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...Read More
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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...Read More
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 &...Read More
I’d like to think that calories don’t count over the holidays. In fact, that IS what I think while indulging in classic holiday treats like decadent hot chocolate and gingerbread desserts. Cocktails, though, are a place where I can skimp on calories without missing out on taste, too—these 7 skinny holiday drinks are proof. And, hey, the fewer calories I use on cocktails, the more I’ll happily enjoy Christmas cookies. This seasonal Apple Spiced Martini created by Chef Marcus Samuelsson and found in Redbook is packed with warm holiday spice. The simple syrup used to sweetened this drink is made...Read More
Posted by Liz Gumbinner | Dec 5, 2014 |
Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find cool pins like these from our site and beyond, just in time for holiday help. 1. Free printable holiday gift tags and labels–with a sense of humor. 2. Awesome STEM gift for crafty kids. 3. Free printable coupons that make terrific stocking stuffers. 4. A holiday cocktail recipe that gets us very excited for babysitter night. 5. Best Hanukkah gift ever? Possibly. 6. Now that’s a cool holiday card idea! For more holiday ideas and inspiration, check out these Pinterest Boards: •Holiday Fabulosity •Printables + DIY •Cool Toys •Hostess Gifts...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
We’ve been gearing up for Thanksgiving all week with amazing mashed potato recipes, the easiest cranberry sauce recipes, killer stuffing recipes, tips for how to make homemade pie, and a guide to best mail order pies in the country (a tasty, timesaving approach to Thanksgiving dessert). Now it’s time to talk turkey. Foodies the nation over will be debating the merits of brining, whether to spatchcock (yes, I said that), if frying is worthwhile, and otherwise discussing ad nauseum how to cook a turkey. The rest of us just need a good, easy Thanksgiving turkey recipe, and one of...Read More
Posted by Cool Mom Staff | Nov 22, 2014 |
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...Read More
Stuffing is one of those Thanksgiving dishes that I’m always changing. One year cornbread, the next sourdough. Sometimes sausage, other times bacon. Every once in a while I make it in the bird, though mostly it’s done in a separate pot. I’m not yet sure how I’m going to approach stuffing this year, but I know that one of these 8 amazing Thanksgiving stuffing recipes is going to be on my table–and you might be thrilled to have them on yours, too. I’m guessing there’s something here for everyone, no matter how you like your stuffing. Even if you call it dressing....Read More
8 seriously amazing mashed potato recipes for Thanksgiving. Or heck, Christmas, Mother’s Day and our birthdays.
I can never eat too many hot, yummy, heaping forkfuls of mashed potatoes. We’re the kind of family that has both homemade stuffing (often more than one kind) and potatoes on the Thanksgiving table. If you’re not running away from me in a carb-phobic panic right now, then we can be friends. Also, I hope you’ll enjoy these awesome mashed potato recipes for Thanksgiving–and way beyond. Oh, and because my totally insane youngest daughter refuses to eat mashed potatoes (I told you–insane) I am forced to take on the hard task of eating her portion myself. So I have double the reason to want...Read More
As a professional home cook and recipe developer, I’m always game to change things up, even at a holiday meal. But, if you ask me, certain holiday dishes, like cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving are essential. You can play with them, but don’t think of skipping them. Making cranberry sauce is easy to do—you can even use your slow cooker—and you may be surprised at how inventive you can get, if you want. Check out these 7 cranberry sauce recipes and prepare to be inspired. Jaimie at My Baking Addiction keeps it simple with her version of Homemade Cranberry Sauce. This recipes...Read More
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...Read More
The long season of “eat, drink, and be merry” is almost upon us, so it’s time for you pregnant, breastfeeding, or abstaining-from-alcohol mamas to consider what you’ll be sipping from now until the ball drops on another year. Fortunately, there’s Momosas: Fun Alcohol-Free Drinks For Expecting Moms , a brand-new recipe book that is filled with over 130 interesting recipes for mocktails, blender drinks, and other concoctions. They’re so yummy, you won’t miss the alcohol at all. Especially the next morning. Despite the title and the cutesy drink names like Stork Choice, Rubber Ducky, and The Pacifier, Momosas is a smart, nicely designed book chock-full of gorgeous...Read More
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...Read More
Candy may be the only Halloween treat that my kids are interested in, but with Halloween falling on a Friday night this year, I’m also looking forward to a fun Halloween cocktail to usher in the weekend. Whether you want a sweet sip, a serious drink, or a cocktail that can easily be adapted for kids and non-drinkers, one of these 8 Halloween cocktail recipes will surely do you right. My favorite thing about the Vampire Cocktail (above and top) from Self Proclaimed Foodie is that it’s interactive. I mean, who doesn’t want to squeeze fresh raspberry puree through a syringe to...Read More
When celebrating Halloween with little ones, there’s a fine line between fun creepy and scary creepy. Lucky for me—a firm believer that the creepier the better—my kids are finally old enough to handle scary Halloween. I’ve spent a lot of time perfecting the safe creepy Halloween thing, though, and my favorite theme is mad scientist. If you’re looking for a rated-G entree into Halloween spookiness, these mad scientist party recipes will set the perfect hair-raising mood. You know, in a ha-ha way. These monster guts (above and top) from Sugar and Cloth are a perfect safe-creepy specimen. They are also...Read More
Of all the throwback candies, candy corn reigns supreme. More than just nostalgic, it is among the most popular Halloween candies year after year. (Because it’s awesome, that’s why.) It’s also the inspiration for these fun, delicious candy corn recipes. When it comes to Halloween, I believe you can never have too much of a good thing. There are tons of Halloween cookie recipes that call for candy corn, but I love this simple, wholesome approach. With a little bit of food coloring (we love these all-natural food dyes), Jenna at PBS Food turns simple sugar cookies into Candy...Read More
If you’re having a big Halloween party this year, it’s always so much fun, but it can be crazy trying to get all that appropriately fun, spooky food pulled together in time. So I’m happy to share some of my favorite semi-homemade Halloween snacks that you can take from the grocery bag to the table in just a few minutes. Hey, it’s not cheating! I like to think of it as a big step up from bowls of pretzels and M&Ms…even if you’re not making some outrageous Frankenstein cake from scratch. Related: The ultimate last-minute Halloween idea guide: Costumes, treats, recipes, printables, crafts, decor, pumpkins...Read More
Web coolness: Last minute Halloween help, hilarous pregnancy announcements, Bryan Cranston wins Twitter
Here are some of the links we’ve enjoyed reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. We have lots of fun, easy last minute DIY Halloween treats for you. [Monster s’mores via Say Yes] Get inspired with these group Halloween costume ideas. 7 helpful tips for taking great Halloween photos of the kids. Fun free Halloween printable coloring pages to keep little fingers out of the candy this week. IKEA’s homage to The Shining is Halloween perfection. Parents are split on collectible Breaking Bad action figures in Toys R Us, but it’s Bryan Cranston’s tweet about it that had us smiling. ...Read More