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Dad’s beef, mushroom & mustard pies

Individual steak pies with a mustard and cheddar cheese suet pastry, thick gravy and tender meat<p>Ingredients<p>1 tbsp vegetable oil<br>• 1 onion, chopped<br>• 300g …

Sex Studies: Blushworthy Headlines of 2013

The worst stereotypes of science suggest that it's boring, staid, or overly complex.<p>Not these studies. More often than people may think, science gets …

What to do before selling or donating your phone

Before you retire your trusty old phone in favor of something shiny and new, think twice about tossing it away blindly. In addition to all the precious digital content and media your phone accumulated, it holds a wealth of sensitive personal data that you don't want disappearing or falling into the …

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Concierge Service: 7 Apps and Websites to Make Doing Your Daily Chores a Little Easier

These innovative websites and apps will help you with your everyday domestic errands and tasks.<p><b>Keeping House</b><br>You like things <i>just so</i> in your home, but find it difficult to keep them that way. Enter House Pad, a brand-new app developed by Michael Bruno, founder of the website 1stdibs, to help him …

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11 Signs You May Be Dating A Sociopath

Could that amazing new person you or a loved one is dating actually be a sociopath? It's not as far-fetched as you might imagine. Roughly one in 25 Americans is a sociopath, according to Harvard psychologist Dr. Martha Stout, author of <i>The Sociopath Next Door</i>.<p>Of course, not all sociopaths are …

Cthulhu Plush Slippers

Cthulhu Plush Slippers<p>Have your tired feet been calling for a comfy pair of new slippers? You are going to love the Cthulhu Slippers from the …

A vine romance: grow your own grapes

It has been a bumper year for British fruit, with grapes among the biggest winners. But how best to grow your own?<p>Alex Valsecchi sounds like she’s in Italy. This is partly because she’s originally Italian, and her English comes fast and accented, but also because she’s standing in a vineyard when I …

Ask Alys: your gardening questions answered

<b>I grow a lot of fruit and vegetables in my south-west-facing garden on the west coast of Wales. The soil is good loam but quite acidic. But I have problems with potatoes. They grow OK and look fine with a good crop, but break up and dissolve when I boil them. I've tried sharpe's express, pentland</b> …

Alys Fowler: ponds

My husband and dog are absorbed in the watery depths of our tiny pond; soon my neighbour joins in. Bent over with intent, we watch the tadpoles wriggle, the water boatmen voraciously consume all that falls in, and the water snails hoover up the algae. We marvel at the miraculous nature of it all. …

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How to Change Your Life: A User’s Guide

‘You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.’ <b>~Mike Murdock</b><p>Start with a simple statement: what do you want to be?<p>Are you …

The Best Time to Exercise (and When to Schedule 4 Other Healthy Habits)

The Best Superfoods, from A to Z

Fruits, and veggies, and whole grains, oh my! Beyond the grocery store shelves lined with less-than-healthy processed foods in brightly-colored …

Articles about wood works on Dwell.com - Dwell

The efficiency and aesthetics of prefab proved appealing to the owner of this Dwell Home, built on a rugged island off Canada’s...<p>Chronicling the eponymous exhibition from earlier this year at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London,...<p>Designing a house for this setting was a …

Summer's Must-See Documentaries

Sometimes the free-flowing beer and searing summer sun need to be counteracted with a little brain food and air-conditioning. Fortunately, a …

The 10 Best Hotels In The World

To compile these awards, the magazine asked its readers to vote on the best hotels they've traveled to, factoring in everything from rooms and food to service and location.<p>This year, Botswana's Mombo Camp and Little Mombo Camp took the top spot, ousting last year's winner, Tanzania's Singita …

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

TEDs Controversy - 3 Threatening Talks They Tried to Censor

Nobody can ignore TED, a powerhouse of fast, mind-blowing and paradigm breaking talks that last around 20 minutes. Experts in diverse fields such as …

Eat more 'superfoods' to lose weight

When you're on a diet, food consumes your life.<p>You can't eat carbohydrates, so you think about them constantly. You can't dig into your co-worker's candy drawer, so M&M's float across your computer screen like a desert mirage.<p>You skip the bar after work because that's where the margaritas live. And …

Fragrance Notes: 3 Scents That Smell Like the Beach

I grew up nowhere near the ocean (shout out to Ohio!), so that might explain my obsession with it: sailor stripes, Miansai cuffs, nautical motifs—I can't get enough. Now that I'm only a quick train ride from the Atlantic, I get there as often as possible. And in between visits, I keep a cache of …

Salad for Days The Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden does a few things, and of what it does, it does this very, very well. http://bit.ly/1d82nEN Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Sustainable Treehouse Community in Costa Rican Jungle

• 1 |<p>The many decks of the treehouses allow for relaxing moments to be one with the surrounding lush jungle and beyond.<p>2 |<p>3 |<p>A covered deck is …

Four Decades of Luxury: The Iconic Togo Sofa

Not many décor and furnishing creations live to celebrate their 40th anniversary. And few would ever do so with the colorful style of the Togo Series …