Giving Gluten-Free a Go

By nature, I am a baker. I dream in sugar, butter, and flour. A pacifying rhythm comes with combining these basics into limitless varieties of things that make you go “mmm.” There’s a rhyme and reason to it. As in, if I add this amount of X to this amount of Y, I know Z is going to happen. I […]

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Wow! You’ve Got to Try This–Spooky Spider Cupcake Toppers

Halloween is a holiday for pulling out all the stops, for having fun with all kinds of ghoulish decorations. Here’s a scary-good way to go big and give kids and grown-ups a thrill—3-D chocolate spiders that perch on top of cupcakes and definitely give you the creepy-crawlies. Dare you reach for a sweet treat, lest these spiders crawl onto your […]

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First Blush of Apricot

Origins Drink Up Overnight Mask Apricot kernel oil works along with avocado overnight to help replenish moisture and prevent future signs of aging. $17 Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine Coriander and apricot oils lend silicone-free shine and moisture to hair without weighing it down. $40 Josie Maran Vanilla Apricot Hand Cream Argan oil (which provides nourishing vitamin E) is whipped […]

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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus — September 8-12

Fall is in the air. OK, not really. It’s pretty sweltering down South, but Fall is on my mind, how about that. One thing is a sure bet: We’re all busy this time of year. Here’s a plan for next week using some of my favorite 5-ingredient Cooking Light recipes. You read that right. A short ingredient list means a short […]

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What Should I Drink with a Greek Salad?

A DRY, JUICY ROSÉ Olives and feta cheese provide richness that can handle the soft, berry fruit of a dry rosé. Great rosés can come from anywhere, but seek a lighter, paler style. Its complexity, great acidity, and flavors of dried herbs and berry fruit will connect with the diverse flavors and textures of a Greek salad. Skouras, Zoë Rosé, […]

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Five on Friday: A Better Breakfast

Rise and shine! These fun picks are sure to add some joy to your morning meal. –by April Hardwick

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CFB Week 2: West Coast Showdown and Guac Burgers

Ah, the sweet smell of tanned leather is in the air again. Week 1 is officially in the books, and we now all know why it was worth the wait. Pretenders were cast aside. Contenders proved… nothing (only the first game, folks!). Hyperbole was liberally applied to teams like Georgia, Southern Cal, and Texas A&M, and ridiculous plays were made. […]

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Fit Foodie: What to Eat Before & After a Workout

Calories burned are calories earned, right? Cooking Light and Health magazines are gearing up for the Fit Foodie 5K Race, a fun-filled weekend celebration of food and fitness. A portion of the event’s profits will go to the City of Hope, a research and treatment center for life-threatening diseases. The next race in this series takes place in Austin, Texas, […]

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Eating Whole30: Week 4

Praise be, the final days of our Whole30 are upon us. Victory is [about to be] ours. The team is staying motivated through this final stretch by keeping eyes on the prize(s) and remembering what we have to look forward to post-Whole30. For example, our bodies painfully rejecting the foods we’ve so been looking forward to eating for the past […]

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Put a Fresh Face Forward

Budget-friendly exfoliators can give you a brighter outlook. 1 Clearasil Refreshing Superfruit Scrub Microbeads gently clear blemishes while raspberry and cranberry help boost collagen and reduce the appearance of pores. $6.50 2 NIP + FAB Glycolic Scrub Fix This exfoliator combines microfine scrubbers with glycolic and salicylic acids to increase cell turnover and minimize fine lines. $10 3 St. Ives […]

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