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16 Delicious Mother’s Day Recipes for the Best Brunch Ever

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Whether it’s breakfast-in-bed or afternoon cocktails, mom will feel extra-special when handle all the cooking with these Mother’s Day recipes.

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The Summer Home Decor Ideas You’ll Want to Try This Season

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Style guru Emily Henderson’s beautifully breezy home is all the inspiration you need when it comes to summer home decor ideas.

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16 Wellness Products to Add to Your Wedding Registry

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For a healthier and happier home, make room on your wedding registry for these wellness products, STAT!

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18 Lavender Wedding Ideas That Smell as Pretty as They Look

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From bouquets to escort card displays, there are so many ways to incorporate lavender into your wedding. Get inspired by these 18 lavender wedding ideas.

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15 Packable Items You Need for a Weekend Beach Vacation

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You can travel lightly during your next beach vacation, thanks to these packable spring break essentials.

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20 Bathroom Accessories That’ll Turn Your Space into a Spa-Like Retreat

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These affordable bathroom accessories are wedding registry essentials that can totally makeover your bathroom.

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12 Feng Shui Tips All Couples Should Try in Their Bedroom

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Get the energy flowing in this important area of your home, with these 12 Feng Shui for the bedroom.

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The Best Holistic Treatments for Brides to Stay Balanced and Beautiful

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Get started early on your wedding beauty and wellness routine with one of our favorite holistic treatments for brides.

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10 Aphrodisiac Instant Pot Recipes for Valentine’s Day

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If you’re seeking ideas for a homemade Valentine’s Day dinner, these 10 aphrodisiac Instant Pot recipes have V-Day written all over them.

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18 Valentine’s Day Gifts For Your Wellness-Obsessed Partner (or Bestie)

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Give the gift of self-care this February. These Valentine’s Day gifts are absolutely perfect for your wellness-obsessed partner—or bestie.

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How to Decorate a Studio Apartment, According to One Couple Who Made the Small Space Work

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Styling a studio apartment can be as difficult as cohabiting in one! Here’s how to decorate a studio apartment, according to one stylish couple.

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Here’s How to Stay Sane During a Hectic Holiday Season

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This time of year can get overwhelming and stressful before you know it. Here’s how to stay sane during a hectic holiday season.

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16 Kitchen Items You Need for the Best Holiday Ever

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Here are all the essential kitchen tools and gear you need to you pull off every meal this holiday season.

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8 Unexpected Ways to Set Your Table for the Holidays

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Now that the holidays are in full swing, it’s time to start planning one of the best parts of the season: holiday entertaining. In addition to menu planning, specialty cocktail-crafting, tree trimming and other tried-and-true holiday traditions, the holiday table is the place where everyone is going to gather together. It’s where you’ll show off your newest cooking skills and catch up with old friends and family who you haven’t seen for ages. In a season that’s all about food, it’s the epicenter.

If you’re hosting a group of friends and family (or maybe even your new in-laws) for a special dinner, there are so many ways to approach setting the table so it feels warm and inviting. While we love the old-school red and green palette, sometimes the holiday cheer can get a little overwhelming at this time of year (just step into any department store and you’ll know what we’re talking about). The overload of Christmas-centric decor can also be somewhat alienating to some people of different faiths and traditions who might celebrate the season in a variety of other ways. And when it comes to greenery and florals, it can be nice to feature elements that are more native to your area (think succulents or citrus for warm-weathered climates).

See more: 7 Ways to Make Your Holiday Table Instagram Worthy

A wintery palette, soft lighting, and a range of natural materials will make your table feel chic but still totally approachable. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your china, try out unusual materials, and play with non-traditional hues like soft grays, deep blues, and rich purples. Add in some pretty linens, modern metallic flatware, and lush centerpieces and you’ll be ready for an evening of merriment.

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15 Best Products from Anthropologie's Holiday Collection

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the holiday season is right behind it. This is the perfect time to start getting your gifts together, planning out meals, and adding festive touches to your home. One of our all time favorite spots to gather up holiday gear is good old Anthropologie, your one-stop shop for everything from personalized candles to party dresses.

When it comes to holiday decor, a few choice pieces can go a long way. For example, a pair of gorgeous, handmade candle holders might be a bit of an investment, but will make a big statement (think of them as jewelry for your table). To avoid having your holiday decor just stashed in a box gathering dust in your attic most of the year (or if you have limited storage space), it’s a good idea to go with pieces that can be translated into everyday life. Even something like a monogram ornament (that doubles as a party favor) can be displayed on a desk or incorporated into another personal space in your home.

The holiday table is all about soft lighting, gold and silver touches, and above all, a welcoming, cozy vibe. And as much as we love the traditional red and green color palette, think about expanding to a more modern look with natural materials and pops of toned-down metallic accents. Faux greenery is a great way to add natural-looking touches to your home as well (and it will last forever!).

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10 Best New Holiday Cookbooks Perfect for a Cozy Winter

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Brrrr. It’s getting cold out there! The winter season is all about retreating inside, getting cozy and sharing time with family and friends—especially around the table. Warm soups and stews, delectable desserts, and festive cocktails abound. Because we’re all heading indoors (and putting diets aside until January), it’s also a great time to experiment with some new recipes.

Luckily, a lot of new cookbooks tend to come out during the holiday season, just in time for holiday baking and gift giving. This year’s selection is no exception, with new offerings from fan faves like Ina Garten, Yotam Ottolenghi and Dorie Greenspan, in addition to a few exciting new debut authors who take us around the world with their innovative recipes and creative twists. For a foodie, a cookbook it’s literally a gift that keeps giving, providing inspiration, ideas, and (hopefully) some delicious meals all year round.

Here are 11 amazing new holiday cookbooks to keep you warm all winter long.

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10 Easy Thanksgiving Desserts

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Everyone has a favorite dish when it comes to Thanksgiving, and dessert is definitely no exception. This season is all about warming spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves (all in the name of staying cozy!). Autumn flavors and harvest fruits like pumpkin, apple, and cranberry take center stage at Thanksgiving dinner as family and friends gather together at a beautiful table to celebrate the best that the season has to offer.

If you have a lot of guests, it’s a good idea to set up a dessert table (buffet-style) to show off the sweets and give guests the opportunity to pick and choose their favorites. It’s also the perfect time to display favorite serving pieces, your new pie plate, or the cake stand your Aunt Sally purchased from your registry. When it comes to the dessert table, make sure to have a mix of traditional pies and cakes along with some unexpected treats like individual custards or poached fruit. After a big meal like Thanksgiving, just a bite of something sweet (versus a huge serving of a rich dessert) might be just the thing your guests will want.

Desserts, like many other Thanksgiving recipes, are also ideal to prep ahead of time. Save a chunk of the day before Thanksgiving as your baking time and you’ll definitely ease up on the stress when it comes time to get the cocktail party going and the big meal out on the table.

See more: 10 Thanksgiving Recipes That You Can Make Ahead

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10 Thanksgiving Recipes that You Can Make Ahead

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Deep-Dish Apple Pie

Recipe Courtesy of Bon Appetit

Ingredients

Dough

  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1½ cups (3 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Filling and Assembly

  • 4 pounds Pink Lady or other sweet-tart, firm baking apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • All-purpose flour (for surface)
  • 1½ cups unfiltered apple cider
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • Demerara sugar (for sprinkling)

Special Equipment: A 9-inch deep pie dish

Method

Dough

Pulse flour, sugar, and salt in food processor to combine. Add butter and process until largest pieces of butter are pea-size. Transfer to a large bowl.

Combine vinegar and ½ cup ice water in a small bowl and drizzle over flour mixture, mixing with a fork to combine. Mix until shaggy pieces form, then knead in bowl a couple of times with your hands to bring together (dough will look very clumpy, dry, with loose bits). Transfer large clumps of dough to work surface, drizzle 1 Tbsp. ice water over remaining flour mixture in bowl and knead again to bring it together. Place on top of dough on work surface. Working with half of the dough, press into a single mass, incorporating dry bits, then pat down to make a ¾”-thick square. Using a bench scraper or knife, divide dough into 4 pieces. Stack pieces on top of one another, placing any unincorporated dry bits in between layers, and press down to combine. Form dough into a ¾”-thick disk and wrap tightly in plastic. Repeat with remaining dough. Chill at least 2 hours.

Do Ahead: Dough can be made 5 days ahead. Keep chilled, or freeze up to 1 month.

Filling and Assembly

Toss apples with brown sugar, granulated sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, salt, allspice, and cardamom in a large bowl to coat. Let apples sit until they start to release their juices, at least 1 hour and up to 3 hours.

Let dough sit at room temperature 5 minutes to soften. Working one at a time, roll out disks of dough on a lightly floured surface ⅛” thick. Stack on a parchment-lined baking sheet, separating layers with a sheet of parchment, and chill while you prepare the filling.

Place apple cider in a medium saucepan and scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; add pod. Bring to a boil and cook, whisking occasionally, until reduced by two-thirds. Pour off juices that have accumulated in bowl of apples and add to apple cider. Return to a boil and cook until reduced to about ½ cup; remove vanilla pod. Stir cornstarch into 3 Tbsp. water in a small bowl to dissolve, then whisk into apple cider. Cook, whisking constantly, until cider mixture is very thick and bubbling, about 1 minute. Let cool slightly, then scrape over apples; toss to coat.

Carefully transfer dough round to pie dish. Lift up edges and allow dough to slump down into dish (if too cold to be pliable, let it warm up slightly first). Press dough firmly against sides and bottom of plate. Trim, leaving about 1″ overhang. Beat egg with 1 tsp. water in a small bowl and brush over edges of dough. Scrape in apple filling, creating a mound in the center; dot filling with butter. Place remaining dough round over filling. Trim edges of top round, leaving a ½” overhang. Fold edge of bottom round up and over; press together to seal. Crimp edge and brush top with remaining egg wash. Sprinkle with demerara sugar and cut a few vents in top. Place pie on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and chill in freezer 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°.

Bake pie until crust is deep golden brown and juices are thick and bubbling, 1½–2 hours (yes: 2 hours!). Transfer pie to a wire rack and let cool at least 4 hours before serving.

Do Ahead: Pie can be made 1 day ahead. Let cool; store covered with foil at room temperature.

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10 Delicious Instant Pot Recipes for Thanksgiving

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It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with the Instant Pot on multiple levels. It’s a game changer when it comes to weeknight dinners, but it really goes above and beyond the call of duty when the holiday season kicks in. Getting a huge meal ready and on the table is a challenge in and of itself, especially if you’re a newbie at hosting the big event.

Thankfully, there are lots of ways to make the day easier and less stressful. Making the whole dinner a potluck event is one way to take the strain off the hosts—all the guests bring a dish (to avoid repetition, be specific about what you need, be it side or dessert). Another time-saving trick is is to prep as much as you can ahead of time so you’ll be calm and collected (and able to share a cocktail with the group) when guests arrive, versus running around like crazy in the kitchen. And if you’re taking on the majority of the cooking load yourself, make life 100% easier and bring out the Instant Pot to help get all those dishes ready to bring to the table.

This all-in-one gadget is amazing for soups, stews and braised meats, but it also makes short work of any number of Thanksgiving recipes, including fan favorites like mashed potatoes and herb-scented grains. The best part? It will give you more time (and stovetop space) to focus on the other elements of the meal like the turkey or desserts. And the hosts will be able kick back, relax, and join the party! Here are some of our favorite Instant Pot recipes perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.

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17 Serving Pieces That Will Make Thanksgiving a Breeze

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It’s that time of year again! The holidays are fast approaching, and family and friends are going to be gathering together to eat, drink and lounge about together (recovering from the festivities). If you’re an engaged or newlywed couple, there’s a chance that you may be hosting at least some of the holiday festivities, if not the big event itself. Either way, it’s definitely a good idea to register for some multi-use serving pieces so you’ll be ready to host any future event that might come your way.

The trick for family-style serving or a buffet set up is to have a range of serving pieces in different shapes and sizes. That means you’ll have a dedicated spot for everything from garlicky green beans and sweet potato casserole to Aunt Sylvia’s famous pecan pie. It’s especially important during a meal where a lot of people may be bringing potluck-style dishes to be ready to decant or re-plate on the fly if you need to (those delicious pumpkin cookies definitely deserve a better display than the crinkled aluminum foil they came in).

It might seem like a lot when you’re registering, but hopefully you’ll use these pieces again and again over the years, whether it’s a wine-and-cheese night with friends or just a cozy evening in with the two of you.

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