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Fourth of July Party Ideas : Decorations of Independence

  Looking for some pretty ways to show your patriotism this Independence Day? Well, thank your lucky stars and stripes, because Elfster has a handful of helpful hints. This weekend, we’re celebrating the land of the free by rounding-up a few complimentary party-planning ideas to help make your Fourth of July sparkle. Take a look at these great tips and tutorials from our favorite holiday events bloggers, and feel free to join the blog party [...]

Friday the 13th : Spooky Treats by the Baker’s Dozen

Just hear us out. If Christmas in July can be a “thing”, why can’t Halloween in May? Friday the 13th isn’t just about avoiding ladders and knocking on wood. (That stuff is mere “Child’s Play”, if you ask us!) No, this day is the perfect excuse to dust off the culinary cobwebs and revisit some sinfully sweet Halloween treats. Though you might be hesitant to go anywhere near the kitchen on such a notoriously unlucky [...]

Elf Week Kick-off: The Rookies n’ Milk Marathon!

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We’ve gone Macadamia Nuts these past few weeks in preparation for Elf Week’s opening event, The Rookies n’ Milk Marathon. From stretching our stomachs at the All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Palace, to growing our milk mustaches just the way we like them, we haven’t worked this hard since Rudolph got stuck in the doggie door!

Well, it’s now officially “crunch time” and we’ve got all the delicious details of the Rookies n’ Milk events, right here on the Elfster Blog!

Remember, if you’re following the Elf Week competitions at home, be sure to keep an eye out for our updates this week. Check out these official Rookies n’ Milk “Elf-Help” articles in the meantime!

Current Standings

Elf Julie is presently in the lead, having successfully scarfed the North Pole’s entire population of gingerbread men. She is now speed-skating over Lake Freeze-Pop with the finish line in sight. But don’t count your turtledoves before they hatch! Julie is recovering from a brain freeze injury last week, and only time will tell how she holds up for the final moments of the race.

Buttered Rum is no match for Elf Peter who is chugging for Second at the Sleigh Bell Saloon.

Eggcelent Eggnog Alternatives

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Like the great debate of “glass half empty or glass half full”, eggnog, too, can be a divisive subject. We elves happen to love the holiday staple even in our breakfast cereal, but we also understand that it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. That’s why we compiled a short list of eggnog alternatives for you to try at your next holiday party… Okay, so our motives aren’t pure as the driven snow (more eggnog for us), but that’s not to say we don’t think these recipes are every bit as delicious. Try them, and if you care to add a little “holiday spirit” to the recipes, we won’t tell Santa, either!

Cinnamon Apple Shakes

3 cups vanilla ice cream
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
1/2 tsp. rum extract (optional)

Santa’s Choice: World Cookie Recipes

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This Christmas, don’t be caught with your oven mitts off… We’re giving you a list of Santa’s all-time favorite cookie recipes from around the globe. With these international favorites on the plate, Santa is sure to stop by your place first this year!

Crumb roll, please…

Raspberry, Olive Oil and Thyme Shortbread (Great Britain)
Meringue and Raspberry Baskets “Korzinki” (Ukraine)
Ma’moul Cookies (Lebanon)
Chocolate-Dipped Palmieres (France)
Almond Cookies (China)

A Taste of Fall

Little Pumpkin with Fallen Orange Autumn Leaves

We elves may make a mean cup of eggnog, but by the time autumn rolls around, we’ve only got pumpkin on the brain…That’s why we love this recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins!

The Art of Moon Cakes

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Photos and recipe courtesy of i bake for you If you’re Chinese or know anyone who is, you’ve probably noticed the big red boxes of mooncakes springing up in stores and homes around the world. The gorgeous boxes contain intricately made and packaged sweets that are sure to make you salivate! Thanks to the popularization of these decadent cakes, you can now find unique and modern adaptations, using chocolate, ice cream, pistachios, cheese or espresso [...]

Breaking Bread Before Yom Kippur

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Photo courtesy of Foodologie In a few days, millions of people will be observing Yom Kippur, or the “Day of Atonement”. It’s a day of fasting, resting, and praying in commemoration of the day to repent one’s sins before they are sealed. Before fasting for 25 hours, it’s customary to eat the traditional Jewish bread, challah. The slightly sweet, eggy bread seems to be the perfect sustenance. Whether or not you celebrate Yom Kippur, this [...]

Ironed Cheese Sandwich

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Photo and recipe courtesy of Chocolate City Web A grilled cheese craving is a grilled cheese craving, no matter where you live or how limited your supplies are. We’ve all heard about the story of a college kid who took a clothes iron to Wonder Bread and Kraft singles in a moment of desperation, when the dining halls were closed. Even if you’re not living in close quarters with no kitchen access, this recipe is [...]

Late Summer Raspberry Fig Galette

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Photos and recipe courtesy of pastry studio Before you leave behind the flip flops and backyard barbecues, here’s one final huzzah! Figs, like many fruit, have two growing seasons. You might have noticed them popping up again in stores and farmers’ markets, because they bear fruit both during late spring and in late summer. Fold up all the goodies of summer, like figs and berries, into a rustic galette. Summer isn’t over yet, and this [...]