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  • Last-Minute New Year's Eve Party Food Ideas

    Last-Minute New Year's Eve Party Food IdeasLast-Minute New Year's Eve Party Food IdeasBy Woman's Day Staff

    Party Starters

    One thing's for sure-holiday gatherings aren't easy to plan. You've got decorations to put up, music to play, people to invite and so much more. Let us simplify part of the process with these stress-free, guest-pleasing appetizers, all tested and approved by WD editors. Fill your freezer with these time-saving bites for an easy, breezy party menu. Photo by Alison Gootee/Studio D.

    Mini Quiche

    Packed with cheese, bacon and vegetables like zucchini and peppers, these little delights are a decadent treat.

    The Perfect Bite Co. Primavera Quiche Lorraine, $15.95 for 24;


    An extra-crisp coating makes this fresh-flavored shrimp stand out from the crowd. Served with sweet chili sauce, they're irresistible.
    SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Co. Jumbo Butterfly Shrimp, $9.99; Available at grocery stores

    Related: Discover foods that keep you full longer.


    A hearty golden crust gives way to lightly

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  • Foods that Give You More Energy

    Foods That Give You More EnergyFoods That Give You More EnergyBy Jessica Girdwain

    If you're exhausted and in need of a nap all day long, it may be time to examine what you're eating. Swap some of your meals with these foods to prevent a late A.M. burnout. The best part? A fatigue-fighting diet is fat-fighting too, so you may notice a shift on the scale. Get ready to make over your energy!


    Swap cereal for 1 cup lowfat cottage or ricotta cheese and top with blueberries and raspberries.

    Greek Yogurt and Nuts

    Stash single-serving Greek yogurt cups in your office fridge. And at your desk, keep 100-calorie packs of nuts or nut butter. Mix the yogurt and nuts for a double protein boost. You can also add a jolt of protein to your coffee with a few splashes of soy milk, which has 8 g per cup and tends to stay fresh longer than regular milk.

    Related: Discover how to get trim and toned in 10 minutes.


    A recent study found that even mild dehydration brings on grumpy moods and sluggishness. Keep a water bottle

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  • 4 Loving Ways to Help the Needy This Holiday Season

    Where to Donate Winter WearWhere to Donate Winter Wear

    By Woman's Day Staff

    Spread the Warmth

    Falling temperatures are the hardest on those with no place to defrost. Spread some holiday cheer by donating your gently used winter accessories to those who need it most. Find out the best places to give back, and you'll be left with a warm heart.


    One Warm Coat works to help the 15% of Americans who can't afford to buy one. To donate, search the site for local coat drives or drop-off locations from now through February. Every item collected in your community stays within your community, so your good deed could be helping a neighbor.

    Related: See 10 things you never have to pay for.


    Share Your Soles accepts all kinds of gently worn or new shoes, but snow boots are in high demand this time of year. Mail in your boots and they will be hand-delivered by volunteers to impoverished communities in the U.S. and around the world. The group has provided nearly 2 million pairs of shoes to those in need.


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  • 8 Christmas Homes You'll Never Forget

    8 Christmas Homes You'll Never Forget8 Christmas Homes You'll Never Forget

    By Meredith Bodgas

    Maybe it's because there are so many dark hours in winter, but we can't get enough of the dazzling displays that make the holiday season merrier. Though we prefer to appreciate the residences from afar (we wonder how the neighbors feel about all the visitors these homes attract!), here's a sampling of some of the most spectacular outdoor Christmas decorations.

    Up, Up and Away

    Reindeer take flight above this home which, if the blue string lights on the ground are any indication, isn't even fully decorated yet! With so many Santas and snowmen around, the figurines in the lit-up nativity scene never get lonely.

    Related: Learn the 10 dirtiest spots in your kitchen.

    Blue Christmas

    The azure glow is a head-turning change from the more typical red, green and gold lights on other homes. Wrapping tree trunks in lights is always stunning, but the sapphire tint is especially arresting against the stark-white snow.

    Block Party

    It's a group

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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, 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 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.


    Related: Discover 50 surprising foods under 100 calories.

    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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