A do-ahead cornmeal biscuit to sop up your gravy

This Oct. 20, 2014, photo shows cornbread buttermilk biscuits in Concord, N.H. The biscuits can be prepared up to the point of baking, then arranged on the pan, wrapped tightly in plastic and frozen for up to two weeks. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

These rich cornmeal biscuits aren’t just an easy and delicious way to have fresh bread at the Thanksgiving table. They also let you get a jump on your dinner prep.

Novice crafter? There’s a project for that!

This product image provided by Darby Smart shows a Pumpkin Spice Candle do-it-yourself kit. Darby Smart, launched by former investment banker Nicole Farb, finds crafters on Pinterest and elsewhere and then packages their ideas into kits so anyone can make the projects. (AP Photo/Darby Smart)

NEW YORK (AP) — Inspired by that colorful homemade gingerbread on Instagram or the hand-painted coasters on Pinterest, but worried about your skills?

Ask a Designer: from clutter to decor

In this photo provided by M. Design Interiors, framed art is displayed both in and on a built-in bookcase. The effect is open and airy, while still providing ample storage space for the homeowners book collection. The interior and bookcase design is by Molly Luetkemeyer. (AP Photo/ M. Design Interiors, Justin Officer)

Designers often surprise their clients by sharing a secret: You can dramatically change the look of a room simply by changing or rearranging the items on your bookshelves and tabletops.

Pumpkin pie reconfigured as Thanksgiving cannoli

This Oct. 27, 2014 photo shows spiced pumpkin cannoli in Concord, N.H. Instead of having to fuss with a pie crust, with this dessert simply purchase prepared cannoli shells, which are easily filled with the pumpkin filling. (AP Photo/MatthewMead)

Who says the Thanksgiving pumpkin dessert has to be a pie? We decided to tinker with tradition just a bit by turning the usual pumpkin pie filling into cannoli.

Spice up Thanksgiving with barbecue-rubbed turkey

This Oct. 27, 2014, photo shows barbecue spiced turkey in Concord, N.H. Looking for sides that play up everything going on with this bird? Consider a cornbread-based stuffing, roasted sweet potatoes and roasted squash drizzled with cumin-spiked butter. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

It occurred to us recently that many of the same flavors we crave on grilled meats during the summer also would be superb on roasted turkey at Thanksgiving.

10 Things: 10 fresh ways to doctor stuffing mix

This Sept. 29, 2014 photo shows golden stuffing muffins in Concord, N.H. When making stuffing, its always better to slice and dry your own bread cubes. In the chaos of getting the many components of Thanksgiving dinner on the table in a timely manner, many of us wont have the time to make that happen. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Let’s be clear about something… When making stuffing, it’s always better to slice and dry your own bread cubes. Hands down, the taste and texture are better.

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