Cheers 2017!

welcome 20182017 has been quite the year for Classic Accessories.

We are so lucky to grow year over year with new products and new customers with even more right around the corner for 2018. It’s been a full year with the teams we have in-house and the ones we have across the US and in our CAAL office.

One of the cornerstones of our values is to Enjoy the Journey. Working with such an amazing team makes it easy. Having customers like you makes it worth it.

We hope to be a part of your many adventures and memories while discovering more time outdoors in 2018.

The Happiest of New Year wishes to you with a full-hearted thank you from all of us at Classic Accessories.

Cheers 2017!

FLASH SALE – Employee Recommedations

The exciting conclusion of our Gift Guide spotlights and corresponding discounts–Employee Recommended Gifts–is a selection of items we’d recommend this holiday season, for the person you’re not quite sure about, but know they’d like a Classic Accessories gift under the tree. These are the tried and true products that didn’t quite make it into other sections, or we felt were general enough to be both a nice way to round out a Classic collection or as a great Classic starter gift.

Spotlight: Ravenna Grill Cover

The top spot on this section of the gift guide went to the Medium Ravenna Grill Cover. Amanda has this to say about her Ravenna Grill Cover:

“We’ve had our Ravenna Grill Cover for three years now. It’s been through every season Washington has to offer with record highs, lows and rainfall! My husband is a year-round griller and we make sure to keep our Weber ready at a moment’s notice with our cover. Super easy to put on, and the neutral grey looks great in our backyard setting. Great gift to give any time of year, but especially great for the Holidays. “

Photo Credit: Amanda Perry

During out employee survey, Ravenna was called out specifically in reference to the brand of grill cover that people were hoping to purchase by 1/2 of those who wanted to give patio covers this year.

 

Save 40% on items from the Employee Recommended section of our gift guide using discount code: 17EmployeeGG

Happy Holidays!

FLASH SALE – Employee Recommedations

FLASH SALE – Gifts for the Grill and Lawn Master

Day 3 features Gifts for the Lawn or Grill Master in your life.

Show them you notice the hours they’ve put into the lawn.  Let them know you’ve seen the love they’ve given their tools in the garage. Show them your appreciation for that last grand BBQ. Give your Lawn or Grill Master a cover so they can keep their favorite tools and grills in top shape for the long haul.

Spotlight: Grill Cover

Grill covers raise the convenience factor in grilling, helping a favorite grill be ready to use even at times when the weather is less than agreeable. Dorik, our resident Grill Master, appreciates this aspect of grill covers stating:

“I like to cook outdoors year round, even in bad weather. The cover makes it easy. I usually keep one buckle attachment on for the stormy days and I can unclip it and [know] the grill is basically ready to fire up. It makes it easy to start cooking at any time.”

Grill Covers were ranked 4th by our employees as gifts they’d like to receive, and 1st as something they’d like to give to someone else (see poll results here). Most who mentioned the grill cover as a gift were wanting to give it to someone who had recently invested in a new grill (and were loving it). It’s hard to top a grill as a gift, but you can complement it with a cover.

A special discount on the the featured portion of our Holiday Gift Guide.

Wednesday ONLY – save 40% on Grill and Garage covers using discount code: 17LawnGG

Check back Thursday for the next featured section and discount.

FLASH SALE – Gifts for the Grill and Lawn Master

FLASH SALE – RV, Boat, Fish and UTV

Day 2 of our week-long event.

Each day 12/4-12/8 we’ll be offering a special discount on the the featured portion of our Holiday Gift Guide.

Today, we’re looking at Gifts for the Outdoorsman. These are gifts for that special person in your life that is always heading out on expeditions–the RVers, boaters, fishermen and powersport adventurers. The man or woman who enjoys being in the great outdoors with his or her gear. Classic has equipment, covers, and accessories that will make their lifelong experience with their gear in the outdoors more enjoyable.

Spotlight: Pontoon Boats

Pontoon boats are a great way to help get a friend out on the water and get to the fish they’re seeking. Matt, an employee here, enjoys Classic Accessories pontoon boats because, “they’re fun to be on the water with,” noting that the pontoon boats provide him with a great deal of maneuverability. “They’re easy to use and the flexibility is endless.”

Notably, pontoon boats were ranked 3rd by our employees as gifts they’d like to receive, and 6th as something they’d like to give to someone else (see poll results here). The Colorado XT and Colorado XTS were mentioned by name during the poll as being the most desirable pontoon boats.

 

12/5/17 only – save 40% on RV, Fish, Boat and UTV/ATV items using discount code: 17OutdoorsmanGG

Check back tomorrow for the next featured section of the gift guide and discount.

FLASH SALE – RV, Boat, Fish and UTV

FLASH SALE WEEK!

We’re celebrating the season of giving with a week-long event. Each day 12/4-12/8 we’ll be featuring a different portion of our Holiday Gift Guide and offering a special discount on related items.

Today only – save 40% on select patio items using discount code: 17PatioGG

We’re taking a look at Gifts for the Practical Patio Owner. These are gifts for the person in your life that takes time and pride in their patios and patio furniture. Help them make their investment last with patio furniture covers.

Check back each day this week for the daily discount and have a happy Monday!

FLASH SALE WEEK!

Classic’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

We know how hectic holiday shopping can be and how difficult some people can be to shop for, so we’ve created a gift guide to bring you some inspiration this season. Browse for others or for yourself!

Check out the gift guide here: https://classicaccessories.com/holiday-gift-guide-2017/

We’ve also conducted an employee gift survey featured below to give you an idea of the Classic Accessories gifts we’d like to see under the tree-for ourselves or others. Umbrellas were a favorite amongst both givers and receivers so be sure to check them out.

Happy Holiday Season!

 

Classic’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

a Classic Thanksgiving

When it comes to the biggest dinner of the year, we all find ourselves in “this camp, or that camp” with very little wiggle room. Thanksgiving has always been a wonderful time for family and friends filled with an abundance of delicious food and meaningful memories made together. We had a little fun with how things are done in our co-workers’ homes this holiday: What camp are you in?
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From all of us at Classic Accessories, we wish you and your family a very
Happy Thanksgiving!

Sources:
Classic Accessories Employees
Graphics: Heather Thomas

a Classic Thanksgiving

October Pumpkin Tips

Pumpkin carving and quick tips with Classic Accessories:

How to use Tracing Paper to Transfer A Design to a Pumpkin:

  1. Create your design on one side of the tracing paper.
  2. Flip the paper over and carefully trace the design on the opposite (reversed) side with a #2 pencil.
  3. Place the reverse side (from step 2) against the pumpkin where you would like your design to go.
  4. Trace your original design with a pencil or do a soft rubbing being sure to apply pressure to all lines on the design.

Preserving the pumpkin:
For those of you who don’t want to spray bleach onto your pumpkin, we’ve heard that these concoctions can work as well:
Lemon Juice and Water 1:1 ratio or Tea tree oil and Grape seed extracts

Alternative Carving Method:
Not a fan of solid lines and shapes?
Use a drill to create a pattern of holes in the pumpkin skin.

Adding dimension to the pumpkin carving:
You can create a second layer of dimension by only partially carving into the pumpkin flesh in some places and going all of the way through in others.

Colored Lights:
For fun colors when you don’t have a special candle or light, place a battery-powered tea light or lantern into the pumpkin and place a layer of tissue paper against the interior of the carved area of the pumpkin.

Easy Assembly:
Instead of cutting out the stem, cut the entry hole into the pumpkin from the underside. Instead of putting a flame into the pumpkin, you have a plate to set the candle on—and only have to worry about placing the carved pumpkin around the flame.

Spend more time outdoors with your favorite pumpkin designs. Happy Halloween!

October Pumpkin Tips

What was that Phil?

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 …

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My faithful followers I clearly see,
a perfect clear shadow of me,
6 more weeks of Winter it shall be.

WINTER

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.

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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.

Photo Credits:
Menomonie High
Washington Post
CBS News
PBS

What was that Phil?

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