If you are like millions of Americans, watching National Lampoon's "Christmas Vacation" is a tradition this time of year. Who can forget the Griswold home decorated with 25,000 bulbs? Or the eight tiny reindeer that Clark kicked to smithereens?
The holiday season brings lots of house parties, and a well-prepared bar is essential for those gatherings. Having just wine and beer at your festive event won't get you great reviews. It's all about the experience - the stirs, squeezes and sips as well as the setting. Here are ideas for serving cocktails with style in your home:
By now, you've likely noticed, not all birds head south for the winter. Some hardy souls stay put, toughing out these cold, gray months of the year, while making them a bit brighter for the rest of us. Laying out a buffet for winter birds provides gardeners another form of winter interest and flags your garden as a welcome place for feathered friends.
For those unsure of what an heirloom vegetable is, these are old varieties still maintained by farmers and gardeners particularly in isolated or ethnic communities. Many would vanish forever if not kept in continuous cultivation because seed lives only for so long in storage. Every heirloom we grow today helps to maintain these gene pools for the future. Every heirloom we grow today tells a story.
Q: Dear Ed, a few weeks ago you addressed a question on bidet toilet seats. Do you know anywhere in my area where such seats are available for a demo and/or inspection? Also, what would be the advantages and disadvantages of installing a bidet toilet seat over a separate bidet plumbing fixture for new bathroom construction?
I love to entertain. Having friends and family over for casual get-togethers is always a lot of fun. My favorite part of entertaining is - as you might have guessed - decorating. It's so satisfying to make simple decor projects from what I already have around my house or in my garden. Since I had a big stash of flea market frames in my closet, I thought they could be turned into charming serving trays to use for desserts, crackers, cheese and more. Simply customize them with lovely patterned fabrics or papers and you'll have festive and functional serving trays for your party.
From the beloved bronze figurine that stands proudly on my mantel year-round to several silver serving pieces I use when I entertain, some of the most precious treasures in my home were gifts from friends and family. These pieces are special to me not just because they are lovely, but because they reflect the love of the gift givers, who took time to study what kinds of things I like and hunt for just the right thing. Want to pick out special holiday gifts for those you hold dear? Here's how.
Unlike most homes you see on these pages, this one is decidedly unfinished. Probably always will be. Because at the home/studios of artists Sherry Markovitz and Peter Millett it's all about the journey.
During the holidays, southern magnolia trees are prized plants because their glossy, long-lasting leaves can be used to create fresh evergreen wreaths, swags, garlands and centerpieces. In spring, these same trees produce flowers with a fresh lemon scent, followed by colorful seed pods.
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