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The days grow longer and spring is in the air–well, almost. With the promise of warmer weather comes the urge to change the menu, eat lighter and snip fresh goodies from the garden. If cold weather calls for salads with cheeses, nuts and winter berries, spring shouts out for ingredients like baby greens, mint, asparagus, new onions and fresh herbs. A citrus-based dressing and a splash of spring fruit can turn an everyday salad into a celebration of the season.   Asparagus, Orange and Basil Salad This salad combines some of spring’s best ingredients to create a tangy, refres... more ...

How To Be A Zoomer
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Are you a Zoomer? A look in the mirror won’t give you the answer. It’s easy to know whether you are a Baby Boomer, a member of that well-defined and much publicized demographic born within the post World War II years of 1946-1964. Now that Boomers are aging, another term has arisen that breaks up the Boomer generation into another category called Zoomer. Being a Zoomer has less to do with the year you were born and everything to do with how you feel and approach life as you age.   How Do You Spell That? While the term Zoomer has been around since at least 1998, when it was... more ...
If you would rather get dressed blindfolded than actually look at the state of your closet, it is time to gather your courage and open your eyes. Closets are rarely overcrowded because they are too small. Usually, we just have too much stuff. Take advantage of the New Year and create a new space for your wardrobe with these 10 easy tips.   Make A Vow Resolve to keep only what you really use. Imagine being able to immediately find what you seek each morning without the confused chaos of layers of clothes and too many options.   Toss the Trash Who hasn’t used their closet t... more ...
Dessert, if you will pardon the pun, is the icing on the cake after a delicious dinner. Dessert can be as simple as a small bowl of pudding or a nice slice of store-bought pie, but the presentation of your chosen dessert can make all the difference. It does not take much to turn a simple dessert into an after-dinner show piece, sure to impress any guest. Stuck for dessert ideas? Try these simple, yet impressive after-dinner treat ideas at your next party. The recipes are a cinch and the presentation ideas will have your guests thinking you slaved away for hours.   Parfait Perfection P... more ...
When a loved one dies, getting through a normal day can feel like a grueling emotional marathon. But the holidays present an even steeper challenge. The anticipation of the holiday season without your loved one can pile anxiety upon an already stressful period. You dread spending this special time of year without them and celebrations you once enjoyed may seem frivolous or pointless. Holidays also can serve as a trigger, reactivating intense levels of grief and sadness that may have been under control. The first holiday season without a beloved friend or family member can seem overwhelming bu... more ...
Nothing is more satisfying than creating a memorable evening for friends and family and holiday parties demand a little extra sparkle. When the chaos of the season makes it seem impossible to make your dream party into a reality, simple elegant recipes can save the day. Here are five festive appetizers that will impress your guests without leaving you too exhausted to entertain and enjoy your own party. Using a few well-selected ingredients, they are easy to pull together and constructed so your guests can pick them up and pop them in their mouths without worrying about dripping all over thei... more ...
Although everyone wants to save money during the holidays, no one wants to be seen as a Scrooge. Decorating for the holidays shouldn't break the bank, so here's ten easy ways you can celebrate the season like Santa while penny-pinching like Scrooge.   1.) Boughs of holly can be found anywhere. Designer holly definitely does not deck the halls with any more cheer than fresh greenery from the backyard. If you don't have holly growing wildly in the yard, any greenery will do. Or, sneak behind the Christmas tree and cut a few twigs from the back. No one will ever notice and you&... more ...
Saving money at Christmas is easy when you follow a few simple guidelines for smart and savvy spending. Cut down on costs without cutting back on the fun with these top 12 ways to save big money during Christmas.   1. Best Deals Online The online retailers are your best bet for budget-friendly shopping all year round. Many online prices can undercut the best sales at the mall, so it's good to be vigilant searching for gifts online. When you buy online close to the holidays, be sure to leave some extra time for your package to arrive. The post service slows down in December and you ... more ...