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There is no denying that maple syrup is terrific on pancakes, but it can also add a unique flavoring and zest to a wide variety of dishes, by making boring foods exciting. Here are some mouthwatering ways to use maple syrup. Pies Maple syrup can enhanse the flavor of your pies, the way nutmeg and cinnamon can. You can add maple syrup directly into the pie as a replacement for molasses or you can drizzle it on top of the crust. If you are really feeling decadent, you can even make a maple syrup pie. Bacon Bacon candied with maple…

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Holiday season is in full swing and it’s time to get dressed up for the occasion. Whether you’re spending time with family or going to a holiday bash, you’ll want to look your best and stay in trend for the season. Check out our guide to fabulous holiday dresses you’ll want to wear every year. Velvet Long-sleeve dresses can be found in many colors. The most popular for the holiday season is a dark green or crimson Christmas colors. Choose a knee-length dress with soft velour or velvet for a comfy and chic look. Turtleneck If you want to stand…

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It’s time for cocoa, carols, and winter crafting! What better way to get into that festive feeling than to break out the hot glue sticks and colorful felt. Get those creative, wintry juices flowing like eggnog in your favorite Christmas mug, it’s time make some holiday wreaths! When most people think of a wreath, they visualize green fir branches in a circle, with a festive red ribbon and jingle bells. While this “traditional” kind of Christmas wreath is a lovely idea, there are so many options to consider. Below are some DIY winter wreath projects that will add holiday flair…

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Now that the holiday season is fast approaching, you probably want to trim the tree and start decorating the house. Thanks to the thrifty nature of second-hand items, you can decorate and get ready for Christmas without breaking the bank. Here are some easy ways to save at your local thrift shop. Christmas Trees Have you went shopping for an artificial Christmas tree yet? A quality tree costs a couple hundred dollars at least. If you want a bigger and better tree, it will set you back about $400-$500. However, you can get a tree at a thrift store for…

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A cup of hot cocoa is a seasonal delight we all look forward to. Nothing beats coming in from the cold and warming up to a cup of hot chocolate. During the holiday season, sample the cocoa recipes below. Traditional Hot Cocoa Use this basic recipe as a starter for adding many variations of flavorings. Ingredients: 4 ounces sugar 2 ounces baking cocoa A pinch of salt 3 ounces hot water 32 ounces milk 3 drops vanilla extract Directions: 1) Mix cocoa, salt, and sugar together and place in a medium saucepan. Add the water. 2) Bring to a boil,…

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Gingerbread houses are a fun, time-honored tradition for many families. The joy of gathering around and helping to decorate and build this sweet holiday decoration is a happy memory for many. If you’d like to break away from using store bought kits and want to put your own spin on your gingerbread house, here are some gingerbread house decorating ideas to get you started. Make it Monochromatic Using one color scheme can really make your project pop. Buy different types of candies in shades of the same color and let the texture of the candies be your focal point. Pastel…

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The holiday season comes with a lot of health drawbacks, including colds, the flu, slips and falls and packing on a few extra pounds. Avoid germs, injuries, and fend off the seasonal weight by following these tips for healthy holidays. Prevention The cold and the flu spread rapidly during the winter, making it important to regularly wash your hands and stay warm. There is also a higher risk of slip and fall accidents during the winter. Sprinkle salt along the walkways near your home to prevent falls and other related injuries from ice this winter. Be Mindful of What You…

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Faux fur has always been one of winter’s hottest trends and this year it’s bigger than ever. With some of the biggest celebrities and fashion icons sporting this socially conscious fur alternative, faux fur is the go-to trend this season. Incorporating faux fur is incredibly simple, especially with the wide number of items that are currently being made using this fabric. If you are on the lookout for some winter inspiration, here are a few ways you can wear this look. The Classic Brown Coat The classic brown fur coat has always been a staple and is something that can look good…

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For some families, a Christmas card photo is the only family picture they take every year. Getting the picture perfect holiday cards can be a chore. Here are a few helpful tips to ensure you get a great photo for your holiday cards. Select a Good Quality Photo The point of sending a family photo in your holiday card is so your friends and relatives can see you and your family. If you use a tiny, blurry, grainy, or poor quality photo, no one will see you clearly. Make sure to take and select a high quality photo for your…

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If you want to be fashionable this holiday season, nothing quite finishes off an outfit like a little jewelry bling. From heart shapes to pearls, make your holidays brighter by adding a little sparkle to the perfect outfit. Heart Shapes Heart shapes are a symbol of romance and love. Wear this look in big proportions or choose a dark-colored stone pendant for a more stately style. Crystal Earrings Dazzle everyone at the office Christmas party this year with a pair of crystal earrings. Wear crystal earrings with a little black dress or with a beautiful red satin top. Be Artsy…

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