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How to Rescue an Overdressed Salad

You’ve resolved to eat more salads this year, but oops…you went a little heavy with the dressing. Next time this happens at home, there’s a simple solution. To save your greens from turning into a goopy, soggy mess, just toss them back into your salad spinner for a quick spin. The excess dressing should fly right off. Need some lettuce […]

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Healthy Snack Ideas for the New Year

January is a time for fresh starts, new beginnings, making changes—and it’s also the time when most people are trying to drop a few pounds and eat healthier. Stock your fridge with basic ingredients like sliced turkey, hummus, and nut butter, then use them in creative combinations next time you’re craving a snack instead of reaching for a bag of […]

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Happy New Year (and Oatmeal Month)!

Happy New Year! Is multitasking better one of our resolutions for 2014? Lucky you—today is also the beginning of National Oatmeal Month, which means you can celebrate both occasions in one sitting. We’ve got ten healthy oatmeal breakfast ideas, an easy DIY on homemade oatmeal hand scrub, and then there’s these yummy recipes for oatmeal cookies: Oatmeal and Pie-Spice Cookies […]

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Best Dessert Recipes Ever from Food & Wine

I’ve volunteered to bring a dessert to a small New Year’s Eve dinner gathering tonight. (Yes, leave it to the pregnant girl to bring a sweet!) A cake would be nice, but I am open to suggestions. I love this list from our sister site Food & Wine. They say, “F&W’s editors combed through the more than 10,000 recipes we’ve […]

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A Quick Way to Boost Your Mood

If you regularly find yourself feeling sluggish and bummed in the early-to-mid afternoon, it’s probably because that’s typically when your levels of serotonin (a brain chemical that helps regular mood) takes a nosedive, according to Eric Braverman, a New York City-based physician. To beat the blues (while regulating your blood sugar, too!), have a small snack that’s rich in mood-boosting […]

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A Clever Way to Use a Lemon

With New Year’s Eve parties coming up, I thought I’d share one of my all-time favorite Real Simple entertaining tips. Here’s a party trick that’s both fun and practical: When you’re serving up hors d’oeuvres on toothpicks (bacon-wrapped dates, meatballs, cubes of cheese), place a lemon on the table to collect all the used picks. You’ll avoid gathering up stray […]

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Best Recipes of 2013 from Sunset.com

Our colleagues over at Sunset.com have pulled together their favorite Test Kitchen dishes of 2013. I don’t know about you, but after overindulging in sweets and party foods the past few days, I am ready for something healthy like this Shaved Honeycrisp Apple and Kale Salad. To see the full list, click here. More from RealSimple.com: 11 Superfoods You Should […]

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Ideas for Leftover Candy Canes

Fun fact: December 26 is National Candy Cane Day—perfect timing for making use of the leftover candy canes you might have hanging on your Christmas tree. A few low-maintained ideas for candy canes are using them as stirrers to infuse drinks with peppermint or creating heart cupcakes with them (perfect for Valentine’s Day!). Looking to incorporate the sweet treats into […]

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How to Make Better Sugar Cookies

Surprising Fact: According to a survey conducted by PAM baking, holiday bakers will discard over 200,000 sweet treats due to less than perfect results. If you’re planning to churn out a batch of holiday cut-out cookies this weekend, use this tip to ensure your goods aren’t among those in the waste basket.

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An Easy Decorating Trick for Beautiful Christmas Cookies

You don’t need fancy equipment or professional decorating skills if you want to create gorgeous holiday cookies that look like they came from a fancy bakery. All you need, really, is a toothpick. (Though an offset spatula and an icing bottle come in handy, too.) To make this pretty pattern of colorful curves and swirls, simply ice your cookie in […]

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