Spooky Tips for Your Halloween Party

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Shrimp look eerie on a black pot filled with ice.

Halloween is right around the corner — are you ready? There are so many fun Halloween traditions. Do you take the kids out trick-or-treating? (More importantly, do you dress them up in food costumes?) Or do you dress up and have everyone over for a costume party at your place?

Whichever way you decide to spend your Halloween night, we hope you have tons of great food around! Here are a few easy ways to add some chills to your Halloween spread.

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Get Creative with Muffin Tops

muffin_topWe all know that the top of the muffin is the most delicious part. Whether coated in cinnamon sugar, caked with crumble, or deliciously crisped and brown, the muffin top gives the whole muffin that special something. Some people save the top for last while others don’t even bother baking the bottom half and use muffin top tins instead. So why not take it to the next level? Here are some ideas to make the muffin top even better….

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Plan Your Lunch Combinations

turkeyandcheeseBack to school means back to packing lunches. It can be a struggle to find delicious and nutritious solutions that give kids the energy they need to get through the school day. We love the idea of spinning the popular lunchable or bento-box style into an easy do-it-yourself lunch by breaking up what you need into sections. Below are some of our favorite examples of lunch pairings to help you get inspiredand they’re not just for kids!…

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Give Sandwiches a New Spin

pb&jSandwiches are a back-to-school classic: they’re easy to make and easier to pack. There are millions of ways to spice up your sandwich, from switching up the breads and the condiments, and getting crafty with your fillings. Our sandwich solutions are sure to keep your lunch bag looking different every day, for both the office and the classroom. …

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Fun Greek Yogurt Dips and Dippers

greekyogurtGreek yogurt is more than breakfast food. We love using it a creamy sour cream alternative for a base. From breakfast to an after-school snack, Greek yogurt can be a savory or sweet dip with an infinite number of dipper options. (OK, maybe not infinite…)

Read beyond the jump for breakfast and lunch pairings as well as dip and dipper combos we love.

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Mix It Up Mexi!

tacodipEveryone loves Mexican food. While we always look forward to Taco Tuesday, we like to mix things up. Get inspired for your next fiesta with our fresh ideas on the Mexican meal. Don’t forget, you can shop while you recipe hop by using the new Popcart bookmarklet. (Looking for shortcuts? Check out our Mexican Four-Minute Meals and Sides. They’re super authentic and cheesy. Yum!)…

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3 Easy DIY Juice Recipes

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Easy DIY juices

Making raw, fresh vegetable and fruit juices using a home juice extractor is all the rage these days. For first timers, it can seem time consuming, labor intensive, and extremely intimidating, especially because of its association with juice fast diets and cleansing regiments.

But actually, juicing occasionally when you feel like it and purely for the pleasure of experimenting and trying delicious juices can be a really fun, creative activity. And with the help of FreshDirect, juicing can actually be way more convenient than its reputation would lead you to believe.

This week I made three juices that totally rocked my world. FreshDirect makes it so easy to get your hands on tons of fresh, high-quality produce without having to step foot in a grocery store and schlep everything back to your kitchen.  And as you’ll see, some of the produce comes already cut and washed!  If you own a juicer or have access to one, you should definitely give these recipes a try.  Happy juicing!…

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