DIY Fall Apple and Pear Place Settings

Feeling crafty? We have a fun and easy idea to help you create beautiful seasonal place settings for your Thanksgiving table. Get the kids involved with this fresh take on table settings, and you’ll have one thing crossed off your holiday to-do list:

-Make the table fancy in no time flat.

Done! Instructions after the jump!

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Make Your Own Pumpkin Ice Bucket

No bucket? No problem. We used a large pumpkin to make an ice bucket for one of our favorite white wines, and it made us wonder how we didn’t think of it sooner. While it serves its primary purpose — to keep your wine cold — it also makes a fantastic Halloween or Thanksgiving centerpiece. You can even create a virgin version filled with soda cans for the kids table.

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Our Trip to a Local Cranberry Bog

It’s always such a joy to join the merchant teams on their #freshadventures, where they meet amazing farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and producers. Just recently, I had the thrill of joining the produce team on their visit to Pine Barrens Native Fruits, a fifth-generation cranberry farm in southern New Jersey.

Brenda, the bog’s owner, and Tom, the bog’s right-hand-man, gave us an extensive tour of the farm, which has been in the family since the mid-1800s and was founded by Brenda’s husband’s Great-Aunt Lizzy White.

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What to Do with All Those Thanksgiving Leftovers, Part II

Is there anything better than a fridge full of leftovers? Turkey Day is fun and all, but a next-day sandwich — now that’s the stuff. As for the rest of your leftover fare, click through for tips from Chef Tina Bourbeau on how to use ‘em up (as well as what we used to make this amazing sandwich).

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How to Use a Pumpkin for a Festive Floral Centerpiece

Looking to add a fresh and fragrant touch to your Thanksgiving table? Our floral merchant, Saralyn, carved up a beautiful pumpkin and flower centerpiece, and wrote up tips on how to make your own at home. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect — the more rustic, the better. You could even devise a fun game (pin the feathers on the turkey, perhaps) for your guests to play; winner gets the centerpiece! Click through to find instructions from Saralyn.

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Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas from Chef Tina Bourbeau

Leftovers are a conundrum for me. I’m not a fan, but I hate to waste food. If there were ever an opportunity to enjoy leftovers though, Thanksgiving is it. It’s a great opportunity to double-utilize some really beautiful food.

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Got leftovers? Chef Tina has some great ideas on what to recreate with them!

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