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Tips for Thanksgiving Shopping
If there was ever a time to organize your shopping lists and plan your time, it is now. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the more you prepare, the easier it will be. You may change your mind on the precise menu later, but try to decide big questions now.

 

Flying with the Kids? It's Easier than You Think
If you tremble with anxiety at just the thought of arriving at the airport with the kids, luggage, and car seats, you are not alone. Navigating busy airports and crowded planes with young children can be daunting, but it does not have to be.

 

The Easter Ham

On Easter Sunday, ham often is elevated to the glorious centerpiece of the holiday table. For this spring day, it is never viewed as ordinary sliced deli meat, destined to be sandwiched between two slices of bread. Instead, it is the super-star of the day and deserves every kudo!


 

Lose That Holiday Weight
Depending on which experts you believe, average Americans gain from one to seven pounds during the winter holidays. The weight is not the problem; not losing it is!

 

"So Long, Christmas Tree!"
Your Christmas tree's gentle, sentimental beauty kept you company during the last few weeks, but now that January is well underway, it's time to say goodbye.

 

Make a Holiday Splash. Throw a Party!
If you are considering throwing a big party, the holidays are the perfect time to do so. Everyone is in a festive mood, the stores are filled with goodies, and your house will be decked out in its best finery.

 

A Chanukah Menu
As the Chanukah celebration approaches, home cooks start thinking about their menu. Their children dream of deliciously hot potato latkes served with applesauce. Any number of dishes are served during Chanukah, but anything cooked with oil, such as p

 

Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel!
Children can spend hours making these delightful edible dreidels. And they will love eating them, as well. The dreidel, one of the most enduring symbols of Chanukah, is a small toy that Jewish children have long treasured. The spinning top recalls

 

A Holiday Breakfast
When you make the effort to prepare a special breakfast during the holidays, your family will thank you. Plan ahead and by the time everyone is up and congregating in the kitchen, all you need to do is pop the strata or the waffles in the oven!

 

Who Has Time to Cook?
Most of us are stretched to the limit during the holidays. With kids, work, housekeeping, holiday shopping, baking, and decorating, who has time to cook supper? We'll help you find the time!

 

Spice Up Your Cakes
There is no trick to making a spice cake, and once you include one or two in your cake-baking repertoire, you will find yourself serving them time and again.

 

A Holiday Baker's Pantry

Whether you plan to do a lot of holiday baking or will simply turn out one or two batches of cookies, being prepared will make the task not only easier, but a lot more enjoyable.


 

Outside for the Holidays

You’ve hung a wreath on the front door — a welcoming gesture during the winter holidays — but don’t stop there!


 

The Holiday Front Door
Our front door, decorated for the holiday, is our way of saying, “Welcome! Please come in and enjoy the season with our family!" Do yours up in style!

 

Enjoy Your Effort
The weeks leading up to this the holidays have been frantic. You’ve dashed about buying gifts and holiday ornaments. You put up and decorated the tree. You strung garlands on the fence and wrapped lights around the shrubbery. The inside of the house is bursting with holiday adornment. It’s time to enjoy your labors.

 

A Short Guide to Holiday Tipping
If you are unsure about who to tip at holiday time, and what to give them, we have compiled a short guide. Customs vary regionally, so please use these ideas only as they apply to your part of the country and your needs.


 

Gifts From Your Kitchen
Before you get caught up in the shopping frenzy, think about making gifts this year. These are especially nice for teachers, neighbors, shut-ins, and those friends who "have everything." You can bake Christmas cookies, coffee cakes, quick breads, or

 

Spice Up Your Cakes
There is no trick to making a spice cake, and once you include one or two in your cake-baking repertoire, you will find yourself serving them time and again.

 

Shortcut Hors d’Oeuvres for Your Holiday Party

Whether you’re throwing a large or small holiday party, the key to success is to plan ahead. Good organization frees up your time on the day of the party so that you can relax once the festivities begin. Luckily, a lot of party food is easy to come by, particularly if you live near good specialty and gourmet shops. Even supermarkets carry a lot items custom-made for a party.


 

Meringues for the Holidays

The holidays are hard for sweets lovers who may be watching their weight and their health. Too much butter, flour, whole eggs, and chocolate is not a good thing. What to do? Try meringue!


 

Poinsettias for the Holidays
Most poinsettias are sold during December, when their red, pink, and white hues speak to the season. The showy parts of the plant are not flowers, as most of us think, but are modified leaves called bracts. The actual flowers are in the center of the colorful bracts.

 

10 Holiday Stress Relievers
We all feel stress during the weeks before and after the holidays. The secret is to recognize our tension and then adopt some simple practices to reduce it.

 

Kid's Christmas Cookie Animals
This year the FamilyTime kitchen decided that decorating a plate full of Christmas animals would provide hours of fun for kids--if only minutes to eat!

 

Shake It Up with Snow Globes
The weather inside these homemade snow globes might be frightful, but you and your children can create these snowy scenes in the comfort of your own warm home!

 

A Holiday Open House
Your house is decorated to the nines, the tree is trimmed, and the presents are wrapped. Why not open your front door and invite neighbors and friends to celebrate the season?

 

Plan a Christmas Cookie Decorating Party!
At this time of year, nothing could be more fun than a cookie decorating party!

 

Favorite Holiday Movies
Looking for a holiday movie the whole family can enjoy? We have collected 15 all-time favorites.

 

Scrooge's Christmas List
If you think about it, many of us harbor Scrooge-like feelings today. We really don't want to participate in yet one more gift exchange. We're out of both time and money.

 

A Christmas Cookie Swap
A cookie swap is a party where a number of friends gather before the holidays, each one bringing several batches of cookies. During the party, they systematically exchange cookies so that everyone goes home with an equal number and large assortment.

 

Spice Up Your Cakes
There is no trick to making a spice cake, and once you include one or two in your cake-baking repertoire, you will find yourself serving them time and again.

 

Hors d’Oeuvres for a Holiday Party
Whether you re planning a large or small holiday party, the key to success is to plan ahead. This frees up your time on the day of the party so that you can relax and enjoy the festivities once they begin. Luckily, a lot of party food is easy to make

 

Six Ways to Survive Black Friday

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving when many stores — particularly the so-called big box stores and many department stores — slash prices as a way to kick off the holiday-shopping season with a bang. Here are six strategies for your shopping success! 


 

Tips for Thanksgiving Shopping
If there was ever a time to organize your shopping lists and plan your time, it is now. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the more you prepare, the easier it will be. You may change your mind on the precise menu later, but try to decide big questions now.

 

Over the River and Through the Air…
n the best of times, traveling with the kids can be stressful, but these days with increased airport security, even the calmest parent can be challenged. At no time will this be truer than during the holidays, when the airports are at their busiest. Before you leave home, know what to expect.

 

Mulled Cider for the Holidays
Mulled apple cider is nothing more exotic than heated, spiced cider. It may be spiked with brandy or whiskey, or it may be served with no alcoholic embellishment. Regardless of how you like it, it’s outstanding!

 

When You Have Overnight Guests
One of the best things about the holidays is that many of us can expect houseguests. What fun to welcome old friends, family members or even distant or long-lost relatives from abroad!


 

Flying with the Kids? It's Easier than You Think
If you tremble with anxiety at just the thought of arriving at the airport with the kids, luggage, and car seats, you are not alone. Navigating busy airports and crowded planes with young children can be daunting, but it does not have to be.

 

Reducing Thanksgiving Stress
If you don't expect Thanksgiving to be perfect, you will have a better time!

 

Baking the Perfect Pie

When the holidays approach, many of us decide it’s time to make pies. Trouble is, many of us aren’t too good at them.
A few tips for success!


 

Thoroughly Modern Chutneys and Relishes
Cranberry relish – either homemade or scooped from a can – is as expected as the turkey on the holiday table. But don’t let this be the only meal where you serve relish or chutney.

 

When You Have Overnight Guests
One of the best things about the holidays is that many of us can expect houseguests. What fun to welcome old friends, family members or even distant or long-lost relatives from abroad!


 

Gifts From Your Kitchen
Before you get caught up in the shopping frenzy, think about making gifts this year. These are especially nice for teachers, neighbors, shut-ins, and those friends who "have everything." You can bake Christmas cookies, coffee cakes, quick breads, or

 

Plan a Christmas Cookie Decorating Party!
At this time of year, nothing could be more fun than a cookie decorating party!

 

A Christmas Cookie Swap
A cookie swap is a party where a number of friends gather before the holidays, each one bringing several batches of cookies. During the party, they systematically exchange cookies so that everyone goes home with an equal number and large assortment.

 

The Stuff of Stuffing
The Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey isn't the same without stuffing and often the bready side dish the first place our forks land on a full plate. Make it the way you and your loved ones like best. We'll tell you how.

 

10 Holiday Stress Relievers
We all feel stress during the weeks before and after the holidays. The secret is to recognize our tension and then adopt some simple practices to reduce it.

 

Pumpkin Pie with Pizzazz
For most of us -- kids included -- Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie. Kids like the idea that the Halloween jack o' lantern has a role in the November holiday (although it comes already pureed and in a can!). Everyone loves the

 

When You Have Overnight Guests
One of the best things about the holidays is that many of us can expect houseguests. What fun to welcome old friends, family members or even distant or long-lost relatives from abroad!


 

A Holiday Open House
Your house is decorated to the nines, the tree is trimmed, and the presents are wrapped. Why not open your front door and invite neighbors and friends to celebrate the season?

 

Gifts From Your Kitchen
Before you get caught up in the shopping frenzy, think about making gifts this year. These are especially nice for teachers, neighbors, shut-ins, and those friends who "have everything." You can bake Christmas cookies, coffee cakes, quick breads, or

 

Thoroughly Modern Chutneys and Relishes
Cranberry relish – either homemade or scooped from a can – is as expected as the turkey on the holiday table. But don’t let this be the only meal where you serve relish or chutney.

 

Decadent Holiday Desserts
Holiday desserts need not be elegant (although they can be), or complicated (although they might be), but they should be rich, seductive, and tempting.

 

Who Has Time to Cook?
Most of us are stretched to the limit during the holidays. With kids, work, housekeeping, holiday shopping, baking, and decorating, who has time to cook supper? We'll help you find the time!

 

Houseguests for the Holidays

Whether your in-laws, distant relations from abroad, or your best friends will visit during the holidays, make them feel special. Here are a few time-proven tricks for turning your house into a welcoming home.


 

Six Ways to Survive Black Friday

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving when many stores — particularly the so-called big box stores and many department stores — slash prices as a way to kick off the holiday-shopping season with a bang. Here are six strategies for your shopping success! 


 

Scrooge's Christmas List
If you think about it, many of us harbor Scrooge-like feelings today. We really don't want to participate in yet one more gift exchange. We're out of both time and money.

 

Meringues for the Holidays

The holidays are hard for sweets lovers who may be watching their weight and their health. Too much butter, flour, whole eggs, and chocolate is not a good thing. What to do? Try meringue!


 

Gifts From Your Kitchen
Before you get caught up in the shopping frenzy, think about making gifts this year. These are especially nice for teachers, neighbors, shut-ins, and those friends who "have everything." You can bake Christmas cookies, coffee cakes, quick breads, or

 

Mulled Cider for the Holidays
Mulled apple cider is nothing more exotic than heated, spiced cider. It may be spiked with brandy or whiskey, or it may be served with no alcoholic embellishment. Regardless of how you like it, it’s outstanding!

 

Shortcut Hors d’Oeuvres for Your Holiday Party

Whether you’re throwing a large or small holiday party, the key to success is to plan ahead. Good organization frees up your time on the day of the party so that you can relax once the festivities begin. Luckily, a lot of party food is easy to come by, particularly if you live near good specialty and gourmet shops. Even supermarkets carry a lot items custom-made for a party.


 

Enjoy Your Effort
The weeks leading up to this the holidays have been frantic. You’ve dashed about buying gifts and holiday ornaments. You put up and decorated the tree. You strung garlands on the fence and wrapped lights around the shrubbery. The inside of the house is bursting with holiday adornment. It’s time to enjoy your labors.

 

Houseguests for the Holidays

Whether your in-laws, distant relations from abroad, or your best friends will visit during the holidays, make them feel special. Here are a few time-proven tricks for turning your house into a welcoming home.


 








 
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