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The Only 9x13 Dessert You Need This Summer

When I was a kid, we'd go up to the Smoky Mountains to spend a few weeks with Grandma and Grandpa in the summer. My grandparents' house in North …

Dessert

6 Self-Improvement Hacks to Instantly Improve the Way You Live and Work

Not only will these make you happier, you'll also notice an increase in personal well-being and productivity at work.<p>If you're looking to improve your life, I'd like to share some useful activities -- backed by science -- that can be done in as little as a few minutes per day. Others will require …

Happiness

5 Things To Stop Saying Today If You Want More Success And Happiness

<b>Part of the series “Finding Brave to Build Your Happiest Life and Career”</b><p>I built an 18-year corporate marketing career that was very “successful” on the outside, but on the inside, it was not. Far from it. For much of the time that I worked in corporate America, I witnessed things that were truly …

Personality

7 Ways to Get People To Like You From an FBI Behavior Expert

Meeting new people can be awkward. What should you say? How can you make a good impression? How do you keep a conversation going?<p>Research shows …

Bill Gates Wants You to Watch These 9 TED Talks

You can read what Gates called "one of the most important" books he's ever read, or you can watch these short but amazing TED Talks.<p>In an interview published in <i>Time</i> magazine earlier today, Bill Gates said that the late Hans Rosling's book <i>Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why</i> …

Self-improvement

Ultimate Campgrounds Across The U.S. : State By State List Of America’s “Must See” Campgrounds

Looking for an escape this summer? Check Out These Hidden Gems!We’ve put together a list of the top campgrounds in each state across the US. Camping …

Hiking

For the Silkiest Ice Cream, Add One Ingredient

Whether it’s vanilla or chocolate, pistachio or <b>preserved lemon</b>, most ice cream recipes fall into one of two categories: Philadelphia-style, which calls for dairy (usually cream and milk) and sugar, but no eggs. And custard- or French-style, which includes dairy, sugar, and eggs. Both have their …

This Is the Most Popular Slow Cooker Recipe on Pinterest

I don't care what season it is: winter, summer, spring, or fall — there's always a good reason to bust out your slow cooker. There is nothing better …

Cooking

15 things you should be doing after work instead of watching TV if you want to be happier

For the longest time, I would come home from work and immediately pop on the TV. It was mindless — after a day of meetings, intensive heads-down work, and never-ending email chains, the only thing I thought I wanted to do was watch five episodes of some sitcom I'd seen hundreds of times before.<p>But …

A Professional Baker's Insider Tips for Making the Best Macarons

<i>All this month, the Food52 Baking Club is baking through Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel’s</i> Bouchon Bakery. <i>Today, Club member and professional baker Timmy Gibbons shares why the book's recipe for macarons is his favorite and reveals his secrets for making perfect macarons, every time.</i><p>When I first …

Baking

5 Essential Vegetarian Slow Cooker Soups to Know by Heart

The slow cooker is the workhorse of my kitchen, and it is used so often that it holds a permanent place on the kitchen counter. Although this humble …

Cooking

36 Taco Recipes So Good You’ll Never Want to Make Anything Else

Need a standout “Taco Tuesday” recipe? With these cheesy, meat- and veggie-packed tacos on the menu, you’ll want to have one (or three) every …

The Best National Park in Every U.S. State, Mapped

In case you didn't know already, this year, America's National Park Service is 100 years old — and to celebrate, we're disclosing a few of the …

Molten Red Velvet Cakes Recipe

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Prepare the Cakes: Combine chopped semisweet chocolate and heavy cream in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high 30 …

Chocolate Snowballs Recipe

4.5 31 33<p>Chocolate Snowballs Recipe photo by Taste of Home<p>4.5 31 33<p>This is my favorite Christmas cookie recipe. The cookies remind me of the …

The epic North American road trip you should take before you die

True adventurers go as far as humanly possible and "do America" from corner to corner—Alaska included, requiring a very (very very) long leg through Canada.<p>If you're feeling the pull of the open road, here's how you take advantage of the lowest gas prices in five years and kick asphalt from …

Hiking

How to make your life better by sending five simple emails

How to make your life better? All you need is email.<p>I’ve covered a lot of research on how to make your life better but many people struggle with …

Boondocking Locations 2017

Towing our home around the country has given us the opportunity to see more places than we would have ever dreamed of before. The best part we get to …

RVs

9 Google Maps Tricks That Make Travel Easier

Your favorite map app has a wealth of useful tricks hidden under the basics—here are some of our favorites.<p>Nearly everyone loves Google Maps, except those die-hards clinging to MapQuest (yes, it still exists) and Apple Maps. Google's navigation aide has a slew of features that make every part of …

Try this trick to go straight to sleep

Each time you choose to stay up a little longer bingeing that Netflix show, you’re beckoning death, slowly cutting off years from your life. This was …

Podcast Interlude: How To Find The Perfect Boondocking Spot

This was probably not the blog post you expected me to write today. In my last blog post I’d just left you in Boston and I was about to sweep you all …

RVs

Why and how to erase your browsing history

Cover your tracks in any web browser.<p>Web browsers keep track of your past activity for a reason. That history comes in handy if you want to find a funny article again, or return to your favorite photo of the kids, or if restore a tab that you accidentally closed. At the same time, some people find …

IT security

12 Middle Eastern Recipes, From Baba Ganoush to Zhug

Some of my earliest food memories involve driving to the home of my Palestinian grandmother and being stuffed with food: rice, falafel, pita, and whatever else she had spent the previous days cooking for us. While I don't visit as often as I did when I was a kid, I still look forward to eating my …

National Parks in Every State That’ll Inspire You to Get Outside

14 Route 66 Attractions to See on Your Next Road Trip

<i>Ready to have a good ol' fashioned road trip? Consider your travels planned with this excerpt from Drew Knowles's Route 66 Adventure Handbook, featuring quirky roadside attractions and facts you won't want to miss.</i><p>America's iconic highway is still alive and definitely worth incorporating into your …

The Most Beautiful Camping Spots Around Nashville

Every weekend, the streets of Downtown Nashville are overrun with scores of bachelorette parties “woo-hooing” their way around our fair city on pedal …

Hiking

10 ways to earn extra cash

We can all use some extra cash from time to time—whether it’s to take care of necessities, pay down debt or save for something special. Here are 10 …

9 incredible places in Colorado you’ve probably never heard of

COLORADO IS AN endless source of inspiration, full of places that have become legends both for the activities they make possible as well as their …

Hiking

These 6 Microwaveable Desserts Are Genius For When Sugar Cravings Strike

These will change. your. life.<p>View this post on Facebook<p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p>2 tablespoons butter<p>1 tablespoon brown sugar<p>1 tablespoon granulated sugar<p>⅛ teaspoon salt<p>¼ teaspoon baking powder<p>¼ teaspoon vanilla<p>3 tablespoons flour<p>2 tablespoons chocolate chips<p><b>PREPARATION</b><p>1. Add butter, sugars, baking powder, salt, …

Dessert

21 Healthy Spring and Summer Rolls That Are Surprisingly Easy to Make

Ever ordered Thai, Chinese, or Vietnamese without getting some hot, crispy spring rolls or fresh, soft summer rolls to start? Didn’t think so. With …

Healthy Eating