Much of the holidays is centered on food. From snacks, to family feasts, cookies, and desserts, it’s a certainly a time of food-filled festivities. But we don’t stop there. We love food so much during the holidays that we decorate our homes with it. Need some ideas? We’ve got you covered with a few spirited tips!

Do you have any edible ornaments on your Christmas tree? They make a cute addition and the whole family can partake in the fun! Simply roll out some cookie dough and use your holiday cookie cutters to create different designs. Make sure to poke out a hole at the top of the dough to put some string through, and follow the baking directions on the package. Once they’re baked, decorate with icing and sprinkles and thread the string or ribbon through the hole! 

For a simple, yet fun and effective holiday decoration try making a candy cane vase. Use a larger vase of your choice and line it with candy canes, keeping the candy canes in their wrapper. Take a smaller vase and put it inside the larger one. Grab some red carnations and put them in the center and you’re set!

How about a creative centerpiece? Try your hand at making a garlic knot Christmas tree centerpiece. Buy a Styrofoam cone, stick some toothpicks it in and press garlic knots onto the toothpicks. Some freshly grated parmesan cheese can simulate fresh snow and the garlic knot tree can be completed with a star on top made out of cheese. To make your creation extra festive, create a tree skirt with fresh sprigs of thyme and rosemary, and serve with small dipping bowls of marinara sauce.

It’s always fun to decorate during the holidays, especially when you’re coming up with creative ways to make sure the halls are more decked than ever before. Food is a great option for unique ideas and there are number of options to try out. Whether you give one of these examples a go or try an idea of your own, stop by your local store for everything you need!

by Maureen Murphy, Manager of Consumer Trends, Nutrition and Lifestyles

Football fans watching the game at home on television.   The finale of the NFL season for many is all about the game, but for others who celebrate this annual sporting event, the focus is on friends, food and fun. Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest food “holiday” in the United States, second only to Thanksgiving.  It’s believed that football fans consume about a day’s worth of calories during the game, so it’s easy to see how good-intentioned New Year’s resolutions to eat better get derailed by noshing on chips and dip, pizza, chili and chicken wings. Whether you’re the host or a guest bringing a dish, you can create lighter versions of traditional favorites for all to enjoy without sacrificing taste for better nutrition. Below are some simple tweaks to help, and since no big game party would be complete without chicken wings, you’ll score below with a delicious alternative!         Califlower pizza     Written by Jane Golub Director In-Store Marketing Programs May 20, 2018

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