Reinvent Thanksgiving by Flipping the Bird to Traditional Turkey Prep!

Thanksgiving bespeaks tradition, and it’s one day a year that families convene in honor of time-tested practices.  Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, for most of the country, viewed on TV, loved-ones traveling long distances to “come home,” gobbling up (pun intended) every possible morsel of ritualistic Thanksgiving fare before our post-banquet naps!  Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville would like to challenge you all to change it up this year in one very important way by throwing out the traditional turkey prep and cooking methods to try something new.

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1.     Everything is better with bacon, period.

Ravenous carnivores, this one’s for you!  This new method of preparing turkey just makes sense.  Eliminate the need to constantly baste, roast, baste…let the bacon do the basting!  All that sweet bacon-y goodness will seep right into the turkey as it cooks.  Can you imagine smelling this incredible union as it cooks?  This recipe will have your family devouring turkey in under two hours of cook time!

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2.     Thrill your millennial family members with pumpkin spice turkey!  What?!?

Stay with us here, this actually sounds pretty darned delicious, and hey, if your guests are in a hurry, they will essentially be eating the main course and dessert at once!  It’s all in seasoning, and you need to season while chilling overnight.  We admit that covering the roast beast with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg sounds incredible!  Want to take a stab?  See the whole recipe here!

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If you’re roasting, frying, smoking, or grilling your turkey outdoors, we hope you have Nashville deck lighting!

3.     100-proof turkey for the Vodka enthusiast – You might find yourself and your guests are roasted after dinner.

This method of turkey cooking is not for the faint of heart, or anyone under the age of 21, for that matter.  This prep includes soaking the honorary bird and all the bird-related trimmings in five flavors of vodka overnight – peach, cherry, orange, lemon and apple – and injecting the meat after cooking.  Don’t forget to call your guests and Uber and send them home with an aspirin to stave off a hangover!  See the recipe here.

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4.     Mole-roasted turkey – holy mole!  Is your mouth watering, or is that ours?

This drool-inducing concoction includes smothering your turkey inside and out with mole overnight.  Not familiar with the traditional Mexican sauce?  Chiles and chocolate, folks, and it’s incredible!  Chocolate, much like bacon, makes everything taste better.  This turkey comes out of the oven nearly blackened, fall-off-the-bone moist, and is recommended to be served with Masa stuffing and spicy chili gravy!  You have to see this – go here now!

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If you are having after-dinner drinks on your Nashville patio, we hope you have proper patio lighting.  If not, be prepared for next year with Nashville patio lighting!

5.     White Castle-stuffed turkey.  Need we say more?

This inventive way of turkey prep has us chucking the traditional stuffing, and replacing it with White Castle sliders.  Yes, you read that correctly.  If you have ever found yourselves craving a juicy, steamed slider on Thanksgiving Day, this will surely be the remedy!  You’ll need one slider for each pound of turkey.  See the recipe here.

We know this is off the beaten path from our regular blog posts, and we hope that if you haven’t found a new take on traditional turkey prep herein, that you at least got a chuckle at these ever-inventive ways to cook a Thanksgiving turkey.  We hope that you are gathered with loved-ones this year, celebrating the greatest Thanksgiving tradition – the true gift of being with family and friends.  Happy Thanksgiving, Nashville!

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As always, if you have any an outdoor lighting requirement, give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville a call so we can assess your needs. Contact us today at 615-373-0638, or email us at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

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Nashville Outdoor Lighting For Nashville Outdoor Living

For many Middle Tennessee residents, this past weekend marked the beginning of the 2018 outdoor living season. There was no shortage of cookouts, get-togethers and outdoor celebrations in the Nashville area and all across our great nation! Much of the weekend was probably spent in your backyard, enjoying time on your deck, patio, by the pool or other outdoor living space.

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With this in mind, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville wants to know if you were forced to cut the party short because of the setting sun?

If the answer is yes, you have certainly come to the right place!

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Whether it is reading a good book out on the patio or entertaining family and friends for a Memorial Day backyard BBQ, we know that spending time outdoors is what you enjoy best about summer. We also know that enhancing your outdoor living spaces with outdoor lighting in your backyard will enrich your outdoor experience in many ways.

Lighting can increase your time outside — Without outdoor lighting, the time spent in your outdoor spaces is cut short with the arrival of dusk. By simply having lights installed around your porch, patio, deck or pool you can increase the amount of time you can spend enjoying these spaces.

Nashville Deck and patio lightingLighting provides safety and security— Getting from your deck to your fire pit with a tray of s’more’s in the dark can be tricky and potentially hazardous. By illuminating your pathways, you’ll keep your friends and family safe from any trips or falls and keep the evening’s festivities flowing.

Nashville Festival Lighting Over Backyard FirepitLighting sets the mood — Whether you are indoors looking out, or outdoors enjoying the moment, lighting has the ability set the perfect mood for any type of situation: romantic, fun, eclectic. We custom design your outdoor lighting to help create the mood you want within and looking into, your outdoor living space(s).

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Adding outdoor lighting to your backyard spaces will extend function and style while increasing safety in the evening. Don’t let the outdoor living season pass you by — have your outdoor spaces such as decks, patios, and pools ready for the occasion! With Nashville deck, patio and pool lighting sundown will no longer dictate the end of your outdoor fun!

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Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn more about all the benefits of backyard outdoor lighting today.  Call us at (615) 373 – 0638 or email us at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

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Add Drama to your Nashville Landscape this Season with Outdoor Lighting!

Nashville TN moonlighting used in treesFew seasons bring as much joy as the arrival of spring. Here in Nashville, there is much to see and do. From a visit to the zoo at Grassmere, catching a MusicCity concert, to a stroll through beautiful Cheekwood Estate & Gardens during the Cheekwood in Bloom event. Look around, there’s no place more beautiful and alive than Nashville in the spring.

On the homefront, Nashvillians are busy sprucing up their homes and landscapes in honor of the season. This often includes adding or extending an outdoor living space or revamping the landscape. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can add drama and enhance the function and beauty of your spring endeavors through the addition of outdoor lighting.

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Lighting added to stairway into children’s treehouse.

Outdoor lighting serves as a beneficial addition to outdoor spaces such as decks, patios and even children’s play areas such as a treehouse. Through illumination, you are able to increase the safety of a space and in turn, increase the time you can spend enjoying your outdoors. Our Nashville outdoor lighting portfolio is loaded with inspiration for lighting for outdoor living spaces.

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When it comes to improving the look and feel of your Nashville landscape — lighting is the answer. From formal gardens, perennial beds, or a complete landscape overhaul, we can add beauty to your investment.

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If you are planning landscape or outdoor living space additions or have a property lacking outdoor lighting, we can design a system from scratch and lay everything out. It’s always best to include your outdoor lighting architect in your home-build or landscape renovation projects upfront so that we can work in tandem with your contractor to take advantage of the construction phase. Being proactive can save you money and hassle later when it comes time to determine where power and fixtures need to be if you plan in advance.

Even if you don’t plan on adding outdoor lighting right away, we can install sleeves before your hardscapes and other structures are poured or built. Sleeves allow wiring to easily be passed through at any time instead of having to dig under existing hardscape like concrete. This proactive approach minimizes on mess and causes less disruption of the landscape. It also helps in case you have an issue with wiring later on as it can be quickly serviced or replaced through the same sleeve.

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Of course, we are always happy to work around your existing outdoor structures and landscaping. We will come in and evaluate your property and work around existing structures wherever possible–so don’t fret if you forgot to include landscape lighting in your initial plans.

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David G. Todd, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to chat about newly installed landscape lighting or enhancing your current outdoor lighting. You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

The Results Are In for What Nashville Homeowners Desire in Outdoor Lighting

Nashville TN moonlighting used in treesOutdoor lighting needs are different for every homeowner, and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville offers a custom approach that is far from cookie-cutter. Not only will landscape lighting get your property looking stunning every evening, it offers the bonus of added security and safety, too. Our lighting designers come in and intertwine all three aspects in a cohesive package that gives you a tremendous bang for your buck when it comes to crafting your illumination scheme. No matter what your budget, we can give you a look and feel that is all your own when it comes to outdoor lighting and all the benefits that come with it.

Qualified Remodeler recently conducted  a survey that solidified what we already knew at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville—that homeowners still put a big emphasis of Importance in lighting their outdoor living and entertaining areas. The main and largest part of their backyard—the patio or deck—are #1 on their list since that’s where they spend the most time with family and friends. The components that make up these areas and pull it all together to bring practicality are next on their hit list, including the steps, seating areas, railings and the post caps. It makes perfect sense that deck rails can easily be seen to safely guide visitors up and down to the lower levels; and that post cap illumination would provide a soft glow that is not only attractive, but useful in terms of providing a spread of ambient light.

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The deck and patio are the core centerpieces of any backyard, and that’s where most of the fun happens including dining, grilling, relaxing and family parties. It makes perfect sense that our clients are looking to enhance this area since it’s the hardest working area in your outdoor oasis. We want our decks to not only look fabulous, but we want the lighting to offer the convenience of helping us with visibility so that we can extend the hours of use well into the evening.  We can give you targeted task lighting that helps you see when at the barbecue, overhead café style lighting that can be draped across a large breadth of space that looks cool and brings plenty of light to do virtually anything under, and we can ensure all the key features of your deck and patio (such as steps) are lit to provide you the safety you need to make them work to their fullest.

Patio lighting design in Franklin, TN, by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

Patio lighting design in Franklin, TN, by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

Clients say their foliage, trees and shrubs are of special importance to highlight as families are looking to showcase their ‘green thumbs’ more and more. Our clients want us to make their flower beds, tree canopies and the shrubbery at the front of their home glow with a moonlit appeal in the evenings so their hard work in the garden can be seen day and night. We can make these garden areas glimmer at night and put in perimeter lighting that makes your property look bigger than it actually is thanks to fool-the-eye techniques we can implement.

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With water features becoming more and more prevalent in our outdoor spaces–the requests for fountain, pond, waterfall and pool lighting has increased.  Families are looking to make these watery enchantments a stand-out feature in their yards and they are seeking to enjoy their use and beauty even in the darkest hours. Our expert lighting designers  know exactly how to capture the movement and character that water provides to give you unparalleled relaxation.

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Tell us what is important in your back yard when it comes to outdoor landscape lighting, and we will make your dreams come true. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn more about enlivening your outdoor living spaces and much more! You can call us at 615-373-0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

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Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is on Houzz!

Houzz LogoWhere do savvy homeowners search when in the market for updating and improving their home, landscape and outdoor living spaces? Naturally, most turn to the worldwide web. The internet is loaded with websites, forums, imagery and hubs to gain new ideas and inspiration for planning your home improvement or outdoor living project. One of the most admired and frequented of these cyber-space entities is Houzz.

Houzz is a platform for home remodeling and design, that is bringing homeowners and home professionals together in a uniquely visual community. Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville we realize when homeowners are in the market for any kind of remodel or addition to their home, they do a lot of research, look at hundreds of photos and reviews, and get quotes from several professional companies. Adding a professional outdoor lighting system is no different. That’s why we are thrilled to be part of the largest go-to site for remodeling and design ideas and imagery powerhouse, Houzz.

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What better way to let our potential clients see our custom outdoor lighting designs and installations first hand? Even though every project we design is created specifically for our clients’ home, landscaping or outdoor living space, our photos can spark ideas on how we can make your home, landscape and outdoor living spaces come alive in the evening.

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Houzz is easily accessible from any computer, smart phone or tablet where you can visit our Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville’s Houzz page. Here you can find and save photos from some of our landscape lighting installations, water feature lighting and tree lighting projects, deck and patio lighting jobs, as well as architectural lighting designs — and festive holiday outdoor lighting. We have an extensive showcase of of outdoor lighting designs completed by us. Houzz pages are interactive so, you can simply save the photos you like to one of your idea books and reference back to it anytime you like! These saved images will help us put together the most beautiful outdoor lighting design for your space, giving you exactly what you want. We are constantly adding new images to our galleries too — so there is always a new source being added for outdoor lighting inspiration!

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John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

We are extremely excited to be able to share many of our outdoor lighting designs with you. If you’re in the market for a new outdoor lighting system, or are considering adding onto or updating your current outdoor lighting system, contact us today to get started! You can reach us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

Endless benefits abound with Nashville backyard lighting!

backyard gazebo lightingThe best way to make your backyard look and feel like an outdoor oasis is to think about your illumination plan BEYOND the front door. If all you have is a light at your entryway and a few fixtures casting a harsh light on your home’s façade and a blaring flood light on your driveway–you are missing out a whole outdoor lighting experience that can enhance your outdoor lifestyle tremendously!

Hardworking families are spending more and more hours at the office, doing homework and running around with endless activities—and most people don’t get home until well after the sun has set. The only way to nurture time with family and friends after dusk is by lighting up the areas in your backyard you enjoy spending time.  Make your outdoor space just as useable as your indoor spaces by thinking of your outdoor landscape illumination in the same you do about inside lighting.

LandscapeLightingLots of people seem to ignore their backyards as an extension of real estate that is available for evening entertaining with their family and friends. It’s possible to light up the entire perimeter of your property and make your deck or patio a place that is just as comfortable and welcoming as your living room thanks to an outdoor lighting scheme that will make your outdoor spaces highly functional. Why sit cooped inside with the kids when everyone can be having just as much fun outdoors and getting a good dose of fresh air? Get everyone off the computer and TV and get everyone outside for family bonding and memories.

GardenPathLightsOur energy-efficient LED outdoor lighting uses very little power and brings in plenty of light so that you can hang out doing all the things your family loves to do like playing a game of football on the lawn, some Scrabble by the fire pit or dining al’ fresco while Dad is flipping burgers under some good task lighting at the grill. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville’s outdoor lighting systems are programmable, so they are designed to work to fit your lifestyle. We place lights where you need them so you can make the most out of each backyard zone that your family and friends hang out. We can drape decorative festival lighting across large expanses such as your patio or deck so that you’ve got good overhead lighting that is both elegant and practical.

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We also go beyond just pathway, task and façade lighting, too. We have artistic lights that add incredible drama and personality to your evenings as well. Even if it’s raining or cold outside, you can enjoy a gorgeous view of your wonderful backyard from your windows. We can highlight special features such as a water feature, your pool, an outdoor sculpture or a fabulous ornamental tree.

Good outdoor lighting changes the way you live, brings your family outdoors to gather and gives you added space to enjoy what feels a lot like a stay-cation when you get home from work and school. Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville create a relaxing outdoor oasis of relaxation in your backyard through romantic outdoor lighting! You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

 

Outdoor Lighting Brings Fun to Backyard Football on the TV Screen or on the Field!

Backyard-pergola-lightingWho says home entertainment can’t happen outdoors—particularly during football season? We are lucky enough in Nashville that the weather stays warm deep into the year, and watching TV outdoors on your  porch, deck or patio with friends and family is a lot more fun than sitting on the couch inside. Think of all the fun that can be had with the game on while you are grilling on the barbecue outdoors!

Proper outdoor lighting is what enables backyard entertaining well into the evening and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can illuminate the areas where you choose to hang out. It doesn’t matter if it’s the porch, deck, patio or even a backyard man cave if you are so lucky–you can be sure that you will be able to impress the boys (and girls!) by watching the big game right in the comfort of your backyard with high quality outdoor lighting fixtures that are made right here in Nashville.

Outdoor man caveWhen watching sports on your outdoor TV, the luxury of having a grilling/barbecue area or  an outside kitchen is a huge benefit. The mess can stay outdoors and all the cooking can happen right where all the action is so you don’t have to miss a thing as the host. We can provide you with functional area-specific lighting that ensures those burgers get cooked exactly how your guests want them without having to guess if they are done. Why cook by flashlight or your home’s spotlights when you can have proper overhead and task lighting to handle the job safely? You can increase the value and usability of your outdoor kitchen and get a lot more functionality out of it if it’s easy to see and get the work done easily. It’s also cool to show off your culinary skills too!

Football season is here!Of course, when half-time hits, great lighting gives you the opportunity to turn up the fun by tossing around the football with friends and family on the lawn. Our landscape lighting will provide you plenty of light to be able to do this while still looking beautiful. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can ensure that there is increased visibility for everyone who chooses to jump into the game. Proper lighting can also clearly delineate your “field area” so no one tramples your rose bushes (ouch!) or heads down a slope because they can’t see. We can give you the benefit of function, beauty and safety all in one package.

Imagine enjoying season after season with outdoor lighting!

In addition, as part of Residential Resources, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville works closely with other local Nashville companies to provide a vast menu of possibilities for your backyard. We can connect you with fellow businesses that we’ve partnered with extensively–such as The Porch Company if you are considering a custom porch project to serve as your outdoor man cave, or Siteworks Hardscape Construction for your pool, patio or hardscape needs. It’s always best in an outdoor project when all the contractors can be brought in together so they can collaborate on the job from the very beginning. It saves you time, money and a lot of hassle when everyone is on the same game plan.

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville  if you are looking to light your evening football game viewing in your backyard! You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by email us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.