Photo: ThinkstockBy Lynn Andriani
The Easy-Bake Oven has been around since 1963, turning out tiny cookies and cakes with the heat from a 100-watt bulb, and inspiring future foodies such as Bobby Flay and pastry chef Gale Gand.
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When Congress decided to ban the energy-sapping bulb, though, Hasbro engineers were faced with a challenge. But kitchen-minded kids (and their parents) can relax: The oven isn't going the way of the Atari 2600. It's evolving--something that's actually very much in the spirit of the Easy-Bake, which has spawned a gourmet Easy-Bake cookbook with recipes from famous chefs, recipe sites that include such creations as Wild Mushroom Flan, and even a PC that lets you cook pancakes at your desk (okay, that one isn't real, but wouldn't it be fantastic?).
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The latest incarnation of the Easy-Bake, which goes on sale this fall, has a fancy internal heating element instead of a light bulb, and doors
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- Oprah.com | Work + Money – Fri, Aug 5, 2011 9:00 PM EDT
Photo: ThinkstockBy Martha BeckRead More »from How (Not) to Get a Man: 3 Rules for Seeking Your Soul (and Its Mate!)
I would encourage anyone who wants to find a soul mate to follow these three steps.
1. Know thyself.
Women who are willing to hide or detach from their real selves in order to bag a man often seem to believe that the right guy will give them a sense of identity and self-confidence. This is backward. Looking for love before developing a strong sense of self is like trying to find the mate of a shoe you've never seen.
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Next time you're feeling fretfully single, try exploring your own nature: Write down your favorite foods or colors or songs or books or sports. Visit a therapist. Embark on a voyage of self-discovery for its own sake and because it is on that journey that you are likely to bump into the perfect traveling companion.
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2. Value thyself.
The single women I know are frequently advised, "Stop being so picky," "Have a better attitude," and "Lower your standards,"
Photo: ThinkstockBy Catherine PriceRead More »from 7 Steps to Making Better Decisions
A handy guide to weighing your options.
1. Identify your goal.
As David Welch, PhD, professor of political science at the University of Waterloo in Ontario and author of Decisions, Decisions: The Art of Effective Decision Making, explains, "People who aren't self-reflective are going to end up making bad decisions because they don't really know what they want in the first place." Before you switch jobs, ask yourself: Do I really want a different career? Or do I just want a different boss? Don't make a decision based on the wrong problem.
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2. Eliminate choices by setting standards.
If you're trying to buy a digital camera, list the features you'll actually use. Any camera that has them is therefore good enough for you; ignore anything fancier. Speaking of which...
3. Don't worry about finding the "best."
How good you feel about your decisions is usually more important than how good they are objectively.
Photo: PhotodiscBy Gretchen ReynoldsRead More »from 3 Myths About How Your Body Ages
Not long ago, most people-scientists included-were convinced that the biological indignities of aging were more or less inevitable. Survive past midlife and you'd start losing muscle mass, height, energy, and your car keys. Well, nuts to that. New and inspiring research shows that the supposed physical "certainties" of aging are mostly avoidable. Muscles don't necessarily shrivel. You don't have to shrink or slow down. The key to aging well? One word: Move. Even minimal amounts of exercise can counteract the effects of time.
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Myth #1: Your muscles will wither.
Reality: Only if you let them.
Many of us lose muscle mass after age 40. We also develop schoolmarm wattles. This is largely because aging muscle can become riddled with malfunctioning mitochondria, cellular structures that convert food and oxygen into energy. Without sufficiently robust mitochondria, muscle cells waste away and opportunistic fat cells
- Oprah.com | Fashion – Thu, Aug 4, 2011 8:29 PM EDT
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How to Prevent Fine Hair From Wilting
Oil is your enemy. Shampoo daily to get rid of the grease that can weigh down hair at the roots; dermatologist Ciraldo loves Neutrogena T/Sal shampoo ($7.50) for oil control.
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And go easy on conditioner; hairstylist Eva Scrivo recommends using one with a gel consistency (like KMS California Add Volume Gel Conditioner, $18) to keep hair smooth without flattening it.
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To defy gravity all day, look for products billed as "root lifters" (like L'Oréal Paris Studio Line Pumping Volume Spritz, $5). Spray at the roots when hair is still damp. For extra volume, flip your head upside down while you blow-dry.
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How to Get Your Hair Off Your Neck
Add polish to the easiest solution-a ponytail-by creating a clean side part first. Have a little more time? Twist the tail into a chignon and
Photo: Greg SegalBy Michelle BurfordRead More »from How to Deal With A Friend Who’s Always Late
While there are many things I adore about my old friend Dana-her brilliance with a joke, her fierce determination, her red satin Chanel clutch-she does have one flaw I've never gotten over: She's congenitally incapable of showing up anywhere on time. Whether we schedule dinner weeks in advance or decide on a last-minute bike ride through the park, she inevitably comes whisking around the corner 23 minutes late, muttering excuses and pretending not to notice how thoroughly miffed I am.
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Try as I might-and, oh, did I try-I could not make Dana embrace punctuality. Then it dawned on me that instead of attempting to change her behavior, I'd be better off focusing on my own. Thus was born a whole new strategy: calculated delay. Whenever I met up with Dana, I began arriving 20 minutes late myself. That made her just about on time, and spared me hours of seething.
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- Oprah.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Aug 3, 2011 10:59 PM EDT
Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie Pikul
We now know that the "5-second rule" for dropped food is a myth (although some of us may still practice the 1-second rule, especially when no one's looking). But what about the carrot sticks or lettuce leaves that tumble from the colander into the sink? Surely the sink, which is regularly doused with soap and water, must be cleaner than the floor, which is regularly defiled by the feet we use to stand at the sink -- right?
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Wrong, wrong, 500 times wrong, says Kelly Reynolds, Ph.D., an assistant professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona. While the floor may be crawling with 1,000 bacteria per square inch, the sink typically hosts around 500,000 bacteria per square inch -- and she's seen sinks that had millions more than that. "The sink is a ready source of bacteria just from washing off hands as well as food, which may carry fecal bacteria." The number of bacteria it takes to make us sick depends on the type, but ReynoldsRead More »from What's Worse: Dropping Food in the Kitchen Sink or on the Kitchen Floor?
Photo: Kristin HahnAs told to Dana Hudepohl
Cyndi Finkle had no intention of marrying, until a bizarre impulse led her to the man of none of her dreams.
In 1996 I was 27, traveling the world as a photojournalist. That winter I'd spent a month living in Paris, and I returned home to Los Angeles broke. But as I sorted through my stack of mail, I found an invitation to a birthday party in Minnesota for a film director I'd met only twice before, and I was overwhelmed by a feeling-a sense of absolute knowledge-that I was supposed to go. I'd have to borrow money, something I'd never done before. But the feeling was so strong, I couldn't ignore it, so I asked my grandmother to lend me $200 for airfare.
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The guy who had introduced me to the film director showed up at the Minnesota party, too. His name was Temple; we knew each other from dinner parties in L.A., but he had moved to Chicago earlier that year. This was the first time since
- Oprah.com | Fashion – Tue, Aug 2, 2011 11:25 PM EDT
Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio DBy Brook Kosofsky Glassberg
Try some sparkle for day in a vivid pair of crystal-beaded thongs.
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Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio DThese slender-strapped thongs get their shine from berry-colored rhinestones.
$15, Old Navy; 800-653-6289 for stores
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Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio DElectric blue daisy wedges pack extra style at a great price.
$20, Miss Trish for Target; Target.com
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Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio DPink and gold look brilliant with a bright pedicure.
$29, CityClassifiedShoes.com for stores
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Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio DThe cushy footbed of these blossom-topped sandals provides all-day comfort.
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- Oprah.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Aug 2, 2011 10:51 PM EDT
Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie PikulRead More »from Calling All Thrillseekers and Klutzes: The Safest Places to Have a Vacation Emergency
When we're blasting out of town for vacation, we like to know three things: where's the closest beach, pizza parlor and pit-stop motel. What we rarely think about are the locations of the nearest trauma centers, hospitals and base helipads. Still, it might not be a bad idea to keep these in mind, especially since summer makes us more likely to try activities we might normally shy away from (who goes skydiving in winter?).
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We were happy to find the American Trauma Center's interactive map that allows us to spot "safety zones" at a glance--because a skilled medical professional is more valuable in a health emergency than an expert pie-maker (unless a margherita pizza is your dying wish). The purple splotches denote areas where advanced trauma care is just 45 minutes to an hour away. Looking at the map, we were startled to see that some popular summer destinations fall into the country's most unsafe areas.
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