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October 21, 2014

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Start the Day Off Right With These 5 Tips for a Better Breakfast!

(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.

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Monday 10/20/2014
3D Printing 101
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 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.

Safe Halloween Fun with Pets
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 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.

Frighteningly Fun Halloween Ideas
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Halloween is right around the corner, so it is time to carve out a spooky plan for your celebration. As little ghosts, goblins, princesses, and pirates around the country get ready for trick-or-treating, here are a few ghoulishly good ideas that will make your next Halloween fright night a scream.

Big Flavor, Little Time
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) You don’t have to be a master chef to create great meals that your family will love. Simple yet flavorful and warming dishes are the perfect solution for busy cooks with hungry families to feed.

Appetites, Ingredients Change with the Seasons
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Just as our wardrobe adjusts to the cooler weather, so, too, do our appetites as we enjoy warm, comforting dishes to stave off the chill in the air.

Tips for Traveling With Your Dog
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Heather Loenser, DVM, knows first-hand the joys and challenges of traveling with her dog. She and her family recently adopted a year-old Border collie named Calvin.

A New Brand of Business Ownership
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 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.

Boo-tiful Halloween Carvings
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) This Halloween, why not put a fun twist on pumpkin carving by making some Jack O'Melons? Watermelons carve up boo-tifully, and you can eat the fruit right away, making it easy to scare up some delicious Halloween fun.

Creative Halloween Costume Ideas
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Every Halloween, many people look forward to participating in "frightful" festivities, such as costume parties and contests, but often wait until the last minute to come up with a costume.

Earth-Friendly Ways to Welcome Babies, Pets
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 3:33 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 10/17/2014
Be The Ultimate Trick-Or-Treating Destination This Halloween.
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am


Thursday 10/16/2014
Kellie Pickler Sweetens The Tune Of The Newest 'VeggieTales' Musical
Updated: October 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Country music superstar Kellie Pickler has done it all-from her national discovery on “American Idol” to winning “Dancing With the Stars” to wowing critics and fans alike with her unforgettable singing and songwriting talents.

Tips to Grill Your Thanksgiving Turkey and Trimmings
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) Thanksgiving can mean too many cooks in the kitchen, so consider taking some prep outside. While grilling is usually associated with summer, more Americans are recognizing its year-round potential. 

Five Ways to Use Coconut Milk
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) While many Americans have added more variety to their home-cooked meals, millions are still unsure how to incorporate international cuisines and ingredients into their repertoire, according to a study by Thai Kitchen. One subtle way to enhance your favorite dishes is with coconut milk, say experts.

Monday 10/13/2014
Fall in Love with Baking
Updated: October 13, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) With the chill of autumn setting in, now is the perfect time to preheat the oven and enjoy the pleasure of baking at home. Fall begins the official start of holiday baking season and Wilton has a wide selection of bakeware, decorating and party products to help you make delicious, comforting treats that will warm your home. Throughout the season of giving and sharing, home baked treats are perfect for expressing love and appreciation to family and friends.

Warm Up to Toasty, Tasty Chili
Updated: October 13, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Whether cooking for a crowd or serving up a regular weeknight meal for two, nothing warms the body and pleases the appetite like a bubbling pot of rich, flavorful chili.

Feel Good This Fall With Pork
Updated: October 13, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) It's the season when those all-too-familiar cravings for your favorite comfort foods are starting to return. As thoughts of mouthwatering aromas from the slow cooker replace memories of barbecues and cookouts, there's one popular comfort food that never fails to deliver: macaroni and cheese.

Game Day Eats
Updated: October 13, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Feature) It just isn't game day without great food to help fill your belly and spirits as you cheer your favorite team to victory. While traditional tailgate fare has a rightful place in any pre-game celebration, adding interesting new tastes and textures to your typical spread only enhances the excitement.

Easy Ways to Save This Halloween
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) As many families with small children know, Halloween is a highly anticipated holiday packed with clever costumes, yummy candies and spirited parties.

How Well Do You Know Your Cat?
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) As a cat owner, you do your best to take care of your pet. But there may be some things you don't know about cats that could affect its health and happiness.

Count on Better Eye Health
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) If you're like many Americans, when it comes to your regular healthcare regimen, your eyes get overlooked. In fact, you may only pay attention to your eye health when something goes wrong. Actually, preventive and routine eye care should be a top priority.

Encourage Kids to Give Back This Halloween
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) As they gear up for Halloween this year, kids across the United States can make a difference in the lives of kids around the world by raising funds for those in need.

Mini-Makeovers Deliver Big Home Value
Updated: October 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects can significantly add comfort, improve functionality and increase the home's resale value. Whichever reason drives homeowners to complete an improvement project, they need to pick one that also delivers a return on investment.

Thursday 10/09/2014
New Cookbook Presents The Many Tastes Of Mexico
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—If you are one of the many Americans who love Mexican cuisine and want to learn more about authentic dishes and how to prepare them, there is good news.

New York Chef Continues To Spread Passion For Cooking To Kids
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—As a child, I learned to cook by following my Grandma around in the kitchen. Without her, I don’t think I would be a chef today. The bond we shared in the kitchen changed my life and is a bond I hope all kids can share with a loved one. My desire to create family bonds and spread the love created through cooking is a key reason why I’ve returned to partner with the UNCLE BEN’S® Brand and the 2014 Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Contest.

Frontier Communications, DISH Team Up To Support Revitalization Of Small Cities With America's Best Communities Contest More Than $10 Million Will Support Innovation And Growth In Rural Communities Over Three Years
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Frontier Communications (NADAQ: FTR) and DISH Network (NASDAQ: DISH) have launched America’s Best Communities, a $10 million prize competition to stimulate growth and revitalization in small cities and towns across Frontier’s 27-state footprint.

Monday 10/06/2014
Date Night 101
Updated: October 06, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Date night doesn't have to require reservations at an overpriced restaurant or an over-the-top production. You can easily turn your own home into the perfect romantic setting for a special night you both deserve.

Brew Up a Frightfully Fun Halloween Party
Updated: October 06, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Haunted with the thought of a ho-hum Halloween? Never fear - trick-or-treaters will want more than just candy once they see your party table. Throw a fabulous Halloween party fit for little goblins or grown-up monsters with some devilishly good sweets.

Serve Up Comfort
Updated: October 06, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Comfort food is a staple in every kitchen - it's the perfect way to unwind with familiar flavors and aromas. But those moments that call for a soul-soothing dish are also great opportunities to spice up traditional favorites by introducing less common ingredients and preparation methods for an unexpectedly delicious twist. 

Ten Great-Tasting Gluten-Free Recipes for Fall
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 3:33 am

(Family Features) Heading to a tailgate? Need a simple weeknight dinner everyone can enjoy? Whatever the occasion, these easy, gluten-free dishes taste great and feature new McCormick® seasoning mixes, which are certified gluten-free by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.
1. Grilled Taco Wings - A tangy marinade using McCormick Gluten-Free Taco Seasoning Mix and lime juice makes for mouthwatering grilled chicken wings. Serve with a creamy dip made from ranch dressing and a tablespoon of the mix.

2. Gluten-Free Cheesy Chili Dip – Just four ingredients create a full-flavored party dip, which pairs perfectly with tortilla chips, nut chips or other gluten-free snacks.
3. Gluten-Free Tacos - A zesty blend of authentic Mexican seasonings, including onions and peppers, turn ordinary tacos into a fiesta of flavor.
4. Gluten-Free Taco Casserole - All the great flavors of tacos combine in one delicious dish, ready in just 30 minutes.
5. Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Burgers - Savory caramelized onions and mushrooms combine in an irresistible topping for burgers served on gluten-free toasted rolls. Top with your favorite condiments for an easy, tasty dinner.
6. Seven-Layer Fiesta Dip – Perfect for tailgates or fall celebrations, serve this classic party dip when you are entertaining a crowd.
7. Southwest Steak and Corn Kabobs - Southwest flavors shine in a steak marinade. Use fresh corn so it grills up sweet and tender.
8. Gluten-Free Chili - The entire family will enjoy the robust flavors of this not-too-spicy chili made with McCormick Gluten-Free Chili Seasoning Mix. Plus, it's ready in just 20 minutes. Have chicken on hand? Try Chicken and Corn Chili.
9. Gluten-Free Asian Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps - Ground chicken is seasoned with Asian flavors, then wrapped in crisp lettuce leaves. Add crunch and color by including toppings such as shredded carrots, red bell pepper and peanuts.
10. Gluten-Free Snappy Cocktail Meatballs – These flavorful meatballs are a snap to prepare using McCormick's Gluten-Free Brown Gravy mix. They're perfect for a tailgate.
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Finding Your Philanthropy
Updated: October 11, 2014 - 3:32 am

Whether it's the busy mother who spends her weekend volunteering at a local women's shelter or the young girl raising money for hungry children thousands of miles away with her lemonade stand - women that do good deeds are everywhere.

6 Simple Routines for Healthy Hair and Skin
Updated: October 11, 2014 - 3:32 am

(Family Features) Whether quick and efficient or long and relaxing, 61 percent of Americans would rather give up brushing their teeth for a week than remove showering from their daily routines, according to a recent survey commissioned by Delta Faucet. While people may recognize the value of a steaming shower, they may not consider the effects water temperature and beauty rituals have on the body and mind.

Monday 09/29/2014
Pasta's Perfect for Casual Supper
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:55 am

(Family Features) Be it a relaxing night in with friends, watching the football game or just catching up, such occasions call for great food. This flavorful, creative pasta skillet meal inspired by the time-honored appetizer, spinach-artichoke dip, is just the ticket. 

Understanding Headache Pain, Treatments
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:55 am

(Family Features) Whether it's a mild stress headache or a full-blown migraine, those who regularly battle headaches are continually looking for safe and effective remedies to alleviate the pain as quickly as possible.

Doing Well By Doing Good
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:55 am

(Family Features) Beyond their bottom lines, a growing number of companies and brands are harnessing their products, services and resources to help make the world a better place. 

A Spooky Snack and Drink for Halloween
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:55 am

(Family Features) If your family's Halloween consists of pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating and transforming your home into a haunted house, you'll be happy to know that the "double, double, toil and trouble" doesn't have to stop there. You can add a little extra hocus pocus to your season by brewing up these chillingly creative treats with the whole family.

Why Emergency Preparedness Matters
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:55 am

(Family Features) Preparing for an unexpected emergency, especially one brought on by severe weather, is one of the most important ways you can protect your home and family. Proactively addressing storm-related issues ranging from property damage to power outages can minimize a potentially disastrous situation.

Tips for Raising Money-Wise Kids
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 3:55 am

(Family Features) Kids are never too young to learn the skills of saving, budgeting, and other basics for becoming a money-wise individual.

Golf: The New International Currency
Updated: October 02, 2014 - 4:32 pm

(Family Features) St. Andrews, Augusta, Mission Hills China:  three iconic golf courses on three separate continents. With an international interest in the sport growing at mach speed, golfers are flying around the world to experience new courses while seeing the sights.

Thursday 09/25/2014
Hard Cider Helps Make Entertaining Easy
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 3:53 am

(NAPSI)—With football season under way, why not take your tailgating eats up a notch? Angry Orchard Crisp Apple is a crisp and refreshing hard cider perfect for any palate no matter what team you’re rooting for. The cider’s fresh apple aroma and slightly sweet, ripe apple flavor complement the bold flavors of game day fare and also make for great cider cocktails.

Celebrate Popcorn
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 3:53 am

(NAPSI)—Popcorn, enjoyed every day but celebrated in October during National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, existed long before today’s dizzying array of snacks, tracing its roots back thousands of years. Yet, throughout the ages, this enduring fan favorite has remained relatively unchanged. Popcorn kernels are the seeds of a large-grain plant also known as maize. Once the kernels are stripped from the cob and dried to 14 percent moisture, they can be popped and eaten.

Tips On Helping Children Sleep
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 3:53 am

(NAPSI)—Clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Breus, one of the nation’s top sleep experts, has some advice to offer parents. Known as “The Sleep Doctor,” he’s a widely recognized leader in this ever-evolving field and perhaps best known for his appearances on Dr. Oz, CNN, Oprah, “The View” and “The Doctors.”

Wednesday 09/24/2014
Wineries Speak Up About the Benefits of Using Natural Cork
Updated: September 25, 2014 - 3:50 am

(NewsUSA) - A growing list of leading wineries, including St. Francis, Bogle and Fetzer, are speaking up about the benefits of using natural cork. They recognize that not only does natural cork allow wines to age perfectly, but using natural cork also provides a potential competitive advantage when it comes to marketing their wine brands.

Monday 09/22/2014
Mix n' Match Naked Birthday Cake
Posted: September 22, 2014

(Family Features) Create an extra-special cake with these flavor and color combinations. Mix extract and food color combinations with 1 cup of homemade buttercream frosting or canned white frosting.

Tailgate Tips That Add Flavor, Nutrition
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:40 am

(Family Features) Soon, parking lots of colleges, high schools and professional stadiums across the nation will be filled with fans gearing up for another sporting season - and the tailgating celebrations that go hand-in-hand.

How to Be Prepared for an Emergency
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:40 am

(Family Features) To be prepared in any situation, planning ahead is critical. Engine-driven portable generators are intended for multiple uses and designed for portability. When utility power is unavailable due to extreme weather, portable generators become a useful source of temporary or remote electric power.

Grill Your Way Into Fall
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:40 am

(Family Features) The weather is getting cooler, but that doesn't mean grilling season has to burn out. In fact, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, 60 percent of grillers are now cooking outdoors year-round, so fall grilling season is just heating up.

Keep Family Safe from Home's Hidden Hazards
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:40 am

(Family Features) In the U.S. alone, approximately 60 million people suffer from asthma and allergies, which according to the American Lung Association can be triggered by mold for those who are allergic. As a responsible homeowner, it's essential to be aware of the many threats, such as mold and fire, which may cause harm to your family and your investment.

A Simple Twist on After School Snacks
Updated: September 22, 2014 - 3:40 am

(Family Features) We all know it's important to start the day off with a healthy breakfast. As a parent, you also have lunch covered for your hungry student, whether it's packed in a brown bag or eaten in the cafeteria. But after a busy day of learning, young tummies often need a wholesome after-school snack to tide them over until dinner.

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