Build the ultimate gingerbread house out of cereal-then gather the kids for an afternoon of holiday decorating! The cereal bars take only 15 minutes to bake, and the entire house can be set up a day ahead of time.
Stick candy dots on black licorice laces with royal icing to make strings of holiday lights.
Use chocolate-covered graham crackers as doors.
Walk This Way
Cut out poundcake snowflakes with a cookie cutter and use to make a walkway.
Break apart white chocolate bars and use as shutters.
SNACKS TO SERVE:
Roll up alternating layers of thinly sliced ham, cream cheese and salami; cut into spirals and stack on cocktail bread.
Set out carrot and celery sticks and pretzel rods with hummus or other dip.
Red and White Skewers
Cut a block of white cheddar or monterey jack cheese into cubes and skewer with cherry or grape tomatoes.
Build the ultimate gingerbread house out of cereal-then gather the kids for an afternoon of holiday decorating! The cereal bars take only 15 minutes to bake, and the entire house can be set up a day ahead of time.Read More »from User post: Gingerbread house decorating party
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Holiday – Mon, Nov 30, 2009 3:12 AM EST
Many of us look forward to Oprah's annual "Favorite Things" episode that airs every year around Thanksgiving. Well, as you may have noticed, the episode hasn't aired this year, and it looks like no such episode was produced. "We have no plans this season for a 'Favorite Things,'" a Harpo employee told the Huffington Post. After seven consecutive years of promoting and giving away items to her studio audience, there's no word on why Oprah skipped the whole shebang this year.Read More »from What are Oprahâ€™s "Favorite Things" of 2009? Weâ€™ll never know.
Besides learning about what things really float Oprah's boat, we've always loved watching the audience members completely freak out as they learn they will be the recipients of each and every items Oprah presents on her show. Over the years she's given her "Favorite Things" to audiences full of teachers and hurricane Katrina volunteers. The endorsements for the brands Oprah presents unquestionably helps their sales, so they happily donate several hundred units of their item for her to give away. The result: a
The best way to get into the holiday spirit is by helping someone in need. Here, our favorite presents that support a variety of amazing causes.
Aveda Caribbean Rejuvenation Kit
This season, Aveda is helping support indigenous communities in northwestern Nepal. The packaging is a reusable gift box wrapped in special paper, made through a partnership with Himalayan families. (aveda.com, $32)
L'Occitane Soap Sets Moments in Africa
Every year L'Occitane launches its "United to Save Sight" campaign as part of its ongoing commitment to raise money for sight-saving organizations. One hundred percent of the proceeds from these scented, engraved, shea butter soaps will go to ORBIS, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting preventable blindness worldwide. (usa.loccitane.com, $8)
The Body Shop Soft Hands, Kind Heart Hand Cream
Great for a last-minute co-worker gift that won't break the bank, this hand cream cares forRead More »from Gift Ideas: Charitable Beauty Buys
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Want a first-class seat on the gravy train? Just follow these four steps:
1. Use a great recipe that pairs the gravy with your meal. Might we suggest one of our five favorites for turkey: Garlic-Rosemary Turkey with Mushroom Gravy, Roast Turkey with Pear and Port Gravy, Cider-Basted Turkey with Roasted Apple Gravy, Porcini Mushroom Turkey with Mushroom Gravy, or Herb-Roasted Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy?
2. Watch our How to Make Gravy video and see how to whisk your way towards lump-free gravy
3. If you want to thicken your gravy, mix flour with some broth or pan drippings first--this thickening sauce is called a slurry. Whisk to remove any lumps. No lumps in the slurry, no lumps in the gravy! Should you still hit some lumps in your gravy road, you can try these tips.
4. Make life easy by using the right tools, like this fat separating gravy strainer.
And, most importantly, keep your gravy hot and bring it to the table last. Spooning piping hot gravy over food brings it to an
Black Friday is around the corner. People nationwide have been preparing their shopping lists, clipping coupons, and planning what stores to hit for that deeply discounted TV or washing machine. However, not all of us are interested in electronics come November 27, and many of us are focused on finding clothing basics, getting stylish gifts for friends and family, and splurging on an otherwise expensive bag or pair of shoes.
No matter where you are, you're not going to want to miss out on the sales at your favorite malls. Most of these stores will be staying open past midnight come Black Friday and will offer marked down prices and deals worth diving into your wallet for. Hit your local mall and take advantage of the crazy clothing sales before the crowds.
Here's a list of the best mall stores in any city not to miss come Black Friday:
Start with a splurge. You've been saving up for these types ofRead More »from 10 Mall Stores Not to Miss This Black Friday!
While the White House and Wall Street state the recession is almost over, here on Main Street that does not seem to be the case. Seems like everyday I hear about more layoffs and people struggling to get by. So what can you do in this tough economy when discretionary $$ are scarce and the holiday's are just around the corner.
Below are easy DIY holiday gifts that will please and delight any recipient. Additionally they are eco-friendly.
Relaxing Lavender Sugar Scrub
1/2 cup of jojoba oil
3/4 cup of white cane sugar
1 teaspoon Vitamin E
1/4 cup almond oil
6 drops of lavender essential oil
Directions: Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Mix until combined, and then pour into desired container.
Rejuvenating Body Scrub
3-4 drops of Peppermint Oil
5 tablespoons of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon carrier oil such as almond or grapeseed.
Mix the peppermint oil and sea salt together. Add the carrier oil and then add enough water to moisten theRead More »from User post: Easy DIY Holiday Gifts
Keep on your boss' sartorial good side with these five tips.Read More »from What Not to Wear to Your Company Party
'Tis the season for company holiday parties and, while they're always a good excuse to buy a new outfit, let's make sure you arrive on the right foot with some tips for what not to wear this year.
Anything that shows too much skin.
As much fun as company parties can be and as much as we want to dress up, never forget this is a work event. Dress accordingly. Feel free to get swanky, but remember, if it's too short or too low-cut for a day at the office, it's too revealing for your office shindig.
We love hot-looking heels as much as the next girl, but even if your office party will be featuring a sit-down dinner, you still need to walk around and mingle. Nothing says fashion victim like a woman hobbling on a pair of strappy sandals that are digging into her feet.
Visible bra straps and panty lines are a big faux pas anywhere you go, but they're especially bad at an office
- Harper s Bazaar | Holiday – Fri, Nov 20, 2009 9:43 PM EST
photo credit: Christopher Robbins/Getty Images'Tis the season of parties, cocktails...and excess calories. How will you make it through a packed calendar of holiday cheer? By taking a cue from these practically-professional partygoers, that's how. We asked party-circuit regulars to tell us how they stay slim, avoid hangovers, and keep looking gorgeous during these weeks of late nights. Click here to see 16 more tips on looking your best during the holidays.Read More »from 5 Easy Tricks to Look Slim & Pretty During Party Season
1. Never go out hungry. "Eat before you go out," says New York City publicist Alison Brod. "Crunchy peanut butter on bran crackers will curb your appetite for hours. The combination of sweet and salty kills multiple cravings at once. She also suggests -- believe it or not -- drinking beer instead of wine. "It fills you up so you eat less." And, show self-restraint when the appetizer platters pass by trying this rule of thumb from Manhattan dermatologist Patricia Wexler. "When hors d'oeuvres are being passed around a party, take one for every three trays that comes near you."
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