Host an Apple Dippin’ Party!

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Forget bobbing for apples -- try something less wet (but in honesty, probably just as dang messy). Many of us love the thought of a caramel apple, right? That first bite of luscious caramel goodness and juicy apple. But they’re kind of a mess, and once you get down past the caramel layer, it’s just apple, and sometimes they’re just not that great. Sometimes it’s a bit much to eat, and they’re dang hard to share. Now, this is not to vilify the traditional treat but rather to help express the genius that is the apple dipping party. It can be tailored to the old, young, or both, and you’ll be surprised at how foodies can get into it. If you have a spectacular caramel sauce recipe, by all means use it. If you...

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10-Minute Hosting: Black Friday...

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     Do you, like us, hide from the masses the day after Thanksgiving? You can’t pay us to leave the house and venture out on Black Friday. If you’d like to skip the chaos but still have something to look forward to, host a little Black Friday floating party. Pour some drinks, set out some snacks, and invite your friends to come take a breather from the mall madness. Take some time and enjoy what’s left of autumn before holiday madness sets in. You could do this in the morning or evening, or even both! Freshen up your Thanksgiving table with some different accents.      You don’t need to drag out the red and green yet, but switch out some of your candles to renew the look. Run some white lights down...

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10-Minute Hosting: Cheese & Wine...

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As the weather turns cooler (or in some parts, finally bearable), inviting people over for drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the patio is a great way to entertain. However, with returning to school, new responsibilities at work, and full social calendars, it can sometimes seem like too much trouble to tidy up and get some decent appetizers on the table. Luckily for you, Drawl is here to help! Stock up on: Fruit butters (We love pumpkin and fig for fall!) Sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil Dried figs High-quality graham crackers and/or gingersnaps Stoneground wheat crackers Miniature toasts Cream cheese Your favorite wines and/or ciders on sale Pick up at the grocery: Fresh tomatoes and cucumbers Fresh apples and grapes Small quantities of specialty cheeses To Do List:  Mix equal parts fruit butter and room-temperature cream...

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