Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks for the Holidays

Is there anything better than frothy hot chocolate in the winter? Hot chocolate with candy cane stir sticks, of course! Get the fire (or electric blanket) going, you’re going to want to cozy up with a cup of cocoa and these minty treats.

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DIY Scented Sea Salt Holiday Hostess Gift

Whether you’re making take-home favors for your holiday guests or want to have gifts handy for your favorite hosts or family members, this do-it-yourself idea is easy, adorable, and useful. Make sure to keep a shaker for yourself: sprinkle rosemary-infused sea salt on roasts, freshly popped corn, or baked fish dishes.

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Christmas and Hanukkah Food Traditions

When I was small, I got to have two Christmas dinners; one was classic American, with ham and all the traditional sides, and one was an Italian version. I’m always fascinated by other people’s food traditions; after all, the food makes the holiday. I asked around the office to find out what my co-workers and their families eat for Christmas and Hanukkah.

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A Casual History of Eggnog

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Eggnog and Fruit Stollen

Eggnog. It’s a “love it or hate it” thing, but I’m squarely on the side of the “love it” crowd. This is probably bad for my goal of zero holiday weight gain, but I’m sure it’s 100% good for my holiday spirits.

If you’re a lover like me, I’ll let you in on a secret: eggnog isn’t for sissies. This drink’s silky-sweet combination of egg yolks, cream, sugar and nutmeg (preferably with a jaunty shot of dark spirits) hides a long run of fame and notoriety. Eggnog is the scandalous rock star of the holiday treats world….

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