Happy Holidays, everyone! You know how it goes: your brother and your dad aren’t on speaking terms. Your mom is “just concerned” that if you don’t get pregnant soon she’ll never have grandkids. Your uncle genuinely believes that a covert team of communist Kenyan hackers stole the election for Barack Obama. Oh sweet mercy, how are you supposed to deal with all the drama? Read on for 5 strategies that may or may not help at all, and most importantly, good luck!
Tis the season to spend a long weekend in someone else’s childhood home, sandwiched between your boyfriend and his older sister, trying not to say anything about the uncle who you think is the person who keeps kicking you under the table.
And even though you wouldn’t be caught dead in this awkward situation last year, you somehow managed to acquire a significant other whose family you’re obligated to impress. So how to you win them over without sacrificing your sanity? Pass the stuffing — we’re shoveling some filial knowledge onto your plate. Here are seven simple ways to get in good with the SO’s family. Read more…
Black Friday seems to get crazier and crazier every year, and while I’ve gotta give props to my friends who are willing to brave the angry mobs in the hopes of scoring a sweet deal, I think that gloriously bloated day after Thanksgiving has the potential to be a lot more than the frightening consumerist orgy it’s become. With that in mind, I compiled 7 other colorful Friday traditions. Find out what they are and how to celebrate them, after the jump! Keep reading »
We may eat 10,000 calories worth of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving, but all that is really just prep for the main event: dessert. Whether you’re a pumpkin pie loyalist or want to change things up with caramel apple trifles or chocolate bourbon bread pudding, we found 10 Thanksgiving dessert recipes everyone will be thankful for. Get your dessert stomach ready and click on the gallery to check ‘em out!
It’s that time of year when many of us gather around the table and give thanks for family, friends, health, happiness, and most importantly, that heaping slice of pumpkin pie we’re going to enjoy later. But something we often forget to be thankful for is, well, ourselves. Each of us possesses unique perspectives, talents, and gifts that guide us through life, and guess what? We can thank our astrological signs for imbuing us with some of those qualities. Want to know why you’re lucky to be a Gemini, Leo, Cancer, or whatever wonderful sign you are? Read on to find out… Keep reading »
The phrase “holiday travel” instantly conjures up images of endless lines, delayed flights, cranky babies, and even crankier adults. We know that taking a trip during the hectic holiday season will never be the easiest endeavor, but there’s no reason you can’t make the experience a bit less hellish, and a bit more fabulous (yes, really!). Here are 10 simple ways to make your holiday journey the best it can be…. Keep reading »
Thanksgiving is a lovely time of year to not only see distant family and beloved friends, but also dredge up decades-old resentments. A famous familial bugaboo is who helps clear the table/wash plates/Saran Wrap the leftovers and who sits on their ass, pretending to be paralyzed by a food coma. (Of course, food coma person perks right up when the pecan pie comes out. I’m on to you, Christian.) I am fortunate that I grew up with a father who has always shared 50/50 of chores equally with my mother, including on holidays. The fact that my parents’ kitchen is clogged with women doing cleanup has more to do with the fact they have four daughters than anything else. Keep reading »
Stuffing is absolutely my favorite Thanksgiving food, followed closely by super creamy mashed potatoes. Seriously, I could load up my plate with heaping mountains of these two side dishes and be perfectly content. It’s easy enough to find basic recipes for stuffing and mashed potatoes, but if you’d like to try something a little different this year–artichoke parmesan stuffing, anyone?–I found 10 awesome recipes for stuffing and mashed potatoes that are guaranteed to steal the show. Click through to check ‘em out!
Looking for a simple DIY centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table? These gourd vases are not only easy to make, they look absolutely beautiful filled with fresh fall flowers. Just cut the top off a squash, hollow it out, and reward yourself for being so crafty by mashing up the innards with some butter and brown sugar. Because edible vases are the best kind of vases. [BHG]
Ugh, you guys, I have only begun to think about what I’m going to make for Thanksgiving dinner and have already determined that I need to make all 10 of these amazing side dishes — and they don’t include mashed potatoes or stuffing, recipes for which we’ll be covering in another gallery. The great thing about a number of these vegetable sides is that they can very easily make up a whole meal for the vegetarians in your life (or yourself, if you don’t eat meat either). Click on to get recipes for twice-baked sweet potato, cauliflower gratin, green beans, brussels sprouts, and more! (And don’t forget to send me YOUR Thanksgiving recipes!)