Festive Holiday Table Decor

With the rapid approach of Halloween & Thanksgiving here are a few table decoration ideas that with little modification can take you from Halloween to Thanksgiving and beyond quicker than you can say gobble gobble. Below are a few table centerpieces that effortlessly move from holiday to holiday with a few DIY ideas to get you started.  Great cheese cloth ghosts from Ashbee Designs make a festive Halloween centerpiece  Adding a second layer that is holiday specific will create a beautiful and unique centerpiece. For Halloween add DIY ghosts, velvet pumpkins, and spider webbing across the branches. For Thanksgiving remove the ghosts and spider webs and you are done. Here is a great use of the stems from your pumpkin after Halloween, to create a great Thanksgiving/Fall Centerpiece … [Read more...]

Apple Topiary for Holiday Centerpieces

A holiday topiary is a perfect way to spice up any holiday decor. They're perfect as a set on either side of a fireplace or as a single decorative centerpiece. A holiday topiary is also super simple to make. You'll only need a minimum of supplies including a Styrofoam cone, acrylic paint, plastic decorative apples, decorative wreath stems, a hot glue gun and a candlestick. First paint the Styrofoam cone the same color as the decorative apples. This will help the Styrofoam blend in with the apples. Separate the apples by size and use the hot glue gun to attach them to the cone. Start with the largest ones on the bottom and work your way up to the top, decreasing the size of the apples as you go. [sc:adsense ] After you have adhered all the apples, add decorative … [Read more...]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorns

Autumn is filled with the flavors of the season like apples and pumpkin, but what about chocolate and peanut butter? These chocolate peanut butter acorns are an easy way to surprise your family and friends with a cute autumn treat! They're perfect for a Thanksgiving treat or just an autumn bowl in your kitchen. It literally takes minutes to put together and they're sure to put a smile on the face of anyone who sees them. Ready to see how easy they are to make? I told you that was easy! Just beware, it's hard to just eat one! They are quite addicting. [sc:adsense ] Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorns from Six in the Suburbs Ingredients semi sweet chocolate chips mini nutter butters dark chocolate hershey's kisses, unwrapped mini semi sweet chocolate chips How-To In … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Casserole: A Family Tradition

As traditions are filling your minds in the next two months, my mind is always on the food traditions in my family. It is a known fact in my family that at every Thanksgiving and Christmas celebration there will be a sweet potato casserole. At my parent's house it is always topped with loads and loads of marshmallows. But, at my husband's parent's house it's a guarantee that it will be covered with pecan streusel. I feel in love with the crunch and caramelized bite that every spoonful gave me. Genius! No matter your family's traditions, it's always nice to look forward to old traditions as well as to start new ones. Cheers to traditions...and loads of sweet potatoes! [sc:adsense ] Sweet Potato Casserole adapted from my mother's recipe Ingredients 4-6 medium sweet … [Read more...]

How to Make a Pumpkin Pinata

There are two ways to make a homemade piñata; you can paper-mache a balloon, or you can use cardboard and tape.  For piñatas that are meant to be round you would more than likely choose the paper-mache version, however if you are looking for a custom shape, then cardboard and tape is the way to go.  In this tutorial I'm going to show you how to make a pumpkin piñata using cardboard and tape. What you will need: Cardboard (not too thick or stiff) Orange and black crepe paper streamers Black card Elmer's school glue Tape Scissors X-ACTO knife Cable tie [sc:adsense ] To make: Step 1: Make sure your cardboard isn't too stiff.  You want kids to be able to break it open, so test out a small area that you don't need first to make sure that it will break. The … [Read more...]

A Thanksgiving Cooking Checklist

By now you should have your Thanksgiving plans made.  Are you hosting?  If you are, you need to start planning now. What you need to do now! Put together your meal plan. If you don't have a meal plan in place, I have you covered and have put a Thanksgiving meal plan together for you.  Ensure that your meal plan will work.  Do you have enough space in your oven for more than one item? Do you need multiple stove-top burners at the same time?  You may need to tweak your menu accordingly. Confirm your guest list. Order or purchase your turkey.  If you have a smaller oven, make sure the turkey is going to fit. Order flowers if you don't want to risk there being very little to choose from the day before. Check your seating.  Do you need to rent or borrow a table and chairs? 4-7 … [Read more...]