Setting Your Holiday Table...On the Cheap!

I love throwing big family-style dinners and have grown up significantly in terms of my plating and serving. Right out of college my "Friendsgiving" used just about every bowl, utensil, and cooking instrument that I owned. Anyone on a tight budget knows that serving platters are a luxury, not a necessity, so we're eating right out the pot those potatoes were cooked in! But as I got older I wanted to "fancify" my big family-style dinners and slowly accrued colorful serving bowls, platters, nice glasses and more. I'm still a long way from Martha Stewart but every year my Friendsgiving gets a little more chic. I don't quite have the patience to sit and build my own fall foliage baskets, but that doesn't mean I can come up with a great holiday table on the cheap! Here's how you can do it:
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Find a New Thanksgiving Food Tradition

I know that my Thanksgiving table looks eerily similar to the one that my mom created when I was young, which was in turn a copy of the one her mom used to set. Family recipes, especially Thanksgiving food traditions, are passed down from generation to generation. I, for one, love covering my Thanksgiving sweet potatoes in mini-marshmallows and real Vermont maple syrup. But I have friends that say adding mini-marshmallows to sweet potatoes is practically sacrilegious! Every family has their own Thanksgiving food traditions, but if you're looking to try out something new this Thanksgiving why not take a creative spin on a classic and add some festive flavors to your table!
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From Plant to Pot - How Your Cup of Tea Came to Be

Black, white, green, oolong, chai? What's your favorite cup of tea? While coffee may be the caffeinated beverage of choice for most Americans, there is a certainly a gourmet tea movement sweeping the country. Real tea is so much more than just processed packets of Chamomile or Earl Grey (although if those are your favorites that's totally fine!), and it actually takes a lot of work to get that tea leaf from a plant in the field to stewing in your pot. Here's how your cup of tea came to be!
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What Makes a Product Organic?

Sales of organic products have climbed from $3.6 billion to $24.4 billion in the past 10 years as more and more consumers look to buy products that have no genetic modification, don’t use heavy pesticides, and are locally and sustainably produced. Plenty of consumers argue that organic foods taste better, but the jury is still out on whether organic foods really are healthier for you. But regardless of why you want to go organic, it's important to note that there are different levels of organic when it comes to labeling and what you're eating might not be as organic as you thought!
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