Tag: holiday baking

The last-minute Thanksgiving help: Everything you need including recipe help, drinks, decor, printables + crafts for the kids. No go forth and be thankful!

If you’re like me and Thanksgiving totally snuck up on you this year (seriously, today?), fear not! The CMP team has been hard at work for weeks now, sharing the most helpful resources and great advice to help you master the big day. From the most foolproof turkey roasting tutorials (and who to call when…uh, if they go wrong), pie recipes to live for, and the most fun printables to keep kids busy and entertained, we’ve got it all right here. And hey, if you’re desperate for just some Thanksgiving relative survival tips (for humans, not turkeys), we’ve got you covered with that in the...

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7 impressive make-ahead Easter brunch recipes. As in, more time to sneak handfuls of the kids’ jellybeans.

I love hosting holiday brunches for family and friends, but cooking holiday brunches is not so high on my list. I’d much rather ease into my day sipping a latte or, now that it’s spring, one of these amazing iced coffee drinks, than slave over a stove first thing in the morning. So I’ve put together 7 really wonderful make-ahead Easter brunch recipes that make it possible to serve an impressive breakfast spread and get out of PJ’s before the first guest arrives. Hey, there’s a first for everything. Related: 6 fab Easter brunch recipes that you can prep in 30 minutes...

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5 knockout Passover dessert recipes that you’ll totally crave again before next year’s seder.

It used to be that Passover desserts were only good for, well, Passover. No leavening and no flour meant no fun. And it’s even trickier if you keep kosher. Times have changed, though, and while I’m not sure why seder sweets look so much better these days (maybe they always did at other seders?), I’m glad that they do. These 5 Passover dessert recipes are the perfect way to end your Passover meal and spectacular enough to serve any other time you’re celebrating with friends or just feel like a delicious treat. Related: 6 fantastic charoset recipes for your Passover seder   This...

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Mardi Gras recipes: 6 easy ways to have your King Cake and eat it, too.

During Mardi Gras, it’s customary to say, Laissez les bon temps rouler, which translates, Let the good times roll.  In your world, that might be a throwback to Ric Ocasek circa 1978. In my world, it means eat cake. How convenient for me that the most traditional Mardi Gras recipe is a deliciously sweet and cinnamony yeasted King Cake draped in green, gold, and purple. How not convenient that making a King Cake recipe in the classic way is incredibly time consuming. Whether you’re willing to work for the real deal or would rather shortcut with a King Cake inspired treat, we’ve got you...

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8 easy homemade Valentine’s food gifts, because you know what they say about the way to someone’s heart.

We’re suckers for easy DIY Valentine’s Day crafts that make thoughtful gifts, especially when they’re deliciously edible. So I’ve put together some ideas for homemade Valentine’s food gifts that are easy to make with the kids—even little ones and those not gifted in the craft department—and can be churned out in big batches to take care of a whole classroom. They’re also inexpensive to make, so that you can save the decadent store-bought chocolates for you and your special Valentine. Or just you.   My name is Stacie and I cannot decorate a cookie for my life. Yet even I can make...

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Last minute Christmas help from gifts to apps: We’re all over it.

Need some last minute Christmas help? We are here for you, friends!   16 last minute ideas for Christmas gifts you can still get 40 creative stocking stuffer ideas, beyond bubbles The best gift card apps to make last-minute gifts easier 6 fun Santa apps for kids to help prove he’s real 7 of the best apps and websites for sending last-minute holiday ecards Handmade craft gift ideas that kids can make themselves Tons of gorgeous free printable gift tags and gift wrap 14 creative gift wrap ideas Easy holiday table setting ideas for a dinner with kids How to take better...

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5 crazy easy Christmas cookie recipes that make a perfect last-minute treat for Santa.

Santa may have a team of elves working for him (not to mention a name-taking Mrs. who pretty much keeps the whole show together), but the rest of us are running on fumes by Christmas Eve, and with little back up to boot. Still, cookies must be made. Because once every gift is finally in order, right before the lights go out, Santa (ahem) needs a snack. Any one of these 5 easy Christmas cookie recipes can be made without stress at the very last minute for a perfect treat for Santa.   Gingerbread Cookies I was not born with the cookie...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins – Holiday help is here!

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us for great ideas like these from our site and beyond.   1. One of the easiest, most adorable DIY Christmas gifts from kids. 2.  Nice ideas for gift-wrapping a bottle of wine. 3. If you’re heading out of town, you might need this cool gadget for travelers. 4. Great last minute gift idea for guys. 5. Perfect New Year’s Eve jewelry....

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7 easy, holiday chocolate bark recipes. Because candy made in minutes is the best gift of all.

Chocolate candy is a must over the holidays. Festive sweets make a special treat to have around the house, serve as part of a holiday dessert spread, or give as a gift. Store bought is great—we love supporting local chocolate shops—but it can get expensive, and who needs that when homemade takes 5 minutes to prep? These 7 delectable holiday chocolate bark recipes are a cinch to make, totally affordable, and look absolutely gorgeous. Now if only gift wrapping were this easy.   If you’ve never made bark before, you’re in for a treat. This basic chocolate bark recipe from Martha...

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Easy Christmas cookie shortcut: Walkers shortbread. Really!

If you would love to decorate cookies with the kids but have a to-do list as long as mine, my new favorite, and delicious, shortcut to easy Christmas cookies may work for you. It’s those amazing, pure butter shortbread cookies from Walkers, the Scottish company that you can find all over the place. Unlike some other store-bought cookies, Walkers’ aren’t made with a bunch of preservatives or ingredients like hydrogenated-or-high-fructose anything. If you’ve never looked at the label, there are only four ingredients: wheat flour, butter, sugar, and salt. Just like I’d make, if I didn’t have that pesky to-do list. So for easy cookie decorating, I...

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8 of the best jelly donut recipes for Hanukkah. Or for anybody, anytime. Because donuts are non-denominational.

If you’re not Jewish, get ready to wish that you were: Jelly donuts are a traditional Hanukkah food. As in, you must eat them to celebrate the holiday or you get kicked out of the tribe. Okay, you don’t really have to eat them, but you can and should, and these delicious jelly donut recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers and editors are proof. By the way: no judgments if you make one of these jelly donut treats and don’t celebrate Hanukkah. If anything brings us together as one, it’s donuts.   These Blackberry Jam and Custard Donuts (above &...

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Web Coolness: Outrageous gingerbread houses, the best tech toys for kids, and links to help you talk to your kids about race.

Here are the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Outrageous gingerbread houses way nicer than ours (This one: Kapowka on Instagram) The best tech toys and gifts for kids of all ages. Have you entered our holiday gift guide giveaway yet? You’ll want to. A woman in STEM shirt presents an alternative to, uh, That Other Shirt 8 creative hot chocolate recipes for any taste. Can we call it comfort food? More hot chocolate variations via SheKnows.   Hanukkah is coming 12/16! Here are 8 fun Hanukkah gift ideas for...

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9 of the best creative hot chocolate recipes for snowy days. Because calories don’t count over the holidays, right?

Hot chocolate goes with all winter activities at my house, whether we’re picking out a Christmas tree or going out to see the lights. Making homemade hot chocolate is so easy that I kind of feel guilty using the powered mix from the grocery. Even though there are some very very good ones. Besides, we’re making memories, mamas! So trying out some of these super creative hot chocolate recipes for ourselves is part of the fun.   First off, you must try the thick, spicy concoction that is the Aztec Hot Chocolate recipe (above) from A Beautiful Mess. It’s dark and a little bit bitter and...

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The Big Last Minute Thanksgiving Help Guide: Recipes, printables, hotlines and more recipes. We’re here for you!

You need last minute Thanksgiving help? We’ve got it for you. We’ve put out so many amazing features from the best Thanksgiving recipes of all kinds to fun printables to keep the kids busy, that we wanted to put them all in one place for you. Happy prepping, cooking, serving, and then? Sleeping. You can do it! How to cook a turkey: 5 easy Thanksgiving turkey recipes If you’re still deciding how to make it, these should help.   How to cook your first Thanksgiving turkey Right down to carving tips. So helpful!   Thanksgiving 911: 4 cooking helplines to save your Thanksgiving Put them on speed dial; they’re not just for turkey. 13 Make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes to make cooking easier Ready to put that slow cooker to work?   8 seriously amazing mashed potato recipes for Thanksgiving Stuffing or mashed potatoes? We vote both.   7 cranberry sauce recipes for every taste From sweet to savory to spicy, we’ve got you covered.   Best ever Thanksgiving stuffing recipes We can’t pick just one, and often don’t. 6 cute Thanksgiving treats for kids On the chance that some of yours won’t eat that turkey you slaved over. Like ours. Sigh.   How to make homemade pie perfectly: 8 easy tips And  some of our favorite classic recipes too.   The best Thanksgiving mail order pies It’s not too late to have someone do it...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins: Thanksgiving edition

Are you as obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then check out these 5 Thanksgiving Pinterest pins, plus lots more from our site and around the web.   1. If you’re heading out of town for Thanksgiving, you need this hilarious tote bag. So awesome, right? 2. A delicious gluten-free stuffing recipe. So helpful if you’ve got family with food allergies. 3. Sweet and very easy decorating ideas for your Thanksgiving table. 4. Smart tips for organizing your tech (aka hiding all those wires and cords) before company arrives. 5. Here’s a sweet potato pie recipe that we’re...

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Thanksgiving pies that deliver, deliciously

We recently shared our essential tips for how to make a homemade pie, but have a feeling that some of you may skip out on the baking this Thanksgiving. No judgments here if you’d rather place an order and have your Thanksgiving pies delivered. In fact, we’ll help you find the best mail order pies around. Bon Appetit is one of our most trusted sources for foodstuff and they recently did the hard work of tasting 75 mail order pies from around the country. Hard job, right? (I don’t feel bad for them either.) They’ve narrowed it down to...

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8 tips for how to make homemade pie perfectly. Or, you know, nearly perfectly.

We might as well call the holiday season “pie season” if you ask me. That’s honestly what it is—or at least what it should be. Who’s with me? Even if you’re not (and we’ll settle this later), Thanksgiving and the winter holidays create the perfect excuse to bake up a pie or seven which, despite what the saying suggests, is pretty easy to do. Especially if you follow these 8 easy tips for how to make homemade pie like the not-quite-pros but really enthusiastic home cooks that we are..   1. Start with a great recipe. It’s simple: A great...

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The ultimate last-minute Halloween idea guide: Costumes, treats, recipes, printables, crafts, decor, pumpkins and more.

We have featured so many fun Halloween posts this year–and years past, too–featuring our favorite Halloween ideas of all kinds. Including the last minute ones. We’re talking dozens of recipes for treats both healthy and uh….well, you know. Plus costume ideas, printables, decor, pumpkin carving ideas, crafts, music and apps for kids, even cocktails just for you. Can you tell we like Halloween? Since we tend to be among those parents out there who always need last minute Halloween help–let’s call us busy, not procrastinators–we’ve put together the kind of list we’d like to find ourselves, featuring more than 50 helpful Halloween posts (whoa!) to...

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Think outside of the cookie box: 7 easy, festive recipes to make use of your Halloween cookie cutters

I’m taking a stand: No more seasonal cookie cutters for a single use. If I can’t use the cookie cutter for multiple purposes I’m not buying it, and I don’t think you should either. Now we just have to figure out how to use the pile of cookie cutters that we already have! With Halloween coming up, I found seven easy, delicious ways to use your pumpkin-shaped Halloween cookie cutters. Now you just have to find them in that junk drawer. PS: If you don’t already own pumpkin-shaped Halloween cookie cutters, now you can officially buy a set. You’re welcome.   These...

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What’s better than cookies? Cookies that look just the way you want them.

I just cooked to say I Love You. And Superstar, and Happy Birthday, and pretty much any message up to 17 letters that can be stamped into a cookie. Thanks to this genius customizable Cookie Stamper, you can customize any message with letters, numbers, hearts, stars–even plenty of exclamation points!!!   Each kit comes with a wooden stamper, a silicone base that resists heat, and an entire sunny alphabet of non-stick letters, numbers, icons, and punctuation. Whether you’re making cookies for a new mom, planning racy treats for your anniversary, looking for creative DIY teacher gifts for the holidays, or just want a...

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