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4th of July icebox desserts get you out of the heat

OK, so you signed up to bring dessert to that neighborhood potluck, family reunion or backyard cookout. But geez, it's been so hot, and the very idea of firing up the oven to bake a cake or pie for an hour or more just makes you swoon and fan yourself like Blanche Dubois.<p>Icebox desserts are your …

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 …

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8 Low-Maintenance Upgrades You’ll Love

Homeownership should be about enjoying your home — not being a slave to it. The trick is to choose materials and products that make maintaining your …

Do it Yourself Home Improvement: Home Repair | The Family Handyman

Build This Double-Duty Pub Shed in Your Backyard<p>The bar and covered patio area of this shed make it a perfect place to entertain or just hang out. …

How to Get Cheap (or Free) Mulch and Compost

If you are short on time and space to manage your own compost pile, but need it for your thriving garden, there is a cheap—and sometimes free—way to …