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20 Slow Cooker Meals to Cozy Up to This Fall

Crock pot cooking is the busy bee’s secret weapon for weeknight meals and cooking for a crowd. Although it’s a handy tool year-round, it’s particularly useful when temperatures drop and we start dreaming about comfort foods. Not only does it manage the cooking for you, but it keeps meals warm and …

Cooking

13 Mini Thanksgiving Desserts Almost Too Cute to Eat

They say it’s the little things in life that mean the most, and these tiny treats are certainly no exception. If you're stuffed from a large …

Dessert

Easy cakes and treats for workplace celebrations

No time or inclination to spend hours slaving over a colleague’s birthday cake? Try these easy and quick recipes and still get brownie points with workmates...

Quick Recipes

Fall Homekeeping Tips

Leaves turning and falling signal important tasks for your home and garden. Make sure your spaces are ready for a long winter's nap. It's easy to do with these simple homekeeping reminders.<p>If you like cozy beds, change from light cotton sheets to all-cotton flannel and swap your lightweight …

Funny New Trailer For THE NIGHT BEFORE with Gordon-Levitt, Rogen, and Mackie

The beginner’s guide to meditation

Maybe you’ve tried meditating before. You close your eyes, expecting enlightenment (or at least some instant stress relief ) but nothing happens. Until the next minute when you see everything you’re trying to forget about for a minute flooding your mind’s eye—Mail that check! Pick up more tampons! …

Here Is Your Friday Drink Plus Stories You Might Have Missed

Ferris was right, life <i>does</i> move fast and if you don’t slow down you really might miss something. Here are a few pieces from this week we wouldn’t want you to miss, along with a cocktail to sip on as you savor your Friday afternoon reads.<p>It was a big week for interviews, starting with this oral …

Top Chef

Good Boozy Brunch News: A "Basic B*tch" Cocktail Now Exists

Buy it for all your friends, but then drink it yourself. It's the basic way.<p>London bar The Riding House Café will soon be selling a "Basic Bitch" cocktail — a creation thanks to a totes not-basic mixologist, it must be noted. A mix of homemade spiced rum and Punt e Mes, an Italian vermouth, <i>The</i> …

Running of the Bulls Day 1

Dead-Cinch Thrillers: 4 Books To Get Your Heart Pounding

I've just spent much of the past two weeks on my couch, reading suspense fiction. The result of all that heavy lifting is this list of recommendations — four thrillers, very different in style and MO, but all deadly accurate in their aim to entertain.<p>Innocence; Or, Murder On Steep Street<p>Second …

Books

Hacked surveillance company struggles to regain control

Controversial Italian security firm Hacking Team was hacked itself on Sunday and 400GB of its data was made public. Since then, its attempts at damage control have, ironically, just led to more damage.<p>Christian Pozzi, Hacking Team’s CEO, woke up on Monday to find his personal account details had …

Surveillance

Islamic State takes sledgehammer to 'irreplaceable' ancient Palmyra ruins

Isil militants have released images showing a civilian being forced to destroy priceless artefacts from the Roman city of Palmyra as the head of Unesco warned of "cultural cleansing" by the extremist group'<p>Militants from Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) are feared to have begun …

Hamilton Beach 25475A Breakfast Sandwich Maker

This fits your .<p>by entering your model number.<p>Ready in 5 minutes, cook delicious breakfast sandwiches in the comfort of your own home<p>Use your own …

Why Flappy Bird Was So Addictive

The massively popular game, now pulled, was driven by masochism<p><i>Flappy Bird,</i> a mobile game designed by an obscure independent game developer from Vietnam named Dong Nguyen, has been available through Apple and Android's app stores since last May, but it's only been in the past couple weeks that it's …

16 Crowd-Pleasing Recipes for Your Independence Day Grill

Can't decide what to make for the biggest cook-out holiday of the year? We've got you covered. From smoky ribs to spiced kebabs, juicy pork chops, and spicy chicken wings, we have 16 great excuses to fire up your grill this Fourth of July.<p>Before you get started, make sure you know how to these …