Valentine’s Day Playlist

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Valentine’s Day playlists aren’t always easy to come by. Certainly there are endless songs about the topics associated with the holiday, but it’s still different from holidays like Christmas or The Fourth of July. They have very specific songs. So, we’ve created a playlist with a bit of inspiration in the form of candy and flowers – the two most popular gifts on Cupid’s big day. Before we jump in, though, we thought you might enjoy a little trivia.

Flowers: The red rose is the most traditional Valentine’s Day flower and the most common choice. Not only is the color perfectly matched to the sentiment, the red rose was considered the favorite flower of Venus, the goddess of love. This further strengthens its mythology that among all the beautiful flowers in the world, the red rose is the queen of love and passion.

Candy: Yes, chocolate reigns supreme above all candy on the planet. But wait! Is it really the #1 candy you think of among all of your Valentine’s experiences? Perhaps not. It’s more likely that you have myriad memories that include those tiny conversation hearts. The multi-colored hearts with the brief messages, such as KISS ME. Surprising though it may be, it turns out that these nifty messengers of love and friendship have been around since the American Civil War. That’s a mind boggling number of tiny little messages changing hands!

Alright, there’s your interesting bit of trivia for the day. Here’s your playlist. Enjoy!

  • Candyman by Christina Aguilera
  • Flower by Kylie Minogue
  • Candy Girl by New Edition
  • Flowers by The Emotions
  • Candy-O by The Cars
  • Flower by Moby
  • Candy Man by Roy Orbison
  • Flowers In The Window by Travis
  • Candy Bling by Mariah Carey
  • Dead Flowers by The Rolling Stones
  • Candy by Mandy Moore
  • You Don’t Bring Me Flowers by Barbara Streisand
  • Candy by Gavin DeGraw
  • Flowers In Your Hair by The Lumineers

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Holiday Breakfast Recipes

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Whether you’re having guests stay overnight for the holidays, or it’s just your family waking up to the festivities, treat everyone to a delicious holiday breakfast this year. These simple breakfast ideas are sure to get everyone up and to the table in no time.

Baked French Toast

Make this baked French toast layered with your favorite fruits for a new twist on an old favorite. Whip up the batter of three eggs, one cup of milk, and a teaspoon of vanilla and set it aside. Now layer several slices of bread along with fresh fruit like apples, peaches, or berries in a casserole dish. Pour the batter over the bread and fruit and set it in an oven preheated to 375 degrees. Bake for about 30 minutes or until all the batter has been absorbed and the fruit is soft. Serve with warm maple syrup and fresh whipped cream.

Spiced Coffee

Skip the flavored coffees and make your own holiday spiced blend right at home. Put your favorite coffee grounds into the basket, and then add about a tablespoon of apple pie spice seasoning to the grounds. Run water through just like you ordinarily would for perfectly spiced and delicious coffee that is perfect for holiday mornings.

Sweet Potato Pancakes

This sweet twist on traditional potato pancakes makes them perfect for holiday mornings. It’s also a good way to use up extra sweet potatoes, as these are usually sold in large bags at this time of year. To make this recipe easier, prepare the mashed potatoes the night before and keep them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to make the pancakes.

Then combine equal parts mashed sweet potatoes with grated raw sweet potatoes, and thin the mixture with a little bit of milk until it gets closer to pancake texture. Heat up some oil or butter in a skillet and drop the batter by the ¼ cup onto the hot pan. Cook on each side for about three minutes and transfer to a platter kept in a warm oven until ready to eat. Serve these with spiced apples and fresh sour cream.

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Holiday Dinner Themes

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If you’re hosting a holiday dinner this year, consider setting your table and the day apart from the others by incorporating a theme. Themes can be a fun way to bring everyone together; guests can be informed ahead of time so they can coordinate with food, clothes, gifts, and party favors to match. While a theme isn’t necessary to enjoy the day, it can go a long way toward making the holiday more fun for everyone.

Color Themes

One of the simplest ways to incorporate a theme into your day is through color. By picking a palette and running it throughout the house and the dinner table, you can produce a cohesive effect that is charming and polished at the same time.

Some color themes to consider include:

  • Holiday lights – draw your inspiration from the colors used to light the season.
  • Outdoors  – look to the colors of the trees, sky, and surrounding nature to decorate your house in.
  • Favorite color – the color theme you choose doesn’t have to be fall or holiday related; you can choose a favorite family color that your guests will embrace as well.

Sports Themes

Does your family like to gather to watch the game after the meal? If this is a tradition that you already have as part of your holiday, why not take it a step further and make it the theme of the day. Decorate your table in your favorite team’s colors, and incorporate jerseys, banners, and helmets into your design.

Outdoor Themes

If you live in an area surrounded by nature, why not bring some of it indoors to create an outdoor holiday theme? Cut armfuls of tree branches that still have brightly colored leaves attached, pine swags, and pinecones and bring them in to decorate your home with. You can take this a step further by taking these colors and using them throughout the table as well.

Kid Friendly

If there are going to be lots of kids at the table this year, why not make the whole dinner kid friendly? Incorporate a craft at the beginning of the day to decorate the house with – paper trees, stars, and or party hats all make great decorations. You can also include things like paper plates for easy cleanup, and some favorite kid foods like mac-and-cheese on the menu.

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Creating Cornucopia Centerpieces

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The cornucopia horn is one of the most traditional and well known symbols of the harvest and of Thanksgiving. They can be displayed on your table, mantel, or anywhere in your home all autumn long or set out just for the main holiday meal. There are also lots of ways that you can create your own cornucopia, spinning off from the original design to create something a little more unique or personalized for your home and for the season.

Wicker Horns

Wicker horns are fairly easy to find, and make excellent starting points for your cornucopia. You can find them as baskets or as table settings; just remove any handles before beginning, as you will want to flatten out one end and lay it on its side. To stop it from rocking or rolling, find a few sticks or branches in a similar color to the horn and glue to them onto the bottom sides so the horn stays stable.

Filling the Horn

While the traditional horn is filled with fruits and vegetables of the harvest, this isn’t always the most practical option for interior design. Fruits don’t last forever, and wax or plastic fruit often doesn’t have the same look. Try one of these ideas instead to create your own cornucopia look without the risk of rotting fruit:

  • Fill the horn with a variety of autumn leaves taken right from the trees. Just clip several twigs and branches and arrange them like you would flowers before inserting them into the horn. To make them last longer, soak a piece of foam in water first, then tuck the twigs into the foam before inserting the entire thing into the horn.
  • Take your fake fruit and try spray painting it gold or silver before setting it in the horn. The spray paint adds a little extra dimension that masks the fact that the fruit is fake and creates some glamour instead.
  • Collect a variety of different pinecones and acorns, and fill your horn with these symbols of autumn instead of fruit. They have the same appeal of the harvest, but with a natural and long lasting characteristic as well.

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How To Use Pumpkins For Fall Holiday Décor and Serving Containers

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The simplicity of these DIY decorations makes them elegant while still festive. Rather than simply setting plain pumpkins around the house, give them a purpose. Your guests will be impressed by how lovely pumpkins are for holding candles and serving food.

Pumpkin Candles: Wash and polish the pumpkin. Saw off the stem. This project works best using short pillar candles. Set the pillar candle on top of the pumpkin and use a white manicure/sewing pencil to draw a tight circle around it. (These pencils are soft and the line can be easily wiped off when you’re done.) Using the trace line, carve around the circle. The candle should fit snugly so don’t cut the hole too big. Gut the pumpkin. You might need a long handled spoon because of the small opening. Insert the pillar candle in hole and be careful not to let it fall in. Apply hot glue where candle and pumpkin meet. Arrange twigs, berries and leaves around candle and hot glue them in place.

Pumpkin Dip Dish: Select a small, wide, short pumpkin. Wash and polish it. Using a serrated knife cut the top off. Gut it and clean it well on the inside. Use a paring knife to clean up the edges of the opening. Fill it with dip, hummus or salsa. Place it on a serving platter and surround it with chips, crackers or veggies.

Pumpkin Ice Bucket: This is great for adult parties. Use a tall, long pumpkin with one side that is flat so it will sit evenly on a table. Wash it and polish it. Set it on its side and cut a large oval opening. It should be big enough to allow ice and a wine bottle fit inside. Gut the pumpkin, clean it well, and use a paring knife to clean up the edges Fill it halfway with ice, and then lay a cold bottle of wine or champagne in it. Fill it the rest of the way with ice.

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Halloween Stain Removal!

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Halloween Treats Without the Sugar

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For many people Halloween night means a candy free-for-all that has many small children taking in too much sugar. For some children, though, all that sugar isn’t an option. These children don’t need to miss out on the fun. There are several ways you can introduce some fun Halloween treats to a party or a treat bag that contain little to no sugar at all.

Small Toys
Many stores offer seasonal toys and games that are perfect for kids on Halloween. Paint kits in seasonal colors with shapes like ghosts and witches are available. Other ideas include stamps, stickers, and small stuffed animals.

Glow Sticks
Never underestimate the power of a glow stick on Halloween night. These can be found in most stores. Glow sticks are quite festive when formed into shapes. Necklaces, bracelets, and hair ornaments are all more fun when they glow!

Popcorn
While caramel corn is usually seen around this time of year, another delicious treat is a simple bag of popcorn. Small bags of popcorn, popped or unpopped are available in individual sizes. These make a wonderful Halloween night handout to combat the other sugary treats.

Glow in the Dark Vampire Teeth
While kids will always try to eat wax lips, there are many companies that make glow in the dark vampire teeth meant to be worn again and again. This is a treat for kids of all ages since all they have to do to give someone a surprise is open their mouths!

Sugar Free Candy
Many sugar-free candies are available. These are a healthier alternative to the sugar received by trick-or-treaters throughout the evening.
Swap out the regular sugar-laden candy for a handful of these treats instead to skip the sugar and keep all the fun of Halloween.