Chocolate Fun Facts

As you’d expect on a day as special as National Chocolate Day, we’ve been celebrating accordingly. Wrappers discarded from gourmet truffles litter desks in our office and lunchtime was brought to a close with a slice of our chocolate cheesecake sampler. But we wanted to have our chocolate and learn about it too. So we did a little research and thought you might find these fun facts delicious (but maybe in a different way) too:
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Why Do We Eat Turkey at Thanksgiving?

You may not have learned this in elementary school, but at the first Thanksgiving the Pilgrims were probably eating more wildfowl, like goose or duck, than turkey. And if Benjamin Franklin had his way, the turkey would be the national bird of the United States, not the bald eagle! So if turkey wasn't served at the first Thanksgiving and it almost became our national bird, how did the turkey come to grace every family table on Thanksgiving?
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Last Minute Halloween Decorations

Most of us are never going to create Martha Stewart worthy Halloween decorations. And while we may all want to spend weeks preparing for a Halloween party, we only have so many hours in a day and your guests would rather have food than decor. But let's be honest, Halloween does give us the opportunity to go a little crazy with the decorations! If you've decided to throw a Halloween party this weekend, here are 6 last-minute decoration ideas to spook up your house:
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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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