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Cardamom Shortbread Cookies

Preparation<p>For rectangular cookies, lightly butter the bottom of a straight-sided 9×13-inch baking pan. For wedges, lightly butter two 9-1/2-inch …

Baking

What We’re Reading This Summer

“Maybe Esther,” by Katja Petrowskaja<p>This book took a long time to get to me. Katja Petrowskaja and I were close friends in Moscow in the nineteen-nineties. Then she moved to Berlin, and we have seen each other sporadically since. A couple of years ago, she published “Maybe Esther,” her first book, …

Books

I Lived, Worked, & Played in 9 Cities — Here's How I'd Rank Them

As a digital nomad — someone who travels constantly while working remotely — I've gotten to live in quite a few cities. I've also gotten to see the …

7 Myths About Divorce with Kids that Parents Should Disregard

Children need consistency and calm during a divorce, but a few common misconceptions breed animosity and chaos.<p>Despite the fact that nearly half of …

7 Struggles Only the Rarest Myers-Briggs Personality Type Will Understand

Of all the personalities in the Myers-Briggs typology, INFJ is the rarest, making up only one percent of the entire population. And just like anything else in nature, being hard to come by makes this personality type extra special. INFJs are highly intuitive, introverted feelers with strong value …

Homemade Crescent Rolls

<i>No more store-bought crescent rolls! These can be made ahead of time, refrigerated or frozen. It’s so easy, buttery and fluffy!</i>So for years, well, my …

Kitchens

Sheet Pan Scottish Shortbread

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Preheat oven to 275°. In a stand mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar on medium speed with paddle attachment until well …

9 Adorable DIY Ornaments Your Kids Can Make Themselves

The goal: To keep your totally insane, house-bound children occupied while you run around tackling Christmas to-dos. These DIY ornaments are not only …

Photographer captures people matching museum artwork

<b>(CNN) —</b> He first picked up a camera by chance; now Stefan Draschan makes a living taking photographs by chance.<p>"When I quit smoking I started photographing," he says. "I needed something in my hand."<p>Several months later, wandering the halls of the Glyptothek Museum in Munich, Germany, Draschan …

Museums

The eight-day guide to a better digital life

Your apps, search engines and social networks know hidden things about you that even your closest friends might not. To find out just how much, Sophia Smith Galer tries a programme called the Data Detox.<p>I was dubious at first when I read about the Data Detox. It sounds like a guide to logging off, …

Social Media

This color forecaster says teal will be the trending hue of 2018

Design trends don't happen in a vacuum. The best ones reflect the world around us and capture the zeitgeist of the time in a way that resonates on an instinctual, gut level — and such is the case with color forecasting.<p>The process of predicting what groups of colors are destined to be most sought …

This Apartment Proves the Scandi Look Doesn’t Have to Be All-White Everything

More like dusty pink and hunter green<p>When you think Scandi design, you automatically picture monochromatic, uncluttered, perfectly imperfect spaces. Unattainable much? The thing is, real-life Nordic homes are actually full of bright hues and bold patterns—yet they're just as serene. In an excerpt …

These 3 "Bedroom Plants" Could Be the Key to a Better Night's Sleep

Earlier this year "shower plants" dominated Instagram, but according to <i>Elle Decor</i>, "bedroom plants" might be the next big thing. While it's no secret …

Where to Get the Best Removable Wallpapers

Renters have spoken: removable wallpaper is one of the best, most inclusive inventions we've ever been handed. We can now let our freak flag fly and …

The Best-Selling Farrow & Ball Paint Colors

From light and neutral to dark and bold, Farrow & Ball's most popular shades are flying off the shelves and onto walls everywhere<p>Farrow & Ball paints have been beloved by designers and homeowners alike for years—since 1946, to be exact. Created by John Farrow and Richard Ball in Dorset, England, …

Before & After: A Dated Bedroom Becomes A Modern Retreat for Family

When Jenny and Adam were expecting their second daughter, Teddi, they decided it was finally time to turn their neglected master bedroom into an …

Bedrooms

5 teacher-approved apps to boost kindergarten skills

<b>(iStockphoto/RonTech2000)</b><p>Prepare your kindergartener for school with apps that strengthen everything from counting to concentration<p>Erin Wilkey Oh<p>August 25, 2017 1:24am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Common Sense Media<p>If your child is entering kindergarten this year, you may be wondering — …

Apps

The "mummy tummy" exercise that guarantees results

There’s a new exercise doing the rounds that promises to get rid of your ‘mummy tummy’ for good – even if it has been years since you’ve given …

A Chic Portland Bungalow with a Boutique Hotel Vibe

Each time I’ve moved into a new home, I’ve had the urge to change things up and give my home a new feel. Maximal, minimal and everything in between, …

Dining Rooms

Taste Beyond The Tongue

11 Foil Pack Dinners for Your Easiest Summer Meal Ever

During the summer, I spend a lot of time trying to find ways to eat that don't involve any actual cooking. In my stuffy, AC-less apartment, the heat …

Cooking

Bless These 6 New Happy Hours

Housemade salsa at Zocálo. Fernet shots at Dino's Tomato Pie. Imbibing across the city.

The 4-Ingredient Sauce Your Cobbler Is Missing

The Ultimate Sauce for Crisps, Crumbles, and Cobblers<p>Makes 1 cup, about 8 servings<p>1/2 cup heavy cream <br>1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds …

The Deceptively Simple Lamb and "Rice" Dinner You'll Make All Summer

Lamb isn't a go-to meat in my cooking rotation. I always think of it as a special occasion protein, better suited to Easter feasts or fancy Sunday night meals of grilled lamb chops. Occasionally, we make lamb burgers using a recipe that my fiancé is famous (in my eyes) for, with a gooey center of …

How to Be More Assertive, According to Research

You don’t want to fight. You don’t want to be hassled. You don’t want to disappoint them. It’s easier to just nod and give them what they want.<p>But …

Self-help

9 small and affordable apartments to take inspiration from

Regardless of the size of our home, we all would like to have a beautifully decorated and stylish place to live. As more and more people move to …

Interior Design

Readers’ recipe swap: Feta

This salty Greek cheese steals the show into your cheesecakes, filo parcels, dips and frittatas<p>The tangy freshness of feta, along with its satisfying, crumbly texture, means it’s a reliable and versatile fridge stalwart – a humble ingredient with transformative prowess that can effortlessly elevate …

10 Cult-Favourite Lipsticks You Should Already Have in Your Collection

It doesn't matter if you think you've found your ultimate lipstick — regardless of how much you're hooked on that one tube, you'll never stop …

Lips

Obama has great taste — here are his favorite movies, books, and TV shows

Barack Obama is not only one of our youngest presidents — having been elected at age 47 — but also one of our coolest.<p>He's not just a fixture in politics, but in pop culture as well, and he isn't afraid to respond to mean tweets or parry with Zach Galifianakis between two ferns. He even dissed …

Meet Norwegian singer Aurora, the Mythical Lovechild of Björk and Grimes

"I’m in the middle of nowhere in Norway surrounded by mountains and trees and goats," said the 20-year-old electro-pop singer Aurora Aksnes cheerfully over the phone earlier this week. "It’s like Narnia, basically."<p>With platinum-blonde hair and an angelic accent, Aksnes is the mythical lovechild of …

Music Festivals