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Party Plan: Have a Very Happy Thanksgiving Celebration!

Enjoy recipes, tips and decorating ideas that will make your turkey day memorable!

Give thanks on this special holiday by serving up a bounty of delicious food and thoughtful decorations. Get started with Six Tips to Make Thanksgiving Prep Easier. After Filling Your Home with Fall Scents, it’s time for some food! Warm and tasty Spinach Dippers will have guests wanting more, while Pumpkin Hummus is a perfect dipping companion for pita chips and pretzels. Pesto Pinwheels are also a quick and appetizing hit with the crowd.

As mealtime approaches, wow dinner guests with your Chic Rustic Holiday Tablescape Trends, a new twist on classic Thanksgiving colors. When serving your bird, have plenty of sides for hungry guests, like Cranberry Apple Rosemary Stuffing. Pass around the Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Rosemary Parmesan Biscuits and Deviled Eggs with Sage as well. Oh, and remember the Sweet Potato Casserole with Meringue Topping…yum!

Unique desserts like Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars and Apple Slab Pie are a nice addition to traditional fare, and can easily be divided for leftovers to send your guests on their way. Speaking of leftovers, you can enjoy Thanksgiving for a few extra days with these yummy Leftover Stuffing Cakes!

Party Plan: Have a Very Happy Thanksgiving Celebration!

Party Plan: Have a Very Happy Thanksgiving Celebration!

Enjoy recipes, tips and decorating ideas that will make your turkey day memorable!

Give thanks on this special holiday by serving up a bounty of delicious food and thoughtful decorations. Get started with Six Tips to Make Thanksgiving Prep Easier. After Filling Your Home with Fall Scents, it’s time for some food! Warm and tasty Spinach Dippers will have guests wanting more, while Pumpkin Hummus is a perfect dipping companion for pita chips and pretzels. Pesto Pinwheels are also a quick and appetizing hit with the crowd.

As mealtime approaches, wow dinner guests with your Chic Rustic Holiday Tablescape Trends, a new twist on classic Thanksgiving colors. When serving your bird, have plenty of sides for hungry guests, like Cranberry Apple Rosemary Stuffing. Pass around the Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Rosemary Parmesan Biscuits and Deviled Eggs with Sage as well. Oh, and remember the Sweet Potato Casserole with Meringue Topping…yum!

Unique desserts like Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars and Apple Slab Pie are a nice addition to traditional fare, and can easily be divided for leftovers to send your guests on their way. Speaking of leftovers, you can enjoy Thanksgiving for a few extra days with these yummy Leftover Stuffing Cakes!

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Avocado and Clementine Salad

Avocado and Clementine Salad

This salad with a sweet and sour dressing is just the thing for holiday entertaining.

Hands-on Time: 30 min. | Total Time: 30 min. | Serves: 6 | Difficulty: Easy

Salad:
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 clementines, segmented
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly chopped
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
Sweet and sour dressing:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Dash of pepper
Directions:
  1. In a saucepan over low heat, cook the almonds and sugar, stirring constantly until the sugar is melted and coated onto the almonds. Allow to cool and break apart.
  2. For the sweet and sour dressing: mix all ingredients together in a salad shaker.
  3. Wash and cut the romaine lettuce into bite-size pieces, then set in a large bowl. Cut the avocado into small pieces and add to the lettuce. Peel the clementines and break into segments and add to the lettuce. Add the celery, green onion and sugared almonds.
  4. Toss with the sweet and sour dressing until well combined.
  5. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 150, Calories from Fat 60, Total Fat 7g (11% DV), Saturated Fat 1g (5% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 190mg (8% DV), Carbohydrates 22g (7% DV), Dietary Fiber 6g (24% DV), Sugars 15g, Protein 3g, Vitamin A 190%, Vitamin C 35%, Calcium 6%, Iron 8%. 

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Beet Salad with Oranges

Beet Salad with Oranges

A light citrus dressing coats this simple salad, creating a light and tasty side dish.

Hands-on Time: 15 min. | Total Time: 75 min. | Serves: 5-8 | Difficulty: Easy

Vinaigrette:
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
Salad:
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce
  • 3 cooked beets, cut into chunks
  • 1 orange, peeled and segmented
  • ¼ cup goat cheese crumbles
Directions:
  1. For the vinaigrette: combine all ingredients in a salad dressing shaker or whisk together in a small bowl.
  2. Cut romaine lettuce into bite-size pieces and place in a bowl. Add beets, orange segments and goat cheese to the romaine lettuce and drizzle with the vinaigrette.
  3. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 300, Calories from Fat 160, Total Fat 18g (28% DV), Saturated Fat 8g (40% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 20mg (7% DV), Sodium 270mg (11% DV), Carbohydrates 26g (9% DV), Dietary Fiber 8g (32% DV), Sugars 17g, Protein 13g, Vitamin A 450%, Vitamin C 50%, Calcium 15%, Iron 20%.

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Quinoa Spinach Salad

Quinoa Spinach Salad

Fill this salad with your favorite fruits to add a zestful taste and texture for a light side dish.

Hands-on Time: 20 min. | Total Time: 25 min. | Serves: 6-8 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • ½ cup dry quinoa
Dressing:
  • ½ tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • ½ mango, peeled and chopped
  • ½ kiwi, peeled and chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
Salad:
  • 1 bag (8 oz.) spinach
  • ¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange, peeled and segmented
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup blackberries
  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped
Directions:
  1. Cook quinoa according to the package directions and set aside.
  2. For the dressing: combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  3. For the salad: place spinach in a large bowl and add the remaining ingredients, including the cooked quinoa. Toss until well combined.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.
  5. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 150, Calories from Fat 70, Total Fat 9g (14% DV), Saturated Fat 1g (5% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 35mg (1% DV), Carbohydrates 16g (5% DV), Dietary Fiber 3g (12% DV), Sugars 6g, Protein 3g, Vitamin A 60%, Vitamin C 60%, Calcium 6%, Iron 8%.

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Stuffing Muffins

Stuffing Muffins

Serve these pre-portioned traditional stuffing muffins that everyone will enjoy for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Hands-on Time: 35 min. | Total Time: 90 min. | Serves: 12 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 10 cups (16 oz.) hearty white bread
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups chicken broth
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Cut bread into ½" cubes. Place bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, tossing bread cubes halfway through. Remove from oven and place bread cubes in a large bowl.
  2. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large skillet, sauté the butter, onion and celery until softened on medium heat. Stir in the garlic, salt and pepper.
  4. Combine the vegetables to the bread cubes. Whisk together the eggs and chicken broth. Pour over bread mixture and stir until bread is soaked.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the muffin tin and bake for 45-55 minutes.
  6. Serve and refrigerate leftovers. Tip: Freeze leftovers in individual bags for a special weekday meal.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 160, Calories from Fat 50, Total Fat 6g (9% DV), Saturated Fat 3g (15% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 40mg (13% DV), Sodium 400mg (17% DV), Carbohydrates 21g (7% DV), Dietary Fiber 2g (8% DV), Sugars 3g, Protein 5g, Vitamin A 6%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 8%, Iron 8%.

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Cranberry Apple Rosemary Stuffing

Cranberry Apple Rosemary Stuffing

Spice up your Thanksgiving stuffing with this recipe! Cranberries and apples stuff even more flavor into every bite.

Hands-on Time: 30 min. | Total Time: 90 min. | Serves: 12 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 10 cups (16 oz.) hearty white bread
  • ½ cup butter
  • 5 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 large Braeburn apples, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ tsp. dried sage
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups chicken broth
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Cut bread into ½” cubes. Put bread cubes on a baking sheet in an even layer and allow to cook for 15 minutes, tossing bread cubes halfway through. Remove from the oven and put the bread cubes in a large bowl.
  2. In a large skillet, sauté the butter, chopped celery and onion until lightly browned. Add apples and sauté until they are slightly softened. Remove from heat and toss in the cranberries, thyme, sage, rosemary, parsley and salt.
  3. Pour apple mixture over bread cubes. Combine the eggs with the chicken broth and pour over bread mixture until all bread cubes are soaked through.
  4. Spray an 8”x13” baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spread bread mixture into the baking dish in an even layer. Cover with foil and baked for 20 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for 30-40 more minutes.
  5. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 240, Calories from Fat 90, Total Fat 10g (15% DV), Saturated Fat 5g (25% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 50mg (17% DV), Sodium 400mg (17% DV), Carbohydrates 34g (11% DV), Dietary Fiber 3g (12% DV), Sugars 13g, Protein 5g, Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 6%, Calcium 8%, Iron 10%.

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Apple Sangria

Apple Sangria

Create the perfect fall beverage with fresh-picked apples in this apple sangria.

Hands-on Time: 15 min. | Total Time: 75 min. | Serves: 6-8 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 1 bottle (750 ml.) white wine
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 Honeycrisp apple, sliced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, sliced
  • 1 orange, peeled and segmented
  • 2 pears, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 bottle (750 ml.) sparkling white wine or champagne
  • Rosemary for garnish
Directions:
  1. In a large pitcher, combine white wine, apple cider, apples, orange, pears and cranberries.
  2. Let chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  3. Serve over ice with sparkling white wine, garnish with rosemary.
  4. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 210, Calories from Fat 0, Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Saturated Fat 0g (0% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 10mg (0% DV), Carbohydrates 19g (6% DV), Dietary Fiber 3g (12% DV), Sugars 12g, Protein < 1g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 25%, Calcium 4%, Iron 4%.

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Blackberry Mojito

Blackberry Mojito

Start your holiday celebration with this light and refreshing drink.

Hands-on Time: 10 min. | Total Time: 10 min. | Serves: 1 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 6 fresh blackberries, rinsed
  • 4 fresh mint leaves, rinsed
  • 4 Tbsp. simple syrup
  • 1½ Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup club soda, chilled
  • ¼ cup light rum
  • 1 cup ice cubes
Directions:
  1. In a small bowl, place blackberries, mint leaves, simple syrup and lime juice, then gently mash the mixture together with a fork.
  2. Stir in the club soda and rum.
  3. Strain the mixture into a glass, removing the blackberry seeds and mint leaves, and add ice cubes.
  4. Serve with fresh sprigs of mint and whole blackberries.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 380, Calories from Fat 0, Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Saturated Fat 0g (0% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 40mg (2% DV), Carbohydrates 51g (17% DV), Dietary Fiber 3g (12% DV), Sugars 48g, Protein < 1g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 30%, Calcium 2%, Iron 2%.

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Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This vegetable dish adds a little sweetness from maple syrup and juicy pomegranate seeds.

Hands-on Time: 10 min. | Total Time: 60 min. | Serves: 5-8 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Brussels sprouts
  • 3 medium red potatoes, washed
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut the bottoms of the Brussels sprouts off, then cut in half. Cut potatoes to a similar size, about ½” pieces.
  3. Place Brussels sprouts and potatoes in an 8”x8” baking dish. Sprinkle red pepper flakes, salt and pepper over Brussels sprouts and potatoes. Drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Cook Brussels sprouts and potatoes for 40-50 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through.
  5. Remove from oven and drizzle the maple syrup over the Brussels sprouts and potatoes, then stir in the pomegranate seeds.
  6. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 110, Calories from Fat 30, Total Fat 3.5g (5% DV), Saturated Fat 0.5g (2% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 90mg (4% DV), Carbohydrates 18g (6% DV), Dietary Fiber 2g (8% DV), Sugars 6g, Protein 2g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 40%, Calcium 2%, Iron 6%.

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Potato, Squash and Goat Cheese Casserole

Potato, Squash and Goat Cheese Casserole

This potato and squash casserole is a healthy side dish option that still packs big flavor.

Hands-on Time: 20 min. | Total Time: 70 min. | Serves: 6-9 | Difficulty: Medium

Ingredients:
  • 2 medium yellow summer squash, washed
  • 2 russet potatoes, washed
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a 7”x11” casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Slice the squash and potatoes into very thin slices. Toss with olive oil and layer a third of the squash and potato slices in the bottom of the casserole dish. Top with half of the goat cheese evenly. Repeat this process again, while also seasoning with half of the salt and pepper. Finish by layering the final third of the vegetables and topping with the rest of the salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the milk over the entire dish and top with the Parmesan cheese. Bake with foil over the dish for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for 15-20 more minutes. Sprinkle with fresh basil after removing the dish from the oven.
  4. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 130, Calories from Fat 70, Total Fat 8g (12% DV), Saturated Fat 2.5g (12% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 5mg (2% DV), Sodium 180mg (8% DV), Carbohydrates 11g (4% DV), Dietary Fiber 1g (4% DV), Sugars 2g, Protein 5g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 15%, Calcium 10%, Iron 4%.

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Meringue Topping

Sweet Potato Casserole with Meringue Topping

Everyone will be wanting seconds this Thanksgiving, when you bring this orange-infused sweet potato casserole with a gooey maple-pecan layer!

Hands-on Time: 40 min. | Total Time: 60 min. | Serves: 9-12 | Difficulty: Hard

Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs. sweet potatoes
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 1 tsp. salt, divided
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
Directions:
  1. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into 1½” chunks. Place in a large saucepan and cover with water. Over high heat, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are tender. Drain the water from the saucepan.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of butter, ½ teaspoon of salt, and cinnamon to the sweet potatoes. Mash the sweet potatoes with a potato masher until there are no large lumps.
  3. Add the orange juice and continue mashing until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Position oven rack to the upper third part of the oven and heat broiler. Spray an 9”x9” casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Beat egg whites with a mixer until soft peaks form. Mix sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and stir until the sugar dissolves. Bring back to a boil and heat until a candy thermometer reaches 238F. Drizzle sugar syrup into the egg white mixture while continuing to use the mixer. Beat for about 2 more minutes. Set the meringue aside.
  6. Mix the maple syrup, the remaining butter and remaining salt in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil, then add the pecans and cook for 1-2 more minutes, while stirring constantly.
  7. Spread the sweet potatoes into the casserole dish. Top with the pecans. Spoon the meringue over the top of the casserole.
  8. Broil for 1-2 minutes, until the top is browned.
  9. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 160, Calories from Fat 50, Total Fat 6g (9% DV), Saturated Fat 2g (10% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 10mg (3% DV), Sodium 250mg (10% DV), Carbohydrates 24g (8% DV), Dietary Fiber 3g (12% DV), Sugars 11g, Protein 2g, Vitamin A 220%, Vitamin C 10%, Calcium 4%, Iron 4%.

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Rosemary Parmesan Biscuits

Rosemary Parmesan Biscuits

A little fresh rosemary makes these Thanksgiving biscuits pop!

Hands-on Time: 20 min. | Total Time: 35 min. | Serves: 22 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 6 Tbsp. cold butter, cubed
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, chopped rosemary, Parmesan cheese, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add cubed butter and use a pastry blender to incorporate the butter to the flour mixture.
  3. Add the buttermilk and stir until fully combined.
  4. Lay dough onto a lightly floured surface and toss with more flour until it is no longer sticky. Push dough out until it is ½” thick. Cut out biscuits with a 2” cutter and place on a baking sheet.
  5. Brush the heavy cream on each biscuit.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until biscuits are tall and light gold on top.
  7. Serve and store leftovers in an airtight container.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 80, Calories from Fat 40, Total Fat 4.5g (7% DV), Saturated Fat 3g (15% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 15mg (5% DV), Sodium 150mg (6% DV), Carbohydrates 9g (3% DV), Dietary Fiber 0g (0% DV), Sugars < 1g, Protein 2g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 6%, Iron 2%.

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Orange Glaze

Orange Glaze

This orange glaze tastes great with either your Thanksgiving turkey or your Christmas Ham. All of your guests will enjoy the citrus flavor.

Hands-on Time: 10 min. | Total Time: 20 min. | Serves: 16 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 cup orange liqueur
  • 4 Tbsp. apple cider
  • 2 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
Directions:
  1. In a small saucepan, combine the orange marmalade, orange liqueur, apple cider, orange juice, apple cider vinegar and salt. Cook over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. To use glaze on a roasting turkey: before the last hour of roasting time, brush half of the glaze over the uncovered turkey. Continue roasting the turkey.
  3. Once the turkey has finished, remove from oven and brush on the remaining glaze.
  4. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.

Wine Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc

Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 120, Calories from Fat 20, Total Fat 2g (3% DV), Saturated Fat 1.5g (8% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 5mg (2% DV), Sodium 160mg (7% DV), Carbohydrates 18g (6% DV), Dietary Fiber 0g (0% DV), Sugars 16g, Protein 0g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 0%, Iron 0%.

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Spinach Dippers

Spinach Dippers

These warm and tasty spinach dippers will have all your guests wanting more. The flavorful spinach dip goes perfectly with the flaky crust.

Hands-on Time: 30 min. | Total Time: 45 min. | Serves: 24 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 1¾ cups frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed to drain
  • ¾ cup artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 can (8 oz.) seamless crescent dough
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the spinach, artichoke hearts, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Blend in cream cheese, ½ cup of mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper.
  3. Roll out the crescent dough with a rolling pin to an 8”x12” rectangle. Cut dough into 2” squares.
  4. Lightly grease a mini muffin tin. Place a square in each slot and gently push down to create an indent.
  5. Scoop 1 teaspoon of spinach mixture into each crescent square. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese over each spinach dipper.
  6. Bake for 17-20 minutes, until golden brown. Allow to cool in tray for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 70, Calories from Fat 35, Total Fat 4g (6% DV), Saturated Fat 2g (10% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 10mg (3% DV), Sodium 170mg (7% DV), Carbohydrates 6g (2% DV), Dietary Fiber < 1g (3% DV), Sugars 1g, Protein 3g, Vitamin A 35%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 8%, Iron 2%.

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Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin Hummus

Treat your guests to this homemade hummus that’s full of tasty fall flavors.

Hands-on Time: 10 min. | Total Time: 10 min. | Serves: 10 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 1 can (15.5 oz.) chickpeas, rinsed
  • ⅔ cup pumpkin puree
  • ⅓ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
Directions:
  1. In a small saucepan, warm the chickpeas until they are just warm to the touch.
  2. In a food processor, layer the pumpkin puree, Greek yogurt, maple syrup and spices. Pulse until well combined.
  3. Add the chickpeas and process until creamy.
  4. Serve with apples, graham crackers, cinnamon sugar pita chips or gingersnap cookies.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 70, Calories from Fat 10, Total Fat 1g (2% DV), Saturated Fat 0g (0% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 130mg (5% DV), Carbohydrates 13g (4% DV), Dietary Fiber 2g (8% DV), Sugars 6g, Protein 3g, Vitamin A 40%, Vitamin C 2%, Calcium 4%, Iron 4%.

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Pesto Pinwheels

Pesto Pinwheels

If you’re in need of a super quick and super tasty appetizer, then these pesto pinwheels are what you need. They’ll be a hit at any gathering.

Hands-on Time: 10 min. | Total Time: 35 min. | Serves: 12 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 1 can (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent dough sheet
  • ¼ cup basil pesto
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Lay out the dough onto parchment paper. Spread a thin layer of the basil pesto over the dough.
  3. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the basil pesto.
  4. Roll the dough into a tight log. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  5. Cut into 1” rounds and lay pinwheels onto a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.
  7. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 110, Calories from Fat 50, Total Fat 6g (9% DV), Saturated Fat 2g (10% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 5mg (2% DV), Sodium 270mg (11% DV), Carbohydrates 10g (3% DV), Dietary Fiber 0g (0% DV), Sugars 2g, Protein 4g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 6%, Iron 2%.

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Slow Cooker Meatballs with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

Slow Cooker Meatballs with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

These meatballs are quick to put together, and the sweet taste of cranberry sauce mixed with barbecue sauce will have you wanting more.

Hands-on Time: 8 min. | Total Time: 2 hours | Serves: 7-10 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 40-50 frozen meatballs
  • 1 can (14 oz.) whole cranberry sauce
  • 1 jar (12 oz.) cocktail sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • Green onions, chopped
Directions:
  1. Spray bottom of slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place frozen meatballs in slow cooker.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cranberry sauce, cocktail sauce, brown sugar, water and barbecue sauce. Pour over meatballs.
  3. Cook on high for 2-3 hours.
  4. Serve and garnish with chopped green onions.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 440, Calories from Fat 160, Total Fat 18g (28% DV), Saturated Fat 8g (40% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 40mg (13% DV), Sodium 1260mg (52% DV), Carbohydrates 59g (20% DV), Dietary Fiber 1g (4% DV), Sugars 51g, Protein 11g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 2%, Iron 10%.

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Deviled Eggs with Sage

Deviled Eggs with Sage

Switch up your basic deviled egg recipe with this better-for-you version with a hint of fall mixed in.

Hands-on Time: 15 min. | Total Time: 27 min. | Serves: 12 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp. Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp. sage
  • ¼ tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Paprika, fresh sage or thyme for garnish
Directions:
  1. Place eggs in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Over high heat, bring to a rapid boil. As soon as the water comes to a boil, turn off the heat and cover the eggs. Set a timer for 12 minutes. Once cooked, put the eggs in a bowl filled with ice and water.
  2. Peel eggs and slice them in half, lengthwise. Remove yolks and set them in a medium bowl.
  3. In the medium bowl, add the yogurt, mustard, garlic powder, sage, thyme and salt. Stir until well combined.
  4. Fill the whites with the yolk mixture. Top with paprika, fresh sage or fresh thyme.
  5. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 40, Calories from Fat 20, Total Fat 2.5g (4% DV), Saturated Fat 1g (5% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 95mg (32% DV), Sodium 260mg (11% DV), Carbohydrates < 1g (0% DV), Dietary Fiber 0g (0% DV), Sugars 0g, Protein 4g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 2%, Iron 2%.

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Apple Slab Pie

Apple Slab Pie

This pie can feed a crowd! The sweet smell of apples and cinnamon will fill your home as it bakes, creating the perfect Thanksgiving aroma.

Hands-on Time: 50 min. | Total Time: 3 hours 50 min. | Serves: 18 | Difficulty: Medium

Crust:
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1¾ cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • ¾ cup ice water

Egg wash:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp. milk

Filling:

  • 1½ cups cornflake cereal, crushed
  • 4 lbs. apples, peeled and sliced
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg

Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp. milk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
Directions:
  1. For the pie crust: Mix the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Add the butter and use a pastry blender to cut the bitter into the mixture. Mix until it resembles a coarse meal. Add 1 tablespoon of ice water in at a time and continue stirring. Add water in until the dough begins to form large clumps. Divide the dough in half. Roll each half into 1” thick discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  2. For the filling: Mix all filling ingredients together in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  4. For the chilled pie crust: on a lightly floured surface, roll one half of the dough into an 18”x13” rectangle. Place the dough into a 10”x15” casserole dish. Trim edges to be 1”.
  5. Spread the crushed cornflakes on top of the crust.
  6. Spread the filling evenly on top of the cornflakes.
  7. Roll out the second half of the pie dough in the same way as the first half. Drape over the filling and fold the bottom crust’s overhang over the edges. Crimp down sides. Cut slits in the top of the crust. Brush with the egg wash.
  8. Bake the slab pie for 40-45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  9. For the glaze: whisk all ingredients together and drizzle over warm crust.
  10. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.

Wine Pairing: Gewürztraminer

Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 370, Calories from Fat 160, Total Fat 18g (28% DV), Saturated Fat 11g (55% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 60mg (20% DV), Sodium 220mg (9% DV), Carbohydrates 50g (17% DV), Dietary Fiber 2g (8% DV), Sugars 25g, Protein 4g, Vitamin A 15%, Vitamin C 8%, Calcium 2%, Iron 8%.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Treat your guests with this delectable alternative to traditional pumpkin pie.

Hands-on Time: 15 min. | Total Time: 2 hours | Serves: 9 | Difficulty: Easy

Crust:
  • 1½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 5 Tbsp. melted butter
Cheesecake:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Garnish:
  • Whipped cream
  • Pumpkin pie spice
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8”x8” baking dish with foil.
  2. Combine all crust ingredients together and press into the bottom of the baking dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer on high speed until smooth. Add the eggs, sour cream, sugar, pumpkin, pumpkin spice, cinnamon and vanilla.
  4. Pour over crust. Bake for 40-50 minutes. Allow to cook on a wire rack and then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  5. Top with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.
  6. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.

Wine Pairing: Sherry

Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 370, Calories from Fat 170, Total Fat 19g (29% DV), Saturated Fat 10g (50% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 90mg (30% DV), Sodium 230mg (10% DV), Carbohydrates 45g (15% DV), Dietary Fiber 2g (8% DV), Sugars 33g, Protein 5g, Vitamin A 120%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 6%, Iron 8%

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Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

If you have lots of leftovers from your Thanksgiving dinner, this recipe is a great way to combine them to create a delicious meal.

Hands-on Time: 10 min. | Total Time: 40 min. | Serves: 4-6 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups leftover stuffing
  • 3 cups leftover turkey
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 cup gravy
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • Chopped parsley
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray an 8”x8” casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Press the stuffing into the bottom of the dish.
  3. Mix together the turkey, vegetables and gravy in a bowl, then pour on top of the stuffing.
  4. Spoon the mashed potatoes on top of the gravy mixture.
  5. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley.
  6. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.

Wine Pairing: White Burgundy

Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 350, Calories from Fat 110, Total Fat 12g (18% DV), Saturated Fat 4g (20% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 80mg (27% DV), Sodium 920mg (38% DV), Carbohydrates 32g (11% DV), Dietary Fiber 4g (16% DV), Sugars 3g, Protein 26g, Vitamin A 30%, Vitamin C 8%, Calcium 6%, Iron 10%.

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Leftover Stuffing Cakes

Leftover Stuffing Cakes

If you’re still craving Thanksgiving dinner and have tons of leftover stuffing, combine it with an egg and you have the perfect breakfast to satisfy your cravings.

Hands-on Time: 15 min. | Total Time: 15 min. | Serves: 1 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup leftover stuffing
  • 1 egg
  • 2 pieces bacon
Directions:
  1. Heat leftover stuffing in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Cook the bacon in a pan.
  3. In a small skillet, fry the egg to desired doneness.
  4. Put stuffing in a bowl and layer with the fried egg. Have bacon on the side or layer on top of egg.
  5. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 490, Calories from Fat 240, Total Fat 27g (42% DV), Saturated Fat 7g (35% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 200mg (67% DV), Sodium 1280mg (53% DV), Carbohydrates 44g (15% DV), Dietary Fiber 6g (24% DV), Sugars 4g, Protein 18g, Vitamin A 20%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 10%, Iron 20%.

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Mini Twists for Your Thanksgiving Recipes

Mini Twists for Your Thanksgiving Recipes

Good things come in small packages. Give a mini twist to some of your favorite holiday appetizers, sides and desserts to surprise and delight friends and family. These recipe ideas will add a little fun to your festive Thanksgiving menu!

Appetizer: Mini Pumpkin Cheese Balls

Turn your annual “must-have” cheddar cheese ball recipe into bite-size mini pumpkins. After blending the mixture, chill until firm. With the smaller end of a melon baller, scoop out little cheese balls and place each one on a cracker. Insert a short piece of green onion or chive at the top of each for a stem. Draw vertical lines around each ball with a toothpick, from the top to the bottom, like the lines on a pumpkin. Chill again until serving time.

Side Dish: Mini Pumpkin Bowls

Serve one of your favorite side dishes, such as a wild rice and cranberry casserole, in individual mini pumpkins to brighten your holiday table. Just place as many mini pumpkins as you need on a baking sheet (without touching) and bake at 400°F for 25 minutes. Let cool, then slice off the top and scoop out seeds and some of the pulp, leaving a 1” shell. Fill each with warm side dish when ready to serve.

Dessert: Mini Candy & Cookie Acorns

Add fanciful fall harvest flair to your candy bowl or dessert tray with these holiday acorns. You’ll need chocolate or pumpkin spice kiss candies, mini vanilla wafers and butterscotch or peanut butter chips, plus melted chocolate to hold them together. Just spread a bit of melted chocolate on the bottom of a kiss candy, and press it to the underside of a mini vanilla wafer. Turn them over and “glue” one chip on top of the cookie with a bit more melted chocolate. Let set until firm.

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Make Thanksgiving a Real Get-Together

Make Thanksgiving a Real Get-Together

Teamwork makes Thanksgiving work. Embrace the festivities as family and friends time and plan ahead so everyone can pitch in. Simple ideas like exploring how to say “thanks” in different languages and a special Thanksgiving soundtrack can add lively new dimensions to your holiday celebration.

  1. Invite guests to arrive early – real early: Like, the day before. Ask a few guests or family members (especially those who live nearby) to spend an hour or two helping find the good dishes, iron linens, vacuum, dust, do flower arrangements or make pies. Many hands make light work. Get the party started early.
  2. Pick teams to help out: On the big day, invite guests to arrive a few hours before dinnertime. (Have a few extra snacks ready, as everyone will be hungry, thinking of the feast ahead.) Pass around a festive jar to pick teams for prep activities. Have several slips in the jar for each of the tasks, such as peeling potatoes, making a centerpiece, setting the table, making name cards (provide a list of guests), and doing dishes afterward. Later arrivals can be nominated for dishwashing duty!
  3. Learn to say “danke”: Keep the focus on the meaning of the holiday, but make it fun and expand your global horizons. Look up how to say “thank you” in various languages and incorporate the words into your décor. Add one on each place card, paint them on mini pumpkins, insert cards in floral arrangements, or write them on a tag and slip them into folded napkins or napkin rings. Guests can share them and learn how to pronounce them.
  4. One for all and all for one: The kids’ table is a time-honored tradition, but mix things up this year – combine the generations. Extend your table with plywood, a sawhorse and extra cloths, or use a long rental table in an area where you have extra room. Use place cards to alternate the little ones with grownups that can help them if needed. Set places for children with kid-friendly glasses and extra napkins and large placemats. All can be together for the main meal, then plan an activity for the kids while the grownups linger over pie and coffee.
  5. Play DJ with a Thanksgiving theme: The attitude is gratitude, as they say. Music gets people moving. Put together a playlist of songs that all have “Thank You” in the title. You’ll be surprised how many there are. Time to dance!

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The Simple Solution for a Perfect Host Gift

The Simple Solution for a Perfect Host Gift

We all like to express appreciation for an invite, but sometimes there’s that awkward little shuffle at the door. Your host greets you with a hectic hello and a quick thanks, while thinking about their simmering pots on the stove or the appetizers that need to go on a tray.

Opening a gift and expressing proper appreciation, or running off to find a vase for flowers, is not #1 on their list of priorities in the moment.

Here’s a simple solution – simply put together an R&R kit that they can use to unwind the day after the party and seal the deal with a large, mysterious tag that says “Don’t Open for 24 Hours.”

Your host can set it aside guilt-free and look forward to a surprise the next day.

What goes in the R&R gift? If you know the host well, you can choose their favorite ways to relax. If you don’t, there are treats that almost everyone enjoys.

  • Candies, chocolates, miniature cookies, fudge
  • Spa day essentials like lovely bubble baths, soaps and lotions
  • Gift Card for their favorite music downloads
  • Pretty teacup, tea or coffee and imported shortbread
  • Gift Card for a movie or dinner
  • Interesting bottle of wine and a fun wine bottle stopper
  • Luxurious beeswax candles
  • Gift Card or certificate for a massage and essential oils
  • Cute picnic blanket, two glasses and a bottle of wine
  • Artisan marble cheese board, cheese and crackers

Pack your choice in a cute box or bag labeled “R&R Kit” and remember the big tag that says “Don’t Open for 24 Hours.”

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Six Tips to Make Thanksgiving Prep Easier

Six Tips to Make Thanksgiving Prep Easier

Thanksgiving revolves around food (see Tip #1) and these simple suggestions will help you pull together your holiday feast faster and easier than ever. Increase your storage space and speed up the chores with these handy tips!

  1. Put a turntable on a refrigerator shelf: No more small stuff hiding in the back. Quickly find that jar of pickles or the cranberry sauce you made yesterday.
  2. Divide and conquer the market: Instead of one mammoth shopping trip, go a few days early for all non-perishable items. Then make a quick run the day before Thanksgiving for the fresh produce.
  3. Move your refrigerator racks: When you’re used to looking at refrigerator racks the same way, it’s easy to forget they’re usually adjustable. And if a turntable is on a shelf, you don’t need to reach into the back anymore, so you can lower the shelf above it.
  4. Clip more than coupons: The simple genius of binder clips comes to the rescue when space is tight in fridge or freezer. Clip zip-top bags of vegetables, shredded cheese, sauces or soups to a wire rack and let them hang in the empty space above items on the rack below.
  5. Don’t peel your potatoes before boiling: Just cut through the skin around the middle of each potato, boil until tender and plunge the potatoes in ice water. The rapid change in temperature will make the skins slip off easily in your hands. Re-warm the potatoes and continue with your recipe.
  6. Hog the bathtub: Who needs a large cooler if you are staying home? Fill the bathtub with ice and chill down anything you want to keep frosty. You’ve got lots of room!

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Chic Rustic is the New Holiday Tablescape Trend

Chic Rustic is the New Holiday Tablescape Trend

Change up your Thanksgiving color scheme from the usual brown, burgundy and orange. Try the chic rustic style – also called modern farmhouse.

Cozy, comfortable touches reign in a light and airy, but muted color scheme, based on creamy whites, faded pastels and well-worn, well-loved accessories. Country pieces fit right in. Punches of black and bright white add the modern contrast.

As long as it’s in the color palette, anything goes with this eclectic style, so it’s easy to pull together with what you have already. Silver and galvanized metal both look terrific with chic rustic…dress it up or dress it down!

  • Leave the table bare (no tablecloths to worry about!) or use a white or beige tablecloth. White or creamy lace works, too.
  • Add a burlap table runner or place mats, with trimmed, dried natural wheat stalks tied in bundles with raffia, beige ribbon or strips of burlap at each place setting.
  • Include bright white napkins furled in small canning jar rings with a spring of rosemary, canning jars for water glasses and a cinnamon stick at each setting for a place card holder.
  • Use white plates and serving dishes. Work in some faded pastels with pale blue or pale green cloths to line a basket of rolls.
  • Create a centerpiece of low white candles, small white pumpkins and white flowers in clear glasses on a galvanized metal tray.
  • Incorporate a punch of black to complete the style. Look up – is your chandelier black iron? Perfect. Try a black wrought iron table accessory, such as a trivet or lantern. Look around the house – a low black iron plant stand, scrubbed up, can hold a casserole. A black iron doorstop can be a charming table accent. (Bonus points for an antique animal, fleur-de-lis or star!)

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Three Steps for Achieving “A-List” Pumpkin Bling

Three Steps for Achieving “A-List” Pumpkin Bling

It’s easy to turn into a fab pumpkin stylist and elevate a humble squash right to the top of the A-list for your glam Halloween party. If everyone is dressing up for an elegant evening, make sure your pumpkins are dressed in formal wear, too.

1. Add the Paint

First, choose a pumpkin with an attractive stem, and mask it off with tape. Contrasting stems are chic. Spray your pumpkin white, gold or silver. For more than one pumpkin, spray them all the same color, or mix it up with a variety. Then unwrap the stem and paint with a brush. For a white pumpkin, a silver or gold stem is an elegant touch. For a silver pumpkin, try a gold stem and vice versa. Let the paint dry completely.

2. Add the Bling

Now it’s time to embellish your pumpkin. For an all-over sparkle, use a spray adhesive and then sprinkle glitter over the pumpkin. For swirls, use a paintbrush and liquid glue or a hot glue gun to paint designs on the pumpkin and sprinkle glitter on the wet glue. You can also use a hot glue gun to adhere clear craft rhinestones, craft pearls or metallic ribbons. Even easier – use silver decorative thumb or carpet tacks and just press into the pumpkin in bands, swirls or any design you wish.

3. Add Custom Touches

Use gold or silver metallic craft markers to write a message on the pumpkins. (Tip: You can write names on white mini pumpkins instead of using place cards at a formal fall dinner.)

For a centerpiece or mantel accent, make a blingy pumpkin vase. Slice the top off a pumpkin and hollow it out. Paint the pumpkin exterior white. Add bling as desired. Add water and fill with white flowers such as white camellias, roses, carnations, chrysanthemums, stephanotis or gardenia.

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Brrr…illiant Solutions for Winter Storage

Brrr…illiant Solutions for Winter Storage

Win the winter storage game with these recycling/upcycling tips for keeping cold weather gear ready to go outside. And for dealing with it when it arrives, wet and dripping, back inside.

  • Taming tangled scarves: A variety of neckwear seems to multiply in every corner of the house, but you can’t seem to find one when you need it. Clip plastic six-pack rings to a coat hanger in the hall closet and thread a scarf through each ring to keep scarves organized.
  • Keeping gloves handy: Cardboard six-pack bottle carriers are perfect for keeping on a hall table and filling with mittens, one pair to a cubby. If the cardboard gets wet or dirty? Put it in the recycling bin and grab another.
  • Housebreaking drippy boots: Winter can be a rocky road for your floors, especially when snow melts off your boots into puddles. Tame the mess and add an intriguing accent by placing a large boot tray filled with river rocks to act as a “drain pan” by the front door.
  • Scoring a hat trick: You know that collection of tall candlesticks that you only use a few times a year? Line them up on your hall table and pull one wool hat over the top of each. You’ve got a campy artistic touch, a great way to air out your hats, and a reliable strategy that keeps them ready to go, all in one!
  • Toting snow pants: Kids aren’t so great at hanging things up. Make it easy for them by getting several plastic mesh tote bags (with handles) to hang low in the closet. You can personalize with their names, or just color code them. Little ones can stuff their pants in the tote – the mesh lets them dry out, and they can be quickly pulled out again when needed.

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Fill Your Home with the Welcoming Scents of Fall

Fill Your Home with the Welcoming Scents of Fall

When you want to create autumn magic, there’s no need to keep a saucepan of cinnamon boiling on the stove, or logs burning in the fireplace. Put your slow cooker to work for wonderful fall fragrances. Cheer yourself up on a frosty day, or welcome guests with the scents of the season.

These simmering potpourris are also handy for using up apples, oranges or lemons that are past their best.

Choose a recipe:

Cranberry-Citrus-Clove:
  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
Classic Apple Pie:
  • 2 apples, sliced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
Sage, Rosemary & Thyme:
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

Add the ingredients to your slow cooker and fill about halfway with water. The fruit will float at first, so press the pieces down to make sure the water is at least one inch higher than ingredients. Turn slow cooker to low. Do not put the top on. (It’s a habit!)

You can substitute fresh herbs if you have them, just use three times the measure of the dried herbs. Do check the water now and then and replace as needed. Enjoy the cozy fragrance all day!

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5 Top Thanksgiving Stains & How to Make Them Disappear

5 Top Thanksgiving Stains & How to Make Them Disappear

One big holiday table, ten hungry people and a dozen dishes being passed around create an ideal combination for food stains. But there are plenty of household staple “magic ingredients” that will help make stain removal easy.

These tips are for white or very light-colored clothing and table linens. If you have a colored item, first test your treatment somewhere inconspicuous to check for color-fastness.

One more important note, right up front: If you can still see a bit of stain after running the item through the washing machine, try one more round of stain removal and wash it again. Don’t put the item in the dryer, hoping it will look better when dry – heat will set the stain and make it permanent.

1. Gravy

Everyone’s Thanksgiving must-have is at the top of the list because it’s a double whammy combo stain – greasy pan drippings and butter (cream) are combined. Magic ingredient: Liquid dish soap.

First, scrape and rinse off all the gravy solids with water. Scrub a bit of liquid dish soap into the stain with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Let sit for about 20 minutes. Rinse with water again. Now you can pre-treat with a laundry stain remover. Wash in the hottest water the fabric will allow, using chlorine bleach or color-safe bleach, depending on fabric instructions.

2. Cranberries

The tannins that give cranberries their healthy properties also give them the power to make that red color stain just about anything. Magic ingredients: Distilled white vinegar and liquid dish soap.

Mix 2 cups water, 1 cup distilled vinegar and ½ cup liquid dish soap. Soak the stained area in this solution for about 15 minutes. Remove and rinse thoroughly with cold water. If a little stain remains, repeat the soaking process. Then wash in the hottest water the fabric will allow.

3. Pumpkin

That festive orange color isn't so festive on your white tablecloth or good shirt. You need a special agent to help fight this protein stain. Magic ingredients: enzyme-based laundry pre-wash (the bottles will say enzymes on the label) and liquid dish soap. Rinse the stain with cold water. Rub in an enzyme-based pre-wash solution with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Let sit about 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water again. Now rub in liquid dish soap with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse again, then wash in hot water.

4. Red Wine

Red wine is famous for not wanting to leave a party. It wants to stick around…forever! Hasten it on its way with two surprising staples. Magic ingredients: table salt and club soda.

Don’t rub a wine stain - that makes it worse. Instead, rinse it with cold water. Cover the stain with table salt. Let sit about 15 minutes. Pour club soda over the salt and let it sit for several hours. Rinse with very hot water. Now you can run it through the washing machine.

5. Butter

Everything is better with butter, except your favorite tablecloth, dress or pants. Magic ingredients: baking soda and liquid dish soap.

Take a piece of thick cardboard and slide it under the stain. You know how a greasy stain seems to spread to anything beneath it? Use that to your advantage and let the cardboard soak it up. It also gives you leverage for scrubbing. Rub a bit of dishwashing liquid into the stain with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Let sit about half an hour. Rinse and then apply a paste of baking soda and water. Let that sit about half an hour. Scrub with the toothbrush, and rinse. Then launder in hot water.

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Avocado and Clementine Salad

Avocado and Clementine Salad

This salad with a sweet and sour dressing is just the thing for holiday entertaining.

Hands-on Time: 30 min. | Total Time: 30 min. | Serves: 6 | Difficulty: Easy

Salad:
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 clementines, segmented
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly chopped
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
Sweet and sour dressing:
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Dash of pepper
Directions:
  1. In a saucepan over low heat, cook the almonds and sugar, stirring constantly until the sugar is melted and coated onto the almonds. Allow to cool and break apart.
  2. For the sweet and sour dressing: mix all ingredients together in a salad shaker.
  3. Wash and cut the romaine lettuce into bite-size pieces, then set in a large bowl. Cut the avocado into small pieces and add to the lettuce. Peel the clementines and break into segments and add to the lettuce. Add the celery, green onion and sugared almonds.
  4. Toss with the sweet and sour dressing until well combined.
  5. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 150, Calories from Fat 60, Total Fat 7g (11% DV), Saturated Fat 1g (5% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 190mg (8% DV), Carbohydrates 22g (7% DV), Dietary Fiber 6g (24% DV), Sugars 15g, Protein 3g, Vitamin A 190%, Vitamin C 35%, Calcium 6%, Iron 8%. 

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Beet Salad with Oranges

Beet Salad with Oranges

A light citrus dressing coats this simple salad, creating a light and tasty side dish.

Hands-on Time: 15 min. | Total Time: 75 min. | Serves: 5-8 | Difficulty: Easy

Vinaigrette:
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
Salad:
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce
  • 3 cooked beets, cut into chunks
  • 1 orange, peeled and segmented
  • ¼ cup goat cheese crumbles
Directions:
  1. For the vinaigrette: combine all ingredients in a salad dressing shaker or whisk together in a small bowl.
  2. Cut romaine lettuce into bite-size pieces and place in a bowl. Add beets, orange segments and goat cheese to the romaine lettuce and drizzle with the vinaigrette.
  3. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 300, Calories from Fat 160, Total Fat 18g (28% DV), Saturated Fat 8g (40% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 20mg (7% DV), Sodium 270mg (11% DV), Carbohydrates 26g (9% DV), Dietary Fiber 8g (32% DV), Sugars 17g, Protein 13g, Vitamin A 450%, Vitamin C 50%, Calcium 15%, Iron 20%.

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Quinoa Spinach Salad

Quinoa Spinach Salad

Fill this salad with your favorite fruits to add a zestful taste and texture for a light side dish.

Hands-on Time: 20 min. | Total Time: 25 min. | Serves: 6-8 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • ½ cup dry quinoa
Dressing:
  • ½ tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • ½ mango, peeled and chopped
  • ½ kiwi, peeled and chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
Salad:
  • 1 bag (8 oz.) spinach
  • ¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange, peeled and segmented
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup blackberries
  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped
Directions:
  1. Cook quinoa according to the package directions and set aside.
  2. For the dressing: combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  3. For the salad: place spinach in a large bowl and add the remaining ingredients, including the cooked quinoa. Toss until well combined.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.
  5. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 150, Calories from Fat 70, Total Fat 9g (14% DV), Saturated Fat 1g (5% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 35mg (1% DV), Carbohydrates 16g (5% DV), Dietary Fiber 3g (12% DV), Sugars 6g, Protein 3g, Vitamin A 60%, Vitamin C 60%, Calcium 6%, Iron 8%.

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Stuffing Muffins

Stuffing Muffins

Serve these pre-portioned traditional stuffing muffins that everyone will enjoy for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Hands-on Time: 35 min. | Total Time: 90 min. | Serves: 12 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 10 cups (16 oz.) hearty white bread
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups chicken broth
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Cut bread into ½" cubes. Place bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, tossing bread cubes halfway through. Remove from oven and place bread cubes in a large bowl.
  2. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large skillet, sauté the butter, onion and celery until softened on medium heat. Stir in the garlic, salt and pepper.
  4. Combine the vegetables to the bread cubes. Whisk together the eggs and chicken broth. Pour over bread mixture and stir until bread is soaked.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the muffin tin and bake for 45-55 minutes.
  6. Serve and refrigerate leftovers. Tip: Freeze leftovers in individual bags for a special weekday meal.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 160, Calories from Fat 50, Total Fat 6g (9% DV), Saturated Fat 3g (15% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 40mg (13% DV), Sodium 400mg (17% DV), Carbohydrates 21g (7% DV), Dietary Fiber 2g (8% DV), Sugars 3g, Protein 5g, Vitamin A 6%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 8%, Iron 8%.

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Cranberry Apple Rosemary Stuffing

Cranberry Apple Rosemary Stuffing

Spice up your Thanksgiving stuffing with this recipe! Cranberries and apples stuff even more flavor into every bite.

Hands-on Time: 30 min. | Total Time: 90 min. | Serves: 12 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 10 cups (16 oz.) hearty white bread
  • ½ cup butter
  • 5 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 large Braeburn apples, cored and chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ tsp. dried sage
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups chicken broth
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Cut bread into ½” cubes. Put bread cubes on a baking sheet in an even layer and allow to cook for 15 minutes, tossing bread cubes halfway through. Remove from the oven and put the bread cubes in a large bowl.
  2. In a large skillet, sauté the butter, chopped celery and onion until lightly browned. Add apples and sauté until they are slightly softened. Remove from heat and toss in the cranberries, thyme, sage, rosemary, parsley and salt.
  3. Pour apple mixture over bread cubes. Combine the eggs with the chicken broth and pour over bread mixture until all bread cubes are soaked through.
  4. Spray an 8”x13” baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spread bread mixture into the baking dish in an even layer. Cover with foil and baked for 20 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for 30-40 more minutes.
  5. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 240, Calories from Fat 90, Total Fat 10g (15% DV), Saturated Fat 5g (25% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 50mg (17% DV), Sodium 400mg (17% DV), Carbohydrates 34g (11% DV), Dietary Fiber 3g (12% DV), Sugars 13g, Protein 5g, Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 6%, Calcium 8%, Iron 10%.

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Apple Sangria

Apple Sangria

Create the perfect fall beverage with fresh-picked apples in this apple sangria.

Hands-on Time: 15 min. | Total Time: 75 min. | Serves: 6-8 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 1 bottle (750 ml.) white wine
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 Honeycrisp apple, sliced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, sliced
  • 1 orange, peeled and segmented
  • 2 pears, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 bottle (750 ml.) sparkling white wine or champagne
  • Rosemary for garnish
Directions:
  1. In a large pitcher, combine white wine, apple cider, apples, orange, pears and cranberries.
  2. Let chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  3. Serve over ice with sparkling white wine, garnish with rosemary.
  4. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 210, Calories from Fat 0, Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Saturated Fat 0g (0% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 10mg (0% DV), Carbohydrates 19g (6% DV), Dietary Fiber 3g (12% DV), Sugars 12g, Protein < 1g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 25%, Calcium 4%, Iron 4%.

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Blackberry Mojito

Blackberry Mojito

Start your holiday celebration with this light and refreshing drink.

Hands-on Time: 10 min. | Total Time: 10 min. | Serves: 1 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 6 fresh blackberries, rinsed
  • 4 fresh mint leaves, rinsed
  • 4 Tbsp. simple syrup
  • 1½ Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup club soda, chilled
  • ¼ cup light rum
  • 1 cup ice cubes
Directions:
  1. In a small bowl, place blackberries, mint leaves, simple syrup and lime juice, then gently mash the mixture together with a fork.
  2. Stir in the club soda and rum.
  3. Strain the mixture into a glass, removing the blackberry seeds and mint leaves, and add ice cubes.
  4. Serve with fresh sprigs of mint and whole blackberries.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 380, Calories from Fat 0, Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Saturated Fat 0g (0% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 40mg (2% DV), Carbohydrates 51g (17% DV), Dietary Fiber 3g (12% DV), Sugars 48g, Protein < 1g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 30%, Calcium 2%, Iron 2%.

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Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This vegetable dish adds a little sweetness from maple syrup and juicy pomegranate seeds.

Hands-on Time: 10 min. | Total Time: 60 min. | Serves: 5-8 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Brussels sprouts
  • 3 medium red potatoes, washed
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut the bottoms of the Brussels sprouts off, then cut in half. Cut potatoes to a similar size, about ½” pieces.
  3. Place Brussels sprouts and potatoes in an 8”x8” baking dish. Sprinkle red pepper flakes, salt and pepper over Brussels sprouts and potatoes. Drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Cook Brussels sprouts and potatoes for 40-50 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through.
  5. Remove from oven and drizzle the maple syrup over the Brussels sprouts and potatoes, then stir in the pomegranate seeds.
  6. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 110, Calories from Fat 30, Total Fat 3.5g (5% DV), Saturated Fat 0.5g (2% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 90mg (4% DV), Carbohydrates 18g (6% DV), Dietary Fiber 2g (8% DV), Sugars 6g, Protein 2g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 40%, Calcium 2%, Iron 6%.

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Potato, Squash and Goat Cheese Casserole

Potato, Squash and Goat Cheese Casserole

This potato and squash casserole is a healthy side dish option that still packs big flavor.

Hands-on Time: 20 min. | Total Time: 70 min. | Serves: 6-9 | Difficulty: Medium

Ingredients:
  • 2 medium yellow summer squash, washed
  • 2 russet potatoes, washed
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a 7”x11” casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Slice the squash and potatoes into very thin slices. Toss with olive oil and layer a third of the squash and potato slices in the bottom of the casserole dish. Top with half of the goat cheese evenly. Repeat this process again, while also seasoning with half of the salt and pepper. Finish by layering the final third of the vegetables and topping with the rest of the salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the milk over the entire dish and top with the Parmesan cheese. Bake with foil over the dish for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for 15-20 more minutes. Sprinkle with fresh basil after removing the dish from the oven.
  4. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 130, Calories from Fat 70, Total Fat 8g (12% DV), Saturated Fat 2.5g (12% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 5mg (2% DV), Sodium 180mg (8% DV), Carbohydrates 11g (4% DV), Dietary Fiber 1g (4% DV), Sugars 2g, Protein 5g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 15%, Calcium 10%, Iron 4%.

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Meringue Topping

Sweet Potato Casserole with Meringue Topping

Everyone will be wanting seconds this Thanksgiving, when you bring this orange-infused sweet potato casserole with a gooey maple-pecan layer!

Hands-on Time: 40 min. | Total Time: 60 min. | Serves: 9-12 | Difficulty: Hard

Ingredients:
  • 2 lbs. sweet potatoes
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 1 tsp. salt, divided
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
Directions:
  1. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into 1½” chunks. Place in a large saucepan and cover with water. Over high heat, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are tender. Drain the water from the saucepan.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of butter, ½ teaspoon of salt, and cinnamon to the sweet potatoes. Mash the sweet potatoes with a potato masher until there are no large lumps.
  3. Add the orange juice and continue mashing until the mixture is smooth.
  4. Position oven rack to the upper third part of the oven and heat broiler. Spray an 9”x9” casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Beat egg whites with a mixer until soft peaks form. Mix sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and stir until the sugar dissolves. Bring back to a boil and heat until a candy thermometer reaches 238F. Drizzle sugar syrup into the egg white mixture while continuing to use the mixer. Beat for about 2 more minutes. Set the meringue aside.
  6. Mix the maple syrup, the remaining butter and remaining salt in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil, then add the pecans and cook for 1-2 more minutes, while stirring constantly.
  7. Spread the sweet potatoes into the casserole dish. Top with the pecans. Spoon the meringue over the top of the casserole.
  8. Broil for 1-2 minutes, until the top is browned.
  9. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 160, Calories from Fat 50, Total Fat 6g (9% DV), Saturated Fat 2g (10% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 10mg (3% DV), Sodium 250mg (10% DV), Carbohydrates 24g (8% DV), Dietary Fiber 3g (12% DV), Sugars 11g, Protein 2g, Vitamin A 220%, Vitamin C 10%, Calcium 4%, Iron 4%.

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Rosemary Parmesan Biscuits

Rosemary Parmesan Biscuits

A little fresh rosemary makes these Thanksgiving biscuits pop!

Hands-on Time: 20 min. | Total Time: 35 min. | Serves: 22 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 6 Tbsp. cold butter, cubed
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, chopped rosemary, Parmesan cheese, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add cubed butter and use a pastry blender to incorporate the butter to the flour mixture.
  3. Add the buttermilk and stir until fully combined.
  4. Lay dough onto a lightly floured surface and toss with more flour until it is no longer sticky. Push dough out until it is ½” thick. Cut out biscuits with a 2” cutter and place on a baking sheet.
  5. Brush the heavy cream on each biscuit.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until biscuits are tall and light gold on top.
  7. Serve and store leftovers in an airtight container.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 80, Calories from Fat 40, Total Fat 4.5g (7% DV), Saturated Fat 3g (15% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 15mg (5% DV), Sodium 150mg (6% DV), Carbohydrates 9g (3% DV), Dietary Fiber 0g (0% DV), Sugars < 1g, Protein 2g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 6%, Iron 2%.

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Orange Glaze

Orange Glaze

This orange glaze tastes great with either your Thanksgiving turkey or your Christmas Ham. All of your guests will enjoy the citrus flavor.

Hands-on Time: 10 min. | Total Time: 20 min. | Serves: 16 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 cup orange liqueur
  • 4 Tbsp. apple cider
  • 2 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
Directions:
  1. In a small saucepan, combine the orange marmalade, orange liqueur, apple cider, orange juice, apple cider vinegar and salt. Cook over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. To use glaze on a roasting turkey: before the last hour of roasting time, brush half of the glaze over the uncovered turkey. Continue roasting the turkey.
  3. Once the turkey has finished, remove from oven and brush on the remaining glaze.
  4. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.

Wine Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc

Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 120, Calories from Fat 20, Total Fat 2g (3% DV), Saturated Fat 1.5g (8% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 5mg (2% DV), Sodium 160mg (7% DV), Carbohydrates 18g (6% DV), Dietary Fiber 0g (0% DV), Sugars 16g, Protein 0g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 0%, Iron 0%.

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Spinach Dippers

Spinach Dippers

These warm and tasty spinach dippers will have all your guests wanting more. The flavorful spinach dip goes perfectly with the flaky crust.

Hands-on Time: 30 min. | Total Time: 45 min. | Serves: 24 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 1¾ cups frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed to drain
  • ¾ cup artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 can (8 oz.) seamless crescent dough
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the spinach, artichoke hearts, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Blend in cream cheese, ½ cup of mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper.
  3. Roll out the crescent dough with a rolling pin to an 8”x12” rectangle. Cut dough into 2” squares.
  4. Lightly grease a mini muffin tin. Place a square in each slot and gently push down to create an indent.
  5. Scoop 1 teaspoon of spinach mixture into each crescent square. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese over each spinach dipper.
  6. Bake for 17-20 minutes, until golden brown. Allow to cool in tray for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 70, Calories from Fat 35, Total Fat 4g (6% DV), Saturated Fat 2g (10% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 10mg (3% DV), Sodium 170mg (7% DV), Carbohydrates 6g (2% DV), Dietary Fiber < 1g (3% DV), Sugars 1g, Protein 3g, Vitamin A 35%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 8%, Iron 2%.

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Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin Hummus

Treat your guests to this homemade hummus that’s full of tasty fall flavors.

Hands-on Time: 10 min. | Total Time: 10 min. | Serves: 10 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 1 can (15.5 oz.) chickpeas, rinsed
  • ⅔ cup pumpkin puree
  • ⅓ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
Directions:
  1. In a small saucepan, warm the chickpeas until they are just warm to the touch.
  2. In a food processor, layer the pumpkin puree, Greek yogurt, maple syrup and spices. Pulse until well combined.
  3. Add the chickpeas and process until creamy.
  4. Serve with apples, graham crackers, cinnamon sugar pita chips or gingersnap cookies.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 70, Calories from Fat 10, Total Fat 1g (2% DV), Saturated Fat 0g (0% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 130mg (5% DV), Carbohydrates 13g (4% DV), Dietary Fiber 2g (8% DV), Sugars 6g, Protein 3g, Vitamin A 40%, Vitamin C 2%, Calcium 4%, Iron 4%.

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Pesto Pinwheels

Pesto Pinwheels

If you’re in need of a super quick and super tasty appetizer, then these pesto pinwheels are what you need. They’ll be a hit at any gathering.

Hands-on Time: 10 min. | Total Time: 35 min. | Serves: 12 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 1 can (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent dough sheet
  • ¼ cup basil pesto
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Lay out the dough onto parchment paper. Spread a thin layer of the basil pesto over the dough.
  3. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the basil pesto.
  4. Roll the dough into a tight log. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  5. Cut into 1” rounds and lay pinwheels onto a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.
  7. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 110, Calories from Fat 50, Total Fat 6g (9% DV), Saturated Fat 2g (10% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 5mg (2% DV), Sodium 270mg (11% DV), Carbohydrates 10g (3% DV), Dietary Fiber 0g (0% DV), Sugars 2g, Protein 4g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 6%, Iron 2%.

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Slow Cooker Meatballs with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

Slow Cooker Meatballs with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

These meatballs are quick to put together, and the sweet taste of cranberry sauce mixed with barbecue sauce will have you wanting more.

Hands-on Time: 8 min. | Total Time: 2 hours | Serves: 7-10 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 40-50 frozen meatballs
  • 1 can (14 oz.) whole cranberry sauce
  • 1 jar (12 oz.) cocktail sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • Green onions, chopped
Directions:
  1. Spray bottom of slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place frozen meatballs in slow cooker.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cranberry sauce, cocktail sauce, brown sugar, water and barbecue sauce. Pour over meatballs.
  3. Cook on high for 2-3 hours.
  4. Serve and garnish with chopped green onions.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 440, Calories from Fat 160, Total Fat 18g (28% DV), Saturated Fat 8g (40% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 40mg (13% DV), Sodium 1260mg (52% DV), Carbohydrates 59g (20% DV), Dietary Fiber 1g (4% DV), Sugars 51g, Protein 11g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 2%, Iron 10%.

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Deviled Eggs with Sage

Deviled Eggs with Sage

Switch up your basic deviled egg recipe with this better-for-you version with a hint of fall mixed in.

Hands-on Time: 15 min. | Total Time: 27 min. | Serves: 12 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp. Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp. sage
  • ¼ tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Paprika, fresh sage or thyme for garnish
Directions:
  1. Place eggs in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Over high heat, bring to a rapid boil. As soon as the water comes to a boil, turn off the heat and cover the eggs. Set a timer for 12 minutes. Once cooked, put the eggs in a bowl filled with ice and water.
  2. Peel eggs and slice them in half, lengthwise. Remove yolks and set them in a medium bowl.
  3. In the medium bowl, add the yogurt, mustard, garlic powder, sage, thyme and salt. Stir until well combined.
  4. Fill the whites with the yolk mixture. Top with paprika, fresh sage or fresh thyme.
  5. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 40, Calories from Fat 20, Total Fat 2.5g (4% DV), Saturated Fat 1g (5% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 95mg (32% DV), Sodium 260mg (11% DV), Carbohydrates < 1g (0% DV), Dietary Fiber 0g (0% DV), Sugars 0g, Protein 4g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 2%, Iron 2%.

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Apple Slab Pie

Apple Slab Pie

This pie can feed a crowd! The sweet smell of apples and cinnamon will fill your home as it bakes, creating the perfect Thanksgiving aroma.

Hands-on Time: 50 min. | Total Time: 3 hours 50 min. | Serves: 18 | Difficulty: Medium

Crust:
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1¾ cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • ¾ cup ice water

Egg wash:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp. milk

Filling:

  • 1½ cups cornflake cereal, crushed
  • 4 lbs. apples, peeled and sliced
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg

Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp. milk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
Directions:
  1. For the pie crust: Mix the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Add the butter and use a pastry blender to cut the bitter into the mixture. Mix until it resembles a coarse meal. Add 1 tablespoon of ice water in at a time and continue stirring. Add water in until the dough begins to form large clumps. Divide the dough in half. Roll each half into 1” thick discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  2. For the filling: Mix all filling ingredients together in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  4. For the chilled pie crust: on a lightly floured surface, roll one half of the dough into an 18”x13” rectangle. Place the dough into a 10”x15” casserole dish. Trim edges to be 1”.
  5. Spread the crushed cornflakes on top of the crust.
  6. Spread the filling evenly on top of the cornflakes.
  7. Roll out the second half of the pie dough in the same way as the first half. Drape over the filling and fold the bottom crust’s overhang over the edges. Crimp down sides. Cut slits in the top of the crust. Brush with the egg wash.
  8. Bake the slab pie for 40-45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  9. For the glaze: whisk all ingredients together and drizzle over warm crust.
  10. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.

Wine Pairing: Gewürztraminer

Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 370, Calories from Fat 160, Total Fat 18g (28% DV), Saturated Fat 11g (55% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 60mg (20% DV), Sodium 220mg (9% DV), Carbohydrates 50g (17% DV), Dietary Fiber 2g (8% DV), Sugars 25g, Protein 4g, Vitamin A 15%, Vitamin C 8%, Calcium 2%, Iron 8%.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Treat your guests with this delectable alternative to traditional pumpkin pie.

Hands-on Time: 15 min. | Total Time: 2 hours | Serves: 9 | Difficulty: Easy

Crust:
  • 1½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 5 Tbsp. melted butter
Cheesecake:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Garnish:
  • Whipped cream
  • Pumpkin pie spice
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8”x8” baking dish with foil.
  2. Combine all crust ingredients together and press into the bottom of the baking dish.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer on high speed until smooth. Add the eggs, sour cream, sugar, pumpkin, pumpkin spice, cinnamon and vanilla.
  4. Pour over crust. Bake for 40-50 minutes. Allow to cook on a wire rack and then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  5. Top with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.
  6. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.

Wine Pairing: Sherry

Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 370, Calories from Fat 170, Total Fat 19g (29% DV), Saturated Fat 10g (50% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 90mg (30% DV), Sodium 230mg (10% DV), Carbohydrates 45g (15% DV), Dietary Fiber 2g (8% DV), Sugars 33g, Protein 5g, Vitamin A 120%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 6%, Iron 8%

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Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

If you have lots of leftovers from your Thanksgiving dinner, this recipe is a great way to combine them to create a delicious meal.

Hands-on Time: 10 min. | Total Time: 40 min. | Serves: 4-6 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups leftover stuffing
  • 3 cups leftover turkey
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 cup gravy
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • Chopped parsley
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray an 8”x8” casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Press the stuffing into the bottom of the dish.
  3. Mix together the turkey, vegetables and gravy in a bowl, then pour on top of the stuffing.
  4. Spoon the mashed potatoes on top of the gravy mixture.
  5. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley.
  6. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.

Wine Pairing: White Burgundy

Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 350, Calories from Fat 110, Total Fat 12g (18% DV), Saturated Fat 4g (20% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 80mg (27% DV), Sodium 920mg (38% DV), Carbohydrates 32g (11% DV), Dietary Fiber 4g (16% DV), Sugars 3g, Protein 26g, Vitamin A 30%, Vitamin C 8%, Calcium 6%, Iron 10%.

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Leftover Stuffing Cakes

Leftover Stuffing Cakes

If you’re still craving Thanksgiving dinner and have tons of leftover stuffing, combine it with an egg and you have the perfect breakfast to satisfy your cravings.

Hands-on Time: 15 min. | Total Time: 15 min. | Serves: 1 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup leftover stuffing
  • 1 egg
  • 2 pieces bacon
Directions:
  1. Heat leftover stuffing in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Cook the bacon in a pan.
  3. In a small skillet, fry the egg to desired doneness.
  4. Put stuffing in a bowl and layer with the fried egg. Have bacon on the side or layer on top of egg.
  5. Serve and refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 490, Calories from Fat 240, Total Fat 27g (42% DV), Saturated Fat 7g (35% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 200mg (67% DV), Sodium 1280mg (53% DV), Carbohydrates 44g (15% DV), Dietary Fiber 6g (24% DV), Sugars 4g, Protein 18g, Vitamin A 20%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 10%, Iron 20%.

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Mini Twists for Your Thanksgiving Recipes

Mini Twists for Your Thanksgiving Recipes

Good things come in small packages. Give a mini twist to some of your favorite holiday appetizers, sides and desserts to surprise and delight friends and family. These recipe ideas will add a little fun to your festive Thanksgiving menu!

Appetizer: Mini Pumpkin Cheese Balls

Turn your annual “must-have” cheddar cheese ball recipe into bite-size mini pumpkins. After blending the mixture, chill until firm. With the smaller end of a melon baller, scoop out little cheese balls and place each one on a cracker. Insert a short piece of green onion or chive at the top of each for a stem. Draw vertical lines around each ball with a toothpick, from the top to the bottom, like the lines on a pumpkin. Chill again until serving time.

Side Dish: Mini Pumpkin Bowls

Serve one of your favorite side dishes, such as a wild rice and cranberry casserole, in individual mini pumpkins to brighten your holiday table. Just place as many mini pumpkins as you need on a baking sheet (without touching) and bake at 400°F for 25 minutes. Let cool, then slice off the top and scoop out seeds and some of the pulp, leaving a 1” shell. Fill each with warm side dish when ready to serve.

Dessert: Mini Candy & Cookie Acorns

Add fanciful fall harvest flair to your candy bowl or dessert tray with these holiday acorns. You’ll need chocolate or pumpkin spice kiss candies, mini vanilla wafers and butterscotch or peanut butter chips, plus melted chocolate to hold them together. Just spread a bit of melted chocolate on the bottom of a kiss candy, and press it to the underside of a mini vanilla wafer. Turn them over and “glue” one chip on top of the cookie with a bit more melted chocolate. Let set until firm.

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Make Thanksgiving a Real Get-Together

Make Thanksgiving a Real Get-Together

Teamwork makes Thanksgiving work. Embrace the festivities as family and friends time and plan ahead so everyone can pitch in. Simple ideas like exploring how to say “thanks” in different languages and a special Thanksgiving soundtrack can add lively new dimensions to your holiday celebration.

  1. Invite guests to arrive early – real early: Like, the day before. Ask a few guests or family members (especially those who live nearby) to spend an hour or two helping find the good dishes, iron linens, vacuum, dust, do flower arrangements or make pies. Many hands make light work. Get the party started early.
  2. Pick teams to help out: On the big day, invite guests to arrive a few hours before dinnertime. (Have a few extra snacks ready, as everyone will be hungry, thinking of the feast ahead.) Pass around a festive jar to pick teams for prep activities. Have several slips in the jar for each of the tasks, such as peeling potatoes, making a centerpiece, setting the table, making name cards (provide a list of guests), and doing dishes afterward. Later arrivals can be nominated for dishwashing duty!
  3. Learn to say “danke”: Keep the focus on the meaning of the holiday, but make it fun and expand your global horizons. Look up how to say “thank you” in various languages and incorporate the words into your décor. Add one on each place card, paint them on mini pumpkins, insert cards in floral arrangements, or write them on a tag and slip them into folded napkins or napkin rings. Guests can share them and learn how to pronounce them.
  4. One for all and all for one: The kids’ table is a time-honored tradition, but mix things up this year – combine the generations. Extend your table with plywood, a sawhorse and extra cloths, or use a long rental table in an area where you have extra room. Use place cards to alternate the little ones with grownups that can help them if needed. Set places for children with kid-friendly glasses and extra napkins and large placemats. All can be together for the main meal, then plan an activity for the kids while the grownups linger over pie and coffee.
  5. Play DJ with a Thanksgiving theme: The attitude is gratitude, as they say. Music gets people moving. Put together a playlist of songs that all have “Thank You” in the title. You’ll be surprised how many there are. Time to dance!

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The Simple Solution for a Perfect Host Gift

The Simple Solution for a Perfect Host Gift

We all like to express appreciation for an invite, but sometimes there’s that awkward little shuffle at the door. Your host greets you with a hectic hello and a quick thanks, while thinking about their simmering pots on the stove or the appetizers that need to go on a tray.

Opening a gift and expressing proper appreciation, or running off to find a vase for flowers, is not #1 on their list of priorities in the moment.

Here’s a simple solution – simply put together an R&R kit that they can use to unwind the day after the party and seal the deal with a large, mysterious tag that says “Don’t Open for 24 Hours.”

Your host can set it aside guilt-free and look forward to a surprise the next day.

What goes in the R&R gift? If you know the host well, you can choose their favorite ways to relax. If you don’t, there are treats that almost everyone enjoys.

  • Candies, chocolates, miniature cookies, fudge
  • Spa day essentials like lovely bubble baths, soaps and lotions
  • Gift Card for their favorite music downloads
  • Pretty teacup, tea or coffee and imported shortbread
  • Gift Card for a movie or dinner
  • Interesting bottle of wine and a fun wine bottle stopper
  • Luxurious beeswax candles
  • Gift Card or certificate for a massage and essential oils
  • Cute picnic blanket, two glasses and a bottle of wine
  • Artisan marble cheese board, cheese and crackers

Pack your choice in a cute box or bag labeled “R&R Kit” and remember the big tag that says “Don’t Open for 24 Hours.”

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Six Tips to Make Thanksgiving Prep Easier

Six Tips to Make Thanksgiving Prep Easier

Thanksgiving revolves around food (see Tip #1) and these simple suggestions will help you pull together your holiday feast faster and easier than ever. Increase your storage space and speed up the chores with these handy tips!

  1. Put a turntable on a refrigerator shelf: No more small stuff hiding in the back. Quickly find that jar of pickles or the cranberry sauce you made yesterday.
  2. Divide and conquer the market: Instead of one mammoth shopping trip, go a few days early for all non-perishable items. Then make a quick run the day before Thanksgiving for the fresh produce.
  3. Move your refrigerator racks: When you’re used to looking at refrigerator racks the same way, it’s easy to forget they’re usually adjustable. And if a turntable is on a shelf, you don’t need to reach into the back anymore, so you can lower the shelf above it.
  4. Clip more than coupons: The simple genius of binder clips comes to the rescue when space is tight in fridge or freezer. Clip zip-top bags of vegetables, shredded cheese, sauces or soups to a wire rack and let them hang in the empty space above items on the rack below.
  5. Don’t peel your potatoes before boiling: Just cut through the skin around the middle of each potato, boil until tender and plunge the potatoes in ice water. The rapid change in temperature will make the skins slip off easily in your hands. Re-warm the potatoes and continue with your recipe.
  6. Hog the bathtub: Who needs a large cooler if you are staying home? Fill the bathtub with ice and chill down anything you want to keep frosty. You’ve got lots of room!

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Chic Rustic is the New Holiday Tablescape Trend

Chic Rustic is the New Holiday Tablescape Trend

Change up your Thanksgiving color scheme from the usual brown, burgundy and orange. Try the chic rustic style – also called modern farmhouse.

Cozy, comfortable touches reign in a light and airy, but muted color scheme, based on creamy whites, faded pastels and well-worn, well-loved accessories. Country pieces fit right in. Punches of black and bright white add the modern contrast.

As long as it’s in the color palette, anything goes with this eclectic style, so it’s easy to pull together with what you have already. Silver and galvanized metal both look terrific with chic rustic…dress it up or dress it down!

  • Leave the table bare (no tablecloths to worry about!) or use a white or beige tablecloth. White or creamy lace works, too.
  • Add a burlap table runner or place mats, with trimmed, dried natural wheat stalks tied in bundles with raffia, beige ribbon or strips of burlap at each place setting.
  • Include bright white napkins furled in small canning jar rings with a spring of rosemary, canning jars for water glasses and a cinnamon stick at each setting for a place card holder.
  • Use white plates and serving dishes. Work in some faded pastels with pale blue or pale green cloths to line a basket of rolls.
  • Create a centerpiece of low white candles, small white pumpkins and white flowers in clear glasses on a galvanized metal tray.
  • Incorporate a punch of black to complete the style. Look up – is your chandelier black iron? Perfect. Try a black wrought iron table accessory, such as a trivet or lantern. Look around the house – a low black iron plant stand, scrubbed up, can hold a casserole. A black iron doorstop can be a charming table accent. (Bonus points for an antique animal, fleur-de-lis or star!)

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Three Steps for Achieving “A-List” Pumpkin Bling

Three Steps for Achieving “A-List” Pumpkin Bling

It’s easy to turn into a fab pumpkin stylist and elevate a humble squash right to the top of the A-list for your glam Halloween party. If everyone is dressing up for an elegant evening, make sure your pumpkins are dressed in formal wear, too.

1. Add the Paint

First, choose a pumpkin with an attractive stem, and mask it off with tape. Contrasting stems are chic. Spray your pumpkin white, gold or silver. For more than one pumpkin, spray them all the same color, or mix it up with a variety. Then unwrap the stem and paint with a brush. For a white pumpkin, a silver or gold stem is an elegant touch. For a silver pumpkin, try a gold stem and vice versa. Let the paint dry completely.

2. Add the Bling

Now it’s time to embellish your pumpkin. For an all-over sparkle, use a spray adhesive and then sprinkle glitter over the pumpkin. For swirls, use a paintbrush and liquid glue or a hot glue gun to paint designs on the pumpkin and sprinkle glitter on the wet glue. You can also use a hot glue gun to adhere clear craft rhinestones, craft pearls or metallic ribbons. Even easier – use silver decorative thumb or carpet tacks and just press into the pumpkin in bands, swirls or any design you wish.

3. Add Custom Touches

Use gold or silver metallic craft markers to write a message on the pumpkins. (Tip: You can write names on white mini pumpkins instead of using place cards at a formal fall dinner.)

For a centerpiece or mantel accent, make a blingy pumpkin vase. Slice the top off a pumpkin and hollow it out. Paint the pumpkin exterior white. Add bling as desired. Add water and fill with white flowers such as white camellias, roses, carnations, chrysanthemums, stephanotis or gardenia.

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Brrr…illiant Solutions for Winter Storage

Brrr…illiant Solutions for Winter Storage

Win the winter storage game with these recycling/upcycling tips for keeping cold weather gear ready to go outside. And for dealing with it when it arrives, wet and dripping, back inside.

  • Taming tangled scarves: A variety of neckwear seems to multiply in every corner of the house, but you can’t seem to find one when you need it. Clip plastic six-pack rings to a coat hanger in the hall closet and thread a scarf through each ring to keep scarves organized.
  • Keeping gloves handy: Cardboard six-pack bottle carriers are perfect for keeping on a hall table and filling with mittens, one pair to a cubby. If the cardboard gets wet or dirty? Put it in the recycling bin and grab another.
  • Housebreaking drippy boots: Winter can be a rocky road for your floors, especially when snow melts off your boots into puddles. Tame the mess and add an intriguing accent by placing a large boot tray filled with river rocks to act as a “drain pan” by the front door.
  • Scoring a hat trick: You know that collection of tall candlesticks that you only use a few times a year? Line them up on your hall table and pull one wool hat over the top of each. You’ve got a campy artistic touch, a great way to air out your hats, and a reliable strategy that keeps them ready to go, all in one!
  • Toting snow pants: Kids aren’t so great at hanging things up. Make it easy for them by getting several plastic mesh tote bags (with handles) to hang low in the closet. You can personalize with their names, or just color code them. Little ones can stuff their pants in the tote – the mesh lets them dry out, and they can be quickly pulled out again when needed.

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Fill Your Home with the Welcoming Scents of Fall

Fill Your Home with the Welcoming Scents of Fall

When you want to create autumn magic, there’s no need to keep a saucepan of cinnamon boiling on the stove, or logs burning in the fireplace. Put your slow cooker to work for wonderful fall fragrances. Cheer yourself up on a frosty day, or welcome guests with the scents of the season.

These simmering potpourris are also handy for using up apples, oranges or lemons that are past their best.

Choose a recipe:

Cranberry-Citrus-Clove:
  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
Classic Apple Pie:
  • 2 apples, sliced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
Sage, Rosemary & Thyme:
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

Add the ingredients to your slow cooker and fill about halfway with water. The fruit will float at first, so press the pieces down to make sure the water is at least one inch higher than ingredients. Turn slow cooker to low. Do not put the top on. (It’s a habit!)

You can substitute fresh herbs if you have them, just use three times the measure of the dried herbs. Do check the water now and then and replace as needed. Enjoy the cozy fragrance all day!

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5 Top Thanksgiving Stains & How to Make Them Disappear

5 Top Thanksgiving Stains & How to Make Them Disappear

One big holiday table, ten hungry people and a dozen dishes being passed around create an ideal combination for food stains. But there are plenty of household staple “magic ingredients” that will help make stain removal easy.

These tips are for white or very light-colored clothing and table linens. If you have a colored item, first test your treatment somewhere inconspicuous to check for color-fastness.

One more important note, right up front: If you can still see a bit of stain after running the item through the washing machine, try one more round of stain removal and wash it again. Don’t put the item in the dryer, hoping it will look better when dry – heat will set the stain and make it permanent.

1. Gravy

Everyone’s Thanksgiving must-have is at the top of the list because it’s a double whammy combo stain – greasy pan drippings and butter (cream) are combined. Magic ingredient: Liquid dish soap.

First, scrape and rinse off all the gravy solids with water. Scrub a bit of liquid dish soap into the stain with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Let sit for about 20 minutes. Rinse with water again. Now you can pre-treat with a laundry stain remover. Wash in the hottest water the fabric will allow, using chlorine bleach or color-safe bleach, depending on fabric instructions.

2. Cranberries

The tannins that give cranberries their healthy properties also give them the power to make that red color stain just about anything. Magic ingredients: Distilled white vinegar and liquid dish soap.

Mix 2 cups water, 1 cup distilled vinegar and ½ cup liquid dish soap. Soak the stained area in this solution for about 15 minutes. Remove and rinse thoroughly with cold water. If a little stain remains, repeat the soaking process. Then wash in the hottest water the fabric will allow.

3. Pumpkin

That festive orange color isn't so festive on your white tablecloth or good shirt. You need a special agent to help fight this protein stain. Magic ingredients: enzyme-based laundry pre-wash (the bottles will say enzymes on the label) and liquid dish soap. Rinse the stain with cold water. Rub in an enzyme-based pre-wash solution with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Let sit about 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water again. Now rub in liquid dish soap with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse again, then wash in hot water.

4. Red Wine

Red wine is famous for not wanting to leave a party. It wants to stick around…forever! Hasten it on its way with two surprising staples. Magic ingredients: table salt and club soda.

Don’t rub a wine stain - that makes it worse. Instead, rinse it with cold water. Cover the stain with table salt. Let sit about 15 minutes. Pour club soda over the salt and let it sit for several hours. Rinse with very hot water. Now you can run it through the washing machine.

5. Butter

Everything is better with butter, except your favorite tablecloth, dress or pants. Magic ingredients: baking soda and liquid dish soap.

Take a piece of thick cardboard and slide it under the stain. You know how a greasy stain seems to spread to anything beneath it? Use that to your advantage and let the cardboard soak it up. It also gives you leverage for scrubbing. Rub a bit of dishwashing liquid into the stain with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Let sit about half an hour. Rinse and then apply a paste of baking soda and water. Let that sit about half an hour. Scrub with the toothbrush, and rinse. Then launder in hot water.

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