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The Daily Meal's 2012 Holiday Décor Gift Guide

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Wish list pieces for gifting and decorating kitchen and dining spaces

Decorating gifting at its finest.

When it comes to holiday gifting, we can’t forget the decorator in our lives, and most importantly, the kitchen-outfitting enthusiast. Although spaces and needs vary, a little splash of flair here and there of a throw, wallpaper, or a utility table is necessary — at least for the home-obsessed. So whether you scoop these up to treat yourself or add them to your gift lists for friends and family, we have compiled some of our favorite kitchen and home additions, all of which make the holidays, and entertaining in general, that much more enjoyable.

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Some of the best venues to come up with gift ideas are key sources that assemble the best of everything all in one place: One Kings Lane is home to all things antique and sample sale, and is a favorite of Elle Décor. Etsy, a more affordable option, provides all that you need but involves a bit of legwork, as you must sift through everything to find that special something. AHALife, specializes in pricier pieces, but seems to find the most intricate and mind-blowing gifts with care and ease, making gift ideas at least, a breeze to find. The Fancy, a more Pinterest-esque site for gifting finds, centralizes everything in photos but also seamlessly links to the venues where each product is sold, and also provides the price at first glance, so you know whether to look away or delve in further. Finally, Restoration Hardware, a staple for cozy gifts, graces this decorating list, and provides some added plush for your Christmas morning dining, whether you'll be cozy by the banquet or cozy by the fire.

Wherever you are for the holidays, make sure to consult our gift guide. We've rounded up everything for the home decorator in your life — and perhaps a few treats for you as well. So live a little, indulge, and most importantly, happy holidays.


Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2021

I think Mother’s Day is a beautiful excuse to celebrate the love we have for our mums, our nannas and our grandmas. I treasure the lovely gifts my kids have given me over the years. My kids gave me a gorgeous ornament one Mothers Day which takes pride of place in our lounge room. I look at it every day, a constant reminder of how appreciated and loved I am. Candles are also another fav of mine – I can never have enough candles.

My gift giving tip for you all this Mother’s Day is to not be backwards in being forwards about what you’d like. As mums we too often take the back seat, and instead put all the others we love ahead of us. Please remember, this is your day. A celebration of you, and all the wonderful work you do for your family.

I know we’re all busy, so in a bid to save you time I have made this gift guide as comprehensive and simple as possible for you to glance through for gift ideas for you, your mum, your aunty or that special person in your life. Simply click on the product you like to read more.

MY TIP: forward this on to whoever is gift giving to you this Mother’s Day, with an oh-so-subtle hint of your favourite item, or better still, just buy it for yourself!


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Easy, Elegant Holiday Appetizer Recipes

The holidays are all about hosting family and friends. Make entertaining easy with these simple, pre-dinner bites.

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Cranberry Brie Bites

Baked Brie gets dressed up for the holidays, stuffed into little golden parcels of puff pastry, along with a hit of cranberry sauce and the crunch of walnuts.

Holiday Cheese Ball Wreath

Bring your outdoor holiday wreath inside with this festive and easy cheese ball. Use a small Bundt pan to form a wreath shape, or roll the mixture into a ball or log. For a cheese ball worthy of any big gathering, skip the Bundt pan and colorful garnish and roll the ball in toasted sliced almonds instead.

Crab-and-Cheese-Stuffed Mini Peppers

Sweet crab, creamy cheese and crunchy mini peppers come together for a super simple appetizer that will be a guaranteed crowd pleaser at your next event.

Almost-Famous Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Creamy Shrimp Scampi Dip

This rich, garlicky dip caused a feeding frenzy in the Food Network test kitchen. We've taken a beloved shrimp-and-pasta dish and made it into a creamy, crowd-pleasing appetizer. You can make it ahead to take to a nearby potluck, then ask your host if you can borrow some oven space to quickly bake it.

Italian Wedding Soup

Homemade meatballs are the secret to this soup's authentic Italian flavor. Giada uses curly endive for color and texture.

Swedish Meatballs

Baked Brie with Cranberry-Pecan-Bacon Crumble

This easy melted cheese dip is a crowd-pleaser, so you might want to double the recipe to have a backup ready! Feel free to change up the dried fruit-cherries, raisins, dates and figs would all work nicely.

Pull-Apart Deviled Egg Wreath

Deviled eggs are everyone's favorite appetizer and this fun display is perfect for the holiday season. Parsley and scallions color the herby green filling for the wreath. The bow is made up of a deconstructed pimento cheese: the eggs are stuffed with a spiced Cheddar spread and chopped pimentos provide a brilliant red blanket on top.

Pan-Fried Onion Dip

Toasted Ravioli

Spinach and Goat Cheese Tartlets

Baked Brie

This party-perfect recipe couldn't be simpler. Just drizzle Brie with honey and bake for five to seven minutes so the cheese is soft and spreadable. Serve it with crackers and fruit.

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls

New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp Dip

Pizza Wreath

A sausage and pepperoni pizza morphs into a festive wreath for the holiday season. Top with a golden-brown dough bow and sprinkle with fresh basil for a dish that's almost too cute to eat.

Shrimp Cocktail with Tomatillo-Horseradish Sauce

Bobby puts his spin on the classic seafood appetizer by first poaching the shrimp with lemon, peppercorn and coriander, then serving with them a dipping sauce of roasted tomatillo, jalapeno and horseradish.

Gouda-and-Beer Fondue Bread Bowl

Spinach Artichoke Baked Brie

Holiday appetizers have met their match with this spinach artichoke baked brie. The crispy puff pastry encases a layer of creamy spinach and melty brie, making the perfect mashup. Spread onto your favorite crackers or crostini and enjoy all season long.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Spicy Roasted Olives

Hummus

This holiday appetizer is ready in just 10 minutes. Ina keeps the hummus simple with garlic and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Serve it with crisp vegetables on the side for dipping.

Cheese Puff Tower

Use cream cheese, goat cheese and Parmesan to hold this cheese puff croquembouche together.

Crostini with Thyme-Roasted Tomatoes

Stuffed Artichoke Casserole

Love stuffed artichokes but too busy? Make this easy casserole instead &mdash it has all the same flavors and can be done in half the time.

Onion-Herb Focaccia

Pastrami Meatballs

Molly uses lots of fragrant spices to give these mini meatballs their pastrami-inspired flavor. They're super tasty and so easy to pop in your mouth &mdash just be careful not to fill up before dinner!

Baked Antipasto Cheese Bread

Forget all other stuffed cheese things: This ooey-gooey bread is a perfect holiday appetizer and has all the flavors of antipasto.

Flatbread with Bacon and Scallion Pesto

Baked pizza dough is the base of Alex Guarnaschelli's elegant flatbread appetizer, which is layered with lemony creme fraiche, scallion pesto and crisp bacon.

Cheese-Stuffed Pepper Christmas Tree

This festive kale tree decked with cheese-stuffed mini chile pepper lights is the perfect centerpiece for your next holiday party. Your guests can help themselves to the chile peppers with a quick tug of a bow.

Walnut-Pepper Spread

Mozzarella and Pesto Twists

Talk about your easy appetizers: These cheesy, pesto-filled twists come together with just three ingredients--crescent dough, mozzarella and pesto (plus a dusting of flour). This means more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen.

Easy Cheese Board

Ina (the ultimate party planner!) has the formula for easy hosting: the perfect cheese board, complete with four crowd-pleasing cheeses and fruit and crackers to pair with them.

Shrimp-Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

You've got shrimp lovers and jalapeno popper lovers to please. Fry shrimp-stuffed jalapenos for a crunchy, kicked-up appetizer that'll make everyone happy.

Sausage Balls

Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops

Giada first coats scallops in a pesto of sun-dried tomatoes, basil and black olives, then she wraps them in slices of prosciutto. After the scallops are baked, they're served atop an arugula salad.

White Cheddar Gougeres with Apple Filling, Prosciutto and Sage

Bruschetta with Shrimp, Tarragon and Arugula

Chestnut Soup with Fried Parsley

Ham and Cheese Croquettes

Marinated Feta Three Ways

With just a few ingredients and some hands-off time, feta cheese can be transformed into a delicious appetizer to serve with crostini or as an accompaniment to grilled vegetables and meat. We came up with a trio of super versatile flavor combinations that are all made following the same method. By marinating the feta in glass jars, you&rsquoll be able to see the colors of the aromatics, for a beautiful and delicious gift too.


Our Best Holiday Baking Recipes

These sweet treats are perfect when you need a pinch of holiday spirit and a sprinkle of festive fun!

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These adorable snow globe cheesecakes are a no-bake masterpiece. Each little cheesecake is topped with a glassy gelatin globe speckled with silver glitter, as if freshly shaken. The best part is, you can eat every bit!

Julekage

Julekage is a Danish Christmas yeasted bread that's redolent of cardamom and cinnamon and chockablock with dried fruit, nuts, and candied orange peel. Don't be daunted by the lengthy ingredient list you are likely to have many of the items on hand and the rest are grocery staples.

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

As with most gingerbreads, this cake only gets better with time. When it's first baked, it will be light and cakey. If you wrap it and let it sit a day, it will become even more moist and the warm spices will intensify. Either way, it's homey and delicious and perfect for your holiday table. And if you don't have gingerbread cookies to decorate the bottom with, don't worry. This cake can easily stand alone and still impress.

The Best Peanut Brittle

This sweet and salty peanut brittle has the perfect crunch and sheen. With a little patience, you'll have a delicious brittle to serve to party guests or as an edible gift around the holidays.

Kransekake

Kransekake is a show-stopping Scandinavian celebration dessert that literally means 'wreath cake.' The tower of ring-shaped cookies whimsically decorated with royal icing is worthy of being the center of any celebration.


The Daily Meal's 2012 Holiday Décor Gift Guide - Recipes

How did Monkey Bread get its name anyway? Was the inventor a woman named Sally Monkey? Is it because monkeys go gaga for the stuff? Is it because it was originally shaped to look like a monkey? I have no idea – I can make up a story about it, but that’s not really necessary. Once you have overnight monkey bread, you adore monkey bread. And you don’t really care WHY it’s called monkey bread. You’ll bake it. You’ll love the way it makes your house smell. You’ll love the way it makes your taste buds tingle. You’ll love the way it makes your stomach happy. You’ll love the way it says “Hey, I really like you” to whomever you’re serving it to. It’s just good stuff!

How to Prep Monkey Bread in Advance

Now, Monkey Bread isn’t complicated to make. There’s only five ingredients, but when I make it for a breakfast (like a holiday or a birthday morning!), I like to do as much as I can the night before to prepare. So that I don’t have to do as much in the morning. Less dishes that way! That’s what I’ve done here – re-done the instructions so that you can do some of the prep work the night before, and then just a little bit in the morning. But if that doesn’t appeal to you, no worries! Just do it all right then and bake it right away!

If you prep this the night before and cook it from cold, the monkey bread need a few extra minutes of baking time. When the top turns a dark brown (but not burnt), it is done.


8 Companies that Make the Holiday Season Merrier

With the holiday season in full swing, it's time to enjoy the company of family and friends — not to mention give and receive a few gifts. But in the corporate world, it's also a great time to show your philanthropic side and use your resources to give back to the community. Whether it's giving employees paid time off to go volunteer or providing unique experiences for those in need, plenty of companies are doing incredible things to make this season brighter for others.

Alex Douzet, CEO and co-founder of The Ladders, catered lunch for the entire staff of 100+ people for the month of November, specifically patronizing a dozen neighborhood restaurants in New York City to help them get back on their feet for the holidays after being closed for more than a week due to flooding and power outages.

Health Care Service Corporation/Blue Cross Blue Shield, the nation's largest customer-owned health insurer, gave back by having 170 members of their executive leadership team donate time to assemble 800 food boxes that will provide 3,000 meals to families in the Chicago area this holiday season.

CEO Scott Lazerson and his employees have decided this year to send out a Stop Hunger Now dinner party in a box to their friends, clients, and business colleagues as a way of thanking them for successes and great times in 2012.

“We want to give them the experience of beholding in a creative way the unimaginable blessings they have in their lives compared to the millions throughout the world who are unable to feed their families,” said Lazerson. “We want them to see the small miracle in a simple meal of rice, soy protein, and dehydrated veggies — a gift that is provided by Stop Hunger Now to starving families and school lunch feeding programs throughout the world.”

This year, Wrapports, an investment group that owns the Chicago Sun-Times, carried out the annual Letters to Santa program. The paper works with teachers at local shelters and Chicago Public Schools to ask the region’s neediest children who would otherwise not get a gift for their letters to Santa. The Chicago Sun-Times leverages its reach to millions of readers each week in the Chicagoland area with a request for Santa's helpers. Readers call in and ask for a letter or make a monetary donation to the empty stocking fund. Then Santa's helpers mail the letter to the school or drop it off.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment closes down the SeaWorld Orlando park for 1,500 underserved or medically challenged children and families. The free private event allows children who might not ordinarily get a chance to enjoy SeaWorld access to VIP private shows, a special Shamu spectacular, live animal meet and greets, dinner, visits from Santa, and gifts.

Christmas Decor, the largest holiday lighting company in the U.S., donates times and resources to decorate the homes of military families across the country. With some soldiers medically disabled or deployed, families are not always able to decorate their homes. Spreading a little Christmas spirit with holiday décor is their way to say thank you to our nation's heroes.

BestBuzz is leveraging technology to give back this holiday season. For each person who scans the QR code with the BestBuzz scanner app, BestBuzz is donating eight meals to feed America’s hungry through Feeding America. Users can buzz in daily through December 31.

GeekWire held a competition to encourage local startups to pull together and raise money to help fund students around the world. They raised more than $32,000 for Vittana’s education-oriented student loan program, with various companies in town pooling their funds in a bit of friendly philanthropic competition.

While this list is a great starting point, it’s important to find a philanthropic tradition that works for your company. Whether it’s helping small businesses, donating time to local charities, or sharing your resources with others, even a small gesture can make a big difference during the holidays. Not only is it a positive reflection of your brand, but it can also impact people’s lives in incredible ways.

What does your company do to help others? Let us know in the comments section below.

John is the CEO of Digital Talent Agents, an agency that specializes in helping companies, entrepreneurs and business leaders build their brands by getting quality content published from them in reputable online publications that reach their target markets. Connect with him on Twitter or Google+.


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Maria and Craig Emmerich, thank you for your continual education, influence, and support. I am completely in love with this way of eating and am determined to impact as many lives as I possibly can moving forward!

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