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November 20, 2014

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Modern Farming: Technology Helps Keep Food on the Table

(NewsUSA) - From farm to table, much about food production has changed -- for both farmers and consumers. Like any other business, farmers must adapt to a changing world -- one that will see its population grow to 9.6 billion by 2050. With finite resources, it will take innovation and a variety of technologies to meet the world's food demand. This includes using new technologies like biotechnology (also referred to as genetic engineering), which can help produce more food on the same amount of land, without having to destroy wildlife habitats.

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Monday 11/17/2014
Health Essentials for a Happy Pet
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) With wagging tails and bright eyes, pets offer up a wealth of benefits to their owners. Keeping your four-legged friends active, energetic and at their best begins with providing essential nutrients, which can quickly result in changes you can see.

Tips for Hassle-Free Holiday Shopping
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

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Turkey Transformations
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) After the big day has come and gone, most holiday hosts find themselves still talking turkey. What to do with all that leftover bird?

Celebrate Special Moments on a Cruise
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Princess Cruises, one of the most famous names in sea-going vacations, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. To commemorate this important milestone, the company is honoring the iconic TV show, “The Love Boat,” which first introduced viewers to Princess Cruises and the art of cruising.

3 Tips for Easy Holiday Entertaining
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) The holidays are a time for connecting with friends and enjoying quality time with family, but if you find yourself hosting an endless stream of guests, it can also be a time of hectic preparation and hours spent in the kitchen. Make your life easier with three tips for easy, elegant entertaining.

Make Your Holidays Sweeter
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) From neighborhood parties to cookie exchanges with your closest pals, the holidays are all about sharing the sweetness of the season.

Save on Splurge-Worthy Home Styles
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) In the fashion and design world, alternative materials that emulate high-end looks are trendy not only for their lower price point and low maintenance qualities, but thanks to advancements in design and technology, are often hard to differentiate from the real thing.

Sweet Ideas for Holiday Desserts
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) The highlight of many a holiday meal, desserts are adored by young and old alike. This year, complete your festive celebration with delightful desserts that feature California Dried Figs.

Back to Basics: Gifts That Inspire the Imagination
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Though it may seem that all of the high-demand gift items this season require batteries and a level of tech savvy only the younger generation can boast, there are actually many great options that let you encourage the kids on your list to get back to basics and get unplugged.

The Holidays Call for Turkey
Posted: November 17, 2014

(Family Features) Whether it's roasted, deep fried, smoked or grilled - Americans love to serve up juicy, flavorful turkey as the highlight of holiday meals.

Bathroom Upgrades to Impress Guests
Updated: November 17, 2014 - 3:37 am

(Family Features) Game night, girls' night or family reunion - your home serves as the backdrop for many occasions. Preparing your space for friends and family can feel like a heavy undertaking, but with a few simple entertaining tips, hosts can wave goodbye to anxieties.

Thursday 11/13/2014
Be a ‘Sweet’ Holiday Host This Year
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Festive holiday parties are a winter staple. But how do you put a twist on the annual tradition? To add new flavor and excitement to your holiday gathering this year, consider incorporating a series of sweet surprises to delight your guests.

Mushrooms Make for Fast and Easy Holiday Side Dishes
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Whether you have only a few minutes to put together a meal this holiday season or days to prepare, mushrooms are a great addition for marvelous flavor and minimal fuss.

Wednesday 11/12/2014
Easy Ways to Make an Impressive Cheese Plate for Holiday Entertaining
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) Anticipating holiday guests? By keeping a few flavorful, unique items in the pantry and refrigerator, entertaining can both look and be simple and innovative. One easy, yet impressive way to entertain your guests’ taste buds is with a cheese plate.

Game Day Party Tips for Football Fans
Updated: November 12, 2014 - 3:35 am

(StatePoint) During football season, many fans are looking for ways to host the perfect party without fumbling a lot of cash. Luckily, there are many ways to host the game at your house on a budget.

Monday 11/10/2014
Crank Up the Heat This Tailgating Season
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

A Tropical Twist on a Traditional Dessert
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) There's no time like the holidays to enjoy the sweetness of the season. Incorporating a fresh, fruity flavor, such as the versatile Piñata® apple, is one mouthwatering way to create a crisp, new spin on your favorite holiday recipes ranging from salads to entrees to desserts.

Score Big With Game Day Snacks
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) The game is on, and your home is filled with friends decked out in those familiar colors, ready to cheer their team to victory. Now there’s only one more thing you need to make this game day gathering great — a feast of delicious, easy to enjoy goodies.

Port: An Unexpected Wine Pairing for the Holidays
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(StatePoint) This holiday season consider trying an unexpected wine pairing and surprise your guests with a bottle of port.

5 New Twists on Traditional Holiday Recipes
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Everyone loves traditional holiday fare – mom’s stuffing, grandma’s sugar cookies, or that best-kept secret recipe that keeps friends and family coming back for more. But where does tradition end and boring begin?

Fuss-Free Festive Appetizers
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Whether you've planned a gathering with loved ones, or friends and family drop by for some impromptu celebrating, the holiday season is filled with festive entertaining. Having a ready supply of snacks and finger foods will let you spend more time enjoying your guests and less time fussing in the kitchen.

Serve in Style for the Holidays
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Make entertaining during the holidays easier, whether you're preparing for a large buffet or an intimate dinner. The solution is simplifying your food preparation with all-in-one bakeware that's stylish enough to show off.

Nostalgic Desserts to Celebrate the Season
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Fondly reliving the nostalgic memories of years gone by is an integral aspect of many family gatherings and celebrations. This year, relive history in the sweetest way with a dessert table that pays homage to traditions while also helping your family create delicious new memories to cherish.

This Holiday, Create a Colorful Feast
Updated: November 11, 2014 - 3:35 am

(Family Features) As you prepare for this season of celebrations, consider recipes that offer a fresh approach to the traditional holiday menu.

Holiday Gift Idea for Grandparents
Updated: November 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Tired of purchasing toys that break or that her grandchildren will outgrow, 62-year-old Barbara Carlson* decided the holidays were a perfect time to purchase a gift that will continue to protect both of her grandchildren well into their futures.

Holiday Tablescapes
Updated: November 15, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) The holiday home entertaining season is gearing up, which means it’s time to take your entertaining dreams and inspirations and make them a reality. As you begin planning for the next time you play host(ess) with the most(est), don’t let the creativity stop with the food. Create a holiday tablescape to set the mood and serve as the focal point so you can have the prettiest and most festive holiday party possible. 

Saturday 11/08/2014
Simple, Thoughtful Recipes Work Best for Holiday Feasts
Updated: November 08, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) A holiday feast is one meal you’ll want to ensure includes flavorful, thoughtful dishes. Unfortunately, it’s one of the busiest times of year, and sorting through  recipes, especially for dessert, may get pushed down the to-do list.

Thursday 11/06/2014
A Stress-Free Dessert Can Make The Season Sweeter
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Here is some news that can help to make the winter season more comforting and holidays less stressful.

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Fudge: Fun And Fancy
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—Here’s sweet news: This delicious dessert can be easy to make and elegant to serve.

Rice Can Make For A Nice Holiday Dessert
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(NAPSI)—When the holidays are at your house (or you’re asked to bring a dish to someone else’s), you can please family and friends if you serve an elegant dessert that’s also easy to make—such as RiceSelect’s Coconut Rice Sweet Potato Cheesecake.

Festive Cocktails for Your Thanksgiving Dinner
Updated: November 06, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) Hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your place? You may have an array of savory sides, a tasty turkey and a delectable dessert already planned, but if you are looking to really wow friends and family with a memorable feast, consider creating a few signature cocktails for the occasion.

Wednesday 11/05/2014
Tips for Choosing and Preparing a Holiday Turkey
Updated: November 05, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) Whether it’s your first or fiftieth time, the stress of roasting the holiday bird is enough to ruffle anyone’s feathers. Set yourself up for success with two simple rules: stick to the basics and start with great quality meat.

Quick, Delicious Holiday Entertaining Ideas
Updated: November 05, 2014 - 3:34 am

(StatePoint) If you’re playing host this holiday season, skip the complicated recipes that take hours of prep time and serve your guests easy, Mediterranean-inspired foods instead. Whether you’re throwing a lavish party or a casual get together, the simplest foods are often the best crowd pleasers.

Monday 11/03/2014
Is Your Family Protected?
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Savings account? Check. Retirement account? Check. Debt managed responsibly? Check. Life insurance? Wait a minute ...

Tips to Maximize Space in Every Room
Updated: November 07, 2014 - 3:34 am

(Family Features) Current trending of lifestyles, whether it may be empty nesters, first time home buyers or the economy, have left people with smaller spaces. There are several ways that you can maximize storage just by thinking ahead and taking steps to stay organized.

3D Printing 101
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Technology seems to evolve at lightning speed, and it can be tough for business owners to sort out the latest tech fads from the tech must-haves. One recent innovation adding new dimensions to all kinds of small businesses is 3D printing. Before you write it off as a fad, read on to find out how it could be just the right fit for your business.

Deck the Halls with Ugly Sweaters
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) The holiday season is all about making fun memories. Why not wear something no one will soon forget at your own ugly sweater party?

Holiday Diet Tips: Keep Calories in Check While Enjoying the Season
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) As the seasons change we’re all tempted to indulge, but consuming all the extra calories added from sugar in those decadent sweets and savories can quickly add up to pounds on the scale!  In fact, during the holiday season, the average person gains more than 1.5 pounds, according to a 2013 study from Texas Tech University. The study also found that most people retain that weight and exercise alone won’t stave off the gain. The good news is that there are options for swapping higher-calorie foods for lighter choices that can help you save calories from sugar and prevent holiday weight gain. And the best part — you don’t have to skimp on flavor to enjoy all the festivities! 

Easy Thanksgiving Wine Pairings
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Gathering friends and family over a delicious meal is often a highlight of the holiday season. As you start to plan your menu for the big day, remember to consider which wines you'll offer as perfect pairings for your favorite dishes.

Simple Swaps for Healthier Holidays
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Rich, decadent, calorie-laden foods go hand-in-hand with the holidays. By choosing better-for-you snacks and swapping ingredients in some of your favorite recipes, you can keep the pounds from creeping up as you celebrate this season.

Earth-Friendly Ways to Welcome Babies, Pets
Updated: November 03, 2014 - 3:36 am

(Family Features) Bringing a new member of the family home - be it a baby or pet - is sure to result in many happy smiles, giggles and messes. Whether it's your child eating spaghetti for the first time or your puppy trailing in mud after a rainy day, joyful moments with your little loved ones create memories and clean-ups.

Friday 10/31/2014
How to Freeze Veggies
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) Fall is a great time to add fresh and falvorful seasonal produce to your menu. Make the most of your selection by using these simple freezing tips so you'll always have vegetables on hand to incorporate into your weeknight cooking.

Thursday 10/30/2014
Anyway You Slice It, At-Home Tailgating Just Got Easier
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Good news for college football fans and pizza lovers who want to score points with their next at-home tailgate party.

Enjoy The Holidays With A Twist On Classic Celebrations
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Another spirited holiday has arrived, heralding months of twinkling lights, festive celebrations and delicious food. As festivities begin and hosts contemplate their holiday menus, it’s important to remember that a bountiful holiday table deserves to be paired with a bright and crowd-pleasing wine.

Four Ways To Simplify Your Holidays
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—This holiday season, you can simplify your day-to-day tasks to focus on spending time with family and friends.

Tips For Organic Holiday Living
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—During the bustling holiday season, it can be challenging to balance an organic lifestyle with holiday parties, decorating decadence and comfort food. This year, make sure your family is living organically-even during the sweetest season of the year!

Monday 10/27/2014
Start the Day Off Right With These 5 Tips for a Better Breakfast!
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Breakfast has forever been celebrated as the most important meal of the day - but are you eating the right kind of breakfast to power your potential? To ensure your morning meal gets you off on the right start, opt for one with protein.

Safe Halloween Fun with Pets
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Including pets in your family's Halloween festivities can be a fun addition to your celebration. However, with all the excitement comes the chance for pets to get into danger or trouble. You can head off potential problems and enjoy an evening of fun with some safety tips and smart planning.

A New Brand of Business Ownership
Updated: October 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Many aspiring entrepreneurs hesitate to pursue their professional dreams due to the seemingly daunting risks of failure associated with starting a business from the ground up. Opening a franchise is an avenue that allows you to reap the benefits of owning your own small business without all of the costly trade-offs.

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