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Avocado, Mango and Pineapple Salsa

Avocado, Mango and Pineapple Salsa is a delightful celebration of contrasts: Creamy avocado, sweet mango, tangy pineapple, spicy jalapeno. Five days until Christmas. Four shopping days left. Three days until we leave to visit family for the holiday. Two days until The Nutcracker touring show my daughter, Paige, is in wraps for the season. One …

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Rosemary Garlic Whipped Ricotta Crostini with Prosciutto

Easy but impressive, this recipe for Rosemary Garlic Whipped Ricotta Crostini with Prosciutto can be mostly made ahead, freeing you up to enjoy your guests. When I started working on The Easy Appetizer Cookbook, I spent time thinking about what dishes I would want to serve to guests. What kinds of food make guests go …

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How to Make DIY Upcycled Candy Ornaments

Turn clean old socks into adorable Christmas ornaments with this easy holiday craft: DIY Upcycled Candy Ornaments. You know those adorable socks you had that you loved? The ones that you only got to wear once or twice before inexplicably losing one? Well, before you toss their adorableness, use them well. Just make sure they …

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4 Simple Stress Busting Tips for Celebrating Christmas

While Christmas is hailed as “the most wonderful time of the year,” for many it is also the most stressful time of the year.  There are gifts to buy and wrap, parties to plan, homes and offices to decorate, lights to string, baking to finish and guests to prepare for.  In short, there is a …

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10 DIY Glittery Holiday Decorations

Want to up the ante on your holiday decor? Check out these 10 DIY Glittery Holiday Decorations! Earlier this week, I popped open the first of our holiday decorations boxes. The reds, greens, whites and glitter of the holidays were inside. Out came the mistletoe and Santa. Up went the Happy Holidays sign and glittery …

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10 DIY Non-Scary Costumes for Girls

Looking for the perfect Halloween costume for your little girl? These 10 non-scary costumes for girls will make the night of fright a delight! When the kids and I went looking for Halloween accessories and a costume for my nine-year-old son, there were so many options for the ready-to-scare set. From bloody zombies to the …

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Inexpensive Holiday Decorating: Thrift Store Finds

Weeks ago, I was ready to start decorating for Christmas. However, friends and family convinced me to hold off until … today. Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it’s time to dig into holiday decorating. And this year, I scored some fun new items to add to our holiday decor. The adorable mouse above? It …

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Last-Minute Centerpiece Idea: Candles on a Platter

It seems to happen every year: I manage to plan every element of our Thanksgiving dinner — but I forget about the centerpiece. In the past, I have clipped evergreen branches to create a quick centerpiece and filled bowls with glittery pine cones. But this year, I’ve found a super simple centerpiece that I love: …

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