Holiday Recipe Ideas for National Chocolate Day

It’s pretty easy to find an excuse to enjoy our favorite chocolate treat. How easy? Well, National Chocolate Day is on Friday, October 28th. That easy. There’s no better time to try out a new chocolate recipe. Leave the Halloween candy to the kids and bake one of these amazing chocolate recipes for yourself right now.

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Charming Chocolate Fudge
You know it’s holiday season when you start craving chocolate fudge. While there’s really no reason why a delicious creation like fudge has to be held ransom by a specific part of the calendar, the holidays are close enough. This chocolate fudge recipe simplifies the process and provides helpful additional tips for cleanup.


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Rich Chocolate Cookies
The chocolate chip cookie is king. The sugar cookies sneak onto the throne during the holidays. Something as simple as the chocolate cookie is often overlooked, but with the right recipe, like this one from The Food Network, you’ll never leave them off the holiday menu. Get cooking with these LTD kitchen cookie helpers.

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Simple Chocolate Brownies
Ahh, the brownie. Another simple recipe everyone seems to have lying around. It’s probably hard to think of anything you’d want to do to your brownie recipe to make it better. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your brownies for the holidays or just feel like baking with the kids, these brownie ideas are destined to please.


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Easy Chocolate Pudding
If you’ve been taking your chances with store-bought chocolate pudding kits, you might be missing out on a delicious addition to your monthly dessert menu. Putting a homemade spin on your chocolate pudding isn’t just fun to taste-test the difference. Impress holiday guests with this great recipe from The Pioneer Woman.

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Taste of Fall: Oktoberfest Traditions & Apple Cider Tips

With most of us busy preparing for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s easy to forget that there’s a whole season of autumn activities to enjoy. From exploring the local orchard with the family to enjoying your local Oktoberfest, now is the time to delight in the cool, crisp weather and rediscover the unique taste of fall.

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Oktoberfest Traditions and Useful Tips for Newcomers
Oktoberfest has become very popular in the United States. Festivals large and small have been celebrating the German tradition for many years. Most of these festivals have taken on lives of their own. You don’t have to fly all the way to Munich to experience an authentic Oktoberfest. Learn about the original event, traditions and get the tips you need to walk the grounds like an expert with these Oktoberfest facts, figures and advice.

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Apple Picking: A Beginner’s Guide to Homemade Cider
There’s a huge difference between the apple cider you get from the store and the handcrafted version you can make in your own home. Despite what many people believe, it’s not that difficult to make a high-quality apple cider that tastes even better than any store brand. All you need to learn are the simple techniques to begin a fun tradition during the harvest season, some basic recipes you can tweak with your own touches.

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A Brief History of Oktoberfest
Fall is packed with festivals and celebrations all around the world. While Halloween is the holiday kids look forward to, Oktoberfest is one for the adults. Beer comes to mind when we think of Oktoberfest, but it’s about much more than just large steins full of suds. If you’re attending your local Oktoberfest this year and want to learn a little more about its rich history, check out this brief summary of how it started and spread worldwide.

Fall Franchise Favorites You Can Only Find Online

There are some exciting events happening this fall. Harry Potter fans will be whisked away to the wizarding world in an entirely new way with Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, Star Wars diehards will be able to experience a new chapter in the epic franchise with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Cubs fans might just get to see their beloved MLB team shrug off the pressure, beat the odds and make it to the World Series. Celebrate and prepare for all the big events this fall with these franchise favorites you can only find online.

Explore the Magical World of Harry Potter
Read up before the premier of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them on Nov. 18th.harry-potter-7-book-box-setfantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them

Harry Potter 7-Book Box Set
Experience the entire magical world of Harry Potter in this collectible 7-book box set. Perfect for longtime fans of the series or new readers, it includes all seven best-selling novels. Comes in a slipcase for giving.

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them comes straight from the library at Hogwarts. Almost every wizard owns one. Now you can too! Learn what Puffskeins eat, why not to leave milk out for a Knarl and more!

Expand Your Star Wars Super-Fan Collection
Add to your Star Wars collection or surprise a new fan of the classic franchise.star-wars-the-force-awakens-throwstar-wars-jelly-belly-gifts

Star Wars™ The Force Awakens Throw
Celebrate the latest sequel of the classic film saga with a Star Wars The Force Awakens Throw. This woven throw captures images of the new villain, Kylo Ren, Stormtroopers and more in a cozy tapestry construction.

Star Wars® Jelly Belly® Gifts
The Dispenser holds up to 23 oz. of Jelly Belly treats and includes a 1-oz. bag of Jelly Belly candies to get you started. The Gift Bag is filled with 7.5 oz. of Jelly Belly candies. Includes a gift tag area for gift-giving.

Get Ready for the Playoffs with MLB Gear
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Cubs™ Earrings and Pendant Set
Support the Cubbies during the playoffs with the stylish Cubs Earring and Pendant Set. Each piece features a full-color disk with the Cubs’ logo. Wear both the necklace and earrings, or mix and match on game day.

Cubs™ License Plate Frames
Support the Cubs on their playoff journey with Cubs License Plate Frame. It features a metallic blue border with “Chicago Cubs” in raised lettering, and has two pre-drilled holes for easily mounting it to you vehicle.

Find the Perfect Pumpkin for Your Home this Fall

Pumpkins are the perfect fall decoration because they can be used for the entire harvest season, from early weeks leading up to Halloween to the scary holiday itself and all the way to Thanksgiving. LTD has a pretty big assortment of pumpkins for all your autumn needs. Discover the perfect pumpkin for your home this fall.

Warm Fall Welcome
Greet your guests with these fashionable front porch pumpkins for fall.
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Country Lighted Welcome Pumpkin
The perfect way to greet guests throughout fall, this stylish pumpkin has stars, a warm welcome and a rustic look. The LED light inside simulates real candlelight without the danger of an open flame.
Metal Polka Dot Pumpkins
Add a unique addition to your outdoor harvest decor. Metal tabs attach the leaves to the pumpkin, and the scroll-work stem doubles as a hanger so you can display each pumpkin from a hook.
Harvest Porch Decor Pumpkins
These cool wooden pumpkins bring a fresh design to your front porch. They’re connected and feature three different designs and sizes for decorating porch steps and more.

Interior Accents
Celebrate the autumn season throughout your home with fresh interior accents.
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Set of 3 Harvest Pumpkins
Each pumpkin in this set is inscribed with a different phrase that’s perfect for fall. Its rustic, wood-carved look is accented with colorful leaves decorating the front and top of each.
Pumpkin Spice Mason Jar Candle
Fill any room with a delightful aroma using this pumpkin spice candle. The 12-oz. Mason jar is packed with a wonderful scent. Its metal top keeps the candle fresh when not in use.
Festive Burlap Pumpkin Set
Place this festive set of pumpkins among your fall decorations for an enchanting look. To bring them to life, simply fill them with dry leaves or newspaper and tie them up with the jute cords.

Happy Halloween
Don’t forget about pumpkins for one of the best holidays of the year!
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Lighted Halloween Scenes
Welcome trick-or-treaters and party guests with a fun lighted scene for Halloween. It’s the perfect decorative prop for your covered porch or front entryway. The pumpkin eyes light up in purple.
Set of 3 LED Trick or Treat Pumpkins
Dress up your home with a traditional accent this Halloween using these trick-or-treat pumpkins. They have a classic phrase, cutout star shapes and amber light that shines through the cutout stars.
Halloween Decor
Celebrate the season with spooky Halloween decor like the Set of 3 Pumpkins. The tabletop style pumpkins spell out “BOO’ and feature an overall black design that’s perfect for Halloween.

Halloween Home Decorating, Fictional Facts & Football Fun

Halloween is almost here! There’s so much to get done on our to-do lists, but there’s also a lot of fun to look forward to. Check out some of these Halloween home decorating tips to help you spruce up your home with the entire holiday season in mind, learn about the origins of a couple of the most famous fictional Halloween characters and prepare for a fun, frightening night of NFL football with these interesting articles from LTD.

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How to Transition Your Home from Halloween to Harvest to Holiday
Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are so close together. Anyone can get exhausted trying to plan out new decorations month after month. However, there are ways to make the transition easier so you can focus on other important holiday preparations. Switching from Halloween to Harvest to Christmas doesn’t have to be difficult. Check out these time-saving transition tips before your start shopping for seasonal decorations.

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Villa Diodati: The Origins of Frankenstein, Vampires & Gothic Horror
It’s been exactly 200 years since Lord Byron, John William Polidori, Percy Shelley and Mary Shelley spent a fateful summer near Lake Geneva in Switzerland, crafting ghost and horror stories as a way to get through a stretch of rainy days. Two centuries have passed since a simple writing challenge between friends changed the world of horror fiction forever. Learn about the origins of Frankenstein, the modern Vampire and more.

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Haunting Losses: The History of NFL Games on Halloween
This year Halloween falls on a Monday, meaning many Halloween parties will be featuring the game of the week. Halloween is a treat for those who don’t mind enduring a few tricks from kids they’re ignoring on 4th quarter third-and-tens. There’s been more than a handful of NFL games played on Halloween night. We’ve assembled the most haunting losses from Halloween match-ups in this historical fright night-NFL recap.

Fall Gardening: Veggies You Can Still Plant Right Now

Gardeners have been working hard all summer, sweating in the sun, toiling in the dirt. Depending on what you’ve been planting, it’s about time to start reaping what you sowed all those months ago. But many of us don’t want to give up on our gardens just yet. There’s still plenty of fall gardening maintenance to complete before the first fall frost, but there are also a few types of vegetables that gardeners can still plant while the ground is warm. The first fall frost is only a couple weeks away for most of us in the northern states, but it’s still just far enough away in most southern regions (and some parts of the north–check out this easy guide for estimated dates for 2016) to give quick-yielding veggies a fighting chance to beat the fall frost deadline.

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Nurturing in the North
Lettuce is one of the few veggies that grows particularly well when the soil drops to a cooler temperature. The resilient leafy green can also continue to thrive when the daylight hours decrease and the air gets a little more crisp. It’s a great solution for anyone in northern regions with fall frost dates earlier in the year, including the Midwest, Pacific Northwest as well as the Northeast, growing just in time for Thanksgiving.

Avid gardeners may have already switched to planting spinach in the fall rather than the spring in order to yield better results through the winter season, but planting spinach early enough before fall starts has also been known to produce results before the first frost starts to wreak havoc. Leafy greens like spinach and lettuce, as well as mustard or collard greens, do well in the cool season when the temps are lower.

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As long as you’re taking a chance on growing leafy greens in the cooler months, you can also throw in a steady supply of radishes to fill out your fall gardening. They’ll grow well along with the leafy greens, and because they’re some of the quickest-growing vegetables, you can get away with planting a couple rows now–at the end of summer–and expect them to reach full maturity in most regions in around four weeks.

Savoring in the South
Most regions in the south don’t experience their first fall frost until November, and in some places, early December. This gives you a little more time to plant some of your favorite veggies. In addition to greens such as lettuce and spinach, kale can stand up to the cooler temperatures as well. However, it requires more sunlight and nutrient-rich soil. It’s suggested to enrich with fertilizer or composting before planting.

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Like many types of veggies you plant in the fall, peas are susceptible to irreparable damage when frost starts to blanket your garden and freeze the soil. However, peas are also an example of a fall crop that’s capable of thriving in cooler conditions, producing sweeter and more satisfying results as the days start getting shorter. Mild winters make it easy to plant varieties like snow peas later into the autumn season.

The first thing you want to do before you think about planting seeds in your garden this fall is to make sure you have enough time before the first frost as well as the right soil conditions to produce a quick yield.

The Fall Transition: Wearing White After Labor Day & More

The summer-to-fall transition usually happens slowly. Cold weather starts to sneak up on us, but we ignore it for as long as we can, along with the strange fashion advice that sticks in our minds after Labor Day. The good news is that winter is still a few months away. Start thinking about the fall transition for your wardrobe and your home with advice on wearing white after Labor Day and tips on bringing your garden indoors.

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White After Labor Day and Other Fashion Rules You Can Break
Wearing white after Labor Day has been a no-no in the fashion world for decades, but if asked why, many people wouldn’t know the reason behind the strange end-of-summer rule. Get the skinny on the Labor Day debate origins and tips on other fashion rules you can break as you start assembling your fall wardrobe.

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Acceptable Ways to Dress Your Home In White After Labor Day
We’ve all heard the famous warning: don’t wear white after Labor Day. But interior design standards are a little different than strict fashion tips. Learn about the most acceptable ways to dress your home with white after Labor Day, from shades to textures to interesting autumn accents with this home decorating advice.

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Indoor Potted Plant Caretaking Tips
One day your houseplants are in bloom, and the next they’re wilting and dropping leaves. The trick to keeping indoor plants happy and healthy is to pay attention to their basic needs. Get to know these five indoor potted plant caretaking tips to help indoor flowers and greenery thrive in your home this season.

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Dangerous Indoor Plants to Keep Pets Away From
Many owners pay close attention to what they feed their pets to make sure they aren’t eating anything dangerous, but the food you put in their bowl isn’t always the only thing they’re consuming. There are several common plants pets shouldn’t eat. Before bringing your garden inside, review these plants.

Pinteresting Picks for October

It’s finally time to get the house dressed up to suit the season! It’s not quite time to put up the holiday lights, but inside, we’re working on making our homes more welcoming for holiday guests and our Pinterest followers are starting to get into the spirit, too. From clever storage solutions to the warm glow of a scented candle, they’re getting their homes in shape for the season! Here are LTD’s Pinteresting Picks for October.extension-cord-seal

Electrical Protection Protect outdoor electrical connections for a holiday display or at a job site with a Set of 2 Extension Cord Safety Seals. The case snaps around the point where the cords come together, and a rubber seal keeps out rain, snow and mud. An internal locking safety mechanism holds cords securely together. These cases are a simple solution that will prevent shorting out and eliminate the chore of reconnecting cords that have been accidentally pulled apart. 3″ dia. x 8’L. Plastic.

Laundry-room-Wall-HangingsSock Sorter Lighten the load on laundry day with a funny yet functional Laundry Room Wall Hanging. Each wooden sign features a visual accent that can also come in handy as you work. The Laundry sign (15-3/4″H x 7-7/8″W x 1-1/2″D) has 3 knobs to hang small articles of clothing as you fold or sort. Keep the Change (10″H x 8″W x 3-3/4″D) has a glass mason jar attached with a raffia tie that you can use to hold coins found in pockets, buttons that have come loose and other small objects left in the hamper. Lost Socks (15-7/8″H x 9″W x 1″D) has 3 clothespins to hold separated socks while you look for their mates. Each comes ready to hang.shutter-candle-sconces

Cozy Accents In charming country style, this wooden 22″ Shutter Candle Sconce features cutout accents and a rustic finish. The red berry ring adds a pop of color around the clear glass candleholder. Add your own votive, tea light or up to 3″ dia. x 3″H pillar candle. Sconce, 6-3/4″W x 6-3/4″D x 22″H. Candleholder, 3-1/2″ dia. x 3-1/2″H. Mounting hardware included. Some assembly required; assembly hardware included.
ready-to-go-vanity-shelvesCompact Vanity This wooden Ready-to-Go Vanity Shelf adds attractive storage and organization. Perfect for makeup, styling tools, accessories and more. The large, open middle compartment has a faux drawer side. Underneath it is a functional drawer perfect for smaller supplies. Three surface holes are sized for curling irons, a hair dryer or other appliances. 23-1/4″ x 9″ x 5-7/8″. Assembly required; assembly and mounting hardware included.set-of-4-mason-jar-shot-glasses

Country Charm Set of 3 Mason Jar Tea Light Sconces brightens the room with its country charm. Each wooden plaque has an inspirational word with artwork, along with a glass jar held by a metal hoop. The LED tea light is mounted in a holder that’s easy to remove from the jar. Faux berry accents complete the look. LED candles have an on/off switch and run on the included button-cell batteries. Easy assembly required; assembly hardware included.

 

Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Thanksgiving Dinner

covered-casserole-dishesYou have just over a month before your family digs into a plateful of turkey, stuffing and pie! Right now you have plenty of time to plan your Thanksgiving dinner — but don’t let that time get away from you! Thanksgiving requires a lot of work and a lot of tools to make the meal perfect. To make it easy for you, we put together a list of items you might need. Here are this week’s Items We Adore: LTD’s Product Picks for the Week for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Keep It Covered Make a meal for a party, a few friends or just the two of you with this Set of 3 Covered Casseroles. The set comes in graduated sizes to fit the number of portions you wish to cook. Each stoneware piece has handles for easy carrying and comes with a matching lid. Stoneware. Dishwasher, microwave, oven and freezer safe.

non-stick-linerKeep It Clean Eliminate hours of scrubbing when you position a reusable , nonstick liner inside your oven. It catches all those messy drips, and because it’s made of specially coated nonstick fiberglass, it easily wipes clean with a cloth or non-abrasive sponge. Unlike aluminum foil, it won’t affect cooking time or browning. Works on gas, electric and toaster ovens and can be cut to size if needed. Lasts for years. 23″ x 16-1/4″.monogram-food-carrier

 

Keep It Warm Always be ready to share your favorite dishes with the Monogram Food Carrier and the Extra-Large Gel Pack. The Monogram Food Carrier (18-1/2″ x 11″ x 8″, fully expanded) has two insulated, expandable sections that let you pack a hot dish on the mylar-lined bottom (18-1/4″ x 10-3/4″ x 3-1/2″) and a cold dish on top. The wipe-clean polyester exterior sports a stylish monogram that identifies you as the chef responsible for the tasty treats. The 6-1/2″ double handles make it easy to carry, while the double-zipper closure makes it simple to take the food in and out. The dual-use Extra-Large Gel Pack can be used to keep food at the proper serving temperature. Put it in the food carrier to keep dishes hot or cold when you travel. Large, slim design doesn’t take up too much space. Easy-to-follow instructions are printed on the vinyl cover. Microwave and freezer safe. 10-1/2″ x 7-1/2″.

gourmet-kitchen-setKeep It Tasty Unleash your inner chef with the Gourmet Kitchen Gift Sets. The 5-Pc. Bread Dipping Set includes 4 decorated saucers and a 4-compartment plastic jar packed with seasonings. All you add is a loaf of crusty bread and a bottle of olive oil for a delicious treat everyone will love. Each saucer (4″ dia.) features an olive branch design and raised edges to keep your oil from spilling. The seasoning jar includes Sicilian, Parmesan, Tuscany and Rosa Maria blends (0.6 oz., each). Plates, melamine. Dishwasher safe. Use a 4-Pc. Gourmet Set to spice up your favorite meal, as a marinade, or to add a creative twist to your cooking. Just mix the flavors in! Sea Salts, approx. 1.8 oz, each. Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oils, approx. 1.7 oz., each.

1-second-slicerKeep It Easy The 1 Second Slicer(TM) is an all-in-one food prep station. From fruits and vegetables to meats and fish, now you can cut everything with one handy gadget. Get professional results in a flash and then serve, seal, stack and store all in one compact container. The chop function even features 1-button cleaning. Plastic and stainless steel. Dishwasher safe.

 

Autumn Elegance: Crafts to Do with Leaves

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It took a while, but it looks like the leaves are starting to fall! It is one of the most beautiful times of the year, but it never sticks around long enough. The most enjoyable way to preserve its elegance … Continue reading