Cheers to the Sips of the Season
Cranberries and oranges may scream holiday baking, but these awesome flavors deserve to make an appearance on your cocktail cart, too. Whip up a batch of my Homemade Orange-Cranberry Vodka, then play mix master with these oh-so-festive cocktails. Bonus: This infused vodka also makes a great gift.
DECK THOSE HALLS!
You don't have to be a celebrity to surround yourself with beautiful blooms! In this Bluprint original series, floral artist Carly Cylinder demonstrates easy, approachable methods to building breathtaking bouquets in your own kitchen. You'll learn how to visualize arrangements, pick the perfect blooms and expertly style them.
This wreath throws all the rules out the window — and that's why I love it. Instead of pine, try fragrant eucalyptus. Instead of predictable pine cones, go rich and romantic with peonies (don't worry, they're fake). And best of all, this DIY shakes it up shape-wise with a totally modern triangle.
Step one: pick up a little inspiration from the home decor pros.
PARTY WITH THE PROS
WHO’S READY TO ROAST?
We know what you’re thinking: Joshua John Russell is a professional chef and baker — of course his turkey is awesome. But we’re here to tell you that his go-to technique has nothing to do with his culinary school education and everything to do with one signature technique: he roasts the bird right inside a paper bag. Here’s why (and how!) he does it.
Gravy is to turkey as frosting is to cake. As coffee is to donuts. As leggings and knit hats are to autumn days. Neither is really complete without the other. Get the picture? Although the turkey is often thought of as the Thanksgiving centerpiece, a good gravy is actually your secret weapon.
Pull out all the stops without stressing yourself out. (Every single one of these masterpieces can all be made in advance!)
BRING ON THE COOKIES
Learn how to make a variety of spritz cookies for any occasion, especially Christmas. Learn how to use a cookie press as Beth offers you never-fail tips for troubleshooting any problems you may encounter. Then Beth demonstrates a variety of ways you can gift-wrap cookies for presents and suggests long-term storage options for undecorated cookies.
Make the holidays much sweeter with Anne's Christmas cookies. Learn how to marble royal icing for a textured look on an ornament, and add an alternating bead border for a more intricate design element. You'll also learn the fast wreath cookie and make the jolliest of cookies: Santa!
If scones and mini bundt cakes jingle your bells, grab your apron.
MORE SWEETS FOR THE SEASON
Gingerbread season is brief but magical. So we say, live it up! Enjoy the sweet, spiced delight in as many forms as you possibly can — including this classic bundt.
Ready to trade in the cake slayin' for a little cake sleighin'? The MAC crew is getting man about the holidays with a unicorn reindeer cake for Joshua's niece. (Okay, so maybe it's not that manly… but hey, he had us at peppermint mocha!)