishman who saw it who proclaimed that the tree would puzzle a monkey to climb. It is the national tree of Chile but is endangered because of loss of habitat, a rise in invasive species, and over harvesting of its seeds which are like larger pine nuts. Word of caution, these trees have very sharp leaves on them, great for pictures, not so kind to fingers!
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Georgina’s mom has those orange flowers (center) in a garden at home. In her garden they grow more like a bush on the ground. We saw some of those as well but thought that this one was much more interesting growing as a tree. The willow in the background makes for a great backdrop.

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This is a type of Japanese cedar. There is an section of them near a pretty pond full of lily pads.  I took this picture from just inside the leaves on one side and marveled at the intricacy of this tree.jake_7a

Here is an Elizabethan maze that is on the grounds taken from an observational terrace. Georgina’s mom went in ahead of us and we tried to go and scare her. She ended up getting out pretty quick and we were so busy trying to scare her that it took us a good 10 minutes to get out! This maze was no joke. Jake recommends visiting the Gardens any time of year! Plan your trip today to see the amazing Fall colors that are just around the corner! You’ll be glad you did.

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VanDusen Gardens with Jake