more about: Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

From all of us at Real Simple, we hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Table Manners, Thanksgiving Style

From my office, I can hear the whir of the electric mixer. It’s Thanksgiving morning, the place is full of guests, and someone is sautéing onions for the stuffing. Bless that person. Our dining room table has two extra leaves, and expands to comfortably seat 12. When 16 of us sit down to eat this afternoon, we will try to […]

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Keep Your Side Dishes Warm

As you’re preparing tomorrow’s big meal here’s some ways to keep your side dishes warm while the turkey finishes cooking (or you wait for tardy guests to arrive). – Store your gravy in an insulated Thermos – Keep mashed potatoes or another starchy side warm in a slow-cooker turned on to low – Stash other casseroles in an insulated cooler […]

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Surviving Car Travel

As my family gears up for yet another six-hour road trip from New York to Massachusetts today, I am once again preparing for my role as Car Activities Director. When the kids were younger (before moving here) we did the reverse drive–Massachusetts to New York–and I absolutely dreaded it. Dreaded it! Crying baby, changing diapers in dingy Thruway rest stops, […]

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Make Custom Coloring Books to Keep Your Kids Busy

With the holiday weekend fast approaching, you’ll likely need ways to keep the little ones in your life entertained. Use this tutorial from Instructables to turn any of your family photos into line drawings via Pixlr that you can print out for the kids to color. Admittedly, there are several steps, but they are easy to follow and best of […]

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The Turkey: To Brine or Not to Brine?

Before we get started, I have to confess that I bought a turkey that is labeled “extra lean.” Was that a mistake? This year my husband’s family is coming for Thanksgiving and I am making an entire menu from Real Simple’s November issue. Even the Brussels sprouts, which my husband really hates. (In a spectacular moment of loving-wife behavior, I […]

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An Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish Starring…Brussels Sprouts!

I’m a fan of many fall and winter vegetables. Butternut squash. Cauliflower. Parsnips. But the nearest and dearest to my heart is the lowly Brussels sprout. If you think you hate them, I strongly encourage you to give them another try. When overcooked, Brussels sprouts can turn into a mushy, stinky, skunky mess (in fact, I first had them this […]

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Freezing Unbaked Pies a Tip from The Kitchn

If you’ve been charged with deciding on the Thanksgiving dessert recipes this year, opt for fruit pies because you can make them this weekend and pop them in the freezer until Thanksgiving day. According to our friends over at The Kitchn, making a fruit pie ahead of time and freezing it is the best option because the crust will start […]

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Hosting Thanksgiving

If you’re having the family over for Thanksgiving, it’s safe to say your to-do list is already overflowing with tasks like planning the menu, grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning up. If you’re anything like me, cleaning up after dinner is something I’d rather not think about until well…after dinner. But putting some time and effort into keeping things tidy before […]

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The Communal Table: An Easy Glazed Carrot Recipe

Few things are certain in my life. But one of them is that I will probably not eat any vegetables for the entire long Thanksgiving weekend. I mean, who wants to eat salad when you can eat gravy soaked rolls and cold pumpkin pie? This year for Turkey day I vowed to include more vegetables on the table. I realize […]

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