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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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Donating your car to charity might sound crazy, if it weren’t for the benefits you reap. Yes, you read that right: Donating you car can benefit you, as well as charity. Maybe you’re ready to upgrade to a new car, but the dealer is offering you a trade-in figure eighty percent lower than your old car’s Kelly Blue Book value. Is the trade-in really worth your while? Then again, you might have inherited a car from a loved one, or have a second vehicle you almost never use—a set of wheels that’s just taking up space in your garage. Think…

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With its sweet decadence and fresh-baked warmth, the pastry is a welcoming addition to any morning brew. But, while pastries are most commonly associated with the breakfast hour, there are actually any number of pastry dishes to round out other mealtimes and even special events. Spinach and Artichoke Twists Whether you’re hosting a gathering at your home for football Sunday or throwing your best friend a bridal shower, finger foods are a must. This classic appetizer dip can be served wrapped inside a flaky pastry roll, creating the perfect snack for any get-together. Ingredients: 1 can of quartered artichoke hearts…

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Sometimes you need a gooey fudgy brownie to warms your heart or maybe you’re craving a fluffy cakey brownie. The brownie recipes below will satisfies every desire or dietary needs. Try whipping up a batch of these amazing brownies today. Best Fudge Brownies These fudgy brownies are so dense and topped with extra chocolate chips just for fun. Prep Time: 20 min Bake Time: 30-40 min Cool Time: 10 min Ingredients 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter 1 cup granulated white sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa powder 1/2 cup all-purpose baking flour…

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In 1958, the Congregation Shaaray Shalom synagogue in West Hempstead, New York was completed. It was designed by world-renowned architect Percival Goodman z”l . The Congregation Shaaray Shalom celebrated the high holidays for the first time in their newly built synagogue with a special candle lighting for Hanukah 1958. Today, people continue the Hanukah tradition with an eight-day, wintertime festival of lights with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods like doughnuts. ZuckerBakers Bake Shop in Wantagh, even makes special doughnuts that are nut-free and dairy free just for Hanukah.

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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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One of the best loved and most sought after treats are cookies. While boxed and bagged cookies are delightful and really take virtually no work other than opening the box or bag, there is nothing like a homemade cookie. Below are some of the most scrumptious and easy cookies recipes. Get out your baking sheets, mixers, and parchment paper. It’s time to bake cookies! Chocolate Chip Chunk Cookies Serving Size: 18-24 cookies What You’ll Need: • Mixer • Parchment Paper • Unsalted Butter, room temperature- 1/2 cup • Sugar- 2 tablespoons • Sugar in the Raw- 2 tablespoons • Light…

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