Top Halloween Recipe: Pretzel Owl
This kid-friendly Halloween treat flew into many users' hearts this holiday. To make an owl, dip large soft pretzels in melted white candy coating. Layer sandwich cookies, white candies, and chocolate chips for wide-open eyes. Use leftover candy coating to attach black licorice for eyebrows. Dust with black sugar, add a black jelly bean nose, and use black licorice candies to make feet.
Top Pumpkin Stencil: Flame-Design Pumpkins
How to Make It:
- Enlarge our stencil to suit the sizes of your pumpkins.
- Gut and carve pumpkins, leaving the stems in place.
- Create a log surround. Stack the largest carved pumpkins on the bottom.
- Light votive candles to create the flicker of flames.
Top Halloween Costume: Smarty Pants
This Halloween, you loved the simplicity of a star-student costume idea.
To make this costume, print the worksheet and report card patterns, below, onto adhesive label sheets. Draw stars and an A+ design on the backs of duct tape sheets. Adhere all pieces onto jeans, using this photo for reference.
Top Halloween Video: How to Clean Out a Pumpkin
People looking for less mess and our top carving tip (hint: it involves which end you start from) came to our new pumpkin-carving video in record numbers.
Top Sweet Fall Recipe: Apple Crisp
Who doesn't love apples? This delicious apple crisp enticed a lot of Pinterest love in the fall.
Makes: 10 servings
Prep: 30 mins
Bake: 50 mins 375°F
Cool: 15 mins
Top Savory Fall Recipe: Soft Baked Pretzels
Pretzels are having a moment. These made-at-home soft versions feature basic ingredients and great instructions so you can master the trend in your own home.
Makes: 8 servings
Yield: 8 pretzels
Prep: 55 mins
Rise: 1 hr
Bake: 10 mins to 12 mins 450°
Top Outdoor Fall Idea: Container Gardens
Gorgeous outdoor containers inspired your fall decorating. Here's a guide to a favorite mix:
A. Blue fescue (Festuca glauca): one
B. Chrysanthemum 'Cecilia': two
C. Strawflower (Bracteantha 'Sundaze Golden Yellow'): one
D. Purple fountaingrass (Pennisetum 'Burgundy Giant'): one
Top Thanksgiving Recipe: Anything Sweet Potato!
Sweet potatoes were the side of the season! Whether baked or mashed, in a pie or in a casserole, the sweet spud graced many of your Thanksgiving buffets in 2013.
Top Thanksgiving Video: Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
See one of our top recipes come to life -- a chocolate-cookie-crusted pumpkin pie topped with a chocolate glaze -- in this video that many Thanksgiving chefs watched before the holiday.
Top Christmas Craft: Pyramid Candy Holder
Whether treat holders or party favors, these cute Christmas crafts were a seasonal standout. Our free download includes a pattern and instructions.
Top Christmas Decorating Idea: Rustic Living Room
A clean, simple living room decorated with natural elements, including grain-sack stockings, olive leaf wreaths, and oversize jars filled with colorful candy, was a most-inspiring space this Christmas.
Top Sweet Winter Recipe: Peppermint Dream Cake
Make-ahead instructions and two layers of incredible flavor made this delightful winter cake a holiday season favorite.
Makes: 12 servings
Stand: 30 mins
Prep: 45 mins
Bake: 25 mins 350°F
Top Savory Winter Recipe: Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole
An incredibly popular casserole on Pinterest, this is a go-to dish for a lot of Better Homes and Gardens users. It appeared in our 100 Days of Holidays e-newsletter in late fall.
Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 30 mins
Bake: 35 mins 350°F
Top Christmas Cookie: White Chocolate-Cherry Shortbread
Announcing the winner of our Ultimate Holiday Baking Vote-Off! Dunk a cherry-loaded shortbread cookie in white chocolate and sprinkle with red-and-white nonpareils for an adorable (and popular!) Christmas cookie.
Makes: 60 servings
Yield: 60 cookies
Prep: 40 mins
Bake: 10 mins 325° per batch
Stand: 30 mins
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