Cooking & Dinner Parties


10 Ways to Simplify Christmas Parties and Gift Giving

An hour ago on his radio show, Steven Quinn talked about how stressful Christmas has become. With these best tips for simplifying Christmas dinners, parties, and gift giving, your holidays won’t be something to dread. These ideas will help you simplify the holiday season and make Christmas easy. One of my favorite Christmas gift tips is a white elephant gift exchange because […]

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17 Party Appetizer Ideas and Recipes – From Cheese Penguins to Devils

I rounded up these 17 ideas for appetizers and recipes for party snacks because I’m throwing two parties soon and don’t want to be scrambling at the last minute! Plus, November is Party Month on Quips and Tips 🙂 The recipe for the Cream Cheese Penguins is at the bottom of this article – it’s an easy party snack, though […]


Invited to a Thanksgiving Potluck? Ideas for What to Bring

It’s not just about what you bring when you’re invited to a potluck on Thanksgiving – it’s how you can help! These Thanksgiving tips will help you show your gratitude and make your hostess’ job much easier. The first tip for when you’re invited to a Thanksgiving potluck is to remember how BIG a job it is to host the dinner […]


Delicious Ways to Cut Calories at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Diet Tips – Easy, Delicious Ways to Cut Calories

Cutting calories at Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be complicated, boring, or stressful! These Thanksgiving diet tips range from the 80/20 rule (delicious ways to cut calories) to pedometers (easy ways to burn calories). “With men, there’s a preference toward comfort food that’s a little more healthy, like meat, pasta and potatoes,” says food psychologist and author of Mindless Eating: Why […]


Heart Healthy Diet Tips for Thanksgiving Dinner

These heart healthy diet tips for Thanksgiving dinner will help you enjoy a heart smart holiday season! Eating healthy can be delicious if you follow the right diet tips…… Before the tips, a quip: “With men, there’s a preference toward comfort food that’s a little more healthy, like meat, pasta and potatoes,” says food psychologist and author of Mindless Eating: Why […]


Going to a Potluck on Turkey Day? Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

These Thanksgiving dinner ideas are perfect if you’re invited to a potluck on turkey day and don’t know what to bring. Also included are tips on choosing the right wines for Thanksgiving dinner. Before the Thanksgiving potluck tips, a quip: “The funny thing about Thanksgiving, or any huge meal, is that you spend 12 hours shopping for it and then chopping and […]


7 Easy Ways to Save Money on Groceries

Want to save money on groceries? These money saving tips for the kitchen will cut your restaurant and grocery stores costs in half…and you may even drop a few pounds while you’re at it. Before the tips, a quip: “I don’t like money, actually, but it quiets my nerves.” ~ Joe Louis. Cooking with wine isn’t a tip for saving money on […]