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an adult coloring page for thanksgiving

(image credit: liz apple) when i was a kid i didn't look forward to the turkey, mashed potatoes, or even pumpkin pie. what i wanted to do more than anything else on thanksgiving was color the giant full-page turkey for the "oh, you turkey" contest in the star tribune newspaper in minneapolis. unfortunately, you can only enter the contest if you're under the age of 12. seeing as how adult coloring books are all the rage, i thought it was appropriate to relive my childhood dreams, so i ask my friend liz apple to design a coloring page for thanksgiving. i hope you have some colored pencils, markers, and paints around — you're going to need them. the star tribune encourages kids to send their turkey drawings back to the newspape...




recipe: butternut squash fettuccine alfredo

this time of year, it feels like it's our duty to squeeze winter squash into every corner of our diet, whether it's on pizza or salad, or even in dessert. here's the best way to get your fill of squash with your pasta: turn it into a decadent sauce, rich with cream and kissed with nutmeg. may i introduce you to butternut squash alfredo? a seasonal twist on fettuccine alfredo rich and creamy fettuccine alfredo is a fan favorite for good reason, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't play with the classic a bit. here roasted butternut squash is puréed with cream and parmesan cheese to create a velvety alfredo sauce that coats every inch of the al dente pasta. the squash, along with the garlic that's roasted alongside it, le...




thanksgiving when your mother is estranged from family

it's been nearly a decade since my mother has attended a family thanksgiving dinner. she stopped speaking to her mother and siblings when i was still a teenager, for reasons that remain important to her — reasons that i respect and empathize with but might never fully grasp myself. when i was younger, before my mother became estranged from her family, our thanksgiving rituals included voicing what we were most thankful for that year. before we were allowed to dig into our overflowing plates, we'd go around the table, each person offering their own sentiment. one year, my sister and i were thankful for the two cats we had recently adopted. my mother said she was thankful for her family, who helped support her while she w...




why you should put a cotton ball in your trash can

i'm trying to watch my waste. and we recycle a lot. so my trash can—it doesn't get a lot of attention. an egg shell here, and some uneaten leftovers there. (i should probably start composting, i think.) it takes some time for my trash to get full, and in the meantime... it can kind of start to stink. i've heard a gentle sprinkle of baking soda into the can every once in a while can help, but the truth is, i need something more "set it and forget it." so when i read about this tip, i was hooked: soak a cotton ball in some essential oils and drop it at the bottom of your trash can, under the liner. what essential oils do for the trash well... it's simple. they mask the smell. by soaking a cotton ball in a few drops o...




the easy way to make fresh whipped cream last longer

taking whipped cream to holiday meals is great, but depending on what time you arrive at a party and what time dinner is served, it often deflates or weeps all over your dessert in the refrigerator. sure, you can make it seconds before you're serving, but that doesn't always fit in the schedule. instead, try this small trick to make it hold up through the night and even into the next few days. unflavored gelatin is the key to longer-lasting whipped cream although there are many uses for unflavored gelatin, it often rears its head during the fall and winter months, usually about the same time you start busting out vanilla marshmallows — or candied sweet potato marshmallows! unlike your store-bought whipped topping, freshly ...




watch marie kondo organize things in the kitchen

marie kondo has totally changed the way i view my home and all the "stuff" i have accumulated over the years. you see, i'm generally a pretty sentimental person, so normally things like pants that don't fit me would be "hard" to donate or throw away because memories. and even though i'm not a perfect kondo follower by any means, she's helped me understand my relationship with objects and organizing in ways that have had a huge impact on my life. i know, super corny, but it's true. all this is to say that i'll basically read or watch marie kondo do anything because she is so inspiring and thoughtful in everything she does. this is exactly why we asked her to visit our office and show us a thing or two on small ways to organi...




don't forget to do this if you're roasting turkey in a foil pan

if you're making your turkey in a foil pan this year for the ease of cleanup it promises, there's one smart tip you need to make this cooking method not only easier on yourself but also just smarter overall. this tip falls under the "useful but obvious" category, but we figured if it's something we find ourselves forgetting then you might too. so home cooks across the land, here's a reminder that you need to place that foil pan on a sheet pan before sliding it into the oven. (image credit: joe lingeman)safe is better than sorry this tip is based on the same rational behind why you should bake your pies on a sheet pan. setting your foil pan on a sheet tray provides a very sturdy base. because no matter how...




an adult coloring page for thanksgiving

(image credit: liz apple) when i was a kid i didn't look forward to the turkey, mashed potatoes, or even pumpkin pie. what i wanted to do more than anything else on thanksgiving was color the giant full-page turkey for the "oh, you turkey" contest in the star tribune newspaper in minneapolis. unfortunately, you can only enter the contest if you're under the age of 12. seeing as how adult coloring books are all the rage, i thought it was appropriate to relive my childhood dreams, so i ask my friend liz apple to design a coloring page for thanksgiving. i hope you have some colored pencils, markers, and paints around — you're going to need them. the star tribune encourages kids to send their turkey drawings back to the newspape...




15 essential gluten-free recipes for thanksgiving

whether you or some of your guests are gluten-free, it's important to have dishes at the table that meet this dietary need. luckily, there's no shortage of options. naturally gluten-free ingredients like wild rice and cornmeal, along with favorites like potatoes and squash, are already regulars on the thanksgiving table, so there are plenty of delicious recipes to choose from. even standards that are usually off limits, like dinner rolls and pie crust, can be made gluten-free with a little ingenuity. here are 15 recipes to inspire your menu. (image credit: emily han) this savory pie is rich in protein and gluten-free, thanks to nutty, wholesome quinoa. it also happens to be vegan since ground flax seeds act as a binde...




the most helpful thing you can do at thanksgiving

don't you love thanksgiving? your family's traditions, the delicious food, hanging with your cousins in the rec room after the meal is over — you look forward to it every year. and your parents look forward to seeing you! no, they insist, you can't help with the cooking. setting the table? thanks, but they did it early this morning while you were still in bed checking facebook on your phone. and you'd be happy to help clean up the yard, but they did that yesterday before your flight landed. you know what you really need to do? it's time to insist. you grew up here and you (should) know the routine by now. get in that kitchen and do the dishes. tell your sweet parents to go take a walk around the block with the dog w...




recipe: butternut squash fettuccine alfredo

this time of year, it feels like it's our duty to squeeze winter squash into every corner of our diet, whether it's on pizza or salad, or even in dessert. here's the best way to get your fill of squash with your pasta: turn it into a decadent sauce, rich with cream and kissed with nutmeg. may i introduce you to butternut squash alfredo? a seasonal twist on fettuccine alfredo rich and creamy fettuccine alfredo is a fan favorite for good reason, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't play with the classic a bit. here roasted butternut squash is puréed with cream and parmesan cheese to create a velvety alfredo sauce that coats every inch of the al dente pasta. the squash, along with the garlic that's roasted alongside it...




the worst way to clean before company comes over

if you're like me, then about half an hour before any house guests arrive you frantically run through the living and dining room, sweep any evidence of actually living in your home off of your surfaces, and jam all that crap into the nearest drawer/cabinet/closet to create the appearance of cleanliness. i would literally sweep clutter under a rug, if i could! unfortunately, it would probably look lumpy under my flat-weave carpets. while i feel like it's working — because it does look clean; my guests say so! — the wind was taken out of my sail a little when i recently spoke with organizing and lifestyle expert lorie marrero, creator of the clutter diet. it turns out, my method is absolutely the worst way to clean ...




how to make the ultimate vegan mac and cheese

(image credit: joe lingeman) at any summer bbq, office potluck, super bowl party, or thanksgiving dinner, the dish always scraped clean is the one that held macaroni and cheese. i have my standard stovetop and my go-to baked cheesy mac recipes down to a science, but when it comes to serving friends and family who live the vegan life, i have always come up short. over the years my sister and aunt have embraced vegetarianism to different degrees and for varying lengths of time. as a result, we have served tofurkey alongside turducken, and vegan gravy and stuffed acorn squash are now always part of my family's holiday menu. this year i am building on our ultimate vegan cashew cream to make a vegan macaroni and cheese that is smo...




start brining your turkey today

so, you've decided to brine your turkey this year. great choice — you will not regret it one bit. this simple extra step means you are in for a juicy, succulent, full-flavored turkey. and now that we're a couple days out from thanksgiving, it is time to get started. here is what you need to know. it's tuesday! start brining today. the tuesday evening before thanksgiving is a great time to start brining your turkey. as a rule of thumb, we always recommend brining the turkey for one to two days. this is plenty of time for the saltwater brine bath to work its way into the bird, adding extra moisture and making the meat well-seasoned. but first, make sure it's not pre-brined. before you actually get started, take a minute to ...




mexico city best tacos - mexican food porn instagram

few cities are as compulsively photographable as mexico's capital. in this sprawling metropolis of 21 million souls, a hodgepodge of architectural styles, bustling street scenes, and the riotous colors of everything from fruit vendors' displays to the city's impressive assortment of old-school vans all call out for a moment in front of the lens. but mexico city's most photo-friendly feature is undoubtedly its food. from loaded street tacos to multi-hued aguas frescas, the city's impressively sophisticated — yet equally accessible — cuisine is almost as fun to document as it is to eat. just ask juan de dios garza vela, who chronicles mexico city's street food and fine restaurant cuisine under the handle @mexicanfoodp...




this one-pan tuna mac is the easy dinner you need this week

(image credit: chelsea's messy apron) with thanksgiving on the horizon, you're going to be cooking up a storm and washing a ton of dishes over the next few days. while it might be tempting to just order takeout, you can have a comforting, homemade meal on the table tonight in just 30 minutes. the best part? it cooks up in one pan! this twist on the classic tuna-noodle casserole is perfect for busy weeknights. everything comes together in one large pot — you don't even have to boil the pasta separately! simply sauté some onion and garlic in olive oil; pour in some whole milk, water, chicken broth, and uncooked pasta shells; and simmer everything u...




the best ikea products for small spaces

(image credit: ikea) in europe there's a long and proud tradition of tiny apartment living, so it's no surprise that the folks at ikea have a few tricks up their sleeves when it comes to living in little spaces. we've compiled a short list of some of the handiest and most versatile ikea products for small space living. forget tea for two, you can comfortable fit four or even six once you extend this table to its full size, a task even one person can do easily. spotted on livet hemma. (image credit: livet hemma) the helpful råskog has three spots to stash things, wheels to move around wherever you need it, and doesn't take up a lot of space. what more could you want? use it as a bar cart, for book storage, for a n...




recipe: instant pot turkey chili

(image credit: joe lingeman) simmering a pot of chili for hours on a cold winter day is one of my favorite things to do — or at least it used to be. last winter i planned on making a batch of chili, got all my ingredients together, and ... life happened. after spending all day running around, i thought that chili was no longer an option. then i eyed my instant pot. to be honest, even though i love pressure cooking, i was skeptical. would the fast cooking time rob the chili of the deep flavor that i love? answer: nope! (image credit: joe lingeman) pressure cooked chili, to my surprise, turns out as flavorful as chili that's cooked on the stove for hours. the first time i made it i kept saying to my husband, "i...




use this thermos to have the best lunch on cyber monday

some people say the best part about thanksgiving is the inevitable amount of leftovers you'll have in the days following the most epic meal of the year, and if you're still working on leftovers monday morning, you can enjoy that deliciousness in the office while you online shop, er, work. a word of caution, though: whether you're hauling in butternut squash soup or a monster mash configuration of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, you'll need to transport that precious cargo safely (and neatly) to the office. how? invest in one of the...




10 smart storage ideas to steal from these tiny airbnbs

if you want to (affordably) escape to an amazing city, renting a tiny airbnb might be your best bet to get the perfect location. and one of my favorite things about staying in an airbnb, especially one that's someone's home that they rent out versus one that's really working as a hotel, is seeing the clever tricks they use to make living in teeny spaces work out. while we don't usually recommend stealing from airbnbs (that's wrong! and illegal!), here are some brilliant small-space ideas you should take from tiny airbnbs all over the world. (image credit: airbnb) 1. hang racks. stainless steel racks do all the work in this minuscule italian kitchenette with no other storage space. on it, bins hold dry goods, buckets hang...