By Jenn Walters - DietsInReview.com
The Thanksgiving buffet can be a scary place -- no matter if you're the one making the meal or are just bringing a dish to share with family and friends. So here are a few tips on what to eat, what to avoid, and how to make the naturally healthy traditional Thanksgiving day foods even healthier!
Foods to Eat
Cranberries: According to The Cranberry Institute, cranberries contain properties that can prevent the adhesion of certain of bacteria, including E. coli, associated with urinary tract infections to the urinary tract wall. Additionally, cranberries may also inhibit the bacteria associated with gum disease and stomach ulcers.
How to make it healthier: The closer you can eat these to their natural source, the better. Avoid that canned, sugary stuff and instead buy a bag frozen and cook them with just a little raw sugar and orange zest to bring out their natural sweetness!
Turkey: This lean protein is high in selenium, iron, zinc and B vitamins,
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While we love a good reason to shop for new party duds, holiday office celebrations are not necessarily reasons to buy outfits you might wear out with friends. To keep your perceived professionalism this year, and perhaps even elevate it, follow these five tips to dressing for office-party success.Read More »from What Not to Wear to Your Company Party
1. Don't Show Too Much Skin
Company parties are often super-fun affairs, especially when co-workers are friends, but as much as you want to get gussied up and celebrate, don't forget you're at a work event and dress accordingly. If a frock would be considered too short or too low-cut for the office, it's probably too revealing for your company shindig. Only you know what crosses the line. If you're not sure whether your outfit is kosher or not, it probably isn't.
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2. Do Wear Appropriate Undergarments
Visible bra straps and panty lines are fashion mistakes in general as well as at an office
- Self Magazine | Holiday Moments – Tue, Nov 16, 2010 12:18 AM EST
By Sara Quessenberry
Holiday treats (made from the same dough) that are anything but cookie-cutter.
All the cookies featured below use 1 recipe of Basic Sugar Cookie Dough. Bake the cookies at 350º F on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing the cookies at least 1½ inches apart. Cool slightly on baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. The total times in the recipes include the making of the dough. Do not substitute slice-and-bake dough from the supermarket; the cookies will not hold their shape when baked.
Get the recipe for Basic Sugar Cookie Dough.
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- Gretchen Rubin | Holiday Moments – Sat, Nov 13, 2010 6:32 PM EST
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1. Before you join the group, spend a few minutes thinking about how you want to behave. Don't just react in the moment; consider how you want to act. If you've had unpleasant experiences in the past, think about WHY they were unpleasant and what YOU could do to change the dynamics of the situation. You may tell yourself that you want everyone to get along - but if so, you need to do your part to contribute to a harmonious atmosphere. In particular…
2. Think about how topics that seem innocuous to you might upset someone else. You may think you're showing a polite interest, but some questions will rub a person the wrong way: "So do you have a boyfriend yet?" "When are you two going to get married/start a family?" "Didn't you give upRead More »from 7 Tips for Getting Along with Your Difficult Relatives Over Thanksgiving.
The holidays will be here before you know it, and nothing says Christmas like a handmade card. So grab your crafting supplies and order your holiday kits, because now more than ever a handmade card really shows you care. Here are 5 great reasons for making your own holiday cards this year:
- Longevity - With its' simple charm, a handmade card can make someone's day. It is those handmade cards from the special people in our lives that we all keep and cherish for a lifetime!
- It Distinguishes You - In an age of emails and template e-cards, a handmade card can show off your personality and creativity. Whether you are traditional, modern or something in between, no two handmade cards are made alike!
- It's fun - For those of us that love our papers, holiday cards are just another excuse to craft to our hearts content.
- 'Tis the Season - For a card maker, the holiday season is the Oscars of card making. So, roll out the red carpet and show off all of the
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Family.com recognizes that we're not all Martha Stewart in the making (thank you!). That's why they've created how-to holiday craft videos that are so easy, even craft-challenged moms like me can create works of holiday art! With easy step-by-step instructions, you'll be on your way to creating adorable holiday decorations for the front door, table, Christmas tree and more.
- bon appétit magazine | Holiday Moments – Thu, Nov 11, 2010 9:46 PM EST
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As a kid, Molly Wizenberg had no idea that sauerkraut was not a traditional Thanksgiving dish to most Americans. "It was always there, on the sideboard, as inevitable as turkey," she writes in the Cooking Life column of our current issue. "That's part of the condition of being a kid: Your family, no matter the oddities or inconsistencies, still seems perfectly normal."
Intrigued by Molly's story--and by her recipe for Sauerkraut with Gin and Caraway--we polled our Facebook fans for their unusual Thanksgiving traditions. And what do you know? We found some gems:
-Deborah Tolda Kohler: My father's side of the family is Portuguese. Every year we serve stuffing made with chorizo. Yum!
-Allen Zeitgeist Greenky: Fresh Dungeoness crab. The end of November used to be the opening of the crab season in the San Fran and Bay Area, and when there were still fishermen at Fishermen's Wharf you could get some of the first catch of the season. Since this was the
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