Top Fall Recipe: Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
Macaroni and cheese is always a favorite with our readers but add in pumpkin and you've got a big winner. With over 8,000 Pinterest pins, this recipe was also tops on social media.
Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 30 mins
Bake: 30 mins 350°F
Stand: 10 mins
Top Fall Outdoor Decoration: Juniper-and-Bittersweet Rake Wreath
The adjectives readers used to describe this fall wreath: adorable, inexpensive, and so cute. You especially loved the recycle idea of it; opting to show off an outdated or broken wreath instead of tossing it.
To make the wreath, simply tuck dried juniper and bittersweet betwen tongs of a rake and add a natural raffia bow at the base.
Top Fall Baking Recipe: Crumb-Topped Apple Slab Pie
Better Homes and Gardens readers love apples! And when it comes to fall baking, they loved this apple-packed slab pie. Looking to jazz it up? Readers suggested serving it with pumpkin ice cream and caramel sauce. Sounds delish!
Makes: 25 servings
Prep: 45 mins
Bake: 40 mins 375°F
Top Outdoor Halloween Decoration: Stacked Pumpkin Message
Forget spooky -- this Halloween you went for elegant with these stacked pumpkins. The less-than-frightful display was a top Facebook "Like" as well. It was also part of one of our most popular days for the 100 Days of Holidays program.
Top Halloween Pumpkin Stencil: Frankenstein's Face
The #1 pumpkin stencil of the year was this bolt-head buddy. He beat woodland creatures, smiling faces, and dog breeds for the best of the season.
Top Halloween Recipe: Black Cat Cupcakes
We traditionally have more dog people than cat people on BHG.com, but here kitties reigned supreme. This Halloween cupcake decorating idea was a huge favorite.
To get the look:
- Frost your favorite cupcakes with chocolate frosting and top with a generous amount of chocolate sprinkles.
- For eyes, cut a 1/8-inch-thick slice from two yellow gumdrops. Stick a short piece of shoestring licorice to act as the cat's pupil.
- For ears, cut chocolate candy bars into triangles.
- For whiskers, cut shoestring licorice into 1-1/2- to 2-inch lengths and arrange. Pipe on a frosting nose.
Top Thanksgiving Side Dish: Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Mmm…we wish we'd been invited to all the Thanksgiving dinners that included this side dish favorite! A smart toss-in-the-slow-cooker solution to the big feast, this eight ingredient recipe gains punch from chicken broth with roasted garlic.
Makes: 12 servings
Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 6 hrs to 8 hrs (low) or 3 to 4 hours (high)
Top Thanksgiving Video: How to Deep-Fry a Turkey
Get out the fryers -- you were up for something different for your Thanksgiving feast. Our #1 video of the Thanskgiving season was this deep-fry a turkey segment. Check it out so you can master the bird next year!
Top Winter Recipe: Creamy Chicken-Broccoli Bake
One of our readers said this about this favorite winter bake: "My four boys absolutely devoured this!" We're so glad it feeds a crew (the recipe serves 12).
Makes: 12 servings
Prep: 30 mins
Bake: 55 mins 350°F
Top Holiday Party Appetizer: Endive Chicken Boats
When it came to Thanksgiving, make-ahead was key. This highly rated chicken appetizer features Belgian endives as the base. Finger food rules!
Makes: 30 servings
Yield: about 30 appetizers
Start to Finish: 30 mins
Top Indoor Christmas Decoration: Fir Bundles
Nature-inspired decorations ruled this holiday season. And when nature was paired with small-spaces, the response was overwhelming. This simple bundle of fir, berries, and twigs tied with baubbles and matching ribbon was a winner.
Top Holiday Food Gift: Cake Pops
Cake pops were a huge trend last year and the love continues. These 12 recipes for cake pops (bridging tastes from Chocolate Mint to Lemon Cream) were a huge hit, specially when gifted in a decorative tin.
Makes: 34 servings
Prep: 1 hr 45 mins
Bake: according to the package
Freeze: 1 hr to 1 hr 30 mins
Top Handmade Christmas Gift: Felt Christmas Tree Crafts
Pretty felt ornaments that work with anything (added to canisters for the kitchen, hung on the tree, or looped over a doorknob) were your favorite handmade gift of the season. Inexpensive materials make it do-able in multiple.
Top Christmas Centerpiece: Sweater-Wrapped Votives
These petite (and cheap!) beauties adorned many of your Christmas tables. Some users commented that they wanted to make them more traditional with red and green Christmas sweaters -- great idea! To make, simply cut off the cuff of an old sweater and wrap around a glass votive.
Top Christmas Cookie: Chocolaty Melting Snowmen
These cookies dominated the cookie voting this holiday season. Melted vanilla candies and peanut butter cups provided most of Frosty's facade; the cookie is a basic brown sugar and peanut butter base.
Makes: 4 servings
Yield: 20 cookies
Prep: 50 mins
Bake: 9 mins to 11 mins per batch