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10 Different Ways To Preserve Fruits and Vegetables For The Winter

by Faith Provencher
10 Different Ways To Preserve Fruits and Vegetables For The Winter
Photo: Foodie Factor

I don't know about you, but one of the things I hate about winter (and there are many) is the lack of fresh vegetables from the garden or local farm stand. There's nothing like a fresh tomato picked that very day. But today we have some tips for preserving that delicious bounty of produce that we will soon lack. These ideas will help you to eat healthier throughout the long run, and they'll also help you to waste less food in the short term. Read on for tons of great ideas!   

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What Should You Do This Month? Throw a Backyard Solstice Party to Celebrate the Start of Summer

by Rachel Jacks

Backyard Solstice Party

While many Americans think that summer starts on Memorial Day, it officially begins on summer solstice, usually June 21 in the Northern hemisphere. The longest day of the year seems like the ideal excuse for a party, so here are some ideas for a backyard celebration of midsummer. And if you don't get around to throwing a summer solstice party, there's no expiration date on these outdoor party ideas!                

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Roundup: 15 Pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice Recipes for the Holidays

by Brittni Mehlhoff

Roundup: 15 Pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice Recipes for the Holidays

A quick visit to Pinterest will remind you of the fall season in a heartbeat, and one of the things that I love most about the fall season (and holidays) are all the great pumpkin recipes. So, to get a head start on all the cooking and baking coming up, I thought I would share a handful of yummy pumpkin and pumpkin spice recipes to inspire you in the kitchen.   

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Roundup: 8 DIY Laundry Room Hacks, Tips, & Ideas

by DIY Maven

Roundup: 8 DIY Laundry Room Hacks, Tips, & Ideas

Getting the laundry room ship-shape for spring will be a SNAP with these very clever hacks. There's something for everyone too. Woodworkers can go all out with Ana White's Laundry Basket Dresser plan, pictured above.

If you'd rather keep your tools in their chest, check out this super simple idea from Craft Blog. A 'blob' of hot glue was used to attach clothes pins to a tiled wall to hang dry those little items that get stuck in the dryer...

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How To: Make Your Own Swirled Lollipops!

by Capree K

How To: Make Your Own Swirled Lollipops!

I was thinking long and hard about how to work a Wizard of Oz/Lollipop Guild pun into this post, but I gave up.  Instead, I'll throw out a lazy "Tra la la la la la la", hope you make the connection, and follow it up with this exclamation: making your own swirly lollipops is fun and awesome!  Here's how.   

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What Foods NOT to Eat on New Years Day

by DIY Maven

What Foods NOT to Eat on New Years Day
Every culture seems to have their custom 'lucky foods' to consume on New Years eve/day. Epicurious has a nice selection of recipes that feature some of the biggies like greens and lentils, but did you know that there are actually UN-lucky foods that you might want to avoid on the holiday? Lobster is one as they move backward, which may lead to setbacks in the new year. Chicken too

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How To: Make a Christmas Tree Pizza!

by Capree K

How To: Make a Christmas Tree Pizza!

Okay, true story: I was invited to a White Elephant party last weekend and, in the spirit of absurdity, I brought a giant cheese ball in the shape of a Christmas tree.  It was rolled in parsley, with almond slivers as garland, and red bell peppers as ornaments.  It was a hit.  It also looked like it was ripped straight out of a Betty Crocker magazine from the 1950s--oddly reproduced (and incredibly unappetizing) colors and all.  THIS Christmas tree-shaped treat looks incredibly delectable on the other hand.   

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