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Before & After: A Hudson Valley Landscape, Pond Included

Landscape architect’s design tip: Spy on the construction crew.<p>The first time Susan Wisniewski went to see the former dairy farm her clients had …

Feel Like Life Is Passing You By? Here's How To Take Control

I sometimes find myself wishing that I could insert an invisible day into the week, kind of like Platform 9 3/4 in Harry Potter’s King’s Cross Station – a place that would take me to another reality where I could get all the things done that I don’t have time to do in the seven normal days allotted …

Skirt Steak with Pickled Fennel Salad

4 Servings<p>You know when steak is so good that you don’t bother with a knife and fork and just eat it with your hands? Yeah.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>Pickled Fennel<p>1 medium fennel bulb, very thinly sliced<p>1 cup rice wine vinegar<p>¼ cup sugar<p>1 teaspoon black peppercorns<p>1 teaspoon kosher salt<p>Steak<p>1½ pounds skirt …

‘Duck Dynasty’ Crew’s Simple Act Before Relative’s Big Congressional Announcement Shows Just How Deep Their Christian Faith Runs

“Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson waded into political waters when he recently told the GOP to “get godly,” but his nephew is taking it to the next level, announcing a run for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District.<p>Congressional candidate Zach Dasher (Image via Twitter @DasherZach)<p>Zach …

Workouts for men of all ages

Whether you're celebrating with your dad, kids or grandkids, Father's Day is a great reminder that fitness is key to a long and healthy life.<p>If you're already working out, that's great. If you're not hitting the gym regularly, start slow. Either way -- your age matters. Follow this fitness guide by …

Are butter, cheese and meat that bad?

"To eat, or not to eat?" For many people these days, that really is the question.<p>For the past four decades, we've been told to stay away from red meat, dairy and cheese -- foods high in saturated fats -- because saturated fat is bad for the heart.<p>But investigative reporter Nina Teicholz says that …

From a minute to a mile: A beginner runner's journey

At 400 pounds I had little self-confidence. I measured my value not by my abilities but by the number of pounds on a scale.<p>No matter how reassuring friends, family and co-workers were, I saw myself as a failure because I couldn't manage my weight or my diabetes.<p>Diabetes took my teeth, not my …

Sambal Chicken Skewers

4 Servings<p>Kebabs get a bad rap. (Decades of alternating zucchini coins and cherry tomatoes can do that.) But this Asian take, with a spicy, sticky glaze, makes for a very convincing comeback.<p>July 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar<p>1/2 cup unseasoned rice vinegar<p>1/3 cup hot chili …

Summer Chickpea Salad with Honey Garlic Lime Vinaigrette

The Simple Chickpea Salad I’m Losing My Mind Over.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> June 23, 2014 168<p>I feel ridiculous.<p>This is so easy. But it tastes SO FAB. I’m …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …