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1. Bacon Ornament

Bring home the bacon this holiday season with a thick-cut slice of meat bedecked in glittery sparkles ready for hanging atop the tree. Because everyone loves bacon, right? ThinkGeek.com, $6.99.

2. Burger and Fries Ornaments

If bacon wasn’t enough, deck the halls and boughs of the tree with some more beef. Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions on a sesame seed bun, to be exact (just not as juicy as the real Big Mac, of course). And don’t forget the side of fries... Amazon.com, $16.88.

3. Carrot Ornament

With a top of green leaves and a curling taproot, this glass carrot ornament is realistic enough that Bugs Bunny might reach out and grab a bite. (The taste will surely disappoint, however.) Anthropologie, $8.

4. Morel Ornament

In the wild, these elusive mushrooms are hard to come by in most parts of the nation, popping up in one place one year, and another the next. But who knew they could grow on firs and spruces? Thanks to a clip-on attachment, this morel is here to stay. Bronners.com, $7.99.

7. Fig Ornament

This rosy pink fruit, thought to be an aphrodisiac, appears to have been picked at the peak of ripeness — yet, is in fact preserved in glass form and dusted with a light, sparkly coating. Anthropologie, $24.

6. Cannoli Ornament

Holy cannoli! Is that what I see hanging from the tree? The sugar-coated crisp shell is stuffed with a rich pastry cream and is ready to hang. Don’t feel guilty about indulging in this cannoli this year — we promise it’s truly guilt-free. Bronners.com, $8.99.

5. Champagne Bottle

Jane Bruce

No holiday is complete without a little bubbly. Bubbles in the glass, and bubbles on the tree. If you call Veuve, Mumm, even André, your best friends, this is the ornament for you. Trés chic. Henri Bendel, $20.

8. Macaron Ornament

When you can’t get your fingers on the real thing from Paris this season (or Boston, for that matter), sacrifice taste and settle on the next best thing (and somewhat more permanent) — a delicate pink macaron ornament complete with a sparkling sandwich filling. It might not taste that good, but it will last a whole lot longer. Sur la Table, $9.95.

9. Tequila Bottle Ornament

If margarita is your middle name, your holiday tree is not complete without one of these glass tequila bottle ornaments. Can you say olé? Sur la Table, $16.95.

10. Black-and-White Cookie

Jane Bruce

It’s an iconic, New York deli classic — the black-and-white cookie, with its spongy cake and half-white, half-chocolate glazed top. It’s the perfect way to add little New York to your tree this year, whether you’re from there, live there, or just like eating these sweet and delicious treats. Henri Bendel, $35. Contact them to order.


Salt Dough Ornament Recipe (VIDEO)

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Ready, set, bake! If you’re looking for a fun project to do with your kids for the holidays, THIS IS IT. The process is super easy – just mix up three ingredients, bake, and decorate.

After all the fun is over you have a sweet keepsake for your tree . . . and possibly a thoughtful homemade gift for the grandparents, too.

Now, if you’ve seen pictures of my home on Instagram you may have noticed I like bright colors. My Christmas tree is no exception, but these would be beautiful with more traditional colors, too.

  • A video my daughter and I filmed last year while making our ornaments
  • Written step-by-step instructions and photos from a previous year
  • Answers to the most common questions I’ve received since first posting this tutorial years ago

Oh, and this is important: I highly recommend whipping up a batch of homemade egg nog or hot chocolate while you work – it makes the the whole experience even more fun.


You'll Want To Make These Prawn Recipes All Year Long

What do we love so much about prawns? I don't know, maybe the fact you can just about do anything with them! They're a super versatile and delicious ingredient when it comes to home cooking and immediately enhance most dishes (and tbh, they make us feel boujie AF). Whether it's a fancy Prawn Pasta dish you're craving, a fresh Prawn and Avocado Salad, or some Prawn Tacos, there's so many different recipes for you to choose from.

Takeaway pad thai is never as good as we want it to be. So we make it at home instead. (It takes less than 30 minutes!)

This recipe cheats the usual way you make risotto. You don't have to bother with stirring instead, bake the rice in the oven, and add the prawns and cheese at the very end.

Wildly flavourful and easy homemade curry that'll have you ditch your takeaway menu after 1 bite.

This pasta is truly heaven sent. Buttery, garlicky prawns tossed in a creamy Parmesan white wine sauce, then folded into a bed of angel hair pasta and topped with fresh herbs&mdashand it's all ready in just under 30 minutes. Cooking at home has truly never felt so easy and tasted so good.

Prawns tossed in an easy from-scratch Alfredo sauce and penne and baked until you have cheesy goodness.


Medium Potato

They’re also low in calories, cholesterol, and saturated fat and a good source of vitamins B1, B3, and B6. Of course, all that potassium won’t matter if you heap on butter and sour cream. To keep your potatoes on the healthier side, try stuffing them with broccoli and light cheddar. Or look for low-fat sour cream or low-fat cottage cheese.


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Tinsel Snowflake Ornament

Tinsel isn't just for sprinkling on an evergreen tree. Try creating our sparkling ornaments to brighten any room. Begin by enlarging templates as desired with a copier&mdashthen tape these to a piece of heavy mat board or smooth cardboard, and place over a protective surface, like a self-healing mat. With a utility knife, cut through the layers to create your snowflake shape. Remove the template, and using a medium paintbrush, coat one side of the shape with craft glue. Sprinkle with fine glitter let the glue dry, and shake off excess glitter. Repeat, using glass-shard glitter on both sides. Finally, attach silver thread and hang the snowflakes on your tree with removable adhesive hooks.

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Weeknight Wonder Suppers

The most difficult part of this recipe, says Dara Michalski of Cookin' Canuck, is resisting the urge to toss every other piece of avocado into your mouth while speedily chopping the three main ingredients. If you can get past that, all you have to do is season boneless, skinless chicken thighs with a simple spice mixture and chop up some fresh vegetables for the salsa. Line the baking sheet with foil before you cook the meat (10 minutes, tops, under the broiler) so cleanup will be just as easy.

Picky Palate's Jenny Flake makes this dish&mdashwhich is a kind of American take on fried rice&mdashin a cast-iron skillet on the stovetop, which makes it perfect for nights when you don't feel like turning on the oven (or waiting for it to preheat). The star ingredients: bacon, Cheddar and shredded rotisserie chicken.

Who knew that a slightly less-sour sour cream would be the key to whipping up the most decadent but ridiculously easy pasta dish? Crème fraîche, which you can make yourself with heavy cream and buttermilk or buy at specialty food stores and some supermarkets, tastes a bit like sour cream's fancy cousin. It's great as a dip with fruit or swirled into pureed soups, and it's also a vital element in Dash and Bella blogger Phyllis Grant's pasta with corn and mushrooms. She uses "gobs and gobs" of the stuff if you'd rather measure, stir in a cupful.

This substantial supper salad from Béa Peltre of La Tartine Gourmande not only tastes delicious but also is beautiful to look at (and as scientists have learned, color is a crucial part of the eating experience). Black quinoa, which is a bit crunchier than white, is a nice contrast to smooth avocado, tangy grapefruit and slightly sweet fennel.

Tara O'Brady, who writes the blog Seven Spoons, has a trick for keeping this tumble of stewy leeks and chickpeas from getting too mushy: She just barely cooks the vegetables and legumes so they're still firm and springy. They make for a fine dinner on their own or are even better with some wilted bitter greens or steamed broccoli rabe (you can swirl them into the dish's herbed, lemony, garlic-infused olive oil). Sprinkle some grated Parmesan on top and serve with hunks of crusty bread.

Jaden Hair, who writes the blog Steamy Kitchen, promises that this entire meal comes together in a flash. She cooks jasmine rice in the microwave while a coconut Thai curry&mdashwhich you can make with shrimp, chicken or tofu&mdashsimmers on the stove.

This recipe for oregano-and-lemon-scented chicken wrapped in pita and drizzled with cucumber-yogurt sauce from Caroline Lubbers, who writes the blog Whipped, is super easy&mdashand authentic (as Lubbers' Greek family can attest to). Use pita bread, not pita pockets they're thicker and will sop up the meat's juices and cool sauce.


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I made a set of salt-dough ornaments with Dellie's tiny foot impression during her first Christmas with us. Those, along with another set of her predecessor, Maddie, hang in spots of honor on the tree. My childhood cat Alice (she just turned 17!) and my sister's four-member clowder have also had their sweet feet eternally preserved in rock hard dough.

Fellow pet owners should know the hardest part about making salt dough paw print ornaments — you only need three basic ingredients — is getting your pet to cooperate. None of the aforementioned cats were very happy to have their paws handled, so making multiples is key, too.

While the steps are simple, options to personalize your pets' prints are infinite when using paint, glitter, ribbon or permanent markers to decorate. The ornaments themselves should last for untold years ours show no signs of age — however, you'll still want to be careful handling and hanging them as they could shatter or crack if dropped. (CHEY SCOTT)

SALT DOUGH PAW PRINT ORNAMENTS
Ingredients

Instructions
Mix together water, flour and salt. Knead dough together with your hands until it forms a ball. If it's too sticky, add some flour.

Roll out the dough to about a half-inch thick and use cookie cutters, cups or a knife to cut out whatever shape you wish that's big enough to fit your pet's paws. (I used a vintage heart-shaped cookie cutter with scalloped edges.)

Gently press your pets' paw into the center of the ornament to leave an imprint. (Pro tip: Lay your cut-out shapes onto a cookie sheet first and space them out well. If your pet isn't very thrilled with their role during this step, reward them with a treat afterwards. Don't force it if they're not.)

Place the paw print shapes on a lined (silicone mat or parchment paper) baking sheet and bake at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 to 3 hours, or until dried out.

After cooling and making sure they're dry, you can decorate and glue loops of ribbon or string to the backs to hang. These handmade ornaments also make great gifts!

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DANIEL'S MOM'S CHOCOLATE NO-BAKES RECIPE

  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal

Instructions
Mix together sugar, butter, milk and cocoa powder.

Bring the mixture to a soft boil, stirring and adjusting the heat for exactly three minutes. (Be very precise, because here's where your cookies could go off the rails. Boil too long and you'll just have chocolate granola. Boil too little and you'll have a big gooey blob that refuses to become a cookie no matter how much you yell at it.)

Remove from the heat, mix in vanilla and peanut butter. (Warning: Peanut butter may contain peanuts.)

Finally mix in the oatmeal and plop the mix onto wax paper a teaspoon at a time. Stick it in the fridge until they're firm enough for you to eat them all in one sitting. (DANIEL WALTERS)

Try a Christmas-set horror movie with the silly scares of Krampus (2015) or the slasher classic Black Christmas (1974). Go the so-bad-it's-good route with one of several Christmas-themed episodes of the cult movie-riffing series Mystery Science Theater 3000 — perhaps the demented Mexican family film Santa Claus, or the sci-fi kitsch of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. The comic thriller The Nice Guys (2016) sets its tale of noirish intrigue in the days leading up to Christmas, as does Stanley Kubrick's erotic brain-twister Eyes Wide Shut (1999). Whatever weird stuff you choose, set up a Zoom hangout, share your screen and freak out your friends. (NATHAN WEINBENDER)

  • An 8x8 glass baking dish
  • Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • One 9-ounce jar cocktail sauce
  • 1/2 to 3/4 pounds of cooked salad shrimp
  • 1 box of Club crackers

Spread the cream cheese in the bottom of the dish with a spatula. Spread the cocktail sauce on top of that (this layer may be thin, that's OK!). Sprinkle the shrimp all over the top and then cover and keep cool in the fridge. When you're ready, take it out and leave at room temperature for about ten minutes before eating so it's easier to spoon onto the buttery Club crackers. Enjoy! (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL)

In particular, go to Wolf Lodge Bay at Lake Coeur d'Alene this December and witness one of the Inland Northwest's most awesome annual traditions: hundreds of bald eagles swarming the lake to feed on the abundance of spawning kokanee salmon.

You know how you get that flutter of excitement when, out of the corner of your eye, you see an eagle flying above your head? Sure you do. Well, here in the winter, eagles will be all around you doing things that eagles do. They will soar above your head. They will dive for fish. They will look down at you from a tree and contemplate tearing your eyes out. It's quite the rush! (WILSON CRISCIONE) ♦

The original print version of this article was headlined "Holidays at Home"


Do you need to take a vitamin D supplement?

The majority of adults don&rsquot get enough vitamin D from food and sun exposure. As a result, &ldquomost adults would benefit from a vitamin D supplement depending on factors such as age, skin tone, where you live, and whether you have certain medical conditions,&rdquo Dr. Levitan explains.

You may need a supplement, especially in the non-summer months, if you live in a northern latitude where the sun&rsquos rays are weaker&mdashanywhere north of San Francisco, Denver, St. Louis, or Richmond, Virginia, Harvard Health experts say. You might also be short on D if you&rsquore older or have darker skin&mdashtwo factors that make it harder for skin to convert sunlight into vitamin D.

The bottom line? &ldquoIf you live in a very sunny state and spend plenty of time outside and eat plenty of fatty fish, you probably don&rsquot need a supplement,&rdquo Largeman-Roth says. If you don&rsquot tick those boxes, talk to your doctor, who can check your vitamin D levels with a simple blood test and determine if a supplement is right for you.


Ideally, there would be leftover sticks from the stick stars, but even if that isn’t the case, more sticks should be abundantly available outside if one simply saunters along the sidewalk or tidies up the yard. Another simple project to do with them and a little upcycled cardboard is stick Christmas trees. Use a strip of cardboard as the trunk and either pin or glue different lengths the sticks horizontally to make a tree shape.

Moving up in size a little, firewood snowmen are simple in theory to make, but they do require a bit of elbow grease. Crosscut three sections of logs into three separate discs of appropriate size to be the bottom, middle, and top of the snowman. Overlap the pieces slightly and nail them together with finishing nails. Drill a couple of holes for arms (traditionally done with sticks). Then, with a little ingenuity and while the saw is still out, it’s possible to also make a hat out of firewood, too.


'Tis the season for decking your halls. While for some this might mean weeks of planning, many of us just don't have the time or budgets to put out an over-the-top display of holiday décor. Luckily, whether you prefer to plan ahead or need to quickly decorate in a pinch, there are plenty of simple ways to dress up your home for the holidays&mdashand all can be done without exerting too much effort.

"Before you begin making holiday décor purchases, take a quick inventory of what you have, including traditional décor items in your home that can serve as a base to build upon, such as vases, bowls, mirrors, and picture frames," says Erin Swift, founder of Holiday Workroom. "Also have a clear plan of what you want the overall flow of your design to look like before you go crazy buying all-things holiday." Once you've figured out what décor items you're working with, Swift suggests picking out a single piece to serve as your design inspiration. "Whether it's a tree skirt pattern or a colorful ornament, use an item you love as the starting point for your décor theme," she says. "If you keep to your theme, decorating will go a whole lot easier."

Of course, that doesn't mean you can't think outside the box (and your living room) when adding some holiday décor to your home. "Some of the most unique items I've purchased have come from unexpected places, and some of the most memorable installations have been in areas outside the living room, including bedrooms, foyers, offices, and even a bathroom," Swift says. "A simple hanging ornament can bring a festive touch to any area of your home."

In need a few simple ideas guaranteed to add seasonal cheer to any room in your home? We asked Swift, as well as a few of our favorite interior designers and tastemakers, for easy ways to decorate your home for the holidays. Here's what they had to say.



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