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.

thanksgiving turkey preparation ideas from outdoor lighting perspectives of nashville

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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David G. Todd, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

Loving the Labor Day Weekend, in and around Nashville

Labor Day 2017Labor Day is commemorated on the first Monday in September. The holiday is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

In addition, many regard the Labor Day weekend as last big outdoor hurrah of the summer season. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville, we realize how hard you have worked all year and Labor Day is the perfect occasion to say farewell to summer and have a little fun. Here are just a few of the events going on in Music City this weekend, there is something for everyone!

  • Cavalia Odysseo opens August 30th and run through September 17th, under the white big top near Opryland at Briley Pkwy. at exit 12. Cavalia Odysseo is the largest touring production on Earth, the immersive theatrical experience features 65 magnificent horses and 50 talented riders, acrobats, dancers, and musicians under a big top the size of a football field.

Nashville Labor Day Celebrations

 

  • First Saturday Art Crawl @ Nashville’s 5th Avenue of the Arts – September 2nd. Step inside Music City’s art world with First Saturday Art Crawl. The first Saturday of every month, from 6pm to 9pm, art galleries around Nashville offer free admission to view their latest exhibits. Over 20 art venues participate, presenting local and world-renowned artists and artwork, offering the opportunity to meet and discuss art with like-minded individuals. Every genre of art can be seen bringing a truly amazing artistic experience. The Downtown First Saturday Art Crawl spans across all of downtown, allowing you to see everything at 5th Avenue of the Arts5th Avenue South, and in The Historic Arcade.

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  • Zoovie Night ft. Zootopia @ Nashville Zoo at Grassmere – September 1st. Family- friendly Zoovie Nights include games, inflatables, music, crafts and after-hour access to the carousel and zipline! When the sun goes down the evening’s feature film will play on a large inflatable screen, so pack a blanket and head to the Zoo. This Labor Day weekend, Zootopio is the featured movie.

And of course, what is Labor Day without fireworks…Labor Day Fireworkds in Nashville

 

  • Fireworks @ Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort – September 3rd. Fireworks at Nashville Shores are like two shows in one with the beautiful reflections of color on Percy Priest Lake. Fireworks will begin at dusk at approximately 8:30 p.m. The park hours on all firework days are 10 am – 8 pm.
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David G. Todd, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

With the days getting shorter and nightfall making an earlier entrance, make sure your outside living area gets special treatment so you can extend enjoyment into the cooler months ahead. Nashville outdoor lighting is the perfect way to enhance the function and versatility of all your outdoor spaces! Give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville a call to learn more at  (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville installs ONE MILLION Holiday Lights at Cheekwood Gardens!

Nashville holiday outdoor lighting at Cheekwood GardensIf you are looking for a holiday lighting display that is enchanted, magical and looks like a fairy tale come to life, then Cheekwood Gardens 2016 holiday lighting display is perfect! Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is honored to have installed the holiday lighting that graces the already amazing gardens at Cheekwood this season.

In an effort to keep the finished project a complete surprise for guests prior to opening night on November, 25th, our installers have been pretty “hush hush” about working in the gardens the past few months. One million lights is no small task and we want to thank our Nashville outdoor lighting team for their dedication and talent in making this project come to life. Here is a preview of some of the amazing holiday outdoor lighting you will see when you visit:

Nashville holiday outdoor lighting at Cheekwood Gardens

Nashville holiday outdoor lighting at Cheekwood Gardens

Nashville holiday outdoor lighting at Cheekwood Gardens

If you would like to visit Cheekwood Gardens “One Million Lights” holiday lighting display the event is open every evening from 5:00 – 10:00 pm, November 25th – January 1st, the event will be closed on December 25th and each Monday except December 26th. You can visit the Cheekwood Gardens website for more information, or order tickets online at https://3892.blackbaudhosting.com/3892/tickets?tab=2&txobjid=8cd88305-8710-43f1-aaf0-b99d601ef099.

Amazing holiday lighting at Cheekwood by OLP Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

If you would like to learn more about making your home and gardens just as magical for the holidays and beyond with our stunning outdoor lighting designs. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville at (615) 373 – 0638 today or email us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

 

 

The Excitement Mounts as Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville Lights the Capitol Tree for 5th Consecutive Year!

2016-christmas-tree-at-the-capitol-downtown-nashvilleEach and every day here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville we are proud and honored to serve the outdoor lighting needs for homeowners and business owners all over Nashville and the surrounding area. Our success has never been something we take for granted and we take pride in every installation, from the smallest maintenance call to the over-the-top holiday lighting displays that require months of planning. With this in mind, we cannot convey the feeling we get when we are asked to design and install a lighting display that will bring so much joy to so many — like the Christmas tree at the Capitol in downtown Nashville.

This is our fifth consecutive year of being asked to illuminate the tree. The tree chosen to grace the capitol for holiday 2016 was cut down in Hermitage and it stands 35 feet tall and 24 feet wide. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is finishing the tree with a mix of glittering red and gold decorations and warm white LED lights — that’s all the details I can convey as to not to give away too many spoilers before this beauty is lit! I can however, share a few of the “in progress” images we shot while our crews were working hard to get this majestic tree ready for its unveiling…

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If you would like to experience the tree lighting at the capitol this year in person, the annual tree lighting ceremony is scheduled to take place Monday, November 28th, 2016, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm CST at the Nashville State Capitol located at 600 Charlotte Ave., Nashville. Governor Haslam will continue the tradition of flipping the switch for all to enjoy!

To help get you in the festive spirit and in honor of all the Christmases past, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville has put together a little video featuring the last four years of having the honor to be involved with this amazing project…enjoy!

nashville-c2a-1We want to wish all of you a wonderful holiday season from all of us at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.You can reach us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at:olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

 

 

 

It’s Never too Early to Think Holiday Lighting for Your Home or Business

Nashville holiday lights strung in the shape of a tree on the waterfrontCall us crazy, but we get excited about holiday lighting in the heat of the summer at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville! We’re particularly overjoyed this year because we’ve been asked to design and install all the holiday lights for Cheekwood Gardens this year! From November 25th through January 1st, you will be able to see what has become a tradition in our local area, as we set the Cheekwood mansion and the surrounding grounds ablaze with over one million lights. We are so honored to have been chosen to illuminate this wonderful holiday family experience in our home town, and we plan on making it a memorable one!

Christmas tree at the capital Nashville TN by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville lights the 2014 Nashville capital tree.

We have been trusted to light many special venues around Nashville for years, including the tree at the Tennessee State Capital building, the Loveless Café and the Gulch neighborhood–so Christmas is a big deal for us from both a commercial and residential perspective. Though it might feel odd to start thinking about your holiday lighting in mid-summer, it’s actually a terrific time to start considering your holiday design and budget whether you are a business or home owner. Believe it or not, we are less than 5 months away from the holidays right now!

Holidays are generally a busy time for our customers, as they are gearing up for holiday shopping and all the festivities of the season. Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville handle everything for you so you don’t even have to think about it. Our holiday lighting package includes everything, so you don’t have to stress and worry about it. We plan, order, design, install, remove it and then store it for you. We do EVERYTHING, so you don’t have to—and you can get as involved as much as you want, or let us do it all.

Elegant Nashville Holiday Lighting

Elegant Nashville Holiday Lighting.

We can keep it simple or design a display as elaborate as you want. It doesn’t matter if you want a wild concept or just quiet elegance with white twinkling lights—we will give you whatever fits your style and desires. We only use high quality LED holiday lighting and decor in our residential and commercial designs. We can illuminate and decorate absolutely ANY home or site whether it is indoors or out for the holiday season. We have a large catalog of options available for you to peruse that will fit any style of home or business.

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We offer a hassle-free holiday lighting display that looks professional and alluring without ever having to get out in the cold get up on a precarious ladder. One of our talented lighting designers will listen carefully to what you are trying to achieve for the holidays; and provide you with a professionally designed theme based on your specifications, order your lights and decor, install them, and then take them down and store them at the end of the season in our climate controlled warehouse.

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We’ve lit up many, many homes each holiday season in Music City, and we hope to light up yours too! No home or business is too big or too tiny for us to work our magic on. We will help you design a joyful holiday mood with gorgeous lighting, fabulous décor, trees, poinsettia plants and life-like garland swags. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and even your annual New Year’s Eve party are fair game for us to tackle.

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn how we can help you with your outdoor lighting and holiday illumination at your home or business. Call us at (615) 373 – 0638 today or email us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

Romance is in the air with Nashville outdoor lighting!

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Outdoor lighting makes the perfect gift for any occasion!

Imagine what a unique and unexpected surprise the gift of light would be for Valentine’s Day? You can bestow your love with a dreamy outdoor mood for Valentine’s Day and illuminate the evening thanks to a gift certificate for the gift of light from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville. Whether you want your honey to have the opportunity to sit with one of our lighting designers to create the look and feel they would like for your home and property; OR if you want to do it in advance and let them experience the big reveal as they drive up to your home–we can work with you to create the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift.

Red lens covers welcome the holiday season. Photo courtesy of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Colorado.Should a romantic mood be in order, we can temporarily change out your clear well light fixture lenses to red ones so that a gorgeous rosy glow can be cast over the front of your home to commemorate the day of love.

There is no doubt that outdoor lighting for your home and garden delivers a unique setting and atmosphere that dramatically changes your landscape in the evening. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can help you turn your outdoor living areas into an enchanted retreat filled with endless romantic ambiance. Why go out to a crowded restaurant on February 14th, when instead we can turn your patio or deck into an exquisite spot for a dinner for two? We can elegantly swathe fiesta lights overhead so that you can enjoy an evening under the stars with the feel of a fancy European restaurant. Best of all, it’s permanent—so it’s the gift of light that is continually making memories night after night.

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No matter what your outdoor lifestyle is, we can maximize on it with customized lighting. If your backyard is where all the parties and barbeques happen, or where the family likes to toss the ball around and hang out by the pool, or if it’s just a quiet retreat to dine and enjoy the evening air by the fireplace—we can ensure the fun can continue well after dusk. We use only high quality, American made fixtures and the thickest wiring in the industry to ensure high value and a system with longevity.

Orb Lighting at Arrington VineyardsThe gift of outdoor lighting is one that lasts and your love will be reminded of this every evening when the sun goes down and your outdoors is magically transformed into a romantic oasis. When the floral bouquet and the expensive restaurant dinner are long gone, your present of illumination will build memories every evening and will not be forgotten. Best of all we can work within your budget and design a customized design that won’t break the bank and it increases the value of your home.

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John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville show you how we can create passion not only on Valentine’s Day evening, but every night after that when we turn the darkness into a wonder of romantic light. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville  at (615) 373–0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

Christmas at the Capitol 2015 Glows Brightly With This Norway Spruce!

Beautiful photo taken by Greg Pirtle. Christmas at the Capitol 2015.

Beautiful photo taken by Greg Pirtle. Christmas at the Capitol 2015.

We must be doing something quite right at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville because we were asked for the 4th year to in a row to illuminate the Christmas tree at the capitol in downtown Nashville! We were immensely flattered and humbled that Music City had entrusted us with such an immense honor, and we couldn’t wait to make this year another bright one for our hometown of Nashville.

Details about this year’s tree:

This year’s Christmas conifer came to us via Theresa and Jimmy Carter of Old Hickory. They were the proud owners of the Norway Spruce evergreen they planted in 2001 that is now over 30 feet tall. The tree simply got too big for their property so they submitted their desire to the governor’s office to cut the tree down to use for the Nashville Christmas tree lighting celebration. A year later they discovered that their tree was in fact selected to their elation. It was then our job at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to make sure the Carter tree was lit up in a magical way to show it off in the best possible way and make Nashville proud.

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We wrapped red, silver and gold string lights on this year’s tree that added up to miles of illumination. The Norway Spruce was then capped off with a mega sized star. Tanya Tucker rocked the Capitol with her hits and festive Christmas songs; and when the First Lady and Governor Haslam pushed the button the crowd went wild with excitement. The shouts of “WOW!” and “COOL!” are really what make this project so worthwhile for us in the end. Delighting kids and adults alike are what this season is all about for us, and we simply can’t wait to do it all over again next year if the opportunity arises. You can go to Legislative Plaza and check out the Carter Tree and our lighting handiwork for the entire holiday season!

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Though the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Capitol is a mega sized project for Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville, we do small projects every day at regular residences and businesses just like yours and ours. Not everything is always on such a grand scale, and we are happy to do fabulous job on a budget that fits your needs and lifestyle. We treat every single project we do with the same enthusiasm, energy and level of professionalism. We work on projects all year long and not just in warm weather, so if you need a brand new outdoor lighting system or an addition to your current landscape lighting scheme—we are eager to talk to you about your ideas.

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to make your landscape lighting dreams come alive. You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com  .