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National Puppy Day is upon us! While we love our puppy friends all day every day, this holiday is a chance to indulge your pup. If you’re a dog-obsessed puppy owner, here are ways to spoil your best fur-friend on this special day. New Ways to Pamper Your Pup Our dogs are there for us 24/7, on our good days and even our not-so-good days. So it makes sense that we show them our full appreciation on National Puppy Day. Whether that means going for an extra long walk, hitting the dog park, or buying the best dog treats, our…

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When the weather begins to get warmer, people are anxious to go outside. Get your home ready for summer by completing some outdoor tasks. Make sure these items are on your spring outdoor “to-do” list. Clean Gutters During the fall and winter months, leaves and twigs collect in the gutters. If the gutter is clogged, it can overflow and cause problems for your home. Incidentally, it’s also a good time to check the drainage around your home. April showers bring May flowers; make sure the gutter and drainpipes are clear. Clean Around the AC Take a look at your air…

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Everyone knows that corned beef and cabbage is a traditional favorite for St. Patrick’s Day, but there are other traditional Irish recipes that are sure to please. Shepherd’s Pie Shepherd’s Pie, also known as cottage pie, is one of the best-known Irish dishes. The dish is made with minced meat (traditionally beef or lamb) cooked in onions and served with a mashed potato crust. The dish originated with working class folks in Ireland sometime in the 18th century, when the potato was gaining popularity as an inexpensive source of food. Today, shepherd’s pie is cooked with a variety of vegetables,…

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What better way to show your love for your special someone on Valentine’s Day than by cooking a romantic meal for two. Here are five delicious and easy dishes to prepare for your sweetheart. Oven Baked Mushroom Chicken and Risotto Cooking the risotto in the oven allows you to easily prepare a creamy risotto dish without the need to spend a lot of time stirring. Ingredients 1 minced sweet onion 1 minced garlic clove 1 pint quartered mushrooms 4 cups chicken broth 1½ cups Arborio rice 1 cup hot water 4 tablespoons butter ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese Salt and…

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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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