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4 gifts for the new college student

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4 gifts for the new college student

Is someone special in your life leaving home to start their new life as a college student? Whether it's your son or daughter, niece or nephew, neighbor or family friend, it's a nice gesture to give them a little gift to commemorate the start of their university career. The ideal present will both be useful to them in the months ahead and be special and memorable years and even decades down the road. That may sound like a tall order, but we have plenty of beautiful stainless steel items that fit the bill! Here are several ideas:  Cereal bowl: You...

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3 Bloody Mary recipes

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3 Bloody Mary recipes

Blood Marys are an acquired taste that manages to retain a strong fan base because there are so many ways to make them. The abundance of ingredients leaves room for adjustments that are just slight enough for the drink to retain its name while presenting a different drinking experience.  Invented in 1920s Paris by French bartender Fernand "Pete" Petiot, the beverage grew into an international phenomenon when he moved to New York City to work at the St. Regis Hotel. There, the drink took off and spread around the world through the many St. Regis chains.  Here are a few of the Bloody Mary...

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How to enjoy your cheese

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How to enjoy your cheese

Cheese has been adding culinary joy to societies for thousands of years. One of the most obvious signs of how popular cheese is can be found in the large assortment of options. There are countless cheeses for different occasions, created exclusively in various locations and meant to be served specifically in certain types of ways. With all of the love, science and energy that goes into cheese, it can feel a little overwhelming trying to figure out what to do with it besides eating and riding the wave of euphoria that follows.  But here are a few tips to remember:...

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Throw a garden-themed baby or bridal shower

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Throw a garden-themed baby or bridal shower

Are you in charge of throwing a friend or family member a wedding or baby shower? If so, consider using a garden-theme for a fun and flower-filled affair. Here are some tips:  Arrange fruit: Set out this beautiful wire basket shaped like a flower and fill it with fresh fruit for your guests to snack on. Invite them in style: Send mailed invitations that are in keeping with your garden theme. You might choose a floral stationery or tuck a silk daisy inside the envelope.  Make floral straws: We love Martha Stewart's idea of using pretty paper to turn your straws...

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Serve a variety of appetizers for a fun and unique dinner

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Serve a variety of appetizers for a fun and unique dinner

Many of us have gone to restaurants and thought — "I could make a meal out of the appetizers!" Doing just that can make for a fun and unique dinner party or family supper. To make sure everyone gets plenty to eat and is fully satisfied, include a wide variety of options:  Fresh: Serving hors d'oeuvres for dinner doesn't mean you should forget about eating plenty of vegetables! Chop up some fresh bell peppers and celery sticks to serve with hummus. We also love a nice, summery Caprese salad, made from fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. Just drizzle with olive oil...

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