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22 Hot Chocolates You Must Make This Winter

Because baby, it's cold outside.

Dessert

11 Ways Maya Angelou Taught Us To Be Better Women

"I'm a woman, phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that's me."<p>Maya Angelou, the beloved author, poet and activist who passed away on Wednesday May 28, was even more "phenomenal" than the words of one of her most famous poems can express.<p>During her 86 years, she wrote seven autobiographies, was active in …

Architectural Details: Wainscoting vs. Beadboard

<i>Text by Amy Azzarito. Design by Maxwell Tielman.</i><p>I don’t know about you, but when I see beadboard wainscoting, I think of a little cottage by the …

Bunnies and Chickens and Eggs, Oh My! (20 Ways to Prepare your Easter Table)

Whether you’re hosting the family’s Easter meal this year or you just want to spruce things up for spring, decorating a fresh and festive Easter …

Decorations

Fire in the Hole! Candlestick Creates Reincarnated Candles

This candle holder does something that is both revolutionary and common-sense: it captures a candle’s melting wax to make a new candle over and over …

Chemicals

Make & Do Archives | Laura Ashley

We’ve partnered with Camelot Fabrics to design several craft fabric collections available in the United States and Canada. Our premier assortment is …

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These just might be the sunniest cupcakes ever. Lemon cake holds the sweet surprise of lemon curd filling, and it’s all topped with a cute grassy knoll of lemon buttercream. A piped buttercream daisy makes the display even more cheery. They’re easy to make — you’ll just need a couple of inexpensive …

No. 1 Patterned Paint Roller from The Painted House

Description<p>These patterned paint rollers from The Painted House, based in the UK, come in a range of different designs. Each design roller is reusable and interchangeable, and can be used with either the fabric applicator or the wall & paper applicator. You can use them on walls, perk up old wooden …

Ex-NSA chief calls for Obama to reject recommendations

WASHINGTON — Retired general Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, called on President Obama Monday to show "some political courage" and reject many of the recommendations of the commission he appointed to rein in NSA surveillance …

Watch Mandela's first TV interview, when he was on the run

In 1961, when Mandela was a 42-year-old African lawyer, he gave his first clandestine interview to ITN television. He’d already been arrested for his anti-apartheid work and was being hunted by police.<p>In the South African press, he was portrayed as a dangerous revolutionary. So ITN reporter Brian …

'Mandela looked his enemy in the eye and held him close'

Mandela's real contribution to humanity was that he chose peace over war and forgiveness over vengeance, writes South African journalist and author Justice Malala<p>Towards the end of his life, as Nelson Mandela’s lung infection forced him to hospital frequently, criticism of the anti-apartheid icon …

Bank of America says Bitcoin could become a 'major means of payment'

Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch issued the bank's first research report today on Bitcoin, the virtual currency that approximates cash on the internet, concluding that the currency has the potential to become a "major means of payment for e-commerce" as well as a "serious competitor to …

Mayor, police chief in struggling Kentucky coal town to donate salary in Bitcoins to spur economy

Officials in a small Appalachian town that has seen its coal industry dry up over the past two years are hopeful that Bitcoins, the Internet currency, can play a driving force for jobs.<p>Both the mayor and police chief from Vicco, Ky., a town of about 330 residents located about 130 miles southeast …

How to Photograph Snowflakes—With a Really Cheap Camera

A morning tip for today. And probably tomorrow, too.<p><b>Somehow,</b> Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov, whose Flickr is well worth your time, takes absolutely beautiful of snowflakes, a subject notoriously hard to capture. And he does it with a two-hundred-buck auto-zoom camera. Meaning that, yep, with a …

Photography

10 Expert-Created Festive Centerpieces

Expert ideas to steal.<p>A beautiful arrangement says, "Welcome!" Floral designers and event planners show us how they say it with flowers — and other seasonal elements.

Weddings

Easy Low-Budget DIY Project For Bright Evenings: Jar Lamp

Making a lamp from a jar might sound complicated, when in fact it’s really not. All you need is some free time and a few easy to find things. In no …

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Banksy in NYC

At the beginning of October, the famous street artist known as Banksy announced an upcoming "residency" on the streets of New York City, titled "Better Out Than In". Nearly every day this month, Banksy's website announced the appearance of a new piece somewhere in New York's five boroughs. New …

NSA denies Barack Obama was informed of Angela Merkel phone tapping

Keith Alexander did not inform Barack Obama that Angela Merkel's phone was tapped, NSA says<p>The National Security Agency has denied reports that <b>President Barack Obama</b> was personally informed of US phone tapping against German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phones.<p>NSA chief General Keith Alexander "did …

Addicted to Oreos? You truly might be

Oreos are as addictive as cocaine, at least for lab rats, and just like us, they like the creamy center best.<p>Eating the sugary treats activates more neurons in the brain’s “pleasure center” than drugs such as cocaine, the team at Connecticut College found.<p>“Our research supports the theory that …

These images show just how differently cats and humans see the world

Cats and humans have very different perspectives on the world, both literally and figuratively. Indeed, as these visualizations beautifully …

Pets

23 Uses For Vinegar Outdoors from Gardens, Vehicles to...

I have a love-hate relationship with vinegar! I love vinegar for a natural alternative to so many chemical counterparts around the house and not only …

American Rose Society

A wealth of rose wisdom is at your fingertips<br>with our in-depth library of helpful advice!<br>Here you will find all types of roses in different<br>regions, …

How to Make Quick Raspberry Sorbet

This is the easiest thing to make – ever. When we went Raspberry picking I had quite a few fruits left over after we had had our fill. This is a …

Food

Make your garden a butterfly magnet

Want to add colour and scent to your plot – and attract butterflies, too? Sarah Raven rounds up the best of the high-performance bedding.<p>Most of us have learnt that many popular summer bedding plants have little use for pollinators. Created by breeders aiming for double flowers and exotic colours, …

Dessert Upgrade! How to Flavor Your Sugar

We’re big fans of sweet treats, and easy hacks or upgrades here at Brit HQ. What better way to combine them than by making infused or flavored sugars?<p>No matter what you prefer to call them, these sugars can easily take your dessert recipe from boring to brilliant. Just imagine sugar cookies topped …

Watermelon Recipes, Facts, and Everything Else You Need To Know

<b>Growing up in the Midwest</b>, our one highly anticipated summer treat was watermelon. It was abundant and cheap so we ate tons of it. (I think I ate a …

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