Top BHG.com Holiday Ideas of 2013
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
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.
Top Outdoor Fall Idea: Container Gardens
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!
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
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.
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.