Tracy Oconnor

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An Internet-Famous Cookie Worthy of Baking in Real Life

Last fall, an aberrant chocolate chip cookie turned up in my Instagram feed. As wide as a salad plate and flat as a flounder, it appeared thin, but it was somehow layered with slabs of chocolate. Oddest of all, it was ringed, like a tree trunk — as if a chunk of chocolate had been dropped in the …

Dessert

These Cauliflower Recipes Taste Nothing Like Your Sad Diet Food

Shake it up.<p>Within the past couple of years, cauliflower has gained some culinary appeal. People love it for its healthy qualities and its ability to be extremely versatile in the kitchen ― this cruciferous vegetable can easily be made into a healthy pizza crust alternative, or even a carb-free …

Healthy Eating

The Worst Tourist Trap in Every State, Mapped

There's no country more patriotic than America - from its diverse culture and forward-thinking education system to its beautiful scenery and status …

10 Cool Cucumber Recipes to Make Right Now

Cool, crunchy cucumbers are at their absolute best in summer. Whether you picked up one too many at the farmers market or your garden is overflowing …

The Getting Things Done (GTD) Method Promises Stress-Free Productivity

"The most effective way to do it is to do it," said Amelia Earhart. That's basically the methodology behind the aptly named Getting Things Done (GTD) …

Time Management

Einstein's Riddle

<i>Our editors delve into Curiosity's top stories every day on a podcast that's shorter than your commute. Click here to listen and learn — in just a</i> …

Stop What You're Doing And Make This Banana Bread Ice Cream Cake Right Now

Your life will change FOREVER.<p>3 bananas<p>¼ cup butter, melted<p>1 egg<p>½ cup sugar<p>1 teaspoon vanilla<p>1 ½ cups flour<p>1 teaspoon baking soda<p>Pinch of salt<p>2 cups vanilla Ice cream, softened<p>2 cups chocolate ice cream, softened<p>1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).<p>2. In a bowl, mash the bananas with a fork.<p>3. Add …

29 highly successful people share their best career advice for people in their 20s

From "Don't work too hard" to "Relax," here's some often unconventional career advice from some really successful people:

Self-improvement

The Only 3 Things You Need to Live a Good Life

Here we go again. Another article advising you on how to live a better life. You’ve heard it all before, right?<p>Well, this one is a little different. …

New York City

After 2 Years, She Weighs Exactly the Same but Looks Completely Different!

Can you believe these before-and-after photos? Nikki weighs the same now as she did two years ago, but her body looks so slim and toned in the righthand photo. It's an amazing transformation, and it proves the number on the scale means nothing! Nikki makes it clear that she works out most days at …

5 Ways Powerfully Confident People Gain Mental Strength

Confidence and mental strength often go hand in hand.<p>One aspect of confidence that is rarely discussed is mental strength. While you may be able to identify a confident person based on their presence--the way that they carry themselves as they enter a room--you may not as easily pinpoint the …

Good Mornings! 13 Delicious Summer Breakfast Ideas

Tired of the same-ole same-ole for your morning meal? Shake things up with these easy, yummy a.m. starters and deliciously healthy recipes.<p>Nothing …

You Really Can Create a Life and Career You Love. Here's one Simple Technique to Try Today

It's possible to do work you love and feel more fulfilled<p>You may have heard about them. Maybe you know one, or maybe you are one. They're these seemingly mythical people who are living the life of their dreams. When I hear stories of people who have taken a big leap and successfully created a life …

5 Hair Perfumes You Need for a Sweet Smelling Spring

Whether you’re a Bumble and Bumble or Kiehl’s shampoo type of gal, getting a whiff of your fragrant locks post-shower is positively heavenly. If only you could bottle that deliciousness up and take it with you throughout your day… that would be ah-mazing, amiright? Actually, you can! If you haven’t …

Study of sisters helps explain dad’s influence on risky sexual behavior

What is it about a father that affects his teenage daughter’s likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behavior?Researchers have long shown links …

Psychology

Make-Ahead Lasagna Roll-Ups

Make your life and dinner easier.<p>Servings: 6<p>16 lasagna noodles<p>1 pound ground beef<p>½ pound ground pork sausage<p>½ onion, chopped<p>1 teaspoon salt<p>½ teaspoon pepper<p>3 cups marinara, divided<p>30 ounces ricotta cheese<p>2 cups fresh baby spinach<p>1 tablespoon Italian seasoning<p>1 egg<p>1 cup shredded mozzarella<p>1 cup …

Victorian-era ivory sex toy generates excitement at Irish auction

‘Ladies’ companion’ believed to have been carved from elephant tusk in China includes receptacle for lock of husband’s hair<p>When you think of sex toys, you may not automatically think of the Victorian era. Or Ireland.<p>But you would be wrong.<p>Related: Someone made a smart vibrator, so of course it got …

10 Fitness Experts on What They *Really* Eat Pre- and Post-Workout

(It's not protein powder straight from the tub.)<p>Feeding yourself before exercising is an act of titration. Too soon after eating, and you throw up (or least feel like it). Too long, and you get dizzy. Then you keel over, your final resting place a mat slick with somebody else's sweat. But over …

These Steak Fajita Rolls Are Gonna Make Your Mouth Water

They're zesty little steak roll-ups here to rock your world.

Scientists Are Exploring a Link Between Our Minds and the Quantum World

Could Quantum Consciousness Exist?<p>Despite all the research we’ve done, we still know relatively little about how the human brain works, and we know …

Why Is Time In A Hurry?

We humans have this uncanny ability to tell time and create schemes to measure its passage.<p>Time is our greatest ally and our greatest enemy.<p>We exist in it, are bound by it. We all have a story, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. The beginning, we haven't much of a choice about; it just …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

A minimalist explains how a psychological trick called 'the beginner's mind' could make your life easier

A lot of joy could be found with the same practice.<p>And it is simple: practice seeing life with a beginner's mind.<p>I'm stealing this of course from Zen Buddhism's shoshin and Shunryu Suzuki's "Zen Mind Beginner's Mind," and I've written about it numerous times. But it's more fundamental than most …

Meditation

How to make those amazing garlic-shallot butter mushrooms from Craft Los Angeles

When it comes to mushroom recipes, it doesn't get much easier than this: a blend of mushrooms — crimini, shiitake, oyster, trumpet royale and maitake — sautéed in a garlic-shallot butter and tossed with chopped fresh herbs. Simple, perhaps, but the flavor is rich and earthy, with plenty of garlic …

Recipes

The best places to eat at Disney

<b>The INSIDER Summary:</b><p><b>• Disney isn't just about the rides — there are plenty of great food options that shouldn't be missed.</b><b><br>• From Epcot's Biergarten to the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, here's how to eat your way through Disney.</b><p>More than 17 million people vacation at Disney World's Magic …

Walt Disney Company

21 Whiskey Cocktails That Are Made for Winter

Time travellers could use parallel dimensions to visit the past, scientists claim

There are multiple timelines playing out in parallel universes, according to a team of researchers.<p>The sensational claim was made by a team of physicists, who believe that the parallel universes can all affect one another.<p>Professor Howard Wiseman and Dr. Michael Hall, from Griffith University’s …

How about a new theory of evolution with less natural selection?

In early November, a group of preeminent biologists, doctors, anthropologists, and computer scientists met in London to consider making a major …

Biology

Orgasms activate a powerful type of unconscious learning

The experience of an orgasm can act as a Pavlovian reward that influences our future behavior, according to a review article published in the journal</i> …

Psychology