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30 Slow Cooker Recipes That Are Made Totally From Scratch

The slow cooker has saved so many of our lives. We’re eternally grateful to know that dinner is waiting for us, ready to eat, when we get home from work thanks to this magical appliance. But often times making a slow cooker meal feels a lot more like a science experiment ― with a can of this and a …

Cooking

A Dozen Ways To Get the Most Out of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Zambia

Most visitors come to Zimbabwe's most well-known tourist town to see "The Smoke That Thunders" -- Victoria Falls -- one of the Wonders of the World. But there's so much more to this town and across the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge in the country of Zambia (the other side of the waterfall). Here's a …

National Parks

11 Healthy Food Trends We’re Psyched for in 2016

The ingredients, products, and people redefining what healthy looks like in 2016.<p>Put your stretchy pants in storage until next winter: The new year's coolest trends also happen to be among its healthiest. From turmeric everything to seriously upgraded oatmeal, these are the ingredients, products, …

Food

How to Season (and Clean!) Your Cast Iron Skillet for Real

By Rochelle Bilow<p>Food sticking to your skillet? We thought so. Here's how to season cast iron right, once and for all.<p>No piece of kitchen equipment incites such feelings of fear and anxiety (but also love and obsession) as the cast iron pan. If you haven’t mastered the art of cooking with—and …

Cast Iron Skillet

Here's how to get your kids investing at an early age

At first, I would fake the read to avoid getting in trouble. I was, after all, 10. But eventually I started to enjoy it and found myself getting interested all on my own. This turned into reading my dad's investment newsletters and gradually learning about the stock market. On the weekends, my dad …

Personal Finance

Why I count countries

I’ve been to 84 countries! Here’s why I keep count, even though some consider it a faux pas.<p>One of the strangest things I’ve encountered in the …

Travelers

Porn Star Jessica Drake Wants Yes To Mean Yes

In her recent work, Jessica Drake has focused on the importance of affirmative consent in sex — now, after the rape accusations against James Deen, her message has an unintended resonance for the adult industry.<p><b>On a recent Friday night</b> — during which El Niño's cold winds whipped through downtown …

This is just like 1994, and investors lost $600 billion that year

A new white paper from Clearbrook Global Advisors, a New York City-based investment-advising firm with more than $30 billion in assets under advisement, argues that the current market is set up for an eerily similar disaster.<p>Here's a recap of the situation in 1994 from the paper:<p>In January 1994, …

Markets

National Geographic Travel

10 Delicious Homemade Gifts for the Holidays

Don't drive yourself mad this holiday season buying impersonal gift cards, candles and lotions for the important people in your life. The best holiday gifts are homemade, and you don't need to spend days in the kitchen to make it happen. From classic holiday cut-outs to candied nuts, all of these …

Dessert

Darth Vader Mixed With Donald Trump Quotes Is Hilarious

We hear Darth Trump is proposing a ban on Bothans entering the solar system.

Donald Trump

Young Millionaire Utah Couple Sells Their Belongings to Travel the World with Their Kids – and Finds a Way to Give Back

After selling his mobile scanning app to Snapchat last year for $54 million, Garrett Gee was faced with a decision: What to do next?<p>Then a student at …

The 15 Most Delicious Things You Can Do With Brie

In the world of cheese, Brie is king. It's creamy, it's rich and it makes everything it touches taste more delicious. Here, 15 of the most incredible ways to cook with it.<p><b>Baked Brie with Figs, Walnuts and Pistachios</b><p>So much better than a fruitcake. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Apricot, Walnut and Brie Stuffed</b> …

Cooking

Brownie Recipes That'll Make You Weak In The Knees

No matter how many French macarons or buttercream cupcakes we swoon over (and consume), nothing can take the special place in our hearts that's reserved for brownies. While brownies require no actual pastry-baking skills -- 5-year-old kids can make them with nothing more than a bowl and a plastic …

Dessert

11 Holiday Cookies That Make Great Gifts

Avoid the crowds at the mall this holiday season -- the very best gifts come from your own kitchen. These cookies are all guaranteed to make your friends, neighbors and teachers smile. The only challenge will be keeping yourself and your family from gobbling them up straight out of the oven!<p><b>1.</b> …

Dessert

Baked Brie Recipes For Easy (Cheesy) Entertaining

There are many reasons we love brie. This French cheese is soft, buttery and mild enough to go with pretty much anything. It's a mellow partner for super savory flavors and an even better match for sweet ones. Perhaps our favorite thing about brie, however, is how incredible it becomes when it's …

Cooking

This 2-Ingredient Banana Pancake Recipe Is The Healthy Answer

Two-ingredient recipes are a godsend for busy schedules. They can usually be made up with items already stocked in our kitchen. They are easy to make, and even easier to clean up after. And sometimes -- if we're lucky -- they happen to help us start our day off with a healthy breakfast, too.<p>Today, …

Breakfast

You'll Never Guess The Most Charitable Nation In The World

And the winner for most charitable nation in the world is ... Myanmar. Coming in second: the United States.<p>If you're scratching your head, one reason may be that the ranking confounds the common perception "that generosity and wealth are connected to one another," says Adam Pickering. He's the …

Salaries & Wages

National Geographic Travel

How To Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes

<b>Our Complete Thanksgiving Recipe Guide</b><p>Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our many blessings, one of them obviously being mashed potatoes. Piled high in a glorious display of showmanship, we like to think their bounteous beauty is a metaphor for the richness of life. (Or something.) Mashed …

Cooking

The Ultimate Guide To Hacking The In-N-Out Menu

If you've ever been to the West Coast, you probably know how amazing an In-N-Out burger tastes. No, it's not overrated, it's food perfection--one of the best foods California has to offer. California is all about beaches, great weather, and In-N-Out.<p>As it slowly grows outward to places like Nevada …

Cooking

34 Awe-Inspiring Photos of Southeast Asia

From the impressive temples of Thailand and Cambodia to the beautiful, pristine beaches of Bali and the Philippines, you won't want to miss these 34 …

Cakey Fans Beware: These Brownies are Practically Fudge

<i>Posie Harwood, who finds the best back-of-the-box recipes in the grocery store, is taking one-bowl brownies to new (excessively frosted) heights.</i><p>I've sampled a lot of brownies in my life. Personally, if I were to get philosophical about it, <b>I like a brownie that teeters on the edge of fudge-like.</b> It …

13 Ingredient Swaps for Healthier Cooking

Eating healthy seems like a chore, but it doesn’t have to be. It doesn’t have to mean swapping burgers for kale salads. Don’t believe us - just take …

Burgers

8 Impossible-to-Resist Veggie Dishes

Every now and again, I come across a vegetable dish that makes me think I could be a very happy vegetarian. From a hearty summer white bean ragout to balsamic-glazed roasted beets, here are a few of my favorites.<p><b>1. Summer White Bean Ragout</b><p>This quick ragout of white beans and sweet summer tomatoes …

Cooking

Microwave breakfast: Make a 3-minute huevos rancheros recipe in a mug

Eggs are a great, protein-rich breakfast, but many of us tend to only serve them on the weekends, opting for ready-made cereals and muffins on hectic weekday mornings. The next time you tell yourself that you're too busy to cook eggs, remember this speedy, Mexican-inflected recipe from <i>Mug Meals</i> by …

Breakfast

10 dream trips every traveler should experience | CNN Travel

Tourism

Coconut Milk and Curry Make for Juicy, Flavor-Packed Chicken Kebabs

If kebabs were the cast of a high school coming-of-age movie, beef would be that kid who has the looks <i>and</i> the substance to back them up, pork would be the goofy-yet-lovable fat kid, and vegetables might be the nerd with the heart of gold. So where does that leave chicken breast? Chicken is the …

Food

Can a basic shapes game quell anxiety? - Futurity

A video game-like exercise involving basic shapes helped anxious college students stay more focused and feel less anxious.

Bedtime phenomenon: scientist develops book to send children to sleep in minutes

For most authors the prospect of their books sending readers to sleep would be horrifying.<p>But the latest publishing phenomenon which is topping the Amazon charts is a book which promises to do just that, at least for children.<p>The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep, has been created by Swedish …