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  • Holiday Decorating for 2012

    Set media aside and get creative over the holidays.

















    There seems to be a certain charge in the air when autumn sets in. By the time Halloween rolls in our minds start to think of ways to bring comfort and charm to our homes on the outside and inside. Trends in décor are all over the place but one thing for sure, there's plenty of trends to inspire us and that is what makes a house a home. It's all in the loving details we give things. For those just establishing a home, we will find that our tastes change radically through the years as our age advances, and our time and energy become compromised. With that in mind, each trend we follow will reflect and mirror that. For two popular ways to comfort and cheer up you this holiday season see: Decorating for the holidays in 2012.

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  • How to Make Apple Walnut Spice Cake

    Apples during this time of year are in abundance.




















    Apples this time of year taste so good and impart their wonderful and aroma in everything they become a part of. This cake has wonderful rich apple and spice flavor, and so moist and delicious it will be come a family favorite in no time. This recipe is ideal for a Halloween party, or any holiday event. Here's the simple recipe: How to make Apple Walnut Spice Cake.

  • Halloween Beverages and Party Ideas

    Use black markers to decorate instead of carving pumpkins













    It usually hits us all, the cooler weather sets in, and you start looking for those warming creature comforts. For many of us, it's about warm fires, comfy clothing, snuggling and maybe a good book to read. However, there are great beverages perfect for this time of year that you can indulge in as well. These beverages are great for serving guests during this time of year and ideal for Halloween parties too. With Halloween just around the corner, this is the perfect time of year to try out these two great beverages and party ideas. See: Great Halloween Beverages and Ideas





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  • How to Make Chili Con Carne


    Chilly weather means chili weather with this simple and rich chili recipe.



















    The weather is slowly changing and as the weather starts to cool down we start looking for recipes that will warm us up. Chili is just the perfect thing for those chilly evenings. Here is a simple recipe that will feed a whole family. Check here for the scrumptious recipe: How to make homemade chili

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  • How to Properly Prune Your Roses

    Roses like this Knockout variety are fun to grow, but do require some care in pruning.

















    Roses are a beautiful addition to any garden but they do require some maintenance to keep them looking beautiful. In the south our roses start giving us beautiful color a little earlier so knowing the proper time and way to prune them is key to having a great show of color. Pruning and dead heading your roses is one part of the maintenance that must be done every season. Here are some basic steps to follow for pruning your roses. For the tips and a how-to video see: How to correctly prune your roses

  • How to Make Egg Free Mayonnaise

    This recipe is great for those with egg related allergies.
















    Mayonnaise is a condiment that has been around for quite sometime. It is believed by many to be a recipe originating in France. In the United States, it has become a favorite condiment and is used in a wide variety of recipes. If you have an allergy to eggs this recipe may be a great alternative, or if you are watching your cholesterol. This recipe can be stored for a week in your refrigerator. With cook outs and picnics lining up this spring and summer it's great to have this condiment.
    Get the simple instructions here:
    How to make your own egg-free mayonnaise



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  • How to Make Broccoli and Cheese Soup

    Broccoli and cheese soup is a great spring time item for your menu.
















    Ahhh home made soup, who can argue that soup is one of the greatest comfort foods out there? This recipe is simple, healthy and can be changed up a lot of different ways to suit you. If you love broccoli and cheese you'll love this creamy low carb soup that is great for lunch or any time of day. Try adding in different cheeses and spices to get a different flavor for your soup.
    This recipe serves about 8. The carb count is around 10 grams per serving.
    The the recipe and a how to video here: How to make broccoli and cheese soup

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  • How to Make American Chop Suey

    American chop suey is a great dish for the whole family.



















    If you aren't familiar with this recipe you'll most assuredly be familiar with it's ingredients. This is a comfort food recipe that is hearty, tasty and great for a family. The ingredients are all things we have on hand and it can be a family favorite for years to come. Try to make a healthy version substituting ground turkey
    Here's the super easy recipe: How to make American Chop Suey

  • Lizzie Borden: Why We Still Can't Bury the Hatchet

    There are few stories in American history, that still haunt and mystify us like the story of Lizzie Borden. We are all familiar with the gruesome images of Mr. Borden strewn across his sofa in the home's parlor, while wife Abby Borden's body is lying face down in a pool of her own blood in an upstairs bedroom. Do we have a fascination with the macabre? Or is it the mystery that surrounds the murders that keeps us searching?
    It has been over one hundred years since that day in August of 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts , and we find ourselves unable to resist the urge to watch any and every documentary that presents itself on television. What is it about the 32 year old bible study teacher, that captivates us still? Is it that mischievous glare that we can't pull away from in her photographs? Or is it those eyes that seem to have a secret hiding deep within them? Why does she still captivate us long after the fact?

    Continue reading, view photos and video here: Lizzie Borden, why we still

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  • Does an Addict Choose to Be Addicted?


    The television show Intervention gives us insights into the world of the addict.

    The answer? No, no more than someone that over eats chooses to become fat. The initial choice is born of many reasons, however in many cases is a desperate need feel "better." Many studies in addiction support the findings that most addicts struggled with depression prior to using any chemical substance.

    The popular television show, Intervention took a look recently at the story of Suzon and uncovered a supermom turned crack addict. Through out the show we saw Suzon struggle with addiction, and with different family members. In one segment of the show Suzon's mother made a statement that needs taking a look at, where she confronts Suzon by telling her she is "choosing" drugs over her mother, and her family. What is your opinion? Continue reading here: Does an addict choose to be addicted?


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