Thursday, December 2, 2010
Hanukkah Food Traditions
If you're cooking, however, I hope you remembered that today was Hanukkah sooner rather than later. In any event, I hope you made me some latkes.
|Hanukkah: Menu and Recipes |
My favorite thing about Hanukkah is that you have an excuse to eat fried food. For example, these donuts.
|Hanukkah Crafts and Activities |
This is a great time of year for crafters. This page features crafts, coloring pages, history and facts, and even songs.
|Play a Life-Sized Dreidel Game |
For people who love playing Dreidel, here's a people-sized version of your favorite game.
10 Sources for Free Christmas Gifts
That would mean that my husband's gift would have to be 32 times more expensive than the gift I give to our building superintendent, for example. (Before you try to work out the equation, let me just say that our super's been very helpful about plumbing problems.)
|10 Ways to Save Money at Christmas |
This is a little crazy, because no one is going to ask you to see the receipt for their gift. And if they do, maybe you have larger problems than your holiday budget.
|Free and Low-Cost Christmas Gifts |
Many lower cost gifts require more thought and are therefore more valuable to the recipient. For example, my sister can pretty much just give everyone in the family pictures of her son, and we'll all act like she bought us a car.
|Give Second-Hand Gifts (Without Looking Tacky) |
As with everything, there's a trick to giving cheaply without looking cheap.
See More About: frugal gifts
Cyber Monday Deals - Over 650 Deals Posted
|Is Online Shopping Really Cheaper? |
Shopping online can be cheaper, too, which is nice. However, I'd be willing to pay a premium to avoid getting stepped on in the checkout line.
|Cyber Monday Shopping Tips |
Sales, as everyone knows, can be dangerous. It's easy to wind up buying a bunch of stuff you didn't need and don't even want, just because it's on sale.
|Cyber Monday Shopping From Work |
10 Tricks to Get the Best Bargains on Black Friday
The trick, of course, is not to become dazzled by all the stuff for sale, and forget to look for the actual prices. (Some of which might still be more than you want to spend.)
|Store Hours and Early Bird Sales on Black Friday |
Before the Age of the Interwebs, we actually had to call stores, using the phone, in order to figure out when they'd be open. Imagine!
|Black Friday Shopping Tips |
This is the best advice, I think: "Only shop the deals." Don't try to get all of your Christmas shopping done in one day.
|Gift Return Policies at Large Retail Stores |
Finally, even though we all want to think we pick the perfect gift every time ... it's a good idea to make sure that you're buying from a store with a reasonable return policy, just in case.
What's Your Favorite Thanksgiving Memory?
A close second: My Mom talking to the turkey during cooking time. I'm not totally positive, but I'm pretty sure she was singing at one point. That's either awesome or really creepy, depending on your point of view.
|Share Thanksgiving Pictures and Stories |
We also have some great pictures of my sister and I attempted to murder one another over the wishbone. Holidays = family fun!
|Thanksgiving Across the Country |
|Why We Celebrate Thanksgiving: History and Origin |
10 Reasons to Give Thanks for Your Child With Special Needs
The holidays can be particularly rough on families with special needs children. The disruption to routine is often harder on those kids, and often, family members aren't as helpful as they could be.
|Celebrating Thanksgiving with Your Autistic Loved One |
Worse, people who don't know your kids as well as you do might not get all the reasons you have to be thankful FOR them. (Not just around them.)
|Start a Thanksgiving Tradition With Your Child |
The good thing about traditions is that you can always start new ones. I love the first tradition here: Decorating the house with your kids.
|Family Gathering Survival Kit |
Some of the items in this survival kit are extra hilarious: For example, the perfect thing for the relative who won't shut up about either your child's behavior or your parenting.
Create Your Own Thanksgiving Center Pieces
|Thanksgiving Table Decorations Kids Will Love |
|Thanksgiving Party Printables |
Before the invention of the interwebs, we were forced to go to actual stores and pay money for Thanksgiving designs. (This is my version of walking to school in the snow, uphill both ways. Kids today! They don't know how easy they have it.)
|More Thanksgiving Crafts and Hobbies |
5 Simple Rules for Perfect Turkey Every Time
Cooking a turkey is the most nerve-wracking thing we do on Thanksgiving, besides host our relatives. Most of us just don't spend that much time cooking.
|How NOT to Cook a Turkey |
I like to start out with the worst-case scenario. If you know what you shouldn't do, it's a lot easier to make sure you're doing things right.
|Roast That Turkey! |
Next year, my sister will bite the bullet and cook her first bird, with the supervision of our Mom, who claims the whole secret is to talk to Thomas while he's cooking. (And his name is always Thomas, FYI.)
|Don't Roast That Turkey! |
Whichever method you choose, I wish you the very best of culinary luck this Thanksgiving season. I, of course, will volunteer to bring cranberry sauce as usual, and then run out to the store at the last minute. (See you at the checkout line.)
Before You Buy a Thanksgiving Turkey
This is a fair point. It's tough to be a food allergic person during the feasting season. But there are things you can do to make your Thanksgiving dinner safer for your food-allergic friends.
|Allergy-Safe Thanksgiving Menu |
One way to go about it is to keep your menu free from the "big eight" - the most common food allergies.
|Allergy-Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner |
I'm so glad there's such a thing as allergy-friendly pumpkin pie. It really isn't Thanksgiving without pie.
|Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes and Menu Ideas |
And finally, for my friend Michelle: stuffing that cannot be used as a weapon.