51 DIY Ways To Throw The Best New Year’s Party Ever

These sparkly, celestial decorations are so awesome, you’ll want to leave them up all year. Feel free to cover every non-glittery idea here in glitter and confetti.

1. Make a moon-shaped piñata.

Make a moon-shaped piñata.

Get the directions here.

2. Create origami paper star ornaments.

Create origami paper star ornaments.

The full directions are here.

3. Fold paper cubes to make a decorative string of lights.

Fold paper cubes to make a decorative string of lights.

Get the directions here.

4. Tape giant confetti to your walls.

Tape giant confetti to your walls.

5. Make these festive drink stirrers using pom-poms.

Make these festive drink stirrers using pom-poms.

These are created from bamboo sticks, pipe cleaners, and sparkly pom-poms.

6. Use metallic yarn pom-poms as cupcake toppers.

Use metallic yarn pom-poms as cupcake toppers.

You can make tiny pom-poms with a fork.

7. Cover your champagne bottles in glitter.

Cover your champagne bottles in glitter.

Get directions here.

8. Cut up strips of paper streamers for a backdrop.

Cut up strips of paper streamers for a backdrop.

9. Spray-paint bow-tie pasta to make an easy garland.

Spray-paint bow-tie pasta to make an easy garland.

10. Dip feathers in gold paint and glitter.

Dip feathers in gold paint and glitter.

Get the tutorial here.

11. Easily make these celestial spikes with glitter, Styrofoam balls, and spray-painted toothpicks.

Easily make these celestial spikes with glitter, Styrofoam balls, and spray-painted toothpicks.

12. This awesome chandelier is actually an Ikea hack.

This awesome chandelier is actually an Ikea hack.

Start with the $60 Tidig from Ikea and follow the instructions here.

13. Use colored paper to make these cracklers.

Use colored paper to make these cracklers.

Get the directions here.

14. Make a constellation cookie tray.

Make a constellation cookie tray.

Paint a tray with chalkboard paint and serve with star-shaped cookies.

15. Or make easy origami stars from strips of paper.

Or make easy origami stars from strips of paper.

16. Spray-paint a doily onto a lightbulb.

Spray-paint a doily onto a lightbulb.

When the light shines through, it will cast a nice pattern on your walls.

17. Hang giant tissue paper pom-poms from the ceiling.

Hang giant tissue paper pom-poms from the ceiling.

Get the directions here.

18. Serve gold-spun cotton candy.

Serve gold-spun cotton candy.

Get the recipe here.

19. Make your own party hats.

Make your own party hats.

20. Create masks for your guests.

Create masks for your guests.

Full tutorial here.

21. Hang some flashy pyramid ornaments.

Hang some flashy pyramid ornaments.

Get the tutorial here.

22. Spell letters out with pipe cleaners to make cake toppers or drink stirrers.

Spell letters out with pipe cleaners to make cake toppers or drink stirrers.

23. Fold these dodecahedron stars as table decorations.

Fold these dodecahedron stars as table decorations.

Full instructions are here.

24. Use glittery marshmallow stars if you’re serving hot chocolate.

Use glittery marshmallow stars if you're serving hot chocolate.

Recipe here.

25. Glue silver coins onto mounted Styrofoam letters.

Glue silver coins onto mounted Styrofoam letters.

26. Frame your mirrors with starry string lights.

Frame your mirrors with starry string lights.

27. Recycle that extra tinsel by making these drink stirrers.

Recycle that extra tinsel by making these drink stirrers.

Get the directions here.

28. String paper tassels together to create a garland.

String paper tassels together to create a garland.

Get the tutorial here.

29. Take a paint pen to some shot glasses.

Take a paint pen to some shot glasses.

30. Top your drinks with these sequined star stirrers.

Top your drinks with these sequined star stirrers.

Get the tutorial here.

31. Make pink and silver streamers out of leftover wrapping ribbon.

Make pink and silver streamers out of leftover wrapping ribbon.

Easily make them from leftover Christmas ribbon.

32. Create a sequined pallet photo backdrop for your guests.

Create a sequined pallet photo backdrop for your guests.

Get the tutorial here.

33. Serve your drinks in spray-painted mason jars.

Serve your drinks in spray-painted mason jars.

Be sure to include a festive swizzle stick.

34. Stick colorful squares of washi tape on the wall.

Stick colorful squares of washi tape on the wall.

35. Attach sparkly foam circles to balloon strings.

Attach sparkly foam circles to balloon strings.

Get the directions here.

36. Recycle brass tacks by making these baubles.

Recycle brass tacks by making these baubles.

Hang them on houseplants. Get the tutorial here.

37. The perfect party favor — golden disco ball pendants.

The perfect party favor — golden disco ball pendants.

Get the tutorial here.

38. Make diamond-shaped marshmallows.

Make diamond-shaped marshmallows.

Get the instructions here.

39. Wrap cardboard numbers in tinsel.

Wrap cardboard numbers in tinsel.

Get the tutorial here.

40. Cover your cookies with metallic dust.

Cover your cookies with metallic dust.

Get the instructions here.

41. Spray-paint the stems of your wineglasses.

Spray-paint the stems of your wineglasses.

Get the directions here.

42. Fill shiny matchboxes with confetti to give to your guests.

Fill shiny matchboxes with confetti to give to your guests.

Get the directions here.

43. Cover paper lanterns with glitter.

Cover paper lanterns with glitter.

Get the tutorial here.

44. Make a colorful chandelier out of paper.

Make a colorful chandelier out of paper.

Get the directions here.

45. Cut circles out of paper to create clocks for your cupcakes.

Cut circles out of paper to create clocks for your cupcakes.

Get the directions here.

46. Hang tassels off your balloons.

Hang tassels off your balloons.

Get the instructions here.

47. Make countdown champagne glasses by spray-painting numbers on them.

Make countdown champagne glasses by spray-painting numbers on them.

48. Hand out sparkle sticks.

Hand out sparkle sticks.

Get the tutorial here.

49. Make crowns for your guests.

Make crowns for your guests.

50. Make your own confetti poppers.

Make your own confetti poppers.

Get the details here.

51. Walk into a room holding a tray of ice cream, complete with lit sparklers.

Walk into a room holding a tray of ice cream, complete with lit sparklers.

Top 32 Sparkling DIY Decoration Ideas For New Years Eve Party

Top 32 Sparkling DIY Decoration Ideas For New Years Eve Party

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New Year’s Eve is the last and also the biggest night of a year. You should gather your family and friends together and throw a big party to say farewell to this year. In order to make this night memorable, you should prepare some fabulous DIY decorating ideas to dress up your party to make it sparkling. If you have no idea how to decorate, then you just need to remember to make everything glitter. Glittering table setting, star garland, golden balloons, spray painted bottles, champagne…let every bit of these spark! In order to have a nice New Year’s eve party, but also not break the bank, there are many Christmas ornaments that can be reused. You just need to give them some new year’s spirit. Take a look at these fabulous ideas together!


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How To Carve A Turkey Perfectly

Nothing’s worse than botching the dismount.

Some people insist on carving slices off the breast meat while it’s still attached to the body as part of a whole dramatic, table-side carving thing. Stop it: That will lead to inferior, uneven slices and is way harder. Do it this way instead.

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***VERY SHARP KNIFE.***
(As in, get it professionally sharpened if you don’t have a sharpening stone and know how to use it.)

STEP 1: REMOVE THE WISHBONE

This step isn’t absolutely necessary but it makes for an easier removal of the breast meat and wing later on.

Cut along the perimeter of V-shaped wishbone to expose it.

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With your finger, dig around the wishbone to free it from the meat.

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Grab the wishbone firmly and pull hard to release it from the breast.

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Clean and save for later to make a wish!

STEP 2: REMOVE THE THIGH/LEG.

Removing the thighs will make carving the breast later easier.

Note: A lot of people carve slices off the breast meat as a first dramatic step to carving the whole turkey. This is a terrible idea because it leads to inferior, uneven slices. Don’t be tempted. Follow this guide and everyone will be happier.

Firmly pull the thigh away from the breast.

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This should reveal the joint of the thigh and the hip, which you want to cut through.

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After cutting through the joint, pull the thigh and leg away further from the breast so you can carve out the oyster.

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The oysters are small, round pieces of dark meat on the back of poultry near the thighs. (To become a real expert on removing the oyster, watch this videothis video,read this and see this.) At this point you may need to turn the bird over to slice out the full oyster. (Also: They are arguably the most flavorful and tender part of the bird, so you might want to just eat it right now before you continue cutting.)

Cutting around the oyster, slice through the thigh to completely separate it from your bird.

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Put your leg/thigh piece on a separate cutting board.

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STEP 3: SEPARATE THE LEG FROM THE THIGH.

Locate the joint where the leg and thigh bones meet and cut through it.

Locate the joint where the leg and thigh bones meet and cut through it.

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To remove the thigh bone, slice along each side of the bone and remove.

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Now slice the boneless thigh; you can serve the leg whole.

Now slice the boneless thigh; you can serve the leg whole.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the other leg and thigh.

STEP 4: REMOVE THE BREAST.

I REPEAT: Some people insist on carving slices off the breast meat while it’s still attached to the body as part of a whole dramatic, table-side carving thing. Stop it: That will lead to inferior, uneven slices and is way harder. Do it this way instead.

Make an initial cut along the breastbone then begin slicing down against the rib cage.

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Repeat on the other breast.

Move the breast meat to a separate cutting board and slice across the grain for even, juicier pieces.

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STEP 5: REMOVE THE WINGS.

Locate the joint between the wing and the turkey body. Slice between to remove and serve the wings whole.

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OK HERE IT IS, START TO FINISH, IN A VIDEO:

Merry Christmas

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Now THIS Is an Easy and Impressive Side to Serve on Christmas

Want to branch out and try something new for the holidays? Why not try a satisfying side dish that’s straight out of A Christmas Carol! We’re talking about Yorkshire pudding, and don’t let the name full you— this puffed baked good isn’t a dessert. Instead, it’s the perfect vehicle for everything from gravy to smoked salmon, and for impressing everybody. And who better to show us how than Jamie Oliver? Watch him demonstrate how it’s done!

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You’ll Need

– Vegetable oil
– 2 large eggs
– 3/4 cup (100 grams) all-purpose flour
– 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon (100 milliliters) milk
– Sea salt
– Freshly ground black pepper

I never would have thought Yorkshire pudding would be this simple! You can find the full written recipe over on Jamie Oliver’s site. Have you ever tried making this dish before? What would you like to eat with them?

This Is Actually The Best Way To Make A Turkey For Christmas

SPOILER: It does NOT involve fitting a 5-gallon bucket in your fridge.

When it comes to Christmas dinner, turkey is a non-negotiable. The thing is, turkey can be a little, well…dry.

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Many people brine their turkeys by soaking it in salt water for 12 hours because so many recipes say that makes the meat more moist and tender.

Many people brine their turkeys by soaking it in salt water for 12 hours because so many recipes say that makes the meat more moist and tender.

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It’s called wet brining, and the thing is, wet brining is a pain in the ass.

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After you find a 5-gallon container, get your turkey into it, and fill the whole thing up with liquid, you need to make room in your fridge for it. ANNOYING.

GOOD NEWS, though! BuzzFeed Food conducted a blind taste test and found out that the best way to make your turkey is actually way easier: DRY BRINING.

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Read all about that here.

Dry brining is nbd: You rub the turkey with salt, sugar, and any spices you want, then let it sit uncovered in the fridge overnight.

Overnight meaning at least 8 and up to 16 hours. See the full directions below.

Here are the ingredients you need to make a dry-brined roasted turkey:

Here are the ingredients you need to make a dry-brined roasted turkey:

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1 14 to 16-pound turkey, thawed
⅓ cup kosher salt
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¼ cup unsalted butter (for roasting)

First, take the turkey out of its packaging (do this over the sink) and remove the neck and giblets.

First, take the turkey out of its packaging (do this over the sink) and remove the neck and giblets.

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You can keep these for stock or gravy, but you don’t need them for the roast turkey.

Rinse the turkey under cold water, then use paper towels to dry it thoroughly, inside the cavity and out.

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In a small mixing bowl, stir together the salt, brown sugar, and ground black pepper.

In a small mixing bowl, stir together the salt, brown sugar, and ground black pepper.

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Put the turkey on a large, rimmed baking sheet or in a large, shallow container, and rub the salt mixture (aka the dry brine) all over the turkey.

Put the turkey on a large, rimmed baking sheet or in a large, shallow container, and rub the salt mixture (aka the dry brine) all over the turkey.

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Make sure you also rub it under the skin of the breasts, and inside the cavity.

Make sure you also rub it under the skin of the breasts, and inside the cavity.

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Gently pull the skin away from the breast meat with your fingers — it might feel like it will tear, but if you pull carefully but firmly it won’t. Then rub the dry brine underneath the skin. TBH this is very fun.

Put the turkey on the baking sheet in the fridge and let it sit, UNCOVERED, for 8 to 16 hours.

Put the turkey on the baking sheet in the fridge and let it sit, UNCOVERED, for 8 to 16 hours.

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You’re probably going to have to shuffle some things around in there to make room, but it’s worth it.

When you’re ready to roast, rinse the turkey under cold water to get all the brine off, then dry it again with paper towels, outside and inside the cavity.

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Put the rinsed, dried turkey in a roasting pan, on the rack.

Put the rinsed, dried turkey in a roasting pan, on the rack.

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Let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes so that it’s not refrigerator-cold when it goes into the oven.

Rub ¼ cup softened butter under the skin of the turkey, on the breast meat.

Rub ¼ cup softened butter under the skin of the turkey, on the breast meat.

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This isn’t totally necessary, but it does help keep the white meat a little more tender and juicy.

Truss the turkey if you want: This is optional, but it makes the roasted turkey look prettier in the end and helps the skin on the thighs get crispy.

Truss the turkey if you want: This is optional, but it makes the roasted turkey look prettier in the end and helps the skin on the thighs get crispy.

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You’ll need a piece of twine that’s at least 36 inches long.
1. Tie the legs together with the butcher’s twine.
2. Then wrap the ends of the twine around the turkey and tie them tightly at the top.
3. Tuck the wings underneath the twine.

Pour a cup of water or stock into the roasting pan, then roast the turkey at 500°F for 30 minutes.

Pour a cup of water or stock into the roasting pan, then roast the turkey at 500°F for 30 minutes.

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The liquid in the pan will keep the drippings from burning, and starting at such a high temperature will help crisp the skin.

Turn the heat down to 350°F, and roast until a thermometer inserted into the fattest part of thigh, right where it meets the breast, reads 155°F. That’s about 1 ½ to 2 more hours for a 12- to 14-pound bird.

Turn the heat down to 350°F, and roast until a thermometer inserted into the fattest part of thigh, right where it meets the breast, reads 155°F. That's about 1 ½ to 2 more hours for a 12- to 14-pound bird.

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The USDA recommends you cook your turkey to an internal temperature of 165°F, to eliminate ANY AND ALL RISK of undercooking. We really, truly think that this overcooks the turkey and makes it dry and tough, brined or not. A turkey cooked to 155°F will reach at least 165°F after you take it out of the oven. (That’s called “carry-over cooking.”) And it’ll taste a lot better.

Let the turkey rest in the roasting rack for at least 20 minutes.

Let the turkey rest in the roasting rack for at least 20 minutes.

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Don’t tent it with foil because it’ll be all steamy up in there and the skin will lose its crispiness.

Then carve (here’s how) and serve!

Then carve (here's how) and serve!

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Simple Dry-Brined Roast Turkey

Serves 8 to 10

INGREDIENTS
1 (14 to 16-pound) turkey, thawed, giblets and neck removed
⅓ cup kosher salt
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¼ cup unsalted butter

PREPARATION
Rinse the turkey under cold water, then dry it thoroughly with paper towels, inside and out. Stir together the salt, sugar, and pepper in a small bowl, then rub the mixture all over the outside of the turkey and inside the cavity. Carefully pull the skin away from the breasts, just enough so that you can rub the brine underneath. Put the turkey on a large, rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate, uncovered, for 8 to 12 hours (overnight).

Preheat oven to 500°F and position a rack on the bottom shelf. Make sure there’s enough room for your turkey; take all the other racks out if you have to. Let your butter come to room temperature on the counter while you prepare the turkey.

Rinse the turkey it under cold water to wash away the brine, then dry it thoroughly with paper towels, inside and out. Place the turkey breast side up in a large turkey roasting pan with a rack and let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.

Rub softened butter all over the breast meat of the turkey, carefully pulling the skin away from the breasts to rub butter underneath. Tie the legs together with a long piece of butcher’s twine, then wrap the ends around both sides of the turkey and tie them tightly at the top, right where the turkey’s neck used to be. Tuck the wings underneath the twine.

Add a cup of water to the pan and roast the turkey for 30 minutes at 500°F. (Starting the turkey at a super high temperature makes for crispier skin.) After 30 minutes, turn the oven down to 350°F and continue to roast the turkey for 1½ to 2 hours more, turning the roasting pan after an hour, until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 155°F. When the turkey is done, let it rest for at least 20 minutes, then transfer to a cutting board, carve, and serve.

25 Christmas Cookie Recipes. Its Time To Start To Plan Christmas Baking

What’s great about the holidays is all of the homemade food and desserts! Cookies are a popular dessert to serve around the holidays, especially if you’re doing a cookie swap with family, friends or co-workers! When it’s time for all of those holiday cookie exchange parties this year, you will be ready to go with the 25 Best Christmas Cookie Exchange Recipes! What cookie recipe will you tackle this holiday? Let us know in the comments below!
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Chocolate Cherry Blossom Cookies: Baking Beauty

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Chocolate Kiss Powder Puff Cookies: Averie Cooks

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Holiday Confetti Cake Batter Cookies: Sally’s Baking Addiction

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Chocolate Crinkles: Simply Recipes

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Melting Snowman Oreo Balls: The Girl That Ate Everything

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Grinch Cookies: In Katrina’s Kitchen

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Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups: The Gunny Sack

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Turtle Thumbprint Cookies: Tastes Better From Scratch

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3 Ingredient Buttery Shortbread Cookies: Chew Out Loud

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German Chocolate Cake Cookies: The Gracious Wife

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Vanilla and Chocolate Pizzelles: Recipe Runner

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Melted Snowman Cookies: Home Is Where the Boat Is

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Soft & Chewy Triple Chocolate Fudge Cookies: Roxana’s Home Baking

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Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies: Baker Girl

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Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies: The Recipe Rebel

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Russian Tea Cake Cookies: Crazy For Crust

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Salted Peanut Butter Blossoms: Your Homebased Mom

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Black Bottom Butterscotch Cookies: Something Swanky

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Chocolate Cookies n’ Cream Marshmallow Cookies: Creme dela Crumb

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Buckeye Brownie Cookies: Tastes of Lizzy T’s

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Strawberry Cookies With White Chocolate Chunks: OMG Chocolate Desserts

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Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies: Sally’s Baking Addiction

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Kit Kat Cookies: Crazy For Crust

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Italian Ricotta Cookies: Love Bakes Good Cakes

45 Thanksgiving Desserts That Aren’t Pumpkin Pie

1. Mini White Chocolate Caramel Apple Lollipops

Mini White Chocolate Caramel Apple Lollipops

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Everything tastes better on a stick. Make yours like this.

2. Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough & Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches

Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough & Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Sometimes it’s too dang hot to cozy up with a pumpkin spice latte. Recipe here.

3. Chunky Monkey Muffins

Chunky Monkey Muffins

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Your favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavor plus your favorite breakfast dessert equals the perfect sweet. Recipe here.

4. 11-Layer Pumpkin and Peanut Butter S’mores Bars

11-Layer Pumpkin and Peanut Butter S’mores Bars

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S’morgasm guaranteed. Recipe here.

5. Apple Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Apple Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Because who needs a fork? Make yours like this.

6. Salted Caramel Apple Mason Jar Cheesecake

Salted Caramel Apple Mason Jar Cheesecake

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Make yours like this.

7. Brown Butter and Sea Salt Rice Krispies Treats

Brown Butter and Sea Salt Rice Krispies Treats

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Just like you, these sweet childhood treats are all grown up. Recipe here.

8. Peach Lemon Butter Cake

Peach Lemon Butter Cake

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They call this “Paradise Cake” in Italia. Make yours like this.

9. Homemade Chocolate Fudge

Homemade Chocolate Fudge

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2 ingredients + 1 microwave = pure bliss. Make yours like this.

10. Warm Apple Pie Dip With Cinnamon Sugar Crisps

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Now watch me dip, now watch me nae nae. Recipe here.

11. Nutella-Stuffed Brown Butter Pie

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Guaranteed to rock your world one bite at a time. Recipe here.

12. Ultimate Skillet Cookie

Ultimate Skillet Cookie

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One word: epic. Recipe here.

13. Salted Caramel Chocolate Bread Pudding

Salted Caramel Chocolate Bread Pudding

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Bread pudding: A mishmash of leftover starch, sugar, and cream, which unite to create a canvas of infinite flavor possibilities. Recipe here.

14. Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls

Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls

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Because the pumpkin craze is never-ending. Recipe here.

15. Sweet and Savory Nutella Wontons

Sweet and Savory Nutella Wontons

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More proof that Nutella really does complement anything. Make yours like this.

16. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Bacon Bark

3-Ingredient Chocolate Bacon Bark

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Two words: three ingredients. Recipe here.

17. Mini Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Mini Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

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A side of pumpkin you’ve never seen before. Recipe here.

18. No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

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It tastes like a frozen Reese’s peanut butter cup and is even shaped like one. Make yours like this.

19. Baked Apple Cider Donut Bites

Baked Apple Cider Donut Bites

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Pumpkin spice is overrated. Make yours like this.

20. Nutella Banana Dessert Sushi

Nutella Banana Dessert Sushi

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Recipe here.

21. No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

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Why eat pie when you can eat cheesecake? Make yours like this.

22. Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread

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If you’re not too stuffed from all the turkey, toss these in the oven. Recipe here.

23. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

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A grab and go version of the all-too-delicious pumpkin bread. Recipe here.

24. Salted Toffee Brittle

Salted Toffee Brittle

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For when you can’t decide between salty and sweet. Recipe here.

25. Gluten-Free Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Gluten-Free Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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You won’t miss the gluten. Make yours like this.

26. 5-Ingredient Pecan Pie Mini Muffins

5-Ingredient Pecan Pie Mini Muffins

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Pecan pie in muffin form. Recipe here.

27. Apple Turnovers

Apple Turnovers

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Recipe here.

28. Banana Bread Pudding

Banana Bread Pudding

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Recipe here.

29. Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

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So sweet, so simple. Make yours like this.

30. Perfect Pecan Pie

Perfect Pecan Pie

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Perfection doesn’t even begin to describe it. Make yours like this.

31. Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Lemon Olive Oil Cake

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Best when paired with tea. Recipe here.

32. Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Bark

Bonus: It looks fancy so even Aunt Judy will be impressed. Recipe here.

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33. Great-Grandma’s Banana Bread

Great-Grandma’s Banana Bread

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Even better than when Grandma made it. Recipe here.

34. Sticky Maple Crescent Buns

Sticky Maple Crescent Buns

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As if Thanksgiving couldn’t get any sweeter. Make yours like this.

35. Apple Pie Cups

Apple Pie Cups

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Because the whole family deserves to be able to have their own pie (cup) and eat it, too. Recipe here.

36. Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

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When life gives you lemons, bake this lemon meringue pie. Recipe here.

37. Chocolate Meringue Pie

Chocolate Meringue Pie

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It’s like eating a pillowy chocolate cloud. Make yours like this.

38. Lemon and Cranberry Scones

Lemon and Cranberry Scones

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The perfect solution for a college student who only has a cookie sheet. Recipe here.

39. Rugelach Cookies

Rugelach Cookies

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The edible version of your grandparents’. Recipe here.

40. White Chocolate Dipped Molasses Cookies

White Chocolate Dipped Molasses Cookies

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Bring a little extra autumn flair to your apartment or party with this recipe.

41. Easy Cherry Berry Pie

Easy Cherry Berry Pie

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A classic dessert only fit for after a classic meal. Make yours like this.

42. Cinnamon Brown Sugar Bread Pudding

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Bread Pudding

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A dessert with history. Make yours like this.

43. Apple Pie Roses

Apple Pie Roses

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The apple of your stomach. Recipe here.

44. Chocolate Biscoff Crunch Ice Cream Cake

Chocolate Biscoff Crunch Ice Cream Cake

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The best part is it’s vegan. Recipe here.

45. Toasted Coconut and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Toasted Coconut and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Add a half cup of craisins for a little taste of fall. Recipe here.

11 Best Thanksgiving Vegetable Recipes

Move over turkey — on Thanksgiving, the side dishes always steal the show. From creamy Brussels Sprouts Gratin to Potatoes au Gratin, these easy and elegant vegetable recipes will be the talk of the table.

1. Brussels Sprouts Gratin

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This creamy gratin is perfect for the holidays because it can be made ahead of time. It’s easy too — unlike most vegetable gratins, which are made with a Béchamel sauce, this one is made more simply (and decadently) with heavy cream. GET THE RECIPE

2. Quinoa Pilaf with Shiitake Mushrooms, Carrots & Pecans

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Whenever I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner, I like to offer some vegetarian and gluten-free side dishes. This one is both, plus it can be made ahead. GET THE RECIPE

3. Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Walnuts, Parmesan and Lemon-Mustard Dressing

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Made with toasted walnuts, chunks of Parmesan and a lemony Dijon dressing, this kale and Brussels sprouts salad tastes like a healthful, crunchy Caesar. Even your meat and potato lovers will enjoy it! GET THE RECIPE

4. Potatoes au Gratin

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This classic dish involves layering thinly sliced potatoes with heavy cream (a lot of it!) and grated cheese in a gratin dish, and then baking it until the cream reduces and blankets the potatoes in a rich, creamy sauce. I’d say the dish is worthy of a special occasion — it is — but the truth is that eating it is a special occasion in and of itself.GET THE RECIPE

5. Carrot Slaw with Cranberries, Toasted Walnuts & Citrus Vinaigrette

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Dried cranberries and toasted walnuts make this carrot slaw perfect for fall and a colorful addition to your Thanksgiving feast. Plus, it’s delicious with turkey sandwiches the next day. GET THE RECIPE

6. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Pecans & Maple Syrup

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Golden roasted Brussels sprouts with smoky bacon, toasted pecans and maple syrup — this dish will become a firm family favorite. Honestly, it’s hard to resist eating the entire pan right out of the oven! GET THE RECIPE

7. Gingered Carrot Souffle

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This is one of those seductively sweet, orange-hued side dishes that often appear around the holidays. Technically, it’s not really a soufflé, but rather a baked purée of carrots, butter, brown sugar, and eggs that has a fluffy and delicate soufflé-like texture. It’s along the same lines as a Sweet Potato Casserole – that is to say, not quite dessert but almost sweet enough to be. GET THE RECIPE

8. Roasted Green Beans with Garlic, Pine Nuts, Lemon & Parmesan

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Tender and caramelized roasted green beans, mellowed chunks of garlic, lemon-infused olive oil, crunchy pine nuts and nutty Parmesan — this dish is a crowd-pleaser and easy to do ahead of time. GET THE RECIPE

9. Mesclun Salad with Goat Cheese, Maple-Glazed Pecans & Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

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This salad is perfect for entertaining — the glazed pecans and goat cheese dress it up, and the vinaigrette is one of those salty-sweet-tangy flavor combinations that everyone loves. GET THE RECIPE

10. Roasted Carrots with Thyme

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Always a favorite, these carrots are roasted in a high temperature oven until caramelized and tender-crisp — a cooking method that intensifies their flavor and brings out their natural sweetness. GET THE RECIPE

11. Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

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This is a rustic version of mashed potatoes. To make it, you simply boil a few pounds of baby red potatoes, smash them with a dinner fork, and then mix them with butter and Parmesan. So easy…and everyone loves it. GET THE RECIPE

Granny’s Red Velvet Cake

 

red velvet cake

1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp vinegar
2 1/2 cups flour
2 Tbsp cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 oz. all natural red food coloring, see recipe below

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans or a 9×13 baking dish.

In a large mixing bowl cream together shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

In a small bowl add vinegar and sprinkle baking soda on top; set aside.

Sift together flour, cocoa and salt; add alternately with buttermilk, beat after each addition. Stir in baking soda and vinegar mixture. Mix in food coloring. Pour into prepared baking pans.

Bake 30 minutes, or until knife inserted into center comes out clean. Remove from oven, set aside to cool.

Frosting:
1 cup milk
¼ cup flour
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup butter, 1 1/2 sticks room temperature
1 tsp vanilla

Over medium low heat cook milk and flour until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, set aside; let cool.

Cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and blend in well. Add cooled
Milk sauce; beat until stiff. Frost cooled cake….enjoy!

Red Beet Juice is an all natural red food coloring….here is how you make it…
Use a few large red beets, remove greens and roots; slice them up. Cover with water in sauce pan; bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until tender only a small amount of water remains, about a ¼ cup. Eat the beets and bottle up the red beet juice, you now have all natural red beet juice.

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