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Vala’s Pumpkin Patch: Holiday Family Fun In Nebraska

I have to admit that as a girl who primarily grew up in the deep South, I didn’t spend a lot of time growing up participating in typical fall traditions. We didn’t visit pumpkin patches or apple orchards when I was a kid. Trust me, typical fall weather in Alabama and Georgia? Let’s just say it’s not conducive to sweaters and scarves. But now that I’m living out west, it seems it’s time for me to see what all the fuss is about! During my last visit to Omaha to perform with the symphony, my fabulous host and her...

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Add Flavor to Holiday Festivities

  Snacks, small bites and savory treats to feed a crowd The holiday season brings gatherings, get-togethers and parties of all kinds, meaning dishes that can feed a crowd are all too important for successful entertaining. From appetizers to snacks to desserts, recipes that come together quickly mean more moments with loved ones. For example, these dairy-fueled recipes from Milk Means More pack plenty of festive flavor for feeding family and friends without keeping you cooped up in the kitchen. Appetizers and snacks such as Holiday Baked Brie, Roasted Garlic-Whipped Feta Crostini and Cheese Buds help hold over hungry...

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British Pantomime: Will Americans Love It, Too?

Pantomime is as much a part of Britain’s time-honored Christmas traditions as plum pudding, mince pies or the fairy atop the tree. In fact, it’s almost impossible to imagine an English Christmas without a performance of Cinderella, Puss in Boots or Jack and the Beanstalk going on in theaters throughout the commonwealth. Without exception, from the West End of London to remote regional towns, people of all ages go the theater to slip back for a few hours into the magic of childhood. They hiss and boo at a giant, clap for Tinkerbell and join in the chorus of...

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Holiday Getaways

Yes, it can be fun to celebrate the holiday season at home with family and friends. But sometimes it’s even more fun to leave behind all the preparation, the cleaning and wrapping and cooking in favor having it all done for you. This year, there are so many options for carefree holiday celebrations. Here, we have a few. Regent Seven Seas Luxury Cruise My personal choice for holiday getaway would be spending New Year’s Eve aboard a luxury ship, being served gourmet meals and celebratory cocktails, with stops in interesting ports and plenty of warm weather. Regent Seven Seas...

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12 Trips for Dads Who Love to Travel

Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Why not treat Dad to a bucket list adventure? From trekking in Chile, to cycling Northwest Arkansas, to playing cowboy in Wyoming or golfing in Montana, a world of active pursuits awaits. Below are 12 of our favorite vacations for the adventurous Dad. Torres del Paine Trek: Dad can take in the glaciers, lakes and spires of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park on the guided O Circuit trek with Adventure Life. He’ll hike around the remote north side of the Patagonian massif as well as the classic W, spending nights under...

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Cheers to the Original Sam Malone

Father’s Day Cocktail recipes and gift ideas can be found at the end of the article and fun facts about the “Cheers” TV series. Happy Father’s Day! My father, Peter Jarvis, always has been and always will be my hero. He is supportive, loving, hilarious and his spirit is contagious. Seriously, my dad lights up every room he walks into, puts a smile on every face and is always the life of the party. Say, “What?” My Dad is the Real Sam Malone… It wasn’t until I got older that I found out that my dad was the inspiration...

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Pitcher Perfect Cocktails for Memorial Day

Cocktails made by the pitcher are an easy way to spend less time stuck behind the bar  and more time celebrating just like Diddy, DJ Khaled, Ashlee Simpson, Eva Longoria and more. CÎROC VS,  DeLeón Tequila and CÎROC Summer Watermelon have created the following ‘pitcher cocktails’ to serve up at your next celebration. Grab a pitcher or two and start crafting one these delicious batch cocktail recipes! CÎROC VS Sangria 4 oz CIROC VS 8 oz Red Wine 2 oz Elderflower liqueur 8 oz Ginger Ale Preparation: Stir all ingredients thoroughly in a pitcher of ice. Garnish: berries/mint/Lemon Glassware: Rocks/stemless wine glass...

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Chef Eric LeVine’s Top Tips for Grilling a Better Burger

“The mindset of opulence and great living. No compromise on quality or level of excellence.” -Luxury defined by Chef Eric LeVine When it comes to grilling and making a better burger, Chef Eric LeVine is our go-to guy. May is National Burger Month, and with summer barbecues and long holiday weekends just ahead, we asked Chef Eric if he would share with our readers some of his burger grilling secrets. This multi-award-winning chef, restaurateur and author has just launched this third cookbook, Burgers, Bowls, Jars – Season by Season. Perfect timing! Who is Chef Eric? While most kids were...

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This Mother’s Day, Spoil Your Mom with These Rum Cocktails from BACARDÍ and FACUNDO

With the Mother’s Day quickly approaching, BACARDÍ and the FACUNDO Rum Collection bring three delicious, and refreshing cocktails for a Sunday brunch with mom –  BACARDÍ Lime Cooler, BACARDÍ Rum Julep, and NEO Fresco.  The perfect cocktail for your Mother’s Day activities, the BACARDÍ Lime Cooler is easy to make for any Sunday brunch. An easy combination of BACARDÍ’s most refreshing new flavor – BACARDÍ Lime, watermelon liqueur, simple syrup, club soda and a splash of lime juice, the BACARDÍ Lime Cooler is a delicious cocktail that your mom will enjoy all summer long.  If your mom prefers dark spirits, we recommend the BACARDÍ Rum Julep, made with BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho, mint...

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Chef Nick Stellino’s Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed Recipes

In Italy, there are two things that people value the most: family and food. So, it’s only fitting that for Mother’s Day, Italian celebrity Chef Nick Stellino, the author of 12 cookbooks and the star of ‘Storyteller in The Kitchen,’ now celebrating 25 years on the air, wants to help your readers celebrate mom this year with a few of his favorite fun, easy and tasty breakfast dishes that she is guaranteed to love. Chef Stellino has shared with us his top breakfast in bed picks, along with recipes below. I’ve included his French Toast recipe with video as...

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5 Green Tequila Cocktails You Can Make for St. Patrick’s Day

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Find your lucky green hat and “go green” this holiday with green cocktails with a Mexican twist. Tequila isn’t just for Cinco de Mayo! Tanteo® Tequila has shared with us five of their favorite green tequila cocktails you can make for St. Patrick’s Day or anytime of year. Sláinte! 1. PEPINO DIABLO Recipe: 2 oz Tanteo® Jalapeño Tequila 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice 1 oz Cucumber Purée ¾ oz Agave Nectar Rim with Tanteo Jalapeño Salt Directions Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake well and pour into an ice-filled, salt...

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Throw a Shamrockin’ St. Patrick’s Day Party

  With Irish Classics and Green-Tinted Treats It doesn’t take the Luck o’ the Irish to throw a great St. Patrick’s Day party. These tips and recipes will help you throw a festive celebration you’ll enjoy as much as your guests — including make-ahead corned beef and a minty-green cookie recipe both adults and little leprechauns will love. For more St. Patrick’s Day recipes, check out www.McCormick.com and visit McCormick Spice on Facebook and Pinterest.“We’ve developed recipes that make the tastes of Ireland easy to create — from a simple Irish Soda Bread to a classic corned beef and...

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