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!

bacon makes everything better

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.

chocolate covered turkey

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.

We Want to be Your Outdoor Lighting Provider for Life

Partner with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville for all your outdoor lighting needs – forever.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives tree and landscape lighting

The experts at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville have been providing full-service outdoor lighting since 1987.  Experience in itself is enough to make us your go-to experts, but it’s not all about the time we have spent in the market that positions us at the top of the professional lighting game.  You see, we have a deep understanding of lighting products and needs, and our company is a pioneer in the movement that brought outdoor lighting into the mainstream.  We saw a great need for professional outdoor lighting to break out of the mold of only being for exclusive clients – or corporate clients.  Every home and every business can benefit from partnering with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.  It’s simple really.  We want to earn your trust and become your lifetime outdoor lighting provider.

So, what’s so great about becoming a lifelong Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville client?

We thought you would ask this question!  First, we offer top-quality outdoor lighting products, a must for a successful lighting installation.  We will not recommend lighting that will not provide the effect and service intended.  Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville will recommend low-voltage halogen or LED lighting that will create the desired lighting effect and offer long-lasting results.

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Secondly, we offer more than just landscape lighting.  Landscape lighting is a staple for homes and businesses alike today, and we provide the best landscape lighting in the Nashville area.  Maybe you have already taken advantage of our deck, patio, or landscape lighting services, but did you know that we also provide holiday and special event lighting?  Do you host a yearly outdoor festival or fundraiser in the Nashville area?  Are you tired of installing holiday lighting for your home or business?  Call on Outdoor Lighting Perspectives to provide your specialty lighting!  Event planning can be all-consuming.  Allow us to plan, design, and install your special event or holiday lighting.  We’ll even take away the added stress of lighting take-down and storage for your yearly or seasonal lighting needs.  We know – that’s pretty cool!

Nashville Holiday Outdoor Lighting

Last, but not least, we offer the best service and maintenance in the outdoor lighting industry.  For Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, it’s all about cultivating lifelong relationships with our clientele.  That’s why we offer an extensive lighting maintenance plan to keep your installed lighting running smoothly and looking beautiful.  Our service plan includes things like bulb replacement, re-positioning misaligned lights, clearing debris and overgrowth from your lighting, inspecting and checking electrical elements, and more.  Maintenance plan members will also receive priority status for all service calls – which means you will see the smiling face of an Outdoor Lighting Perspectives lighting expert in no time flat if you have a lighting issue!

Nashville Commercial LED parking lot lighting at Bastion

Nashville Commercial LED parking lot lighting at Bastion.

You see, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville isn’t just a lighting installer.  We are not just a one-off visitor at your home or business, never to be seen again.  Our passion is keeping Nashville area homes and businesses beautifully and safely lit.  Experience makes us experts, but impeccable service makes us the most trusted lighting experts in the Nashville area.

Partner with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville for all your outdoor lighting needs for life. 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.

The Right Time to Plan Your Nashville Commercial Holiday Lighting is Right NOW

We really don’t mind bragging about the incredible abilities of our lighting designers any time of the year, but the holiday season is when these folks truly jingle jangle! We are so proud of the name we’ve built in designing and installing holiday lighting schemes all around Nashville in the commercial arena; so as you imagine, our schedule fills up quickly. Believe it or not, we are already working on commercial Christmas lighting projects for businesses all around Music City RIGHT NOW!

Nashville holiday outdoor lighting at Cheekwood Gardens

Nashville holiday lighting at Cheekwood.

If you want to WOW! your customers and draw winter traffic that makes the cash register ring, schedule a consultation immediately as our calendar fills up quickly. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville’s work can be spotted all over town, including the Christmas tree at the capitol for over 5 years and the super cool Loveless Café, and even Cheekwood Gardens for example. If those big names have confidence in us, you know you can too.

Nashville Lighting at the Capitol

Nashville holiday lighting at the Capitol.

Our lighting designers team up with our installers who work like elves to turn your winter wonderland ideas into a reality. While you are busy working hard building your business and doing what you do best, we take all the worry out of your hands when it comes to your holiday lighting. You give us even a small idea or vision you have and your budget plans and we will make magic happen. We will develop a design, install everything, come back and remove it after the holidays and even store everything for you in our very own facilities.

Christmas lighting at the Loveless Cafe by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Christmas lighting at the Loveless Cafe by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

Lights, garlands, trees, decorations are all part of the mix if you want them. We can keep it simple and elegant with classic white lights, or we can offer you a wild kaleidoscope of color to dazzle even the most fastidious customer. We can pretty up your business’s façade and also the interior to delight any patron on a winter’s night. Holiday tree lighting is a specialty of ours so we can take any tree on your property and embellish it with lights for a festive nighttime appeal. It’s a simple look, but it always gets a great reaction.

Holiday tree lighting at Christ Community Church

Holiday tree lighting at Christ Community Church.

We work with businesses large and small; from restaurants, churches, HOA’s, retail stores, main street areas and more. No holiday project is out of scope for us, and we are happy to meet your budget needs. We also use LED bulbs to keep wattage consumption low for additional cost savings on the power bill.

Holiday lighting at Green Hills Mall entrance

Holiday lighting at Green Hills Mall entrance.

Keep in mind everything we install—whether it’s for your residence or your business—is commercial grade. These are not ordinary, big box store lighting made to last a single use. Everything is made to last and is of the highest quality available in the outdoor lighting industry. Don’t trust your holiday lighting to someone who will buy and install inferior grade string lights only to have them go out in the middle of the biggest money generating time of year!

Get on our holiday lighting schedule right now before our calendar books up! Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today at (615) 373-0638, or email us at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.Nashville Christmas Lighting

Nashville Tree Lighting at the Country Music Hall of Fame

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville recently installed commercial outdoor lighting along the tree-lined entrance to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This venue is rich in music history as it is often referred to as the Smithsonian of country music. 

2017 Tree Lighting at the Country Music Hall of Fame

With a core goal of collecting, preserving, and interpreting the evolving history and traditions of country music, the Country Music Hall of Fame teaches audiences about the past and continued importance of county music.

2017 Tree Lighting at the Country Music Hall of Fame- front

The venue recently unveiled a magnificent expansion, doubling its size to 350,000 sq. feet of galleries, classrooms, retail areas, storage and special event space. The building is situated in the heart of Music City’s epicenter close to the honky-tonks of Broadway and across the street from Bridgestone Arena.

2017 Tree Lighting at the Country Music Hall of Fame closeup

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is truly honored to have been asked to install the tree lighting along the entrance to this amazing venue! We used a technique called tree wrapping to add elegance and beauty to this already impressive locale. Though this genre of lighting may appear to be solely for the holidays, the venue intends to keep the lights year round. Such is the trend to use permanent tree lighting in many commercial buildings and even in residential backyard settings.

2017 Tree Lighting at the Country Music Hall of Fame- alternate angle

We are the Nashville area’s premier full-service residential and commercial outdoor lighting contractor. We can give your storefront or business the attention it deserves through commercial outdoor lighting!

Click here to download our Nashville Commercial Outdoor Lighting guide – designing with light.  You can also contact us by phone at (615) 373-0638  or via email at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

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David G. Todd, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

 

 

 

 

Celebrating our 6th Season of Christmas at the Capitol

Elements of the holiday season can be enjoyed all over Music City but, one special Christmas tree always promises to shine the brightest — the Capitol Christmas tree in downtown Nashville!

TN State Capitol Christmas Tree 2017

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville would like to invite you to witness this the magic of the Christmas tree at the State Capitol. This is our 6th season lighting the tree and we remain honored to have been chosen for the task this year.

This year’s tree is a 35-foot Norway Spruce donated by the Mazzo family of Burns, TN. The tree weighed in at over at over 4,500 pounds and had to be removed from the Mazzo’s property by a crane.

This Christmas treasure now commands attention as it sits majestically at the State Capitol donned in classic white a lights, flashers and topped off with a glorious star. All are welcome to visit this holiday season — here is a sneak preview from our YouTube channel:

Make plans now to visit the Capitol Christmas tree! The Tennessee State Capitol is located on Charlotte Avenue between 6th and 7th Avenues in Nashville. I-24, I-40 and I-65 have signs indicating the exits to be used for the State Capitol.

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David G. Todd, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

We 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.

 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is in a New Location!

After many happy years at our Houston Street location, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville has moved! Just this week, we settled into Nashville outdoor lighting’s new home at 2215 Dunn Ave., Suite B in Nashville.

New OLP Nashville Building

Almost done!

We are still pouring lots of elbow grease and love into making the new spot our own, as you can see through the photos.

As many of you may already know, we were originally called “Lightscapes” and were operating under that name from 1987 until 1999. The birth of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can be traced back to us, as we were a driving force in the way outdoor lighting was brought to market. By creating a turnkey landscape lighting business which featured the advent of the “night-time demonstration”, we brought the concept of all-inclusive outdoor lighting out of the shadows, away from being “avant garde” and into the mainstream.

Belle Meade architectural LED lighting and tree lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of NashvilleFrom here, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville was born. Our objective is to plan, design, and install your outdoor lighting as part of our all-inclusive service, with top-quality fixtures and service. So, even though our building location has changed our commitment to excellence in outdoor lighting has not!

A quality lighting system would not be complete without a worry-free service and maintenance program. We at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives want your home or business to look wonderful five years from now – just like it did the day it was originally installed. We have a dedicated service crew that service, adjust, and consult with all of our current clients and nonclient systems daily. Your property is our product and we want to provide you with the ultimate lighting experience.

In progress unique lighting installation in Edgehill Village.

In progress unique lighting installation in Edgehill Village.

Our team takes pride in all of our residential, commercial and holiday lighting installs and your property. All our work is done caringly by hand and in most cases, our clients say they can’t even tell we have been there other than their property looks beautiful at night.

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David G. Todd, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

We would welcome the opportunity to visit your property and offer you a free lighting preview. We can demonstrate a lighting effect on your home or business so you can view the project complete before you make your investment. Our designers will highlight all of your architectural features and illuminate landscapes to bring your outdoor living areas alive.

Give us a call to learn more at  (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

 

 

 

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.

Movie night on the grass

  • 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.