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5 Holiday Horticulture Disasters to Avoid

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The holidays are a time of joy and family ... and plants. If you think about it, horticulture plays a surprisingly large part of the holiday season. We use evergreen Christmas trees, holly wreaths, poinsettias and other gift plants, and my favorite, mistletoe (and kissing beneath it!). All of these plants have great historical and symbolic meaning for the Christmas holiday. Sometimes, though, holiday horticulture can cause some inconveniences. Pine needles need to be swept up; w...

Christmas Villains We Love to Hate

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There's always someone who doesn't get the holiday spirit. Here are 10 terrible Christmas villains, as named by TopTenz.net. According to the 1970 animated classic, "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," the Burgermeister was the evil mayor of the small village where Kris Kringle first passed out toys. After the Burgermeister tripped on a toy, he banned all of them. An outlaw, Kringle was forced to sneak down chimneys to deliver the goodies. In a 1974 follow-up to "Sant...

Chestnut Soup

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This Winter Classic Will Warm You to the Core. Makes 4 cups - 4 to 6 servings During the winter months, hot roasted chestnuts are sold by vendors on the boulevards of Paris, and the meaty nut is a popular ingredient in bistros around France. Canned chestnuts, available in many supermarkets and gourmet shops, are as rich and earthy as the fresh. No peeling and fussing, they're ready in minutes. I like to serve this soup cappuccino-style in small cups topped with foamy milk steame...

Chanukah candle salad

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Make your party complete with this recipe

5 reasons it's OK to hate New Year's Eve

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Like everybody else you may hate making New Year's resolutions, but there are so many other valid reasons to dislike New Year's Eve. Like these five to start with.
 

How to entertain kids over winter break

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From scrapbooking to taking field trips, try these suggestions when entertaining your kids over their winter break from school.
 

Wild Rice-Cranberry Soup

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Wild rice and cranberries combine for an elegant flavor in this soup. Wild rice, actually an aquatic grain-like seed rather than a rice, grows in marshy bogs, lakes, and rivers. Wild rice is a favorite here in Minnesota where I live, especially around the holidays, when it is appreciated for its nutty flavor. In this soup the rice is paired with tart-sweet cranberries and sherry to add elegance. Ingredients: 4 tbsp. unsalted butter 1 carrot, finely chopped 1 celery stalk, fin...

How to Throw a Fun New Year's Eve Party

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Abstract: Are you ringing in the new year with guests? Try these tips for entertaining. Body: New Year's Eve is a holiday rife with pressure. We want to start off the next 365 days on the right foot and fear that if a New Year's Eve celebration is a dud, this will set the tone for the rest of the year. The first thing to do in order to best enjoy New Year's Eve is not to place so much import on it. It is just another night, albeit a night providing the opportunity to spend quali...

The Origins of Holiday Traditions

The Origins of Holiday Traditions

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The Origins of Holiday Traditions

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  • Broccoli-Cheese Casserole

    Broccoli-Cheese Casserole

    Thursday, October 26 2017 2:25 PM EDT2017-10-26 18:25:33 GMT

    Abstract: This favorite has dozens of variations.  Here are two to get you started! Body: Moms learn early on that one way to get the kids to eat their veggies is to hide them under a layer of cheese or other tasty sauce.  By the time the munchkins realize they're eating something good for them, they're hooked. The traditional Thanksgiving broccoli-cheese (sometimes with rice) casserole is this notion run amok.  There are so many simple, appealing comfort-food tas...

    Abstract: This favorite has dozens of variations.  Here are two to get you started! Body: Moms learn early on that one way to get the kids to eat their veggies is to hide them under a layer of cheese or other tasty sauce.  By the time the munchkins realize they're eating something good for them, they're hooked. The traditional Thanksgiving broccoli-cheese (sometimes with rice) casserole is this notion run amok.  There are so many simple, appealing comfort-food tas...

  • Non-Traditional Gifts Work for the Holidays

    Non-Traditional Gifts Work for the Holidays

    Thursday, October 26 2017 2:24 PM EDT2017-10-26 18:24:58 GMT

    Abstract: One of the most difficult tasks in gift giving can be finding a gift for the person who has everything. Body: By Jean Marquit, Contributing writer One of the most difficult tasks in gift giving can be finding a gift for the person who has everything -- or could buy it if he or she wanted to. In such cases, it requires some creativity to come up with something unique that can be used by your loved one. It is possible, and it does not mean you won't spend money. But y...

    Abstract: One of the most difficult tasks in gift giving can be finding a gift for the person who has everything. Body: By Jean Marquit, Contributing writer One of the most difficult tasks in gift giving can be finding a gift for the person who has everything -- or could buy it if he or she wanted to. In such cases, it requires some creativity to come up with something unique that can be used by your loved one. It is possible, and it does not mean you won't spend money. But y...

  • Candy Dreidels

    Candy Dreidels

    Thursday, October 26 2017 2:24 PM EDT2017-10-26 18:24:27 GMT

    Try this recipe for a holiday treat. These simple -- but mostly non-functional -- candy dreidels are easy to make for a party, for a child's classroom or just to have around the house. Ingredients: Marshmallow fluff Large marshmallows Chocolate kisses Thin pretzel sticks Directions: 1. Dip flat bottom of chocolate kiss into marshmallow fluff. 2. Attach kiss to flat end of marshmallow, with fluff serving as glue. 3. Insert pretzel into other end of marshmallow. 4. En...

    Try this recipe for a holiday treat. These simple -- but mostly non-functional -- candy dreidels are easy to make for a party, for a child's classroom or just to have around the house. Ingredients: Marshmallow fluff Large marshmallows Chocolate kisses Thin pretzel sticks Directions: 1. Dip flat bottom of chocolate kiss into marshmallow fluff. 2. Attach kiss to flat end of marshmallow, with fluff serving as glue. 3. Insert pretzel into other end of marshmallow. 4. En...

  • Gifts to Put in Pooch's Holiday Basket

    Gifts to Put in Pooch's Holiday Basket

    Gifts to Put in Pooch's Holiday Basket

    Thursday, October 26 2017 2:23 PM EDT2017-10-26 18:23:58 GMT

    This holiday season, why not go the extra mile for man's best friend? Give your four-legged kinfolk a holiday basket he'll be sure to not re-gift. They're our dependents who rely on us for food, shelter and good health care. They're not just our best friends; they may be our heads of household, our consiglieri (cue "The Godfather" theme) or our reasons for getting out of bed in the morning -- long before we're ready. In short, our dogs are our family. So this holiday se...

    This holiday season, why not go the extra mile for man's best friend? Give your four-legged kinfolk a holiday basket he'll be sure to not re-gift. They're our dependents who rely on us for food, shelter and good health care. They're not just our best friends; they may be our heads of household, our consiglieri (cue "The Godfather" theme) or our reasons for getting out of bed in the morning -- long before we're ready. In short, our dogs are our family. So this holiday se...

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