Stop making these common laundry mistakesWhat household chore could possibly be easier to do than the laundry? Just throw it in, let the washer do its thing, then toss it in the dryer, and done! Well... not so fast. Take too many shortcuts with this task and you can waste time and energy, compromise cleaning, and worst of all, risk damaging your garments. Eliminate these key mistakes to get the best results from your washing machine:
1. Overloading the washer
Today's machines are bigger than ever and it's tempting to cram in "just one more" thing -- but don't. Even super large capacity appliances have their limits. When the washer's too full, water and detergent don't reach everything, soils get trapped, and clothing doesn't get clean. And, overloading causes unnecessary wear and tear and excess wrinkling of fabrics, too.
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2. Guesstimating how much detergent to use
To get the best cleaning, it's super important to follow the label directions and measure the
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- Good Housekeeping | Team Mom – Mon, Oct 21, 2013 11:16 AM EDT
Stop making these common laundry mistakesWhat household chore could possibly be easier to do than the laundry? Just throw it in, let the washer do its thing, then toss it in the dryer, and done! Well... not so fast. Take too many shortcuts with this task and you can waste time and energy, compromise cleaning, and worst of all, risk damaging your garments. Eliminate these key mistakes to get the best results from your washing machine:Read More »from The 5 Biggest Mistakes You're Making with Your Washing Machine
Stay healthy by watching these life-saving numbers.A little bit of math could make a big difference in your health. Here, the stats you need to know.
Exercise minutes: 150
The World Health Organization recommends that adults complete at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week. Whether you split those minutes into short, 10-minute bursts or longer sweat sessions, hitting that target will lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and colon and breast cancers.
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Blood sugar: A1C less than 5.7%
The percent of sugar in your bloodstream indicates if you're heading towards diabetes - which increases your risk of heart disease, says Tracy Stevens, MD, a New York cardiologist and spokesperson for the American Heart Association. Your doctor will likely check this at an annual physical. Normal blood sugar results are an A1C (a test that measures your average blood sugar for the past few months) of less than 5.7 percent and fasting blood
- Good Housekeeping | Shine Food – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 2:54 PM EDT
Cheddar-Apple fondue is an easy snack to make.
Here in New York, our extended summer seems to have finally headed south, and sweater season has returned. That brings cravings for cozy foods such as long simmered soups and stews, hearty meats and cheeses. Specifically, warm gooey melted cheese (it's American Cheese Month!) into which you can dunk all sorts of wonderful things like sausage, and bread, and fresh fruit.Classic Swiss Fondue
Rub the inside of a pot with a halved clove of garlic; discard garlic.
Heat 12 oz. dry white wine on med.-low until very hot but not boiling. Stir in 1 Tbsp. Kirsch or brandy. Meanwhile, toss 2 c. shredded Emmental or Swiss cheese, 2 c. shredded Gruyere cheese (about 8 oz. each) with 3 Tbsp. flour until well mixed. Add cheese, a handful at a time, to the wine, whisking constantly until cheese has melted and mixture is thick and smooth. Stir in 1/8 tsp. black pepper and a pinch of nutmeg. Serve with cubes of crusty bread. Serves 6 as an appetizer.
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Classic Cheese OmeletOmelets are the little black dresses of cooking: Simple, understated, and always in good taste, they can be dressed up or down for any meal. Because cooking time is so short, you'll need to have your eggs, seasonings, and fillings at your elbow so you can give individual attention to each omelet.Read More »from The Only Omelet Recipe You’ll Ever Need
Yields: 4 main-dish servings
Total Time: 18 min
Oven Temp: 200
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- 8 large eggs
- 1/2 cup(s) water
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) coarsely ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoon(s) margarine or butter
- 4 ounce(s) shredded Cheddar, Gruyère, or Fontina cheese
- Chopped green onions, for garnish
- Toasted country-style bread (optional)
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1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Place 4 dinner plates in oven to warm. In medium bowl, place eggs, water, salt, and black pepper. With fork, beat 25 to 30 quick strokes to blend mixture without making it fluffy. (Overbeating toughens the proteins in the
The answers to all of your skin questions.
1. Is a $10 moisturizer just as good as a $50 one?
Yes. For basic moisturizer, price doesn't matter. "Hydrating ingredients aren't expensive. What you're paying for in a pricey moisturizer is packaging, fragrance, and the nice lady at the counter selling it to you," says Los Angeles dermatologist Jessica Wu, M.D., author of Feed Your Face. Just check the ingredients for tried-and-true hydrators like glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and panthenol. Our pick: Olay Age Defying Instant Hydration Day Cream ($10, drugstores). Save your money for serums or night creams; ingredients like peptides and retinol can drive up their cost (by $25 or more).
2. Will using a face oil make me break out?Read More »from 8 Confusing Skin Questions — Answered
No; unless you're acne-prone. "If your skin is already oily, using an oil can clog pores, which ups the potential for breakouts," says New York City dermatologist Debra Jaliman, M.D., author of Skin Rules. This applies for both mineral oil and plant-based oils such as sunflower and olive. However, if
Brandied Butternut Squash PieMove over, pumpkin pie. A dollop of cream, a splash of brandy, and a dash of sweet spices will make this recipe your new go-to holiday dessert.Read More »from The Tastiest Way to Eat Butternut Squash: Pie!
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 2 hr 30 min
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- Baked Pie Shell
- 1 small butternut squash, cut lengthwise in half and seeded
- 3 large egg
- 3/4 cup(s) (packed) light brown sugar
- 1 cup(s) heavy or whipping cream
- 2 tablespoon(s) brandy
- 1 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
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1. Prepare baked pie shell, following deep-dish variation, as recipe directs through chilling in step 3.
2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line jelly-roll pan with foil; spray with cooking spray. Place squash, cut side down, in prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes. Turn squash cut side up; bake 25 minutes longer or until fork
New England Clam ChowderCream, potatoes, and salt pork or bacon give classic chowder its rich flavor. What else they add: about 370 calories and 22 grams of fat per serving. To slim the dish -- by more than half the calories and cholesterol -- we trimmed the bacon, swapped reduced-fat milk for cream, and stirred in flour in place of several starchy potatoes.Read More »from Cut the Calories in Creamy Clam Chowder by 50%
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Yields: 6 servings
Total Time: 50 min
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 30 min
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- 1 1/2 cup(s) water
- 12 large cherrystone or chowder clams, scrubbed
- 2 slice(s) bacon, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 medium carrot, chopped
- 1 stalk(s) celery, chopped
- 2 tablespoon(s) all-purpose flour
- 1 large (12-ounce) potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
- 2 cup(s) reduced-fat (2%) milk
- 1 tablespoon(s) snipped fresh chives
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1. In 4-quart
Make a Pumpkin Candle Holder
A squat scooped-out Cinderella pumpkin makes the perfect holder for tapers in a hurricane plus trailing ivy.
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1. Choose a Cinderella pumpkin for this projected - it's flat and wide.
2. Place two blocks of floral foam in sink and wet with water until completely saturated.
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3. Set the hurricane on top of the pumpkin and trace the base with a pencil. Cut along the pencil line and remove the top portion of the pumpkin. Remove the innards and seeds using your hands and a large spoon.
4. Insert wet floral foam into hollowed-out pumpkin. Cut foam if necessary so it fits inside pumpkin. Cover foam with sheet moss.
5. With a utility knife, cut a small hole through the moss and into the foam. Insert taper. Repeat with two additional tapers, spacing evenly.
6. Place the hurricane over the tapers and into the foam and pumpkin. Push downRead More »from Gorgeous Pumpkins that Double as Candle Holders
Easy ramen recipesThe term, "ramen," has crawled out from under its sad reputation in America as a college student's idea of a cheap dinner. Ramen, real ramen - springy, handmade noodles, complex, simmered-for-days broth - is hitting its stride right now with authentic (and whimsically inauthentic) ramen joints popping up in cities all across America. None in your neighborhood yet? Improvise with the packaged variety! Alternatively, you can also buy packages of curly "Chinese egg noodles" or "chuka soba," which are very similar to ramen noodles.
Start by tossing the flavor packet away. Cook the noodles in your favorite store-bought chicken or veggie broth (or better yet, homemade stock) as the package directs, but jazz up your meal-in-a-bowl with some of these fresh and fabulous add-ins.
Quick-Cooking Veggies: shredded carrots, spinach, frozen peas, frozen corn, shredded cabbage, sliced mushrooms, beansprouts, canned bamboo shoots (rinsed andRead More »from Forget Instant Noodles — Make Your Own Ramen!
Make Pumpkin Lanterns
Pumpkins with carved foliage will cast a welcoming glow on your porch this Halloween. Follow our step-by-step instructions to learn how to make the pumpkin lanterns for your home.
1. Choose a pair of low, large pumpkins with bottoms large enough to cover the top of your planters. With a serrated knife, cut off the top of each pumpkin about two inches from the stem. Remove this "lid" and scoop out innards and seeds with your hands and a large spoon. Use the spoon to scrape away as much of the flesh as you can - you want a hollowed-out pumpkin with thin "walls," to make carving the leaf shapes easier.
2. Print out the leaf template. Enlarge pattern as necessary, to accommodate the size of your pumpkin.
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3. With painter's tape, securely affix the paper template to the pumpkin so the leaf design is positioned in the middle of the pumpkin. Use a pumpkin carving punch tool or a small awl to jab tiny holes into the pumpkin, following theRead More »from Light Up the Night with Pumpkin Lanterns