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    November 21, 2014
    Best Thanksgiving Time-Savers

    We know we shouldn’t over-commit on our Thanksgiving menus, but we do it anyways. I find the best strategy for getting things done is to make anything I can ahead of time. Here are a few of my favorite make-ahead recipes and one cheat to help you through the holiday.

    1) Make and Freeze Pie Crusts The Weekend Before - If you just can’t do without homemade pie crust (I know I can’t), you can simply make them ahead of time and pop them in the freezer for the convenience of the store-bought stuff. Get Martha Stewart’s make-ahead pie crust recipe here.

    2) Make Mac & Cheese The Night Before and Keep it in the Fridge – I think mac & cheese is actually better when it sits over night before the final baking. It gives the flavors time to meld. I usually go with this recipe from Martha Stewart and add the crumb topping just before baking.

    3) Make Soups Ahead a Few Days Ahead – I find that soups, like mac & cheese, taste better after a night or two in the fridge.

    4) Replace Turkey with an Alternative Main – I have a deep dark secret: I’ve never cooked a turkey. A few years ago, my family discovered that none of us really likes turkey that much. Instead, we’ve begun replacing the traditional bird with other meats. I like to go for something that I can’t do at home – like a brisket from a local BBQ joint, or a smoked ham. But other time-saving options would be a roast chicken or duck – both of which take much less time to cook. Or, if you can’t do without turkey, go buy one. In my home town, most of the BBQ restaurants sell smoked turkeys – which, for turkey, are pretty amazing.

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    October 31, 2014
    Happy Halloween!

    It’s Halloween, and you know what that means. Candy! Here’s a handy guide to the best and worst of Halloween sweets to poach from your kids’ holiday haul courtesy of Buzzfeed. Spoiler Alert: Reece’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins are coming in #1. Above Chocolate print, $29 from Poster Dog.

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    October 17, 2014
    Stylish Halloween Round-Up

    I’m a big fan of multitasking. So I’m a big fan of Halloween decor that is classy enough to be used or displayed year round (depending on your tastes, of course). So here is a round up of some of my favorite spooky decor. Above, Halloween Medallion Plates, $31.95 at Williams Sonoma.

    Molded Resin Snake Box, $39.95 at Z Gallerie.

    Skull Vase, $42 at West Elm.

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    January 9, 2014
    Wait a Minute Mister Postman

    Just when you thought the non-stop avalanche of holidays was over, it’s time for Valentine’s Day (otherwise known as “Give Up on Your New Diet and Eat Chocolate Day”). Luckily, these vintage-inspired postcards make celebrating simple and refreshingly candy-free. Piece of My Heart Postcards, $14 at Anthropologie.

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    December 19, 2013
    Can’t Wait to Try it

    I’m getting a jump on finding ways to finish off those holiday leftovers with this delicious-looking recipe for green bean casserole stuffed mushrooms from A Beautiful Mess. It never hurts to plan ahead.

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    December 17, 2013
    Last Minute Homemade Gift Idea

    If you are looking for a quick homemade gift idea, this Buddy the Elf embroidered quote is a fantastic choice. Not only is the quote adorable, the project can be completed in a single evening. Get the full how-to here.

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    December 16, 2013
    Easy No-Bake Holiday Treats

    I have to admit that I’ve always thought that nothing good can come from a no-bake dessert recipe (except possibly ice cream), but this Peppermint Oreo Ball recipe has me rethinking that position. You can get the whole recipe here.

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    December 13, 2013
    Printable Gift Wrap


    Super cute wrapping paper from Mr. Printables that you can print and color yourself. Or, better yet, let your kids color it. Get the downloads here.


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    December 11, 2013
    Great Gifts Under $100

    It’s officially holiday shopping crunch time, so here are a few great things I’ve found under $100. Plus Blankets, $72 each from Wren & Rumor.

    Devil Match Strike from Jonathan Adler, $42 (plus 25% off with code CERTIFIED).





    Reclaimed Wood Six-Pack Holder, $40 at CB2.

    Pom Slippers from Anthropologie, $58.

    Winestein Glass, $20 at Urban Outfitters.

    Pippi Longstocking, $8 at Anthropologie.

    Awesome party game, Cards Against Humanity, $25 at Cards Against Humanity.

    Audible Gift Subscription, $45 for 3 months. $90 for 6 months. This one is great for those of us who wait until the absolute last second to do our shopping.

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    November 26, 2013
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    I’m signing off to make pies and mash potatoes. Have a fantastic holiday and good luck at the Black Friday sales! Runaway Turkey card, $4.00 from Quill & Fox.


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