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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6 Spooktacular Recipes for Halloween

Are you throwing a Halloween party and want to have more than just buckets of candy to pass around? Check out these six spooktacular Halloween recipes and get those creative juices flowing!
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Trick or Treat Tidbits: Fun Facts About Halloween Candy

I'll admit it, if there is a bowl of Halloween candy lying around the office I can't control myself! That's why I always leave the bags I buy for trick-or-treaters unopened until the first ghost or princess or pirate shows up on my doorstep! It's just too tempting to have all that candy lying around. By the end of the night, if I have extra candy each trick-or-treater is getting handful, otherwise I'm eating way more candy than I need to. In honor of Halloween, and the candy comas our kids are about to suffer from, here are a few fun facts about Halloween candy.
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