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Homemade Ornaments Handmade gifts, trinkets and treats help make the holiday season special. Although cookies and other baked goods are some of the most popular homemade creations this time of year, gift-givers young and old can put their talents to use with various craft projects. Ornaments and decorations are one such idea. Here are some clever and, not-too-time-consuming craft projects to try this holiday season. • Mini sleighs: Create miniature replicas of Santa’s famous sleigh. Paint several popsicle sticks to form the main body of the sleigh and glue them together. Put one at the top perpendicular to the others to serve as the steering rudder. Two silver-painted popsicle sticks placed on their thin sides act as the blades of a sled. • Popcorn garland: Garland made of popcorn is a classic handmade holiday project. For a new twist, toss the popcorn with food coloring and allow it to dry before stringing for some bright color on the tree.

• Photo ornaments: Print out several different photos that you love. Purchase round or square thin wood pieces from a craft store and attach the photos with Mod Podge®. When dry, drill a hole through the top and thread with twine. • Advent calendar: Make an Advent calendar to count down to Christmas by covering a foam board with fabric. Use paper tags or small ornaments and write a number on each for each day of the month. Hang these all from the board. As each day passes, move the tag or ornament to the tree.

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• Wooden snowflakes: Have children collect small twigs from outdoors, as well as holly leaves and some sprigs of evergreen. Arrange similarly sized twigs in the shape of snowflakes and glue together, or tie with twine. Embellish with stickers, glitter, dried berries, and more. • Dough ornaments: Anyone can have fun molding their own ornaments, letting them dry and then painting them. Use cookie cutters to get perfect holiday shapes. Craft stores sell various types of modeling clays and lightweight modeling mate-

rials. Or, make your own salt dough. • Reindeer bottle topper: Put to use any wine corks you have lying around. Attach googly eyes and a small fuzzy nose to the front of a cork. Insert twisted, brown pipe cleaners to make the antlers up top. Add ribbons, small snippets of faux fur or any other extras you desire. • Sweet sentiments: Use old Scrabble® letter tiles to form a favorite holiday phrase, like “Joy to the World.” Glue the tiles together and hang from the tree on a piece of ribbon.

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Holiday appetizers

Perfect for Entertaining Presents may get much of the glory during the holiday season, but there is much to be said about the foods found throughout this time of year as well. During the holiday season, people frequently find that dinner invites, cocktail parties, office happy hour gatherings, and other opportunities for socialization are easy to come by. At the heart of these events are foods and beverages. Whether one is hosting a holiday soiree or plans to bring something to a potluck party, it’s helpful to have a list of fail-proof recipes at the ready. Tasting menus, bite-sized treats and finger foods are always a hit at holiday functions — and this recipe for “Mini Merry Meatballs,” courtesy of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, is sure to please. Paired with a cranberry barbecue sauce, these savory appetizers are bursting with flavor and holiday appeal.

Mini Merry MeatBallS (Serves 24)

1⁄2 pound ground beef brisket 1⁄4 pound ground beef ribeye steak boneless 1⁄4 pound ground beef (80 percent lean) 1 cup seasoned stuffing mix 1 egg, beaten 3 tablespoons water 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1⁄4 teaspoon salt 1⁄8 teaspoon pepper

cranBerry BarBecue Sauce: 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1⁄2 cup chopped white onion 1 tablespoon minced garlic 2-1⁄2 cups fresh cranberries 1⁄2 cup orange juice 1⁄2 cup water 1⁄3 cup ketchup 1⁄4 cup light brown sugar 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 2 tablespoons molasses 1⁄2 teaspoon ground red pepper Salt to taste Preheat oven to 400 F. Combine brisket, ribeye, ground beef, stuffing mix, egg, water, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 24 11⁄2-inch meatballs. Place on a rack in a broiler pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes until the internal temperature reads 160 F. Meanwhile, prepare the Cranberry Barbecue Sauce. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender, but not brown. Add remaining ingredients,

stirring to combine. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until cranberries burst and the mixture has been reduced to a thick consistency, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Transfer mixture to blender container. Cover, allowing steam to escape. Process until smooth. Season with salt, as desired. Serve meatballs with barbecue sauce.

Spicy Buffalo-Style MeatBallS 2 teaspoons vegetable oil 1 pound Ground Beef 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs 1 large egg, slightly beaten 2 tablespoons chopped onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 2 to 3 tablespoons hot pepper sauce

2 tablespoons butter, melted 1 tablespoon honey Blue cheese dressing celery sticks Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine Ground Beef, bread crumbs, egg, onion, garlic, salt and pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape beef mixture into 32 1-inch meatballs; place on rack in broiler pan. Bake in 350°F oven 18 to 20 minutes. Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground Beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness. Meanwhile, combine hot pepper sauce, butter and honey in large bowl; mix well. Stir meatballs into sauce mixture, stirring to coat well. Serve meatballs with dressing and celery. Recipes courtesy of beefitswhatsfordinner.com


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A Host’s Guide to Holiday Gatherings

Butcher’s Butter Filet Mignon Roast Garnish 1/4 cup salted butter 1/4 cup duck fat 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced M 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 anchovy filet, minced m black pepper 1/8 rosemary, teaspoon 1 prepared Omaha Steaks Filet Mignon Roast In small saucepan, combine butter, duck fat, rosemary, thyme, garlic, anchovy Mignon R filet and black pepper. Heat on low 3-5 minutes until fragrant. Remove from heat and serve over Filet Mignon Roast.

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(Family Features) Gearing up for a crowd at your holiday festivities can provide moments of excitement, stress, fun and plenty of other emotions as the big dinner draws near. This year, avoid any nagging feelings of doubt with this step-by-step guide to prepare for large gatherings. Plan in advance. Even if you're typically the last-minute type, the hectic holiday season is no time to wait until a few days ahead of the celebration to throw meals and more together. Instead, be sure to put together a guest list and send invites at least a few weeks out. Take inventory of supplies like silverware, 2 plates, serving 2 dishes and any accessories you'd like to feature at the table. Make an outline of the food each guest is bringing, or, if you'll supply all the food, ensure there will be plenty for everyone. Make a list. Planning only takes you so far if you don't write everything down. Once the menu is determined, list out what you'll need to make the magic happen. Don't forget to jot down easily overlooked items that can be picked up the day of, such as ice. Remember to thaw. One surefire way to make the big day a big disaster is to forget to thaw your main course. If you're planning to roast a turkey - perhaps the most common centerpiece - remember it takes around a day to thaw for every two pounds of meat. So, for example, it could take close to a week for a 14-pound turkey to fully thaw prior to cooking. Prep the day before. There are many tasks (big and small) that can be taken care of the day before guests arrive, making the holiday less stressful for hosts. From whipping up simple appetizers like dips to giving the house a thorough cleaning, there's plenty of pressure that can be taken off your shoulders 24 hours in advance. Find more holiday hosting tips and meal solutions at omahasteaks.com.

Roasted Grapes: 4 cups assorted grapes (picked, washed and dried) 1 tablespoon olive oil 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 cinnamon stick nonstick cooking spray Gastrique: 2 tablespoons water 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 4 tablespoons water 1 Omaha Steaks Whole Basted Turkey (10 pounds) To make Roasted Grapes: Heat oven to 350 F. In bowl, combine grapes, olive oil, salt, pepper and cinnamon stick. Lightly spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Pour grape mixture onto baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven and pour into bowl.

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To make Gastrique: In small saucepan, combine water and sugar. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, 5-7 minutes, until sugar starts to brown. Remove from heat and slowly add vinegar. Return to heat and stir until combined. Add cornstarch and water mixture; bring to boil. Remove from heat. Pour Gastrique mixture over Roasted Grapes and reserve. To prepare turkey: Thaw completely in refrigerator 3-4 days or, keeping turkey in vacuum-sealed packaging, place in sink full of cold water 5-7 hours, changing water approximately every 30 minutes. Heat oven to 350 F. Remove turkey from vacuum-sealed bag. Place turkey in bag provided; secure bag with twist tie. Place bag in deep roasting pan. Using fork, puncture 6-8 holes in top of bag. For extra browning or crispness, slit top of bag for final 20-30 minutes of roasting. Roast turkey 2 hours, 45 minutes-3 hours. Turkey is done when internal temperature measured with kitchen thermometer reaches 165 F. Pour Roasted Grape Gastrique over turkey and serve.

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gift itself, and intensify the anticipation. The wrapping paper or style also may draw on aspects of the gift itself. For example, a knit scarf can be placed in a crocheted stocking.

Gift Wrapping Tips and Tricks Much of the focus of each holiday season is on gift-giving, but all those gifts will eventually need to be wrapped. Stacks of presents just waiting to be covered with paper and ribbon can overwhelm gift givers, prompting them to put off wrapping gifts until the last minute. Hesitant wrappers with a pile of gifts to wrap

Handle oddly-shaped items Wrapping rectangular boxes can be a snap, but what about something that’s round or full of angles? Think about placing oddly-shaped items inside another item to make the shape more uniform. Shoe boxes, coffee cans and even paper towel rolls can hold items. Then place the wrapping on these containers.

can use these tricks to make the process go smoothly. find inspiration Instead of looking at wrapping as yet another chore, try to envision how the recipient will feel peeling open the paper and finding the gift inside. Wrapping can be the prelude to the

cover prices To enable easy exchanges or returns, do not cut off the price tags of gifts. Instead, place a festive sticker over the dollar amount, but leave the scan bar visible. This way the gift recipient can return the gift with ease if necessary. Keep supplies at the ready Devote a bin or bins to wrapping supplies and tools. Having scissors, paper, tape, ribbon, and more in a designated spot will cut down on hav-

ing to hunt and peck when it comes time to wrap. Martha Stewart suggests getting a rotary cutter to cut long straight or decorative edges on wrapping paper. Rotary cutters may be easier to use than scissors, especially when paired with a ruler. Wrap on a firm surface Devote a table or counter to wrapping gifts. This will keep the paper taut and neat and make it easier to cut and position. You risk tearing the paper or puncturing it when working on carpeting or bedding. color- or pattern-code gifts It’s easy to visualize who gets what gift when each recipient has his or her own special wrapping paper. This is also a handy idea when wrapping gifts from Santa, as it will differentiate the Santa gifts from the ones being given by Mom and Dad. With a few helpful pointers, wrapping gifts can be easy. And for those who prefer to skip the wrapping themselves, many malls and retailers offer complimentary wrapping for a small donation to charity.

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Gingerbread goodness

Gingerbread is a broad term that can describe anything from a firm and crispy cookie to a moist, soft cake. Traditionally, gingerbread is seasoned with ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and other aromatic spices. Molasses and brown sugar counteract the spice with sweetness. North Americans have been baking gingerbread in various shapes or forms for more than 200 years, and the recipes even pre-date the American revolution. However, gingerbread dates back even further to the Shakespearean era, with The Bard having mentioned it in one of his plays. Gingerbread’s name can be trace to medieval England and once referred to any kind of preserved ginger. The term went on to reference ginger-flavored cakes in the 15th century, and gingerbread eventually became popular throughout the world. Even though gingerbread cakes and cookies have been made for centuries, Germans are often credited with creating gingerbread houses, according to Smithsonian. They were probably modeled after the witch’s

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candy cottage in the German fairy tale, “Hansel and Gretel.” Even though gingerbread can be made any time of year, it is particularly associated with the Christmas season, with gingerbread men and other fanciful shapes turning up on cookie platters. This molasses-dark, ginger-and-spice flavored cookie is perfect for gingerbread men. We roll it a bit thicker than usual, to give the cookies just a hint of chew. GinGerBreaD cooKieS 3/4 cup unsalted butter 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed 3/4 cup molasses 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons cinnamon 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon allspice or cloves 1 large egg 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 3-1/2 cups King arthur unbleached all-purpose flour In a saucepan set over low heat, or in the microwave, melt butter, then stir in

the brown sugar, molasses, salt, and spices. Transfer the mixture to a medium-sized mixing bowl, let it cool to lukewarm, and beat in the egg. Whisk the baking powder and soda into the flour, and then stir these dry ingredients into the molasses mixture. Divide the dough in half, and pat each half into a thick rectangle. Wrap well, and refrigerate for 1 hour or longer. The dough may be sticky and hard to roll if not thoroughly chilled, so make sure it's cold before continuing. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Get out several baking sheets; there's no need to grease them, though lining with parchment saves effort on cleanup. Once the dough has chilled, take one piece of dough out of the refrigerator, and flour a clean work surface. Roll the dough 1/8" to 1/4" thick; the thinner you roll the dough, the crispier the cookies will be. Flour both the top and bottom of the dough if it starts to stick. Alternatively, place the dough on parchment, and put a sheet of plastic wrap over it as you roll, pulling the plastic to eliminate wrinkles as necessary when rolling; this will keep dough from sticking without the need for additional flour. Cut out shapes with a floured cookie

cutter, cutting them as close to one another as possible to minimize waste. Transfer the cookies to ungreased cookie sheets (or, if you've rolled right onto the parchment, remove the dough scraps between the cookies). Bake the cookies just until they're slightly brown around the edges 8 to 12 minutes, or until they feel firm. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for several minutes, or until they're set. Transfer them to a rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough. Decorate the cookies with Royal Icing or Simple Cookie Glaze and food safe markers. Recipe courtesy of King Arthur Flour

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30 ways to celebrate a merry month The holiday season begins in late November and runs through New Year’s Day. It is marked by various gatherings of friends and family, decadent foods, cocktails, traveling, and gift exchanges. The National Retail Federation says consumers will spend an average of $967 during the holiday season. However, the joy of the holidays also is about all of the memorable experiences that tend to make the season so beloved. With that in mind, here are 30 ways to make the holiday season that much more merry. 1. Visit with an elderly or housebound neighbor and share conversation. 2. Donate gently used toys to a children’s hospital. 3. Research the history of the holiday and share it with people you care about. 4. Make handmade Christmas tree ornaments. 5. Donate money to a charity or other good cause. 6. Encourage “pay it forward” movements in your community. Start by doing something simple like buying a coffee for a complete stranger. 7. Feed birds facing the cold, winter weather. 8. Take a ride or walk around the neighborhood to look at decorated houses. 9. Make a fire in a fire pit in the yard and toast marshmallows while sipping hot chocolate.

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10. Binge watch holiday movies. 11. Attend the concert of a children’s choir. 12. Help a friend decorate his or her home. 13. Host a tree-trimming party. 14. Schedule a day for baking cookies. 15. Sing Christmas carols at a nursing home. 16. Put together care packages of items and send them to troops overseas. 17. Share the holidays with a military family whose spouse is in service and can’t make it home. 18. Offer to shop for someone who is homebound due to age, a chronic illness or injury. 19. Visit a large city to look at Christmas window displays. 20. Buy and hang real mistletoe … and use it. 21. Make a new friend and invite him or her to a holiday party for the first time. 22. Babysit a newborn so his or her parents can get errands done or just catch up on rest. 23. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. 24. Share the religious traditions of your holiday with someone of a different faith. 25. If weather permits, go sledding, build a snowman or have a snowball fight. 26. Share favorite memories at family holiday dinners. 27. Remember a deceased loved one with a special tribute. 28. Construct a gingerbread house. 29. Teach someone how to make a cherished family recipe. 30. Surprise a distant relative with an impromptu visit.

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The most downloaded holiday songs

Music is integral to many celebrations during the holiday season. Whether you’re planning an office party, hosting friends and family at home or simply looking to get in the holiday spirit, you might want to explore this list of the most downloaded Christmas/holiday songs on iTunes. 1. All I Want For Christmas Is You — Mariah Carey 2. Mary, Did You Know? — Pentatonix

18. A Holly Jolly Christmas — Burl Ives 19. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You) — Nat “King” Cole 20. Hard Candy Christmas — Dolly Parton

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Time Saving Tips and

Healthy Tricks for Holiday Baking

Holiday baking is a fun tradition whether you do it solo or plan a cookie day with the kids. To save time and reduce stress, look for simpler recipes or ones that offer you the ability to do steps ahead of time. With this Eggland's Best recipe for classic cutout sugar cookies, you can make the

dough the day before so you're ready to dive into the fun the day of, baking and decorating the cookies.

(BPT) - 'Tis the season for cookies, cakes, candies and more! Those delectable treats are an iconic part of celebrations big and small. Whether you want to cozy up by the fire with your favorite confection or bring a few batches to the school bake sale, you're bound to be baking like crazy this time of year.

because they are important for maintaining good health and the body cannot make them on its own. Omega-3s also enhance baking as they improve emulsifying qualities.

With visions of holiday cookies dancing in your head, you know that means you'll have to carve out time to make all those goodies. Don't stress at the thought of a packed schedule and the temptation of too many unhealthy treats. Registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner shares some smart tips to save time while also creating better baking that provides rich flavors and higher quality nutrients.

than just Omega-3s, More Eggland's Best eggs have 25 percent less saturated fat, six times more vitamin D, 10 times more vitamin E and more than double the amount of vitamin B12. That means no matter what recipe you use them in, you'll be improving the nutritional profile of your holiday treats.

Streamline by planning ahead First, consider designating a part of your cabinet or pantry to your holiday baking supplies and let family members know it's off limits. There's nothing worse than starting a recipe only to realize an ingredient you need became a snack two days prior. Those nuts, dried fruit and chocolate can be tempting! So, stock up on high-quality ingredients and add a note to deter tempted snackers if necessary.

Use simple swaps for healthier results Making more nutritious cookies can be as simple as swapping out a few key ingredients. Consider chocolate, a popular ingredient in holiday desserts. Instead of buying milk or white chocolate, use dark chocolate in recipes. "Dark chocolate is lower in sugar content and contains important antioxidants that are good for your heart," Blatner says.

Another tip: Bake what you can ahead of time. "There are many holiday cookies that freeze beautifully," says Blatner. "That means you can start your baking weeks ahead of time and be ready for celebrations of all kinds. Just remember to thaw the day prior so that your baked goods are ready to go."

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Holiday Cut-Out Sugar Cookies Cookies: 3/4 cup butter (softened) 3/4 cup vegetable oil 1 cup white sugar 2 Eggland's Best Eggs (large) 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 cup sour cream 6 cups white flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt

Frosting: 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar pinch of salt 1/3 cup Eggland's Best Liquid Egg Whites 1 teaspoon vanilla small squeeze of lemon juice

Transfer cookies to a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and move cookies to a rack to cool. Frosting: In a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter until fluffy. Add the confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, and mix until combined. Add the salt, egg whites, vanilla and lemon juice and beat until ingredients are incorporated. Spread over cooled cookies, sprinkle with colored sugar and serve immediately.

Directions: In a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter, shortening and sugar until fluffy and pale in color. Add in the eggs, vanilla and sour cream and mix until combined. Add the baking powder, salt and flour (one cup at a time), mixing until everything is evenly incorporated. Cover and chill the dough, preferably overnight for best results. Preheat the oven to 350 F. On a lightly floured surface roll the dough out to a 1/4- or 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into holiday shapes with a cookie cutter.

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