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  • 5 Great Summer Cookbooks

    Summer cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables can be immensely satisfying - if done right. That's where these new cookbooks come in. Most are as valuable as reference guides as they are recipe sources, which is ideal in summer. You want to play and experiment with whatever fresh local, seasonal produce you've got on hand. Here are 5 new favorites:

    1. Grow Cook Eat: A Food Lover's Guide to Vegetable Gardening by Willi Galloway: If you want to try starting a kitchen garden, it's not too late. Galloway provides straightforward planting and harvesting instructions along with basic recipes.

    Ripe by Nigel Slater

    2. Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard by Nigel Slater: Growing fruit is not quite as simple, but Slater offers both gardening advice and mouthwatering recipes. His Rhubarb Custard Fool is amazing and I can't wait to try his Apricot and Pistachio Crumble.

    Related: Easy Summer Fruit Recipes

    Vegetables, Revised by James Peterson

    3. Vegetables, Revised by James Peterson: If you're interested in

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  • 5 Tips to Keep Your Deck or Patio Clean

    Patio tableWith two of the three big summer holidays already under your belt, your deck or patio has probably already seen a lot of entertaining. But enjoying your backyard shouldn't be limited to just Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day. Keeping your outdoor area clean and ready for everything from unexpected guests to a quiet al fresco dinner for two is easier than you think. Here are a few simple tips to follow all summer long.

    1. Close your umbrella when it's not in use. When you leave it open dirt has a place to settle and droppings from trees (and birds) are more likely to stain it. If you have a cover for it, use it. The extra effort and time you put into closing and covering the umbrella now will prevent a cleaning headache at the end of the season. Trust me. It will be time well spent!

    Related: Fast Fixes for a Dirty Deck

    2. Store chair cushions in your garage, shed, or a freestanding container and pull them out only when you need them. This is a hard and fast rule

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  • 7 Superfoods to Keep You Young

    Spectacular superfoods with powerful anti-aging properties to keep you young and healthy.

    Blueberries & YogurtDiet for a Pretty Smile

    Dried licorice root may fight tooth decay, new research has found. But if you're not a fan, these foods can also help keep teeth, gums, and breath healthy, says Mark Wolff, D.D.S., Ph.D., of NYU College of Dentistry:

    Yogurt. The lactic acid may ward off periodontal disease, but skip the sugary varieties.

    Sugar-free gum and hard candies. These promote saliva flow and also help fight cavities. Xylitol-sweetened ones work best.

    Raw or firm vegetables. Chewing celery and other crunchy veggies helps "scrub" your teeth. Ones with vitamin C-broccoli; red, green, and yellow peppers-may also protect against gum disease.

    Green Tea

    Sweet Sip of Youth

    Compounds in green tea may help guard against the sun's damaging rays, while berries provide a hit of wrinkle-reducing nutrients. To make:

    1. Place 3 to 4 raspberries or blueberries in each section

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  • 8 Great Cookies for Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Homemade cookies, brownies, and blondies are ideal for ice cream sandwiches...unless it's too hot to turn on the oven! In that case, we like using store-bought sweets for quick, effortless ice cream sandwiches. The best cookies don't get rock hard in the freezer and play well with fun ice cream flavors. Here are eight favorites:

    Chocolate wafer ice cream sandwich1. Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers: These classic thins are just sweet enough and soften to classic ice cream sandwich texture in sandwiches. Everything from vanilla to mint chip to the salted caramel shown here taste great with these cocoa wafers. These are also our go-to cookies for ice cream cakes.

    Waffle cookie ice cream sandwich2. Jules Destrooper Butter Crisp: For a buttery classic, go for these elegant ovals. They taste like fancy waffle cones, which makes them perfect for any flavor. Here, we've spread Three Twins' Lemon Cookie in the center.

    Related: Best Ice Cream Makers

    Chipless cookie ice cream sandwich3. Tate's Bake Shop Chipless Wonder: For a twist on chocolate chip

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  • 3 Vacuum Cleaner Repairs You Can Do Yourself

    Vacuum cleaner repairsIs your vacuum cleaner not quite performing up to par? Put down the phone! You don't necessarily mean you need a replacement depending on your model's issue. You can save time and money by fixing some common vacuum problems yourself. Here are my suggestions for some simple vacuum cleaner repairs you can do yourself along with some key maintenance tips to keep your vacuum in good working condition.

    Problem: Poor suction

    Repair: Start by putting in a fresh bag or emptying and cleaning out the dust collection chamber. If either of these chambers is too full, air can't pass through the machine and suction is reduced. If this fix still doesn't fully restore pickup, check for a clogged hose. Disconnect the hose from the vacuum cleaner, stretch it out and drop a quarter down into it. If the quarter doesn't come out the other end, you've got a clog. Use a broom or mop handle to dislodge and push out the clog. If you can't disconnect the hose on both ends, disconnect one end, stretch

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  • How to Get Flat Abs Fast

    Get Flat AbsThe foods, the moves and a quick trick to help you lose the muffin-top now that it's beach season.

    Foods rich in protein help you build muscle, while soluble fiber - found in oats, beans, fruits, and veggies - shrinks belly fat. A study from Wake Forest found that for every 10-gram increase in soluble fiber people ate daily (about two small apples, a serving of oatmeal, a half cup of pinto beans, and a half cup of peas), their belly fat decreased by almost 4% over five years.

    Adding ground flaxseed to your diet - mix a teaspoon or two into cereal or yogurt - helps prevent constipation. (It's hard to have flat abs if your pipes are backed up.) To avoid stomachaches, increase fiber slowly and up your water intake, advises Jessica Crandall, R.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
    Related: 15 Foods That Fight Fat

    In a Duke University study of 196 sedentary, overweight adults, aerobic training significantly

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  • 9 Refreshing Summer Drink Recipes

    Watermelon Slushie Watermelon Slushie

    Cool off with these refreshing fruit drinks and summer cocktails.

    Watermelon Slushie

    We combined antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice with fresh watermelon and ice to create this ruby-red summer slushie.

    Sparkling Lemonade Sparkling Lemonade

    Sparkling Lemonade
    Cool and refreshing on a hot day, this sweet-tart beverage takes only minutes to prepare.

    Red Strawberry Tea Red Strawberry Tea
    Red Strawberry Tea

    Serve thirsty guests strawberry tea garnished with frozen tea cubes and skewered blueberries.

    Mint Tea Mint Tea
    Minty Iced Tea

    Flavored with fresh mint and lime juice, this refreshing iced tea is well-suited to accompany almost any type of food.

    Related Link: Summer Grilling Cookbook

    Watermelon LemonadeWatermelon Lemonade
    Watermelon Lemonade

    Juicy melon perks up a kids' favorite.

    Sangria Sangria
    Simple Sangria

    This ruby-red concoction is truly the essence of any proper fiesta. Stud your pitcher with whatever fruits look good at the market, making sure to load up on sangria's signature citrus.

    Berry Lemonade Berry Lemonade
    Berry Lemonade

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  • 12 Things You Didn't Know About Bethenny Frankel

    Bethenny Frankel"I don't really have a secret," admits Bethenny Frankel of maneuvering the work-mom-wife balance. "Giving up exercise for sleep, maybe?" And life is only getting busier for the reality star, who has a new daytime talk show, Bethenny. Here, how she spends her few off hours with husband Jason Hoppy and daughter Bryn, 2

    As a mom, what's the best part of your day?

    Going into Bryn's room when she gets up. She's so excited - like a little bird hatching out of a shell: Let's do it!

    What's a parenting rule you never break?

    I'm diligent about making sure she tries a variety of foods. And she never eats off the kids' menu. I want her to eat what I'm eating.

    And one you always break?

    We don't have a lot of rules yet - this is her time in life to have fun.

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    Three words that describe you as a mom?

    "Thrilled," "grateful," and "amazed."

    Five things you always have in your purse?

    Lip gloss, powder, hand sanitizer, a hair

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  • How to Get Rid of Summer BBQ Stains

    July 4 barbecueHave big backyard BBQ plans for the holiday? Although you may savor delicious food, removing smears and drips on your clothing from cookout eats afterward is no picnic. Here are some tips from's Stain Buster tool for fighting some stains you may encounter during your holiday festivities.

    Sticky Drippy Watermelon: Scrape off any excess melon and flush the fabric under cold running water. Wash in the warmest water specified on the garment's care label, using the type of bleach that's safe for the fabric.

    Related: Summer Stain Removal Guide

    Ketchup: Working from the back of the stain, rinse well with cold water. Pretreat with a liquid laundry detergent, tamp the stain, and let it stand for several minutes. Then rinse again, sponge with white vinegar, and rinse well. Repeat these steps until you've removed as much of the stain as possible. If any remains, use a prewash stain remover before laundering. If the ketchup is so stubborn it's still there

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  • 10 Crazy Dog Behaviors - Explained

    Help your shy pup feel comfortableHelp your shy pup feel comfortableTackling reader questions about barking, biting, digging, and more, dog trainer Kathy Santo helps you to understand what's behind your dog's behavior problems - and explains how you can address it.

    Help Your Shy Pup Feel Comfortable

    Q: We recently got a four-month-old Havanese puppy from a pet store who is very scared of people, especially my husband. She barks at him and pulls away when anyone on the street stops to pet her. How can I help her become comfortable with new people and situations?

    A: For fearful dogs, I usually try a technique called counter-conditioning that involves, in your case, having the person she's afraid of always arrive bearing gifts - usually in the form of special food such as cut-up chicken breast or a piece of cheese. Initially your husband may have to throw the treat near your dog and gradually work up to handing it to her. Remember Pavlov's dog? In the end, as a result of this technique, your dog will associate the person with something

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