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    Giving is Good for Your Health


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    The holidays are the season for giving and during times of economic downturn, you may have to dig a bit deeper into your pockets. However, you can still end up better off. In addition to the tax breaks year-end giving can bring, as it turns out, giving is also good for your health.


    "Several studies over the years have found links between altruistic behavior and improved physical and psychological health," says Dr. Ann Vincent, an internal medicine physician at Mayo Clinic who researches the mind-body connection. "In general, I think altruism makes people feel better about themselves, which often translates into improved ... Continue reading Giving is Good for Your Health.


    Celebrity Blunders, Bombs and Breakups


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    Americans Find Escape and Enjoyment in Entertainment News


    Wall Street's rollercoaster ride, dwindling nest eggs, mortgage meltdowns, high gas prices and the impending recession -- 2008 was rough a year. While many Americans were relieved that their problems weren't front page news, they found escape in the public breakups, pesky paparazzi, wardrobe malfunctions, career-crushing blunders and other nuisances that plagued many big-name celebrities this past year.


    From the on-again, off-again romance of Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer, to Paris Hilton's presidential campaign ad, to two new additions to th ... Continue reading Celebrity Blunders, Bombs and Breakups.


    Easy Entertaining--Marzipan Mice


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    This candy recipe is so easy even the most timid candy-makers among us can whip up festive and yummy Marzipan Mice---courtesy of Every Day with Rachel Ray.


    MAKES 2 DOZEN
    Prep Time: 45 min (plus chilling)


    Ingredients:
    One 7-ounce package marzipan, such as Odense
    48 almond slices (about 1/4 cup)
    1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
    Black licorice laces, cut into twenty-four 1 1/2-inch tails and 24 dots for eyes


    1. Cut the marzipan roll in half lengthwise, then cut each half into 12 equal pieces and shape each piece into an oval. Pinch the sma ... Continue reading Easy Entertaining--Marzipan Mice.


    Peppermint Chocolate Cookies


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    Looking for a perfect sweet ending to wow guests? Peppermint Chocolate Cookies are a rich treat for indulging--courtesy of Every Day with Rachel Ray.


    MAKES 16
    Prep Time: 30 min (plus chilling and cooling)
    Bake Time: 20 min


    Ingredients:
    1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
    1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
    1 large egg
    1 1/2 cups flour
    1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    1 pinch salt
    Two 3.5-ounce bars dark chocolate, finely chopped
    1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
    2/3 cup finely crushed peppermint candy canes or c ... Continue reading Peppermint Chocolate Cookies.


    FrugalMom's Guide to Holiday Entertaining


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    By Angela Heidt


    Yes, it is that time again. While some of us get giddy with excitement at the thought of the holidays just around the corner, many of us simply cringe when they consider how much it is going to cost, especially if it is up to you to host a holiday party or dinner. Fortunately there are some ways to skimp on the ingredients of a great party without losing the festive flavor.


    Tip #1 - Booze

    Any party involving adults usually also involves alcohol, which can easily run into the hundreds of dollars depending on what you provide. Over the holidays you usua ... Continue reading FrugalMom's Guide to Holiday Entertaining.


    Crafty Holiday Gift-Giving


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    by Katriena Knights


    In these uncertain economic times, the holiday season might prove even more of a challenge than usual. With holiday gift-buying a strain on the budget even at the best of times, this year might be a good one to look into alternatives.


    One way to reduce the holiday budget while spending more time with your kids is to make homemade gifts. If this idea brings visions of ugly ornaments made from construction paper, fear not. There are many things you can do with your kids to make gifts friends and relatives will appreciate.


    Finding Holiday Craft Projects
    ... Continue reading Crafty Holiday Gift-Giving.


    Gallo Pinto (Rice and Beans)


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    Have you had just about enough cooking, baking and then eating heavy holiday food? Here's a quick and different dinner idea--just right for a turkey-tired palate and a nice break from winter foods.


    You cannot talk Costa Rican cuisine without including rice and beans! For a Caribbean twist, add coconut milk.


    Servings: 6


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    ... Continue reading Gallo Pinto (Rice and Beans).