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  • Easy, Adorable Homemade Valentine's Day Gifts

    Surprise teachers, friends, and family with these lovely handmade gifts. Each easy-to-make present will warm your Valentine's heart.
    Get five awesome ideas here, then head to FamilyFun.go.com to see instructions for over 30 more gifts!

    Kids already have Mom's heart pretty well sewn up, but there's no sense taking chances, and this whimsical notepad leaves no doubt as to who holds the strings.
    Book of Love
    Fill this pretty homemade notebook with all the things you love about your Valentine. It'll warm his or her heart year-round.
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    A tiny slide-out compartment holds big love and lets the recipient know he or she is unmatched.
    Matchbox Message
    A tiny slide-out compartment holds big love and lets the recipient know he or she is unmatched.
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    Get an answer to
    Oracle of Love
    Get an answer to "Will you be my valentine?" and any other yes-or-no question with this homemade version of the classic Magic 8 Ball.
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    Here's a valentine guaranteed to grow on recipients: a plant that is synonymous with a special pal, the sweet pea.
    Sweet Pea Pot
    Here's a valentine guaranteed to grow on recipients: a plant that is synonymous with a special pal, the sweet pea.
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    Personal robots may do our bidding in the future. But these adorable little inventions are already on the job, programmed to transmit Valentine's Day messages.
    Treat Transmitters
    Personal robots may do our bidding in the future. But these adorable little inventions are already on the job, programmed

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  • Football Party Food and Fun

    Get your whole family in on the fun for the Big Game on February 5th! These football-themed recipes and crafts will make your house the place to be to watch the match unfold!

    See five of our favorite ideas here, then head to FamilyFun.go.com for more Football-themed fun!

    You can expect a high number of interceptions when you pass these individual-size meatball sandwiches during halftime festivities.
    Mini Football Subs
    You can expect a high number of interceptions when you pass these individual-size meatball sandwiches during halftime festivities.
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    Plastic Easter Eggs come off the bench for this postseason special: mini footballs filled with treats.
    Pigskin Surprise
    Plastic Easter Eggs come off the bench for this postseason special: mini footballs filled with treats.
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    Give your team the home field advantage with these fun football-themed cupcakes.
    Touchdown Treats
    Give your team the home field advantage with these fun football-themed cupcakes.
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    Bring the thrill of the gridiron to your living room wall with this pigskin version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
    Wall Football
    Bring the thrill of the gridiron to your living room wall with this pigskin version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.
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    be prepared to tackle those post-game appetites with a hearty menu, like this harvest chili (it's made with pumpkin) and sandwich combo.
    Pumpkin Chili with Grilled Cheese Footballs
    Be prepared to tackle those post-game appetites with a hearty menu, like this harvest chili (it's

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  • Throw a Winter Birthday Penguin Party!

    These easy yet very adorable penguin crafts, recipes, and games are perfect for winter birthday parties or get-togethers!

    See five fun ideas here, then head to FamilyFun.go.com for even more penguin recipes and crafts!

    Transform used soda or water bottles and your child's lone socks into playful penguins -- and turn your lawn into an eye-catching, laugh-inducing winter display.
    Antarctic Auditions Penguin Craft
    Transform used soda or water bottles and your child's lone socks into playful penguins -- and turn your lawn into an eye-catching, laugh-inducing winter display.
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    Your guests will waddle in for some yummy penguin cupcakes.
    Penguin Cupcakes
    Your guests will waddle in for some yummy penguin cupcakes.
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    Create your own march of the penguins by crafting a group of these adorable cold-climate creatures.
    Pipe Cleaner Penguins
    Create your own march of the penguins by crafting a group of these adorable cold-climate creatures.
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    Turn clothing basics into this whimsical penguin costume.
    Penguin Costume
    Turn clothing basics into this whimsical penguin costume.
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    Here's an amusing indoor race that challenges kids' balancing skills, penguin style
    The Penguin Shuffle Game
    Here's an amusing indoor race that challenges kids' balancing skills, penguin style
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    Get more penguin party ideas, here!

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  • Wonderful Winter Dinners for the Family

    These hearty comfort food recipes will chase away your child's winter blues.

    See five of our delicious picks here, then head to FamilyFun.go.com for 25 more warm-you-up recipes!

    Add Italian sausage to classic French ratatouille for this hearty one-dish meal, a satisfying entree for cooler months.
    Sausage Ratatouille
    Add Italian sausage to classic French ratatouille for this hearty one-dish meal, a satisfying entree for cooler months.
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    Try this quick and delicious variation on an old favorite when time is short.
    Kids' First Mac and Cheese
    Try this quick and delicious variation on an old favorite when time is short.
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    With its creamy cheese sauce and accent of bacon, this decadent recipe may tempt even the green-vegetable averse. It can be made early in the day, refrigerated, then baked before mealtime.
    Cheesy Gratin of Brussels Sprouts
    With its creamy cheese sauce and accent of bacon, this decadent recipe may tempt even the green-vegetable averse. It can be made early in the day, refrigerated, then baked before mealtime. Get the Recipe
    Using ground turkey instead of the traditional beef allows for much less cooking time, so instead of hours on the stove you are ready to go in under 30 minutes.
    Quick Turkey Chili
    Using ground turkey instead of the traditional beef allows for much less cooking time, so instead of hours on the stove you are ready to go in under 30 minutes.
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    Chicken and dumplings are a perfect combo when you want a nice and hearty meal.
    Chicken and Dumplings
    Chicken and dumplings are a perfect combo when you want a nice and hearty meal.

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  • Who Needs Times' Square?! Get Family-Friendly New Year's Ideas Here!

    Ring in the new year with these recipes, crafts, and games! You'll start 2012 with memories that will last all year.

    Get five ideas here, then head to FamilyFun.go.com for over 15 more New Year's crafts, recipes, and games!

    Bake a timely treat this New Year's Eve with these clock cookies.
    Countdown Clock Cookies
    Bake a timely treat this New Year's Eve with these clock cookies.
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    Ring in the new year with this homemade noisemaker, a hand drum based on a traditional Asian design.
    Spin Drug Noisemaker Craft
    Ring in the new year with this homemade noisemaker, a hand drum based on a traditional Asian design.
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    Celebrate New Year's or any special occasion with Confetti Cake.
    Confetti Cake
    Celebrate New Year's or any special occasion with Confetti Cake.
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    Serve a cheesy Times Square ball. Hungry partygoers will cheer our silvery
    Times' Square Ball
    Serve a cheesy Times Square ball. Hungry partygoers will cheer our silvery "midnight" snack, inspired by the famed New York City original.
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    Grab a spoon and toast the New Year with a cool, sparkly dessert that wiggles.
    Bubbly Jell-O Parfaits
    Grab a spoon and toast the New Year with a cool, sparkly dessert that wiggles.
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    Get even more New Year's Ideas here!

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  • Holiday Decor for the Kids' Table - as Seen on the Today Show!

    These crafts and recipes featured on The Today Show's fourth hour with Kathie Lee and Hoda, will delight your littlest holiday guests and fill your Christmas dinner with cheer!

    Get 5 great ideas here then, head to FamilyFun.go.com for more recipes and crafts to make the kids' table extra festive for your holiday meal!

    This reindeer's nose isn't his only noteworthy feature. His antlers also make a festive display rack for hanging your Christmas ornaments.
    Rudolph Table Topper
    This reindeer's nose isn't his only noteworthy feature. His antlers also make a festive display rack for hanging your Christmas ornaments.
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    This cheery fellow won't have a chance to melt — he'll be gobbled up too quickly! And as is true of any snowman, dressing him is half the fun. We've suggested a few fashionably edible choices, but he's equally festive in other tasty apparel.
    Frosty the Cheese Ball
    This cheery fellow won't have a chance to melt - he'll be gobbled up too quickly! And as is true of any snowman, dressing him is half the fun. We've suggested a few fashionably edible choices, but he's equally festive in other tasty apparel.
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    These miniature bejeweled trees will dress your holiday table with a festive flair -- and provide a personalized spot for each of your guests.
    Christmas Dinner Place Markers
    These miniature bejeweled trees will dress your holiday table with a festive flair -- and provide a personalized spot for each of your guests.
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    This simple craft makes a colorful centerpiece for your holiday table or an easy gift your child can create for someone special on her list.
    Candy Stick Vase

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  • Crowd-Wowing Christmas Desserts

    You've been busy decking halls and making things merry and bright but now it's time for something sweet! Whether you're baking for a crowd or just your little ones, you'll be catching compliments left and right with these tasty treats.

    See five of our favorites here and then head to FamilyFun.go.com for 25 more recipes!

    Creating this chocolate snowman cake is fun for the whole family. My daughters enjoyed watching the snowman's personality emerge as we decorated him with candy and fruit leather.
    Smiling Snowman Cake
    Creating this chocolate snowman cake is fun for the whole family. My daughters enjoyed watching the snowman's personality emerge as we decorated him with candy and fruit leather.
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    Our version of this classic English confection is a festive feast for the eyes. The luscious layers of gingerbread cake, vanilla custard, raspberries, and whipped cream form a dramatic dessert that also stacks up in taste.
    Gingerbread Trifle
    Our version of this classic English confection is a festive feast for the eyes. The luscious layers of gingerbread cake, vanilla custard, raspberries, and whipped cream form a dramatic dessert that also stacks up in taste.
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    This fun and deliciious Mexican treat is a great way to cap Christmas festivities.
    Mock Fried Ice Cream
    This fun and delicious Mexican treat is a great way to cap Christmas festivities.
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    This sour-cream coffee cake, with pockets of sweet cinnamon, makes a lovely gift for neighbors to enjoy on Christmas morning -- or any other day.
    Cinnamon Surprise Coffee Cake
    This sour-cream coffee cake, with pockets of sweet

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  • Easy, Lovely Homemade Holiday Ornaments

    You'll have a very happy homemade holiday season with these beautiful homemade ornaments. Making ornaments is a great way to personalize your tree and show off your family's unique personality. So, gather your brood and create some lasting memories.

    See five of our favorite ornaments here, then head to FamilyFun.go.com to see over 30 more ornament ideas!

    This ornament lets kids assemble miniature figurines and novelty items into magical
    Winter Wonderland
    This ornament lets kids assemble miniature figurines and novelty items into magical "through the looking glass" scenes.
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    Your old sweaters get a new life with this cute ornament!
    Felted Wreath
    Your old sweaters get a new life with this cute ornament!
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    Commemorate your baby's first Noel -- and each one thereafter -- with a tree ornament that's filled with handwritten recollections of the year. The plastic balls are easy to open, so your child can reread the notes every Christmas.
    Time-Capsule Ornament
    Commemorate your baby's first Noel -- and each one thereafter -- with a tree ornament that's filled with handwritten recollections of the year. The plastic balls are easy to open, so your child can reread the notes every Christmas.
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    A neat twist on a classic, these canes are virtually indestructible (and they make excellent gifts).Yarn Candy Canes
    A neat twist on a classic, these canes are virtually indestructible (and

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  • Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers

    From delicious dips to cute tarts, these easy appetizers will whet your family's appetite before the giant feast.

    See five of our favorite recipes here then head to FamilyFun.go.com for 20 more easy appetizer recipes!

    Serve this scrumptious dish as a first course on Thanksgiving Day or as dinner's main event on a chilly evening. The curry gives it a subtly exotic flavor, while the apple and honey add a touch of sweetness.

    Serve this scrumptious dish as a first course on Thanksgiving Day or as dinner's main event on a chilly evening. The curry gives it a subtly exotic flavor, while the apple and honey add a touch of sweetness.
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    Try the signature autumn flavor of pumpkin in a fun new way with these bite-size tarts. They're easy to make, even easier to eat, and make a great treat for any fall party. No baking required!

    Try the signature autumn flavor of pumpkin in a fun new way with these bite-size tarts. They're easy to make, even easier to eat, and make a great treat for any fall party. No baking required!
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    Here's a treat no kid will leaf behind. Made with store-bought piecrust dough, these leaves are filled with chocolate and peanut butter chips -- but try jam and cream cheese, or chocolate chips, walnuts, and mini marshmallows, if you prefer.

    Here's a treat no kid will leaf behind. Made with store-bought piecrust dough, these leaves are filled with chocolate and peanut butter chips -- but try jam and cream cheese, or chocolate chips, walnuts, and mini marshmallows, if you prefer.
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    These peeled cucumber cups, with their holiday color scheme, look wonderfully festive, plus they're a snap to make. The rounds provide the perfect base for all manner of tasty fillings. Flavored hummus works well, as do other savory dips.

    These peeled cucumber cups, with their holiday color scheme, look wonderfully festive,

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  • Classic Thanksgiving Desserts You'll Gobble Up!

    If these desserts aren't already family favorites, they soon will be! We've got all types of sweet treats from chocolate delights to fruity delicacies, and turkey-themed cupcakes!

    See five of our favorite Thanksgiving desserts here and then head to FamilyFun.go.com to see 20 more sweet recipes!

    If you want to hatch a novel holiday dessert that your kids can help make, these tasty turkeys fit the bill. They're also great for a classroom party.
    Gobbling-Good Cupcakes
    If you want to hatch a novel holiday dessert that your kids can help make, these tasty turkeys fit the bill. They're also great for a classroom party.
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    We'll be very surprised if this isn't the creamiest custard you've ever eaten. It's so good, it might even upstage your holiday pumpkin pie.
    Maple Pumpkin Custard
    We'll be very surprised if this isn't the creamiest custard you've ever eaten. It's so good, it might even upstage your holiday pumpkin pie.
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    This decadent pie is a perfect combination of crunchy, sweet, and rich. It's just the thing to wow your holiday guests.
    Cruchy Caramel Apple Pie
    This decadent pie is the perfect combination of crunchy, sweet, and rich. It's just the thing to wow your holiday guests!
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    Their candy corn plumage and shortbread wings guarantee that these irresistible Treat of the Month Turkeys (T.O.M.s for short) will be gobbled up as soon as they land on the dessert table.
    Sweet T.O.M. Turkeys
    Their candy corn plumage and shortbread wings guarantee that these irresistible Treat of the Month Turkeys (T.O.M.s for short) will

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