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  • The Impressive-Looking Christmas Cake Anyone Can Make

    The Impressive-Looking Christmas Cake Anyone Can MakeThe Impressive-Looking Christmas Cake Anyone Can MakeBy Jessica Harris


    What You'll Need

    WD is excited to team up with Craftsy.com, a learning site for crafters and cooks. Jessica Harris is the instructor of Clean & Simple Cake Design on Craftsy. Her classes help home cooks achieve professional results in their cake decorating. Visit Craftsy.com for a free step-by-step video on making this cake with Jessica Harris, and learn more about WD's partnership with Craftsy. Photo by Kat Teutsch; Prop styling by Shana Faust.

    • 8-in. 3-layer cake, frosted with buttercream

    • Marshmallow fondant

    • Cornstarch

    • Red and green modeling chocolate


    • Vegetable shortening

    • Light corn syrup

    • Fondant smoother

    • Wax paper

    Striped template

    • Pasta roller and fettuccine attachment*

    • Razor blades

    • 1½-in. holly leaf cookie cutter

    Marshmallow Fondant

    2 Tbsp vegetable shortening, plus more for coating

    1 1-lb pkg mini marshmallows

    2 Tbsp light corn syrup

    ¼ tsp kosher salt

    ½ tsp pure vanilla

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  • The 5 Most Heartwarming Stories of Kidney Donation

    By Jane Bianchi The 5 Most Heartwarming Stories of Kidney DonationThe 5 Most Heartwarming Stories of Kidney Donation

    Surprising Sacrifices

    No one ever thinks they'll go under the knife for another person's sake. But when these five women encountered a life-or-death request, their decision-to donate a kidney-was a no-brainer. This incredibly selfless act is no walk in the park-they all underwent major surgery and months of recovery-but they said it was worth it. Read on for their touching stories and find out the unexpected rewards they reaped from keeping someone else alive. Photo by Michelle Largoza.


    "I donated to my dad."

    Cara Reynoso, 40, Bloomfield, NJ

    "When my dad let a minor kidney problem develop into end-stage chronic kidney disease earlier this year, I was shocked. He's an internal medicine doctor and should have known how not to get sick! To keep him off dialysis for life, my two younger sisters and I knew that one of us needed to give him a kidney. Since Kathy has young children and Michelle has no kids, I said I'd do it; if anything were to happen to me,

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  • 10 Surprising Reasons Men Initiate Divorce

    By Deborah Skolnik10 Surprisingly Common Reasons Men Initiate Divorce10 Surprisingly Common Reasons Men Initiate Divorce


    As you'd expect, "She cheated!" is one big reason guys take the speed ramp to Splitsville. But every year, faithful women get blindsided by divorce papers. What gives? We asked relationship experts about the other grievances once-happy husbands cite for divorcing-their unexpected answers give clues on how to keep your marriage solid. Photo by Getty Images.

    1. You've let yourself go. Men understand that women change over time. But there's a difference between putting on weight and getting so big that the Discovery Channel would be intrigued if you washed up on a beach. And is your car the only thing you wax? "I have one client whose partner has a chin hair that bothers him so much," says Sherry Amatenstein, who specializes in couples' therapy in Long Island City, NY. "If you don't care enough to look good for your guy, he wonders if you care about him." Wouldn't you wonder the same if he gave up on his appearance? So banish the granny panties, grey roots and

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  • The 3 Best Ways to Keep Holiday Energy Costs Low

    The 3 Best Ways to Keep Holiday Energy Costs LowBy Shawn Gauthier


    From the tree lights to your outdoor holiday decorations, all that festive fun is certainly easy on the eyes, but it can do a number on your budget. Light up the right way to give yourself the gift of an affordable electric bill. Keep reading for smart strategies even Santa would approve. Photo by Getty Images.


    Light up with LED bulbs

    Donate or discard those ancient incandescent light strings and switch to LEDs. Not only do they last up to 10 times longer, but LED light strings with an Energy Star rating also use 50% less power than traditional incandescents. This goes for candelabra bulbs, too.

    SAVINGS Up to $4 a light string per month


    Related: Discover the 10 things you never have to pay for.


    Limit outdoor lights to 6 hours

    Sure, you're proud of your festive light show, but it can take a lot of power to keep those decorations on all night. This year, wait until dark to turn the lights on and cut the switch before bed. Worried you'll forget? Read More »from The 3 Best Ways to Keep Holiday Energy Costs Low
  • How to Make a Christmas Wreath - that Doubles as Dessert

    How to Make a Christmas Wreath - that Doubles as DessertBy Woman's Day Kitchen


    This pretty-as-a-picture dessert uses lots of individual treats, like cupcakes and cut-out cookies, to create one temptingly sweet holiday masterpiece. Photo by Kat Teutsch; Prop styling by Shana Faust.


    Yields:
    24


    Related: Discover 50 surprising foods under 100 calories.



    Ingredients:
    Cupcake Wreath

    • 24 cupcakes (see Note)
    • Green buttercream (see recipe below), for decorating
    • Holly leaf cookies (see recipe below), for decorating
    • Sugared cranberries (see recipe below), for decorating
    • Pastry bag fitted with large star tip


    Buttercream Frosting

    • 6 large egg whites
    • 2 cup(s) granulated sugar
    • 2 1/4 cup(s) (4 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    • 1 tablespoon(s) pure vanilla extract
    • Leaf green gel food coloring


    Holly Leaf Cookies
    • Sugar cookie dough (see Note)
    • 1 1/2-inch holly leaf cookie cutters
    • 3 large egg whites
    • 1/2 teaspoon(s) cream of

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  • Sandy Hook Mom: 'I Forgave My Son's Killer'

    Scarlett Lewis with her son, Jesse (Photo courtesy of Scarlett Lewis)By Scarlett Lewis

    After my son Jesse died at Sandy Hook Elementary School a year ago, I did what my heart told me to do. 

    I learned a lesson in Bible school that has stayed with me. Matthew asked Jesus how many times he should forgive, and Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but 77 times." I've tried to live by that-I have forgiven a lot in my life. In fact, I forgave everyone, deserved or not, because that's what I was supposed to do.

    But that teaching was tested one year ago, when my beautiful, precious little boy, Jesse, along with 19 other first graders and six teachers and administrators, were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School by a disturbed young man who mercilessly gunned them down in the hallways and classrooms.

    Related: Learn how to raise a confident woman.

    A mother's worst nightmare
    When I heard about the shooting, I raced to the firehouse where the children were evacuated. I said to myself over and over, "Nothing could happen to Jesse. He's fine. He is

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  • 'I Got Married at Age 50...For The First Time!'

    bride and groom holding handsbride and groom holding handsBy Anna Schoening


    It's a well-told myth: that a woman over a certain age has a better chance of getting struck by lightning than finding a mate. Even movies and TV shows have convinced generations that if they didn't marry in their childbearing years, it would never happen. Wrong! These six women prove it's possible to get married at any age-and that true love really is worth waiting for. Photo by Getty Images


    Related: Discover 11 things that mean more to men than "I love you."

    Linda Passante, New York City, married at 52 in April 2011

    How it happened: "I wanted a marriage that was an equal partnership, one in which I could pursue my passions and career as CEO and co-founder of The Halo Group with my husband's support. However, I was attracted to traditional men who had typical expectations of a wife, and I knew any of them would try to change me. I met Jack when I was 46-at a wake! He was sexy, smart, kind and, best of all, comfortable in his own skin, so my success

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  • Crucial Career Advice Only 20-Somethings Know

    Crucial Career Advice Only 20-Somethings KnowBy Christina Vercelletto

    You may rank higher than your young coworkers, but they still know a thing or two (or 10) about advancing on the job that you may not. In fact, many working women are getting reverse mentors, more junior coworkers who guide them. If you haven't been matched up with one, here's what to consider doing, courtesy of Gen Y. Photo by Getty Images.


    1. Share your weaknesses and failures.
    "Transparency is the new credibility," says Deanna Utroske, social media brand director for New York Women in Communications, a nonprofit that provides training and support to members, who work in journalism, advertising, public relations and more. Admitting you don't know everything shows that you're looking for something new to learn. So at your next meeting, bring up your latest challenge to boost your integrity. It's also a chance to revisit what you do know and find ways to apply that to the project at hand, says Utroske.


    2. Brand yourself online.
    Boomers tend not to do

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  • 7 Holiday Foods that Actually Help You Lose Weight

    7 Holiday Foods that Actually Help You Lose WeightBy Marissa Lippert, RD


    It's the same struggle every year. You walk into a holiday party and you're greeted by the hostess, who encourages you to dig into the huge spread of tasty hors d'oeuvres. But how can you enjoy the evening without going overboard? It is possible! By focusing on popular party snacks that have health-boosting benefits, you can savor the season and drop pounds. Photo by iStock.


    Cheese
    Full-fat cheese is packed with protein, so a small amount will satisfy you quickly, which means eating some of the real deal (versus lowfat or fat-free) may actually help you lose weight. Choose hard, full-flavor cheeses like Parmesan or aged Gouda, because their sharp taste helps you conquer cravings fast. These cheeses are slightly higher in calories than soft ones like Brie, but they have more protein. Stick with 1 oz-or four to five small cubes-per day.


    Champagne
    At 100 calories per 5-oz serving, champagne is one of the few naturally low-calorie beverages you can

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  • 10 Things Matchmakers Won't Tell You

    women shaking hands in a homewomen shaking hands in a homeBy Kristi Dosh


    If you're short on time, want personalized help or are just looking to try a new way to find a mate, a matchmaker can be a great option. But even though these professionals insert themselves into the most personal parts of singles' lives, there's no industry regulator outside of general business-rating entities like the Better Business Bureau. To help you find the best matchmaker for you, we've asked pros and women who've hired them to reveal 10 things a matchmaker might not admit that anyone considering using one needs to know. Photo by Getty Images

    1. Anyone can be a matchmaker. While matchmakers can get certified, they don't have to. Lisa Clampitt, who owns the New York City-based matchmaking service Club VIP Life and the Matchmaking Institute certification program, says the benefit of hiring a matchmaker she certifies is that in addition to the training they receive there's also a formal process for clients to submit complaints, which can result in a

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