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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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Wednesday Trivia: Holiday Parties

When it comes to the holiday social season, do party invites make you jolly, or turn you into a Grinch? Online ticketing service Eventbrite just released a Holiday Celebration Trends which includes some interesting (and very merry) information: Over 60% of people plan to attend as many or even more holiday events in 2013 as they did last year. The […]

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How to Listen to Christmas Music (That You Actually Want To Hear)

It’s that time of year again—when you want to enjoy holiday music on your own terms, and no longer be at the mercy of radio stations to play your favorite songs. Fortunately, you’ve got many options. A few of our cost-free picks: If you know exactly what you want to hear: Spotify Love a very specific version of “The Christmas […]

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A Good Reason to Not Wear Heels

Going to a holiday party in someone’s home who you know has hardwood floors? Here’s a reason to opt for flats instead of heels: You could potentially damage your friend’s floors. According to the National Wood Flooring Association, walking on a wood floor in high heels can cause dents. In fact, a 125-pound woman in heels creates an impact of […]

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The One Thing Your Holiday Houseguests Won’t Tell You from Apartment Therapy

This past weekend we hosted our first houseguests since moving (which was back in late September). One of my good friends from college came to visit with her two children, one of whom I’d never met (and may get the best behaved baby award—she was the easiest one-year-old… ever). We had a great weekend and picked right up where we […]

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A Tip for Making Great Holiday Videos

Looking for a way to make your holiday videos really come alive? Take this advice from Adam Cosco, a video expert at CyberLink: Quirky is way more interesting than pristine. That’s right; it’s the imperfect moments that make for great holiday videos. Says Cosco: “Be on the lookout for the not-so-perfect moments—the dishes piled up in the sink after a […]

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Halloween Scares Me

[Note: A version of this article first appeared in the October 2013 issue of Real Simple.] Halloween scares me. It’s not the teenagers roaming local streets wearing Scream masks, although that’s pretty creepy. It’s not the fact that complete strangers are ringing my doorbell from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., although that’s pretty unnerving. It’s not even the presence of […]

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Test Your Turkey IQ

Don’t commit a technical foul this Thanksgiving. Consider these bird-prep questions your practice drill. 1. How many pounds of turkey should you buy for 10 people? A.) 10 pounds B.) 15 pounds C.) 17 pounds D.) 20 pounds 2. What temperature does the turkey need to reach before you take it out of the oven? A.) 150 degrees F B.) […]

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19 Easy Party Appetizers from Sunset.com

With football season kicking into high gear in my neck of the woods, I know that I’m in need of a few good dip and appetizer recipes to take to tailgating events. Our colleagues at Sunset.com have put together their all-time favorite no-hassle party bites. To see the full list, click here. I have my eye set on  the sausage […]

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