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What is a Yule Log?

Have you ever gathered around a wood burning fireplace to enjoy a traditional Yule log? No? That’s probably because for most Americans, the Christmas tradition of the Yule Log means indulging in a beautifully constructed log shaped chocolate cake for dessert. The yule log cake began as a traditional holiday dessert in France (a.k.a. bûche de Noël) …

How to Host and Enjoy Thanksgiving

Looking back to Thanksgivings past, I remember too many people in the kitchen, side dishes and pies jockeying for position in the oven and a very stressed-out hostess too exhausted to enjoy the meal (a.k.a. my mother).  Now I am the host of Thanksgiving. I’ve learned how to embrace the true meaning of Thanksgiving as an opportunity to connect …

Halloween Fire Pit Party

Some of the best Halloween parties are held outdoors. Why? Because guests can soak in all the fall colors and smells and set the tone for a spooky encounter.  Halloween is fired inspired, after all, so make sure to light up the fire pit to cast shadows to set the mood! Set the Scene Embrace the chilly night by making sure your guests are warm and …