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  • 5 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight

    Sleep better, tonight!Sleep better, tonight!If you're reading this at 2 A.M., I feel your pain. Falling asleep and staying asleep seems to get more difficult with age (what teenager has trouble sleeping, right?). But there are steps you can take to get more of the rest you so desperately need.

    1. Power down electronics.
    The first thing to do is to turn off the computer (once you've finished reading this, of course) and all of your tech toys, including the television. It's best to do this about one hour before retiring for the evening. Too much light sends mixed signals to your sleep hormones (which kick in at about 9 or 10 P.M.) making it harder to fall asleep. Try reading a book or magazine, instead.

    Related: Your 7 Worst Habits and How to Break Them

    2. Watch what you eat and drink before bedtime.
    Enjoy any alcoholic beverages with dinner, but not later, and limit yourself to only a glass or two to keep from waking up in the middle of the night. Avoid drinking caffeinated beverages after 2 P.M. and skip heavy meals or snacks

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  • 4 Energy Boosters Everyone Should Try

    Energy BoostersYou don't need a vacation to rest, recharge, and refocus. Try these simple tips to have more energy at home - even on the toughest of days.

    1. Walk your way to mindfulness.
    The lapping of the waves, the view from the mountaintop, the clouds rolling by...noticing the beauty around you is a form of meditation, and it can clear your mental cobwebs. Research suggests that doing mindfulness meditation for 30 minutes a day may actually change the brain's structure, beefing up areas related to performance on challenging tasks. And you can meditate wherever you are, even while walking down the street. "Put your right foot forward and think the word 'right,' then put your left foot forward, thinking the word 'left,'" says Reeve. Even doing dishes mindfully helps. When you're in the here and now, you can tune out distractions and unproductive thoughts and concentrate more deeply on your goal.

    Related: 10 Reasons It's Good to Be Bad

    2. Take a break from gadgets.
    When you're

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  • It's Tomato Season! Try This Pretty Goat Cheese-Tomato Tart

    Provencal Goat Cheese TartDoses of cream cheese and heavy cream are what make this goat cheese tart such a creamy treat. Top with tomatoes and chives to add a fresh touch to this rich dish.

    Yields: 4
    Total Time: 40 min
    Prep Time: 25 min
    Oven Temp: 450 degrees

    Related: 14 Must-Try Tomato Recipes!

    Ingredients:
    - 1 (9-inch) refrigerated ready-to-unroll pie crust
    - 4 ounce(s) goat cheese, softened
    - 4 ounce(s) reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
    - 2 tablespoon(s) heavy cream
    - 2 tablespoon(s) finely chopped fresh mint leaves
    - 1 tablespoon(s) snipped fresh chives, plus additional chives for garnish
    - 1/8 teaspoon(s) crumbled dried herbes de Provençe or thyme
    - 2 (10 ounces each) heirloom tomatoes, preferably 1 green and 1 red, cored and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
    - Cherry tomatoes, for garnish

    Related: 5 Ideas for Goat Cheese

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

    2. Gently press pie crust into 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom; prick all over with fork. Bake 14 minutes

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  • How to Turn a Watermelon into a Beverage Dispenser

    Watermelon Beverage DispenserWatermelon's the quintessential summer fruit. In the winter, just the thought of it can put you in mind of dips in the pool, naps in a hammock, and picnics on a lawn. Now when they're in season be sure to take advantage of watermelons, serving them in slices, salads, or in cocktails. For a more creative approach, grab a watermelon and turn it into a drink dispenser and prepare for a lot of oohs and aahs.

    Related: A Great Knife for Slicing Melons

    What You Need:

    1. one large watermelon (the longer and thinner, the better)
    2. a large, preferably sharp, knife
    3. a cutting board
    4. an ice cream scoop
    5. a small knife/apple corer
    6. a spigot (found cheap on Amazon.com)

    Related: 9 Melon Recipes You've Got to Try

    What To Do:

    1. Wash the watermelon of any dirt or grocery store gunk.
    2. Cut about 1/3 of an inch off of each watermelon end. One flat end will become the base, holding the watermelon upright, and the other will be the opening at the top.
    3. With the ice cream scoop, remove the

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  • Skip the Store! Make Your Own Jam

    Raspberry JamBefore the advent of refrigeration, home cooks made big batches of jam so their fruit would last longer. That meant "processing," the time-consuming method of heating food in jars to kill the microorganisms that cause spoilage. Thankfully, times have changed: Our easy cheat relies on a regular skillet and much less sugar -- and it comes together in a jiffy. Store in the fridge; it will keep up to 3 weeks. (For fresh fruit jam year-round, pack into freezer-safe containers, leaving 1 inch of headspace, and freeze up to 1 year.)

    Related: 5 Things You Didn't Know About Berries

    Yields: 2 1/4 cups
    Total Time: 10 min

    Ingredients:
    - 3 cup(s) raspberries
    - 1 tablespoon(s) fresh lemon juice
    - 5 teaspoon(s) powdered fruit pectin
    - 1/2 teaspoon(s) margarine or butter
    - 1 1/4 cup(s) sugar

    Related: 11 Recipes Rich with Raspberries

    Directions:

    1. In 12-inch skillet, combine raspberries, lemon juice, pectin, and margarine. Heat to boiling on high, blending and mashing with

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  • Super Gooey – and Gluten-Free! – Brownies

    Flourless Caramel-Almond BrowniesHave friends or loved ones who follow a gluten-free diet, but still love dessert? Leaving the flour out of these brownies not only gets rid of the gluten, but also makes them super moist, chewy, and gooey.

    Prep Time: 25 min
    Total Time: 1 hr 10 min
    Oven Temp: 350
    Yields: 64 brownies

    Related: 7 Delicious Gluten-Free Desserts

    Ingredients:

    - 6 ounce(s) bittersweet chocolate (60 percent to 70 percent cacao), chopped
    - 2 ounce(s) unsweetened chocolate, chopped
    - 6 tablespoon(s) butter, no substitutions
    - 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
    - 1 1/2 cup(s) sugar
    - 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
    - 2 large eggs
    - 3 tablespoon(s) cornstarch
    - 1 tablespoon(s) unsweetened cocoa
    - 1 1/2 cup(s) roasted, salted chopped almonds
    - 1/2 cup(s) water
    - 1 tablespoon(s) light corn syrup
    - 1/3 cup(s) heavy cream, warmed

    Related: 9 Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 8- by 8-inch baking pan. Line with foil; grease foil.

    2. In 4-quart saucepan, combine chocolates, 4

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  • 4 Delicious Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Dulce de LecheDulce de LecheGive the classic ice cream sandwich an upgrade with these fun toppings.

    1. Neapolitan
    4 scoops Neapolitan ice cream between 8 cookies; freeze 1 hour, then roll in 1/2 c. chopped pistachios. Serves 4.

    Related: 11 Ice Cream Must-Haves

    2. S'mores
    4 scoops chocolate ice cream and 1 c. mini marshmallows, toasted, between 8 cookies; freeze 1 hour. Serves 4.

    3. Coconut-Mango
    4 scoops mango sorbet between 8 cookies; freeze 1 hour, then roll in 1/2 c. toasted coconut. Serves 4.

    Related: Healthy Ice Cream Options That Still Taste Great

    4. Dulce de Leche
    4 scoops dulce de leche ice cream between 8 cookies; freeze 1 hour, then roll in 1/2 c. toasted pecans, chopped. Serves 4.

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  • 5 Delicious Grilled Corn Recipes

    5 simple flavor variations for grilled corn5 simple flavor variations for grilled cornTake classic grilled corn over the top with these 5 simple flavor variations.

    1. Bacon-Cheddar
    Spread low-fat mayonnaise on still warm corn. Roll in 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese and 5 strips cooked bacon, chopped.

    Related: 10 Tasty Corn Recipes

    2. Mexican-Style Street Corn
    Spread low-fat mayonnaise on still warm corn. Roll in 1/2 cup crumbled cotija or feta cheese. Sprinkle with chile powder. Serve with lime wedges for squeezing.

    3. Pizzaiola Spread
    Grate 2 vine-ripe tomatoes, seeded, using a coarse box grater; strain and press out all excess liquid. Stir in 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese, 1 to 2 teaspoons finely chopped basil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spread on corn.

    4. Toasted Sesame Butter
    Stir together 4 tablespoons salted butter, softened; 1 teaspoon with sesame seeds; 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped cilantro; and 1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil. Spread on corn; sprinkle with more sesame seeds.

    Related: Great Grilling Recipes

    5. Garlic-Old Bay Butter
    Stir together 4

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  • 7 New Ways to Use Your Blender

    Try out these seven new uses for your blender

    Woooo-wee, it's hot out there. Skin tingling hot. And, odds are that at some point this summer you'll get the chance to cool off by the pool with a cold, frozen drink made with your trusty blender (if you don't have a trusty blender yet, check out our latest blender reviews!). Because you did all that work to get the blender out of the cabinet, untangle the cord, concoct your drink, let me share with you a few more goodies you can blend up.

    1. Whipped Cream
    Cool down this summer with an ice cream sundae topped with homemade whipped cream. Making your own whipped cream takes a measly minute and you most likely have the main ingredient stashed in the back of your fridge waiting to be used up. Pour 1/2 cup heavy cream into the jar of your blender and blend on medium speed for 15-20 seconds until soft peaks form. Add in 1 tablespoon of your favorite sugar (powdered, turbinado, or granulated) and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and continue to mix on medium speed for another 15-20 seconds or

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  • 5 Cleaning Product Substitutions to Avoid

    Cleaning product swaps that you should avoid.Cleaning product swaps that you should avoid.When you run out of a cleaning product, there's often another one that can get the job done. For example, you can use a few drops of hydrogen peroxide instead of a laundry stain remover or baking soda as a sink and faucet cleanser. But there are several cleaning swaps that you should never, ever make. Here are 5 cleaning product substitutions to avoid.

    1. All-purpose cleaner for glass cleaner
    You're probably wondering what could be the harm in this swap? Well, using an all-purpose cleaner on windows or mirrors will leave them with soapy streaks. A smart alternative would be a multi-surface cleaner.

    Related: 8 Things You Think Are Dirty -- But Aren't

    2. Hand dish soap for automatic dishwasher detergent
    Make this exchange and you'll wind up with mountains of suds all over your kitchen floor that just won't quit. If this happens, here's what to do to break down the foam.

    3. Stainless steel cleaner for silver polish
    Don't use a tough stainless steel metal cleaner on your fine

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