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The benefits of gardening in the winter

Gardening Herbs Ideas & Tips Seasonal Winter

The benefits of gardening in the winter

There are many upsides to maintaining or starting a garden in the winter, the first of which may be that gardens make for beautiful additions to the home. Also, the options are more profuse than normally assumed with greenhouses, indoor and outdoor gardening all serving as viable options, even with the extra care needed to defend against any oncoming frost. Some of the benefits that come with gardening, specifically during the winter, include the cost effectiveness of growing your own produce and the bonus of extra activity and exercise during the months when people are typically inclined to stay in...

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Crush holiday stress with these 5 simple drinks

Celebration Christmas Food & Drinks Ideas & Tips Seasonal Winter

Crush holiday stress with these 5 simple drinks

If you're like many Americans, chances are you're already starting to feel the first tremors of what will become the earthquake of holiday-season stress. With all the obligations, expenses and logistical struggles of the holiday season, it's no wonder that many people turn to alcohol to escape from all the pressure. However, if you want some healthier options that won't leave you hung over and vaguely ashamed the next day, try sipping some of these naturally relaxing beverages throughout the day: Cherry juice: This lip-puckeringly tart drink has been shown to increase the duration and quality of sleep, helping you rebuild your...

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4 festive salads for healthy holiday eating

Celebration Food & Drinks Home Ideas & Tips Winter

4 festive salads for healthy holiday eating

When you think about food that's popular around this time of year, salads don't usually come to mind. With all the traditional cookies, candy and meat-heavy meals, you could easily go the entire season without touching a leaf of lettuce. However, for those of us who prefer eating healthy, or simply for a palate-refresher after all that heaviness, there are a whole bunch of seasonal salad recipes that combine the flavors of the holidays with essential veggie-borne vitamins and minerals. Here are just a few: Spinach pomegranate salad: For this particularly easy salad option, toss together spinach, crumbled walnuts, pomegranate seeds and...

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3 appetizer recipes for your next party

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3 appetizer recipes for your next party

Sometimes the drive home from a party is dominated by conversations about various aspects of the event. What was the best outfit? Who was the funniest? How was the music? But when the topic of food comes up, you'll want to be confident that the people leaving your home event have nothing but nice things to say. The main course is typically the major event of a dinner party, but the forthcoming appetizers are what pave the road for it. Make sure the journey is a smooth one for your guests with these winning recipes: Chicken Satay Skewers: This Martha Stewart go-to...

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3 holiday season smoothie ideas

Celebration Christmas Food & Drinks Home Ideas & Tips Seasonal Winter

3 holiday season smoothie ideas

The thought of a smoothie usually calls to mind the bright colors and tart flavors of the various fruits that are commonly used in blended concoctions, but the smoothie is so much more than that. Namely, the form of a smoothie can be used to convey any number of flavors and ingredients, including thematic seasonal blends. Also, seasonal smoothies are often much healthier than their non-smoothie counterparts, such as pumpkin pie and eggnog, so they are a good choice for people looking to stick to a diet without missing out on the flavors of the holidays. Don't put your blender...

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