Holidays – The Fine Print Blog //wp.readers.com/blog by Readers.com Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:51:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 //wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 //wp.readers.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-Rea-newFavicon-2016-Final-32x32.png Holidays – The Fine Print Blog //wp.readers.com/blog 32 32 5 Stress Free Recipes For This Holiday Season //wp.readers.com/blog/5-stress-free-recipes-for-this-holiday-season/ //wp.readers.com/blog/5-stress-free-recipes-for-this-holiday-season/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:21:39 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14526 Tis the season for holiday dinner parties. This time of year our calendars begin to fill up with holiday festivities, and while we love reconnecting with friends and family who we may not have seen in a while, the multitude of events and errands that come with the holidays can certainly add an element of […]

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Tis the season for holiday dinner parties. This time of year our calendars begin to fill up with holiday festivities, and while we love reconnecting with friends and family who we may not have seen in a while, the multitude of events and errands that come with the holidays can certainly add an element of stress. This holiday season we want you to be able to deck the halls with jolly and not stress about what you are going to bring to your sister’s white elephant gift exchange.

 

To help you start planning those festive dishes, here are five simple recipes that will dazzle dinner guests while saving you precious time.

 

Gingerbread Brownie Cutouts

These gingerbread brownie cutouts will become your go-to party dessert. Everyone loves brownies, and when they are in the form of a cute gingerbread man, no one will be able to resist. Simply make your favorite brownie box mix and use a gingerbread cutout to get the gingerbread shape, and finish by using icing and m&m’s for garnish.

 

If you find yourself as the host of the Christmas party, save yourself the time of decorating and plan for everyone to decorate their own gingerbread man. This can be a fun decorating competition or simply an easy way to keep the kiddos entertained.

Grinch Santas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


How cute are these grinch Santa snacks? All you need for these festive treats are green grapes, bananas, strawberries, mini marshmallows, and a toothpick to place your ingredients on. These snacks will not only be a crowd pleaser, but will take you no time at all to whip up.

 

Pigs In A Blanket Wreath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heading to an ugly Christmas sweater party? Add to the fun with this pigs in a blanket wreath. All you need to do is wrap a small smoked sausage link or hot dog in a crescent roll and bake it in the oven. Then place the pigs in a blanket in a circle on a tray and garnish with a ribbon to give it the festive feel you’re looking for.

 

Charcuterie Christmas Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepare the perfect Christmas appetizer by arranging your meat, veggies, crackers, and cheese in the form of a Christmas tree. Charcuterie is always a guest favorite and guests will love seeing the unique arrangement.

 

White Chocolate Reindeer Popcorn

This white chocolate reindeer popcorn is super quick to whip up and will be a tasty treat to munch on throughout your party. All you need is one bag of white popcorn, red and green m&m’s, pretzels, and Christmas sprinkles.

 

Now that you have your Christmas party dishes planned, you can focus on finding the perfect Christmas gifts. We might be biased, but we think eyewear makes for a pretty great gift.

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5 Thoughtful Ways To Celebrate Mother’s Day //wp.readers.com/blog/5-thoughtful-ways-to-celebrate-mothers-day/ //wp.readers.com/blog/5-thoughtful-ways-to-celebrate-mothers-day/#respond Wed, 03 May 2017 17:01:10 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14294   As Mother’s Day approaches, many are filled with nostalgia as they reflect on how they celebrated the holiday with their own mother during their childhood. When we are children Mother’s Day is often celebrated with handmade crafts, special meals, or flowers. However, as we get older the holiday becomes less about commercialism and more […]

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As Mother’s Day approaches, many are filled with nostalgia as they reflect on how they celebrated the holiday with their own mother during their childhood. When we are children Mother’s Day is often celebrated with handmade crafts, special meals, or flowers. However, as we get older the holiday becomes less about commercialism and more about time spent with loved ones and honoring the role your own mother played in your life.

This Mother’s Day keep in mind that this holiday isn’t just about people who are mothers, but it is about everyone who has a mother. This simple shift in mindset broadens our perspective on ways we can celebrate this day. Whether you are spending time with your own mother, or gathering with others to reflect and celebrate motherhood, here are 5 thoughtful ways you can celebrate Mother’s Day:

 

A get together of the generations

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than spending time with the younger and older generations within your family? This is a great opportunity to share stories about your own mothers, and experiences with motherhood. Gathering with the women in your family is a great visual of the impact mothers have had on your family and the generations to come–a great memory that will last a lifetime!


Help other mothers in need

One of the best ways you can celebrate Mother’s Day is to help other mothers in need. Mother Teresa once said, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” Dedicating your time on Mother’s Day to assist a mother who could use your help is a powerful and thoughtful way to honor motherhood, even if it is as simple as taking one mother to lunch.

 

Have tea with senior women in your community

As we age we realize the value of time. A great way you can make someone’s Mother’s Day extra special is to give a community member your time. Having tea or coffee with an elder woman in your community is a great way to not only brighten someone else’s day, but also enlighten your day as well.

 

Make a one of a kind booklet for your mom

Present your mother with a booklet filled with childhood pictures and handwritten notes. This booklet will have your mother feeling special and she’ll love looking back on how her family has grown over the years.


Plant flowers together

Planting your favorite flowers side by side is a great way to enjoy the day and create memories. As you tend to your flowers you will be able to reflect on the time you spent together and celebrate your mother all over again.

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5 Simple Ways To Spruce Up Your Easter Get Together //wp.readers.com/blog/5-simple-ways-to-spruce-up-your-easter-get-together/ //wp.readers.com/blog/5-simple-ways-to-spruce-up-your-easter-get-together/#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:22:25 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14265 With the arrival of April, many of us are beginning to plan our Easter meals and get togethers. As we begin to plan our menus and decor, it is tempting to turn to our tried and true recipes and decorations. However, this Easter switch things up at your table with one of these simple recipes […]

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With the arrival of April, many of us are beginning to plan our Easter meals and get togethers. As we begin to plan our menus and decor, it is tempting to turn to our tried and true recipes and decorations. However, this Easter switch things up at your table with one of these simple recipes or festive DIY decorations. Your guests are sure to be impressed and, who knows, you might just end up having a new staple decoration or recipe!

1. An eye catching place setting

Place Setting

Supplies: Colored napkin, coordinating ribbon, tulip

Directions: To create this warm and welcoming place setting, simply fold the napkin and place the tulip in the center. Finish by loosely tying the ribbon around the tulip and napkin. Not only will guests love being greeted by this piece, but they will also enjoy having a sweet flower to take home.

 

2. Easter bunny bread bowl

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Your lunch guests will love this cute easter bunny bread bowl. It’s a creative and easy way to serve up soup or a veggie dish.

Supplies: One regular sized roll (can be store bought or homemade), one bread bowl (can be store bought or homemade), five toothpicks, two regular chocolate chips, pink candy for the nose, knife and kitchen scissors, and fresh parsley (optional)

Directions:

  • Cut 1/4 of the bottom off of the smaller roll, leaving a small back section of the bread on the roll — so it can hang off the back of the bread bowl. This will give it some stability. Set aside.
  • Cut the bread bowl so that you remove a small top section of the roll in a U-shape, leaving a ledge for the smaller roll to sit on.
  • Dig out the insides of the bread in a large piece if possible so you can use some of that insides of the bread bowl for the bunny’s tail.
  • Take the top of the bread bowl you removed and cut out 2 ears. You can trim the inside of the bunny ears so they are flatter.
  • Take the knife and slice a small hole where you want the nose. Push the candy nose in the bread. Poke a tiny hole for the eyes and then gently place the chocolate chip eyes in place.
  • Take the bunny head and place it on top of the bread bowl ledge and secure it in place with three toothpicks.
  • Slide the other two toothpicks into the bottom of the ears and then place them in the top of the roll for the bunny’s ears.
  • Take a small piece of the bread you removed from inside the bowl and roll it into a ball and use it as the bunny’s tail.
  • Use the fresh parsley and laid it down on the plate to serve as grass to add to the fun and festive look!
  • Store in an airtight bag until you are ready to serve. These can be made in advance as long as they are stored properly.


3. Festive centerpiece

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This layered candy centerpiece is super easy to make. The best part is that it’s great for decoration and dessert!

Supplies: Clear glass vase, artificial flowers, Easter colored M&M’s (yellows, purples, and pinks), Peep Easter Bunnies, and skewers or cake pop sticks

Directions:

  • Fill the bottom of your vase with M&M’s. Then add a row of white Peep Bunnies.
  • Continue to layer your M&M’s on top of each other in your designated color scheme until you have filled the vase.
  • Once you have arranged the candy the way you want it, add your artificial flowers.
  • Stick a couple of Peep Bunnies on your skewers or cake pop sticks and place them in the arrangement so that they are sticking up out of the flowers.

 

4. Strawberry cream mimosa

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This sparkly pink treat is perfect for an Easter brunch and is sure to match all of your Spring decor.

Ingredients: Fresh strawberries or raspberries, Sweet N’ Low, honey, half and half cream, and your favorite type of champagne

Directions:

  • Heat up your strawberries or raspberries on the stovetop until they come to a soupy consistency. Add Sweet N’ Low and a little honey to your fruit mixture.
  • Blend your mixture in a blender. Then pour your blended mixture into a fine mesh strainer to separate the juice from the seeds and the skin.  
  • Pour in half and half cream, stir, and pour your mixture into ice cube trays, and freeze until frozen.
  • Once cubes are frozen set out for about 5-10 minutes to let them soften.
  • Pour champagne halfway up the glass and add strawberry cream cubes. Enjoy!

 

5. Slow cooker pineapple glazed carrots

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For the perfect Easter side dish that adds a punch of flavor, try these pineapple glazed carrots.  

Ingredients: 2 lbs carrots peeled and sliced, 1 (540ml) can pineapple tidbits with juice (or about 2 cups), ½ cups brown sugar, 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, ¾ tsp. salt, 2 tbsp. cornstarch

Directions:

  • In a medium bowl, combine pineapple with juice, sugar, vinegar, salt, and cornstarch until combined.
  • Add carrots to slow cooker. Pour pineapple over top and stir well.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours until tender. Serve.

 

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The Best Stocking Stuffers For Every Member in Your Family //wp.readers.com/blog/stocking-stuffer-ideas/ //wp.readers.com/blog/stocking-stuffer-ideas/#respond Wed, 21 Dec 2016 20:15:31 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14014 If you’re anything like us, stockings are the last gift you’re bound to think about. Not to fear! This year we’ve compiled a list of the best stocking stuffers for every member of your family. Whether you need ideas for your grandchildren or pets, read on to discover some of our top picks this holiday […]

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If you’re anything like us, stockings are the last gift you’re bound to think about. Not to fear! This year we’ve compiled a list of the best stocking stuffers for every member of your family. Whether you need ideas for your grandchildren or pets, read on to discover some of our top picks this holiday season.

Stocking Stuffers for Your Wife

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Keychains

A stylish keychain is an easy way to add a personal touch to something boring, such as car keys (and the morning commute). Even though a keychain might not seem like the most exciting gift at first, keychains are great because your wife will see it every day. Finding a unique keychain that holds personal value is key. Try her favorite store, or find beautiful keychains here.

Chocolate

Unless she has a food allergy, you really can’t go wrong with chocolate. Find a few treats at your local chocolate shop and add them to the top of her stocking. If you put them at the bottom, the chocolate could melt when you light the fireplace!

Moisturizing Products

Skin gets dry during the cold winter months. A bottle of luxurious lotion or moisturizer for her face will not only be appreciated, but it will also be used. Find products at a store like Bath and Body Works that offers a wide variety of body lotions. For face product, we suggest doing a little bit more research. See which brand she typically uses, or go to a department store and ask for advice from an expert.

Stocking Stuffers for Your Husband

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Handy Gifts

What do men like more than new tools? New gadgets. Combine the two and you get something along the lines of this.

Wallet or Money Clip

If his wallet has seen better days (and he refuses to get rid of it), consider gifting him an upgrade. Whether he’s sporty or traditional, you can find a lot of good options in diverse styles at Nordstrom.

Sunglasses

Sunglasses make great stocking stuffers for a number of reasons. First, they will almost certainly be used before spring. Even though people don’t always associate sunglasses with the winter, driving with snow on the ground and the sun shining brightly can be annoying, and even slightly dangerous. If he’s always breaking his sunglasses (we’ve all been there), consider a pair of inexpensive shades. And if he wears reading glasses, a pair of sun readers will do the trick.

Fitness Tracker

Whether it be a Fitbit or even an Apple Watch, a fitness tracker really does increase activity (well, at least in menopausal women). Besides health benefits, wristbands like these can also connect to smartphones through Bluetooth and can notify the user when they have a text message or calendar event.

For Your Kids

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Tech Accessories

Vibrant phone casesCord tacosCharging docks. With the rising popularity of smartphones and tablets, there have never been more options when it comes to technology accessories. Upgrade your son or daughter’s phone to match his or her personality with a new phone case or technology accessory.

Calendar Planner

If your kids are still in school, consider getting them a trendy planner for the new year. With tons of options on Amazon, you can almost certainly find a calendar that matches their personal style and workload.

Coffee or Tea Gadgets

From coffee grinders to tea steepers, caffeine accessories have never been more abundant. This Christmas, help your college kid stay awake with a few tools for their beverage of choice. Tea lovers will rejoice with tea ware from a trusted store such as Teavanna, while coffee drinkers will be happy with a new french press or some quality coffee.

Fun Socks

Don’t dismiss socks. Although it might seem like the gift you buy when you don’t know what to get someone, there is nothing better than putting on a pair of comfortable socks. Even better if they’re fun. Check out our favorites here.

For Your Grandchildren

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Gummy Bear Light

Your grandkids already love gummy bears. Giving them a gummy bear light just makes sense. You can find fun lights in almost any form, but these adorable bears from UncommonGoods light up when you squeeze them, which makes them our favorite.

Silly Putty

What kind of kid doesn’t love silly putty? You can find this old time favorite from pretty much any toy store, or make it with your grandchildren on Christmas day.

Fake Tattoo Sleeves

Similar to the gifts above, fake tattoo sleeves are sure to please grandchildren because of their goofy nature. Order a 6-pack and watch them run around all day with their new ink. Electric guitar and mohawk not included.

For Your Pets

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Da Bird

Fact: all cats love Da Bird. Incredibly simple in design (it’s just a fishing pole with a feather attached), cats will go crazy over this toy for hours. If your cat is a good hunter, make sure to buy a few feather replacement packs as well!

Treats

Just like humans, pets love treats, too. Don’t forget to stock up on your pet’s favorite snack this holiday season!

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2016 Holiday Gifts for 40-Somethings //wp.readers.com/blog/gift-ideas-for-40-somethings/ //wp.readers.com/blog/gift-ideas-for-40-somethings/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:00:46 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=8029 To keep you sane this season, we’ve scoured the Internet and polled each age group for the best gifts of the year for every budget.  Shop for: Teens | 20-Somethings | 30-Somethings | 40-Somethings For the 40-somethings on your list, give them items to make their busy lives easier and more comfortable. Check out our favorite gift picks of the season!  Cashmere […]

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To keep you sane this season, we’ve scoured the Internet and polled each age group for the best gifts of the year for every budget. 

Shop for: Teens | 20-Somethings | 30-Somethings | 40-Somethings

For the 40-somethings on your list, give them items to make their busy lives easier and more comfortable. Check out our favorite gift picks of the season! 

best christmas gifts for forty year olds

  1. Cashmere scarf
  2. Burt’s Bees Essentials Kit
  3. Keurig K450 brewing system
  4. Martha Stewart cookbook
  5. Bar cart
  6. Mason jar cookies
  7. Amazon gift card
  8. Kindle Paperwhite
  9. iPhone case
  10. Multi-View Computer Readers Style #65 (or shop a low-cost version here)

Giving glasses as gifts this year? Use our easy guide here or grab a Readers.com gift card, instead. 

 

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2016 Holiday Gifts for Teens //wp.readers.com/blog/gift-ideas-for-teens/ //wp.readers.com/blog/gift-ideas-for-teens/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:00:40 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=8023 To keep you sane this season, we’ve scoured the Internet and polled each age group for the best gifts of the year for every budget. Shop for: Teens | 20-Somethings | 30-Somethings | 40-Somethings For the teens on your list, give them something that makes them feel cool, fuels their creativity, or humors their love for music. Check out our top […]

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To keep you sane this season, we’ve scoured the Internet and polled each age group for the best gifts of the year for every budget.

Shop for: Teens | 20-Somethings | 30-Somethings | 40-Somethings

For the teens on your list, give them something that makes them feel cool, fuels their creativity, or humors their love for music. Check out our top 10 gift picks for the 2016 holiday season!

christmas gift ideas for teenagers

  1. iPhone case
  2. Spotify subscription
  3. Flannel shirt
  4. Bath & Body Works moisturizer
  5. Birchbox subscription
  6. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera
  7. Plaid infinity scarf
  8. Nike Lunar Force 1 Duckboot
  9. Beats Solo3 Headphones
  10. Starbucks gift card (send e-gift card or pick up in store)

 

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2016 Holiday Gifts for 20-Somethings //wp.readers.com/blog/gift-ideas-for-20-somethings/ //wp.readers.com/blog/gift-ideas-for-20-somethings/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:00:38 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=8025 To keep you sane this season, we’ve scoured the Internet and polled each age group for the best gifts of the year for every budget.  Shop for: Teens | 20-Somethings | 30-Somethings | 40-Somethings For the 20-somethings on your list, give them nicer items they would love but can’t spend money on while trying to figure out rent and other ins-and-outs […]

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To keep you sane this season, we’ve scoured the Internet and polled each age group for the best gifts of the year for every budget. 

Shop for: Teens | 20-Somethings | 30-Somethings | 40-Somethings

For the 20-somethings on your list, give them nicer items they would love but can’t spend money on while trying to figure out rent and other ins-and-outs of the real world. Check out our favorite gifts of the season!

gift guide for 20 year olds

  1. Duvet cover
  2. Cozy sweater
  3. Bobbi Brown mascara
  4. MVMT watch
  5. Moscow mule mug
  6. Bucket bag
  7. Hybrid bike
  8. Travel mug
  9. Record player
  10. Noise canceling headphones

 

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2016 Holiday Gifts for 30-Somethings //wp.readers.com/blog/gift-ideas-for-30-somethings/ //wp.readers.com/blog/gift-ideas-for-30-somethings/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:00:18 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=8027 To keep you sane this season, we’ve scoured the Internet and polled each age group for the best gifts of the year for every budget.  Shop for: Teens | 20-Somethings | 30-Somethings | 40-Somethings For the 30-somethings on your list, give them items that make them feel special (and a little luxurious) after working long hours at the office and chasing […]

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To keep you sane this season, we’ve scoured the Internet and polled each age group for the best gifts of the year for every budget. 

Shop for: Teens | 20-Somethings | 30-Somethings | 40-Somethings

For the 30-somethings on your list, give them items that make them feel special (and a little luxurious) after working long hours at the office and chasing after little ones. Check out our top 10 picks of the season!

best christmas gifts for 30 year olds

  1. Plaid scarf
  2. Alex and Ani bangle
  3. Avocado saver
  4. North Face jacket
  5. Apple watch
  6. Fur throw blanket
  7. Bath & Body Works candle
  8. West Elm gift card
  9. Leather gloves
  10. Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist

 

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9 New Recipes Try This Thanksgiving //wp.readers.com/blog/thanksgiving-recipes-appetizers-desserts/ //wp.readers.com/blog/thanksgiving-recipes-appetizers-desserts/#respond Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:28:06 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=13890 Whether traditional or not (Chinese food, anyone?), we always look forward to Thanksgiving Day food. While holiday staples like turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie always seem to make the menu, we think it’s time to shake things up a bit. From Thanksgiving appetizers to mouth-watering dessert, here are a few recipes from our favorite food bloggers that […]

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Whether traditional or not (Chinese food, anyone?), we always look forward to Thanksgiving Day food. While holiday staples like turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie always seem to make the menu, we think it’s time to shake things up a bit. From Thanksgiving appetizers to mouth-watering dessert, here are a few recipes from our favorite food bloggers that we think you should try this year.

Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes

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Spicy Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

So simple, so meaty, so delicious. Spice it up (literally!) with these spicy cranberry barbecue meatballs from Yellow Bliss Road. Don’t judge them until you try them.

Bacon Jalapeño Popper Cheeseball

Perfect to share with friends or family, bring this easy-to-make bacon jalapeño popper cheeseball from Mel’s Kitchen to Thanksgiving dinner! Paired with a variety of crackers, this rich unexpected cheeseball is sure to be a hit.

Sweet Potato Hummus

Skip the spinach and artichoke dip and replace it with a more seasonal dish. With feta cheese and sweet potato, this hummus from Two Peas and Their Pod is a festive holiday appetizer.

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

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Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad

Featuring ingredients like sweet potato, quinoa, and goat cheese, this hearty salad is healthy and satisfying. You can find the recipe at Spoon Fork Bacon.

Make-Ahead Buttermilk Dinner Rolls

The best part about this recipe is in the name. Because the dough can last up to seven days in the refrigerator, you can prepare these yummy rolls well before your guests arrive. Simply throw these buttermilk rolls in the oven before the feast and you’ll have one less thing to worry about come Thanksgiving Day!

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

If you love baked potatoes and mashed potatoes, then you’ll love the texture of twice baked potatoes! This recipe combines sweet potatoes, cinnamon, and marshmallows for a delicious new side to add to your Thanksgiving Day meal.

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

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Pumpkin Pie Pops

Pumpkin pie is a no-brainer for Thanksgiving. If you’re looking to get creative, try pumpkin pie pops from What Molly Made. Each pie pop is filled with delicious pumpkin and wrapped in flaky pie crust.

Slow Cooker Carmel Apple Spice Cake

Slow cooker cake? Sign us up. Not only is this a relatively simple recipe, but it also features some of our favorite fall flavors. Top this warm, moist cake with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for the ultimate fall dessert.

Pumpkin Crème Brûlée Doughnuts

Not a pie person? Make these pumpkin crème brûlée doughnuts instead. Filled with creamy deliciousness, this unique recipe features an airy crust and a crunchy, sugar top.

Looking for more recipes? Check out our Holiday Recipe Cookbook!

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Fall Apple Guide: The Best Varieties to Bake, Cook, Blend, and Eat //wp.readers.com/blog/fall-apple-guide/ Thu, 01 Sep 2016 19:08:17 +0000 //www.readers.com/blog/?p=13575 Don’t look now, but it’s apple season! With over 7,500 apple varieties grown across the entire world, it’s difficult to remember which apples are in-season, which make the best pies, and which are best eaten raw. To help you out, we’ve listed some popular apples in the United States, when they’re in season, and how you can use […]

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Don’t look now, but it’s apple season! With over 7,500 apple varieties grown across the entire world, it’s difficult to remember which apples are in-season, which make the best pies, and which are best eaten raw. To help you out, we’ve listed some popular apples in the United States, when they’re in season, and how you can use them. Let’s get cooking!

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The Best Apples for Baking (and Pie)

There’s nothing better than a slice of warm apple pie topped with some vanilla ice cream. It’s okay to let your mouth water a little bit.

When baking, you need to pick an apple with the appropriate texture. Spending time on perfecting a fall apple dish only to take a bite of mushy apple is, to say the least, quite a disappointment! To avoid this, make sure that you pick an apple that is crisp enough to withstand the oven, and that has a good balance of sweet and tart taste.

Remember, you can also mix multiple types of apples to create a variety of flavors — it never hurts to experiment a little!

Recommended Apples —

  • Granny Smith
  • Golden Delicious
  • Honeycrisp
  • Cortland
  • Empire
  • Jonathan

The Best Apples for Cider

One of our favorite parts about fall is when we see cider hit the stands in the grocery store. The sweet and spicy combination that’s unique to apple cider is the perfect companion to a crisp fall day. This year, we challenge you to make a batch of your own!

In order to get all the right flavors for a balanced cider (sweet, bitter, sharp), apple cider typically requires a blend of apples. This chart shows a standard ration of the three flavors to use when making a hearty cider. If it’s your first time making cider, try this simple recipe.

Recommended Apples —

  • Gala
  • Fuji
  • Winesap
  • McIntosh
  • Cortland
  • Honeycrisp

The Best Apples for Applesauce

You can really use any apples you would like when making applesauce, but for convenience we recommend soft apples. Not only will they be easier to cut, but they’ll also cook faster than harder apples.

Applesauce is one of our favorite fall treats because you can adjust your recipe as needed, adding more cinnamon here, a little nutmeg there. Make a big batch, refrigerate, and enjoy!

Recommended Apples —

  • Cortland
  • Jonagold
  • Winesap
  • Fuji
  • Granny Smith

The Best Apples to Eat Raw

There’s nothing worse than biting into a subpar apple. Although fall is the time in which apples are in season, some are more tasty when eaten raw, whereas other apples might be better in applesauces or pies.

The first thing to remember is that certain apples are in season during certain months. So, for the freshest taste, pick apples that are at their peak.

Recommended Apples —

  • Honeycrisp
  • Braeburn
  • Fuji
  • Gala
  • Golden Delicious
  • McIntosh
  • Empire

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Apple Varieties by Season

We all know that apples are in season in the fall, but what some might not know is which part of fall. Some varieties are best in late August, whereas others are at their peak in November. Below are different apple varieties, organized by when they’re in season.

Summer Apples (poor storage apples) —

  • Earligold
    • In season: mid to late July
    • Flavor: tart
    • Must refrigerate
  • Hawaii
    • In season: mid to late July
    • Flavor: tart
    • Must refrigerate
  • Rambo
    • In season: mid to late July
    • Flavor: tart
    • Must refrigerate
  • Akane
    • In season: late July to late August
    • Flavor: tart
  • Mollie’s Delicious
    • In season: mid August to mid September
    • Flavor: sweet

Fall Apples (good storage apples) —

  • Gala
    • In season: mid August to late October
    • Flavor: sweet
  • Honeycrisp
    • In season: mid August to late September
    • Flavor: sweet + tart
  • Empire
    • In season: late August to mid October
    • Flavor: sweet
  • Jonathan
    • In season: early September to mid November
    • Flavor: tart
  • Cortland
    • In season: early September to mid November
    • Flavor: sweet
  • Red Delicious
    • In season: mid September to mid November
    • Flavor: sweet
  • Jonagold:
    • In season: mid September to mid November
    • Flavor: sweet

Winter Apples (best storage apples) —

  • Melrose
    • In season: mid September to late October
    • Flavor: tart
  • Ida Red
    • In season: mid September to mid November
    • Flavor: tart
  • Turley Winesap
    • In season: late September to mid November
    • Flavor: tart
  • Mutsu
    • In season: late September to late October
    • Flavor: sweet + tart
  • Stayman Winesap
    • In season: early October to mid November
    • Flavor: sweet + tart
  • Fuji
    • In season: early October to mid November
    • Flavor: sweet
  • Granny Smith
    • In season: early October to mid November
    • Flavor: sour
  • Black Twig
    • In season : early Octob er to mid November
    • Flavor: tart

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