Celebrate a Non-Commercial Christmas and Win $500 for Charity

All of the Black Friday, Cyber Monday, BUY-BUY-BUY gift madness is making me crazy. The over-the-top advertising has a reverse effect on me: I don’t want to buy anything as a sign of protest!

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DIY Gifts From Your Kitchen

I tend to give homemade gifts from my kitchen, whether it’s ingredients or an already-baked treat. Even if those on your “Nice” list aren’t foodies, gifts from your kitchen are the perfect way to share the spirit of the holiday season.

Holiday Meal Giveaway: More Joy, Less Stress

While you’re still basking in the turkey afterglow, let us help you plan your next feast!

Read on to find out how you can enter to win a $250 Whole Foods Market gift card to make your holiday celebration more joyful and less stressful. UPDATE: Thank you to everyone that entered. Congrats to our winners: Winnie, Jennifer, Shannon, JK and Rosie!

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16 Recipes for Fresh Winter Citrus

8 Tips to Keep Your Christmas Décor Green

I’ve eagerly awaited the arrival of our beautiful Christmas trees and greens for months. When the tree is up, that’s the day the party starts!

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Food Allergies: Simple Strategies for the Holiday Party Season

Cheers to Champagne Cheddar

Champagne Cheddar Cheese Straws

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How to Stock Your Holiday Baking Pantry

My vote is to stock your baking pantry for practical needs (holiday brunches and cookie exchanges), but to do it with fun in mind. During the holiday baking sprint, call on favorite recipes then give them a seasonal spin. If a sugar cookie recipe never fails you, but you’re interested in a bit of a rev-up, these pantry staples can add a little excitement.

The Ultimate Grocery Store Gift Guide

I’m all for one-stop errands. In college, it was the coffee shop/laundromat. Today it’s just natural that I holiday shop where I grocery shop. No, I’m not gifting collards and cashews. Instead, I’m reaching for truffles, flowers and toys and clothing and picking up ingredients for homemade gifts. Here’s how:

Gifts Under $5, $10, $15 and $30

The Cheese Board: A Host’s Best Party Secret

Baked BrieA truly stylish and delicious way to take your entertaining to the next level is the cheese board. Whether you use a plate, a wooden cutting board or a piece of slate, serving cheese is the smart host’s best party secret. Why?

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