The Story of the Cornucopia: the Horn of Plenty

There are two Greek myths that explain how the cornucopia came to be. The first is that while hiding from his father, Kronos, baby Zeus accidently broke off the horn of the goat who nursed him. The horn then had the divine power to provide unending nourishment. The goat was revered by Zeus and was placed in the sky as the constellation Capricorn.

The second creation myth is that Hercules (the demigod son of Zeus), broke the horn of the river god, Achelous, during a battle. The cornucopia then became a symbol of harvest and prosperity and was associated with the earth Titan Gaia, the Greek goddess of luck, and Annona, goddess of the grain supply to the city of Rome. Since then the cornucopia has been a sign of plenty. In fact, “cornu,” means horn and “copia,” means plenty in Latin.
Cornucopia of fall decorative fruits

How to Wrap Presents Like a Pro

I really like giving gifts and I always try to give people something really special and personal. I'm the perfect case study for showing that giving is better than receiving! But I'll admit my presentation isn't always perfect. While it is the thought that counts, I wish my gifts didn't look like they were wrapped by a 5-year-old in the dark! But luckily for me (and maybe you too), it’s easy to step up your wrapping game with these 5 tips:

The Story Behind the Day of The Dead

It may sound a gloomy, but make no mistake that this Mexican holiday is in no way somber. In fact, it’s more festive than you may think. Unlike Christian traditions in which the dead are remembered, the Day of the Dead stems from way back to the indigenous people of Mexico. Scholars say that the holiday is linked to an Aztec festival that was dedicated to the goddess of below, Mictecacihuatl. She was the queen of Mictlan, the underworld, and ruled over the afterlife. And unlike underworlds in other ancient mythologies, Mictlan wasn’t a bad place. The Aztecs believed that the souls would rest in Mictlan until they could return home to see the fam. So, families would try and tempt them to come home, hence the Day of the Dead.


Wine Pairing Suggestions for Thanksgiving Dinner

One of the most relied-upon "rules" of wine and food pairing is "if it grows together, it goes together." Food that traditionally comes from a particular region tends to go well with grapes that comes from that region. For instance, fresh, crisp whites often come from warmer-climate areas adjacent to the sea and are usually the best bet with sea food. Dark reds, on the other hand, are better for heavy steaks. Now most Thanksgiving tables have very little fish or steak, turkey is the star after all, so what wines are you supposed to serve when you've got savory and sweet dishes, heavy and light flavors, on the table at the same time? 
Roasted turkey