more about: holidays

An Easy DIY Advent Calendar

The holiday season is officially in gear, and even though I don’t celebrate Christmas, I’m still excited about all  the festive fun, from the lights to the parties to the cookies to the department store windows. One of the most charming December traditions—in my humble, outsider opinion—is  the daily Advent calendar. If you don’t have one, why not make this […]

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Easy Things to Delegate on Thanksgiving Day

If you’re hosting tomorrow, here’s one tiny thing to think about tonight. You’ will likely have well-meaning guests who offer to help with preparation. And if you’re like me, that can frequently cause even more stress. So, have a list of things that are non-food-prep related that your guests can help out with. That way you’ll have a few extra hands, […]

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The Secret to Carving Breast Meat From Your Thanksgiving Turkey

On Thanksgiving Day, there’s no responsibility quite as lofty as carving the turkey. The most important step: Getting the meat off the breasts (after all, most of your guests are going to want some white meat.)  To get the breast meat off cleanly and completely, don’t forget this tip: Use your fingers to remove the wishbone before you carve off […]

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An Easy Way To Gather Addresses for Holiday Cards

If you’re following our Holiday Card Checklist (which I’m going to do my best to do), you need to gather addresses this week. I think this is my least favorite part of sending holiday cards, especially since a lot of my friends move around a lot. So this year, I’m trying out Postable, and online address book that puts the […]

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Do You Send Holiday Cards?

Sending holiday cards is one of my favorite traditions each year. I generally try to make my own, but sometimes I opt for the boxed version instead. Especially when I wait until the eleventh hour to get started. I always promise that I’m going to get things done earlier, but a busy holiday schedule inevitably gets the best of me. […]

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How to *Not* Tear Your Pie Crust

If you’re on pie-duty for Thanksgiving next week, this tip for transferring your pie crust from counter to pie plate will come in handy. To avoid tearing your curst as you position it into the pie plate, start by rolling out your dough on a piece of floured wax or parchment paper. Once you have it to the correct thickness, […]

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Two Weeks Till Thanksgiving: Order Your Turkey Now

If Thanksgiving has snuck up on you this year, you’re not alone. But thankfully, you still have two weeks to get everything sorted out and planned. Today is the day that you should be figuring out what size turkey you need, and placing that order if you are getting it from a specialty seller or your grocery store, if they […]

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Watermelon Pops! (Plus, a Boozy Option)

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a juicy slice of watermelon? Make it easier to eat by adding a popsicle stick to the rind and storing them in the fridge or freezer before serving. For a decidedly grown-up twist, “marinate” the watermelons slices in tequila, and dip in coarse salt for a twist on the classic margarita! […]

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How to Fly the Stars and Stripes on Memorial Day

It used to be called Decoration Day, this annual national holiday in remembrance of fallen soldiers that we’ve been observing since the end of the Civil War. There are special guidelines for how to display the flag today, on Memorial Day: Before noon on Memorial Day, fly the flag at half mast, according to U.S. flag code. Then raise it […]

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How to Freeze Cookie Dough for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

Did you know that it’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day? Sounds like a good holiday to celebrate, but if you don’t want the temptation of having a whole batch of freshly baked cookies in your home, use this trick to freezing the dough. Start by measuring out scoops of dough (using a small spring loaded ice cream scoop) on to […]

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