Sure, they roll around at the same time every year, but somehow it’s still easy to be caught off-guard. Never again! Whether you’re planning ahead or at the very last minute, these handy holiday guides will help you make the most of your celebrations all year long.

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      Holiday Coffee Punch

      No holiday party is complete without a signature drink. Tempt your guests’ taste buds with this festive and frothy beverage

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      Cranberry Sparkler

      [ingredients-list title=”Ingredients” serving_size=””] [ingredients-left] Cranberry juice [/ingredients-left] [ingredients-right] Champagne, or sparkling wine [/ingredients-right] [/ingredients-list] [step-list-wrapper title=”How to make it” time=””]

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      Smith’s Southern Gravy

      Gravy separates good cooks from great ones, says Florida native Art Smith, Oprah Winfrey’s chef. “It can’t be hurried,” he

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      Garlic-Roasted Lamb

      [quicklook-recipe prep_time=”20 min” cook_time=”110 min” serves=”6″ details=”” ] Use fresh rosemary, if possible — the flavor it imparts to the

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      How to Roast the Perfect Turkey

      Whether this is your first time roasting a turkey or your fortieth, these hints and tips will help to make

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      Bulgur and Beef-Stuffed Acorn Squash

      Bulgur-stuffed acorn squash is a healthful meal in itself. Acorn squash is a good source of beta carotene. The lean

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      Brown Bread Pumpkins

      Try serving these brown bread pumpkins with stew or soup (pumpkin, of course) ladled into a small hollowed-out pumpkin or

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      Set a Spectacular Thanksgiving Table

      Dressing up your dining table is almost as important as your food — it makes a holiday meal even more

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      Beef, Turkey and Mashed Potato Pie

      [quicklook-recipe prep_time=”30 min” cook_time=”60 min” serves=”6″ details=”” ] Sweet potatoes are a rich source of vitamin A. You can make

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      Beef and Turkey Chili

      As the days get colder, warm up with this great-tasting chili.

      Citrus Centerpiece

      Combine fruit and Christmas balls to make a soft and elegant centerpiece.

      Christmas Ball and Candle Centerpiece

      This quick, easy, and festive centerpiece is perfect for holiday tables.

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      Baked Rice Pilaf

      [quicklook-recipe prep_time=”10 min” cook_time=”45 min” serves=”4″ details=”” ] Rice and vegetables are mixed and baked, it’s as easy as 1-2-3!

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      Asparagus With Confetti Vinaigrette

      [quicklook-recipe prep_time=”10 min” cook_time=”10 min” serves=”4″ details=”” ] Fresh asparagus was once one of the most anticipated signs of spring,

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      Apple-Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt

      Cool down after a Thanksgiving meal with this delicious treat.

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      Turkey, Chestnut, and Barley Soup

      [quicklook-recipe prep_time=”45 min” cook_time=”2 hrs” serves=”8″ details=”” ] One of the best parts of roasting a turkey is making a

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      Turkey Kabobs With Fennel and Red-Pepper Relish

      Traditional kabobs have nothing on this version with tons of herbs and yummy citrus

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      Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

      [quicklook-recipe prep_time=”10 min” cook_time=”25 min” serves=”6″ details=”” ] No holiday dinner is complete without mashed potatoes, a crowd favorite. Your

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      Pozole Stew

      [factoid]Pozole is a traditional Mexican stew that dates back to pre-Columbian times. Today this dish’s popularity has spread to the

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      Pumpkin Oat Bread

      Oats, walnuts, and pumpkin -- an excellent source of beta-carotene -- are all packed into this flavorful loaf.

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      Apple Raspberry Brown Betty

      This healthy and delicious dessert is simple to make and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

      The Best Thriller Books of All Time

      What makes a thriller thrilling? Nonstop action, precarious situations, hair-raising suspense, and heroic characters all exemplify the best thrillers on

      Storing Holiday Decorations

      Even Santa uses these storage secrets.

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      10 Tips for a Perfect Potluck

      1. When I fix hot dishes for potlucks, I use foil pans and lids. Then I wrap each pan in

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      10 Commandments of Great Party Giving

      For some of us, the mere thought of entertaining just our nearest and dearest strikes terror in our hearts. For

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      Gifts Kids Can Make

      Whether it’s for an upcoming birthday or visit to a relative’s house, homemade presents leave a lasting impression, especially when

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      The Essential Halloween Safety Checklist

      Halloween is a time for fun and treats, but it can also be dangerous if you’re not careful. Falls are