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A New Year’s Eve Cocktail

A smooch at midnight, fireworks, colorful underwear, a rousing rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” and a plateful of Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day. The traditions of New Year’s Eve are many and varied, but among the best known is … Continue reading

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Homemade Buttermilk Doughnuts for National Doughnuts Day

I love using “National Days” as an excuse for decadence. November 5th is a good one as we celebrate National Doughnut Day. But wait a second. Wasn’t National Donut Day back in June? I seem to remember Ellen making some … Continue reading

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Homemade Nut Butter Cups

Any guesses on what the most popular Halloween candy is? It’s not Snickers. Not Kit Kat, Hershey bars or even M&Ms. It may not be too surprising to learn that when someone got chocolate in H.B. Reese’s peanut butter way … Continue reading

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Halloween Hack: Make Trickerdoodle Cookies Using Leftover Candy

If your youngsters are aggressive trick-or-treaters or the turnout at your own front door didn’t meet expectations, there’s a good chance November starts off with a serious surplus of bite-sized candy. You can freeze some to be eaten later, you … Continue reading

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How to Make Your Own Shaving Soap

This recipe is a “cold process”, which means it doesn’t take long to put together, but it must cure for five to six weeks before it’s ready to use. Lye is used for a chemical reaction to saponify the oils … Continue reading

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Healthy Halloween Cuisine: DIY Black Hamburger Buns Recipe

When a hamburger with a black bun was introduced in Japan by a fast food restaurant last year, it was an instant hit. Still, I was surprised when the novelty burger hit the American market just in time for Halloween … Continue reading

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7 Plants to Grow for Your Cats

In homes with cats, the survival of indoor greenery is often at risk as our feline friends delight in gnawing, scratching or pawing at houseplants. It may be a craving for fiber, an appealing scent or perhaps just boredom, but … Continue reading

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