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Entertaining friends and loved ones during the holidays offers an opportunity to slow down from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and make lasting memories. The key is getting ahead of hosting duties so you can be present with family and friends. Make this season’s holiday hosting effortless and enjoyable with these tips: 1. Stick with a simple menu. There’s no need to create an elaborate menu with complex dishes that take hours to prepare. Instead, build your menu around easy crowd-pleasers. Save the experimenting with new recipes and ingredients for another time when you’re less likely to…

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Putting a delicious, kid-friendly meal on the table in an hour or less is goal No. 1 for many families. When the hectic schedules of back-to-school season are in full effect, saving some precious time in the kitchen can make all the difference. Take a homework timeout and bring loved ones running to the dining room for family favorites like Sweet Heat Pickled Beet Grilled Cheese. This modern take on a childhood classic pairs sourdough bread with brie cheese, a spicy-sweet hit of hot honey and juicy Aunt Nellie’s Diced Pickled Beets. If letting your oven do the work is…

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Today, October 17th is National Pasta Day and what better way to celebrate National Pasta Day than by indulging in some mouthwatering-pasta dishes? Pasta, a beloved comfort food, comes in countless shapes and sizes, making it incredibly versatile for various culinary creations. Whether you prefer creamy, spicy, or light and fresh flavors, there’s a pasta recipe to suit every palate. See below, some recipe ideas to crave all your pasta cravings! Classic Spaghetti Carbonara: Few pasta dishes are as iconic and comforting as Spaghetti Carbonara. This Roman classic combines simple ingredients – spaghetti, eggs, Pecorino Romano cheese, guanciale (or pancetta),…

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Making a homemade pumpkin spice latte is a delightful autumn ritual that brings the cozy flavors of the season right into your kitchen! Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Ingredients: 2 cups brewed coffee 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 1 cup milk (your choice) 2 tbsp maple syrup 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice Whipped cream and cinnamon for garnish (optional) Instructions: In a saucepan, whisk together the pumpkin puree, milk, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring until it’s hot but not boiling. Divide the brewed coffee into two cups. Pour the pumpkin spice mixture over the…

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Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to embrace the spirit of the season than by turning your home into a haunted masterpiece? While many homeowners go DIY, there are undeniable benefits to entrusting your Halloween decorations to the professionals. Here are some advantages of having The Long Island Holiday Lighting Company decorate your home for Halloween. From eerie elegance to stress-free spookiness, they’ve got you covered. Benefits of Professional Halloween Decorating: 1. Unleash Your Imagination: One of the greatest perks of hiring professionals is the freedom to dream big. The team at The Long Island Holiday…

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Hummus is a versatile and crowd-pleasing dip that’s perfect for any party or gathering. With its smooth texture, delightful flavor, and healthy ingredients, homemade hummus is a surefire way to impress your guests. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through a simple and delicious recipe for making your own creamy hummus that will have everyone coming back for more. Ingredients: 2 cans (15 ounces each) of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed 1/3 cup tahini (sesame seed paste) 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling 1/2 teaspoon…

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Happy Summer Solstice! Today marks the first official day of summer. With the weather getting nicer, it’s time for fun outdoor activities to enjoy with family and friends. Looking for Summer Fun ideas? Here is a list of our favorites. Outdoor picnics: Pack a basket of your favorite foods and head to a park or beach for a relaxing picnic with family and friends. Beach days: Spend a day at the beach swimming, sunbathing, and playing beach games like volleyball or Frisbee. What’s your favorite beach spot on Long Island? Hiking and camping: Explore the great outdoors by taking a…

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National Iced Tea Day is a celebration that takes place annually on June 10th. It’s a day dedicated to recognizing and enjoying the popular beverage known as iced tea. Iced tea has become a beloved drink, especially during hot summer months, and this day provides an opportunity to appreciate its refreshing qualities and versatility. National Iced Tea Day is a great opportunity to explore fun and creative iced tea recipes. Here are a few ideas to inspire you: Classic Lemon Iced Tea: Brew a pot of black tea and let it cool. Squeeze fresh lemon juice into a pitcher. Add…

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National Donut Day is typically celebrated on the first Friday of June in the United States, and it’s a great opportunity to indulge in some delicious donuts and celebrate this tasty treat. Here are a few ways you can celebrate: Visit a local donut shop: Visit a local donut shop and treat yourself to some fresh, delicious donuts. Many shops offer special deals or free donuts on National Donut Day, so be sure to check for promotions. Make your own donuts: If you enjoy baking, you can try making your own donuts at home. There are plenty of recipes available…

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Each year on the first Thursday in May, World Password Day promotes better password habits. Passwords are critical gatekeepers to our digital identities, allowing us to access online shopping, dating, banking, social media, private work, and life communications. Keeping your passwords safe is essential to protect your online accounts from hackers and other malicious actors. Here are some tips on how to keep your passwords safe: Use strong and unique passwords: Use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols to create a strong password. Avoid using common words or phrases, and do not reuse the same password…

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