Featured Recipe: Pear, Plum & Almond Country Morning Granola

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During the holiday season, our schedules are packed to the brim with commitments. Everything from the kid’s recitals to your cousin’s pancake breakfast, and your best friend’s dinner party in between it all, it’s hard to always have a grateful gesture at hand. This season, striving to be more thankful for those around me and the experiences that surround me, I’ve started reminding myself that preparation is what it’s all about. Preparing sweet treats for guests, friends, and family members makes us not only greet them with a small token of our appreciation, but it’s something we can think ahead and prepare even a couple of weeks ahead (as long as it’s stored in an airtight container!)   Take this Plum, Pear, & Almond Country Morning Granola for example. It’s the perfect housewarming gift to bring over to your neighbors as well as a delicious hostess present to bring to your next dinner party. Another great idea is to make small bags of this granola, tie it with twine, and leave on the nightstand of your overnight guests. Everyone loves a little midnight snack or early treat. It’s also a fantastic way to transform the Hickory Farm’s Dried Fruit Collection …
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How to Plan a Fun Caroling Party (Go Caroling Day – Dec. 20)

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The holidays are all about creating memories. For a unique way to celebrate this year, consider hosting a party steeped in tradition by inviting your friends over for a little caroling in the neighborhood. Take advantage of Go Caroling Day on December 20, and try these tips for planning a fun caroling party. Getting ready to carol A successful caroling party takes a bit of planning. A few weeks before the party begins, it is best to start practicing. Invite your friends over to search through classic holiday tunes and decide which songs you are going to sing. Try to select a good mix of classic and contemporary music. Print out a copy of the lyrics for each participant and decide who will sing each part. Another important consideration for planning your celebration is the logistics of the caroling itself. Take some time to plan the route that you are going to take and how you will get from place to place. Keep in mind that you want to spend most of your time singing rather than walking or driving. Bring along treats for the road To keep your spirits up, pack a few snacks to enjoy between visits. For something …
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New Ways to Celebrate Christmas with Your Family

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A great Christmas celebration combines classic customs with new family traditions. Enjoy something a little different this holiday season with these unique ways to celebrate Christmas with your family and Hickory Farms. Make this year’s tree edible For a dessert that is both beautiful and delicious, let your kids make their own festive Christmas tree. Start by gathering the ingredients, including ice cream cones, frosting in various shades of green, and brightly colored candies, such as our Mini Melt Away Mints. Turn the ice cream cone upside down on a plate and cover it with the frosting. Then, let your child’s imagination run wild as he or she decorates the tree with the candies. Take the time to reflect on your year For a tradition that you will love for years to come, spend an afternoon recording your favorite memories of the year. Gather your family together to enjoy a snack of our Beef Summer Sausage, Farmhouse Cheddar, and Golden Toasted Crackers while you talk about all of the exciting things that you did together. Then, in a keepsake book, write down a few of your favorite memories. Each year, start this tradition by reading what you wrote in past …
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