Scripps Networks Interactive Is Your Holiday Helper

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This holiday season HGTV.com has decking the halls and creating crafts down pat; while FoodNetwork.com is heating up the kitchen. Recipezaar.com is your one-stop shop to recipe swap and FineLiving.com shakes and stirs up the season with cool cocktails for Christmas.

No army of elves necessary this year; your secret weapon for crafts, recipes and holiday party hosting is the Scripps Networks Interactive family of sites - including HGTV.com, FoodNetwork.com, Recipezaar.com and FineLiving.com. Check out some of the holiday highlights:

HGTV.com:

Share Your Christmas Craft -- For the first time, HGTV.com is adding its users to the team of holiday craft experts! "Share My Christmas Crafts" is a brand new feature that allows users to upload their own holiday craft photos or videos and receive feedback from other members of the HGTV.com community

PLUS -- Upload your favorite Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa ideas before Jan. 15 for the chance to see them featured on an HGTV holiday special in 2008. Whether your claim to fame is holiday decorating, entertaining or handmade gifts, we want to see it. Uploading your photos or videos is fun, free and easy -- share your holiday spirit with the world!

And finally -- Keeping stress levels low is key to savoring the season! HGTV.com reveals the 5 Secrets to Low-Stress Holiday Entertaining; experts' strategies for staying sane while you entertain, tips to make your party planning go smoothly and easy decorating ideas that will dazzle your guests.

FoodNetwork.com

Season's Eatings
Your comprehensive, go-to guide for all of this year's finest recipes, delicacies, traditional treats and holiday party planning.

--Christmas - Make it a very merry holiday with White Chocolate Holiday Bark, Chocolate Dipped Hazelnut Shortbread, Old Fashioned Egg Nog and more!
--Hanukkah - Tips for the Festival of Lights, including Potato Latkes, Brisket, and Herb Roasted Chicken with a Mix of Roasted Baby Root Vegetables.
--Kwanzaa - Whip up delicious dishes to serve during this celebration, such as Senegalese Peanut Soup with Chicken, Beef in Tomato Sauce, and Sweet Potato and Pecan Pie.
--New Year - Ring in 2008 with an appetizer of Italian Cocktail Meatballs with Herbs and Ricotta, a toast with the Peach Ginger Bellini and an elegant dinner of Warm Lobster Salad.

The Premiere Holiday Baking Destination
Holiday baking can be a family project or your personal quiet time, but after spending an afternoon in the kitchen, you'll have yummy treats for gift giving, cookie swapping or just enjoying at home with a glass of milk.

--Cookie Central: including Butter and Jam Thumbprints, Sugar Cookies, Swedish Ginger Thins, Chocolate Dipped Hazelnut Shortbread, Christmas Candy Canes
--Gifts from the Kitchen: including Chocolate Pretzels, Hazelnut Crunch (Noci Croccante), Creamy Pecan Pralines, Sand Art Brownies, Almond and Chocolate Clusters
--Festive Winter Cakes: including Truffle Tarts with Raspberries, Cranberry Up-Side Down Cake, Gingerbread with Spiced Creme Anglaise, Pear Tarte Tatin Cheesecake, Buche de Noel
--Souffles, Mousses and Trifles: including Lemon Mousse Cakes, Chocolate Mousse, Hot Vanilla Souffle, Raspberry Souffle, Chocolate Cherry Trifle

Recipezaar.com

Recipezaar.com is the fastest growing user-generated recipe site on the web. The site features interactive elements including:
Virtual Cookie Exchange- Share cookie recipes and photos with other users and pick up a new recipe for yourself!
Holiday baking- including comprehensive instructions on preparing ginger bread.
Hanukkah- 8 days of sharing recipes, including companion stories to go with each dish.

Or, simply head on over to the site to check out over 9,200 fab Christmas recipes.

DIYNetwork.com

Share ideas, get ideas! Upload photos and videos of your Christmas creations, hand made gifts, DIY ornaments and decorations, and holiday cards and scrapbooks.

Or check out the holiday videos already up at DIYNetwork.com, demonstrating the easy how-to steps. Crafting is a fun way to involve the whole family in Christmas festivities, why not give some of these a try?
-- Tomato Cage Trees - Create a small-scale Christmas tree using a tomato cage as a frame.
-- Pine Cone Tree - This tabletop Christmas tree has loads of rustic charm.
-- Purse Gift Bags - Stitch up some quick-and-easy felt gift bags that make three gifts in one!
-- Photo Ornaments - Recycle an old Christmas tree and simple materials into these neat ornaments.
-- Santa Tree Topper - Easily create an adorable Santa tree topper out of a coffee can.
-- Cinnamon Ornaments - Use clay to create ornaments that hang on a tree or for package decor.
-- Felt Gingerbread House - Create a cherry gingerbread house out of multi-colored felt.

FineLiving.com
FineLiving.com has holiday cocktail recipes for all sorts of seasonal revelry. How about a bowl of office-party champagne punch? Hot-cha-cha martinis for hot holiday dates? Give yourself the gift of some special cocktail recipes.

Visit 10 Holiday Cocktails, including pretty champagne punches, holiday spice cocktails and other festive specialty drinks. Eggnog for everyone.

Scripps Networks Interactive:
The award-winning Web sites created and supported by Scripps Networks Interactive have attracted a monthly average of more than 14 million unique visitors in 2007 (Jan-Oct) and are category leaders in the food, home and living space online. The Scripps Networks Interactive properties -- Web sites HGTV.com, FoodNetwork.com, DIYnetwork.com, FineLiving.com, GACTV.com, Recipezaar.com -- are not only extensions of Scripps Networks leading lifestyle brands, providing users programming information and additional instructional content, but also exciting destinations for original content, engaging video and powerful interactive tools.

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