National Pumpkin Day: Top 5 Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

Pumpkin pie might be a Thanksgiving staple, but National Pumpkin Day is today–October 26th! Get in the mood for holiday desserts with some of our favorite pumpkin pie recipes. We’ll start you off with the classic pumpkin pie recipe, and then serve up a few pumpkin twists on traditional dessert ideas to get you baking.


1. Classic Pumpkin Pie
There’s nothing more satisfying around the holiday season than a delicious pumpkin pie. There’s no need to get fancy with special ingredients and toppings. Stick to the original with this recipe from Taste of Home®. If classic recipes are exactly what you’re looking for, check out these Taste of Home cookbooks at Lakeside.



2. Bite-Sized Pumpkin Pies
Mix up your classic pumpkin pie recipe with an entire plate of bite-sized or mini pumpkin pies. Not only are these delicious little snacks perfect for your holiday dessert trays, they can also be a fun cooking activity to do with the kids leading up to Thanksgiving. Give everyone their own personal pie with this unique recipe.


3. Creamy Pumpkin Pudding
If that warm pumpkin flavor isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, cool things down with this pumpkin pudding recipe. The great thing about this recipe is it allows you to mix and match the ingredients you want. If you’re not a walnut fan, leave ’em out. If you like the idea of adding a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg, go right ahead.


4. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Everyone has their favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, some of them passed down from generations. The best part about the chocolate chip cookie is you can easily tweak it with a special flavor. Pumpkin is the best ingredient. Check out this simple recipe, and refresh your cookie cooking gear with products from Lakeside.

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5. Pumpkin Brownies
As if we weren’t already prepared to add pies, puddings and cookies to our Thanksgiving dessert menu. It’s hard to pass up this pumpkin brownies recipe. It’s the perfect solution for your sweet tooth, and also satisfies your pumpkin craving. If you’re in the mood for chocolate, check out these chocolaty gifts ideas at Lakeside.


‘Tis the Season: Tree-Trimming & Home Decorating Ideas

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year. Why wait? Get started by brainstorming holiday decorating and tree-trimming ideas with these useful articles and product suggestions from The Lakeside Collection.


Christmas Tree Decorating Tips & Tricks
The holiday season is quickly approaching. Before you know it, it will be time to trim the tree while sipping cocoa from holiday mugs and listening to classic Christmas songs. The Christmas tree can be a daunting task if you aren’t sure how to approach decorating. We’ve detailed some tips and tricks for decorating your tree using the 5 F’s (Fluff, Fill, Festive, Foundation & Finish) to help you with the tree-trimming experience.



Holiday Decorating Ideas Inspired by Classic Christmas Stories
Home decorating doesn’t get any better than Christmas. Getting together with the family to personalize the tree, stringing up lights or wrapping the stairway in garlands and tinsel. The Christmas story is a big part of many holiday memories. Whether you’re on the lookout for a holiday theme or wondering if there’s a way to bring your favorite story to life, take a look at these decorating ideas inspired by classic Christmas stories.


Fall Flavors: Apple Picking and Oktoberfest Menu Ideas

A few weeks into Autumn. The air is crisp, but not too cold. The leaves are changing and starting to fall. But the weather isn’t the only thing that is changing. Our taste in food changes a little bit as well. Fall flavors like apple, pumpkin and cinnamon are what we crave. Fall festivals like Oktoberfest offer mouthwatering menus we look forward to every year. Learn about the flavors of fall with these articles on apples and Oktoberfest.


American As Apple Pie: The Apple’s Journey to America
For a country that’s second in the world in apple production, a nation with a proud idiom like “American as apple pie,” it’s odd to learn that all these apples weren’t around when colonists first settled on American soil. The apple’s journey to America is a curious one, intertwined with colonial tastes, the founding fathers and even a popular legend or two. Read on to learn more about the apple’s deep roots in our American history.


What to Put On Your Oktoberfest Menu
With summer barbecues in our past and holiday parties ahead of us, we’re in that wonderful fall transitional period. Oktoberfest is to us what trick-or-treating is for the little ones. But you don’t have to pack your travel pillow and get on a 10-hour flight to take part in the festival. You can have your own fest at home. You know that beer is a must, but you need some snacks to go with it. Here’s what to put on your Oktoberfest menu.


Apple Picking Guide
It’s that time of year when apples taste the sweetest and farms open to the public for apple picking. It is one of those fall activities for which everyone should set aside a crisp day and leave behind the cheap toys and chores to celebrate the beautiful autumn season. Here’s a quick guide to picking the best apples this fall.

Halloween Decorations: Get ‘Em Before They’re Gone

Halloween will be here in just a few short weeks. There’s still plenty of time to get your orders in, receive the goods and put up your decorations in time for Halloween. Our favorite haunted holiday comes and goes too quickly. The good news is you can proudly display your scary decorations for the entire month of October if you want. Get your Halloween decorations while there’s still time! Here’s a few of our Halloween favorites.

It’s Alive!
These frightening Halloween decorations move, light up or make spooky sounds!

The scary Barking Skeleton Dog is perfect for frightening Halloween guests and trick-or-treaters. Sound and touch activated, it unleashes a devilish barking noise (and its eyes light up red) when people get too close.

The Radio Control Tarantula looks so real it might scare your friends! Move the tarantula forward, backward and side-to-side, or press the auto-movement feature to make it crawl and spin on its own. Eyes light up red.

55″ Animated Demoness springs to life to startle trick-or-treaters who dare approach your door. Hanging by shackles, the sound-activated demoness’ eyes glow red, and she shakes as she belts out scary warnings.

Wicked Witches
Go for a classic Halloween look with a classic Halloween character…

Transform your yard into a ghostly gathering spot with the Halloween Silhouettes. The solar lanterns create spooky shadows at night. The 3-Pc. Stake Set creates a scene of witches working over a steamy cauldron.

Halloween Witch’s Brooms accent your home in the spirit of the season. It features natural elements such as grapevine, burlap and raffia alongside spooky accents and a witty phrase. Easily disassembles for storage.

Enjoy the funnier side of Halloween with Sound & Motion Crashing Witch. The poor thing looks like she just crashed into a wall. Activated by sound, her legs start kicking, and she screams and says several phrases.

Perfect Pumpkins
Enjoy the lighter side of Halloween with Jack-O’-Lanterns and decorative pumpkins!

Metal Polka Dot Pumpkins add playful color for your autumn home. Metal tabs attach leaves to the pumpkin. The scrollwork stem doubles as a hanger so you can display the pumpkin from a hook for an original look.

The color-changing 14″ Lighted Stacked Pumpkins adds a cute look to your Halloween decor. Each friendly jack-o’-lantern face lights up different shades. Their carved wood look fits in nicely with rustic country decor.

Add some rustic charm to your Halloween porch with the Country Lighted Welcome Pumpkin. Perfect as a friendly greeting, the LED light inside simulates real candlelight, safely shining through the six cutout stars.

Halloween Crunch Time: Final Ideas for the Big Day

It’s Halloween crunch time! No need to freak out if you haven’t yet transformed your house into that haunted dream mansion. There’s still a little time to stock up on spooky decorations, costume accessories and more. Plan, brainstorm and get excited about the holiday with these informative Halloween articles from Lakeside.


Tips for Carving Your Halloween Pumpkin
Halloween is on its way! While you’re coming up with clever costume ideas for a big night of trick-or-treating, you can also begin decorating. Pumpkin carving is at the top of the list for most of our holiday checklists, so make sure you do it right. Here are a few pumpkin-carving tips for an easy and long-lasting jack-o-lantern.


Alternative Halloween Activities for Non-Trick-or-Treaters
Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays, but not every family celebrates the same way. Some kids aren’t the right age, neighborhood safety could be a concern, trick-or-treating might not be popular in your area. It’s smart to have alternatives up your sleeve. Consider these different ways to celebrate Halloween.


How to Create a Spooky Bedroom for Your Kids
Kids love spooky haunted houses on Halloween, but creating that eerie feeling in your home can be a lot of work with your busy schedule. If you want to give kids the horrifying Halloween experience they’ve been begging for, consider confining it to their room. Here are four ideas to create a spooky bedroom for kids.


Opportunity Knocks: Treat Yourself to a Tricked-Out Door
Transforming your porch into a Halloween haven can take a lot of time. But you don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to create awesome, kid-friendly Halloween decor. With easy-to-find supplies, free printables, and creativity, you can take advantage of the most visited aspect of your Halloween home: your front door!


Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Halloween is a frightful night! While the kids love to get spooked when they patrol for candy, there can be safety concerns, and they’re not limited to children. Even if the treats are safe for kids, they may not be for our pets. Here are six important things to watch out for to keep our pets safe during Halloween festivities.

Fall Home Decor You Can Keep Up Through Christmas

The difference between traditional harvest and Christmas decorations can be pretty drastic, but it  doesn’t have to be. Although there are some things that just don’t make sense to put up yet, like Christmas trees or holiday lights, there are a number of ways to decorate for the fall season around your house without having to take everything down for Christmas. Check out our fall home decor you can display through the holidays.

Light the Way from Fall to Christmas
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Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Mason Jar Candles
The 12-oz. Mason jars are packed with a wonderful scent and have a metal top to keep the candle fresh.
Woodland Tea Light Candleholders
Create a serene, cozy scene with candleholders designed to look like tree stumps or a stack of firewood.
Winter Warmth Mason Jar Candles
These Mason jars are filled with 12-oz. of fragrant wax that adds a warm, welcoming touch to your home.

Fall Greetings that Fit the Holidays
Welcome guests from when the leaves start falling to when the snow starts piling up.double-sided-seasonal-door-hangers17-inch-berry-starslighted-country-spray-or-wreath

Double-Sided Seasonal Door Hangers
This double-sided door hanger has your personal monogram and a festive design for fall or the holidays.
17″ Berry Stars
Natural vines, faux pine sprigs, berries and a bronze star make this hanger great from autumn until winter.
Lighted Country Wreath or Spray
Metal stars and hearts, berries, plaid bows and lights give this wreath or spray versatility for any season.

October-to-December Decorations
Get that fall feeling you want in October that continues to satisfy through December.lighted-monogram-plaquesinspirational-angelsfabric-covered-sentiment-plaques

Lighted Monogram Plaques
Reminiscent of a vintage marquee sign, this plaque brightens up a desk or shelf with beautiful LED lights.
Inspirational Angels
This inspirational angel features a sentiment that makes it perfect as a home accent for fall or a holiday gift.
Fabric-Covered Sentiment Plaques
Add country charm and a sweet family phrase to your home to inspire everyone from October to December.

Halloween Tricks for Parents & Ideas for Fall Decorating

Fall is here and Halloween is on the horizon. It’s time to start shopping for Halloween decor. And for parents with kids and trick-or-treaters, it’s time to figure out your Halloween game plan. Learn some Halloween tricks to help get you through the holiday and a few ideas for fall decorating with this Lakeside article showcase.


Tips on Explaining Halloween Traditions to Toddlers
Frightening images are everywhere leading up to the end of October. It’s impossible to completely shield kids from the haunting imagery associated with the spooky holiday. As we get closer to Halloween, kids, especially younger kids, will inevitably begin to ask question about the holiday and all the scary stuff they see. Here’s a few tips on explaining monsters, ghosts and all those creepy creatures to your little toddlers.


Electronics and Other Ideas to Keep Tabs on Trick-or-Treaters
Halloween can be a stressful time for parents who aren’t used to the idea of their child going house to house without a chaperone for the first time. However, with some organization, a few rules and modern technology, it’s perfectly possible to keep tabs on your little trick-or-treaters to guarantee they’re perfectly safe till curfew. Read on to review a few important trick-or-treat guidelines to make sure your kids are safer on Halloween.


Clever Ways to Feature Autumn Leaves in Your Home
Nothing says fall like beautiful autumn leaves. They arrive just as quickly as they depart. Soon, we will look up and be surprised by bare branches. Some of us enjoy the fall season so much we try to feature it in our homes, and there’s no better way to give our homes seasonal style than by bringing in a bit of the outdoors. Learn how to preserve beautiful leaves and how to display them with these clever tips on autumn leaves.

Treat Yourself to an Early Christmas in Fall

The busy Christmas shopping season is getting closer and closer. And with Lakeside’s Christmas Catalog for 2016 now online, it’s easy to get a jumpstart on all your holiday shopping. But you don’t have to wrap up everything and save it for the holidays. Here are some sweet treats for Christmas, family activities for some fun this fall, as well as some gift ideas to treat yourself right now so you don’t have to wait until the holidays.

Sweet Treats You Have to Try

Assorted Gourmet Pretzel Tub
An irresistible combination of salty and sweet, gourmet pretzel rods are a tasty treat. Each tub contains 20 pretzel rods dipped in chocolate and chocolate swirls, dusted in cocoa or sprinkled with chocolate candy.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Milk Tins
This milk tin is filled with bite-sized versions of chocolate chip cookies. A lovely seasonal image adorns the milk tin, which can be reused for storage or decor when the cookies are gone. Contains 12 oz. of cookies.
Marshmallow Madness Tub
The marshmallow tub is filled with rich and delicious chocolate-covered marshmallows. It has approximately 30 oversized pieces coated in chocolate, topped with candy-coated pieces and drizzled in white chocolate.

Something Special Just for You

Cozy Sock and Lotion Gift-Boxed Sets
With this super cozy sock and lotion gift-boxed set, your feet will stay comfortably soft and moisturized. The feminine set features a revitalizing scented foot moisturizer and a pair of ultra-soft socks tied with a bow.
Birthstone Floating Charm Locket Necklaces
This silvertone, heart-shaped locket is outlined in crystals, with a see-through window and floating charms. Locket has a magnetic closure to add or remove charms. Hangs on a ball chain with a lobster claw clasp.
Personalized Stainless Steel Mug
This mug is a cute and customized way to sip your morning coffee. The trendy pattern wraps around the 16-oz. insulated design. The mouth opening slides open and closed, and the top is airtight yet easily removed.

Family Gifts for a Fun-Filled Fall

Licensed Trivia Boxes
Get together with your family and test your knowledge of the facts with this Licensed Trivia Box. It contains hundreds of trivia questions, as well as character cards or game cards, perfect for a fall family game night.
1,000-Pc. Seasonal Leaf-Shaped Puzzles
Unlike traditional puzzles, this 1,000-Pc. Seasonal Leaf-Shaped Puzzle has a unique silhouette in the spirit of the season. It’s also filled with detailed artwork from one of the four seasons. Perfect for fall and winter.
Farkel Game Set with Dice Rolling Tray
This classic, high-scoring dice game is great for a family game night. The set includes a dice rolling tray with scoring combinations printed in the center of the felt cloth and a dice collection alley along the outside edge.

Fall Activities to Make You Forget About Summer

Every season of the year offers something unique. Whether its the activities that depend on a certain kind of weather or the seasonal recipes that just wouldn’t taste right during a different month, there’s almost always something to look forward to no matter what season is on the horizon. It’s easy to get excited about summer, but for those of us who would rather throw on a light jacket instead of a swimsuit, who might prefer the smell of burning leaves to bonfires, or kicking back with a warm mug on a cool day rather than an ice cold glass in the hot sun, fall is the best season of the year. And these fall activities will make you forget all about summer.


Crazy for Crisp Weather
Sometimes the sweltering summer heat and humidity can be unbearable or start to get on our nerves. Fall provides a nice change of pace in most regions of the United States. While temperatures steadily decrease as winter eventually approaches, the majority of the fall months are nice and crisp. It’s the perfect weather to take a walk outdoors, particularly when the leaves start to change colors, or take a drive through nature. The season also offers many family activities and community events, especially when the harvest season gets in full swing. Apple picking at a local orchard can be a great way to spend an afternoon and gather supplies to make homemade cider or apple pie. Strolling through a pumpkin patch with the kids can result in finding the perfect pumpkins for Halloween jack-o’-lanterns and Thanksgiving pumpkin carving. And local harvest fests can offer some of our favorite summer rides with additions that only pop up in autumn, such as corn mazes.

Keeping Cozy Indoors
Just like there’s nothing better in summer than escaping inside to fans and air conditioning, there’s nothing better in autumn than warming up inside after a long day in the crisp fall air. The summer months keep us outdoors for longer periods of time, while winter forces many of us to hibernate through the coldest part of the season. Fall gives us the best of both worlds. With the leaves changing and a whisper of cold in the air, it can be very satisfying to stay indoors and cuddle up watching a movie, or kick back with a good book. It’s also, more so than any other time of year, the cooking season. The cooler climate makes it possible to use the oven again without warming up the house, and the beginning of the holiday season allows you to cook your favorite homemade meals and try out some new recipes. The harvest season is also the best time for canning, and a bountiful harvest for gardeners makes it easy to keep things fresh with home-grown flavor.


For Outdoor Enthusiasts
Nothing makes a cozy afternoon inside sweeter than a productive morning in the outdoors. Fall is arguably the best time of the year to get outside and enjoy the fresh air without having to worry about bringing things like sunscreen or coating your skin with bug spray every half hour. Hiking and mountain biking, as well as fall sports like football and soccer are perfect for the cool weather of the fall season. Athletic endeavors like jogging and cycling, recreational sports like fishing or rock climbing can be more enjoyable in autumn. Fall is also the biggest hunting season of the year, with specific start dates in appropriate areas for big game as well as waterfowl, pheasants, quail, turkeys and more. There’s a big difference between keeping warm with the right fall apparel and skimping on layers during the summer, and the temperamental weather of spring can be hard to enjoy with rainfall and humidity. Get out and enjoy the crisp fall weather before winter starts.

From awesome mugs to pour your favorite warm beverage, good books to keep you entertained and throws to keep you cozy to great wardrobe solutions for cold weather and fall home maintenance tools, Lakeside is packed with items to make the upcoming autumn season your most enjoyable and memorable season yet.

Autumn Arrival: Getting You Ready for the Season Change

It’s sad that the warm summer months are finally coming to an end, but the harsh winter season is still pretty far away. Autumn is here to save the day and keep the winter weather at bay for a few more months. But the fall season has some challenges of its own, from yardwork to refreshing the interior of your home. Get ready for the summer-to-fall season change and learn a few facts along the way with these autumn arrival tips.


Techniques to Help You Deal with Pesky Autumn Leaves
When winter begins to take its first full breaths of life, it starts pulling beautiful leaves down to your lawn, into your gutters and between the crevices of your car. The same leaves we gazed at a month earlier become a chore. Study these techniques to help you deal with pesky autumn leaves after your trees start shedding.


Clever Home Decor Ideas for Featuring Throws & Quilts
Many of us are looking forward to curling up on the couch with a throw or quilt to keep cozy. While throws are great functional pieces, they can also be artfully coordinated into your decor when not in use. Read on for some clever home decor tips to help you feature some gorgeous throws and quilts around your home.


Common Bathroom Injuries and How to Avoid Them
Depending on your age, bathrooms can be one of the most dangerous rooms in the house. Many bathroom accidents and injuries can be prevented by taking proper precautions and, most importantly, knowing where the danger zones are. Learn about common bathroom injuries and how to avoid them with this fall review.


5 Hair Care Tips for the Summer-to-Fall Transition
You did your best to protect your hair all through the summer; that season of scorching sun, hot winds and chlorinated swimming pools. Now with the fall season approaching and Halloween props popping up, it’s time to undo some summer damage. Check out these five hair care tips for the summer-to-fall transition.