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Ideas for Leftover Candy Canes

Fun fact: December 26 is National Candy Cane Day—perfect timing for making use of the leftover candy canes you might have hanging on your Christmas tree. A few low-maintained ideas for candy canes are using them as stirrers to infuse drinks with peppermint or creating heart cupcakes with them (perfect for Valentine’s Day!). Looking to incorporate the sweet treats into […]

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How to Dress Up Store-Bought Cookies

If you didn’t have time to whip up a batch of homemade holiday cookies, use this tip, courtesy of the experts at PAM baking, to add a sprinkle of cheer to store-bought or semi-homemade treats.

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How to Make Better Sugar Cookies

Surprising Fact: According to a survey conducted by PAM baking, holiday bakers will discard over 200,000 sweet treats due to less than perfect results. If you’re planning to churn out a batch of holiday cut-out cookies this weekend, use this tip to ensure your goods aren’t among those in the waste basket.

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Christmas Treats for Kids from SouthernLiving.com

Our colleagues at SouthernLiving.com have put together a gallery of fun Christmas dessert recipes that you can make with your kids. From Rudolph’s Christmas Sugar Cookies to Santa Snack Mix, this list has it all! To see the full list of Christmas treat  ideas, click here. Happy baking! More from RealSimple.com: Tips for a Successful Cookie Swap Easy Holiday and […]

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Don’t Throw Away the Cheese Rind!

After you finish a wedge of hard grating cheese–like Parmesan or pecorino–freeze the rind to use in soups, stews, tomato sauce, and other dishes.

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Top 15 Thanksgiving Emergency Fixes From Sunset.com

I’ll have to admit… I’ve never actually hosted Thanksgiving and cooked the entire meal myself. Last year, I provided the space, but my mother and mother-in-law brought most of the food. Lucky for me, this year I am getting off easy again and assigned  only a few sides. The pot-luck tradition has been great but part of me is interested […]

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How to Keep Side Dishes Warm

When hosting a big dinner, it’s nearly impossible to have everything come out of the oven at just the right time. If you’re preparing a large meal, use this tip to keep side dishes–like mashed potatoes–warm while the rest of the food finishes cooking.

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Thanksgiving Soups from Food & Wine

This year my husband’s family and mine are getting together to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. I am not sure if it’s becoming a tradition or not, but we’ve enjoyed getting both sides of the family together for a few years now and I feel very fortunate to spend time with such a wonderful “blended” group. We usually divvy up the […]

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3 Easy Ways to Heat Tortillas

Tacos and burritos taste much better when the tortillas they’re wrapped in are warm and toasty. Plus, a warm tortilla is more pliable, making it easier to work with. When I just need a handful, I like to toast them directly over a low flame on my gas stovetop for a few seconds (don’t forget to use tongs!). The flame […]

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DIY Gift Idea: Freezer-Friendly Meals

f you’re gifting freezer-friendly meals to someone who needs an extra set of hands (think new baby, a death in the family, or new neighbors), label the outside of the bag or the top of the container with dish’s name, the oven temperature, and the cooking time.

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