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How to Freeze Winter Soups and Stews

January 25, 2015

What’s better than tucking into a steaming bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup or beef stew on a blustery winter eve? Tucking into yet another bowl on a blustery winter eve a month later without doing any additional work. Whether you’re breaking in the new slow cooker you just got for Christmas, or simply simmering away…

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How to Wrap a Gorgeous Gift Every Time

December 21, 2014

In every home, there is a designated gift wrapper. In my home, that’s me. This is a problem for two reasons. First, and most importantly, I don’t have the patience to pull off a finely packaged gift. I’m just happy if I pick up the darned thing in time, much less fuss over how it’s…

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Helping Your Pet Be a Good Host

November 18, 2014 21

This holiday season you’re not the only family member playing host–your new pup will be sharing the duties. And while he’s well-behaved around you, he gets a major case of the barks when strangers are involved. Using items like a bark control or a thunder shirt can help calm your pooch once holiday madness is…

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How to Make a Professional-Looking Wreath

November 06, 2014 1

If you only have the budget or time for one DIY item for decorating this holiday season, go with a beautiful wreath. A show-stopping wreath is not only a quintessential holiday decoration, but also looks great on the front door or in the hallway, is easy to dress up, and doesn’t cost much to create. The trick is…

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