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  • Turn a Plain Pumpkin into a Pretty Punch Bowl!

    Make a Pumpkin Punch Bowl

    Transform a hollowed-out peach pumpkin into an organic punch bowl for your Halloween bash. Four water-jug gourds act as "feet."

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    1. Start with a low, fat pumpkin. With a serrated knife, cut off the top one-fourth of the pumpkin. Scoop out innards and seeds with your hands and a large spoon. Use paper towels to dry inside of pumpkin.

    Related: Pumpkin Decorating - No Knife Required!

    2. To create the gourd "feet," cut a wooden kebob skewer to a length of 1.5 inches. Stand gourd up in position as shown. With a hammer, carefully hammer the skewer piece through the top of the gourd and into the outer shell of the pumpkin. Don't puncture all the way through to the interior of the pumpkin - you don't want liquid leaking out. Repeat with three remaining gourd "feet."

    3. Fill pumpkin with apple cider.

    Related: Tasty Halloween Desserts

    -By Karin Lidbeck-Brent

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  • The 6 Biggest Mistakes You Make Using Your Coffeemaker

    Mistakes when using your coffeemaker

    If that homebrewed morning cup of joe isn't quite as satisfying as the one you can buy at the coffee shop down the street, chances are you're not using your coffeemaker properly. But, by avoiding the following blunders, you can say farewell to stale, bitter cups of coffee-and to those long lines and expensive lattés that you may never want again.

    1. Using warm water and old grounds
    Make sure it's cold and they're fresh. Anything else will make your coffee taste stale.


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    2. Not using enough coffee

    According to the coffee experts at the Specialty Coffee Association of America, you should be using 2 tablespoons of coffee grinds for every 6 ounces of water.

    3. Ignoring your dirty coffeemaker
    Be sure to clean all parts of your coffeemaker, especially the ones that come in contact with the grinds. This will eliminate the oily residue that is often left behind and can affect the flavor of your coffee.


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  • Give Classic Risotto a Healthy Makeover with This Simple Swap

    Butternut Squash Barley RisottoButternut Squash Barley RisottoFull of fiber and essential nutrients, this barley-based risotto is just as delicious and satisfying as the original Italian favorite.

    Serves: 6
    Total Time: 3 hr 45 min
    Prep Time: 15 min

    Related: Everything You Need to Know About Cooking Butternut Squash

    Ingredients:
    - 2 tablespoon(s) margarine or butter
    - 2 shallots, thinly sliced
    - 2 sprig(s) fresh thyme
    - 2 cup(s) pearl barley
    - 4 cup(s) lower-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
    - 2 cup(s) water
    - 1 large (2 1/2-pound) butternut squash, peeled and seeded, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    - Salt
    - Pepper
    - 1 ounce(s) Parmesan cheese, grated (2/3 cup)
    - 2 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

    Related: Lighter Versions of Fall's Fattiest Foods

    Directions:
    1. In 12-inch skillet, melt 1 tablespoon margarine on medium-high. Add shallots and cook 2 minutes or until golden, stirring often. Add thyme; cook 30 seconds. Add barley and cook 2 minutes or until toasted and golden, stirring often.

    2. Transfer to 6-quart slow

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  • 5 Biggest Mistakes You Make Using Your Nonstick Cookware

    Big mistakes when using nonstick cookware

    When you're making an omelet there's nothing better than a nonstick skillet until one day you find your creation sticks to the pan, leaving you to serve a dish that looks like scrambled eggs and a mess to scrub clean. What went wrong? You may have made some of the following big mistakes when you were cooking with your nonstick frypan.

    1. Using nonstick cooking spray
    The spray actually cooks onto the surface and becomes almost impossible to remove. The result: Your pan is no longer nonstick.

    Related: Nervous About Nonstick? How to Use It Safely

    2. Preheating an empty pan
    When you heat your pan with nothing in it, it can become way-hot which impacts its surface's nonstick properties, not for the better.

    3. Cooking over high heat
    Here, too, overheating the pan can results in a loss of nonsticktivity.

    4. Cutting with a knife
    You're bound to make little cuts in the surface which can lead to sticking.

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    5. Scrubbing

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  • Pumpkin + Eggnog = the Ultimate Holiday Dessert

    Easy Eggnog Pumpkin PieEasy Eggnog Pumpkin PieTwo holiday favorites -- pumpkin and eggnog -- are put to good use in this delicious pie.

    Prep Time: 5 min
    Cook Time: 1 hr
    Oven Temp: 375

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    Ingredients:
    - 1 can(s) (15 ounces) pure pumpkin (not pumpkin-pie mix)
    - 1 1/4 cup(s) prepared eggnog
    - 2/3 cup(s) sugar
    - 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) (plus additional for garnish) pumpkin-pie spice
    - 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
    - 3 large eggs
    - 1 (9-inch) frozen deep-dish piecrust
    - Whipped cream for garnish

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    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In large bowl, with wire whisk, mix pumpkin, eggnog, sugar, spice, salt, and eggs until well blended. Place frozen piecrust on cookie sheet on oven rack; pour in pumpkin mixture (mixture will come up to almost top of piecrust).

    2. Bake pie 60 to 65 minutes or until filling puffs up around edges and center is just set but not puffed. Cool pie completely on wire rack. Refrigerate until ready to serve or

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  • Pamper Yourself with 9 Awesome Moisturizing Products

    Best moisturizing productsWith temperatures dipping and heaters cranking up, skin moisture levels take a hit. Don't let your beauty products dry you out - these GHRI-tested creams, serums, cosmetics and lotions promise to treat your skin right.

    1. CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer
    A good primer can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores, while still adding moisture and firming skin. Our 2012 Anti-Aging Award Silver Winner, CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer ($14, amazon.com), managed to do all that for less. It garnered the highest scores in our lab tests for moisturizing skin (even after six hours) and won over consumer testers with its light texture.

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    2. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer SPF 30
    It's easy to forget to slather on SPF when you're not heading out for a day at the beach, so instead reach for a moisturizer that already includes it, like Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer with SPF 30 ($22,

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  • The 5 Biggest Mistakes You Make when Using Your Slow Cooker

    Don't make these mistakes with your crockpot.Now that fall's officially here, we're craving warm roasts and comforting stews-but not the flavorless or overcooked kind. By avoiding the following mistakes while using your slow cooker, you can say goodbye to sub-par dinners and hello to the best-tasting stews around, just in time for the chillier weather.


    1. Neglecting to brown meats
    Browning meats in a skillet (or in the slow cooker's insert if it's stovetop safe) before programming the cook time will give your braise or stew heartier flavor.

    Related: Enjoy Delicious Dinners on a Dime

    2. Removing the lid during use

    When slow cookers lose heat it takes them a long time to gain it back. Don't remove the lid until you have to.

    3. Always using the same temperature and time settings
    Your kitchen might not be a chemistry lab but a little experimentation may be necessary to get the best results. Try out a few combinations of temperature setting and cooking time to get it just right.

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    4. Not

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  • No-Bake and Guilt-Free Cheesecake

    Healthy Makeover: CheesecakeHealthy Makeover: CheesecakeMove over, New York cheesecake -- there's a newcomer in town. One that has fewer than half the calories and less than 60 percent of the fat, but still boasts the classic's luscious decadence. (A single NY slice saddles you with 20 grams of saturated fat; ours, a mere 7.) The sugary glaze is gone, in favor of fresh raspberries. And with no need to bake, it's a guilt-free treat any fast-moving city (or country) slicker could love.

    Serves: 12
    Total Time: 35 min
    Prep Time: 20 min

    Related: 12 Ways to Cut Calories Without Sacrificing Flavor

    Ingredients:
    - 24 reduced-fat vanilla wafers
    - 2 tablespoon(s) butter or margarine, melted
    - 1 envelope(s) unflavored gelatin
    - 1 large lemon
    - 3 tablespoon(s) water
    - 1/4 cup(s) water
    - 2 package(s) (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
    - 3/4 cup(s) sugar
    - 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
    - 1 1/2 cup(s) low-fat buttermilk
    - Raspberries, for garnish

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    Directions:
    1. Lightly coat

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  • Meet Your New Favorite Way to Eat Kale

    Crispy Kale White PizzaCrispy Kale White PizzaEven though it's covered in gooey cheese, you'll feel like you're getting a full serving of veggies in this green, kale-topped pie.

    Related: Not a Pizza Fan? 7 Other Ways to Eat Kale

    Serves: 4
    Yields: 4 main-dish servings
    Total Time: 30 min
    Oven Temp: 425

    Related: 8 Pasta Recipes That WON'T Destroy Your Diet

    Ingredients:
    - 1 teaspoon(s) olive oil
    - 1 large (12-inch) prebaked thin pizza crust
    - 1 cup(s) part-skim ricotta
    - 1/3 cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese
    - 1 can(s) (4-ounce) green chiles, chopped
    - 1 clove(s) garlic, crushed with press
    - 1/2 teaspoon(s) dried oregano
    - 1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
    - 1/4 teaspoon(s) black pepper
    - 1 cup(s) grated part-skim mozzarella
    - 1/2 teaspoon(s) crushed red pepper
    - 3 large leaves kale, tough ribs removed, torn into bite-size pieces
    - 1 teaspoon(s) olive oil
    - 1 pinch(s) salt
    - 1/4 cup(s) chopped fresh tomato

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    Directions:
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  • 10 Tips to Your Fastest Laundry Day Ever

    Make laundry day easier and quicker.

    It's a day that everyone dreads: laundry day. But, armed with a few tricks of the trade, you can speed through this monotonous task. Just follow these 10 simple tips and soon you'll be spending your Sunday relaxing instead of working.

    1. Sort first, wash second
    Any woman who runs a household knows that sorting laundry can seem like a chore on its own! To speed up the process, ask the family to pitch in. "Keep divided sorters for lights and darks, and have separate baskets or bins," says Carolyn Forte, director of GHRI's Home Appliances and Cleaning Products department. When it's time to toss in a load, keep the items that shed, like towels, away from garments that attract lint, like corduroy pants.

    2. Pre-treat for days
    When you spill coffee on your favorite blouse, there's no time to remove a fresh stain before work. But don't let the stain set in while you're at the office. Instead, try a pre-treater that's safe to use up to several days before you wash, such as Resolve

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