Hands down, my favorite recipe of 2012. When making this just for my boyfriend and myself, I use poblano peppers and double the amount of green chilies (can you tell that I like spicy food?). If all we have on hand is brown rice or ground turkey, I swap those in as well. Best of all, the whole dish can be made in advance.
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2. Ribbon Adjustable Baking Pan From Quirky
When this product appeared on our Simple Tip blog, I immediately pinned it and started feverishly hoping for it to go into production. No word on a production date yet, but maybe by this time next year I can make a candy cane-shaped cake!
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3. Laser Cut Girly Dress From Muse
All of my friends and family can expect to see me sporting this little black number at holiday parties in December. Bonus: The Finish the Look fashion game, which features this dress, is among the most fun pieces of content on the site.
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4. Our No-Obligation Book Club’s Discussion of Gone Girl
The most addictive, engaging book I read this year was Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and our book club discussion left nothing to be desired. I won’t say anything more for fear of giving something away. Just go read it.
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5. How To: Decorate Marbleized Ornament and Candy Cane Cookies
I love Christmas cookies. I was planning to make seven (yes, seven) different Christmas cookies throughout the holiday season, but when I saw this cookie-decorating video, I bumped that number up to eight. The cookies are unquestionably impressive, but the marbleized effect only takes a few minutes to achieve.
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6. Hometown Jigsaw Puzzle
Jigsaw puzzles lend a sense of calm to my otherwise helter-skelter life, so this personalized gem would be the perfect gift for me. (If you’re reading, Santa, that’s a hint!)