- Popsugar Fitness | Holiday Entertaining | Mon, Oct 29, 2012 5:32 PM EDT | CommentsSource: 10 Tips For Maintaining Willpower During the Holiday Season
With Halloween fast-approaching and Thanksgiving around the corner, holiday party season is almost in full swing. And since that can mean nonstop temptations - from endless sweet treats to reasons to skip your evening workouts - you'll need a plan to make sure willpower wins over giving in. Here are 10 tips for making sure you have fun without going overboard this holiday season!
- Reward Healthy Choices: Holiday treats are not to be missed, so a hands-off policy can stress you out more than it should. Instead, give yourself room to have a treat - just make sure you can justify your indulgence by making smart decisions throughout the day.
- Make Goals Reasonable: Whether it's exercising or eating right, the abundance of holiday treats and fun events can make it hard to stick to your healthy resolutions. So instead of telling yourself that you need to exercise every day and forgo dessert for a week, make it more
- Bon Appétit Magazine | Holiday Entertaining | Tue, Oct 30, 2012 4:38 PM EDT | Comments
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As we may have mentioned once or twice this week, Thanksgiving is all about the turkey. So you really don't want to screw it up. We asked Deputy Food Editor Janet McCracken to run us through the home cook's most common mistakes when it comes to the big bird. Here's what you should avoid:
1. Not Getting a Good Bird
When it comes to anything you're cooking, the quality of the ingredients determines how tasty the final product will be. Order ahead to get a heritage bird. But no matter what kind of turkey you're roasting, make sure you're preparing it the right way. Check out how to prepare the kind of turkey you're making before you pick out a recipe.
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2. Not Giving It Enough Time to Thaw
Since many birds come frozen, it's important to allow enough time for yours to thaw safely. In the fridge, your turkey will thaw at a rate of 4 pounds per day (do some light math to determine when you should start the def
- Sparkpeople.com | Holiday Entertaining | Fri, Oct 26, 2012 12:54 PM EDT | CommentsBy Samantha Donohue, for SparkPeople
Each year, my local Junior College opens its 365 acre farm, vineyard, and agricultural center for an open house, during which the public can learn, taste and pick fresh produce for $1.50 per pound. Fall harvest is my personal favorite: my family had a blast filling our reusable canvas shopping bags with apples, sugar pumpkins, eggplants, squash, peppers, and basil. Here are three recipes that I've been using in my own kitchen to enjoy the Fall produce. I look forward to hearing which are your favorites, too.Roasted Squash SoupRoasted Root Vegetables
Easy Eggplant Napoleon
What are some of your favorite recipes for Fall?
Lighter Three-Cheese Macaroni
Pumpkin Pie Dip
What to Eat This Fall
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- Zester Daily | Holiday Entertaining | Fri, Oct 26, 2012 8:04 AM EDT | CommentsBy Kathy Hunt
Press them in a mold, top them with nuts, dip them in chocolate ... There's no end to the variations on classic …
Make no mistake - I love sweets. Yet, when I've had too much of rich desserts, I reach for a tin of golden shortbread. Rich, delicate and only slightly sugary, this Scottish baked good is the perfect replacement for all those cloying treats.
A rich history
Shortbread dates to the Renaissance and the baking of crumbly cakes known as shortcakes. Like shortcakes, this small, pale cookie gets its fragile texture from the generous amount of butter used to make it. Both take their names from an antiquated definition of short, which refers to brittleness.
Although its exact birth date remains unknown, shortbread appeared in the first Scottish cookbook, which was published in 1736, "Mrs. McLintock's Recipes for Cookery and Pastry-Work." Since it was festive and easily transported, shortbread was often given as a gift, and came to be associated with the Christmas season and Scottish New Year's Eve or Hogmanay....Read More »
- Thu, Oct 18, 2012 5:46 PM EDT | CommentsSource: 7 Surprisingly Chic Hostess Gifts Under $25
There's nothing wrong with a bottle of wine, but there are more personal and, frankly, less boring ways to express your thanks to a gracious host and hostess. With holiday parties and overnight stays quickly approaching, don't stress when it comes to gift giving; you can give an impressive hostess gift without breaking the bank. Here are seven gifts that won't say "last minute" but will translate to any style. Best part? No one will know these mirrored frames, organic tea towels, or porcelain trays cost less than $25!
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