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  • What's Your Sign? Celebrate Chinese New Year with a DIY Zodiac Wheel

    Happy Chinese New Year! 2014 is the Year of the Horse, but there are a menagerie of animals in the Chinese Zodiac.This handy printable will show you the animal that corresponds with your birth year, and the most likely compatible signs. Download the template and follow the included instructions.

  • Get Wired for Valentine's Day with Lovely Wall Art

    My inspiration was that I wanted to make something artful and chic for my family room to celebrate Valentine's Day, but not with the traditional colors of red and pink.

  • For Your Little Jedi, Yoda Ears We Have

    He beamed with delight and ran off speaking backwards sentences like, "Playing, I am," but I felt a twinge of guilt and the solemn, disapproving gaze of Master Yoda, who would have chided the lazy effort with his, "Do or do not, there is no try!" speech. To make up for it, here are some Yoda ears that I hope the Jedi Master himself would be proud of. double sided tape Wear the headband so that the Yoda ears cover yours.

  • Shine the Light on Your Angels with Papier Mache Mini-Lanterns

    Here's a clever craft with heart! I came across these hollow papier mâché hearts (you can find them with an online search) and thought they would work great as small lanterns.

  • A Valentine's Bow Tie for Your Handsome Little Heart-Breaker

    Dress up your smallest sweetheart with a swanky-looking bow tie for Valentine's Day. Doubling up the felt gives it a nice structure, and because felt doesn't fray, you don't have to worry about finishing seams. It sews up really quickly and adds a sweet punch to a Valentine's Day outfit!

  • Frosted Nail Art That's Simply Too Cool!

    This nail art design uses winter windows as inspiration! You need a makeup sponge ripped in half. Dab the light blue nail polish on the very edge of the sponge. When you're finished, repeat these steps again for each nail, and your winter window nail art design is complete!

  • Let's Make Some Noise: An Easy Sound-Matching Game for Toddlers

    Wood putty or hot glue (only if candle cup has a small hole) Check to see if you need to prepare your candle cup. Ideally, you do not want a hole, but if that is your only option, the hole is easy to fill with either wood putty or hot glue. Paint all of the candle cups white (or whatever color you prefer).

  • There's Nothing Fishy About This Vegetarian Ceviche

    It's the new year - time to get those resolutions in gear! One of the most popular dietary goals is eating more vegetables. By seasoning with flavorful spices and citrus juices, you can turn a colorful salad into a satisfying meatless meal. Similar to fish ceviche, this delicious salad is spicy, tangy and crunchy. My favorite way to enjoy it is on top of baked tostadas or wrapped inside a warm corn tortilla in a taco. Omit the diced Serrano chili for a mild version your kids will love.

  • The Polar Vortex is No Match for Our Slow-Cooked Minestrone

    Flights are canceled, schools have closed their doors and pipes are bursting across the nation. The Polar Vortex sure packs a punch. This hearty soup, chock-full of veggies, is here to help. I'm making soup almost every day to help combat the cold. This recipe is a hands-down classic, but when I don't have time to stand over a stove, I let my slow cooker do all of the work. Bright and colorful, just looking at this soup makes my mouth water!

  • These Ham-and-Cheese Quesadillas Have a Sweet Secret

    Every time we have quesadillas at home, they must include ham and cheese. This time I decided to give them an extra touch, adding green apples and cream cheese. 1 green apple cut into thin slices Add the shredded cheese (1/4 of the total amount), 2 slices of ham, 1 tablespoon of cream cheese and some apple slices to half of it.

  • Make Indian-style Chickpeas for $1.01

    This is one of my favorite tricks: how to use a simple slow cooker and the easiest recipe imaginable to make almost any type of bean incredibly delicious, super-easy to adapt, and really, really cheap. A lot of people think 50-99 cents for a can of beans is a good price, but if you have a slow cooker or a pressure cooker, you can make them much cheaper - and much better - at home. Basically, almost any kind of bean in any old slow cooker will work with a ratio of one pound of dried beans to one quart of water.

  • One-pot Meal: Moroccan Chicken from Your Slow Cooker

    Slightly sweet and exotic, your family will love this Moroccan chicken! Inspired by an apricot chicken tagine I once had, this slow-cooker meal is one of my family's favorites. It takes no time at all to prepare as it's one of those "throw in a pot" recipes that will be ready once you walk in the door after a busy day. That's a win in my book.

  • An Illusion You Can Eat: Marshmallow Hot Cocoa Cups Are a Sweet Surprise

    Chocolate candy melts or chocolate chips Break off the hook of the candy canes. Then, stick the hook of the candy cane into the side of the marshmallow for the cup handle. Next, melt the candy melts or chocolate chips in the microwave, checking and stirring every 10 to 15 seconds.

  • "Milk Shake" Up Your Hot Chocolate with a Scoop of Ice Cream

    Hold onto the holiday season for one more day! This hot cocoa "milk shake" is a study in tasty contradictions. The added ice cream makes it both hot and cold, but the mint-chocolate flavor is familiar. I made it with candy cane ice cream and it turned out so good, I almost made myself a second cup! You can try it with any flavor of ice cream you desire (maybe butter pecan or cookies and cream?). 1 mug of your favorite hot chocolate (extremely hot - be careful!) Add boiling water to your favorite hot cocoa mix in a pourable, heat safe container and stir.

  • A No-Bake New Year's Delight: Cookie Dough and Cheesecake Bites

    There's no busier time of year for many moms than the winter holidays. While most of the treats I make are the baked kind, I like these because they're completely no-bake but every bit as decadent as anything I serve. Setting time is important, so don't skimp on the 4-hour refrigeration - you'll be glad you waited. Try them out on New Year's Eve for a no-fuss dessert dish.

  • Make Slow-Cooked Chocolate Fondue to End 2013 on a Sweet Note

    Simply pour a few ingredients in a slow cooker one hour before you need to serve, chop up some dippers (like fruit, pound cake or even homemade marshmallows), and in a snap people can make their own desserts! Perfect for parties or a fun night at home, this fondue recipe is great to have on hand! dipper suggestions: orange slices, strawberries, sliced bananas, pretzels, cubed pound cake, cubed angel food cake In a slow cooker, stir to combine chocolate, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and salt.

  • DIY Disney Magic: Mickey's Strawberry Santa Hats

    Melt some white chocolate in the microwave or on the stovetop, following the directions on the package. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to make as many more hats as you want, reserving some of the melted white chocolate for the pom-pom tops. When you're ready to add the pom-poms, let the melted white chocolate cool slightly so that it will thicken a bit. Finally, add a little texture to the hat trim by using a fork to gently "scramble" what's left of the partially cooled white chocolate (it should resemble flaked coconut).

  • Yule Love It! Make Decadent Mint Chocolate Log Cake

    The mint filling sets this Yule Log apart from traditional Yule Log cakes. It provides a gorgeous pop of color and tastes great too!!

  • Shake Up the Cookie Exchange with Flowery Lemon Tarts

    Had your fill of dreary weather? Add a touch of spring to the dessert table! These lemon tarts are delicious, and the flower-shaped crust is a charming detail. They'll definitely stand-out among the pinwheels and thumbprint cookies at Christmas.

  • Flower Power! Hibiscus Cider Can Help You Stay Warm

    The holidays are here, and what better way to slow things down a bit than with a nice, warm cider? I like to add pieces of fruit to this recipe to give it some texture. If you don't like hot cider, add ice cubes and you've got yourself a refreshing tea to enjoy on those short winter days.