Simple Sides for Holiday Entertaining

  (Family Features) Preparing side dishes can be time-consuming. Save those precious minutes to enjoy the holidays by using refrigerated, never-frozen options like mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, baked apples and even macaroni and cheese that can be heated in the microwave and ready to serve in minutes. Like many hosts, you are likely searching for perfection in your holiday get-togethers. With an ever-expanding guest list, each year may seem more and more difficult to pull off the perfect gathering. Make things easier and still delicious by serving ready-to-eat options like refrigerated macaroni and cheese made with real milk and …

DAZZLE AND IMPRESS YOUR HOLIDAY GUESTS WITH YOUR NEW INFUSED MIXOLOGY SKILLS…CHEERS!

Introducing Tastemaker Complete Cocktail Infusing Set is Here Just in Time for Holiday Parties and Gift Giving Are you planning to host a holiday soiree this season? Impress your guests with your new infused mixology skills and make them a cocktail they won’t forget. Meet the Tastemaker Complete Cocktail Infusing Set! You’ll be whipping up 100% pure authentic concoctions with your own homemade infused spirits in no time. You can even design a specific one just for your holiday party. Tastemaker allows you to manage the purity and honesty of the infusion ingredients with no strange flavorings or additives. And it’s completely …

Property Brothers: Buying + Selling transforming lives and homes with TN Box Beams

There is a small group of little-known craftsmen in Franklin, Tenn.—but that’s about to change. This Wednesday, Nov. 14, HGTV’s hit series, “Property Brothers: Buying + Selling, ”will showcase the products of TN Box Beams. But, unlike the major brands typically featured on the show—the handcrafters behind these beams are local, 20-somethings—entrepreneurs and artisans–and this is their first foray into a national spotlight. But while they transform raw wood into high-quality products that add warmth and beauty to homes, TN Box Beams craftsmen really are about transforming lives. The young craftsmen behind TN Box Beams are, left to right, Sales …

Want to Learn Floral Arranging while doing volunteer work?

Join the Petal Project and help make the lives of the residents of Morning Point in Brentwood Blossom. Our Foundress, Rebecca Kewley Holladay, always had a strong interest in Event Planning and also had dreams of one day opening an assisted living facility.  She realized that the flowers used at various events (weddings, funerals, corporate events, etc.) were often discarded afterward and had the idea that these flowers could be repurposed. Thus was planted the seed for what would eventually become the Petal Project. As a volunteer for Hospice, Rebecca shared the idea with the Volunteer Coordinator, Dan Smith. Both felt like they were on …

Keep Pets Safe this Halloween

(Family Features) Halloween isn’t just for humans; four-legged friends have plenty of opportunities to get in on the fun, too. However, it’s important to take some pet precautions that allow the whole family to enjoy the holiday safely, as the costumes and excitement can be overwhelming and some of the candy is even dangerous. As you’re filling the candy buckets and assembling the perfect costumes, be sure to heed these tips from the experts at PetSmart for a Halloween filled with pet-friendly fun: Out and about Make sure pets have proper identification by microchipping and registering your pet’s microchip, and …

Trick-or-Treat for a Cause

  (Family Features) Orange pumpkins on doorsteps and orange candy corn in buckets are iconic staples of Halloween, but the season can be about more than fun and treats. Since 1950, generations of children in the United States have gone door-to-door on Halloween with the iconic orange coin collection boxes calling out, “ Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!” With nearly $177 million raised for health care, education, nutrition and more for children, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has evolved into a month-long celebration of the power of kids helping kids. Throughout October, kids, parents, and teachers across the country can be “ scary good” …

6 Meals to Celebrate Hispantic Heritage Month

    Try these authentic and traditional recipes to celebrate Hispanic heritage with flavor (Family Features) From secret recipes handed down for years to the everyday café con leche, milk has always been a part of traditional Latin American food. Hispanic Heritage Month, which lasts through mid-October, is a perfect opportunity for families to embrace and celebrate the culture, impact, and contributions of generations of Hispanic Americans. Food is deeply rooted in Hispanic culture, and real dairy milk is a key ingredient in many popular dishes. Milk brings flavor to traditional foods and provides a simple way to get families essential …

Chocolate Silk Pie

Calling all chocolate lovers!!!  Not only is the pie rich with chocolate, but it is also easy to make when you need a quick dessert.  Try this recipe and more dessert recipes at culinary.net. Chocolate Silk Pie 1 (9 inch) unbaked pastry shell 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips 1/4 cup butter, cubed 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped Topping: 1 cup heavy whipping cream 2 tablespoons powdered sugar Chocolate shavings, optional Preheat oven to 450°. Line pastry shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake 8-10 minutes. Remove …

Lemon Cream Puffs

You don’t have to be a pastry chef to make these delicious little beauties.  With a hint of lemon, these light and fluffy puffs will be a hit at your next gathering. Lemon Cream Puffs 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup butter, cubed 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2   Eggs LEMON FILLING: 1 egg, beaten 1/3 cup sugar 3 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons butter, cubed 1 cup heavy whipping cream 2 teaspoons sugar Powdered Sugar Preheat oven to 400°. In a large saucepan, bring water and butter to a boil. Add flour all at once, stirring until a smooth ball …

Coconut Custard Pie

There’s no better way to top off a scrumptious dinner than with a big slice of this yummy coconut custard pie. With a mild taste of coconut and the sweet taste of custard, you’ll be wanting to go back for seconds. If desired, top with toasted coconut or better yet, some whipped cream.  Find more dessert recipes at culinary.net. Coconut Custard Pie Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches) 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, chopped 3 eggs, beaten 2-1/2 cups 2% milk 2/3 cup sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Toasted …