Illustration by Jing WeiRecipe by Bakerella
Who needs a whole slice when you can satisfy your sweet tooth with cake pops? First use our easy doughnut-hole cheat recipe and then try these easy flavor combinations:
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Chocolate Peanut Butter
Use plain or glazed doughnut holes and chocolate candy coating or chocolate chips. Melt chocolate, then stir in 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter. After dipping, gently roll the pop in crushed peanuts or crushed pretzels.
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Use plain, glazed, or chocolate doughnut holes and white vanilla candy coating or white chocolate. After dipping, use a mesh strainer to dust cocoa powder over the upper half (optional), and place a chocolate-covered espresso bean on the top.
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Use jelly-filled doughnut holes and pink, red, or white candy coating. Top with white sprinkles or candy coating drizzle.
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- Oprah.com | Shine Food – Thu, Jan 26, 2012 3:53 PM EST
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If you've ever doctored a bowl of boring vanilla or mused aloud on the ratio of Chunky to Monkey, you likely have an answer to Becky App's favorite question: "What flavor would you be if you were gelato or ice cream?" App herself had so many answers that she cofounded eCreamery, a create-your-own-flavor site that lets you turn your sweet-treat dreams into lush, scoopable reality.
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- Oprah.com | Fashion – Thu, Jan 26, 2012 2:56 PM EST
Photo: Courtesy of CW-XBy Amber Kallor
This fitted CW-X Ventilator Web long-sleeve top doesn't just outline your curves in hot pink piping and create the illusion of an hourglass shape, but kinesiology taping technology also creates a support system to help improve your posture and give you more controlled movement in your shoulders and arms. And vented side panels keep you cool-even when you're chasing your personal record.
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Hidden power-mesh panels smooth your stomach, back and sides without making you feel like you're squished into a sausage casing. Even better, no itchy tag rubbing between your shoulder blades means you can stay focused on your form while you're lifting weights.Retro Fashion with Timeless Glamour
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If you think only epic workouts produce results, think again. New research suggests that brief activity bursts can pay off big.
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20 minutes a week-Lower Your Stress
After reviewing the lifestyles of nearly 20,000 of their countrymen, British researchers found that 20 minutes a week of moderate activity (such as golfing, gardening, walking, or doing chores) was all it took to significantly reduce the risk of psychological distress.
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70 minutes a week-Gain Endurance
Researchers at Ontario's McMaster University asked eight people to alternate 30-second sprints on a stationary bicycle with four minutes of rest. After doing four to seven intervals three times a week for two weeks, the sprinters posted big gains: On an endurance test in which the subjects pedaled until they got tired, they completed an average of 51 minutes, up from 26 minutes.
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- Oprah.com | Beauty on Shine – Tue, Jan 24, 2012 7:25 PM EST
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I'm still searching for the perfect red lipstick that's not too blue, but not too orange-and I have a makeup bag stuffed with different variations of crimson to prove it. Instead of tossing the tubes that didn't live up to my expectations, makeup artist Kristofer Buckle suggested that I custom blend them in the microwave. "You can bump any shade into your comfort level by adding other colors," he says. While I'm no cosmetic chemist and even less a chef, I'm willing to head to the kitchen in the name of beauty research (and finally finding the ultimate red). You can steal his step-by-step:
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- Wind your lipstick all the way up and cut off the bullet with a butter knife. [If you want to soften the color, repeat the same steps with a lighter tone or nude. For more drama and intensity, add a deeper, blue-based shade in the same color family.]
- Place the bullets in a small glass bowl or dish and pop them in the microwave for 10
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When it comes to quality shut-eye, research has shown that women are the sleepless sex. They tend to have a harder time falling asleep than men and are more easily startled or jostled awake. Despite this, more women than men claim they're loath to give up spending the night at their partner's side. Here are the most common co-sleeping issues women have, and how to solve them.
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"It drives me crazy how he falls asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow."
"Men can fall asleep faster, almost anywhere, and have fewer complaints about the quality of their sleep," says John Dittami, an Austria-based sleep researcher and co-author of the recent book Sleeping Better Together. One possible explanation has to do with sex hormones, which affect how long we sleep overall and the amount of time we spend in each stage. Women's levels of estrogen and progesterone tend to fluctuate, especially during
Photo: Anna WilliamsStrawberry Whoopie Pies
Baked's signature whoopie pies-two delicious strawberry cookies sandwiching strawberry-meringue filling-are sure to warm any heart.
To make cookies: Put 1 cup (about 5 ounces) stemmed and halved strawberries in a food processor and pulse in short bursts just until they are chopped into small pieces (about 4 to 5 pulses), and set aside. (Be careful not to puree them.) Sift 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda and 3/4 tsp. salt into a medium bowl, and set aside.
Put 2 cups light brown sugar and 2/3 cup canola oil in a large bowl and mix well, using the back of a spoon to break up any lumps in sugar. Whisk in chopped strawberries and 1/2 cup plain yogurt until combined, then whisk in 2 large eggs, one at a time, just until combined. Fold in flour mixture in two parts, being careful not to overwork the batter. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
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You may not be interested in smothering a hamburger with truffles or sprinkling them over lobster, but the prized fungi can add a sublime, earthy flavor to everyday food, too, from pasta with garlic and olive oil to scrambled eggs. As Patricia Wells writes in her new book, Simply Truffles, "the truffle's best friends include cheese, butter, cream, all mushrooms, pasta, rice, potatoes, artichokes, Jerusalem artichokes, pumpkin, celery root, and chestnuts."
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But how can you get in on the action when, as 60 Minutes explained on Sunday night, "European white truffles sell for as much as $3,600 a pound"? And even if money were no object, "harvests are down and a black market has emerged," ensuring prices will stay high. Luckily, truffle-infused products are a lot less expensive than the mushrooms themselves.
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I'm Frazzled By Frizz !The best offense is a good defense. Your game plan:
8 A.M. In the shower, use shampoo and conditioner that contain rich moisturizers, like silicones, panthenol, and shea butter, to help seal the hair's cuticle (outer layer) so it won't absorb moisture in the air (the genesis of frizz). Avoid products that contain volumizing ingredients like wheat, rice, and silk proteins.
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8:15 A.M. After showering, wrap your hair in a towel and lightly press it with your palms to help it absorb water-rubbing your hair dry can disturb the cuticle, leading to frizz. Then use a wide-toothed comb to detangle, says Ted Gibson, a hairstylist in New York City.
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8:20 A.M. While hair is still damp, apply a generous amount (enough to cover your hair from roots to ends) of a creamy leave-in conditioner; the heavy emollients in the formula prevent frizz. (Try Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Intensely Read More »from Frazzled by Frizz? How to Fix It
- Oprah.com | Love + Sex – Fri, Jan 20, 2012 1:19 AM EST
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1. Am I jumping to conclusions?
Molly Barrow, PhD, a clinical psychologist and author of Matchlines for Singles, says that she often sees women who assume their unhappiness is entirely caused by their partner. If you're convinced that your spouse is the problem, and especially if you find yourself repeatedly and testily telling him all the reasons he's standing in the way of your damn joy, then Barrow recommends that you put your thoughts down on paper. "Slow the communication down to a crawl," she says. This does not mean berating your husband or boyfriend for 22 pages. (We can't stop you, of course, but if you do that, rip those suckers up and start again.) The idea is that once you've stepped away from your typical fight, you can acknowledge your part in the stress party happening at your house-stretched finances, pressure at work, feelings of depression, or exhaustion from juggling the needs of your children. The letter serves two purposes: It lets him know what's