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17 lovely DIY Christmas gifts you'll probably want to keep for yourself

Nothing says 'I've really thought about this present' like a homemade Christmas gift, So put your DIY skills to the test with these super easy tutorials.

Crafting

tomato bread + a bit about spain

Before we had kids — you know, when we got to do whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted, or so it seems in glowy hindsight — we went on vacation …

10 Minute Homemade Enchilada Sauce: Yes, It's Worth It!

Have you ever made your own enchilada sauce? It’s easier than you might think, and <i>oh-so-worth it!</i> Here’s our favorite <i>10 Minute Homemade Enchilada</i> …

This Insanely Easy Dessert Is the Best Way to Use Up the Last of Summer's Berries

<i>The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) is one of the largest culinary schools in the world, offering both professional and recreational programs</i> …

Baking

7 Healthier Fall Desserts (So Evenings Don't Always End With Pumpkin Pie)

Any way you slice it, pies are pretty tough to make healthy—or even healthyish. After all, the main ingredients are typically butter and sugar (hence …

Dessert

6 Creative Ways to Use the Space in Kids' Closets

You know what's so great about kids' clothes? Aside from the fact they are so darn cute you kind of wish they came in your size too, they don't take …

10 Clever Ways to Organize a Small Laundry Room

It's all about making your walls work harder.<p>If your space is more like a "laundry closet" or "laundry corner," take note. These ideas will help you maximize your space to make it more streamlined and efficient.

Under-$15 Shampoo & Conditioners The Pros Actually Swear By

While most beauty pros can wax poetic about their favorite cheap mascaras and bargain hairsprays, they give the world of affordable shampoos and …

Dinner in 20: Chorizo Quesadillas With Radish and Fennel Salsa

There are days when you absolutely crave a quesadilla that is, in food-marketing parlance, "fully loaded." But the more ingredients you put in your quesadilla, the more prep work and cooking you have to do, and some nights you just don't have time for that. To keep this version under 20 minutes, we …

How To Make Southern-Style Fruit Cobbler with Any Fruit

Cobbler may be the best reason to turn on the stove in the summer. Jammy fruit, crisp and buttery topping — all you need is a scoop of ice cream.<p>This …

Browse a Collection of Over 83,500 Vintage Sewing Patterns

My costume design professor at Northwestern University, Virgil Johnson, delighted students with his formula for period clothing. I have forgotten …

The Importance of Empathy

The Appeal of Conspiracy Theories

20 Ideas For Making Your Home Look Classy AF For Under $20

Pretty doesn't have to be pricey.

Calendula Salve Recipe

It’s the secret ingredient in many healing balms and skincare products, and for good reason. Calendula petals are rich in compounds that nourish, …

Alternative Medicine

4 Natural Remedies Parisian Women Swear By For Spring Colds

Every year at the end of winter or early spring, I get sick. Sore throat, stuffy nose, or just a sense of general tiredness. I blame the change of …

Alternative Medicine

10 Easy Home Remedies for Summer Wounds and Woes

Summer is always the season of minor accidents and injuries in our house. The kids are playing outside, riding bikes, hiking, swimming, and pretty …

Alternative Medicine

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This Turmeric Lemonade Is Better At Treating Depression Than Prozac

Turmeric is one of the most potent natural cure-all. Turmeric lemonade will give you a good daily dose of turmeric. The golden root is a powerful …

Alternative Medicine

Icelandic Anti-Cellulite Treatment

Ooh, baby it’s hot outside. I don’t know about you, but when I first hopped into my swimsuit this year I discovered a few extra lumps and bumps that …

Skin Care

This Secret Indian Hair-Growth Formula May Finally Give You a Mermaid Mane

Anyone who has unsuccessfully tried to get their hair to grow may roll their eyes at this video in which Prachi (the vlogger behind Super Wow Style) shares a family recipe for lengthier locks. Could a simple mix of natural ingredients really make hair grow up to 30-40 percent as Prachi claims? We …

Milk bread: How to make the addictive, iconic bread

Bread: it’s one of life’s most simple but greatest pleasures. Bread is always there for you, whether sandwiching together delicious fillings or just …

Chef Chris Santos Shares a French Toast Recipe Inspired by His Mother

The chef shares a recipe for Mother's Day from his cookbook "Share."<p>“I have a lot of nostalgia for early childhood food experiences and especially …

15 Cake Roll Recipes That Are Hiding a *Sweet* Surprise

If you love cakes with a hidden surprise inside — and let’s face it, who doesn’t — cake rolls may just be your jam. While vertical layer, checkerboard, and watercolor cakes are Insta-worthy delights, they can be pretty fussy to recreate. Cake rolls, on the other hand, are nearly FAIL-proof. Just …

Dessert

10 Necessary Tips for Baking Simple Bread at Home

Master baker Uri Scheft explains what breads to start with, his yeast preference, and why you might want to start meditating.<p>No disrespect to that loaf you just bought at the supermarket, but once you learn to make bread at home, your life will change. It's a task that may seem daunting. Kneading. …

Meditation

French Baked Toast with Cream and Eggs (Oeufs au Plat Bressanne)

It's called oeufs au plat Bressanne, and it's even easier than French toast<p>Set a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 375°. Grease a 10-inch …

Breakfast

Scotch Eggs

In a saucepan, place 8 of the eggs and enough cold water to bring water to cover by one inch. Bring to a boil, uncovered, over medium heat. When …

Yorkshire Pudding Recipe - Genius Kitchen

Beat the eggs together until light.<p>Beat in the remaining ingredients well.<p>Let stand, covered for 1 hour.<p>(This is a really important step) Fill muffin …

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

Combine the chicken breasts, diced tomatoes and their juices, 1/2 cup of chicken broth, chili powder, salt, and cumin in the bowl of a 2 1/2- to 3 …

Cooking