Writing grocery lists or recipes and keeping kids entertained is easy in this kitchen thanks to this reclaimed slate wall, which was fabricated into three panels and professionally installed. The color complements the contemporary space's neutral palette while serving as a fun focal point.
Plan out your menu, and spend sufficient time on prepping all recipes to make things easier on Thanksgiving Day. For a simple meal, stick to just the classics: turkey, roasted veggies, cranberry sauce, stuffing and dessert. Warm things up with a fall soup like curried butternut squash with fried sage.
Hosting your first holiday supper shouldn’t be stressful, and this roast will be the star of the table. Easy to prep and filled with unique aromatic flavors of cider and sage, you'll be wishing for leftovers before the dishes are even washed. [Get the recipe>>](http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/hard-cider-roast-with-sage-vegetables?syc=applenews_hgtv-christmas-dinner-recipes-for-the-novice-host)
Classic white pizza takes a ghostly turn with this recipe, which is made with three cheeses and pitted black olives for eyes. Using prepared pizza dough makes it easy to make, and without any sauce to simmer, this is a perfect, quick-prep Halloween treat.
Onions were an important food for the Pilgrims because they were easy to grow and stored well. In Gervase Markham’s The English Housewife, first published in 1615, a recipe for turkey gravy recommends including a “good store of onions.” This onion, ‘Pumba,’ is actually a great storage onion, but only recommended for Southern gardeners because it is a short day type.
Powdery mildew makes garden plants unsightly, and it limits a plant’s ability to nourish itself and flower or produce fruit. Plants like bee balm, roses, squash and cosmos are often infected with powdery mildew.
Easy Solution: Spray plants with a home brew fungicide—you can find many recipes online. A favorite is 1 tablespoon baking soda and 2.5 tablespoons horticultural oil in 1 gallon of water. Spray plants weekly to protect new growth.
Everyone loves cupcakes. Bake your favorite recipe at home or buy from the store and dress them up with paper cupcake toppers and wrappers. Print the cupcake topper template and use a craft punch or scissors to cut them into rounds. Then, attach the paper shape to a four-inch lollipop stick using tape or a one-inch white circle label. Cupcake wrappers are easy to make from decorative paper to match the theme. Displayed on a pretty cake stand, these cupcakes are hard to resist.