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Gingerbread: Thinking Outside the House

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/21/15 9:19 AM / by Malta Development posted in gingerbread cake, holidays, Holidays, recipe, Recipes

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No other confection represents the holidays like gingerbread. Be it an elaborate gingerbread house or festively-decorated gingerbread men, no one can turn down such delicious holiday treats this time of year. But what about those who want that unique holiday flavor without all the labor and mess of rolling and cutting out shapes? That's where gingerbread griddle cake stacks come into play. Picture moist and fluffy gingerbread pancakes stacked on top of each other with a smooth and decadent filling. Serve them during breakfast or whenever you get that craving for sugar and spice. Here's how it's done:
 
Serves: 8
Hands-on Time: 35 min
Total Time: 1 hr 15 min
 

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Beautiful Gift Wrap Ideas

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/11/15 9:10 AM / by Malta Development posted in gift wrap, gift wrap ideas, holidays, Holidays, Tips + Tricks

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This holiday season, make your gift wrapping as creative and thoughtful as the gift itself. The best part is that you don't have to overspend to make your package stand out. You can use scrap paper, or even old paint swatches. If you pay attention to detail, use your resources wisely, and know what your recipient enjoys, you'll be on your way to delivering a perfectly wrapped holiday gift. Watch your friends and family's faces light up with these whimsical holiday gift decorating ideas.
 

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Last Call for the Polar Express!

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/3/15 9:52 AM / by Malta Development posted in holidays, Holidays, polar express

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All aboard the Polar Express. Bring your friends and family to enjoy a heartwarming and festive atmosphere through the Saratoga & North Creek Railway.
 
This winter, the Caldecott-winning children's Christmas book written by Chris Van Allsburg comes to life. Saratoga's Polar Express brings you on a memorable round-trip train ride to the "North Pole". It's a magical experience for both adults and children. Come dressed in your pajamas to celebrate the spirit of Christmas.
 

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A Modern (and Light)Thanksgiving: Turkey Breast with Vanilla Sweet Potatoes

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/23/15 9:10 AM / by Malta Development posted in holidays, Holidays, Recipes, recipes

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What do you think of when you think of Thanksgiving turkey? Do gravy and cranberry sauce come to mind? What about leftover turkey soup and sandwiches? Most families can’t polish off an entire turkey in one sitting. These turkey breasts are lighter fare than a whole turkey, and you can make them ahead to save time during meal day.

Much of the Thanksgiving tradition includes time-consuming prep work and eating more than you can handle. However, if you're going for moderation and time-efficiency this year, why not try a make-ahead turkey breast with vanilla sweet potatoes? It includes everything you'd want from a Thanksgiving dinner minus the hassle. Follow this recipe to spend time with family, friends and football, not the food.
 
Here's how to get started:

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Moroccan Orange Chicken

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/9/15 9:00 AM / by Malta Development posted in holidays, Recipes, recipes

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During the California Gold Rush, early Chinese immigrants lacked the ingredients traditionally used in their cooking. According to the "Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America," they made do to create the now-American-staple, chop suey. After that, Chinese-American cuisine took a life of its own.

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Festive Fall Candy Apples

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/26/15 9:00 AM / by Malta Development posted in activities, DIY, holiday party ideas, holidays, Holidays

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Apple bobbing is a long-time Halloween tradition dating back hundreds of years. Sanitation and safety concerns have plagued this wholesome tradition in recent years, though. You could go through all the preventative safety measures like wearing goggles, sanitizing your water containers, and removing the stalks to prevent eye injury, but there is a better alternative that'll have your party guests raving for months on end.

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Five Great Gift Basket Ideas

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/20/15 9:00 AM / by Malta Development posted in baby shower, christmas, DIY, diy, gift baskets, gift ideas, Halloween, holidays, Holidays, ideas, Malta, presents, thank you, tips, Tips + Tricks

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It is sometimes difficult to find just the right gift for a friend or family member. Gift baskets are the perfect answer! They're creative, thoughtful, and always fit correctly. You can give them for any number of occasions: birthdays, holidays, as a thank you, for a baby or wedding shower, or just because. Here are five gift basket suggestions.

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DIY Paper Heart Garland

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/4/15 9:30 AM / by Malta Development posted in activities, color, diy, holidays, to do, Uncategorized, valentine's day

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Are you in need of some fun Valentine’s spirit for your home?

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After Gift Opening Activities

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/24/14 9:00 AM / by Malta Development posted in activities, after gift activities, children, holidays, Holidays, post christmas activities, Tips + Tricks

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The holidays are a special time to be with loved ones. But after the presents have all been unwrapped, it may feel like there’s nothing else to do but sit around the house and watch the kids (both young and old) play with their new toys.

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Hosting Holidays In A New Home

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/7/14 9:00 AM / by Malta Development posted in holiday moving tips, holidays, Holidays, hosting holidays, housing amenities, moving, moving tips, new home, Tips + Tricks

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The holidays can be a stressful time of year. Add just having moved into a new home into the mix and things may feel a bit over your head.

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