Something’s Afoot…

Something’s Afoot…

Here in the North Pole, our idea of a “good scare” is when Rudolph comes down with a case of the sniffles! But this week, one Elfster intern found herself smack dab in the middle of a Halloween horror flick. With a flashlight poised eerily under-chin, today we tell her tale! [Cue clap of thunder.]

Garden Ghouls for the Docile Decorator

Garden Ghouls for the Docile Decorator

Step away from the carving knife! We know that the spirit of Halloween might not feel the same without going Friday-the-13th on an unsuspecting pumpkin. But this year, make good with the gourds! We’re talking a little less violence, and a little more ingenuity…

A Taste of Fall

A Taste of Fall

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!

Planning a Halloween to Bark About

Planning a Halloween to Bark About

This week, as we stock up on sweets and play the "Monster Mash" on repeat, our four-legged friends are making their own holiday preparations.  We invited special guest blogger, Barkley, to give us a pooch’s perspective on the Halloween tradition. Here’s what he had to say… Sure. It’s easy to “blame the dog” for holiday mishaps. I’ll admit, I was out of line to drink up the last of the Christmas tree water. And freaking out at the sight of…

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Famous Last Words of Summer

Famous Last Words of Summer

A moment of silence for the summer season. It came. It went. It left us with sand in our car we’ve hardly had a chance to vacuum. To commemorate its passing, we’d like to pay homage to a seasonal tradition that is as American as reality TV and apple pie. We of course refer to the dysfunctional family vacation. This particular outing tends to meet a swift and sobering end; typically marked by a single, resonant quote which echoes on…

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The Art of Moon Cakes

The Art of Moon Cakes

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 beans! Seems like everyone wants…

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Breaking Bread Before Yom Kippur

Breaking Bread Before Yom Kippur

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 easy recipe will sure make…

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Ironed Cheese Sandwich

Ironed Cheese Sandwich

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 delicious and plain fun. For…

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Songs of Summer

Songs of Summer

Photo courtesy of my next picnic Come Monday, many of us will be participating in some kind of parade, feast, or shop-fest in celebration of Labor Day! It’s not only an unofficial marker for the end of summer, but a 128 year old tradition in the United States! This first “workingman’s holiday” was celebrated when 10,000 workers united and marched down the streets of NYC. It’s truly a holiday created for the people, by the people. Whether you’re grillin’ or…

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Late Summer Raspberry Fig Galette

Late Summer Raspberry Fig Galette

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 sweet, flaky dessert proves it!…

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Sustainable Tips for Dorm Dwellers!

Sustainable Tips for Dorm Dwellers!

Every year thousands of incoming college freshmen begin a new phase of life and moving into campus housing for the first time! More and more colleges are making efforts to build eco-friendly dorms, whether it’s through energy-efficient appliances, recyclable cleaning supplies, or composting. Still, the choices student make still have the largest impact when it comes to day-to-day habits. Here are some easy ways to save nature’s resources and cut down on the electric bill – even if you’re not…

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Ready for National Dog Day!

Ready for National Dog Day!

Photos and recipe courtesy of Framed They provide companionship, entertainment, assistance, and are loyal to the very end. Let’s hear it for the canines in our lives on August 26th! We’ve heard of some grrreat ways to celebrate, such as adopting a new pup, holding a costume contest, staging a photo shoot, or pampering your pooch and then having a lazy nap day! Whatever you choose, don’t forget snack time! Here are two dog-gone tasty recipes for both of you…

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Lunch Bags With Love

Lunch Bags With Love

Photos and instructions courtesy of Design*Sponge It’s normal to grumble about going back to school, but it’s also normal to get excited about school supplies! Remember those shiny new Power Ranger or Lisa Frank notebooks that every kid coveted? They were awesome enough to make you king or queen of the playground! (At least for a couple days.) Now you can bring the note-writing to the cafeteria with these adorable canvas lunch bags – they’re great for both adults and…

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Happy Ice Cream Sandwich Day!

Happy Ice Cream Sandwich Day!

Yes…another ice cream post. Now that it’s August and the days of summer feel marked, we’re wondering how much longer we can get away with eating ice cream for dinner. Thank goodness National Ice Cream Sandwich Day came along! This treat is typically made with chocolate chip cookies or those soft chocolatey cake-cookie hybrids found in ice cream trucks across America. And both are divine. But if you’re looking for something a little unique or international, check out these four alternatives!…

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Tricky Ice Cream Cones

Tricky Ice Cream Cones

Photo and recipe courtesy of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen Not that we could ever get tired of ice cream, but the cleverness of these rice krispie treat cones are too good not to share. Make them for a party or snack and watch the kids delight in the secrets they hold inside! Ingredients 3 tablespoons butter 4 cups mini marshmallows 6 cups Rice Krispies Cones Candy melts in the colors of your choice Sprinkles Small candies to put inside the…

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Beautiful Dutch Babies

Beautiful Dutch Babies

Photo and recipe courtesy of Choosy Beggars Pancake: a thin, flat cake prepared from a batter and cooked on a hot griddle or frying pan. Dutch Baby: A custardy German version made by baking eggs, flour and milk in a metal pan and served with fresh squeezed lemon, butter, and powdered sugar or fruit toppings or syrup. Ten times tastier than a pancake, as far as we’re concerned. There’s very little one can do to improve a crispy-on-the-outside, eggy-on-the-inside Dutch Baby….

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Vive Bastille Day!

Vive Bastille Day!

Photo and recipe courtesy of The District Domestic On the anniversary of France’s independence, why not make some fresh, flaky croissants? From the country that brings us foie gras, brie and macarons comes what is arguably the most recognizable gastronomical breakfast pastry! Delicious both alone or with almond or chocolate paste inside! Ingredients 1 1/2 cups whole milk, heated to warm (105°F–110°F) 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar 1 tbsp plus 1/4 tsp active dry yeast 3 3/4 to 4…

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Bottling Up Summer: Watermelon Syrup

Bottling Up Summer: Watermelon Syrup

Photo and recipe courtesy of Cupcake Project The first and last watermelon of the summer are always a memorable occasion. If you love a refreshing slice as much as we do, you probably also always have one or two globes lying around! We’ve never seen this kind of watermelon syrup before – it’s so unique but it just makes sense! Capture the sweet essence of this seasonal fruit in an elixir that can be used even when it’s not summer! Use…

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Catch A Rainbow!

Catch A Rainbow!

Photo courtesy of Whisk Kid We’ve discovered the recipe to happiness! Take equal parts butter, sugar, and rainbows, pop it in the oven, and watch your day brighten instantly! Each of these gorgeous Technicolor cakes are different, but we guarantee that no one turn down a slice. The one above features six layers in different colors, with a plain white buttercream in between to highlight the bold colors. (We recommend using gel food coloring, as it comes out much brighter…

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DIY Travel Map!

DIY Travel Map!

Photo and instructions courtesy of Design*Sponge Have you been hit by the travel bug? Here’s an easy but brilliant craft that will help you keep track of all your trips – past, present, and future! Your trips in America, at least. Of course, you can totally make your own templates for other countries! We think color-coding the flags would also be a great idea. Tools bandsaw (optional) Xacto knife and blades scissors tape wood glue drill and drill bit computer…

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Red, White & Blue: What to Wear On July 4

Red, White & Blue: What to Wear On July 4

A patriotic floppy hat (Forever 21) A sweet peasant blouse (Arden B.) Trendy cut-offs shorts (Delia’s) Fun striped wedges (TOMS Shoes) And top it off with a lovely DIY brooch (instruction at Design Sponge)

Be Our Guest (or Host)!

Be Our Guest (or Host)!

Image courtesy of Pure Style Home Everyone should be lucky enough to take a summer getaway once in a while, whether it means jet-setting to another country or road-tripping to a neighboring city! With so many occasions to celebrate this summer (almost time for fireworks!) many people are visiting friends and family. Staying with loved ones is always a special, personal and affordable experience, but it might not be the most relaxing! Here are some tips to make everyone more…

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Sippin’ on Summer!

Sippin’ on Summer!

Photo courtesy of Tender Crumb Break out the sunscreen, beach towels and bikinis, because summer is officially upon us! It feels like we’ve been partying all month – who knew June would be filled with so much celebration? The 20th is National Ice Cream Soda Day,  so before the rest of the month flies by, take a moment to concoct one of these cool, creamy floats that will surely hit the spot on a hot day. Photo and recipe courtesy…

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Father’s Day Breakfast Cake!

Father’s Day Breakfast Cake!

Photo and directions courtesy of Savory Sweet Life Want to make something special for Father’s day but can’t choose between sweet or savory? Or maybe you already plan to cook all his favorite breakfast foods, but haven’t thought of a good way to present them? A leaning tower of pancakes might be the answer to all your problems! Of course, there’s always room to add in other layers, like waffles or sausage. Not only do these breakfast foods combine deliciously,…

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