Mindi Sparks

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5 Showstopping Carrot Cakes to Bake for Thanksgiving Dessert — Fall Fest

Crunchy carrots may be a go-to for snacking, but this in-season root vegetable brings a whole lot more to the table when it's brought into your baked …

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The Quest For a Perfect Swing…and Whether There Even Is Such a Thing

By Brett Jones, Chief SFG<br>Of the great unsettled debates to plague humanity over the ages, the question of whether a perfect kettlebell swing …

Workouts

A Pistachio Cookie Recipe From Italy's Most Famous Pistachio Farms

<i>It's only logical that the best pistachio cookies come from the region of Italy known for growing the world's best pistachios.</i><p>The Sicilian town of Bronte, which sits on the western side of Mount Etna, is home to Italy's most famous pistachios. And these little cookies—a speciality of the …

Skillet Brownie Recipes Prove That Life Is Beautiful

Cast iron and chocolate make a glorious union.<p>There's no denying the appeal of cast iron skillets. They are master cookers, and it turns out they're pretty good for baking, too. Not only can you use skillets for indoor s'mores, but they make the gooiest, smoothies, most chocolate-y brownies this …

Taylor Swift Pumpkin Spice Cookie Recipe

Since we’re still waiting for PSL season…<p>Besides being a chart-topping singer, a strong advocate for music artist's rights, and having the most enviable roster of friends in Hollywood, Taylor Swift is also pretty talented in the kitchen — and baking is her speciality. So, in honor of the first day …

June 2015

20 Metabolism Boosting Foods That Burn Fat

Nutrition

Should I Eat Tempeh?

Getty Images (4)<p>Getty Images (5); Gif by Mia Tramz for TIME<p>Getty Images; Tara Johnson for TIME<p>Getty Images (1); Gif by Mia Tramz for TIME<p>Getty Images …

See the Ancient Syrian City of Palmyra That Was Just Captured by ISIS

A partial view of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, Syria in 2014, including The Arch of Triumph which was destroyed o<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Joseph …

2015 Tours of a Lifetime

Coconut-Almond French Toast Casserole

The buttery coconut-almond crust makes this French toast casserole truly special and offsets the creamy, fluffy texture of the bread. You'll want to …

National Parks Road Trip: Utah

Travel<p>Discover the Road to Mighty: Zion > Bryce Canyon > Capitol Reef > Arches > Canyonlands<p><b>Gateway Airport:</b> McCarran International, Las Vegas<p>This multiday adventure on remote byways is a journey through the slickrock heart of the American West, linking Utah’s "Mighty Five" national parks—Zion, …

National Parks

20 Superfoods for Weightloss

Eat more to weigh less. Has a lovely ring to it, no? Well, the right foods can help us lose up to 2 pounds a week by bumping up calorie burn and …

Top 10 Summer Experiences in Norway

Travel<p>Explore the Arctic tundra, island-hop around scenic archipelagos, cruise majestic fjords, and hike magnificent landscapes under a never setting midnight sun. These experiences and more make up ten ways to enjoy the very best of summer in Norway.<p><b>Ride cable cars to see the midnight …

How to frost a cake like a professional baker (VIDEO)

If someone had told me that the key to frosting the perfect cake was half a dozen huge ice cream scoopfuls of buttercream, I might have been more …

Nutella Filled Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutella Filled Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies. Basically the perfect cookie ever invented.<p>So I made some cookies.<p>They are totally worth every …

Dessert

Fudgy walnut brownie cookies

Deep chocolate cookies with a fudgy brownie-like texture. As a tip, freeze them until firm before baking.<p>Is spring break coming up for your kids? Do …

16 of the most impressive national parks in the US (PHOTOS)

EVERY BIT of wilderness on the planet is impressive, but some places are special for unique reasons. There’s arguably no better educational tool for …

10 Best Spring Hikes in the U.S.

With the arrival of spring, the ground is thawing, flowers are blossoming, and nature is jumping back to life. Take advantage of the natural beauty by heading into the wilderness for a trek on one of the country's 10 best spring hiking trails. With routes that weave through multiple waterfalls, …

Hiking

2015 Tours of a Lifetime

Why Introverts Can Be Great Leaders

When it comes time to pick a group leader, who are you likely to choose? Would it be one of the people eagerly waving their hands in the air in a …

Psychology

Build an Easy Rustic Bathroom Shelf

A simple shelf is a great way to change up a room, add some character, give a little storage space. Check out how Karen built this easy rustic wall …

These Treehouses Are Even Better in Winter

You might think sleeping in a treehouse is tailor-made for summer (hello cool breezes and rustling of leaves), but if you go in winter you’re in for a treat. A cozy fireplace perched above the forest floor makes the experience of waking up among the branches a surreal experience. And, bonus—winter …

Eating Paleo? Why You Should Try The New Nordic Diet Instead - The National Memo - Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Only three things in this world are certain: death, taxes, and fad diets.<p>Fad diets, borne of sometimes questionable science, have a way of blossoming …

Chocolate-Dipped Cookies-and-Cream Ice Cream Bars Recipe

1Line a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with plastic wrap, overlapping as needed to completely cover the bottom and sides and leaving at least a 5-inch …