Holidays

The Simple Secrets of Delicious Mashed Potatoes

Real Simple’s food director shares the secrets to a stand-out recipe.

Meow-lomars

Sure, we could have made our own chocolate-dipped marshmallow and graham cookies for these pretty kitties, but we were too busy counting our candy. Instead, we started with Mallomars, one of our all time favorite cookies, and simply dressed them up as fraidy cats using a bit of royal icing and some chocolate chips. If you’re new to working with royal icing, it’s a good idea to practice on a plate or a piece of parchment before you attack the cookies. This will also help you determine if your icing is the right thickness. Halloween won’t get any cuter than this.

10 Best Kids’ Halloween Costumes Under $20

Skip the trip to the costume store and order online.

How to Start Working Out (If You Basically Haven’t Moved Since Halloween)

If you’ve pretty much been planted in the couch cushions since that candy binge in October all the way through New Year’s Eve cocktails, here’s how to start exercising and establish a fitness routine you’ll actually stick with.

Potato, Egg, and Avocado Hash

Hold the toast this 
a.m. Instead, use your avocados to top this one-skillet vegetarian crowd-pleaser.

How to Make Kitchen Sink Chocolate Bark

This fun and easy candy treat contains an array of goodies in every bite.

31 Satisfying Vegetarian Recipes

In celebration of National Vegetarian Month, which begins October 1, we’ve compiled an entire month of dinners, so you won’t even have to think about what’s on the menu.   

How to Carve a Pineapple Jack-o’-Lantern

Give gourds a night off and try your hand at this quirky and tropical alternative.

Spooky Halloween Décor

When October comes around, it’s time to get frightfully creative with your Halloween décor. If you’re not afraid to go dramatic and even a little macabre, there are plenty of scary Halloween decorations that will transform your house into a “haunted” one (except without the ghosts or chilling sounds). When it comes to decorating your space for this spooky season, think about some nooks, corners, and surfaces that you might normally overlook—putting décor there makes the effect even more mysterious and surprising. Your stairs could use an eerie adornment, so what about a Halloween-inspired garland? The mantel is always a prime spot for staging a scary vignette—we have some eye-catching candleholders to create the look. If you’re hosting a Halloween dinner party, you’ll want to set the scene with a dark and mysterious table—place some spooky candlestick holders or a dark and mysterious table runner to turn your dinner into a bewitching night. You won’t want to forget about lighting, which is one of the best and easiest ways to transform the mood of a room. Light some candles that give off a peculiar glow, or add some frightful accents to your existing lighting. If you’re worried about your house looking over-the-top, there are plenty of elegant options that are far from campy and cheesy (and won’t be jarring to any visitors or little kids). And if you want something that’s not ghoulish or morbid, we have décor options for that, too. Your house will be the most spirited one on the block.