By Jennifer Jafarzadeh, REDBOOK
Serve these delicious party foods without ever having to turn on the stove.
With these no-cook recipes, your Super Bowl party menu will be a breeze.
SPICY DEVILED EGGS: Use ready-made chipotle mayonnaise in your favorite deviled egg recipe and garnish each with a cilantro leaf.
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MINI LOBSTER ROLLS: Buy prepared lobster or shrimp salad and serve on toasted, buttered party-size potato rolls or other small, soft dinner rolls, each lined with lettuce.
PECAN CHEESE BALLS: Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of purchased cheese spread (cheddar-horseradish, port wine-cheddar, or Stilton-apricot) into small balls and coat in finely chopped toasted pecans. Skewer on toothpicks.
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MIXED OLIVES WITH ORANGE, RED ONION, AND OREGANO: Toss mixed olives with thin slices of navel orange, cut into little wedges, thin slices of shallot, fresh oregano leaves, and crushed red pepper flakes.
TOASTED MARCONA ALMONDS: Toss toasted salted Spanish marcona almonds (or regular toasted blanched almonds)
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- Redbook | Parenting – Thu, Feb 2, 2012 3:05 PM EST
By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
Sloppy baby pictures of your little one like this shot can put a smile on your face for years to come.
Quick: Your baby dumps a cup of applesauce over head-what's your first instinct? If you're like many moms these days, you reach for your camera before a towel. The sheer delight! The chubby cheeks! The surprise! It's enough to make anyone go "awww!" Messy baby pictures are one of the best joys of motherhood, even if cleaning up after them isn't.
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Babies are unpredictable creatures and this is never more true than when it comes to food (both going in and coming out!). I remember my first son's first birthday when we busted out the tarp, stripped him to his diaper, set his cake on the ground in front of him, and waited with our cameras to capture the cake fest. Wouldn't you know it, he crawled over to the picnic supplies and pulled out a spoon which he then used to take a dainty three
By Sarah Grossbart, REDBOOKTo really beat winter's harsh effects, tackle them from the inside out by eating these skin-boosting foods, says registered dietitian Joan Salge Blake, a clinical associate professor of nutrition at Boston University. "The nutrients in these foods can be as good for your skin as they are for your health."
Soybeans: These little legumes are like nature's nip and tuck. They're protein-rich, to help skin stay firm.
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Papaya: The tropical fruit is high in vitamin C, one of the most potent antioxidants for protecting skin from damage that leads to wrinkles.
Sweet potatoes: These are rich in beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A, a nutrient that helps skin shed dead cells.
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Almonds: They're packed with vitamin E, an antioxidant that can aid in fighting skin-aging free radicals.
Salmon: It's a top source of niacin, a B vitamin that keeps skin cells healthy, Read More »from Baby Your Skin...With Food!
By Kayla Miller, REDBOOK
If you're not a big beer drinker, we've got some fun cocktails you can whip up at your Super Bowl party this year. Whether you're rooting for the New England Patriots or the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, these stiff drinks will make the win even better or the loss a little less painful. Patriots Fire
1 oz. SKYY Infusions Blood Orange
2 oz. Prosecco
1 oz. mineral water
Serve cold with or without ice in an old fashioned glass.
Recipe by Jon Gasparini, Rye on the Road
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2 oz SKYY Infusions Dragon Fruit
2 oz energy drink
¾ oz sour mix
Serve on the rocks.
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- Redbook | Parenting – Wed, Feb 1, 2012 11:25 AM EST
By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOKRead More »from The Moment I Realized I Never Gave My Mom Enough Credit
Grocery shopping with all my my kids starts with me schlepping them all through the snow, getting something besides fruit snacks in my basket and then running the candy gauntlet at the checkout. Then I truck everyone home and cook dinner while they drive me nuts. And the other day it ended with me laying on the floor thinking that it's amazing any kids ever survive to maturity. Then it hit me: I never truly appreciated my mom until this moment.
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There comes a point in every mom's life when you realize that the woman who gave you life did way more than that. And as a kid you never appreciated it. Here, some parents share "I never really appreciated my mom until..."
"Every time I try to feed my kids anything that isn't bread, cheese, pasta, or sugar-laden." - Natalie
"I drove my daughter to her friend's house (seven minutes away) and was grumbling about having to do it. Then I remembered that my mom drove
By Beth Kobliner, REDBOOK
Our resident money genius explains how a few home projects can majorly slash your heating bill.
1. Audit your house. The average family spends at least $2,000 on energy costs annually - but wastes over $200 on heat and cooling because of poor insulation. An energy audit will show you how much money is slipping out of the windows, as well as other money sucks to avoid, like leaving electronics and chargers plugged in all the time. Ask your utility company if they'll set you up with an auditor for free. If not, find one at resnet.us - it'll cost between $300 to $500 but could save you $650 a year.
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2. Keep heat in. Some repairs suggested in an audit are easy to do yourself with inexpensive materials you can find at the hardware store, such as spray foam, caulk, and weather stripping for sealing leaky windows and cracks. Use the how-to guide at energystar.gov to get started.Read More »from 3 Easy Ways to Heat Your Home for Less
- Redbook | Parenting – Tue, Jan 31, 2012 1:22 PM EST
By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
"Mommy, stop doing your work," my 5-year-old tugged at my pants the other day while I was standing at my computer. "We have enough food and I don't need any more toys. I just need YOU!*" That combined with his big puppy eyes made me go awww! immediately followed by ahhhh... and finished up with ack! as the mommy guilt set in. It doesn't matter whether you work or stay at home or work and stay at home like I do (worst of both worlds, yay!), mommy guilt is easy to come by. And our kids know us so well that they're often able to find just the right phrase to send us into a shame spiral. Here are my kids' classics:
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1. "It's okay, I like wearing dirty clothes better."Read More »from Top 10 Things My Kids Say that Make Me Feel Guilty
2. "I get to help stack the chairs every day since I'm always the last one picked up!"
3. "You can eat my Halloween candy without asking. Again."
4. "Did you have another baby because I'm not cute
- Redbook | Moments Of Motherhood – Tue, Jan 31, 2012 11:52 AM EST
REDBOOKBy Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Read More »from Great Mom Debate: Is it Harder Having One Child or 9?
I'll admit it. When I read this intro to an essay titled "To the Mother With Only One Child" by Simcha Fisher, I fully expected it to be about moms with one child thinking because it's so easy for them to go shopping/make their kid behave/travel that it should be the same for those of us with more. I can't tell you how many times I've had someone say to me something like, "I don't understand why you think bedtime is hard, it's the most enjoyable hour of my day!" only to realize that they've only got one kid demanding their attention instead of the zoo at my house.
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But boy was I wrong! And I'm glad I was wrong. Fisher's essay goes on, "Don't say: 'Wow, you have nine kids? I thought it was hard with just my one!' " She compassionately answers the questioner saying, "My dear, it is hard. You're not being a wuss or a whiner when you feel like your life is hard. I know, because I remember having 'only one
- Redbook | Healthy Living – Tue, Jan 31, 2012 11:50 AM EST
By Nicci Micco, REDBOOKRead More »from 5 Snacks for Anyone Who's Sick of an Apple and Peanut Butter
These combos deliver that same magical feel-full mix of protein and fiber, so you're good to go 'til dinner time.
1. Cheese and crackers: 6 Triscuits + 1 oz of Cabot 50% reduced-fat cheddar; 190 calories, 9 g fat, 11 g protein, 3 g fiber
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2. Seeds and berries: 2 Tbsp roasted pumpkin seeds + 2 Tbsp dried cherries + 1 Tbsp semisweet chocolate chips; 185 calories, 10 g fat, 5 g protein, 3 g fiber
3. Snap peas and hummus: 1 cup sugar snap peas + 1/4 cup hummus; 142 calories, 6 g fat, 7.5 g protein, 6 g fiber
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4. Coffee and fruit: 12-oz non-fat latte + tropical fruit salad (1/2 cup papaya + 1/2 cup pineapple); 190 calories, 9 g fat, 11 g protein, 3 g fiber
5. Asparagus and turkey: 6 asparagus spears + 2 slices lean deli meat; 84 calories, 1 g fat, 16 g protein, 2.5 g fiber
Ellie Krieger, host of the Food Network show Healthy Appetite , loves it this way: "Cut smoked turkey strips and wrap them around
By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
mom playing with child
"Mom! Play with me!" is probably one of the most frequently heard refrains in parenthood. Which is why I'm more than a little ashamed to say that even after four children, I still have no idea how to do that. Usually I look at toys as something that I buy to distract my children so I can go do other things. Like pick up all the other toys they left around the house. But there's always a little flush of guilt when one of my kids begs me to play with them and I say, "Not now, I'm busy." I mean they're only young for such a short time, right? (No, that's not a rhetorical question. I've been in the "toddler" stage for 10 years now. Please somebody tell me this ends eventually.)
So today, when my bored-out-of-his-mind 5-year-old started the incessant whining for something to do, I decided that I would do just this-I would play with him. Not just play around him (read: pick up his room while he makes more messes). Not just play next to